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Charles Reither, William Renkin, John Warren Renney, James Rennison, David Renshaw, Thomas Renshaw, William Renshaw,


Charles Reither

Charles Reither came c1859 with Susan Howard and settled at Avoca and later at St Arnaud
8 children 1. Elizabeth Reither 1860 #15750
2. Caroline Augusta Reither 1862 #16402
3. Charles Augustus Reither 1864 #9452
4. Anna Sophia Reither 1866 #9069
5. Ernest Albert Reither 1868 #3409
6. Alfred Thomas Reither 1870 #3229
7. Mary Howard Reither 1872 #5782
8. Arthur Edward Reither 1875 #26066 lived 9 months

2. Caroline Augusta Reither 1862 #16402 lived at Gre Gre when the twins were born
2 children 1. Lily May Reither 1888 #3464 - 1888 #5900 lived 3 months
2. Alfred Willoughby Reither 1888 #3465

5. Ernest Albert Reither 1868 #3409 born at Landsborough, wed 1898 #304 to Marion Bryce 1877 #5490, lived at Gre Gre then at Bacchus Marsh
7 Children 1. Albt Dawson Reither 1898 #26633
2. Lilian Howard Reither 1900 #19351
3. Chas Ernt Reither 1902 #18766
4. Susan Jane Reither 1904 #26112
5. Herman Reither 1906 #27088
6. Elsie Reither 1909 #27798
7. Arth Reither 1911 #16604

Louisa Wilhelimina Reither wed 1871 #2163 to Charles Alexander Stratford from Ostend, and lived at St Arnaud then at Avon Plain
6 Children 1. Alfred Edward Stratford 1872 #5784
2. Chas Frederic Byron Stratford 1873 #27312
3. Mary Georgina Louisa Stratford 1875 #12610
4. Laurence Conrad Stratford 1878 #6376
5. Jane Arundel Stratford 1883 #13711
6. Ferdinand Stratford 1888 #8217

Henry Reither wed 1887 #2145 to Eleanor Mary Wright 1860 #21216 born at Lamplough, and lived at Gre Gre
1st Child 1. William James Charles Reither 1888 #3467

Amelia Reither wed 1875 #2938 to James Carroll from Armagh, and lived at St Arnaud, then Gre Gre
7 Children 1. James Carroll 1876 #5551
2. Annie Amelia Carroll 1877 #18822
3. Eleanor May Carroll 1878 #19329
4. Frances Alice Carroll 1879 #19594
5. Catherine Susetta Carroll 1881 #26362
6. Maud Augusta Carroll 1883 #17030
7. Winnifred Carroll 1886 #26560

William Renkin

William Renkin 1809 - 1883 #1066 aged 74 son of Jane Wilson and John Renkin from Workington wed 1869 #3941 to Ellen Stevens and lived at Sebastopol
10 Children 1. Robert John Renkin 1870 #19189
2. Mary Jane Renkin 1871 #26226
3. William James Renkin 1873 #7953
4. Charles Renkin 1874 #25860
5. Grace Ellen Renkin 1876 #19227
6. Allison Wilson Renkin 1879 #5460
7. Florence Rebecca Renkin 1881 #5575
8. Frederick Hugh Renkin 1882 #19088
9. Stephen Richard Renkin 1884 #20488
10. Walter Renkin 1887 #6819
7. Florence Rebecca Renkin 1881 #5575 wed 1904 #1899 to John Alfred Snowden 1877 #9708

