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David Cliff, Henry Clifford, Henry Clifford,
James Clifton, Josiah Climas, Thomas Climas,


David Cliff

David Cliff and Mary Ann Colley wed quarter to Dec 1856 at Kings Norton Vol 6c page 709. The district Kings Norton spans the boundaries of the counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire
5 Children 1. Frederick William Cliff 1858 #16328
2. Kezia Jane Elizth Cliff 1860 #18538
3. Clara Helena Cliff 1863 #20971
4. David Edward Cliff 1867 #8726
5. Mary Emily Cliff 1870 #16923
1. Frederick William Cliff 1858 #16328 wed 1887 #1864 to Elizabeth Woodbridge and lived at Maindample
2 Children 1. Evelyn Mary Cliff 1889 #32733
2. Arthur Fredriex Cliff 1891 #14433

Henry Clifford

Henry Clifford wed quarter to June 1850 to Lydia Tiley Silk in the district of Calne, Wiltshire - on 20 Jun 1850 at Calne, Wiltshire, England
Henry Clifford came September 1851 on the Statesman with wife Lydia Silk who died at Colac 12 July 1855 aged 23, and daughter Millicent
Henry Clifford 1830 - 1912 #5184 aged 81 son of Elizabeth Edwards and Wm Clifford, wed 1856 #1670 to Jane Kirkpatrick 1828 - 1873 #646 aged 45 dau of Isabella Ringster and Andrew Kilpatrick of London, and lived at Colac
From the letter below, Henry Clifford born in Wiltshire, wed third, 1875 #339 to Elizabeth Fagg from Kent
5 Children 1. Millicent Clifford 1851
2. Frederick Clifford c1853
3 Children 3. Isabella Clifford 1857 #2713
4. George Henry Clifford 1858 #7396
5. Elizabeth Jane Clifford 1860 #8168
1. Millicent Clifford wed 1872 #1998 to John Robert Robinson from Antrim and lived at Geelong
8 Children 1. Robert Henry Robinson 1873 #2706
2. Martha Lydia Millicent Robinson 1875 #23055
3. John Edward James Robinson 1878 #2898
4. Frederick Joseph Robinson 1880 #8991
5. Isabella Mary El Robinson 1882 #23369
6. George Robinson 1885 #10173 - 1885 #5212 lived 3 weeks
7. Edith Agnes Robinson 1886 #3185
8. Louie Robinson 1888 #20494 - 1888 #9424 lived 1 month
2. Frederick Clifford wed 1876 #1519 to Elizabeth Prigg 1848 #8481 dau of Ann Gaylard and Charles Prigg born at and lived at Colac
4 Children 1. Elsie Millisent Clifford 1877 #14346 wed 1899 #6074 to William Patrick Maladay
2. Amy Eleanor Clifford 1879 #14997
3. Hilda Lizzy Clifford 1881 #15286 - 1882 #977 lived 7 months
4. Harold Charles H Clifford 1882 #2194
3. Isabella Clifford 1857 #2713 wed 1880 #1644 to Frank Parkes
4. George Henry Clifford 1858 #7396 wed 1882 #4370 to Susan Timmins 1861 #16404 dau of Hannah Lodge and James Timmins born at Taradale, and lived at Colac
1 child 1. Millicent Jane H Clifford 1893 #21306
5. Elizabeth Jane Clifford 1860 #8168 wed 1884 #6336 to John Collyer 1858 #2652 son of Christina Clemens and Thomas Collyer from Mt Duneed and lived at Geelong
6 children 1. Rhoda Elizth Emma Collyer 1886 #3093
2. Christina Jane Collyer 1889 #31506
3. John Clifford Collyer 1891 #3611
4. Ruth Isabel Collyer 1893 #22759
5. Margaret Doris Collyer 1896 #20225
6. Frederick George Collyer 1899 #26763

