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South Australian Colonials includes Margaret Isbister arrived 1848-06-14 on Princess Royal from London via Plymouth

John Isbister

See the web site Ticonderoga for the story of the voyage, and the passengers. 100 passengers perished on the voyage; 17 adult males, 29 adult females, 39 children between 1 and 14 years of age and 15 infants under the age of 1 yr.
The Ticonderoga was a four-masted American 'double-decker' ship of 1089 tons and one of four of its kind hired by the Emigration Commission (of the United Kingdom) to carry emigrants to Australia that year. The vessel was captained by Thomas H Boyle and carried 48 crew, which included a Dr J C Sanger as the surgeon superintendent and his assistant surgeon, Dr James William Henry Veitch.
There were unforeseen problems associated with the double-decker aspect of the ship. Overcrowding and lack of personal hygene facilities, with poor ventilation and lighting were the major factors. Washing the decks wasn't commonly practiced as the water would leak from deck to deck and it was almost impossible to dry out the 'damp'. The atmosphere between decks grew more and more polluted.
The tragic loss of life did not go unnoticed and the Emigration Commission made the decision not to use double decker vessels in the future. It also reintroduced the policy whereby no family would be accepted for emigration in which there were more than two children under seven years, or three children under ten years.
Today, the bay between Observatory Point and Police Point on the Nepean Peninsula bears the name of Ticonderoga and a memorial to those who lost their lives on this ill-fated vessel, lies in the Point Nepean Cemetery.
There is a John Isbister Birth: 22 Feb 1802 Christening: 07 Mar 1802 son of Ann Corrigle and Adam Isbister at Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
John Isbister Christening: 23 Mar 1805 son of Jean Gray and Thomas Isbester at Firth And Stenness, Orkney, Scotland
John Isbister Christening: 19 Mar 1809 son of Margaret Hughson and John Isbister at Walls, Shetland, Scotland
John Isbister wed 06 Dec 1832 to Janet Stockan at Stromness, Orkney, Scotland, an Extracted marriage entry
Jannet Stockan Christening: 06 Oct 1812 daughter of Jannet Sabeston and George Stockan at Sandwick, Orkney, Scotland
John Isbister 1804 - 1864 #640 aged 60 born in Orkney, Scotland and died in Victoria, Australia, wed Jessie Stockend c1807 - 1887 #12806 aged 80. John was employed as Agricultural labourer in Scotland. The family left Liverpool 4 Aug 1852 on the Ticonderoga, a ship carrying 795 passengers, and arrived 22 Dec 1852 with 100 buried at sea and 300 infected with typhus, so was ordered to land inside The Heads alongside Point Nepean.
11 Children 1. Margaret Robinson Isbister 1833 - 1895 #5411
2. Twin William Isbister 18 Mar 1834 - 1913 #5514
3. Twin John Isbister 18 Mar 1834 - 1897 #1535
4. Alexander Stockend Isbister 1837 - 1923 #9153
5. Jessie Isbister 1839 - 1914 #8685
6. Peter Isbister 1841 - 1884 #7553
7. Anne Isbister 1843 - 1921 #5565
8. Jane Isbister c1845 in Orkney, Scotland and died in 1853 #630
9. Nancy Isbister was born about 1847 - 1852 died in Quarantine stn, Point Nepean, Victoria, Australia.
10. James Isbister c1849 - 1852 died in transit, aboard "Ticonderoga"
11. Mary Jane Isbister 1855 #3120 - 1928 #12427 born at Collingwood, Victoria
1. Margaret Robinson Isbister 1833 - 1895 #5411 wed 1864 #3224 to Joseph Sugden, 7 children
2. William Isbister 18 Mar 1834 - 1913 #5514 wed 1880 #4858 to Eleanor Greenwood 1850 #20105 - 1921 #9888 born in Brighton, Vic, Australia, and lived at Footscray
5 children 1. Eleanor Isbister 1882 #2741
2. Margaret Rebecca Isbister 1883 #23556
3. James Greenwood Isbister 1885 #17553 - 1886 #5476 lived 11 months
4. James Isbister 1887 #11272
5. Fanny Elliot Isbister 1890 6. Spurgeon Isbister 1892 #23262
3. John Isbister 1835 - 1897 #1535 wed 1865 #4291 to Barbara McNee c1850 - 1881 #4520 of Manchester, England who came to Victoria c1854
7 children 1. Annie Euphemia Isbister 1866 #1681
2. Jessie Stockend Isbister 1868 #1783
3. John Francis Isbister 1872 #8965 - 1936 #10945
4. Euphemia Pender Isbister 1874 #8917
5. George Alexander Isbister 1877 #2658 wed Ellen Elizabeth Farish 1884 - 1927 #10008 aged 43
6. Daniel Isbister 1879 #23273
7. William Isbister 1881 #9622 - 1882 #730 lived 9 months
4. Alexander Stockend Isbister 1837 - 1923 #9153 wed 1866 #1901 to Ann Smith 1844 - 1922 #574 daughter of Sarah Gardner and William Smith born in Oxford UK
7 children 1. Jessie Anne Isbister 1867 #1524
2. Rosina Sarah Isbister 1870 #14957
3. Annie Isbister 1875 #7458 - 1876 #548 lived 10 months
4. William Alexander Isbister 1877 #7055
5. John Francis Isbister 1879 #14132 - 1912
6. Albert Edward Isbister 1882 #9244
7. Alexander James Isbister 1884 #24286
5. Jessie Isbister 1839 - 1914 #8685 wed 1865 #2957 to John Flett and lived in Warrnambool
7 children 1. Isabella Flett 1867 #25264
2. John Flett 1869 #12365
3. Jessie Marion Flett 1873 #13475 - 1875 #9224 aged 21 months
4. William Alexander Killis Flett 1876 #6028
5. Robert Irvine Flett 1878 #5872
6. Evaline Flett 1880 #5651
7. Arthur George Flett 1882 #12942 - 1945 #2384.
6. Peter Isbister 1841 - 1884 #7553 wed 1866 #2931 to Elizabeth Wright born in Manchester
6 children 1. William Peter Isbister 1867 #16540 - 1868 #8423 lived 18 months
2. Herbert Arthur Isbister 1869 #21502
3. Peter Isbister 1872 #8172
4. Elizabeth Ann Gordon Isbister 1874 #22788
5. Alfreda Isbister 1877 #8952
6. Ethel Harrison Isbister 1881 #9403
7. Anne Isbister 1843 - 1921 #5565 wed 1867 #2938 to John Francis Crewther c1845 - 1911 #13581. The family came 1857 to Victoria, Australia on the Almora, 10 children
11. Mary Jane Isbister 1855 #3120 - 1928 #12427 born at Collingwood, Victoria wed 1876 #4472 to William Mitchell 1853 - 1929 #3169 son of Anne Manson and George Mitchell born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, lived in Footscray and then in Williamstown
10 children 1. George Mitchell 1877 #9012
2. Jessie Anne Mitchell 1879 #9434 - 1966 #20981
3. Margaret Jane Mitchell 1881 #9602
4. Eva Mary Mitchell c1883
5. William Mitchell 1885 #29817 - 1945 #2805
6. Alice May Mitchell c1887
7. Mary Isabella Mitchell 1888 #25727
8. Christina Mabel Mitchell 1890 #375097
9. Stanley Mitchell 1893 #8534 - 1975 #17978
10. Florence Anne Mitchell c1896

