Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Rebecca WELLERAge: 5518481903

Name
Rebecca WELLER
Given names
Rebecca
Surname
WELLER
Married name
Rebecca BASTIAN
Birth about 1848 33
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Citation details: V18481174 33A/1848 WELLER REBECCA THOMAS BATHSHEBA
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Publication: 1903/001957
Publication: 1872/000819
Birth of a brotherThomas Mead WELLER
about 1851 (Age 3)
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Citation details: V18511387 37A/1851 WELLER THOMAS THOMAS BATHSHEBA
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Number of childrenHenry BASTIANView this family
0

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Note: It is understood that they had no children.
Marriage of a half-siblingWilliam ELPHICKMary Ann GRIBBLEView this family
before 1862 (Age 14)

Religious marriageHenry BASTIANView this family
September 28, 1872 (Age 24)
Address: Presbyterian Church Elizabeth Street
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Citation details: 819/1872 PAZTIAN HENRY WELLER REBECCA SYDNEY
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Publication: 16063/1898
Publication: 1903/001957
Publication: 1872/000819
Birth of a daughter
#1
Sophia “Sophie” BASTIAN
between 1871 and 1872 (Age 23)

Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Note: Born on 20 February but the actual year is uncertain.
Marriage of a half-siblingWilliam ELPHICKBridget GROGANView this family
Type: Religious marriage
March 26, 1873 (Age 25)
Address: Albion Street
Citation details: 301/1873 ELPHICK WILLIAM GROGAN BRIDGET SYDNEY
Quality of data: questionable evidence
Text:

PDF file provided by Chris White.

Note: Married in accordance with the rites of the Congregational Church by Thomas Johnson. Witnesses were William C Harris and Annie Harris. He was shown as a bachelor living in William Street. She was a spinster at the time of her marriage. There was no occupation listed on the transcript.
Marriage of a siblingThomas Mead WELLEREliza Jane ASHBYView this family
about 1874 (Age 26)
Citation details: 1239/1874 WELLER THOMAS ASHBY ELIZA J BALMAIN
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Death of a motherBathsheba FRIEND
August 3, 1887 (Age 39)
Address: Church Street
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Publication: Newcastle, Newcastle Morning Herald, 4 Aug 1887
Marriage of a childFrancis LETTERSSophia “Sophie” BASTIANView this family
January 26, 1897 (Age 49)
Citation details: 335/1897 LETTERS FRANCIS BASTIAN SOPHIA SYDNEY
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Birth of a grandson
#1
Francis Joseph Henry LETTERS
December 6, 1897 (Age 49)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Death of a husbandHenry BASTIAN
December 16, 1898 (Age 50)
Address: 2 Miles off Redhead, Newcastle, NSW.
Cause: Drowned when his ship foundered.
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 16053/1898 BASTIAN HENRY CHRISTOPHER LAURA STOCKTON
Publication: 16063/1898
Note:

Transcript from The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 17 December 1898.

SHIPPING DISASTER NEAR NEWCASTLE.

FOUNDERING OF THE STEAMER LITTLE NELL.

TWO LIVES LOST.

NEWCASTLE, Friday.

Another addition to the long list of shipping casualties on the northern coast was made this afternoon by the foundering of the Government steam tender Little Nell in the vicinity of Redhead, two lives, those of her master, Captain Bastian. and a well-known colonist, Mr. Peter Kemp, Sen., being sacrificed. The disaster is one of the most remarkable in the annals of colonial shipping, the vessel, immediately after coming out of dock, foundering in a moderate sea with fair weather conditions. The Little Nell, it appears, left Darling Island at 6 o'clockappears, left Darling Island at 6 o'clock this morning for Newcastle, and the Government steamtug Dawn was told off to escort her to this port. For some reason or other not yet explained the Little Nell cleared Sydney Heads three-quarters of an hour ahead of her escort, and, being a much faster vessel, maintained the lead by a considerable distance throughout.

All went well until the Little Nell had passed Lake Macquarie Heads, when a choppy sea was encountered, and the wind, which was S.S.E., increased in force. No fear for the safety of the steamer was entertained until, after rolling heavily for some time, she suddenly shipped a succession of heavy seas over the lee rail and was unable to regain her position. She then commenced to rapidly fill with water, and sank within the space of three minutes.

The ship's company consisted of Captain Henry Bastion, master ; W. V. Lang, engineer ; James Reeves, fireman ; and George Linden, deckhand. She also carried as a passenger Mr. Peter Kemp, sen., of the Hawkesbury River, a relative of the engineer. When the vessel foundered Mr. Kemp was below in the cabin, and, having no time to effect an escape,went down with her. The master and crew succeeded in recovering portions of wreckage, upon which they floated, pending the arrival of the escort. In the meantime, however, Captain Bastion, who was unable to swim, became exhausted was unable to swim, became exhausted, and was drowned.

