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John Thomas Eather 1891-1920

John Thomas, the youngest child of John William EATHER 1845-191 and Harriet nee CLARK 1849-1928, was born on 3 October 1891.

At the age of 25 and still unmarried he enlisted in the Australian Army on 17 October 1916, approximately a year after his brother Ivo mack had enlisted. He was posted to the same Battalion as his brother, the 35th, and went overseas amongst reinforcements. He saw Ivo in England while he was convalescing after having been wounded at Villers-Bretonneux. Back in Australia in 1919 after having been discharged from the Army, he returned to life on the land.

On Sunday the 13th June 1920 John was in the paddock at Bulga threshing lucerne seed, when the drive belt on the machine snapped.

John put his arm in the air to ward off the whip of the belt and fell into the thresher. His cries brought nearby workers to a most horrific scene, but nothing could be done to save John.

John Tilley 1880 - 1960

Teacher John Edwin Tilley, The son of Robert George TILLEY and Catherine QUAYLE was born in Amphitheatre, Victoria in 1880.
John married Bertha Ann OSWELL in 1910.

John Tilley taught in many schools throughout country Victoria, in Australia, including Thalia, Babatchio, Pranjip, Ouyen, Beaufort and finally spending 25 years teaching at Newtown, Geelong.

When I found this photograph with just some names, no dates and certainly nothing about who John Tilley was I decided to try and find out a little bit about him, for here was a teacher who must have influenced thousands of lives for a pittance in pay.
Our early teachers in their one room bush schools deserve to be remembered.

John Edwin TILLEY died in 1960 in Victoria, Australia

Below is a photograph taken in 1902 with his students at a little school in Thalia, Victoria.

Back - Martin Joseph Ryan 1894-1954, Willie Kerr 1893-1979, Arthur Allan 1894-1974, Henry Cook 1892-1959, Gordon Allan 1890-1968, Archie Kerr 1891-1980, Phillip Allan 1892-1955, Eddie Ryan 1892-1967,

Centre Row - Ethel May Durie 1896-?, Maggie Ryan 1895-1984, Amy Durie 1892-1976, Euphemia Kerr 1890-1962, Polly Cook 1895-1959, Gertrude Vaught 1896-1985, Lizzie May Kerr 1897-1939.

Front - ? Garnet, Pat Docherty.
Martin Joseph RYAN married Annie Elizabeth HOGAN 1896-1990 and had 6 children

