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William Henry Raper, John Rapsey, William Rattle,
James Rattray, Michael Rava, John and Ann Rawlings,
John Rawlings wed Amelia Dewdney


William Henry Raper

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William Henry Raper 1839 - 16 Jul 1913 aged 73, born in Sydney New South Wales Australia, died Bendigo Victoria Australia, son of Ann Boulton (Abt 1806-1840) and Edward Raper (Abt 1796-Abt 1839) wed 1859 #3015 to wed Eliza Spokes 1843 and lived at Colac
13 Children 1. Edward Raper 1860 #2777
2. Hannah Raper 1861 #14114
3. William Raper 1863 #19606
4. James Raper 1866 #1416
5. Ann Raper 1868 #8244
6. Charles Henry Raper 1870 #22146
7. Joseph Raper 1872 #22248 - 1876 #11430 lived 4 years
8. Stephen Raper 1874 #14740
9. Mary Eliza Raper 1876 #21987
10. Sarah Jane Raper 1878 #14696
11. Alice Mary Ann Raper 1880 #7664
12. Elizabeth Victoria Raper 1882 #8163
13. Susannah Maria Raper 1884 #1596
2. Hannah Raper 14 Aug 1861 #14114 - 3 Aug 1919 aged 58, wed 1879 #1310 to William Revill 1853 - 5 Jun 1937 aged 84, born at Hamilton, lived at Colac
13 Children 1. Isabella Revill 21 Aug 1880 #14626
2. William James Revill 13 Jun 1882 #14942
3. May Revill 16 May 1884 #4057 lived 1 day
4. Eliza Janet Revill 25 May 1885 #8903
5. Edith Grace Revill 25 Jul 1887 #18467
6. Edward Bolton Revill 23 Jul 1888 #19167
7. Alice Vic Revill 20 Sep 1890 #31263 - 15 Oct 1890 #15331 lived 26 days
8. Vincent Hy Revill 7 Jan 1892 #2757
9. Albert Lawrence Revill 3 Jun 1894 #10793 - 1898 #1623 lived 4 years
10. Bernice Muriel Joy Revill 3 Jul 1896 #18848
11. Stanley Chas Roy Revill 13 Jan 1900 #2310
12. Robert Oswald Revill 17 Mar 1902
13. Doris Hannah Revill 17 Dec 1904 - 1922 #8782 aged 18
1. Isabella Revill 21 Aug 1880 #14626 wed 1900 to William Henry Denning c1866 - 31 Jan 1934, born in Victoria, Australia,
3. William Raper 1863 #19606 wed 1886 #3909 to Mary Ann Little 1869
7 Children 1. Joseph Raper 1887 #25197
2. Thomas William Raper b: 1889 #20344 in Colac, Victoria,
3. Queenie Raper c1891
4. Victor Angus Raper b: 1892 #12247 in Colac,
5. Ester Agnes Raper b: 1894 #26490 in Victoria,
6. Robert J Raper b: 1897 in Wellington District
7. Adeline Raper b: 1900 in Wellington District
4. James Raper 1866 #1416 wed 2 Jul 1901 to Mary Kennedy b: 23 Jan 1876 in Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, died 12 Apr 1932 in Manjimup, Western Australia,
Mary appears to be Mary Ann Kennedy 1876 #4728, dau of Sophia Frances Jenkins and Allan Kennedy registered at Richmond.
7 Children 1. Alice Mary Davission Raper b: 28 Jan 1903
2. Myrtle Mary Alice Raper b: 3 Jul 1904
3. William James Raper b: 26 Dec 1905
4. Alexander Christopher Raper b: 25 Sep 1907
5. Angus Raper b: 31 Jan 1911
6. Josephine Raper
7. Edward Raper
5. Ann Raper 1868 #8244 wed 25 Nov 1889 to Henry Arthur Bellchambers 23 Oct 1859 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
7 Children 1. John William Alfred Bellchambers B: 23 Jun 1890
2. Mary Eliza Bellchambers B: 24 Apr 1892
3. Ann Florence Bellchambers B: 9 Mar 1894
4. Henry Arthur Bellchambers B: 21 Feb 1896
5. Charles Ernest Bellchambers B: 17 Dec 1897
6. Hazel May Bellchambers B: 21 May 1900
7. Herbert Stanley Bellchambers B: 9 Feb 1906

John Rapsey

Not found in In Cornwall Census 1851, - different family at Richmond Hill, Kenwyn, Cornwall, John Rapsey 33, Mason born at St Mary's Cornwall, and Elizabeth Rapsey 31, wife born at Kenwyn, have dau Cecilia aged 1 year.

