Category Archives: KERSWELL

JAMES MORGAN AND WILLIAM BROWN

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SHIPS AT SEA ( NOT OUR SHIPS. JUST SHIPS )

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WILHELMINA MCLEOD AND SIBLINGS WITH THEIR MOTHER JANET MACKAY IN 1839 and THE JACKSONS ON THE WILLIAM B BROWN IN 1853.

I stumbled across a classified advertisement in an 1839 Gazette for the ship WAVERLEY. I had been looking for the JAMES MORGAN on which I had been told that Wilhelmina and family travelled . It appears now that JAMES MORGAN is the Master’s name and the ship on which they immigrated is the WAVERLEY.

THE WAVERLEY seems also to be carrying Irish convicts so I shall begin looking. The Mcleods and Mackays are registered as from the SUTHERLAND SHIRE of SCOTLAND and coming as immigrants.

Finding that curly one caused me to wonder about the WILLIAM BROWN. I thought that might also have been the Master’s name rather than that of the ship. In fact it is the name of the Schooner and of the owner who, as you will see below, also becomes Master.

 

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http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/index.htm

Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters

There’s many a story to tell . . .

Masters, crew, a stowaway or two; passengers, cabin, saloon and steerage; births at sea, deaths at sea; deserters; vessels with one crew and one passenger and those with 70 crew and hundreds of passengers; simple single sail boats, barques, brigs, large steam ships; whaling voyages, regular coastal passenger trips, voyages from other Australian ports, London, San Francisco, China and other exotic ports – you will find them all here. 

The lists on this site are being transcribed from the State Records Authority of NSW Reels of the Shipping Master’s Office, Inwards Passengers Lists . . . . . . are added to weekly.

 

MARY ANNE WARNER provides this detailed site. I just found the WILLIAM B BROWN on it. The schooner on which the JACKSONS came free in 1853. Mary Anne has a gracious way of dealing with things which I envy and a knack of saying thanks to her helpers which I lack. Great Site.

 

AND FROM NLA. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article667247  The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 21 May 1853, page 2. News

The William Barry Brown, schooner, left
Honolulu 17th February, and called at Strong’s
Island. The crew of the Paragon, whaler of

Nantucket, Captain Nelson, were there, that
vessel having been wrecked on the outer reef on
the 20th March ; she had been out 27 months,
with 400 barrels, and part of the crew came on

to Sydney in the schooner. On account of some
misunderstanding existing between Captain
White, who commanded the William Barry
Brown,on her leaving Honolulu, and Mr. Brown

the owner, Captain While was left at Strong’s
Island.

 

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KERSWELL COAT OF ARMS COURTESY MIKE AND SHORT KERSWELL FAMILY HISTORY.

http://www.4crests.com/kerswell-family-crest-coat-arms.html

http://www.4crests.com/kerswell-coat-of-arms.html

 

LOOK FOR SUSANNAH KERSWELL

http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne’s-heritage-web-site

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Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters

Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters

http://mariners.records.nsw.gov.au/index.htm 

Mary-Anne Warner’s site transcribing STATE RECORDS of SHIPS. easy to navigate. Detailed.

There’s many a story to tell . . .

Masters, crew, a stowaway or two; passengers, cabin, saloon and steerage; births at sea, deaths at sea; deserters; vessels with one crew and one passenger and those with 70 crew and hundreds of passengers; simple single sail boats, barques, brigs, large steam ships; whaling voyages, regular coastal passenger trips, voyages from other Australian ports, London, San Francisco, China and other exotic ports – you will find them all here. 

The lists on this site are being transcribed from the State Records Authority of NSW Reels of the Shipping Master’s Office, Inwards Passengers Lists . . . . . . are added to weekly

MELINDA KENDALL : HER LIFE AND WRITINGS

A LETTER FROM PRESTON – 1737

The SANDERS have been traced in a direct line back to Kenton, Devon, UK. from those of us living in 21st Century Australia. Below is an extract from the Country Journal or The Craftsman , a London Newspaper of the 18th Century. My week buried in the SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GENEALOGISTS’ free trial of UK HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS from THE BRITISH LIBRARY has provided me with many snippets which I will gradually add to the site. Some, like this one, are simply background – reflections of the times in which our ancestors lived. This letter is in the period when John Sanders and Susannah Kerswell were living in Devon. It is from the COUNTRY JOURNAL or THE CRAFTSMAN . SATURDAY APRIL 9 1737. LONDON ENGLAND. ISSUE 562. I thought the Kenton referred to in this edition was OUR KENTON in Devon but on reflection think it likely to refer to the Kenton which is now a neighbourhood within London. I have left the articles in as they do provide such vivid images of the times in England.  In addition I spent hours looking at miniscule print to locate these obscurities and I am not wasting them.