Willie KERR married Florence May MCQUINN 1903-1986 and had 4 children

Arthur ALLAN married Elvira Hope CURRIE 1894-1977 had 5 children

Henry COOK married Alice Elizabeth Maud BERRYMAN 1882-1963

Archie Kerr married (1)Daisey FRAZER (2)Eva Elizabeth BARBER 1896-1953

Eddie Ryan married Margaret Mary OKEEFE 1898-1960 had 10 children

Ethel May DURIE married Frederick Alexander BADDOCK 1893-1940

Margaret RYAN married William Thomas DOYE 1892-1963

Amy DURIE married Clarence William SIMPSON 1893-1974

Gertrude Sylvia VAUGHT married Neil MCLEOD 1890-1985

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John Town's Diary

I will now give a brief sketch of
a most remarkable man, Mr. John
Town. Those who were not ac-
quainted with him may not think
so; but those who had dealings with
him will tell you even now that he
was one of the straightest men of
his time. His word was his bond,
in the most trifling transaction. I
knew him well myself, and had
many dealings with him, and can
bear testimony to his honesty of
purpose. But there were many
things in connection with his life
and character which I have learned
from others, and also from his diary
(kindly lent me), which I will re-
late, that I think will be highly in-
teresting, especially as they refer to
very old dates.
I may state that it was not often
you could catch him in a communi-
cative mood, therefore you could not
expect to hear him speak much of
himself. But there were occasions
when he would repeat some of his
experiences of the early days. Some
of the most interesting he has
written in his diary, which I will
quote as I proceed.
He was born in Parramatta. His
mother died there, and is buried in
the Episcopal burying-ground. After
his mother's death he came with his
father to Richmond, when he was
quite young. We have no further
record of him until he married, on
the 17th June, 1830.
He was among the earliest settlers on the
Goulburn river. Here he was once stuck up
by Bushrangers, tied to a tree, and robbed
They committed other atrocities for which they were hanged.
He came back to Richmond, and opened the
Woolpack hotel at North Richmond (now
the Travellers' Rest) which was
built for him. This is one of the oldest
hotels in the colony, and has a history.
It was here Mr, North, the Police,
Magistrate, used to hold his court,
and where many prisoners were sen-
tenced to the lash. It was also the
local post office for many years. I
remember it in the forties, when the
Thompsons, of Pitt Town, had the
contract for carrying the mails from
Windsor to Richmond, six times a
week, and from Richmond to North
Richmond, three times a week. It
was then the terminus for mails in
Mr. Town kept the hotel for over
20 years, when he retired from busi-
ness. But during that time he had
many trips over the mountains. His
principal delight seemed to be roam-
ing through the bush. I have already
stated he was among the first to
cross Bell's Line, with others, on a
slide, with four bullocks. A slide,
remember!-not a dray. But I
think I have explained that before.
He was a great friend of old Ben.
Singleton's : and if he did hot go
over the Bulga with Ben, and Mr.
Howe, of Windsor, who were the
first white men to cross the Bulga,
he was not long after them.
I do not suppose I will be contra-
dicted if I say that old Ben. Single-
ton was the first to build a mill on,the
banks of the Hunter river, at Single-
ton, and that town was named after
him. He was well known on the
Hawkesbury before he went to the
Hunter, and had to do with several
mills here. I have a recollection of
hearing it said he built those two
mills on Wheeny Greek, and another
on the Hawkesbury somewhere
below Wilberforce.
I have often seen the two mills at
Wheeny Creek. The upper one was
what is termed an overshot (I have
seen it at work), and the lower one
an undershot. They were both
owned by the Town family. I think
they are now down.
While speaking of Ben. Singleton,
I may mention that the oldest-dated
memo in Mr. Town's diary is in re-
ference to Mr. Singleton. It is as
follows -
"Yarraman Bar Creek, at Liver-
pool Plains, was first formed into a
station by Mr. Benjamin Singleton,
in the year 1826."
Mr. Town seems to have taken
great interest in explorers. Here is
another memo :
"(Capt. Charles Sturt explored the
Darling river, the Murrumbidgee,
and the Murray to its junction with
the Darling, in the year 1829. Died
16th June, 1869."
While speaking of Capt. Sturt, I
may mention that he tells us that
Mr. Cealey, a resident of Parramatta,
is said to be the first who attempted
to scale the Blue Mountains; but he
did not long persevere in struggling
with difficulties too great for or-
dinary resolution to overcome. It
appears that he retraced his steps,
after having penetrated sixteen miles
into their dark and precipitous re-
cesses, and a heap of stones, which
the traveller passes about that dis-
tance from Emu Ford, on the road
to Bathurst, marks the extreme
point reached by the expedition to
the westward of the Nepean river.
Another memo from Mr. Town's
diary states :
"Captain Howell died 9th Nov.,
1875, in the 90th year of his age.
He was one of the explorers with
Mr. Hamilton Hume."
And yet another, which shows he
still took an interest in the Singleton
"Mary Singleton died the 12th
August, 1877, aged 84 years. Buried
at Singleton."
Mr. Town makes no mention, of
his own exploits in the way of ex
ploration. I have already mentioned
a few. He was also one of the first
on the Namoi and at Moree, where
he formed stations, and was among
the first gold diggers on the Turon
But I think his greatest exploit
was when he started alone from his
home on the Goulburn river, with
nothing to guide him except a small
pocket compass, and took a bee line
to the Bulga, over mountains where
no white man had ever been before
or since. He arrived safely at the
Bulga at a place called the Cap and
Bonnet. But when there he began
to doubt his compass, and was about
to retrace his steps when his brother
in-law, Billy McAlpin, met him, and
they came along together. This
journey must have taken weeks to
A few other extracts from Mr.
Town's Diary may be interesting
since it refers to the death of many
old residents, who in their time took
a part in the the early history of the
They are as follows:26 May,
1852, old Mrs. Mary Town died,
aged 80 years (Mr. Town's step-
St. Philip's Church, North Rich-
mond, was consecrated 12th Nov.,
1861.The title was presented by
Mr. Town ; he also subscribed
liberally towards its erection.
Mrs. Ann Sharp died 7th April,
1865, aged 72 years. Mrs. Sharp
was Mr. Town's mother-in-law.
Robert Fitzgerald died, April 7th,
same year.
26th May. Judge Milford died.
1866, Feb. Mrs. Hail died.
Feb. 2. Mr. Thomas Tibbut died.
1867. The Rev. H. Stiles died,
23rd June. The same day that the
great flood was at its highest.

