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Edward McDonnell 30th August 1883 – 11th January 1975.

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:02:00 +0000

Edward McDonnell 30th August 1883 – 11th January 1975. Edward was born on 30th August 1883 in Myton, Kingston Upon Hull, Hull, England at 1 Hutchinsons Place to Peter McDonnell, and Elizabeth Ann McDonnell (nee Ayre) In 1891 (Age: 8) He was living at 1 Medley Square in Drypool, Yorkshire, England with his parents, and three brothers and his sister. He was a scholar. On 14th August 1897 is mother Elizabeth Ann dies from acute hepatitis aged 43 years. In 1901 (Age: 18) Edward is living with his sister and her husband, and their three children at 1 Ivy Cottages Southcoates Lane Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England. Also living with their sister are Edwards three brothers. On 12th June 1905 (Age: 21) Edward marries Alice Dixon at St Andrews, Drypool, Kingston Upon Hull. He is a Labourer living at 63 Crowle Street in Drypool at the time. Between 1905 and 1910 Edward and Alice have three sons and move to 10 Wilfred Terrace, Raven Street Hull Sculcoates Kingston Upon Hull Yorkshire England. Edward is a Ship Yard Labourer. On 21st April 1910 Edward’s father Peter dies from Acute Bronchitis On 5th December 1913 (Age: 30) Edward leaves Hull and departs from London to Australia aboard the Omrah. Two of his brothers also leave for Australia around the same time. On 2nd December 1915 (Age: 32) Edward enlists in the Australian Imperial Force at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Edward is described on enlistment as being 33 years and 3 months. 5 feet and 4 inches. 132 ½ lb. His chest measures 35 – 37 ½ inches. His complexion is sallow, his eyes blue and hair brown. His religious denomination is C of E. He has a vaccination on his right forearm and a scar on his right shin. He has a tattoo of three dots on his lower forearm, and three moles. On 2nd May 1916 (Age: 32) he is discharged from Australian Imperial Force as medically unfit. From 1930 to 1954 Edward lived in New South Wales in Lord Street and May Street according to the electoral rolls. Residence 1930 (Age: 47) 107 Lord Street Camdenville, Cook, New South Wales, Australia Boiler Attendant Residence 1933 (Age: 50) 107 Lord Street Camdenville, Cook, New South Wales, Australia Boiler Attendant Residence 1943 (Age: 60) 58 May Street, St Peters, Cook, New South Wales, Australia Textile Residence 1949 (Age: 66) 58 May Street, St Peters, Grayndler, New South Wales, Australia Textile Residence 1954 (Age: 71) 58 May Street, St Peters, Grayndler, New South Wales, Australia Textile Edward McDonnell died on 11 January 1975 (Age: 91) in Peakhurst, New South Wales, Australia.[...]


Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:05:00 +0000

Ok so yes it is about time I update this!!

I have been really excited about getting in touch with my Dad's cousin and actually meeting up with her and her husband :o) We had such a fantastic day together!!

I have been going great guns with the McDonnell's and have found out that Edward McDonnell who emigrated to Australia in about 1913 died in a Sydney suburb called Peakhurst in 1975. It looks likely he remarried and had a son. I think there are links to Newtown and Peakhurst, but there is, as ever, more investigating to do!! Would really love to hear from anyone who finds this blog searching for the above!!

Still looking for more information on Frederick Taylor b 1873 in Sunderland. I found him in 1911 but living with his children and parents after the death of his first wife Elizabeth Ellen Bell in 1906. I am told he remarried and had further Taylor children but have been unable to find them as's possible he never actually married but just lived with his "second wife".

Still no sign of William Murrell b 1873 despite the LMA records coming onto Ancestry!! Still can't prove either way the French/Bethnal Green connection. I'm thinking maybe he also remarried as did Margaret Georgina Coutts but I've yet to find it!!! TBH he could have gone anywhere after 1901 (ish) I found Grandma Coutts in 1911 enumerated as Lisle but still no sign of her in 1901.

