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Thomas Key

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Hi Elizabeth,
I was just reading your Pioneer families in Victoria web page and noticed you had -
2. (Un-Named Male) Key 1862
as one of the children of Thomas and Mary. I think that child was actually Mary Ann Key, born 1st May 1862 in Hobart and died 15th December 1932 in Bexley, Sydney, NSW. This Mary married George Baleham Gedge in 1899, they were my great grandparents. I've included a photo of Thomas Key. Hope this is of interest.
Regards, Brett Gedge


Two called George Henry Key, which one wed Rose?
Thomas Key wed 1860 in Brighton, Tasmania to Mary Ann Cunningham c1838, lived in Tasmania
6 children 1. Thomas Key 17 Dec 1860
2. Mary Ann Key 1 May 1862 wed 1899 to George Baleham Gedge
3. John Innis Key 17 Jan 1864
4. George Henry Key 10 Aug 1865
5. Frederick Key 22 Jun 1868
6. Alfred Patrick Key 20 Nov 1870
George Henry Key 1865 - 1918 #14602 aged 55, wed 1894 #1557 to Rose Emma Ohrt 1875 - 1938 #5603 aged 63 died at Heidelberg, and lived in Rushworth,
8 Children 1. Margaret Rose Key 1895 #1747
2. Matilda May Key 1896 #20292 - 1953 #9518 aged 57 wed Donald
3. George Henry Key 1898 #19206 lived 1 day
4. Christina Maud Key 1901 #6390
5. Henry Geo Key 1904 #29590
6. Carol Grace Key 1907 #31170
7. Emmeline Lillian Key 1911 #23524
8. John Thomas Key 1915 #16362

William Holt Key

George Henry Key son of William (William Holt) Key

William Holt Key 1845 - 1909 #9164 aged 64, son of Rebecca Holt and John Key from Buckinghamshire wed 1867 #4280 to Matilda Ashman 1848 - 1923 #16540 aged 74, daughter of Harriet Reeves and Benjamin Ashman, and lived at Kew, later Prahan
9 children 1. Benjamin John Key 1869 #9329 - 1911 #13996 aged 42
2. Rebecca Elizabeth Key 1871 #23988
3. William Walter Key 1874 #16637 - 1947 #13578 aged 74
4. Emiline Edith Key 1877 #3408
5. John Key 1882 #23991 - 1918 #2265 aged 35
6. Mary Matilda Key 1885 #3655
7. George Henry Key 1887 #29450 - 1937 #13945 aged 51
8. Percy Francis Key 1890 #4870
9. Lillie Maud Key 1892 #33895
2. Rebecca Elizabeth Key 1871 #23988 wed 1888 #5764 to Henry John Salisbury and lived at Kew, 6 Children
3. William Walter Key 1874 #16637 - 1947 #13578 aged 74, wed 1895 #3552 to Alice Maud Salisbury 1878 - 1947 #18300 aged 69 daughter of Elizabeth and John Salisbury, lived at Kew
10 Children 1. Alice Key 1895 #13404 lived 1 day
2. Ruby May Key 1895 #13407 lived 8 days
3. Wm Horace Salisbury Key 1896 #12618
4. Fredk Norman Cecil Key 1898 #27166
5. Ivy Maud Key 1901 #12192
6. Clarence Roy Key 1904 #3943 lived 4 years
7. Stanley Leonard Benj Key 1907 #11700
8. Dorothy Jean Key 1909 #20382
9. Donald Bruce Key 1915 #13884
10. Joyce Pearl Key 1918 #12491
4. Emiline Edith Key 1877 #3408 wed 1896 #1653 to Alf Phillips and lived at Kew
1 Child 1. Albt Fred Phillips 1896 #28882
5. John Key 1882 #23991 - 1918 #2265 aged 35, wed 1908 #8938 to Evelyn Frances Driver 1890 - 1966 #10628 aged 76, daughter of Catherine Inchcliffe and John Driver, no known children
6. Mary Matilda Key 1885 #3655 wed 1903 #5316 to Wm Chas Trevascus and lived in Melbourne, 5 Children
7. George Henry Key 1887 #29450 - 1937 #13945 aged 51, wed 1909 #8912 to Rachel Victoria Olsen and lived at Mitcham
5 Children 1. Nellie May Key 1910 #29313
2. Geo Hy Key 1912 #27129
3. Benj Arth Harold Key 1914 #23517
4. Les Wm Jas Key 1917 #13337
5. Rita Victoria Key 1920 #33610
8. Percy Francis Key 1890 #4870 wed 1909 #4400 to Elsie Mary Rayham c1890 - 1981 #11725 daughter of Martha and Henry Raham
5 Children 1. Veronica May Key 1911 #18185 lived 1 month
2. Lexford Percy Key 1912 #18699
3. Clarence Roy Key 1914 #5010
4. Archd Walter Key 1919 #2612
5. Edwd Jas Key 1827 - 1937 #8706 lived 10 years
9. Lillie Maud Key 1892 #33895 wed 1916 #10841 to Sydney Geo Thomas Smith and wed 1917 #107 to Geo Livermore Matthews

