Hi Gloria, nice to hear from you!
Next time we come to Cairns [or next time you come to NZ] I can show you the two books of Russ family history which I have..in fact if you are in Nelson NZ at all you can meet the family historian.
I don't think we have the links which would tell how we are related at the Somerset end
The ancestors on our side were Job Russ (1841- 1907) from Kingsbury Episcopi and his wife Elizabeth (nee Satherly) (1824 -1878). Job's parents were Jonah (1795-1877) from East Lambrook and Hannah (nee Priddle) 1796-1845. Jonah's father was Robert, married in 1793.
I can fax (or post) you a copy of the Ancestry Record if you wish.
Job came to NZ on the Sir Charles Forbes arriving in Nelson NZ in August 1842 and he paid for Jonah to come out to NZ on the John Masterman in 1857.
At the time of the family reunion in 1987 there were 3957 descendants of Job and Jacob!
As far as I know there isn't an electronic version of the family tree. My sister, Evelyn Russ, is travelling in Queensland and she would know more. Pity she's moving away from Cairns towards Sydney or she would have been worth meeting.
Anyway, let's know what you think we should do next. I have an office in Sydney but usually work in Auckland or Wellington and will be happy to share what I can. I have links with some Russes still in East Lambrook. We went to Somerset in 1986 and will be going again soon.
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