Letter C challenge

There were so many choices for this letter:

Christmas traditions, convicts, certificates

But I chose two that were more specific to my research.

Cemetery at Cockle Creek near Catamaran

Many of you know I have been researching my whaling captain, William SMITH. But this post is more about his wife’s family. Sarah Ann TEDMAN and her sister Rosetta Caroline Tedman married on the same day, one to William Smith and the other to Domingo Jose EVORALL.

The marriage took place on September 30, 1874 in Burnett Street, Hobart Town, under the rites of the Congregationalists. Witnesses to the marriages were William Tedman, William John Tedman and Mary Ann Tedman. They all made their mark on the license.

Both William Smith and Domingo were mariners of full age and bachelors who could write their own names, while Sarah Ann age 19 could not and left her mark instead; her sister age 17 could write her own name. Both girls were daughters of a splitter.

Now that you know the closeness of these two families you will see my reason for choosing these words for this week’s letter.

My grandmother on the Smith side had property left to her at Cockle Creek and we would often go down to camp there when I was younger. We knew there was a cemetery in among the sand dunes but had never really looked at it until I started doing the family history. It was then we found the following graves. These are the before and after shots from a day of clearing around the graves.

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The three graves with headstones belong to William Tedman and Mary Ann Tedman and John Edward Louis Evorall. We don’t know who the other grave spots are for as there were no headstones or footstones to give us clues.

William Tedman
William Tedman
John Edward Louis Evorall
John Edward Louis Evorall
Mary Ann Tedman
Mary Ann Tedman


Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with C that relates to your family history or your research.

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33 thoughts on “Letter C challenge

  1. And you will Come and find the place where I am lying and kneel and say an Ave( prayer) there for me. (Danny Boy -1913)

    You can’t help but feel a special Connection to family at such places. What a wonderful discovery.

    • Margaret,
      It has made me do some more research on the Evorall tree even though they are not my direct line. Some of the links in the post have given me more information to look at as well.

  2. Cousins – so important to genealogists. By following ‘Cousin’ line we can find out much more about our own line.

    • Never underestimate a good cousin. They have wonderful stories to tell and helpful hints. Looking for a place called Crocodile in Qld gold mining areas ?
      around Rockhampton. Cousin thought he recalled something about a Crocodile Creek near Bouldercombe -research suggests we may be on the right track. Rockhampton used to be known as Cannoona. Captain Morris OConnell (Sir) grandson of William Bligh, sent to the area made a few unhelpful decisions and Caused some unrest among miners. Family researchers’ always wondering- is he connected to cousins husband. Must Close.

  3. Christmas, Canton and China three words that helped to trace my Great Grandmother. She was married in Canton and had her first Child there, about Christmas time. I’ve been able to trace her via the Census forms by just putting in her name and adding Canton, China.
    From 3 words to 5 words- Christmas, Canton, China, Child and Census….I’ve found her.

      • Thanks Margaret,
        One of my cousins had her dead and buried in 1877!
        My Grandmother was born in 1879!
        Great Grandmother lived until 1910
        and hopefully she saw her youngest daughter, my Grandmother married in 1909.

        I just love Census forms for proving the facts.

        Merry Christmas

        • Census rolls put the family together. Try electoral rolls as well, they adjust more frequently.

  4. Children.

    The many children, that our forebears gave birth to.
    In my two convict families alone, the women gave birth to 16.
    How hard it must have been to feed and clothe so many.

    My Great Great Grandmother was Ellen Crowley and she was transported to Tasmania in 1850 for stealing shoes – and for being “on the town’!
    After arriving in Launceston, she married another ex-convict and went on to have 11 children.

  6. Coal, most of my maternal side had their lives ruled by King Coal. Clogs on cobblestoned streets, blackened faces and hunched backs of the men wearyly making their way home after a long shift in the belly of the earth.

  7. Convict. My great great grandfather, Richard Palmer, came out to Australia as a convict, first in Tasmania and then to Adelaide SA. He stole at different times a horse. His sister Sarah came too, but don’t know if she was a convict. Currently tracking connection between John Palmer and Richard to see if they were related. John stole a sheep and also a horse.

    • Hi Jenny,
      Often convict conduct records mention if there are brothers or sisters who have been transported with or before your person. Also indents often give parents and siblings – sometimes this includes information about those transported within the family.

