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Does This MORCOM jigsaw fit together?

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Does This MORCOM jigsaw fit together?

Posted: 28 Jun 2007 7:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Morcom
My One Name Study of MORCOM/B/Es has often re-united families whichhave scattered world-wide from their Cornish roots. Can someone help me fit together some or all of five pieces of a jigsaw which might unite MORCOMs, descended from the same Australian mother, who are now living in South Africa, Canada, and New Zealand?

PIECE 1. Anne S MORCOM was born in Black Creek, Bulwarra near Maitland NSW in 1845. She was the eldest of elevenchildren of Jabez Josiah Searle MORCOM (also known as Peter J S MORCOM) and Margaret nee McLAUCHLAN. Nothing more is known about Anne from the NSW records, but by 1865-78 her parents and other family members had moved to Paterson NSW

PIECE 2. On 29 August 1872 the register of the Destitute Asylum in Adelaide SA records that Annie MORCOM described as "Now living Adelaide .... Nationality E. Circumstances: mother of two illegitimate children James MORCOM no 271 and Peter MORCOM no 272". Annie MORCOM was buried in the West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide on 17 August 1874, aged 35 [=b.c. 1839, but was her age overestimated because of her state of health?]

By the time of Annie's death, both her sons had been boarded
out. Other records tell us that James was born c. 1864. He eventually emigrated to Canada and his cemetery records states his birth was either 6 August 1863 or 1864 in Australia. The Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885 has an entry "MORCOM Peter, par. Annie nee MORCOM, b. 1866 Sa". Peter emigrated to the Transvaal.
I cannot find Australian birth records for James or Peter. Jabez and Annie's son Peter are the only MORCOMs using this forename in Australia in the 19th century.

PIECE 3. Mary Searle MORCOM (known as May) was married to Albert Edward WEBSTER in Blenheim NZ on 14 Oct 1893. The marriage certificate states that she was born in Wellington NZ. Her death age of 88 in 1960 suggests that she was born c. 1872. Family letters say that May's mother was Anne S MORCOM, an Australian. Annie died early in May's childhood and she was adopted by an unknown Australian uncle.

PIECE 4. Annie Cawley MORCOM was born 8th July 1872 in Willis Street, Wellington NZ to Ada Annie MORCOM. The certificate says "reputed father: Charles BROYDEN[?], chemist, NSW Australia".

PIECE 5. Sydney Martyn MORCOM, illegitimate, was born on 27 March 1876 in Martin Street, Wellington NZ to Anne MORCOM who was recorded as b.c. 1849 in Sydney NSW. The name Sydney Martyn, presumably, reflects his own birth place and his mother's.

I have found no other details of the individuals in Pieces 4 & 5, nor have I found any other MORCOMs in Wellington between 1872 and 1876. It seems very improbable that the three illegitimate children, Mary Searle, Annie Cawley and Sydney Martyn, born In Wellington between c. 1872 and 1876, were the children of different mothers named Anne or Annie MORCOM. There is also strong evidence linking Pieces 1, 2 and 3. above. However if Sydney Martyn's birth
date is correctly recorded as 1876 (I have not seen the original record) his mother cannot be Annie of the Destitute Asylum who died in 1874 .

I suspect the five pieces make one picture, but cannot prove it.


Denys THOMAS
[MORCOM/B/E One Name Study]
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