Alfred MERIDEW {M} = Eliza OWERS {F}


Herbert Witherden {M} = Mary Elizabeth KNOWLES {F} > Family

Annie {F} = Mr GILLETT OR JOLLY {M} > Family

William Thomas {M}

Arthur {M}

Sidney Charles {M} = Miss UNKNOWN {F} > Family

George Edwin {M}


A search at Notts Archives GRO Indexes between 1st Q 1847 and 4th Quar 1851 did not produce any evidence of a Birth Registration for Alfred Meridew anywhere, let alone at Paddington where he was supposed to have been born.

See 1851 Census - Paddington St John's - HO107/1467/f.641 (image not seen yet - this info from West Mid FHS Index Microfiche) - this is the wrong Meridew - one Charles et fam.

Extract from Heather Smith's Email:

"She married Alfred Meridew in 1873 in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia. They had two children that who were born there.

Herbert Witherden Meridew in Aug 5,1874 St George, Sydney NSW, Australia, died in Paris, Ontario, Canada
Annie Meridew born 1876 at Ryde, NSW, Australia. died: unknown

They then returned to England and the following children were born

William Thomas Meridew, born in 1879 Spotland LAN, died Brantford, Ontario Canada 1962 (one daughter Dorothy)
Arthur Meridew, born in 1880 Spotland RD and died 1888 Burnley RD
Sydney Charles Meridew born born May 14,1882 Burnley RD, died Los Angeles, California, United States (two sons)
George Meridew born; unknown, died April 12, 1926 Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Alfred Meridew passed away on Feb 19, 1935 in Brantford Ontario Canada at the age of 87 yrs and Eliza Meridew (nee Owers) passed away on May 8, 1928 in Brantford Ontario
Canada at the age of 77 yrs.
She is buried as Mrs. A. Meridew in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Brantford Ontario Canada."

Alfred is shown on the 1901 Census - age 52 - born London; in Nelson as Powerloom Cotton Oiler - RG13/3880/13/18:

6 Merton Street, Nelson:

Alfred Meridew Head M 52 Powerloom Cotton Oiler(?) London
Eliza " Wife M 49 -- Isleham Cambs
Annie " Daur S 24 Cotton Weaver New South Wales
William " Son S 22 " Lancs. Facit(?)
Sidney " Son S 18 " Lancs Burnley
George E " Son S 16 Telegraph Messenger Lancs Burnley


Request to Chris Wynn in Oz to search immigrant records for Alfred & Eliza into Victoria - his response:

"Subject: Re: Eliza Owers
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 07:04:55 +1100
From: "Chris Wynn"
To: "Geoff Matthews"

Hi Geoff

Australian immigration records and shipping lists for the period in question are not all that good, particularly if the immigrants paid their own passage.

The assisted immigrant/convict records are brilliant, however to find unassisted immigrants, you have to take pot luck and hope that someone has transcribed a passenger list that may have our people on it. I would imagine that your people would have been unassisted - therefore it is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. My best guess here is that Alfred spent his time chasing gold around the world, whilst Eliza would probably have been sponsored by family - possibly the Hartley Owers referred to in previous email, as this is not a common name. I should point out here that there are several OWENS on the immigration lists, and a transcription error from ships records are not unheard of.

One has to realize when researching Australia that back then, each state was a separate colony - virtually a separate country, so the records are not all in the one spot. Unless it is on the internet, to research South Australia, you have to go to South Australia.....the same applies to Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania.

This one I will try and ferret out at the family history group, but not having a point of entry is going to make it a tad difficult,




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