rosashley has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2011. is researching the following names: TONKIN, NOONAN, REIDY and 3 other(s).
William DISHER died July 11 1902 at Stawell. He arrived in South Australia during the 1830s. He married Agnes Horsburgh in 1842 and during the 1870s they moved to Kewell West, north of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murtoa,_VictoriaMurtoa[/url], Victoria
William and Agnes had 12 children and by the time of his death the couple had 72 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Incidentally, Williams mother had 220 direct descendants at the time of her death at 92, including 120 great-grandchildren.
Williams sister was Lady Eliza Milne, the wife of Sir William Milne a South Australian politician.
Sir William Milne (1822-1895)
Thanks for info. Are you a descendant or a helpful co-researcher.
That James and Agnes were siblings has been verified by others, although I have not checked primary sources myself. See http://boards.ancestry.com.au/surnames.horsburgh/52.2/mb.ashx for some further information.
I have correspondence with Jess Horburgh (wife of Harold, a great-grandson of James) dating from the 1980s in which she mentions this line of enquiry. A granddaughter of Agnes Disher nee Horsburgh recalled second-cousins, Clara and Beatrice Horsburgh, who were grandchildren of James and Margaret, which to Jess was the final piece of the puzzle. Jess had in her possession at least one letter (and probably more) from William Horsburgh to his brother James, urging him to get in touch with Agnes. I was given a copy but cannot find it now! :-( Jess also added that George Horsburgh, son of James, died on the Darlington Point property of Norman Allan and Robert Disher, so James probably did eventually make contact.
Of course, the first thing which made Jess suspect a connection, was the adherence to Scottish naming conventions both in the naming of Agnes (the secondborn daughter named after her paternal grandmother: Agnes Nisbet), and in the naming of William and Agnes Disher's children.
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