My parents have jokingly argued about whose ancestor this was for years as the photo got mixed in with both of their photo collections and neither could remember whose it was. My Mum gave me the photo yesterday and I have been able to identify it! This is Eleanor Wigley nee Greenway, my Mum’s paternal 2x great grandmother.
Eleanor Wigley nee Greenway b 1831, d 1917
Nothing was written on the back of the photograph however the cardboard frame of the photo lists John Lay & Son, Eaglehawk, as the photographer. I found out that John only operated the business under the name John Lay & Son between 1904 and 1906 so this narrowed down the possibilities of who it could be greatly. I thought the woman appeared to be in her 80s in the photo. In my family tree database I searched for everyone who had lived in and around Bendigo and narrowed it down to all the ladies and those born over 100 years ago. Eleanor was the only one who fit the time frames. She was between 73 and 75 in the above photo.
On checking a family photo we received, relatively recently, of the Wigleys I found that it is indeed Eleanor.
Charles and Eleanor Wigley seated in the centre with some of their children and grandchildren.
I’ve written here before about my love for Christmas Carols. I remember my Mum would often play her Vienna Boys Choir Christmas Carols record at Christmas. I’ve been reminiscing with some Youtube videos today.
Did you listen to Christmas music from your ancestor’s native land growing up? Do you still listen to it now?
I obviously missed the announcement from Google that they were now providing indoor maps as I got such a pleasant surprise when I was searching for the birth place of a client’s ancestor. I had the house name, King Charles’ House, New Street, Worcester, Worcestershire from an obituary and from census records so I looked it up to get a photo of what it looks like now and I was able to zoom right in and then there was an arrow to click pointing in the open front door!!
This is what the outside looks like
The sign says, From this house King Charles II escaped his enemies after the Battle of Worcester September 3 1651.
It is now a pub
It was so exciting exploring a centuries old building in England from my house in South Australia.
Incredible wood carvings on the fireplace. On Google you can zoom right in and see the detail of the carvings. I wonder if this was done by someone in the Nichols family or their employees.
This was the home of Edwin Nichols, he was born here and ran a furniture manufacturing and antiques business here which was passed down to him from his father and he passed it on to his own son Edwin Jnr. Finding out how they came to own the house is another fun challenge!
It is well worth having subscriptions to both Ancestry.com.au and Findmypast.com.au. As I said above I used an obituary and census records to find the house. Find My Past makes the British Newspaper Archive available to its subscribers which is where I found the obituary.
I hadn’t been able to find Edwin in the 1841 census on Ancestry (you can’t search by address on Ancestry) so I checked on Find My Past and only searched for Nichols, New Street, Worcester where I found a John Nichols listed. The image on Find My Past was very faded and pretty much illegible so I went back to Ancestry and searched for John Nichols and there was Edwin as well however he was recorded on the original census form as Edward. I know it is the right person because of the address, his age, and his occupation of Cabinet Maker. All this information also fits with future censuses as he remained at this address until his retirement in 1885.