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WATSON EATON, HIS GOLD MINING BROTHER, AND THE GRIFFITH FAMILY, NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.

Journal by itellya

POSTSCRIPT 21-4-2017.BERNARD HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THE JOURNAL'S TITLE BECAUSE IT NOW SEEMS THAT WATSON EATON'S BROTHER AND MAUD AUSTRALIA EATON'S FATHER WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN EATON WHO DIED AT DROMANA IN 1894.B.F.EATON WAS LISTED IN BAILLIERE'S 1868 AND 1870 ALPHABETICAL DIRECTORIES AS A CRESWICK RACE OWNER BUT AN 1888-9 DIRECTORY HAD RECORDED IN THE ALPHABETICAL LIST: BERNARD EATON, MINER, DROMANA. THE SAME LISTING APPEARED IN WISE'S 1884-5 DIRECTORY, CONVINCING ME AT THE TIME, THAT THE B IN B.F.EATON STOOD FOR BERNARD.

When he was writing A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA (published after his death), Colin McLear had no TROVE to help him and unfortunately Miss Maude Eaton of Dromana had died in her 90's two or more decades earlier, in 1956. He probably assumed that Watson had received some medical training before leaving America with Abraham Griffith Snr. (and his gold mining brother, Mr Eaton.)
The index in Colin's book reads in part:
Eaton,Maude,Australia 72,121
Eaton, Mr [gold miner] 54,68,69,72, 114, 156
Eaton, Watson 69,72,114,121,132
Eaton's Cutting 79.

FROM MY LONG-NEGLECTED D.R.A.M.A. ON TROVE.(HISTORY OF DROMANA,ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND.)
EATON. Watson Eaton and his previously unidentified brother (whom I’ll call P.U. for the moment) came to Australia from Philadelphia with the Griffiths and they farmed together on Jamieson’s Special Survey alongside settlers such as the McLears, Peateys and Clydesdales. Watson (had spent time studying medicine-WRONG) and was lauded for caring for the health of people far and wide before he died in 1877 following a fall while riding to a patient. He had settled on 150 acres on the west side of the south end of Eatons Cutting Rd and Rebecca Griffith, his executrix, received the grant. P. U. whose name was actually Bernard, had spent time on the gold fields, being at one stage a race* owner at Creswick. By the late 1880’s he was back in Dromana, operating a gold mine at the Tubbarubba diggings east of Moats Corner and employing the lads from the Moat, Peatey and Clydesdale families, which now lived near his mine. Bernard’s daughter, Maude, lived in Dromana until her death, her rates most likely being paid by Benjamin Eaton, a librarian who was possibly her brother. Harry Eaton must have been another brother. (*A race was a channel carrying water to mines for sluicing.)


The above was probably written in 2011 and I felt pretty smug. I don't like mysteries and after about six months I'd found the given name of Watson's gold mining brother. I did not expect an even more spectacular discovery. This is what I wrote on a "WANT TO EXPLORE DROMANA'S HISTORY?" sheet that I handed out to very appreciative families on the Dromana foreshore yesterday (Australia Day)in order to increase interest in the Dromana Historical Society museum.

"Watson Eaton,who served as the area's doctor for many years,never attended university or had any medical training but after his death in 1877 residents honoured his services with a marble memorial which can be seen in the museum."

The purpose of this journal is to provide a parking space for the article about an inquest etc. in which Watson testified that he'd never attended university or had any medical training. I have spent two fruitless hours trying to find it on trove, it is not in my Peninsula Dictionary,D.R.A.M.A. ON TROVE, or apparently in any of my journals. BUT I WILL NEVER GIVE UP.

POSTSCRIPT. Thursday, 19-2-2015.
I didn't give up my quest to find the article but eventually conceded that I would never find it using trove so last night I tried another tack. Extract from my comment at about 2 a.m. last night.

by itellya on 2015-02-18 09:11:44
THIS IS WHAT I'VE SPENT YEARS LOOKING FOR. I EVENTUALLY FOUND THE ARTICLE BY TRACING MY EARLY JOURNALS BACK TO WHERE I HAD GIVEN THE SOURCE FOR WATSON EATON'S ADMISSION AND IT WASN'T AT AN INQUEST AS I HAD THOUGHT.

