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Families featured
John Coughlin, Irvine Coulter, Elizabeth Shipley Coumbe, John Cousins, John Coutie,
James Coutts, Henry Couzins, James Cowen, Thomas Cowie, Thomas Cowl,

John Coughlin

John Gordon Coughlin and Mary Jane Richmond decided to come to Victoria from Limerick, Ireland with their 3 children, and could have come on the Kent March 1853.
3 Children 1. Mary Ann Coughlin born 1833 at Clommel, Co Tiperary
2. Thomas James Coughlin born 1836 at Limerick
3. William Gordon Coughlin 1840 - 1909.
1. Mary Ann Coughlin born 1833 wed 1863 #3689 to John Bendall, 4 Children
2. Thomas James Coughlin 1836 wed 1869 #3990 to Anastasia Gunn from Tipperary
2 Children 1. Margaret Coughlin 1873
2. Anastasia Coughlin 1879.

Irvine Coulter

Irvin Coulter aged 23 came Dec 1865 on the ship Prince Patrick Irvine Coulter c1844 - 1922 #11275 aged 78, son of Elizth Wilson and James Coulter from Fermanagh wed 1872 to Mary Jones from London.
Mary Coulter nee Jones 1850 - 1933 #1935 aged 83 died at Brighton Beach, dau of Richard Llewelyn Jones
6 Children 1. Irvine Coulter 1873 #21724
2. Ellen Marian Coulter 1875 #313 - 1955 #7312 aged 80, wed Sutherland
3. Sydney Richard Coulter 1876 #13601
4. Jason Leslie Coulter 1877 #20039
5. Graham Coulter 1879 #453
6. Edith May Coulter 1883 #21225
1. Irvine Coulter 1873 #21724 wed 1900 #3920 to Harriet Esther Carver 1876 #4127

Elizabeth Shipley Coumbe

Elizabeth Shipley Barwell birth registered Jul-Sep 1845, in district of Brentford, UK
Elizabeth Shipley Unwin birth registered Jul-Sep 1847, in district of Newcastle UK
Elizabeth Shipley Rendles from London, wed 1874 #1210 to John Cobb from London
John Cobb died 1831 - 1875 #6495 aged 44, son of Lucy Webb and John George Cobb from London
Elizabeth Shipley Cobb wed 1876 #3407 to Robert Black from Fife
Robt Black 1837 - 1891 #1413 aged 54, parents unknown, died at Dunolly
Wm Frank Coumbe from Bristol, wed 1892 #3045 to Elizh Shipley Black


Thankyou to , who kindly sent 2 certificates, Marriage with three weddings, and Death with 5 entries, on 9 Aug 2013

From Elizabeth Shipley's Death certificate,
Elizabeth Shipley born c1836, died 8 May 1919, in Dunolly Hospital, aged 83 years, from Anhemia and Senile decay, dau of Thomas Ermington, a Mariner, and Ann Simpson. She was employed as a Widow and was sick 6 months. She was buried 10 May 1919 at Dunolly Cemetery by Church of England Rev H.J.Carr. She came from North Shields, England about 60 years ago, married to 'not known', John Cobb, Robert Black and William Frank Coombs. She had no issue. Her Informant was Clara Faux, Authorised Agent at Dunolly.


The persons listed in date order on the same page, are William Henry Wrathall, died 10 April aged 62, Charles Liddell, died 14 April aged 60, Ethel Richardson, died 27 April aged 18, Gilbert Luke Currie, died 8 May aged 45, and Elizabeth Shipley Coumbe, died 8 May aged 63.

John Cousins

John Cousins arrived in South Australia on the ship D'Auvigne on 21/3/1833 and brought with him 44 packets of merchandise with 'JC' as his identification. No wives were mentioned on his ships listing.
John Cousins had a son called George Cousins. He was father of 10, name variants in brackets.
The second version of the story has 12 children.
Jonathon Cousins and Sarah Mills came to South Australia, where their son George was born about 1840. Sarah Cousins died 1900 #4905 at Carlton aged 81, when her maiden surname was listed as Mills.
George Cousins 1840 - 1906, was a foundation member of the Laanecoorie Cricket Club in 1870, and moved to Tarnagulla about 1890. He died at Tarnagulla 15 May 1906 aged 66. He wed 1871 to Mary Hooks, born in Drummentine, Ireland 1851,
12 Children 1. George Crowhurst (Cephas George) Cousins 1872
2. Mary Sarah Cousins 1873
3. John Amos Cousins 1875
4. Rachel Ann Cousins 1877 wed 1902 #1201 to James Munro
5. Joseph Robert Cousins 1879
6. Jane Elizabeth Cousins 1882
7. Emma Jane Cousins 1883 wed 1912 #6809 to Thos Pascoe Willaims
8. William Thomas Cousins 1885 wed 1913 #7887 to Elsie Emma Ware
9. Frank Lester (Leicester) Cousins 1887 wed 1911 #7213 to Mary Dorward
10. Albert Basil Cousins 1890
11. Herbert Adeil Cousins 1892
12. Margaret Florence Cousins 1895
2. Mary Sarah Cousins 1873 wed 1896 #2433 to Frederick Rayson, 1 daughter
3. John Amos Cousins 1875 wed 1913 #1028 to Mabel Anne Jane
She may be
Mabel Annie Jane born 1879 #15595 at Eaglehawk dau of Simon Peter Jane and Charlotte Ann Gedye
Mabel Annie Jane born 1882 #22560 at Eaglehawk dau of Samson Frederick Jane and Charlotte Matilda Rowland