http://www.british-towns.net/en/level_4_display.asp?GetL3=10109

 

MAP KENTON  This one is the Sanders Kenton in Devon.

AND THESE ARE THE EXTRACTS FROM 1737

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Yep. The wrong Kenton. This is the one near Harrow. Fires and burning seemed  a common occurrence. We read in the SYDNEY HERALD of 1831 of wee servant lasses running screaming from their workplaces with skirts afire. Melinda McNally was already in the service of Rev Richard Hill at the age of 9 . I myself am fond of the GREY HORSE called COW and would have bet on him. Izzy is of Polish Descent and doesn’t fancy encountering the spectres arising from “the Scarcity of Provisions ” .

poland poverty 1737 country craftsman fire in kenton

other KENTONS : http://www.rahul.net/kenton/OtherKentons.html

 

MELINDA KENDALL

DEVON AND THE SANDERS

The Sanders came to Australia from DEVON in England. I had some information about this but now thanks to Jan and Barry Maurice I have a good deal more as well as some padding. A visit to the Macleay District Museum is on the Books . I went there once but was looking at the memorial for my Fathers Uncle Bert who was killed in WWI. I was surprised then when the Assistant recognised the family look and told me a little about BlackBerry Sanders . I now know a good deal more about that too. I am doing research for Izzy on Melinda McNally Kendall and despite the Literary nature of the family and the established Kendall identity in the Illawarra have had very little feedback – but when it come to SANDERS – there seem to be a lot of us with the same passion for detail and inquiring minds. My Father Bruce who was the son of John George who was the son of Frederick John who was the son  of BlackBerry Bill – kept a diary throughout his entire time of service in WWII and thereafter chronicled his daily life with detailed accuracy  . I have the letters he wrote home almost weekly during the war –  http://www.blognow.com.au/BRUCESANDERS/ – still a little messy but I will get to them and now thanks to equally pedantic cousins – I have Images and anecdotes in abundance. Well- being a Sanders Myself – I could always do with MORE details. I am adding what I can here in the confidence that those who have given me these things wish as I do for the Sanders not to be lost in a box, or disposed of inadvertently.

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The lad on the left is the handsome Uncle Bert of my childhood legends – Herbert Burdett Sanders , who died overseas. He is with his father Frederick John Sanders , Sister Maude ( who never married) and Grandma Sanders ( Lucy Jane Hurrell).

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John George Sanders  with an English relative during WWI. John George was gassed in WWI and left without a sense of smell . Nevertheless he endeavoured to enlist for WWII but was refused . Both his sons – Bruce and Clyde served overseas. 

http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Kenton/Gaz1868.html

( I am aware that I would do well to be providing source notes and references and will do when able. This however is not an official site for anything so here we are with info from Jan and from the Macleay River Historical Society. Its our family . If you locate any errors – that will be my transcribing – please let me know and I will do something about it. If you have anything to add – it would be appreciated .)

Thomas Sanders was born in 1686 app at Kenton Devon England. In Kenton On 29-9-1707 he married MARTHA BOND who was born app 1689. Detailed dates and notes can be found on http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne%27s-heritage-web-site

Thomas and Martha had 5 children all born in Kenton Devon.

  1. Thomas 28-7-1707
  2. JAMES 2-11-1711
  3. SAMUEL 8-3-1713
  4. JOHN 20-4-1716
  5. THOMAS ? 1-12-1719

JOHN married SUSANNAH KERSWELL who was born app 1732. They in turn bore all their children in KENTON, DEVON. They had 10 children

  1. RICHARD
  2. JOHN
  3. WILLIAM
  4. BETTY
  5. THOMAS
  6. MARY SUSANNAH
  7. MARIA
  8. ELINOR
  9. SARAH
  10. RICHARD ?

