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Family Links 11 News & Notes John Hogan 1930-2009 wo years ago (Family Links 5) we presented the story of how John Hogan of Bendigo VIC found his father’s ancestors via our family links web site. Sadly, John died suddenly but peacefully on 12 Feb. His father had been estranged from the wider Hogan family and John was able to re-establish the connection when he found his father on our web site. We, on the other hand, knew virtually nothing about his father. John had even made a special trip to Ireland searching for connections but had been unsuccessful. In the photo, John is on the right, with his dad, mum and brother Jimmy. If not for John I might not have made my trip to visit UK and Irish cousins and places that I wrote about in the last Family Links. I had visited John in Bendigo and told produced in association with royroyesfamilylinks T him that “some day” I would like to visit Ireland and the UK to look up family. John said firmly, “Do it while you can!” And he said it more than once. He was a former Army Warrant Officer Class 1 (the most senior NCO rank) - so I did as I was told! It is great to think that he made contact with the wider Hogan family before he died - and because of our web site. His wife Myrtle died in 1981. They are survived by nine children, 29 grandchildren and an unknown (to me, that is!) number of great grandchildren. In this issue News & Notes People events Most Wanted: Solomon Royes DNA reveals story of dad’s disappearance Web site news 1 1 2 4 4 Marianne Viola Royes arianne died during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, aged 42. She is a significant ancestor in the Jamaican Royes family. (Her husband Samuel is a second cousin to the Royes of the Herbert Charles/Thomas Mordaunt Royes generation in Australia.) Her granddaughter Heather sent the photo in, and I thought I would put in a plug for your photos of your own ancestors. They really do enhance a person’s page display! Marianne’s photo is taken from a document produced for a family memorial gathering on the 50th anniversary of Marianne’s death. had previously not gone beyond his father. § February: Isabel Mckenzie Gear born in Cairns QLD to Stephen and Kristin, their first child and Carol and Len’s first granddaughter [Royes] M 1 ROYES of ROCKHAMPTON: The Thomas Mordaunt and Ellen (Crossley) Royes reunion in Townsville May 2008 was a great success. Gladys Elcoate is prepared to gather expressions of interest in a reunion in May 2010 in Rockhampton perhaps including other Royes branches. Just about all Australian Royes descendants have their Australian origins here. If you have her details you can contact her direct, or contact me (see the back page) and I will forward your message on to her. People events § May: Gladys (Slatyer) Elcoate celebrated her 80th birthday in Darwin while she and brother Vincent toured the Northern Territory. § April: Molly Swift born on Holy Thursday, first great granddaughter for Anne (Hogan) and Tom Phelan. Molly is the daughter of Cathy Burns and her partner Larry Swift. They live in Tramore and Cathy is a primary teacher in the Mercy Convent School in Waterford. § March: Riley Carla Roy born to Stephen and Tracey, half-sister for Georgia, seventh grandchild for Ena Roy § March: Agnes (Royes) Weiss (last surviving child of Thomas Mordaunt and Ellen (Crossley) Royes) was admitted to Wesley Hospital, Brisbane due to serious illness. She returned home fully recovered but has been back in hospital. Her daughter Laurel has been in Wesley Hospital for a knee reconstruction. § 12 February: John Hogan passed away suddenly but peacefully at home in Bendigo, VIC. He had only in the last two or three years (via this web-site) re-established links with the wider Hogan family that § February: Jenna May Gallagher born to Ashley and Shannon in Cairns, QLD. They are from a property outside of Normanton in ‘the gulf country’ of Queensland. Jenna is a fourth daughter - and a seventh granddaughter for Mick and Nola (Royes). § November: Max Brian Behrens Bolger born to Patrick and Sheena in Dublin, Ireland [Hogan-Russell]