From on Friday, 28 March, 2014,
Hi Elizabeth,
I just came across, your ďPioneer Families in Victoria, Aust.Ē Site. Wow that is a lot of information you have put together. Thank you for your efforts.
† Iím writing to ask how confident you are about John Rapsey not being found in the 1851 Census?
Iíve come across what looks like the correct family at Shadforth, Durham, England. itís hard to read.
I did a search in http://www.ukcensusonline.com/search/ and found
John Rapsey 40 or 42 Coal Miner Durham 1811 Gwennap, Cornwall
Eliza Rapsey 32 Durham 1819 Perrace, --
Christy Rapsey 15 Durham 1836 Mylor, --
James Rapsey 13 Durham 1838 Redruth, --
John Rapsey 6 Scholar Durham 1845 --
William Rapsey 4 Scholar Durham 1847 --
The names and ages seem to match pretty well to the names of family he was known to have. The younger three childrenís names and ages match perfectly to their ages when they came to Melbourne on the Electric in 1856. Charity was probably wed by 1856 and stayed behind.
If Iíve done my linage correctly, which to be honest Iím not 100% sure about, then this 40 year old John Rapsey is my 3rd Great Grandfather, with young William (4yr) being my 2nd Great Grandfather.
Thank you for all your efforts, I hope to hear back from you regarding confidence in the census data I found Ė Iím new at this family tree research thing, so Iíd appreciate your opinion on whether this can be judged as Ďfactualí or not. Cheers, Scott Rapsey
I found a Rootsweb series of letters that are 10 years old, and give lots of family details. My Email to "Eric and Judy Douthie" at jdouthie@bigpond bounced


Eliza Rapsey 35 (born c1823) came Jul 1858 as Unassisted Inward Passengers on the Electric with James Rapsey 20, John Rapsey 11, William Rapsey 9, Thomas Rapsey 4 and Elizabeth Rapsey Infant.
Eliza Richards and John Rapsey registered 2 chn
John Rapsey 1800 - 1889 #1262 aged 89, and Eliza Rapsey nee Richards, 1818 - 1894 #1179 aged 76, both died at Chiltern
8 Children 1. James Rapsey 1836 - 1859 #5031 aged 22, son of John and Jane Rapsey from Cornwall.
2. John Rapsey 11, 1846
3. William Rapsey 9, 1848 - 1933 #13283 aged 85, died at Tallangatta
4. Thomas Rapsey 4, 1853 - 1922 #3546 aged 69, died at Wodonga
5. Elizabeth Rapsey Infant 1856 - 1928 #328 aged 75 wed French
6. Annie Rapsey 1859 - 1925 #4779 aged 65 wed Sertori
7. Sarah Rapsey 1861 #17159 born in Victoria
8. Josephine Rapsey 1964 #707
2. John Rapsey wed 1881 #1183 to Alice Matthews 1862 and lived at Tallangatta
6 Children 1. Emma Jane Rapsey 1884 #5996 - 1966 #10402 aged 82 wed Thomson died at Geelong
2. Elizabeth Ellen Rapsey 1885 #29298
3. William Rapsey 1888 #7133 lived 3 days
4. Ada Rapsey 1890 #17936 - 1890 #9954 lived 11 days
5. Elsie Rapsey 1891 #28109 - 1891 #12570 lived 3 days
6. Evelyn Vic Rapsey 1897 #31626
3. William Rapsey 1848 - 1933 #13283 aged 85, wed 1869 #1219 to Julia Ann Swasbrick 1852 #6737 - 1933 #16928 aged 81, dau of Mary Regan/Ryan and John Swasbull, and lived at Yackandanda, Tallangata Julia Swasbull was christened 1852 #6737 at St Francis, Roman Catholic, Melbourne
9 Children 1. James Rapsey 1870 #6127 - 1927 #8081 aged 57
2. John Henry Rapsey 1872 #13130 - 1961 #6862 aged 89
3. Elizabeth Jane Rapsey 1874 #26806 - 1953 #17461 aged 77, wed Hillas
4. Mary Ann Rapsey 1878 #20147 - 1955 #11213 aged 77, wed Franks
5. Alice Rosette Rapsey 1880 #25503
6. William Charles Rapsey 1883 #12909 - 1966 #19254 aged 83
7. Sarah Ellen Rapsey 1885 #29297
8. Julia May Rapsey 1890 #36982
9. Jane Rapsey 1896 - 1974 #26293 aged 78, wed Foster
4. Thomas Rapsey 1852 - 1922 #3546 aged 69, wed 1882 #5756 to Marion Murray and lived at Chiltern, Tallangata, Wodonga
7 Children 1. Lily Marion Rapsey 884 #8235
2. John Thomas Rapsey 1886 #1685
3. Robt Wm Rapsey 1888 - 1935 #17264 aged 47
4. Andrew James Rapsey 1890 #8153 - 1958 #20769 aged 67
5. Alb Archie Rapsey 1891 #37594
6. Charles Allan/Allen Rapsey 1895 #25634 - 1954 #23370 aged 59
7. Geo Murray Rapsey 1900 #15452
5. Elizth Rapsey 1853 - 1928 #328 aged 75 wed 1877 #20 to George Edwin French 1854 #3437 son of Jane Warren and George Edwin French born at Dandenong, lived at Beechworth, 8 Children
6. Annie Rapsey 1859 - 1925 #4779 aged 65 as Mrs Sertori, wed 1877 #4157 to Henry Cook and lived at Chiltern possibly Henry Valentine Cook 1856 #2671 son of Ellen Carr and Henry Cook born at Fryers Creek
6 Children 1. Celia Cook 1879 #21951
2. Annie Cook 1882 #8040
3. John Henry Cook 1884 #23357
4. William Cook 1886 #9040 - 1952 #20708 aged 66
5. Robert Ernest Cook 1893 #2402 - 1953 #19504 aged 60
6. Elizth Ellen Cook 1896 #10258
7. Sarah Rapsey 1861 #17159 born in Victoria, wed 1880 #2947 to Simon Robins Fleming/ Pleming from Falmouth, and lived at Chiltern, Tallangatta. He appears to be Simon Robins Pleming 1858 - 1940 #18222 died at T'atta, 10 Children
8. Josephine Rapsey 1964 #707 wed 1881 #5475 to John French 1856 #6246 son of Jane Warren and Edwin French born at Sandhurst, and lived at Beechworth, 7 children

