Wednesday, June 02, 2010


A small problem. When going back over old correspondence I found an inconsistency.

I have a Frances Jane McDOUGALL born c1861 (I think NSW) and married to Henry Alfred FIELD 15/5/1890 in Brisbane and died 24/12/1909 in Brisbane when her parents were recorded in the Qld BDM index as Daniel John McDOUGALL and Esther HENDLE.
Henry Alfred FIELD may have died 15/10/1911 in Qld.

I also have Frances Jane McDOUGALL (who is a niece of the previous Frances Jane) born 26/3/1899 and married Reginald Leonard JOHNS 6/4/1939 and is the daughter of Henry Robert McDOUGALL and Sophia Hurford SAINT.

Now here is a paragraph taken from a letter I received from a fourth cousin living in Bundaberg in 1999.
"The Frances Jane McDOUGALL married to Henry Alfred FIELD belongs to Henry Robert. I was able to see the family bible. The only problem is that her sister who is still living here says she was married to Len JOHNS. I have found her marriage to Henry FIELD but not to Len JOHNS. Daniel John's eldest son Francis James born 1861 in Sydney."

These are some of the possible things that I think may have happened. I believe that the writer of the letter did see the family bible, but it may be possible that she mistook which family it belonged to. The sister still living would be at least 72 years old, and we all know how time seems to change the way we remember things. If anyone can tell me anything about any of these people I would be most pleased to communicate with them. Please send an email.

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