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Most Wanted: Solomon Royes M ost wanted is a section on the web site that seeks to identify areas of family tree research where it would be nice to have more information. One of them surrounds Solomon Royes, silversmith of Aldersgate Street, London, located opposite what is now the famous Barbican development. Solomon is a direct ancestor of the Royes in Australia and Jamaica, being father of Charles John and Edward Hougham Royes. emigrants to Jamaica and Australia respectively. Some Luthers in Australia are also descendants. Let’s divide our discussion into what we know, what we can conjecture and what would be helpful to find out. Be alert! There’s a Solomon Hougham, a Solomon Royes and a Solomon Hougham Royes in all this! section of the web site) refers to two Solomon Royes’s cousins (“father and son”) who also were goldsmith apprentices. Solomon Royes married Solomon Hougham’s daughter Mary. [BUT Solomon Royes is referred to as nephew and not son-in-law - surely he would have identified his daughter, if he had one. Gillian West is wrong on at least this point. See also the use of the name Mordaunt at item 4.] 3. International Genealogical Index olomon Royes’ children seem to be well documented in the IGI (the sources for which are St Botolph’s and St Sepulchre’s parish records) - an * indicates those mentioned in Solomon Royes’ will of 25 June 1842: St Botolph’s Church S The Facts 1. In Solomon Hougham’s will (1818): olomon Royes the elder (SRsr) is nephew and partner of Solomon Hougham and is THE major beneficiary [he is clearly “adopted” by Solomon Hougham from early childhood when his father died while he was young (according to Gillian West’s article) and while Solomon Hougham had no children - certainly sons - of his own] Solomon Royes junior (SRjr) has a sister Lydia Sanigear - they are relatively minor beneficiaries. Solomon Hougham’s sister is Sarah Royes in Canterbury - SRsr’s mother. Mary Royes is a minor beneficiary. S mother Ann Hannah 1802 William mother Mary or Mary Hougham: 1804 Samuel Tyssen - in Australia about 1829-30 1806 George Hougham - died as child 1808 Maria* (Luther) - in Australia from 1838 1811 Caroline 1812 Sophia Mary 1813 Charles John - migrated to Jamaica 1814 George Hougham 1817 Emily* (Bell) - in Australia 1838-50 1818 Edward Hougham - in Australia from 1838 4. The Royes use of the name Mordaunt t seems curious to me that Mordaunt begins to be used as a middle name among the Royes four generations after Sarah Mordaunt married a Hougham. Just curious! However, the use of the name indicates that Solomon’s wife comes through a connection to Sarah Mordaunt rather than as a daughter of Solomon Hougham. 5. The Royes use of the name Hougham t Botolph’s register confirms that Solomon uses the middle name Hougham for most of his sons and his daughter Mary. 6. The marriage of Lydia Royes to William Sanigear, the latter being mentioned twice in relation to Solomon Royes senior’s will as a legal person. Remember that Lydia Sanigear is identified as Solom Royes jr’s sister in Solomon Hougham’s will. I S Conjecture Lydia here must be at least two Lydia’s. We had only one Lydia Royes sister of Solomon senior - but the reference in Solomon’s will demands a different solution because she is the wife of William Sanigear and the 1841 Census identifies her as being born about 1801. Since we already know that Solomon Royes’s first wife was Ann Hannah and that he had a son William in 1802, and that he married Mary Hougham in 1804, it seems likely that Lydia Royes Sanigear was born into the first marriage. This means that the Solomon Royes junior in Solomon Hougham’s will was of the same marriage since Lydia is identified as his sister. Solomon Hougham Royes t is clear that Solomon Hougham Royes is the son of Solomon Royes - see his notes which identify three sources to back this up. It seems that we must also consider that he is the Solomon Royes who is Lydia’s T St Sepulchre’s Church mother Mary or Mary Hougham 1819 Francis Hougham 1821 Adelaide Julia Radcliffe* 1822 Henry Hougham - died as infant [NOTE: Apart from Solomon Royes jr’s relationship to Lydia Sanigear (sister) and Solomon Royes sr’s to Solomon Hougham (nephew), the Royes’s relationships are not specified] Tooting Graveney, Surrey and from Solomon Royes’s will 1824 Mary Hougham* from other evidence ???? Solomon Hougham - died 1837 in India 2. Gillian West’s article illian West’s article “Huffam and Son” (see in the Histories I G possibly 1801 Lydia (Sanigear) (sister of the above) royroyesfamilylinks 11t+VOFtQBHF


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brother and therefore his mother was Ann Hannah and not Mary. Solomon Royes’s marriage to Ann Hannah he only evidence for this marriage is the baptism of William in St Botolph’swithoutAldesrgate. It is this association with this church that encourages us to assume that this was the first of two marriages of Solomon Royes. You might want to object that maybe there could be two Solomon Royes of about the same generation, and that is a possibility. But Royes is not a common name in London and the link with St Botolph’s and the convenient dates (if one allows Solomon Hougham Royes to be born before Lydia - about 1799) seems more likely to be the same Solomon. Solomon Royes was born in 1774 and we can presume that he married Ann Hannah about 1798, that they had Solomon Hougham (1799??), Lydia (1801??) and William (1802) before Ann Hannah died. Mary Royes ary Hougham Royes cannot be the Mary Royes in Solomon Hougham’s will since she was not born until 6 years after his death. Is this Solomon Royes’s wife? It seems strange that he does not say this if this is so. Cousins e may never find the answer to the question as to who the cousins of Solomon Royes, “father and son”, were. It is tempting to suggest that this could be Solomon’s brother Henry’s children but the timing does not work Henry’s grandchild would be but a T child. We cannot even be sure that their surname was Royes. Perhaps he and John East Dix were cosuins, or that Gillian West thought they were. And since Gillian West got Solomon’s marriage wrong, it is hard to know how accurate her statement is. Evidence? f we were to prove the conjecture we need: 1. Evidence for, and date of, the marriage of Solomon Royes to Ann Hannah; 2. Details of the birth of Solomon Hougham and Lydia (Sanigear) Royes; 3. Any further evidence to identify Mary Royes in Solomon Hougham’s will; 4. Evidence for cousins of Solomon Royes who were engaged in the goldsmith trade and how they relate to our current data. royroyesfamilylinks 11t+VOFtQBHF M I W


