A while ago Alona from LoneTester HQ blog launched the It’s All in the Numbers Geneameme. For ages my mind was blank on what numbers would be relevant, but eventually the lightbulb went from dim to bright and here is my contribution, focused as so often, on my immigrant ancestors.
But first I want to remember my great-great grandmother Mary O’Brien Kunkel who was buried in the Murphys Creek (Qld) cemetery on this day 95 years ago. You’re not forgotten Mary.
My McSherry/Sherry/McSharry family gets the guernsey for the greatest number of winning entries and here they are:
3 most name changes – from Sherry on arrival to McSharry for the parents and most children (many adult) and McSherry for my own great-grandparents (2nd phase arrivals a year later).
15 most children in one family, to Peter and Mary McSherry; with Stephen and Emily Melvin in second place, with 14 children.
5 most direct immigrant ancestors: two great-great grandparents, two great-grandparents and my grandfather (James and Bridget, Peter and Mary, James Joseph)
2 the age of my youngest immigrant ancestor on arrival –my grandfather
2 set of twins to my great-grandparents – one set died as still births, another daughter died in infancy, but one survived.
10 children in my McSharry 2xgreat grandparents’ family
3 “children” (ages 7, 9 and 22) who died within 7 years of arriving
15 largest number of immigrants from one family (two phases 11 + 4)
1 most elusive ancestor – James Sherry aka James McSharry – but not to be confused with the man of the same name who co-owned O’Rourke & McSharry, a big railway construction company.
And some of my other family history numbers:
92 the oldest age at death (Martin Furlong –father of my McSharry 2xgreat grandmother)
11 children born to my Kunkel 2xgreat grandparents and great-grandparents. 10 to George and Mary survived infancy and 11 to George and Julia.
6 number of families who arrived in Australia (Kent, Melvin, Gavin, Sherry x 2, McCorkindale)
3 number of singles who arrived in Australia (Kunkel, O’Brien, Partridge)
8 Irish immigrants – direct ancestors (McSherry, O’Brien, Gavin)
4 English immigrants – direct ancestors (Kent, Partridge)
3 Scottish immigrants –direct ancestors (McCorkindale, Melvin)
1 solitary Bavarian (German) ancestor (Kunkel)
10 2nd largest immigration of family – McCorkindales -2 phases (2 + 8)
Thanks Alona for suggesting this topic. It took a while for me to get my head around it but once I settled on the theme I really enjoyed it.