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Henry Rayner, William Rayner, Walter Rayson, James Read, Joseph Read, John Readhead, Charles Reason,
William Reddie,


Henry Rayner

Henry Rayner wed c1860 to Sarah Moyes lived at Amphitheatre
3 Children 1. Henry Rayner 1861 #3930
2. Robert Rayner 1867 #73
3. Mary Rayner 1874 #13312
2. Robert Rayner wed c1891 to Jane Isabella Muir lived at Amphitheatre (see previous family)
1st Child Lila Jane Rayner 1892 #135 - 1960 #25613 aged 68, wed 1909 #6156 to Alfred Cloke 1889 #5209 - 1973 #16815 aged 85

See William Rayner was born on 19 August 1792 on Norfolk Island, the eldest son of William Rayner and Elizabeth Goldsmith, by the admission of his father some 40 odd years later to the Society of Friends in Hobart. When William was four his father abandoned the Island for Sydney, and ultimately Newcastle. His mother Elizabeth, as Louis Daniel's puts it, moved in with their neighbour Robert Jones, who farmed alongside the Rayners on the slopes of Mt. Pitt...
William was baptised on 20 May 1804 on Norfolk Island by Rev. H. Fulton as William Jones, using the surname of his step-father, but there can be little doubt that William was the son of William Rayner given his later usage of the name and his association with his birth family in Van Diemen's Land. Louis Daniels notes that He was probably the William Jones, single, who sailed from Norfolk Island to the Derwent on the Estramina on 15 May 1808, aged 15

William married Sophia Cullen on 3 January 1815 in Hobart Town with her father James Bryan Cullen (sic) in attendance as a witness. Sophia was also a Norfolk Islander, born about 1798 the daughter of Bryan Cullen and Elizabeth Bartlett. Both Sophia's parents had arrived in the colony as convicts with the First Fleet. Henry Augustus Rayner was born on 12 May 1834 in New Norfolk, Tasmania. Henry Augustus Rayner (21) wed on 13 February 1855 to Elizabeth Ann Rowe (18) in the Wesleyan Chapel, Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia.

11th child. Henry Augustus Rayner was born 1834 in New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia, was christened 12th May 1834 in New Norfolk, and died 3rd Feb 1919 age 84 in Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He married Elizabeth Ann Rowe 13th Feb 1855 in Burra, South Australia, daughter of Thomas Henry Rowe and Elizabeth Ann Barrett. She was born 28th April 1837 in Tavistock?, Devonshire, England, was christened 14th May 1837 in Tavistock, and died 7th Jan 1919 age 81 in Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

George Rayner

George Rayner wed 1862 #2465 to Emma Taylor lived in Carlton
3 children 1. Harry Rayner 1863 #9574 - 1868 #2195 lived 5 years
2. Walter Allan Rayner 1869 #10246
3. William Henry Rayner 1871 #24475 - 1873 #1621 lived 1 year
2. Walter Allan Rayner 1869 #10246 - 1952 #4068 aged 82, wed 1895 #5609 to Jane Marshall 1865 #24685 - 1946 #2353 aged 80,
2 children 1. Stella Pauline Rayner 1897 #1981 - 1971 #5146 aged 74, wed Henley
2. Fredk Geo Rayner 1901 #17760 - 1971 #15203 aged 69

William Rayner

William Rayner wed 1886 #2622 to Emma Youren 1867 #20069 - 1946 #7091 aged 80, and moved to Footscray
9 Children 1. Emily May Rayner 1887 #19689
2. Sophia Elizth Rayner 1889 #21639
3. Mary Elizth Rayner 1891 #4344
4. Herbt Francis Rayner 1892 #24465
5. Louisa Rebecca Rayner 1894 #11535
6. Adeline Vic Raynerr 1900 #18639
7. Edith Flor Rayner 1902 #30374
8. Twin Walt Wm Rayner 1905 #25995
9. Twin Ruby Pearl Rayner 1905 #25996
1. Emily May Rayner 1887 #19689 wed 1909 #750 to George Yeates and lived at Footscray, 1 Child
2. Sophia Elizth Rayner 1889 #21639 wed 1909 #3012 to Wm Clarence Govan and lived at Footscray, 2 Children
4. Herbert Francis Rayner 1892 #24465 wed 1913 #9558 to Eliza Ann Avery and lived at Footscray
3 Children 1. Francis Geo Rayner 1914 #12806
2. Dorothy Adeline Rayner 1916 #26227
3. Leslie Wm Rayner 1918 #24452
5. Louisa Rebecca Rayner 1894 #11535 wed 1915 #9073 to Joseph Arth Withers 1893 #15800 son of Elizabeth Rayner and Joseph Withers and lived at Avoca then Footscray
3 Children 1. Walter Rayner Withers 1916 #8685
2. Ronald Josh Withers 1918 #3431
3. Geo Arth Withers 1920 #3593
6. Adeline Vic Rayner 1900 #18639 wed 1920 #3250 to Hedley Sterling Harding

