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Information provided by on Wednesday, 24 July 2013, who wrote - I would like to correct some of the information,
showing the descendants of John Gill SILKE and Anne DATE. The main difference is that he was John not Jonathon also they did not have a son James and John Hurley is not their son either.
See the following details:-

JOHN GILL SILKE was baptised on 8th October 1805 at Fiddington in Somerset, England. He was the eldest son of John Gill Silke and Ann (nee HAWKINS). He married on 24th March 1832, at Williton Chapel in the parish of St Decumans to Anne DATE. 'They lived at "Ball Farm", Woolmerston near North Petherton where John was a tenant farmer and their ten children were born.
John, Anne and their ten children left England on 4th June, 1850 and arrived at Port Phillip, Australia on 23rd September 1850, aboard the sailing ship Oriental. On the same voyage were Anne's sister Elizabeth Date, her husband John Leversha and four children (Thomas, William, Louisa & John Henry).
The family lived in a cottage in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, in 1851. Their next home was a store in Wellington Street, Collingwood.
It was here that Anne died on 4th April 1854. (Reg No 2157) The family then moved to Bendigo, where eldest daughter, Elizabeth had already settled with her husband George Albert Howe and William was working on the goldfields there also.
By 1856, John Silke was a publican at the "Union Hotel" in Inglewood Street, Specimen Hill, at the Head of Long Gully. He was a farmer on the Bullock Creek, 9 miles west of Bendigo, in 1863-4. In 1865, John settled on Murphy's Flat with son, Edward. William and son-in-law, Samuel Rae, shared part of the first selection. Henry also selected a block of land on Murphy's Flat.
John Gill Silke died on 4 Oct 1879, and was buried in the Tarnagulla cemetery. (Reg No 11959)
Issue:-

1) Elizabeth Date Silke 6 March 1833 - 2nd August 1871 #7563 aged 38, wed 30 Nov 1852 to George Albert HOWE at St Peter's Church of England, Melbourne and died at the "Fleece Inn", Charleston Road, Sandhurst.
2) Mary Silke 5 July 1834 - 23 Feb 1897 aged 6, wed 7 Nov 1856 #3462 to George BRODIE at Sandhurst. Died in her son's home in Eye Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
3) William Silke 19 Feb 1836 - 9th May 1899 aged 64, wed 14 Dec 1874 to Jessie Ellen FRANCIS at Lockwood Wesleyan Church Died at Murphy's Creek.
4) John Silke 23 Jan 1837. Arrived Port Phillip with parents and family in 1850 and nothing more is known about him until he died at Cooktown in north Queensland on 7 March 1875.
5) Harriett Silke 20 Dec 1838 - 3 Sep 1918 aged 79, wed 15 Feb 1859 #371 to John Cyrus Martin at Sandhurst.
6) Anne Silke 18 Jan 1841 - 7 July 1887 aged 46, wed 10 Jan 1862 #3667 to Samuel Rea 1837 - 11 Mar 1873 aged 36, died at Tarnagulla. Anne wed 20 March 1878 to John Head
7) Edward Silke 13 Dec 1842 - 6 Sept 1925 aged 83, wed 1870 #1433 to Clara Lewis at Kangaroo Flat and farmed at Murphy's Creek where he died.
8) Henry Silke 17 Aug 1844 - 18 July 1922 aged 78. Never married. Died at Murphy's Creek.
9) Fanny Silke 21 July 1846 - 22 Oct 1865 lived 9 years, died at Sandhurst Hospital from burns accidentally received by clothes catching fire while cooking 14 months before her death. (Reg. No. 9925).
10) Louisa Silke 17 Sept 1848 - 31 May 1915 aged 67, wed 15 Oct 1874 to Edward Bright, of Eaglehawk, at St Paul's Church, Sandhurst.


