Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sepia Saturday Bygone Days

Today I am featuring my mother's parents and maternal grandparents.....
It has become a popular occurance to admit if your ancestors were convicts. I cannot attest to that with mine. On my maternal side they were Welsh, then further back French, as you will observe by the surname. On my father's side, sadly I know very little. No photos or contact, a mystery?
These are my mother's parents, (my gandparent's)Samuel and Agnes Annie Charles.
My grandfather died when I was eight years old. I still feel sad to have lost him at my early age. My grandmother lived to see one of my small children. She was a sweet gentle Christian woman. I loved both dearly.

 Seated in the Sulky are my mother's maternal grandparents (my great grandparents).
Great grandfather Evan Cozens` was born in 1831 at Havenford, West Penbrokshire, South Wales.
Great grandmother Margaret (Morris) Cozens`,  born 1846 in Monmouth Shire, Wales.
They married on 4th February 1869 and migrated to Victoria, Australia.
Agnes Annie Cozens`, my grandmother (above) was born there in 1888.

"We live by faith not by sight. We are confident, I say and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord"... 2 Corinthians 5:7-9.


  1. They don't look like convicts, but it's hard to tell from the photos ;)

  2. Noooo honey, they were immigrants from Wales...
    Some people come from convicts, I didn't. Hugs..

  3. Hope you know that I was kidding. They both look like upstanding citizens. Such a treat to see the beautifully preserved photos.

  4. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. They're a lovely memory of people who just like us had hopes and dreams, fears and concerns and every emotions we experience today.

    They went through hard times and we should remember that next time we stumble and whine about life.

    God bless you Crystal Mary.

  5. Hi Sabine, Your cool,,big hug.. SWALK

    Hiya Victor, It's nice to have photos to remember them...don't have many. And they did go through very trying times. We are very blessed. God Bless you brother.

  6. Somehow looking at the photos like that makes me feel like I'm looking at my own family of old. I wish I could sit at the feet of these people and listen to the wisdom they have. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks mate..There is much wisdom from the elderly.. Bless you.

  8. Hi Crystal Mary

    It is nice to meet you through sepia Sat and to find that we live in the same vicinity.

    Your story is touching and the photo of the great grandparents in the sulky a great one for your archives..

    happy days

  9. Your grandparents look like such sweet people. I am quite partial to the name Samuel, by the way. Thanks for stopping by Willow Manor today. xx

  10. These are precious photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  11. Your great grandparents, Evan and Margaret, must have had a lot of heart and a strong faith. To emigrate to the other side of the world is daunting prospect, even today. So it's hard to imagine what it was like in the 1800s.

  12. Delwin,
    Thank you all for dropping by...

  13. Beautiful photos...that Sulky is amazing! I lost my grandmother when I was 8...still sorry I wasn't older to experience more memories with her!

  14. I liked both of the photos. I can appreciate not knowing the backgrounds of great grandparents. I am finding out a little but most of it doesn't tell me about the person.

  15. Hello Betsy, Yes that Sulky is amazing and especially so when you realised the camera's used then. Losing a Grandparent at a young age is difficult to comprehend. It was for me, I grieved for years over him. Bless you, hugs.

    L.D. G'Day Mate... I wish I knew more about them. I do know this great grandmother had a fall and died on the day her daughter, my grandmother married.. I cannot imagine the stress caused? God bless you for dropping by.

  16. Wonderful photographs and it is good to see that great migration from Britain to Australia reflected on Sepia Saturday. How brave these people were to abandon their worlds and their families and go in search of a new life.


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