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George Welsh Ferguson


From on Wednesday, 7 April, 2010
Hi Elizabeth
Yes Bonnie and I have discussed the two George Welsh Ferguson's and I believe this is the out come of our findings.
(1) George Welsh Ferguson Born abt c1840 Aryshire Sct son of Hugh Ferguson and Janet Welsh Emirated to Australia July 1857 at the age of 18yrs as a passenger on the Monster Clipper 256T "Donald McKay" occupation Labourer.
He was accompanied by his sister Margaret and her husband John Kerr as well as Grace Ferguson's brother John Ferguson.
Wed Jane Smith daughter of James Smith and Mary Waddell, Vic BDN 1872 ref M4467, died at Oxley Vic BDM 17 May 1891 ref 7676 and Buried at Milawa Cemetry adjacent to his brother John.
James and Mary Smith with daughters Elizabeth and Jane sailed from Glasgow Sct on 3 Jan 1853 on board the SS" Wacausta" arriving Port Phillip Bay 2 May 1853.
Colin Gardner aged 19yrs with brother William aged 21yrs came to Australia on board "Cheviot" in Sep 1854.
William Gardner Christening: 01 Apr 1833 Bo'Ness, West Lothian, Scotland and died 1862 #7659 aged 28 in Victoria
COLIN GARDINER Christening: 19 Apr 1835 Bo'Ness, West Lothian, Scotland, Father: John Matthew Gardiner Mother: Isabella Laing
James Smith born 20 Nov 1823 Barony Glasgow Sct. son of James Smith & Jean Peade.
James married 29 Oct 1850 Mary Waddell daughter John Waddell & Elizabeth Stewart of Barony Larnock Glasgow.
CHILDREN
1 Elizabeth Smith born 12 Nov 1850 Gorbals LKS Sct. married 1869 Thomas Wilson son of Robert Wilson & Mary Irving, lived at "Home Station" Milawa Vic 11 Children
2 Jane Smith born 22 Feb 1852 Gorbals LKS Sct married 1872 George Welch Ferguson son of Hugh Ferguson & Jane Welch lived at "Bonnie Doon" Milawa Vic. 7 Children
3 James Smith born 3 Sep 1852 died 1852 Sct.
4 Mary Smith born 5 Jul 1856 Cambells Castlemaine Vic married 13 Oct 1883 Colin Gardner son of John Matthew Gardner & Isabella Laing 4 children.
5 James Waddell Smith born 30 Mar 1858 Wooragee Vic married 3 Aug1881 Christina Mary Newth daughter of James Newth & Catherine Matheson 6 Children, 2nd marriage Ellen Elizabeth McNabb daughter of Duncan McNabb & Christina Mitchell 7 Children.
6 John Smith born 28 Aug 1860 Wooragee Vic married Emily Lewis Edwards daughter of William Langdon Edwards & Emily Sarah Lewis 4 Children 2nd marriage 1900 Florence Matilda Oliver daughter of James Phyllis Oliver (Bryans) & Elizabetha Wise 3 Children
7 Hellen Smith born 1863 Wooragee Vic married 26 Oct 1892 Thomas Ker son of John Loudon Kerr & Margaret Ferguson no Childen
8 David Smith born 1866 Oxley Vic married 7 Mar 1900 Hannah McInnes daughter of John McInnes & Elizabeth Gillespie 4 Children
9 Unnamed Smith born 1866 Oxley Vic twin of David died 1866.
10 William Smith born 1870 Oxley Vic seems to have disappeared as I am unable to find any records of after his birth.

