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TANGLED TWIGS is dedicated to all my ancestors, who travelled to Australia
aboard three-masted ships, who despite the odds, survived the cramped living
conditions, the everpresent threat of disease and lack of food.
The Stigwood family were first recorded at Stetchworth as Stegood. The
spelling then evolved to Stegwood and finally to Stigwood, with a sprinkling
of Stickwoods thrown in. It all depended on the current parish clerk. Since
hardly anyone could spell it rested on him to write the name as he heard it.
Different clerks recorded the same family under different spellings.
The STIGWOOD'S originated in Swaffham Bulbeck Cambridge and left Liverpool
and arrived in South Australia aboard the JOSEPH ROWAN in 1854. In the South
Australian Government Gazette,(Page 85)dated 25th January 1866 there are 370
listed as passengers. There were 3 deaths and six births and the surgeon was
Robert Pridie. Henry and Eliza lived near Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. As
Levi grew older he decided to try his hand at farming at Cavanagh, not far
from Petersburg. I have placed all Stickwood and Stigwood names under Stigwood for
The THREADGOLD/THREADGOULD family who arrived on these shores aboard
the "SHROPSHIRE" from Knottingley, Yorkshire in 1850 and on the
ship 'SHACKAMAXON" in 1853 from Yorkshire, England. Nearly 10% of the
passengers on the Shackamaxon sucumbed to Scarlett fever either on the voyage
or after their arrival.
This unusual surname is of early medieval English origin, and derives from an
occupational nickname for an embroiderer, specifically one who embroidered
fine clothes with gold thread.The first recorded spelling of the family name
is shown to be that of Reginald Tredegold, which was dated 1199, in
the "Memoranda Rolls of Wiltshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known
as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199.
The MARTIN'S originally came from Redruth,Cornwall,England.
Nicholas Martin worked as a blacksmith in Jamestown for many years and his wife lived
to a great age. Most of the Martins lived in South Australia with one family group
immigrating to New Zealand.
The CLARKE family from England who arrived in 1855 aboard the ship 'PUNJAB'
carrying Cornelius Clarke and his wife Susan and daughter Mary. The Punjab
carried 279 immigrants and there were 5 births during the trip. The surgeon,
Henry Lannigan made a note that stated " While in the Tropics, measles
prevailed," Cornelius had been a trumpeter with the 10th Royal Hussars and
fought in the Battle of Waterloo as well as being a Captain's Steward on any
Arriving in the Antipodes after a sea voyage of nearly three months, they
were anchored offshore where they could be still aboard for up to two weeks
before being rowed ashore with their belongings to Port Adelaide. Those
without accomodation could stay in a row cottages built by the government of
the day, or make the eight mile trek to Adelaide.
A few good years, in the midnorth, heralded the promise of good harvests and
profitable farming but the Surveyor General persistently warned against
farming beyond the Goyder's "Line of Rainfall". The low long term rainfall and
recurrent droughts allowed only the growth of saltbush. Unfortunately he was
correct and the poor returns saw many families driven from their farms because
of adverse weather patterns.All of these families and their descendants tried
to glean a living from the harsh landscape of the midnorth of South Australia,
mainly the Peterborough, Jamestown, Yongala and Dawson areas.
I would also like to thank the following for their invaluable help with my
research: BRIAN STIGWOOD, DOREEN KENNEWELL, STANLEY THREADGOULD, MARY RIDLER,
DETECTIVENET -GENEALOGY CONNECTION - Aust Electoral Rolls, DUYA , LYNNE
MCINERNEY, GLENDA HUGHES, CHERYLE WIGHT, TERRY BARACLOUGH and the many indivduals who have helped
in any way.
Genealogy is my pastime - I shall not stray.
It maketh me to lie down and examine half buried tombstones,
It leadeth me into still courthouses,
It restoreth my ancestral knowledge.
It leadeth me into the paths of census records
And ships passenger lists
For my surnames sake.
Yet though I wade through the shadows
Of research libraries & microfilm readers,
I shall fear no discouragement,
For a strong urge is with me.
The curiosity and motivation they comfort me.
It demandeth preparation of storage space
For the acquisition of countless documents.
It anointeth my head with burning midnight oil.
My family group sheets runneth over.
Surely birth marriage & death dates
Shall follow me all the days of my life
Then I shall dwell in the house of the great seeker Forever and Forever