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Andrew Atkinson Danson wed 1866 to Ellen or Helen Penman,
William Danson wed 1859 to Catherine Martin,
William Danson wed 1867 to Margaret Hall Smeaton,

Two brothers, Andrew Danson, and William Danson, sons of Dorothy Atkinson and James Danson, came from Cumberland, England and settled in Victoria. Mary Ann Danson wed 1861 to John OBrien.
Jane Danson wed 1867 to Joseph Jenkinson.
They appear to be Joseph Jenkinson aged 27 came Aug 1853 on the Carntyne, Fiche 49 Page 2,
and Jane Danson aged 33 came June 1867 on the Glendevon, Fiche 267 Page 1.
The first Danson family listed in the Victorian Indexes is of William and Catherine Danson.

Andrew Danson


From on Monday, 9 June, 2014
Elizabeth, Firstly thank you very much for all the hard work and long time you have obviously spent on your family-tree website. The information and details on there is fantastic.
I remember finding your website several years ago whilst researching my relations on the Danson and Arndt/Arnott lines.(I am the 2nd great-grandson of Andrew Atkinson Danson). I was reviewing some of the information again over the weekend and noticed a slight mistake on the page about the two brothers Andrew and William Danson http://mepnab.netau.net/d/danson.html
The details that you have specified for Andrew Danson's daughter Dorothy Atkinson/Atchison Danson are actually for William Danson's daughter - also called Dorothy Atkinson Danson.
Andrew's daughter Dorothy married Albert Williams.
William's daughter Dorothy married John Fowler.
Your website has these details and their children swapped around.
Here is a reference to Andrew's wife (Helen) death which shows their childrens names, and indicates that Dorothy's married name is Williams.http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11724438
"DANSON.—On the 27th December, Helen relict of the late Andrew Danson the loved mother of Margaret (Mrs McMillan, Swan Hill) Dorothy (Mrs A E Williams, Dandenong) Helen (Mrs Hales deceased), James (deceased) David (Bendigo) Sarah (Mrs Arnott deceased) Isabella (deceased) and Andrew (Murrabit)"
If it is not too much trouble, it would be great if these details could be corrected on your website so that other esearchers will find your detailed information correctly sorted.
Kind regards,Dean Hayes.


1. Andrew Atkinson Danson 1831 - 1894, son of Dorothy Atkinson and James Danson, wed 1866 to Ellen or Helen Penman from Fifeshire,
7 children 1. Margaret Penman Danson 1866 - 1951 aged 85
2. Dorothy Atkinson Danson 1868 - 1943 aged 75
3. Ellen (Helen Penman) Danson 1869 - 1924 aged 53
4. James Andrew Danson 1872 - 1899 aged 26,
5. David Penman Danson 1875 - 1945 aged 70
6. Sarah Ann Danson 1878 - 1933 aged 55
7. Isabella Christina Danson 1882 lived 1 year

1.1. Margaret Penman Danson 1866 - 1951 wed 1894 #3122 to William McMillan and lived at Bungaree, then Drouin
6 children 1. Robert Jas McMillan 1894 #27270 - 1894 #12408 lived 21 days
2. Margaret Elsie McMillan 1895 #27388
3. Stella Ivy McMillan 1897 #2816
4. Wm Jno McMillan 1898 #18234
5. Myra May McMillan 1899 #18054
6. Jas Andw McMillan 1902 #6694 born at Warragul

1.2. Dorothy Atkinson/Atchison Danson 1868 - 1943 #19617 aged 75, wed 1897 #4965 to Albert Ernest Williams born in SA
2 children 1. Olive Myrtle Williams 1899 #12482 born at Morwell
2. Evelyn Ellen May Williams 1901 #7165 born at Trafalgar

1.3. Ellen (Helen Penman) Danson 1869 - 1924, wed 1895 #2867 to Ralph John Hales possibly born Oct-Dec 1862 in Lancashire, and lived at T'gon. Ralph John Hales died 29 June 1939, death notice in Melbourne Argus, Tue 4 July 1939
1 child 1. Richard Lindsay Hales 1897 #23310, wed Grace, chn Richard, John and baby Grace

1.4. James Andrew Danson 1872 - 1899 #4149 aged 26, wed 1897 #7458 to Mary Ellen Anderson
2 Children 1. Ellen Dorriss (Doris) Danson 1898 - 1977 wed Harwood
2. Jean (Janet) Andrewena Danson 1899 lived 1 month

1.5. David Penman Danson 1875 - 1945 aged 70, wed 1900 #532 to Helena Eliza Arndt 1880 - 1963 aged 83,
7 Children 1. Isabel Helena Danson 1902 #6425 wed Harris
2. Ellen Ivy May Danson 1904 #6520
3. Andrew James Edward Danson 1906 #30427
4. David Allan Danson 1910 #15298
5. Albert Julius Danson 1912 #18179
6. Dory Annie Danson 1917 #3788
7. John Danson c1921
1.5.5. Albert Julius Danson 19 May 1912 wed 28 Aug 1937 to Robina May Gulley
1.6. Sarah Ann Danson 1878 - 1933, died at Trafalgar when her surname was spelled Arnott, wed 1899 to Albert Julius Arndt 1875, 6 children