The Dawn arrived on the scene within 20 minutes, and rescued the engineer, deckhand, and fireman. The body of the captain was taken aboard, and artificial respiration was resorted to without success. The news of the sad calamity was brought to Newcastle by the Dawn, which arrived here shortly after 4 o'clock. The occurrence was immediately reported to the water police, and to the authorities of the Harbours and Rivers Department in Sydney. The body of Captain Bastion was convoyed to the morgue, and the inquest will be opened at the Clarendon Hotel to-morrow morning.

Captain G. A. Lawrence, master of the Government steamer Dawn, upon interviewed by the representative of the " Sydney Morning Herald," made the following statement : -" We were told off to escort the Little Nell down to Newcastle, and cleared Sydney Heads at 7.40 a.m. The Little Nell was a considerable distance ahead of us, having had a good start. The wind was from S.W., but afterwards hauled round to the south, eventually veering to S.S.E. The weather was beautifully fine until we got down to Bird Island, when the sea started to make, and the wind freshened up a little. It was not a gale, but merely a good sailing breeze. The Little Nell foundered at about 2.40, when about a mile south of Redhead. I was on the bridge at the time watching the Little Nell, and saw her suddenly take a heavy list to port, her funnel being level with the surface of the water. A few seconds later she had completely disappeared from view. We were at that time about a mile and a half astern of the Little Nell, and we gave the Dawn all she was worth, reaching the scene of the disaster within 20 minutes. Immediately I saw that the steam tender had foundered. Orders were given to have everything in readiness, and long before we had reached the castaways we had boats, lifebuoys and lines prepared. We ran to windward of the unfortunate men, and by so doing managed to drift towards them, picking them up on the lee side.The first man rescued was George Linden, the deck hand, who was floating on some gratings. He was very much exhausted, but soon recovered. Then we succeeded in picking up the fireman, James Reeves, who had also secured some wreckage, and he, too, showed signs of collapse. The engineer, W.V. Laing, was then hauled aboard. He was a powerful swimmer, and was supporting the dead body of the captain,. We used all the usual restoratives with a view to the resuscitation of Captain Bastion, but found that life was extinct. The engineer told me that Mr Kemp, a passenger, was in the after cabin, and had gone down with the steamer. We then came to Newcastle, arriving off Nobby's at 3.55. I cannot advance any theory to account for the loss of the steamer. The whole matter is enshrouded in mystery. The Little Nell, of which for a time I was in command, was well found in every respect,and was a good little vessel, capable of steaming 10 knots an hour. We had no chance, therefore, of overtaking her, although our engines were going full speed. The Little Nell had just come out of Fitzroy Dock, where she had been thoroughly over-hauled.

The stories related by the survivors, who for apparent reasons were extremely reticent, are substantially the same as that of Captain Lawrence. They give the time of the departure from Sydney at 6.15, and state that the weather conditions were favourable until the completion of the first half of the journey. Trouble was first experienced at about 2 o'clock, when she commenced to roll heavily with the increasing seas. The spot at which the Little Nell foundered was between Redhead and Moon Island. She shipped a heavy sea, rolled heavily, and then took a list to port, filled and sank within two minutes. She shipped the seas over the port beam and was unable to regain her position. All hands made for portions of wreckage, consisting of deck fittings, &c., and awaited assistance from the Dawn, which was a good distance astern. The doors of the cabin occupied by Mr. Kemp were closed, and difficult to open, and he therefore had no chance of escape. Mr. Laing, the engineer, displayed many acts of bravery in rendering assistance to the despairing castaways, and relieved each in turn.

Captain Henry Bastion was 52 years of age, and had been in the employ of the dredgedredge service for over 20 years. He resided in Pyrmont-street, Pyrmont, and leaves a widow and a married daughter.

Mr. Peter Kemp, sen., was 83 years of age, but was still hearty and an excellent swimmer. He resided at Lower Portland, Hawkesbury River, and was coming to Newcastle to spend the festive season with his sons. He leaves a widow and 11 grown up children. The deceased was well known in aquatic circles, and was the father of Peter Kemp, jum., ex-champion sculler of the world. The Little Nell at the time she foundered was less than two miles off the land.

Burial of a husbandHenry BASTIAN
December 18, 1898 (Age 50)
Address: Por: ANGLICAN_1 Sec: 38 Lot: 54 Buried on: 18/12/1898 Lat: -32.871214956 Long: 151.706706217
Cemetery: Sandgate General
Publication: 16063/1898
Bastian - Henry
Bastian - Henry

Note: Image kindly made available by Sandgate Cemetery Trust.

Birth of a grandson
#2
Louis Gilbert LETTERS
February 15, 1899 (Age 51)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Birth of a grandson
#3
Napoleon Ignatius “Leon” LETTERS
June 9, 1901 (Age 53)
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

Occupation
Domestic
before 1903 (Age 55)
Publication: 1903/001957
Residence before 1903 (Age 55)
Address: Wickham Street
Publication: 1903/001957
Death of a half-brotherCharles ELPHICK
about 1903 (Age 55)
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 10967/1903 ELPHICK CHARLES RICHARD BATHSHEBA NEWCASTLE
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death January 6, 1903 (Age 55)
Address: Wickham Street
Cause of death: Cerebral thrombosis, Coma
Citation details: 1903/1957 Rebecca Bastian No father No mother
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

Publication: 1903/001957
Bastian - Rebecca - Death Certificate
Bastian - Rebecca - Death Certificate

Note: Image kindly supplied by Judith Knox.

Burial January 7, 1903 (1 day after death)
Address: Roman Catholic Portion
Cemetery: Gympie General
Publication: 1903/001957
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: after 1841
3 years
elder sister
Sarah L WELLER
Birth: about 1843 28Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1843Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
18 months
elder brother
Henry WELLER
Birth: July 12, 1844 29Stoke Hill, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 18, 1908Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
herself
4 years
younger brother
Mother’s family with Richard ELPHICK - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage:
half-brother
Charles ELPHICK
Birth: about 1836 21Hawkhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: about 1903Newcastle, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
half-brother
Edwin ELPHICK
Birth: before February 18, 1838 23Hawkhurst, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death:
2 years
half-brother
Family with BASTIAN - View this family
husband
herself
daughter
Family with Henry BASTIAN - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: September 28, 1872Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthEmails - Christine White
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: V18481174 33A/1848 WELLER REBECCA THOMAS BATHSHEBA
Quality of data: secondary evidence
BirthDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
BirthMarriage Certificate - Bastian - Weller
Publication: 1872/000819
MarriageEmails - Christine White
Citation details: 27 March 2007
Text:

Email from Christine White 27 March, 2007.

Edited.

Until I check what's on Ancestry etc, here's some info re Edward Albert Elphick's grandmother - Bathsheba Friend.

FRIEND, Bathsheba B. 1815c; D. 3 August, 1887 Born Hawkhurst, Kent UK, died North Waratah, NSW.

Arrived aboard the 'Eleanor' on 21 August, 1841. Her immigration record noted that she was born in Hawkhurst; her parents were Thomas FRIEND and Phillis WOOLYER & were still alive; she was sponsored by Thomas Gore & Co; was in good health, but had been in quarantine during the voyage; could read and write her 'calling' was cook and her religion was Protestant.

She was accompanied by her 2 sons, Charles 5 years & William 1½ . Her first husband Richard ELPHICK died at sea during the voyage.

Also aboard the 'Eleanor' were Bathsheba's sister Rebecca, born 23 November, 1817, Hawkhurst, Kent and her husband, Henry Francis WOODGATE. Rebecca & Henry married at Hawkhurst. They are believed to have had one child, born approx 1840, Hawkhurst.

Children of Bathsheba Friend & Richard ELPHICK: 1.Charles ELPHICK, b abt 1836 Hawkhurst, UK; d 1903 Newcastle NSW. 2.William ELPHICK, b abt 1840 Hawkhurst, UK

More about William ELPHICK. Little is known about William's early life. It is known that he had a relationship with Mary Ann Gribble. A record of their marriage has not been located. They had 3 children: 1.Charles born about 1862 at Lachlan Diggings, NSW. 2.Richard Thomas (named for his 2 grandfathers) born at Cashmere Station, Qld 1868 and died the same year. 3.Bathsheba Jane (named for her 2 grandmothers) born 1869 at Cashmere Station, Qld.

William was a butcher by trade.

Mary Ann Gribble was born in 1844 at Wilberforce NSW. Her parents were convicts, Thomas Gribble and Jane Irwin.

Charles (eldest son of William Elphick & Mary Ann Gribble) married Sarah McNanley, 1884 in Brisbane. (The Qld BDM record 1884/B009319 records her name as Silby McNanley.) Sarah was born in Manchester UK 1863. Her parents were Felix McNanley and Sarah Watson who may have arrived in Australia via Moreton Bay.

Charles and Sarah eventually moved to Victoria where Charles worked in Melbourne for some time before moving to Gippsland where he worked in a coal mine before settling on a dairy farm outside Foster in South Gippsland where they remained for the rest of their lives. They had a total of 9 children, including Alice Bathsheba Elphick, born 1898.

Bathsheba Jane married James Thomas Rogers in 1889 at Mormanton, Qld. James was a Customs officer. They had one unnamed child in 1892, who died shortly after birth. It is not known if they had any other children.

