Are there any love stories in your line? [closed]

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It is said that when my great great grandmother Euphemia Tole and her three sisters moved into Owen's Gap out of Scone NSW in the late 1860s, the young men were out of their mind with interest. Imagine: four eligible young women (pretty as well) coming into a region heavily populated by males! 

One day a young drover named James Glendenning Schofield together with his cousin, Robert Spencer Duckworth, were riding along the track out of Owen's Gap, and they came across Euphemia and sister Mary Ann, watering their horses. Of course, the young men just had to stop and make sure the girls were all right. Wink, wink.

Yes, you guessed it. Within a year, James married Euphemia and Robert married Mary Ann.

WikiTree profile: Euphemia Schofield
in The Tree House by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 7 (71.0k points)
closed by Chris Whitten

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The story that caught my attention in my tree was this. My Grandmother had a sister, Mary Fitzjohn. Mary became a servant girl in one of the big country houses in St. Albans Hertfordshire, England, near where the family lived.

She became pregnant by an unknown father, and had a baby girl in Watford Workhouse in 1893. Life was hard for unmarried servant girl's with a baby in those days, and life in the workhouse was a real prospect, but the family came to the rescue, and Mary, and new baby named Kate Fitzjohn was cared for by the family.

In 1914 WWI broke out and England wanted girls to train as nurse's for military hospitals. Kate applied, did her nurse's training, and was posted to a hospital on the east coast of England.

There, in 1916, she cared for an Australian soldier, Charles Mitchell, wounded in battle on the western front in France. They were married on the 28th July 1917 in Hertfordshire, and on the 28th August 1917 the newly weds set sail on board the P and O ship Benalla bound for Charles' home Sydney Australia. They had seven children together in a long and happy marriage.

I knew nothing of this until I recently received an e-mail from Australia from one of the Mitchell family which began 'I think we may be related..'
by John Ward G2G6 Mach 2 (29.6k points)
awwww. true love wins. great story.
Thanks Susan, certainly true. because of research into the family history, I came into contact with a whole new side of the family, and have been in contact with them ever since- they have become friends as well as relatives.

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