I live in Australia and am still quite new to family history
research. I am trying to trace the family of my great grandfather.
I found his parents and siblings on the 1881 census for the UK
as they were almost all born in Scotland. Residing in Broad Street
in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland:
John BARBOUR 39 Whitelaw, Haddington, Scotland
Ann BARBOUR (nee Fenwick or Thompson) 41 England married 20/8/1866
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
William BARBOUR 14 Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (dob 7/11/1866)
Thomas Fenwick BARBOUR 13 Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland (dob
21/5/1868) *My great grandfather
Annie BARBOUR 10 Kinross, Scotland (dob 14/6/1870)
John BARBOUR 8 Kinross, Scotland (dob 27/5/1872)
Mary BARBOUR 6 Devon, Clackmannan, Scotland Alice Muncie BARBOUR
2 Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland
I believe that in approximately 1882, when my great grandfather
was 14 years old, they all moved to Rhodesia. My grandmother tells
me that my great grandfather married a woman called Annie KEPPEL
and they had a daughter Esme and four years later a son Athol
Roy. When Esme was about eight years old her mother and brother
died in a buggy accident and she was sent to live with her mothers
family (FREEMANTLE and FORDYCE) in England and my great grandfather
moved to Australia where he met my great grandmother Maud CARMODY.
Thomas also used the name Theodore Thomas FENWICK-BARBOUR but
when this change occurred and why I do not know so Esme and Athol
Roy's surnames may be BARBOUR or FENWICK-BARBOUR.
I believe that the marriage between Thomas BARBOUR and Annie
KEPPEL, the births of Esme and Athol Roy, and the deaths of Annie
and Athol Roy all took place between 1882 and 1913 in Umtali (now
If you can assist me at all in tracing records of these events
(or any of the rest of his family) I would greatly appreciate
it. Alternatively, can you suggest anywhere in Australia that
I might access such records.
I am most interested in tracing Esme BARBOUR in the UK and need
to confirm her name in order to begin the search so if time is
limited please focus on her.