Walter Rayson

Walter Rayson wed 1858 #4479 to Mary Tucker 1837 - 1859 #7527 aged 22, daughter of Mary Ann Craig and John Tucker of Sussex, died when her son was born.
Walter Rayson from Battersea, wed 1866 #199 to Maria Christmas and they lived at Emerald Hill
child of Mary 1. John Tucker Rayson 1859 #17901 - 1860 #500 lived 7 weeks
9 children
of Maria
2. Philip Rayson 1867 #3703
3. Esther Maria Rayson 1868 #23246
4. Russell Rayson 1871 #8889 - 1946 #2310 aged 75
5. Arthur Rayson 1873 #2273 lived 13 years
6. Harriet Elizabeth Rayson 1874 #2279 lived 3 months
7. Mildred Jane Rayson 1876 #2520
8. Dorothy Mary Rayson 1878 #8885 lived 9 months
9. Ruth Constance Rayson 1879 #22879
10. Clement Rayson 1882 #2315
2. Philip Rayson 1867 #3703 - 1957 #4642 aged 90, wed 1891 #8642 to Matilda Carol Burnham 1870 - 1950 #12442 aged 80,
1 child 1. Olive Matilda Rayson 1893 #5764
3. Esther Maria Rayson 1868 #23246 wed 1894 #5206 to Jno Thos Raw from Scotland
2 children 1. Walt Whitfield Raw 1895 #29896
2. Dorothy Isobel Raw 1899 #11021
7. Mildred Jane Rayson 1876 #2520 wed 1900 #286 to Simon Lovat Fraser Davies from Windsor, 1 child

James Read

James Read, born in Sydney, wed 1875 to Ann Norah (or Hanorah) Thom(p)son
5 children   1. James Read 1876
2. Mary Ellen Read 1878
3. John Thomas Read 1881
4. Elizabeth Ann Read 1883
5. Annie Isabella Read 1888
1. James Read 19 Feb 1876 - 13 May 1942, wed 1900 to Sarah Hancock 18 Jun 1877 - 8 Nov 1963
5 children   1. Joseph Read 6 Jan 1902 - 1 Nov 1919
2. Thomas Read 26 Jul 1902 wed 9 Feb 1923 to Lavinia Spinks 25 Aug 1904 - 3 chn
3. Annie Isabel Read 1 May 1904 wed 26 Jun 1928 to Robert Ernest Higgs 19 Jan 1903 - 2 sons
4. Caroline Read 22 Sep 1910 wed 16 Nov 1932 to Donald David Weir 29 Apr 1906 - 1 son
5. James Read 25 Jan 1914 - 26 Nov 1943 wed Hazel Lowden Smith
2. John Thomas Read 11 Feb 1881 - 20 Dec 1972, wed 1903 to Adelaide Hancock 1 Sept 1882 - 27 May 1971
5 children 1. Clement Edward Read 9 Apr 1903 married 27 Oct 1925 to Vera Jane Goodrope 19 Sep 1906, children are Evelyn, Vera, Lorraine and Donald
2. Elizabeth Ann Read 6 May 1907 married Alfred Oliver Adams 2 Jul 1902 - 9 Oct 1971, children are Ronald and Elizabeth
3. Archer James Read 6 May 1911 - 10 Dec 1980 married Olive May Fairbanks 1 Apr 1902 - 18 Jun 1987, children are Alan, Jean, Gwenneth, John and Olive
4. Adelaide Read 8 Oct 1915 married 8 Apr 1939 to Alfred John Collins 9 May 1907 - 31 Dec 1967, son of Lillian May Saw and Herbert John McMahon Collins, one son John
5. Myrtle Read 19 Mar 1920 married Joseph Mathew Kenny 20 Mar 1921 - 14 May 1976, 2 children Colin and Beryl