Found some great info on baptism's and marriages' on the LMA records though :o)

All for now!!

SJ x x x x

Tracing the McDonnell's Forwards - Part 2

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 15:49:00 +0000

Original post

Hurrah! (image)

The 1911 Census now has Durham and Yorkshire online, so I went digging for more information on the McDonnell's.

On my previous post I had some McDonnell children which were possibly part of my tree but didn't know where they lived. I've now managed to trace a few of them using the 1911 census and it would seem two of them were my grandfather's brothers!

Charles McDonnell - Q2 1906 Sculcoates 9d 227

Albert Edward McDonnell - Q3 1906 Sculcoates 9d 196 [Married Emily C Booth 1929 St Philips (Bilton Grange) Hull]

Louis Desmond McDonnell - Q1 1909 Sculcoates 9d 193 [Married Ellen Parker 1933 St Andrew (Drypool) Hull]

Charles, Albert and Louis are now all accounted for and do belong in my tree.

Lily McDonnell - Q2 1909 Sculcoates 9d 198 [Married Frank Stainforth 1933 St Andrew (Drypool) Hull]

Robert William - Q3 1909 Sculcoates 9d 209

Henry Albert McDonnell - Q1 1907 Sculcoates 9d 186 [Married Nellie Tait 1930 Sculcoates Register Offices Hull?]

Lily, Robert and Henry are still on the "to find" list.

It would seem that Albert Edward McDonnell and Emily Booth had at least one child, Horace E McDonnell.


Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:42:00 +0000


While waiting for the 1911 Census to upload East Ridings and Durham online I've been looking at both sides of my family tree...........I am convinced one day my son will be interested and not just sigh and roll his eyes at the mention of it!

Anyway I've been looking into William Murrell....again!!! I've contacted a couple of people on Ancestry who I've found to have a possible this space!!

I've also been looking at the Permain side of the tree and found a possible link that goes back to Hampshire. I'm waiting on a birth certificate at the moment and then it's full steam ahead to see what else I can find! William Permain was an seems after he was a soldier, and a lodging house keeper in Kensington. He married a Caroline Burford, born in Ross Herefordshire, in 1868. Caroline died in 1879 and William went on to marry Emily Halbeard who was born in Birmingham in 1840. William's father was Thomas, and I believe his mother was Elizabeth ?? From census records I think he had a sister Martha Hewlett Permain, and two brothers, George and John. Emily Halbeards family appear interesting....but that's a whole other post for another day!

Am practising patience while awaiting the 1911 ........................

New Website - Photographers 1840 - 1940

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:41:00 +0000

I Just found this, looks like it could be very useful if you have any old photo's or photographers in the family!

A website about the photographers of Great Britain and Ireland from 1840 to 1940, their photographs, their studios and their customers.

Get information from the world’s largest collection of British and Irish carte de visite photographs and from the results of over 30 years of trade directory and census research.

More 1911 Census News

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:46:00 +0000

Good news for anyone who is worried their credits will run out before the county they are waiting for comes looks like Find My Past are going to extend your credits.....but only if you email them........details here

Q - Where would I be without the list?

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 14:39:00 +0000

A - A lot more stuck than I am!

I really can't recommend enough joining up to Rootsweb Mailing Lists for the area(s) you are researching.

Not only do you get a lot of great and helpful advice, the people I've met so far have been great in helping to piece together details from my tree by helping to search, local knowledge, or looking things up for you!!

If you're a bit stuck or just want some advice or confirmation you are looking along the right lines in your tree, give them a go!! The Link is in the left sidebar, or click here

Unusual Names Update

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 18:51:00 +0000

New Number One position....

1) Easington Charlotte Batchelor 1831 Benington, Lincolnshire, England
2) Ephriam Alan Ayre 1803 Kingston Upon Hull Yorkshire England
3) Ritson Taylor 1894 Sunderland, Durham, England
4) Silas Boyd 1815 Hartley Hampshire England

1911 Census Counties News *hurrah*

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 18:36:00 +0000

I know this might be a bit old now, but it's exciting news and at least we now have an idea of what's coming and when!!

