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James Govan came Oct 1855 on the Brilliant with 5 chn and Margaret Gall,
James Govan widower wed 1863 to Caroline Watts nee Fruin,
James Govan came Sep 1858 on the Morning Light with 6 chn and Martha Jamieson,
James Govan came from London on the True Briton Apr 1867 with 6 chn and Louisa Cock,
James Govan from Glasgow wed 1870 to Agnes Wilson,




Thankyou to Dina Broughton (author) for her web site The Govan Family, with some lovely photographs and helpful maps.

James Govan and Margaret Gall

James Govan 1821 - 1893 #10045 aged 72 son of Annie Winisell and James Govan came Oct 1855 on the Brilliant with 5 chn and Margaret Gall 1822 - 1858 #1303 aged 36 years daughter of Margaret and Robert Gall from Dumbulane, lived at Williamstown
Second wife
James Govan wed 1863 #2975 to Caroline Watts nee Fruin 1835 - 1901 #9681 aged 66, daughter of Phoebe Ragg and William Fruin, and lived at Brunswick
Ann Fruin and George Watts came c1861 with baby Ann who died in 1862 #3828 aged 20 months, then George died 1862 #7827 aged 40 years
7 children of Margaret 1. Christiana Govan 15, born c1840
2. James Govan 1845 - 1886 #12740 aged 41
3. Robert Govan 1848
4. David Govan 1851 - 1920 5862 aged 69
5. Margaret Fletcher Govan c1853 from Dunebarton
6. William Govan 1855 - 1862 #3237 lived 7 years, born at Sea
7. Peter Govan 1858 #1100 - 1858 #3953 lived 7 weeks
5 children of Caroline 8. William G Govan 1864 #13607 - 1937 #6244 aged 73
9. John Govan 1866 #19935 - 1938 #2661 aged 71
10. George Higinbotham Govan 1868 #21841
11. Agnes Govan 1871 #7545- 1894 #9534 aged 23
12. Joseph Alexander Govan 1876 #21245 lived 8 years
1. Christiana Govan came aged 15, born c1840 wed 1856 #2058 to Job Kimpton
1 child 1. Samuel Kimpton 1870 - 1884,"11970 aged 14, died at Condah
2. James Govan c1844 from Dumbarton wed 1866 #2092 to Eliza Ann Waldock 1851 - 1925 #9758 aged 74 daughter of Mary Ann Burrough and Thos Waldock from Essex.
11 children 1. Caroline Adelaide Govan 1866 #14692 - 1875 #2868 lived 8 years
2. Annie Margaret Govan 1869 #7144
3. David James Govan 1871 #14434
4. Robert Edw Govan 1873 #14804 - 1875 #804 lived 1 year
5. Ernest Waldock Govan 1876 #837
6. Mary Georgina Govan 1878 #13829 - 1878 #7836 lived 1 month
7. George Thomas Govan 1879 #23300
8. Edward William Govan 1882 #2798
9. James Govan 1884 #9571 - 1884 #4537 lived 1 day
10. Eveline Agnes Govan 1885 #25526
11. Davina Jane Govan 1887 #19780
3. Robert Govan 1848 wed 1884 #2791 to Cecilia Cartledge Chard 1855 #9762 daughter of Maria Cartledge and John Chard and lived at Footscray
1 child 1. Jane May Govan 1887 #11299
4. David Govan 1851 - 1920 #5862 aged 69 wed 1874 #2059 to Jane Smith and lived at Footscray
6 children 1. William George Govan 1877 #13491
2. James Robert Govan 1879 #9431
3. Margaret Fletcher Govan 1881 #16646
4. Jane Govan 1883 #23573 - 1886 #1471 lived 2 years
5. David Alexander
Govan 1886 #18416
6. Kate Jane Govan 1888 #29630
1. William George Govan 1877 #13491 wed 1898 #7077 to to Mary Ann (Polly) Gration 1877 #15700
3. Margaret Fletcher Govan c1853 from Dunebarton wed 1882 #5743 to William Nixon Robinson from Toronto, no known chn
8. William Govan 1864 #13607 - 1937 #6244 aged 73, wed 1886 #4513 to Levinia Emmerson Moore 1868 - 1940 #1014 aged 72, and lived at Footscray
3 children 1. Wm Clarence Govan 1889 #12592 - 1944 #16997 aged 53
2. Joseph Currie Govan 1891 #33279 - 1958 #11980 aged 66
3. Lydia Olive Myrtle Govan 1898 #18867
Wm Clarence Govan 1889 #12592 - 1944 #16997 aged 53 wed 1909 #3012 to Sophia Elizth Rayner 1889 #21639 - 1944 #2152 aged 54, and lived at Footscray
2 Children 1. William Clarence Govan 1910 #11197 - 1985 #6457 aged 75
2. Herbert Francis Govan 1913 #22089
2. Joseph Currie Govan 1891 #33279 - 1958 #11980 aged 66, wed 1916 #2407 to Ivy Ethel May Thompson and lived at Footscray
2 Children 1. Lorna Edith Govan 1916 #20717
2. Kenneth Currie Govan 1918 #3463
2. John Govan 1866 #19935 wed 1888 #3557 to Louisa Hyatt 1868 - 1947 #11002 aged 79, daughter of Sarah Brockway and Robert Hyatt of London, and lived at Footscray
8 children 1. Ethel May Govan 1888 #20617
2. Beatrice Freuin Govan 1889 #21894
3. Carol Agnes Govan 1891 #3235 wed 1917 #8687 wed Henry Joseph Potts
4. Jno Jas Govan 1892 #4185 - 1967 #24908 aged 75
5. Louisa Ann Govan 1894 #20690 wed 1914 #5379 to Chas Leslie Lomax
6. Peter Govan 1895 #29336 lived 1 day
7. Victor Govan 1897 #3338
8. Stanley Gladstone Gordon Govan 1898 #18790 - 1947 #4581 aged 48
3. George Higinbotham Govan 1868 #21841 wed 1898 #1709 to Martha Jane Elizth Wiles 1880 #8902 born at Footscray, and lived at Footscray
2 children 1. Horace Jno Govan 1898 #11129
2. Alma Margt Geoina Govan 1900 #3310 wed 1919 #7427 to Geo Shearer

