|About SCHOLES FAMILY
I decided to start tracing my family history approximately 10 years ago. Then, I did not even know
the names of my 4 grandparents and was under the assumption that my Scholes grandparents were
migrants from England. Since then I have stood in a church yard in England on the grave of my GGGG
GPs Peter Scholes & Sarah Heywood, and several metres away, the grave of my GGG GPs John Scholes &
I did know I had a great great grandfather on my mothers side that was a convict, George Pickett.
This was known through a relative, Judith Jennings (nee Clohesy) who had researched this years
earlier and a copy had been given to my sister Donna Donchi who passed it on to us all.
It was this information that sat idle for many years that made me decide to start doing my own
research as I was 50 years old and knew nothing of my family's past.
The frst 6 months were extremely hard and I had little success as I tried to learn the skills of
doing family research.
Without help from a lot of people along the way I would not be where I am today.
I cannot name all that have helped in some way or another but 1 person I would like to thank in
particular is Kate Winks.
Kate's great great grandparents, Samuel Barker & Bridget Burke, are also my great grand parents.
Both Samuel & Bridget were convicts, met in Tasmania, and had several children. Somwhere along the
way Samuel had changed his name from the original name, DUNFORD, to BARKER as we know it today.
Kate had already discovered this in her research and after I had been looking for my Barker
connection in Tasmania for several months, in all the wrong places due to the name change, I
happened to come across a fellow researcher looking at the same family.
Luckily for me it was Kate. Kate not only assisted me with most of my Barker info she was always
willing to do look ups for me on Scholes relatives etc and helped me enormously before I had
learnt the skills myself.
So far it has been an interesting journey that continues whenever I have time and I have found
many interesting things along the way.
The most interesting of course is the fact I have 3 direct ancestors that were convicts.
Another is the connection to the Kelly Gang through the marriage of my grandmothers' brother to
the niece of Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick.
Another is the connection to Tom Wills inventor of Aussie rules football. My great great
grandfather, Emanuel Wilde, worked at Lexington station in Ararat for Tom's father, Horatio Wills.
At the time young Tom was about 15 years old.
Emanuel Wilde himself is acknowledged as one of Victorias early pioneers and his photo and one of
his bricks is on display at the Ararat museum.
I have been researching for about 13 years and started compiling this tree in 2009 and hope to
eventually put all stories etc I have found onto the site but it is a slow process and will never
be finished as I will keep finding new names and info to display along the way.
I have been idle for a few years now and have just restarted the research process and hoping to
continue building the tree again.
As well as the people mentioned above that have helped me, other people that have helped me a lot
over the years are Merilyn McClean, Berenice Pollard, and Kerrie Fielding for the photo and story
of Emanuel Wilde.
There have been numerous other people on here and Ancestry.com.au that have also assisted me
greatly. Here are a few:
Andrea for the Scholes family info and pointing out my mistake in having the incorrect John Scholes
listed as my GGG GF. That was a big task fixing that but worth it.
Mary McGrath for her assistance with the Blackburn family.
Rose Hagan for her help with the Wildes/Pollard families. Rose has checked over my tree and pointed
out a lot of mistakes which I am in the process of fixing.
There are many more too many to mention, but I appreciate all the help I have been given
There have been many more