John William Wilson and Mary Ann Mathews

Going through my information on the children of George Thomas Mathews and Ellen Shoulders, I noticed that I didn’t have the death details for 3 of their children being Maryann (born 1890), William (born 1887) and Emily (born 1892). You ca read about my search for Emily here.

I knew that Maryann had died after 1960, as she was the informant on the death of her eldest brother George Thomas who died in 1960. I did previously do some searching but couldn’t find her death on the NSW Death Indexes. Last Sunday I found it, though not before spending some time looking up information in relation to her husband John William Wilson.

Maryann Matthews was born in Boggabri NSW in 1890 to George Thomas Matthews and Ellen Shoulders.

John William Wilson was born in New York in about 1876 to William Wilson and Mary Nash.

John and Maryann married on the 14th August 1914. I don’t know the names of their John & Mary’s children as access to birth records in New South Wales are only available up to 1913.

Looking at a few trees on Ancestry, I found the information for John’s death. and attached to one of the trees I found the below record:

Report of the Death of an American Citizen for John William WilsonReports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974

Checking Ancestry I find that John’s parents, William Wilson and Mary Nash were married on the 10th July 1873 at Temple,New Hampshire.  William’s parents are listed as William and Mary Wilson and he was born in Canada. He was aged 35. Mary’s parents are listed as John & Mary Nash and her birth place was Stoddard.

The above document showed that John was buried at Sandgate, I did a search of the Sandgate Cemetery online index and I found the below photo:

His headstone was erected by the Newcastle Coaltrimmers’ Branch. From what I can gather from a few google searches, the Coaltrimers were:

“The Newcastle Coal Trimmers’ Friendly Accident Society was registered as a trade union in 1882 but went out of existence in the 1890s. The union was resuscitated and registered in 1901 as the Newcastle Coal Trimmers’ Federal Union, after coal trimmers stopped work out of respect for the death of Queen Victoria and were penalised by employers. Coal trimmers were the waterside workers who loaded coal as cargo and into bunkers on steam ships. The union became the Newcastle Coal Trimmers Branch of the Waterside Workers’ Federation in 1921”

Headstone John William and Maryann Wilson(source: Sandgate Cemetery)

This was when I went, yes! Found it as this also shows that Mary Ann was buried with her husband and she died on the 10th July 1973 at the age of 84.

Yesterday as I was writing my post on George Thomas Matthews, I was rechecking some of the birth & death certificates of his children. One of them James Matthews died in 1914. His cause of death was accidentally shot and that a verdict was held at Muswellbrook on 31/12/1914.

This morning I thought I would check Trove to see if there was any record of incident.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 30th December 1914, James was with Harry Perkins and Geoffrey James Roberts been out shooting rabbits with pea rifles when Roberts accidentally shot James.

Harry Perkins testified that they had pea rifles with them and that they were 100 yards away from the camp when Roberts had the first shot at a rabbit on the side of the river. He heard the shot and thought that Roberts had hit a rabbit but saw that Matthews had fallen down.

Roberts testified that they had been out shooting several times before and were the best of friends. Roberts at the time of the shooting know whether it was his gun or Perkin’s gun that shot James. Perkins had said that it couldn’t have been his, as there was no cartridge in the gun. It was not until later that Roberts examined his rifle and found an empty shot in the rifle and that he had no doubt he had accidently shot James.

James’s wife Ellen Ethel Matthews gave evidence at the inquest and said that Roberts and her husband were on the best of terms; they never had a quarrel and that her husband was 31. Roberts and my husband went rabbit shooting a few times before.

Alfred Powell gave evidence and said that he knew the deceased and that he had been talking to the deceased between four and five pm and described that he was in a wounded condition with a small hole in his back. He had asked Jim (James), How did this happen. Jim replied with ‘little George (meaning Roberts) was holding his rifle and it went off and shot me. He said that Roberts gun had gone off accidently. After this, James’ thoughts were only on his wife and family.

