Ancestors of Adam and Emma Jackson


Ernest HORNE-H0488 was born about 1856 in Kenninghall, Norfolk. Ernest married 1, 2 Kate Alexandria BLUNDERFIELD-B0439 on 16 May 1888 in St Andrew's Church, Raveningham, Norfolk.

Ernest was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 101, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 34 years, working as a Dentist. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 125, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 54 years, working as a Dental Surgeon.

Kate Alexandria BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0439 was born 1 about Feb 1864 in Raveningham, Norfolk. Kate married 2, 3 Ernest HORNE-H0488 on 16 May 1888 in St Andrew's Church, Raveningham, Norfolk.

Kate was counted in a census on 07 Apr 1871 in Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 7 years, a Scholar. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Thurlton, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, unmarried, aged 18 years. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 101, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as Wife aged 27 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 125, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as Wife aged 47 years. Married for 23 years and given birth to 3 children, of which 2 are still living.

The 1911 census records that Kate had three children of whom two are still living

They had the following children.

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Doris Kathleen HORNE-H0356 was born about Oct 1890 in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Doris was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 101, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as Daughter aged 5 months. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 125, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as Daughter, unmarried, aged 20 years and working as a Governess.
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Manfred Ralph HORNE-H0358 was born in 1896 in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Manfred was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 125, London Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was described as Son aged 15 years.

Walter BUTCHER-B04EL was born about 1865 in Swaffham, Norfolk. He died 1 about Aug 1910 in Docking (RD), Norfolk. Walter married 2, 3 Louisa Mary BLUNDERFIELD-B0473 on 24 Nov 1890 in St. Stephens, Norwich, Norfolk.

Walter was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in North Street, Burwell, Cambridgeshire. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 25 years, working as a Grocer and Draper.

Louisa Mary BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0473 was born 1 about Nov 1865 in Loddon, Norfolk. She was christened 2 on 15 Dec 1872 in St Michael, Langley, Norfolk. Louisa married 3, 4 Walter BUTCHER-B04EL on 24 Nov 1890 in St. Stephens, Norwich, Norfolk.

Louisa was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Langley Road, Langley, Norfolk. She was described as a Farmer's Daughter, aged 5 years, a Scholar. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Market Place, Harleston, Norfolk. She was described as a Draper's Assistant, aged 16 years. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in North Street, Burwell, Cambridgeshire. She was described as Wife aged 25 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Westgate, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. She was described as a Widow, aged 45 years.

They had the following children.

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Winifred Olive BUTCHER-B03FB was born about 1896 in Stradbrooke, Suffolk.

Winifred was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Westgate, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, aged 14 years.

Francis BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0527 was born 2 on 21 Jun 1828 in Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk. He was christened 3 on 06 Jul 1828 in Holy Trinity, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 4 on 21 Jul 1903 in Raveningham, Norfolk. He was buried 5 in Holy Trinity, Loddon, Norfolk. Francis married 6 Mary Ann WILLIAMSON-W0528 on 19 Mar 1891 in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Brancaster, Norfolk.

Francis was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Magdalen Street, Norwich St Saviour, Norfolk. He was described as aged 12 years (probably boarding whilst at school in Norwich). He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as Farmers Son, unmarried, aged 22 years, employed on Farm. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 32 years, working as a Farmer of 151acres; Employing 4 men and 1 boy. He was counted in a census on 07 Apr 1871 in Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 43 years, working as a Farmer of 151 acres and employing 4 men and 1 boy. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Thurlton, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, widower, aged 50 years, working as a Farmer of 321 Acres, employing 7 Men and 1 Boy. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in College Farm, Raveningham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 59 years, a Farmer. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in College Farm, Raveningham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 72 years, a Farmer.

Other marriages:
VARVEL, Elizabeth

Lease for 12 years of farm at Raveningham by the University of Cambridge to Francis Blunderfield of Loddon, Norfolk, farmer
Reference: D.XIV.27 (former reference: Box M.20)
Date: 22 Nov. 1851
Extent and Medium: 3 membranes; parchment
Content and context: Annual rent: £160 and £31 1s in lieu of tithe rent charge.

