By pasting for help in here, will save the communication box from clogging up and those that can help will then look in here and contact the inquirer.and while we are at why don't we make a look up folder for each state.
In reference to the shipping detail for Mrs A Ruffles on the "Westralia", she was listed as being British and travelling alone in steerage.
The listing for A M Sheldrake was for an American sailor born in abt 1864 and having departed from New York and arriving at Southampton on 30 Aug 1894. This can't have been the person you are looking for.
In the Australian electoral rolls I have found a Ada Mary Ruffels (note different spelling) living at 39 Spensley St, Clifton Hill Victoria in 1919.
Thank you Peter! What a lot of looking up you did. I'm interested in the reference to Ada M E Sheldrake marrying James Sinclair, partly because of the name, but also because I did actually find a reference in the Perth electoral records to an Ada M Sheldrake. I wonder if it could possibly be the one I'm looking for.
I'll also follow up the Ada Mary Ruffels, the name was often spelt this way. Some branches of the family are Ruffels, others Ruffles and the two often seemed interchangeable! However most of the Australian ones are Ruffels so I suspect she is one of those.
Ada was born in the UK so the Westralia record matches.
Every little bit helps!
Thanks once again.
Update! Thank you so much Peter, I am following up your information as I believe you have found our Ada! Will soon have the marriage certificate to James Sinclair and if it is as expected, it will show that Ada and her husband Alfred both married bigamously. I have since found a death for Ada Sinclair showing she died in 1921. Not in 1906 as her husband conveniently stated on his second marriage certificate LOL!
It will be interesting to find out if Ada and James had any children in Perth. I haven't worried about looking yet as she is a very distant relative by marriage and most of this research has been undertaken to help a closer relative trying to solve the family mystery! Thanks again and have a great Christmas
Hi, I have just discovered this page, and having gone through all the comments have not found anything I felt I could help anyone with. I do have a brick wall of my own, though, which I would appreciate help/advice on.
Thomas Parker m Charlotte Charlier somewhere round 1830 (presumably in England, though we haven't found it) and had five children prior to coming to South Australia where they had another two in 1839 and 1842. The last English child was born in 1836 and one of the English children died in Australia in Feb1839. They applied for emigration in Aug 1837, and arrived in Adelaide on the Royal Admmiral in Jan 1838. Their last know address in England was Croydon, and some of their children were born round that area.
It would seem that that is the logical place to search for my Thomas. (Unfortunate that both Thomas and Parker are extremely common English names, particularly when placed together!). Charlotte, as far as we know was Belgium, but we haven't been able to trace her either. Now there is a suggestion that the Parker might have originated in France!
If anyone has any ideas on where I can look I would appreciate it greatly. Denise
I have picked up something via the WVR Aus/Nz
Thomas Phillip Parker - Ward's Belt - Willaston it looks like this person was a farmer as this came under a brand registration but cannot make head or tail of it but have blown it up to find this as it must be a brand :
P R8 certificate number 3903 T near shoulder this is from a digitised scan and when you copy n paste this type of scan it put all types of figures and numbers in until you blow it up then it is possible to make an assumption on what it really is and record it as that.
that was from a horse and cattle brand register (Brands Directory South Australia 1901.)
There is also a Thomas Parker listed here:South Australia Post Office Directory 1903 (Wise) for the Angas Valley and Angaston
Many thanks. I've just spent about 6 hours sorting through some of the Parker family on the new.familysearch site, and someone has put our Thomas Parker in as Thomas Philip. (Thomas did have a son Thomas Philip (1839-1920), but this one was born about 1806, roughly when we think 'our' Thomas was born, so your info. seems very relevant). I'll get onto the links as soon as I can and as soon as my back can stand some more sitting at the computer.
The entry in new.familysearch (most of it entered by me) is as follows:
Thomas Phillip Parker (1803-1842) Husband
Charlotte Charlier (1801-1870) Wife - Marriage: about 1831
Charlotte Catherine Parker (1830-1905)
John Thomas Parker (1830-1879)
Henry Thomas Parker (1832-1903)
Thomas Parker (1834-1839)
The above born in England, the last two in South Australia
Thomas Philip Parker (1839-1920)
Philip Thomas Parker (1842-1843)
John Thomas has also been entered as John Matthew Thomas, but we had never come across this before - now you have found it. I've got a bit of work to do here.