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Andrew Semple, Robert Sergeant, Andrew Serong, Alfred Serpell, Henry Seuling,
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William Sewell, Michael Sexton, William Shade, James Clark Shanks,


Andrew Semple

Andrew Semple born 07 Feb 1829 son of Janet Steele and James Semple at Bonhill, Dunbarton, Scotland, Extracted birth entry.
Andrew Semple wed 21 Oct 1849 to Mary McCullock at Barony, Lanark, Scotland
Andrew Semple 25 came Feb 1855 on the Athletae with Mary Semple 26, Janet Semple 2 and Mary Semple Infant
Andrew Semple 1830 - 1875 #12108 aged 45, son of Janet Steele and James Semple of 'Dumb', Glasgow, and Mary McCullock c1830 - 1901 #12123 aged 70, dau of unknown McCullock, lived at Warrnambool
Mary Mcculloch may be born 13 May 1828, christened 25 May 1828 dau of Agnes Gilmour and Robert Mcculloch at Ochiltree, Ayr, Scotland, Extracted birth and christening records.
11 Children 1. Janet Semple 2, c1852
2. Mary Semple Infant, c1854,
3. Ann Semple 1856 #5431
4. James Semple 1858 #2971
5. Robert Semple 1860 - 1861 #1988 lived 15 months
6. Andrew Semple 1861 #14877
7. Charles Robert Semple 1864 #12213 - 1864 #6964 lived 4 months
8. Lucy Semple 1866 #5413
9. Alice Jane Semple 1868 #12890
10. Lucine Agnes Semple 1871 #12960
11. Maud Geraldine Semple 1873 #27840 - 1875 #5166 lived 16 months
1. Janet Semple 2, c1852, born in Glasgow, wed 1888 #2737 to John Brown
2. Mary Semple Infant, c1854, born in Glasgow, wed 1886 #6812 to John Murray, lived in S Melb
1 Child 1. Russell Murray 1888 #4753
4. James Semple 1858 #2971 wed 1884 #4844 to Clara Freeman born in England, and lived at Ascot Vale
9 Children 1. James Semple 1886 #4382 - 1886 #2447 lived 13 days
2. Ernest Semple 1887 #13039
3. Leslie Holdworth Semple 1888 #8168 - 1891 #15062 lived 3 years
4. Stuart Andrew Semple 1889 #27949
5. Roy Jas Semple 1891 #32715
6. Alice Vera Semple 1893 #9131
7. Stanley Keith Semple 1894 #33845 - 1895 #13129 lived 1 year
8. Henry Lindsay Semple 1898 #26035
9. Robt Allan Semple 1901 #10919
9. Alice Jane Semple wed 1887 to John George Aikman
10. Lucine Agnes Semple 1871 #12960 as Selina Agnes Semple wed 1896 #3295 to John Harrison

Robert Sergeant

Robert Sergeant wed 1861 #119 to Mary Elizabeth Coombs Spicer and lived at Box Hill
6 Children 1. Jane Sergeant 1861 #603
2. Emily Sergeant 1862 #14174
3. Elizabeth Mary Sergeant 1864 #20176
4. Stewart William Sergeant 1867 #893 - 1869 #6201 lived 2 years
5. John Edwin Sergeant 1869 #13894
6. Robert Bradford Sergeant 1872 #869
7. Stewart William Sergeant 1874 #21176
8. James Saurian Sergeant 1884 #14676
2. Emily Sergeant 1862 #6010 wed 1887 #414 to Andrew Wilson McFeeters

Andrew Serong

Andrew Serong wed 1860 #1657 to Ellen Stafford and lived ar Wangoom then after 1866 at Warrnambool
11 Children 1. Mary Ann Serong 1862 #18080 - 1864 #8846 lived 2 years