John Warren Renney

John Warren Renney 1846 - 1921 #16070 aged 75, son of Eliza Moore and William Renney, wed 1869 #2406 to Sarah Ann Watts 1847 - 1925 #7651 aged 78, daughter of Frances Cobbe and John Watts, and moved to Donald then Watchem
8 Children 1. Joseph Henry Renney 1870 #7768 - 1959 #23051 aged 89
2. Mary Ann Renney 1877 #2039
3. Edward Harold Renney 1879 #2013 lived 4 years
4. John Watts Renney 1880 #8085 lived 6 months
5. John Watts Renney 1881 #22815 - 1952 #19513 aged 70
6. Edwin Harold Renney 1883 #15822 - 1914 #1346 aged 30
7. Emma Susanna Renney 1885 #2144
8. Edith Ellen Renney 1886 #17692 wed 1910 #5105 to Richard Prater
1. Joseph Henry Renney 1870 #7768 - 1959 #23051 aged 89, wed 1896 #3966 to Emily Mckenzie 1871 #22275R - 1963 #13021 aged 92, born at Dundas and lived at Springfield South
4 Children 1. Edwin Clarence Renney 1897 #14467
2. Esther May Renney 1899 #13729
3. Cyril Henry Renney 1902 #29467 - 1963 #3081 aged 60
4. Mary Myrtle Renney 1906 #30897 - 1960 #25249 aged 53
2. Mary Ann Renney 1877 #2039 wed 1896 #4051 to Herbert Ernest Litchfield and lived at Watchem then Donald, 10 Children
5. John Watts Renney 1881 #22815 - 1952 #19513 aged 70 as Jno Webbs Renney, wed 1909 #2285 to Lillian May Weir 1888 #23071 - 1978 #5050 aged 89, daughter of Sarah Rees and Robert Weir born at Nhill, and lived at Berriwillock then at Wycheproof
2 Children 1. Walter Jno Bothwell Renney 1910 #8708
2. Lilian Agnes May Renney 1915 #17735
6. Edwin Harold Renney 1874 - 1914 #1346 aged 30, wed 1913 #5866 to Ellen Clementine Litchfield 1890 #8782 and lived at Ballarat
From Peter and Leonie Last on Sun, 25 May 2003, email to him bounced 10 Dec 2004
My grandfather was Edwin Harold Renney and my grandmother was Ellen Clementine Litchfield.
1 Child 1. Ursula Ellen Ann Renney 1914 #9549

James Rennison

The Typhoon came March 1853 with the Rennison family from Glasgow, James Rennison 40, Mrs Rennison (Roseannah Murray) 35, Thomas Rennison 20, Isabella Rennison 13, Rosanna Rennison 10, William Rennison 8, Margaret Rennison 5, Jane Rennison born at Sea
The Typhoon came March 1853 also with Francis Rennison 34, Mrs Rennison 28, Thomas Rennison 6, Jane Rennison 4, Isabella Rennison 2, and lived at Whroo then at Numurkah
James Rennison came March 1853 on the Typhoon with Roseannah Murray
6 Children 1. Isabella 13, c1840
2. Rosanna Rennison c1843,
3. Charles Rennison c1845,
4. William Rennison c1848,
6. John Bravo 21 March 13 - 21 Nov 1991 married 18 Sep 1948 to Beryl Joyce Sloane 11 Sep 1927, daughter of Ivy Davis and William Jackson Sloane (not in Victorian records) - daughters Cheryl, Marilyn and Debra 5. Margaret 5,
6. Jane Renison 1853 - 1855 #2417 lived 2 years
2. Rosanna Rennison c1843, wed 1874 #4358 to Thomas Cooper Martin from Surrey, and lived at Fitzroy
1 Child 1. Florence Annie Martin 1875 #2430
3. Charles Rennison c1845, wed 1879 #423 to Elizabeth Dalkin from Durham, and lived at Stawell, Horsham
3 Children 1. Lily Rennison 1880 #10746
2. Annie Rennison 1882 #4539
3. Thomas Dalkin Rennison 1887 #20483
4. William Renison c1848, wed 1884 #180 to Helen Johnson Barley and lived at Prahan
1st Child 1. Charles Renison 1885 #12668
Francis Rennison wed 06 Aug 1846 to Ann Thorburn c1829 - 1882 #9658 aged 55 died at Numurkah, dau of ? Wright and Thomas Thorburn, at Abbey (Paisley), Renfrew, Scotland,
7 Children 1. Thomas Rennison 6,
2. Jean Rennison Christening: 10 Dec 1848 Hutchesontown Relief Church, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
3. Isabella Elizabeth Renison 1850 - 1862 #9648 lived 11 years
4. Mabel Margaret Renison c1853
5. Ann Renison c1857
6. William Renison 1860 #15431
7. Francis Renison 1864 #12320
1. Jean/Jane Rennison chr 10 Dec 1848 wed 1868 #4519 to William Bazeley
5. Ann Renisonc1857 wed 1884 #2877 to William Chestnut from Antrim. William settled at Numurkah, 3 Children,
6. William Renison 1860 #15431 wed 1887 #2274 to Rosannah Dunn
5. Francis Renison 1864 #12320 wed 1884 #6621 to Charles Swales 1861 #6840 son of Mary Ann Curle and John Swales, parents came from Hull