Counterpart lease for 8 years of farm at Raveningham by the University of Cambridge to Francis Blunderfield of Raveningham, farmer
Reference: D.XIV.28 (former reference: Box M.21)
Date: 31 Oct. 1863
Extent and Medium: 2 membranes; parchment
Content and context: Annual rent: £190 and £31 1s in lieu of tithe rent charge.

Counterpart lease for 8 years of farm at Raveningham by the University of Cambridge to Francis Blunderfield of Raveningham, farmer
Reference:  D.XIV.31 (former reference: Box M.24)
Date: 8 Mar. 1872
Extent and Medium: 3 membranes; parchment
Content and context: Includes schedule. Annual rent: £205.

Counterpart lease for 3 years of Thurlton Hall Farm by the University of Cambridge to Francis Blunderfield of Raveningham, farmer
Reference: D.XIV.39 (former reference: Box M.29)
Date: 12 Dec. 1876
Extent and Medium: 3 membranes; parchment
Content and context: Annual rent: £292.

Mary Ann WILLIAMSON-W0528 was born about 1855 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Mary married 1 Francis BLUNDERFIELD-B0527 on 19 Mar 1891 in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Brancaster, Norfolk.

Mary was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in College Farm, Raveningham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 35 years. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Whincop Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, married, aged 40 years, working as a Dressmaker. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Snettisham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 50 years. Married for 5 years. No children.

Other marriages:
BELDING, John

At the time of the 1901 census, Mary Ann is staying with her parents William and Elizabeth, in Kings Lynn


George BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0501 was born 2 on 29 Aug 1829 in Hales, Norfolk. He was christened 3 on 27 Sep 1829 in Holy Trinity, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 4 on 04 Nov 1886 in Cawston, Norfolk. He was buried 5 on 06 Nov 1886 in St Agnes, Cawston, Norfolk. George married 6 Anna Maria SPURGEON-S0523 about Nov 1863 in Wangford (RD), Suffolk.

George was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Magdalen Street, Norwich St Saviour, Norfolk. He was described as aged 10 years (probably boarding whilst at school in Norwich). He was counted in a census on 28 Aug 1850 in Township of Convis, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA. He was described as aged 20 years and working on a farm. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Church Farm, Heckingham. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 41 years, working as a Farmer of 134 acres, employing 4 men and 1 boy. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Southtown Rd, No 4 Brighton Terrace, Gorleston, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 51 years, a Retired Farmer. His will was probated on 14 Feb 1887 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Other marriages:
GEORGE, Sarah Ann

George emigrated to the USA in 1844 and was working on a farm in Michigan.However, this was the era of the 49'ers and the gold rush. He and and some friends were amongst the first to cross America on the famous Oregon Wagon Trail, with numerous adventures (including encounters with indians) on the way. It's not known if he struck it rich but sometime between 1860 and 1863 he returned to Norfolk, where he married and settled down. A full account of his adventures can be read at http://www.jacksontree.co.uk/Blunderfield_George_B0501.htm

Anna Maria SPURGEON-S0523 was born about May 1817 in Raveningham, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 25 May 1817 in Holy Trinity Church, Loddon, Norfolk. She died 2, 3, 4 on 20 Apr 1880 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried in Apr 1880 in Saint Margaret's Church, Hales, Norfolk. Anna married 5 George BLUNDERFIELD-B0501 about Nov 1863 in Wangford (RD), Suffolk.

Anna was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Church Farm, Heckingham. She was described as Wife aged 48 years.


Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0566 was born about Jul 1821 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 22 Jul 1821 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. He died 2 on 25 Feb 1899 in Wangford (RD), Suffolk. He was buried 3 in St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. Thomas married 4, 5 Elizabeth WATSON-W0529 on 27 May 1861 in St John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, London.

Thomas was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was described as aged 15 to 19 years. He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in 36, Upper Seymour Street, Marylebone, London. He was described as Head of family, unmarried, aged 31 years, working as a Cabinet Maker. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 36, Lonsdale Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Brother, unmarried, aged 39 years, working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 14, Southam Street, Paddington, London. He was described as Son-in-Law, aged 49 years, working as an Estate Agent. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 33, Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 59 years, working as a Clerk to London Steam Boat Company. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Rothschild Ward, West London Hospital, Hammersmith. He was described as Patient, Widower aged 69 years, a Commercial Traveller in Soap.

