Finds On Facebook – James Heeps

I was browsing through Facebook today and came across this picture in a genealogy group I’m part of.  Thanks to Karen for posting the photo.

Farmers Union of Victoria, Delegates At The First Conference, October 1879.

Farmers Union of Victoria, Delegates At The First Conference, October 1879, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/177407164

This piqued my interest as a number of my ancestors moved from South Australia to Victoria, Australia and sure enough my 3x great grandfather James Heeps is in the picture.

 

James Heeps 1879

James Heeps 1879

James was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England circa 1834 and came to South Australia with his parents and siblings in 1847.  He married Tamar Bodger on 11 May 1854 and stayed in South Australia until about 1860 when he moved his family to Victoria settling in the Tylden area.  Between 1876 and 1879 James moved to the Rochester/Elmore area in Victoria.  He farmed and opened a grain merchant business in Elmore.  It doesn’t surprise me that James was involved in the early days of the Farmer’s Union as he was very active in public service.  In 1887 he was made a magistrate, in 1890 he was part of the founding of the Elmore Progress Association and stood for the Victorian General Election in 1892.  He died in 1902 and is buried in Elmore cemetery with his wife Tamar.

Here is my profile for him on Ancestry.com http://person.ancestry.com.au/tree/6037348/person/-1352220757/facts

This is the only photo we have of James.  For me it is worth being on Facebook not just for the family fun and friends but for genealogy too.

11 thoughts on “Finds On Facebook – James Heeps

  • May 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    Wonderful Kylie
    Thanks for all your hard work. I’d love to meet you one day
    Jo Perks – my mother was Merle Heeps.

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    • May 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      Yes I would love to meet some time too Jo, perhaps we can each go half way and meet in Elmore one day…….

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  • May 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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    Good one Kylie, bit of a likeness to Uncle Rick or maybe it’s just the beard?

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    • May 19, 2016 at 7:54 am
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      I thought so too Mum, around the forehead and eyes.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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    What a fantastic find when you weren’t even looking for a photo

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    • May 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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      You just never know where you will find something! 🙂

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  • May 20, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    Great find Kylie.
    There are a couple of familiar names that might possibly be very distantly related to me too.
    No ancestors, unfortunately!

    I will share the image link to the Gippsland Genealogy Facebook group in case anyone there is more closely related.

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  • May 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    That’s great Maureen, I am working on the image making individual pictures so that people can download a picture of their ancestor. I will have them here on my website when they’re done.

    Kylie 🙂

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  • July 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    I purchased the poster from the Victorian Library in Feb 2013 and told Kylie about it. I do have a photograph of James Heeps ( Portrait). I am connected through Eliza Heeps ( a sister of James) Cheers Kym Nash

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    • July 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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      Hi Kym
      I remember being in touch with you but I had forgotten about the poster. It’s a great one isn’t it.

      Kind regards
      Kylie

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