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Napoleon Ignatius ‘Leon’ LETTERSAge: 7819011979

Name
Napoleon Ignatius ‘Leon’ LETTERS
Given names
Napoleon Ignatius
Surname
LETTERS
Nickname
Leon
Birth 9 June 1901 43 30
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death of a maternal grandmotherRebecca WELLER
6 January 1903 (Age 18 months)
Address: Wickham Street
Cause: Cerebral thrombosis, Coma
Citation details: 1903/1957 Rebecca Bastian No father No mother
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

Publication: 1903/001957
Bastian - Rebecca - Death Certificate
Bastian - Rebecca - Death Certificate

Note: Image kindly supplied by Judith Knox.

Birth of a brotherCharles Stanislaus LETTERS
30 January 1905 (Age 3)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death of a fatherFrancis LETTERS
27 July 1931 (Age 30)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 10527/1931 LETTERS FRNCIS PATRICK MARY ANNANDALE
Death of a brotherCharles Stanislaus LETTERS
24 January 1952 (Age 50)

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death of a motherSophia ‘Sophie’ BASTIAN
14 August 1954 (Age 53)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Citation details: 17241/1954 LETTERS SOPHIE HENRY REBECCA BONDI
Death of a brotherFrancis Joseph Henry LETTERS
23 September 1964 (Age 63)

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death of a brotherLouis Gilbert LETTERS
24 October 1973 (Age 72)

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death 12 July 1979 (Age 78)

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

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BirthEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

DeathEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney