May 2006
Edition 13
Jerrems Family Newsletter
Our Serial Saga and Spurious News
  Dear Donald,
This month we clear up the mystery of the Jerrems Spur. The article includes a link to images of the canyon. Be sure to visit for a viewing.

Pictured above: HOBART TAS. AU, MURRAY STREET (one of the earliest photographs taken in Australia 1848)

Jerrems Migration from Gainsborough to Australia
Ray Jerrems, Family Geneaolgist, Historian   The 1800's Saga Continues
In our last episode of the Jerrems Saga (before we took a Mid-Century Break), the migration had started from Gainsborough to Australia. Here is where we left off.

Thomas Clarke b1815 d1866 Richmond, Victoria, Australia, m Elizabeth Jepson (b1816 Gainsborough, d1902 Richmond Vic, parents George (a Surgeon, Ray has a portrait of him) and Sarah Ann Jepson) c1836 at Gainsborough. Thomas migrated ahead of his family to Melbourne, Australia in the “Salem” (departed Liverpool on 6/12/1853) with his son of same name. He did not stay long in Melbourne because in April 1854 he went to Hobart Town in the ship “Tasmania”, presumably to look at the prospects for settling there.

He must have decided that the prospects were better in Melbourne because in the 1856 Electoral Roll he was listed as a merchant with premises in a major Melbourne street, Little Bourke St. (Pictured: Little Bourke Street 1880's) Their children (see below) were all born in Gainsborough and most of them came to Australia with their mother aboard the “Lincolnshire” (departed London on 2/9/1859, arr. Melbourne 21/12/1859).

They are set out in detail because of their significance for further research in England, Australia and the US.
Details of Thomas and Elizabeth's Children
Ray Jerrems, Family Geneaolgist, Historian   Cheaper by the Dozen? GainesboroughTree
Thomas Clarke b1838 in Gainsborough d 9/9/1902 Norwood, South Australia. Married in 1892. No earlier marriage found. Came out with his father. In 1899 he was listed as a Grocer and Confectioner at 360 Rathdown St North Carlton, Vic. Nothing further found.

Elizabeth Sophia/Sofia b1839 in Gainsborough, came to Australia (probably in 1859), returned to England in 1861, m John Wells (b1838) c1858 in England. Children: (1) Louis Frederick Richmond Wells b Richmond Victoria Australia in 1860, d1892 (m Helena Alice Pearce in 1889, only son Frederick Kynaston b1890), (2) John Arthur Wells b1862, (3) Harry Theodore Wells b1864, (4) Lilian Ellen Wells b1866, (5) George Augustus b1867 (all children after Louis b Newport Pagnell, Buckingham in England). Family moved to Sale, Lancashire in 1870s. John Arthur Wells emigrated to Australia after 1884 and married there in 1892 (Internet website). Nothing further found.

Frances Jane b1841 in Gainsborough, came to Australia with siblings in 1859 but nothing further found.

William George b1843 in Gainsborough UK, d May 4th or 5th 1905 in French Lick Springs, Indiana (125 miles south of Indianapolis) (source-obituary), m Mary Nicoll 1867 (born in England but date of birth not known, father Alexander Nicoll) in Australia. Came to Australia probably in 1859. Issue were William George ll, Ellen or Hellen, Arthur Wallace, Alexander Nicholl (all born in Sydney), Mae and Annie Letitia (born in UK), and Donald Edwin l (born in US). Wife Mary Nicoll died about 1930 in Santa Monica, California. Future articles will give information about US families.

George Jepson b1844 in Gainsborough. Not known if he came to Australia in 1859 or stayed in England. May have died young. Named after his maternal grandfather George Jepson (future article will give more information about grandfather George Jepson).

Elizabeth b1846 Stayed in England (1880 and 1901 Censuses). 1880 Census indicates she was single. Nothing further found.

Edwin Lewis b1845 in Gainsborough d21/2/1873 Adelaide (death recorded as Edward Louis), South Australia, m Mary James, 25/12/1869 at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Adelaide. Children Edwin Lewis b 14/9/1870, Alice b 4/9/1871, Arthur b 14/1/1873 (all b in SA). Son Arthur m Alice Anne (fmly Monck nee Kearns) on 22/7/1896, dau Edith Anne b 6/4/1897. Note misp “Jerremes” in SA records. Sadly Edwin Lewis died 5 weeks after his third child was born. Contact by his family with his siblings is indicated by the fact that a number of children of his brothers were named Edwin in later years, in his memory.

Charles b1847 in Gainsborough d1927 Manly, Sydney. Charles was source of Ray Jerrems’ and Laurel Gray’s NSW families. Charles will be featured in a future issue.

William Rawson b1848 in Gainsborough. Married twice in England in 1874 and 1895 in District of Chorlton. Seems he never went to Australia. Appears in 1901 England Census. Nothing further found.

Robert Cane b1849 in Gainsborough d1888 Richmond Victoria. Source of number of Victorian families. Future article will set out details.

Catherine b1850 in Gainsborough, d1930 Armadale Victoria. Never married. Aunty Vi said she was a grand old lady who came by train to Sydney to visit her brother Charles and his family.

Arthur Reginald b1852 in Gainsborough, d1934 Brighton Victoria. Source of number of Victorian and Queensland families. The name “Arthur” was popular amongst future generations in Australia and the US. Future article will set out details.