William Isbister


From on Friday, 17 September, 2010
Dear Elizabeth I found your website today. Congratulations on your achievement.
I would like to bring your attention to William Isbister entry for John Isbister and Janet (Jessie) Stockan from Orkney. They are my Great Great Grandparents. William and John Isbister were my Great Grandfathers. They were twins born 18 March 1834 according to William and his 2nd Wife Eleanor Greenwood's family bible, plus oral history.
William, Eleanor and their children and step children were well known to my Mother Patience Isbister (b 1903) who was the oldest child of Eleanor Isbister nee Isbister who wed Daniel Isbister the 6th child of John and his wife Barbara McNee. Yes they were 1st cousins.
A mistake often made by family researchers is to blend together the families of two William Isbisters in Melbourne from 1850's on.
One lived and worked in Williamstown as a shipwright. See the Extract of Marriage attached. He was wed in 1854 to Janet Elizabeth Clark. His parents were William Isbister and Isabella Irvine. According to age on his M/C he was 13 yrs older than William and John. (This figure correlates with birth date given on Vicgold Database.)
In the 1850-1860's 'my' William lived in the Collingwood and Fitzroy areas. He inherited the farm at Diamond Creek from his father and spend time there. The first 5 children you have listed are on the children of Jane Elizabeth Clark and William (as specified on extract) who was well known in Williamstown, building the first local patent slip for vessels. (Vicgold data base with entry submitted probably by a descendant of William and Janet Elizabeth Clarke.)
William and Eleanor Greenwood had 6 children: Eleanor 1881; Margaret Rebecca 1883; James Greenwood 1885; James Greenwood 1887; Fanny Elliot 1890; Spurgeon 1892. (Copied info from family bible) Also on Vic Pioneer index.
Re Sarah Jane Storer: family bible has her birth date as July 29 1841. I was interested to see your info on Sarah: to date I have not spent time on her background.
Regards, Thelma
The Marriage Certificate 1854 #1042 lists William Isbister as a Ship Carpenter living at Williamstown, Bachelor aged 33, born in Stromness, Orkney the son of Isabella Irvine and William Isbister who was a Merchant. Jane Elizabeth Clark is a Spinster aged 24 living with her parents at Williamstown, born in Gosport, Hants (Hampshire), daughter of Jane Munden and George Thomas Clark, a Government officer. The wedding was on 9 June 1854 at St James Church of England, Melbourne by Rev GO Vance, and both signed their names.
William Isbister wed 18 Jan 1810 to Isabella Irvine at Stromness, Orkney, Scotland
There is a William Isbister Birth: 17 Apr 1816 Christening: 04 May 1816 son of Isabella Irvine and William Isbister at Stromness, Orkney,
also William Isbister Birth: 28 Mar 1819 Christening: 20 Apr 1819 son of Isabella Irvine and William Isbister at Stromness, Orkney, Scotland