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DNA reveals story of dad’s disappearance abbreviated from Ruth Sheehan, The News & Observer 23 Mar, 2009 John Smithers of Raleigh had spent more than six decades looking for clues about the father who abandoned him, his sister and their mother when he was just a baby. At 82, he had about given up on ever learning what happened to James William Smithers. He had long suspected his father got in trouble with the law and fled abroad. On the other side of the world, Lucinda Gray had always wondered what her father’s life was like before he moved mysteriously from the United States to Australia. She had spent years just trying to find out his real name. In mid-December, Smithers and Gray learned their elusive fathers were one and the same. After years of poring over records online and in person, across continents and oceans, it took only a DNA sample from a simple cheek scrape to bring the two branches of the family together. The case shows what a “new GSPOUJFSw%/"IBTCFDPNFJO HFOFBMPHJDBMSFTFBSDI TBJE%FCCJ #MBLF B/PSUI$BSPMJOBTUBUF archivist. DNA has been in genealogical use since 2000, according to Thomas Shawker, a radiologist with the National Institutes of Health who has become a nationally renowned expert on the use of the latest science in genealogy. Its use since then among professional genealogists and family historians has mushroomed. #VUUIFJNQBDUPG%/"IBTOU CFFOBTTJHOJöDBOUBTUIF *OUFSOFU XIJDIUSBOTGPSNFE HFOFBMPHJDBMSFTFBSDICZNBLJOH records from distant places BWBJMBCMFBUUIFDMJDLPGBNPVTF DNA testing has a fairly hefty price tag -- from $99 to well over $700, depending on the type of DNA and the level of research. Until recently, its application has been limited, said Terry Moore, a professional genealogist in Raleigh. Typically, it’s used to identify which branch of the family tree to climb -- or which region or nation to zero in on. As more people who share a surname start their own registries, DNA’s role is expanding into the modern age -- uniting living relatives. The Smithers-Gray case is a perfect example. To learn more: What can you learn from a DNA test? (audio) http://www.nationalarchives. dna - genealem’s genetic genealogy (blog) Web site news A TDSPMMJOHOFXTCPY has replaced the column on the front page, allowing for more news items to be included. I am progressively revising the overview charts to make them more like overviews and less like what you can already get from an individual’s charts. Privacy will be better managed. The site software has been updated and you will notice: § Ancestor and descendant charts have been improved and made more attractive. § The ability to produce PDF pages from individual’s pages has improved. Roy~Royes Family Links has its beginnings in the marriage of Maurie Roy and May Royes in Cairns, Queensland, in 1940. It has grown to over 6000 people including those from parallel branches such as the Russells, Hogans, Logans, Girvans and Wileys on the Roy side, and the Houghams (or Huffams and several other variants), Youngs and Theoffs on the Royes side. It is not possible to list all branches here but you can check on all surnames at The scope of the data is based on research into the Roy and Royes pedigrees. It also includes several areas of interest such as the Normandy dukes; English royalty; the Roy and Royes names in Australia. If you are interested in the Houghams, you should be aware that the largest Hougham/ Huffam data base (23,000 people) is by Robin Young: &EJUPS#SVDF3PZt,JOH4USFFU 8PMMTUPOFDSBGU/48 "VTUSBMJBt&NBJMBENJO!SPZSPZFTOFU This newsletter is available on the web in both pdf and jpg formats at royroyesfamilylinks 11t+VOFtQBHF


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Family Links 12 News & Notes Queensland Safari Snippets ◊ Suzie Cooper turned 60 in August, and this was celebrated at a party given for her at the home of her sister-in-law Gillian (South Africa). produced in association with People events 5 Sep: Áine Phelan married Paul Nolan at Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Ireland. 29 Aug: Jim Weiss died in Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane, aged 90. His wife Agnes has been in care at Jindalee, Brisbane, for some two months and is confined to a wheel chair. 18 Jul: Trevor Roy and Nicole Knight celebrated their engagement in Townsville, QLD. Jul: Alexander Benjamin Tento born to Michael and Tiffany (Miller). M y wife Bev and I did a 4-week tour around Queensland in August. We did not have time to catch up with every one we might have (especially in Queensland - that would take rather more than a month!), but we did meet with: Brisbane: my son Andrew and daughter Linda and families Cairns: My Dad celebrated his 92nd birthday and we caught up with my sister Mandie, her daughter Sherene, my sister-in-law Ena (all three having traveled from Brisbane for the event) and cousin Anne. Son Andrew also happened to be in Cairns. Cairns: Gladys Elcoate, with whom we had a delightful lunch at the RSL Club on the esplanade Lake Barrine: “Bill” (who is really Alexander Joseph!) and Bill Grumley - the first mentioned turns 92 this month (October) Normanton: Nola and Mick Gallagher and their entire family (even though some of them had had a long day mustering cattle) (If you are interested: the story and photos are being added day-by-day to page34/page34. html.) 1 ◊ ◊ Silvia Phelan was on an Irish team which won a World Colleges Sailing Championship in France. Trevor Roy and Nicole Knight celebrated their engagement on 18 July in Townsville Qld. Nicole is daughter of Brad & Jackie Knight of Giru and Roberta O ‘ Keefe of Townsville and Trevor is second son of Peter & Irene Roy of Mareeba. ◊ Áine Phelan married Paul Nolan at Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Ireland on 5 September. ◊ Her uncle Fr Tom Hogan officiated along with five other priests, all friends. Paul is a Civil Defence Officer and he and his attendants wore their smart dress uniforms. A hooley (traditional Irish music) was held the following day in a marquee in the garden of parents Anne and Tom Phelan. More News & Notes on page 3 In this issue News & Notes People events 1 1 The “other Australian Royes”: the Luthers Where is Crocodile Creek? 2 3 A street named Royes I no longer read poetry 4 4 royroyesfamilylinks 12 • October 2009


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The “other Australian Royes”: the Luthers here were FOUR Royes siblings who migrated to Australia between 1829 and 1838 - Samuel, Maria, Emily and our Edward. Samuel was the oldest child of Solomon Royes’s second marriage, to Mary Hougham. He was about 25 when he arrived in Sydney. He was convicted of a minor offence in a Sydney Court and received a three months jail sentence. And that is the last we know of him. Our current information says that the other three arrived together in January 1838 (aged 29, 20 and 19 respectively) though I have reason to doubt that all arrived at the same time - that’s for another newsletter. o let’s concentrate on Maria. Maria married Frederick Christian Luther on 27 August 1842 in St James Church in Sydney - at least that is where it is registered. They had two children that we know of, Frederick Christian born about 1843 and Anna Maria Hougham about 1845. There were at least five Frederick Christian Luthers - father/ son - and this is a challenge for family tree researchers in identifying which one of them is on a particular roll or register! At leasst one of them was known (in an 1872 Post Office Directory) as Christian. have had correspondence with a descendant of Frederick and Maria. Leanne writes: “I have been picking my Father’s memory for all of the nicknames, jobs, and quirks of the Luther clan. Some are very interesting to say the least. Apparently, the first Frederick Christian Luther T S I [father-in-law of our Maria] in Australia came here as he was involved in a duel which resulted in the death of the other participant. As this was highly illegal, he had the choice of going to jail or leaving the country (he came from Wetzler, Prussia). Being the gentleman he was, jail was not an option, so Australia he came to. Wetzler is a wine region and Fritz (I believe this is what he was called) was a wine maker, first working at Regentville on the Nepean River and then at the Hermitage at The Oaks [south west of Sydney]. He produced some prize winning varieties and even gave the future father of federation (Sir Henry Parkes) his first job in Australia. He was also very good friends with Ludwig Leichardt and the family used to have the correspondence between them, but I believe this has since been donated to the Mitchell Library in Sydney.” You can see from the chart that the two main surname lines are Luther and Dunn. Notice the use of Hougham and Royes in the first names of the Dunns. But apart from names and dates we don’t have much by way of stories. Except for Clive Prosdocimi Luther, who was killed in World War 2 when his Lancaster went down near Stompetoren, Holland. There is a memorial to him and his crew maintained by the locals. You can read more about that in his notes. It would be good to know a bit more about this branch of the Royes. The HMAS SYDNEY Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia, is the work of family members Joan and Charlie Smith - in spite of health problems over the past two years. The memorial is now a National Memorial (the only one outside of Canberra). They may be the only two sculptors who have done two National memorials. Joan adds that there is a Hogan in the HMAS SYDNEY memorial list. Joan’s mother was a Hogan. I recommend you look at royroyesfamilylinks 12 • October 2009 • page 2