William Oliver Key

William Oliver Key wed 1860 #1295 to Mary Ann Cannon
4 Children 1. Margaret Jessie Key 1860
2. Oliver George Key 1865 #1739
3. Alfred Ernest Key 1867 #21203
4. Wm John Key 1873 #15532
1. Margaret Jessie Key 1860 wed 1878 to Edward Saunders Greenway

George Keys - Bounty Pioneers

Two children, Mary Jane Keys aged 18 and William Keys aged 20, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel
George Keys 37 hus (family 13) Bath, and Margaret Keys 35 wife of George (family 13), came 22 Oct 1841 on the Catherine Jamieson with his other 6 children,
George Keys 1791 - 1873 #9435 aged 81, son of Ellen Monteith and Thomas Keys of Ireland
Margaret Keys nee Jeffrey 1795 - 1865 #8582 aged 70, dau of Mary Brooks and Robert Jeffrey, of Ireland and both George Keys and Margaret Jeffery died at Mordialloc
8 Children 1. Robert Keys 1817 - 1887 #9566 aged 69, died at Cheltenham
2. William Keys 1821 - 1872 #6630 aged 51, from Tyrone
3. Mary Jane Kais / Keys 18
4. Isaac Keys 1826 - 1866 #1143 aged 40, from Ireland
5. Elizabeth Keys 17
6. Margt Keys 1831 - 1894 #3186 aged 62,
7. Thomas Keys 1834
8. John Keys 1837
1. Robert Keys 1817 - 1887 #9566 aged 69, Labourer Prot both Tyrone, died at Cheltenham, wed Charl Brown in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne, lived at Brighton
Charlotte Browne 22 (single woman 05) House servant Prot reads Dublin arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Martin Luther source Bounty Immigrants
10 Children 1. George Keys 1849 #20068 christened at St Andrews, Church Of England, Brighton
2. William Keys 1851 #20151
3. Thomas Keys 1853 #20208 died
4. Robert Keys 1853 #20209 - 1853 #20338 lived 1 month
5. Charlotte Keys 1855 #2643 - 1862 #8083 lived 7 years
6. John Keys 1857 #4093 - 1928 #13388 aged 77
7. Thomas Keys 1859 #5144 - 1932 #375 aged 74
8. Charles Keys 1862 #957
9. Samuel Keys 1864 #7117
10. Arthur Isaac Keys 1867 #951
2. William Kais / Keys 19 (single man 26) Farm servant, Prot, Co Tyrone, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel William Keys wed 1850 #2345 at Presbyterian, Melbourne & Geelong, to Eliza Leighton/Lighton 1824 - 1899 #5415 aged 74, dau of Lavinia Walker and John Lighton, and lived at Dandenong
8 Children 1. Margaret Lavinia Keys 1851 #33409 - 1938 #6537 aged 87, christened Presbyterian, Melbourne & Geelong
2. Mary Jane Keys 1852 #9492 - 1884 #12002 aged 31 years
3. John Keys 1855 #5671
4. Catharine Keys 1858 #6239 - 1944 #6202 aged 86,
5. Elizabeth Keys 1860 #159 - 1949 #18361 aged 89
6. Robert George Keys 1862 #20241 - 1937 #6174 aged 75,
7. Charlotte Keys 1865 #8060 - 1933 #1834 aged 67, wed Allday
8. Louisa Matilda Keys 1867 #14303 - 1949 #16573 aged 81
4. Catharine Keys 1858 #6239 - 1944 #6202 aged 86, wed 1881 #3362 to Samuel Jeffrey and lived at Yan Yean-Morang