William Isbister aged 33, so born c1820 wed 1854 #1042 to Jane Elizabeth Clark aged 24 so born c1830 and the last entry is baby born in 1861. They lived in Williamstown, Vic, Australia, where he is Master Shipwright.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic) Tuesday 15 April 1862 - Arrival of Aldinga, 14 April 1862 from Otago on the 8th Apr, a steamer, 500 tons, with Commansder John Mclean, with 25 Saloon and 105 Steerage passengers, Import is 800oz gold-dust, belonging to various passengers.
Aldinga sailed Sat 19 Apr for Otago, New Zealand, with 92 passengers, including Mrs Isbister 30, Ernest Isbister 10, Whilmina Isbister 8, Irvine Isbister 6 and Wm Isbister 4. The cargo she is carrying is detailed in The Argus, Monday 21 April 1862
5 Children 1. Ernest William Isbister 1855 #1413
2. Wilhelmina Mary Ann Isbister 1856 #4423
3. Irvine Clark Isbister 1857 #14358
4. William Isbister 1859 #1692
5. Isabella Jane Isbister 1861 #593 - 1861 #8849 lived 9 months

William and Sarah Isbister

Is it the same William? Jane Elizabeth Clark took her children to NZ, 1862. Divorce by distance?

William Isbister from Stromness wed 1872 #3066 to Sarah Jane Storer c1843 - 1878 #5242 aged 35, daughter of Mary Hutchinson and Thomas Storer born in Market Drayton, Staffordshire, England (Mary Hutchinson wed Dec quarter 1838 to Thomas Storer in Tamworth District, Staffordshire - an IGI Extracted entry identifies this marriage as on 19 Nov 1838 at Middleton, Warwick, England)
There is a Sarah birth registered June 1841, also Dec 1844 at Market Bosworth, UK
She may be Sarah Storer aged 16 came Aug 1863 with Hannah Storer aged 22 as Unassisted Immigrants on the Queen of the South
Hannah Storer from Derby wed 1869 #3350 to William Thomas Ward from Essex and 2 dau are listed, Mary Frances Ward 1870 and Charlotte Elizabeth Ward 1875 born at Inglewood, neither married.

William Isbister from Orkney, wed 3rd to Eleanor Greenwood 1850 #20105 - 1921 #9888 aged 71, born in Brighton christened dau of Rebecca Margaret Elliott and James Greenwood
4 children
of Sarah
6. Mary Jane Isbister 1873 #16618 - 1941 #12236
7. William Isbister 1875 #9176 - 1895 #10187 lived 21 years
8. Jessie Stockend Isbister 1876 #16292 - 1943 #10781
9. Elizabeth Ann Storer Isbister 1878 - 1878 #11331 lived 28 weeks
6 children
of Eleanor
10. Eleanor Isbister 1882 #2741 - 1934 #9456 aged 52
11. Ada Walker Isbister 1884 #24559 - 1954 #12444 wed Wilson, death cert has father as Samuel Painter, mother Edith Elea Greenwood
12. James Greenwood Isbister 1885 #17553 - 1886 #5476 lived 11 months
13. James Isbister 1887 #11272 - 1962 #23098 aged 75
14. Fanny Elliott Isbister 1890 - 1963 #4537 aged 73, wed Brown
15. Spurgeon Isbister 1892 #23262 - 1964 #2332 aged 71


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