John Gill Silke 1804 - 1879 aged 75, and Ann Date 1805 - 1854 aged 49, came from Somersetshire. They arrived in Victoria during 1850 and the family moved to Murphy's Creek in 1865. Two sons, William and Edward, settled in Tarnagulla) see below for ancestor details)
10 Children 1. Elizabeth Date Silke 6th March 1833 - 1871 aged 38
2. Mary Silke 5th July 1834 wed 1856 to George Brodie
3. William Silke 19th February 1836 - 9 May 1899 aged 63
4. John Silke 23rd January 1837
5. Harriet Silke 20th December 1838 wed 1859 #371 to John Cyrus Martin
6. Anne Silke 18th January 1841 wed 1862 #3667 to Samuel Rea
7. Edward Silke 13th December 1842 - 1925 aged 82
8. Henry Silke 17th August 1844 - 1922 aged 77 died at Tarnagulla
9. Fanny Silke 21st July 1846 - 1865 lived 19 years
10. Louisa Silke 17th September 1848 wed July 1874 to Edward Bright, born in Kent
1. Elizabeth Date Silke 1833 - 1871 #7543 aged 38 died after childbirth, wed 1852 #29774 at Church of England, St Peters, Melbourne to George Albert Howe 1826 - 1882 aged 76, from Minster, Kent, UK, and lived at Woodstock
10 Children 1. George Albert Howe 1855 #5436 lived 1 day
2. William George Howe 1856 #10161 - 1928 #13439 aged 72
3. Frank Howe 1858 #19338 - 1931 #9142 aged 73
4. John Baldwin Howe 1859 #21371
5. Jane Elizabeth Howe 1862 #10872
6. Harriet Howe 1864 #4923
7. Twin Lilian Mary Howe 1865 #18480
8. Twin Fanny Louisa Howe 1865 #18481 - 1942 #26067 aged 77,
9. Emily Silke Howe 1867 #25348
10. George Albert Howe 1871 #27103 lived 6 months
2. William George Howe 1856 #10161 - 1928 #13439 aged 72, wed 1883 #3661 to Mary Ann Charlesworth 1856 #10247 - 1901 #646 aged 44, dau of Mary Martin wed 1855 #2219 to William Charlesworth, and lived at Sandhurst
2 Children 1. Albert William Howe 1886 #21761 - 1888 #3690 lived 1 year
2. Olive Howe 1888 #6493
3. Frank Howe 1858 #19338 - 1931 #9142 aged 73, wed 1888 #6155X1892 to Louisa Harriet Powles 1862 #15229 - 1932 #5397 aged 69, and lived at Corop and then at Essendon
7 Children 1. Ruby Harriet Howe 1889 #20673 - 1966 #9125 aged 76, wed Cayzer
2. Frank Howe 1891 #11505
3. George Howe 1893 #11926 - 1965 #21589 aged 72
4. Clifford Howe 1895 #11306 - 1958 #11399 aged 63
5. Jno Stanley Howe 1898 - 1899 #8928 lived 1 year
6. Roy Howe 1899 #17285
7. Gladys Lillian Howe 1901 #18884 - 1965 #5960 aged 63, wed Milne
4. John Baldwin/Bunting Howe 1859 #21371 wed 1890 #124 to Jane Mackie Rich 1863 - 1954 #18508 aged 91, dau of Mary MacKie wed 1855 #3706 to Thomas Rich, and lived at Daylesford
10 Children 1. Annie Grace Howe 1891 #2554 - 1891 #1376 lived 2 days
2. Mary Bunting Howe 1893 #12063
3. Harriet Selina Howe 1894 #19942
4. Henrietta Howe 1895 - 1963 #3812 aged 68, wed Millar
5. Olive Jean Howe 1896 #2769 - 1937 #14023 aged 40, wed Kramer
6. Violet Irene Howe 1897 #10391 - 1898 #1865 lived 1 month
7. Jno Bunting Howe 1899 #2473 - 1899 #1391 lived 1 day
8. Leila Jean Howe 1900 #2635
9. Ella Howe 1901 #10547
