May 182012

Family History Alphabet Challenge

31 May 2012 is the 110th anniversary of the end of the Boer War. The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed on 31 May 1902 which ended the Second Anglo-Boer war, often referred to as the Boer War (there had been a previous Boer War December 1880-March1881 which is usually not mentioned unless you had serving personnel). The Boer War was the first military action in which Australia as Australia was involved. Initially each colony sent units but some Commonwealth units were involved after Federation.

So this week being the B letter of the Family History Alphabet Challenge is doubly appropriate as I am writing about William Busby, my stonemason ancestor and how the Boer War related to his work. It related to him personally as his son George Howard Busby went to South Africa and enlisted in the Cape Mounted Rifles.

William Busby
My William Busby was a stonemason and I have spoken  about him previously.  He came from a long line of stonemasons from Coombe in Oxfordshire. He emigrated with his wife Annie and small son William to Brisbane in 1882. Tragically, young William died aboard ship.

William worked as an Inspector of Works before starting his own business as a monumental mason which he then continued until he retired.

Lieutenant Lachlan John Caskey, who was killed in action at Makari Drift, Caledon River, South Africa on 27 September 1901. He was a well known sportsman and educator and the community wanted to have a memorial to him. A design competition was held and William submitted a design along with the other prominent stonemasons in Brisbane to the committee who wished to raise the  memorial. William’s was the winning design and this was announced in the Brisbane Courier 6 December 1901. 


Caskey Memorial
A public committee raised the 70 pounds cost.

As can be seen from the finished memorial it was an artistic detailed design that showed many aspects of Caskey’s life.

Each side of the memorial showed another aspect of his life. Cricket bats, tennis rackets, football, quill pen,  crossed swords, the draped cloth

The memorial was unveiled 10 May 1902
It is the first known South African War memorial in Queensland and a model for later monuments. 

William also did the Anning memorial, another Boer War memorial at Hemmant. The Boer War memorial at Sherwood, for Sgt Robert Berry and Acting Corporal John Macfarlane.  although a similar design, we don’t believe was done by William.
Caskey Memorial

Bryce Memorial

Another Boer War memorial that William at the Toowong Cemetery did was the Bryce Memorial. I thank Hilda Maclean of Friends of Toowong Cemetery for the fantastic photos she took of this memorial for me.

A Boer War Memorial is planned for Canberra. Did you know there is a very useful database of Boer War soldiers on the site?  You are able to add information about your ancestor and there are letters and photos. You are also able to buy a Boer War Descendents medallion or an “in Memory of” medallion as a fundraiser for the memorial. You are also able to add to the database if your ancestor was fighting on the side of the Boers or was in one of the English units.

Regimental Books in Brisbane have said a new book is being written about Boer War memorials around Australia. They are asking if you know of any in your area to let them know so that it can be listed.
Bryce Memorial

Nov 162011
Hmm, not quite Saturday but my writing is done when I can find some time.
Thomas MacEntee has revived Craig Manson’s 2009 Meme. It is a great one to redo as it really publicises the names we are researching. The names  will be picked up in Google and other search engines which will hopefully then lead to new cousin contacts where hopefully they do actually contact you! (Of course you have made it easy for them to contact you by having contact details on your blog or at the very least having a comment option?)
A slightly perplexed moan here: I have put some photos up on Ancestry to share and while I don’t mind people copying them (after all that was why I put them there). I still don’t understand why those same people don’t contact me and ignore me when I contact them. Do they seriously believe that is all the information I have on that person or family?
Back to the Meme and How This Meme Works
To participate, do the following at your own blog and post a link back on Thomas’ blog in the comments:
1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:
[SURNAME]: Country Town/State or County/, date range
as in:
AMOS surname: England, ( Kent, Molash) 1820- (Kent Selling) 1820+

BUSBY surname: England  (Oxfordshire, Coombe, Oxford) 1760+ Australia (Queensland, Brisbane) 1882+

