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Quoting snippets from Mathew Wolstenholme's 'Story of the North East, As told by
it's Pioneers', as published in the Wangaratta Chronicle 30 May 1908:
Elizabeth's children featured
William Nuttall and Thomas Southern
John Wolstenholme wed 1861 to Susan Auld,
Matthew James Wolstenholme wed 1866 to Mary Jane Davenport,
Elizabeth Wolstenholme wed 1861 #316 to Thomas Davenport
Emily Wolstenholme wed 1863 #1328 to Richard Ward


Elizabeth Adamson - Christening: 8 February 1806 in: Leigh, Lancashire, England Father: Joseph Adamson, Mother: Mary Jackson.
Spouses: Thomas Southern, William Nuttall, Mathew Wolstenholme. She appears to die before the Wolstenholme family migrated to Victoria.
Elizabeth had first married Thomas Southern and had a son, Thomas. She then married William Nuttall and they had three children, Hannah, Elizabeth Sarah and William.
Elizabeth Southern wed third on 29 September 1835 in Manchester Cathedral to Mathew Wolstenholme c1806 - 2 November 1865 aged 61 yrs 1865 #8165, son of Sarah Olive and John Wolstenholme, born in Manchester, England, and died in Ovens Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria.
Mathew's first wife was Mary Ann Butterworth

William Nuttall and Thomas Southern travelled to Australia together in 1852 in search for gold.


is working on the Wolstenhome family- starting from Matthew Wolstenholme who married Elizabeth Southern. She comes down generations from his son Matthew James who married Mary Jane Davenport and cousin Bonnie comes down from his son John who married Sussanah Hutchinson Auld.
I noticed you have John and Susan Wolstenhome with 12 children which is what we have - Elizabeth who wed Thomas Davenport is also of our family and had 11 children - Emily who married Richard Ward is also of our family and is correct Emily died in 1866
- The others you have listed are not part of the family we are researching.

has given extra details, especially dates and also Elizabeth Adamson's first two families.

John Wolstenholme and his father arrived in Australia in 1854, by passage in the sailing vessel Phoenix at Liverpool, and going out occupied 100 days. We landed in Melbourne and the next day we took passage on the Bridalbane steamer for Geelong in order to see a neighbour of ours in the old country - a Mr John Lowe, butcher, in Moorabool street, with whom I stayed 5 years. John Wolstenholme was seventeen when he first met Susannah Auld. She had arrived in Australia in 1852 with her parents and also lived in Geelong.
Mathew Snr. returned to England in 1855 and when aged 53 yrs, returned to Australia on the Black Eagle, departing 28 Oct 1858 and bringing with him his two younger daughters, Elizabeth, 14 and Emily, 11.

John Wolstenholme obviously fell in love with Susannah Auld and saved his money which enabled him to purchase land at Milawa, then classified as Oxley, in the first land sales. He and Susannah were later married in a double ceremony with his sister, Elizabeth Wolstenholme who wed Thomas Davenport.

"Hazeldean" was a Ferguson property. My great grandparents, John & Grace Ferguson selected land in the first land sales on the Hurdle Creek in December 1858. They also selected other allotments in the Parish of Oxley. As their family grew up and married, the two eldest boys took over that farm and John & Grace moved to Milawa where they built a substantial brick home on their property that was next door to "Anglehome". Unfortunately John had only six years to enjoy his comfortable home before he died in December 1890.
The two farms, "Anglehome" (owned by John Ferguson and Susannah) and "Hazeldean" (owned by Mathew Ferguson and Mary) were side by side at Milawa and their brick homes were identical.


