Causes of Death

#52 ancestors 52 weeks  - week 43 In 1891 John REED is again in the newspapers [1], he had committed suicide. Yet was this the cause of death? The newspaper reports tell us that John committed suicide by a gunshot wound to the head [2]. This is not substantiated when you first read the Inquest... Continue Reading →


#52 ancestors 52 weeks John REED was arrested for attempted murder and committed for trial on 25 September, 1886. The prison record tells us that he "unlawfully attempted to discharge a loaded revolver with intent to feloniously and of his malice aforethought to kill and murder her at Exeter on 24 September 1886" [2]. John... Continue Reading →

Playing Cricket

# 52 ancestors 52 weeks week 41 Sport John Henry LOADES was the first LOADES to be born on South Australian soil. John Henry was born on the 25 July, 1855 in North Adelaide [2]. The family having only recently arrived in the colony on 25 April 1855 on board the Caroline [3]. John Henry... Continue Reading →

Ten Places In Devon

# 52 ancestors 52 weeks Week 40 During the past week I have spent time in Devon in the 1700's and 1800's as i follow the trial of the NOSWORTHY family. This week we will look at ten places where the family lived during this time. William NOSWORTHY his wife Jane DREW and their children... Continue Reading →

On The Farm

Week 39 #52 Ancestors 52 Weeks This weeks we journey to County Devon in England and the Nosworthy side of the family. Many of our ancestors on the maternal side of the family were listed as agricultural labourers in the 1841 and 1851 census. The few exceptions were in county Devon where they were listed... Continue Reading →

Unusual Sources

Week 38 #52 ancestors 52 weeks State Records of South Australia has always been the place to go when looking for information that can verify and extend ones research. A visit to their facility a Gepps Cross requires some planning if one is the use the day productively. Recently, State Records of SA have teamed... Continue Reading →

Closest To Your Birthday

#52 Ancestors 52 Weeks While there are a number of living relatives who have birthday around and close to the 7th of February, the relative I will be writing about died at the age of 15years 11 months. Leslie Howard LOADES born on 12th February 1880 at Islington, South Australia. Leslie was the one of... Continue Reading →


#52 Ancestor 52 Weeks - week 36 The trade of carpenter was passed down through the LOADES family. Edward Waller LOADES born at the turn of the 19th century was apprenticed to Joseph Eastmure, Thomas Howes, Randal Hodkinson, John and Edward Wilcox Howes in Great Yarmouth. He completed his apprenticeship in 1820 and was admitted... Continue Reading →

Back to School

Week 35 #52ancestor52weeks Back to school is a lucky topic as only a week ago a member of the extended family had sent a number of photos of my grandfather and his younger brother. The boys were all lined up ready for their school photos, much like the featured image. The photo was taken around... Continue Reading →

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