The Richard J Loveday story

Today we continue the story of Richard John Loveday and get a glimpse into his life in the new Colony of South Australia.

Also we read of the O’Shea story. Bridgette,  Richard’s wife came from Ireland and such was her love for Richard that she followed him to the brave, new world in Adelaide.

“At this time Richard was away for long periods of time on Survey trips to various parts of South Australia.  He was therefore shattered, when returning from one of these trips that Bridget had to inform him that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The medical knowledge and practices of the time meant that there was little that could be done for Bridget and sadly she died in July 1852 leaving 4 surviving children for Richard to care for. Bridget never saw her mother again and died not knowing her father had died the year after they sailed for Australia.

The sad tale of Bridget ends with her untimely death at the young age of 33 leaving her loving children Ann, Richard Thomas and Mary. Her burial place is West Terrace Cemetery, Road No.3, Path 32, Lot 28E. The search, discovery, restoration and provision of a headstone suitably and reverently inscribed by Jean Tinnoch nee Loveday, who also purchased the Lot lease May 26th 1964 and is current into the year 2000.”

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The O’Shea Family Story

The somewhat sad story of the O’Shea family is one of mystery and the available records do not throw much light on to the facts. It is believed that Thomas Shea was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire in about 1795. His early life is unknown, but it is known that he married Catherine Brown in about 1818 in Limerick, Ireland.

Thomas and Catherine were blessed with a daughter, Bridget Ann in 1819 and a son Stephen in 1820. Little is known of Bridget’s life until around 1840, in Limerick.

Bridget met a handsome young Army Surveyor, Richard John Loveday from London. Richard was on duty in Limerick conducting survey work for the Royal Sappers & Miners Corp which was stationed in Limerick. Richard’s courting was successful as Bridget and Richard were married in 1841 at the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Limerick, Ireland.

Tviewhe happy couple, Bridget aged 22 and Richard 23 was able to obtain accommodation in the married men’s quarters of the Corps barracks.

The couple’s first baby, Ann was born in January 1842 in Limerick and christened in the same church that her parents were married in. It was in that 1843 Richard was transferred to Yorkshire with the Army and whilst there, child number two was born, Richard John in 1844. The following year Richard was once again transferred to Limerick where their third child was born, Thomas in 1846. All children were now christened in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Limerick. Although not a firm religious man, Richard had been bought up in the Church of England tradition and his marriage would have caused his parents in London some concern.

As an ambitious man, Richard learnt of a newly formed Regiment within the Royal Sappers & Miners Corp that was recruiting from within the Corp for men with 10 years service, to be sent to the Colony of South Australia. He applied and along with seven other troopers, was successful, being promoted to Lance Corporal and an increase in pay. They sailed for South Australia on board the “Royal George”, arriving June 26th 1847, at Port Adelaide, accompanied by their three children, Ann, Richard and Thomas.

The family were temporarily housed at the Military Barracks, Adelaide, in an area now known as Pinky Flat. Shortly after arrival the Loveday family were moved into the married men’s quarters of the Royal Sappers & Miners Corp barracks at Reedbeds, later to be known as Findon. It was here that in 1848 James was born, but sadly he did not survive babyhood and died 1 year later.

Brighter times were to come and in May of 1850 Bridget was delivered of another little girl, Mary Elizabeth. Both of these children were baptised at Holy Trinity Church on North Terrace. At this time Richard was away for long periods of time on Survey trips to various parts of South Australia.

He was therefore shattered, when returning from one of these trips that Bridget had to inform him that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The medical knowledge and practices of the time meant that there was little that could be done for Bridget and sadly she died in July 1852.

Bridget’s father, Thomas was a labourer and suffered a terminal disease and died in 1847 aged 52. Shortly after this tragic event, Catherine moved herself and son Stephen back to Sheffield which was undergoing a ‘boom’ time as a manufacturing centre in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. At that time, thousands of labourers were flocking to the industrial cities to take up opportunities in newly opened factories.