2. William Serong 1864 #12161
3. John Serong 1865 #19244
4. Margaret Selina Serong 1867 #5324
5. Andrew Serong 1868 #20246
6. Ann Elizabeth Serong 1870 #12456 - 1889 #5582 aged 18
7. Edward Henry Serong 1871 #27071
8. Francis Emanuel Serong 1873 #20944
9. Michael Albert Serong 1874 #26559
10. George Randolph Serong 1877 #19394
11. Charles Richard Serong 1879 #26512
2. William James Serong wed 1889 #3338 to Janet Mary Osborne
5 Children 1. Albert Serong 1890 #18363 - 1890 #10101 lived 6 days
2. Ernt Silvester Serong 1898 #7852
3. Francis Jas Serong 1895 #32710
4. Leslie Wm Serong 1892 #8849
5. Lucy May Serong 1901 #7422
3. John Timothy Serong 1865 #19244 wed 1891 #5272 to Matilda Haylett Piggins/Higgins 1864 #3125 - 1930" #6826 aged 64, dau of Margaret Haylett and George Piggins, and lived at Sale, Ararat
5 Children 1. Muriel May Serong 1892 #17332
2. Vincent Jno Serong 1894 #24102
3. Geo Wm Serong 1896 #24827
4. Irene Mary Serong 1899 #133 - 1899 #8054 lived 1 month
5. Liaus Thomas Serong 1900 #23511
4. Margaret Selina Serong 1867 #5324 - 1943 #1967 aged 76, wed 1889 #160 to William Henry Carrah 1866 #8568 son of Elizabeth Ann Pope and Demetri Carra
9 Children 1. Wm Andw Carrah 1889 #3619
2. Iva Etheline Carrah 1891 - 1892 #67 lived 5 months
3. John Percy Carrah 1893 #17116
4. Twin Ann Elizth Carrah 1895 #17344
5. Twin Margt Ellen Carrah 1895 #17345 - 1896 #34 lived 1 month
6. Herbt Jas Carra 1897 #24078 - 1897 #11037 lived 1 day
7. Twin Francis Loughlin Carrah 1899 #23503
8. Twin Mary Ethel Carrah 1899 #23504
9. Herbt Randolph Carrah 1901 #96

Alfred Serpell

See the Serpell web site.
From on Mon, 24 Oct 2005

Subject: Alfred Serpell

You say that Alfred arrived in Australia on board the Lincolnshire in 1863 with his parents and siblings. I too have a record of Alfred arriving on this date but his parents arrived somewhat earlier in 1851 on board the Aaronache, from Plymouth. His father Richard had taken land at Templestowe by 1856. It is possible Alfred came later than the rest of the family or perhaps came to Australia, went home and then came back. His father, Richard returned to Cornwall in 1859 and, in fact, died there in 1863. Possibly Alfred went back with him although I have no evidence. I do have a transcript of the diary of Alfredís brother Thomas which gives a lot of detail about the familyís life in the UK and the constant moving around connected with Richardís job as a coastguard officer.

I can confirm that Richard and his family arrived on the Aaromanche as I said in my last e mail. I think that was research I have done after 2002. Since then I managed to get the copy of Alfred's brother Thomas' diary. As for the origins of the Serpell family I may have hit the wrong key. It should have said I have documentary evidence of the family to 1575 rather than 1545. Apologies for the original error.


Alfred Serpell 1837 at Lymington, Hampshire, England son of Jane Moon and Richard Serpell, wed 1864 #3324 to Margaret Corker born c1838 at Kilrea, Londonderry, North Ireland, and lived at Kew
Alfred arrived in Australia aged 26 in February 1863 on board the Lincolnshire. He arrived with his parents, 3 brothers and a sister from Cornwall where they have traced the family back to 1575 in Cornwall.
10 Children 1. Emily Jane Serpell 1865 #16094 - 1957 #4831 aged 91
2. Eleanor Caroline Serpell 1866 #21962 - 1956 #13703 aged 90
3. Elizabeth Serpell 1868 #17042 - 1954 #10284 aged 86, wed Sutton
4. Edith Margaret Serpell 1870 #11133 - 1947 #5035 aged 77, wed Barnett
5. Annie Selina Serpell 1872 #15481
6. Minnie Serpell 1874 #22265 lived 12 days
7. Agnes Serpell 1876 #15588 - 1959 #6015 aged 82
8. Alfred Henry Serpell 1879 #24851 - 1958 #8111 aged 78
9. Clair Serpell 1881 #25182 lived 10 months
10. Amy Clare Serpell 1884 #7381 - 1942 #13515 aged 59
2. Eleanor Caroline Serpell 1866 #21962 - 1956 #13703 aged 90, wed 1887 #5203 to William Henry Garaba Ellingworth 1864