James Ferguson

Possible ship for James is James Ferguson aged 29 came Oct 1852 on the Lord Warriston, followed by Jane aged 34 and the children Nov 1855 on the Emma, and possible death is of James Ferguson 1821 - 1869 #4949 aged 48 son of Margaret and James Ferguson of Scotland
James Ferguson came c1855 with Jane Lawson 1820 - 1886 #5789 aged 66 daughter of Margaret Williamson and Gavin Lawson, and lived in Melbourne
8 Children 1. Margt Ferguson 13
2. Janet Ray Ferguson 11
3. Jane Ferguson 9
4. Mary Ann Ferguson 7
5. Antonia Ferguson 3
6. Barbara Ferguson 1856 #11223
7. Sarah Campbell Ferguson 1859
8. James Ferguson 1861 #18617
2. Janet Ray/Kay Ferguson 11- 1844 - 1925 #14305 aged 81, wed 1871 #4335 to Thomas Auld from Glasgow, 5 Children
5. Antonia Wallace Ferguson wed 1877 #2264X1878 to Alexander Gordon and lived at Carlton then Kensington
4 Children 1. Robert Gordon 1879 #1240
2. James Ferguson Gordon 1880 #20909
3. Jane Williamson Gordon 1882 #21493 - 1884 #1211 lived 1 year
4. Jane Williamson Gordon 1884 #16858 - 1886 #1449 lived 1 year
6. Barbara Ferguson 1856 #11223 wed 1882 #4075 to Crawford Kerr from Glasgow, noknown chn
7. Sarah Campbell Ferguson 1859 wed 1882 #5636 to Alexr Gentles

John Ferguson


Bonnie wrote - My grandfather was George Welsh Ferguson.
Two Ferguson brothers married two Wolstenholme sisters, the two farms established by the Wolstenholme brothers, "Anglehome" and "Hazeldean" were side by side at Milawa and their brick homes were identical. I lived at "Hazeldean" until I was nearly 20 yrs so I have a close knowledge of the families.
Thankyou who has also given details for the Wolstenholme family.

John Ferguson 24 and Grace 19 came from Ayr on the ship Medina, 956 tons, Captain J. Sandford, from Liverpool 26th June 1852, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 9th October 1852. See Medina passengers
John Ferguson and Grace Kerr 1833 - 1911 #6379 aged 78, daughter of Margaret Vass and Andrew Kerr, came 1853 via Adelaide where their son Hugh was born. They selected land in the first land sales on the Hurdle Creek in December 1858. They also selected other allotments in the Parish of Oxley. As their family grew up and married, the two eldest boys took over that farm and John & Grace moved to Milawa where they built a substantial brick home on their property that was next door to "Anglehome". Unfortunately John had only six years to enjoy his comfortable home before he died in December 1890.
10 children 1. Hugh Ferguson 1853 - 1854 #763 born in Adelaide died aged 8 months
2. Hugh Ferguson 1854 #3741
3. Andrew Ferguson 1856 #14284 - 1906 #10560 aged 50
4. George Walsh Ferguson 1859 #10104
5. John Ferguson 1861 #5114 - 1878 #12220 aged 18
6. Margaret Ferguson 1862 #24037
7. Janet Ferguson 1864 #25400
8. Grace Ferguson 1866 #23284
9. Douglas Ferguson 1870 #4357
10. James Ferguson 1874 #18078
2. Hugh Ferguson 1854 #3741 - 1914 #15554 aged 60, wed 1875 #6202 to Janet Kerr 1858 #4384 - 1939 #15403 aged 81, born at Snake Valley and died at Wangaratta
8 children 1. Margaret Ferguson 1884 #26634
2. John Ferguson 1886 #28534 - 1918 #3349 aged 31
3. Norman Ferguson 1889 #6204
4. Hugh Valentine Ferguson 1891 #5805
5. Thomas Lowden Ferguson 1893 #25386
6. Geo Ferguson 1895 #23511
7. Grace Jean Ferguson 1897 #30396
8. Andw Kerr Ferguson 1900 #21318 3. Andrew Ferguson 1856 #14284 - 1906 #10560 aged 50
3. Andrew Ferguson 1856 #14284 - 1906 #10560 aged 50 wed 1882 #5727 to Isabella Laing Gardner 1859 #16626 and lived at Oxley
3 children 1. John Welsh Ferguson 1883 #18650
2. Mary Gray Ferguson 1885 #12448
3. Colin Gardner Ferguson 1888 #23269
4. George Walsh Ferguson 1859 #10104 wed 1894 to Elizth Wolstenholme
6. Margaret Ferguson 1862 #24037 wed 1884 #2950 to James Gray Gardner 1861 #10754 born at Oxley, lived at Oxley then at Wangaratta, 5 children
9. Douglas Ferguson 1870 #4357 wed 1897 to Susannah Wolstenholme 27 Feb 1875 #11290 - 23 Jul 1951 aged 76

Matthew Fern


From , who kindly sent a Marriage certificate with three weddings, on 9 Aug 2013
See also Rudolph Huthsteiner, and William Henry Wrathall,

