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Benjamin Colston

Details from Colston family on Mundia
Benjamin Colston 1815 - 1887 aged 72, wed at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne in 1840 to Eliza Macken 1817 - 22 Mar 1869, born at Drogheda, Ireland and died at Heathcote, Vic
Directory 1847 upholsterer Swanston street.
Eliza Colston nee Mackin 1817 - 1869 #1498 aged 52, dau of Mary and John Mackin, died at 'Drog'
3 Children 1. Caroline Colston born 23 May 1841, aged 14 days, baptised on 6 June 1841 by Rev Geoghegan at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne Sponsors are Pat Donaghu and Ann Quinn
2. Mary Ann Colston 1843,
3. Eliza Colston 1846
1. Caroline Colston born 23 May 1841 - 1883 aged 42, wed 1858 #2559 to Edward Madocks and lived at Kyneton, Lauriston
10 Children 1. Mary Ann Madicks 1862 #9004
2. Catherine Maddicks c1864
3. Caroline Madicks 1867 #15836
4. Edward Madicks 1870 #3212
5. Louisa Maddicks 1872 #17095
6. Ellen Madicks 1874 #16712 - 1876 #2177 lived 1 year
7. Benjamin Francis Madicks 1876 #24141
8. Francis William Maddicks 1880 - 1884 #9410 lived 4 years
9. Eliza Ann Maddicks 1882 #10334 - 1882 #5902 lived 14 days
10. Alice May Maddicks 1883 #17695 - 1883 #11539 lived 6 months
3. Caroline Maddicks 1867 #15836 - 1942 aged 74 yrs wed 1888 to George Beckwith 1866 #10598 - 1935 #2511 aged 69 yrs, son of Agnes Brodie and William Beckwith, lived at Warragul, Collingwood, Brighton
5 Children 1. Geo Francis Beckwith 1890 #8449
2. Edwad Harry Beckwith 1892 #31498
3. Agnes Beckwith 1894 #12472
4. Wm Herbt Beckwith 1895 #12270 - 1895 #12302 lived 8 months
5. Ernt Chas Beckwith 1897 #16971 - 1898 #15252 lived 1 year
2. Mary Ann Colston 1843 #13469 - 11 May 1882 #5898 aged 39, wed 1865 #1284 to Wilhelm Bohn 1822 - 7 Dec 1910, and lived at Lauriston, Kyneton
Wilhelm Bohn from Hanover, wed 1893 #116 to Mary Ann Schwerdtfeger from birmingham, possibly Mary Ann Taylor, widow of Frederick Peter Schwerdtfeger died 1892 #6973 aged 73, at Lauriston
Is Wilhelm Bohn a brother of Chas Wm Bohn who wed Ann Rothwell, and of Erstina Johanna Rau nee Bohn 1833 - 1899 #6976 aged 65, dau of Rosina Hubila and Godfrey Bohn
7 Children 1. Benjamin William Bohn 1866 #8988 - 1948 #18022 aged 82
2. William Godfrey Bohn 1867 #16154 - 1953 #8536 aged 85
3. Meato Sophia Bohn 1869 #25232 - 1871 #1413 lived 1 year
4. Alice Bohn 1871 #24095 - 1935 #12842 aged 63
5. Edward Arthur Bohn 1876 #17234 - 1878 #5759 lived 1 year
6. Albert Ernest Bohn 1878 #23890 - 1947 #4757 aged 68
7. George Edward Bohn 1881 #3815 - 1932 #3681 aged 51
1. Benjamin William Bohn 1866 #8988 - 1948 #18022 aged 82, wed 1885 #3822 to Susan Sealey 1867 #10828 - 1947 #16302 aged 79, dau of Mary Jane Howard and William Sealey who arrived in Geelong by 1855, Susan and Benjamin lived at Lubeck then in Bendigo
5 Children 1. Augustus William Bohn 1886 #21418
2. Benjamin Wm Bohn 1890 #14645 - 1948 #23128 aged 58
3. Alice Amelia May Bohn 1893 #5360
4. Albert Ernest Bohn 1897 #12466
5. Mary Maud Bohn 1903 - 1955 #22465 aged 52, wed Spicer
2. William Godfrey Bohn 1867 #16154 - 1953 #8536 aged 85, wed 1892 #1594 to Jane Heffer 1868 #3595 - 1956 #13235 aged 88 dau of Margaret Booth wed 1852 #3978 at Independent Congregational, Melbourne to Charles Heffer
1 Child 1. George Godfrey Bohn 1898 #18895 - 1980 #11138 aged 81
4. Alice Bohn 1871 #24095 - 1935 #12842 aged 63, wed 1893 #1621 to William John Middleton 1863 #10808 son of Maria Eliza Smith and Richard Kerslak Middleton, lived at Bendigo then at Lauriston
or -children's deaths named father as Wm Higgs Middleton 1866 - 1940 #10032 aged 74 son of Mary Buchanan and Matthew Middleto
4 Children 1. Alice Maude Middleton 1889 - 1952 #17103 aged 63, wed Eaton
2. Jessie Mary Jane Middleton 1896 #17214 - 1966 #27741 aged 70 wed Elderfield
3. William Mathew Middleton 1898 #27330 - 1954 #13018 aged 55
4. Geo Chas Middleton 1912 - 1924 #6999 aged 12
6. Albert Ernest Bohn 1878 #23890 - 1947 #4757 aged 68 wed 1898 #3325 to Annie Cordwell 1879 - 1946 #7409 aged 67, dau of Elizth Jane Cordwell
4 Children 1. Horace Coulson Bohn 1899 #8069 - 1958 #15091 aged 59
2. Charles Godfrey Bohn 1901 #12469 - 1944 #6014 aged 43
3. Raymond Edward Bohn 1902 - 1961 #22003 aged 59
4. Alan Lewis Bohn 1913 - 1983 #20041 aged 70
3. Eliza Colston 1846 wed 1864 #3602 to Thomas Webb and lived at Lauriston, Kyneton, Toolambra
10 Children 1. Clara Emily Webb 1865 #22850 - 1938 #18429 aged 73, wed 1891 #336 to John Pavey
2. Wm Thos Webb 1867 - 1942 #28390 aged 75
3. Eliza Webb 1869 #16691 - 1925 #2780 aged 55
4. Hannah Webb 1871 #17138 - 1953 #13411 aged 82
5. Mary Alice Webb 1873 #17564 - wed 1898 #5915 to Fred Jas Winduss
6. Benjamin Webb 1878 #19614 - 1964 #12299 aged 85
7. Caroline Webb 1880 #12206
8. Louisa Ellen Webb 1882 #19749
9. Richard Webb 1885 #6548
10. Earnest Webb 1888 #16201 - 1888 #7918 lived 1 day
3. Eliza Webb 1869 #16691 - 1925 #2780 aged 55, wed 1892 #4289 to Edward Rogan 1871 - 1948 #6438 aged 77, son of Catherine Hanretty and George Rogan, both died at M'beena
4. Hannah Webb 1871 #17138 - 1953 #13411 aged 82, wed 1894 #3490 to John Henry Hunt and lived at Mooroopna
2 Children 1. Fran Hy Roy Hunt 1894 #31551 - 1970 #3566 aged 75
2. Laura Rita Hunt 1896 #22030 - 1970 #23794 aged 74 wed Sims

