Mrs Jane Fleming nee Marshall


Oh the treasures to be found in old newspapers! This one comes from

‘Death of a Pioneer: the passing of an iteresting personality was published in the New Zealand Times, 1st July 1912.  A time when most biographies were about men. 

I was tracing the story of John Stuart Fleming (1842-1904), a pioneer businessman at Westport on the wild, islolated west coast of New Zealand’s south island and later in Wellington. The obituary I found is actually of his widow but she is only named as as “Mrs Fleming” and “the widow of John Stuart Fleming”.  This practice of naming a wife as Mrs [husband’s name] was a lingering legacy of the law of coverture – when a woman and  man were married, she relenquished all her status rights to him and was considered to be under his protection. (for more on the law of coverture see Amazing Women in History) Read more

Starting 2020.

Welcome to the new year and new directions in your research!

The Guild of One Name Studies is giving interested members a challenge to start the year…. can I write ten blog posts in three months?

We shall see!  There’s often a bright new shiny thing or a rabbit hole to trip me up but this is just the inspiration I need to get started.  I look forward to sharing some of the unheralded people and places connected to the Fleming name.

Most of last year and the year before I’ve been adding faces and families to the Fleming casualties of World War I.  Little did I know there are even more men to be included! Read more

Finding Fleming births in Liverpool, England 1837-1906

Now that the General Register Office (GRO) has added the mother’s maiden name to their civil births index and the Liverpool, England Catholic Baptisms 1837 – 1906 on Ancestry also includes the mother’s maiden name, I decided to compare them….

Almost half the Fleming babies baptised 1837 – 1879 in Liverpool weren’t registered (see chart). Even after 1875 when registration became compulsory many are still never registered.

The ‘missing’ baptisms (or births not found in the GRO civil index)  have all been added to the Fleming England and Wales Civil Birth Index in the DataStore. They are completely in UPPERCASE and marked Liverpool Registration District although some would have occurred in the West Derby and Toxteth Park districts.

From 1856 onwards most of the events in the Catholic Baptisms 1837 – 1906  are in Latin so I’ve also added the Latin form of the name to each entry. Searching these records at Ancestry you’ll get best results searching with the Latin form of the name Examples of child names:
Patrick (Patricius); Willliam (Gulielmus); James (Jacobus) John (Joannes); Thomas (Thomae); Bartholomew (Bartholomeus) Peter (Petrus); Arthur (Arturus); Charles (Carolus), Catherine (Catharina; Catharinae); Jane (Joannae); Ellen (Helena, Helenae) Ann/Anne (Annae); Mary (Mariae); Margaret (Margarita, Margarettae, Margaritae); Theresa (Terisiae); Bridget (Birgittae, Brigittae, Brigida).

When the name belongs to the father, the -us ending often becomes -i eg Patricii,[often mistranscribed as Patricu], Gulielmi or Jacobi.

The spelling of mother’s maiden also varied between the two sources: William and Ann (MINA) Fleming were married in 1878 at St Patrick’s Catholic church, Liverpool and their six children all baptised in the same parish: Joseph Patrick (Josephus Patricius); Willliam (Gulielmus); Catherine (Catherina); Susannah; James (Jacobus) and Francis (Franciscus).  In the GRO Birth Index for her children, Ann’s last name has been recorded as MINA and MINEY. In the baptism register she was recorded as MINA, MOYNA, MOYNAH and MOYNES.