Wednesday, April 8, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - G is for Gracie's Wedding

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead

I have fond memories of Mum's cousin, (Frances) Gracie Reakes, who when she visited Sydney used to stay with my Grandmother Ethel Jane Pusell at Kensington. I loved talking to Gracie and her mother Lena Holmes who was also a regular visitor. Gracie was a Great-Great Grandaughter of Elizabeth Phipps.

I wonder if my Mum travelled from Cobar to Narromine for Grace's wedding which was reported in the local newspaper in Narromine.

939 'GAINSFORD—REAKES.', Narromine News and Trangie Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1955), 21 February, p. 1. , viewed 02 Apr 2020,
Grace's husband Kenneth was a widower who brought three children to the marriage. Grace and Kenneth had one son, Brian Gainsford, who I don't recall meeting, so perhaps he didn't travel to Sydney with his mother. Brian gave a lovely obituary at his mother's funeral which can be read in the notes on Grace's entry in my online tree. I enjoyed reading about Grace's life when I read this again for this post.

No doubt Gracie would have been very proud of  her descendants. Brian received an Order of Australia in 2009 for his service to cricket, a top Australian athlete. Granddaughter, Melinda Gainsford, was a top athlete who represented Australia internationally. 

I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 


Dianne said...

I love how these old wedding announcements gave so much info.... who wore what, who’s visiting from out of town, where they went to live after. Amazing detail!

Jennifer Jones said...

Jill I love it when Trove brings up a wedding report. They certainly don’t write them like that anymore

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

While we’d all love a photo, a good description is definitely a help to imagine the day.


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