Melbourne and Angy Jones

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.

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