James died in the early hours the following morning; he left behind a wife and three young children, James 4, Herbert 2 and Huldah 6 months. James is buried at the Church of England Cemetery Muswellbrook.

The Coroner’s verdict was as follows:

I find that the said James Matthews at Muswellbrook, in the Hospital, in the Police Diotrict of Muswellbrook, in the State of New South Wales died from the effects of a pea rifle bullet wound in the back accidentally inflicted on him on the 30thDecember 1914, at the two mile camp, near Muswellbrook, in the said State, while rabbit snooting, by one Geoffrey James Roberts.

You can read the full story and details of the corners report here The Muswellbrook Chronicle 6th January 1914 and here Maitland Mercury 9th January 1914

As I was driving to my training session with my Personal Trainer this morning, I started to think about my enigma, my biggest brick wall. George Thomas Matthews.

I don’t think I will ever be able to knock this one down, but every so often I do come back to him just to see if maybe there is something I might have missed the last time I researched him.

I do not know George’s exact birth date, or who his parents were nor have I ever found his death.

The following is what I know which I have gathered from various sources, such as birth and marriage certificates, Police Gazettes and other documents.

Event Year Father’s Age Possible birth year based on age at time of event
Birth of Son George Thomas 1875 27 1848
Birth of Son James 1879 30 1849
Birth of Daughter Ellen 1881 39 1842
Birth of Son William 1887 44 1843
Birth of Daughter Maria 1894 49 1845

 

So you can see from the above, he was born between 1842 & 1849. All of the children’s birth certificates say that George’s birth place was Prospect, Parramatta or just Prospect NSW.

George married Ellen Shoulders on the 12th May 1873 at Laura Station, Bundarra. The details of George’s parents or his age are not listed on the certificate:

They had the following children:

  1. George Thomas 1875-1960
  2. Louise 1877-1920
  3. James 1979-1914
  4. Ellen 1881-1966 (my Great Grandmother)
  5. Susan Jane 1883-1916
  6. Elizabeth 1885-1924
  7. William 1887 – ??
  8. Mary Ann 1890 – ??
  9. Emily 1892- ??
  10. Maria 1894-1895

Can the names of George’s parents be taken from the names of his children? I think maybe his father was named George, Thomas, or William.  I have checked all of the births for George Matthews/Matthews located in NSW between 1840 and 1851. I have looked at them all and from what I can gather none of them match to my George. When I thought maybe one of them did, I found the corresponding death certificate or another marriage which proved otherwise.

The notable ones are:

George born 1840 to Hugh and Elizabeth at Patterson, Muswellbrook – married a Mary Jeffers and died in Tasmania.

George born 1843 to William and Jane at Campbelltown. This George died in 1863

George born 1851 to George and Jane at Maitland. This George married a Ellen Cavanagh and died in 1900.

Other information:

  • George can be found on the NSW Electoral Roll btw 1881 and 1882 (age 38-40) at Barraba, New South Wales, Australia, Police District Tamworth
  • George can be found on the NSW Electoral Roll btw 1882 and 1883 (age 39-41)   Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia George Mathews – Residence – Gunnedah -Police district of Gunnedah
  • George can be found on the 1891 NSW Census with his family living at  Laidlow Street Boggabri New South Wales.

In February 1895, a warrant was issued by the Boggabri Bench for George’s arrest.

6 Feb 1895, New South Wales Police Gazette, Page 47

 Boggabri -A warrant has been issued by the Boggabri Bench for the arrest of George Matthews, charged with unlawfully deserting his wife, Ellen Matthews, at Boggabri, since the 17th September last, leaving her without means of support. He is about 50 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, light hair, beard, and moustache, bow-legged, blue eyes, slovenly appearance, right leg has been broken and is shorter than the left leg ; a horse-driver and shearer. May probably be heard of at Woolshed Station, near Bundarra.  

