NOTICE BOARD - THEKINGSCANDLESTICKS.
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My apologies to all who have contributed new data or advice of
corrections, were added to the Contributors page or otherwise
have looked at the site expecting change, which has been
not yet been published.
The reason, 2016 has been a period of frustration as the broad band
service in my area has been increasingly overloaded. This has made
the process of refreshing the site with new data difficult.
However fibre optic broad band is now installed what joy.
This delay has been made worse by bugs in my genealogy software
for months affecting the export of data to the website, really serious!,
but now remedied.
For about 100yrs the disappearance of the Rev Arthur Cowper Julius
has been a mystery after he left his wife Alice and family and vanished.
The triangulation of pieces of family lore and fact have established
he changed his name to Davidson/Davison married it seems bigamously,
and had a second family in NSW, for more click on.
One of the most important matters in 2016 is the great progress on
proving the family line of English Alston’s to the large American family.
This started in 2013 with my discovery of the facts around John
Alston of Pavenham Bedfordshire (1673-1710/11) who had
been taken as the ancestor for over 100yrs, with unfortunately no
supporting evidence. With this myth clearly disproved, work again
started in earnest on finding the link.
Forrest King in the US, Mary Terbrak in Europe, and to a much lesser
extent myself, reviewed what was known and worked on possibilities.
A number of documents discovered by Forrest and Mary narrowed
the field to a John Alston of Westerfield Essex, a member of Mary’s
Alston line. The final break through was the discovery of John
Alston’s uncle Nicholas Pasfield who went to Virginia in the late 17thC.
In a series of events he was joined by John Alston and in 1693 both
are recorded in the same house as Tithe payers of Lawne Creek
More to be published on this by Forrest, who is at present both
consolidating the research and challenging it as it has a far reaching
effect on the family in the USA
Henry Lee Shuttleworth, has been in the “news” this year.
Yannick Laurent Tibetologist of Wolfson College Oxford convened a
conference this year on the Spiti Valley, which included a
recognition of Lee’s work in the area. If you know anything of a film
“Gullivers Travellers” directed by Harry Moscona early last century
let me know as Lee is thought to have been involved.
Another exciting development is the contact I have had from Burnell
Nisbett and Livingston Wilkinson family historians on St Kitts WI.
Although locating a proven link with the Julius family is presently
eluding us, the descendants of Kerie and or Edmead family’s look the
It is a great step forward establishing contact with genealogists
on St Kitts, and Burnell has put me in touch with the Govt of St Kitts,
Archivist Victoria O’Flaherty, who is very helpful.
Who knows what might yet be discovered to throw more light on the
ancestral family in St Kitts.
Newly added to the Books button is “Tank Sinker a History of
Julia Creek” by Guy Burns. A great factual read about life in Nth
West Queensland, Australia, early last century. Involved are
descendants of the Dare, Gerahty, Wilder and other families in this
Thank you Guy for your permission to publish.
Also the interesting book on the early cane industry in Cudgen in the
Northern Rivers District of NSW, involving William Warner Julius,
titled “Cutting the Cane” by Deborah Wallace
Alston Court Reparation - A scrap book kept by the family, of articles
in the Architectural Review 1907 etc, with excellent photo’s of the
old Grade I house and commentary.
My wife Audrey has now published her family history on a website
www.thelockedjournal.com an inspiring record of pioneering spirit.
She is now getting responses from around the world.
If you have Australian family, particularly from South and Western
Australia take a look they may be on it ?
I have been steadily adding images of letters and documents in the
“Other Records” section under a person’s notes. Most have not been
transcribed, should you be interested in something, please contact
me, if you cannot read it off the website.
Note. Double click on these images to bring them to full magnification.
Significant amongst these added images are transcriptions of letters
by Harriet Harrold of Harwich Essex. Writing of family life
almost 200 yrs ago and the trials and tribulations of having a family
at sea. She is both practical and devout, her letters are peppered
with exhortations to live a more Godly life, amid a mothers chatter.
These letters and those of Maria Downing around the same period are
part of the extensive Liveing Archive being digitalised by Claudia
Buxton, Dr Stan Lapidge is helping with the transcription.
The website continues to offer up answers to long hidden questions
about family members, of particular interest to me was a contact by
the family of Harriet Beatrice Larson the wife of Frances
Alston Fenn my rather dishonourable Navy cousin, which added
much to the record. Thank you Geoffrey & Pauline.
Pip Bucknell has kindly loaned me a small book written by Muriel
Gataker Julius his aunt. Titled “Family Jottings” it documents
the family of Reginald Hampton Julius and Minnie G E Gataker
and the extensive business interests of Reg Julius early last century
To previous notices.