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Edward Stephens/Catherine Burdett

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Just a little more information on Edward Stephens and Catherine Burdett. Edward has been very difficult to track down because of the common name. He was born in Wales around 1800 and married at Campbellfield Vic. on 22.10.1838. He died at Nhill on 7.3.1889 aged 89 (ref. 4013) I have his death certificate and on it his parents are listed as unknown. Hence the brick wall. Previous contributors have listed their children but they've missed 2. They had an illegitimate child born at sea on 9.8.1838. Posssibly on the ship 'Endora' but I can't confirm this. His name was George and he died on the 23.5.1917 and is buried at Stawell. The other son was James born about 1853. I have not been able to find a record of his birth, but he died at Stawell on 1.5.1929 and is buried there. I am his great grandson

Edward seemed a very popular name. He had a son Edward who was once the oldest man in Victoria and died at 100 years of age. He also had a son Edward who died at Nhill in 1893. More Edwards appeared after this which makes tracing the family history a nightmare.

There is some oral history in the family that the original Edward was a member of John Pascoe Fawkners party at the founding of Melbourne in 1835. But this can't be right simply because he had a son born at sea on 9.8.1838 on the voyage out and he married on the 22.10.1838 so they arrived between those dates but I haven't been able to find out when. Not to say of course that he didn't know Fawkner after arrival,
Catherine (also known as Caroline) was born in London about 1813. She died at Stawell on 3.7.1883 and is buried there.

I would love to hear from any other descendants. Russell Stephens rstephens3@bigpond.com

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by stephens on 2013-12-04 23:11:58

Hi all I've got some information to attach to the above message. I've come into some information from another family members research and it's very good and makes more sense and puts a lot of things in perspective. They've done well. It now seems that Edward may have arrived in Tasmania in 1835 and worked for Fawkner as a bricklayer. Somewhere along the line he met Caroline Burdett and they were married in Melbourne as stated on 22.10.1838. Edward continued his trade as a bricklayer. Now as for George still can't find out much. I have his date of birth as 9.8.1838. But I reckon I'm wrong. I've previously stated that they arrived on a ship callled the Endora. However in my research I've come across a ship called the Eudora which sailed from Hobart arriving at Williamstown on 9.8.1838 Coincidence, I don't thing so. I think the original info was twisted around and mixed up and this makes more sense. Unfortunately I can't find a passenger list for the Eudora. I still think that George was born in 1838. He is buried with Caroline in Stawell and his headstone says he died in 1917 aged 79. So do the math.
After working in Melbourne Edward and Caroline shifted to Port Fairy and tried their hand at farming but were wiped out in a disastrous fire. He came to Mount Ararat in 1850 and worked in a saw mill. And was again wiped out in the Black Thursday fires 0n 6.2.1851. After this he came back to Melbourne in 1852 and again worked for Fawkner on a property called Pascoeville. This was in the area that later became Pascoe Vale or Moonee ponds. This fits because my greatgrandfather James was born in Moonee Ponds in 1853. They later moved to Ararat and worked in the Ararat/Stawell area.
As for Catherine or Caroline Burdett the researcher believes that when the Marriage certificate was being typed at the Registrar Generals office they misread the handwritten church record. Makes perfect sense. She died as Caroline, her headstone says Caroline and any other birth/death records list her as Caroline. If any one would like a copy of the research I have been lucky enough to get please contact me and I'll send you a copy.

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