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Shipping list for Young America June 1858 includes Charlotte Spokes 37, Charlotte Spokes 11, Catherine Spokes 6 and Thomas Spokes 3
Shipping list for Tornado Aug 1858 includes Charlotte Spokes 37, Catherine Spokes 6 and Thomas J Spokes 3.

Thomas Spokes 29 Nov 1809 - 1882 #13280 aged 73 son of Mary Dickens and Thomas Spokes died at Sandhurst, came c1856 and was joined August 1858 by Charlotte Dickens 1820 - 1886 #1653 aged 66 daughter of Elizabeth Cooper and Stephen Dickens, with 2 children Charlotte Spokes 11, Catherine Spokes 6 - Thomas J Spokes aged 3 died 14 May 1858, which appears to be the reason for the second shipping list, with the wrong child Charlotte Spokes omitted.
Their daughter Elizabeth Cooper Spokes was born 1858 #316160 at Sandhurst and daughter Charlotte Spokes 31 Jan 1847 - 1871 #7199 aged 24, birthplace 'Nort' Northampton
From on Sun, 15 Jan 2006

Hello Elizabeth,
I have just come across your site.
Can I point out a problem.

The Katherine Spokes who married William Ezekiel Collins in 1873 was not the daughter of James Spokes of Colac.

She was a sister of my grandmother, Elizabeth Cooper Spokes, and a daughter of Thomas Spokes and Charlotte Dickins, who married in Northampton, England in 1846.

Charlotte was the daughter of FRANCES COOPER, not Elizabeth Cooper (as shown in the Death Index).

Charlotte brought only 2 CHILDREN with her - Charlotte (Lotte, who was crippled) b.30/1/1847, and K(C)atherine, b.1/4/1852, the young son Thomas John having died 14/4/1858.

Elizabeth Cooper Spokes was born at Sandhurst, 9/7/1859.

I also have several documents that lead me to understand that Thomas was not a brother of James. HIs parents were living in St. Mary Street, All Saints Parish in Northampton town, when he was born, 29/11/1809, not Holcot. I have a photocopy of the birth record.


Katherine Spokes c1847 daughter of Charlotte Dickins and Thomas Spokes, wed 1873 #3336 to William Ezekiel Collins from Gloucestershire, and lived at Sandhurst

5 Children 1. Francis William Collins 1874 #18773
2. Katie Elizabeth Collins 1876 #25724 - 1878 #6716 lived 18 months
3. Thomas George Collins 1879 #11714
4. Laura Beatrice Collins 1881 #19404
5. Julia Baker Collins 1887 #23670


From on Fri, 16 Dec 2005

Subject: Thomas and Mary Spokes in Northampton
I was at my local Family History Centre today looking at the Holcot Parish Registers - and I can confirm that James was born to Thomas and Mary Spokes in Holcot. Thomas is listed as a Labourer -
I found Thomas Spokes of All Saints and Mary Dickens getting married June 11, 1807.
I have baptism dates only as these dates come from the Holcot Parish Registry.

William Dec 26, 1814, Keziah Nov 6, 1815, George Nov 11, 1818, James April 22, 1820, William Jan 29, 1826, John Aug 27, 1826

I found James (Labourer) and Hannah Spokes of Holcot having - Eliza June 25, 1843 and Joseph March 28, 1845.
I found Thomas' burial January 21st, 1840 he was 51 and a Mary Spokes (I assume its yours) March 9, 1851 at the age of 63.

I have a friend who has the 1841 census cd and he looked up Spokes for us in 1841 in Holcot and it is attached for your review.

Poor Mary is a pauper I guess as Thomas had just died in 1840. Holcot Holcot Parish in district of Brixworth, Northampton shire
  Catherine Spokes 40 Widow N born in Ireland
George Spokes 4 Y born in this county
Sarah Spokes 2 Y
Mary Spokes 50 Widow Pauper Y
Samuel Spokes 25 Agricultural Labourer Y
Cazia Spokes 25 Lacemaker Y
James Spokes 20 Agricultural Labourer Y
William Spokes 15 Agricultural Labourer Y
John Spokes 14 Agricultural Labourer Y
Mary Spokes 10 Lacemaker Y
Anne Spokes 3 Y
Thomas Spokes 14 M Y
Miranda 

Samuel Spokes born 1810 son of Mary Dickens and Thomas Spokes and wed 12 Sep 1842 to Mary Ann Berwick or Barwick, died aged 57 to Dec 1868
George Spokes died to Dec 1840, Thomas died to Mar 1840, Sarah died to Sep 1848 Kezia died to Dec 1842
Mary Ann Spokes christened 25 Apr 1833 dau of Mary Dickens and Thomas Spokes at Holcot, Northampton,


Hannahs chair
From on Sat, 25 Jan 2003 and 27 Nov 2005

Hello there,
I just happened to come across James Spokes on your web site . He was my great grand father I think, my dads name Ronald Alexander Joseph Spokes.
I am sending you some family photographs, especially Hannah's Chair, brought by her from England, so she would have a comfortable place to sit during the voyage.