John Colston

From FF2001, site now closed, as recorded by Maureen Ellen Atkinson John Edward Colston arrived into Van Deimans Land on the convict ship Isabella on 15 November 1833. John was assigned to Public Works, 1834 at Constitution Hill, then in 1836 at New Norfolk. He served his seven years in VDL (Tasmania) & by 1840 he had gone over to the main land & was at the docks in Melbourne when the ship Alfred arrived January 1840. The family story has that John's future wife (Anastasia Fitzpatrick) still being on board the ship at the docks & in the company of her travelling companion, pointed John out from amongst the crowd of people & said there is the man I am going to marry.
John Edward Colston, baptised in 1813, St.Pancras, Middlesex, England the son of John & Lucy Colston married Anastasia Fitzpatrick (daughter of Thomas Fitzpatrick & Bessy Butler of Kilkenny, Ireland) in 1840 at St.James, Melbourne. John Edward's trade was given as a plasterer/painter on his convict record & it was known that his father John was a modeller/plasterer.
The Port Phillip Almanac Directory for 1847 lists John Edward Colston, blacksmith, off Bourke Lane, Melbourne. In 1841 their first child & daughter Lucy was born in a tent, Melbourne as were their next five children, then their last two (sons) were born in the Daylesford district, Victoria. John & Anastasia, circa 1860 moved to South Heathcote, Victoria & also had a blacksmith shop at Toobarac, Victoria that he later sold to one of his sons. Before John Edward's death in 1885 he & his wife Anastasia (known as Annie) with two of their daughters & another son (also a plasterer) were then living in Collingwood. When John Edward died, his wife Annie placed a notice in the Age Newspaper, 1885, it read, "COLSTON, on the 28 October at his late residence, 19 Yarra Street, Collingwood, John Edward the beloved husband of Annie Colston, aged 73 deeply regretted by his sorrowing family & friends. Country papers please copy."

