On the invitation of “Dear Myrtle” (Pat Richley-Erickson) I have joined the panelists in the third group to participate in a Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group. I will be posting my homework here and trust that you will learn about the topic we are discussing and also learning about. Have fun!
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013). [Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof, also available in Kindle format through Amazon.com]
Chapter Seven: The Written Conclusion Revisited – Proof Statements | Proof Summary | Proof Argument
Homework by Fiona Tellesson
I’ve covered nearly all of the work that we were set and I find that this is the best bit…and it’s saved till last. I’ve always done Proof Statements | Proof Summary | Proof Arguments, I just didn’t know that they had a name, but I knew that they had a purpose and a structure. It was like addressing a Jury and proving to them, beyond a reasonable doubt, that my argument was the most likely reason. My execution hasn’t always been perfect, but I’m working on it.
Little steps, stay focused, grow stronger…all the time!
I have chosen to follow some of the work I’ve previously discussed. It is however, highly relevant to this homework and yes, you may have read this too, but, please indulge me! When I started to get involved with the Tellesson family, there had been a lot of confusion as to how many wives my partner’s great grandfather had, had! I have found three, but the other problem we also had, was to find the name of his first wife?
“George TELLESSON, born 1837 in Norway was married in 1854 to Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS born 1832 in Wales.”
Simple…yes???…no!!! I searched high and low for each of their names once I had found an Elizabeth ROBERTS in the Vital Records for UK. This other name kept ‘popping up but it didn’t make any sense Girt HALOWEN. Notes were taken and then it was put aside. It wasn’t until many years later that I was contacted by a researcher who was tracing all the Welsh born Chalinor’s that I went back to it. The researcher kindly purchased the marriage certificate and then shared it with me. Looking at the notes again, it all suddenly made sense to me, as an illiterate man George would have not been able to correct the vicar in the church from mis-spelling his name and with a thick Norwegian accent, his name, George TELLESSON must have been misunderstood.
So after many years of not finding their marriage certificate, it was always sitting right under my nose, the details of it at least.1
1 General Register Office, Liverpool, Marriage Certificate, 1854, [George Tellesson] Girt Halowen & Elizabeth Catherine Roberts
Was George TELLESSON’s first wife’s name Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS?
There were instances that his wife’s name was recorded as Elizabeth ROBERTS, Eliza ROBERTS, Catherine Elizabeth ROBERTS, Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS, A (1881 Census UK) AND Catherine Eliza ROBERTS, so where to start? I had to go back to this marriage certificate of Girt HALOWEN & Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS.
Looking to prove the actual name of George TELLESSON’s first wife. Was it Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS or was it Catherine Elizabeth ROBERTS?
Due to the poor quality of the scan, I searched for and managed to find a clearer copy from 2Liverpool, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 – this clearly shows that Elizabeth’s name was originally recorded as Catherine Roberts, then amended to read Elizabeth Catherine Roberts. Still confused? Well I was, so I had to search further…
2 General Register Office, Liverpool, Marriage Certificate, 1854, [George Tellesson] Girt Halowen & Elizabeth Catherine Roberts, http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2197, Image 184, (accessed 10th July 2015 Ancestry.com.au)
The next event I found was the birth of George TELLESSON’s first child, George Robert Australia TELLESSON. Firstly I found his birth registration3
I then checked for any Baptism record for the child, George Robert TELLESSON. I found a baptism for George Robert Australia TELLISON. As the name is almost the same and the parent’s details are similar to the marriage records, I am satisfied that they are the same person. He was also baptised in the same church where his parents were married.4
3England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915 for George Robert Tellesson – Image 4 [http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=8914]
4http://search.ancestry.com.au/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&gsfn=george+robert+australia&gsln=TELLESSON&gsln_x=NP_NN_NS&msbdy=1856&msbpn__ftp=Liverpool%2c+Lancashire%2c+England&msbpn=92187&msbpn_PInfo=8-%7c0%7c0%7c3257%7c3251%7c0%7c0%7c0%7c5271%7c92187%7c0%7c&_83004003-n_xcl=f&cpxt=1&cp=11&MSAV=1&uidh=000&pcat=34&h=169922294&db=FS1EnglandBirthsandChristenings&indiv=1&ml_rpos=5 (Accessed 10th July 2015)
The records were rather slim after the birth of George Robert TELLESSON. I could not locate them (the family, George, Elizabeth & George Robert TELLESSON) in the UK Census of 1861. Finally, I found George Robert TELLESSON in the 1861 Census of Wales. He was living with his Aunt, Anne ROBERTS. But where were his parents?5
51861 Wales Census for George Tellinson http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=8768 [Image 4] (Accessed 6th June 2015)
Because they were in Wales and I couldn’t find George TELLESSON in the census either, I looked for a death of Elizabeth TELLESSON nee ROBERTS. I found that Elizabeth had died in 1860 whilst living in Carnarvon, from Consumption. It would appear that the family had moved to Carnarvon from Liverpool. I can find no record of the family in-between 1856 and 1860. I believe that Elizabeth may have been ill for some time and required help from her sister? There was a 16 year age difference between her and Ann & Ann was also illiterate, as she signed the death registration with her mark X.
6 Registration District Carnarvon, Death Certificate 1860 Elizabeth TELLESSON Application Number 606219-1
In 1862 George TELLESSON married Catherine Elizabeth ROBERTS, 22 May 1862 at St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.7 Her father’s name was Thomas ROBERTS, this was also the same name of Elizabeth Catherine ROBERTS’ father.
7Liverpool, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=2197 George TELLESSON & Catherine Eliza ROBERTS 1862 [Image 118] (Accessed 10th July 2015)
It is clear to me that the mix up of names has now been explained. The mixture of names is as a result of the two sisters having names that could easily be interchanged. In fact one tree on Ancestry, has George Robert TELLESSON as the son of Catherine Eliza ROBERTS?8
Finally I hope I have successfully solved the mystery of the many wives of George TELLESSON. He wasn’t a man who married too many times, but I guess that depends if you call three marriages excessive. The two ROBERTS sisters died quite young and it appears from the medical history that I know about the Tellesson family, it continued down the generations. Indeed out of the nine children of George TELLESSON, with the two sisters, that I have located, only four survived into adulthood.
8http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/12016613/person/1028519681 (Accessed 10th July 2015)
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