David Renshaw

David Renshaw 1840 - 20 Nov 1894 aged 54, son of Elizabeth Shipley and James Renshaw of Dawbank, Cheshire, UK, came c1859 to the Tarnagulla area. Mary Ann Bedford 1842 - 9 July 1908 aged 76, dau of Alice Gibbs and James Bedford of Stockport, Cheshire, UK, came Nov 1864 to Melbourne on the Champion of the Seas which left Liverpool 98 days before, on 5 Aug 1864. Mary Ann took the train to Kangaroo Flat where she was met by David Renshaw, and they were wed 21 Nov 1864 by the Wesleyan Methodist minister, Rev Edward King.
David Renshaw 1840 - 20 Nov 1894 aged 54, wed 1864 #3874 to Mary Ann Bedford 1842 - 9 July 1908 aged 76, and lived in Tarnagulla
10 Children 1. Elizabeth Alice Renshaw 1865 #17607 - 19 Feb 1867 #3713 lived 7 months
2. James Alfred Renshaw 1867 #24555 - 16 Jan 1964 #1475 aged 96
3. Eliza Anne Renshaw 1869 #24923 - 1953 #6317 aged 83
4. Louisa Emily Renshaw 1871 - 1947 #10756 aged 76, wed Nicholls
5. Joseph David Renshaw 1873 - 5 Dec 1873 #11309 lived 6 weeks
6. William Henry Bedford Renshaw 1875 #5879
7. David Ernest Renshaw 1877 #19042 - 1954 #11220 aged 77
8. Frederick Percy Renshaw 1879 #12475 - 3 Jan 1958 #20598 aged 78
9. Joseph Albert Renshaw 1881 #12889 - 30 Mar 1972 aged 91
10. Maud Gertrude Renshaw 1884 #28263 - 1948 #12081 aged 64
2. James Alfred Renshaw 1867 #24555 - 16 Jan 1964 aged 96, wed 1896 #6336 to Jane Gwellian Davies 1871 #19530 - 6 Oct 1961 #19734 aged 90, dau of Rachel Jenkins wed 1868 #3299 to Daniel Davies, and lived at Tarnagulla, Inglewood
4 Children 1. Florence Irene Renshaw 1897 #31677 - 1964 #26465 aged 67, wed Spedding
2. Wm Hy Bedford Renshaw 1900 #6820
3. Alma Vic Renshaw 1901 #4107
4. Oswald James Renshaw 1905 - 1975 #917 aged 70
4. Louisa Emily Renshaw 1871 - 1947 #10756 aged 76, wed 1898 #6205 to Albert Chas Nicholls 7 Oct 1864 - 13 July 1932 son of Emily treloar wed 19 Aug 1859 to William Nicholls, and lived in Maldon, Tarnagulla,
3 Children 1. Doris Annie Nicholls 1900 #12467
2. Albt Wm Nicholls 1901 #30417
3. David Renshaw Nicholls 1908 - 1954 #2796 aged 46
6. William Henry Bedford Renshaw 1875 #5879 - 1929 #14819 aged 54, wed 1900 #6820 to Lilian Jane Oxley 1876 #12448 - 1937 #6044 aged 61, dau of Ellen Ridgeway wed 1874 #4063 to James Oxley, and lived at Dunolly
4 Children 1. Twin Wm Jas Renshaw 1901 #10659 - 1901 #5451 lived 1 day
2. Twin Mary Ellen Renshaw 1901 #10660
3. William Harold Renshaw 1906 - 1969 #6431 aged 63
4. Keith Oxley Renshaw 1911 - 1971 #30166 aged 60
8. Joseph Albert Renshaw 1881 #12889 - 30 Mar 1972 aged 91, wed Alice Maud Manley 1881 #26585 - 30 July 1934 #15667 aged 52,
3 Children 1. Winifred Maude Renshaw 1910 - 1981 #00145 aged 71
2. Joseph Ernest Renshaw 1917 - 1977 #28985 aged 60
3. Florence Gertrude Renshaw 1926 - 1980 #14844 aged 54

