Many left England for a better life in the mid 1800s; for example brothers Joseph and Theodore Pursey from Walton. A post by Bill Pursey on Ancestry’s Rootsweb site has this to say:

“JOSEPH (b 1836) WALTON and THEODORE (b 1838) sons of FRANCIS FRAMPTON PURSEY and ANN GALLOP, migrated to Australia 1856 on board Phoebe Dunbar. Landed in Moreton Bay (now Brisbane). Joseph settled eventually in Coraki, NSW and married Annie LANG. They had 11 children. Their farm “Frampton Park” is still in the Pursey family. Descendants still live around the area of Lismore and Coraki but others are settled all over Australia.  Theodore on marriage to ANN NORSTER changed his name to PERCY and went to New Caledonia he returned to Australia and settled also in Coraki.  Another brother George and sister Mary Ann migrated to Canada.  Another sister Sarah migrated at a later date to Australia.”

George, referred to above, is George Gallop Pursey. He went to Canada in 1857.

(Head of this tree is William Pursey & Hannah Hawkins of Shapwick, Somerset.)

Another to embark on a boat for better things was George Swan Pursey who in 1884 left London bound for Sydney, NSW on the Port Phillip. George married Alice M Torning in 1892. George was a clerk in Orient Chambers, Hunter Street and despite him coming from a fairly wealthy family, George and Alice didn’t have it easy at first. In 1893, he declared himself insolvent. Things were looking up the following year, with the arrival of  they announced the birth of a son.

[George was not the only one in his family to get into financial difficulties. His grandfather John – a meat salesman from Stogumber, Somserset – also had money worries. See separate post.]

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  1. Hi

    I am in Australia and direct descendant of the above PURSEY family. All my relatives are buried at Coraki cemetery my mum is Wilma Pursey DOB 1923 and is still living.

    There is a planned Pursey Family reunion in Lismore in August 2013
    Happy to hear from any other Pursey’s just found this Pursey Project?

    1. Hi Judi,
      I am a decendant of Theodore Percy (Pursey) who is buried at the Coraki cemetary. I came across your post well after the August 2013 Lismore reunion. If there is a follow up reunion, I would like to hear about it, if possible.

      Kind regards
      Mark Percy

      1. Hi I have only just come across your message. There was anther reunion only 2 weeks ago at Lismore near Coraki. My mother who was Theodore Pusey’s great niece as Joseph his brother was my mothers grandfather, my g/great grandfather, Josephs son Francis was my grandfather. A second cousin of mine Betty Oliveri has been the organiser of these reunions and along with a few other keen family historians have been instrumental in recording the Family history. There is a museum in Coraki called the Mid Richmond Historical Museum that has many records and photos maps etc. The cemetery at Coraki also has a large Methodist section where Theodore Joseph and their families are buried, when the cemetery was established back circa 1920 many places were reserved for future generations of the PURSEY family.

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