James Govan came with Martha Jamieson

Thankyou to Meg, who sorted the family out for me, in a letter sent Fri 15 Oct 2010 from

From on Tue, 5 Jul 2005
Hi, I too am researching Govans .
James Govan, son of Martha Jamieson and James Govan married Eliza Jane Snellgrove.
This James lived in Hotham, (North Melb/Carlton area) and worked as a pawn broker, tallow merchant, watchmaker and also the children all have different names...
if you would like to contact me please do...
Hi,
So pleased that you have the parents of James Govan who wed Eliza Jane Snellgrove?
Thankyou for your help

James Govan 1798 - 1872 #3045 aged 74 son of Isabella and Alexander Govan of Glasgow, came Sep 1858 on the Morning Light when aged 61, with wife Martha Jamieson 1803 - 1870 #6365 aged 67 daughter of Isabella Gray and James Jamieson, and 7 children - Martha Govan aged 22 and her infant nephew James B Govan, James Govan aged 17, Elizabeth Govan 14, Alexander 11, James W Govan 10 and Jane Govan 7
From Meg James and Martha travelled with 1 grandson (son of Janet who died 2 weeks after he was born and his father Walter Buchanan was unable to look after him)), 1 nephew (James Wilson Govan son of Alexander Govan and Mary Wilson)
12 children 1. Isabella Govan 1822 - stayed in Scotland
2. John Govan b. 1824 - stayed in Scotland
3. Ann Govan b. 13/11/1827 - stayed in Scotland
4. Menie Waugh Govan b. 2/5/1829 - stayed in Scotland
5. Martha Govan 1836 - 15 Feb 1925
6. Jane (Janet) 9 Feb 1836 - 18 Mar 1856, wed Walter Buchanan, died when son James was born
7. James Govan 25 Nov 1840 - 1924 #2245 aged 82 son of Martha and James Govan died at Malvern
8. Elizabeth Govan 19 Feb 1843
9. Alexander Govan 17 June 1844
10. Jane Govan 18 Apr 1848 - 13 Oct 1931
Nephew James Wilson Govan 1848 - 1897 #7679 aged 49
Grandson James Govan Buchanan 4 Mar 1856 - 23 Aug 1928
5. Martha Govan 1836 wed 1859 #3097 to Malcolm Carmichael and lived at Footscray
Mal Carmichael aged 28 came Aug 1852 on the Australia
6 children 1. Martha Carmichael 1860 #12218
2. Margaret Louise Carmichael 1862 3. Malcolm Robert Carmichael 1867 #8589
4. Elizabeth Carmichael 1871 #2596
5. Charles Edward Carmichael 1873 #2477
6. Neil Carmichael 1874 #15914
1. Martha Jamieson Carmichael 1860 #12218 wed 1883 #6342 to James Jupe Hunt 1858 #35 son of Kitty Hiden and James Jupe Hunt, and lived at Brighton
2 children 6. Kitty Irene Hunt 1885 #777
7. Reginald James Jupe Hunt 1887 #8805
7. James Govan 25 Nov 1840 - 1924 #2245 aged 82 from Glasgow wed 1870 #2313 to Eliza Jane Snellgrove born 23 Apr 1842 - 1924 #1744 aged 81 daughter of Sarah Adams and Wm Snellgrove from London (Wm Snellgrove wed 23 Aug 1831 to Sarah Adams at Saint Botolph Bishopsgate, London, London, England) Eliza Jane Snellgrove Christening: 27 May 1842 at Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England
