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Archibald Kerr, George Kerr, John and Jane Kerr, John and Margaret Kerr, John Kersel,
Joseph Kilfoyle, John Killeen, Andrew Kilpatrick,


Archibald Kerr

Fellow traveller on Success was the William Bennett aged 34 and his wife Sarah Ann Billman aged 29, who had wed 1842
After the "Success's" crew deserted her for the goldfields of Victoria in 1852, the ship was obtained by the Victorian Government for use as a prison hulk. The Success gained fame because Ned Kelly was a 'resident' when she was used as a prison hulk. The sory is here, and then a follow-up reveals the hoaxes played on sight-seeing visitors by the later owners of the Success

Archibald Kerr Archibald Kerr 1827 - 1881 #909 aged 54, son of Mary Watson and John Kerr, wed Jane Mitchell 1832 - 1900 #9639 aged 68, dau of Annie Catneek and Alex Mitchell. Archibald Kerr came aged 24 as Assisted Immigrant to Geelong 31 May 1852 on the ship Success with Jane Kerr aged 20
Arrived at Port of Geelong on May 31 ship Success, 621 tons, Francis Stewart, commander, from London, via Plymouth on 29th Jan. Passengers, cabin - Mrs Stewart, Mrs and Miss Robertson, Miss Evans, and 224 emigrants, under the superintendence of Dr David McCosh. Timms, Wilson, and Co, agents.
The family lived at Ballarat, Ercildoune then settled at Learmonth
12 Children 1. Alexander Kerr born at Ashby and Christened 1852 #24938 at St Pauls Church of England, Geelong
2. Archibald Kerr born at Ballarat 1854 #7494 - 1854 #6249 lived 6 weeks
3. James Kerr 1856 #1512
4. Archibald Kerr 1858 #2219
5. Wm Kerr born at Ercildoun 1859 #19532
6. John Kerr 1861 #20744
7. Ann Kerr born at Learmonth 1864 #9479
8. Jane Kerr 1866 #15606
9. Benjamin Thomas Kerr 1868 #17330
10. Isabella Mitchell Kerr 1870 #24015
11. Alfred Gordon Kerr 1873 #10284
12. George Kerr 1876 #10436
1. Alexander Kerr born at Ashby and christened 1852 #24938 wed 1884 #2984 to Margaret Mitchell Swan 1863 #21249 - 1925 #4976 aged 61, dau of Margaret Mitchell wed 1856 #1749 to James Swan
4. Archibald Kerr 1858 #2219 wed 1886 #6498 to Mary Ann Creelman
5. Wm Kerr born at Ercildoun 1859 #19532 wed 1883 #4310 to Alice Jane Maria Blabey and lived at Narraport
7 Children 1. Lillian Jane Kerr 1884 - 19 Jan 1959 #1111 aged 75
2. Jessie Kerr 1885
3. Alice Kerr 1886
4. Henry Kerr 1889 #24516
5. Archibald Kerr 1892 #6516 - 1980 #2805 aged 88
6. Mary Ann Myrtle Kerr 1894 #14326 - 21 Mar 1972
7. Lizzie May Kerr 1897 #5398
4.4. Henry Kerr 1889 - 1948 #11627 aged 59, wed c1915 to Evelyn Wallace 1984 #10333 - 1966 #5760 aged 72, dau of Lillian Swain wed 1888 #8469 to Walter Wallace 1861 #12338 son of Mary Grindley and Peter Wallace
Lily Swain 1863 #7335 dau of Catherine Compton and Henry Swain
4 Children 1. Marjory Kerr 1916, 2 sons, 1 dau
2. Nancy Kerr 1918, 2 sons, 1 dau
3. Lilian Kerr 1920, 4 sons
4. Ronald Kerr 1922, Bryan, Brenda and Jenny
5. William Kerr
5. Archibald Kerr 1891 - 1980 #2805 aged 88, wed 1921 to Eva Elizabeth Barber 1896 #10675 - 1963 #23937 aged 67, dau of Louisa Jane Warne and John Barber
Louisa Jane Warne 1867 #24797 - 1896 #9293 aged 28, wed 1893 #2458 to John Barber, dau of Elizabeth Jane Tonkin and John Warne, died when second child, Eva Elizabeth Barber was born 1896 #10675
Emma Tonkin Warne 1865 - 1927 #14127 aged 62, dau of Eliz Jane Tonkin and John Warne, wed 1898 #482 to John Barber from Ireland,
6. Mary Ann Myrtle Kerr 1894 - 21 Mar 1972 #6257 aged 78, mar Harry/Henry Phillip Perry 1890 #11912 - 1977 #16974 aged 87, son of Helen Combes/Helen Coombes wed 1866 #1315 to Edward Perry

