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William and Sarah
Sherwood nee Heeding.
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1837: Born in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, England.
1851: Census: Farm labourer age
13 in Fowlmere.
1861: Married Jane Nesbit in Mt. Barker, South Australia.
1862: First child Jessie Alphina
born Mt. Barker.
1871: Second child born at Strathalbyn, South Australia.
1878: Living in Meiningie, South Australia.
1875: Mail driver in Meningie, South Australia.
1893: Farmer and carter Goolwa, South Australia.
1893: Married Sarah Heeding.
1921: Died in Goolwa, age 84.
c.1837: Date of birth estimated.
1861: Married William Sherwood.
1892: Died in Goolwa, age 54.
1893: Married William Sherwood.
1894: First child James born.
First wife: Jane Nesbit
Second wife: Sarah Heeding
In 1983 an
advertisement was placed in the Melbourne Age asking descendants of Charles and Mary Sherwood to contact me.
The request drew a number of responses one of which was from Keith
Sherwood of Truro, South
rang wanting to know if I could tell him whether
William Sherwood who I had listed
as a son of Charles and Mary Sherwood might be his grandfather
William. All Keith could tell me
about his grandfather was that...
ďHe used to drive the mail
coach from Meningie to Kingston, along the Coorong coastline, in South
At the time
of Keithís phone call I had few details about our William and was therefore
unable to say whether a connection existed.
May Roberts a granddaughter of William and his first wife Jane, wrote to Ruby Beard of Nhill,
Victoria. In the letter May
recalls some of the things she remembers about the family.
She (Jane) used to have very poor health, in bed quite a lot, had T.B. but had no treatment for it, they were very poor as grandfather was only able to get a job now and then and wages was so low in those daysÖ Grandma was a very religious lady loved by all who knew her. I forgot to say she worked as a laundress when she came to Australia from England in a sailing boat which took weeks to come. She must have settled somewhere near Salt Creek, I sípose I have forgotten some things which mother told usÖ
There was a family of nine only three survivors (Alphina, Annie (my mother) and Emily all others were stillborn the cause of grandmotherís weakness. Husbands were very hard in those days. We were told grandpa was one of them.
At the time of their marriage William was a 23-year-old farmer living at Wistow. Jane was 24 and from Mt. Barker.
Witnesses to the marriage were Williamís sister Harriet and her future husband John Jarvis. A third witness was Katherine Sweet of Mt. Barker. The marriage was performed by the minister John Stanbin of Mt. Barker.
William and Janeís first child Jessie Alphina was born
in 1862 in Mt. Barker. Another child, a male (no name was recorded in the register) was born at
Strathalbyn in 1865 and died that same year. Living at Strathalbyn at
this time was Williamís aunt Susannah Harrip nee Perry.
In 1866 a daughter Annie was born at Wellington.
following is a continuation of May Robertís letter.
Grandfather left the South East and took his wife and daughters (3) to live at Meningie. He had a job offered him as a coach driver from Meningie to Kingston. He used to carry passengers and mail it was the old fashioned type of coach with a hood and steps up the back it was grandmaís worry as some of the horses were very flighty. Her move from the southeast didnít improve her health much, as the sea air at Salt Creek wasnít near as bad as the lake air at Meningie as her health seemed worse.
By at least 1875 William was working as a mail driver and
living at Meningie.
In 1877 another daughter Mary Martha Willamena was born
at Meningie. She died the
following year when she was just 7 months old. She died at Hay Valley near
Nairne from whooping cough. The informant on the death certificate was
14-year-old Charles Jarvis, little Mary Marthaís cousin. Charles was
Williamís sister Harrietís oldest boy. William and Jane were most likely
visiting the Jarvis family when the death occurred.
From 1877 through to 1889, William was living at Meningie
and is listed in South Australian Post Office directories as a mail-driver,
farmer, grazier and ostler. An
ostler is a person who cares for horses.
Jane succumbed to tuberculosis and died at Goolwa on 12
April 1892. She was 54 years old.
Now back to grandfather Sherwood. Sometime after his wifeís death, he moved to Goolwa to be closer to his daughter Emily who lived at Victor Harbour, he bought a small house a mile out of Goolwa also a horse and cart so as he could do carting jobs for different people.
1893 up until 1910 William appears in various South Australian Directories
as a farmer and carter living in Goolwa.
In 1893 William married Sarah Hedding.
Their first child James was born in 1894.
May Robertís letter concludes.
time passed on he married a spinster who lived at Goolwa and took State
children till they reached 16 years old.
She didnít get much money for doing this but it kept her and the
children alright. She was
much younger than grandfather they got married and lived in his home.
They had four in the family, 3 sons and one daughter, Charlie, Laurie,
George and Mary (all deceased). They were all married except George he died in
his teens with some bone disease; his legs and arms were like sticks.
the end grandfather developed some bladder trouble and was ailing a good while.
His daughter Emily at Victor Harbor was so good to them used to send a parcel
of food and plenty of extras every week as they were quite poor and found it
hard with a sick man to care for, he died at the age of seventy-six.
His wife Sarah lived for many years.
I forgot to mention her name was Sarah Hedding the family was rather
good to her I mean the 2 boys the girl lived at home after finishing school
and never worked anywhere. I
cannot say when Sarah passed on.
Sherwood died 24 September 1921 at Goolwa, South Australia.
He was 84 years old.
© R J Sherwood. 2001
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