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Henry Singleton, Francis Sire, John Skate, George Skene, James Skerry,


Henry Singleton

Henry Singleton c1809 - 1889 #10285 aged 70 son of Bridget and Nathan Singleton, wed 1858 #1982 to Bridget Galvin and lived at Maldom, Newstead, Whroo
9 Children 1. Unnamed Female Singleton 1859 #9750
2. John Singleton 1861 #15338 - 1862 #1943 lived 10 months
3. Anna Singleton 1862 #15482
4. Henry Singleton 1864 #16260
5. Ellen Singleton 1866 #10184
6. Nathan Singleton 1868 #18472 - 1869 #5567 lived 9 months
7. Catharine Singleton 1870 #11941
8. James Singleton 1874 #12944
9. Selina Teresa Singleton 1877 #12352
5. Ellen Singleton 1866 #10184 wed 1892 #7282 to Richd Dafter possibly Osten Richard Drafter 1867 #5548 born at Woodend
7. Catharine Singleton 1870 #11941 wed 1893 #4170 to Thomas Drafter 1868 #20504
9. Selina Teresa Singleton 1877 #12352 wed 1897 #5879 to James Bean Maw

Francis Sire

When William Henry Sire named his second daughter Susan Lemerry, it suggested a link with Mary Ann Lemerrie and Francis Sire who came c1848 and baptised 3 children at St Peters Church of England, Melbourne 1849 and 1852. Possible other family members includes Francis who gave Enniskillen as his birthplace

Francis Sire and Mary Ann Lemerrie came c1848 and lived at Melbourne then later at Geelong

6 Children 1. William Henry Sire c1840
2. Francis Sire wed 1870 #99 to Mary Ann Dancey
3. John Sire 1849 #26449
4. Margaret Sire 1849 #26450
5. May Ann oSire 1852 #27431
6. Henry Wise Sire 1854 #6041
7. Charles Alfred Sire 1857 #2513 lived 4 years
8. George Frederick Sire 1860 #14466 lived 2 years
1. William Henry Sire c1840 wed 1865 #1268 to Mary Ann Hardy and lived at Chilwell and then at Geelong
6 Children 1. Alice Mary Sire 1866 #2295 lived 2 weeks
2. Susan Lemerry Sire 1867 #15114
3. William Thomas Sire 1870 #15880 lived 2 years
4. Mary Emma Sire 1878 #16198
5. Albert Ernest Sire 1880 #22880
6. William Henry Sire 1883 #9664
5. Albert Ernest Sire 1880 #22880 wed 1906 #6674 to Annie Eliza Trigg 1883 #4174
1st Child 1. Jessie Albertina Mary Sire 1908 #3655
2. Francis Sire wed 1870 #99 to Mary Ann Dancey born in London, and lived at Geelong
3 Children 1. Arthur Francis Sire 1870 #23257
2. George Frederick Sire 1872 #16244
3. Ann Maria Sire 1877 #15837
4. Margaret Sire 1849 #26450 wed 1869 #257 to Thomas McLean from Scotland, and lived at Smythesdale, then Brunswick
7 Children 1. Mary Ann Margaret McLean 1869 #25138
2. Caroline Elizabe McLean 1871 #12333
3. Francis McLean 1873 #19523 - 1874 #2919 lived 9 months
4. Charlotte McLean 1875 #5040 - 1876 #12589 lived 1 year
5. Jane Frances McLean 1877 #2627
6. Priscilla Mary McLean 1879 #7377
7. Thomas Henry McLean 1881 #21577
5. May Ann Sire 1852 #27431 wed 1870 #245 to Thomas Young Osborne from Bristol, and lived at Smythesdale, Sago Hill, Haddon
10 Children 1. Caroline Jane Osborne 1870 #19404
2. Frances Osborne 1871 #19754 - 1871 #7372 lived 1 month
3. Mary Ann Frances Osborne 1873 #19526
4. Margaret Young Osborne 1876 #11794
5. Blanche Osborne 1878 #18658
6. Elizabeth Emma Osborne 1880 #4664
7. Louisa Osborne 1883 #12024
8. Alice Osborne 1884 #12434
9. George Victor Osborne 1887 #14631
10. Thomas Francis Osborne 1888 #11946
6. Henry Wise Sire 1854 #6041 wed 1886 #1347 to Mary Ann O'Connor, no chn in Victoria to 1888

