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Susannah WILLIAMS (1792-1842)

Susannah WILLIAMS,1 daughter of James WILLIAMS (1760?-1820) and Rachael WATKINS (1760?-1840), was born on 1 May 1792 in Phillipsburg, Norfolk Island. While Susannah's father is often said to be James Williams, it isn't clear whether he actually was but he did raise her.1,2,3,4 She married John Mathew Hunter BAXTER in 1813 (approx.) in Sydney, NSW. John and Susannah may have parted as early as 1828 as she married Johathan ASQUITH in 1839.1,5,6

In 1828 Susannah was a labourer in Botany, NSW. Susannah, her mother and several of her siblings are known to have worked at Botany for the manufacturer Simeon Lord who in 1826 told Governor Darling that he had employed twenty convicts for 'upwards of twenty years' in tanning and currying leather and in manufacturing hats, cloth, blankets, soap and candles. The exact nature of her duties is not known.7,8

John and Susannah had 2 children (Twins) :

- William BAXTER (b. 27 Jul 1813 South Head (Botany), Sydney NSW; d. 10 Jan 1890 Greenwell Point, Nowra NSW). In 1838 he married Mary Anne PARROTT in Balmain Sydney. They had 9 children

- John BAXTER (b. 27 Jul 1813 South Head, Sydney (Botany), NSW; d. 27 Jun 1890 Shoalhaven NSW). In 1839 he married Maria MORRIS and then in 1849 he married Eliza Harriet HALL. John and Eliza had 3 children.9,10,11

Susannah married Jonathan ASQUITH on 19 October 1839 at Cooks River in Petersham, NSW. Given her first husband didn't die until 1862, was this a bigamous marriage or was it was viewed as a "poor man's divorce" *.1,3,12

Jonathon and Susannah had 1 child :

- Joseph ASQUITH (b. 8 Jun 1837 Botany NSW; chr.1837 C of E Petersham; d. 4 Jan 1912 Little Bay NSW). He married Mary Ann WRIGHT (nee MARSHALENA) on 7 January 1886 in the Congretational Church Surry Hills NSW, daughter of Louis MARCELIN and Eliza FIGARO both from Port Louis, Mauritius. (Name variations are Mashal, Marshall, Marcelin and Marshalena).3,13,14,15

Susannah died (aged 50) on 29 October 1842 in Botany.1,16 She was buried on 31 October 1842 in Parish of St Lawrence in Sydney.1,17

 

* a "poor man's divorce" is sometimes regarded as happening when no contact occurs between the parties for seven years. It probably has no standing in law but authorities have often turned a blind-eye, especially in earlier times.

Citations

1{S0732), Internet (MikeV) : WILLIAMS, James (1159) and Associated (http ://www.users.bigpond.com/mikev/page73.html (Defunct)). Cit. Date: 11 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General (http://www.greenaus.com/aus-norfolk-is/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3{S0326}, Chart : Descendant : ASQUITH Jonathon (1163) (http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=asharpham&id=I4622&ti=5538). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0735}, Internet (genealogy.com - Kay Cusack) : WILLIAMS, James (1159) (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf). Cit. Date: 14 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Susannah Williams, born 01 May 1792 in Norfolk Island"
5{S0555}, Internet (Australian English Genealogy) : BAXTER, John Mathew Hunter (http://www.australian-english-genealogy.com/William Baxter.html). Cit. Date: 7 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Susannah Williams, born 01 May 1792 in Norfolk Island"
7{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: The 1828 census shows Rachel, her children Susannah and Michael plus grandchildren (William and John) employed by Simeon Lord (a cloth manufacturer) of Botany
8{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020114b.htm. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: In 1826 he told Governor Darling that he had employed twenty convicts for 'upwards of twenty years' in tanning and currying leather and in manufacturing hats, cloth, blankets, soap and candles
9{S0731}, Internet (TheTreeofUs) : WILLIAMS, James (1159) (http ://www.thetreeofus.net/14620.html (Defunct)). Cit. Date: 11 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
10{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Children of John Baxter and Susannah Williams are:
i. William Baxter, born 27 Jul 1813 in Sydney, NSW, Australia; died 01 Oct 1890 in Greenwell Point Nowra NSW;
married Mary Anne Parrott 1838 in Balmain Sydney.
ii. John Baxter, born 27 Jul 1813 in Sydney, NSW, Australia; died WFT Est. 1845-1904; married Maria Morris 1839"
11{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty/family.php?famid=F17640&show_ful.... Cit. Date: 13 December 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
12{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Susannah remarry Johathan Asquith 19th October 1839"
13{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : V18371612 23A / 1837
14{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
15{S0541}, Internet (ancestry.com) : Internal Message re ASQUITH, John (1163) and WILLIAMS, Susannah (1161). Cit. Date: 2 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
16{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "died 29 Oct 1842 in Botony Bay"
17{S0199}, Internet : General. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/u/s/Kay-Cusack-1/PDFGENE3.pdf. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Burial October 31, 1842, Parish of St Lawrence, Sydney, NSW"

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