Click below or the title of this post to read the latest!

Thank you 1911 census peoples (image)

New Surnames

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 18:15:00 +0000

There's been a bit a lull in research as I recently "did my back in" resulting in an inability to move a couple of weeks ago!!! It's getting a bit better every day and the osteopath said I've damaged a disc, but not horrendously - The doctor said "have some pills" (image)

Anyway I'm on the mend and have been looking a bit further into my partners side of the family tree, surnames and area's as below!

Aspery - London & Birmingham
Burford - Herefordshire & London
Halbeard - London & Birmingham
Hardy - London & Somerset
Hunt - Hertfordshire & London
Jenkins - London & Somerset
Marklew - Birmingham
Permain - London
Skelding - Birmingham
Tupman - London & Somerset

If you'd like more info on the surnames above drop me an email!

I also hope there is someone else out there looking at the Permain surname who might be pleased to find a hit rather than Google asking if you mean "permian" So annoying LOL !! (image)

Something interesting I've found is that (subject to a marriage certificate to confirm) my gr gr gr grandfather in law was a successful paper mache manufacturer and japanner, until he went bust, ended up in prison and then worked as a clerk. I am loving the access to the 19th century newspapers online via my library!! (image)

John B Dixon

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 13:06:00 +0000

As per the last post I've started looking at John B Dixon, who I am now sure is actually John Robert Dixon. If you look at the census return I'm sure the B which is transcribed is actually an R - especially when you compare with the R on Railway on the same return in the same handwriting!

Off I go in search of John Robert!

McDonnell Update

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:40:00 +0000

Yesterday I received the death certificate for Sydney McDonnell who accidentally drowned in the River Humber in 1926 aged 7 :o( Sydney would have been my granddad's brother. His death certificate said he was the nephew and adopted son of Harry Dixon of 42 Lee Smith Street. Harry would have been Alice Dixon's brother and can be found on the Crowle Street Kids website (link in sidebar) living at 42 Lee Smith Street from 1935.

Harry is listed as living with a Sarah whom I assume was his wife I've narrowed it down to Sarah J LONGSTER in 1907 or Sarah A STOW in 1915 from Yorkshire BMD - I will have to await the 1911 census to confirm I think.

I've ordered Sydney's birth certificate as my records so far place Edward McDonnell in Australia in 1915 in the Australian Imperial Force. His papers suggest they were passed to the department of repatriation in about 1931/32. So far I've been unable to find Edward coming back to the UK, or Alice going out to Australia. Sydney's birth was registered in Q4 of 1918.

Using the Crowle Street Kids website I've managed to find a marriage for Edith Dixon, another of Alice's siblings, to a William Rawson in 1920, and I think four children Ethel, Vera, Jeffrey and Betty. Now hopefully soon I'll be able to put together Harry's marriage and find out who Sydney's adoptive mother was.

Last left on the list for Alice's siblings is John B Dixon born abt 1883.

1911 Census - Counties

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:50:00 +0000

Found this on the 1911 Blog which explains why the North and Wales are last to be made available.....fair enough I spose......tho no less frustrating having to wait.....I am not a good waiter LOL :o)

If I get their explanation right, the I think East Ridings, Yorkshire is going to be the next to become available.......I hope so!!!! The original email said they hoped to have the whole of the UK available by the Summer, which looking at the amount of places still to come online makes me think that maybe it wont be too long a wait for Yorkshire and Durham.

*crosses fingers*

I am so itching to find a lot of people from Oop North!!