John Coutie

John Coutie 1828 - 1877 #3408 aged 48, son of Mary Nicoll and David Coutie of Scotland, wed 1854 #108 to Isabella Copeland at Presbyterian church, Pentridge (now called Coburg)
Isabel Coutie nee Copeland 1830 - 1863 #8283 aged 33, dau of Jane Richardson and John Copeland
The Argus, Tues 16 Jan 1855 records birth - on the 7th inst. at 155 Elizabeth-street, the wife of John Coutie of a son.
The Argus, Wed 22 Oct 1856 records death - on the 14th July, at Carnoustie, Scotland, Mrs. John Coutie, sen., aged sixty-seven years.
The Argus, Fri 7 Nov 1856 birth - on the 4th inst. at her residence, Boysack Cottage, off Merri Creek, Mrs. John Coutie of a son.
The Argus, Fri 17 Dec 1858 - on the 16th ult. at Boysack, Merri Creek, Mrs. John Coutie, of a son.
The Argus, Fri 15 June 1860 - on the 14th inst. at Boysack Villa, Mrs. John Coutie of a daughter.
The Argus, Fri 25 Oct 1861 - on the 22nd inst. at Gertrude-street, Fitzroy, Mrs. John Coutie of a daughter.
The Argus, Thurs 24 Dec 1863 - Death on the 1st inst. at Emerald Hill, Isabella Copeland, wife of Mr. John Coutie, Melbourne, aged thirty three years and seven months.
6 Children 1. John Thomas Copeland Coutie 1855 #877 - 22 Mar 1920 aged 65, left a Will, was a CofE Minister of Religion
2. William Henry Coutie 1856 #11424 - 1940 #11524 aged 84, in 1920 was a Medical Practitioner at Rozelle in NSW
3. George Matthew Coutie 1858 #15834 - 1941 #10743 aged 82, became Boot Manufacturer in Melb
4. Alice Jane Coutie 1860 #11844 - 1957 #4397 aged 96
5. Rosina Gertrude Coutie 1861 #18828 - 22 Oct 1921 #12928 aged 60 left a Will
6. Isabella Teresa Coutie 1863 #3491 - 1937 #952 aged 72

James Coutts

James Coutts wed 1859 #3295 to Mary Gordon and lived at Beckworth
7 Children 1. Margaret Coutts 1861 #22300
2. Mary Coutts 1863 #11765 - 1878 #8086 aged 15
3. Jane Coutts 1865 #19701 - 1880 #709 aged 14
4. Isabella Coutts 1867 #19388
5. Jessie Coutts 1869 #12849
6. Maria Matilda Coutts 1871 #13445
7. Elizabeth Gordon Coutts 1873 #22783
1. Margaret Coutts 1861 #22300 wed 1882 #5526 to Wm Weatherson, and lived at Talbot, 4 children

Henry Couzins

Henry Samuel Couzins wed 1853 #749 to Anne Armstrong McCracken lived at Geelong, Melbourne
5 Children 1. Alexander Wilson Couzins 1856 #2038
2. Sarah Couzins 1858 #2609 - 1859 #1601 lived 1 year
3. Robert Couzins 1859 - 1860 #10302 lived 1 year
4. Lucy Couzins 1869 #23485 - 1873 #7440 lived 3 years
5. Helen Couzins 1874 #4079 - 1876 #2038 lived 2 years
1. Alexander Wilson Couzins 1856 #2038 wed 1887 #3260 to Ann Elizabeth Harbridge

