It’s racing ever so quickly towards Christmas and I was prompted by a recent discovery about a relative to look at just what 25 December is to my bunch of twigs on the family tree.
How many of those ancestors were born on 25 December? Statistically there would have to be a few, surely?
Campbell George Daniel Beckham arrived on 25 December 1916 in New Zealand
Frances Cowell (known as Fanny) was born in Tasmania on 25 December 1844
and Aldegonda van Horenbeeke celebrated her first Christmas Day in Antwerp, Belgium in 1846.
Likely there are more than this – but this is a start…..
Baptisms and christenings could also have taken place this day – so another search using the “FIND” part of my genealogy software.
Elizabeth Sutton Beckham was baptised in the Anglican church, Mattishall Burgh, Norfolk UK in 1812
Joseph Robertson Tuer was christened in Bishopwearmouth, Durham UK in 1809
Mary Ann Welch was christened in St Botolph without Bishopgate church, London UK in 1841.
The Cowell family must have made quite an exhibition at the Independent Church in Tonbridge, Kent, UK when all seven of Timothy Cowell’s and Elizabeth Kirkby’s children were baptised on the same day. John (16), Henry (14), William (12), Maria (11), Samuel (6), Elizabeth (4) and Joseph (1) were all welcomed into the church together on Christmas Day 1827. Two more children were added to this family and by the early 1830’s, the entire family made the hazardous journey to Tasmania settling in the Fingal region.
Christina Jane Banks was baptised in the Claremont Chapel, Kirkdale in Walton on the Hill in 1831.
So far my research has not uncovered any engagements or marriages on this day – there’s always the chance that one will arise sooner or later.
So now we look to deaths – and there were a few…. too much turkey perhaps?
Ann Beckham was just 15 years old when she passed away in 1853 in Murghebuloc, Victoria.
Mary Richardson lived just 11 days – her christening record for 25 December records her as ‘dead’. Mary had been baptised at the Scotch Church in Stepney, Middlesex. Times were tough in 1782.
Dawson Fyers Duckworth Turner M.D. practised medicine widely in the UK before succumbing at age 71 in Guilford, Surrey in 1928.
Not all death events have been researched to specific dates so I’m sure there will be more.
What prompted me to think about this date was the discovery of the funeral and burial of 19 year old Elsie Irene Tippett being held on Christmas Day in 1913. Elsie had passed away the day before. She and her family lived in Eaglehawk, Victoria, a small country town not far from Bendigo.
OBITUARY. (1913, December 25). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), p. 7. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89957203
Such a quick interment might be surprising to some, however, hot Australian summer conditions combined with little or no refrigeration facility in this regional area meant there was no time wasted in expediting burials. Elsie was interred in the Eaglehawk Cemetery in the family grave.
I use Reunion software for Mac. To check on what events had taken place on the 25 December, I used “FIND” (on the left hand side of a family file window) then selected the EVENTS field in the drop down menu under CONDITIONS. The EVENTS list allows you to choose the appropriate event ie: Baptism, Christening, Birth etc. I modified the middle field to CONTAINS and in the next field typed ’25 DEC’. Press FIND and your results will appear on the right hand side of your window.
After I had searched each specific event and recorded my results, I then checked for any missed events by using the search option “ANY PERSON FIELD” instead of specific events. Using this search option allows you to check for any new information and people that may have been overlooked.
Why don’t you have a look at your family and see how many December 25 events you can find?