John Withell

M, b. 7 April 1831, d. 14 May 1893
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     John was born on 7 April 1831 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 He probably moved say October 1841 at Belfast, Ireland, with his mother and siblings when she joined her husband. He I have a number of documents recording him as an apprentice, plus the notes I made at PRO in London detailing him as having jumped ship at least twice. A letter from Dorothea Maria Richards written from Padstow to her neice Bessie in Dublin on 27 Feb 1849 enquires about poor Johny. There is no indication of what had happened to him but it probably refers to the charges brought against him for jumping ship.2 John was employed/Apprenticed? to sail on the James Armstrong which was working between Workington and China. Check shipping of actual ship if possible.
Have a gap between 1848 and 1854 when he turned up on the"Brothers" sailing into Sydney. Was he crew or passenger and did he abscond to Ballarat and meet up with Mary. Check interstate vessels between Sydney and Melbourne. He was found on a passenger list on 18 October 1854 at Moreton Bay, QLD, Australia. Brothers was a brig of 175 tons and the Master was Sholl.I have not been able to find how he got to Moreton Bay.3 He immigrated on 24 October 1854 to Sydney, NSW, Australia, He was a passenger from Moreton Bay and listed as Mr Withell. The Brothers was in service between Moreton Bay and Sydney for some time. It had also previously sailed to Tasmania.
Further research required into possible shipping between England and Moreton Bay - John may have jumped shipped there.4

Report of the Court case Melbourne Argus. He was court - civil on 2 December 1864 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; The report of a court case held in Ballarat 1864 was as follows:- An action by a miner in the employment of the Great Extended Company to recover damages for an injury sustained in the service of the company, through the alleged negligence of its officers in not providing a chain of proper strength tp perform its duty, whereby an accident occcurred, and plaintiff lost his arm. The verdict, at Ballarat, was for 350 pounds. A rule nisi was obtained to enter a nonsuit, on the ground that the plaintiff had, by his own reckless carelessness, contributed to the accident.
Mr Ireland and Mr. Fellows for the company and the rule for nonsuit; Mr. Wood for the plaintiff and the verdict.
The question of how far negligence in the plaintiff contributory to the accident deprives him of his right to damages was discussed; but the principal contention was how the particular facts of the case influenced the application of the law.
A number of authorities were cited.
The Court reserved judgment, and adjourned.5

He purchased land from the government in 1865 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. There were (3?) blocks, one being in the name of Mary O'Connor. This would be how he spent the compensation money thet he received. I think I have titles and certainly plans. At one stage I investigated where I though the land was and took some photos..

He married Mary Davies on 26 July 1866 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

John Whitthell was listed in the Ballarat directory as a miner living at 91 Raglan St. Ballarat.6 John was employed at Victorian Railways as a gatekeeper at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, in 1883.7 John died at age 62 of heart disease on 14 May 1893 at the Burnbank railway crossing at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.8,9 A tribute to John Withell was published on 15 May 1893 in the Courier at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.. Another old colonist has joined the majority in the person of Mr. John Withell, aged sixty-two years. He was a native of Padstow, in Cornwall. and arriving in this colony in the early fifties, devoted himself principally to mining pursuits, with varying success. Owing to an accident to his arm, he finally entered the railway service, where he has been doing duty as a gatekeeper for about twenty years. He expired yesterday somewhat suddenly of heart disease whilst doing his duty at his post, the Burbank railway crossing. He will be missed by a large circle of friends, and he leaves a widow and grown-up family of five to mourn his loss.

Eight children were named on his death certificate - Sarah Jane dead, Mary age 32, William age 30, Elizabeth Jane dead, John Davis age 26, Jane age 26, Richard dead, Bessie age 22..8 He was buried on 16 May 1893 in the Old Cemetery at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Although there are other family members buried in this grave, the inscription refers only to John - In Loving Memory of John Withell Died May 15th 1893 Aged 62 years. It should be possible to find more details of anyone else buried with him in online cemetery records.

I have a photo of the grave- hopefully the name has not disappeared and I guess we should check this..10

Family

Mary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
Marriage*

He married Mary Davies on 26 July 1866 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Children

Citations

  1. [S8] England, Register General of Shipping and Seamen, General Register of Seamen: Seamen's Records.
  2. [S520] Dorothea Maria Richards, Bessie Blake Withell.
  3. [S198] Index to Unassisted Arrivals NSW 1842-1855, Brother.
  4. [S198] Index to Unassisted Arrivals NSW 1842-1855, Brother, Reel SMH.
  5. [S362] Report of civil claim for damages., The Mining Record, 2 December 1864. Information taken from The Argus.
  6. [S369] , p.60. This was searched at the Ballarat Library.
  7. [S74] Public Transport Corporation, Victoria Records Management Section,.
  8. [S72] Obituary John Withell 1893, Ballarat Courier.
  9. [S18] England, Death Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths, Reg. No. 1893/4595.
  10. [S71] Cemetery Register.

Betty Blake Withell

F, b. before 22 September 1833, d. 6 December 1902
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
     Betty was born before 22 September 1833 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. She married William Downie Morrison on 20 September 1854 at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.1 Betty died MORISON Catherine D. MORISON died Apr. 23, 1892 aged 92 years. In memory of Bessie died Jan 30, 1866 age 5 yrs. Helen McKAY died July 19, 1877 age 1 year. Cecelia McG? died June 14, 1888 age 27 years. (on the foot of this stone it says - Children of William DOWNIE and Bessie MORRISON.) (side 2) Henry N. MORISON son of the late Donald MORISON of ???? Island Ross Shire Sotland died Feb. 20, 1853 aged 19 years. (side 3) William D. MORISON died Mar. 16, 1893 aged 72. Bessie Blake MORISON died Dec. 6, 1882 age 67 years. on 6 December 1902 at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.1

Citations

  1. [S90] Jean Carter Stirling, to Margaret Whitaker.

Jane Withell

F, b. before 18 November 1835, d. 24 May 1849
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
     Jane was born before 18 November 1835 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. Jane died in Dublin and was buried on 24 May 1849.. She had apparently not been in good health for a long time. News of her death had been sent to Padstow and a letter of condolence was sent from Dorothea Maria Richards in Padstow to John Withell in Ireland. This was found by Gertie Crosbie.

