Same Name

#52 Ancestors 52 Weeks How many of us have the same name as an ancestor? How many thought we had a name completely different only to find at a later date, that the name had already been used within the family? Teddy LOADES One name that is commonly used within the LOADES family is Edward... Continue Reading →

Random Fact – Margaret Ann REED

Old Bishopwearmouth [1] Margaret Ann REED was the sixth child born to John REED and Mary Ann CHAPMAN [2]. She was commonly known as Mary. This may have been because she was named for an older sister who had died early. The REED family lived in Bishopwearmouth, County Durham prior to migrating to Australia. John... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Same Name – week 25

Margaret Ann REED commonly known as Mary. was the second child of that name born to John REED and Mary Ann CHAPMAN. When first researching the family there was a moment of confusion, especially when viewing the shipping records for the REED family and the 1851 Census Margaret Ann Reed's age had deceased in the... Continue Reading →

Misfortune #52 Ancestors Week 12

Misfortune seems to have dodged John REED for much of his life. John was born in Monkwearmouth, County Durham in July 1823 (Durham records on line). The 1841 and 1851 Census tell us that he was a brick layer and this is substantiated by his immigration records. Late in life her was either known as... Continue Reading →

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