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Trove Tuesday: A Humane Custom

Today's post concerns the wife of my Great Great Uncle Edward Donnelly.  Edward died on the 9th February 1908 (see here for his headstone inscription and photograph) leaving his wife of twelve years Margaret (nee Buckley) a widow with two young children, Sylvester about eleven years old and Frances about nine years old, to raise alone.  I had never heard of this practice until I found this article and I am very glad that she was given an option like this to see her through an extremely difficult time.  Margaret married a Joseph S. Ferguson in 1929 and lived until she was 85 years old (see here for her headstone inscription and photograph). Source: A Humane Custom. (1908, November 19). Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved October 14, 2014, from Transcript: A Human Custom. Mrs. E. Donnelly (daughter of Mr. Luckie, of Mundooran, and widow of the late Mr. Edward Donnelly,

Trove Tuesday: Lost by Widow

My find today on Trove is an advertisement that my Grandmother Cluna Irene Donnelly (nee O'Connor) placed in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate in July 1943.  Losing her handbag, money and ration books would of been devastating for her, especially considering the circumstances which she had found herself in at the time.  She had already had a terrible year as her husband (my grandfather)  Mervyn James Phillip Donnelly had passed away in January leaving her to raise their six children (who were aged between about thirteen and one) alone with her being reliant on the widows pension and child endowment to support them all. Source: Advertising. (1943, July 1). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , p. 6. Retrieved October 7, 2014, from Transcript: LOST by widow. Wed., 10.55 a.m. Cardiff bus, Lady's Handbag, containing £6 and 7 Ration Books.  Reward on return, Mrs. DONNEL

Great Wratting Waldens Continued: Mary Bowers (nee Walden/Waldon)

My 5th Great Aunt Mary Walden/Waldon the daughter of James Walden and his wife Elizabeth (nee Myson) was born in 1820 and baptised at St. Mary's Church at Great Wratting on the 24th September 1820. Source: Find My Past Record set Suffolk Baptism Index (part 3) Category Life Events (BDMs) Record collection Births & baptisms Collections from United Kingdom The 1841 Census has her living on census night in the village of Great Wratting, Suffolk in the household of one John Buffett, who was a sixty year old agricultural labourer.  Her mother Elizabeth Waldon and her nephew John Moore were also residents of the dwelling on that night. Source: Find My Past Record set 1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census Category Census, Land & Surveys Record collection Census Collections from United Kingdom Mary gave birth to a daughter Elizabeth Walden in about 1841 with the birth regis