Mathew Wolstenholme and Elizabeth

Mathew Wolstenholme c1806 - 2 November 1865 #8165 aged 61 yrs, son of Sarah Olive and John Wolstenholme, born in Manchester, England, and died in Ovens Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria. He wed 29 September 1835 in Manchester Cathedral to Elizabeth Nuttall nee Southern 8 February 1806 - ?, daughter of Mary Jackson and Joseph Adamson christened in Leigh, Lancashire, England
Mathew Wolstenholme and his 4 surviving children came from Manchester, Lancs, England to Victoria c1854 to join his two older step-sons, William Nuttall and Thomas Southern
6 children 1. Sarah Wolstenholme c1836 in Lancashire, England - not in 1841 Census
2. Elizabeth Wolstenholme c1838 in Lancashire, England - not in 1841 Census
3. John Wolstenholme 7 March 1840 in Rusholme, nr Manchester,
4. Mathew James Wolstenholme 2 September 1842 in Manchester
5. Elizabeth Wolstenholme 4 November 1844 in Rusholme
6. Emily Wolstenholme 6 November 1846 in Rusholme
3. John Wolstenholme 7 March 1840 - 17 July 1923 #12921 aged 83 yrs, born in Rusholme, nr Manchester, Lancs, England and died in Milawa, Vic.
Married: 19 March 1861 #315 in Trinity Church, Wangaratta, Vic to Susan (Susannah Hutchieson) Auld and lived at Wangaratta and then Oxley, called the Milawa
Susannah Hutchinson Auld 22 July 1839 - 25 November 1920 #16649 aged 81 years born in Kilmarnock, Scotland and died in: "Anglehome", Milawa, Vic, daughter of Marion Bone and David Auld who came to Vic c1856 and had a daughter Marion born 1858 #12487 born at Chilwell
12 children 1. John William Wolstenholme 15 Apr 1862 #11486 - 14 Mar 1885 #2771 aged 23
2. Marian Wolstenholme 12 Jun 1864 #18772 - 7 Sep 1915 #10540 aged 51
3. Emily Wolstenholme 1 Jan 1867 #3952 - 23 Jul 1926 aged 59 years
4. Peard Wolstenholme 24 Sep 1868 #11289 - 27 Aug 1855 aged 87 years
5. Jessie Wolstenholme 1870 #4358 lived 6 years
6. Twin James Wolstenholme 1872 #4542 lived 2 months
7. Twin Elizabeth Wolstenholme 1872 #4543 lived 19 days
8. Elizabeth Wolstenholme 5 Jan 1873 #11602 - 3 Nov 1923 aged 50
9. Susannah Wolstenholme 27 Feb 1875 #11290 - 23 Jul 1951 aged 76
10. George Thomas Wolstenholme 25 Jul 1877 #17514 - 7 Nov 1949 registered 1950 #23885 aged 73
11. Margaret Jane Wolstenholme 17 Oct 1879 #24894 - 29 Oct 1962 aged 83 years
12. Mabel May Wolstenholme 15 Oct 1880 #24239 - 21 Oct 1958 aged 78
2. Marian Jane Wolstenholme 12 Jun 1864 #18772 - 7 Sep 1915 #10540 aged 51, wed 1886 #6611 to Albert Julius Carl Schulz from Germany
5 Children 1. Hermann Chas Emil Schulz 1889 #6206
2. John Herbt Ray Schulz 1892 #16324
3. Robert Eldred Schulz 1894 #31990 lived 1 month
4. Elsie Marion Schulz 1898 #21262 lived 1 month
5. Unnamed Male Schulz 1899 #28632 lived 1 day
3. Emily Wolstenholme 1 Jan 1867 #3952 - 23 Jul 1926 aged 59 years wed 1888 #3521 to Thomas Parkinson Southern
4. Peard Wolstenholme 24 Sep 1868 #11289 - 27 Aug 1855 aged 87 years, wed 1892 #6967 to Jane (Jeanie) Gray and lived at Oxley
2 Children 1. John Gray Wolstenholme 1894 #23318 lived 9 months
2. Erald Clifford Wolstenholme 1896 #22407
8. Elizabeth Wolstenholme 5 Jan 1873 #11602 - 3 Nov 1923 aged 50, wed 28 Mar 1894 #1160 to Geo Welsh Ferguson 1859 #10104
9. Susannah Wolstenholme 27 Feb 1875 #11290 - 23 Jul 1951 aged 76 wed 1897 to Douglas Ferguson 1870 #4357, brother of George Walsh Ferguson
10. George Thomas Wolstenholme 25 Jul 1877 #17514 - 7 Nov 1949 registered 1950 #23885 aged 73, wed 1902 #7434 to Ethel Foley 1874 #22717 - 1938 #16672 aged 62
2 Children 1. Doreen Ethel Wolstenholme 1903 #27931 lived 5 years
2. Margt Jean Wolstenholme 1905 #20715
11. Margaret Jane Wolstenholme 17 Oct 1879 #24894 - 29 Oct 1962 aged 83 years wed 1905 #5470 to James Smith Wilson
12. Mabel May Wolstenholme 15 Oct 1880 #24239 - 21 Oct 1958 aged 78, wed 1906 #5719 to Robert Marks
4. Mathew James Wolstenholme 2 September 1842 - 1 July 1890 aged 48 son of Mathew and Elizabeth, Christened: 15 October 1848 #3599 in Manchester Cathedral, wed 1866 #36 to Mary Jane Davenport and lived at Oxley then Tarrawinge, died in Sydney Hospital
10 children 1. Emily Eliz Wolstenholme 1866 #23285 - 1886 #12236 died at Penrith NSW
2. Louisa Wolstenholme 1868 #4631 wed 1883 #3306 to Thomas Hopgood at Albury
3. Charles Matthew Wolstenholme 1870 #5631 wed 1919 #3283 to Ada J Ferris
4. Mary Jane Wolstenholme 1872 #20117 wed 1892 #6587 to William J Morris at Redfern
5. Hannah Wolstenholme 1873 #20619 - 1875 #9066 lived 1 year
6. James Thomas Wolstenholme 1875 #19860 wed 1902 #7976 to Charlotte Wye
7. Amy Hannah Wolstenholme 1877 #19074 - 1878 #4129 died in Albury
8. Albert Edwin Wolstenholme 1881 #9886 born at Sydney wed 1901 #2855 to Jessie Blackett
9. Walter Frederick Wolstenholme 1883 #2601 born at Sydney wed 1906 #7361 to Harriet E R Ashton and wed 1936 #18256 to Cecilia Blanche Ewin
10. Ernest Armour Wolstenholme 1886 #28960 wed 1907 #2517 to Ethel M E Hewston
5. Elizabeth Wolstenholme 4 November 1844 - 1910 #9216 aged 65 years, Christened: 15 October 1848 #3545 in Manchester Cathedral, wed in Trinity Church, Wangaratta 1861 #316 to Thomas Davenport and lived at Tarrawinge
6 Children 1. William Henry Davenport 1867 #25019
2. Frederick Davenport 1869 #13709
3. Louis Davenport 1873 #7521
4. Arthur John Davenport 1875 #12815
5. Florence Emily Davenport 1878 #5646
6. Horatio Nelson Davenport 1879 #19788
From on Tue, 8 Mar 2005