Charles Peter Withell

M, b. 18 July 1837, d. 1 June 1910
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
     Charles was born on 18 July 1837 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 He married Mary Ann Wilkie on 22 June 1857 at the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The marriage was performed by H.M. Lowe, M.A., Archdeacon, and the witnesses were Thomas Wilkie and William Gill. At the time of his marriage Charles occupation was that of a Commissariat Clerk.1 Charles was employed continuosly at H.M. Dockyard at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1870 -variously as clerk, writer, clerk/writer, cooper, professional cooper.1 By 1870 Charles had moved to Halifax, NS., with his wife and children, John, Jane and Charlotts Ellen.1 Charles retired from H.M.Dockyard at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1897.1 Charles was listed in the directory at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1897 as an employee at the dockyard.1 A tribute to Charles at age 72 was published on 1 June 1910 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.. Charles died of Bright's Disease at age 72 on 1 June 1910 at 50 Russell Street at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.1

Family

Mary Ann Wilkie b. 26 Jul 1839, d. 28 Apr 1898
Marriage*He married Mary Ann Wilkie on 22 June 1857 at the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Baptist at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The marriage was performed by H.M. Lowe, M.A., Archdeacon, and the witnesses were Thomas Wilkie and William Gill. At the time of his marriage Charles occupation was that of a Commissariat Clerk.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S45] Letter Nancy Tabbiner, 173 Valley Ridge Hts NW, Calgary AB
    Canada
    E-mail: e-mail address.

Ellen Maria Withell

F, b. before 11 September 1839, d. before 24 May 1849
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
     Ellen was born before 11 September 1839 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 Ellen died before 24 May 1849 at Island Bridge at Dublin, Ireland.2 She was buried on 24 May 1849 at Dublin, Ireland, No 1287 The register of Dublin cemetery at Harold's Cross records that the remains of Ellen Withell formerly residing in Island Bridge in the parish of St James were to be interred in Section A at the hour of 9 am on Thursday the 24th of May 1849 the fees having been paid -12 s. 6 p. .3

Citations

  1. [S47] England, Indexes to Births, General Register Office, England.
  2. [S78] Letters from Padstow and Ireland to Betty Blake Morrison in Newfoundland, 1845 - 1910,.
  3. [S78] Letters from Padstow and Ireland to Betty Blake Morrison in Newfoundland, 1845 - 1910, Certificate of Burial. No355.

Louisa Withell

F, b. December 1840, d. 1 July 1841
FatherJohn Withell b. b 25 Jul 1806, d. 27 May 1862
MotherMary Peter b. b 11 Jul 1808, d. 14 Jun 1846
     Louisa was born in December 1840 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 Louisa died on 1 July 1841 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. She was buried on 2 July 1841 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.2

Citations

  1. [S47] England, Indexes to Births, General Register Office, England.
  2. [S221] Padstow, St Petroc, Parish Register.

Charles Peter of Treator, gent

M, b. before 23 October 1774, d. 30 March 1814
FatherThomas Peter of St Endellion and St Teath b. b 12 Jul 1712, d. 23 May 1784
MotherMary Teague of Endellion b. b 30 Jan 1732
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     Charles was born before 23 October 1774 at St Endellion, Cornwall, England.1
     Charles was the youngest child of Thomas and Mary and fifteen years younger than his brother Thomas. His father seems to have been 20 years older than his mother so it is not surprising that he died when Charles was only 10.2
     In 1794 when Charles was 16 he inherited the property of Treator near Padstow from his father's cousin, Dr Thomas Peter surgeon. This property had been part of the marriage settlement in 1716 between William Peter and Jane Martyn and had been entailed to the male descendants in order of age. Although the death of Charles' older brother Thomas has not been found, he must have died first. Charles would have attained the age of twenty one shortly before 23rd October 1795, and would then have assumed the responsibilty of the estate in his own right..3,4
     Dorothea Maria Trelawny, formerly of Coldrinick, then of borough of Liskeard, widow and Charles Peter of Padstoe, gent. negotiated a reversionary lease for 99 years or the life of his wife Elizabeth Blake Peter(22), the term to begin after the death of Susanna Peter and Charles Peter. The messuage and tenement in Tredrissick, was formerly in possession of Mrs. Jane Kent, then of Charles Peter. Trees, quarries of slate and stone, mines and minerals reserved. Charles took responsibilty for repair including walls, windows, timbers, doors, coverings overhead etc. and suit and service was due to the manor of Trewornan. Re-entry could be made after arrears of 20 days in default of distress, or heriot not paid, waste to value of 40a. or repairs not attended after 6 months notice.5
     Charles signed a marriage settlement with Betty Blake Bone on 25 April 1807 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.6
     He made a will on 29 April 1807 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.7
     Charles died drowning on 30 March 1814 near Rock in the Camel estuary at St Minver, Cornwall, England.
He was accidentally drowned in the Camel Estuary near Rock. This was reported on 2 April 1814 in the Royal Cornwall Gazette. The story of the drowning was related at a later date in a tiny handwritten book found at C.R.O titled "Peter's of St Minver further extracts from letters from a dear friend now passed away" "The Peter family from time immemorial had been large land proprietors in this part of Cornwall. One of their descendants told me that they possessed farms and seats from the higher parts of St. Kew to St. Ervan and St. Eval. John and Charles seem to have been favourite names in the family. It is somewhat singular that the late Charles Peter of the family should have spent the last day of his life at Treglynes (a farm in St Minver) he came there to dine and remain the day - his house was at Treator 1 mile from Padstow. When he reached Rock in the evening, he found no ferry was there, he was disappointed feared how unhappy it would make his family. A friend and a young man offered to put him across the river. I suppose it was in the winter, the sea must have risen, they were all drowned. His body was not found until 6 weeks after - it had sunk in the sand near Can?? (about the year 1815). When found it was fully dressed. Gentlemen at that time wore frills to their shirts in front. The pleating even had not been displaced, it was a very terrible bereavement to his family rather a large family 2 or 3 just past babies. His wife was a sister of my husbands mother. When he attained his majority he had land worth L40,000 but some how there was not much property left. He was a good man, all of the Peter family at all times were noted for their generosity. Their charity was unlimited it used to be a saying the Peters gave away all they had. I trust they have treasure in heaven".3
     He was buried on 4 May 1814 at the Collegiate Church, St Endellion, Cornwall, England. His body had been found near St Endellion on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary to his home at Treator and the church at Padstow. St Endellion was the family church where Charles had been baptised and where his father, Thomas Peter gent was buried. The tombstone of Thomas has now been incorporated into the floor of the main church but a record of a tombstone for Charles has not been found..8,9

Family

Betty Blake Bone b. b 29 Nov 1775, d. 27 Jul 1830
Marriage Settlement*
     Charles signed a marriage settlement with Betty Blake Bone on 25 April 1807 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.6 
Children

Citations

  1. [S161] St Endellion Cornwall, Parish Register.
  2. [S187] England, Birth Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births.
  3. [S141] Letter from Karen Gale, Vancouver CA.
  4. [S299] William Peter, Marriage Settlement 1716, Prideaux Brune Family Papers.
  5. [S202] Lease of Tredrizzick in St Minver, Darell, Darell Stephens and Stephens of Trewornan St Minver, DS/289.
  6. [S162] Charles Peter, Indenture of marriage settlement 1807,.
  7. [S266] Charles Peter gent, Will 1807.
  8. [S519] Margaret Whitaker,.
  9. [S161] St Endellion Cornwall, Parish Register, Archival refrence FP55 1/14.

