|About Tasmanian Fearnley Family History
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This web site is designed to provide historical information of the Fearnley family of Tasmania with my great-great-Grandfather, James Fearnley 1815-1890, as the focus for ancestors and descendants. James was born in Scholes, North Yorkshire and in 1834 he was convicted of cattle stealing . The following year he was tried, convicted and sentenced to transportation for life. In 1836, James arrived in Van Dieman's Land where he underwent his period of servitude mainly in Hobart. In 1844 he was granted a "ticket of leave" and in 1846 was granted a "conditional" pardon. In 1847, James married Sarah Dodd and together, they had nine children. There have been numerous descendants of James and Sarah of which I am of the fourth generation. To provide a history of the Fearnleys of Tasmania, and to accurately reflect the family history of current generations, I have include various paternal and maternal family lines of those who have inter-married into the Fearnley family. For this reason I have given equal importance to accurately record my English, Scottish and Swedish ancestors and my wife's Dutch ancestors. You will find other family histories on this web site which I consider are of interest in their relationship to my family history. I wish to thank Christine (Fern) Williams and Pauline (Pollie) Scott particularly for helping me gather the Fearnley family information. Fern and Pollie have their own Fearnley family histories and both have been most generous in providing me with information. Their generosity and good will has been a major factor in the establishment of this website. I am extremely grateful to Cameron Gillespie for the many pictures he has given to me of our Tasmanian ancestors. What a treasure they are and what a wonderful sense of history they provide to the Fearnley Family History. Thanks also to Shirley Law for her encouragement, advice and the many pictures of family relations that she has provided. I am very grateful to Judi de Closey for her detailed research and assistance particularly with her research of my Swedish ancestry. I also wish to thanks Alan Moore and Sandra Munro for their advice, encouragement and assistance. A special thanks also to Liedeweij Van Driel nee Weggeman for her help with my wife's Dutch relations and Dutch ancestry. Without the help of all of these people, this website would be far less informative. Recently I have noted (thank you Pollie and GENUKI) that the Yorkshire Poll Tax for the year 1379 for the Birstall Parish of Wyke and Liversedge have recorded the following names: Johannes ffernelee Carpentar & uxor (wife) Johannes de ffernelee and Margeria de ffernelee in Wyke. Ricardus de ffernelay in Liversedge. George Fearnley, born in 1530 in this area of North Yorkshire, is a direct ancestor and he is the first of the Fearnley family recorded in this family history. Could Johannes, Margeria and Ricardus be ancestors of George and if so, of the Tasmanian Fearnleys? That well may be so!