BETWEEN the years 1758 – 1779 . Check

http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne%27s-heritage-web-site

for dates of birth.

WILLIAM SANDERS on 8-10-1790 married SARAH STARK ( dob 1768 app) In KENTON.

They have 3 Kenton children

  1. WILLIAM
  2. ANN
  3. JANE

In 1792,1798 and 1800.

WILLIAM SANDERS then married ELIZABETH GREEN ( dob 1793 app) They were married in DAWLISH, DEVON.

Their children were all born in KENTON.

  1. WILLIAM
  2. ANN
  3. JOHN
  4. THOMAS

Between 1823 and 1832.

WILLIAM SANDERS ( dob 15-4-1823) married MARY ANN SKIVINGS at EXETER DEVON on 20-8-1848

MARY ANN SKIVINGS 0 0 william sanders

WILLIAM AND MARY ANN THEN EMIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA. ARRIVING PER THE SHIP VICTORIA ON THE 4 SEPTEMBER 1849 in Sydney.

This is the world they left behind and I have some 19th century newspaper clippings to add later.

 

KENTON. below are some Kenton Links : and perhaps other parts of Devon we are known to have stemmed from.
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

“KENTON, a parish in the hundred of Exminster, county Devon, 8 miles S.E. of Exeter, its post town, 5 N. of Dawlish, and 1½ from the Starcross railway station. It is situated at the junction of the rivers Ken and Exe, and contains the villages of Cofton and Starcross. It was formerly held by the Heles, Hungerfords, Monk, Duke of Albemarle, &c., and subsequently passed to the Courtenays of Bordenham. It was once a borough and market town, and is still a populous village, extending along the road from Exeter to Dawlish. About two-thirds of the land is arable, the remainder pasture. The surface’ is hilly, and the soil rather light. Courts leet and baron are held annually by the lord of the manor. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £265, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient redstone structure, with a pinnacled lofty tower containing six bells. In the interior are a carved pulpit and screen. In addition to the parish church there is a district church at Starcross, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value £210, also a district church at Cofton, the living of which is a curacy The tithes have been commuted. The parochial charities produce about £16 per annum. The Wesleyans have places of worship. There is a National school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. The Earl of Devon is lord of the manor.”

WILLIAM SANDERS

SANDERS, WILLIAM .

This William descends from JOHN SANDERS AND SUSANNAH KERSWELL

They married in England ( most likely Devon) on 3/11/1757 and 3 years later had a son WILLIAM SANDERS. William was born on the 20/8/1760.

He married SARAH STARK on 8/10/1790 and they in turn named their son WILLIAM SANDERS. He was born on 11/11/1792 and on 18/8/1816 he married ELIZABETH GREEN.

The WILLIAM in this photograph is their son. Born on 15/4/1823 in KENTON, DEVON.  He married MARY ANN SKIVINGS who was born in SILVERTON, DEVON, in 1830. They married on  the 28/8/1848 in EXETER and emigrated to AUSTRALIA on the VICTORIA which arrived in Sydney on the 14/9/1849. ( on Reel 58 from State Archives as 2nd Sept 1849 )

On the 13 August 1863 , they purchased land at KINCHELA CREEK.

The NSW State ARCHIVES reel 58 lists them as SAUNDERS . My father Bruce ( Their great grandson) was strongly of the SANDERS NOT SAUNDERS persuasion.  Nevertheless, the authorities list them as SAUNDERS. Dick Sanders ( Another great grandson) also took offence at the U and stated in his research ” SAUNDERS SHOULD READ SANDERS” .

The Archives tell us that WILLIAM SANDERS was a 26 year old butcher born in KENTON, DEVONSHIRE. Son of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH SANDERS. His parents were still living in KENTON. William was C of E ( Church of England ) and he “reads and writes”  . He had no relations in Colony and was in good health. William complained of short issue of rations during the early part of the voyage on the Victoria.

His wife MARY ANN SAUNDERS ( formerly SKIVINGS ) was 19 years old and a farm servant. She was born in SILVERTON, DEVONSHIRE and was the daughter of GEORGE AND GRACE SKIVINGS who still lived in SILVERTON. Also C of E. She too could read and write and had no relations in the Colony. Mary Ann  in good health.