Betty Blake Bone

F, b. before 29 November 1775, d. 27 July 1830
FatherJohn Bone gent of Padstow and Probus b. b 13 Jul 1742, d. 27 Jan 1814
MotherMaria Blake b. b 9 May 1753, d. b 30 Oct 1826
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     Betty was born before 29 November 1775 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. She married Charles Peter of Treator, gent on 21 January 1796 at the church of St Petroc, Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 Betty Blake Bone signed an Indenture of apprenticeship for Mary Derrick age 12 on 25 March 1817 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.2 3Betty Blake Peter engaged young apprentices to be trained as house servants. A settlement was signed for Mary Derrick age 12 on 25 March 1817.4 An Advertisement appeared in The Times Newspaper, London for the Auction sale of Treator, Padstow.

     CORNWALL - Valuable Freehold Property_

To be SOLD by AUCTION, at Osborne's Hotel. In Padstow, in the county of Cornwall, on Wednesday the 11th of June next, at four o'clock in the afternoon precisely, the FEE SIMPLE and INHERITANCE of all that capital MESSUAGE and FARM, entitled or known by the name of Treator, situate in the said parish of Padstow, and formerly the residence of Charles Peter, esq. Deceased, consisting of a handsome commodious dwelling house, gardens, barns, a thrashing machine worked by water, with grist mill attached, stables, and all other convenient outhouses, and about 91 acres, statute measure, of exceedingly rich arable, meadow and pasture land. The dwelling-house contains a dining room, drawing room, parlour, 2 kitchens, 8 bedrooms, extensive cellars, and every other conveniency, and is in all respects well adapted for the residence of a large genteel family. The above premises are pleasantly situate about half a mile from the sea port and market town of Padstow, whence lime and every species of manure may be obtained at a moderate expense, and from whence immense quantities of corn and grain are annually exported, about 7 miles from St Columb, and 7 from Wadebridge: are in a high state of cultivation, and in situation and fertility may perhaps vie with any estate of similar extent in the west of England. A part of the house and the whole of the estate, with the exception of the lawn and a meadow, are now in the occupation of Mr. John Vivian, as tenant, at the yearly rent of 200£, whose term therein will expire at Michaelmass, 1825.

Immediately after the sale of the estate, a High or Chief rent of 13s. 4d. per annum, payable out of the lands of the late Humphrey Prideaux, esq. in the said parish of Padstow, will be submitted to sale.
A person will be in attendance to show the premises, and any further information may be obtained on application (if by letter, post paid) to Messrs. Adlington, Gregory and Faulkner, 1, Bedford-row, London: or to Mr. Cockell, solicitor, Wadebridge, Cornwall. - Wadebridge, 25th May 1823.5
She was administrative acct on 24 April 1824 at Padstow, Cornwall, England; The original lease was made by William Peter of Padstow gent who died intestate, a batchelor, then Thomas Peter his only brother, then Charles Peter, then sons of Charles - Thomas, John and William.

A Mary Peter spinster ofthe same parish was also a witness to the declaration.6 The sale documents using procedure of lease and release for Treator and Trevone etc were signed on 27 and 28 May 1824, giving the properties to John Pearse of St Kew. Because of the Trust set up by Charles Peter this required the signature of Thomas Avery of Padstow, collector of customs and Betty Blake Bone of Treator, widow as well as Thomas Peter of Clerkenwell. The property was mortgaged to Wm Glasson of Budock and Francis Camborne Paynter who also participated in the sale.7 On 28 September 1825 at Tredrizzick, St Minver, Cornwall, England, Betty Blake Bone revoked the contract she had made with Charles Peter regarding the disposal of a property between the children. Her two daughters were left an equal cash inheritance.8 She made a will on 4 August 1827 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. Her remaining real and personal estate was bequeathed to her oldest daughter Dorothea Maria Peter.
.9 Betty died on 27 July 1830 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 Betty's will was probated on 20 July 1844 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. Administration was granted to Maria Dorothea Richards formerly Peter, the sole executrix and beneficiary.10

Family

Charles Peter of Treator, gent b. b 23 Oct 1774, d. 30 Mar 1814
Marriage*She married Charles Peter of Treator, gent on 21 January 1796 at the church of St Petroc, Padstow, Cornwall, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S221] Padstow, St Petroc, Parish Register.
  2. [S140] Padstow Apprenticeship Indentures, Parish Settlement Papers, Padstow, LSD Film 1596395.
  3. [S140] Padstow Apprenticeship Indentures, Parish Settlement Papers, Padstow, Film 1596395 p.170/14/1/61.
  4. [S10] 1851.
  5. [S517] "The Times". London, p.2 Issue 11877, Col A.
  6. [S274] Maria Bone, Lease of Trelowsa, Padstow.
  7. [S62] Prideaux Brune Family Papers,.
  8. [S518] Betty Blake Peter to her children, Deed, Document held by Malcom McCarthy.
  9. [S148] Betty Blake Peter, Will 1827.
  10. [S263] Betty Blake Peter, Administration of Estate, No. 212.

Mary Davies

F, b. 14 April 1829, d. 24 November 1914
FatherRichard Davies b. b 22 Sep 1790, d. b 1861
MotherJane Lloyd b. b 7 Oct 1804
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     Mary was born on 14 April 1829 at Talgarth, Breconshire, Wales. She was the second child of Richard Davies and Jane Lloyd..1

Sometime before 1840 the family moved to the Dowlais area in Glamorganshire where a brother was born. It has not been possible to confirm where the family was living on the night of 30th March 1841 when the census was taken and it seems likely that they were not actually together. Richard may have moved ahead of his wife and children in order to get work and the eldest duaghter may also have been been working away from home.

She married John O'Connor on 4 April 1851 at NSW Dowlais, Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorganshire, Wales. They were married in the Registry Office and the witnesses were her sister Sarah and Evan Edwards. John was a labourer aged 24 and Mary was a seamstress aged 22. John's father was identified as John O'Connor, labourer and Mary's father was Richard Davies, Shoemaker..2,3 John and Mary decided to emigrate and just seven months later they were to leave for Australia. They travelled from Merthyr to Plymouth, where they joined the emigrants on the Joseph Somes. They sailed on 21 October 1851. John was listed as an Irish immigrant and had paid two pounds for passage for himself and his wife.4 Mary and John arrived on in Sydney Australia on 1 February 1852.5 We don't know how long they actually stayed together but a John O'Connor developed Phthisis, now known as Tubercolosis of the lungs and died in a Melbourne hospital on 14 March 1855. Unfortunately the certificate has no information regarding a spouse or parents and Mary was not noted as a witness to the death.6

She married John Withell on 26 July 1866 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Mary Davies and Jane Withell appeared on the census of 1903 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; Mary and her daughter Jane were living in Armstrong Street.7 Mary Davies was admitted to the emergancy department of the Ballarat Hospital on 1 October 1908; The hospital record noted 179 Armstrong Street as her residence and Wales as her birthplace
Emergency: Age: 80. Mary died at age 85 on 24 November 1914 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.8 She was buried on 24 November 1914 in the Old cemetery at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.9 A tribute to Mary as a native of Breconshire South Wales, was published on 24 November 1914 in the Ballarat Courier. .

