Medwin Family History

Morag’s family – my parents have done loads of grave-digging.

In May 2003 we did a bit of grave-digging ourselves. On a trip over the channel to Northern France we visited the war grave of Morag’s great uncle George Miller in the Somme. You can see George’s Debt of Honour entry at the CWG website.


The information shown below has now been superceeded by a full Medwin family tree. The information shown on this tree is the work of my late father, John Medwin.


This is report starts with me and goes backwards in time showing the direct ancestors of each generation (no siblings) . Each individual is numbered, to find the parents of any person, just multiply their number by two and look into the next generation. To come forwards in time and find the child of any person, divide that person’s number by 2 (if it’s an odd-number subtract 1 first). This report only includes recent generations.

First Generation

1. Morag Anne MEDWIN.
That’s me.

Second Generation

2. John William MEDWIN.
My father.
3. Dorothea Frances MILLER.
My mother.

Third Generation

4. Harold Alfred MEDWIN.
Born 30 Aug 1890 in Boat Harbour Tas. Christen 19 Oct 1890. Died 23 Jun 1946 in Tongala Vic. Buried 25 Jun 1946 in Tongala Vic. Occupation Farmer / Shopkeeper.
Religion R.C.
He married Alice Teresa McCARTHY, 17 May 1928 in Sacred Heart Church, Karoola, Tas.
5. Alice Teresa McCARTHY.
Born 5 Nov 1892 in Karoola Tas.
Died 15 Jun 1930 in Echuca Hospital, Vic.
Buried 19 Jun 1930 in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Karoola, Tas.
Religion R.C.
6. Francis Michael MILLER.
Born 26 Aug 1888 in Monkland, Gympie Q.
Died 20 Jul 1969 in At Home, 147 Ninth Ave. Home Hill N. Q.
Buried 21 Jul 1969 in Home Hill N. Q. Occupation Farmer / Blacksmith. He married Elenna (Eileen) GREENE, 22 Nov 1919 in Selheim N.Q.
7. Elenna (Eileen) GREENE.
Born 18 Dec 1896 in Millchester Rd. Charters Towers N.Q. Died 5 Sep 1991 in Burdekin Nursing Home, Ayr N.Q. Buried 9 Sep 1991 in Home Hill N. Q.

Fourth Generation

8. William Henry MEDWIN.
Born 15 Jan 1860 in Black River Tas.
Christen 19 Feb 1860. Died 1 Jul 1922 in “Karoola”, Flowerdale Tas.
Buried 4 Jul 1922 in Jenner St. Cemetery, Wynyard Tas.
Occupation Butcher / Farmer. Education . He married Louisa Bridget RUFFELS, 17 Apr 1888 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Stanley Tas.
9. Louisa Bridget RUFFELS.
Born 1864/1865 in Invercargill, New Zealand.
Died 28 Feb 1937 in “Karoola”, Flowerdale
Tas. Buried 3 Mar 1937 in Jenner St. Cemetery, Wynard Tas.
10. John McCARTHY.
Born 25 Aug 1859. Died 6 Sep 1934 in Karoola Tas. Buried in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Karoola, Tas.
He married Mary Ann BIRD, 10 Jul 1883 in Church Of Apostles, Launceston Tas.
11. Mary Ann BIRD.
Born 21 Jun 1857. Died 24 Apr 1929 in Karoola Tas. Buried in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Karoola, Tas.
12. Denis MILLER.
Born About 1837 in Borrisoleigh ? / Monroe ? / Inch ? Tipperary, Ireland.
Christen 18 Jul 1837. Died 5 May 1917 in Home Hill N.Q.
Buried in Home Hill N. Q. Occupation Digger (miner).
He married Catherine Emily FAY, 1 Jul 1882 in St. Patrick’s R.C. Church , Gympie Q.
13. Catherine Emily FAY.
Born About 1854 in Woodford Co. Galway, Ireland. Died 14 Oct 1918 in Home Hill N.Q. Buried in Home Hill N. Q. Religion R.C.
14. Thomas James GREENE.
Born 26 Nov 1870 in Ann St. Brisbane Q. Died 10 May 1926 in Home Hill N.Q. Buried in Grave No. 162, Home Hill N.Q.
He married Selina (Grace Ellen ) ODGERS, 21 May 1896 in Charters Towers N.Q.
15. Selina ( Grace Ellen ) ODGERS.
Born 3 Sep 1878 in Millchester Rd. Charters Towers N.Q. Died 29 Nov 1927 in Home Hill N.Q. Buried in Grave No. 128, Home Hill N.Q.