6 children 1. Janet Sarah Govan 1871 #10344
2. Eliza Alice Govan 1872 #16192
3. Marion Elizabeth Govan 1876 #10105
4. Julia Ann Adams Govan 1878 #9643
5. Amelia Jane Govan 1880 #21305
6. Beatrice Isabella Alex Govan 1886 #23367
8. Elizabeth Young Govan 19 Feb 1843 wed 1863 #2880 to Charles Snellgrove 21 Nov 1836 - 1913, and lived in Melbourne then St Kilda. Christening: 16 Dec 1836 son of Sarah Adams and Wm Snellgrove at Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England
10 children 1. Sarah Annie Snellgrove 1864 #16472 - 1866 #11299 lived 2 years
2. Charles Snellgrove 1866 #3740
3. William Snellgrove 1867 #16827
4. Marion Elizabeth Snellgrove 17 Apr 1878
5. Elizabeth Alice Snellgrove 1871 #18240
6. Henry James Snellgrove 1873 #5986 - 1873 #2740 lived 11 weeks
7. George Snellgrove 10 July 1874
8. Alfred Snellgrove 1875 #12683
9. Mabel Jane Snellgrove 1878 #19388
10. Beatrice Snellgrove 1881 #5862
9. Alexander Govan 17 June 1844 wed 27 Feb 1865 to Bertha Margaret Bateman in Pelichet, New Zealand and after 1867, lived in Melbourne, Collingwood, Sale before returning to New Zealand
7 children 1. James Alexander Govan 15 Jan 1866 born at Dunedin, NZ
2. Edith Jane Govan 29 May 1867 born at Dunedin, NZ
3. Bertha Govan 29 Dec 1868 and registered 1869 #2316 at Emerald Hill now Sth Melb)
4. Martha Govan 1870 #14087 - 1870 #6366 lived 1 day
5. Minnie Helen Govan 1872 #5280
6. Arthur Walter Govan 1873 #14781
7. Thomas George Govan 1875 #15094
8. Helen Elizabeth Govan 1877 #1798
9. Ernest Charles Govan 23 Sep 1879 #25465 born at Sale Vic
10. May Gertrude Govan b. 7/7/1881 Green Island, N.Z. - d. 1950 Lawyers Head Dunedin, N.Z.
11. Horace Osborne Govan b. 25/7/1883 Green Island N.Z. - d. 8/8/1961.
12. Herbert Cyril Charles Govan b. 16/2/1886 Saddle Hill, Dunedin, N.Z
13. Stanley Wilfred George Govan b. 30/7/1893 Burnside, Dunedin, N.Z
10. Jane Govan 18 Apr 1848 wed 1866 #4212 to William Edmends 1846 - d. 31/12/1897 aged 51, son of Rose Sanders and William Edmends of Hertfordshire, England and died at Burke Street, Chiltern, Victoria.
7 children 1. William Edmonds 1867 #7075
2. James Govan Edmends b. 1869 Melbourne. D. 17/8/1929 South Melbourne.
3. Arthur Alexander Edmends b. May 1871 Brunswick, Victoria - d. 24/4/1872 #3771 lived 11 months
4. Rose Edmends b. 1873 Brunswick, Victoria - d. July 1919 Boorhamon, Victoria.
5. Elizabeth Alice Edmends b. 1875 - No birth listing in VPI. D. 1942 Oakleigh, Victoria.
6. Edmund (Ted) Alfred Edmends c. 1880, Wilcannia, N.S.W. - d. 1929.
7. Albert (Charlie) Charles Edmends b. 1885 Wilcannia, N.S.W. - KIA 20/9/1917 Ypres, Belgium.