Family 1

John O'Connor b. 1827, d. 14 Mar 1855
Marriage*

She married John O'Connor on 4 April 1851 at NSW Dowlais, Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorganshire, Wales. They were married in the Registry Office and the witnesses were her sister Sarah and Evan Edwards. John was a labourer aged 24 and Mary was a seamstress aged 22. John's father was identified as John O'Connor, labourer and Mary's father was Richard Davies, Shoemaker..2,3 

Family 2

John Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
Marriage*She married John Withell on 26 July 1866 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Children

Citations

  1. [S256] Talgarth, Wales, Bethlehem Chapel Parish register, Parish Register, Births and baptisms, 1804-1837, Family History Library BRITISH Film, 828101 Item 18.
  2. [S26] England, Indexes to Marriages, General Register Office, England.
  3. [S3] England, Marriage Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Marriages.
  4. [S132] Passenger List, Joseph Somes, List of Immigrants. Vol. 12.
  5. [S132] Passenger List, Joseph Somes.
  6. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths., 1855 Death Certificate, John O'Connor.
  7. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1903 Ancestry.com.
  8. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths., 1914 Reg. No 12427.
  9. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths.

William Downie Morrison

M, b. 27 January 1820, d. 16 March 1892
     William was born on 27 January 1820. He married Betty Blake Withell on 20 September 1854 at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.1 William died at age 72 on 16 March 1892 at St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.1

Citations

  1. [S90] Jean Carter Stirling, to Margaret Whitaker.

Sarah Jane Davis

F, b. 21 July 1856, d. 1858
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Sarah was born on 21 July 1856 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Sarah died in 1858 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Mary Withell

F, b. 15 April 1858, d. 30 August 1905
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Mary was born on 15 April 1858 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.1 She married Adam Merrie Thomson on 14 January 1878 at Portland, Victoria, Australia.2 Mary died at age 47 on 30 August 1905 at Box Hill, Melbourne, Australia. She was buried at Box Hill, Melbourne, Australia.

Family

Adam Merrie Thomson b. 12 Jul 1841, d. 7 Mar 1902
Children

Citations

  1. [S4] Victoria, Australia, Birth Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., Mary Withell 1858 Reg. No.6663.
  2. [S6] Victoria, Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., Mary Withell 1879 Reg No.799.

William Davis Withell

M, b. 18 September 1859, d. 29 April 1911
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     William was born on 18 September 1859 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He married Emily Jane Davis in 1880 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. William was employed at Victorian Railways as a Repairer Ganger at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, on 29 August 1883. This was his frst appointment. Ref R 84 G 89.1 He made a will on 27 June 1897 at Heyfield, Victoria, Australia. William died at age 51 William was reputed to have died in a railway accident. In fact he committed suicide. on 29 April 1911 at Heyfield, Victoria, Australia.2 He was buried on 1 May 1911 at Heyfield, Victoria, Australia.

Family

Emily Jane Davis b. 1861, d. 31 Jan 1920
Children

Citations

  1. [S74] Public Transport Corporation, Victoria Records Management Section,.
  2. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths., 1911 Reg. No.5325.

John Davis Withell

M, b. 7 February 1864, d. 20 August 1912
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     John was born on 7 February 1864 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. John was employed at Victorian Railways Traffic Branc as a Porter at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, on 20 August 1885.1 He resided Childe Street, at Stawell, Victoria, Australia, before 8 August 1889.
[;CR:]he married Margaret Louisa Davies on 8 August 1889 at Stawell, Victoria, Australia. The ceremony was performed by Frederick Page, the minister of the Independant Church, in the home of the bride's parent's in Fisher Street.. They were attended by Jane Withell (John's sister) who had travelled from Ballarat and Margaret's brother David Davies. Both were able to sign as witnesses. Margaret Louise was a dressmaker and John was a railwayman..2 A census listed John as head of household in 1901 John and Margaret
Louisa were living in Moore Street. at Ararat, Victoria, Australia. His occupation was.3 John registered to vote in 1908 at Moore Street, Ararat, Victoria, Australia. The faily were living at Moore Street, Ararat.

John was posted to Maryborough in about 1910. John had been ill for several years with pulmonary consumption. By 1912 John's health had obviously deteriorated to the point where he needed to make provision for his family and on 24th July he made a will, leaving his household furniture, any money in banks and the proceeds of a Life Assurance to his wife Margaret Louisa Withell. This was only one month before his death. After payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH unto my wife Margaret Louisa Withell all Household Furniture of which I am possessed or may become possessed. All Money that may be in savings or other bank. Also 200 pounds Life Assurance together with all Bonds in the National Mutual Life Association on Policies Nos. 0270 & 02102 & now held by Railway Department to be used for herself as she may wish.
AND I HEREBY APPOINT Mr.David Roberts Tuaggra Street Maryborough EXECUT this my will IN WITNESS wherof I have hereunto set my hand this 24th day of July in the year 1912
Signed by the said Testator etc     John Davis Withell
Witnessed      David Roberts. August E Friedlieb.4
John was ill for about 3 years with Phthisis. He was only 48 years old when died on 20 August 1912 leaving Margaret Louisa and a family of five, the youngest, Olive, being 13 years old. CHECK OU Phthisis- Consumption /TB.5 John's will was probated in Maryborough on 8 September 1912 . There was no real estate. Household effects were valued at 48 pounds, savings in the bank totalled 77 pounds 10s.7p. and the life assurance including bonuses amounted to 250 pounds.

Family

Margaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
Marriage*
[;CR:]he married Margaret Louisa Davies on 8 August 1889 at Stawell, Victoria, Australia. The ceremony was performed by Frederick Page, the minister of the Independant Church, in the home of the bride's parent's in Fisher Street.. They were attended by Jane Withell (John's sister) who had travelled from Ballarat and Margaret's brother David Davies. Both were able to sign as witnesses. Margaret Louise was a dressmaker and John was a railwayman..2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S74] Public Transport Corporation, Victoria Records Management Section,.
  2. [S6] Victoria, Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., 1889 Reg. No. 6115 Original doument held by Alwyn Wain.
  3. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1901 Ancestry.com.
  4. [S352] John Davis Withell, Will 1912.
  5. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths., 1912 Reg. No. 10796.

Elizabeth Jane Davis Withell

F, b. 1862, d. 25 February 1863
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Elizabeth was born in 1862 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She was buried on 25 February 1863 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; Check actual grave no.1 Elizabeth died Age 8 months on 25 February 1863 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.1

Citations

  1. [S71] Cemetery Register.

Jane Withell

F, b. 1866, d. 11 May 1946
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Jane was born in 1866 at Trawalla, Victoria, Australia.1 She and Mary Davies appeared on the census of 1903 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; Mary and her daughter Jane were living in Armstrong Street.2 Jane died Check year. Index has 1941/14802 on 11 May 1946 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. She was buried on 14 May 1946 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Index has 1941 /18402 age 77..

