Joseph Henry Eather 1876-1930
William Tobias EATHER 1852-1922 and Charlotte Elizabeth, nee STRATFORD 1854-1932 had eight sons, one of whom, Joseph Henry EATHER, born Henry Joseph on the 1 December 1876 at Richmond in New South Wales.
In their family bible a note, testifying to the breaking-up of families in the jobless nineties, records that on the 7 February 1897 Joseph EATHER left Richmond with his uncles, (Leslie STRATFORD 1862-1904 and Joseph STRATFORD 1868-1943), bound for Coolgardie Western Australia, two thousand miles away.
Joseph's fortunes in Western Australia were ill-starred. He never married and he met a mysterious death by drowning in the Avon River. His body was recovered from the river at Dale's Bridge, Beverley, on the 12 June 1930 and it was noted that his hands were tied behind his back. The Acting Coroner at the time, Mr.D.H. FORBES began an inquest the next day, which was adjourned sine die.
I have never been able to find whether or not this inquest was resumed or the outcome.
* The William Tobias EATHER Family bible was in the possession of Mrs. Eric Rogers of Ashfield NSW, many years ago, I do not know it's present whereabouts.
William Tobias EATHER and Charlotte Elizabeth STRATFORD were married in 1874 at Richmond NSW
The children of William Tobias EATHER -son of Robert Vincent EATHER 1824-1879 and Ann, nee CORNWELL 1831-1889 and his wife Charlotte Elizabeth, nee STRATFORD the daughter of Joseph STRATFORD 1826-1885 and Rachel ROBERTS 1827-1882. were:-
William Frederick Charles EATHER 1875 ? 1917
**Joseph Henry EATHER 1876 ? 1930
Albert Edward EATHER 1878 ? 1881
John Roland EATHER 1880 ? 1918
Elsie Rachel EATHER 1883 ? 1954
Ruby Elvina EATHER 1885 ? 1948
Cassma Carrington EATHER 1888 ? 1960
Robert Carrington EATHER 1889 ? 1941
Hilton Claude EATHER 1892 ? 1959
Reginald Gordon EATHER 1894 ? 1894
This is the Robert EATHER 1795-1881 Mary LYNCH 1802-1853 line
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