William Danson

2. William Danson 1833 - 1891 aged 58, died at Barwon, son of Dorothy Atkinson and James Danson, wed 1867 to Margaret Hall Smeaton 1848 - 1900, daughter of Ellen and Peter Smeaton from Scotland, died at Barwon aged 52.
10 Children 1. Ellen (Helen) Danson 1869 - 1950
2. Dorothy Atkinson Danson 1870 - 1947
3. Margaret Ann Danson 1872
4. Sarah Danson 1873
5. Miriam Danson 1874
6. James William Danson 1875
7. Peter Smeaton Danson 1877 - 1933
8. Mary Jane Danson 1879 - 1951
9. Grace Danson 1881 - 1941
10. Frances Kate Danson 1883
1. Ellen (Helen) Danson 1869 - 1950 wed 1893 #1443 to David Sutton 1862 #14633 son of Ann Esom and James Sutton born at Mt Beckwith, and lived at Strathmerton, 5 children
2. Dorothy Atkinson Danson 1870 - 1947 #8735 aged 77 died at Richmond, wed 1893 #1445 to John Noble James Fowler 1865 #2747 - Oct 1941 #9938 aged 77 son of Letitia Poole and Edmund Fowler, and moved to Numurkah, died at Prahran
Edmund Fowler married under his mothers maiden surname of Saunders in Swindon Whiltshire England in 1857 to Letitia Poole all children born in Australia registered as Fowler.
Edmond Saunders (1823 - 1910) when aged 34 came May 1857 on the Grand Trianon with Letitia Saunders aged 18 as Unassisted Inward Passengers.
Letitia Fowler nee Poole 1839 - 1926 #15429 aged 87, died at Numurkah dau of Jane Sellwood and Charles Poole (possibly born in Bedford UK)
6 children 1. Wm Edmund Fowler 1894 #14512
2. Hy Irving Fowler 1897 #13429
3. Letitia Margaret Fowler 1900 #13392
4. James Edgar Fowler 1903 #12692
5. Francis Fowler 1907 #5287
6. John Fowler - in father's death notice, The Melbourne Argus, Sat 4 Oct 1941
6. James William Danson 1875 wed 1905 #5475 to Emma Prentice and lived at Barwon
3 children 1. Henry Alexr Danson 1906 #8054
2. Wm Peter Danson 1907 #15941
3. David Jno Danson 1910 #16601
7. Peter Smeaton Danson 1877 - 1933 wed 1914 to Ellen Teresa Moroney
8. Mary Jane Danson 1879 - 1951 #12823 aged 72, wed 1909 to Thomas Edward Cullen 1874 #9794, 3 children
9. Grace Danson 1881 - 1941 wed 1918 to Percival Stewart Brotchie 1878 - about 2 April 1930 aged 52.

William Danson

William Danson 1808 - 1884, son of Elizabeth and John Danson, died at Bungaree aged 76.
William Danson 1828 - 1877 son of Sarah and William, wed 1859 #2389 to Catherine Martin 1838 - 1922 aged 84, parents names forgotten
7 Children 1. Unnamed male 1862, John Danson died at Mildura, 1931 aged 68
2. William Danson 1863
3. Marion Danson 1865 - 1948 wed Congdon
4. Catherine Danson 1872
5. Eliza Danson 1874 - 1941 aged 67, wed Gardner
6. Twin Joseph Danson 1875 - 1912 aged 36
7. Twin Helen Danson 1875 wed 1893 to David Sutton


From on Mon, 14 Jun 2004
Hi Elizibeth, You have a William Danson who married Catherine Martin in 1859 on your lists. One of their sons, John Danson (b1862 d 1931) married Maria Owen (b1871 d 1959) they had 10 children.
One of these children Sarah Ann Danson (b1892 d 1966) was my grandmother!!!.
Let me know if you want any of my info on the children of John & Maria.
Cheers, Darryl

Father: Jno, Mother: Maria OWEN, daughter Lilian Danson 1889 #36351 born at Yarra Flats

Just to add interest, no one surnamed Danson is in the NSW indexes 'online' as an assisted immigrant.
Victorian Unassisted Shipping Index of Inward Passenger Lists for British and Foreign Ports 1852-1889, has the following 13 names in date order:-

W 0 Danson 1852 Feb - Charlotte Jane
Richard Danson 21, 1853 Jan - Condor
Thomas Danson 36, 1853 Nov - Mobile
Mr 0 Danson, 1854 Apr - Croesus
Wm Danson 21, 1854 Sep - Star Of The East
Mr 0 Danson, 1858 Feb - Red Jacket
G Danson 25, 1859 Jan - E Norris
Mr Danson 24, 1865 Dec - Donald Mckay
Jane Danson 33, 1867 Jun - Glendevon
Henry H Danson 30, 1878 Nov - Cuzco and William Danson 24, 1885 Jun - Cuzco
John Danson 24, 1887 Oct - Austral
Julia Danson 37, 1888 Oct - Iberia


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