10. John Malcolm Howe 1904 - 1972 #5455 aged 66
5. Jane Elizabeth Howe 1862 #10872 wed 1891 #2412 to Wm Godfrey Parry 1862 - 1943 #18160 aged 81, son of Lois Apps and Stephen Parry of London, lived at Barwon
4 Children 1. Irene Date Parry 1892 #10209
2. Lily Parry 1894 #8989
3. Emily Jean Parry 1896 - 1968 #11199 aged 72, wed Hoare
4. Jack Howe Parry 1899 #7838 - 1964 #8558 aged 65
6. Harriet Howe 1864 #4923 wed 1898 #1781 to James Jasper Bright from UK, lived at Eaglehawk
1 Child 1. Nancie Bright 1899 #18122
7. Twin Lilian Mary Howe 1865 #18480 wed 1897 #5935 to Wm Aitchison Campbell of Smeaton, lived at Numurkah
1 Child 1. Colin Archd Campbell 1900 #13394 - 1942 #30319 aged 42
8. Twin Fanny Louisa Howe 1865 #18481 - 1942 #26067 aged 77, wed 1888 #2185 to William Henry Harrison Enders 1862 #3084 born at Kyneton, lived at Corop, 5 Children
2. Mary Silke wed 1856 to George Brodie and lived at Sandhurst, then at Fitzroy
3 Children 1. Elizabeth Ann Brodie 1857 #12114
2. Alice Ellen Brodie 1858 #19255 lived 11 months
3. Georgina Alice Brodie 1860 #11874
3. William Silke 1836 - 9 May 1899 aged 63 died at Tarnagulla, born Somersetshire, wed 14 Dec 1874 #4102 to Jessie Ellen Francis, 1852 - 11 Dec 1925 born Norfolk, dau of George Francis, wed c1900 to John Henry as Leversha
5. Children 1. Herbert William Silke 1875 - 23 Dec 1946, wed 1905 to Catherine Mary Sutton children are Bertram, Dorothy and Nancy
2. Ada Silke 1877
3. Francis Percey Silke 1879 - 5 Aug 1960
4. Frederick George Silke 1881- 23 Oct 1959, wed 1907 to Elizabeth Mary Arnold, 2 daughters - Freda, Avis
5. Stanley Victor Silke 1885 wed 1908 to Beatrice Jane Wallace, daughters Jessie, Alice and Ada.
5. Harriet Silke 20th December 1838 wed 1859 #371 to John Cyrus Martin
4 Children 1. William Samuel Martin died 1863 #9227 aged 6 weeks
2. Albert Alexander Martin 1865 #9670 lived 1 year
3. Edith Anne Martin 1871 #12129
4. Margaret Ellen Martin 1873 #13165
6 Anne Silke wed 1859 to Samuel Rea and lived at Tarnagulla
4 Children 1. William Samuel Rea died 1863 #9227 aged 6 weeks
2. Albert Alexander Rea 1865 #9670 lived 1 year
3. Edith Anne Rea 1871 #12129
4. Margaret Ellen Rea 1873 #13165
7. Edward Silke 1843 - 1925 aged 82 died at Tarnagulla wed Jan 1870 to Clara Lewis born in London
5 Children 1. Edwin Lewis Silke wed Mary Ferguson Warnock 1874-1921 aged 47, daughter of Jean Findlay and John Warnook, daughter Doris Silke 1907 born at Tarnagulla
2. Mable Silke 1874
3. John Silke 1876 wed 1905 to Martha Elizabeth Fotheringham, sons are Rupert 1907 - 1915 died at T'gulla, Lewis and Stanley
4. George Ernest Silke 1883 wed 1916 to Olive Esther Oxley
5. Hazel Merle Silke 1894
10. Louisa Silke wed July 1874 to Edward Bright, born in Kent and lived at Eaglehawk
6 Children 1. Mary Bright 1875 #22489 lived 1 day
2. Edward Lee Bright 1877 #15050
3. Irena May Bright 1879 #8775
4. Frank Bright 1881 #2232 lived 2 years
5. Cecilia Louisa Bright 1884 #8947
6. Ethel May Bright 1886 #17781