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia.
  2. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1903 Ancestry.com.

Richard Withell

M, b. January 1868, d. 26 October 1868
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Richard was born in January 1868 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Richard would have been named after his maternal grandfather, Richard Davies..1 Richard died on 26 October 1868 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.2 He was buried on 28 October 1868 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Old Cemetery, Section 2 Cen. No. 6 in Row..3 He Someone has placed a note on the 'Find My Graves' website as follows:-
Birth:      1867 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Death:      Oct. 26, 1868, Ballarat
Victoria, Australia.

Richard, the son of Ballarat miner John Withell and his wife, Mary, was only ten months old when he contracted bronchitis, and after a week of suffering died from this condition.4

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Richard Withell 1868 Reg. No.386.
  2. [S15] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Deaths, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwelth of Australia., Richard Withell 1868 age 10 mths. Reg No. 7925.
  3. [S71] Cemetery Register.
  4. [S493] Richard Withell, Online cemetery information.

Adam Merrie Thomson

M, b. 12 July 1841, d. 7 March 1902
     Adam was born on 12 July 1841 at Glasgow, Scotland.1 Adam was employed at Victorian Railways as a Traffic Weighbridge operator on 28 February 1877.1 He married Mary Withell on 14 January 1878 at Portland, Victoria, Australia.2 Adam died at age 60 on 7 March 1902 at Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia.

Family

Mary Withell b. 15 Apr 1858, d. 30 Aug 1905
Children

Citations

  1. [S74] Public Transport Corporation, Victoria Records Management Section,.
  2. [S6] Victoria, Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., Mary Withell 1879 Reg No.799.

Betsy Withell

F, b. 1 December 1869, d. 1942
FatherJohn Withell b. 7 Apr 1831, d. 14 May 1893
MotherMary Davies b. 14 Apr 1829, d. 24 Nov 1914
     Betsy was born on 1 December 1869 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.1 Betsy died in 1942 at E. Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.2

Family

Child

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Betsy Withell 1870 Reg. No. 278.
  2. [S15] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Deaths, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwelth of Australia., Reg. No. 1942/5717.

Margaret Louisa Davies

F, b. 26 February 1863, d. 22 July 1950
FatherDavid Davies b. 25 Mar 1832, d. 9 Oct 1904
MotherHannah Davies b. s 1827, d. 13 Aug 1900
ChartsAncestors Margaret Wain 12 gen.
     Margaret Louisa was born on 26 February 1863 at Maldon, Victoria, Australia. The birth was registered on 10 April 1863, by her mother, who called herself Anne as she had for her marriage. The midwife was noted as Mrs. Ross. The family were living at Lisles' Gully on the outskirts of the town.1

Opportunities for girls growing up in small mining towns such as Stawell were limited but Margaret was to establish herself as a dressmaker, living at home with her parents.

About 1888 she met John Davis Withell who had been transferred to Stawell by the Victorian railways and they decided to get married. Margaret was 26 and John was just one year younger.

She and John Davis Withell were married on 8 August 1889. The ceremony was performed by Frederick Page, the minister of the Independant Church, in the home of the bride's parent's in Fisher Street.. They were attended by Jane Withell (John's sister) who had travelled from Ballarat and Margaret's brother David Davies. Both were able to sign as witnesses. Margaret Louise was a dressmaker and John was a railwayman..2 Margaret Louisa Davies was listed as a wife in the census report taken in 1901 at Ararat, Victoria, Australia.3
Margaret was living in Hamilton when she was registered to vote in 1908.

Margaret Louisa became a widow following the death of John Davis Withell on 20 August 1912. The place of death which was given as Victoria Street was probably the family home at that time.

Because railway employees were liable to be transferred, John and Margaret had not purchased a home although he appears to have been in a financial positoin to do so. However when left on her own, Margaret decided to settle in Maryborough and on 22 May 1914 she signed the contract for the purchase of a property in Argyll Street. There is no record of a mortgage on the title indicating that Margaret Louisa had managed to finance the full purchase price herself. The proceeds from the Insurance Policy due on her husband's life, would have made this possible. I have not heard it suggested that she worked apart from dressmaking, but she was reputed to be very careful with her money. Her children related that when they began earning, they always had to send money home to their mother.4

About 1936, Margaret Louisa and her unmarried daughter Olive moved to Melbourne and took up residence with her second daughter Margaret Odgers and her husband. Not long after the move to Melbourne, her eldest daughter Lily Wain became ill, and following her death on 10 January 1937, Margaret Louisa and Olive moved into the house in Newport with Jim Wain and the two children.

Margaret died at age 87 in 1950. At 15 Hawthorn Road Northcote, surrounded by a number of her family. Later Aunty Margaret said there was a request from the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages at the time of Margaret Louise's death to report to the office because there was a problem about the number of Davis / Davies entries. Age on D.cert. 86. on 22 July 1950 at Northcote, Victoria, Australia.5,6 She was buried on 25 July 1950 at Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.7

Family

John Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
Marriage*

She and John Davis Withell were married on 8 August 1889. The ceremony was performed by Frederick Page, the minister of the Independant Church, in the home of the bride's parent's in Fisher Street.. They were attended by Jane Withell (John's sister) who had travelled from Ballarat and Margaret's brother David Davies. Both were able to sign as witnesses. Margaret Louise was a dressmaker and John was a railwayman..2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S4] Victoria, Australia, Birth Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., Margaret Louisa Davies No. 8809 Registered 10 April 1863.
  2. [S6] Victoria, Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia. Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register., 1889 Reg. No. 6115 Original doument held by Alwyn Wain.
  3. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1901 Ancestry.com.
  4. [S348] Maryborough, Title deeds, State of Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Maryborough Vol. 1936 Fol.367097.
  5. [S15] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Deaths, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwelth of Australia., Reg. No. 1950/8067.
  6. [S121] Monumental Inscription,.
  7. [S121] Cemetery records Methodist NA 334,.

John David Withell

M, b. 1891, d. 3 December 1965
FatherJohn Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
MotherMargaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
     John was born in 1891 at Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.1 He was registered as a voter in 1914 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.2 John David Withell enlisted in the AIF at Maryborough, Victoria on 16 June 1917. He had been a Railway employee and his rank following enlistment was a Sapper.He trained as a signalman in the 16/3rd Division at the Seymour barracks until 22 October 1917. His unit emarked from Melbourne Victoria on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917. He served first inSuez and was then transferred to France.