From on Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Hello Elizabeth, I am researching the Clifford and associated families and found your web page interesting. From our records we have Henry Clifford married three times
1. Lydia Tyley Silk Calne, Wiltshire 1850.
2. Jane Kirkpatrick/Kilpatrick, Colac, 1856.
3. Elizabeth Fagg, Colac, 1875.
He had two children with Lydia a daughter Millicent and a son Frederick.
Henry, Lydia and Millicent arrived on the Statesman September 1851. Page 175 Book 5.
Lydia died from a disease of the liver age 23 at Colac 12 July 1855. Buried Colac 14 July 1855.
She was baptised 1st July 1832 Hascombe, Surrey, father was John Tyley and mother Sophia Silk. John was a publican.
My husband descends from Elizabeth Jane Clifford and John Collyer, they had six children.
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Mon, 16 Oct 2006
Elizabeth,
Sorry for taking so long to reply.
The place where John Collyer was born was named Mt Duneed. This was in the Connewarre, Breamlea area on the outskirts of Geelong.
The Collyer name is mentioned in the book South Barwon 1857-1985 compiled by John Prescott.
He spelt their name as Collyee. (page 152).
The Collyer family originated from Wynering, Hampshire, England.
John's father Thomas Collyer and his first wife Thirza Houghton son Caleb and daughter Thirza arrived in Adelaide 1849 on the William Money. The wife died on arrival at the Port. and the little Thirza died a few months later.
Thomas remarried - Christiana Clemens from St Just in Penwith, Cornwall.
Their Issue- Ann, Thomas, Christiana, Hannah, JOHN, Emma and Eli.
It was a surprise to read you had spent your teen years in Werribee. It is a big and busy place now. We liked it how it was.
Hope I have not bored you with too much information I really enjoy family history and think it should be recorded.
Fay Evans
Christena Collyer 1824 - 1884 #9091 aged 60 dau of Ann NICHOLS and Richd Clemens and died at Hazlewood
Christiana seems to be born about 1824, so in 1841 she would be about 15, and I think her pet name was Kitty -
the family is on Cornwall Census 1841 and I got Book 10 Folio 39 Page 35, last family is Parkanchapel,1, all born in the County,
Richard Clemens,45,,Tin Miner, Ann Clemens,,45,
,,Elizabeth Clemens,,20, Richard Clemens,20,,Tin Miner, James Clemens,15,,Tin Dresser, Kitty Clemens,,15,
,,Patience Clemens,,15, John Clemens,11, Mary Clemens,,7, Jane Clemens,,5,,In county,
,,Mary Nicholas,,80,Independent,I
There is a possibility that this household includes Grandma! --------------------------- Wed, 18 Oct 2006 Hello Elizabeth,
Yes Christiana Clemens was known as Kitty.
Most of her family did come to Australia.
Christiana Clemens arrived on the Marion 1848 Adelaide. She was the daughter of Richard & Ann Clemens. Born 17 Jan 1825 St Just in Penwith. She died 1884 Boolara. Vic. buried at Hazelwood. Vic.
After her father died (1st May 1850) On 1851 census Ann is listed as a widow. Her mother (Ann) came to Australia however she died a few months after arriving.
Ann Clemens arrived 1860 on Roxburgh Castle.
Ann is buried Geelong Eastern Cemetery. 1860 as Annie Clemens. She died 23 Nov 1860, age 66 yrs.
Two sisters Jane & Mary Clemens arrived in 1853 on Credenda. Jane was 17 domestic servant and Mary 19, dressmaker.
Yes grandma was included on 1841 census.
The parents of Ann were James and Mary Nicholas.
Richard Clemens and Ann Nicholas were married 25 April 1817 St Just.
Richard was the son of Richard Clemens and Ann Trembath they were married 16 Feb 1793 St Just.
I have only touched briefly on this family a lot of research has been done by others which I have been given a copy of.
There are some great web sites on Cornwall. I could spend many days looking at all the interesting information.
The one on the arrival of the William Money 1848-49 is very good. William Money This was the voyage that Thomas and Thirza Collyer/Collier and family came out to Australia on. Or put William Money 1848-49 into search/find.
Time to stop my prattling. Fay Evans

Henry Clifford

Henry Clifford came c1883 with Alice Ann Butcher and lived at Collingwood, Donald, Rupanyup
4 Children 1. Lucy Elizabeth Clifford 1884 #15861
2. Chester Henry Clifford 1886 #2330
3. Arthur Clifford 1887 #31614
4. Eva Alice Clifford 1893 #774
1. Lucy Elizth Clifford 1884 #15861 wed 1913 #770 to James Henry Kindred 1879 #18369

