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..'