THIS IS WHY I HADN'T FOUND IT ON TROVE.
A\ atson 1 aton a fauna neai rtnimna -
I have been pnetismg medicine foi the last
20 jems I mu not a icgistei.d pnctitionei
Neva was at a univasitj Iliac is no
dot toi ni the neighbourhood

AND IN ENGLISH!
Watson Eaton, a farmer near Dromana-
I have been practising medicine for the last 20 years. I am not a registered practitioner. Never was at a university. There is no doctor in the neighbourhood. (P.6,Argus,3-2-1873.)
etc.

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by itellya on 2015-01-27 07:48:48

Thanks to my pal Steve Johnson of Kananook for correcting the digitisation.
INQUESTS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 27 March 1874 p 6 Article
... boundary of tho Morning-ton Shire. Watson Eaton, a partner of the deceased, said that the latter was able ... 24th inst., on the body of a man named Abraham Griffiths, aged 58 years, a farmer residing at Kangerong ... 746 words
Text last corrected on 11 November 2013 by skj74

THE PARTNERSHIP.
Advertising
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 8 May 1876 p 2 Advertising
... maro, branded S near shoulder, E off shoulder, the property ol Messrs. Griffiths and Eaton, Dromana


Watson's 150 acre block was on Arthurs Seat Rd,the southern boundary of the parish of Kangerong and William Henry Blakeley's 140 acre block across the road was in the parish of Balnarring.

MEMORANDA.
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 10 November 1877 p 2 Article
Watson Eaton,. farmner r'sioling ?'?
Dromana, wasee admitted to the Allred
lospital on Monday, suffering from a cmm
pound dislocation and fracture of the right
ankle, caused by being thrown from his
borso some days ago.

Local Intelligence.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 14 November 1877 p 2 Article
We regret to learn that Mr. Eaton of Kangerong,
who recently had his leg broken through being
thrown from his horse, is not progressing so favour
ably as could be wished. He was conveyed to the
Hospital on Sunday, and it is doubtful if the limb
will be saved.

The South Bourke AND Mornington Journal. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER, 24th, 1877. Local Intelligence.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 24 October 1877 p 2 Article
... tonshliip. As Mr. Eaton of Kangerong was on his way to Flinders to a sick person, the young horse he was ... riding suddenly commenced bucking, throwing ing. Mr. Eaton, who fell heavily to the ground fracturing his ... 3538 words

This was Benjamin.
Dromana.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 30 November 1889 p 2 Article
... librarian, and it was decided to offer the position to Mr Eaton. Mr. Gibson reported that the. additions to ..

This was Maude.
DROMANA.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 7 September 1893 p 4 Article
... appropriate sermon. At intervals hymns were rendered by the choir, who were assisted by Miss Eaton, who ..

In which gully was Bernard's mine?
GOLD NEAR DROMANA.
Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) Thursday 22 June 1893 p 3 Article
The Government geologist, Mr. Reginald Murray, on Tuesday returned from a visit to
the old Tubba Rubba diggings, about seven miles nouth-east of Dromana, where a recentsmall rush has taken place. In a report on the visit which he has submitted to the Minister of Mines he says: " On reaching the field I found some 50 men
at work scattered about the formerly partially worked gullies. The bed rock is upper silurian,.........
At the same time I may indicate the advisability of further prospecting on the continuation of the north easterly belt of silurian country, well extending from Eaton's Gully to Tubba Rubba,etc.

Living in the bush,it was quite an effort to visit a solicitor. Rebecca killed two birds with the one stone about four years after her husband's death. She mustn't have been desperate for her inheritance.


