Recent Updates to the Family History

June 2017

Results of my genealogical DNA test can be found here. The results include an explanation of what it all means (although it is somewhat technical in parts). Some explanation of the learnings from the test are included in Chapters 1 and 15, and further learnings will be progressively added to the main narrative

May 2017

Chapter 1 updated with genealogy charts and a whole series of minor revisions made to a range of chapters and footnotes.

Jan 2016

Chapter 9 footnotes updated with recent family events

Jan 2015

Addition to Chapter 7(b) and relevant footnote relating to court actions initiated by Jessie Berry against her husband. Chapter 9 footnotes updated with recent family events

July 2013

Chapter 9 footnotes updated with recent family events

February 2012

Additions to Ch 11 and its associated footnotes to include references from the Adelaide press regarding William Francis and his family.

December 2011

Additions to Ch 10 and its associated footnotes re the court appearances of Thomas and Samuel Cassidy and the mysterious disappearance of their brother Edwin in 1862.

November 2011

Further additions to Ch 6 and its associated footnotes re the death of Thomas Benstead Sr and the ancestry of Hannah Brooker
Some amendments and updates to the 'locations' page.

July 2011

Addition to Ch 6 and its associated footnotes re the death of Hannah Benstead (Brooker)
Some Ch 9 footnotes updated to reflect recent family events

Oct-Nov 2010

Convict ancestor discovered!
Rewriting of part of Ch 6 and associated footnotes to add previously unknown details of life of Thomas Benstead.
Ch 9 footnotes updated to reflect recent family events
Rewriting of part of Ch 15 and Ch15 footnote [8] relating to the birth of George Watkins.
Some additional photographs added and some re-arrangement of photos throughout

Jan 2009

Some redesign of layout of whole site.
Some further rewriting of the footnotes in Ch 9 to reflect recent family events.
The database (and links) to the Watkins Family History site have also been removed due to privacy concerns. It was not possible to ensure details of living persons were not displayed. The same database is regularly updated at "Rootsweb" however. Details of living people only appear 80 years after their birth.
A document outlining my descent from royalty added

Nov 2007

Some new information about the fate of Thomas Cassidy - but giving rise to further questions! See Ch 12 and associated footnotes.

May 2007

Inclusion of a photograph and some rewording in relation to the WA branch of the Watkins family in Ch 16

Nov 2006

Inclusion of more information in Chapter One and its associated footnotes relating to Richard and Jane Bond

Sep 2006

Extensive rewriting of footnote 15 in Ch10 to include new information about Samuel Cassidy Jr and his previously unknown life in New Zealand.
Ch 9 footnotes updated to reflect recent family events.

Apr 2006

Descent from royalty established!
Some rewriting of Ch 3 and its associated footnotes to indicate the descent of Jane Copland (and therefore all her descendants) from King Edward I of England.
Some further rewriting of the footnotes in Ch 9 to reflect recent family events.

Jul 2005

Photo of Thomas Benstead added!
After coming across this website, Chris Upton, another descendant of Thomas Benstead and Bridget Cooney contacted me and provided photographs of Thomas (added to Ch6) and the Olson family (one added to the footnotes for Ch6)
A photo of Mary Agnes Watkins and her mother has also been added to the footnotes for Ch 16. The photo was supplied by Thea Benson a dscendant of the branch of the Watkins family that moved to WA. The photo of Mary O'Neill was shifted to Ch 15
amendment to footnote 2 in Ch 4

Oct 2004

John Barry/Berry a veteran of Waterloo!
John Barry is now clearly the first of my ancestors to come to Australia having spent six years in NSW and Tasmania (1823-29) as part of a British regiment serving in the colonies. Ch 7 and its associated footnotes have now been updated to to include details of John Barry's military career.
Some additions made to Ch 9 Footnotes to reflect recent family events

Aug 2004

Further re-writing of part of Ch 7 and associated footnotes re origins of the Berrys. John Berry/Barry found to have served with the 40th Regiment of Foot
Further re-formatting of "About Me" section
Updating of Rootsweb and WFHS databases in the "individuals" section

Jun 2004

Significant re-writing of part of Ch 7 and associated footnotes in regard to the arrival of John and James Berry
Re-formatting of "About Me" section

Apr 2004

Significant re-writing of part of Ch 7 and associated footnotes in regard to the migration of the Camerons from Scotland to Australia.
Addition of title page to family history.
Addition of link to Family Tree Index at WFHS Site
Some re-formatting of the whole site

Mar 2004

Ged files at Rootsweb updated.
"About me" section of website also updated

Feb 2004

Some modifications to Ch 3 and Ch 3 footnotes 7 and 10. Photograph of grave of Caroline Francis (Evans) added

Nov 2003

Some further changes to Ch 10 and the relevant footnote (footnote 7) The ship on which Samuel Cassidy, his wife Mary and family came to Sth Australia could be the "Mary Dugdale".

Jun 2003

Some modifications to Ch 10 and Ch 10 Footnotes re Henry Adams Cassidy, a son of Samuel Cassidy and Mary Rutherford.

Dec 2002

Some additions to Ch2 Footnote 2 and some slight modifications to Ch7 and Ch7 Footnote 7.

Nov 2002

Information about some locations and sites mentioned in the text of the family history added in a new document. See link under "Maps"

Aug 2002

Some minor changes to Ch6 and Footnote 4 for Ch 6 in regard to the origin of the Strapp surname.

May 2002

Significant additions to Chapter 3 with relevant footnotes giving some information on the Waldegrave/Hutchinson families.

Jan 2002

Ged files at Rootsweb updated. Update includes the precise relationship of General Edmund Hinman Allenby to the Bond/Featherby branch of the family. Some minor amendments made particularly to Chs 10, 11 and 12 relating to William Francis. Some more evidence has also emerged that the surname of the mother of Mary Rutherford may be Doubty or Doughty rather than Doribty.

Jul 2001

Guest book updated and some additions made to Ch 9 Footnotes to update some recent family events

Mar 2001

Some additions to Ch 9 Footnotes as a result of some recent births in the family

Gedcom updated - Descendants of Betsy Featherby related to three US Presidents!

Click on connection to "Rootsweb" at bottom of contents page, enter the name William Hutchinson and select the one born in 1480. The Featherbys are descended from his son William and the three Presidents F D Roosevelt, G H Bush and G W Bush are all descended from another son John.

Nov 2000

Additions to Ch1 and Ch1 Footnotes concerning the Upston Family - information provided by Peter Upstone in Thailand.

Ch 2 Footnotes. Additional information on the descendants of Henry Bond (son of James Bond) provided by Barbara Bond of Quairading, WA

Oct 2000

Map of Woodstock added

Gedfile updated and uploaded to Rootsweb