Thomas Goodland and Harriet Henan/Hewen lived at Beaufort, daughters Thomasine Ellen Goodland 1872 #14059 and Mary Ann Goodland 1873 #21993

George Kerr

George Kerr 1821 and Harriet Day 1827 came June 1856 on the Atlanta as Assisted Immigrants, lived in Melbourne and moved to Ballarat
9 Children 1. Mary Ann Kerr 1851
2. William Kerr 1853
3. Charles Tremmer Kerr 1856 #7249 - 1861 #7034 lived 5 years
4. Thomas Hooper Kerr 1858 #16878 - 1861 #7099 lived 3 years
5. Elizabeth Harrie Kerr 1860 #19413
6. Martha Rowe Kerr 1863 #498
7. Mark Hooper Day Kerr 1865 #12962
8. Alice Maud Kerr 1867 #20028
9. Francis Horace Kerr 1870 #6628

6. Martha Rowe Kerr 1863 #498 wed 1887 #2205 to Stephen Nalder c1856, and lived at Buluke North


John Kerr

John Kerr came c1855 with Jane Wilson, children are born at Ken Hill, Flemington
8 Children 1. John Kerr 1855 #9239 - 1883 #6056 aged 27
2. Agnes Kerr 1857 #9208
3. Jane Kerr 1859 #11198
4. Elizabeth Kerr 1861 #6322 - 1882 #6319 aged 21
5. Alexander Wilson Kerr 1863 #21824
6. James Wilson Kerr 1865 #23307
7. Gavin Wilson Kerr 1867 #23524
8. George Semple Kerr 1871 #2579
5. Alexander Wilson Kerr 1863 #21824 wed 1884 #6442 to Annie Gunn
3 Children 1. Ruby Elizabeth A Kerr 1885 #25384
2. Myrtle Jane Kerr 1887 #12073
3. Annie Alexandrina Kerr 1888 #23852
7. Gavin Wilson Kerr 1867 #23524 wed 1891 #7296 to Elizth Jane Buzza

John Kerr

John Kerr came c1857 with Margaret Ferguson and lived at Snake Gully
2 Children 1. Jannet Kerr 1858 #4384
2. Thomas Kerr 1860 #5188
1. Janet Kerr 1858 #4384 wed 1875 to Hugh Ferguson