From Jackie Baldwin on Tue, 6 Apr 2004 (Email bounced 3 Mar 2008)
My name is Jackie Baldwin I have been tracing my husbands family tree for about 15 years, his mother's maiden name is Spokes.
Your James Spokes b.1820 is the brother of George Spokes b.1818 c.
George married Mary Tebbutt 1837, his son George married Sarah Ann Linney 1867, his son Thomas married Ellen Julia King 1891, His son Sidney married Doris Simpson 1928, their daughter Margaret is my mother in law.
It was interesting to see your side of the tree. I was given quite alot of info years ago about Hannah Hull's family with a picture of a chair she took with her to Australia.
I have traced quite a large number of the Spokes in the UK, unfortunately some of the info, especially on the IGI is not correct, one American tracing George Spokes seems to be posting incorrect items and dates, and all in the wrong places.
If I can be of any help, please contact me. Regards, Jackie


The MAHOMED SHAH came July 1848 with Assisted British Immigrants. There are two lists which have been combined at PRO Shipping Search
One list, page 366, lists James Spoke 27, Hannah Spoke 26 and three children aged 5, 3 and infant.
Second list, page 360 lists Joseph Spokes adult and Infant
Third list, page 355, lists James Spokes 27, Hannah Spokes 26, Eliza Spokes 5, Joseph 3 and Infant
James Spokes 1820 - 1853, son of Mary Dickens and Thomas Spokes (Not Comfirmed), wed at Holcott, Northampton on 7 Nov 1842 to Hannah Hull 1821 - 1890, daughter of Alice of Sywell and Samuel Hull born 1798. The family lived at Ballarat
6 Children 1. Eliza Spokes 1843
2. Joseph Spokes 1845
3. Infant 1847 - disappeared
4. Stephen Spokes 1849 #22284 Christened in Geelong
5. Alice Cooper Spokes 24 Jan 1852 - 12 Feb 1927
6. Elizabeth Victoria Spokes 1854 #2232
Note - Alice was only a year old when her father died, having been in the colony 5 years. Did her mother then remarry? Is this her mother?
Hannah Spokes wed 1853 #3374 (about July) to Henry Kingon, the only use of this name. Hannah Hull had 6 children as wife of Henry Kenyon and lived at Colac
6 Children 7. Jane Kenyon died 1856 #3982 aged 3 months
8. George Mark Kenyon 1857 #15661
9. Saml Kenyon 1859 #7734 - 1859 #6042 lived 6 weeks
10. Alexander Kenyon 1860 #14073
11 Mary Kenyon 1862 #19864
12. Henry Kenyon 1865 #14353

1. Eliza Spokes 1843 wed 1859 #3015 to William Raper and lived at Colac, 13 Children
2. Joseph Spokes 1845, wed as Spekes, 1865 #765 to Louisa Mills possibly Louisa christened 1849 #10563 at Collingwood, daughter of Jane and Israel Mills
11 Children 1. James William Spokes 1866 #1399
2. Frederick Joseph Spokes 1868 #15164
3. William Henry Spokes 1870 #22147
4. Stephen Spokes 1872 #22246
5. Ernest Albert Spokes 1874 #1387
6. Alfred Spokes 1876 #8268 - 1876 #11424 lived 6 months
7. Ada Spokes 1878 #14386
8. Samuel Spokes 1880 #7661
9. Elsie Louisa Spokes 1882 #21945
10. George Spokes 1885 #8901
11. Joseph Spokes 1887 #27315
Wedding Certificate 4. Stephen Spokes 1872 #22246 - 18 May 1957 aged 85 wed on 15 Nov 1900 at Bible Christian Church, Colac, to Rosina Mabel Gaylard aged 23 (1877 - 20 July 1950 aged 83) 1877 #14366 daughter of Jane Lemmon and Alexander Gaylard born at Colac
They have left their Family Bible, with its pages for Births, Weddings and Deaths filled in. These were scanned and sent to me by Trevor Spokes
Stephen Spokes served in WWI, joined on 8 June 1916, Number 3870 in 38th Bat, served in France, RTA 1917
9 Children 1. Linda Ethel Spokes 11 July 1901 - 10 July 1986 aged 85 less one day
2. Florence Edna Spokes 18 July 1903 - 3 June 1951 aged 48
3. Bessie Spokes 15 Dec 1905 - 21 July 1962 aged 57
4. Rosiina Elise Spokes 15 Oct 1908 - 29 Aug 1991 aged 82
5. John Stephen (Jack) Spokes 2 Sep 1910 - 22 Oct 1977 aged 67
6. Ronald Alexander Joseph Spokes 16 Jan 1913 - 8 Dec 1995 aged 82
7. Nancy Lillie Spokes 27 May 1915 - 28 Dec 1984 aged 69
8. Keith Manifold Surrey Spokes 15 May 1919 - 25 Apr 1943 aged 23
9. Douglas Edward Spokes 28 Jan 1921 - 1 Oct 1984 aged 63
Family tree
4. Stephen Spokes 1849 #22284 Christened in Geelong wed 1875 #2000 to Helen Winchester 1858 #7394 daughter of Ann Cowie and Archibald Winchester born at Colac, lived at Colac or Indit.
Ann Winchester 1816 - 1868 #7178 aged 52 daughter of James Cowie, and Archibald Winchester 1816 - 1878 #12219 aged 62 born 29 Apr 1816 Christening: 01 Aug 1816 at Alves, Moray, Scotland son of Barbara Peddie and James Winchester wed 30 Jun 1838 at Elgin, Moray, Scotland to Ann Cowie. They came Sep 1854 on the Oracle both aged 38 with daughter Ann aged 9. Children's Wedding dates come from the Family Bible
11 Children 1. Eliza Annie Spokes 1875 #24909 wed 28 May 1898
2. Archibald Winchester Spokes 1877 #1617
3. Samuel Spokes 1878 #10734 - 1878 #6321 lived 2 days
4. Alice May Spokes 1879 #8186 wed 19 Jan 1898
5. Florance Lucy Spokes 1881 #25211 - 1882 #986 lived 4 months
6. Stephen Lorraine (Lawrence) Spokes 1883 #11620
7. Cyril James Spokes 1884 #11819 wed 29 Aug 1914
8. Joseph Henry Spokes 1885 #3879 wed 23 dec 1910
9. Aurtha (Arthur) George Spokes 1886 #19672 wed 19 Aug 1914
10. Harold Alexander Spokes 1889 #2201 wed 11 July 1914
11. Sydney Albert Spokes 1890 #22126 - 1890 #15490 lived 2 months
4. Alice May Spokes 1879 #8186 wed 19 Jan 1898 to Thomas Ebenezer Stewart 1875 #16638 son of Margery Stewart born at Grenville,
Stephen and grand daughters Fran and Nell
Stephen Spokes with grand daughters Fran and Nell Stewart
space Thomas Stewart and May Alice with children Nell, Ivan and James
Thomas Stewart, May Alice and children Nell, Ivan Donald and James
From on Sun, 27 Nov 2005, and thankyou for these two photographs
Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your quick response! Many years ago when I was just dabbling in Spokes research I received info from an Irene Spokes Zapelli. Is research connected with hers? Apart from hers and now excitedly yours I have little on the Spokes. I do have a photo of Stephen Spokes with his grandchildren. Recently I discovered the Women's Suffrage Petition and found Helen Spokes name on it. She had many intense years of child bearing and died young. She signed the petition in Colac the year before her death.
Kind Regards, Chris


