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Emma SMITH (1864-1948)


Emma Heycox nee Smith


George Hickox / Heycox

Emma SMITH,1 daughter of Jeremiah SMITH (1821-1906) and Catherine GRADY (1836-1919), was born on 4 June 1864 at Sapling Yard Little River in Mongarlowe, NSW.2,3 She married George HICKOX on 13 June 1881 at Congregational Church in Milton, NSW .4 She died on 17 February 1948 in Nelligen, NSW (aged 83).5,6 She was buried on 19 February 1948 in Nelligen.5


Mourya Examiner Friday 5 Mar 1948

Obituary of Emma Heycox

The death occurred on Tuesday last, 17th February, of Emma Heycox, aged 84 years, at her daughter’s residence, Mrs. C Backhouse, at Nelligen, where she had resided for the past two and a half years. Deceased was very well known on the coast and also at Mongarlowe, Araluen, Braidwood and district, and was respected by all who came in contact with her, as she was always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. She was born on the 6th June 1864, at Little River, Mongarlowe. From that centre she, with her parents, shifted to Gundagai, and later returned to Mongarlowe. The only transport in those days being bullock teams, it took many weeks to complete the journey.

At the age of 17 she married George Heycox (who predeceased her 7 and a half years ago) and they made their home at Currowan Creek, where they reared a family of 14. They are: Emma (Mrs. C Backhouse, Nelligen), Florence (Mrs. A Mison, Mourya deceased), Annie (Mrs. C Fitzgerald, Nelligen), Catherine (Mrs. A Backhouse, Braidwood), Fred (Burragorang Valley), William (Brooman), Fred (Dapto), Ernie (Paid the supreme sacrifice 1914-1918 war), Alexander (Canberra), Jerry (Brooman), Clyde (Nelligen), Archie (Nelligen), John (Currowan), Stanley (Braidwood). Deceased also had 71 grandchildren and 67 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

After service at the residence of Mrs Backhouse, the funeral left for the Church of England portion of the Nelligen cemetery, where Rev. McDowell, of Milton, performed the last sad rites -- Braidwood Dispatch.


George HICKOX7 was the son of Charles HICKOX (1814-1873) and Anne DUNN (1826?-1872).


George and Emma married in Milton than moved to the Currowan District. They lived on the south side of Currowan Creek which runs into the Clyde river. Their home ws a slab hut with iron roof and a sei detached kitchen. Emma had a cow and made her own cheese and butter. The property was 40 acres and George bought it in 1889, most of their children were born there, George worked at Timber Cutting, mining and a sawyer as well as farmer. He worked for Shoebridge mining whic was not far from their home, the mine was called Black Diamond.

They are on the Electoral Roll Nelligen Division 1889- 90 as selector Currowan.

1909 PO Directory for Nelligen has Farmer and his wife Home Duties

Their Children attended Shallow Crossing School several miles walk for them

Their property eventually passed onto their great grandson Peter Heycox.7


George HICKOX and Emma SMITH had the following children:


Charles Edward HEYCOX (1882-1954)

William Albert Alexander HEYCOX (1884-1959)

Emma HEYCOX (1886-1971)

Archibald HEYCOX (1889-1966)

Earnest George HEYCOX (1891-1917)

Frederick Ernest HEYCOX (1893-1967)

Alexander HEYCOX (1895-1966)

Jeremiah HEYCOX (1897-1972)

Clyde HEYCOX (1897-1970)

Annie HEYCOX (1898-1969)

Florence Elizabeth HEYCOX (1900-1942)

John Manners HEYCOX (1904-1971)

Stanley Roy HEYCOX (1906-1989)

Selina Catherine HEYCOX (1908-1976)


1{S0055}, Birth Certificate.
2{S0055}, Birth Certificate. Assessment: Primary evidence.
3Researcher: GRADY, Mark. Cit. Date: 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0100}, Marriage Certificate. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: Marriage Certificate.On File
Marriage Reg No 5905/1881
5{S0015} NSW Regsistry of BDM, NSW: Death Certificate. Assessment: Primary evidence.
6{S0085} Newspapers in Australia, Ryerson Index. Text From Source: Legal
Probate 30 Aug 1978
7Shoalhaven Family History Society, Book: Shoalhaven Pioneers and Settlers (2010).


Updated : 13 April 2013
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