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Where is Crocodile Creek? Edward Hougham Royes is the progenitor of every Royes in Queensland and probably Australia, unless you count the Luthers into which family his sister Maria married. The Luthers are generally located south west of Sydney. We knew that he moved from Sydney to “Crocodile Creek near Mount Morgan” by at least 1873 before he moved to Rockhampton, where he died in 1878. But it was never clear exactly where it was. In August, my wife Bev and I did a “safari” around Queensland in a campervan and made Mount Morgan one of our visits. I inquired about Crocodile Creek at the Museum and they were not sure where it was, but on the walls of the same museum I found the map at right. (The red bits are my editing.) This shows that Crocodile Creek is north-east of Mount Morgan at the foot of the range in which Mount Morgan is located. The area today is known as Bouldercombe. If you look up Bouldercombe Gorge Resources Reserve in Wikipedia you will find this entry: “Bouldercombe Gorge is situated behind the small town of Bouldercombe, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland, Australia. The gorge cuts into the Razorback Range and Crocodile Creek runs along the gorge floor. “Originally called Crocodile Creek the area saw a small gold rush during the late 1800s. Today, gold is still mined in Bouldercombe, but only by amateurs. The mine still has a wide variety of gold alloys, and is a particularly good spot for alluvial.” More News & Notes ◊ Sonja Royes Willis celebrated a certain significant birthday earlier in the year in Kent, England. She is photographed here with daughter Sarah and Sarah’s children Analeisse and Courtenay. ◊ This is Anna Rose Selby, granddaughter of Hugh and Maureen in Bangor (Northern Ireland) courtesy of their son Steven and his wife Suzanne. Anna Rose thinks “seaweed feels funny.” royroyesfamilylinks 12 • October 2009 • page 3


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A street named Royes Ron Royes In 1964, the Mareeba Shire Council named a street after the ROYES family, in recognition of services provided to the community. Yet that street name may never have occurred had it not been the quest for GOLD, GOLD, GOLD in the 1800’s and early 1900’s in Australia. When Edward Hougham ROYES arrived in Australia in 1834, it was the start of a family dynasty which still exists today particularly about Central and North Queensland. The discovery of gold at Mount Morgan in Central Queensland , then considered the largest mountain of gold on earth, attracted miners, fossickers and venturesome types wanting to make their fortune. Edward Hougham ROYES was one of these people. A son, Charles Mordaunt ROYES married a Scottish lass Mary MacLeod MURRAY in Rockhampton on 30 October 1874. The marriage was to produce thirteen children, some born in Rockhampton, others in Ravenswood, Georgetown (Etheridge) and Mareeba. His trade was a carrier utilising horses and wagons to convey goods in these areas. But the paths followed the gold trail in those places. Mareeba was an exception as it became the focal point for the Palmer River goldfields. At the beginning of 1872, there was neither a dray track, bridle track, marked tree line nor a goat track to the Palmer River. There were in and around the Palmer River, any number of aboriginal tracks, but no roads connecting the lands to the Palmer. Then on 5 June 1873, James Venture MULLIGAN and five prospectors left the Etheridge goldfield in search of another and discovered payable gold. It was the Etheridge, Mareeba and Palmer River routes that eventuated. There was no coastal route. Charles Mordaunt ROYES arrived in Mareeba c. 1900 and lived there until he died on 9 October 1919, aged 68 years. His wife Mary died on 4 September 1941, aged 85 years. Most of his carrying business was plied between Mareeba and Herberton with his three sons, one of whom Druce ROYES, who died in 1970’s, was considered a long-time Mareeba-ite. The family was involved in show activities. At the inaugural Mareeba Show in 1907, they won many creditable awards. It was recorded that the ‘blue’ went to Mr. H. C. Royes’ very pretty chestnut with dog cart, while Dr. Savage secured second. Descendants of the Royes family still live in Mareeba. See the article on the web site at I no longer read poetry I no longer read poetry. I read obituaries, horoscopes, the classified ads, telephone directories and notes to myself. I no longer read poetry. The images of Neruda, Lao Tzu, Walcott and Senior are curling, yellow photographs, vaselined vignettes, sepia scenes frozen in my memory. I no longer read poetry. I read Carl Stone’s polls, political speeches, Letters-to-the-Editor, volumes of technical reports. Even the New York Times is a flight of fancy. Mesmerised by the present, forsaking the past, my mind, a jealous lover, holds each moment much longer than it lasts. Time slips away and with it dreams. I no longer read poetry. Heather Royes has been publishing poetry since the 1970s and has won awards for her work. She was educated in Jamaica and the USA and has traveled widely in her work as a consultant in HIV/AIDS. “This type of travel has been my education as a writer and poet. When I experience cultures which are so far from mine, it gives me a feeling of learning just a little bit more about life and people.” The poem comes from Days and Nights of the Blue Iguana (2005: Peepal Tree, Leeds UK) Roy~Royes Family Links has its beginnings in the marriage of Maurie Roy and May Royes in Cairns, Queensland, in 1940. It has grown to over 6000 people including those from parallel branches such as the Russells, Hogans, Logans, Girvans and Wileys on the Roy side, and the Houghams (or Huffams and several other variants), Youngs and Theoffs on the Royes side. It is not possible to list all branches here but you can check on all surnames at The scope of the data is based on research into the Roy and Royes pedigrees. It also includes several areas of interest such as the Normandy dukes; English royalty; the Roy and Royes names in Australia. If you are interested in the Houghams, you should be aware that the largest Hougham/ Huffam data base (23,000 people) is by Robin Young: Editor: Bruce Roy • 45 King Street, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, Australia • Email: This newsletter is available on the web in both pdf and jpg formats at royroyesfamilylinks 12 • October 2009 • page 4


