A handsome…spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman

Week 45 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: RICH MAN My 4 x great grandfather James Blackman (1759-1842) was described in his youth as ‘a handsome, well-educated, spoilt and flamboyant young gentleman’. The son of James Blackman and Jane Hearne, James was christened on 25 May 1760 at Deptford in Kent, England. Reportedly James was a…

The Hungry Years

Week 40 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; HARVEST This post, the ‘Hungry Years’, describes one family’s survival in a time of near starvation in the very early years of the colony of New South Wales following the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Harvests were poor and the population was often desperate for food….