James Clifton

James Clifton wed 1861,"4009 to Sarah Roberts and lived at Birregurra
12 Children 1. Priscilla Clifton 1863 #1399
2. Alice Clifton 1864 #7683 - 1864 #5541 lived 10 weeks
3. James Clifton 1867 #13157R - 1882 #10854 lived 15 years
4. Alfred Clifton 1869 #20729
5. Ellen Clifton 1872 #822
6. Albert John Clifton 1873 #14653 - 1888 #8558 lived 15 years
7. David Robert Clifton 1875 #7304
8. Lilian Clifton 1877 #13347
9. Wm Ernest Clifton 1880 #628
10. Charles Oliver Clifton 1881 #14281
11. Bertie Everett Clifton 1884 #14727
12. Percy Harrold Clifton 1886 #688
1. Priscilla Clifton 1863 #1399 - 1949 #20069 aged 85, wed 1892 #4411 to Alfred Seales c1870 - 25 Sep 1924 aged 54, and lived at Ondit, Birregurra, Allandale, 5 children

Josiah Climas

Descendants of Thomas Clemas fills in my gaps, also the pages by Amanda in Rootsweb
Cornwall 1851 Census Josiah is living with his uncle at House 62,Wesley St, - all born at St. Columb Cornwall,
James Climas,Head,M,30, Emma Climas,Wife,M,,25, and Josiah Climas,Nephew,U,22,,Miner,
Josiah Climas 1828 - 1887 #16032 aged 59, born in St Enoder Cornwall and died in Yackandandah, Victoria, wed 1. to Hannah Priscilla Vercoe b: 1837 - 1858 #4999 aged 21 born in Cornwall, England and died in Victoria, when her parents were unknown, followed by the death of her daughter.
Josiah Climas aged 28 came Nov 1857 on the Guy Mannering with Hannah 21 and Thomas Climas 19
Josiah Climas wed 1869 #3207 to Elizabeth Perry 1844 - 1930 #12462 aged 86, daughter of Elizabeth Williams and Thomas Perry, born in Cornwall.
7 Children 1. Agnes Climas born 1858 #19329 - 1858 #5126 aged 15 weeks
2. Agnes Caroline Climas 1871 #27363
3. James Henry Climas 1872 #6472
4. William John Climas 1873 #28073 lived 1 year
5. Elizabeth Orpha Climas 1875 #9392
6. Hannah Priscilla Climas 1879 #26772
7. William Josiah Climas 1886 #14945
1. Agnes Caroline Climas 1871 #27363 wed 1891 #5027 to William Carkeek
2. James Henry Climas 1872 #6472 wed 1904 #1183 to Agnes Waterson 1875 - 1959 #20277 aged 84, daughter of Agnes McGee and Hugh Waterson
4 children 1. Winnifred Climas 1905 #7185
2. Edna Climas 1907 #15173
3. Robert Climas 1909 #15543 - 1968 #1608 aged 58
4. Elvie Climas 1913 #8588
4. Elizabeth Orpha Climas 26 Jun 1875 #9392 wed 1895 #2859 to Richard John Grigg 12 Oct 1865 #20029 born at Bungaree. See web site Grigg family Book 7 Folio 28 Page 12

Thomas Climas

The Cornwall 1841 Census, Book 7 Folio 28 Page 12, has John Climas aged 65 and his wife Ann aged 60. On another page is the young John aged 25, wife Mary aged 30, with Thomas aged 3 and John aged 2.
The 1851 Census for Cornwall has in Folio 149 Page 16, house 63,Wesley St, John Climas,Head,M,35, Miner,St Columb Cornwall, and Mary Climas,Wife,M,,42,,Falmouth Cornwall,
Thomas Climas,Son,U,12, Miner,Kea Cornwall,
John J Climas,Son,U,11, Richard Climas,Son 8, Rebekah Climas,Dau 4, all Scholar,Camborne Cornwall,
and Ann Glewis,Lodger,U, 37,Mine Labourer,Kea Cornwall,