This is where George just goes missing. I have checked every possible death certificate for George between 1894 and 1920 without success. So not being able to find his death or any other document to show the name of his parents, it is hard to determine where and when he was born, though unfortunately to confuse the issue for some (though not me), there are websites, including public trees on Ancestry that indicate that George Thomas Mathews’ parents were Henry Mathews & Susan or Susannah Morris. One particular tree has these parents listed and George being born in 1849 but also arriving on a ship in 1841 at the age of 5 and when you look at the shipping index the names of the parents are different. This tree also has George living in Cambridgeshire in 1841 & 1851. This is clearly incorrect. I have attempted to contact the owners of the tree but no one has responded to provide the details or sources as to how they came about this.

His wife Ellen remarried in 1921 to a Horatio Henry Baker at Bingara and died at Bingara on the 22 September 1922.

So, another couple of hours trolling through ancestry, Trove and my notes from my previous searches and still no closer to finding George.

I am in few weeks behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and hopefully I will be able to catch up next week. This week was St Patrick’s day and I thought I would write about my first two possible Irish Ancestors who arrived in New South Wales as convicts. My 3x Great Grandmother, Mary Hanratty (alias Ryan) married John Shoulders on the 21st January 1851 at Armidale. Mary’s name on the marriage was listed as Mary Jane Ryan and had been given consent to marry by R G Massie, Esqr Guardian appointed under Act 2. Vic.No.13. As she was given consent to marry,  this leads me to think she was under the age of 21 and based on her age listed on her children’s birth and her death certificate, she was likely to be born around 1836.

I have not been able to find Mary’s birth but when she died in 1909 her death certificate showed that her father was ‘Arthur Hanratty’.  Her mother’s name is not listed. Arthur Hanratty married Ellen Hanratty in 1834 in New South Wales. Robert or Arthur Hanratty per Mangles 5 to Ellen Hanratty per Edward were joined together in wedlock by me this 19th day of September 1834 at Sydney. From checking the convict indents for Robert & Ellen, they were both tried at Monaghan, Ireland on the 7th August 1827. Robert was convicted of pick pocketing and Ellen for stealing money. Robert’s surname in the Convict index’s shows it as being Hauratly. In the convict marriage index’s, it shows that Ellen’s name was Eleanor Hanratty alias Moran.

Convict Indent for Robert is as follows:

  • Robert Hauratty alias Johnston (ref fiche 669 075 398 4/4013)
  • Arrived: 2nd June 1828 (note: not listed in the 1828 census) per Mangles 5
  • Native Place: Armagh Ireland
  • Trader: Carter
  • Offence: Picking Pockets
  • Where Tried: Monaghan Ireland
  • When: 7th August 1827
  • Received a certificate of Freedom 16/8/1834

Convict indent for Elleanor Hanratty alias Moran

  • Age 24 – catholic
  • Arrived per Edward
  • Where Tried: Monaghan Ireland
  • When: 7th August 1827 (note: Tried on the same date as Robert above)
  • Offence: Stole money

Now I cannot be certain if this Robert/Arthur Hanratty alias Johnston and Elenaor Hanratty alias Moran are Mary’s Parents but I think possibly they were. I have done a search for birth for Mary in NSW between 1830-1840, under all possible surnames (Ryan, Hanratty, Johnston and Moran), but to no luck. Both Arthur and Ellen spent a considerable time getting themselves into trouble. You can read more about Arthur here & here In 1849 Helen/Ellen Moran or Hanretty married a James Dicky. She was listed as a widow (though no death for Arthur/Robert has been found). Ellen died in 1864, her age listed as being 50 and was living at Branxton NSW. The informant on the death was James Thomson, coroner. An inquest had been held on the 30/3/1864 at Branxton. Verdict: Died by Being Suffocated in the mud and shallow water accelerated by Drunkenness. Variant spellings of the surname Hanratty, that I have come across so far: Hanratty, Hauratty, Heneratty, Henratty, Hayralty, Henritty, Handratty, Handrathy, Hanrathy, Henrighty, Hanretty, Nauratty. My Next post will be more about Ellen Moran and what I can find about her movements between her marriage to Arthur in 1834 and her death in 1864.

