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Wilsons of Swaffham in Norfolk
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William Wilson wed 13 Nov 1780 to Mary Fisher at Swaffham, Norfolk, England.

William Wilson, baptised 16 October 1786 at Swaffham, married 4 April 1825 at Swaffham, to Susan Strafford, daughter of William Strafford who had married Susan Heads OR had married Deborah Fenn. One line of research identifies Susan Strafford as being baptised 19 May 1794 at St Peter's Church, Norwich.

There is a family mystery - why did the parents not marry until 4 April 1825? Was it because after 6 births there were only two living children? Was it because they could now afford the cost of the marriage certificate? Was it because the first wife died? (there is no evidence of a first marriage). Their children born at Swaffham are believed to be
8 Children 1. William Wilson born 30 Dec 1814.
2. William Wilson born 16 April 1816, married 17 Oct 1837 to Hannah Coggles, and has present day living descendants.
3. Robert Wilson baptised 9 March 1818.
4. Jonathan Wilson baptised 8 October 1820.
5. George Strafford Wilson baptised 5 May 1822, married Sarah Eagle, is buried at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia and has many living descendants.
6. Jonathan Wilson baptised 1 August 1824.
7. James Wilson baptised 22 Nov 1826, married Ellen Eagle, is buried at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia and has many living descendants.
8. Ann Wilson born 1829, known from the 1851 Census records.


2. William Wilson born 16 April 1816, married 17 Oct 1837 to Hannah Coggles, and has present day living descendants. The Census on 30 March 1851, gives us
William Wilson aged 36, Agricultural labourer born Swaffham, was living with Hannah, wife aged 30, George 10, son and Frances 6, daughter.

The Swaffham Parish Registers give us more details:-
William Wilson, born and baptised 16 Apr 1816, married 17 Oct 1837 to Hannah Coggles.
They baptised
        1. William Wilson 19 Feb 1839
        2. George Wilson 22 Jan 1842 who married 22 Nov 1859 to Mary Ann Johnson and baptised 11 Children  
11 Children 1. George Wilson 27 Aug 1860
2. Sarah Wilson 24 Dec 1861
3. Ann Wilson 27 Mar 1864
4. James Wilson 18 Jun 1866
5. Rosa Eva Wilson 26 Oct 1868
6. Rebecca Maria Wilson 27 Nov 1872
7. George William 27 Nov 1872 who has descendants
8. Robert Wilson 6 Apr 1875
9. William Wilson 4 May 1877 who has descendants - 3 more generations with the Wilson surname
10. Laura Wilson 23 Sep 1879
11. Harry Wilson 23 Jul 1883
        3. Frances Wilson 9 May 1845

5. George Strafford Wilson baptised 5 May 1822, wed Sarah Eagle, is buried at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia
Their only child, George Eagle, was born 9 Dec 1842 - 29 April 1908, in Swaffham, Norfolk,
7. James Wilson baptised 22 Nov 1826, wed Ellen Eagle, is buried at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia and has many living descendants.
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George and Sarah Wilson
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George Wilson, aged 21,
bachelor, labourer of Swaffham,
son of William Wilson, labourer,
wed (reference XIII 716)
on 14 Nov 1841 to Sarah Eagle,
aged 22, Spinster of Swaffham,
daughter of Towler Eagle.
 
George is called 'George Strafford Wilson'
by the newspaper reporting his death, and also on his son's wedding certificate.
This suggests his mother was Susan Strafford.


The Oregon was called a 'ship',
built 1846 in Quebec,
Canada, reclad in steel,
weighed in at 1004 tons,
length was 150.6 feet,
breath 32.0 ft
and depth 22.3.
Her last mention in Lloyds
Shipping Register is 1863.

The English Census on 30 March 1851, gives us
Entry 216, for North Pool, Swaffham -
George Wilson aged 28, Agricultural labourer born Swaffham, Sarah Eagle 30, wife born Pentney, George aged 8, son, and Ann aged 21, sister born Swaffham.