Catherine supported herself by conducting a boarding house in Taylor’s Yard, Spring Street, Sheffield. There was no shortage of boarders as hopeful factory workers, newly arrived from all over Britain, sought accommodation. In the Census of 1851, Catherine had three married couples staying at her boarding house. Two of the men were general labourers and the third was a brick maker. Each of these six people was born in a different County of England!

Catherine’s sister, Bridget and her husband James had a boarding house next door. They had 6 single men boarding with them – a ham butcher from Ireland, two agricultural labourers, two shoemakers and a grocer’s assistant, all from Southern England.
Of the three houses in Taylor’s Yard, two were also occupied by Irish families, suggesting that there was a solid enclave of the Irish in that particular part of Sheffield.

It is apparent that Bridget had not communicated with her parents since leaving England
as a letter which was to arrive some 9 years later from her mother, Catherine, related that her father had died the year they had left England, 1847. Bridget was never to know of this and of the improved situation of mother and her relatives in Sheffield. Bridget was buried in the West Terrace Cemetery and Richard was left with a broken heart and four young children, now aged 10, 7 6 and 2 years old.

The sad tale of Bridget ends with her untimely death at the young age of 33 leaving her loving children Ann, Richard Thomas and Mary.

Some doubt had existed as to the maiden name of Bridget Ann; however, the proof of identity nee Shea is by a letter of condolence sent to Richard John Loveday at the time of her death by her parents and signed William and Catherine Shea, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. This letter is in the possession of Viola Bates, a grand-daughter of Ann Rose nee Loveday.”

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Next post we have a look at the continuing story of Richard J Loveday and his new family.

The Story of Richard John Loveday

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Richard John Loveday junior, trained as a cabinet maker until he was 18, when he attested into the Corps of Royal Sappers & Miners on 31 March 1837. He entered the Woolwich training establishment for 6 months basic training, then was posted to the 13th Survey Company and transferred to Chatham, Kent where he spent five more months receiving intensive instruction in practical surveying. Survey maps for military purposes had become an important priority.

Following this he was transferred to No.16 Company and posted to Ballina on the North West coast of Ireland to work on the Irish Survey. The Ordnance Survey of Great Britain was being concentrated in Ireland, and on 15th March 1838 he moved into the field for the first time.

From the following October, his unit was transferred to another base in the town of Limerick and there it remained for nearly four years.Over the next few years he served at various locations in Ireland until May 1842 when he was transferred back to England. After about 2½ years in England he was again posted to Ireland for a further period of about 12 months.

During this period, Richard now aged 26, met and married a local girl, 22-years-old Bridget Shea, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Shea. They married in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Limerick. Bridget Loveday became an Army wife and Richard was allocated married quarters at the Company’s base station. Their first child, Anne, was born on 13th January 1842, and christened at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Limerick in the following December, the same church that her parents were married in.

Richard’s Company was relocated to York in June 1842, and from this base Richard worked in parties that surveyed in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. It was during 1844 in Yorkshire, that their first son was born, who would be christened Richard John at St Mary’s Limerick in the April of 1845.

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Right to left – Colour Sergeant undress uniform, Colour Sergeant in full marching order, Private in undress uniform. names unknown

The following year Richard was once again transferred to Limerick where their third child was born, Thomas in 1846. All three children were now christened in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Limerick. Although not a firm religious man, Richard had been bought up in the Church of England tradition and his marriage would have caused his parents in London some concern.

Although Richard’s unit had now shifted its base to Southampton, he worked in a detachment at several locations across the north of Ireland through 1845 and 1846.

Early in 1847, Richard found that inducements were being offered to men of 10 years service to serve in an overseas detachment. He volunteered, and was accepted to fill one of seven vacancies created by the compulsory retirement of veterans from the unit that was working in the new colony of South Australia.

He was formally transferred to the Royal Sappers and Miners South Australian Detachment on 23rd February 1847, and was appointed acting Lance Corporal in charge of the other six replacements who were chosen to sail. From this time onwards he was to be classified as a Surveyor instead of a Carpenter!

Lance Corporal Richard John Loveday, Bridget and the three children, Ann, Richard John and Thomas sailed in the “Royal George” in late February. The ship left from London, called at Portsmouth, and reached Port Adelaide on 26th June after a voyage of exactly four months.