Thomas Cunningham Renshaw

From Leigh Sealy on Fri, 6 Jun 2003, email to him bounced 10 Dec 2004
Dear Elizabeth,
I came across your web-page as I was searching for information in relation to Matilda Sealy.
There is no doubt that the Matilda Sealy who married Thomas Renshaw on 9 September 1856 is the same Matilda Sealy who sailed to Tasmania (then Van Dieman's Land) with my great-great-great grandfather, James Broughton Sealy and his wife Frances (nee Jeffereys) and their infant son George Broughton Sealy.
All four arrived on borad The Earl of Chester which sailed from London on 15 September 1854 and arrived in Hobart on 5 January 1855.
The entry in the shipping register reads as folows;
SEALY: James (29) of Middlesex Father Baker C of E R&W [i.e.Reads & Writes]
SEALY: Frances (27) " Wife " "
SEALY: George (1) " Son "
SEALY: Matilda (18) Essex Single Dressmaker " "
Having regard to her age, Matilda was certainly not the child of James or Frances - they were married on 25 December 1851 at St Michael's, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire and George was born on 15 November 1853 at Bishops Stortford.
However, I have assumed that Matilda was not the sister of James (she is not described as such in the shipping register).
James' parents were George Abraham Sealy and Mary Ann (nee Waterman). George & Mary had at least 10 children between 1813 and 1830. By the year of Matilda's birth (1835 or 1836), Mary Ann would have been 45 or 46 years old. It is possible that Mary Ann gave birth to Matilda - and your information would appear to suggest that that was indeed the case.
However, against that, Matilda's County of birth is given (as above) as Essex. George & Mary Ann were still living in Stepney, London (ie Middlesex) in 1830 when their last (known to me) child, William Thomas Sealy was born. Of course, it is possible that the family moved from London sometime after 1830 and that Matilda was born in 1835 or 1836.
Matilda's marriage certificate indicates that she married Thomas Cunningham Renshaw (Builder) at the home of a Mr G Miles at Peppermint Bay (now Woodbridge - quite near Kingston) on 9 September 1856. The winesses (who, perhaps curiously did not include James or Frances) were Mr G Miles, Elizabeth Miles and Mary Jane Dobney (or Dobner).
I was aware that Thomas & Matilda had had 4 children (the first 4 you mention) but I was unaware of the later children - presumably because they were all born in Victoria - and I had no idea that the family had left Tasmania.
If you have any other information at all in relation to Matilda (or any Sealy) I should be most pleased to receive it. In particular, if it is the case that Matilda was the daughter of George Abraham and Mary Ann Sealy I would be grateful for any information you have about them. I have so far been unable to get back beyond either George Abraham or Mary Ann. In James & Frances' marriage cerificate, George's occupation is given as "Clerk". George's marriage to Mary Ann also appears to heve been his second. There is a resord of the christening of one Goerge Sealy (the child of George Abraham and Sarah Sealy) on 19 August 1807 at St Sepulchre's, London.
Regards,