Other marriages:
SHARDELOW, Emma Hannah

The London Standard newspaper, dated Wednesday 25th December 1850, contains details of an investigation into recent collisions on the Eastern Counties Railway and includes a list of those injured. One of those listed is Mr Blunderfield, of 36, Upper Seymour Street, Portman Square who sustained a bruised shoulder. Thomas is recorded at this address in the 1851 Census a few months later.

Thomas appears to have had a variety of occupations. In the 1851 Census, he is described as a Cabinet Maker, by 1861 a Carpenter and Joiner. A Bankruptcy Notice in 1864 gives his occupation as a Cheesemonger. A newspaper article in 1867 reports him as the Verger at his local church (although this was probably unpaid and part time). In 1871, he is working as an Estate Agent. In 1881 as a Clerk with the London Steamboat Company and finally in 1891, the Census describes him as a Commercial Traveller in Soap.

His work with the London Steamship Company may have allowed him to travel. There is a Thomas Blunderfield arriving in Sydney on the 2nd June 1882, aboard the 'Egmont' from Rockhampton. He was travelling in Saloon Class rather than Steerage.

Addresses (from the London Electoral Lists)
15, Sotham St, Paddington South (1890, 1891)

Elizabeth WATSON-W0529 was born about 1822 in Thurlton, Norfolk. She died 1 in Aug 1890 in Paddington (RD), London. She was buried on 28 Aug 1890 in City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery. Elizabeth married 2, 3 Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0566 on 27 May 1861 in St John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, London.

Elizabeth was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 14, Southam Street, Paddington, London. She was described as Daughter, married, aged 49 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 33, Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, London. She was described as Wife aged 58 years.

At the time of the 1871 census, Elizabeth, her husband Thomas and their daughter, were living with her mother Mary a widow who was described as an annuitant.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth BLUNDERFIELD-B04EM was born about May 1862.

Henry BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0561 was born about 1831 in Thorpe, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 15 Jan 1832 in Norwich, Norfolk. He died 2 on 09 Nov 1901 in Fulham (RD), London. Henry married 3, 4 Lucy Maria GILLBEE-G0518 on 17 Jul 1860 in St John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, London.

Henry was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was described as aged 10 years. He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as Son, unmarried, aged 19 years. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 36, Lonsdale Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 29 years, working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 9, Basing Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 39 years, working as a Carpenter. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 12 Carthew Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 49 years, working as a Carpenter. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 59 years, working as a Carpenter and Builder. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 69 years, working as a Carpenter and Builder. His will was probated on 12 Aug 1901 in London.

Other marriages:
GOLDSMITH, Betsy

In March 1887, Henry Blunderfield of 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex, together with his neighbour and building business partner, filed for bankruptcy.

Addresses (from the London Electoral Lists)
44, Weltje Rd, Hammersmith (1890, 1891, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901)

On the 5th October 1881, Henry Blunderfield, a builder of 12, Carthew Rd, Hammersmith, was initiated into the Freemasons, Royal Commemoration Lodge, Putney.

Lucy Maria GILLBEE-G0518 was born about 1829 in Milton, Kent. She died 1 on 12 Jan 1893 in Ravenscourt Park, Middlesex. Lucy married 2, 3 Henry BLUNDERFIELD-B0561 on 17 Jul 1860 in St John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, London.

Lucy was counted in a census on 07 Apr 1861 in 36, Lonsdale Road, Kensington, London. She was described as Wife aged 31 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 9, Basing Road, Kensington, London. She was described as Wife aged 41 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 12 Carthew Road, Hammersmith, London. She was described as Wife aged 50 years. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. She was described as Wife aged 61 years. Her will was probated on 21 Feb 1893 in London.


Joseph Bruning BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0712 was born on 05 Jan 1789 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 23 Jan 1789 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He died 3 in Aug 1845 in Lambeth, London, Surrey. He was buried on 17 Aug 1845 in Nunhead Cemetery, Camberwell, Surrey. Joseph married Martha CAPE-C0710 before Oct 1837.