Nephew James Wilson Govan

James Wilson Govan 1847 - 1897 #7679 aged 49 died at Ballarat East, son of unknown and James Govan
From Meg, he is son of Alexander Govan and Mary Wilson
James Govan from Glasgow wed 17 Oct 1870 #4163 to Agnes Corimel Wilson 1854 - 1938 #17579 aged 84 from Glasgow, and lived at Sebastopol then Ballarat
9 children 1. Catherine Govan 1873 #27092
2. Alexander Govan 1871 #26318 - 1936 #14775 aged 63
3. James Govan 1876 #5362
4. Robert Govan 1877 #25061 - 1908 #12488 aged 32
5. Mary Govan 1879 #25851
6. Walter Govan 1882 #253
7. Jane Govan 1884 #14400
8. John Govan 1889 #553
9. Wm Geo Govan 1892 #29497
1. Catherine Govan 1873 #27092 wed 1894 #3153 to John Malcolm Harold Dow 1867 #12724 son of Amelia Bradley and George Graham Dow born at Ballarat. George Dow from Scotland wed 1866 #1740 to Amelia Bradley from London,
Goerge Graham Dow born 06 Oct 1841 - 1900 #11538 aged 59, Christening: 24 Oct 1841 son of Murray Graeme and James Dow at Auchterarder, Perth, Scotland
Mr George Dow aged 19 came Dec 1862 on the Sussex as Unassisted Immigrant, also on Sussex is Mrs Janet Dow 40, David Dow 9 and John Dow 6
1 child 1. Gordon Wilson Dow 1895 #680
2. Alexander Govan 1871 #26318 - 1936 #14775 aged 63 wed 1899 #1590 to Ethel Elizth Margt Neill 1886 - 1940 4578 aged 54, dau of Mary and Hugh Neal, (she appears to be Elizabeth Margaret Neill 1880 #8168 dau of Mary Jamieson and Hugh Neill at Durham Lead) and lived at Ballarat East
9 children 1. James Wilson Govan 1902 - 1976 #15770 aged 74 died at Ballarat
2. Alma Mary Govan 1903 #22950
3. Ethel Irene Govan 1905 #7972 - 1933 #13600 aged 24
4. Lilian Edna Govan 1907 #454R
5. Beryl Govan 1909 #16259
6. Alexander Govan 1911 #8588 - 1958 #26177 aged 47
7. Roy Govan 1914 #28215
8. Esmeralda Norma Govan 1917 #591
9. Isabell Govan 1920 #9056
4. Robert Govan 1877 #25061 - 1908 #12488 aged 32 wed 1904 #6112 to Margaret Ann Taylor
1 child 1. Doris Tilley Govan 1905 #7896
5. Mary Madge Govan 1879 #25851 wed 1906 #6591 to Alfred Marriott Commons
6. Walter Govan 1882 #253 wed 1903 #3697 to Grace Violet Goodall 1884 #28295 daughter of Margaret Cairns and Frederick Goodall born at Tera
7. Jean/Jena Govan wed 1912 #1464 to Fredk Jas Mathers