The Poor Law records for Swaffham reveal that George 28, Sarah 30 and their son George 10 were given passages on the Oregon on 28 June 1851 which left Plymouth, England 13 July 1851 and arrived at Adelaide in October 1851 with a total of 237 persons -
45 married couples, 60 single men, 25 single women and 62 children under 12 years old (39 boys and 23 girls).
Some of the passengers were
Ann Wilson servant from Dundee, single aged 18
Joseph Whiting Ag Lab from Northum aged 30 with Sophia 30 wife, Charles 10, James 6, Mary A 8, and Sarah infant
Thomas Sinclair Ag Lab from Orkney aged 51, Helen 47 wife, Thomas 3 and Margaret 7
Jean Sinclair Servant from Orkney single aged 28
Elizabeth Sinclair Servant from Orkney, single aged 17

The Wilson family travelled overland to the gold fields near Tarnagulla, in Victoria.

George's younger brother James Wilson, baptised 22 Nov 1826, married on 24 Dec 1850 to Sarah's younger sister, Ellen Eagle, born 1832. They arrived at Adelaide South Australia on the Caucasian, 25 April, 1853, and travelled overland to the gold fields of Tarnagulla, Victoria and ten more children were born. They spent several years in the same tent city as Sarah and George, so were able to help Sarah when George died.

George went to New Zealand in January 1862, and while there wrote a letter to his wife Sarah. (This letter is lost.) He returned on 24 April 1862, when he died, Dr Severinus Guscetti did the autopsy, an inquest was held, then the funeral was held - all on the one day. The local newspaper 'Maryborough & Dunolly Advertiser' 30 April 1862 used 108 lines to report the 'Suicide at Tarnagulla'.
We learn that Sarah Wilson supported herself and son George by running a 'refreshment tent', near her sister Ellen. The tent had a verandah, where she noticed her husband George lying, asleep and apparently drunk, when she got up on April 24th.
Sarah and George were not happy together.
The son said 'I saw my father and went to my Aunt's tent. In consequence of what I heard, I went to the Police Camp and then to Dr Guscetti.'
The constable said 'I found the deceased with a blood covered razor, an opened packet of white powder, an empty brandy bottle, and his throat cut in three plavces.'
The Doctor said 'The powder was arsenic, the cut was 4 inches long, the liver showed he was a hard drinker. I think he cut himself.'
The Jury (all men) said 'The wife was at fault.'

Samuel Nicholson
Sarah had a happier second marriage, to Samuel Nicholson, on 7 July, 1864.
Samuel was born in 1834 at Dartmouth, Engand to William Nicholson and Maria Stanbury.
He came to Australia as a 'gent' with ticket number 3180 on the Prince of the Seas arriving at Melbourne 24 October 1861 carrying 65 English, 30 Scotch, 94 Irish and 11 from other Countries - 202 people including 14 children under 12 years.
Samuel died 4 Dec 1887 and is buried at Dunolly cemetery.
Sarah Nicholson died 31 July 1895 at Goldsborough, Victoria.
George Wilson, only child
George Wilson 9 Dec 1842 - 29 April 1908, was born in Swaffham, Norfolk, the only child of George Stafford Wilson and Sarah Eagle.
George Wilson wed 4 Oct 1869 to Maria Taylor 11 Dec 1850 - 7 Jul 1932, at Dunolly, Victoria and died at St Arnaud where both he and Maria are buried in the same grave. When Maria died, she had experienced the deaths of five of her children. Her 13 children provided her with 36 grandchildren.
13 Children
1. James George Suddy Wilson 14 Jul 1870
2. Samuel Edward Wilson 17 Mar 1872 wed 26 Dec 1893 to Lily Jane Armstrong
3. Herbert Stephen Wilson 14 Nov 1873 wed 20 Apr 1897 to Mary Taylor
4. Albert Wilson 14 Aug 1875 wed 24 Sep 1900 to Louisa Ann Burr
5. William Henry Wilson 26 May 1877 wed 1904 to Clara Collinson
6. George Arthur Wilson 7 Apr 1879 wed 1900 to Lavinia Jane Ann Palmer
7. Adeline Maria Wilson 21 Oct 1880 wed 1907 to George Crowhurst
8. Sarah Eliza Wilson 13 Sep 1882 wed 4 Jun 1913 to Joseph Hancock
9. Arthur John Wilson 16 Apr 1884 wed 15 Jul 1912 to Alice Beard
10. Edwin Wilson 15 Oct 1885 wed 1908 to Matilda Goldsworthy
11. Mary Caroline Wilson 18 Jan 1887 wed 1914 to John Morse
12. Cornelius Wilson 23 Jul 1889 lived 22 months
13. Ivy Matilda Wilson 18 Jul 1891 wed 1 Jan 1913 to William Albert Hirham Backway
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