John Skate

See John Skate b. 24th November 1838, Congham, Norfolk ENGLAND, d. 30th May 1922, Hampton VICTORIA John Skate 1838 - 1922 #6972 aged 85, 16 December 1863, arriving at Melbourne on 24 March 1864 on the Coldstream with Mary Ann Clayton 1848 - 1923 #12547 aged 76, dau of Bessie Seabee and John Clayton, and lived at Carlsrhue, Kyneton, Elmo, both died at Sandringham
9 Children 1. Sarah Mary Skate 1864 #22648
2. John William Clayton Skate 14 Oct 1867 #2829
3. Elizabeth Skate 1869 #3117
4. Henry John Skate 1872 #3281 - 1873 #842 lived 1 year
5. Matilda Skate 1872 #3282
6. Ann Skate 1875 #22611
7. Martha Skate 1878 #8270
8. John Henry Skate 1881 #2364
9. Rebecca Clayton Skate 1884 #24214
1. Sarah Mary Skate wed 1888 #3838 to Robert Henry May 1857 #3045 born at Heathcote
2. William John Clayton Skate 14 Oct 1867 #2829 wed 1888 #8365 to Harriet Ingam Anderson 1867 #14842 - 1892 #15437 aged 25 daughter of Emma Anderson and John Marshall Ingham and lived at Runnymede, who used surname of her step-father, Melgaard
John William Clayton Skate then wed 15 Oct 1895 to Georgina Miller 16 Aug 1873 #19209 - 8 Feb 1941, and lived at Rushworth
3 Children
of Harriet
1. Harriet Skate 1890 #7289 - 1890 #4461 lived 1 day
2. Mary Emma Skate 1891 #16867
3. Harriet Skate 1892 #36221 - 1893 #3644 lived 3 months
10 Children
of Gina
4. Henry Louis Skate 1896 - 1980 aged 84
5. Millicent Geogina Skate 1897 #22455 - 1898 #3273 lived 1 month
6. Grace Lillian Skate 1898 - 1980 aged 82
7. Sylvia Florence Skate 1899 #21879 - 1954 aged 55
8. Bertie Skate 1900 #21958 - 1900 #10708 lived 1 day
9. William John Clayton Skate 1901 #29762 - 1983 aged 82
10. Andrew frederick Skate 1903 - 1925 aged 22
11. Eva Irene Skate 1904 - 1988 aged 84
12. Ann Sarah Skate 1905 - 1989 aged 84
13. Frederick John Clayton Skate 1907 - 1974 aged 67
3. Elizth Clayton Skate 1869 #3117 wed 1892 #5387 to Wm Jno Dobell 1864 #16097 born at Lancefield, and lived at Elmore, 2 Children
5. Matilda Skate 1872 #3282 wed 1894 #6545 to Geo Hy Jones and lived at Whroo
1st Child 1. Eva Mary Edith Jones 1896 #7738
6. Ann Skate 1875 #22611 wed 1896 #7294 to Alex Morrison Gordon and lived at Elmore
1st Child 1. Alex Ann Gordon 1899 #18257
7. Martha Skate 1878 #8270 wed 1897 #1510 to Wm Taylor and lived at Rushworth
2 Children 1. Elva Mary Ellen Taylor 1898 #14044
2. Austin Wm Taylor 1900 #29481

George Skene


From on Thursday, 2 September, 2010

Thankyou Margaret for the details from certificates you hold.

Jane Skene aged 52 arrived in Port Phillip Bay on 2 August 1852 on the ship Australia, with her daughter Elizabeth 21 and sons Robert 19, William 17, Thomas 14 and Copland 12. Mr George SKENE could have died before reaching Australia. The death page was missing off the shipping manifest. Mr George Skene aged 56 was listed as a passenger. The family were unassisted and went to Western District where the boys found work on the Mount Elephant Run. Jane Skene nee Ireland died in 1868 at Lismore Victoria and is buried at Kilnoorat Cemetery.
Elizabeth married Joseph CLUFF at Elephant Bridge Darlington on 28 March 1853.


Source:-1841 Census Parish of Kelton. The family name is recorded as SKEAN and they lived at Kelton Hill Lodge Kirkcudbright. George aged 12 is at home with his family George age 40, Jean aged 40, Elizabeth 10, Robert 8, William 6, Thomas 2, Copland 5 months. 1851 census have George aged 21 born in Kelton Kirkcudbrightshire.
In 1853 George SKENE married Elizabeth NELSON in Dumfries. (no registration has been found).
George SKEIN (as spelt on shipping list) farmer age 23 years, left Liverpool Port, on 22 November 1853 on the Ship Hibernia, with Elizabeth SKEIN age 24 years, Janet SKEIN age 24 years Ann CLUNIE farmer age 25 years and two children James IRVINE age 3 & John IRVINE age 2 years. They arrived in Melbourne on 22 February 1854
Janet Skein married James KENNEDY and they went the gold fields.
Anne CLUNIE from Kelton Kirkcudbright married Charles NEWMAN on 30 April 1855 #1571 at Kilnoorat in the Parish of Kilnoorat & Portland Bay (registered at Darlington Victoria) Ann and Charles had five known children.


