Jane Sparrow 1815

 

Birth: Christening: 3rd July 1815 Saint Peter Or Collegiate, Wolverhampton, Stafford, England to George Sparrow and Mary (Brook)

Marriage:1 17 February 1839 at St Clement Danes, Westminster, London. Jane Sparrow married George Town who was born 1812, London, Middlesex, England and died 1st April 1857, Tasmania, Australia. Married 2  on 24 March 1863, Tasmania, Australia to John James

Death: 1888 as Jane James at Hotham (North Melbourne) Victoria. Victorian Death Certificate 2087 indicates age 72 years Father:  George Sparrow,    Mother: Mary Brook

 

Siblings:

 

Children:

Edward Town b30 December 1839, Saint Clement Danes, Westminster, London, England

Charles Town b1848, London, Middlesex, England.

Robert Stephen Town b1851, London, Middlesex, England.

Anne Town b1852, London, Middlesex, England.

Ellen Elizabeth Town 9 April 1857, Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia ;  m 30 December 1875 Carlton, Victoria, William John Prismall (photo of Helen Town).

 

Life sketch

Jane Sparrow was Christened on 03 July 1815, at Saint Peter Or Collegiate, Stafford, England.  Her parents were George Sparrow and Mary Brookes who had been married on 22 June 1813 at Saint Peter Or Collegiate, Stafford, England.

 

The parents of Jane Sparrow were George Sparrow and Mary Brookes (b abt 1792), who were married at St Peter’s, Wolverhampton, Stafford 22 June 1813. Jane Sparrow was baptised on 1815 at St Peter’s, Wolverhampton, Stafford.  The Sparrow family had been living in this part of England for centuries.  George Sparrow was a descendant of John Sparroy and Joan Kettle of Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England, who are listed as "Landed Gentry" their ancestry being readily traced back to around 1520. Jane Sparrow is reputed to be a descendant of the very wealthy Robert Sparrow of Suffolk.  The Sparrow fortune passed to family connected to the Duke of Manchester, and used for development of estates including Kimbolton Castle and Gosford Castle (North Ireland).

 

Wolverhampton  Stafford                                  St Peters Wolverhampton

            

  

George Town married Jane Sparrow on 17 February 1839 at St Clement Danes, Westminster, London (photo).  After 16 years of marriage, and 4 children, the family decided to immigrate from London to Australia.

1841 Census, Westminster London, England

5 Allington Street

St George, Hanover Square Middlesex, London

Name                      Relation  Marital     Gender   Age         Birthplace                                                               Occupation

Town, George       Head       M             Male        28            London, Middlesex, England                              Servant

Town, Jane            Wife        M             Female    25            Wolverhampton, Stafford, England

Town Edward                                        Male        1              London, Middlesex, England

 

Allington St is very close to Buckingham Palace.

Between 1841 to 1862 a Mary Sparrow also lived in Grosvenor Mews, who may be related to Mary Town (nee Sparrow)

 

1851 Census Westminster London, England

21 Grosvenor Mews,

St George,

Hanover Square Middlesex, London

Name                      Relation  Marital     Gender   Age         Birthplace                                                               Occupation

Town, George       Head       M             Male        38            London, Middlesex, England                              Coachman

Town, Jane            Wife        M             Female    35            Wolverhampton, Stafford, England

Town Edward                                        Male        11            London, Middlesex, England

Town, Robert                                         Male        2              London, Middlesex, England

Town, Infant (Anne)                                              Female    1 month  London, Middlesex, England

Sandway, Hannah Visitor     S              Female    40            Hammersmith, Middlesex, Eng            Laundry

 

Where was Charles Town who at this time would have been around 6 years?  The Census data below indicates Charles Town was staying with his uncle Thomas Town

 

1851 Census Hanover Square, Middlesex, London

Name                      Relation  Marital     Gender   Age         Birthplace                                                               Occupation

Town, Thomas      Head       M             Male        41            London, Middlesex, England                              Helper Horses

Town, Eliza            Wife        M             Female    38            Hertfordshire, England

Town Eliza             Daught                    Female    16            London, Middlesex, England

Town, Louisa         Daught                    Feale       11            Cheshunt Hertfordshire, England       Scholar

Town, Maria           Daught                    Female    7              London, Middlesex, England

Town, Harriet                                         Female    4 Month  Windsor, Berkshire,, Eng

Town, Charles       Nephew                  Male        4              London Middlesex, Eng

 

In 1856, George and Jane Town and their four children, boarded the clipper ship "Sir W.F. Williams", and 90 days later the family arrived in Hobart Town Tasmania. George Town signed a letter commending the Captain for the way he conducted the voyage.

 

1856

George, Jane and children emigrated to Tasmania in 1856 on the "Sir W.F. Williams". Their ages were: George Town 40 yr, Jane Town 40 yr (b1816), Edward Town 14 yr, Charles Town 8 yr, Robert Town, 6 yr, Anne Town 4 years.  The voyage from England was long, taking around 90 days.