IN the SUPREME COURT of the COLONY of VIC
TORIA In its Probate Jurisdiction -In the Estate
of ABRAHAM GRIFFITH, late of Dromana, in the
Colony of Victoria, Farmer, Deceased, Intestate -
Notice is hereby given, that after tho expiration of
fourteen days from tho publication hereof application
will be made to tho Supreme Court of tho colony of
Victoria, in its Probate Jurisdiction, that LETTERS of
ADMINISTRATION of the estate of tho abovenamed
Abraham Griffith be granted to Rebecca Griffith, of
Dromana aforesaid, the widow of the said deceased
Dated this sixth day of February, A D 1878
WISEWOULD and GIBBS, 61 Wllllam street, Mel
bourne, proctors for the said Rebecca Griffith.
IN the SUPREME COURT of the COLONY of VIC
TORIA In its Probate Jurisdiction -In the will
of WATSON EATON, late of Dromana, in the Colony
of Victoria, Farmor, Deceased -Notice is hereby
given, that after the expiration of fourteen days
from tho publication hereof application will be made
to the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria. In its
Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of tho WILL of
the abovenamed Watson Eaton be granted to Rebecca
Griffith, of Dromana aforesaid, tho executrix named
in and appointed by the will of the said deceased.
Dated this sixth day of February, A D 1878
WISEWOULD and GIBBS, 61 W ¡Mam-street, Mol
bourno, proctors for tiio Bald executrix_

These articles were found some years ago when I used to copy the articles and correct the digitisation on my word file.(I got sick and tired of trying to enter the anti spam code but now I'm permanently logged in.) Therefore, I knew they were on trove but an uncorrected digitisation error could prevent me finding the article where Watson denied having attended university or undertaken medical training.I'll just have to keep juggling words that I know are in the article until I find it again.

by itellya on 2015-01-27 09:21:07

THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN WHY DROMANA IS NOT WORKING WELL AS A SEARCH TERM.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 6 November 1877 p 4 Article
Watson Eaton, n farmor residing at Dro
mano, waB admitted to the Alfred Hospital
yesterday, Buffering from a compound dislo-
cation and fracture of tho right ankle,
caueed by being thrown from his horse some
days ago.

At least Dromana was correct in the digitisation when I googled MAUDE EATON,DROMANA. The first result informed me that Charles and Lena Thiele's Village Settlement block, 74B, Balnarring was called GLEN DOON. Charles was killed on Eaton's Cutting Rd when they were returning from Dromana. Administration of Lena's will was being disputed.The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tuesday 1 May 1917 p 6 Article.

I had probably found Watson's witness statement by the same sort of coincidence. That's why my motto is USE IT OR LOSE IT.

by itellya on 2015-01-29 06:51:57

I thought this would be the one. Dr Blair, a prominent surgeon, gave Blairgowrie its name indirectly by so-renaming "Villa Maria". See pamphlet available from the Nepean historical Society museum at Sorrento.

Watson Eaton, a farmer, living at Dromane, was admitted to the Alfred Hospital a few days ago suffering from compound fracture of the banes of the ankle. Gangrene
having set in Dr. Blair found it necessary to amputate the foot, which operation was performed on Wednesday.(MEMORANDA.
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 17 November 1877 p 3 Article)

All watson eaton 1870-1879 on trove examined. Try 1860-1869. Nothing. Try WITNESS,EATON. Nothing. Change to 1870-1879. Nothing. Change to inquest,eaton. Nothing in 171 results. Change to 1860's.

GOLD STOLEN.-On. Friday night all the gold was stolen out of the sluice-boxes at
the Back Creek, Creswick, belonging to Mr.Benjamin Eaton, and as several men had been busily employed in sluicing for some time, a considerable quantity of gold must have been taken.(Ballarat, P.6, Argus,26-6-1863.)

Te above makes it possible that two of Watson Eaton's brothers came out, Bernard and Benjamin,unless this Benjamin was Bernard's son. I gained the impression that Benjamin Eaton, who was leasing a house from Nelson Rudduck and was appointed the librarian at the Dromana Mechanics' Institute,was a young man.

One chance find from 106 results. Try eaton,medical. Nothing from 149 results. Try 1870's. Not in the summaries of 236 results.