Joseph was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Mitre Street, Lambeth, London, Surrey. He was described as aged 45 to 49 years and of Independent Means.

Other marriages:
, Mary

The IGI lists a Bruning Blunderfield, son of Thomas and Mary, baptised 21 Jun 1789. When I searched the original registers in the early 1990's, I only found Joseph Brunning Blunderfield, son of Thomas and Mary, born on the 5 Jan 1789 and baptised on the 23 Jan 1789. Thomas's will refers to a son Brunning which initially led me to believe that there was such a son, however, there was no mention of Joseph Brunning in the will yet it is known that he survived until 1845. No Brunning Blunderfield can be found in the census, Given the similarity and closeness of the two baptism dates, I must conclude that the IGI entry (which was submitted by an LDS member not an extracted record) is incorrect and that there was no Brunning Blunderfield.

In 1820, Joseph Blunderfield is listed as a Jury Qualified Freeholder or Copyholder for the Surrey South Division. His address was stated as 50 Union Street and his occupation as a Publican.

Martha CAPE-C0710 was born about 1807 in Twickenham, Middlesex. She died 1 about May 1884 in Eastbourne, Sussex. Martha married Joseph Bruning BLUNDERFIELD-B0712 before Oct 1837.

Martha was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Mitre Street, Lambeth, London, Surrey. She was described as aged 38 years. She was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 235a, Upper Street, Islington, Middlesex. She was described as Wife aged 48 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Spencer Road, Lambeth, Surrey. She was described as Head of family, married, aged 64 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 58, Spencer Road, Lambeth, London, Surrey. She was described as Annuitant.

Other marriages:
BUGBY, Frederick

In the 1841 census, Martha's age was given as 38 but in the 1861 census it is given as 48 !

They had the following children.

  M i George Robert BLUNDERFIELD-B0629 was born on 23 Jul 1837. He died on 03 Oct 1881.
  F ii Mary Ann Martha BLUNDERFIELD-B0630 was born about Nov 1840.

Frederick BUGBY-B0741 was born about 1817 in Hackney, Middlesex. He died 1 about May 1878 in Lambeth, London, Surrey. Frederick married 2, 3 Martha CAPE-C0710 on 04 Aug 1848 in St John the Evangelist, Lambeth, Middlesex.

Frederick was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 235a, Upper Street, Islington, Middlesex. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 43 years, working as a Barrister's Clerk. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 18, Trinity Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire. He was described as a Lodger, married, aged 44 years, working as a Counsel's Clerk.

Martha CAPE-C0710 was born about 1807 in Twickenham, Middlesex. She died 1 about May 1884 in Eastbourne, Sussex. Martha married 2, 3 Frederick BUGBY-B0741 on 04 Aug 1848 in St John the Evangelist, Lambeth, Middlesex.

Martha was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Mitre Street, Lambeth, London, Surrey. She was described as aged 38 years. She was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 235a, Upper Street, Islington, Middlesex. She was described as Wife aged 48 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Spencer Road, Lambeth, Surrey. She was described as Head of family, married, aged 64 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 58, Spencer Road, Lambeth, London, Surrey. She was described as Annuitant.

Other marriages:
BLUNDERFIELD, Joseph Bruning

In the 1841 census, Martha's age was given as 38 but in the 1861 census it is given as 48 !


George Robert BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0629 was born 1 on 23 Jul 1837 in St Pancras, London, Middlesex. He was christened 2 on 16 Aug 1837 in St Pancras Parish Church, London, Middlesex. He died 3 on 03 Oct 1881 in Eastbourne, Sussex. He was buried 4 on 08 Oct 1881 in Saint Marys Church, Eastbourne, Sussex. George married 5 Ellen PHILLIPS-P0607 on 12 Dec 1862 in St Andrew's Church, Islington, London, Middlesex.

George was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Mitre Street, Lambeth, London, Surrey. He was described as aged 4 years. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 235a, Upper Street, Islington, Middlesex. He was described as Step Son, unmarried aged 23 years, working as a Merchant's Clerk. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Spencer Road, Lambeth, Surrey. He was described as Visitor, married, aged 33 years, working as a Corn Traveller. It's strange that he was described as a visitor when he was actually Martha's son. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 54, Queensborough House, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex. He was described as Head of family, married aged 43 years, working as a Boarding House Keeper.