James Cowen

James Cowen wed 1862 #88 to Julia Murphy and lived at Elphinstone, Taradale and then Cheltenham
13 Children 1. Ann Jane Cowen 1863 #4991
2. Mary Ellen Cowen 1864 #12004 wed 1888 #2155 to Arthur Herbert Hearle
3. William James Cowen 1865 #19039
4. Emily Julia Cowen 1867 #18634 wed 1887 #4001 to Charles Jewel Hearle
5. Victoria Cowen 1869 #19144
6. Henry Charles Edward Cowen 1870 #26685
7. Minnie Cowen 1872 #26758 lived 23 days
8. Edw Thronson Elphin Cowen 1873 #27525
9. Minnie Lane Cowen 1876 #1428
10. John Frederick Cowen 1877 #7687
11. Stanley Michael Cowen 1879 #14792
12. Hattie Eileen Cowen 1882 #14787 lived 5 years
13. Leighton Palmerston Cowen 1884 #8210

Thomas Cowie

IGI - Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record,
Thomas Cowie wed 01 Mar 1849 to Elizabeth Murrison at Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland
Thomas Cowie 1826 - 1861 #5502 died aged 35, son of Catherine unknown and William Cowie of Aber.
An interesting birth -
Mary Alice Osbourne Williams 1866 #13967 at Collingwood to Elizabeth Murrison and Richard Osbourn Williams
Thomas Cowie was joined February 1858 from the Caractacus by Elizabeth Murisson aged 28, Thomas aged 11 and Elizabeth aged 8 who came as Assisted British Immigrants (probably because Thomas sent for them), and moved to Taradale
4 Children 1. Thomas Cowie aged 10 from Aberdeenshire
2. Elizabeth Cowie c1856 from Aberdeen
3. James Murrison Cowie 1859 #6561 - 1865 #9378 aged 7
4. William Cowie 1861 #9895
1. Thomas Cowie came 1858 aged 10 from Aberdeenshire, wed 1866 #1151 to Johanna Barry from London. They lived at Emerald Hill (North Melbourne)
6 children 1. Annie Cowie 1873 #16446
2. James Meurison Cowie 1878 #22601
3. William Cowie 1880 #22387
4. John Barry Cowie 1882 #22823
5. Archibald Cowie 1885 #19540
6. Elizabeth Ada Cowie 1888 #4885 - 1888 #2843 lived 2 days
2. Elizabeth Cowie came 1858 aged 8 from Aberdeen wed 1872 #749 to John Watts Johnson from London - this appears to be the daughter, as 10 children with 5 deaths, are registered from 1872 to 1888, and mother's surname is consistently Cowie. They lived at Emerald Hill (North Melbourne)
12 children 1. Elizabeth Jane Johnson 1872 #23171 - 1876 #5395 lived 3 years
2. Elizabeth Anne Johnson 1874 #8703
3. George Johnson 1876 #9100 - 1876 #5334 lived 2 weeks
4. Rosina Johnson 1877 #8700 - 1877 #4710 lived 2 weeks
5. Twin Elizabeth Ellen Johnson 1878 #22528 - 1879 #7696 lived 10 months
6. Twin Euphemia Johnson 1878 #22529 - 1878 #11088 lived 14 days
7. Benjamin Johnson 1880 #15435
8. William Cowie Johnson 1882 #15839
9. John Watts Johnson 1884 #18583
10. Tom Cowie Johnson 1884 #18584
11. James Robert Johnson 1886 #27762 - 1888 #2790 lived 1 year
12. Mary Alice Johnson 1888 #13441
4. William Cowie 1861 #9895 born at Taradale wed 1885 #1088 to Mary Ann Eynon and lived in South Melbourne
5 children 1. Elizabeth May Cowie 1886 #4387 - 1944 #5277 aged 58, wed Green
2. Twin Margaret Ruth Cowie 1888 #4715 wed Douglas Richmond Vogt
3. Twin Harold William Thomas Cowie 1888 #4716 - 1893 #11172 lived 5 years
4. Marion Cowie 1890 #5702
5. Arthur Mitchell Cowie 1893 #33560 - 1963 #21583 aged 69 died at Mildura

