Ann Eather 1829-1918
Ann EATHER, the fourth child and second daughter of Thomas EATHER 1800-1886 and Sarah, nee McALPIN, was born at Bulga on 18 August 1829. She was still a very small girl when her parents moved back to Richmond and it was there that she grew up. She probably had some formal schooling at the little school in Francis Street, and when a teenager used to attend Church services on Sundays in the new St Peter's Church.
On 14 September 1847 at the age of 18 years Ann EATHER married Edwin YOUNG at Richmond. The young couple took up residence in a house in Windsor Street, Richmond owned by the bride's father. It was next door to the "Union Inn" where her parents lived and conducted business as the proprietors of the inn. Edwin had been born at Richmond in 1829. His father James YOUNG from Hampshire, England had arrived in New South Wales as the chief armourer on a warship. Following his discharge he settled in Richmond.
During the next 22 years following their marriage Ann and Edwin had a family of nine children.
In 1856 Edwin YOUNG became the publican at the "Union Inn" next door to his residence, when his father-decided to retire from running the hotel. After four years as an innkeeper Edwin retired from the "Union Inn" in 1860 and Thomas EATHER took it over again. After another six years, Thomas EATHER retired from the running of the hotel again in 1866, and Edwin YOUNG assumed the role of innkeeper once more. This situation lasted for the next five years, and then in 1871, Edwin gave up the management of the "Union Inn" once more and on this occasion his wife's cousin, Elizabeth GRIFFITHS, became the new publican at the hotel. Under her management the name of the hotel was changed to that of the "Woolpack Inn', which had been the name of the hotel at North Richmond which Elizabeth had managed previously.
The saga of this hotel in Windsor Street, Richmond was not yet over. Elizabeth GRIFFITHS managed it three years. Then she died suddenly on 28 August 1874 and Thomas EATHER, who owned the hotel, returned to inn keeping once more, and on this occasion changed the name of the hotel to the "Post Office" Hotel. It was quite an appropriate name as the Richmond Post Office was directly across the street. He stayed there as the publican for approximately one year, and then, soon after he turned 75, he sold the hotel to Edwin YOUNG. What occupation Edwin YOUNG had been involved in during those years between his periods as publican is uncertain. Upon his taking possession of the hotel, his parents-in-law moved out and took up residence in a house in Francis Street. Ann and Edwin probably vacated the cottage next door and moved into the hotel. Thomas EATHER still retained ownership of the cottage.
Edwin YOUNG was still an innkeeper in 1881. In that year his father-in-law, Thomas EATHER, made his last will and one of the bequests in it was of the cottage in Windsor Street next door to the hotel. He bequeathed it to Sarah his wife and after her decease it was to go to "Ann YOUNG wife of Edwin YOUNG of Richmond aforesaid innkeeper."
Edwin YOUNG was one of the two executors of his father-in-law's will. Following the death of Thomas EATHER, probate of the will was granted to him and his brother-in-law Charles EATHER on 17 February 1887. Sarah EATHER had predeceased her husband, so amongst the bequests the cottage where Ann and Edwin had resided in earlier years, went directly to Ann.
Over the years from 1867 Ann and Edwin saw seven of their nine children married and their grandchildren increase in number. Only William Henry and Laura May did not marry. Second son, Joseph became a minister of religion.
Edwin died before Ann, in 1880 at his residence at 111 Harrington St. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Ann lived to the age of 88 years, but suffered a great deal of ill health from the age of 82 years.
Ann Young, nee EATHER died on 11 July 1918 at the home of her son William Henry at 24 Marshall Street in the Sydney suburb of Petersham. The cause of death was senile decay.
All of her nine children were still alive and their ages ranged between 70 and 49.
Her funeral was held on 12 July, her body interred in the Church of England section of the Rookwood Cemetery. The service was conducted by her son, the Reverend Joseph YOUNG.
The information for her death certificate was provided by her son, W H Young of 24 Marshall Street, Petersham.
Her death certificate confirms that she had been born at Bulga, NSW.
The children of Ann and Edwin YOUNG were:-
Elizabeth Young 1847 – 1933 m. William Robert PRICE 1841-1889
Albert Thomas Young 1849 – 1930 m. Sarah Elizabeth BUTLER 1854-1939
Rev. Joseph Young 1852 – 1945 m. Marianne CRISFORD 1852-1936
Emma Jane Young 1855 – 1939 m. John Wesley BOWERS 1843-1897
Edwin James Young 1858 – 1932 m. Blanche LEWIS 1858-1938
Jessie Sarah Young 1861 – 1941 m. William PEARSE
William Henry Young 1863 – 1953
Roland Charles Eather Young 1866 – 1939 m 1.Flora Grace JOHNSON 1872-1906 2. Jessie GIBSON
Laura May Young 1869 – 1954
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