Some South Australian Families
Father: possibly John CHILDS b March 1726 Kirdford, Sussex, England (see "Possible ancestry ...." below)
Mother: possibly Joan PENFOLD (see "Possible ancestry ...." below)
Family: Sarah HACK (chr 20 February 1756, Farnhurst or Fernhurst, Sussex - f John, m Mary)
Marriage: 1 September 1778, Easbourne, Sussex
Possible ancestry of George Child/s (b 1755)
[At this stage the George CHILD/S born in Kirdford 1755 appears to be the most likely candidate to be father of George (b 1779) but more evidence is needed.]
William CHILDSBirth: About 1645
Christening: 24 NOV 1645 Burwash, Sussex, England - father William (IGI C148001)
Family: Anne STEVERTON (or ALDERTON - see note below)
Marriage: 6 AUG 1673, Kirdford, Sussex, England (see note below)
Children (probably others):
Brenda has also identified the marriages through to that of John Childs and Joan Penfold in the Sussex Marriage Index.
William CHILDSOccupation: Farmer?; carpenter? (see note below)
Death: not known
Father: William CHILDS
Family: Sussanna RAPLEY (Chr 15 FEB 1674, Wisborough Green, Sussex, England - f Edward, m Ann) - IGI C071301
Marriage: 6 NOV 1692 Petworth, Sussex, England - IGI M070891
Children (usually spelt "CHIELDS" on the IGI):
John CHILDSBirth: About January 1701, Kirdford, Sussex, England
Death: not known
Father: William CHILDS
Family: Mary SMITH
Marriage: 8 October 1722, Bosham, Sussex, England (IGI M070161)
John CHILDSBirth: possibly March 1726 Kirdford, Sussex, England - IGI C070701
Death: not known
Father: John CHILDS (chr Jan 1701, Kirdford, Sussex, England, f William, m Susan Rapley) -
Family: Joan PENFOLD - IGI C070701
Marriage: 8 June 1746, Petworth, Sussex, England - IGI M070891
Father: George CHILD
Mother: Sarah HACK
Family: Sarah PASKINS
Marriage: 6 December 1803, Heyshott, Sussex, England
Children (possibly others):
Father: George CHILD/S
Mother: Sarah PASKINS
Family: possibly Sarah DUNK - Birth: 25 Jun 1799; Christening: n.d., Unitarian Chapel, Battle, Sussex, England; f Henry, m Mary; Died: 6 May 1862, 61y, Port Elliot SA (heart disease) - See Dunk page for an account of the Inquest into Sarah Childs' death.
Marriage: 31 March 1832, Saint Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England
Notes on William Child/s and his family
SourcesBroadwater and Worthing Baptisms 1833 - 1837
The following transcriptions from St Mary's, Broadwater Baptisms 1558 - 1900 by Barrie Keech (also available on the Sussex OPC database) show two sons of William and Sarah Child/s from Worthing (W):
A further transcription series by Barrie Keech consists of baptisms at Worthing Independent Chapel from 1808 to 1837. The very last entry on this list is:
Pike Index and Button 1838 - 1839
Newspaper report 1840
SA Census 1841
SA Almanacs 1843 - 1847
Adelaide Destitute Asylum Admissions Register 1857
Inquest and Death Certificates 1862 - 1871
Life in South AustraliaThese records suggest that William Child/s migrated to South Australia as a carpenter, probably worked as a carpenter at first (at least in Port Lincoln) but thereafter appears to have worked as a baker in Adelaide for much of the 1840s before moving to the Port Elliot/Middleton region of South Australia in the 1850s. As carpentry and baking by necessity involve use of the hands, the paralysis that William suffered in the 1850s would have severely affected his income, rendering the family destitute. One of the accounts of Sarah's death is particularly heart-breaking. She is described as a "poor woman" and William states that their evening meal the night that Sarah died had consisted of bread, butter and lettuces.
Some passenger lists on various websites suggest that there was a William CHILD on the Buckinghamshire as well as William CHILDS and family. This idea might have arisen because of the apparent tendency of this family to vary their surname between CHILDS and CHILD. It's likely that the William CHILD listed was the eldest son of William and Sarah.