George Skene 1828 - 1878 #9006 aged 49 son of Jane Ireland and George Skene born in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, came 1854 with Elizabeth Nelson 1829 - 1890 #12492 aged 61, dau of Jenet and John Nelson.
Geo. Skene started business as a blacksmith in 1857 in Gray Street Lismore.
5 Children 1. Janet Skene c1856
2. Alexander Skene 11 Aug 1857 #16023 - 8 Jan 1892 aged 34, born at Mt Ararat, did not marry
3. Robert Skein 17 Jun 1860 #22794 - 31 Dec 1884 / 1885 #2062 aged 24
4. Helen Skene 1862 #20259
5. Elizabeth Skene 3 Aug 1865 #21909
6. Copland Ireland Skien 3 Jul 1868 #23158
7. Catherine Skeen 11 Nov 1870 / 1871 #8414 - 15 Aug 1952 aged 82
1. Janet Skene c1856 wed 14 Apr 1877 to Walter John Lee, born in London, son of Mary and John Lee
4. Ellen Skene 1862 #20259 wed 1881 #2341 to Thomas Henry Hocking and lived at Murghebolu, 5 Children
5. Elizabeth Skene wed 1886 #5384 to Henry Thomas Batty, 3 Children
6. Copland Ireland Skene 3 Jul 1868 #23158 - 15 Jul 1935 aged 62, wed 1897 #2973 to Cath Mills 1873, dau of Catherine Bolger and Robert Mills/Moors and had 9 Children
7. Catherine Skeen 11 Nov 1870 / 1871 #8414 - 15 Aug 1952 aged 82, wed 1893 to her distance cousin John Gibson Skene 1869 - 30 Jul 1906 aged 36, 3 children

James Skerry

James Skerry 1826 - 1907 aged 80 and Elizabeth Mayes 1829 - 1918 aged 89, came c1855, lived at Ballarat, later at Chiltern
13 children 1. Alfred George Skerry 1856 #1459 - 1901 #1130 aged 45
2. Edward Skerry 1857 #9996
3. James Humphrey Skerry 1859 #2273 - 1922 #533 aged 63
4. Thomas Robert Skerry 1860 #13949 - 1941 #18081 aged 81
5. Twin Elizabeth Skerry 1862 #2790" - 1862 #8789 lived 9 months
6. Twin Caroline Skerry 1862 #2791 - 1862 #1724 lived 1 day
7. Agnes Skerry 1863 #14799
8. Susanna Skerry 1865 #9060
9. Frederick William Skerry 1867 #8686 - 1873 #4236 lived 6 years
10. Henry Charles Skerry 1869 #2897 wed 1892 #4073 to Jessie Janetta Gage, no more
11. Elizabeth Skerry 1871 #16845 - 1872 #1450 lived 5 months
12. Uriah/Lervy Walter Skerry 1874 #14600 - 1875 #966 lived 4 months
13. Winifred Blanche Skerry 1876 #21859 - 1960 #31687 aged 83
1. Alfred George Skerry 1856 #1459 - 1901 #1130 aged 45, wed Ellen Cook c1857 - 1934 #17984
7 children 1. Amy Skerry 1879 #21942
2. Alfred George Skerry 1881 #1528
3. Adeline Skerry 1883 #1431
4. Percy James Skerry 1884 #8249
5. Elizabeth Mary Skerry 1887 #9740
6. Elsie Mayes Skerry 1889 #29796
7. Chas Hy Skerry 1891 #31598
3. James Humphrey Skerry 1859 #2273 - 1922 #533 aged 63, wed 1888 #4385 to Celia Pritchard 1857 #8332 - 1936 #2988 aged 76 dau of Elizabeth Irish (1836 - 1886 #9090 aged 49, dau of Elizabeth Edwards and Edward Irish) wed 1855 #778 to Charles Pritchard.
3 children 1. Marguerita Boddy Skerry 1889 #25544
2. Cecelia Skerry 1893 #21517 - 1893 #9575 lived 2 days 3. James Humphrey Skerry 1899 #1997
4. Thomas Robert Skerry 1860 #13949 wed 1883 #389 to Elizabeth Daglish
6 children 1. James Ernest Skerry 1883 - 1884 #720 lived 3 months
2. Mary Maud Skerry 1885 #16416
3. Ethel Skerry 1887 #27125 4. Thomas Arthur Leonard Skerry 1889 #10974
5. Ruby Mayes Skerry 1893 #30313
6. Robert Clyde Skerry 1895 #19532
7. Agnes Skerry 12 Jun 1863 #14799 - 1950 #6130 aged 87, wed 27 Nov 1889 to William Alexander Munro 1855 - 1918 aged 62, see Rootsweb page
3 children 1. Boy Munro 1890 - 18 Aug 1890 lived 1 day
2. James Alexander Munro 1892 #2525 - 1970 #24962 aged 82, wed 1938 to Sara May Robinson in Bright,
3. Edith Munro 1893 #30316 - 1970 #12153 aged 76, wed 1923 to Alfred Hendy 1869 #19813 - 22 Dec 1943 aged 73, son of Caroline Ann Thomas wed 1860 #3536 to James Hendy, in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia.
13. Winifred Blanche Skerry 1876 #21859 - 1960 #31687 aged 83, wed 1898 #290 to Rupert Mason Canning 1876 #19625 - 1950 #5716 aged 73, son of Anne Phillips wed 1874 #1471 to Frederick John Canning 1853 #1471 (son of Lucy Mason and William Canning)
3 children 1. Clive Canning 1899 #25507 - 1977 #16279 aged 77
2. Hartley Mayes Canning 1904 - 1970 #10719 aged 66
3. Rupert Nelson Canning 1906 - 1978 #18781 aged 72


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