Matthew Fern from Isle Of Man, wed 1874 #2496 to Fanny Mcculley from Cumberland, and lived at Ballarat
2 Children 1. William Robert Hy Buchanan Fern 1875 #6948
2. Matthew Mcculley Fern 1876 #13704 - 1877 #252 lived 6 months
Fanny Fern nee Mcculley 1844 - 1876 #7967 aged 32, dau of Susannah Young and Robert Mcculley of Cumberland
Mathew Fern from Isle Of Man, wed 1881 #2283 to Ellen Warns from Westmeath

From Ellen's wedding certificate,
Matthew Fern c1847, Widower in 1876 with 1 living and 1 dead child, born in Island of Mannn, Britain, Miner aged 34 resident at Dunolly, son of Jane Buchanan and William Fern, Miner,
wed on 11 May 1881 at Dunolly by Rev J W Lawson, the Presbyterian Minister
to Ellen Warns c1844, Widow with 8 living children, from West Meath, Ireland, Boarding House Keeper, aged 37, resident of Bealiba, dau of Catherine Kelly and Lawrence Levi, Farmer.
Mathew signed his name and Ellen placed her cross, in the presence of P B Lawson and Annie McCahier
2 Children 1. Frank Matthew Fern 1882 - 1882 #5081 lived 2 months
2. William Ernest Fern 1883 #23073

Thomas Warnes

Thomas Warnes 1877 #10740 aged 40, parents unknown, from Maine, USA, wed 1865 #1405 to Ellen Levy/Levey and lived at St ARnaud, and in 1878 in Dunolly
8 Children 1. Thomas Warnes 1866 #11450
2. George Warnes 1868 #5759
3. James Warnes 1869 #25299
4. Alice Warnes 1871 #19923
5. Ellen Warnes 1873 - 9 Mar 1941 aged 68,
6. John Warnes 1874 #26084
7. Katie Warnes 1876 #5587
8. Susan Warnes 1878 #2097 born at Dunolly
5. Ellen Warnes 1873, - 9 Mar 1941 aged 68, death as La Franchi, as Nellie Warnes wed 1896 to Thomas Francis Lanfranchi, 1872 - 17 Apr 1935,

Pedro Fernando

From on Tue, 08 Aug 2006
Hello again Elizabeth,
I have corresponded with you before and provided extra info on Pedro Carlos FERNANDO of Heathcote and the DUKE family of Ballarat, etc.
I just noticed the following on your website
Catherine Lindsay from Spain wed 1869 to Pedro Carlos Fernando
It was Pedro FERNANDO who was from Spain - Catherine LINDSAY was born in Melbourne. Thought I should mention it.
Regards,
Judi Alexander


Francesco Fernando died 1865 #4339 aged 17
Charles Fernando died 1878 #5452 aged 38 born in Spain
Francis Fernando died 1879 #11468 aged 56 born in Bombay
Pedro Carlos Fernando 1840 - 1878 #5452 aged 38 from Spain, wed 1869 #2450 to Catherine Lindsay born in Melbourne, and lived at Heathcote then at Tooborac in Victoria
Catherine Fernando wed 1879 #147 to Robert William Edwards and lived at Dunbulbalane then at Heathcote
9 Children 1. Thomas Fernando 1866 #21764
2. Mary Ann Fernando 1870 #2945 lived 1 day
3. Caroline Fernando 1871 #23797 wed 1900 #1759 to Henry Hayes
4. Twin Sarah Ann Fernando 1877 #9456 - 1877 #5085 lived 5 days
5. Twin Mary Ann Fernando died 1877 #5084 lived 5 days
6. Margaret Ellen Fernando 1878 #16593
3 children
of Robert
7. Robert Henry Edwards 1882 #22405
8. Emily Fanny Edwards 1884 #24011
9. Robert Lindsay Edwards 1887 #11792
6 Doris Ellen Fernando (called Nellie) 1881 - 1928 #6682 aged 47, daughter of Unknown Lindsay and Thomas Ferandra wed 1901 #8213 to George Terry Duke 1870 #21165 - 1948 #1423 aged 79 - she appears to be Margaret Ellen 1878 #16593 daughter of Catherine Lindsay and Pedro Carlos Fernando born after her father died, 7 children