William Rattle

William Rattle 1819 - 1920 #7289 aged 91, son of Mary Hurley and Thomas Rattle, wed 1849 #2213 at the Presbyterian Church of Melbourne & Geelong to Eliza Jones 1827 - 1889 #687 aged 62, daughter of Mary Cain and Thomas Jones died at East Brighton
William Rattle wed 1889 #8530 to Eliza Jane Crago born in Cornwall, no children
5 children 1. Emma Elizabeth Rattle 1852 #17462
2. Eliza Rattle 1854 #1002
3. Hannah Rattle 1858 #4521
4. Thomas Rattle 1860 #5539
5. William Rattle 1863 #12701
1. Emma Elizabeth Rattle 1852 #17462 wed 1872 #1364 to Richard Stephens from Cornwall and lived at Timor
2 Children 1. Mary Jane Stephens 1873 #6197
2. John Richard Stephens 1876 #26318
2. Eliza Rattle 1854 #1002 wed 1872 #2640 to William Josiah Jabez Barrett from Norfolk, and lived at East Brighton
7 Children 1. Mary Ann Barrett 1873 #14753
2. William Barrett 1875 #14274 lived 1 year
3. Thomas Barrett 1878 #753
4. Eva Ann Barrett 1879 #21852
5. Amy Eliza Barrett 1881 #22175
6. Albert George Barrett 1883 #22349 lived 16 months
7. William Albert Barrett 1886 #8965
3. Hannah Rattle 1858 #4521 wed 1878 #1676 to Walter Perry from Melbourne, and lived at Brighton
3 Children 1. Lena Brasington Perry 1879 #7323
2. William Edward Perry 1881 #7350
3. Leta Millvena Perry 1888 #17967
5. William Rattle 1863 #12701 wed 1898 #6281 to Rosita Crago 1875 #1964
1 Child 1. Wm Thos Rattle 1900 #5282

James Rattray

James Rattray came c1859 with Jane Artherson and lived at Smydale, Springdall
4 Children 1. James Rattray 1860 #2718
2. Jane Rattray 1861 #7942
3. Barbara Rattray 1863 #4802
4. William Rattray 1866 #5044
1. James Rattray 1860 #2718 wed 1888 #8589 to Sarah Gaul 1862 #11525