5. Alice Cooper Spokes 24 Jan 1852 - 12 Feb 1927 married (1) William Cornelius O'Brien. Their 4th child was born 10 Dec 1874 and William was killed 25 Feb 1875 aged 27, born in Limerick, parents unknown.
Alice married (2) 3 Oct 1876 to Henry Oborne born in 1853 and killed 6 Oct 1884, leaving 2 dead and 3 living children - the last born 15 days after his father died. It is no wonder Henry's death was not recorded so I can not find him in the index.
Alice married (3) 1885 to Robert Grant and 2 girls were born so she was mother to eleven children, Robert Grant died 1 June 1910 aged 65, at Colac.
9 Children 1. John O'Brien 1868 #15169
2. James O'Brien 1870 #22163
3. Margaret O'Brien 1872 #22249
4. William Cornelius O'Brien 1875 #1326
5. Alfred Henry Oborne 877 #1605
6. Elizabeth Oborne 1879 #1584 - 1879 #825 lived 1 day
7. Geo Ernest Oborne 1880 #7666 - 1881 #3996 aged 1 year
8. Alexander Oborne 1882 #8176
9. Hector Arthur Oborne 1884 #23486
6. Stephen Lorraine (Lawrence) Spokes 1883 #11620 wed Lillian and had 3 children
Enlisted in WWI on 29 July 1918
6. Elizabeth Victoria Spokes wed 1870 #1960 to Charles John Rymer and lived at Dromana, Ondit, then Birregurra
9 Children 1. Thomas Rymer 1871 #2122 - 1871 #3690 lived 7 days
2. Arthur Rymer 1872 #7917
3. Thomas Rymer 1873 #8867 lived 8 months
4. Thomas Rymer 1874 #1099
5. Charles John Rymer 1875 #18261 - 1875 #9969 lived 4 months
6. Lucy Alice Rymer 1876 #15078
7. James Rymer 1879 #13971
8. Deborah Eliza Rymer 1885 #15467
9. Harold Michael Rymer 1888 #759
10. Alexander Kenyon 1860 #14073 wed 1886 #6422 to Sarah Simpkin of Weering, appears to be Sarah Simpkin 1866 #7365 born at Ondit, lived at Ondit
1st Child 1. Francis Leslie Kenyon 1888 #5448
11 Mary Kenyon 1862 #19864 wed 1883 #5976 to George Richard Lucas 1864 #7351 son of Bridget McCallum and John Lucas of Carngham, lived at Colac then at 'Wate', Ararat, 4 Children
12. Henry Kenyon 1865 #14353 wed 1887 #5237 to Ellen Stewart Grant 1969 #10662 born at Ondit, and lived at Colac
1st Child 1. Ethel May Kenyon 1888 #10182



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