Week 8 of 52 Ancestors 2021 – Power

Week 8 (Feb 22-28): Power

Just a tad late with Week 8.  I was hoping to finish it on 22 Mar so it was exactly a month but work and life got in the way as usual. LOL 

I had looked at it a few times and had done a search of one of my trees on Ancestry to see if I had anyone with the surname Power as it definitely wasn’t in my more direct line. I have a spreadsheet I can search for that!

I was most surprised to find a Johannah Power in my tree.  

Apparently she was the paternal grandmother of husband of sister-in-law of 1st cousin 3x removed.  I had definitely followed hints and strayed far from my direct line!  Unfortunately I had absolutely no information on Johannah other than the name of her husband and son who I had reached her through.  They were Irish. It’s hard enough to find sources in the 1900s so finding anything around the late 1700’s/early 1800’s when Johannah would have been born would be near on impossible so back to the drawing board!

Determine to finally finish this prompt, I did a search on the first tree I created on Ancestry over 10 years ago. What do you know! I found a record and it had a birth and death year.  Yipee!

Eliza Power, daughter of Thomas Power and Harriett Pearce was born in Cochranes Creek, Victoria in 1862. 

Her parents were married at St James Church in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England on 19 Apr 1853. They immigrated to Australia onboard the ship ‘Charles’, departing Liverpool on 21 Jun 1853 and arrived in Melbourne, Victoria on 3 Oct 1853. 

Eliza was the fifth out of ten children (4 males & 6 females) born to Thomas & Harriett.  Sadly, Harriett passed away in 1874 aged 43 only two years after her namesake was born in 1872.

Eliza married William Henry Guyatt on 11 March 1884 in Donald, Victoria. William was the son of William Guyatt & Caroline Miles.   

They had eight children being seven sons and one daughter.  Unfortunately, Ethel May was born and died in Toongabbie in 1903.  The Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages deceased search list 4 in the age column but does not specify if it’s hours, days, weeks or months.

Their sons were William Henry (1884-1915), Alfred Thomas (1886-1972), Bertram Charles (1889-1956), Herbert Arthur (1890-1915), James Hubert (1893-1950), George Albert (1895-1982) and Harold Clifford (1907-1982).

Sadly they lost Herbert Arthur in World War I when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 14 July 1915 aged 25 years.  He was buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Turkey.

William Henry Jnr also died young at the age of 31 years. The rest of the five sons all lived long and fruitful lives.

Eliza died on 18 April 1925 in Sassafras, Victoria aged 63 years and was buried in the Ferntree Gully Cemetery on 20 April 1925. William Henry on 1 June 1936 at Gippsland Base Hospital in Sale aged 82 years and was buried in Sale Cemetery on 2 June 1936. 

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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