Mike, My great grandfather John Widdis lived in Sale, Victoria Australia. Was married to Edith. Mike, I am not the one to speak to regarding this, I will give this link to my brother, Chares Widdis He has been researching our famiy tree for many years. I sent him your previous posting, he woud be very interested in corresponding with you I have copied his comments to your posting below.
There was also a Capt. Widdis in the USAF who was shot down in Vietnam and became MIA, presumed POW.His body was recovered by the US Government during the 80's in a MIA/POW mission to Vietnam.His name is remembered at the Washington Vietnam War memorial.
If you do a search on Widdis in Alta Vista, his name comes up quite often in association with the Vietnam War.
There are also some Widdis' in Canada, and still a few in New Jersey.
Mike's family has a couple of strange similarities to ours... he is more than likely related to the Widdis' in New Jersey, but has become separated from them... just as we are related to the Widdis' around Sale and Traralgon.
It seems that there were probably two family groups who left Ireland around the same time (1840's- 50's), one sailing for Australia, the other sailing for America.I am not sure if or how these two groups are directly related, but I would take a guess that if they were not brothers, then probably 1st cousins.I think that Mike's information about English decent is incorrect.Everything that I have found indicates strong Irish ancestry.. what is more likely is that some Widdis' moved to England from Ireland, and then onto the New Continents.It is very unlikely (especially when considering the social/economic environment during the 1st half of the 19th Century) that people would have moved from England to Ireland.
Does Mike sound interested in his family history? Would he be interested if I contacted him.. exchanging information?I'd love to learn more about the US Widdis' and try and find where they came from... there information might help me with our side of the tree.