John Kersel

John Kersel 29 came Oct 1852 on the Brooksby with Agnes Kersel 25, Robert Kersel 3 and infant Agnes Kersel
Jno Kersel 1810 - 1890 #3661 aged 80 died at Moonambel
5 children 1. Robert Kersel 3, 1849 - 1897 #5142 aged 47, son of Ann/Nancy Henderson and John Kersel, died at Fitzroy
2. Agnes Kersel 1851 she is later Margaret Kersel
3. John Kersel 1854 #5471 - 1939 #2455 aged 84, son of Ann Henderson and John Kersel
4. Ann Kersel 1857 - 1893 #3249 aged 36 dau of Agnes Henderson and John Kersel
5. James Kersel 1868 #5884 born at Stuartmill
1. Robert Kersel 3, 1849 - 1897 #5142 aged 47, wed 1876 #1859 to Mary Gale, stepfather was George Nesbit Cook
2 children 1. Charles Ernest Kersel 1877 #23790
2. Harriet Kersel 1880 #3902 - 1954 #19329 aged 74, wed 1901 #7583 to Lachlan Mckinnon, with dau Jessie May Mckinnon 1908 - 1975 #27310 aged 67
2. Margaret Kersel 1851 - 1935 #15240 aged 84, dau of Ann Henderson and John Kersel, from Edinburgh wed 1867 #2339 to James Worthington and lived at Percydale
10 children 1. John Worthington 1870 #19169
2. Margaret Worthington 1872 #18554
3. Robert Henry Worthington 1875 #18321
4. Edith Ann Worthington 1877 #10632 - 1943 #11577 aged 66, wed Barker
5. George Worthington 1880 - 1968 #4457 aged 88
6. Esther Worthington 1883 - 1976 #2443 aged 93, wed George Barker
7. Horace Bingham Worthington 1885 - 1975 #12169 aged 90
8. Bernice Jane Worthington 1887 #13746
9. Argus Arbor Worthington 1890 #26155 - 1972 #26963 aged 82
10. Roy Vincent Worthington 1895 #23060 - 1964 #22058 aged 69
4. Ann Kersel 1852 - 1893 #3249 aged 41, from Glasgow, wed 1871 #2431 wed Henry Cohen and lived at Percydale
10 children 1. Henry Cohen 1872 #25369
2. Rosanna Cohen 1874 #18124
3. Frederick John Cohen 1876 #24934
4. Agnes Cohen 1879 #129
5. Ralph Cohen 1880 #24271
6. Annie Cohen 1882 #24866 - 1901 #13025 aged 19
7. Elsie Cohen 1886 #12744
8. Bertha Cohen 1887 #22482
9. Ruby Jane Cohen 1889 #24866
10. Gerald Douglas Cohen 1892 #35416

Joseph Kilfoyle

From Cheryl Lean on Thu, 8 May 2008 and on 10 May 2009<
Hello Elizabeth .
I have just done a ‘google’ on Joseph Kilfoyle, as I have (2) Hannah Samuels in my tree as well as a Joseph Kilfoyle.
I wonder if you have more on your Hannah Samuels and where she came from, as my maternal g-grandmother was Blanche Samuels, d.o. James C Samuels and Matilda Ellen Redgrave.
My g-grandmother Blanche had an Aunty named Hannah Samuels (1832-1905) who married Joseph Kilfoyle (1824-1889) in 1849 in Talbot , Victoria – (well I think these people are part of my Hannah & Joseph tree).
Hannah & Blanche’s grandmother – another Hannah Samuels (nee Hutchings/Hutchins/Hutchens) was a convict who married ‘at least’ twice – firstly to Thomas Benson in 1826 (another convict who died in a Lunatic Asylum in 1832), and then again to Henry Samuels in 1836.
Henry Samuels b: c. 1804 Birkshire & Hannah Hutchings/Hutchens/Hutchins b: c1808/1810 Islington, London .
Henry came out on a ship called “Prince of Orange” in 1821. Hannah came out on a ship called “Brothers”, which landed in Sydney in 1824. Thomas Benson came out on a ship named “Ocean II” into Sydney in 1823. He (Thomas) applied to marry Hannah in 1826.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Cheryl – Queensland

Added 10 May 2009 -
Something you might find of interest is that Thomas BENSON absconded from his employer in 1830 (while married to Hannah) and when he was found, he was sent to the lunatic asylum where he subsequently died. Thomas was a toymaker by trade and I find it quite tragic that he died so young, after all, he was only 19 when he was convicted. On reading his Old Bailey record - as Thomas Benton - life back then was very cruel indeed.