Like a stamp,I know when I'm licked. The article is definitely there. Unfortunately, I found it in about 2012 before I registered with trove and it was easier to correct the text or paraphrase it where I wrote about my great discovery. It must have been next to another article that I was after and the digitisation was obviously atrocious or I would have found the article by now. Watson Eaton quite freely stated that HE HAD NEVER ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OR HAD ANY MEDICAL TRAINING.

by itellya on 2015-01-29 09:10:44

THE SEARCH FOR THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME.

From my journal: DROMANA MUSEUM, VIC., AUST.
by itellya on 2013-03-04 04:43:17.

WATSON EATON. (Also see HISTORICAL NOTES after the information about Archie Shaw.)
Abraham Griffith,an American like Rosebud's Henry Bucher, was the master of a whaler sailing out of Philadelphia and came to Australia in 1854. By 1855 he had settled on the Survey (Melway 160 H4.) Watson and Bernard Eaton are thought to have come out with Abraham and his wife, Rebecca. Both brothers may have farmed with Abraham but Bernard seems to have spent decades on the gold fields, owning a "race" at Creswick at one time, before returning in the late 1880's to mine on the Tubbarubba diggings. Bernard's unmarried daughter Maude lived out her days in Dromana, dying in 1956 aged in her 90's. Benjamin Eaton, who was possibly Bernard's son was appointed librarian at the Dromana Mechanics' Institute.

In another journal, I have details of Abraham's death, and Watson probably looked after Rebecca when she became a widow. Watson later selected 150 acres at the west corner of (the now-closed) Eatons Cutting Rd and Arthurs Seat Rd (Melway 190 F2.)This land was granted to his executrix, Rebecca, following his death.

Colin McLear had vivid memories of the memorial, which attracted his attention during boring sermons at the Dromana Presbyterian Church where it had hung for 80 years since the building had been the Union Church (shared by several denominations.) Colin stated that Watson had done several years of a medical course but that is not true.
(When researching on trove, I often get sidetracked by a neighbouring article that catches my eye. The article about the inquest into the death of a man, in which Watson Eaton testified that he had never received any medical training or attended university, was one such sidetrack. The digitised version of this article must not have Watson's name spelt correctly and combinations of Eaton with Dromana, Kangerong and words that were in the article achieved no result despite hours of searching. I have recorded the newspaper and issue date regarding this article, and others. about Watson Eaton, but I have no idea where; these details were not in my PENINSULA DISTRICT HISTORY and DROMANA,ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND(not journals)which were the most likely locations. So you'll have to take my word re the article, which will be pasted here when I find it.)


SOME OLD HISTORICAL NOTES FOUND WHEN I GOOGLED WATSON EATON.
The mistake about Watson's medical training appears here too but the page is very interesting.

Historical Notes

Red Hill 2009 Show Display
.........................

Book Launch - A Dreamtime of Dromana
........................

Howard Ratcliff Lawson: Builder and Entrepreneur
.............................

The Hobson Brothers
..............................

Watson Eaton - Physician to the Pioneers
In November 2002 a small display was set up in the Museum commemorating the 125th anniversary of the death of Watson Eaton in 1877.

Watson Eaton arrived in Australia on board the barque Nimrod from New York on March 1855. He was reported to have travelled out with Abraham and Rebecca Griffith who also came from Philadelphia. Watson Eaton and the Griffith family were neighbours on Jamieson's Survey and were also in partnership together.

Watson Eaton was a bachelor who had completed several years of medical training but had not qualified. Whilst farming on Jamieson's Survey he put his medical training to good use as the community lacked a doctor. Eaton always kept a horse saddled in his stable ready for an emergency. Whether he rode to Flinders or Dromana he charged a flat rate of one pound per visit.

On 21 October 1877 while on his way to a patient he fell from his horse and sustained a badly broken leg which he attempted to set himself. Unfortunately the leg became infected and this led to his death three weeks later on 14 November 1877.
A road between Red Hill and Dromana is known as Eaton's Cutting.