He returned to Australia on 13 July 1919.3 He appeared on the census of 1919 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.4 He married Stella May Costick in 1922.5 John died on 3 December 1965 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.6 He was buried on 7 December 1965 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.7

Family

Stella May Costick b. 1900, d. 14 Aug 1970
Marriage*He married Stella May Costick in 1922.5 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1891 Reg. No. 23607.
  2. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1914.
  3. [S378] AIF Database, AIF Database, Regimental No. 20456, AWM Embarkment Roll 22/13/5.
  4. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1919 Ancestry.com.
  5. [S28] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Marriages, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia., Reg No. 1922/12550/12551.
  6. [S15] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Deaths, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwelth of Australia., Reg. No. 1965/27419.
  7. [S96] Monumental Inscription.

Margaret Withell

F, b. 14 June 1894, d. 20 February 1987
FatherJohn Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
MotherMargaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
     Margaret was born on 14 June 1894 at Stawell, Victoria, Australia.1

Aunty Margaret said she was born in Stawell but her parents lived at Hamilton. Her mother Margaret Louisa went to her mother's home in Stawell for the birthing. Jimmy and Ollie were born in Hamilton near the station. They went to school first at Hamilton then at Ararat when their father John Davis Withell was transferred to Ararat. Aunty Margaret went to Willara to learn her trade but she had to wash up dishes at a tea shop to earn her board. Home at weekend. Apparently invited to stay with an Ern Salter on a share farm out of Willara. Two young guys were working there also - Mick Wright and Ern Albert. After they moved to Maryborough in 1910 Margaret got a position at Swenschen Taylor.
She married Henry Arthur Curtis in December 1959 at Wesley Church in Melbourne. It was a very quiet ceremony with Robert Whitaker being her escort. Afterwards the party had a celebratory lunch at a small restaurant in the city.
Margaret died at age 92 on 20 February 1987 at Parkville Melb AUS, Victoria, Australia.2 She was buried on 22 February 1987 at Parkville Melb AUS, Victoria, Australia.3

Family

Henry Arthur Curtis b. 1890, d. 6 Jul 1972

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1894 Reg. No. 21157.
  2. [S16] Victoria, Australia, Death Certificate, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, Certified copy of particulars recorded in a register of deaths., Reg.No. 04653/87.
  3. [S121] Original Certifcate and personal knowledge,.

James Withell

M, b. 8 December 1896, d. before 6 September 1988
FatherJohn Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
MotherMargaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
     James was born on 8 December 1896 at Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.1 He was ill with (an unknown value) on 16 January 1911 at Essendon, Victoria, Australia, He was admitted to hospital. He married Doris Emily Green in 1921.2 He married Ellie Barnes in 1928.3 James Withell began military service in 1939 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Next of Kin Ellie Withell.4 James died before 6 September 1988 at Beaumauris, Victoria, Australia. He was buried on 6 September 1988 at Springvale, Victoria, Australia; Cremation.

Family 1

Doris Emily Green b. 1897, d. 16 Jan 1923
Marriage*He married Doris Emily Green in 1921.2 
Child

Family 2

Ellie Barnes b. 11 May 1901, d. b 14 Nov 1997
Marriage*He married Ellie Barnes in 1928.3 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1896 Reg. No. 3872R.
  2. [S28] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Marriages, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia., Reg No. 1921/2944.
  3. [S28] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Marriages, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia., Reg. No. 1928/7244.
  4. [S378] AIF Database, AIF Database, A9300/ Barcode 5259913.

Olive Withell

F, b. 19 September 1899, d. 7 July 1982
FatherJohn Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
MotherMargaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
     Olive was born on 19 September 1899 at Ararat, Victoria, Australia. Reg at Hamilton. Is that where they were living?.1 She appeared on the census of 1924 at Hopetown, Victoria, Australia.2 Olive died at age 82 on 7 July 1982 at Brighton, Victoria, Australia. She was buried on 9 July 1982.

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1899 Reg. No. 27029.
  2. [S94] Victoria, Australia, Electoral Roll, , 1924 Ancestry.com.

William Milton Withell

M, b. 1904, d. 19 January 1907
FatherJohn Davis Withell b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 20 Aug 1912
MotherMargaret Louisa Davies b. 26 Feb 1863, d. 22 Jul 1950
     William was born in 1904.1 William died on 19 January 1907 at Ararat, Victoria, Australia. Noted on M I but need to check which MI and actual wording. Also CD version gives date as 19 June 1906..2 He was buried on 20 January 1907 at Ararat, Victoria, Australia, in the same grave as his uncle David Davies.3

Citations

  1. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1904 Reg. No. 14772.
  2. [S22] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Births, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia, 1907 Reg. No. 16.
  3. [S358] Methodist, Grave No. 2059, Grave Book.

Martin Withell

M, b. before 28 January 1806, d. 22 June 1859
FatherSamuel Withell b. b 26 Jul 1776, d. 3 Jan 1851
MotherJoanna Hambly b. b 20 May 1770, d. b 27 Nov 1844
     Martin Withell carpenter was left the sum of one shilling in his father's will dated 21 December 1850 at Padstow. Have no record of where he was living. Martin was born before 28 January 1806 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. Martin was employed at as a Carpenter on 28 December 1847.1 He married Elizabeth Watts in December 1848 at St Germans district, Cornwall, England.2 A census listed Martin as head of household on 30 March 1851 at Tower Hamlets, London, England. His occupation was.3 Martin died on 22 June 1859 King's College Hospital at St Clement Danes LDN, England.4

Family

Elizabeth Watts b. s 1811, d. s 1885
Children

Citations

  1. [S187] England, Birth Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births, Francis Watts Withell 1847.
  2. [S26] England, Indexes to Marriages, General Register Office, England.
  3. [S10] 1851.
  4. [S18] England, Death Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths, 1859 Martin Withell.

William Withell

M, b. before 21 September 1808, d. 2 March 1887
FatherSamuel Withell b. b 26 Jul 1776, d. 3 Jan 1851
MotherJoanna Hambly b. b 20 May 1770, d. b 27 Nov 1844
     WILLIAM WITHELL (1808-1887)


     William Withell was born in Padstow and baptised in the parish church on the 21st of September 1808. He was the third son of a ship builder called Samuel Withell and his wife Joanna (nee Hambly). On the 21st of December 1832 he married Elizabeth Gillard, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gillard from the parish of Gwennap. Their first child, Tryphena, was baptised four months later on the 6th of March 1833. Their second child was another girl, baptised Tryphosa on the 23rd of June 1835 but she died and was buried on the 19th of September 1836 at the age of 1. Ten months later a third daughter was born and was namedTryphosa Kate but known throughout her life as `Kate’. It must have been soon after this that the Withells became involved with the Methodist movement, then very strong in Cornwall because she and all her younger siblings were not baptised in the Church of England but in the local circuit chapel. Elizabeth was born in the first days of 1840 and baptised at the age of three weeks on the 27th of January that year in the Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel, St. Columb circuit. The census taken the following year shows the family as living in Mill street, Padstow. On that night they had a house guest, fifteen year-old Harriet Gillard, presumably the children's aunt.

     Not only was Padstow involved in building ships for the coastal trade but the schooners built there were said to be some of the fastest launched from any port in Great Britain. The life of the shipyard worker started at seven o'clock in the morning with a break at mid-day for lunch, which usually consisted of a pasty made of turnip and bacon.