Your Blanche - g-grandmother was Blanche SAMUELS born 1870 in Sydney, d.o. James C Samuels and Matilda Ellen Redgrave. (born 1848 to Mary and Thomas Redgrave with elder sister Elizabeth 1847)
Your Blanche has Aunt Hannah
That puts James C Samuels as a brother of Hannah who could be a daughter of Hannah Hutchins the convict wed 1826 to Thomas Benton
They had christened Mary A Benton 1827 and William Benton 1829 died 1831, then surname changed -
Sarah Ann Benson christened 1831. You are suggesting she was called Ann or Hannah.
Thomas Benson died 1832 aged 35
Then Hannah Benson wed 1836 to Henry Samuels
There are 3 Samuels infants for Henry and Hannah - Louisa Samuels 1837, Henry W Samuels 1840, James C Samuels 1842
Joseph Kilfoyle 1824 - 1889 #19152 aged 65 son of Hannah and Henry Kilfoyle, came c1849 with Hannah Samuels and lived at Melbourne, Talbot, Amherst. Cheryl Lean has a death certificate for Hannah, showing she died in August 1905 aged 73, and her children still living were Joseph Henry 47y, John James 46y, William 45y, Ellen Louisa 42y, Emmaline 39y & Martha Alice 37y.
11 Children 1. Caroline Elizabeth Kilfoyle 1850 #5288 - 1856 #1369 lived 4 years
2. Hanna Retter Kilfoyle 1853 - 1890 #2942 aged 37, wed Heineich Harstedt, child lived 2 months, died at Maryborough
3. Josephina Kilfoyle 1855 - 1856 #1370 lived 6 months
4. Elizabeth Ann Kilfoyle 1856 #14227 - 1893 #16232 aged 38
5. Joseph Henry Kilfoyle 1858 #8777 wed 1882 #3238 to Elizabeth Ann Andrews, no chn
6. John James Kilfoyle 1859 #15305 wed 1883 #6195 to Louisa James Harvey, dau Eathel 1885
7. William Kilfoyle 1862 #11988 wed 1890 #7440 to Alice Ann Stevens, no chn
8. Mary Ellen Kilfoyle 1864 #12589 wed 1881 #3346 to Thomas Burgess no chn
9. Emeline Kilfoyle 1866 #5878 - 1890 #17835 aged 29
10. Martha Alice Kilfoyle 1868 #13369
11. George Kilfoyle 1869 #19978
4. Elizabeth Ann Kilfoyle 1855 #14227 - 1893 #16232 aged 38, wed 1874 #3820 to James Fallon died at Talbot Hospital, and lived at Majorca. 8 Children
9. Emeline/Amelia Mary Kilfoyle 1866 #5878 - 1890 #17835 aged 29 wed 1883 #6192 to Thomas Cross and lived at Talbot
2 Children 1. Lottie Cross 1887 #15430
2. Alice Cross 1888 #33821
9. Martha Alice Kilfoyle 1868 #13369 wed 1883 #2809 to Robert Barnes and lived at Talbot then Fitzroy
4 Children 1. John Robert Barnes 1884 #20984
2. Hannah Alice Barnes 1885 #25438
3. Barbara Ellen Barnes 1887 #19617
4. Mary Barnes 1900 #11555 - 1900 #5721 lived 1 day
10. George Alfred Kilfoyle 1869 #19978 wed 1885 #1792 to Elizabeth Mcadam 1868 - 1886 #3619 aged 18 dau of Bridget Marley and Peter McAdam not registered in Victoria
George Alfred Kilfoyle wed 1888 #4976 to Mary Ann Young 1866 #19643 born at Beaufort
1 Child 1. Josephine Kilfoyle 1885 #14741 - 1885 #10371 lived 5 weeks

John Killeen

John Killeen wed 1860 #502 to Ellen Quinn
6 Children 1. Jno Killeen 1859 #14449
2. Agnes Killeen 1861 #3376
3. Alice Katherine Killeen 1863 #2521 - 1883 #6104 aged 20 years
4. Mary Ellen Killeen 1868 #2988
5. Thomas Killeen 1872 #9376
6. Mark Lawrence Killeen 1874 #23232
4. Mary Ellen Killeen 1868 #2988 wed 1894 #4432 to Humphrey James Hearn

Andrew Kilpatrick

Marriages Jun 1842 Mary Ann Brown to Andrew Kilpatrick in St Martin Vol 1, page 163, the district of St Martin is an alternative name for St Martin in the Fields and it is in the county of Middlesex