Grandson James Govan Buchanan

James Govan Buchanan 4 Mar 1856 - 23 Aug 1928, son of Janet Govan and Walter Buchanan of Glasgow, wed 1879 #1302 to Maria Elizabeth Smith born in Launceston and lived at Carlton
4 children 1. Elsie Maria Buchanan 1880 #7181
2. Arthur James Buchanan 1882 #7692
3. Ada Maud Buchanan 1884 #7899
4. Winifred Alice Buchanan 1885 #24061

James Govan came 1867 with Louise Cock

James Govan 1832 - 1899 #10907 aged 67, parents not known died at Prn A Hospital, came from London on the True Briton Apr 1867 aged 37 with 6 chn and Louisa Cock 1832 - 1881 #2432 aged 49 daughter of Elizabeth Beckett and Robert Peter Cock died at Prn
7 children 1. Rosina Govan c1855 aged 11
2. Woolston
Govan c1856 aged 8
3. Thomas
Govan c1860 aged 7
4. Esther
Govan c1862 aged 4
5. Emily
Govan c1864 aged 2
6. Janette Govan c1866 aged I
7. Lavinia Ellen Govan 1871 #5733
1. Rosina/Roseaner Louisa Elizabeth Govan wed c1876 to Henry Strickland/Stickland and lived at Prahan, Melbourne
9 children 1. Emily Elizabeth Govan 1876 #1045
2. Henry James Stickland 1877 #10816
3. Jane Elizabeth Stickland 1878 #18244
4. Robert William Strickland 1880 #24474
5. Rosina Lillian Stickland 1882 #11260
6. Albert Reginald Strickland 1883 #19884
7. Nellie Louisa Strickland 1885 #13741
8. Alexander Thomas Strickland 1885 #13742
9. Lillian Beatrice Stickland 1887 #15153
2. Woolston James Govan c1856 - 1944 #8994 aged 88 wed 1886 #2294 to Catherine Lucy Louisa Matthews and lived at Drouin
6 children 1. Gavin Woolston Govan 1888 #19837
2. Woolston James Govan 1893 #21798
3. Edna Lyle Govan 1894 #28662
4. Shela Govan 1896 #2858 - 1896 #1500 lived 1 month
5. Clyde Garnet Welling Govan 1897 #2811 - 1911 #5709 aged 14 years
6. Sheelah Cathrine Govan 1906 #26243
3. Thomas Henry Govan c1859 - 1947 #9378 aged 88 wed 1882 #4991 to Maria Robinson 1859 - 1937 #4759 aged 78, daughter of Maria and Joshua Robinson, no chn to 1888
4. Esther Govan c1862 wed 1891 #4641 to Arth Edw Cox 1863 #11685 son of Flora Kipling and Edward Cox born at Amherst
Edward Cox wed 1860 #3204 to Flora Kipling 1840, came aged 12, Sep 1853 on the Sussex as Unassisted Immigrants with John Stewart Kipling 49, Maria nee Elliott 46 and Henry Kipling aged 10
5. Emily Govan c1864 wed 1905 #323 to Fredk Lambess



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