KNOPP family from Grays, Essex to Australia
It was in the year of 1857 the James and Sophia KNOPP [nee CLAY, daughter of William and Mary CLAY of Purfleet West, Eng.] arrived in Melbourne on the Ship "Grand Trianon" with their two children Emma [b.1853 Little Thurrock] and James [b.1854 Little Thurrock]. Their address in the 1851 Census had been 44 Lime Kiln, Grays Essex.
They settled in Pentridge with their address in 1902 being 3 Reynard Road, Coburg Victoria. Pentridge was the original name of Coburg, but after Pentridge Prison was built the people of the village did not wish to be associated with the prison and agreed to change the name. James and Sophia had a total of eight children with a further four girls and two boys being born between 1857 and 1872. These Australian born children were
Mary Ann[b. 1857 at Brunswick, Vic m.William Galbraith REID in 1874 in Coburg];
William [b. 1859 at Pentridge, Vic d. 1914 East Melbourne, Vic m.26/1/1885 to Jessie Elizabeth TAYLOR b. Fitzroy, Vic 5/9/1864 d. Flowerdale, Vic 1907 and buried at Yea cemetery];
Charles [b. 1861 at Brunswick d. 1959 at North Melbourne m. 25/1/1881 at Fitzroy to Mary Catherine Violet KIRWIN b. 1863 d. 1935 at Fairfield, Vic];
Sarah Jane [b. 1866 at Brunswick, Vic];
Florence [b. 1869 at Pentridge, Vic m. to Charles TONKIN in 1891 at Coburg, Vic]; and
Sophia Lydia [b.1872 at Coburg, Vic d. 1956 at Melbourne, Vic. and buried 3/3/1956 at Fawkner Cemetery m. 1898 at Moreland, Vic to Robert Andrew McINTOSH b.1862 at Northcote, Vic d. 1949 at Glen Iris, Vic]
The two born in England, they being Emma Clara [b.1853 at Grays, Essex d. 16/3/1914 in Melbourne m. 1871 in Melbourne to William HAY b. 1847 Sydney NSW (St. James Parish records) d. 1944]. Emma had a daughter Eleanor Clara KNOPP in 1870 to unknown father.
James [b. 1854 in Grays, Essex d.1927].
As William was my great grandfather I will continue with him and his life in my next journal.