1868. Prince Alfred shot, 12th
March. .
29th March. The Rev. Thomas
Hassell died, aged 73. Mrs. Stiles
21st April. O'Farrell executed
for shooting Prince Alfred. The
prince restored to health ; thank
God, and all's well.
5th May. William Town died ;
Mr. Town's brother.
Lord Brougham died, 7th May.
Born 19th September, 1779.
18th May. Mr. Edward Cox, of
Mulgoa, died.
21st July. Dr. Bland died, aged
78 years.
20th. August. George Cox died,
aged 75 years.
Red Bank Creek bridge finished,
31st July.
28th November. The sun heat
was 100 degrees.
29th. 107 in the shade.
30th Nov. St. Andrew's Cathedral
24th Dec. The heat was 115
deg. Fah. in the shade at 12.30 p.m.
25th. 107F
The Donally nugget found in
Melbourne, weighing 200lb. nett
pure gold.
1869, 10th March. Prince Al-
fred's second visit to Sydney.
3rd April. William Sharp's barn
was burned down. This was the
second barn Mr. Sharp lost by fire.
10th May. John Hubert Plunket
4th June. George Forbes (bro-
ther to Sir Francis) died, aged 82
27th September. William Kirk
died, aged 87 years. An old friend
of the Town family.
1869, 27th August. The heat was
105 deg. Fah.
1870, 11th January, the ther-
mometer registered 110 ; 12th Jan .
110 ; 13th Jan, 112 ; 14th Jan., 113
at 11 a.m. ; 18th February, 100 ; 19th
Feb , 108 ; 22nd Feb., 100.
12th June. First white frost,
38th August. Thomas Simpson
Hall died, aged 62 years.
17th. August. James Cuneen died
aged 62 years. A native of Wind
sor. Mr. Cuneen was a member
the Legislative Assembly, and for a
time was Postmaster-General.
18th November. William Lee
senr., of Bathurst, died, aged 76
16th Nov. Prince Alfred left
Port Jackson, after his third visit to
John Tebbutt died, 20th December,
1871, 10th January. Charles
Thompson, of Clydesdale died, aged
87 years.
8th April. George' Filks died
aged 80 years. Upwards of 20 years
chief constable of Sydney.
23rd April. William Hall died,
aged 74 years.

1872, 4th January. William
Perry, tailor, of Windsor, died, aged
70 years.
15th Jan. John King (the sur-
vivor of Burke and Wills exploring
expedition) died.
18th Jan. Nicholls and Lester
hanged for the murder of Walker
and Bridges on the Parramatta river
William Charles Wentworth died
in, England, 20th March, 1872, aged
80 years.
28th July. Mary Ann Piper
wife of Capt. Piper, died, aged 81
4th June. Sir Hercules Robinson
sworn in as Governor of N.S.W.
15th Oct. Sir Hercules Robinson
crossed the Richmond bridge, on his
way to Douglass Hill.

Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte
died in England, 9th Jan. 1873. He
was nearly 65 years old.
His son was born 16th March,
10th Feb., 1873. John Richard
Rouse died, aged 73.
Mr. John Benson was killed from
a fall from his horse on 3rd March
1873, aged 29 years.

19th April, 1873. Hamilton Hume
the explorer died, aged 76 years.
22nd June. Sir T. A. Murray
died. He was President of the
Legislative Council.
5th Sept. Laban White died, in
his 80th year. '
15th Sept. Alexander Berry died
at North Shore, Aged 91 years.
14th Sept. Mr. Heath, the tailor,
13th December. Mr. John Win-
ters' two sons were drowned, while
bathing near the Richmond bridge.

1874, 20th January. Mr. John
Hoskinson died at ll p m., aged 79
10th Sept. John Merrick died
aged 82 years.
11th Dec. William Bowman
died, aged 75 years.
23rd Dec. Great fire in Windsor,
About 40 houses burned down on
the south end side of George-street.

1875, 22nd March., Mrs. Elizabeth Armfield died, aged 84 years
and three months. A native of the
Hawkesbury, and first-born child
thereon' of European parents.
10th May. Old Mick the Russian
died, said to be 112 years old.

