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Timothy Squires & Mary Wells - The Canning Affair - England 1753

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The Son of the above was James Squire(s) who was a First Fleet convict in Australia who turned his life around and was the first successful brewer in the colony who has had his beer revived and is for sale in down under.

Mid 1700's in England James's relatives were involved in one of the most talked about legal cases in English history involving aledged kidnapping, assault and prostitution. It seems Elizabeth Canning made this story up and was transported to America for perjury. The truth about this facinating tale will never be known.

I would love to hear from any relatives of this family. I have alot of information regarding these families.

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on 2010-09-20 21:56:52

historyhead , from historic Hawkesbury area, NSW, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2009. is researching the following names: BUSH, NATHAN, OGRADY and 142 other(s).

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by roedjo on 2013-03-02 17:46:23

James Squire was my great,great,great,great, grandfather. a son Francis Spencer, wwas born to him and Mary Spencer on Norfolk Island in 1790. I have traced the Spencer family to my Mother born in Clermont Australia in 1916. Francis Spencer also had a brewery in Sydney,a small farm a butcher shop with a cottage attached and 2 houses in King St Sydney, no doubt helped by James Squire to established himself.
He sold his holdings in 1925 a moved to Tasmania and then later to Melbourne where my Grandfather was born. Marie Joseph

by roedjo on 2013-03-02 17:49:19

RE my previous comments, the date 1925 should read 1825
Marie Joseph

by historyhead on 2013-03-03 01:41:54

Hi Marie,

Fantastic to be in touch with you. I haven't had contact with the Spencer side of the family so you are the first. So glad to hear that life was for Francis ended up happier then his first few years of life. Interestingly after 1808 James Squire had land and a bakery in Kent Street that I'm assuming Francis ended up residing in.

Have you researched anything to do with "The Canning Affair" in London? That's a story and a half! I remember it was hard researching Mary Spencer who married a few years after Francis was born but that's as far as I got and could not find a death for her. Anyhow I will get out my family info and go through it to see what I can find. Thanks for contacting me.

Warm Regards,

by kermatt on 2013-04-10 22:39:04

hi historyhead...I too am a descendant of James Squire. His son Francis was my 5x ggrandfather. He married Jane Smith 1810 and we come down through their daughter Mary Jane who married John McIntosh. My mum was a McIntosh till marriage...cheers Keryn

by workinregress on 2013-08-04 05:03:57

I believe I am also a descendant of James Squire via Francis Spencer and Jane Smith. They had a son, also named Francis, who eventually left for Hawai'i and established himself as an important entrepreneur in the budding ranching industry there. The Spencers of Hawai'i became one of the largest and most prominent "paniolo" (the Hawaiian term for "cowboy") families on the Big Island. Today there are streets and historic houses there named after Francis Jr. and his descendants.

I am not sure if this information is common knowledge among the Hawai'i Spencers, as I had to do a bit of digging to put the pieces together. Most seem to think Francis Jr. came from England, but all the records I found indicate solidly that he was the grandson of James Squire.

by Shocarnee on 2016-03-20 19:33:49

I am descended from James Squire via his son Francis Spencer, from his eldest son James Micheal Spencer, from James' eldest daughter Caroline Spencer, from her eldest son James Frederick Spencer Woodhouse, from his only daughter Daphne Benning née Woodhouse, from her only son Russell Benning ( my father ).
I am searching for more information on James Squires parents Timothy Squires and Mary Wells, in particular their Romany lineages and history's

by mahea84 on 2016-06-09 22:58:32

Aloha mai kakou. I am one of the Hawaiian descendants of James Squires, father of Francis Spencer Sr. with Mary Spencer. who gave birth to Francis Jr. who sailed from Australia to Hawaii living first on Oahu Island before staying permanently on Hawaii Island. His son George Spencer fathered Charles Spencer, who fathered Henry Spencer, who marries Emily Keala and later have my grandmother Gladys Spencer, who marries Lionel Liborio and later have my father, Nelson Liborio. Who marries Ruby Kauo and the world is blessed with a beautiful mixed Hawaiian-English-Irish-Portuguese 😎
~Stephanie Mahealani Liborio

by mahea84 on 2016-06-09 23:17:33

Francis Sr. marries Jane Smith... Francis Jr. Marries Sarah Ashford... George marries Mary Ellen Hall... Charles marries Lucy Kamana'onui Clark.

by Tam75 on 2017-03-04 07:07:06

James Squires I'd my 5th gg. His daughter Priscilla married Arthur Devlin.They married 2nd April 1806 in parramatta Nsw.

by enigmarose on 2018-06-07 05:14:59

hi there,
I am also a descendant from James Squire{s}and his wife Elizabeth Mason, through his daughter Martha Squire{1794}and Martha's husband Thomas bray. It has been a challenge but it is always a good thing to fine tune things with reliable documents. so if anyone is willing to share documents and photos that would be great.
A photo or portrait is impossible to find of James, I'm really hoping someone can provide.


by Kaye2020 on 2020-04-13 01:54:37

James Squire is my 5th Great Grandfather through his daughter Priscilla. Priscilla’s son (William Small?) had 2 illegitimate children with Margaret Devlin. One of whom was Rosannah Devlin, my great, great, great grandmother. He married another woman a few weeks after Rosannah’s birth. It has been difficult to prove, as there was talk that Rosannah was fathered by another man. However, Gedmatch results from descendants of Mary Wells, James mother proves this ancestry is correct. Hello to family out there.

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