The first week in February already and this week’s #52Ancestors subject is Branching Out.
I decided to write about the family of Louis Michel (picture above) who was my x 5 great grandfather, one of few of my ancestors who was not born in Sussex. He was believed to have been born in France about 1780 but that is in dispute among researchers.
He married Elizabeth Watts, (picture above) marriage as yet not found about 1800, and they had at least 10 children:
Henry baptised 1803 in Shoreditch
Elizabeth baptised 1804 in Shoreditch (my ancestor)
Sarah born about 1805
John Louis born about 1810
William born about 1813
Caroline born about 1815
Frederick baptised 1818 in Newington, Surrey
Alfred born about 1819
Louis John baptised 1825 in Newington, Surrey
William baptised 1827 in Lambeth
I researched my ancestor Elizabeth who married twice, firstly to John Roberts, who died before 1830 and then she married Samuel Traies, my ancestor. She like her two sisters remained in the London area.
As I began to research Elizabeth’s siblings I discovered that this family really did branch out. Some of the stories I was told by contacts I am yet to follow up but I found that:
Henry went to India where he married Anne Heathcote about 1825 followed by Charlotte Jefferies in 1833 and had several children. He died in 1880 in India. I would like to find out why he was in India.
John Louis married Sarah Ann Burrage in 1831 in London before leaving for Australia, had several children there and he died in 1895.
Frederick and his wife Mary Cave Woodage who he married in 1838 in Shoreditch, emigrated to New Zealand and he died 1900 in Wellington, New Zealand. According to a family letter he had been Mayor in Hokitika.
Alfred married Sarah Coats in Clapham, Surrey in 1841 and they went to New Zealand via Africa and Australia. He died in 1866 in Hokitika, New Zealand.
Louis John went to Australia where he married Alicia Bell in 1844 in the St James Old Cathedral, Victoria. According to his biography, he emigrated in 1840 with an Uncle, and was best known as one of the first to discover gold in Ballarat. In fact he told the story in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Saturday 28 December 1895, on page 9. A letter from his mother in October 1853 mentions most of the siblings and children.
Louis’s sons were responsible for dynasties around the world.
Having relooked at the information I have collected about this family I realise I need to spend some more time filling in gaps and gleaning more information. For instance one of memoirs I have been sent mentions Louis having 14 children, presumably 4 died young. But this family certainly branched out around the world.
Louis John Michel born 1825