Michael Rava

Michael Rava wed 1865 #3543 to Susannah Lockyer 1850 - 1901 #15922 aged 51, and lived at Dunolly, then at Buninyong
11 children 1. Margaret Rosetta Rava 1866 #7965
2. Cathrena Rava 1868 #7822
3. Martin Rava 1869 #14094
4. Vincenso Rava 1870 #14229
5. George Rava 1872 #21825
6. Susan Adelaide Rava 1874 #8463
7. Michael Rava 1875 #1889 lived 3 months
8. Michael Rava 1876 #7376
9. Mary Rava 1878 #8542
10. Rosa Rava 1881 #15852
11. Eva Frances Rava 1883 #8699
1. Margaret Rosetta Rava 1866 #7965 wed 1887 #45 to John Marsengo from Italy
3 children 1. Eugene Susannah Marsengo 1888 #2505
2. Joseph George Reuben Marsengo 1890 #10355 - 1893 #12253 lived 3 years
3. Rose Josine Marsengo 1894 #33381
2. Cathrena Rava 1868 #7822 wed 1891 #6854 to Joshua Tuer and lived at Swan Hill, Yarrawonga then Cobram, 5 children
3. Martin Rava 1869 #14094 wed 1897 #4825 to Margaret Burke and lived at Cobram
2 children 1. Mary Rava 1898 #2270
2. Alicia Margt Rava 1903 #17006
4. Vincenso Rava 1870 #14229 wed 1894 #59 to Hannah Jane Tuer 1871 #25183 born at Mt Prospect
6. Susan Adelaide Rava 1874 #8463 - 1901 #13226 aged 27, died at Cobram, wed 1894 #2185 to William Joseph Limbrick 1864 #3132
9. Mary Rava 1878 #8542 wed 1904 #382 to Jonathan Danson and lived at Cobram then at Wodonga
3 children 1. Vera Margaret Danson 1905 #9544
2. Doreen Claire Danson 1911 #24864
3. Joseph Lindsay Danson 1913 #27295
10. Rosa Rava 1881 #15852 wed 1913 #7694 to Norman Chas Grant 1886 #20359

John and Ann Rawlings

Joseph Rawlings wed 18 Apr 1797 at Marlesford, Suffolk, England to Ann Fairweather
John Rawlings 1818 - 1892 #6733 aged 74 son of Ann Fairweather and Joseph Rawlings, wed 1860 #813 to Eliza Ann Gosnold who came June 1859 aged 22, on the Yorkshire. They lived at Kilmore, then at Cranbourne
Eliza Ann Gosnold 1830 - 1895 #12868 aged 65 daughter of Eliza Ann Maze and James Gornold
6 Children 1. Joseph Goswold Rawlings 1861 #3794
2. William Reuben Rawlings 1864 #15911
3. John George Rawlings 1867 #2728
4. Frederick Augustus Rawlings 1871 #8410 wed 1901 #2513 to Maria Martha Kernot
5. Eliza Ann Maze Rawlings 1874 #1787
6. Mary Ann Gosnold Rawlings 1876 #22267
1. Joseph/James Goswold Rawlings 1861 #3794 wed 1887 #1837 to Isabella Winifred Henderson 1866 #20698 born at Cranbourne
6 Children 1. Mabel Eliza Gosnald Rawlings 1888 #2232
2. Edith Winifred Rawlings 1890 #11943 - 1892 #1483 lived 2 years
3. Joy Rawlings 1893 #11951
4. Jno Leslie Gosnold Rawlings 1896 #2659 - 1897 #4826 lived 1 year
5. Herbt Jas Rawlings 1898 #18040
6. Aleck Leonard Rawlings 1901 #26219
3. John George Rawlings 1867 #2728 wed 1887 #5931 to Easter Emily Harvey 1869 #10880
2 Children 1. Rupert Earnest Rawlings 1889 #4993
2. Paulina Emma Maud Rawlings 1899 #4174 - 1900 #2353 lived 1 year

John Rawlings wed Amelia Dewdney

Myheritage site by Rootsweb 2005, from Pat Rawlings
Hi All. I have a Thomas James Clapham, born about 1810 in Stepney or surrounding suburbs. He married Elizabeth Dewdney in 1838 at Limehouse according to one of his childrens B/c and emigrated to Australia in abt 1850/51. A couple of his wife's sisters had already arrived in Victoria. I think there would have been at least one child in the family. John Wells Clapham b abt 1838 who seems to have died as an infant, Elizabeth Jane who I think also died before they arrived in Australia and Edwin Thomas Clapham. I am reasonably sure that Thomas is the nephew of Catherine Clapham who married Nicolas Rawlings in 1810 at St George of the East London.
and
I have Catherine Clapham who married in St George of the East Parish, London in 1810 to Nicolas Rawlings. One of their children John Rawlings married Amelia Dewdney. Her eldest sister Elizabeth married Thomas James Clapham (born abt 1810) in abt 1838 Limehouse London. I am presuming that Thomas is a nephew of Catherine. His fathers names is given as John Wells Clapham. I have had no success in finding Catherines parents & have been thinking along the lines that perhaps if I found John Wells Claphams family history it would link me to her. These families lived in the Limehouse, Shadwell, Bethnal Green area of London it would appear.Can anyone help me put together the jigsaw. Cheers. Pat Rawlings

From Pat, 26 May 2003
I have an Amelia Dewdney b abt 1816 who married John Rawlings in Bethnal Green 1844. Her fathers name was Edward Dewdney and she may have had sisters by the name of Alice Shelton Dewdney and Jane Dewdney. John and Amelia emigrated to Australia in 1849.

