there is some very useful info on that site - I am at work at the mo
so have only had a quick look but will examine more closely this
Great lead - thankyou very much :)
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> I did a quick search on Eccles and found about 155 references.
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> From: jimeccles [mailto:jimeccles@...]
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> Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Julia Eccles (Nee Smith) - Capelolony, St
> SA - Daughter Matilda Eccles
> Hello there...
> This is my first post.
> I am trying to find information about my great grandmother - Julia
> Eccles (nee Smith), born in St Helena, SA around 1875. The place
> 'Capelolony' has been provided but I have not been able to track a
> location with this name - perhaps another name for 'colony' or even
> spelling mistake?? Or 'Cape' something?
> I understand she married my great grandfather in SA, who I believe
> called Thomas Eccles (according to other documentary evidence)
> family recollections are that he was called John Henry Eccles (from
> UK). Julia had a daughter whilst living in SA who was called
> Eccles, so presumably Thomas (John) lived there or visited
> a time. I have also found evidence that Julia had a sister called
> Smith, also from SA. I would love to know if Julia had any more
> siblings, or information on her parents.
> They later moved to East Yorkshire in the UK where Julia bore
> children (Florence, Sarah J, Edith Maud, James Henry and Thomas
> I have a UK census form from 1901 which details Julia (age 26) and
> the 6 children, but the father and the 2 youngest are not listed -
> possibly suggesting working away from home?
> I have no information as to why my great grandfather was in SA -
> a merchant seaman? This would also be of great interest, also some
> confirmation of his actual christian name. Anything which may
> another clue to both Thomas (or John) and Julia's ancestors.
> Any help would be much appreciated,
> Jim Eccles