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Family Links 13 News & Notes 60th produced in association with People events § Nov: Mason Nate Metzger born in Mareeba QLD, third son for Kellie Marie (Vohland) and Raymond. § 9 Nov: Paul Cassin, husband of Maureen (Hogan), died from cancer, and was buried 12 Nov (Ireland). They have five children. See page 2. § January 2010: Arabella Black born to Cameron and Courtney, their third daughter and ninth grandchild for Alan and Kay. § Jan: Donald William Mack third child born to Anita, third daughter of Pene (Royes) Curtis. P eney (Roy) Cade celebrated her 60th birthday in home town, Cairns, last December. Almost the whole family travelled from Melbourne for the occasion, plus her siblings from around North Queensland. The Cades stayed at Trinity Beach next door to where Peney’s family had lived at one time. 1 New drug may help to combat leukaemia Prof Mark Lawler heads a team at Trinity College and St James Hospital, Dublin that has discovered a powerful new drug for the treatment of leukemia. He is married to Ruth Cassin of the Hogan branch. See Mark’s notes for a full account of this work. It has been snowing somewhat in the Northern hemisphere! This is Sarah Willis Jones with Courtenay and Analeise in Maidstone, Kent. My wife Bev’s older son, Bruce, and his two young daughters travelled on Christmas eve from Sydney’s 30° to Manhattan for New York’s first Christmas snow in eight years. The ferns dance 92-y-o Maurie Roy in Cairns had a fall and fractured his right femur below the hip - a bone he had previously fractured in a car accident 10 years ago, though not in the same place. It was Melbourne Cup day (3 Nov), when the horse Shocking (which has a Cairns connection) won. Maurie says he had a shocking day but didn’t win. As we go to print Maurie has moved to his own room in a rehabilitation ward at Cairns Base Hospital. The ward upstarirs had given him a view of the famous Cairns Esplanade from its balcony. I commented that the new view was not so good, consisting of a window onto a space between two buildings and with two fern trees right as his window. He disagreed: “When the wind blows the fern leaves dance. It’s fascinating”, he said. Engagement Catching up on the 9th July engagement of Jaala Kassandra Miller to Trent Cusack. Jaala is Janine (Grumley) and Lance Miller’s second daughter. Never give up! In this issue News & Notes People events Paul Cassin Family Tree finds and changes Overviews 1 1 2 3 4 Joyce (McFarlane) Trimble reported in her Christmas letter that she had had two major health issues last year - a recurrence of her oral cancer and surgery to repair one of her legs. Yet at nearly 82 she still mows the lawn on her ride-on mower! Regrets having to employ someone to weed the garden. royroyesfamilylinks 13 • February 2010