I've heard also (if reading various message boards and googling for theories counts) that when it's all online and fully searchable they will open it up to subscriptions rather than pay per view......I'm also looking forward to this as it's not all that easy to tell from the results at the moment whether you have the right family or not, and sometimes it's something completely random whcih leads you to finding your family transcribed as something weird and wonderful. If I had to PPV for all the censuses I've looked at on Ancestry which were wrong I'd be having to ebay the entire contents of my house to pay for them :o)

Till then however I will practice patience, which is a virtue apparently :o

Media Files:

More Unknown Photos

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:28:00 +0000

Following on from the funky new addition in the sidebar, here are some more of my unknown pictures. No idea on the two ladies at the top, I'm thinking that the lady on the bottom photo may be a Dixon?? I'm also thinking the lady in these two other photos is probably a Dixon too.......




.....just because she so reminds me of my Grandad, and the photo I have of my Great Grandmother. I think my Grandad inherited the Dixon genes - although I don't have a picture of my Great Grandfather to prove this as yet.....I live in hope!!!

SJ x

New Stuff in the sidebar

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:22:00 +0000

Hi all

I've found this cool new widget which shows all the pictures I've posted on the blog in a little slideshow in the sidebar!

Enjoy SJ x

Granny Dixon - Pitts Terrace

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 19:04:00 +0000

Following on from my post the other day about the Crowle Street Kids (link on the left) website, I've uploaded the picture that started my journey to find this website. Granny Dixon, as noted on the back of the photo is, I am sure, Emma Grainge. Emma Grainge was born in about 1861 in Skirlaugh, Hornsea, Yorkshire, England. Her parents were John Grainge and Jane Short.

In 1882 Emma married John Thomas Dixon in Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire.

Emma and John had four children John B Dixon, born abt 1883, Alice Dixon born 1884 Harry born abt 1887 and Edith born abt 1897.

On searching for more information on Pitts Terrace so I could find out more about the photo I came accross the Crowle Street Kids website and was surprised to find that Emma Dixon was living on Pitts Terrace at number 14 during the 1940's and 50's. She appears to have been living with her daughter Edith and her daughters husband William Rawson. Also living there was Edith and William's son Jeffrey Rawson.

Edith and William look to have married in 1920 and had four children, Ethel, Vera, Jeffery and Betty.

It appears the family lives in and around the area at the turn of the century with the Dixon's living at Crowle Avenue in 1901, my grandfather being born in Wilfreds Terrace, Raven Street, and my great grandparents giving their address as Crowle Street in 1905.

Batchelor Family Of Lincolnshire

Sat, 24 Jan 2009 14:45:00 +0000

Up until today when I revisited this family I had a Charlotte Esentoun Batchelor, born abt 1831 and married to Richard Dixon in 1852. Now looking again I think her first name was either Esentoun or Esenton. She appeard to marry inder the name Esentoun Charlotte Batchelor, and looking today I found what I'm sure is her with her family in 1841 (how many Esento(u)n Batchelors can there be in Lincolnshire?? )

In 1841 her name is spelt Esenton, and her brothers and sisters have some brilliant names!!

Esenton's Parents
John Batchelor abt1786
Ann ??? abt1796

Esenton's Siblings
Jemima Batchelor abt1829
Carrington Batchelor abt1829
Cornelious Batchelor abt1831
Kesia Batchelor abt1836

Looking at the Family search website there seems to be a couple of varient spellings for Kesia - Kezziania and Kuzziah, and the 1851 census has her as Kezziah.

I also have a Carrington born 1829 from the 1841 census and one born 1840 from the 1851 census??

Esenton Batchelor would have been my Great Great Great Grandmother, and married Richard Dixon in 1852 in Glanford Brigg. From the censuses thereon, she seems to use the name Charlotte. She appears to have died in Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire aged between 46 and 48 in 1879. He death is listed under the name Easington Charlotte Dixon in quarter 3.

So far I've been unable to find her in 1851, but she appears not to have been living with her parents at this time.

So I wonder if her name was Esenton, Esentoun - probably less likely IMO to have been Easington??? But if you have details on the family with what her name actually was drop me an email :o)

Crowle Street Kids

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:05:00 +0000


A very exciting website......I just found my gr gr grandmother living on Pitts Terrace in the 1940’s and 50’s .............more later........




