Tag Archives: Kirkstall

Pioneer women – Margaret Curtin

Pioneer women – Margaret Curtin (Mrs John Wiseman). Margaret Curtin was the daughter of Timothy Curtin and Mary Curtin of Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.  Margaret was baptised in September, 1832 in the parish of Rathcormac.  Margaret had younger siblings named … Continue reading

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Pioneer women – Mary Sampson

Pioneer women – Mary Sampson. The first of the pioneer women in my direct ancestry I wish to write about is Mary Sampson (Mrs Thomas Pye), my great, great grandmother. Mary Sampson was born about 1818 in Country Tipperary, Ireland, … Continue reading

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Discoveries about Thomas Pye

It seems that when I find new information that, instead answering the initial questions, I am left with a whole new bunch of questions. This Blog has led me to meeting Patsy, who very kindly showed me how to research … Continue reading

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More Captain Charles Pye VC

I was just re-reading the Shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk article about Captain Charles Pye VC. Their article says that Charles was from a family of railway workers.  This is incorrect as Charles’s father, Thomas, was a brick and tile maker and his brothers … Continue reading

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Tower Hill

This painting by Eugene von Guerard shows, what is now the Tower Hill reserve, what Tower Hill looked like in 1855. William Rutledge and partners owned the district via Special Survey (the only other Special Survey grant to be issued … Continue reading

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The ancestor I wish I had met.

The Ancestor I wish I had Met. The ancestor I wish I had met is my great, great grandfather, Thomas Pye. I grew up on a farm that was a small portion of novelist Thomas Alexander Browne’s 32,000 acre property, … Continue reading

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