POSTSCRIPT 29-1-2015.
While trying to find my notes from a directory showing that Bernard Eaton was a race owner at Creswick (oft mentioned on trove), I saw my 3-9-1864 Wannaeue rates transcription. One entry was:
James Ford Jnr., 260 acres,(Eaton Hill?)
The question mark was mine because that was what the scribble in the rate book seemed to say. This ratepayer's namesake father,the "machine- breaker" pioneer and namer of Portsea, was assessed on 720 acres, which was mainly "Wannaeue Station", bounded by today's Boneo Rd, Eastbourne Rd (called Ford's Lane in 1902), Jetty Rd and the now-closed (if it was ever made) Hiscock Rd.

J.Ford (presumably junior) was granted 13AB of section B Wannaeue on 4-10-1860 (or 1869) but this later became part of 590 acres granted to (Professor) W.E.Hearn for whom Heronswood was built. Section B was the southern part of the former Arthurs Seat Run.

Crown allotments 13A and B, on the west side of Purves Rd,are indicated by Melway 171 C-E9, their western boundary being the line of Gardens Rd and the road frontage being from Davos St to a point opposite 463 Purves Rd.

There are two possible reasons that this farm was referred to as being on Eaton's Hill. As it is known that Mornington-Flinders Rd needed several deviations to make it suitable, Purves Rd might have been the preferred route to Flinders. The south east corner of Watson Eaton's 150 acre farm (Melway 190 E2) was over Arthurs Seat Rd from Mornington-Flinders Rd so it is less likely that Ford's Eaton Hill was named because of the location of Watson Eaton's farm. The more likely reason is that Watson used Purves Rd in early days to travel to his patients in Flinders. By the time of his eventually fatal fall in 1877, he may have being using Tucks Rd instead.

EATON, FLINDERS search on trove.
The South Bourke AND Mornington Journal. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER, 24th, 1877. Local Intelligence.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 24 October 1877 p 2 Article
... tonshliip. As Mr. Eaton of Kangerong was on his way to Flinders to a sick person, the young horse he was ... riding suddenly commenced bucking, throwing ing.
Mr. Eaton, who fell heavily to the ground fracturing his .

I was hoping the inquest might be found at Flinders but no such luck. I do remember that it took place in a location that surprised me at the time.

by itellya on 2015-01-29 10:22:22

HOPES DASHED AGAIN! (STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THE INQUEST ARTICLE.)
From my PIONEERS OF RED HILL journal.

In 1865, Watson Eaton was leasing 210 acres of the Survey from Big Clarke. Who, and where, was his brother? He was probably a "Race Owner" at the goldfields, certainly in some year that I can't recall, at Creswick.
For the information of those unfamiliar with Victoria's gold mining areas, a race was a channel that carried water from a dam to where other material needed to be washed away (in a cradle etc), leaving the heavier gold, like large-scale panning. At Blackwood, surveys for races were done by a woman and the Byers back track follows an old race to O'Brien's Crossing.
Colin didn't know the name of Watson's brother, so naturally it did not appear in LIME LAND LEISURE (a copy of Colin's notes!) I did bother to find out. He was back in Dromana by 1888 as revealed by the trades directory: Bernard Eaton, gold miner, Dromana. The mine was of course at Tubbarubba and his former neighbours, now east of Moat's Corner, were working for him.
The Eaton legend, as revealed to Colin by Maude Eaton or perhaps his own family, has it that Watson had undertaken part of a medical degree before leaving America, but at an inquest he stated under oath that he had never been to university or received medical training. The memorial, now in the Dromana museum, shows that the lack of a piece of paper did not affect his expertise or his patients' appreciation. There may have been a third brother who came out and became a librarian in Melbourne. Benjamin Eaton,librarian, who appeared to be paying the rates of Maude (a spinster), may have been that brother's son.

by itellya on 2015-01-29 11:10:32

Watson's testimony that he'd never attended uni or had medical training isn't the only article that's definitely on trove and almost impossible to relocate.

Another one is the report of a Flinders and Kangerong Shire meeting at which there was a request from Bernard (with, if I remember correctly,the initial J. for his second given name)asking permission to divert water (over a road?)

However, I did discover what seemed to be a list of mining leases with the fee payable. Bernard FEaton and the two Mornington Shire blokes were all on the Tubbarubba diggings near the Moorooduc/kangerong parish boundary. This is only part of the list and I haven't corrected irrelevant text so you will understand why some articles will only ever be discovered by a roving eye.

