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Melbourne and Angy Jones

Posted in Family History on September 10th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

This morning another email was waiting in my inbox from Australia with information of the Jones/Scourfield family:

Melbourne Jones came to Australia on a visit, returning with David Jenkins on one of his trips to Wales. He was only supposed to “visit”, but stayed on and married Angy Finger. They apparently met with disapproval of the arragement as she was the daughter of the orchardist/landowner and he was the hired help. However they went to New Zealand and married there. I have their marriage certificate. They returned to Victoria and spent some time here before returning to England.
I was particularly interested in Robert Scourfield (as he was the first member of the family to come to Australia. I have a lot of information on his life, but have been having great trouble finding shipping records of his arrival. He appears on the 1851 census, but not the 1861 census – so maybe he arrived a lot earlier than I have been looking. He set up a succesful tailoring business in partnership in Melbourne. Obviously he was responsible for his sister, Jane, and the Jenkins family coming to Australia in 1883. He purchased (on his sister’s behalf) orcharding land in Templestowe, and the generations worked this orchard until 1976 when it was sold for sub-division.

Jane Scourfield married David Jenkins in Narbeth (Bethal Chapel) so if you ever managed to get to Wales you could find the Chapel, and just down the same road, the family farm of your ancestors. It is still called “Brynhafod Farm”. I imagine this is the same place that Elizabeth would have married William Jones.

On your query re the wedding photo – I do know that the name “Margaret Jenkins” is part of the information I have on the Jenkins family in Wales. I will try to put names and dates together to see if they coincide. I am sure the Jenkins/Scourfield connection could have extended to friendships which would have made it possible for her to be one of “our” Jenkins.

Shirley Payne who wrote a letter is the daughter of Douglas Scourfield, who is the son of Nathaniel Scourfield and Hannah Bowen.

Thanks again so much. And I will get this information together and forward it to you.
Beverley

News from down under!

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Following the letter that I wrote to Australia, thanks to the address that Mary Keyton (nee Jones) gave me, today I received an email response back – hoorah! The contact is a grandson of Ann Jenkins (nee Scourfield). Ann was a sister of Elizabeth Jones (nee Scourfield) who married William, a brother of my Great Great Grandmother Leah David (nee Jones). They have some information relating to Melbourne Jones and his wife Angy. As I had suspected earlier in my research, Melbourne Jones did spend some time in Australia.

Angy Jones with daughter Marion Grace Jones:

Marion Grace Jones

Melbourne Jones with daughter Marion Grace Jones:

Marion Grace Jones

More mystery faces named

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A few days ago I received the first real feedback to my blog since I started writing it earlier this year. It is a refreshing change to the usual spam!

The mail came from Julian David who is also descended from my Great Great Grandmother Leah David (nee Jones). There are only two lines of possible descent on that side of the family, Julian being in one and my family line being in the other. It is fantastic to reconnect on that side of the family. My Grandma always talks fondly about Anchor David (who I now know correcly should be Anker David). Julian has also cleared up a handful of mystery photographs in the collection that I have borrowed.

This is William J. David, brother of my Great Grandmother Phoebe Cullum (nee David):

William J. David

This is William J. David’s son William Anker David:

William Anker David

This is William J. David’s son William Anker David:

William Anker David

This is Ivan and Olwen Morgan. It is not yet known who the smaller girl called Mollie is. Ivan and Olwen were children of Henry and Edith Morgan. Henry was the son of Evan and Ann Morgan (nee Jones), Ann being the sister of my Great Great Grandmother Leah David (nee Jones).

Ivan and Olwen Morgan

More news from Suffolk

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Since I last wrote I have received another letter from Mary Keyton (nee Jones) in Suffolk. She gave me the address of a Jenkins relative in Australia to whom I have since written. Mary also included copies of photographs of herself.

Mary Jones Keyton

Mary Jones Keyton

Mary Jones Keyton

Mary Jones Keyton

Mary Jones Keyton

Show stoppers

Posted in Family Life on September 9th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Well, we entered the Monk Sherborne show a few weeks back. Adult categories entered included white potatoes, onions, chocolate cake baked by a man (yes a man!), shortbread and scones. James entered a potato print picture, tray garden and vase of flowers. Amazingly I won a second prize for the onions and James was the family star winning first for his tray garden and two thirds for his potato print picture and vase of flowers.

The shortbread recipe was a winner, however I cut my circle into eight rather than six as required on the judging schedule. At risk of losing the winning recipe, here is a copy for reference next time:

Women’s Institute recipe

225g (8oz) softened butter
115g (4oz) icing sugar
225g (8oz) plain or SR flour
115g (4oz) cornflour
caster sugar to dredge

Cream butter and sugar, then blend in flour and cornflour. Grease a swiss roll tin and press mixture in firmly. Bake at 150 degrees c (fan oven) for 40-50 mins until golden in colour. Leave to cool in the tray for 10 mins and dredge with caster sugar. Cut into fingers and put on wire rack to cool totally. About half this recipe was sufficient to make a round of shortbread.

I made my biscuit in the round by rolling the dough to about 1cm thick and cutting around it using a small plate. I rolled it directly onto the baking tray as this gave the neatest finish. I then used the end of a spoon to indent a pattern around the edge, scored the segments and pricked a pattern using a fork. The only problem is that it was difficult to remove the shortbread from the baking tray even when well greased. Next time I may try silicon paper instead.

Monk Sherborne Show