April 2007

Hi, My great great grandmother was Phoebe Jane McAllum (maiden name Fenwick) her parents were William Fenwick and Ann Bainbridge ( sister of Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge) and daughter of Cuthbert Bainbridge and Mary Muschamp.William Fenwicks parents were William Fenwick,Merchant of Stanhope and Phoebe Featherstone born abt 1750,died 11th June 1838 at Weardale.I would be very interested in finding out more about Phoebe Featherstone and Mary Muschamp


I am writing to you in an attempt to find out some information regarding the marriage record of a John Featherstone (bc 1823 of SA) to a Mary Jane Hagen (bc 1829 of SA) , on 18 Nov 1847 in Adelaide SA. This record was found in both the SA BDMs and also on the LDS Family Search website.

My interests lie in the Hagan side (not spelt Hagen). We have a John Hagan, soldier of the 1st/11th North Devonshire Regiment arrived Tasmania in 1845 with wife Mary, and children Mary Ann, (per 1841 census), Sarah, William and John.

We believe that through the movements of the 11th Regiment of Foot, father John and perhaps family moved from Tasmania to NSW and also perhaps Victoria and SA. Son William Hagan was married in Vic in 1860, daughter Sarah also married in SA. We cannot find whereabouts of daughter Mary Ann bc1830 (per 1841 census) but have found a marriage record in SA BDMs (as mentioned above) which could be her. We have already searched in NSW & Vic. Tasmania is impossible to search unless you have $82 to throw away.

It has also recently come to our attention that there was indeed a J. H. Featherstone in the 11th Regiment of Foot.

We have also located an LDS Family Group Record of John & Mary Jane (or Ann) having 8 children, all in Adelaide between the years 1851 and 1868.

I am wondering if you might know of any families who have this family tree. I would like to find out if they have a death certificate or marriage cert for Mary Jane Hagen (or Hagan- could be just a transcript or spelling error) to confirm that this Mary Jane (or Ann) is indeed the daughter of John Hagan and Mary Adams, both born in Ireland. She was also born in Ireland bc 1830 (per 1841 census).

Thanking you in advance,


Kerry Pomroy

Dear Mr. Featherstone:

I am a newspaper reporter in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I am trying to track down whatever happened to a Nancy Anne Featherstone. She was born on May 24, 1929, and grew up in the Toronto area. I do not know her parents’ names or Nancy Anne’s married name.

I am looking for her because she was the model for the girl on a local corporate logo that’s been used since 1940.

Do you have any suggestions for how I might be able to find her? Unfortunately, marriage and census records here do not become public until a very long time has elapsed. Perhaps one of your contacts in Canada might know a bit about her family.

Any information you could provide on Nancy Anne would be helpful.

Thanks — Matt

Matt Walcoff
Business reporter
The Record
160 King St. E.
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON N2G 4E5
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