Family: Mary Ann BARRETT
CHILDREN: (Note: variations in recording of parents' names shown in parentheses)
**Note: This registration was made by Henry Benjamin and Mary Ann's daughter-in-law Martha Elizabeth Morris CHILDS (nee CHAPMAN - see below). It is highly likely that Elizabeth Martha CHILD (as she thus signed herself) reported Mary Ann's maiden name inaccurately. It is interesting, though, that she reported the name "Skipper". This might mean that Mary Ann's mother (Elizabeth SKIPWORTH, formerly BARRETT, nee WOODLEY) used the name "Skipper" instead of "Skipworth" after her second husband, Henry Skipworth, died in 1849. This raises the question whether the "Mrs Skipper" living in Hindmarsh next door to Henry Benjamin Childs in 1852 was in fact the widow Elizabeth Skipworth and her family!
Notes on the children and grandchildren of Henry Benjamin Childs and Mary Ann Barrett:
William Henry CHILDS died at less than 5 months and probably was buried in Hindmarsh Cemetery in Plot B23 (records show a "Henry CHILDS" buried 22 January 1854). This plot also contains the remains of Rebecca SKIPWORTH (d 1848) and Henry SKIPWORTH (d 1849). The latter was the second husband of Elizabeth BARRETT (nee WOODLEY) and Rebecca was their youngest daughter.
Henry Benjamin CHILD(S) (25y) married Martha Elizabeth Morris CHAPMAN (25y, f John Linden Morris CHAPMAN) at BC Church, Moonta on 17 June 1880. According to my mother's notes it appears that this son was called "Ben" by the family and he was probably a mason.
Martha was charged with bigamy after she married Henry Benjamin Childs as she was already married to James RAINES (see The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889) Saturday 9 February 1884 p 7). At about the same time, Martha's brother, John Chapman, abducted Alice Chapman Raines from her father. Alice testified that she was willingly "abducted" as her father had "ill-used" her but the judge jailed John Chapman for one month for the abduction and Martha was jailed for 3 months for bigamy (which the judge described as a "serious crime". James Raines was subsequently charged with incest but was acquitted as there was no independent witness. In terms of the law at the time Alice Raines (15 years old) was considered to be an accessory to the incest! See South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839-1900) Saturday 8 August 1885 Page 5 which complains about the acquittal and a response from the Crown-Solicitor [The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889) Wednesday 7 October 1885 Page 5].
Ben and Martha had the following children:
Their son Henry Herbert CHILD(S) had the following families:
She died (27y at Jerusalem nr Kadina) on 4 January 1907.
He then married (31y) Margaret Anne GAGHAN (19y, f John James GAGHAN) at St Paul's Retreat, Glen Osmond on 28 September 1908. Henry Herbert CHILD(S) senior died (32y) on 22 September 1909 at Wallaroo. A son Henry Herbert CHILDS was born on 15 October 1909 at Kadina (died 1974 - SA Govt Gazette 7-3-1974). Note that Margaret GAGHAN gave birth to a son, Vincent James CHILDS (also known as Vincent James GAGHAN) on 27 March 1908 at Wilmington (Fro 944/94). It is not clear whether or not Henry Herbert CHILDS (sen) was the father of this child.
Adelaide Florence CHILD(S) gave birth to a daughter Lilian Gladys Tidswell CHILD(S) (father John TIDSWELL) on 15 May 1898 at Fullarton (b622 p185). She subsequently married Fred SIMS (24y, single, father Walter SIMS) on 4 June 1901 at Methodist Manse, Orroroo (Frome b207 p1092). Fred SIMS was buried on 4 November 1929, by Rev J.C. Rae, in the Wilmington cemetery. Adelaide Florence SIMS (nee CHILDS) died 1 February 1952 (source: SA Govt Gazette)
Edith Harriet Lillian CHILD(S) gave birth to a daughter, Alice May CHILD, on 15 September 1901 at Moonta (Dal 683/188) and a son, William Albert Chappell CHILD, on 25 July 1909 at Kadina (Dal 827/9). In each instance the father's name was not recorded.
John CHILDS (34y) married Amelia COOPER (24y, f Joseph COOPER) on 13 August 1892 at the residence of the groom's mother, Brompton. John and Amelia appear to have not had any children. The headstone on the Childs' plot at North Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia shows that John CHILDS died on 22nd January 1924 (aged 66).