Henry Seuling

Henry Senling/Seuling came aged 28 Jan 1855 on the Undine and wed 1859 #3727 to Ellen Leary and lived at Hotham then Keilor
7 Children 1. Henry Soolar 1860 #714
2. Mary Ellen Seuling 1860 #18288
3. Sarah Jane Sealing 1861 #19007
4. John Kasper Seuling 1863 #15628
5. Philip Augustus Seuling 1864 #22496
6. Ann Elizabeth Seuling 1868 #17019
7. Alfred Walter Senling 1871 #23965
1. Henry Seuling 1860 #714 wed 1887 #4134 to Jane/Jean Lennox

4 Children 1. Winifred Seuling 1888 #23482
2. Irene Ethel Seuling 1891 #5950
3. Helen Beryl Seuling 1896 #24680
4. Hy Lennox Seuling 1901 #64
From on Thu, 6 Mar 2008

Hi, my name is Anita and I'm a family history buff!
My Great Grandmother was the 2nd wife of Henry Lennox Seuling
Cherry Lucy Johnson (Phillip Charles, Phillip) was born 1898 in Cobden Victoria, and died 16 May 1984 in Elsternwick, Victoria. She had a child out of wedlock and later married (2) 31 May 1944 in Catholic Church Surrey Hills Victoria, to Henry Lennox Seuling son of Henry Seuling and Jean Lennox. He was born 1901 in Albert Park Victoria.
More About Cherry Lucy Johnson:
Burial: 17 May 1984, Memorial Park Crematoriam St Albans Victoria


2. Mary Ellen Senling 1860 #18288 wed 1881 #42 to Felix Frederick Bubeck from Germany, and lived at Keilor, Sunbury
3 Children 1. Daphney Felicia Bubeck 1885 #18756
2. Violet Constance Bubeck 1887 #7123
3. Frieda Ellen Bubeck 1888 #33797

William Sewell

From a friend on Monday, 22 September, 2008

Oh no...I'm not related to any Sewell folk, Elizabeth
The William 1831/2 that you spoke of, had a daughter Jane 1858
She married James Bowman (one of mine) in 1888
They had a son, James Sewell Bowman 1896, who married Myrtle Evelyn Russell (also one of mine)
Mary Sewell 1870 (sister of Jane 1858) married Edward Bowman 1872 (brother of James Bowman 1854)
But now that I look closely at this family, none of my information is of use to you because the children of James Sewell Bowman and Myrtle Evelyn Russell were born after 1920
I thought the following might be the overseas origin of the Sewells, but of course it could easily not be... an IGI submitted entry
William Sewell Christening: 07 AUG 1831 at Arlecdon, Cumberland, England, Father: William Sewell and Mother: Jane