     On the 7th of May 1841, the `West Briton' newspaper included and article reporting the following:

On Wednesday evening, Mr W. Withell, ship-builder of Padstow, and seven of his men, after leaving their work, took their gig and rowed to the island of Newland (West of Rump's point) in search of gulls' eggs. On getting into the boat, the lift of the sea hove her on a projecting rock, and the tide immediately falling eight or ten feet, she upset, and with much difficulty, five saved themselves by getting on the island but James Docton, son of Mr. Docton, printer, and John Brenton, were drowned. The former has left a wife and one child, and the latter a wife a four children to lament their untimely loss. The boat was dashed to pieces, and the other six persons remained on the island for some hours, calling for help, till a vessel came by, which took them off and landed them safely.

     Elizabeth gave birth to her fifth daughter, Mary in July 1842 and a son, William Jnr. was born on the 8th of June 1844. He was followed by Johanna in 1847 and Maria in 1849. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Park Cottage near Malpas, just over one mile downriver from Truro. The 1851 census mentions William and Elizabeth, five of their surviving daughters, their only son and their lodgers, John and Celia Tibbit and their three children aged eight, five and three. Sixteen year-old Tryphena, a milliner, was living with Harriet and William Stribley, perhaps her aunt and uncle. William and Elizabeth’s ninth child, Samuel Thomas, was born at Park Cottage on the 11th of December 1851.

     After the move to Truro, William set up his business at Sunny Corner on the Truro river and there he built several ships, including an unnamed 30 ton ship in 1854 and the 67 ton schooner Mary in 1855. After a few years, William moved the family back to the coast, settling at the Porth in the parish of St. Columb minor. The family was completed in the years that followed with the births of two more sons, Frederick and Robert, both of whom were Christened in the parish church on the 9th of August 1860.

     On the 21st of January 1859, the "Royal Cornwall Gazette" carried the following announcement:

Whereas a petition of William Withell of the Porth in the Parish of St. Columb Minor, in the county of Cornwall, shipbuilder, shipwright, boatbuilder, dealer in timber, tar, oakum, rosin, pitch, nails, iron, paint, oil and varnish, and Chapman, formerly carrying on the same trade and business at a place called and known as Sunny Corner on the banks of the Truro river and near to Malpas in the Parish of St. Clement, in the said county, an insolvent debtor, having been filed in the County Court of Cornwall, holden at Town Hall, in St. Columb Minor, in the said county, and an interim order for protection from process having been given to the said William Withell, under the provisions of the statutes in that case made and provided, the said William Withell is hearby required to appear in the said court to be holden at St. Columb Major aforesaid, before the judge of the said court, on the 14th day of February next, at 12 o'clock at Noon precisely, for his examination touching his debts, estate and effects and to be further dealt with according to the provision of the said statutes: and notice is Hereby Given that the choice of assignees is to take place at the time so appointed.
All persons indebted to the said William Withell, or who have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to George Browne Collins, Esq., the Registrar of the said court at his office in Bond Street, Saint Columb Major, in the said county.

     By 1865 William and Elizabeth were living in Admiralty Street, East Stonehouse, Devon. Elizabeth had been suffering from cancer of the stomach and died on the 15th of August that year. William subsequently went to live with his younger daughter Johanna and her family in Saltash, the town his Great Grandmother Mary Dawbins had been born nearly 180 years earlier. He died at her home in Higher Pound Park on the 2nd March 1887, the cause of death being given on the death certificate as bronchtis. His age is given as 76 on the certificate but was more probably 78, given his baptismal date.

WILLIAM WITHELL (1808-18??)


     William Withell was born in Padstow and baptised in the parish church on the 21st of September 1808. He was the third
son of a ship builder called Samuel Withell and his wife Joanna (nee Hambly). On the 21st of December 1832 he married
Elizabeth Gillard, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gillard from the parish of Gwennap. Their first child, Tryphena, was
baptised four months later on the 6th of March 1833. Their second child was another girl, baptised Tryphosa on the 23rd of June
1835 but she died and was buried on the 19th of September 1836 at the age of 1. Ten months later a third daughter was born and
was named Tryphosa Kate. It must have been soon after this that the Withells became involved with the Methodist movement
then very strong in Cornwall because she and all her younger siblings were not baptised in the Church of England. Elizabeth was
born early in the year 1840 and was baptised at the age of three weeks on the 27th of January that year in the Wesleyan-Methodist
Chapel, St. Columb circuit. The census taken the following year shows the family as living in Mill street, Padstow. On that night
they had a house guest, fifteen year-old Harriet Gillard, presumably the children's aunt. The couple's fifth daughter, Mary arrived
in July 1842 and William and Elizabeth's only son, William Jnr. was born on the 8th of June 1844. He was followed by Johanna
in 1847 and Maria in 1849. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Park cottage near Malpas, just over one mile downriver from
Truro. The 1851 census mentions William and Elizabeth, their five surviving daughters, their only son and their lodgers, John
and Celia Tibbit and their three children aged eight, five and three. There is apparently an error in the information provided to
the enumerator because the same census for Padstow mentions Tryphosa Kate, listed as a milliner and living with Harriet and
William Stribley, presumably her aunt and uncle.
     After the move to Padstow, William set up his business at Sunny Corner on the Truro river and there he built several
ships, including an unnamed 30 ton ship in 1854 amd the 67 ton schooner Mary in 1855. After a few years there, William moved
the family back to the coast, settling at the Porth in the parish of St. Columb minor. On the 21st of January 1859, the "Royal
Cornwall Gazette" carried the following announcement: `Whereas a petition of William Withell of the Porth in the Parish of St.
Columb Minor, in the county of Cornwall, shipbuilder, shipwright, boatbuilder, dealer in timber, tar, oakum, rosin, pitch, nails,
iron, paint, oil and varnish, and Chapman, formerly carrying on the same trade and business at a place called and known as
Sunny Corner on the banks of the Truro river and near to Malpas in the Parish of St. Clement, in the said county, an insolvent
debtor, having been filed in the County Court of Cornwall, holden at Town Hall, in St. Columb Minor, in the said county, and an
interim order for protection from process having been given to the said William Withell, under the provisions of the statutes in
that case made and provided, the said William Withell is hearby required to appear in the said court to be holden at St. Columb
Major aforesaid, before the judge of the said court, on the 14th day of February next, at 12 o'clock at Noon precisely, for his
examination touching his debts, estate and effects and to be further dealth with according to the provision of the said statutes: and
notice is Hereby Given that the choice of assignees is to take place at the time so appointed.
     `All persons indebted to the said William Withell, or who have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but
to George Browne Collins, Esq., the Registrar of the said court at his office in Bond Street, Saint Columb Major, in the said
county.'