John H and Harriet Fidge

See Community Trees for John Fitch and his family in more detail
The Duchess of Northumberland, commanded by Captain Frederick Geare, arrived 19 Dec 1839, left London Tuesday 6th of August 1839, ship of 550 tons with 11 cabin and 350 steerage passengers and her crew. Left London on August 6th and arrived South Australia on November 19th, 1839.
Cabin 5 male and 2 female adults, plus 3 male and 4 female children of the Superior Class - Dr James Duncan came with his son, dau and their tutor, Capt Charles Philip Brewer born 6 Oct 1799 at Richmond, Sry, Mrs Eleanor Mary nee Stockley wife, Charles William Godbold Brewer 1831 - 1859, Eleanor Caroline Mary Brewer 1833 - 1873, Elizabeth Harriet Brewer 1836 - 1928 and John Brewer 1838 - 1914, Mr McKean, and Dr Palmer the Surgeon Superintendant of the 235 emigrants - 58 male and 62 female adults and 57 male and 44 female children plus 6 male and 8 female babies under the age of one year.
John H Fidge came 19 Dec 1839 on the Duchess of Northumberland to Port Adelaide, with Harriet nee Bowen, and sons Lewis Fidge, George Fidge, John Fidge, Stephen Fidge and Frederick Fidge.
John H Fidge 2 Mar 1807 - 25 Dec 1880 aged 73 son of Eliz Porter and Richard Fidge, born at Bearsted, Kent, and died at Aldinga, South Aust, wed 12 May 1827 to Harriet Bourn/Bowen 1804 - 25 Oct 1879 aged 75, dau of Ann Turner and Humphrey Bourn
8 Children 1. Lewis Fidge 12 Aug 1827 - 22 Dec 1895 aged 68, wed Elizabeth Knight Winsor, 6 chn
2. George Fidge 11 Jan 1829 - 17 Jan 1917, wed Jane Hancock, 11 chn
3. John Fidge 1 Aug 1830 - 25 Sep 1913, wed Emma White, 12 chn
4. Stephen Fidge 16 Mar 1834 - 18 Dec 1905, wed Ellen Ware, 11 chn
5. Frederick Fidge 15 Mar 1835 - 2 Jan 1899, wed Mary Ann Wynn, 13 chn
6. Thomas Fidge 8 May 1841 - 1906 wed Susan Helen Ballard, 18 chn
7. Harriet Fidge 28 Apr 1844 - 28 Jan 1875, did not marry
8. Eleanor Fidge 27 Jun 1846, Willunga,
2. George Fidge born on 11 Jan 1829 - 17 Jan 1917 aged 88, wed 6 Aug 1849 to Jane Hancock 1 Mar 1830 - 12 Apr 1913 aged 83, dau of Mary Ann Snell and Wm Hancock. See Fidge Tree, George Fidge and his 11 Children
4. Stephen Fidge 16 Mar 1834 - 18 Dec 1905, wed 1858 reg 33/409, to Ellen Ware
11 Children 1. Stephen William Fidge 23 May 1857, Nr Salisbury, SA
2. George Fidge 15 May 1859, Mt Gambier, SA
3. Emma Fidge 29 Jul 1861, Mt Gambier, SA
4. Matilda Fidge 23 Aug 1863, Mt Gambier, SA
5. Arthur Fidge 11 Dec 1864, Mt Gambier, SA
6. Benjamin Fidge 12 May 1867, Mt Gambier, SA
7. Edward Fidge 4 Jul 1869 - 1933, Geelong, Vic
8. Alfred Fidge 10 Sep 1871, O B Flat, SA
9. Charles Fidge 7 Nov 1873, Mt Gambier, SA
10. John James Fidge 1 Jul 1876, Para Plains, SA
11. Gilbert Walter Fidge 23 Jan 1880, Wandearah, SA
7. Edward Fidge 4 Jul 1869 wed 1898 #1096 to Beatrice Alice Triplett 1870 - 1936 aged 66, from Kapunda S A
4 Children 1. Florence Myrtle Fidge 1898, Warracknabeak, Vic
2. Gilbert Edward Fidge 1899 - 1968 aged 69
3. Clarence Leslie Fidge 1903 - 1968
4. Harold Roy Fidge 1905 - 1981,
2. Edward Gilbert Fidge 1899 #30597 - 1968 aged 69, born at Warracknabeal, wed Adele May Freeman 1903 - 1971 #17335 aged 68,