1875. Sir Charles Cowper died
in England, aged 69 years.
13th Sept. Thomas Kite, of Bathurst, died, aged 87 years.
William Long (Judge Martin's
father-in-law) died, aged 80 years.

1877, 28th Feb. Luke Stanford
died, aged 80 years.
16th March. Archbishop Polding
died, aged 83. He was 42 years in
28th August. William Price died,
aged 85 years.
6th Feb. Pope Pius the IX died,
aged 86 years

1878, 1st May. Mrs. Mary Chisholm died, aged 81.
8th Aug. Rev. J. Dunmore Lang
died, aged 79 years.

1878, 20th Aug. William John-
ston, of Pitt Town, died, aged 83,
Sir E. Deas Thomson died, aged 80

1879,18th July. Mrs. Ann Dempsey died at Emu Plains, aged 100
years. She formerly lived on
Rouse's farm over the river (now
Walter Sly's).
5th Nov. Mrs Sarah Johns died,
aged 82 years. Mrs. Mary Hughes
died, aged 89 years.

1lst May, 1880. Mrs. Mary Hough
died, aged 87 years .
27th June. Richard Skuthorp
died, aged 90 years, only wanting
one month.

4th February, 1881. Mr. John
Cobcroft died, aged 84 years.
Mrs. Ann Hausell (formerly
Copper) died, aged 88 years.
Mr. John Henry Challis, an old
resident of Sydney, died in England
on 28th February, 1880, leaving
£100,000 to the Sydney University.
1st March, 1879. Captain Cook's
daughter died last week, aged 104,
so the paper says.
Reminiscences of
[By "Coornmill."]
Nos. in part 47,48, 49
Hawkesbury Herald
Friday 19 February 1904
Page 16
Friday 26 February 1904
Page 16
Friday 4 March 1904
page 16.
transcription janilye 2012

John TREMILLS 1778-1862

This is just one TREMILLS family decending from Nathaniel TREMILLS 1709-1785 living on the lands of Widecombe In The Moor, Devon, England.

John TREMILLS, the son of Richard TREMILLS 1745-1782 and Jane KIVIL 1753-1805 was born at Widecombe In The Moor, Devon in 1778 and died there in 1862. To date I have only found one sister to John TREMILLS being Phillipa 1773-1814.
John TREMILLS married Elizabeth HAMLYN 1783-1846 on the 25 September 1803 at Widecombe In The Moor, Devon.

The children of this marriage all born at Widecombe In The Moor were:-
Mary Tremills 1804
Nicholas Tremills 1805
John Tremills 1807
Elizabeth Tremills b:1811 and died 18 August 1904 Melbourne, Victoria. Married Robert Roger NANKiVELL 1811-1904
Ann Tremills 1813
Susan Tremills 1815
Martha Tremills 1818
Avis Tremills 1820 1844
William Tremills 1823 1850
Richard Tremills 1826 1871

Information Regarding North Hall.

1800 - North Hall and North Hall Mills, part of Wootons Lands leased from Lord Ashburton 1800-1833

1803 - Richard Barre Dunning, let to John and Elizabeth Tremills, the North Hall Mills, Field and Garden.
1817 - Richard Barre Dunning let to John Tremills, the North Hall Mills and Garden.

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John W Taylor from Nantucket to Port Fairy in Victoria

I've just begun research on John Taylor and would appreciate some help from anybody who may have some clue as to his ancestry.

I have been told, John was a runaway slave who made his way to Nantucket around the 1850s He took a job on one of the Whalers which made it's way to Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria, Australia. John Taylor must have made quite a bit of money at the job because he settled in Port Fairy and built a very grand hotel named 'The Star of the West' in 1856, which still stands today.
He married and his decendants continued to run the hotel and live in the Port Fairy district. From oral history I have heard that John Taylor never complained about his time on the vessel and was paid the same money as a white man and treated fairly by his captain. In Port Fairy he was very well liked and respected. That's about all I do know, and so it seems, does anybody else know.

I know about Nantucket,the whalers, the runaway slaves and Port Fairy and the Whaling industry. It's just John Taylor I'm interested in.

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John Wilkinson 1842-1922 WARNING To aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders contains images and names of deceased Aboriginal people

On the evening of Tuesday 30 October 1900, four nights after Jimmy GOVERNOR was wounded and captured John Wilkinson was riding across his property at Goorangoola Creek to his brother George's property in Glenrock, Fullbrook Creek, near Singleton where he was staying.

