Month: March 2020

Women’s History Month

March in the United States is Women’s History Month and the theme for 2020 is “Valiant Women of the Vote” to honor “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

White camelia, symbol of the suffragists. (image: Golladay, Wikimedia)

I got to thinking about New Zealand, the first country to grant all women over the age of 21 the right to vote. 
In 1893 as part of a continuing campaign the suffragists organised thirteen separate petitions to extend the vote or franchise to women. The largest was signed by 31,872 women nearly 25% of the European women in the country. Only one of these petitions survives and you can search here at Women and the Vote for more information and the database of surviving signatories (this includes a scan of each original signature). Read more

Finding Elizabeth Fleming

For the last few weeks I have been putting together a biography of a Fleming in my tree, one of my London ancestors but I can’t discover what became of his mother, my great great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Fleming. She is still a mystery!

Elizabeth was born at Portsea, Hampshire, England in 1820 one of several children to Robert King a master mariner and Sarah (Dowling). In 1838 at Bermondsey Elizabeth married George Fleming a corn factor and together they had seven children: Elizabeth Mary (1839-1844), Robert George (1840-1906), George Warren (1841-1864), Isabella Ann Wales (1843-1926), Katherine Mary (1848- ), Alfred (1850-1894) and William Fleming (1852- ). Read more