Fifth Generation

16. Matthias MEDWIN.
Born 1830/1831 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire U.K. Christen 16 Feb 1831 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire U.K.
Died 15 Apr 1898 in Somerset , Tas Aged 67 Years. Buried 17 Apr 1898 in Old Stanley Cemetery. Occupation Farmer – Black River.
He married Mary DILLON, 8 Jul 1857 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Stanley Tas.
17. Mary DILLON.
Born 1836/1839 in Conemara ? Ireland. Died 28 Jul 1881 in Black River Tas. Aged 42 Years. Buried in Old Stanley Cemetery.
Occupation Servant. Religion Died After ‘confinement Of Dead Child’.
18. Edward RUFFELS.
Born 10 Jan 1838 in Bardwell, Suffolk U.K. / Bury St Edmunds ? Suffolk.
Christen 16 Sep 1838 in Bardwell, Suffolk U.K. Died 11 Apr 1909 in Forest Tas.
Buried 13 Apr 1909 in Old General Cemetery, Stanley Tas. Occupation Farmer – Murray’s Rd. In 1887 Gazeteer.
He married Bridget COWAN on 23 December 1863.
19. Bridget COWAN.
Born 1840 in County Clare, Ireland. Died 18 Dec 1900 in At Home, Black River Tas. Buried in Old General Cemetery, Stanley Tas.
20. Cornelius McCARTHY.
Born About 1811/1813 in Ireland. Died 28 Jan 1863 in Westbury Tas.
Buried in Catholic Cemetery, Westbury Tas. He married Margaret CLANCY, 4 Jun 1850 in St. Joseph’s R. C. Church, Launceston.
21. Margaret CLANCY.
Born 1829/1831 in Ireland. Died 21 Jan 1899 in Karoola Tas. Buried in Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, Karoola, Tas. Religion 70 -.
22. James BIRD.
He married Ann RICKETT, 20 Feb 1844 in St John’s C. Of E. Launceston Tas.
23. Ann RICKETT.
Born 1823. Christen 7 Dec 1823 in Parish Of Edingley, Nottingham U.K.
24. Patrick MILLER.
Born Circa 1806 in Parish Of Drom-inch, Diocese Of Cashel, Emly ?. Died 20 Feb 1858 in Parish Of Drom-inch, Diocese Of Cashel, Emly ?. Education 52 Years. He married Bridget (Catherine) FOLEY, 23 Jul 1835 in Par. Of Drom-Inch, Dioc. Of Cashel & Emly, Eire.
25. Bridget (Catherine) FOLEY.
Born Circa 1809 in Parish Of Drom-inch, Diocese Of Cashel, Emly. Died 3 Mar 1875 in Parish Of Drom-inch, Diocese Of Cashel, Emly. Education 66 Years.
26. Patrick FAY.
He married Annie HICKEY.
27. Annie HICKEY.
28. Thomas James GREENE.
Born Circa 1840 in Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland. Died 15 Apr 1899 in Sadd Ridge, Charters Towers N.Q. Buried in Grave No. 1099, Charters Towers N.Q..
He married Matilda McFALL, 6 Jul 1867 in White Abbey, Belfast, County of Antrim Ireland.
29. Matilda McFALL.
Born Circa 1846 in Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
Died 12 Sep 1902 in Sad Lane, Charters Towers N.Q. Buried in Grave No. 2018, Charters Towers N.Q..
30. William ODGERS.
Born Circa 1851 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin U. S. A.
Died 12 Apr 1939 in Home Hill N.Q. Buried in Grave 129, Home Hill N.Q.
He married Winifred McDERMOTT, 28 Oct 1879 in Registry Office, Charters Towers N.Q.
31. Winifred McDERMOTT.
Born Circa 1857 in Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland. Died 7 Oct 1931 in Home Hill N.Q. Buried in Grave 129, Home Hill N.Q.

