Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Ellen's arrival in Tasmania (part 1)

Our Ellen story isn't one of convicts and ticket-of-leave's, however it does have a few skeletons in it's closet.
The first starts with Charles ELLEN.
Charles ELLEN came out to Van Diemen's Land as a free settler aboard the ARABIAN in August 1841.
He was a qualified carpenter and came out believing he could make a better living for himself and his family.  Charles left a wife (name unknown) and four children back in Bruton, Somersetshire.

Along with his wife and children his parents George ELLEN and Alice (surname unknown) and siblings, Anne, George and Sarah.

In a transcript of an interview  in Hobart in November 1841 by the Immigration Council, Charles mentions his wife and children and also his disappointment at conditions and wages in Van Diemen's land.  He was appointed to a Mr Richie for a three year term but states he should have come as a free settler and bought his family.  He advises against people coming out under 'engagement',   I believe this is where his costs are paid in return for a contracted period of work.

Charles was under engagement to a Mr Ritchie.  I believe this is the Lt Thomas Ritchie who inherited a property from Captain John Ritchie named 'Scone'.   This property was also the location of the original Ritchie's Flour Mill.

After his three years it appears he traveled south and settled in Oatlands.  It is here that he married Elizabeth Hamilton (McDonald), a local widow, in 1848.

Another living ELLEN relative

I get sooooo excited when another person comes along who is researching the same family as me.
I had put the ancestry aside for a couple of months to give myself a rest and play in the real world with the living!
The other day I got a notification of a forum message on ancestry dot com and sure enough Yvonne turns up.  She is my second cousin and actually used to board with my grandparents in her late teens/early 20's.

It is so heartening to find someone else tracing the Ellen family as it seems we are a family line doomed to end soon through lack of males.

I think it is important that we record as much history as possible for future generations so get out there and ask where you are from!