April 24, 2003 and I have looked at the FamilySearch website to check if more is recorded. I see that the death details have been added, so feel that some of the information is contributed, as well as their own Baptism and Marriage Registers transcribing.

Joseph SILKE Christened: 22 May 1703 at Stogursey, Somerset, England son of Bartholomew SILKE and Elizabeth WINTER, wed 17 Nov 1740 at The Church, Stockland Bristol, Somerset, to Jone Drake and lived at Stockland Brist., Somerset, England
Children:-
1. Sarah SILKE Christened: 15 Jul 1743 - 6 Nov 1773
2. Joseph First Twin SILKE Christened: 15 Jul 1748
3. Edward Second Twin SILKE Christened: 15 Jul 1748 - 24 Mar 1808

Edward Second Twin SILKE wed Amy GILL.
Their son John Gill Silke was christened 5 Aug 1781 at the Church, Stockland Bristol, Somerset, England, died at Jenny's Place and is buried about 29 Jan 1858 in the Church Yard, Fiddington, Somerset, England. The two places are a walk of about 3 miles, and are between the coast and the A39.

John Gill Silke wed 9 Jan 1804 to Ann Hawkins at the Church, Stogursey, Somerset, England and then moved 1 mile south-east to Fiddington, where Ann died about 12 Mar 1810. John Gill Silke then wed 21 Jul 1811 to Sarah Jenkins 1789 - 1851 daughter of James Jenkins, at Fiddington, Somerset, England
Children:-
1. John Gill Jnr SILKE Born: 8 Oct 1805 went to Australia
2. Mary SILKE Christened: 31 Dec 1807
Second wife Ann
3. Thomas SILKE Christened: 11 Jan 1813
4. Elizabeth (Betsy) SILKE Christened: 20 Jan 1816
5. George SILKE Christened: 14 Sep 1818
6. James Jenkins SILKE Christened: 27 Dec 1821
7. Sarah Jenkins SILKE (Christened: 19 Mar 1824
8. Georgina SILKE Christened: 16 Nov 1827 lived 2 more days
9. Emma SILKE Christened: 17 Feb 1830 - 13 Sep 1902

John Gill Silke was born 8 Oct 1805 Whitnell Farm, Fiddington, Somerset, England
Christening: 8 Oct 1805 Church, Fiddington, Somerset, England
Death: 4 Oct 1879 "the Hut", Murphy's Creek, Victoria, Australia
Burial: Aft 4 1879 Oct The Cemetry, Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia

In other accounts, the Rector attends the day the baby is born and baptises the new child, so I doubt that this baptism took place at the Church.

John Gill Silke wed 24 Mar 1832 to Ann Date at Williton Chapel, St Decumans, Somerset, England (about 12 miles west of Fiddington)



William Date the son of Elizabeth Crook and William Date, was Born: Abt 29 Dec 1765 at St Decumans, and Christened: 29 Dec 1765 St Decumans, Somerset, England Died: 24 May 1812, St Decumans, and Buried: Abt 24 May 1812 in the Church Yard, St Decumans, Somerset, England

Married: 8 Dec 1794 at St Decumans, Somerset, England to Susannah Skinner Born: Abt 1769 at Brampton, Devon, England
Christened: Abt 1769 Place: , Brampton, Devon, England
Died: Abt 12 1851 Apr Place: , St Decumans, and Buried: 12 Apr 1851 Place: Church Yard, St Decumans, Somerset, England

It looks as if Susannah moved from Brampton (Bampton, about 18 miles south) to St Decumans

Children
1. Jonathon Date Born: 4 May 1795 Christened: 17 May 1795
2. William Date Born: 22 Jul 1797, Williton, St Decumens, Christened: 13 Aug 1797, St Decumens, Died: 14 Dec 1869 at St Decumens, Somerset, England
3. Thomas Date Born: 23 Jan 1799 Christened: 23 Feb 1799 Place: Englishcombe, Somerset, England
4. Mary Date Born: 8 Nov 1802 Christened: 5 Dec 1802 Place: Englishcombe, Somerset, England
5. Ann Date Born: 24 Feb 1805 and Christened: 31 Mar 1805, Somerset, England Died: 4 Apr 1854 at Wellington St, Collingwood, Buried: at General Cemetry, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
6. Elizabeth Date Born: 10 May 1807 at Williton, Somerset, England Christened: 17 May 1807 at Englishcombe, Somerset, England Died: 8 Apr 1882 at Laanecoorie, Marong Shire, Buried: 10 Apr 1882 at Cemetry, Lockwood, Victoria, Australia
7. James Date Born: 12 May 1811, Christened: 12 May 1811 Died: Before 16 Nov 1870 when he was buried, Somerset, England



Elizabeth Date and John Levesha

Peter Alias Leversha Levishier 13 Aug 1738 - 9 Sep 1795 at Kilton, Somerset, England
wed (1) about 1766 to Sarah Sheperd c1742 - 24 Apr 1768, born at Stogursey and died at Kilton, Somerset, England
wed (2) on 21 Jan 1772 to Elizabeth Perrin - at Overstowey, Somerset, England Children:-
1. Thomas LEVISHIER Born: 2 Sep 1766
2. Betty LEVISHIER Christened: 11 May 1768 - 11 Jun 1768 lived 1 month
3. Thomas Alias Leversha Vickery 14 May 1772