More about Charles ELPHICK (son of Bathsheba FRIEND & Richard ELPHICK, b abt 1856). Charles died in 1903 aged about 47 years, in Newcastle and it is stated on his birth certificate that it was unknown whether he was married or had children. He was a butcher by trade. (Jan - I have a copy of Charles's death certificate on file - happy to send a copy if you'd like it. cw)

Bathsheba formed a relationship with Thomas Mead WELLER. No record of a marriage has been located.

Children of Thomas Mead WELLER and Bathsheba FRIEND: 1.Sarah L WELLER b 1843, Sydney; d 1843 Sydney. Baptised 22 November, 1843, St Matthews CoE, Windsor. 2.Henry WELLER, b 12 July 1844; Stoke Hill, NSW d 18 December, 1908, Sydney 3.Rebecca WELLER, b 1848; m Captain Henry BASTIANS (BDM Ref V18481174 33A/1848). 4.Thomas WELLER, b 1851, St Matthews Windsor NSW (BDM Ref V18511837 37A/1851)

NB: Another descendant has suggested that Bathsheba & Richard Elphick also had a 3rd son who did not accompany them to Australia. I cannot confirm this & I don't know their sources.

Bye for now, Chris

MarriageP - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 819/1872 PAZTIAN HENRY WELLER REBECCA SYDNEY
MarriageEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

MarriageDeath Certificate - Bastian - Henry
Publication: 16063/1898
MarriageDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
MarriageMarriage Certificate - Bastian - Weller
Publication: 1872/000819
OccupationDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
ResidenceDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
Number of childrenEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 9 March 2010
Text:

Hello Stuart,

Many thanks for replying so quickly.

I am that Judith Knox.

Rebecca was 54 when she died.

Rebecca and Henry Bastian did not have any children. Sophie was not Henry Bastian’s daughter, my grandmother did not know this until she was an adult.

Rebecca's daughter Sophie (b.20.2.1870/71 – have not found the Birth Certificate* died 14.8.1954 Vaucluse Sydney) married Francis Letters, born in Alloa Scotland 6.6.1858 and died at Annandale Sydney 27.7.1931.

Sophie and Francis were married on 26.1.1897.

They had 4 sons all born in Gympie, Queensland. Francis Joseph Henry Letters 6.12.1897 - 23.9.1964 Louis Gilbert Letters 15.2.1899 - 24.10.1973 Napoleon (Leon) Ignatius Letters 9.6.1901 – 12.7.1979 Charles Stanislaus Letters 30.1.1905 – 24.1.1952 (died unmarried)

Leon Letters was my father, I am his eldest. I was born Judith Elizabeth Letters on 4.4.1943 in Coonamble NSW and married David Wykeham Knox (b.27.12.1935 in Bowral NSW) on 23.4.1970 in Sydney. We have 5 children and 2 grandchildren – so far. 1 sister and 1 brother.

Henry Bastian has been very difficult to find. I have spent about 30 years trying to find him. The Marriage Certificate had his name as “Henry Paztian” and he was supposed to be from Germany. No parents’ names were given for either Henry or Sophie although he was described as a “Mariner”. Henry’s Death Certificate said that his father was a Mariner, so perhaps there was some truth in the story that he was “born at sea and died at sea” as we had been told. One branch of the family say that he was a member of the “Plymouth Brethren” and was “drummed out of his church for marrying outside the faith”. I don’t know how true that is. I note from his Death Certificate that no Clergy was present. He was 52 when he died – he was the Master of the Steamer “Little Nell” which capsized. His cargo was a tug. I am still looking for his birth. I am trying to find the exact date of Thomas Weller's birth although I understand he was born in 1820.

At the present time I am collating BDM’S and other information for my children, siblings and cousins - it is a bigger job that I thought as I keep on finding more and more stuff.

  • I think I may have found a fictitious Birth Registration for her at Brisbane Waters District at “Blue Gum Flat”. We were told she was born in Melbourne but my brother said that he thinks that he has something somewhere which says that she was born somewhere near that area.

    When I have myself organized I will send your information on our families.

    Best wishes Judith Knox Sydney

DeathDeaths Registered in Queensland
Citation details: 1903/1957 Rebecca Bastian No father No mother
DeathEmails - Judith Knox
Citation details: 2 March 2010
Text:

The following message has been sent to your PhpGedView user account from Judith Knox

Your Name: Judith Knox Email Address: knoxletters@hotmail.com

Which of Bathsheba's children are you decended from? I am one of Rebecca's great grandchildren. I have just completed a list of Rebecca's decendants. Rebecca died 6.1.1903 in Gympie and her husband Henry Bastian died 16.12.1898.

DeathDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957
BurialDeath Certificate - Bastian - Rebecca
Publication: 1903/001957