Thomas and Fanny Fidler

Marriages Jun 1849 - Thomas Fidler and Fanny Cockman in Marylebone Vol 1 page 230. The district Marylebone spans the boundaries of the counties of London and Middlesex
The Nelson brought Assisted British Immigrants Elizabeth Fidler 18, Thomas Fidler 23 and Fanny Fidler 23 in Nov 1849
IGI submitted by Jeanette Lynch - Fanny Cockman 27 Nov 1825 - 1920 dau of Sarah Fidler and James Cockman of Park St,Regent's Park, London, England wed 19 Apr 1849 to Thomas Fidler 26 Mar 1826 - 30 May 1901 born at Pewsey, Wiltshire, England
Thomas Fidler 1826 - 1901 #7074 aged 75 son of Hannah and Thomas Fidler, came 1849 on the Nelson with Fanny Cockman 1825 - 1920 #8187 aged 94 dau of Sarah Fidler and James Cockman. The first baby was baptised in the Wesleyan/Methodist church, Melbourne, and died at Collingwood. The parents then moved to Warrnambool
8 Children 1. Isabella Hannah Fidler 1852 #11321 lived 11 months
2. Mathilda Kate Fidler 1854 #2687
3. Eliza Sarah Fidler 1856 #13165
4. Louisa Ann Fidler 1859 #3245
5. Thomas William Fidler 1861 #3249 - 1929 #3483 aged 68
6. Fanny Hannah Fidler 1863 #17912 - 1929 #2191 aged 65
7. Susan Martha Fidler 1866 #5366
8. Mary Cockman Fidler 1869 #19506
2. Mathilda Kate Fidler 1854 #2687 - 1938 #17277 aged 84, wed 1893 #2926 to Archd Duncan Mcdougall 1860 #8879 and lived at Warrnambool
1st Child 1. Thomas Orr Mcdougall 1895 #7890
3. Eliza Sarah Fidler 1856 #13165 wed 1875 #964 to Mark Mollenoyure/Mollenoyux 1849 #30099 and lived at Garvoc then settled at Panmure, 6 children
4. Louisa Ann Fidler 1859 #3245 - 1936 #20252 aged 79, wed 1883 #2986 to George Williams and lived at Warrnambool
Two called George and giving Warnambool as birthplace wed, one 1883 #2986 to Louisa Fidler and the second 1884 #2985 to Annie Clancey
From 1855 to 1862 there are 15 called 'George Williams', including
George Williams 1857 #2784 son of Jane Knowles and George Williams, 4 Children
7. Susan Martha Fidler 1866 #5366 wed 1898 #947 to Ellis Creek Wright 1857 #6760 born at Woodford, and lived at Panmure, 3 chn
Ellis Creek Wright wed first 1878 #1673 to Eliza Bristow 1848 - 1880 #8861 aged 32, daughter of Mary and Edward Bristow, one son, William Bristow Wright 1879 #6492
8. Mary Cockman Fidler 1869 - 1924 #2520 aged 55, wed 1894 to James Thomas Unwin 1871 #20206 - 1929 #12188 aged 57, and lived at Panmure. The four eldest all enlisted for WW1 service, 7 Children

Lebrecht and Cath Fiedler

Lebrecht Fiedler wed 1861 #1022 to Cath Erhardt 1838 - 1920 #9527, died Eltenham aged 82 It was remembered that her mother was also called Cath.
5 Children 1. George Lebricht Fiedler 1861 - 1931 died at Boxhill aged 70
2. John Augustus Fiedler 1864 - 1927 died at Murrumbeena aged 63.
3. Elizabeth Ernest Fiedler 1870
4. Ernest Francis Fiedler 1873
5. Rosine Barbara Fiedler 1875
2. John Augustus Fiedler 1864 - 1927, wed 1889 #2620 to Mary Jane Jasper
1 child 1. James Henry Fiedler 6 March 1890 - 16 Feb 1965
In 1889 two men named August Fiedler wed -
August John Fiedler wed Selina Stothers, he was born at Huntley, Vic
August Henry Fiedler wed Mary Jane Jasper, he was born at Thomastown, Vic
Other children who have August Fiedler as their father include
1901 - 1919 Hannah Elizabeth, dau of Louisa Whittle
1. James Henry Fiedler wed 3 Sept 1913 to Emily Florence Honey
1 child 1. Isobel Emily Fiedler 20 June 1914, wife of Alan Keith Frost


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