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Thomas Williams Burchell

From on 13 Feb 2016
Hello Elizabeth,
I have found out some more about THOMAS WILLIAMS BURCHALL, and I thought I would share it with you.
Thomas WILLIAMS was born in April of 1820 in Marlborough Bridewell, Wiltshire. His mother, Sarah Williams, had been removed from Hilmarton Wiltshire to her legal parish of settlement, Kington, but had returned, pregnant, to Hilmarton which was against the law, so she had been put in the Bridewell (house of correction/reformatory) and was due to front the justices in Salisbury at the Easter Quarter Sessions (from Wiltshire Record Office):
First name(s) Sarah
Last name WILLIAMS
Birth year 1798
Event year 1820
Day 11, Month Apr
Prison Marlborough
Parish Hilmarton
Place HILMARTON
County Wiltshire
Country England
Type Accused or convict

She pleaded that she was too ill to attend after the birth of her child. On June 23 June 1820 she married John BURCHALL in Hilmarton Church. On 15 October 1820 her son Thomas was baptised in Hilmarton Church under her maiden name of WILLIAMS and the entry is annotated “Base born in Marlborough Bridewell”. John Burchall was obviously not willing for him to be baptised with his surname, so not his son. Thomas WILLIAMS married Harriet BUSH WEBB, herself illegitimate: Name: Thomas Williams
Gender: Male
Father's name: John Burchill
Spouse's Name: Harriet Bush
Spouse's Father's Name: James Webb
Marriage Date: 23 Sep 1844
Marriage Place: Calne, Wiltshire, England

Thomas married as WILLIAMS but as can be seen, but put his father as John BURCHILL. Harriet was the illegitimate daughter of Ann BUSH who then married James WEBB, she also puts her surname as BUSH and her father as James WEBB.
Thomas and Harriet had children before coming to Australia and on their son William’s birth certificate, Thomas has entered himself as “Thomas Williams alias Burchall”. He emigrated as Williams but once here used the surname Burchall which has been used by his descendants ever since. Our friend Tom’s grandmother had the surname Burchall. It is one of those quirks of family history that all these BURCHALLs should really be WILLIAMS!!
Harriet’s half brother George WEBB was on the same ship with them but stayed in South Australia, whereas Thomas and Harriet eventually came to Victoria.
I hope this is of some use to you,
Regards, Anne Major – Melbourne, Australia


From a Message Board dated 2000, Thomas BURCHELL b.Abt.1820 BDF(place unknown), m. Harriet WEBB 1841 BDF. Only known child, John b.1848 Calne, Wiltshire.
Thomas (using the alias surname WILLIAMS) and Harriet (using the alias surname BIRCH) were transported to Tasmania, Australia. Thomas' parents were Thomas (b.1769 Warrington, LAN) and Anne WILLIAMS m.1791 at Warrington, LAN.

Second account - Thomas b.1820 Bedfordshire married Harriet WEBB (b.1824 Wiltshire to James Webb and Ann Fiddler) 1841 Bedfordshire. According to friends records, John was born 22/1/1848 Calne, Wiltshire to Thomas/Harriet. At some stage both Thomas and Harriet were transported as Convicts to Australia on board the BRITISH EMPIRE arriving in Tasmania. Thomas used the alias "Williams" which was his Mother's maiden name, and Harriet used the alias "Birch" presume derived short form of Burchell, also spelt Birchall. They had more children whilst in Tasmania, Australia, then sailed across to Victoria, Australia where they had more again.

South Australian (Adelaide, SA : Thursday 15 August 1850
August 14th - The barque British Empire, M Ewen from Plymouth, 1st May.- Passengers Messrs Robert Hall, Stokes, and Dr Colthurst in the cabin. - 244 Government emigrauts in the Steerage.
Passenger list here includes WILLIAMS Thomas 28, wife Harriet 26, Eliz 7, Wm 5, John 3 [Source:[6] Newspapers - shipping intelligence, imports, obituaries, etc [7] Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885, SAGHS, 1986, [30] Official passenger lists mainly of immigrants arriving in SA under UK assisted passage 1845-86, SAA, GRG35/48A (A313)