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Paul Cassin aul was one of life’s great characters … Even when I was a young age growing up this was something that became very apparent.  Paul had his own unusual habits, like for instance the post. Paul always reckoned that everything that was posted in the letterbox was bad new and he was probably right! The routine in our house was, as soon as Paul would see that the post had arrived, he would gather it up and put it all up on a high shelf in the kitchen.  I think the idea was that once a month he would sit down and go thought it all … but I don’t think this ever happened! As a child life was full of surprises. It was not unusual to wake up and find yourself sharing the breakfast table with a homeless person that Paul would have met on his way back from a late night poker session and had invited him home for breakfast.  It used to make for some interesting conversation at the breakfast table. Good food was a great love of Paul’s. I think he felt it was a way of bringing people together. I know that many of my own friends would have experienced culinary delights like Paul’s roast stuffed pork steak on Christmas Eve. When I was younger, I can remember that when cooking, to keep his hair out of his eyes, Paul would sometimes put a hankie on his head and tie the four corners in a knot.  I can remember to my embarrassment as an 11 or 12 year old walking home from school and one of my friends saying…… “there’s your Dad in the car at the traffic lights”  And looking over seeing my Dad, hankie tied on head, knot in each corner, window open and reciting poetry out loud!   I did what any sensible 12 year old would do and promptly denied that that was my FATHER! Fantastic people person. He had a P 1933-2009 an address given at Paul’s funeral 12 Nov 2009 by son Mark G vibrancy about him and always got on very well with young people. He always seemed to have a way of reaching out and relating to them.  And I know that many of my friends became very friendly with Paul. Paul was not a material person. Clothes, money and those kind of things were unimportant to him, often to my mothers distress.  Growing up he would always be happy to give you the last few quid in his pocket to go out and enjoy yourself.  What he did care about was … People, Family and Friends.  These were the important things to him.   Loved the craic. The characters in life and often lamented about where had all the eccentric people gone! Paul loved Learning … History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology – he found them all fascinating. reat conversationalist. He loved imparting knowledge (sometimes, it was true to say, you couldn’t get away from him!) If friends who arrived around didn’t know exactly what question to ask to get the conversation going, this was not a problem, Paul was happy to both ask and answer the question! Paul could be a difficult man. And my Mum always had endless patience with him. He loved the outdoors. Paul always loved everything to do with the outdoors and nature and one of my great memories of him on one of those beautiful summers we had about 10 years ago.  Paul took to walking out to Tramore every day.  He cut an unusual sight with the locals on that road every day, long grey hair, stripped off to the waist wearing nothing but a pair of shorts, bawneen socks and leather shoes!  I’m amazed he wasn’t arrested. He hated ceremony. In fact he told my Mum not to lay him out in a suit as no one would recongnise him! He was a great family man. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren beyond words. Never lost his spirit of adventure. When Paul was first diagnosed with prostate cancer about 8 years ago he came to Dublin to get treatment. He stayed with me for some of that time and he used to love when we’d take the scooter out of the garage and the two of us would head off on it to go out for dinner.  He probably did look a funny sight, 68 years of age heading off on the back of the scooter through Dublin! He had a great sense of humour and he loved a laugh. And he kept this with him right up to the very end.  While he was in hospital Paul got MRSA and he had to be moved to a private room. He had a very big electric bed which took up most of the room.  While he was there a visitor arrived and said “Oh Paul, that’s pretty cool you’re in a private room … not bad!”  Paul looked around and said “Yeah not bad for a COFFIN!” Paul always had a word of advice for everyone. When our babysitter Kate, was having a long distance row with her boyfriend over the phone, he advised her to simply hang up the phone and that would teach him a lesson.  Paul explained that as soon as he came to his senses he’d call back.  … THERE WAS MUCH TEARS WHEN HE DIDN’T CALL BACK.  But despite Paul’s advice they still managed to make up. urs was always an open house. When we were growing up, and we’d arrive back with friends after a night on the town, they would often be amazed to find my Dad up in the early hours of the morning, preparing an elaborate meal for the following evening.  Good whiskey and conversation were always available for anyone who arrived in the late hours and who could last the pace! Sometimes the peoples’ champion. When someone decided to rob our local vegetable shop, they didn’t reckon on Paul being in the queue.  As the thief leapt back out over the counter, money in hand, Paul lashed out with whatever was in his hand, which unlucky for the thief, happened to be a bag of large cooking apples, BRINGING THE THIEF O royroyesfamilylinks 13 • February 2010 • page 2


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Paul Cassin... continued PROMPTLY TO THE FLOOR Paul was always willing to go one step further to help. He worked with the local association for blind people, taking blind people to classes and on excursions.  He was always willing to go a little further to help.  On one occasion, when one lady broke her stick, Paul insisted that the local hardware store stay open and fix it on the spot for her. Paul never paid much attention to how he dressed. And this sometimes caused confusion. In fact one evening he was cleaning up in our travel agency at the end of the day.  He saw a lady at the front door who was crying while she was waiting for the bus.  She looked upset and when he asked her what was wrong, she said was upset because it was her friend’s birthday and she could not go out to join them as her social welfare money had not come through.  Paul gave her €50 (never expecting to see it again). The lady arrived into the Travel Agency a few days later and handed my Mum €50.  Saying “please thank Paul, the cleaner, for loaning me the money!” he evening before Paul passed away … some of my family and I were with him and although he was not conscious, we told him that he would soon be in a better place, with some friends and family who had gone before him. And he’d probably be there having a fine whiskey and a lively discussion with some of the philosophers, characters and eccentrics that he always loved so much. Paul died 9 November 2009 He was married to Maureen Hogan Family Tree finds and changes Some major additions and changes in the family tree in the past four months in addition to those reported in People Events on page 1. T I am always concerned about privacy on the web site. If you are able to search for and find any living person from our family tree data using a search engine (eg, Google) please let me know immediately! My computer program tells me that there are close to 250 people whose entries have changed since the last newsletter. Many of these changes are purely editorial, like correcting spelling and place name conventions or fixing grammar. But others are more significant changes: Mordaunt: Thanks to Mordaunt researcher, Henry Mordaunt, we have (at last!) more information on Sarah Mordaunt’s father (Captain L’Estrange Mordaunt) and her siblings. Her father’s and son’s wills are now on our site (along with her own) and I hope to transcribe them at some point - or maybe there is a volunteer out there. There is a family story among the Royes in North Queensland that “Lady Mordaunt had taken off with a pirate”! This is a most curious story, and since most family stories have some root in fact even if “interpreted” over the years it is worthy of note at this stage. It doesn’t fit quite with our current data. Gamble or Jamison? There is a curious reference to the person we know as Agnes Gamble being Agnes Jamison. The reason why this is curious can be found by reading the Logan history. This raises questions about the family stories and why Thomas Jamieson Roy was so named. Gent: The early Royes were miners around Crocodile Creek (near Mount Morgan, QLD). In more recent times, Ron Royes married Jan Johnson, whose grandfather was a Gent . The Gent family were significant citizens of Crocodile Creek. So the Gent connection has been added and we hope to add some documents soon. Olive: George Hougham Royes (1846-1934) married Jane Ley Olive. An Olive pedigree of just two generations (at this stage) has been added. Bell: I have had contact with a person writing up all Victoria Cross awards, in respect of Mark Sever Bell. At the time of going to print, this promises to add to our knowledge of Mark. He is a son of Emily (Royes) Bell. Lumsden: We have been able to push back the Lumsden pedigree (Green-Lumsden branch) another generation and added more detail. I have “become friends” with many of you through Facebook. I have created two mailing lists for family tree purposes: Royes-Hougham, and Russell descendants. This enables me to keep each or both lists informed of any developments in the family tree for their branches. Let me know if you are on Facebook and would like to be on one of those lists. Robinson-Royes: There has been some more information about Eleanor Etta (not Ettea) Royes and her two marriages (Robinson and Ainsbury) - including the fact that her first husband had a child by her sister Elizabeth! He died the year the child was born - so maybe ... no, let’s not go down that path without evidence! Some technical items for web users: Wills and Probate: We have a number of wills in Documents with their transcriptions in Histories. They have previously linked to the person as a media item but they now link through two new “events” called Will and Probate. This is a more logical place for them and more easily noticed by the viewer. See, for example, William Hougham (1752 - 1828). Research notes: I have created a field for Research notes and am gradually transferring speculative comments in “Notes” to “Research Notes”. royroyesfamilylinks 13 • February 2010 • page 3