9 Children 1. Sarah Lavinia Jeffrey 1882 #13192 - 1948 #7700 aged 66, wed Parkinson
2. James William Jeffrey 1883 #20819 - 1954 #12147 aged 71
3. Robert George Jeffrey 1885 #14639
4. Nellie Grace Jeffrey 1887 #16144 - 1947 #12100 aged 60 wed Fergusson
5. Charlotte Edith Jeffrey 1888 #25916
6. Matthew Ernest Jeffrey 1890 #8882
7. Mary Ethel Jeffrey 1891 #28960
8. Kathleen Emma Jeffrey 1892 #37750 - 1972 #10914 aged 79,
9. Jno Thos Jeffrey 1894 #8113
5. Elizabeth Keys 1860 #159 - 1949 #18361 aged 89, wed Alexander Watt Bowman 1859 #6973 - 1890 #6796 aged 31, son of Janet Craig and Alex Walter Bowman and lived at Dandenong
3 Children 1. Amy Elizabeth Bowman 1887 #18861 - 1974 #3810 aged 87 2. William Keys Bowman 1888 #19661 - 1964 #4889 aged 75 3. Alexr Watt Bowman 1890 #22085 - 1961 #5418 aged 70
Mary Jane Kais / Keys 18 (single woman 19) general servant, prot, Tyrone, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel Mary Jane Kays, wed James Pattison 1842 #726 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong, and he died 1856 #482 aged 33
James Jamison 25 Dec 1830 - wed 18 Sep 1856 #3006 to widowed Mary Patterson nee Keys and lived at Brighton - see web page about his life. He arriving in Melbourne on August 1, 1854
7 Children 1. Robert Charles Patterson 1844 #1321 christened Methodist / Wesleyan, Melbourne
2. Margaret Patterson 1846 #10282
3. William Patterson 1848 #10533
4. Mary Ann Patterson 1850 #10873 - 1931 #235 aged 80,
5. Eliza Patterson 1853 - 1935 #4294 aged 82
6. Cath Bond Jamison 1858 #10211 - 1930 #10829 aged 72,
7. John George Jamison/Jamieson 1861 #17775 - 1881 #8224 aged 20 years, killed in a railway accident
4. Mary Ann Patterson 1851 - 1931 #235 aged 80, wed 1868 #1535 to Rev James William Tuckfield and lived at Ararat, Bellarine, Sandhurst (Methodist church) His father Rev. Francis Tuckfield had established the Buntingdale Mission for Aborigines near Geelong in 1838.
8 Children 1. Elsie Mary Tuckfield 1871 #143 - 1887 #11851 lived 16 years
2. Lilian Sarah Tuckfield 1872 #14202
3. Harold James Tuckfield 1874 #716
4. Robert Charles Patterson Tuckfield 1875 #23658
5. Stanley Francis Jamison Tuckfield 1878 #24063 - 1898 #14601 lived 20 years
6. Katie Winifred Tuckfield 1880 #1318 - 1880 #9125 lived 7 months
7. William John Tuckfield 15 Dec 1881/1882 #559 - 19 Dec 1969, died in Qld
8. Gilbert Lionel Tuckfield 1887 #31854 - 1889 #14177 lived 1 year
7. William John Tuckfield 15 Dec 1881/1882 #559 - 19 Dec 1969, died in Qld, see Aust Dictionary of Biography. He wed 12 Apr 1911 to Marcella Mabel Monckton
4. Eliza Patterson 1853 - 1935 #4294 aged 82, wed 1873 #1386 to Rev Samuel Trethewise Withington 1843 - 1907, son of Mary Blanch Trethewey and Thomas Withington, from Cornwall (Methodist church)
6 Children 1. Robt Chas Withington 24 Jun 1874 born in South Aust, died 16 Oct 1934 #9150 aged 60,