William Sewell 25 came Sep 1857 on the Miles Barton with Mary Smith 26 and lived at Dunolly
8 Children 1. Jane Sewell 1858 #13978
2. Ann Sewell 1861 #9920 lived 13 years
3. William Sewell 1863 #14006
4. Margaret Sewell 1865 #8271
5. Elizabeth Sewell 1868 #2283
6. Mary Sewell 1870 #15344 wed Edward Bowman born 1872, bro of James
7. Ellen Sewell 1872 #22796 lived 6 months
8. John Sewell 1874 #8446
1. Jane Sewell 1858 #13978 wed 1888 #8449 to James Bowman 1854 born in Fryers Creek, and lived at Dunolly
3 Children 1. Annie Margaret Bowman 1890 #12212
2. George Edward Bowman 1893 #31035
3. James Sewell Bowman 1896
3. William Sewell 1863 #14006 wed 1887 #6987 to Ellen Copsey from Essex, and lived at Dunolly
7 Children 1. Geo Allan Sewell 1889 #2827
2. Eva Mary Sewell 1891 #11808
3. Annie Irene Sewell 1893 #21834 lived 6 years
4. Walt Wm Sewell 1896 #2887
5. Ethel Flor Sewell 1899 #9970
6. Helen Enid Sewell 1901 #26437
7. Jas Kenneth Sewell 1904 #25261 lived 1 month
4. Margaret Sewell 1865 #8271 wed 1883 #3117 to William Gemmell 1862 #16340, only child born in Victoria to Elizabeth Whiteford and John James Gemmell, born at Melton, lived at Dunolly then moved before each birth
6 Children 1. Ada Ann Gemmell 1883 #15903
2. Ernest William Gemmell 1888 #2496
3. Arth Jas Gemmell 1889 #30585
4. Agnes Elizth Gemmell 1890 #34208
5. Harold Thos Gemmell 1896 #21117
6. Edith Vic Gemmell 1900 #30230
4. Agnes Elizth Gemmell 1890 #34208 wed Gordon Ernest Cullum 1895 #18628 - 1968 #18395 aged 73,
5. Elizabeth Sewell 1868 #2283 - 1934 #18647 aged 66 wed 1891 #4079 to Alfred Freemantle 1857 #3830 - 1916 #2535 aged 59 and lived at Dunolly then Timor, 5 Children
8. John Sewell 1874 #8446 wed 1899 #3413 to Lena Margaretha Berryman 1879 #15539
6 Children 1. Elsie Margaretha Sewell 1899 #18068
2. Jessie Amy Sewell 1900 #10539
3. Lena Mary Sewell 1901 #26443
4. Wm Jno Phillip Sewell 1903 #25142
5. Ernt Wm Berryman Sewell 1905 #25486
6. Myrtle May Sewell 1910 #10603

Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton wed 1857 #4106 to Catherine Murphy and lived at Williamstown
4 Children 1. John Sexton 1858 #16458
2. James Sexton 1860 #13058
3. Mary Jane Sexton 1864 #5912
4. Margaret Hannah Sexton 1866 #12007
3. Mary Jane Sexton /Lexton 1864 #5912 - 10 July 1923 #12873, born at Williamstown, wed 1883 #346 to Charles Camfield 1855 #2477 - 12 Sept 1942 died at Dunolly aged 86 #27340 and the index correctly names his parents, 4 children

William Shade

William Shade 20 came Aug 1849 on the Medway as an Assisted British Immigrant

William Shade Birth: 29 Dec 1828 Christening at Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England 08 Jun 1829 - 1883 #2718 aged 54, son of Annie Maria Bastings and William Shade, wed 1853 #24603 at Christ Church Church Of England, Geelong to Mary Lees 1836 - 1920 #3069 aged 84, daughter of Hannah Scofield and Samuel Lees, and lived at Northcote (possibly Mary Lees Christening at Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England: 06 SEP 1835)