From Patricia Rawlings, Fri, 30 Mar 2001
Hi All, I have a marriage for John Rawlings wed 28th April 1844 to Amelia Dewdney at St.John's church, Bethnal Green

John Rawlings wed Apr-Jun 1844 to Amelia Dewdney in Bethnal Green
John Rawlings aged 31 came Apr 1849 on the Mary Shepherd with Amelia Rawlings aged 32, Walter John Rawlings aged 3, Amelia Jane Rawlings aged 1 and infant born during the voyage.
Alfred Rawlings aged 19 is also a passenger, arrived Apr 1849 on the Mary Shepherd
Amelia Rawlings nee Dewdney 1816 - 1897 #12895 aged 81, dau of Edward Dewdney, died at Greensboro
6 Children 1. Walter John Rawlings Oct-Dec 1845 at Henly - 1924 #14255 aged 78, 2. Amelia Jane Rawlings aged 1, Apr-Jun 1847 at Henley, 3. Louisa Alice Rawlings 1853 #276 - 1858 #7956 lived 5 years
4. Emily Maria Rawlings 1855 #9203 - 1858 #7892 lived 3 years
5. Henry Charles Sambrook Rawlings 1857 #13131
1. Walter John Rawlings Oct-Dec 1845 at Henly - 1924 #14255 aged 78, wed 1869 #3868 to Mary Ann Stone born in Sydney, and lived at Geelong
6 Children 1. Charles Edward Rawlings 1871 #2632
2. Albert Walter Rawlings 1872 #16464 - 1889 #7585 aged 16
3. George Henry Rawlings 1874 #20552
4. Emily Louisa Rawlings 1876 #20616 - 1877 #8123 lived 9 months
5. Amelia Jane Rawlings 1878 #16189
6. Arthur Thomas Rawlings 1881 #3023
7. Alfred Samuel Rawlings 1883 #9587
3. George Henry Rawlings 1874 #20552 - 1950 #18591 aged 76, wed 1896 #486 to Jane Annear 1870 #8777 - 1958 #22542 aged 89, dau of Ann Catherine Madder and William Annear, and lived at Geelong
1 Child 1. Violet Lilian Rawlings 1897 #19486 - 1968 #6068 aged 70, did not marry
2. Amelia Jane Rawlings aged 1, Apr-Jun 1847 born at Henley-On-Thames, wed 1870 #2707 to William Francis Crellin born at Isle Of Man and lived at Eltham
6 Children 1. Amelia Jane Crellin 1871 #15432 - 1874 #1220 lived 2 years 2. Louisa Francis Crellin 1873 #9119
3. Emily Florence Crellin 1875 #15644
4. Alice Maud Crellin 1877 #15277
5. William Moore Crellin 1879 #2374
6. Charles Henry Crellin 1881 #9099
2. Louisa Francis Crellin 1873 #9119 - 1965 #8719 aged 92, wed 1891 #3910 to Alex James Pepper and lived at Greensborough, Eltham, Diamond
Alexander James Pepper 1870 #8105 - 1947 #11154 aged 77, son of Emily Saunders wed 1855 #2973 to Henry Montague Pepper
6 Children 1. Amelia Emily Jessie Pepper 1891 #33634
2. Myrtle Blanche Pepper 1893 #3341
3. Ivy Marion Pepper 1895 #3923
4. Gladys Mona Pepper 1898 #25756
5. Alice Louisa Pepper 1900 #26002
3. Emily Florence Crellin 1875 #15644 - 1961 #22739 aged 86, wed 1900 #6845 to Wm Fred Cooper
who may be
William Frederick Cooper 1874 #25290 - 1941 #643 aged 65, born at Richmond and died at Camberwell, son of Sarah Meggett wed 1858 #266 to Thomas Charles Cooper
or
William Frederick Cooper 1876 #11416 - 1960 #23074 aged 84, son born at Preston and died at Kyabram, son of Hester Ann Hurstone wed 1868 #3899 to John Cooper
6 Children 1. Clarice Emily Cooper 1901 #23655 born at YanYean
2. Frederick Allan Cooper 1903 - 1964 #27112 aged 61
3. Edgar Ross Cooper 1921 - 1924 #2108 aged 3 years

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