My husbands Ancestry DNA test results came back and we were not surprised with the ethnicity estimates. We know he has a very diverse Ancestry with family members crossing cultural and country boundaries frequently. So far the results have matched him with 159 4th cousins or closer, most of whom seem to fall in the unknown zones of his family trees unfortunately. I am looking forward to trying to place the matches in his trees and to unravel everything more over time! I am now also very curious to do my own DNA test in the near future, especially after hearing that a huge brick wall has recently been knocked down by distant relatives getting theirs done!
These articles involve my 5th Great Grandmother Ann Puckeridge (nee Maund) and her son William Puckeridge (my half 4th Great grand Uncle). Ann was born in England and married her first husband Joseph Puckeridge around 1796. There are records of two children being baptised in St Marylebone, Middlesex, England for this couple Sarah (1799-?) and James (1800-?). Their lives took a turn in 1800, when Joseph was sentenced to death for stealing scotch ticking, this sentence was later remitted to transportation for Life. In 1801 Joseph, the convict and Ann his free wife arrived in Australia on board the ship Earl Cornwallis , their English born children's fate is unknown. They went on to have the following children in Australia: William (1802-1877), John (1804-1885), Ann Sawyer nee Puckeridge (1806-1882), Mary Ann (1809-1818), Richard (1812-1881), Joseph (1814-1857) and Henry (1817-1819). Joseph worked as a brickmaker in Australia and died in Sydney in 1818. In 1820 Ann married J