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This lady has been my brick wall for 20 years, no birth or death, no marriage found, just a name tacked on to her children's birth records. I have just made what seems like a major breakthrough, I don't know if it can help but I'll post here in case she fits anywhere.
I have thought for the past year that I'd located her headstone in the cemetery of St Marks Anglican Church, Pontville. What I couldn't understand was why she should be there at all when her family lived on the other side of Brighton.
I have now learned that some headstones, including this one, were moved from the Anglican cemetery at Brighton to Pontville. With this now clear, I am reasonably confident that she is mine. So:
Mary Ann Brown departed this life 25 February 1886 aged 50 years.
That's it. Her youngest child was born 1879 so that fits. Her husband, as a widower, had moved in with his daughter and her husband by 1902, so I knew she had to die in that 20 year period.
It's my belief she was native born, since the record of her children's brief stay in the Queen's Asylum (orphanage) list father's ship Tortoise (he was a convict) but have no such details for her. It's also my guess that there was no formal marriage between them and therefore no marriage information to be located.
The only Mary Morgan listed in Colonial links as born in the right time period is the one who married Francis Kingshott, so I am seeking another Morgan family for her to belong to. Their first registered child Robert was born in 1856 in Black Brush, named for his father so I am guessing he really was the first.
For some reason I can't find her death recorded in Colonial Links. I guess I need the Pioneer Index to get details so I can order the certificate. Is that available in rural South Australia? It used to be so simple when I lived in Tasmania.
I am very grateful for any ideas.
1856 - HAMILTON, Tasmania ( MORGAN, MARY ) [@]
17937 BROWN ROBERT 1856
17936 BROWN WILLIAM 1858
17935 BROWN JOHN 1860
17934 BROWN ANN AMELIA 1862
17939 BROWN SUSAN 1865
17938 BROWN JAMES BENJAMIN 1868
17933 BROWN MARY ANN 1872
17932 BROWN HENRY 1875
17930 BROWN FREDERICK 1878
17931 BROWN BENJAMIN 1879
There is also a Mary Ann Morgan listed as born 1837 with parents Thomas Morgan and Mary Ann Garvin this may be her as her death age of 50 could mean she was born in 1836 to 1838 depending on the month or birth and the month of death
The children listed are the right family. John Brown b 1860 is my gg grandfather. I will look into Thomas and Mary Ann nee Garvin. I'd seen them before but didn't have a time frame for my Mary then. Oh, that it could be this easy .....
No, it looks like this Mary Ann Morgan married William Bakes on 25 March 1852 and moved to Deloraine. Several children born to them. Any others you've spotted?
Forget the Mary Brown death records posted in my original post. Not my family. Still missing birth, marriage and death information for this lady.