CASTLEMAINE MINING DISTRICT.
T 11 W obster (ou behalf of a oouipanj), lorcu
1 Ino-tlat, N 1 of Mal Ion-prospect 2 0
Plunkett à - rucbold Co , Mrannwa) s-drlvo
tunnil 2-0
-lOWHtood Loddon Leads Co Newstead-sink
nnddrlvo 5S0
Guildford 1 bteau Co Guildford-.Ink " 0
J>iv Era Co., _ran_liiifo.il-ilrlvo .. .00
B.F. Eaton Dromana-crosscut, 150
H.Hampshire, J.B.McLintock, Mornington
Shire,Tubbarubba , prospect, 400
etc.
(P.10,Argus, 1-9-1887.)

by itellya on 2015-01-29 11:24:29

NO PROBLEM AT ALL FINDING AN ALMOST IDENTICAL REQUEST FROM B.F. EATON, WHICH THE CRESWICK COUNCIL GRANTED.

From B. F. Eaton, requesting to be allowed to carry a portion of the water leased by him from the council across the Ballarat road, and guaranteeing that the work should be
done to the satisfaction of the town engineer.Granted.
(CRESWICK BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The Ballarat Star, Thursday 12 October 1865, p 4 Article.)

by itellya on 2015-01-29 23:02:53

Having found no results from trove, and facing millions of google results for an EATON, MAGISTRATE, UNIVERSITY etc search, I tried an EATON, GRIFFITH, NIMROD, 1854 search.

I don't know where I got the bit about the Griffith family arriving in 1854 on the Nimrod but I must have seen it somewhere. In my attempt to find such a reference in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, I found something very interesting. M.A.Eaton advertised what I presumed was holiday accommodation in McCulloch St , Dromana,in about 1920. I bypassed this, and the many references to Eaton and water at Creswick, in my recent 15 hour quest to find Watson's statement about univerity and medical training.

Expecting to find this advertisement as easily as I found a reference to B.F.Eaton at Creswick, I did a trove search for m.a.eaton, mcculloch st, dromana. Guess what: I didn't find it! I presumed that this was Maude but how could I be sure?

Maude AustraliaEaton died on June 11, 1956,aged 96. (P. 121, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

Now back to the Griffith family (often reported as Griffiths, such as the 1874 inquest into the death of Watson Eaton's partner,Abraham G., and the 1907 subdivision sale of the Clarke majority portion of Jamieson's Special Survey at which a local was roasted for bidding and forcing up the purchase price of lot 9, the G. family's homestead block of 205 acres 1 rood and 12 perches, indicated by Melway 160 H 3-4, with the non-historic Bluestone Cottage at its north west corner and the Pickings Lane corner at its north east corner.

The EATON, GRIFFITH, NIMROD, 1854 google search found the following.

Nick Vine Hall Sources List 151-286
www.aigs.org.au/Nick_Vine_Hall_files/Sources_151+.htm

AIGS - Early Americans and Canadians in Australasia - Nick Vine Hall
Sources List.
154. Oral history from Mrs Marlie GRADY, Victorian Address; I met her at the PROV on 2 Jul 92 She says her husband's family descends from this line A family group of GRIFFITH - Abram (40), Rebecca (33), Arthurmeecy (15), John (9), Jonah (7) arrived on the Nimrod in Vic from the Us in March 1855 These names are in the Passengers From America Card Index, 1852-1855, at the PROV, but apparently Arthur Meecy* GRIFFITH (a lady) is shown on the card as GRIFFITH, AM (Mr), which Mrs G says is incorrect, as she has seen her marriage certificate The family settled in Mornington, Vic, and came originally from Pennsylvania.


*Colin McLear's spelling of the name was ARTHAMECY. She moved from the Bellarine Peninsula (where her first husband,George Bidgood,probably took her) to the Survey and married George Elliman- after whom Elliman's Flat,high up on Dunn's Creek, was named. (Pages 69 and 141 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

In Nick Vine Hall's surname list is the following entry: EATON Bros [43]

The Griffith family is included here because Watson Eaton was closely linked with the Griffith family,supposed to have also travelled out on the Nimrod, and farming in partnership on the survey (and possibly on the farm near Eatons Cutting Rd for which Rebecca received the grant as Watson's executrix* on 27-5-1979.)