CADWALLADER surname: England (Shropshire) 1790-

CARTER surname, England (Sussex, Northiam) 1803, (Kent,  Lydd, Brabourne, Sellinge, Boughton Under Blean) 1860+

CLEAVER surname: England (Warwickshire, Coventry) 1800s

COURTENAY surname: Ireland (Monaghan, Scotstown) 1846, Australia (Queensland, Toowoomba, Brisbane) 1865+

CULLEY surname: England (Cornwall, Mabe) l840+

CULLICOAT surname: England (Cornwall, Mabe) 1840-

EVANS surname: Wales (Radnorshire, Rhayader) 1830-, England (Middlesex, Enfield) 1840+, Australia (Queensland, Brisbane) 1865+

HAMER surname: England (Shropshire, Ludlow) 1780+

HOWARD surname: England (Buckinghamshire, Great Marlowe) 1760+, England (Buckinghamshire, Woburn) 1816, England  (Oxforshire, Summertown) 1840+

JELLEY surname: England  (Middlesex, Enfield) 1765+

LEWIS surname: England (Shropshire, Pontesbury, Church Stretton, Ludlow) 1790+

LONGLEY surname: England (Sussex, Northiam) 1740+

MCATAVEY surname: Ireland (Monaghan) 1846

NICHOLLS surname: England (Cornwall, Mawnan, Mabe and Stithians) 1700+

PHILPOTT surname: England (Kent, Saltwood, Hythe, Tonbridge) 1780+, 1840+, 1910+

PLUMRIDGE surname: England (Berkshire, Abingdon) 1720+ (Oxfordshire, Oxford) 1820+, Australia (Victoria, Geelong) 1850+

QUESTED surname: Anywhere, Anytime, One Name Study registered with Guild of One Name Studies

ROBINSON surname: England (Middlesex, Enfield) 1720+

ROLLASON surname: England (Warwickshire, Foleshill) 1720+ Australia (Queensland, Brisbane) 1863+

SMITH surname: Lucky me, I have  nine lines of Smith but the main one is England (Kent, Lower Hadres) 1800, (Kent, Boughton Under Blean and Hernhill) 1820+

TREMAYNE surname: England (Cornwall, Constantine) 1750-

WEEKS surname: England (Cornwall) 1790+, England (Devon, Plymouth) 1820+

WILLS surname: England (Cornwall, Perranuthnoe)  1680+

WINN surname: England (Cornwall, Constantine) 1770+

2. At the end, list your Most Wanted Ancestor with details!

While I always want to know more about all my ancestors my most wanted Ancestor is actually a marriage and a late marriage, during civil registration, at that:

William PHILPOTT born in 1838 in Cheriton, Kent marries Sarah MORGAN born in Llansafried, Wales. Well we assume they marry somewhere around 1858 as their first child was born in July 1859 in Folkestone, Kent. They go on to have another 12 children in Saltwood and Hythe (two of the other supposed children were actually her daughters’ children). William dies 3 Military Terrace, Hythe in 1898. Sarah dies there in 1912.

Per the 1911 census where it asks ‘how long have you been married in your current marriage’ Sarah says “37 years” which would make a supposed year of marriage 1874 (Sarah signs the form, so possibly it is the truth or they never married). William does die in 1898 so it would also depend if Sarah still considered herself married or not in 1911 (my mother still considers herself married even though Dad died seven years ago) in which case the marriage may have been 50 years previously eg 1861 if my maths is right?

William was employed as a groom in his early days so it is possible that they met while he was in service., as it is interesting that they come from different sides of the country.

I would love some fresh eyes on this as I have looked for this marriage for a number of years. I did a search from 1858 to 1898 which is when William died.

 It is possible that Sarah was previously married which would muddy the waters somewhat. Unfortunately Philpott, while not Smith is still not an uncommon name, especially when you add in a possible marriage anywhere in the country or even possibly out of it!