Thomas Cowl

Thomas Cowl left on the Caroline for Van Diemen's Land in 1827 with Jane Robinson, p39 Cleveland FHS Jul 2004 (Nyo0/60/1)
Thomas Cowl born 13 Nov 1807 Christening: 17 Apr 1808 - 14 Dec 1835 born at Chester L.street, Durham, England son of Ann Mills and William Cowel, and died at Launceston, Tasmania, Australia wed 6 Jun 1827 at Norton Parish, Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England then left for Tasmania with Jane Robinson 1800 - 5 Mar 1889 born at Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England and died at Baredman, New South Wales, Australia
Jane Cowl nee Robinson wed 28 Jun 1838 at St.John's Church, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia to George Goldstraw c1798 - 10 Jan 1870 born at Stockton-On-Tees, Durham, England and died at Cudgee, NSW., Australia
5 Children 1. Robert Robinson Cowl 29 Dec 1828
2. William Cowl 11 Nov 1831
3. Jane Cowl 2 Nov 1833
4. Thomas Cowl 18 Mar 1835
5. Sophia Cowl c1837 wed 1859 #1280R to Richard James Love
3 Children
of George
6. George Goldstraw 1840
7. Isaac Goldstraw 1842
8. Samuel Goldstraw 1846
1. Robert Robinson Cowl 29 Dec 1828 - wed 1 Oct 1851 to Elizabeth Hedington 1835 daughter of Elizabeth Dell and Henry Hedington born in London
10 Children 1. Elizabeth Jane Cowl 1852
2. Clara Ann Cowl 1853
3. Robert Henry Cowl 1855
4. (Un-Named Female) Cowl 1857
5. Rebecca Rhoda Cowl 1859
6. Henry Robertson Cowl 1861
7. Amelia Helen Cowl 1863
8. Thomas Alexander Cowl 1865
9. Ada Florence Isabell Cowl 1868 #3908
10. Edith Henrietta Cowl 1869 #23476
1. Elizabeth Jane Cowl 1852 wed 1886 #2469 to Anton Louis Maximilian Grane from Saxony
3. Robert Henry Cowl 1855 wed 1886 #146 to Isabella Young
7. Amelia Helen Cowl 1863 wed 1887 #1007 to Vincent Perry Hobbs 1862 #3028 born at Kyneton
8. Thomas Alexander Cowl 1865 wed 1887 #7455 to Eliza Jane Davies 1867 #1994 born at Emerald Hill
1st Child 1. Elizabeth Rebecca Cowl 1888 #4777
2. William Cowl came from Tasmania with Hannah Dickenson and settled at Warrnambool then at Terang
12 Children 1. William Thomas Cowl 1853
2. Isaac Robinson Cowl 1855 #8083
3. Sarah Jane Cowl 1857 #6731
4. Alfred Cowl 1859 #8365
5. Walter Cowl 1861 #14902
6. Esther Maria Cowl 1863 #17711
7. Robert Ilis Cowl 1865 #19078
8. Hannah Maria/Louisa Cowl 1867 #11513 - 1867 #7172 lived 2 weeks
9. John Cowl 1868 #12711
10. Almira Elizabeth Cowl 1869 #12133
11. Eliza Mona Cowl 1871 #12770
12. George James Cowl 1872 #20126
1. William Thomas Cowl 1853 born at Launceston wed 1879 #2704 to Ann Garbut
2 Children 1. Arthur William Cowl 1883 #7502
2. James Cowl 1885 #8259
2. Isaac Robinson Cowl 1855 #8083 wed 1878 3727 to Madeline Kelly born in London
1st Child 1. Bertram Isaac Cowl 1880 #15665
6. Esther Maria Cowl 1863 #17711 wed 1886 #4008 to Arthur Pierce Lombe 1855 - 1903 at Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia
7. Robert Ilis Cowl 1865 #19078 wed 1888 #4151 to Cath O'Day
3. Jane Cowl 1833 wed 1855 #1810 to Peter Greig and lived at Wangoon, Mortlake and Penshurst
13 Children 1. Peter Thomas Greig 1857 #2761
2. David Greig 1858 #2979 - 1863 #7090 lived 5 years
3. Robert Greig 1860 #3558
4. Hannah Jane Greig 1860 #20492
5. Helen Greig 1862 #5599
6. Cecelia Helen Greig 1863 #9740 - 1863 #7091 lived 3 months
7. Andrew William Greig 1864 #17117
8. Mary Ann Greig 1865 #17701 - 1865 #7386 lived 16 days
9. Cecilia Greig 1866 #16961
10. Mary Elizabeth Greig 1869 #4294
11. George Greig 1869 #24207
12. Sarah Ann Greig 1871 #11227
13. Charles Robinson Greig 1874 - 1875 #11440 lived 1 year
4. Thomas Cowl 1835 went to Queensland
Taken from the Queenslander, Brisbane, dated 8 August, 1891
Cowl--On the 3rd August, at her residence, To.ington Park, London, Angelica Wharry, widow of the late Thomas Cowl, of Hull, and mother of T. Holder Cowl, of this city, aged 70 years.


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