Yesterday I spent almost all day doing family history. It's been really exciting. I got an email from a man in Australia asking about Mary Campbell Barr on my family tree. The connection is there and he sent me a picture of her and her husband, John Porter along with a little history.
"Mary Campbell Barr married John Porter July 22 1864. She was only 16. They
had two children born in Kilwinning, Scotland and sailed to Australia Aug
25 1868 and arrived in Melbourne, Australia in November 1868. John was 25 and
Mary aged 20. John was a miner. They had 12 children.
Mary was baptised
into the Salvation Army and the picture I'll send you, when magnified closer you
will see John has a salvation army jumper on. Mary was also pregnant in the
photo. It's the only pic I have and that came from a photocopy. Mary and John's
first child James, is my great grandfather."
It's all so exciting to me! I love feeling the connection to ancestors but I'm not such a fan of the sleepless nights I have with all the names running through my head. Today I'm taking a little break to focus on my living family. I've got a few little projects I need to get done that don't involve being in front of the computer...