The Phoenix Rises in Australia.
The Phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death. In ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology, it is associated with the sun god.
According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at dawn, the sun god would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing a beautiful song while it bathed in the well.
Only one Phoenix exists at a time. When the bird felt its death was near, every 500 to 1,461 years, it would build a nest of aromatic wood and set it on fire. The bird then was consumed by the flames.
A new Phoenix
sprang forth from the pyre. It embalmed the ashes of its predecessor in an egg
of myrrh and flew with it to Heliopolis, "city of the sun," where the egg was
deposited on the altar of the sun god. In Egypt, it was usually depicted as a
heron, but in the classic literature as a peacock or an eagle.
The Phoenicians were an enigmatic people, who left little in the way of written records. Much of what we know of them from ancient times was recorded by Greek and Roman historians who mentioned their seamanship and shrewd business dealings.
Does my name of Phoenix come from this race, we could surmise that as they were sailors. History states that they sailed as far as Spain, and what is to say they did not sail to Ireland
where my story begins.
Archibald Smith Phoenix.
If any of the following story is of any interest to you and you wish to find out more, I do have all the genealogy of the families.
Ireland My great grandfather, John Phoenix was a farmer, He married my great grandmother Mary Tate,and they farmed land on a hill called Drummiller, in County Down. Drummiller is near Gilford and the village of Tullylish. He married Ella Loughrin and one of their children was named John, he was my grandfather. He lived in the same cottage, the ruins still stand today hidden by trees and bracken. My grandfarhter was a weaver, as the district was very much a flax growing district, I would assume that grandfather John was a weaver of flax.Ella died in Johnstone, and later John Phoenix married Mary Cameron Sayers.My grandmother.
Times must have been bad as the family emigrated to Scotland, They first arrived in Glasgow but found their way to the little town of Johnstone, in Renfrewshire as it boasted a flax mill.
They raised six children and one of them was my father Joshua.
Some of the family later moved to England, and last year my wife Del and I, on a trip from Australia to the U.K. had the privilege of meeting Graham Phoenix and his wife Trish.
Graham is a decendant of Ella Loughrin's marrage to my great grandfather John.
One of my fathers brothers, James, went to the U.S.A. in 1924 with his wife Mary and their children and set up another colony of Phoenix's there. I have met one of my cousins, May Phoenix ,and her daughter Eleanor Shill on two previous trips to England. they live in Florida.
I also have relatives in Canada from grandfather Phoenix's marriage to Ella Loughrin.
Through having web pages i have been contacted by Kelly Stadelbauer.
My great nephew William Phoenix, a decendant of my uncle James, lives in Korea and has married a local girl, William as far as I know still works at the American embassy.
My wife Del and I brought our children to Australia in 1971 Stephen, Allison, and John, since then we have another son, Martin who was born in the "Mater" hospital in Brisbane.
Stephen married Sharon Godfrey and they have two children, Andrew and Jordan.
Allison married Graham Harris and they have three children, Laura, Thomas, and Gregry.
John married Tracy Connell, Martin is not as of yet married.
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