The ship was a reconditioned Naval sloop, renamed “Royal George” affording reasonable accommodation and facilities for that period of time. The S.A. Archives have records of reference to the ship having arrived in Adelaide on June 26th 1847. Also a microfilm copy of the passenger list that disembarked.

A further record indicates the “Royal George” transporting supplies and materials from Port Adelaide to Sydney in September 6th 1848. These appear to be the only references available. The ship would have returned to England in the latter part of 1848 and did not return to Australia again.

Richard, now Lance Corporal was in charge of 6 other members of the Royal Sappers & Miners and they travelled to Australia on the “Royal George”, arriving at Port Adelaide on 26th June 1847
Corporal Croker with wife and 6 children
Sapper Brooker with wife and 3 children
Sapper College with wife
Sapper Dawson with wife and 3 children
Sapper Partridge with wife
Sapper Young with wife

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O’Connell Street, North Adelaide 1845

It was not until 30th June 1847 that the young family set foot on land and moved into married quarters allocated in one of the earliest buildings on the former “Native Location” by the banks of the River Torrens near Adelaide’s Government House.

 

 

 

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Adelaide, 1842

Shortly after arrival the Loveday family were moved into the married men’s quarters of the Royal Sappers & Miners Corp barracks at Reedbeds, later to be known as Findon. It was here that in 1848 James was born, but sadly he did not survive babyhood and died 1 year later.

Brighter times were to come and in May of 1850 Bridget was delivered of another little girl, Mary Elizabeth. Both of these children were baptised at Holy Trinity Church on North Terrace.
At this time Richard was away for long periods of time on Survey trips to various parts of South Australia.

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Surveyors’ camp at Tailem Bend, South Australia

 

 

 

Acknowledgements to the State Library of South Australia for the use of the above photos.

 

 

 

 

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More next Post. I have been researching the details of my maternal Grt Grandmother, Clara Amelia Kluge (nee Schmidt).

The facts that have come to light are fascinating and I will be preparing them into a similar story as the above.

At The Beginning – Richard John Loveday Snr.

Richard John Loveday (Snr.)1789 – 1867

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St.Pancras Old Church 1815

Richard John Loveday, senior was a carpenter/cabinet-maker, born about 1789 in the district of London identified as ‘Strand’. In 1814 he married a girl called Ann, two years his junior, who, it is believed, had been born in Hertford, but no record of their marriage, is found in the registers of St Mary-le-Bone, St Pancras or Hertford over the period 1806.-1826.

Occasional marriages of Loveday’s can be seen in the St Mary-le-Bone registers through the late 17th and the 18th centuries. In the period 1821-1826 appear three other Loveday marriages in St Pancras, and four other Loveday baptisms in St Mary-Le-Bone.

Loveday is a given name, thought to derive from the Old English Leofdaeg or alternatively Lief Tag. Leofdaeg is composed of the words leof meaning dear/beloved or precious and daeg meaning day. Lief Tag literally translates to Love Day, and is thought to have existed in eastern Britain from around the 7th century.
Loveday was a common English medieval Christian name, which has now become confined to Cornwall, where it still survives in occasional use. The name was originally bestowed on boys or girls on a Love Day, a day appointed for a meeting between enemies and litigants with a view to an amicable settlement. The name is now only given to girls.
The name Loveday arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Loveday comes from the Old English given name Loveday and the Old English given name Leofdoeg, which is composed of the elements leof, which means dear or beloved, and doeg, which means day. This name was also a nickname for a person who had an association with a Love Day which, according to medieval custom, a Love Day was a day set aside for reconciliation and settlement of disputes or feuds.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents.  The name has been spelled Loveday, Loveden, Lovedon and others.

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It is believed that Richard Loveday senior, had two brothers, Robert and William, but this has not been confirmed. The father of three of these baptisms, Robert, is recorded as a servant living in Russell Square, while William, the other father, was a labourer of St Mary-le-Bone.

