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McCall Sterrett

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 1:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello. I am trying to track my great grandfather, Thomas McCall, and my great grandmother, Sarah Sterrett back to Scotland. Here is what I have: Thomas McCall, born sometime roughly around 1837 in Scotland or Northern Ireland (Armagh?) and his wife, Sarah Sterrett, born 1849 in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Thomas McCall's parents were William McCall and Elizabeth Joyce (not sure if that was a surname or middle name). Sarah Sterrett's parents were James Sterrett (1806-1889) and Jane or Janet Dunn (1808-1886). We don't know where William/Elizabeth and James/Jane were from. When the Sterretts went to Australia, they identified themselves as Scottish. We haven't yet found when the McCalls went to Australia, but they all ended up there. Sarah went when she was 14 on the ship Lightning. Together, Thomas and Sarah had the following children: Albert John McCall (born 1878); William Valentine McCall (1868-1949); Thomas George McCall (born 1870); Elizabeth Jane McCall (1872-1899); Mary Sophia (Minnie) McCall (1874-1895); William James McCall (1877-1878); Fred Charles McCall (born 1880); Walter James McCall (born 1882-1885); Oswald Walter Samuel McCall, my grandfather (born 12 September 1885 in Ascot Vale, Victoria and died 13 June 1959, Milford, CT); and Florence Sarah McCall (1887-1981). Those dates are backed up by documents. As I mentioned, the father and all the children died of TB when my grandfather was a child -- he reported his childhood was "a succession of funerals." Sarah, Oswald, Florence, and William Valentine McCall and maybe a couple of others judging from the death dates survived. I believe William Valentine McCall became town clerk of Melbourne. Oswald became a Methodist minister and came with my grandmother to America, where we are now.
Hopefully this will provide enough clues -- I am really hitting a brick wall with respect to pushing the McCall and Sterrett line back before Thomas and Sarah. Many thanks for any help you can give. I have information about all the kids in Australia -- I mostly need birthplace for Thomas and then all 4 grandparents any info available...


Re: McCall Sterrett

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 1:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
the birthdates for James Sterrett and Jane or Janet Dunn may be a bit off since when they traveled on the ship Lightning, James's birth was listed as abt 1813 and Jane or Janet's was listed as abt 1816. They traveled on the ship Lightning from Liverpool to Melbourne Australia, where they arrived on 29 August 1863. They traveled with their children Sarah, Eliza, Margaret, and Samuel. They listed their nationality as Scottish, but their eldest daughter listed her identity (on a separate ship that left earlier as Scottish/Irish), and we know Sarah Sterrett was born in Tyrone for sure....
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