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Overviews If you are browsing the family tree on the web you can look at any individual’s ancestors or descendants in several ways - charts and reports - and you can create a pdf page of the reports - using their individual page. But sometimes this does not give you a complete overview of the relationships with cousins in other branches. The Overviews section of the website (Media > Overviews) tries to create “big picture” images of relationships for the main branches. The above chart is a summary of the major branch relationships in the tree - on the website this chart is interactive and clicking on a button will take you to a more detailed overview starting with the earliest known ancestor. Each of these overviews has links to the family tree data at the bottom of the page to the main people in the overview. Most of the overviews are descendant charts but there is also a collection of pedigree (ancestor) charts - more than just the three on the above chart. To protect privacy the charts generally end at the last deceased person and a link is provided to the family tree data. This means that those who are registered and have access can see more detail. Even visitors to the web site can see some more detail but it is limited to the surnames and intials of living people. Where an overview includes living people their birth dates are removed. Roy~Royes Family Links has its beginnings in the marriage of Maurie Roy and May Royes in Cairns, Queensland, in 1940. It has grown to around 6000 people including those from parallel branches such as the Russells, Hogans, Logans, Girvans and Wileys on the Roy side, and the Houghams (or Huffams and several other variants), Youngs and Theoffs on the Royes side. It is not possible to list all branches here but you can check on all surnames at The scope of the data is based on research into the Roy and Royes pedigrees. It also includes several areas of interest such as the Normandy dukes; English royalty; the Roy and Royes names in Australia. If you are interested in the Houghams, you should be aware that the largest Hougham/ Huffam data base (24,000+ people) is by Robin Young: Editor: Bruce Roy • 45 King Street, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065, Australia • Email: This newsletter is available on the web in both pdf and jpg formats at royroyesfamilylinks 13 • February 2010 • page 4


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Family Links 14 News & Notes Vale Maurie produced in association with M aurie Roy died 20 February in Cairns Base Hospital. He had a fall in early November but his hospitaliszation revealed a problem with kidney functions, and in the end that is what got him, as they say. He was 92. Maurie, of course, is one of the two focal points for Roy~Royes Family Links, the other being his first wife May (Royes) Roy. He died peacefully in his sleep just before midnight on the 19th. His daughter Mandie was sitting with him, holding his hand. He was not seen by a doctor until after midnight - hence his date of death is officially 20 February. Some 18 hours before he died, as he was being set up with the morphine drip that would give him a peaceful death, he asked if there was any Guinness in it. Never lost his sense of humour! He was born in Larne, Northern Ireland, the second of what would become five children. His sister Beryl (Albury, New South Wales) is now the only one alive. The family migrated to Cairns, North Queensland, in 1923, and that is where he grew up, worked, married, fathered and retired. He worked for Burns Philp & Co from about age 15 until they closed in Cairns about 1967. He became manager of their hotel and hardware division, responsible for something like A£5 million worth of stock - about A$108 million in 2009 figures. His second wife, Rose (Bogiatzis Thorburn), survives him but as I write this she is in hospital and has been assessed for nursing care. Maurie had three children and one step-son, nine grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one step great granchild. People events § Apr: Rose Roy has been admitted to the Mary Potter Nursing Home in Woree, Cairns - still hoping to prove that she can manage at home. § Apr: Stephen and Maryann (Willis) Royes, and Genevieve and Matthew, welcome Kellen Michael six weeks earlier than expected and weighing in at 5 lb 9 oz (just over 2.5 kg). § March: Max Bouchet born to Dominique and Lauren (Baxter). Brother for Lily. § 20 February: Maurie Roy died peacefully in Cairns Base Hospital - see the first News & Notes item. § 10 February: Janine (Grumley) Miller died peacefully just before midnight in Brisbane, surrounded by loved ones. Aged 61. § January: Donald William Mack born to Anita, third daughter of Pene (Royes) Curtis. § January 2010: Arabella Black born to Cameron and Courtney, ninth grandchild for Alan and Kay. 1 Matched aala Miller and partner Trent Cusack are to be married in September. Congratulations! She also reports that Grandad (Bill Grumley snr) led the Anzac parade in Malanda this year - at age 92. J Graham and Jenny Trimble, daughters Janine (with husband Glen Boundy) and Karla out on the town last November In this issue News & Notes People events Captain Corelli taken Emma Family Tree finds and website news 1 1 2 3 4 royroyesfamilylinks 14 • June 2010