Joseph Read

Joseph Read came c1870 with Jane Marshall Larkins
7 Children 1. Emily Jane Read 1871
2. Charlotte Mary Read 1872
3. Fanny Elizabeth Read 1874
4. Alice Penninah Read 1876
5. Josephine Rose Read 1877
6. Edward Joseph Larkin Read 1880
7. Edith Amelia Read 1885
Alice Penniah Read 1876 - 1952 wed 1911 to Ernest Monotti
1 son, Francis Read Monotti 1917

John Readhead

Marriages Sep 1855 - John Readhead and Sophia Heslop at Gateshead Vol 10a page 596. The district Gateshead spans the boundaries of the counties of Co. Durham and Tyne and Wear
John Readhead 1826 - 1891 #16345 aged 65, son of Elizth Davidson and William Readhead, came c1858 with Sophia Heslop and lived at Ararat, Maryborough
11 Children 1. Mary Readhead 1859 #20408
2. Sarah Eliz Readhead 1857 - 1948 #17019 aged 91
3. Wm Readhead 1863 - 1941 #21796 aged 78
4. James Readhead 1865 #9694 - 1890 #2948 aged 25
5. Gawin Readhead 1867 #16251
6. Sophia Readhead 1868 #24475 wed 1894 #4877 to Wm Richards
7. Margaret Jane Readhead 1872 #17439 - 1942 #25521 aged 70
8. John Readhead 1874 #17074
1. Mary Readhead 1859 #20408 wed 1889 #3592 to Hy Dawkins Lunn 1863 #15441 born at Maryborough
5. Gawin Henry Readhead 1867 #16251 - 1945 #16782 aged 77, wed 1897 #5451 to Susan Alderson 1873 #16097 - 1951 #16722 aged 77, died at Geelong and lived at Maryborough
3 Children 1. Margery Readhead 1898 #20402
2. Maurice Readhead 1899 #28144 - 1966 #6284 aged 66
3. William Garwin Readhead 1905 - 1978 #8554 aged 73

Charles Thomas Reason

Charles Thomas Reason from Westminster wed 1871 #2556 to Emily Fitchett and lived at Percydale, Dunolly, Maryborough
4 Children 1. Charles Thomas Reason 1872 #18553
2. Ada Emily Reason 1874 #11073
3. Agartha Alfreda Reason 1876 #24440 - 1878 #2371 lived 1 year
4. Laura Elizabeth Reason 1881 #22876 - 1883 #1149 lived 1 year
5. Alfred Henry Fitchett Reason 1883 #18032
2. Ada Reason, could be Ada Emily Reason 1874 #11073 wed 1897 #6862 at Talbot to William Titus

William Reddie

This is one of several called William Reddie -
Reddie Wm aged 23 came alone Mar 1861 on the Donald Mckay
Hay Ower and Mary Johnston were in Prahan 1855 when they registered the birth of Mary Elizabeth Ower 1855 #3954, their only Victoria-born child
William Reddie wed 1865 #764 to Margaret Black Ower 03 Feb 1841 - 09 Feb 1865 died at Beeac, Victoria, Australia, and lived in Cundare (8 miles from Cressy), Winchelsea and then at Terrick
10 children 1. William Hay Reddie 1866 #7368
2. Mary Johnston Reddie 1867 #25461
3. Jane Johnston Reddie 1870 #6009
4. David Reddie 1871 #27233 lived 2 years
5. Arthur Reddie 1875 #8689
6. Albert Maurice Reddie 1878 #12227
7. Maggie Maud Reddie 1881 #20018
8. Rose Amelia Reddie 1883 #12989
9. Williamina Ower Reddie 1884 #28296
10. Jessie May Reddie 1887 #24432
3. Jane Johnston Reddie 1870 #6009 wed 1895 #2060 to Samuel James Dripps 1869 #22974 - 1950 #22558 aged 81, 5 Children
From on Tue, 3 May 2005
I am interested to make contact about Mary Johnston Reddie I believe she may be my Paternal grandmother.
My grandmother married Thomas Miller date unknown to me . They came from Victoria to Queensland in 1908 any information before that date would be of great interest to me.
From Kay


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