The below is a transcript of the will of Charles Patrick Dilworth, my maternal great grandfather.

Charles was born on the 30 Jul 1861 at Newtown, New South Wales and died 2 Mar 1946 at Boggabri, New South Wales.

Dillworth Charles Patrick late of Boggabri in the Sate of New South Wales Retired Farmer

This is the last will and testament of me Charles Patrick Dillworth of Boggabri in the State of New South Wales retired farmer. I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Winifred Jerrett, wife of Bertie Thomas Jerrett, Catherine Gladys Baker, wife of Herbert Baker, and Josephine Roser, wife of George Eric Roser a sum of one hundred and twenty pounds each absolutely and beneficially. I give and bequeath to my son James William Dillworth, a sum of fifty pounds absolutely and beneficially. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Clara Margaret Giles wife of Alfred Giles absolutely and beneficially my land with house and all improvements thereon where I now reside and which comprises four acres thirty three and one half perches or thereabouts and which is the land comprised in certificate of title registered volume 4741 folio 150. I give devise and bequeath the rest residue and remainder of my estate unto my daughter Clara Margaret Giles absolutely and beneficially and in addition to any other device or bequest to her under this my will and I appoint my daughter the said Clara Margaret Giles sole executrix and trustee of this my will. I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary writings by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness, I have to this my will set my hand this twenty second day of March in the year one thousand nine hundred and forty five.

C P Dilworth

Signed by the said Charles Patrick Dilworth so and for his last will and testament in the presence of us both present at the time who at his request in his sight and presence and in the sight and presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness: H G Mitchell JP, Bank Manager Boggabri. Stan Warburton Solicitor Boggabri

11th April 1946. On this date probate of the last will of the above named deceased was granted to Clara Margaret Giles the executrix named in the said will. Testator died on the 2nd March 1946. Estate Sworn at the sum of £935:13:net

Not sure of the reason why Clara was given the bulk of the estate but I’m assuming it was because she was the oldest living child at the time of Charles death. Charles eldest two sons Charles (1890-1890) and Dennis Joseph (1891-1944) had pre deceased him.

When I was searching the immigration lists for my 2nd Great Grandmother’s arrival to New South Wales in 1853, I discovered from the shipping record that she had an Uncle Peter already living in the colony. From this I was able to establish other connections and arrivals.

The family arrived in the following order:

  1.  James Quirk arrived in New South Wales on board the Ship Victoria, on the 2nd September 1849. He was aged 25, read, farm labourer and Roman Catholic. Parents: Peter and Catherine, living St Johns Well.
  2. Margaret Quirk arrived in New South Wales on board the Ship Victoria, along with her brother, on the 2nd September 1849. She was 21, Roman Catholic, could neither read nor write. Parents Peter and Catherine
  3. Peter Quirke, his wife Mary and children arrived on the ship Neptune on the 18th February 1852
    • Peter Quirke, age 48, farm labourer, St Johns Kilkenny, Parents, James & Ellis Quirk, both dead. Roman Catholic, can read and write. A son James was living in Surry Hills and a daughter Margaret working (unable to read). Paid 13pds for self and family
    • Mary Quirke, age 38, dairy woman, St Johns Kilkenny, Parents Thomas & Mary Connelly both dead, Roman Catholic, neither read nor write. A 1st cousin Pat Heffernan (?) residing somewhere in Sydney
    • Michael, age 20, Ploughman, St Johns Well *shipping record says ‘father and mother on board’. It’s noted though that Michael’s mother was Catherine, Peter’s first wife. Catherine died around 1831-1832.
    • Thomas, age 18, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • John, age 15, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • Nicholas, age 13, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • Peter, age 10, St Johns Well
    • Mary, age 3 ½ , St Johns Well
  4. Patrick Quirke arrived in New South Wales on board the David McIver on the 23rd December 1854, aged 19, Kilkenny County, Kilkenny, Parents John and Catherine, father dead, mother living Kilkenny, Roman Catholic, neither read or write. An Uncle Peter Quirk, farm labourer, living Pitt Street
  5. Mary Quirke arrived in New South Wales on board the Athenian, 15th December 1853.She was aged 21, could Read, roman catholic, here parents were listed as John and Catherine, father dead, mother living and she had an Uncle Peter living in Sydney. (source: Reel 2137, [4/4791]; Reel 2464, [4/4928])
  6. Catherine Quirk (nee Slattery), with her two daughters and nephew arrived on board the ship Matoaka 22nd January 1857.
    • Catherine Quirk, age 46, housekeeper, Clomnel, County Tipperary. Parents, Patrick & Mary both dead, Roman Catholic, neither read nor write. A son and daughter, Patrick and Mary, living Sydne
    • Margaret, 17, St Johns Kilkenny, John and Catherine, father dead, mother on board        Roman Catholic, neither read nor write.
    • Catherine, 15, St Johns Kilkenny, John and Catherine, father dead, mother on board, Roman Catholic
    • James Quirk, age 5, Nephew to Catherine. St John’s Well Kilkenny, parents; Nicholas and Margaret residing in Sydney. Roman Catholic. * I have not been able to find when Nicholas & Margaret arrived in NSW but as the shipping record for James, indicates his parents were already living in Sydney prior to 1857, I suspect their arrival to be around 1852-1853, probably leaving baby James shortly after his birth.
  7.  Thomas Quirk, his wife and daughter, arrived on the Nile, in 4 May 1861 and had arrived from England, where they had been living.
    • Thomas, age 39, St Johns Kilkenny, Read and Write
    • Johanna, age 37, St Johns Kilkenny, Read and Write
    • Maryann, age 14, Liverpool, Lancaster, Read and Write

Mary Quirke was my 2nd Great Grandmother. She was baptised on the 12 Aug 1832 at Johns Well, St Johns, Kilkenny Ireland to John Quirk and Catherine Slattery.

Name: Mary Quirk      Date of Baptism/Birth:          12-Aug-1832

Address:          Johns Well       Parish/District:           ST. JOHN’S

County            Co. Kilkenny                Denomination:           Roman Catholic

Father:            John Quirk       Mother:          Catherine Slattery

Informant 1:   William Quirk  Informant 2:   Mary Quirk

Mary arrived in New South Wales on board the Athenian 15th December 1853 (source: Reel 2137, [4/4791]; Reel 2464, [4/4928]). She was aged 21, could Read, roman catholic, here parents were listed as John and Catherine, father dead, mother living and she had an Uncle Peter living in Sydney

On the 10th March 1857, Mary married Joseph Dilworth, a widower who had 6 young children. His first wife Elizabeth had died in December 1856.

Mary and Joseph had 6 children of their own:

  • William (1857-1877)
  • Lizzie (1859-1937): married Walter Rodd
  • Charles Patrick (1861-1946): married Margaret McCormack * my great grandparents
  • John James (1865-1929): married Maria Donnelly
  • Ruth Catherine (1866-1939): married John Rice Smith. On their marriage certificate, her name is listed as Catherine Margaret. Her Birth is registered as Ruth Catherine.
  • Maryann Margaret (1868-1939): married Francis McGuire. On her death certificate her name is listed as Margaret Catherine. Her birth certificate though shows her name as Maryann Margaret. Her marriage certificate says her name was Margaret and she was given consent to marry by her mother.

It appears that by about 1870, Mary had begun a new relationship with Michael Melvyton (1844-1925). Mary and Michael had 3 children:

  • Charlotte (1872-1950): married John McGinnity
  • Maryann (1873-1925): married James Bennett
  • Michael (1875-?): married Ada Sophia Curtin

Mary and Michael did not marry until 29th December 1887 at Gunnedah. On the marriage, Mary used her maiden name of Quirk.

