Has anyone come across a similar situation to ours
when tracing their ancestors?
We have discovered a dilemma when tracing our
Johnston relatives who came across from Belfast and worked in the Sugar
Houses at Greenock prior to emigrating to Australia to work with the
CSR in Queensland and Northern NSW before settling in Melbourne.
We have discovered two sets of records - what is
our Family Bible which came out with the Family is accurate in Christian names
and dates of birth but not in surnames.
According to the Family Bible : David
Johnston born in Belfast 24.4. 1824 married Helen Ferrie born in Belfast
1824, on 8.1.1844.
BUT when a search of the Church Records was
done we were informed that on 8 January 1844 a David Munro married
Helen Ferri. Witnesses were David Mc Guire and Eliza Ferri. There was no record
at all of a David Johnston marrying a Helen Ferri.
Their lawful daughter Elizabeth Munro born on
4.11.1846 baptised that day Godparents William and Elizabeth Ferry.
Family Bible entry; Elizabeth Johnston 4.11
Lawful son William Munro born 25 July 1848,
Baptised same day Godparents William Ferry and Helen Mc Gurry
Family Bible : William Johnston 25 .7.
Lawful daughter Helen [Ellen ]Johnston born 25 May
baptised same day Godparents David Johnston
& Ellen Ferry
Family Bible Helen [ Ellen] Munro
The records are similar with the other children
Margaret Munro -21.7.1852 Family
BIble -Margaret Johnston 21.7.1852. We know that Margaret married a Mc Ghee from
Williamstown [Vic]. Her change of name is recorded but not the name of her
David Munro born 14.7. 1854 - my Great
Family Bible - David Johnston
Peter Munro born 19.3.1856 Family
Bible Peter Johnston 19.3.1856
James Munro born 18.10. 1858 Family
Bible: James Johnston 18.10 1858
The shipping records showed that they purchased
their own fares when they emigrated to Australia BUT the tickets were in the
name of JOHNSTON not Munro.
Has anyone come across a similar thing in their
All our records in Australia are in the name of
Johnston not Munro. My Great grandfather David Johnston[ Munro?]had
two sons - David Stanislaus - my Grandfather, [the Polish second name has aways
intrigued me], Francis Charles aka 'Massa' Johnston, the Brass Band leader
who married Agnes McConichey and a daughter Helen who married William Sinclair
Carson from England.
Any suggestions or ideas will be more than