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Category: BEATON, William b.1820
My great great great grandparents William BEATON and Mary THOMSON along with William's sister Isabella BEATON , set off from Scotland to Australia in 1841 on the barque India finishing their journey on the barque Grindlay; the following is a condensed story of the trip taken from a newspaper article in 1841.
INDIA - Lost at Sea 1841
The barque INDIA sailed from Greenock Scotland on June 4th 1841 carrying 193 bounty immigrants and crew bound for the Australian colony of Port Phillip. On the 19th July, six weeks into the voyage and being some 200 miles from land and 1200 miles from Rio de Janeiro, the ship caught fire and sank. 17 Souls perished in the disaster with the remainder being rescued by the crew of the ROLAND - a French whaling vessel that saw the smoke in the distance and knew right away it was a ship in danger so they headed for it.
The survivors were conveyed to the nearest port Rio de Janeiro where they waited for the British Government to send another ship, the GRINDLAY to transport them to Port Phillip where they arrived on October 22, some four and a half months after leaving Scotland. Newspaper reports of the day provided a graphic description of the tragedy and the miraculous rescue of almost all those on board the INDIA.
Recently I went to a family reunion in Victoria and met quite a few of the descendants of William & Mary and Isabella, there were also descendants from some of their other sibling who came out to Australia years later. One story I heard was that William was a prize fighter in Scotland and onboard the ship wore a money belt which contained all his finances. The passengers were recommended to discard their money belts by the captain of the ship as they would act like anchors and weigh them down and they would drown (imagine how much money it would take to weigh you down....)
As seemed to be the usual case, there were not enough lifeboats so the men had to swim it. One gentleman refused to take off his money belt and struggled to stay afloat, my ancestor William helped him to the side of a lifeboat, the gentleman being ever so thankful, rewarded William with money and employment when they arrived in Victoria.
If anyone could visit the Euroa Cemetery for me would be great. I am looking for Robert Beaton b. 1854 Euroa, Victoria, Australia
d. 21 Oct 1882 in Benalla, Victoria buried at the Euroa cemetery, somewhere in my pile of papers I have a plot number, I can find it if needed.
I am trying to find information on High Middlemiss 1814 (or Middlemas) who was married to Jane Fleming 1816. They immigrated to Australia in 1839 on the ship Davis Clarke from Perth Scotland.
His parents were John Middlemiss and Jean Cameron.
Jane (who I am particulary interested in) parents were Alexander Fleming and Margaret Stuart.
My ancestor Mary Beaton b.1821 in Scotland whose father Robert Thomson (occupation - Accoutrement Maker of 17 Dacre Street Westminster, (on Mary's 1841 marriage record Mary was formerly from same address as her father- Robert was a Saddler on Mary's death record).
The mother on Mary's death record was Ellen Fleming, (Ellen may have been her pet name as I cannot find any records of Robert & Ellen marrying) I cannot find any information on these two. Mary's shipping records and death record states she was born in Edinburgh.
Its a long shot but I am trying to find whether Ellen Fleming and Jane Fleming are related in any way as Jane and my ancestor Mary were close friends in Australia. My great great great grandparents William Beaton b.1820 and Mary (Thomson) named one of their sons Hugh Middlemiss Beaton b.1858
I have searched and searched and run out of resources. Anyone who can help with information would be appreciated.
My 3 x great grandmother Mary Beaton (nee Thomson. was born in Edinburgh in 1821 (according to her shipping and death records). Her father was Robert Thomson and on Mary's marriage record to William Beaton in 1841 it states Robert was a Accoutrement Maker - ( maker of Military Clothing and Accessories) from 17 Dacre Street Westminster. On Mary's death record it states he was a saddler and that her mother was Ellen Fleming, after many years of searching I ended up putting in her first name only with her fathers name and with the process of elimination I found her record, it turned out her mother's name was different to that on Mary's death certificate. birth record has her mother as Jane Allen
That is all the information I have on them and would like to find out more.
I did find out that there was Bryan & Price & Co accoutrement makers of 8-9 Dacre Street Westminster, London.
I found a Robert Thomson married to Anne who was a saddler on a census but I cannot access my data at present to find what location it was in the UK.
John, Robert, Mary and Elizabeth
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