5. Florence Emily Davenport 1878 #5646 wed Johnathan Robert Sheridan. They had a son Leslie Raymond Sheridan in 1905.
He married my grandmother Barbara Annie Julie Beyer in 1942. They had one child Kay Leonore Sheridan in 1943 and then separated. Kay (my mother) never met her father. In fact it wasn't until my daughter was born and I was filling in her 'baby book' in 1991 that I was able to get his name from my mother.
Can you help find Leslie Raymond Sheridan?


6. Emily Wolstenholme 6 November 1846 - 21 July 1866 aged 19 years, Christened: 15 October 1848 #3551 in Manchester Cathedral, wed in Tarrawingee, Vic 1863 #1328 to Richard Ward and lived at Tarrawinge
2 Children 1. Jane Elizabeth Ward 1863 #17876
2. Thomas Ward 1866 #5231 lived 1 day


Other Wolstenholme families

George Wolstenholme wed 1865 to Jane Pearson Moore,
Henry Wolstenholme and Sarah Ratcliffe,
John Wolstenholme wed 1863 to Grace James,
Robert Wolstenholme wed 1858 to Margaret Robertson,
Samuel Wolstenholme and Hannah Livesey,
Nathaniel Butterworth and Sarah Wolstenholme came c1859

Samuel Wolstenholme and Hannah

Samuel Wolstenholme and Hannah appear to be early immigrants. Hannah and her son died the same week in 1860,
Hannah 1801 - 1860 #7738 aged 59, daughter of Hannah Warburton and John Livesey
and John 1825 - 1860 #7734 aged 35 fron Lancashire, son of Hannah Livesey and Samuel,
then Samuel 1801 - 1868 #1835 aged 67, from 'Bury', son of Hannah and Samuel
followed by their daughter Mary Ann 1829 - 1869 #6658 aged 40 from Lanc.

John Wolstenholme 1825 - 1860 #7734 aged 35 appears to be the husband of Elizabeth Brown who wed 1861 #316 to Thomas Davenport, with one son George Wolstenholme 1858 #4780 - 1884 #3133 aged 24

Henry Wolstenholme, whose death is not recorded in Victoria, and Sarah Ratcliffe 1833 - 1894 #11376 aged 61 died at Talbot, daughter of Mary Johnson and Thomas Ratcliffe, came c1856 and moved to Avoca

6 children 1. Harry Wolstenholme 1857 #5794 lived 1 day
2. Charles Ratcliffe Wolstenholme 1859 #8728 lived 11 months
3. Sarah Jane Wolstenholme 1862 #154 wed 1882 #4695 to Joseph Henry Trenery
4. Albert Henry Wolstenholme 1864 #19406 - 1877 #9882 aged 13
5. James Edward Wolstenholme 1867 #140 lived 7 weeks
6. John Wolstenholme 1869 #12957

Robert Wolstenholme

Robert Wolstenholme c1850 - 1897 #815 aged 47 (appears an error if he wed in 1858), son of unknown and Joseph Wolstenholme, wed 1858 #292 to Margaret Robertson 1835 - 1928 #15676 aged 93, parents not known, and lived at Collingwood
3 children 1. David Robertson Wolstenholme 1859 #200 lived 8 months
2. Catherine Hannah Wolstenholme 1860 #12492 wed 1887 #7370 to John Patk Healey
3. Arthur Colville Wolstenholme 1865 #17682