Ellen PHILLIPS-P0607 was born about 1836 in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Ellen married 1 George Robert BLUNDERFIELD-B0629 on 12 Dec 1862 in St Andrew's Church, Islington, London, Middlesex.

Ellen was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Spencer Road, Lambeth, Surrey. She was described as a Visitor, married, aged 34 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 54, Queensborough House, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex. She was described as Wife of Boarding House Keeper, aged 44 years.

Other marriages:
MARTIN, James

Marriage Notes:

George married either Ellen Phillips or Sarah McLaren. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find him or his wife in the 1871 or 1881 censuses in order to determine which of these names is correct.


Frank Middleton BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0476 was born 1 about Jun 1860 in Raveningham, Norfolk. He was christened on 08 Jul 1860 in Raveningham, Norfolk. He died 2 on 23 Jul 1903 in Durban, South Africa. Frank married 3, 4, 5 Mary Rebecca HOMES-H0492 on 16 Feb 1888 in Clarendon Road Congregational Church In Watford, Hertfordshire.

Frank was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk. He was described as Son aged 10 months. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in School, Northgate, Beccles, Suffolk. He was described as a Pupil aged 10 years.

Other marriages:
, Sophia Hope


British Army service records, however, show a Pte. F M Blunderfield, purchased a discharge from the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) on the 30th Apr 1883. There is therefore a discrepancy with the record that shows him arriving in Australia on the 5th May 1882. It seems unlikely that he would have been able to travel to Australia whilst still in the Army.

The Weekly Journal 'South Africa' - 30 Mar 1895
Mr. Powys, who has for a long time past agitated for the construction of the Umbilo tram line, picked the first piece of ground the other day at Durban. There was a fairly large concourse of people interested, including the Borough Engineer (Mr. Fletcher), Mr. Harvey (of the Tram Company), Mr. Hadfield, Mr. Blunderfield (Inspector Tram Company), and Mr. Jameson (Borough Engineer’s office). Town Councillors were conspicuous by their absence. The ceremony was commenced without much formality. After divesting himself of coat and hat, Mr. Powys wielded the pick with vigour, and soon had a good piece of the road broken up. Subsequently, he addressed a few remarks to the assembled spectators, and sketched out the history of the movement in favour of the tram line. The coolie gang immediately afterwards took possession of the road, and, by noon, had a large portion of the track broken up. The Engineer expects to have the work finished in two or three months. The cost is estimated at £3000, and the distance is upwards of three quarters of a mile.

In 1904, there is an item (102) on Page 228 of the Auditors Report for the Natal Treasury, which details a grant of £134-15s-0d paid to the widow of the late F M Blunderfield of the Natal Government Railway.

Mary Rebecca HOMES-H0492 was born on 21 Aug 1855 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She was christened on 09 Oct 1855 in British Chaplaincy, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mary married 1, 2, 3 Frank Middleton BLUNDERFIELD-B0476 on 16 Feb 1888 in Clarendon Road Congregational Church In Watford, Hertfordshire.

Mary was the daughter of Frederick James Homes and his wife Annie. Soon after Frederick married Annie Mitchell on the 20 August 1852 in London at St James, Westminster, they moved to St Petersburg in Russia where Frederick worked as an Engineer. FamilySearch shows four daughters being born and baptised in Russia, including Mary Rebecca in 1855. At some point before 1881, Frederick died, as Annie is recorded as a Widow and Annuitant, living with three of her daughters in Station Road, Beccles in Suffolk. However, Mary's whereabouts in 1881 are not yet known.

Mary's mother Annie was born in Watford, which could explain why Mary married Frank Blunderfield there in February 1888.

We know that Frank travelled back to Australia from Plymouth just two days after they were married and Mary followed him a month late, She departed from London on the 16 March 1888 on board the Orient Line's steamship 'Oroya', in a 2nd class cabin. Arriving in Sydney on the 29 April 1888.
What happened then is a mystery. Frank Middleton Blunderfield spent the rest of his life in South Africa and his death record states that he married Sophia Hope in London on the 24th July 1888! Where is Mary Rebecca?

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