Woodley family from about 1806

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Elizabeth WOODLEY

Father: possibly William WOODLEY
Mother: possibly Hannah THOMAS

Family 1: John BARRETT

  1. William BARRETT b about 1828, ch 1 August 1828, Hungerford, Berkshire, England
  2. Elizabeth Martha BARRETT b about 1829, ch 8 November 1829, Hungerford, Berkshire, England; d (78y) 15 July 1909, Robe, South Australia.
  3. Priscilla BARRETT b about 1831, ch 14 August 1831, Hungerford, Berkshire, England; d (73y?) 27 October 1906, Adelaide, South Australia
  4. Emily BARRETT b about 1832, ch 27 January 1833, Hungerford, Berkshire, England
  5. Mary Ann BARRETT b about 1834, ch 4 May 1834, Hungerford, Berkshire, England; d 15 January 1917, Adelaide, South Australia
  6. James BARRETT b about 1836, ch 31 January 1836, Hungerford, Berkshire, England
  7. Selina BARRETT b December quarter 1837 (Hungerford, volume 6, page 146), ch 28 January 1838, Hungerford, Berkshire, England; d September quarter 1838, (Hungerford, volume 6, page 11)
See the Barrett page for details of the children of John Barrett and Elizabeth Woodley

Notes on John Barrett and Elizabeth Woodley

John Barrett died (cause unknown) between about July and September 1838 in Hungerford, England. [Source: Free BMD (Hungerford b6 p11)]. This event presumably led his widow, Elizabeth Barrett (nee WOODLEY), to apply for assisted passage to the new colony of South Australia. A very gutsy decision for a single woman with 4 young children.

Elizabeth Barrett (30y) arrived in South Australia on the ship Fairlie on 4 July 1840 with 4 children (male 12, females 10, 9 and 6) as an Assisted Passenger. Elizabeth's occupation was shown as "washerwoman".
Source: SLSA Assisted Immigration Records

Family 2: Henry SKIPWORTH (b about 1803, Ashby, near Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England; d 19 February 1849, Adelaide, SA; occupation: labourer)

  1. James SKIPWORTH b 1 December 1842, Adelaide, South Australia; baptised at Holy Trinity, Adelaide, 22 January 1843
  2. Harriet SKIPWORTH b 3 January 1845, Bowden, SA (mother Elizabeth WOODLEY); d (12m) 30 December 1845, Bowden, South Australia.
  3. Rebecca SKIPWORTH b 4 August 1847 (mother Elizabeth WOODLEY); d (6m) 31 Jan 1848, Adelaide, South Australia
Notes on Henry Skipworth and Elizabeth Barrett (nee Woodley)

Henry Skipworth married for the first time in England and had at least two (surviving) daughters from that marriage (the IGI indicates that he and his wife Jane also had a son Charles and possibly another daughter). Henry applied for passage to SA as an assisted migrant (agricultural labourer) on 28 October 1839. At the time he was 35, his wife (Jane) was 44 and their daughters were 9y (born about 1830) and 4y (born about 1835). According to South Australians 1836-1885 the daughters were named Rebecca and Sarah but it is likely that this is incorrect and that their names were Hannah and Jane. It is probable that Hannah was the daughter born about 1830 because 20 year old Hannah Skipworth married John EMERY on 25 Jan 1851 in Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. There is, however, a discrepancy about Jane Skipworth's age. Jane appears in official records as Jane NEWMAN (father Henry SKIPWORTH), a widow who married William STORY on 5 March 1878 at St Paul, Port Pirie. Her age is shown as 53 years which would mean that she was born about 1825 rather than 1835. There appears to be no record of Jane's marriage to a Mr Newman.

It is not known when Henry's first wife died. The Immigration Record implies that his wife was alive when he applied to emigrate and the Shipping Record indicates that Henry, wife and daughters arrived at Port Adelaide on the Baboo on 10 March 1840. It is possible but most unlikely that Henry's first wife died before leaving England. It is also possible that Mrs Skipworth died soon after arriving in SA although there appears to be no record of such a death. So it is most likely that Henry's wife died on the voyage, perhaps in childbirth. Shipping records of the time often did not take account of deaths on voyages.

In any case Henry was described as a widower when he married Elizabeth Barrett by banns at Holy Trinity Church, North Terrace, Adelaide on 6 September 1840. Witnesses at the wedding were his relative Augustus Frederick Skipworth and Augustus's wife Maria Skipworth (nee Johnson) who (with their 6 children) had accompanied Henry and his family to South Australia. Augustus and Elizabeth both signed the marriage record but Henry and Maria made their marks.

The Skipworths/Barretts (2 males and 6 females) are recorded in the SA Census of 1841 living in Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh

The only surviving child of Henry and Elizabeth, James Skipworth, married (23y) Mary Jane DAVIS (18y, father Edward DAVIS) on 9 April 1866 at Edward Davis's residence at Roseneath (near Stirling [North], South Australia). James Skipworth was the (part-time) postmaster at Horrocks Creek (details about Roseneath and James Skipworth from information posted by Fred Williams on the Genealogy.com Australia Forum).

James Skipworth died in July 1917 (71 years) and was buried at Port Pirie Cemetery on 22 July 1917. Mary Ann Skipworth (nee Davis) died in 1933 (82 years) and was buried at Port Pirie Cemetery on 24 September 1933.

Henry Skipworth is buried at Hindmarsh Cemetery (plot B23), South Australia. His daughter Rebecca is buried in the same plot. A Henry CHILDS (22 Jan 1854) is also buried in the plot! More than likely this is William Henry Childs (d 21 January 1854) the first son of Henry Benjamin Childs and Mary Ann Barrett (ie Elizabeth Woodley's daughter).

Elizabeth Skipworth (formerly Barrett nee Woodley) is described as "Destitute" in West Terrace Cemetery Records. She had been entered on the Destitute Asylum Register on 23rd November 1885. The admission notes observe that Elizabeth Skipworth had been "Suffering from Senile Decay. [She] has been an inmate of Cottage Homes, North Adelaide since June 1881 ..." and had also been in receipt of "outside" government assistance (Ref GRG 28/5/2).

Elizabeth had a history of "destitution" (ie the need for some kind of government assistance) in South Australia which perhaps emphasises the vulnerability of single mothers in the new colony. She was listed on the Index to Sick and Destitute Emigrants upon arrival in SA in 1840 (Ref GRG 24/1/1840). She was also entered on the Destitute Register at the age of 49 (24 April 1855) when living at Bowden and still working as a washerwoman. The reason for her destitution then was that she was "Disabled from work in consequence of Son's having ulcers in ankle" (Ref GRG 28/4).

The death notice for Elizabeth Skipworth reads as follows:

SKIPWORTH. - On the 10th December, Elizabeth,
relict of the late Henry Skipworth, of Hindmarsh,
aged 80 years. A colonist of 46 years.

Source: The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Wednesday 16 December 1885 p.4


Introduced 10 April 2003; Updated 11 March 2012

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