Thomas Climas 1838 - 24 Aug 1898 aged 60, son of Mary Glues and John Climas, wed about 1860 then 1895 #6926 to Maria Mercer nee Roberts 16 June 1837 - 1910 #9653 aged 73. He mother Maria JOSE was christened on 25 Jul 1814 in Mullion, Cornwall and buried on 22 Nov 1891 in Landewednack, Cornwall. Maria Jose wed 2 Feb 1830 to William ROBERTS son of Peter ROBERTS and Julia in Landewednack, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, England. See Maria Roberts christened on 16 Jun 1837 in Landewednack, Cornwall, (child 2844) who first wed Thomas Mercer about 1856 and then they parted, and she lived with Thomas Climas
Thomas Mercer christened on 7 Jun 1835 in Mullion, Cornwall, England, son of Elizabeth and Thomas Mercer (eldest of 7 chn)
12 children 1. Thomas Mercer 1858 #4150 born at Epson wed 1882 #4390 to Margaret Summerville Ashworth, 6 chn 1883-1898
2. Elizabeth Ann Mercer 1859 #21651 wed 1878 #4966 to William Grenfell
3. William Robert Mercer 1861 #22944 born at Bendigo wed Clara Secombe, 2 chn 1891-3
4. John James Climas Mercer 1864 #2796 - 1914 #10403 aged 50
5. Richard Climas Mercer 1865 #22554 - 1917 #5452 aged 51
6. Rebecca Climas Climas 1868 #3064 wed 1897 to Frank Stephens, 3 chn 1898 - 1905
7. Daniel Climas Roberts 1870 #11916 wed Christine May Mary Kennedy born in Scotland, 5 chn 1895-1912
8. Twin Joseph Climas Mercer 1872 #19240 wed Mary Jane Burke, 3 chn 1897-
9. Twin Mary Maria Climas Mercer 1872 #19241 - 1897 wed 1895 to Joseph Henry Hands 1872 - 1954, 2 chn
10. Rose Ann Climas Mercer 1874 #18966 - 1876 #7175 lived 2 years
11. Julia Jane Climas Roberts 1875 #25693 - 1934 wed 1898 to Andrew Francis Beecham 1873 - 1919. 6 chn
12. Rose Ann Climas Roberts also Mercer, 1879 #19180R 13. Peter Climas 1881 #25909 - 1939 #11576 when his age was given as 68, expected 58,
1. Thomas Mercer 1858 #4150 born at Epson wed 1882 #4390 to Margaret Summerville Ashworth 1860 #10069 dau of Agnes McPhail and Moses Ashworth, and lived at Sandhurst, Long Gully
6 children 1. Thomas Climas Mercer 1883 #12238
2. William Ashworth Mercer 1885 #5888
3. Margaret Summerville Mercer 1886 #29580
4. Irene Lilian Mercer 1894 #4805
5. Robt Harold Mercer 1897 #12424
6. James Lambert Mercer 1898 #20139
2. Elizabeth Ann Mercer 1859 #21651 wed 1878 #4966 to William Grenfell and lived at Sandhurst
3 children 1. Evelyn Grenfell 1879 #25527
2. Amelia Mellet Grenfell 1881 #5382
3. Edith Maria Grenfell 1883 #5135
4. Elizabeth Ann Grenfell 1884 #12670 - 1884 #14091 lived 8 months
5. William Ira Grenfell 1886 #13573 - 1887 #8167 lived 1 month
6. William Ira Grenfell 1887 #23715
7. Elizth Ann Grenfell 1889 #26096
8. Gladys Grenfell 1891 #6789 - 1891 #13693 lived 11 months
10. Gladys Rebecca Grenfell 1892 #20090
11. Eric Roberts Grenfell 1901 #914
3. William Robert Mercer 1861 #22944 born at Bendigo wed Clara Secombe, and lived at Bendigo
3 children 1. Wm Herbt Mercer 1891 #19720 - 1891 #13687 lived 7 months
2. Mabel Mercer 1892 #29742
4. John James Climas 1864 - 1914 #10403 aged 50 wed 1883 #6506 to Elizabeth Baxter 1865 #5508 - 1 Apr 1929 only Victorian-registered child of Ann Henderson Bolan and John Baxter born at Taradale, who appears to then remarry
3 children 1. John Thomas Climas 1884 #12629
2. James Henry Climas 1886 #13606 - 1941 #20977 aged 56
3. Victor Henderson Climas 1893 #29002 wed 1920 #11995 to Christina Hilda Gist