Sixth Generation

32. William MEDWIN.
Born ? 1798/1804 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire U.K.
Died 26 Apr 1869 in Black River Tas. Aged 71 Years. Buried 28 Apr 1969 in Old Stanley Cemetery.
Occupation Papermaker / Currier / Labourer / Farmer.
He married Elizabeth Sarah COCK, 1 Jan 1824 in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire U.K.
33. Elizabeth Sarah COCK.
Born Circa 1793 in . Died 30 Nov 1868 in Black River Tas. Aged 75 Years. Buried in Old Stanley Cemetery.
34. Thomas DILLON.
Born Circa 1798 in ?Ballymate, Sligo, Ireland??. Died 6 Oct 1868.
Occupation Farmer. Education Phthisis. Religion 70 -.
He married Mary.
35. Mary ?
. Born 1801.
Died 7 Jun 1881.
36. Symonds RUFFELS.
Christen 4 Nov 1800.
He married Mary THOM(P)SON, 5 Nov 1831 in Bardwell, Suffolk U.K.
37. Mary THOM(P)SON.
Born 1811.
42. Richard CLANCY.
Born ? 1798. Died 4 May 1853. Buried in R. C. Cemetery, Connaught Cres. Launceston Tas.
Occupation Farmer. He married Alice (Ally).
43. Alice (Ally).
Born About 1800. Died 2 Dec 1884. Buried in R. C. Cemetery, Connaught Cres. Launceston Tas.
44. Charles BIRD.
He married Elizabeth DOVER.
45. Elizabeth DOVER.
Christen 24 Jan 1790 in Ashley Cum Silverley, U.K.
46. John RICKETT.
Occupation Bricklayer. He married Frances JOW, 25 Dec 1820 in St Mary’s Church, Nottingham U.K.
47. Frances JOW.
56. Thomas GREENE.
He married Jane GILL.
57. Jane GILL.
60. William ODGERS.
He married Grace EDWARDS.
61. Grace EDWARDS.
62. Michael McDERMOTT.
He married Honora SWIFT.
63. Honora SWIFT.

Seventh Generation

72. William RUFFLES.
Born circa 1762/1763. Buried 16 Jun 1846 in Bardwell, Suffolk U.K.
He married Mary PALFREY, 24 January 1790 in C.of E Parish Church, Bardwell, Suffolk U.K.
73. Mary PALFREY.
Born Circa 1765. Buried 23 Feb 1854 in Bardwell, Suffolk U.K.
90. Thomas DOVER.
He married Elizabeth THOMSON, 10 Dec 1785 in Ashley Cum Silverley, U.K.
91. Elizabeth THOMSON.

Eighth Generation

144. William RUFFLES.
Born 1732. He married Elizabeth CUTTING, 9 Apr 1762.
145. Mary PALFREY.
Born 1735.

Ninth Generation

288. John RUFFLES.
Born About 1694. He married Susan.
289. Susan.

Tenth Generation

576. Edward RUFFLES.
Born 1663. Died 5 Nov 1745.
He married Susan MUDD, 20 May 1688.
577. Susan MUDD.
Born About 1666.

Eleventh Generation

1152. William RUFFLES.
Born 1625. Died 1688. He married Martha JESSUP.
1153. Martha JESSUP.
Born About 1627.

Twelfth Generation

2304. John RUFFLES.
Born 1589. He married Susan.
2305. Susan.

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5 Responses to Medwin Family History

  1. Ruth Ruffles says:

    Morag, you are wonderful! I’d gotten as far back as the youngest William Ruffles and now we go back to 1589! Thank you most sincerely.

  2. Nada Slicer says:

    Hi Morag, I have been meaning to get in touch with your mother in particular to thank her. Can you please let me know her address. Regards, Nada

  3. christine medwin says:

    Looking for a picture of Matthias if one exists?
    Thank you

  4. Caesarie King says:

    Hi, I’ve recently been looking into my family and found that my great grandfather Joseph King married Margaret A Medwin. Margaret Medwin was the daughter of John Cock Medwin who was the sibling of Matthais Medwin. I was wondering if you had any further information on William Medwin 1798-1869 and any of his ancestors?

    Regards
    Caesarie

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