Posted by email

Still Waiting.......

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:36:00 +0000

….For Yorkshire (East Ridings) and Durham to appear on the 1911 census……..




The 1911 Blog has some good updates tho…………if you, like me, are still waiting for your ancestors counties to come online!




Posted by email :o)


Quilkin Family

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 17:00:00 +0000

One person in my tree I've been trying to find out more information on is Margaret Quilkin.

She was born abt 1855 in Sunderland (although it does say this on census returns I believe she may have been born in Ireland)

In quarter 1 of 1871 aged abt 17 she married George Bell (born 1852 in Sunderland) On the 1871 census she was living at 15 George Street, West Sunderland and was a sempstress.

In 1881 I can't find the family.

In 1891 they were living at 20 Stamps Lane, Sunderland, husband George is a Baker.

In 1901 they were at 10 Stamps Lane, Sunderland, George still a Baker.

Margaret and George had six children between 1872 and 1886.

John W Bell Born 1872 SUNDERLAND Durham England

Elizabeth Ellen Bell Born 1873 SUNDERLAND Durham England Died 1906
SUNDERLAND Durham, England

Margaret Bell Born 1875 SUNDERLAND Durham England

Mary A Bell Born 1877 SUNDERLAND Durham England

George Alderson Bell Born 1880 SUNDERLAND Durham England

May Unthank Bell Born 1886 SUNDERLAND Durham England

Family info suggests she may have been Irish, and I am struggling to find her birth registered, or her on the 1861 census with her parents. So I'm guessing she came over to England between her birth and 1871.

Any info on the surname Quilkin greatfully received :o)

SJ x

Sparshott Chronicle

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:46:00 +0000

Hi all

If you found me searching for the name Sparshott I have been sent an excellent webiste which might help you out. I posted my surname list a few days ago which included Sparshott. I only have one in my tree who was Mary Ann E Sparshott born in abt 1878 in Sunderland, Durham. She married John W Bell in Sunderland in 1896. John W Bell was my Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Ellen Bell's brother.

Anyway I received an email from Peter at the Sparshott Chronicle who is researching this surname. So if you have Sparshott's in your tree click the link above or the one in the sidebar and take a look.

SJ x


Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:52:00 +0000

Well you learn something new every day!!!

I've been mainly an on line family tree researcher, being as my family comes from either Durham or Yorkshire I've been using Ancestry, Free BMD and a few other sites to put together the information I have at the moment. I've got to the point where I feel I've got pretty much all I can from there at the moment, until new stuff is added.

With a huge amount of thanks going to the Rootsweb London List I've now found out how to view loads of additional information online via my council website with my library card - which has until now been mostly neglected and gathering dust in my purse!! It's mainly old newspapers, but they seem to cover most of the country which is excellent!!! Not that I've found anything yet but I think the search facility is going to take some practicing LOL

Anyway if you're wanting to have a search through the old historic papers online check out the facilities your library offers and you, like me, might be able to stay safely on your butt in front of the pooter to view some!!

Thanks again to the Rootsweb London List!!

New Updated Surnames and Places!

