Researching our Australian family tree with branches tracing back to Cornwall, England, Scotland and Ireland including our convict past. Surnames include, Lucas, Pinkerton, McLauchlan, Paton, Miller, Mundy, Prisk, Melrose, Bray, Hodges, Leahy, Davis, Wilkinson, Schofield, Brown, Cleary and many others. Using 'genetic genealogy' (DNA) to prove the paper trail and move beyond it. (aka Aussie Rhonda's Genealogy).
My paternal Lucas branch has been transplanted on Australian soil for 8 generations to date and I have found three brothers making a fresh start here (so far). They were Daniel, the eldest and first to arrive @ 1881 then William and his family along with his youngest brother James in 1885. The brothers appeared to follow in the family tradition of being iron moulders with Daniel having his own company 'Bird & Lucas Pty Ltd' located in the Forest Lodge, Glebe area, Sydney. The company was de-registered in 1985. If anybody has any connection or knowledge of this company I would love to hear from you as I would like to know what they made!
During the journey Mary Jane gave birth to their first son Andrew. They then had another son David John (my great grandfather) on 14th February 1887.
Tragedy struck the family two years and two months after settling in their new home, William passed over of Typhoid fever on 21st April 1887. Sadly young Andrew also succumbed to Typhoid fever during 1890 at the tender age of five.
Mary Jane never remarried and passed over on 29th October 1942, she is buried with her husband and son at 'Waverley Cemetery' in Sydney, NSW.
When we were in Sydney during January 2001 we found the grave and there is still a simple headstone marking the site.
This Lucas line does NOT connect with Nathaniel Lucas a First Fleeter to Australia.
My great great grandfather William LUCAS married Mary Jane YOUNG on 15 June 1883 at 43 Madeira St, Leith, in the County of Edinburgh, Scotland. They gave birth to their first child, a daughter Jessie during 1883. William followed in his father's footsteps as an Iron moulder and they sailed towards Sydney from Plymouth on the 'S.S. Gulf of Venice' and arrived on 3rd February 1885.
DESCENDANT CHART OF WILLIAM LUCAS
(Persons in bold are my direct ancestors)
1-William LUCAS b. Abt 1765-1768, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct
+Anna SPEIR b. 1761, Greenfoot, Sorn, Ayr, Sct
|--2-Daniel LUCAS b. 1789, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct, d. 1867, Catrine, Ayr, Sct
| +Agnes PATON b. 1790, Paisley,Renfrew, Sct, d. 1873, Catrine, Ayr, Sct
| |--3-Anne LUCAS b. 1817, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct
| |--3-Agnes LUCAS b. 1819, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct, d. 1893, Irvine, Ayr, Sct
| |--3-Helen LUCAS c. 1821, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct
| |--3-Amelia Hamilton LUCAS b. 1823, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct
| |--3-Andrew LUCAS b. 1826, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct, d. 1897, South Leith, Edinburgh, Sct
| | +Charlotte McLAUCHLAN b. Abt 1828, Mauchline, Ayr, Sct, d. 1896, Leith, Edinburgh,Midlothian, Sct
| | |--4-Daniel LUCAS b. 1849, Sorn,Ayr, Sct, d. 1921, Marrickville, NSW, Aus
| | | +Julia Florence WILSON b. 1864, Nsw, Aus, d. 1941, Marrickville, NSW, Aus
| | |--4-Elizabeth LUCAS b. 1853, Sorn,Ayr, Sct, d. Bef 1943
| | |--4-William LUCAS b. 1855, Sorn,Ayr, Sct, d. 1887, Redfern, NSW, AUS
| | | +Mary Jane YOUNG b.1860, South Leith, Midlothian, Sct, d. 1942, Waterloo, NSW, Aus
| | | |--5-Jessie LUCAS b. 1883, Leith South, Edinburgh, Sct, d. 1961, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | | +James NEWMAN b. 1883, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. Mar 1962, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | |--5-Andrew LUCAS b. 1885, Lat 41.08S, Lon 101.40E, d. 1890, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | |--5-David John LUCAS b. 1887, Alexandria, NSW, AUS, d. 1958, Liverpool, NSW, Aus
| | | +Gertrude Clara PINKERTON b. 1890, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 1931, Little Bay, Nsw, Aus
| | | |--6-David William LUCAS b. 1908, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 1997, Qld, Aus
| | | |--6-Harry Sidney LUCAS b. 1910, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 1984, Concord, NSW, Aus
| | | |--6-Matthew James LUCAS b. 1913, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 8 Jan 1989, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | |--6-John Frederick LUCAS b. 1915, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 5 Jun 1998, Brisbane, Qld, Aus
| | | |--6-Selina Mary LUCAS b. 1917, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 20 Jul 2007, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | |--6-William George LUCAS b. 1919, Sydney, NSW, Aus, d. 28 Jul 1989, Sydney, NSW, Aus
| | | |--6-Gertrude Clara (Peggy) LUCAS b. 1922, d. 1971
| | | |--6-Living
| | |--4-Agnes Paton LUCAS b. 1857, Dalkeith,Midlothian, Sct, d. 1938, Auburn, NSW, Aus
| | | +Alexander CURRIE b. 1856, Leith, Edinburgh,Midlothian, Sct
| | |--4-Andrew Paton LUCAS b. 1860, Dalkeith,Midlothian, Sct, d. 1894, Lasswade, Midlothian, Sct
| | | +Jessie HILL b.1858, Perth, Perthshire, Sct, d. 1 Oct 1901, Saint Giles, Edinburgh, Sct
| | |--4-Charlotte McLaughlin LUCAS b. 1861, Dalkeith,Midlothian, Sct, d. 1943, Ashfield, NSW, Aus
| | | +Robert William KNIGHT b. 1857, Leith, Edinburgh,Midlothian, Sct, d. 1943, Granville, Nsw, Aus
| | |--4-Helen LUCAS b. 1863, Dalkeith,Midlothian, Sct, d. 1929, Stronsay, Orkney, Sct