My ancestor, John Theodore (1855-1928) was born in the area of Ballarat. On all of John's records, birth, marriage, death, his parents are listed as Edward and Emily (Johnson) Theodore, however, on his record as a Ward of the State in Victoria, he is shown to be committed while both parents seem to be alive and caring for the rest of their children (who a few years later also went into care for neglect), however on John's record they are not listed as alive or dead and a mother is listed in the 'remarks' as being MARY THEODORE LINTON. This is the first and only ever mention of this name. I have searched records of Edward to see if Mary could be his sister, however I am only reaching dead ends. This women must have existed however and been important as from this record on the name 'Linton' is widely used throughout all branches of the family tree and for many, many generations. Does anyone have any information about why this name is of importance? Or who is this woman? Where could I also look to find more information about my ancestor? Would his court records shed any light?
Born 15th May 1855. Parents on birth certificate are Edward Theodore and Emily (Johnson) Theodore.
Victorian Ward of State records information states:
Committed in 1866 in Linton. Fled police custody until 1869. Admitted to childrens home 29.03.1869. Remarks state 'blank' for parents living. Previous history state 'Mother a person of bad repute and unable to support named Mary Theodore Linton.'
John's parents were still living in and around Linton in 1869. His mother died in 1870 and his father died in 1873. His younger brothers and half sisters were all later also admitted into the childrens home AFTER the death of his mother.