Thomas Alias Leversha Vickery 14 May 1772 - 12 Jun 1831 aged 59, at Kilton, Somerset, England wed 29 Nov 1806 to Christine Hurley 1771 - 17 Jun 1835 aged 64
Children:-
1. Mary Vickery 1 Sep 1810 - 23 May 1820 aged 10 years
2. John Leversha 26 Jun 1815 - 6 Jan 1886 died in Australia
3. William Vickery 6 Jun 1818 - 30 Sep 1830 aged 12 years

Their son John Leversha 26 Jun 1815 - 6 Jan 1886 born in Somerset and died at his Cottage, Myers Creek, Victoria, Australia and Buried 8 Jan 1886 Cemetry, Lockwood, Victoria, Australia wed Elizabeth Date

In Victoria -
Should be called Elizabeth
Margaret Leversha 1822 - 1882 #7243 aged 60 dau of Susanah and James Date died at Tarnegulla
Thos Leversha 1838 - 1885 #10339 aged 47, son of Elizabeth Date and John Leversha died at Sandhurst Hospital
John Leversha 1814 - 1886 #1950 aged 72 son of Mary Hawkins and John Leversha died at Kangaroo Flat
Wm Leversha 1843 - 1887 #2437 aged 44, son of Elizabeth Date and John Leversha died at Kangaroo Flat

Louisa Leversha wed 1869 #428 to James Phillip Nicholas and had 6 chn to 1888 - last one lived 1 day in 1888

William Leversha wed 1870 #2754 to Kate Bassett and had 7 chn to 1888

On same page of marriages 1902 as Una and John Ball

John Punton wed 3 Sep 1902 to Laura Ethyln Leversha

Elizabeth Date 10 May 1807 - 8 Apr 1882 born at Williton and died at Laanecoorie, Victoria, Aust, wed 6 Jun 1837 to John Leversha at Williton, Somerset, England

John Leversha 26 Jun 1815 - 6 Jan 1886 #1950 aged 72, son of Mary Hawkins and John Leversha. The IGI submitter gives his parents as Christine Hurley and Thomas alias Leversha Vickery

John Leversha and Elizabeth Date and their and four children (Thomas, William, Louisa & John Henry) left England on 4th June, 1850 and arrived at Port Phillip, Australia on 23rd September 1850, aboard the sailing ship Oriental.

4 Children 1. Thomas Leversha 1835 - 27 Sep 1885 #10339 aged 47 did not marry
2. William Leversha, christened 15 Mar 1843 - 1887 #2437 aged 44
3. Louisa Leversha 1845 - 16 Apr 1898 wed 1869 #428 to James Phillip Nicholas
4. John Henry Leversha 1848 - 1917 wed c1900 to Jessie Ellen Francis widow of cousin William Silke

2. William Leversha from Somerset christened 15 Mar 1843 - 5 Jan 1887 #2437 aged 44, wed 14 Sep 1870 #2754 to Kate Bassett 26 Dec 1850 - 1933 from Kent and had 7 children at Lockwood.
Kate Leversha nee Bassett wed 1888 #8323 to George Moore
7 Children 1. Elizabeth Mary Leversha 1871 #24231
2. Laura Ethline Leversha 1873 #24939
3. William Bassett Leversha 1874 #23729
4. John Henry Leversha 1876 #24268
5. Mabel Kate Leversha 1879 #3830
6. Florence Maud Leversha 1883 #10627
7. George Sidney Leversha 1885 #26710
2. Laura Ethline Leversha was born at Lockwood 1873 #24999, wed 3 Sep 1902 to John Punton
3. Louisa Leversha 1845 - 16 Apr 1898 wed 1869 #428 to James Phillip Nicholas and lived at Lockwood.
6 Children 1. Elizabeth Nicholas 1872 #17251
2. Anne Nicholas 1875 #3369
3. Edith Nicholas 1879 #10320
4. Harry Leversha Nicholas 1883 #17854
5. Amy Nicholas 1887 #23570
6. Unnamed Female Nicholas 1888 #12571 = 1888 #6217 lived 1 day


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