Six Degrees of Separation

The theory of Six Degrees of Separation was first set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929.  Here in New Zealand there is a joke that there are no more than two degrees of separation.  Sometimes it's true.  Other times you get back to 6.  This post is about how my paternal and maternal branches have …

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The Nicholls Family Bible

One thing that got me going on my family tree was the discovery of my Gran’s family’s bible after she died.  It listed the family of John Nicholls and his wife Elizabeth Ludwell.  It contains one of my family's great scandals. The Bible was presented to Mary from her dear friend Rachel Brockway in 1858. …

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A 19th Century Scandal: Bigamy?

Updated 14 February 2013 Two of my gg-grandfathers were not living with their respective gg-grandmother when they predeceased their wives (see the other in D.I.V.O.R.C.E).  I like to think it’s because the wives wanted to be happy.  This is the story of the Rose Anne Maria Buxton and James Ebenezer Nicholls. I’ve already mentioned that …

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GG-Grandparents – Paternal Side

Updated: 30 March 2016 My father's side is where the majority of the scandals are.  I suspect this is not because they were any more scandalous, but because they were more affluent and things got written down! General note: children with a '+' are known to have descendents, those with a '-' are known not …

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