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A year-and-a-half ago, I received a message via Ancestry saying that a friend of a member of the website had found a ring that was engraved with the name Charles Weight. The member had made a search on Ancestry for anyone with that name and my tree came up
My husband’s great great grandmother had a brother called Charles Weight who was a printer. I emailed the man who’d contacted me about the ring and he told me he’d found it about 10 years ago in Burnie, Tasmania, Australia. It was in a trinket box on top of a wardrobe in a house that he was staying in while working as a missionary. It was a small ring and fairly well-worn. It was engraved with the words “Charles Weight, Died March 16, 1866”.
He said he didn’t think it had any monetary value but thought it would be great if he could pass it on to a relative. From my family research, I knew that Charles Weight had died on 16 March 1866 and one of his daughters, Ann Pearson, had gone to live in Tasmania.
The man who found the ring lived in the United States and had taken it home with him hoping to find its rightful owner. When it seemed pretty certain that this was our Charles Weight, he kindly posted it to me here in the UK. I found the ring fascinating but really wanted to give it to a direct descendant of Charles. It was a Victorian mourning ring and almost certainly belonged to a lady called Ann Pearson.
A few weeks ago, I noticed on Ancestry that a lady had uploaded one of my photographs and attached it to a Weight family tree. After getting in touch withh her it seems th his lady was Cha rles Weight’s greatat great granddaughter – a more direct descendent – who went from Windsor to live in Tasmania. I now hope to return the ring to her. The ring therefore travelled from Windsor around the world to Tasmania, back to the United States, then on to Nottingham. Finally, 149 years later, it will return again to the descendent of the ring’s rightful owner in Tasmania again! Ursula Oxley, by email Editor replies: What a wonderful story, and a well-travelled ring! We’ve had many tales over the years about how family heirlooms have been restored to their rightful owners with help from online family trees. Not so long ago I narrowly missed out on a family bible that belonged to my 3x great uncle someone had traced to me via the internet. A big thank you to all the altruistic people like you out there. Enjoy your well- earned
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Left:L Ann PearsonPearso with her herh husband JohnJoh and family;f ; Above: the ring UrsulaU was sent; Top: thet family home in Burnie,B Tasmania