Mary died on the 10th November 1911 at Boggabri. She is buried with Mary Catherine Dilworth who died 23rd October 1919. Her parents were Michael & Winifred. I have not been able to establish what the relationship is between the two.

John Baldwin is my 3x Great Grandfather. John was born 27th March 1805 and baptised 21 April 1805 (source: Suffolk Baptisms East Sudbury Deanery 1754-1812)

John’s parents were Samuel Baldwin and Mary Warren.

In 1825, John at the age of 18, enlisted in the 40th Foot Regiment at Colchester on the 15th November 1825 and spent 20 years and 284 days in service, during which period, he spent:

  • 11 years and 11 months in the East Indies
  • 1 year and 11 months in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land.

Unfortunately John’s military records do not show when he was in NSW and VDL, so it is hard to establish a true timeline, but my guess is probably during the late 1820’s.

John married Sarah Reason on the 26 Nov 1826. They had one son John Baldwin, born Jan 1827 at Bures St Mary Suffolk but died in June 1827. He was buried on the 27th June at St Bartholomew, Groton Suffolk. As I type this, it’s the first time that I realised John Junior was born just a couple of months after they were married.

Was Sarah alone when her baby son died? Sarah was born in Groton so maybe she went back to her family whilst John was away.

I have not found any record of the birth of John and Sarah’s two daughters Susan & Mary. The family are not in the 1841 census but do appear in the 1851, 61 and 71 census. My guess John and Sarah were in India during the 1841 census.

John was discharged on the 24th August 1846 due to medical reasons. His Chelsea pensioner medical report shows ‘Chronic Rheumatism, chronic affection of the chest combined with general debility caused by service in a tropical climate’.

On his discharge also, his character is listed as ‘it appears that his general character and conduct has been very good and that he is in possession of two (2) good conduct medals”. I have today just found a reference to Good Conduct awards at the National Archives Series WO 102/10 (Long Service and Good Conduct Awards, Registers. Royal Artillery. C10065 Armed Forces (General);C10092 Army). I downloaded the document but could not find anything conclusive for John though there are a couple of John Baldwin’s listed but not sure if they refer to my John or not.

John is in the 1851 census living at Matting Lane, Lamarsh, Essex, with this wife Sarah and two daughters, Mary and Susan,

John is listed in the 1861 census living at Sudbury Road, Bures St Mary, Suffolk, with his daughter Susan (age 17).

John is listed in the 1871 census living at Assington, Suffolk with his daughter Mary and her husband James Rice.

John died of stomach cancer on the 28th June 1871

William McCormack was born around 1852 in Wollombi New South Wales to Dennis McCormick and Mary Fitzgerald.

Dennis & Mary were my 2 x great grandparents. William was the brother to my Great Grandmother Mary McCormack.  William did not marry.

William died at the age of 26 on the 20th October 1878 from burns he suffered when he fell into a fire.

Reading through the reports in the Maitland Mercury on the 15th February 1879 , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18917698, suggests that some people believed that Thomas’ had been neglected whilst in the hospital and by hospital staff and that a magistrate inquiry should occur.

Letter to the Under Secretary the department of Justice from the Coroner dated 21st October 1878.

“On the 3rd of October, William M’Cormack, was admitted as an in-door patient of the Maitland Hospital, suffering from severe burns on his left side ; he remained a patient of the hospital until the 20th October, on which dav he died, and was removed from the institution, the visiting surgeon giving a certificate as to the cause of death, was,, severe burns. No report of the death was made to the police, and no report was made to me of the death until this afternoon, and then by one of the surgeons of the Hospital, from inquiries instituted by the police, I find it was the intention to inter the body to-day at four o’clock, at Cessnock, so that no time was left for me to institute proceedings before the interment. Rumors exist that the deceased was not kept clean while in hospital, and some correspondence has taken place in the local Press, and the necessity of an investigation into the management of hospital affairs, hence the reason of my submitting the case. I do not think any good could be obtained by ex-huming the body, but if thought desirable I could institute a magisterial inquiry. Awaiting your instructions in the case”

The undersecretary replied suggesting that a Magisterial Inquiry would ‘perhaps be sufficient to satisfy the public”

Constable Dunshea of Lochinvar was called upon to gather statements from the family and witnesses.