Sarah Ann CHILDS (shown as CHILD) married Edward DOCKING (father William DOCKING) at Crusaders Temple, Adelaide on 28 February 1884. Their children included:
Emily Florence CHILDS married James William MOONEY (father James MOONEY) on 21 January 1884 at Presbytery, Port Adelaide. Their childen included:
George Herbert CHILDS (23y) married Mary Frances HUNKIN (20y, f Philip HUNKIN) at St Michael Church, Mitcham on 11 August 1888. My mother's notes (and death notices she collected) indicated that they had 12 children in all as follows:
Ellen CHILDS (shown as CHILD, 25y) married Charles Hogan SKEED (22y, f William Harrison SKEED, m Sarah EATON) at St Bartholomew Church, Norwood on 11 September 1893. Their children included:
Charles Hogan SKEED was born on 12 November 1871 in Scandia, Kansas, USA. He might have been a member of the Salvation Army as there are newspaper reports of a Major Skeed of the Salvation Army in Adelaide from about the time that he and Ellen Childs married. However he was living in New Zealand in 1917 probably with widower Jane Martha RAINE of Gibson, New Zealand) and they had 3 children (Charles adopted a daughter from Jane's first marriage as well). Charles Skeed and Jane Raine were married in NSW in 1927!
Charles Hogan SKEED died on 14 November 1940, at Waverley, NSW, Australia, having been granted Australian citizenship that year apparently so that his wife could get an Australian pension. There is a digital file on the National Archives of Australia website that contains the documents relating to his application. He was initially rejected, ostensibly because he had a police record for minor theft. Finally, however, citizenship was granted as it was considered he was a "low risk" beause he was almost completely blind! Incidentally, the genesis of his blindness might have been an accident with lime as described in the following report:
Source: Poverty Bay Herald (NZ) Volume XLIV, Issue 14358, 25 July 1917, Page 2
Earl Stanley Harrison SKEED married Alice M KEMISTER in 1917 in Sydney, NSW. They had at least one child, Mavis E SKEED, who died in 1920. Orval SKEED married Irene (Renie) F HARTAS in 1916 in Paddington. They had a daughter Doreen who died in 1919 and Dorothy who died in 1932. (SKEED family details from IGI, World Connect entries, NSW BDM Register, National Australian Archives and a Skeed descendant.)
William Alfred CHILDS (shown as CHILD, 19y) married Nellie Janet (or Jennett or Jeanette) BEAGLEY (17y, f James Page BEAGLEY) on 26 May 1890 at the residence of groom, Bowden and they had the following children:
His remaining family appears to have remained in Victoria. Earl Stanley CHILDS married Gladys May COUCHMAN in Victoria in 1919 (#3188R). They divorced in 1922 (#313). He subsequently married Elsie PRICE. Their children included William Leslie CHILDS born about 1921, died (54y) in 1975 (#11739).
Harold Tennyson CHILDS married Irene Stewart DONNISON in Victoria in 1920 (#5515). Their children included Ronald William CHILDS born in 1920, Carlton Victoria (#29487).
Walter James CHILDS (22y) married Louisa RUSSELL (21y, f William RUSSELL) at the residence of Rev JJ Darwin, North Adelaide on 14 August 1899. My mother's notes indicate that she was called Doll (Dorothy). Walter and Louisa (Doll) had the following children:
Blanche CHILDS married Leslie George MUDGE. They had 4 children. Leslie MUDGE died on 23 February 1972 (of Bowden, at Hospital).
Father: Henry Benjamin CHILDS
Mother: Mary Ann BARRETT
Family: Florence Alice FOGDEN
Father: Arthur Ernest Adolphus CHILDS
Mother: Florence Alice FOGDEN
Family: Marjorie Luff PAYNE
MARRIAGE: 12 July 1930, South Australia, St James Church, West Adelaide, South Australia
|_ Henry Benjamin CHILDS +|
|_Arthur Ernest Adolphus CHILDS______||||
|||||_Mary Ann BARRETT|
||--Norman Ernest Fogden CHILDS|
||||_ Richard FOGDEN|
||_Florence Alice FOGDEN__________||||
||_ Jane WYLIE|
Some South Australian Families