Thomas Cunningham Renshaw 1832 - 1919 #17448 aged 87, son of Sarah unknown and Thomas Cunningham Renshaw, died at Hawthorn. When aged 24 he wed 9-Sep 1856 at Kingston, Tasmania to Matilda Sealy 1835 - 1905 #10038 aged 70, daughter of Mary and George Sealey died at Melbourne, aged 21, at Kingston, Tasmania and 4 children were born at Hobart. The family came to Emerald Hill (now called South Melbourne), Victoria c1868
8 children 1. Sarah Mary Renshaw 4-Jun 1857
2. Thomas Cunningham Renshaw 17-Dec 1858 - 1948 #1068 aged 89
3. Alfred Ridley Renshaw 20-Sep 1860
4. Rosetta Matilda Renshaw 7-Oct 1861 wed 1886 #3752V to John Scott Walsh from Liverpool
5. Ernest Walt Sealy Renshaw 1868 #9095 - 1927 #7507 aged 59
6. Francis George Renshaw 1870 #2435 - 1951 #11723 aged 81
7. Florence Elizabeth Renshaw 1872 #16005 lived 4 years
8. Mary Marion Renshaw 1877 #22192
2. Thomas Cunningham Renshaw 17-Dec 1858 - 1948 #1068 aged 89, wed 1881 #1549 to Susan Eliz Mary Jopling 1862 - 1916 #15444 aged 54, born before her parents came to Victoria
4 Children 1. Ethel Matilda May Renshaw died 1883 #1331 aged 1 year
2. Thos Jos Alfred Renshaw 1884 #3982 lived 11 months
3. Arthur Ernest Montague Renshaw 1887 #4793
4. Lilian Amy Renshaw 1893 #5770
3. Arthur Ernest Montague Renshaw 1887 #4793 - 1939 #7111 aged 52, wed 1911 #8560 to Mary Burns 1883 - 1941 #9893 aged 58, died Prahan
2 Children 1. Jack Cunningham Renshaw 1915 #5715
2. Walter James Renshaw 1920 #24047
3. Alfred Ridley Renshaw 20-Sep 1860 wed 1881 #4428 to Margaret Sloane 1857 and lived in Melbourne, did not die in Victoria
7 Children 1. Mary Hilda Renshaw 1883 #8902 lived 3 months
2. Matilda May Renshaw 1884 #11036 lived 4 months
3. Maggie Lillian Renshaw 1885 #19458 lived 13 months
4. Thomas Sealy Renshaw 1887 #4836 wed 1916 #3192 to Emily Marg Irvine King
5. George Renshaw 1888 #29146 lived 5 months
6. Ernest Francis Renshaw 1889 #23768 lived 3 weeks
7. Daisy Renshaw 1890 #34357
6. Francis George Renshaw 1870 #2435 - 1951 #11723 aged 81, wed 1895 #3752 to Isabella Bartlett 1871 - 1963 #19749 aged 92, born before her parents came to Victoria
1 Child 1. Doris Isobelle Renshaw 1901 #42

William Renshaw

William Renshaw 1833 - 1912 #5828 aged 79, son of Sussanah Wooley and Thomas Renshaw from Derbyshire, wed 1866 #2017 to Maria Treadwell 1843 - 1928 #14945 aged 85, and lived at Mt Moriac
9 Children 1. William Renshaw 1867 #17076 - 1922 #14474 aged 58
2. Emma Renshaw 1869 #10568
3. Annie Renshaw 1871 #22097 - 1958 #20794 aged 87
4. Walter Renshaw 1874 #4292
5. Frank Renshaw 1876 #11016 - 1963 #5130 aged 85
6. Elizabeth Renshaw 1878 #14455 - 1963 #25024 aged 80
7. Fred Renshaw 1883 #16878 lived 5 months
8. Lancelot Renshaw 1885 #10273 - 1956 #23497 aged 67
9. Albert Renshaw 1888 #3328
1. William Renshaw 1867 #17076 - 1922 #14474 aged 58, wed 1897 #4183 to Daisy Ladhams 1871 #25276 - 1971 #19893 aged 99, died at Balwin
6 children 1. Gladys Renshaw 1898 #19108
2. Vic Alexandra Renshaw 1901 #3519
3. Ernt Wm Renshaw 1902 #26519 lived 1 year
4. Eric Renshaw 1906 #21660
5. Leslie Wm Renshaw 1910 #22555
6. Thelma May Renshaw 1913 #16186
2. Emma Renshaw 1869 #10568 wed 1907 #2644 to William Warne
4. Walter Renshaw 1874 #4292 wed 1903 #2407 to Elizabeth Costigan 1880 - 1975 #11677 aged 95, daughter of unknown McCall and William Costigan (Nearest match is Eliza Page Costigan 1879 #23916 daughter of Mary Ann McCall and Archibald Costigan at Hotham)
5 children 1. Lina Florence Renshaw 1903 #17889
2. Archd Walt Macpherson Renshaw 1906 #9586
3. Phyllis May Renshaw 1908 #10270
4. Douglas Renshaw 1917 #8079
5. Lyndsay Kenneth Renshaw 1919 #31537
8. Lancelot Renshaw 1885 #10273 - 1956 #23497 aged 67, wed 1917 #4846 to Ida Swanton Humphries 1887 - 1958 #12892 aged 71, died at Richmond
9. Albert Renshaw 1888 #3328 wed 1914 #9279 to Eva Alice Thorne 1885 #17906 - 1940 #15736 aged 53, daughter of Alice Maggie (Mary) Irwin wed #1882 #5920 to George Thorne
3 children 1. Albt Leslie Renshaw 1916 #12184
2. Enid Liln Renshaw 1917 #29251
3. Mavis Eileen Alison Renshaw 1920 #22226


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