Anastasia Fitzpatrick came out from Kilkenny Ireland 1840 on the Alfred aged 20 years, married John Edward COLSTON - thought to have a sister ? Mary Fitzpatrick wed George PALMER. Settled in Melbourne where she died in 1892.
John Edward Colston 1812 - 1885 #11602 aged 73 son of Lucy and John Edward Colston, wed 1840 #35193 to Anastasia Fitzpatrick 1819 - 1892 #12930 aged 73 at St Francis Roman Catholic church, Melbourne. Children were baptised at St James Church of England, Melbourne
7 Children 1. Lucy Colston 1841 #12654
2. Mary Ann Colston 1844 #13619
3. Anastasia Colston 1846 #14892 - 1846 4230 lived 18 months
4. John Thomas Colston 1849 #16151
5. Anastasia Colston 1850 #26600
6. Louisa Colston c1853
6. Thomas Colston 1855 #5117
7. William Colston 1858 #13329
1. Lucy Colston 1841 #12654 wed 1860 #4097 to William Boase and lived at Daylesford, 8 Children
2. Mary Ann Colston wed 1860 #814 to Charles Smith and lived at Hepburn, Daylesford,
9 Children 1. Rowland Smith 1861 #9108
2. Charles William Smith 1862 #14139
3. John Edward Smith 1864 #14682 (mother Coulston)
4. Mary Louisa Smith 1867 #7775 (mother Coulstone)
5. Alfred Arthur Smith 1869 #21822
6. Ernest Frederick Smith 1874 #8389
7. Herbert James Smith 1878 #22095
8. Francis Walter Smith 1881 #8644
9. Sydney Smith 1883 #8510

From on Fri, 16 Mar 2007
Dear Elizabeth - I have happened upon your family history website courtesy of some googling and the Colston entries are of particular personal interest. Only in the last couple of weeks have I discovered that Mary Ann Colston is one of my great-great grandparents - my 2nd great-grandmother. The information on your website, particularly in relation to her parents, is most interesting.
However, the details of Mary Ann's marriage on that page are perplexing! I've attached for your interest a copy of the certificate showing her marriage to my 2nd great-grandfather, Charles Smith in Daylesford on 16 February 1860. They had 9 children born between 1861-1883. Her death on 23 February 1927 (Vic 1927/1299) is recorded on the family grave in Daylesford cemetery (Wesleyan section 3 AN).
I haven't yet had the chance to follow up data relating to your entry of marriage between Mary Ann Colston and Wilhelm Bohn and would be interested to receive your response.
Regards, Mike Wilson
The wedding entry shows Charles Smith was aged 22, born at Boston, Lincolnshire UK, son of Maria Dollins and George Smith, and worked as a miner, wed 16 Feb 1860 to Mary Ann Colston aged 17, a dressmaker

4. John Thomas Colston wed 1869 #4049 to Norah Francis Maher 1849 - 1875 #559 aged 26
John Thomas Colston wed 1877 #992 to Phillipa Sidonia Stephens from Cornwall and lived at Heathcote
2 Children
of Norah
1. John Edward Colston 1871 #2075
2. Anastasia Colston 1875 #548 - 1875 #5712 lived 14 weeks
5 Children
of Phillippa
3. James Colston 1878 #9567
4. Frances Colston 1880 #9371
5. Clara Colston 1882 #9849
6. Charles Colston 1884 #17466
7. Maude Colston 1886 #26758
1. Jno Edwd Colston wed 1895 #5816 to Sarah Ann Harnell and lived at Heathcote, Pyalong
2 Children 1. Jno Jas Colston 1897 #11700
2. Sarah Colston 1900 #5870 - 1900 #3347 lived 1 day
5. Anastasia Colston wed 1873 #3783 to Edward Horkings from Cambridge and lived at Cheltenham
9 Children 1. Edith May Horkings 1884 #1476
2. Lucy Horkings 1874 #21186
3. William Horkings 1876 #14101
4. Eliza Horkings 1878 #9061
5. Jno Edwd Horkings 1880 #13627
6. Edith Horkings 1882 #10435 - 1882 #9168 lived 10 weeks
7. Jane Horkings 1885 #24252
8. Twin Emma Horkings 1889 #1950
9. Twin Flor Horkings 1889 #1951
7. William Colston wed 1882 #2942 to Sarah Jane Seddon 1861 #18248, and lived at Collingwood
6 Children 1. Ethel Colston 1883 #8323
2. Hilda Lucy Colston 1885 #9099
3. Berttie Colston 1887 #14084
4. Harold Wm Colston 1889 #11415
5. Ivy Myrtle Nagington Colston 1891 #21796 - 1892 #5858 lived 9 months
6. John Thomas Colston was born to William and Sarah 23rd June 1905 my Grandma Hilda Lucy was already married