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:24:00 +0000

Here’s my all new updated surname list with (where I could remember) the place they came from!!   I now have 121 surnames in my tree. This year the plan is to find some of my ancestors on the 1911 census and hopefully put a bit more information to the four main grandparent branches in my tree. I’ve not quite worked out how I’m going to do this yet as being t’other end of the country to Durham and Yorkshire I might either have to arrange a visit or find out how to (and what to) look at for things which may not be online!   Anyway, here goes the Surname Listing! Hope it looks OK as I’m posting this via email!   SJ x   Name County Place County1 Place1 Agar Yorkshire Kingston Upon Hull Alderson Durham Sunderland Ansell Ayre Yorkshire Babb Bagnet Bailey Barney Batchelor Baxter Bell Durham Sunderland Benfield Black Durham Sunderland Blenkhorn Durham Sunderland Booth Borrer Surrey Croydon Bowyer Surrey Chipstead/Croydon Boyd Surrey Croydon Sunderland Durham Brooks Yorkshire Sculcaotes Brown Burn Burt Butler Caiger Cairns Durham Sunderland Clark Cloughton Durham Sunderland Cockburn Cooper Corp Course Coutts Durham Sunderland Scotland Aberdeenshire Cowey Creed Davis Dickinson Ditchburn Dixon Yorkshire Sculcaotes Donaldson Northumberland Brownside Douglass Durham Sunderland Earle Farquarson Foster Fowler Durham Sunderland Grainge Yorkshire Sculcaotes Greenwood Hardy Somerset Hawthorn Henderson Durham Sunderland Hesketh Durham Sunderland Hibbs Hill Hold Durham Sunderland Hunt Hunter Jenkins Somerset Wells Joan Jordan Kennedy Scotland Aberdeenshire Kirby Knowles Langford Leedham Durham Sunderland [...]

1911 UK Census

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:56:00 +0000

How exciting!!!!! It's now available online although not all counties are there yet, and unfortunately the two I am wating for most are Durham and Yorkshire (East Ridings) and are not yet completed and released, so I'm checking on (what feels like) an hourly rate waiting for them to come online!!

It's quite expensive at the moment as it's on pay per view credits so I've tried to limit myself to the ones I really want to see!

In Yorkshire I'm waiting to see where my Grandad was in 1911, he would have been about 1, my great grandad in Sunderland should be there too and I am interested to find out where he was living as his mother had died in childbirth in 1906. I'm also interested to see where his father was, and whether he was still living with his children at then, as at some point after his wife died the childrens went to live with their grandparents.

I'm also looking to find my great grandma, also in Sunderland, I've had a real nightmare tracing her on the 1901, she's not to be found anywhere!!!

I've had some luck with the Boyd's in Croydon and have found great grandad Boyd with his step sister and her husband, also another step sister appears to have been visiting! Looks like Aunty Edie had just got married to Harry William Bailey (or maybe William Harry as he lists himself as Harry then signs the form WH Bailey) Anyway Gr Grandad Boyd was 18, and a shop assistant to a Tailor. Not sure where to go next with the Boyds as they are a bit of a mess around the late 1800's early 1900's.

Gr Grandad Boyd's father was Silas, who didn't appear with him on the 1901 census. Gr Grandad Boyd is there with his mother Elizabeth and two step sisters, who are listed as hers. Tracing the step sisters back on previous censuses there were two further brothers and the father Alfred was amrried to an Elizabeth, although I am really not sure that the two Elizabeths are the same - other than the fact Gr Grandad Boyd's birth certificate says his mother was a Bowyer, late Wilson (now Boyd) I can't find any of the marriages for them!! One to look over when I get a bit of time, it was one of the first branches added to my tree so maybe I need to go back thru and check it all out!

Anyway, mid month new years resoloution is to update the blog more!! Thanks to all who have visited, and for all the emails!

Still Searching

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:42:00 +0000


I am still here! Wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has emailed me recently, adding more information and branches to my tree, and I hope yours!

Things I am working on at the moment are William Murrell - STILL !!!! The Douglass brances of my tree to try to find a link with the ancestors of someone who emailed me. The Taylors, still looking for some information on Frederick b 1873. It seems I had the wrong second marriage for Frederick in my tree after receiving the marriage certificate! Not bad going it's the first duff certificate I've spent out on since beginning researching the family tree. So if anyone has a Frederick Taylor, marrying a Mary Jane Carter nee Derbyshire in their tree, I have a copy of the certificate if you want to drop me an email. The marriage was 28th September 1928 in Sunderland Register Office, Frederick was a farm servant living at 27 West Sunniside, Sunderland. Mary a widow living at 50 Henry Street East. Frederick's father was Edward Taylor a wood carver and Mary's Anthony John Derbyshire a Fireman (seagoing), witnesses were Ernest Taylor and E A Taylor.