2. Mary Blanche Withington 19 May 1876 in Kadina, South Australia
3. William Patterson Withington 23 Sep 1877 in Kadinia, South Australia
4. Elsie Ingram Withington 9 Apr 1881 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
5. Ethel Wynne Withington 1883 #14916
6. Lorna Kathleen Withington 1897 #8287
1. Robt Chas Withington 24 Jun 1874 born in South Aust, died 16 Oct 1934 #9150 aged 60, wed 2 Mar 1901 in Suva Fiji to Eleanor Elizabeth King b: 17 Mar 1873 in Nth Melbourne VIC Australia,
6. Cath Bond Jamison 1858 #10211 - 1930 #10829 aged 72, wed 1885 #6165 to Dr Archibald Grant Black 1857 - 1 Mar 1843 #1962 aged 86 son of Margaret Grant and James Black and lived at Brighton
Archibald Grant Black granted Bachelor of Medicine, Master of Surgery by Glasgow University, Power of Attorney Mrs Charlotte Elizabeth Patterson, widow of Robert Charles Patterson, late of Hobart Town to Dr Archibald Grant Black, Medical Practitioner, Carlton, near Melbourne, Victoria dated 18 March 1909. Archibald Grant BLACK died 1943 #1962 aged 86 years at Caulfield
4 Children 1. James Jamison Black 1887 #26548 - 1952 #5077 aged 64
2. Marjorie Grant Black 1888 #27027
3. Kathleen Elsie Black 1891 #30397 4. Archie Norman Grant Black 1894 born in Norwood, South Aust enlisted 1915, RTA per China at Gibralta, 1 May 1919.
4. Isaac Keys 18 son of George (single man 7) Labourer Prot both read and write, Tyrone, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Catherine Jamieson Isaac and Maria Kyle lived at Dandenong
6 Children 1. William George Keys 1855 #5672 - 1923 #1299 aged 67
2. Margaret Keys 1856 #10509
3. Rebecca Keys 1858 - 1947 #2912 aged 88, wed McGill
4. Maria Keys 1860 #160 - 1946 #6211 aged 86
5. Catherine Kyle Keys 1862 #7869
6. Isaac Keys 1864 - 1942 #24913 aged 78
7. James Keys 1865 - 1865 #3749 lived 2 months
5. Elizabeth Keys 17 dau of George (single man 8) Farm servant Prot reads Tyrone, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Catherine Jamieson
Eliza Beswicke nee Keys 1828 - 1899 #6016 aged 71, dau of Margaret Jeffrey and George Keys, died at Hawthorn
Eliza Keys wed Charles Beswicke 1805 - 1885 #8801 aged 80, son of Sarah Clegg and John Beswick, in 1846 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong and lived at Moolap
4 Children 1. John Beswicke 1847 #11720 - 1925 #5542 aged 78
2. Sarah Eliza Beswick 1852 #9371 christened at Presbyterian, Geelong
3. Mary Beswicke 1853 - 1930 #12423 aged 77, wed Wills
4. Mabella Beswicke 1859 #3081
1. John Beswicke 1847 #11720 - 1925 #5542 aged 78 wed 1877 #4854 to Mary Hannah Parsons 1851 - 1935 #6630 aged 84, dau of Thos Parsons, born in London
7 Children 1. Charles Lewellin Beswicke 1878 #23445
2. Percy John Beswicke 1881 #10053
3. Ernest Beswicke 1882 #23598 - 1882 #12046 lived 10 days