 

The Sir WF Williams

Sailed 10th September 1856 from Liverpool, England

Arrived Hobart Town 2nd of Dec 1856

Master - David Rees

Surgeon - Samuel Hardy

366 Passengers landed in the colony

 

Margaret Reardon died 4th of November 1856 - Chronic Dirrhoea

 

‘The clipper ship Sir William Fenwick Williams arrived here yesterday after a splendid run from Liverpool in 81 days. … Fine weather, easterly winds since 23 November when the ship was 800 miles from Hobart Town. This splendid ship is one of the Black Ball Line belonging to James Baines of Liverpool.’ (Tasmanian Daily News 3 December 1856).

The ship arrived in Tasmania on the momentous day in the colony’s history for it was the day on which the Legislative Council, the colony’s parliament, met for the first time. Later in the week the citizens of Hobart Town celebrated the town’s foundation with the Hobart Regatta.

 

The Sir William Fenwick Williams of 869 tons left Liverpool on 11 September carrying cargo and as passengers Mr J G Williams and Dr Hardy and 335 bounty immigrants in steerage. There were 90 adults and 51 children under 12 years of age from England, 34 adults and 10 children from Scotland and 117 adults and 23 children from Ireland. there was one birth and six deaths on the voyage. The eighty one single women were under the supervision of the ship’s matron, Elizabeth Cook. Thirty six of these young women were domestic servants and fifteen were farm or dairy maids. The sixty nine single men were predominantly farm labourers.

‘All the passengers in good health, which in no doubt, in a great measure, owing to roomy and well ventilated ‘tween decks of this vessel.’ (Daily News) The ship’s surgeon confirmed the good health of the passengers. On the day the ship arrived six of the passengers wrote a public letter to the master Captain Rees and paid for it to be published in the Daily News on December 13.

 

Sir,

After a good and pleasant passage, which we have now, accordingly to the will of Devine Providence, completed and thank god with so very few troubles and privations to us all. considering what may be expected on a voyage of such long duration we now consider it our duty to return to you our most sincere thanks for the many privileges you were kind enough to bestow upon us, and which we can assure you remain sensible in our memory as well as acknowledging the gentlemanly conduct and demeanour which you have exhibited towards us since we left our native shores. We hope .sir, you will accept from us this humble form of kindest thanks for all the expressions from you and the officers and crew under your command whose conduct we fully appreciate and acknowledge as most praiseworthy. With these few remarks we conclude, sir, by wishing you prosperity in your future undertaking and a long life and happiness. God be with your ship Sir William Fenwick Williams.

We are Sir,

Yours most respectfully

William S Morrison

William Allison

George Town

David McGregor

Steven Alnerson

John Richardson on behalf of passengers in general.’

No one was allowed on board the Sir W F Williams for three days whilst the Immigration Board carried out its checks. In order to claim the bounty payment from the Government the ship was required to bring the emigrants specified and to treat them well in accordance with published Regulations. The sponsors/employers had already paid £3 towards the cost of the bounty and some of the new arrivals were required to repay that amount from their wages. The new arrivals pledged to remain in the colony for four years or be liable for the repayment of their fare.

The ship was required to accommodate on board the new settlers until December 12. This was no problem for the ship did not plan to return to Liverpool with a cargo of wool until late in January. On 9 December The Hobart Town Courier published a list of 106 ‘applicants’ under the Bounty Ticket system advising them that their immigrants had arrived.

 

On 1 April 1857, soon after their arrival in Tasmania, George Town died, and on the 9 April 1857, just a few days later, Ellen Elizabeth Town was born.  So the family were in difficult circumstances.

 

Children:

Edward Town b30 December 1839, Saint Clement Danes, Westminster, London, England

Charles Town b1848, London, Middlesex, England

Robert Stephen Town b1851, London, Middlesex, England

Anne Town b1852, London, Middlesex, England

Jane Town 9 April 1857, Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia

 

On 1st April 1857, soon after their arrival in Tasmania, George Town died, and a few days later (9th April 1857) Helen (Ellen) Elizabeth Town was born.  Jane Town re-married  on 24th March 1863 to John James in Hobart.  John James died in Victoria in 1867.

 

Jane Town and her children moved from Tasmania to Victoria, where the children grew up in  the North Melbourne area.

Ellen Elizabeth Town married on 30 December 1875 Carlton, Victoria, to William John Prismall, and they had three children, Priscilla Jane Prismall born 1879, Lillian Ann Prismall born 17 September 1881and Emily Prismall born 1884.  The photograph taken is taken around 1884, before the birth of Emily Prismall

 

Jane James (nee Sparrow) died age 72 years in 1888 at Hotham, Victoria #2087.