Whilst crossing Loder Station about five miles from George's place he noticed a fire in one of the paddocks. He knew that the notorious Governor's had been seen in the area and rode to get his brother George.
He and brother George grabbed rifles and quietly returned to the spot. They hid and watched the campfire all night, not sure if it was a log laying beside the fire or a person.

At about 5:00am on 31 October, George took up a position on the summit of a hill and John rode around the other side of the camp to get a closer look.
John could then see it was an aboriginal asleep beside the fire wearing dark blue serge trousers with a rifle beside him. He called out "Surrender" and Joe Governor, Jimmy's brother, jumped up and reached for his rifle. As he did John fired but the rifle snapped.John loaded again although he had a repeating rifle it's action was not perfect. John fired two more shots and missed. John gave chase. Governor had turned and returned fire and John ran after him, went down on one knee, took careful aim and shot Governor through the back of the head, a distance of 300 feet. Governor somersaulted into the creek and died in the water.

George stayed by the body and John rode into Singleton to fetch the police.

There was much celebration for the Governors had terrorised the area killing and plundering for three and a half months.
John and his brother George shared the thousand pound reward and the jury found the killing justified.

For the story of the Governor's, The Australian Dictionary of Biography online has a version. The story of The Governor's - the film "The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith" based on the Novel by Thomas Keneally

John WILKINSON the son of Thomas Francis WILKINSON b:20 February 1806 in Leistershire England and died at St.Clair near Singleton on the 26 January 1883 and his wife Janet MCDONALD. Janet was known as Jessie and had been born on the 21 July 1816 at Isle Mull, Scotland and arrived in Australia with her parents Duncan MCDONALD 1771-1855 and his wife Anne nee MCDOUGALD 1779-1839, on the vessell 'British King' on the 28 February 1839

Jessie and Thomas were married at the Scots church in Paterson on the 19 October 1841. Jessie died 3 December 1912 at Carrow Brook near Singleton.

The children of this marriage were:-

John Wilkinson 1842 d:1922
Coll Wilkinson 1843 1924
Duncan Wilkinson 1845 1918
William Wilkinson 1847 1853
Francis Thomas Wilkinson 1849 1936
Ann MacDougall Wilkinson 1851 1922
Isabella Wilkinson 1853
Elizabeth Wilkinson 1855
George Wilkinson 1857 1924

The photo below is post mortem of Joe Governer laid out on a stretcher at the Caledonian Hotel at Singleton.

John William Eather 1845-1915

The Division of "Henriendi"
John William was the only son of Thomas Eather (1824-1909) and Eliza Eather nee Crowley (1823-1907) to reach manhood.

By 1897 'Henriendi' had shrunk to a fraction of it's former extent and in 1900 it was resumed by the government and subdivided into 600-acre allotments, which were put up for ballot under a closer settlement scheme. Over the years many members of the Eather family had been involved in partnerships on 'Henriendi' and the subdivision had the effect of bringing some later branches back in control of small portions of the old squattage. Among those who thus became small proprietors on 'Henriendi' were two grand-daughters of James Eather ( 1811-1899 ), Mrs. Leo Guest (Julia Eather) and Mrs. Jim Nelson (Edith Eather) and their brother, Thomas Charles Eather.

The family at Bulga retained interest in the old station after 1900, for John William Eather's six sons by his marriage to Harriet Clark (1849-1928) (daughter of James Swales Clark of Bulga), in 1872, were keen to be able to maintain the links between Bulga and the Namoi. Some of the brothers ballotted unsuccessfully for the Henriendi allotments, but in 1905 they finally persuaded the farmer who had drawn the homestead block, to sell out to them. The old house with the small area of land surrounding it reverted to the ownership of Eathers.

When Reginald Victor Eather, eldest son of John William and Harriet married in November 1910 he took his bride to Henriendi.

The property was passed on to their daughter, Mrs. Charles Cochran, whose son, Malcolm represented the fifth generation of family to live there.

Henriendi could no longer support partnerships on the old scale and Reginald's eldest brother, Arthur Alexander, moved to the Scone district after marrying Jean Pankhurst of Singleton; there, on the upper Hunter, the partnership of Eather Brothers at first leased the homestead area of old Milgarra station at Bunnan and later in 1926 purchased it outright. The families of Arthur Alexander became well established in the district- James Allan and David Arthur at Milgarra, and Archibald Maxwell at Belford, Scone.