4. Harry Albert Beswicke 1884 #9923
5. Elsie Mary Beswicke 1885 #10573
6. Ada Maud Beswicke 1886 - 1886 #13979 lived 5 months
7. Rupert Montague Beswicke 1892 #33351
2. Sarah Eliza Beswick 1852 #9371 wed 1872 #2496 to Horace Spencer Wills 16 Jun 1847 - 08 Oct 1928 aged 81,
6 Children 1. Ethel Wills 1872 died
2. Ethel Mary Wills 26 Aug 1875 - 22 Jun 1919 aged 45, wed 28 Nov 1911 to Alan Roseby Fordyce 10 Jul 1886.
3. Maud Wills 1876 #23572 - 1876 #12077 lived 1 day
4. Ida Claire Wills 3 Jun 1880 - 3 Aug 1975 aged 95, wed Tyson Asbridge Pearson
5. Hebe Eugenie Wills was born on 8 Mar 1885 - 10 Nov 1948, wed 5 Oct 1910 #7415 to Hy Fowler Ransford
6. Eva Irene (Rene) Wills was born on 7 Jun 1888 - 13 Nov 1980 wed 1906 #2192 to Bertram George Cooke 1882 #12273 to 1966.
3. Mary Beswicke 27 Jun 1853 - 10 Dec 1930 aged 76 wed 15 Sep 1875 to Egbert Spencer Wills 11 Nov 1849 - 11 Sep 1931 aged 81, son of Elizabeth Wyre and Horatio Spencer Howe Wills,
3 Children 1. Egbert Horatio Wills 07 Dec 1878/1879 #3262 - 1940 #5666 aged 62, wed 15 May 1907 to Florence Caroline Browne 1884 #12176 - 1948 #1402 aged 63, dau of Charlotte Ann Fremantle and Arthur Horace Browne
2. Stanley Spencer Wills 1884 #24916 - 1884 #12510 lived 2 months
3. Eric Wilfred Wills 20 Sep 1891 - Jul 1973, wed 27 Mar 1916 to Madge Fowler 17 Mar 1891 - 9 Jun 1941
6. Margaret Keys 16 dau of George (single woman 9) Farm servant Prot reads Tyrone, wed 1846 #1939 to William Mcmahen 1811 - 1892 #14965 aged 81, at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong, both died at Mordialloc, 6 Children
7. Thomas Keys 1834 wed 1863 #3578 to Sarah Jeffrey 1841 - 1873 #3780 aged 32, dau of Eliza Jane Smith and Samuel Jeffrey of Tyrone, lived at Dandenong
Samuel Jeffrey 30 hus (family 19) Farmer, Prot, Lannamannon, and Eliza J Jeffrey 25 wife of Samuel (family 20) House keeper, Prot, Co Tyrone, came 10 July 1840 on the Coromandel with Robert and Sarah
6 Children 1. Mary Ann Keys 1864 #21294 - 1937 #17949 aged 73, wed Scott
2. Robert Charles Keys 1866 #14270 - 1948 #22631 aged 82
3. James William Keys 1868 #15636
4. Alfred Keys 1870 #15218 - 1937 #16072 aged 63
5. George Keys 1871 #15571 - 1959 #22790 aged 88
6. Matthew Keys 1873 #8743 - 1873 #3778 lived 1 day
8. John Keys 1837 wed 1868 #3836 to Selina Crawford McMahon 1840 - 1931 #1209 aged 91, dau of Maria Kelly and James McMahon, and lived in Dandenong
James Mcmahon 35 hus (27 family) Labourer Prot both Tyrone, Maria Mcmahon 26 wife of James (27 family) Housemaid Prot both Tyrone, with Robert Mcmahon 5, John Mcmahon 4 and Celina Mcmahon 0 son of James (27 family) Prot Tyrone, came 30 Aug 1841 on the Strathfieldsaye
3 Children 1. Isabella Maud Keys 1870 #15220
2. Selina Adeline Keys 1874 #1840
3. Henry Leslie Keys 1879 #15352 - 1961 #776 aged 82


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