See Mary Cotter's family page for Thomas Burchall and Harriet Webb's family

Thomas Williams Burchell and Harriet Webb arrived 14 Aug 1850 in South Aust and moved to Vic after 1856
11 children 1. Elizabeth Birchall was born Abt 1842 in Calne, Wiltshire, England,
2. William Burchell was born 29th Jan 1845 - 1935 #15927 aged 90, died at Croydon, Vic
3. John Burchall or Burchell was born Abt 1847
4. Ann Burchall was born 1849, and died 1849 in Calne, Wiltshire,
5. Tom Williams Burchell born 1850-12-25 and died 1853, in Mt Barker, South Australia
6. James Burchell was born 1853 in Mt Barker, and died 1933 #12936 aged 79,
7. George Williams Burchall was born 1854-12-13, in Mt Barker, and died 1860 in Victoria,
8. Henry Burchall was born 1856 in Mt Barker, and died 1860 in Victoria,
9. Annie Burchall was born 1858 in Mt Barker, and died 1952 age 93
10. Thomas Burchell 1860 #21285 - 1951 #16003 aged 89, born at Amherst, died at Alexandria
11. Sarah Burchall was born 1867 in Majorca (near Maryborough), Victoria, Australia,
1. Elizabeth Birchall c1842 - 1925 age 83 born in Calne, Wiltshire, England, and died in Northcote, Victoria, Australia, wed 1861 #941 to Thomas Webb 1861 in Taggerty (Near Alexandra). He was born Abt 1838, and they lived at Majorca then Alexandra. Elizabeth's surname varies - Burchill, Burchall and in 1878, Burchell
6 children 1. Thomas Webb 1862 #9310 - 1863 #3193 lived 13 months
2. Harriett Webb 1863 #21360
4. Robert Webb 1865 #9546
5. Elizabeth Ann Webb 1867 #9091 - 1875 #7373 lived 8 years
6. Thomas Henry Webb 1868 #17442
7. James Webb 1872 - 1875 #13747 lived 3 years
8. Florence Ellen Webb 1878 #6232
2. William Burchell 29th Jan 1845 - 1935 #15927 aged 90, died in Croydon, Victoria, wed on 9 Feb 1867 #739 in Majorca Presbyterian Church, to Marion Arminell Davey, and lived at Majorca