John William Eather 1845-1915

John William EATHER the first born of six children to Thomas EATHER 1824-1909 and Eliza nee CROWLEY 1822-1897.
When John William was born on the 8 March 1845 his parents were living in a house owned by his grandfather Thomas EATHER 1800-1886 in Windsor street, next door to the 'Union Inn', and there they operated a butchery and bakery. Not long after the birth the family moved to Bulga and took over the family farm 'Henriendi'which Thomas and Sarah had established twenty years before. It became their home for the rest of their lives.

John William was the only son of Thomas and Eliza Eather nee Crowley to reach manhood.

By 1897 'Henriendi' had shrunk to a fraction of it's former extent and in 1900 it was resumed by the government and subdivided into 600-acre allotments, which were put up for ballot under a closer settlement scheme. Over the years many members of the Eather family had been involved in partnerships on 'Henriendi' and the subdivision had the effect of bringing some later branches back in control of small portions of the old squattage. Among those who thus became small proprietors on 'Henriendi' were two grand-daughters of James Eather 1811-1899 ,Julia Eliza EATHER 1880-1955 the wife of Leopold GUEST 1869-1932 and Edith May EATHER 1871-1952 the wife of James Robert NELSON 1868-1950 and their brother, Thomas Charles EATHER 1866-1943 who married Hannah Mary MCGINNITY 1871-1929.

The family at Bulga retained interest in the old station after 1900, for John William Eather's six sons by his marriage to Harriet 1849-1928, the daughter of James Swales CLARK of Bulga, on the 31 January 1872 at St.Mark's in Bulga, were keen to be able to maintain the links between Bulga and the Namoi. Some of the brothers ballotted unsuccessfully for the Henriendi allotments, but in 1905 they finally persuaded the farmer who had drawn the homestead block, to sell out to them. The old house with the small area of land surrounding it reverted to the ownership of the Eathers'.

When Reginald Victor EATHER 1873-1946, eldest son of John William and Harriet, married Harriet Maria COUSINS 1882-1924 the daughter of Walter Young COUSINS 1856-1898 and Sarah Jemima MCFADDEN 1860-1885 on 30 November 1910 he took his bride to Henriendi.

The property was passed on to their daughter Wilga Elizabeth who married Charles COCHRAN in 1945, their son, Malcolm COCHRAN represented the fifth generation of family to live at 'Hendriendi'.

Henriendi could no longer support partnerships on the old scale and Reginald's eldest brother, Arthur Alexander EATHER 1875-1961, moved to the Scone district after marrying Jeanie mary PANKHURST 1891-1975 the daughter of Allan Sneesby PANKHURST 1865-1945 and Jane Ann RUSSELL 1864-1938. There, on the upper Hunter, the partnership of Eather Brothers at first leased the homestead area of old 'Milgarra station' at Bunnan and later in 1926 purchased it outright. The families of Arthur Alexander became well established in the district- James Allan and David Arthur at Milgarra, and Archibald Maxwell at Belford, Scone.

The Children of John William EATHER and Harriet CLARK:-

Reginald Victor EATHER 1873 1946
Arthur Alexander EATHER 1875 1961
Amy Louise EATHER 1877 1965
Gerald EATHER 1879 1911
Alexander Nicholas EATHER 1881 1959
Ivo Mack EATHER 1883 1952
Hope Isabel EATHER 1885 1949
Elizabeth Australia EATHER 1887 1954
Laura Ann EATHER 1889 1974
John Thomas EATHER 1891 1920

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John Wood 1768-1845

My 4th great grandfather was John WOOD, he was born in 1768 at Ealing, Middlesex, England.
John had been a coachman in England to the commissary General - John Palmer.
John Wood , along with a man named John Jennings were accused of highway robbery on the 2nd March 1789.
Tried on the 27th April 1789 and sentenced to death. In June 1789 the sentence was commuted to transportation for Life then in 1790 reduced again at Somerset assizes to 7 years transportation.
John Wood remained in Newgate prison until 24 February 1791 when he was transferred per "Venus" for the "Albermarle" at Portsmouth from there on the 27 March 1791, he departed, arriving in Sydney on the 13th October 1791
John WOOD arrived in Australia on board the Albemarle on the 13 October 1791.
In the 1828 census, John was working for his son in law, Peter Hough 1776-1833.
John's headstone at St Peter's Cemetery Richmond, stated he was 94 years old when he died. He was actually 77, indeed someone made a blue. His headstone is beside his daughter Mary and her husband Peter Hough.