Statement of Denis McCormack October 28 1878 (Father of William)

Denis McCormack stated, that on the 1st of October between nine and ten o’clock p.m, he heard a noise which caused him to go the fire in the paddock, facing the house, when he saw the deceased on the fire and very much burnt. He lifted him up and pulled him off and brought him home. His right side was very much burnt.

Statement of Mary Ann McCormack October 28 1878 (Mother of William)

Mary Ann M’Cormick, wife of Denis M’Cormick, states that her deceased son William M’Cormick was well treated and every care taken of him while in the Hospital before his death, and the doctor attended him regularly every day, and did all that’ could be done for him, and the matron and attendants gave him every attention and were very kind to him, and the Rev. Father McCormick visited every day up to the time of his death, and that she has no fault to find with the Hospital Authorities whatever.

Mary also visited the council chambers on the 5th November and made a further statement about the treatment of her son whilst he was in the hospital.

She had stated that William was “subject to fits, during one of which he fell into the fire and was so severely burned that he had to be removed to the Maitland Hospital.”

She also stated that “he was well and kindly treated by the Doctor, Miss Morrow, and all connected with the place and that his clergyman visited, him every day. She further stated that she remained in the Institution with her son nearly all the time he was there, and during her absence her daughter was allowed to remain with him’.

On the 8th November 1878, the undersecretary advised that the papers showed no ground had existed in respect of the treatment of William. Therefore no inquiry was to be held.

William is buried at Branxton Cemetry

 John Robin Harris – Wine Merchant & Gentleman of Arms

General Information:

John Robin Harris was born 18 Sep 1818 St Peter’s Port Guernsey, Channel Islands. John was the brother of my 3x Great Grandfather – Pierre George Harris (also Known as Peter). Their parents were Pierre Honney Harris and Anne Tostevin

John married Susan Mary Kaines of St Peter Port in 1839. John and Susan sailed to Adelaide in 1839 on the John. He was a wine merchant but also a soldier in the Royal Guernsey Militia Artillery and the Kent Rifle Volunteers. He sold his Vintners business to his brother-in-law, John Henry Kaines, in 1855 and returned to England. He was appointed as one of the honorable Company of Gentlemen-at-Arms, a bodyguard to Queen Victoria. He died in Blackheath, Kent in 1870.

Other notable information as found on Trove:

From the South Australian Register

1852: John Robin Harris was charged on the information of the Inspector of Nuisances with suffering a goat to be at large in Currie Street, on the 30th June.

Wednesday 16 November 1853: John Robin was fined £1 for causing obstructing the footpath in King William Street by placing goods there.

In 1854, John along with his brother were granted Shopkeeper licenses.

  • Peter George Harris, wine merchant, Leigh street. .
  • John Robin Harris, wine merchant, King Wil liam-street.

Thursday, August 19, 1858.

South Australian Colonists: The following is from London Gazette of June 15. The gentleman referred to is Mr J R Harris, late wine merchant of this city “St James Palace June 11, The Queen has been pleased on the nomination of the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot, to appoint John Robin Harris Esq, late First Lieutenant Royal Guernsey Militia Artillery to be one of Her Majesty’s Hon Corps Gentlemen of Arms, Vice Phillip Solomons Esq Resigned

From Wikipedia – a Gentleman of Arms is described as being: “Her Majesty’s Bodyguard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms is a bodyguard to the British Monarch. Until 17 March 1834 they were known as The Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners”.

In the 1861 Census, John Robin & his wife Susan are living at Kidbroke Kent with two daughters (Alice & Lela). They also had a two maids and a cook

John died on the 19th September 1870 at Kent England. His will was dated 17/10/1870 and he had effects of under £4000, which was left to his wife Susan Mary Harris of 3 Upper Street, Germans Terrace.