June 2007
Edition 26
Jerrems Family Newsletter
Celebrating Two Years of World Wide Circulation
  Dear Donald,
The Jerrems Journal has reached the 2-year milestone. It started in May 2005 when I received an email from Ray who was searching the U.S. for distant relatives. After a few exchanges of emails, I suggested that we begin the Jerrems Journal for circulation starting with Ray's research. The first edition was released in June 2005.

We trust you have enjoyed the family vignettes, past and present. We will always accept your storyline contributions, so keep them coming.

Looking Back on our First 25 Issues
Ray and Don   What's Ahead and What's Behind?
Well, here we are 25 editions down the track and still going strong! We need contributions from readers, but fortunately we have enough material to keep us going into 2008. Here is a preview of some of that material.


"The Great Collector". William George Jerrems ll was undoubtedly the greatest "collector" in Jerrems history. He collected coins (for which he was best known), postage stamps, fossils, Indian artifacts, books and medals.

This article draws on a number of source materials obtained some years ago by Jerry and Sue from the American Numismatic Association (ANA). It will provide William's descendants and other readers of Jerrems Journal with a summary of his activities as a collector.

"Ann Jerrems". This is an outline of the story of Annie Letitia Jerrems , Mark Healy's grandmother. She was the sixth child of William George Jerrems l and his wife Mary. Significantly, William and Mary's family formed the base for almost all the current Jerrems families in the US. Ann's husband (also Mark Healy) was the Managing Director of the famous Lyon&Healy Company, which manufactured musical instruments.

"Who Was Jane Jerrems?" Remember the article about two gravestones in the June 2006 Jerrems Journal? Sue Jerrems from Las Vegas had visited the Gainsborough area in England and photographed the two gravestones in the grounds of St Helens Church at nearby Willingham. I identified the occupant of one grave (great-great-great great grandma Mary) but the occupant of the other grave had me stumped. I can now tell you who she was, drawing on UK Censuses and other sources.

"William Jerrems Does His Bit For King George". This is the story of how one of our Jerrems forbears was involved in a small slice of English history and as a result gained fame in coin collecting circles. In the early 1800s there was a coin shortage in England, so some merchants showed a lot of initiative by issuing their own coins or tokens. William Jerrems (who we have somewhat irreverently nicknamed "Big Bill") was one of them, he had two coins issued.

"George Jepson". Remember the portrait of George shown in earlier Journals? This is an article about George, whose main claim to fame is that he is the great great great grandfather of some of our Jerrems readers, like me. George was the father of Elizabeth Jepson, who married Thomas Clarke Jerrems in Gainsborough in about 1836. Thomas and Elizabeth's family included the four boys who migrated to Australia in 1859 and formed the basis of nearly all of the current Jerrems families in Australia and the US.

"Thomas William Jerrems". The Jerrems families we have traced so far in the UK, USA and Australia have lived in cities and towns. But the Jerrems families were not all "city slickers". There were families in the US in the 19th century living in rural Iowa, New York State and Illinois. This is the story of Thomas William Jerrems, a farmer born in 1839 in Utica (near Syracuse) in New York State.

"The Famous McShane Brothers". This is an article about an Australian record that will probably never be beaten (it could even be a world record). Some time ago Anita Veale (nee Jerrems) from Melbourne sent me a newspaper article about her mother's side of her family. Anita's grandfather, James McShane, was one of six brothers who all played Australian Rules Football at the most senior level for the famous Geelong Football Club ("The Cats") in the late 1800s.

"Jerrems Coat of Arms". No, I have not located one. So this article suggests how could make one up, for fun.

    Looking back, here are some of Don's most memorable stories in the Jerrems Journal:


    • January 2006 Dan's Jacket - Second Hand Story from Second Hand Store followed by Dark Odyssey (1957), Starring Dan's mom, Jeanne. It was a smooth segue.
    • The 2005 Christmas issue with greetings from All in the Family was fun to publish.
    • I also enjoyed Ray's epic saga of the family
    • I loved the 1880's image of the old blacksmith's red barn near the banks of the Illinois River. Pictured. January 2006.
    • Girl in a Mirrior images by Carol Jerrems a sentimental look back at the Photographer's life. Pictured above.
    • The Remember Us images are enjoyable. So are the Nicoll the Tailor cards that we show from time to time. Ray found the images on EBay.