  8. Computer. Yes I know it sounds boring but………….without my Computer I would have had no idea where to start, or how to conduct, my research. My family history is of great interest and joy to me.

  9. “C”
    Charles Wheeler

    So what’s in a name, my name. Before I proceed for the researchers and clinical writers there is no clear evidence to support half of the hypothesizing here. However here’s the Charles Wheeler story. My paternal grandfather was a bad boy growing up. Not once but a few times. He decided he would change his name prior to marrying my grandmother . My father was born and his brother was born and then their father, my grandfather disappeared around 1915. I tracked down a legal note in the SMH (1925) stating that Francis Frederick Wheeler aka Edwin James Scammell has been missing for 10 years and my grandmother was in pursuit of a divorce for desertion. So that was where story was out about 10 years ago. There were stories around about why but there were few ideas about why “Wheeler” . The Scammell shared a lot. I got back on the case a month ago attempting to find current day “Scammels”. I found the spouse of a 19th Century male Scammell, cousin, had “Wheeler” as her middle name. Not a typical girl’s name and not your standard name at all. Her grand father was a convict named “Charles Wheeler”. Further investigation led me to find descendants of Charles Wheeler 1st who all lived between Tumbaraumba and Corrying. Two married into the Scammells and a third married into the Bells my Edwin / Francis mother’s family. There were a couple more Charles Wheelers too in the descendants list. I am awaiting documents. I am hypothesizing and I have some diagrams to map out the Scammell, Wheeler, Bell families to help clarify this for my family but it is more than likely that Wheeler was the closest family name he had to choose from and went with it after messing up the Scammell name. Its an ongoing work. My father had Charles in his name. I inherited it from him and maybe a long line of Charles Wheelers that we have no blood line with. Interresting.

  10. Characters………We meet Considerable Confusing Characters Constantly cramming our world….Compared to some of our pre-deceased Cousins some of these take Current ones take the Cake.

    Cripes we say at times, but at this time of the year we should thank Christ for Christmas……..

  11. C is for Catherine, my great grandmother,.Who knows what her surname really was. A chameleon who became whatever character suited her at the time hence she has been very hard to crack the brick wall she built for us. Collateral research doesn’t help. No christening records available. One almighty challenge. At least I have her marriage and death certificates and know where her plot is in the cemetery.

  12. C is for Collaroy. I lived here for a short time in my teens. I never knew that my deceased Grandparents had lived only a couple of blocks away. I don’t know whether the house was still there at the time, but it isn’t there anymore, replaced by a large block of units. I wished I had seen it.

  13. Rosetta caroline tedmam and Dominingo Jose everall was my nannas grandparents ida rose monks is my nan her parents were joseph william everall and her mum was Georgina alma Seymour.

    • Cool! My nan’s mother was an EVERALL, nan was a Marks. She grew up at cockle creek and married and moved to Southport.

    • Hmm pretty sure Domingo was my Nans Grandfather as well. She was a Marks, her mother’s maiden name was Evorall. I’d have to get the cousin calculator out to figure it all out though.

  14. My convict ancestor is Jane Harkness alias Cassidy. She stole a chair in Glasgow Scotland & was transported for 7 years to VDL. Came out in 1846 on the Sea Queen. Think she married another convict in 1856, George Milton. Still looking at that. 😊

  15. I am the descendant of Domingo Jose’ Evorall and Rosetta Caroline Tedman by DNA. They were my 4th Great Grandparents. Feel free to reply here, and I will try get back to you.

    • Hi James,
      I tried sending you an email but got a full box return from the postmaster. To find further posts mentioning Domingo, I would suggest you look for those in the tags Captain William Smith.

      • No worries at all. I think I have sorted that issue now, so please try and resend if you can,. I will also take your advice and look into Captain William Smith.

    • Hi James, They are my great grandparents too. Jose was my nanna Ida Dorren Everall’s grandfather. I am Kirsten Kay Monks (Wells)

      • Hi Daniel,
        Check the other comments in this post that relate to Domingo. You will find many cousins who are related to you. Sorry about your nan, did she pass away recently?

  16. How sad that some of the graves you uncovered were unmarked. They must have been people important to someone.

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