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Posted - 08/03/2020 :  23:29:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all, I am a novice with the whole family history thing, but recently had an Ancestry DNA test done. Family history had my great great grandfather as being Carl Johnson, who was said to be a Norwegian sea captain.
Through the DNA test, I have a strong hit of Norwegian blood (suggesting ancestors came from the Hordaland region of Norway).
A 'found' relative has information dating Carl's birth to 1831 and his possible death in 1891 (no death certificate located). We do know he had two children in Australia with an Irish woman, Martha Bouvaird (Bouffard) - my great grandfather Nicholas (born in Sydney 1857) and daughter Martha Mary Ann (born in Sydney in 1864).
Carl's wife/defacto (?) Martha Bouvaird died in the same year their daughter was born, so it is likely Carl had other partners. Any help, or suggestions about where to look, would be gratefully received. Thanks, Chere.

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Posted - 09/03/2020 :  00:35:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seems to be a marriage record for them

Carol Johnson
in the Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950
Name: Carol Johnson
Spouse Name: Martha Bovaird
Marriage Date: 1857
Marriage Place: New South Wales
Registration Place: Glebe, New South Wales
Registration Year: 1857
Registration Number: 1144

Carl Johnson
BIRTH 4 FEB 1831 Norway
DEATH 1891

Where does the birth record come from?

Edited by - AntonH on 09/03/2020 00:36:52
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Posted - 09/03/2020 :  01:28:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl Johnson
in the New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922
Name: Carl Johnson
Estimated birth year: abt 1836
Age: 29
Port of Departure: Auckland, New Zealand
Port of Arrival: Sydney, New South Wales
Voyage Arrival Date: 15 Jun 1865
Vessel Name: Leonidas
Origin Location: Norway
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Posted - 09/03/2020 :  02:04:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At the Trove, there is a death notice and also estate settlement advertised for an upholsterer named Carl Johnson whose alias is Carl Theodore Jorgenson aged 44, married father of ten. Youngish to be target though|||l-year=1891
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Posted - 09/03/2020 :  08:16:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Lyndal, the information you posted is the same as the one sent to me by my recently-found relative - so it is the same source. There is a Carl August Johnson who seems to be the one who goes in and out of New Zealand, but I haven't found anything to suggest it is the same person.
Family history for both myself, and the other relative's family, is that our Carl was a sailor/captain into (and out of Sydney), rather than an immigrant.

And jkmarler, I love Trove. At one point I found something on the person I believe to be Carl working on the waterfront at Sydney - but do you think I could find it once I went back in earnest? I am pretty certain my Carl was older than 44 when he died.

Thanks to you both.
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