Marion Arminell Davey 1867 in Majorca (near Maryborough), born 28th Dec 1848 At Sea on the Marion near South Africa, arrived at Adelaide South Australia 10 Feb 1849, and died 1933 in Werribee, daughter of Thomas Davey and Amelia Seccombe.
The South Australian (Adelaide, SA : Tuesday 13 February 1849 describes the arrival of Marion, with a passenger list.
DAVEY Thomas, Amelia nee SECCOMBE, Thos, Marion Arminell b@sea arrived in SA 1849-02-10 aboard Marion from London via Plymouth. In the South Australian they are listed as J Davey, wife and child.
Amelia SECCOMBE, daughter of William Noy Seccombe and Elizabeth Hambly HUNTER (Amelia SECCOMBE was christened on 5 Jun 1825 in Redruth Con, died on 20 Nov 1877 in McCallums Creek Vic Aus and was buried in Majorca Vic Aus.)
Cornwall Census 1841,
Queen Street,1, Elizth. Seccombe, 45, Laundress, all born In county,
John Seccombe, 24, Mason J, Willm. Seccombe, 20, Mason J, and Amelia Seccombe, 15, Straw Plat Maker,In county,
9 children 1. William Burchall 1868 #24287
2. Harriet Amelia Burchell 1869 - 1962 #22934 aged 92
3. Sarah Burchill 1870 #16929 born at Majorca
4. Marion Arminell Burchall 1872 #9958
5. John Henry Burchall 1874 #9909
6. Elizabeth Ann Burchall 1876 #3753
7. Thomas Frederick Burchall 1881 #3961
8. Victoria Rose Burchell 1883 #20888
9. Alexander Sarah Burchall 1885 #14708
1. William Burchall 1868 #24287 wed 1892 #2897 to Trephena Donnithorne 1858 - 1923 #8372 aged 65, dau of Phillipa Uren and Michael Donnithorne
Michael Donnithorne wed July-Sep 1840 to Phillippa Uren in Penzance in the county of Cornwall
Philippa Donnithorne died July-Sep 1857, in Penzance
Michael Donnithorne wed Jul-Sep 1858 to Mary Ann Rowe Census 1861, 97,42 Adelaide St,1,
Michael Donnithorne,Head,M,43,,Butcher, Mary Ann Donnithorne, Wife,M,,34,,Penzance Cornwall,,
Charles Donnithorne,Son,,16, Tryphena Donnithorne,Dau,,,13,Scholar, Henry Donnithorne,Son,,11,,Scholar, Alexander Donnithorne,Son,,8,,Scholar, and Richard Rowe Donnithorne,Son,,2, all born in Penzance Cornwall,
2. Harriet Amelia Burchell 1869 - 1962 #22934 aged 92, wed 1893 #6090 to Charles Johns and lived at Alexandra
5 children 1. Marion Helen Johns 1894 #17036
2. Wm Chas Seccombe Johns 1896 #24766
3. John Henry Johns 1899 #78 - 1952 #16004 aged 52
4. Fredrick Thomas Johns 1901 #15725 - 1969 #24001 aged 68
5. Alfred Ernest Johns 1907 - 1976 #28164 aged 69
3. Sarah Burchill 1870 #16929 - 1948 #4041 aged 80, born at Majorca, wed 1889 #7498 to James Mccarty and lived at Alexandra
4 children 1. Mabel Annie May Mccarty 1891 #8269
2. William Henry James Mccarty 1895 #8546
3. Francis Hilliard Job Mccarty 1897 #7771
4. Harriet Ethel Jane Mccarty 1899 #23488
4. Marion Arminell Burchall 1872 #9958 wed 1898 #4983 to Thomas James Popple
6. Elizabeth Ann Burchall 1876 #3753 - 1955 #1768 aged 79, wed 1897 #3317 to David Scott and lived at Marysville
4 children 1. Ethel Ann MaryAnn Scott 1898 #12622
2. Twin Not Stated Female Scott 1899 #14683 lived 1 day
3. Twin Unnamed Male Scott 1899 #28167
4. William David Scott 1919 - 1960 #2219 aged 41
3. John Burchall or Burchell c1847 in Calne, Wiltshire, England, wed 1872 to Sarah Henrietta Stockton 1856 - 1941 #9278 age 85 in Victoria, daughter of Stanley Johnson Stockton and Mary Kennedy. She was born in Westernport, Victoria, and died in Mont Albert, Melbourne, Victoria,
9 children 1. Sarah Ann Burchall 1874 #9910 - 1954 #4184 aged 80
2. Harriet Burchell 1877 #11
3. Mary Alice Burchell 1880 #15 wed 1900 #803 to William Lakes
4. John Thomas Burchell 1882 #7481
5. Martha Marion Burchall 1886 #1112
6. Geo Hy Burchell 1889 #1332
7. Hetta Georgina Burchell 1892 #11293
8. Angus Wm Wesley Burchell 1896 #9628
9. Annie Emily Burchell 1899 #24951
1. Sarah Ann Burchall 1874 #9910 - 1954 #4184 aged 80 wed 1895 #3810 to Geo Augustus Baddeley and lived at Carisbrook
3 children 1. Isabella Harriett Baddeley 1896 #17978 - 1961 #3236 aged 63, wed Harvey
2. Alice Mary Baddeley 1898 #9279 - 1954 #4588 aged 56, wed Murray
3. Oliver John Baddeley 1903 - 1972 #22165 aged 69
2. Harriet Burchell 1877 #11 - 1942 #13226 aged 66 wed 1896 #3093 to George Nicholson and lived at Carisbrook
4 children 1. Beatrice Emily Nicholson 1897 - 1974 #10691 aged 77, wed Wadsworth
2. Geo Allan Nicholson 1899 #24960 - 1967 #16936 aged 67
3. Thelma Henrietta Nicholson 1904 - 1975 #4828 aged 71, wed Skene
4. Dorothy Isabel Nicholson 1912 - 1975 #13002 aged 63, wed Fowler
3. Thelma Henrietta Nicholson 1904 - 1975 #4828 aged 71, wed Jno Kenneth Mckellar Skene and lived at Shepparton
1 child 1. Ian Mckellar Skene 1942 #28412 lived 1 day
6. James Burchell 1854 - 1933 #12936 aged 79, born in Mt Barker, South Australia, died at Maryborough, wed 1879 #1520 to Martha Ann Bunting 1859 #21749 - 1950 aged 90. They lived in Craigie, Talbot, Marysville
7 children 1. Mary Sarah Burchell 1880 #9982
2. Harriet Martha Burchell 1882 #5801
3. James Herbert Burchell 1884 #10831
4. Ada Evelyn Burchell 1884 #10832 - 1900 #9699 aged 16, died as Edith Evelyn Burchell, at Maldon
5. William Thomas Burchell 1886 #11770
6. Mabel Alice Burchell 1888 #22230
7. Hy Jno Burchell 1892 #11287
9. Annie Burchall was born 1858 in Mt Barker, South Australia, and died 1952 age 93 in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria, wed 1879 #1537 to Job James in Buxton (near Marysville), Victoria, son of Benjamin James and Margaret Davies or Davis. He was born Abt 1853 in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, UK, and died 1908 age 55 in Yarra Junction, Victoria,
5 children 1. Annie Mabel James 1880 #19887
2. Emily Grace James 1881 #21740
3. Thomas Benjamin James 1883 #18035
4. Margaret Harriet Ethel James 1885 #7106
5. William John James 1886 #23248



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