|About The Tasmanian Whittingtons
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This website is a work in progress and will be added to as information comes to hand. It is being developed by Ian,the eldest son of John ("Jack") Whittington and Vera Whittington nee Guymer.
Please contact me if you have any questions or information that you consider would be helpful.
The intention is to publish as much information as possible about the maternal and paternal lines of both Jack and Vera. Vera's father was a Guymer and her mother's maiden name was O'Neil. John was obviously a Whittington and his mother's maiden name was O'Grady.
This Family tree site is dedicated to my father who unfortunately passed away far too young in 1966 at the age of fifty two. A courageous man who survived the rigours of jungle warfare in WW2 in Timor and New Guinea and then a difficult life as a returned serviceman. Also to my dear mother who passed away on the twenty sixth of August, two thousand and eleven in Queenstown on the wild West Coast of Tasmania, far from her birthplace in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. An amazing lady who lived her life in the service of others and her Lord Jesus Christ.
Please enjoy looking around. Just a couple of tips to help you on your visit.
There is a link containing the Guymer ancestry.
There is an ancestral line for Megan Elizabeth Whittington (nee Taylors) adoptive families. Go to Ian John Whittington and follow the link to Megan Elizabeth Taylor.
The O'Neil ancestry is very interesting. It was much the work of Milton O'Neil, his wife Margaret, John and Denise Garbutt and Cathie Humphries. Unfortunately Milton has passed away. He was unable to get back beyond Edward O'Neil and Charlotte O'Brien despite trips to Tasmania and Ireland.
An interesting observation is that if Charles O'Neil had not been so bad tempered we Whittingtons would probably be Roman Catholics and not Anglicans.
Check out the Whittington ancestry and read about our convict ancestors.
I have recently added some information about Vera Whittingtons' convict ancestors. Yes, she has some too. There is a link to a more detailed list of Thomas Reynolds descendants. When looking at photographs and documents there is a magnifying glass application available. It can be found at the top of the photo.
Thank you to the following people who have assisted me with my research. Milton and Margaret O'Neil, Ron and Denice Garbutt, Cathie Humphries, Kellie Keen, Susan Hood (Port Arthur History Centre), Jayne Reed, Lyndy Smith, Nell Guymer, the research staff at Kiama Family History Centre and Bob Parnham. In 2009 Bob passed to me a small suitcase that belonged to Robert Francis Whittington; our Uncle Bob. The photos and documents within provided a wonderful snapshot of William Whittingtons' family. A big thank you to Joyce Rooke. Until April 2011 Joyce was the only living grandchild of William and Susan Whittington. Sadly Joyce passed away nine months short of her one hundredth birthday. Joyce was able to identify many unnamed photographs and provide her memories of her Uncles, Aunts and cousins. Her favourite uncle was our Grandfather, Henry Edmund. You will find she has provided a very interesting picture of our Great Grandfathers' family in Hobart in the early nineteen hundreds.
Recently Lyn and Graeme Kirkwood have helped me add a new line of descendants to our family tree. Graeme is the grandson of the last born daughter (Jane) of George Whittington. Very few people had established the existence of Jane; certainly not this researcher. Thanks to Lyn and Graeme. In January 2013 I was contacted by Rosemary Spencer who is Jane Whittingtons grand daughter and Rosemary has many stories to share and some amazing photos and documents that have added much to our knowledge of the Whittingtons and Clifford families. Thanks to Rosemary. Diane Pye from Napier in New Zealand has also recently provided me with a rich line of ancestry linked to the Whittingtons and Cliffords. There are still many questions to be answered about the many links between the Whittingtons and the Canterbury area of New Zealand.
Thank you to Carmel Peek and the Gunning & District Historical Group for the information regarding Francis and Catherine Lawless.
On the passing of Kerry Pilbeam, my wife Megans' adoptive mother I commenced adding to the Pilbeam record on this site. Thank you to Norman Pilbeam, Kathryn Pilbeam and Megan for information that allowed me to add current and recent Pilbeam descendants. I will add ancestors in England as they are discovered.
In 2018 I travelled to London, Portsmouth and then to the Isle of Wight to carry out in depth research into the Whittington ancestors. This was a rich time of discovery and emotional experience. I have since updated much of the Whittington male line and we now have a clear picture from Shalfleet on the Isle of Wight in the 1700s through to today.
Please feel free to pass access information to this site to family members and friends who would like to visit. Please enjoy and don't forget to sign the visitors book. Regards, Ian