The article source for Watson Eaton's lack of medical training is probably copied in the same place as I copied the articles about Rebecca Griffith's lengthy battle for compensation for part of Watson's 150 acres taken for a (Flinders and Kangerong) shire road, which could have been Eatons Cutting Rd or a continuation of today's Collins Rd,shown continuing to Arthurs Seat Rd, providing the farm's western boundary. I WONDER IF I CAN FIND ONE OF THOSE ARTICLES.

I did,and I had corrected the digitisation on 22-12-2012, probably about the time I found Watson Eaton's statement about medical training.

From Mrs. R. Griffith, re arrears due for purchase of land required for road
deviation purposes at Eaton's cutting. This letter was read at last meeting,
and the secretary who was requested to look over the books, read an extract from the minutes of the council under date, 2th October 1890, from which it appeared that it was agreed to accept the offer of the late Mr. Eaton, which was that if not more than 5 acres be taken £10 would be accepted as full payment--on reference to a minute under date, October 1887, it was found that £16 13s 7d had been paid to Mrs.
Griffith, and that 6 acres 2 roods 16 perches had been taken. Cr. Griffith said Mrs. Griffith had been paid for 5 acres at the rate of £3 per acre, leaving a balance unplaced for 1 acre 2 roods 16 perches. The President-5 acres had been offered for £10 ; therefore (for) the 1 acre 2 roods 16 perches, £5 13s 7d had been paid which was more than £9 per acre. Cr. Griffith, the late Mr.Eaton may have agreed to accept £10 for the 5 acres, but Mrs Griffith had been no party of this offer. The delay was very vexatious. It was decided to again postpone the matter, the secretary in the meantime to ascertain if there were any documents in existence in which the offer was made. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 7-12-1893.)

IF I SAY SOMETHING IS ON TROVE,IT IS!

by itellya on 2015-01-30 05:51:36

JOHN EATON GRIFFITH.

ABOUT PEOPLE.
A wedding was celebrated at St. Matthew's Church of England, Albury on Thursday morning, Rev. Canon Bevan officiating. The contracting parties were Mr. Walter John Briggs, son of Mr.George Frederick Briggs, of Dederang, and Miss Katie Griffith (Gundowring) elder daughter of Mr. John Eaton Griffith,Dromana (Vic.) The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in white satin, and wore the customary wreath and veil, carrying a shower bouquet. Mr. Frank Lambert officiated in the capacity of best man, while Miss Lily Griffith,sister, of the bride, was bridesmaid.

The breakfast was served at the Club Hotel,Albury, at which Canon Bevan proposed
the time-honored toast, "The Bride and Bridegroom."
(The Border Morning Mail and Riverina Times Saturday 16 November 1918 p 3 Article)

HOUSTON,WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
On arrival in March,1855, according to Nick Vine Hall's information in the previous comment, Abraham was 40 and Rebecca was 33, with Arthameca aged 15, John 9 and Jonah 7. The descendants of each are given are given on pages 69 and 70 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. None of Jonah's sons was named John. John Calvin Griffith's first child was John Calvin Jnr, born on 21-10-1873, who died on 26-12-1956. He was the first of 11 children,the last of whom was born in 1894.Whoever proof read the book should weep in shame because it states that their father died in 1872*! Now that's virgin births on a very large scale!
GRIFFITH-On the 9th October, at his residence, Dromana, John Calvin Griffith, dearly beloved husband of Mary Griffith, and father of John,Evelyn (Mrs Shand), Florrie (Mrs Heffernan),Albert, Mary, Katie (Mrs Briggs), George, Lily,Wilfred, Charles, aged 80 years. (P.1, Argus,11-10-1927.)