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Captain Corelli taken P lease be advised that “Captain Correlli” was captured at about 1500 hours 24 Jan 2010 at the home of Peter Van der Westhuizen in Iris Way, Scarborough, Cape Town, South Africa. Subsequent to repeated break-ins through a particular window of Peter’s home, by a baboon, he complained to the authorities. On each occasion the window was left smashed and buckled and the kitchen trashed. However the breakin was by a male accompanied by a female and at least two youngsters. The capture this afternoon has led to some confusion. During the week a baboon, believed to be “William” was “darted” near Iris Way but managed to elude the capture team. The capture of “Captain C” has given rise to some confusion as to which baboon is which. The consensus is that we are dealing with two different males. I advised Peter, who was away for the weekend, and the appropriate authorities of the capture. Baboon monitors appeared fairly quickly to confirm the capture. While awaiting the arrival of the capture team I took a number of photos and movies of the baboon who was lying on his back in the cage quite unperturbed by my presence. However when two baboon monitors appeared to confirm the capture he turned ballistic. Jumping up and down, shaking the cage and barking as if to say “get me the hell out of here”. He calmed down when they left. In some ways I felt very sad watching him lying there silently and relaxed in the cage, following my movements and undoubtedly perceiving me as no threat. The vet arrived with an officer from the Nature Conservation Corporation. They prepared the sedation injection as well as the tagging machine and collar to provide permanent and positive identification of the baboon. They were later joined by Esme Beamish, a nature conservation officer familiar with the baboons in the area. It was she who identified the baboon as the Captain. The monitors I am sad to say were confused and insisted it was “William”, She explained to them the identification marks for both males. he Captain was sedated but the effect took almost double the expected time. Eventually after some prodding with needle and a stick he was declared safe. He was removed from the cage and examined by the vet who took blood samples. Esme directed the Nature conservation officer on the procedure to attach the tag to the baboon’s ear which he did quickly and effectively. This was followed by an anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory injection. Next was to fit a tracking collar which was placed around the animal’s neck then firmly double bolted in place. Finally physical data was collected as to the animal’s general condition including his mass. The latter acquisition was no mean task. The smallest and lightest of the monitors was persuaded that he would need to stand on the scale and hold the baboon. This he executed with great courage and held out his arms while two other monitors lifted up the baboon and did just that. Bravo. Mass about 35kg. The saddest part of the examination was to find that he had virtually no teeth left and those T that were… were rotten, no doubt aided by consumption of human food. This also explains why he was excluded from his troop and why he is raiding the village for food. By this time the Captain was starting to make body movements indicating he was awakening. He was quickly placed back in the cage awaiting his recovery and eventual release. He will be tracked and his location recorded at least seven times a day. This it is hoped will finally sort out the local problem of which baboon, William or Captain C, is the greater havoc creator. Report and photos by Tom Cooper, South Africa his is Tom’s kitchen after one baboon invasion. On this occasion the baboons got in through a downstairs fanlight which a guest had left open not knowing about baboons: T om Cooper is a descendant of James Russell, brother of Jane Russell Roy. Jane and her only son, Samuel. and his family migrated to Cairns, Australia in 1923. James migrated to South Africa in 1902 to escape religious intolerance in Northern Ireland so that he could marry his Catholic girl friend, Annie Magee. She joined him the same year and they were married on New Year’s Eve 1902. You can see a full descendant chart for the Russells at http://royroyes. net/genealogy/showmedia. php?mediaID=777. You will find other Russell migrations to South Africa and Australia noted on that chart. T royroyesfamilylinks 14 • June 2010 • page 2


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Emma twice Queen, twice Queen Mother e all like to find famous people in our family tree, and the Royes side of the house has quite a few because of its descendancy through landed gentry in Normandy, Kent, and London. Such a notable person is Emma of Normandy, 26G aunt of May Royes and her siblings and cousins. She is a great aunt of William the Conqueror, married two Kings of England and produced two kings of England. Her second marriage to Canute (Cnut) also made her Queen of Denmark and of Norway. Emma is also known as Elgiva, Aelfgfifu or Aelfgyfu - English names more appropriate for an English Queen. However in both her marriages she was the second wife, and her two predecessors were both named Ælfgifu! She preferred Emma! mma was born to Richard 3rd Duke of Normandy and Gunnor/a. In our family tree data Gunnora’s father is named Herbastus de Crepon, but this may in fact have been her brother. Isabella Strachan has written about Emma in the book Emma the TwiceCrowned Queen: England in the Viking Age (illustrated with the chart top right). She begins the book with this paragraph: “One of the strangest sights in any of the great churches of England is in Winchester Cathedral, where four boxes, resembling houses with ornamentation of birds and angels, are placed high above W E the spectators’ heads. They are mortuary chests, a term more usually associated with Egyptian pharaohs. Within them are jumbles of skulls and bones brought from a royal burial ground dating from the Saxon and Viking Ages of England. They include the remains of one woman, Emma of Normandy, twice Queen of England.” Strachan sees Emma as standing at the meeting point of three cultures: Norman by family, Saxon by her marriage to Ethelred and her son Edward the Confessor and Viking on three counts - her descent through Rollo (first duke of Normandy), her Danish mother Gunnora and her marriage to Danish King Canute and their son Hardicanbute, Emma is unusual in that she commissioned her own biography (Enconium Emmae Reginae). Some of the Queensland Royes make much of the name Mordaunt to indicate ”blue blood” in the family but in fact it is the Hougham line back through the d’Avranches to the Dukes of Normandy that is our bigger claim to blue blood. And Emma is a shining example! Web links Emma_of_Normandy http://www.spartacus.schoolnet. http://www.heritage-history. com/www/heritage.php?R_men u=OFF&Dir=characters&FileNam e=emma1.php http://www.historybookshop. com/articles/people/monarchs/ emma-of-normandy.asp http://highmiddleages.suite101. com/article.cfm/medievalwomen---emma-of-normandy http://www.absoluteastronomy. com/topics/Emma_of_Normandy royroyesfamilylinks 14 • June 2010 • page 3



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