CPJ's ancestor, Catherine Park Burnet, was the oldest of John and Jean (Jane) Murray Park's children. Mum's preferred name was Jane, which is important because it was a good clue a few times. Catherine had a daughter called Jane Murray Burnet, and my 2nd great grandfather had a daughter called Jane Murray Park.
John and Jane Park named their youngest daughter Jane Park as well. Ironically, I finally located her this past week. She also moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, but she was calling herself Joan! Maybe she wanted to differentiate herself from all of the other Jane's, but it sure made her hard to find. I was able to track her down because one of her ancestors did a DNA test and came up as an "Extremely High" confidence 3rd cousin match for my paternal uncle. This DNA match had only 17 names in his tree, one of them being Joan Park. It is definitely our Jane. She moved to Christchurch some time between the 1851 census and 1863.
There are just a few more mysteries to sort out with this family. I can't find a death record for 3rd great grandfather John Park. A few trees on ancestry.com have him remarried, and then passing away in New Zealand. Now that I know his familial ties there, it doesn't seem so crazy. My 3rd great grandmother Jane Murray Park moved to Canada. She was alive and well, living with my 2nd great grandparents David Park and Julia Ann Gardiner Park in 1891. It took me a while to find her. The census taker flipped the ages for Jane Park and her daughter in law Julia Ann (along with other mistakes). In the actual record she is listed as a widow.
Also, in the 1841 census there is a 4 year old boy names James Cossar living with the Park family. He is listed as a grandson, but doesn't seem to go with any of the children. I may be onto something there, as well. I included James Cossar's name in my family tree. Recently I heard from one of his ancestors wondering how we were related. I shared a copy of the 1841 census with her. It's very mysterious. It still doesn't make sense, but guess what? They have ties to New Zealand, too. This is from our email exchange:
"I went to N.Z. 16 years ago with my sister to find where my Grandfather was buried. He was buried in Kaipoi, which is near Christchurch. There was a woolen mill there, where he worked. Maybe he went there to be with relatives of his father’s? It’s a mystery to me too. We couldn’t really understand why he left 2 young boys & didn’t try to get home immediately after the war. "
There's something there, but we're still not sure what it is. This is why ancestry is so addictive! Who needs television? I also look forward to meeting my cousin CPJ one day, as he now lives In San Francisco, which is not "so far away"!
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