So apparently mum is so wrapped up in her researching she says i should write the twins story for her lol! But she did put together a couple of pictures for it 🙂 I’m sorry i don’t tell it as well as mum does but here goes…
It begins sadly with a young man by the name of Daniel Bernard Matthews born May 17 1842 (my great great great great uncle), was the 5th of 9 children, but around the time Daniel turned 10 years old, his dad passed away. Only one year later his mother remarried, soon after this the new husband claimed the three youngest children and raised them as his own, but all of the older children were apparently kicked out of their home and forced to make their own way in life. Including Daniel who would have been in his very early teens at this stage. Daniel fell in with a bad crowd and was traveling with a known criminal bush ranger by the name of Laurence Cummins, and Daniel went by then went by the name “Flash Dan”. These 2 got themselves into a lot of trouble over a lot of years. Theft of famous racehorses and shoot-outs with local law 😦 As always they were eventually captured and were sentenced to 15 years in prison.
After his early release he met Susannah Buckman (shown left) and her twin sister Mary Buckman. Mary already had a child to another man and was apparently divorced, but he chose to marry Mary out of the twins anyway. But this didn’t stop him! Now maybe the twins were identical, looked similar or it was just he loved them both, whichever the case may be in early 1874 both of the twin sisters gave birth to a little girl each to Daniel and they even both named their daughters Mary. Popular name back then obviously lol. Anyway he continued to father another 16 children with the twin sisters! That’s a whooooole lot of kids right there! They had 2 old wooden shacks side by side in the Abercrombie River area in central NSW Australia, (We have a pic somewhere ill add it when we find it) so Daniel apparently provided for both families! That would have been a bloody hard task I’d say! WOW! He died in 1897 at age 54. 4 years later Susannah married anther man but Mary never did. Check out this pic below of the kids and their birth dates! He was one busy man!
A quick disclaimer here…The above information has been gained from official records, publications on bush rangers, and family folklore. An earlier record of Daniel’s history by Judith Matthews of Golspie is acknowledged as a source, as is Max Matthews compilation written in 1997, and my mum Beverley Bourke. The accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed, and no malice or hurt to any person, living or dead, is intended.
So there you have it! Apparently the sisters were into right into sharing… but they shared everything! Including their husband! Who said polygamy wasn’t practiced in Australia! Ohhh goodness….. You can’t say history isn’t interesting, right? hahahahahaha
Plenty more family stories like this however!
Anyway, signing off for now,