The 1829 map shows Marylebone and St John’s Wood were then at the very edge where expanding London met the receding countryside allowing the space for Thomas Lord to relocate his cricket ground nearby, and the Household Cavalry to have set up their new barracks on the other side of Regents Park in Albany street.
Richard John Loveday, the elder, and his wife Ann had at six children born in or around
Mary-le-bone.
Ann 1815 -

George James 1827-1831
Elizabeth 1817 -

Emma Maria 1829 -
Richard John 1818- 1883

Caroline 1833- 1896
Mary 1825 -

Richard John Loveday was born on 19th’ December 1818, when his father Richard John Loveday senior, was resident in the old London parish of St Pancras. At the time the boy was baptised in the church of the adjoining parish of St Mary-le-Bone on 14th September 1823, his father was recorded as living in St Mary-le-Bone and his occupation was listed as “mechanic” (today the term ‘tradesman” would be used).

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Sadly, George James died at the age of four, leaving his brother Richard John as the only son. Richard John Loveday junior left home to join the British Army early in 1837. In the June 1841 census Mary, Emma and Caroline were living with their parents at 132 Edgeware Road, but Elizabeth (who married earlier in the year) and Ann had moved out.

Today the above address is part of a multi-storied apartment block and no trace of the old houses remain.

 Family folklore had said that Richard John Loveday, the father, was a member of the Royal Horse Guards. However examination of that units Pay and Muster Rolls between 1793 and 1853 at the Public Records Office, Kew, and personnel records held in the Household Cavalry Archives at the Combermere Barracks, has unearthed nothing to confirm this.

It is likely that the theory was based on Catherine Shea having written to the Horse Guards in 1856 seeking information about Private John Loveday, her son-in-law, and her daughter, Bridget. In those times, correspondence on all military matters was addressed to”Horse Guards”, a locality in London. In much the same way today people refer in general terms to Whitehall, Westminster or ‘Canberra’ as being the place to ask such questions

Previously the Royal Engineers had preferred to use civilian tradesmen, particularly in peacetime, rather than recruit their own. Living within walking distance of the Horse Guards Barracks, Richard John Loveday senior may well have done carpentry work for them on a contract basis. He would have seen a new opportunity for his son to do the same, but on a permanent basis – by actually joining the army and being trained in a trade.

The family saw their only son, Richard John, now a Lance Corporal and wife Bridget and their three grandchildren, Ann, Richard and Thomas, prior to them leaving England, from London in 1846. It is assumed that Richard and Bridget never returned to England. Richard’s marriage to Bridget was of concern to his parents due to the mix of religions. Bridget was Roman Catholic and Richard had been bought up Church of England, but all indications point to a happy marriage.

By April 1851, the aging parents were living at 20 Princess St, Marylebone with Emma (22) who would marry later in 1851, Caroline (17) and three male lodgers in their early 20s -.
William Turner, Lodger, 21, Bricklayer, Middlesex London
Frederick Taverner, Lodger, 22, Carpenter, Middlesex London
Thomas Fuller, Lodger, 22, Tailor, Cams, Wickham

It is assumed that this William Turner, was Emma’s future husband and they were said to have immigrated to Australia. Caroline had married John Stevens and they too immigrated to Australia in 1876. They had 5 children and both Caroline and John are believed to have died in the same year, 1896.

Their mother, Ann appears to have died late in 1852 aged 61.

In 1861 Richard John senior (71) was living at the same address, 20 Princess St, Marylebone with his unmarried daughter Ann (45) who had been working elsewhere as a cook, but had returned to look after her father.

Richard John Loveday, senior, died there in 1867 at the age of 78.

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Acknowledgements

Grateful thanks go to my late father, George William Loveday, for the work and dedication that he and my mother, Louisa Loveday, put into the original manuscript from which much of this work has been drawn.

Thanks must also go to Julie Skarstrom for her contributions on the initial history of Richard John Loveday. Mention must also be made of the help provided by Anita Loveday in London for her work and resources.

The research provided by Ron Roberts on Richard John Loveday has been extremely valuable in supplying a clear picture of Richard John Loveday and his earlier years and thanks must go to him for his thorough work.