There is no doubt that the first born was commonly referred to, (such as in ratebooks) as John Calvin Griffith Jnr but unless another of Abraham and Rebecca's sons (also named John) came out later, John Calvin Jnr had to be John Eaton Griffith. There were only two children who did not come out with them,presumably aged 16 or more and either married* or in a good apprenticeship or job,perhaps with a relative.
(*Rebecca must have had her third child at the age of 18 if the above assumptions are correct. It would seem unlikely that they left two children aged 6 or less behind.)

As John Calvin Griffith was 9 upon arrival,he would have been about 27 when his first-born,John,entered the world in 1873. If the son followed his father's timing,his first child would have been born in about 1900 and old enough for marriage in 1918. Thus John Calvin Griffith Jnr. was probably the father of the bride in 1918, John Eaton Griffith.

by itellya on 2015-02-18 09:11:44

THIS IS WHAT I'VE SPENT YEARS LOOKING FOR. I EVENTUALLY FOUND THE ARTICLE BY TRACING MY EARLY JOURNALS BACK TO WHERE I HAD GIVEN THE SOURCE FOR WATSON EATON'S ADMISSION AND IT WASN'T AT AN INQUEST AS I HAD THOUGHT.

THIS IS WHY I HADN'T FOUND IT ON TROVE.

A\ atson 1 aton a fauna neai rtnimna -
I have been pnetismg medicine foi the last
20 jems I mu not a icgistei.d pnctitionei
Neva was at a univasitj Iliac is no
dot toi ni the neighbourhood

AND IN ENGLISH!
Watson Eaton, a farmer near Dromana-
I have been practising medicine for the last 20 years. I am not a registered practitioner. Never was at a university. There is no doctor in the neighbourhood. (P.6,Argus,3-2-1873.)


EXTRACT FROM MY MANUSCRIPT "DRAMA (DROMANA,ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND) ON TROVE" circa 2011.
The Scurfields were still in the hotel in 1869 and were witnesses in a trial. Patrick Nyall had been a Catholic Priest in Schnapper Point (Mornington) and Dromana since 1853. In those days Kangerong had a much larger population than Mornington (as Scurfield told the Governor in 1858- The Argus 29-10-1858 page 4.) Most of them lived on Jamiesons Special Survey, including the Peateys and Clydesdales who were later witnesses for Nyall.
A ship called the Hurricane had been wrecked near Dromana and its mate or chief officer, George Fairem, had spent some time in charge of guarding the cargo or salvaging it. On the fateful night, George was staying at the hotel when Father Nyall arrived to stay the night on his way to The Heads. To cut a long story short the priest attempted to molest George, received a thrashing from him and was later charged and convicted on the evidence of the Scurfields and Constable William O’Shannassy (The Argus 18-9-1869 page 5.)
In 1873, Nyall, defrocked by this time, tried to restore his reputation by charging the Scurfields and O’Shannassy with perjury. He had probably enlisted Cecilia Murray, who pretended to be a nun, to convince the faithful to bend the truth a bit so that God could help poor Nyall. Although Clydesdale does not seem much like a Catholic surname, James Clydesdale had married Julia Cahill according to this family’s genealogy which you will see later. Susan Peatey was probably living at the North east corner of Harrisons Rd with Julia Clydesdale 290 metres east of their 100 acre farm. Because of run off from Arthurs Seat, the Peateys’ land was too wet for farming (crops), forcing a move to Rosebud (behind the school) in 1888. No doubt the Clydesdales had the same problem and apparently both women did cleaning at the Scurfield to help put food on the table. Susan testified that Nyall’s snuff box was found in his own room, rather than Fairem’s, and Julia said that she’d heard O’Shannassy and Mrs Scurfield conspiring to hide this “fact”. George Peatey said that a boy called Harry Watkins had been going outside during the original trial to tell O’Shannassy what the witnesses were saying.
Watson Eaton was also a witness but a question to him intended to show that O’Shannassy was a drunk was ruled out of order. It is of interest that Watson, who is discussed elsewhere in this book, stated that he had been practicing medicine in the district since 1853 because there was no doctor and that he had never been to university. Nyall’s lawyers accused the Scurfields and the constable of looting cargo from the Hurricane. The case was dismissed. (The Argus 3-2-1873 page 6.)

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