John partnered Ann Matthews around 1792-3. No marriage has been found. Ann had been born at Enfield in London on the 11 April 1762. The third of seven children born to of Matthew MATTHEWS 1730 and Ann SMITH 1735.

[ANN MATTHEWS was indicted for burglariously and feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of John Lewis Andre, about the hour of two in the night of the 7th of October, and burglariously stealing therein, eight silver table spoons, value 40s. four silver desert spoons, value 16s. four tea spoons, value 8s. five cruet tops, value 20s. two silver salt spoons, value 2s. a diaper table cloth, value 2s. and a linen towel, value 8d. his property.]

Ann was tried at Middlesex and found guilty on the 17 October 1791, then sent to the hulks to await transportation
She departed on the Kitty on 31 March 1792 and arrived in New South Wales on 18th November, 1792.
Ann died on the 21 December 1819 at age 57 and was buried 3 days later from St Phillips's Church Sydney. Her grave is most likley to be under the Sydney Town Hall.

The children of John WOOD and Ann, nee MATTHEWS were:-
1.Mary Matthews WOOD 1793 1880 m. Peter HOUGH 1776-1833 at St.Phillips C of E Sydney, New South Wales on the 18 September 1809.
This couple had 9 children;
Sophia Hough 1810 1885 m. Timothy LACY 1806-1887
John Hough 1812 1896 m. Margaret MAGUIRE 1812-1904
George Hough 1813 1878 m. Mary BANNISTER 1820-1875
Peter Joseph Hough 1817 1888 m. Jane Sharp LOVELL 1823-1894
Mary Hough 1821 1904 m. William CORNWELL 1827-1906
Ann Hough 1822 1889 m. 1.William ONUS 1822-1855 2. William REID 1833-xxxx
Eliza HOUGH 1825 1870 m. Charles HOUGH 1827-1891
Elizabeth Hough 1830 1909 m. James Edward MARSDEN 1830-1887
Sarah Hough 1833 1878 m. William BENSON 1830-1923

2.Ann Wood 1796 1831 m. Daniel PEGG 1791-1860 at St.Phillips C of E Sydney, New South Wales on the 4 April 1820. Daniel was the son of Samuel PEGG 1750-xxxx and Mary TAYLOR 1753-xxxx Daniel died in Victoria and Ann in Tasmania.
This couple had 7 children:-
Eliza Pegg 1817 1875 m. William WHITEHOUSE 1813-1891
Mary Ann Pegg 1821 xxxx m. Thomas GORDON 1810-1887
William Pegg 1822
George Pegg 1824 1870 m.1. Winifred EGAN 1820-1857 2. Ann HEFFERNAN 1825-xxxx
John Pegg 1826 1827
Jane Pegg 1828 1829
James Pegg 1829 1896 committed suicide on 15 September 1896 at Heidelburg, Victoria

3.John Wood 1798 1883 m. Mary Ann DALEY 1811-1894 the daughter of Charles Daley 1775-1831 and Susannah Alderson 1780-1854at St.Matthews C of E Windsor, New South Waleson the 28 December 1829. Both John and Mary Ann died in Windsor.
The children of this marriage were:-
Elizabeth Wood 1830 1901 m. William Thomas GOSPER 1740-1908
Sophia Wood 1832 1837
John Wood 1834 1915 m. Lucina Ann DORSET 1857-1885
George Wood 1836 1889
James Wood 1839 1913 m. Emma SIMMS 1840-1916
William Wood 1841 1920 m. Amelia NORRIS 1840-1927
Mary S Wood 1843
Emma Wood 1845 1916
Henry Charles Wood 1847 1893
Sarah Ann Wood 1849 1850
Thomas Wood 1852 1892