Editors Note: Unlike your college textbooks, Ray's Appendices are really interesting because the hometowns and occupations will be discussed. They will be featured in the next edition of the Jerrems Journal and the connection to the US Jerrems family will emerge in our saga.

This document has the following further headings:
Search tools
Jerrems Family in Lincolnshire, England, 1700s and 1800s.
Details of Thomas and Elizabeth’s Children.
Research on USA generations tracing back to William George l.
Next generation (issue of William George l and Mary Nicoll).
Next generation – Early 1900’s
Next generation - Mid to Late 1900’s
Appendix 1: Research on other lines in USA.
Appendix 2: Mystery people.

Family Factoids and Jerrems Trivia
Ray Jerrems, Collector of Trivia   JERREMS SPUR - Family Adventures You Never Knew
In November's Edition we had an item about the Jerrems Spur, part of a mountain range in New South Wales. But you were not told that it was named after our resident Ray. Surprise, surprise!

The spur is in the Ettrema Wilderness Area (as it is now known) west of Nowra, which is south of Sydney. It consists of remote sandstone mountain ranges flanked in many places by high cliffs and dissected by deep gorges (see images).

Although the area had been crossed by several bushwalking parties in the 1940s and 1950s it was not until the early 1960s that it was explored systematically. Ray and a group of friends, who formed the nucleus of this exploration, were the first recorded people to use the spur as a bushwalking route.

Ray’s group were rather like a bushwalking version of the “Dirty Dozen”. They were fast walkers with good navigational skills and canyoning, caving and rockclimbing experience. To get into the area they cut tracks through impenetrable bush with machetes, marked trees to show good routes and found passes through cliff lines. Jerrems Spur became a popular route because it had light vegetation and was on a major route to Ettrema Gorge.

Later a dam was constructed across a valley used by the early part of the route. This part of the route was replaced by a much longer trail, reducing the route’s popularity for access to the area. Alternative routes from the west are mostly now used.

Naming the spur after Ray was primarily in recognition of the role he had played in exploring this area and other areas in the Blue Mountains to the north and in the Budawang Ranges to the south.

On a broader front, the exploration of this area was typical of a resurgence of interest in exploring remote mountain areas in the halcyon days of the early 1960s. This systematic exploration led to the compiling of maps of the areas and the carrying out of botanical and geological surveys (one of Ray’s later groups included a Professor of Botany).

This type of work formed the backbone of later successful submissions to the NSW Government to have the areas declared National Parks or Wilderness Areas in defiance of the opposing mining and forestry lobbies which had previously reigned supreme (US readers will know what I mean). Equally as significant, the exploration groups teamed together with other enthusiasts to form the State’s first strong environmental lobby, the Colong Committee.

On a more mundane note, for some time Ray assumed that Jerrems Spur is the only topographical feature named after our families. However he has now found a “Jerrems Hill” in Hampshire in England, but that is another story.
First Person Account - Boston Marathon
Report from Boston Marathoner - Warren Jerrems   Why Didn't Mia Have a "Stop for a Kiss" Sign?
The hills really were not as bad as I expected. The course actually drops 500' from Hopkinton to Boston so the course is downhill the majority of the time. Heartbreak Hill was somewhat of a let down as I did not see anyone "vomiting or worse on themselves" as some of the prerace literature explained in describing the best vantage points for spectators. I had to ask if that was the hill when we were at the top as I was expecting a lot more.

Boston was the first marathon I actually enjoyed, due mostly to my holding back and starting out slowly. I was at the back of the 8th corral at the start so there were nearly 9,000 runners in front of me. For more than 5 minutes after the gun sounded, I was still behind the starting line, packed shoulder to shoulder with no real choice but to start slowly.

The slower paced allowed me to take in the sights and enjoy the motivation of the crowd, cheering and lining both sides of the streets sometimes 3-4 people deep. At the halfway point near the all female Wellsley College, screaming coeds lined the street on both sides for about half a mile. About every 10th one held a sign that said something to the effect of "Stop for a Kiss" which must rate as one of the all time great motivational acts of spectators of any sporting event. Of course I had to stop and take in a quicky from a cute coed which gave me just the burst of adrenaline need to make it over the next mile.

The true highlight of the run occurred at 24. Mia came with me to Boston but not being familiar with the course, we did not pick any specific viewing place for her. With over half million spectators and 22,000 runners, it would have been probable that I would have run right by her with out either of us seeing the other. But as I came up to mile 24, there she was. We made eye contact, exchanged I love yous and off I went, enjoying every bit of this run.

While this was an easy run for me, I passed nearly 6,000 runners finishing somewhere around 2,750 and shaving 8 minutes off my qualifying time in the Pensacola Marathon. I am already making plans for the next marathon and this time I will take the girls. The front runner right now is NYC in November. Probably should find out about the Sydney Marathon also.

As for my next challenge, I am not so sure about the Tour de France but the running of the bulls is a possibility as is the big tomato fight in Italy. Always thought that both sound like something that a participant would never forget.

Take care and thanks again for all of your hard work on the newsletters. I find them to be very interesting reading.
Donald Jerrems, Editor   Remember Me?
I am the great great great grandfather of some of our Jerrems readers. Some Jerrems readers should add a further “great” or even two “greats”. I am the father of Elizabeth. Who am I?

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