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The English Jessica Harkness

Jessica M. Harkness was born in 1921 in Essex.

Jessica M. Harkness was married to an Ernest Moulds in Yorkshire in 1943.

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It is unknown if Ernest Moulds is any relation to Major William Jestyn Moulds*, but the question has been asked.


(Major Mould’s link courtesy of Gordon Cramer))

Information regarding Moulds / Harkness marriage sourced from LDS/FamilySearch site.


Strike ?

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  1. Byron Deveson #

    Approximately 15,980 Harkness currently living in the world. 2,068 in England as at 2019. Frequency in England 1 in 26,886 as at 2019.
    Approximately 3,941 Moulds worldwide as at 2019. 1,314 in England as at 2,019. Frequency 1 in 42,313 in England as at 2019.

    1 in 26,886 for Harkness and 1 in 42,313 for Moulds so a Harkness/Moulds marriage is a rare event.

    May 4, 2019
  2. Break the Harknesses down into Jessicas born in 1921 and it looks even better.

    May 4, 2019
  3. Byron Deveson #

    Exactly Pete, a match as rare as rocking horse manure.
    Jessica M Harkness born January 1921, West Ham, Essex, England. Her mother’s maiden name was Tresadern. Jessica married Ernest Moulds October 1943 at Sheffield, West Riding Yorkshire.

    May 4, 2019
  4. Byron Deveson #

    The name Jessica was outside the top 100 girl’s names in the UK prior to 1984. See:

    Judging from this I would think that the name Jessica had a frequency of less than 1 in 1,000 in 1921 Britain. What are the odds?

    May 4, 2019
  5. Join these links and see where it gets us – The Glenelg Jessica / The Essex Jessica / The Yorkshire Ernest Moulds / The Major Jestyn Moulds / Major Moulds and Lieutenant Alf Boxall / The Small Ships Company / The Nackeroos

    May 4, 2019
  6. Clive #

    The ‘freeBMD’ website is good for lookups.

    May 4, 2019
  7. There will be prizes ..

    May 4, 2019
  8. Clive #

    Ernest Moulds, born in Burnley, Lancs in 1900.

    May 4, 2019
  9. Married?

    May 4, 2019
  10. Not John Sanders #

    Details, I’ll take them where I find them.

    ‘So to put all this in context from NAA records, our Major William Jestyn Moulds of 2/3 Field company Qld. and Lieutenant Alfred Boxall of 13 Water Transport NSW. Whilst being members of the same corps, they were never likely to have served together in the field.’

    Lifted from John’s comment on Cipher Mysteries.

    May 4, 2019
  11. dusty #

    Albert Ernest Moulds 1921 & Jestyn Clarence Meiser 1906, both from Mt. Morgan Qld. Is the best I can manage at short notce, unless uncle Mordecai, the London fishmonger who died in Mt. Morgan 1964 aged 102 is worth a run….ps. Nik Voynich, c/o Risdon lead/zinc mines might interest Byron as he seems to have died on the job in 1958.

    May 4, 2019
  12. Clive #

    There was a Thomas Lawson Harkness born in West Ham, Essex in 1888.

    May 5, 2019
    • Jessica born in 1921 – If she was his daughter he would be 54.

      May 5, 2019
  13. dusty #

    That’s right Clive and his wife Ellen Lee was born in Sydney 1895, kids were Ted, Tom, Jessica, Jean and one other according to what we are told.. When old Tom’s missus passed in ’82, the kids were listed by name, with their ages in order and Jessica is born 1921. Then when when young Jean, bn. ’23 got hitched in ’42, she was listed as second daughter….ps. Got one more Jestyn from Mt. Morgan if we’re in need.

    May 5, 2019
    • Cool down, Dusty, we need some tension here.

      May 5, 2019
  14. Clive #

    On TROVE, See “The Argus” 13 March 1930 Page 6-Thomas Lawson Harkness-same person?

    May 5, 2019
  15. Byron Deveson #

    Clive, Thomas Lawson Harkness b 1888 West Ham, Essex is one of Jessie’s uncles from memory. Jessie’s uncle was a pharmacist, pharmaceutical manufacturer, toxicologist, expert pharmaceutical witness in court proceedings, and a self styled pharmacologist. Jessie was a nurse and had an interest in pharmacology. And the mystery involves a likely poisoning. “What are the odds” as Neville Wran’s bookmaker mate liked to say.

    May 5, 2019
  16. dusty #

    Not to be outdone; My next two likely lads from Mt. Morgan, were Jestyn Hopkins? who owned the National Hotel and yet another Mordecai bn 1908, moved down to Canterbury, in Sydhey as a young man, married Joy Nelson and later lived around Paddo out towards the showground.from memory!…

    May 6, 2019
  17. 1909 C11363 William Jestyn Moulds : John William : Naomi Ophelia Hopkins born in Queensland

    I cant see any link to Ernest or William J

    Ernest born 1921 : mother Barraclough

    There is an Ernest born 1921 who dies 2005 on FS site

    There is a Ernest Moulds marriage 1941 (Ivy Elrick) Ivy passes in 1983 and as born in 1923 it is likely to be a separate couple

    Ernest Moulds marries Harkness 1943. (all available FamilySearch)

    There is no (found) corresponding death in the UK for Jessica Moulds unless it is Jessica May Moulds in 2005 in Nottinghamshire born December 1920

    Info kindly supplied by GreyCloud .

    May 6, 2019
  18. Dusty two dogs #

    That’s the way I see it GC, so where does that leave us with our Major Mouldy Bill Jestyn, OBE RSL, the proposed Kingaroy Hospital architect.

    May 6, 2019
  19. Clive #

    Byron, You can certainly see a link between Jessie and her Uncle involved in pharmacy. “Uncle Thomas, what poison do I need to inject into a tall, solidly built man?” “Well, Jessie, I recommend you use…… Clive

    May 6, 2019
  20. Moulds married Miss J Harkness in Yorkshire .. where’s the lineage?

    May 6, 2019
  21. Clive #

    Ernest Moulds (1900-1992) formed an accountancy business in Burnley, Lancs in 1926 ( Ashworth Moulds & Co) & married Jessica May Harkness in 1943. I understand he had a son David Moulds, born in Burnley.

    May 6, 2019
    • Thanks Clive, appreciated. But, it looks like she might have been buried elsewhere. What’s next is someone will create a scenario about how Glenelg Jessica swiped Engish Jessica’s identity.

      May 6, 2019
  22. Byron Deveson #

    Last time I checked the cemetery records for Jessie (the Glenelg Jessie) did not have a date of birth or place of birth. This suggests that Jessie’s family did not know these details and also suggest that her funeral directors and the cemetery officials could not find this information either. And that is a bit strange in the 21st Century. It is my understanding that funeral directors and cemetery officials are able to access this information and that the State and Federal Governments have encourage this in recent years. Bottom line for me: Jessie could have been adopted.

    May 7, 2019
    • Bottom line for me: she was adopted into the Moulds family.

      May 7, 2019

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