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George Eldon MELLEFONT

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Hello,

George Eldon MELLEFONT

b. 16 Mar 1830 Cork c. 7 Apr 1830 St Anne Shandon Cork, Co Cork, Ireland

Parents - John William MELLEFONT & Sarah MOORHEAD

Sponsors for baptism: James Moorhead, Joseph Roy & Anne Moorehead.

d. 5 Dec 1854 Sebastopol, Crimea

On 8 Feb 1847 he enlisted in the 50th Regiment of Foot, when he gave his occupation as printer.
No. 2907 Sergeant - died in Hospital Camp, Sebastopol - Entitled to Crimean medal, clasp for Battle of Alma 20 Sep 1854 and Inkerman 5 Nov 1854. It is not known whether he died of wounds or illness.

I'm wondering if any further info can be found for George. Thanks.

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Dave
 

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Hello gortonboy,

Thank you very much.

At least there is no major error in what I was given previously. :)

His sister Anne is my GG grandmother.

We are so lucky that so many of the St Anne Shandon Cork records still exist.

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Dave
 
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Hello Ozn & Lee.

Yes, the same family. There are about a dozen variations of the family name, eg. Mellanphant, Malefant. From France to Wales to Ireland around Kinsale and Cork in early 1700s. Lots of middle names such as Gladstone, Peel, Eldon, ... I think you get the idea. The family along the way found it convenient to change religious persuasion. :biggrin: A lot of land the family owned around Kinsale was confiscated.

There are 4 generations in my tree of George Eldon. :D

The Australian branch of the family was headed by William Peel:

William Peel was apprenticed in the printing trade in the office of the Cork 'Constitution'. He migrated to Queensland in 1865 with his sister Margaret and his sister Sarah Jane and her husband on the iron screw steamer 'Queen of the South' which left London 31 August and arrived Brisbane 9 [?] Dec 1865. Each paid 9/6d passage money and 10/6d for a ships-kit.

Printer, journalist and newspaper proprietor - the Gladstone Observer.

He paid the remittance for his sister Anne's nephew, my great grandfather William HAMILTON. William was named as Executor by William Peel of his will dated 21 Mar 1883.

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Dave
 
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