From on Friday, 24 January, 2014
I have just been typing in my relatives names and your site came up with all my Seddon relations on it from Adam and Elizabeth Seddon, I am not very computer savvie but wondered does that mean you are searching your rellies too or why would this family of mine be on here,  Regards Yvonne Hamitlon, Granddaughter of Hilda Lucy Colston
PS - wondering if Richard John Seddon (22 June 1845 – 10 June 1906), the longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, is really the 'Uncle Dick' recorded in clippings John Thomas Colston sent from New Zealand.
It is curious - the web site Richard Seddon identifies him as a son of Thomas Seddon, born 1817, and Jane Lindsay who married on 8 February 1842 at Christ Church, Eccleston. The page records that he worked at a foundry in Liverpool before coming to Australia when he was 18 Yes, my families are linked by marriages, and it started with those who wed our ancestoral families, then spread to any whose parent-families I find out about.
Of course, I make mistakes, and Yes, I do appreciate being corrected.
I found Hilda Lucy's death - Hilda Lucy Anderson died 1982 #16231 aged 97,
and to find her husband's name, looked for the death of her child, found
Arthur William Anderson 1969 #15939 aged 65, son of Hilda Lucy Colston and Walter Arthu Anderson
Next - looked for a wedding and that child's birth.
Arthur Waddell Anderson born in Inglewood, wed 1880 #5038 to Ellen Grace Gellie who gave Collingwood as her birthplace. Ellen's birth is recorded as Hellen Grace, in 1858
and their first two children, both births registered in Carlton
Ellen Florence Anderson 1881 #14841 Walter Arthur Anderson 1883 #22002


Archibald Colville

Archibald Colville aged 26 came Sep 1860 on the Great Britain
Archibald Colville wed c1861 to Mary Russell, settled at Yackandandah
8 Children 1. James Colville 1862 #22889 lived 1 year
2. Hannah Jane Colville 1864 #12489
3. William James Colville 1865 #19632 - 1897 #15147 aged 32
4. George Reid Colville 1868 #6475 wed 1901 #5452 to Elizth Cath Barber
5. Mary Eliza Colville 1871 #27456 wed 1889 #8298 to Saml Service Crothers
6. Margaret Colville 1873 #28072 wed 1893 #1161 to Robert Waterson
7. Archibald Colville 1876 #20299 wed 1913 #1909 to Violet Waterson
8. Ellen Agnes Colville 1879 #20338 wed 1900 #5393 to Charles Wm Barber
3. William James Colville 1865 #19632 - 1897 #15147 aged 32, wed 1894 to Annie Hall Johnson Waterson
Anne Hall Johnson Colville wed 1905 #3446 to Samuel McKibben
2 Children 1. Mary Agnes Colville 1896 #7932
2. Ruby Colville 1897 #32374
4. George Reid Colville 1868 #6475 wed 1901 #5452 to Elizth Cath Barber and lived at Yackandandah
5 Children 1. Archd Francis Colville 1902 #30499
2. Margt Colville 1904 #7046
3. Wm Jas Colville 1906 #23315
4. Evelyn Colville 1910 #24117
5. Winnifred Colville 1914 #17961
5. Mary Eliza Colville 1871 #27456 - 1953 #17690 aged 81, wed 1889 #8298 to Saml Service Crothers from Ireland, and lived at Yackandandah, 10 Children
6. Margaret Colville 1873 #28072 wed 1893 #1161 to Robert Waterson and lived at Yackandandah, 2 Children
7. Archibald Colville 1876 #20299 wed 1913 #1909 to Violet Waterson 1884 #6537 - 1915 #11684 aged 31. Archibald travelled to New Zealand and married a Hannah Lines. He died in 1954 in New Zealand.
3 Children 1. Russell Waterson Colville on 2/11/1913
2. William James Colville born in NZ
3. Archibald Colville born in NZ
8. Ellen Agnes Colville 1879 #20338 wed 1900 #5393 to Charles Wm Barber and lived at Yackandandah, 4 Children