Two called John Wolstenholme

Two called John Wolstenholme came to Victoria and wed in the early 1860s
1. John Wolstenholme wed 1861 #315 to Susan Auld
2. John Wolstenholme wed 1863 #3003 to Grace James

Which John is husband to Grace?
Susan died at Wangaratta 1839 - 1920 #16649 aged 81, as Susannah Hutchinson Wolstenholme daughter of Marion Bone and David Auld.
John died at Wangaratta 1840 - 1923 #12921 aged 83, son of Elizabeth Southern and Mathew Wolstenholme
Grace died at St Kilda 1840 - 1925 #3401 aged 85, daughter of Martha Gowens and Henry James Wolstenholme.
John died at St Kilda 1837 - 1907 #10340 aged 70, son of Annie and John Wolstenholme

John Wolstenholme and Grace James

John Wolstenholme wed 1863 #3003 to Grace James and lived in Melbourne
5 children 1. Frederick William Wolstenholme 1864 #10175 wed 1888 #3432 to Adelaide Elizabeth Ullithorne
2. Annice (Annie Maud) Wolstenholme 1867 #9337 wed 1888 #2481 to George Hinton Pilley
3. Edith Elliott Wolstenholme 1869 #3627 wed 1892 #6196 to Robt Mckenzie Reid
4. John Percy Wolstenholme 1874 #10394 - 1962 #6685 aged 87
5. Edith Grace Wolstenholme 1879 #7689

Nathaniel Butterworth

Nathaniel Butterworth and Sarah Wolstenholme 1832 - 1880 #6953 aged 48, daughter of Jenny Green and James Wolstenholme born in Lancashire, came c1861.
Nathaniel Butterworth born in England, wed 1886 #3918 to Amy Roffy from England
5 Children 1. Harriet Ann Butterworth 1860 #18206 - mother Wolstenhulme
2. Twin Ann Butterworth 1862 #8044 lived 10 days
3. Twin Eliza Butterworth 1862 #8045 lived 9 days
4. Edwin Butterworth died 1869 #1230 aged 7 months
5. Sarah Butterworth 1873 #2381

George and Jane Wolstenholme

George Wolstenholme c1840 wed 1865 #3634 to Jane Pearson Moore 1842 - 1915 #8581 aged 73, parents unknown, and lived in Melbourne
6 Children 1. Jane Wolstenholme 1866 #16243 lived 2 days
2. George Robert Wolstenholme 1868 #25090
3. Mabel Maud Wolstenholme 1871 #4172 wed 1896 #1924 to Chas Stevenson Boyle
4. Alfred Wolstenholme 1872 #18132
5. Hector Wolstenholme 1874 #17767 lived 17 months
6. Emily Wolstenholme 1876 #4031 lived 8 months

Ann Wolstenholme

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From on Mon, 2 Oct 2006

I just got a copy of Ann and Joseph's marriage certificate which shows a double wedding for Ann and Matthew.
I'm still confused where she fits in...her maiden name appears to be Hayes.
Her first hubby was Matthew Wolstneholme died 1865, born Manchester, son of John Wolstenholme and Sarah Olive age 61
She became a widow in 1865 - Matthew Wolstenholme....son of John W and Sarah Olive

Enclosed are details about Ann and the children of Joseph Wise


Ann Wolstenholme from Lancashire wed 1866 #35 to Joseph Wise from Buckinghamshire and had no children registered in Victoria
Joseph and Matilda Wise nee Hatton came about 1848.
Matilda Wise 1826 - 1863 #9466 aged 37 daughter of Mary and unknown Hatton died at Newtown, near Geelong.
Joseph Wise 1812 - 1888 #1772 aged 76 son of Sarah Wire and William Wise died at Newtown
9 Children 1. Eliza died 2 July 1848
2. Ellen Wise 1849 #16404 chr at Church of England, St James, Melbourne,292
3. James Wise 1851 #25330 chr Church of England, Keelbundoora (Now Heidelberg),369 wed 1876 to Emma Wallis
4. Unnamed Female (Elizabeth) Wise 1856 #1317
5. F Wise 1857 #1637 was then named Ann Wise 1857 #9920
6. John Wise 1858 #16665
7. George Wise 1859 wed 1875 to Mary Vodden
8. William Wise 1861 #7256 wed 1877 to Margaret Martin
9. Matilda Wise 1863 #23499 - 1864 #2418 lived 12 weeks

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