Ernest GURNSEY (1879 – 1942) – Ernest emigrated to Kenya with his wife and his brother Sid and his wife; they worked on the railways and then Ernest became Pier Master on Lake Victoria Nyanza. He and his wife Edna returned to the UK on their retirement. Their daughter married a wealthy hotel owner in Mombassa.
When William Benefield set sail with his wife and child from Plymouth in 1874, bound for New Zealand, he could not have foreseen that the roots he would plant there would yield such a rich harvest – both literally and figuratively!
Article from the Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) published on Friday 8 January 1932
Imagine a pile of clothing on a sea shore. A middle-aged man enters the water and swims out to sea until he disappears. Alternatively, the same man is in a small boat being rowed from one ship to another and in poor visibility is somehow capsizes and occupants are presumed drowned. My grandfather, Will Jenner, however believed this man had …
So often in the past it was the case that national, political events impacted directly on our ancestors. This is particularly the case in the Willis family in Barham in Kent. Between 1835 and 1850 four families had emigrated to the United States of America.