    Readers: What were your most memorable stories? Is it time for another Jerrems Family Quiz?


Email to Jerrems Family about JJ's Second Birthday
From Big Bill - Up There   We have Heavenly Readership
Dear Family Down There

I hear that the Jerrems Journal will have its second birthday in June and that there have been 25 editions. Congratulations!

We have received all editions except the one showing Carol's photograph "Girl in the Mirror". St Peter's censors have put filters on the emails received in Heaven. We argued that the photograph had artistic merit, from what we had read, but it made no difference. They would not even let us look at the photo, so we are none the wiser as to what all the fuss is about.

We have a Village Newsletter but it is not a patch on the Jerrems Journal. The Newsletter covers exciting subjects ranging from the latest results in the Angels' Hymn Singing Contests to recipes for angel food and scones.

One thing I like about Ray's articles in the Jerrems Journal is that he never lets facts get in the way of a good story.

Speaking of anniversaries, it is exactly 150 years since I came up to Heaven. I am one of the "old timers" now, but of course there are older family members here, such as my grandfather William Jerom born in the 1730s.

I showed Ari's article on the origin of the name Jerrems to him. I asked why he had named his children "Jerrems" instead of "Jerom". He merely laughed and said he did not want to spoil the fun, he wants you people down there to keep guessing.

Keep up the good work on the Journal.
The Jerrems Family's Migration To Australia, Part 1
Ray Jerrems   Digging Deep into the Early Migration
Why I wrote this Article

For my 65th birthday my daughter Anita gave me a book about the voyages of ships carrying migrants from the United Kingdom to Australia in the 19th Century. I found some of the information so amazing that I thought I would include it in an article about the migration of the Jerrems family to Australia in the 1850s. This article is chronologically the second of an historical series which started with an article on the family's story in England from the 1720s to the 1850s, in the towns of Willingham and Gainsborough.

I think that readers will agree that nobody in their right mind would want to migrate to Australia in the 1850s if they knew beforehand what the voyage would be like! But I will let you make up your own minds.

The family (from which most Jerrems readers are traced) took part in one of the greatest chapters in Australian history and world maritime history. Who Migrated? A total of 4 generations of Jerrems families had lived in the towns of Willingham and Gainsborough. The last generation included the family of Thomas Clarke Jerrems, who was born in 1816. He married Elizabeth Jepson and they had 9 children between 1838 and 1852 (four of the children were our great- grandfathers Charles, Robert Cane, Arthur Reginald and William George). Then something quite extraordinary happened, the family migrated to the Antipodes.

Briefly, Thomas Clarke (Senior) and his son of the same name (aged 15) came out from Gainsborough to Melbourne in late 1853. The rest of the family arrived in late1859.

The two Thomases left Liverpool in the sailing ship "Salem" on December 6th 1853 and arrived in Melbourne in about March 1854.

Why sail from Liverpool? There was probably a railway line from Gainsborough to Liverpool, which is on the west coast of England. More importantly, Liverpool would have been one of the major ports for ships leaving for Australia because it was close to Belfast. Ships could quickly pick up passengers from England and Ireland.
Continued in the next issue .
Why go to Melbourne?
It was a big step to leave Gainsborough
The routes taken to Australia
What sort of ships were used by the migrants?
Why so many Shipwrecks?
Other causes of Ship Loss
High incidence of Disease
Thomas after his arrival in Melbourne
When to send for the family?
Preparations for the Family's Voyage
The family sets Sail
The family in Melbourne

In Memorium
    Recognizing Those Who Have Left Us
Lance Jerrems: Passed away in May 2007 in New Zealand.

Lance and his wife, Linda, had 2 children, Sacha and Tate. and his brother Ken.

Lance's great grandfather was Robert Cane Jerrems, one of the family who migrated to Australia in the1850s.

Jerry Jerrems: Passed away December 2005 in Las Vegas. He leaves behind his wife Sue, a contributor to the Journal.
Donald Jerrems, Editor   Corrections
Last month we published a picture of Laurie Gray and Ray's second cousin Laurel Gray (nee Jerrems) when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. So we thought it was them. As it turned out, it was not of Laurie and Laurel, but rather Laurel's sister, Dorothy Hurt and her husband Frank. Some day we will get a currect picture. In the meantime, the nearby swan image works well.

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