January, 12 Ancestors in 12 Months. AMELIA JANE HUGHES.


Born: 22 January 1858[i] at Black Creek, this is near Maitland. Amelia was the third child to John and Jane Hughes. She had a big brother, William. She would be one of 11 children, with three dying before their first birthdays.

Her paternal grandparents were, Samuel Hughes and his wife Ann[ii] and on her maternal side, Charles Hughes and Amelia Nichols[iii]. Amelia was the daughter of John Nichols, a First Fleeter, (Scarborough) and Ann Pugh, thus making Amelia Jane a second generation to be born in the colony of New South Wales.

On 5 August 1879 Amelia Jane married Ralph Millar at Gowrie, not far from Singleton, she gave her occupation as Gentlewoman.[iv] Six children would bless this union, Marian Jane 1880, Henry James 1882, Florence 1884, Edith Pearl Amelia 1885, Ruby 1889, and Constance 1892. Sadly just three months after Constance’s, Amelia Jane died on 24 March 1892 of peritonitis and pneumatic congestion.[v]

Death notices were inserted into local papers and she was buried 25 March 1892 in the Branxton General Cemetery.

                            Amelia Jane Millar, nee Hughes was my husband’s great-grandmother.

   Bye for now,

[i] NSW Birth certificate 1858/446 8495
[ii] Per John Hughes NSW Death certificate 1898/ 13174
[iii] NSW Birth certificate 691/1832  V1832691 16
[iv] NSW Marriage certificate 1879/4494
[v] NSW Death certificate 1892/6013


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