William was born before 21 September 1808 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.1,2 Marriage banns for William Withell were published on 2, 9 and 16 December 1832 at St Petroc, Padstow, Cornwall, England.2 He married Elizabeth Gillard on 21 December 1832 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. On 31 December 1834 at the Quarter Session held at Bodmin, William WIthiel shipwright of Padstow was indicted for the felony of stealing 24lbs. of rope, the property of John Tredwin (shipwright also of Padstow). Thomas rees, master of the 'Flora" of the Tenby in South Wales was called to give evidence but did not appear. William Withiell was acquitted. An estreat of recognizance was recorded against Thomas Reis but this was discharged on 8 April 1834 at the court at Truro, on evidence that Thomas had been unable to attend court due to an accident.3,4 LAUNCHES - Last week, a fine smack, called the "Sir William Molesworth," burthen 66 tons, was launched from the building-yard of Mr. William WITHELL, Padstow. The vessel does great credit to the builder.5 30 SEPTEMBER 1853, Friday

CHALLENGE BETWEEN SAILING BOATS. - After the late Truro regatta, an advertisement appeared in the West Briton, signed "George BEER, master of the Three Brothers," stating that he would said the boat " Cors" against any boat of her length, inside the Black Rock, Falmouth, for the sum of five pounds, any day between the 26th of August last, and the 28th of September. In reference to this, Mr. E. BRYANT, owner of the "William" writes to us as follows:- "On the Friday following the appearance of the advertisement, I answered the same by accepting the challenge, and appointing a meeting at the Dolphin Inn, Truro, for Monday the 5th of September, between the house of seven and eight p.m., for the purpose of making all necessary arrangements. On the 2nd of September, Mr. Beer and Mr. WITHELL waited on me, and requested me to postpone the time of meeting until Monday the 12th inst., as it would be impossible for them to attend on the 5th, and a further arrangement was made, that in case anything should happen to prevent their attending, a letter should be sent either to me or to Mr. William PETHERICK explaining the reasons, Mr. W. WILLIAMS and Mr. Petherick being witnesses to the agreement. On the 12th I went to the Dolphin at the time appointed, and waited there from seven until ten o'clock, but neither Beer nor Withell made their appearance. I should not have troubled you on this occasions but for the reason that interested parties have circulated a report that I did not attend according to appointment; suffice it to say on that point, that I have six or seven respectable witnesses who will prove my statement."6 A census listed William as head of household on 2 April 1871 at Falmouth, Cornwall, England. His occupation was.7 William died Bronchitis on 2 March 1887 Higher Pound Park at Saltash, Cornwall, England. Note this remembrance card held by descendant of Robert Withell indicating families had kept in touch.8 A tribute to William was published on 11 March 1887 Royal Cornwall Gazette p.5 at Saltash, Cornwall, England.. WITHELL AT Higher Round Park, New-road, Saltash, March 2, the residence of his daughter, William Withell aged 78.
The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 7 March 1887, Monday (Boneplace)
.9

Family

Elizabeth Gillard b. b 17 Jan 1813, d. 15 Aug 1865
Marriage*He married Elizabeth Gillard on 21 December 1832 at Padstow, Cornwall, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S32] Letter and Family group sheets from Burleigh Mottram, Elwood Victoria.
  2. [S221] Padstow, St Petroc, Parish Register.
  3. [S209] Cornwall Quarter Sessions, Quarter Session Order Books, Session held at Bodmin.
  4. [S209] Cornwall Quarter Sessions, Quarter Session Order Books, Session held at Truro, 8 April 1834.
  5. [S422] West Britain Newspaper, 4 September 1841.
  6. [S422] West Britain Newspaper.
  7. [S12] 1871.
  8. [S66] William Withell, 1887 Remembrance card, 1887,.
  9. [S91] Royal Cornwall Gazette.

Tryphena Withell

F, b. before 6 March 1833, d. 28 October 1906
FatherWilliam Withell b. b 21 Sep 1808, d. 2 Mar 1887
MotherElizabeth Gillard b. b 17 Jan 1813, d. 15 Aug 1865
     Tryphena was born before 6 March 1833 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. She emigrated in January 1862 from Melbourne, Australia,on the Agincourt. She disembarked at Port B.1 She married Thomas Marshall Johns in 1868 at Victoria, Australia.2 Tryphena died on 28 October 1906 at Majorca, Victoria, Australia. She was buried after 28 October 1906 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.

Citations

  1. [S373] Shipping List Agincourt, Index of Inward Passenger Lists for British, Foreign and New Zealand Ports 1852-1923, Fiche 198 p. 004.
  2. [S28] Victoria, Australia, Indexes to Marriages, Registry of Births, Deaths, Marriages, State of Victoria, Commonwealth of Australia., Tryphena Withell 1868 Reg. No. 2707.

Samuel Withell

M, b. before 25 November 1810, d. 24 August 1876
FatherSamuel Withell b. b 26 Jul 1776, d. 3 Jan 1851
MotherJoanna Hambly b. b 20 May 1770, d. b 27 Nov 1844
     Samuel was born before 25 November 1810 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. He married Elizabeth Wyatt in March 1841 at St Columb district, Cornwall, England.1 Samuel was employed as a joiner at Padstow, Cornwall, England, in 1845.2 A census listed Samuel as head of household on 30 March 1851 |house carpenter at Market Place, Padstow, Cornwall, England. His occupation was.3 Samuel died of gastritis and exhaustion on 24 August 1876 at Padstow, Cornwall, England.4 He was buried on 25 August 1876 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. The modern tombstone in his memory in the Padstow churchyard would have been placed at a later date and details are not correct. It reads - Samuel Withell died 8 April 1878 aged 68. Also John son of the above who died at Montreal Canada December 29th 1914 aged 61 years      .5,2

Family

Elizabeth Wyatt b. 1816, d. a 1881
Children

Citations

  1. [S26] England, Indexes to Marriages, General Register Office, England.
  2. [S221] Padstow, St Petroc, Parish Register.
  3. [S10] 1851.
  4. [S18] England, Death Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths, Samuel Withell 1876 St Columb.
  5. [S34] Samuel Withell gravestone, Monumental Inscription.

Elizabeth Gillard

F, b. before 17 January 1813, d. 15 August 1865
     Elizabeth was born before 17 January 1813 at Gwennap, Cornwall, England.1 She married William Withell on 21 December 1832 at Padstow, Cornwall, England. Elizabeth died of cancer of the stomach on 15 August 1865 at 74 Admiralty Street at East Stonehouse, Devon, England. Her husband William was present at her death.2 A tribute to Elizabeth was published on 25 August 1865 Royal Cornwall Gazette p.8 at East Stonehouse, Devon, England.. WITHIEL At Stonehouse, August 15, ELizabeth, wife of Mr. William Withiel, late of Padstow, aged 54.

Family

William Withell b. b 21 Sep 1808, d. 2 Mar 1887
Children

Citations

  1. [S89] Information from Dr. W James Leahey, Australia,.
  2. [S18] England, Death Certificate, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths, Elizabeth Withell 1865.