Acknowledgement must also be given to the South Australian State Library for the use of the reproduction of pictures of early South Australia.

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A Change Of Direction

After a long time reading, reviewing and living with books, I believe that it is time for Bookmarks to change its direction. It’s time for me to close a chapter of my life that has been very fulfilling and rewarding. Being able to read a large assortment of books and review many of them has been a privilege. However, I find my time being challenged by other interests and my Family History has once again claimed centre stage for me.

Koala smallI won’t use the excuse of eye-sight issues, although this is a factor in my decision. More importantly is the issue of pursuing one’s main interests and using the time I have left to achieve a lasting chronicle of facts about my family.

So, the current Bookmarks Blog page will be transformed and will in the future be dedicated to my research into the Loveday, Taylor, Kluge, Fisher and Sadgrove families. I have compiled a large amount of facts and stories about all of these families and I will, over the months to come post some of this for those interested to see. However, there is a lot yet to discover and I welcome any news, facts, photos and stories about my family that may come my way.

Thanks to all those Authors who have entrusted their work to me for review; I do appreciate the trust given. Good Luck with all who put fingers to the keyboard and seek to have their work published.

Christmas Greetings

Hi to my loyal followers,

Please accept my sincere wish for a Wonderful and Peaceful Christmas and my Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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My apologies for an absence but health issues do take over. But I am back at maximum performance and look forward to providing some interesting posts next year.me

We have had a fun lately with the completion of Kate Loveday’s  2 books now available in Printed and eBook format. And Inheritance has been published by Escape Publishing!

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Review: The Man Who Refused To Die

Author:           Alan Thomas

Published:      Penketh Publications41lvI-xfZOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-69,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Reviewed:      15/10/2013

Available:   Amazon

Synopsis:        Nobody wants to grow old but what would you give for the chance of eternal youth? In this gripping novel an ambitious scientist sets out to prove that ageing is a ‘disease’ that can be cured – a quest that has devastating consequences.

Wealthy businessman Dimitry Yablonsky finds it unbearable to witness his beloved father’s descent into old age. So he decides to award a prize of $100 million to anyone who can find a way of halting the human ageing process.

Dr Jonathan Palmer, a brilliant Cambridge scientist, aims to do just that. Despite the opposition of his deeply-religious wife, his colleagues and the Law, he is determined to let nothing stand between him and the ultimate prize in science.

But Palmer’s work sparks off a chain of events that bring both joy and hope, bitterness and betrayal in their wake. He is prepared to sacrifice his marriage and even his life in pursuit of his quest, while Yablonsky risks losing his reputation and his liberty if a guilty secret is revealed.

Based on contemporary scientific developments, The Man Who Refused to Die confirms that today’s science fiction may soon be tomorrow’s science fact!

 

My Thoughts:

This is not a genre that I normally read, however, I found the Synopsis intriguing.

The story is well crafted and has some quirky issues that draw the reader into the plot. The background to Dimitry Yablonsky is interesting and he is certainly a ‘man of mystery’.  Having decided to offer a very large prize for the person who can successfully halt the aging process, we then meet an interesting cast of people who take us on a fateful journey.  

The main character is Dr Jonathon Palmer whose brilliance is matched by his impulsiveness and ruthlessness. His wife, Julie, is obsessed by her religious background and her devotion to her Chapel.  Many other characters enter the story which by now has become quite complex. The testing of advanced anti aging systems on humans leads to some dramatic and fateful results. The conclusion is stunning and breathtaking.

The plot has a good pace and the storylines intertwine into a complex web of deceit, fantastical probabilities, and a touch of sci-fi.

A fascinating debut novel that promises much for the future.

 

Format/Typo Issues:

 

I found no significant errors

 

Rating: *** Three stars

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After an enforced break and much care and cosseting I am recovered from my Cardiac surgery and have once again picked up the pencil to write some reviews. My rehab has been supplemented with the reading of some good and bad books. I will omit the bad, but over time I will review some of the good books that have helped me recover.

I will also be adding some interesting snippets about my family history that I uncovered whilst recuperating

Its nice to be back!