4.George Wood 1807 1881 m. Jane CROSS 1818-1888 the daughter of Thomas CROSS 1775-1843 and Martha Eaton Bryant 1798-1839 at St.Peters C of E Richmond, New South Wales on the 29 April 1834. Both died in Windsor.
The children of this marriage were:-
Thomas Wood 18351881 m. Elizabeth HOSKISSON 1836-1925 in 1855
William Wood 18361924 m. Sarah CUPITT 1837-1923 in 1859
John Wood 18381913 m. Mary RICHARDSON 1841-1912 in 1862
George Wood 1840 1840
Robert Wood 1841 1844
Edward Wood 18431910 m. Margaret LYONS 1841-1902 in 1864
Ann Wood 18451938 m. 1.John Frederick COBCROFT 1838-1875 2.Richard Matthew REYNOLDS 1856-1928 see photo
James Wood 18471931 m. Elizabeth Grace SHAPTON 1845-1908 in 1872
Martha Wood 18491921 m. William Ephraim WILLIAMS 1846-1919 in 1868
George Wood 1851 1851
Henry Wood 1853 1853
Albert Wood 1855
Jane Sophia Wood 18571941 m. Frederick Allan Liddell 1861-1935 in 1889
Andrew Wood 1859 1948
Charles Alfred Wood 1861 - 1902


The photograph is Ann Wood 1845-1938 submitted by Kylie G Carter

John Woodhall arrived South Australia 1849


Wednesday, January 17th, 1849, The barque John Woodhall, 380 tons, Hill, master, from London.
Mr George Greig, Mr Rowe (surgeon), Mrs Taylor and two children, Miss Powis
Mr F. W. Mitchell, Mr R. Kelly wife and daughter, Mr T. A. Coates, Mr R. Smythe, Mr Buckley, Mr J. M. Green, Mr Simpson wife and three children, Mr H. Haywood, Mr J. Cruik and wife.
C. Ladds, G. Sebo and wife, G. Crisp, C. Betteredge, J. Sharp, G. Cole and wife, R. Cole wife and four children, A. Hurst, J. Johnston, G. Bartlett and wife, J. Robotton, W. Lowe, W. Weedon wife and three children, J. O. Hitch and wife, W. Gudd, J. Porter and wife, G. Hudson, J. Bower, W. D, Grant, C. Kimbee, R. J. Hawes, W. Cole. R. Clagne and wife, T. Kneale, D. Farragher, Joseph Kelly, R. Kelly, John Cowley, H. Christian, W. Kelly, G. Robinson, T. Thomas, E. James, H. Jurman, John Moss, Matthew Moss, John Moss, Eliza Trail, Henry Wilson wife and seven children, H. F. Wilson wife and two children, R. Wilson, John Goodridge, W. C. Allom, James Storr wife and six children, W. Seuser wife and child, E. J. Evans, T. Grey and four children, T. Gale, S. Mudden and wife, John Ellis, W. Hichman, James Hollins wife and child, Amelia Horton and four children, T. Gengard, Elizabeth Hughes and two children, J. Brown and wife, John Turrent, S. Usher and wife, G. Partridge, J. W. Presant, S. Johnson, Wm. Jonson, J. Woofender, J. Sumper, J. Burgoyne wife and two children, Jane Lock, H. J. Watson and wife, F. Martin, Mrs Peters and two children, Henry Groves, John Greir, Margaret Wudmore and two children, J. M. K. Aitken wife and four children, John Cushman, Wm. Poynter wife and six children, Ellen Lee, Henry Hitchen, Robert Thompson, Thos. Tarrance, Robert Johnson, Ed. Prickering, John DeWit, Wm. Wilding.

Cargo of the John Woodhall 11 cases drapery and clothing, S. Hart; 472 bars 196 bundles iron, Beck & Co; 1 case, Shadgett ; 2 cases, J. Small ; 10,600 bricks, 121 tons coals, 4 tons clay. 20 pipes lead, 2 boxes. 86 pkgs. castings, 8 crates, G. S. Walters ; 5 pkgr., Government ; 4 bales, A. L. Elder; 15 pkgs., Order; 8 cases, 3 casks, J. Roberts ; 1 ease. Rev. J. Long; 2 cases, Acraman & Co.; 1 case, J. Richmond; 2 bales, J. Gilbert; 1 case, T. Wilson; 110 cases, P. D. Valrent; 12 bales, 1 box, A. Scott; 1 box, Dutton ; 20 crates, 1 case, Montefiore & Co. Cargo of the Champion I donkey, Lord Bishop of Ade laide; 7 pkgs. sundries, Mr Turner Augusta, W.A. ; 6 liqueur cases, Samson.
South Australian Register
(Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)
Saturday 20 January 1849
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Transcription, janilye, 2013