Thomas Comb

IGI submitted after 1991 - George Walter Comb wed about 1817 in England to Susannah Satchwell with son Joseph Comb born 1819 at Guildford, Surrey, England
Thomas Satchwell Comb 1816 - 1883 #6631 aged 67 son of Susannah Satchwell and George Comb, was in Geelong 1849 with Catherine Ann Barbor 1825 - 1861 #7353 aged 36 daughter of Teresa Parke and James Barbor of Sligo
Thomas Satchwell Comb wed 1864 #1883 to Helen Rebecca Collier and lived in Sandhurst
7 Children
of Cath
1. Susannah Teresa Comb 1849 #22167
2. Thomas Barbour Comb 1852 - 1856 #2541 lived 4 years
3. George James Comb 1853 - 1855 #4726 lived 2 years
4. James Jason George Comb 1855 #10526 - 1856 #937 lived 4 months
5. Jemima Comb 1857 #1985 - 1858 #1394 lived 1 year
6. Helen Maria Comb 1858 #11757 - 1859 #1275 lived 5 months
7. Samuel Satchwell Comb 1860 #7654
8 Children
of Helen
8. Annie Helen Comb 1865 #6466 9. George Alfred Comb 1866 - 1867 #368 lived 6 months
10. Ernest Elbert Comb 1868 #580 - 1869 #251 lived 13 months
11. Joseph Thomas Comb 1869 - 1872 #10411 lived 3 years
12. Ada Comb 1873 #12515 - 1874 #3040 lived 8 months
13. Eva Kate Comb 1875 #5330 - 1876 #3383 lived 1 year
14. Jeannie Comb 1876 #25777
15. Emily Comb 1878 #5073
1. Susannah Teresa Comb 1849 #22167 wed 1868 #3048 to Thomas Weir from Ayreshire, and lived at Ballarat
5 Children 1. Kate Weir 1869 #13117
2. Annie Weir 1870 #13735
3. Teresa Weir 1871 #21269
4. Thomas Weir 1876 #290
5. William Weir 1878 #231 - 1878 #141 lived 1 week
8. Annie Helen Comb 1865 #6466 wed 1890 #2216 to Frederick John Peacock
14. Jeannie Comb wed 1897 #2086 to Alf Ernt Victor Godfrey 1872 #26080 born at Sandhurst

James Comerford

Jas Comerford aged 18 came Jun 1855 on the Marco Polo born c1837
James Comerford aged 22 came Dec 1863 on the Maryborough born c1841
James Charles Comerford of Dublin 1831 - 1907 #4146 aged 76, son of Mary Jane Pigott and Patrick Comerford, wed 1877 #4156 to Maria Horn 1858 - 1883 #7722 aged 25, daughter of Esther Austerberg and James , died at Chiltern
2 Children 1. Jane Ann Comerford 1878 #14569 wed 1896 #6546 to Alfred Blackney
2. Richd Jos Patk Comerford 1880 #7539 - 1953 #8115 aged 73, died at Kew
1. Jane Ann Comerford 1878 #14569 wed 1896 #6546 to Alfred Blackney who could be Alfred James 1863 #17549 son of Mary Ann Dabb and James Blackney born at St Arnaud, and lived at Chiltern, 7 Children
2. Richd Jos Patk Comerford 1880 #7539 - 1953 #8115 aged 73, died at Kew, wed 1909 #8301 to Mary Elizabeth Walsh 1889 - 1978 #9105 aged 89, daughter of Catherine Knight and John Walsh, died at Kew, lived at Coburg during WW1
6 Children 1. Richd John Comerford 1911 #2144
2. Kath Comerford 1913 #11229 - 1932 #1967 aged 19
3. Twin Joyce Comerford 1916 #10808 infant death
4. Twin Sheila Comerford 1916 #10809 infant death
5. Eileen Mary Comerford 1918 #18330 lived 1 year
6. Maureen Comerford 1920 #20454


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