Andrew Kilpatrick (came aged 40) 1815 - 1877 #8422 aged 63, son of Mary and Andrew Kilpatrick born in London, and Mary Brown (came aged 38) came to Victoria Jan 1855 on the Asia and lived at Geelong Mary Brown died 1869 #3731 aged 52 dau of Alexander Brown, from London

7 children 1. Mary Kilpatrick 11 - 1844
2. Andrew Kilpatrick 9 - 1846
3. Francis Kilpatrick 1849
4. Alexd Kilpatrick 4 - 1851
5. Clara Kilpatrick 2 - 1853
6. Unnamed Female born at Sea, 1854 #229M
7. Agnes Kilpatrick 1855 #1819
8. Isabella Kilpatrick 1858 #6987
1. Mary Kilpatrick 11 - 1844 wed 1865 #2869 to James Kilroy and lived at Kyneton, Heathcote
10 children 1. James Kilroy 1867 #15770
2. Jane Kilroy 1868 #24073
3. John Kilroy 1870 #3189
4. George Thompson Kilroy 1871 #16767
5. Hannah Kilroy 1872 #23771 - 1873 #4194 lived 7 months
6. Mary Logan Kilroy 1874 #9420
7. Hannah Kilroy 1876 #16817
8. Robert Kilroy 1877 #22829
9. Lea Mckinstray Kilroy 1877 #22830
10. William Duncan Kilroy 1879 #23730
2. Andrew Kilpatrick 9 - 1846 possibly wed 1872 #3594 to Christina McKenzie born in Scotland, and lived at Colac
8 children 1. Mary Ann Jane Kilpatrick 1873 #15451
2. John Kilpatrick 1874 #21839
3. Andrew Kilpatrick 1876 #10260
4. Alick Cecil Kilpatrick 1878 #2112
5. Jessie Tolmie Kilpatrick 1880 #3344
6. Clara Christina Kilpatrick 1881 #11634
7. Roderick Mckenzie Kilpatrick 1883 #4748
8. Frank George Kilpatrick 1884 #19725 - 1885 #4683 lived 9 months
3. Francis Kilpatrick 1849 as Francis George wed 1874 #2511 to Elizabeth Sophia Clissold 1854 #2459 daughter of Elizabeth Delamore and James Clissold born at Geelong, lived at Kerang, Echuca and Lorne
10 children 1. Francis Walter Kilpatrick 1876 #17112
2. Annie Elizabeth Kilpatrick 1877 #16552
3. Arthur Kilpatrick 1879 #3611
4. Mabel Ann Kilpatrick 1881 #15979 - 1895 #4557 lived 13 years
5. Agnes Kilpatrick 1883 #24605 - 1904 #11572 lived 21 years
6. Erskine Kilpatrick 1885 #19088
7. Clifton Kilpatrick 1887 #29704
8. Cora Lynn Kilpatrick 1890 #5147
9. Elizth Mary Kilpatrick 1892 #5610
10. Lorne Harold Kilpatrick 1894 #1112 - 1894 #4980 lived 5 months
4. Alexd Kilpatrick 4 - 1851 wed 1880 #3896 to Mary Harlock 1855 #4713 dau of Sarah Ann Hartley and Frederick Harlock born at Duneed, and lived at Colac
7 children 1. Francis Frederick Kilpatrick 1881 #8289
2. Alexander Kilpatrick 1882 #21967
3. Andrew Kilpatrick 1884 #23481
4. Walter Balfour Kilpatrick 1887 #18482
5. Foster Colin 1899 27423
6. Stanley Victor 1891 21557
7. Agnes Ellen 1889 30005 at Colac
5. Clara Kilpatrick 2 - 1853 wed 1881 #164 to Thomas Edwin Wood and lived at Pyramid Hill
3 children 1. Andrew Edwin Wood 1882 #4701
2. Sedbar Garfield Wood 1884 #19724
3. Thomas Fred Wood 1885 #28128
6. Agnes Kilpatrick born at Sea, 1855 #1819 wed 1878 #4001 to William Henry Bramley and lived at Durham, Pyramid Hill then at Kerang, 6 Children


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