11 Children 1. Maria Shade 1854 #1098 lived 6 weeks
2. Unnamed Male (Wm Edwd) Shade 1855 #3904 - 1921 #14277 aged 66
3. Emma Sophia Shade 1857 #1072 lived 15 months
4. Edmund Earnest Walter Shade 1858 #16068 - 1933 #4331 aged 74
5. Florence Amelia Shade 1860 #17483
6. Alice Elizabeth Shade 1863 #1468
7. George Arthur Shade 1865 #10687 - 1943 #2279 aged 78
8. Oliver Frederick Shade 1867 #10194
9. Mabel Emily Mary Shade 1870 #4305
10. Louisa Beatrice Shade 1872 #18439 lived 11 months
11. Winefred Hannah Shade 1875 #11225
2. Unnamed Male (Wm Edwd) Shade 1855 #3904 - 1921 #14277 aged 66 wed 1882 #1151 to Christina Jane Kelly 1853 - 1931 #11043 aged 78, daughter of Jane Smith and John Kelly
3 Children 1. Claud Shade 1883 #2681 - 1942 #6062 aged 59
2. Percy Shade 1885 #2628 lived 11 months
3. Horace William Shade 1888 #9564
1. Claud Shade 1883 #2681 - 1942 #6062 aged 59 wed 1915 #12344 to Irene Marg Cleasby
1 Child 1. Claudene Ctina Elzth Shade 1916 #32189
3. Horace William Shade 1888 #9564 wed 1911 #6385 to Jessica Agnes Claydon 1885 #11984 born in Melbourne
2 Children 1. Horace Alfred Shade 1915 #29922
2. Barbara Jessica Shade 1919 #10949
4. Edmund Earnest Walter Shade 1858 #16068 - 1933 #4331 aged 74, wed 1883 #5538 to Martha Godber 1862 - 1895 #6715 aged 33, and lived at Northcote
Edmund Earnest Walter Shade wed 1896 #5214 to Sarah Godber 1872 #2000 - 1962 #19471 aged 90
3 children 1. Harold William Shade 1884 #26613 - 1963 #24812 aged 79
2. Edgar Edwin Shade 1889 #6119 - 1970 #15011 aged 81
3. Martha Winifred Shade 1895 #14823 lived 1 month
4 children
of Sarah
4. Walt Fredk Shade 1900 #5444
5. Arth Regd Shade 1902 #4989
6. Beatrice Mary Shade 1904 #5027
7. Edith May Shade 1906 #28949
5. Florence Amelia Shade 1860 #17483 - 1906 #12487 aged 46, wed 1882 #186 to William George Tong from Launceston, 3 children
6. Alice Elizabeth Shade 1863 #1468 wed 1883 #5540 to Frederick William Chambers 1863 #3869 born at Murgtue, 1 child
7. George Arthur Shade 1865 #10687 wed 1888 #4124 to Caroline Alice Vize 1867 - 1934 #3062 aged 67,
1 child 1. Roy Lees Shade 1892 #26036 lived 9 months
9. Mabel Emily Mary Shade 1870 #4305 wed 1908 #7731 to Henry Cornish from Cornwall, and lived at Geelong
1 child 1. Howard Hy Bath Cornish 1910 #27704
11. Winefred Hannah Shade 1875 #11225 wed 1900 #6898 to Geo Carter and lived at Northcote
4 Children 1. Hannah Louisa Carter 1905 #5187
2. Ethel Vera Carter 1907 #21101
3. Geo Wilfred Carter 1911 #13899
4. Fredk Wm Hy Carter 1913 #24716

James Clark Shanks

James Clark Shanks wed 1866 #3404 to Rosanna McAliece and lived at Oxley
11 Children 1. James Clark Shanks 1861 #23483
2. Sarah Jane Woods Shanks 1862 #18052
3. Catherine Shanks 1863 #23501
4. Mary Shanks 1865 #25496
5. John Shanks c1867
6. Anne Shanks 1869 #10683 - 1874 #5859 lived 5 years
7. Richard Faulkner Shanks 1872 #4546
8. William Johnston Shanks 1873 #18938
9. David Shanks 1874 #18087
10. Alfred Shanks 1877 #4313
11. Victor Earnest Shanks 1880 #4145
2. Sarah Jane Woods Shanks 1862 #18052 wed 1889 #5909 to David Brolly
5. John Shanks c1867 wed 1894 #4570 to Jane Marks 1865 #20428 born at Beechworth, and lived at Oxley
3 Children 1. Elsie Shanks 1897 #21768
2. Margt Shanks 1898 #28342
3. Jno Marks Shanks 1900 #21316


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