1. John Thomas Climas 1884 #12629 wed 1909 #8007 to Mary Elizabeth Thomasine Akers 1885 #21929
5 children 1. John Thomas Climas 1909 #8007
2. Norman Henry Climas 1910 #28678
3. Violet Lavinia Climas 1913 #706
4. Esma Lillian Climas 1914 #34586
5. Marjorie Henderson Climas 1916 #26033
2. James Henry Climas 1886 #13606 - 1941 #20977 aged 56 wed 1911 #3815 to Elizabeth Amanda Gooding 1882 #5225
5. Richard Climas 1866 - 1917 #5452 aged 51 wed Susan Annear 1865 - 1905 Richard Climas then wed 1906 #5177 to Elizabeth Penberthy 1879 - 1973 #22545 aged 94,
5 children 1. Richard Leslie Climas 1894
2. William Hedley Climas 1907 #21118 - 2 Oct 1995
3. Thomas Henry Climas 1912 #13222
4. Margaret Mabel Climas 1916 #4927
5. Kenneth Richard Climas
6. Rebecca Climas Mercer 1868 #3064 wed 1897 to Frank Stephens and lived at Heathcote
3 children 1. Richard Francis Stephens 1898 #3849
2. Doris Mary Stephens 1900 #19549
3. Emily Stephens 1905 - 1933
7. Daniel Climas 1870 wed 1896 #7324 to Christina May Kennedy 1871 - 1960 #9102 aged 89,
5 children 1. Walter Hamilton Climas 1897 #25863
2. Francis John 1901 - 1965 #27810 aged 64
3. Donald Bruce Climas 1905 #879 - 1975 #15843 aged 70
4. Daniel Climas 1906 #8338
5. Helen May Climas 1912 #750 lived 1 day
9. Mary Maria Climas Mercer 1872 #19241 - 1897 #7934 aged 25, wed 1895 to Joseph Henry Hands 1872 - 1954, and lived at Bendigo
2 children 1. Doris May Hands 1896 #881
2. Joseph Henry Hands 1897 #16808
11. Julia Jane Climas Roberts 1875 #25693 - 1934 wed 1898 #2378 to Andrew Francis Beecham 1873 - 1919. Enlisted 22 April 1916, returned to Australia 4 May 1917, 6 chn
3 children 1. Frederick George Beecham 1903 - 1966 #11614 aged 63
2. Andrew William Beecham 1907 - 1970 #9230 aged 63
3. Charles Edward Beecham 1911 - 1972 #17485 aged 61
12. Rose Ann Climas Roberts also Mercer, 1879 #19180R
13. Peter Climas 1881 #25909 - 1939 #11576 wed 1905 to Emma Gooding 1881 - 1919, leaving 5 chn Peter married (2) on 24 Oct 1921 to Lillian May Robinson born on 2 Feb 1899 - 1993 and had 10 children last one born 1 Sep 1937 - see web page. Lillian is dau of Margaret Willis wed 1897 #5928 to John William Robinson

From on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011
Hi Elizabeth,
I was just looking at your Family tree and your Daniel Climas who was married to Christinna May Kennedy was my wife's Great Grandfather. Daniel Climas Roberts registered under Roberts was born 1870 in Victoria and died in 1919 aged 49 years old.
His son Walter Hamilton Climas was born 1897 in Bendigo Victoria and married Lucelle Isabella Gordon on the 22 August 1933
I wed their grand-dau who has the Climas family tree going back to about the 1600's.
Kind Regards, Mark Roper


12. Peter Climas 1881 #25909 - 1939 #11576 when his age was given as 68, expected 58, wed 1905 #7289 to Emma Gooding 1880 #4738 - 1919 #1200 aged 38, when her parents were unknown.
peter wed 24 Oct 1921 to Lillian May Robinson 2 Feb 1899 - 1993 and had another 10 children
4 children 1. Beatrice Edith Climas 1906 #850 - 1971 #2476 aged 58
2. Alma Elizabeth Climas 1908 #28279
3. Charles Noel Climas 1912 #31741 - 1961 #17077 aged 48 wed Christina Agnes Taylor 1915 - 1978 #18029 aged 63, dau of Agnes Christ Talbert and Frederick Taylor
4. Doris Rebecca Climas 1915 #14193

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