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Jonathan WILLIS (1862-1934)

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Johnathon Willis

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Jonathan Willis' parents, Timothy and Sarah

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Headstone of Jonathon Willis' parents, Jonathon and Sarah (nee Jeffress)

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Emily May Tickner

Jonathan WILLIS1,2 (known as 'Jack') was born on 16 December 1862 in Camden, NSW.3,4 Jonathan's parents were Timothy WILLIS and Sarah JEFFRESS who were married at Petersham, NSW in 1844. (Timothy was born in Wittersham, Kent on 8 January 1809 and he arrived in Sydney aboard the "Cornwall" on 1 September 1839. Sarah was a daughter of William and Sarah Jeffress. She was born in Oxfordshire on 15 January 1826 and arrived in Sydney with her parents aboard the "Ann Gales" on 12 July 1840). Jonathon had 11 other siblings (Rebecca, Sarah, William Henry, Emma, George, Charles, John, James, Henry, Elizabeth and Samuel).5,6

Jack was a brickmaker in Bowral, NSW. He made and sold bricks at Rookwood until about 1909 when he decided to become a butcher.2 He married Emily May TICKNER on 23 July 1884 in Goulburn North, NSW.7

from 1884 they lived at "Rookwood", Kangaloon Rd in Bowral. They built the homestead themselves. It was a large, beautiful terrace style two storey house, decorated with a lot of ironlace. It had its own slaughter yard and a number of brick kilns. It was named Rookwood after the rook, a blackbird of the crow family. The homestead was surrounded by trees occupied by crows.8,9 On 23 July 1907 his interests included being a councillor on the Bowral Municipal Council. He was appointed to the council by Proclamation on this date by Sir Harry Rawson, the Governor of New South Wales.9 Between 1909 and 1922 Jack was a butcher in Bowral. He was successful in this calling and continued in it until he retired.2,9

his interests included music. He was well known for playing the cornet. In 1883, aged twenty, he was a founding member of the original Bowral Band. He stayed a member of the band until 1899 when he retired from it. The family home had its own music room and all their children learnt to play an instrument.9

Jonathan was an enthusiastic rifleman and was a member of the Bowral Volunteers. He sold part of his property to the Bowral Golf Club so they could have an additional nine holes.9

Jonathan and Emily had 7 children :

- Ubert Victor WILLIS (b. 4 Dec 1885 Bowral, at BDM Berrima, d. 20 Jul 1918, Killed in Action in WWI by gas poisoning, bur.Querrieu British Cemetery, 3½ miles NW of Corbie, France. Service No 3235. He was awarded the 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal No. 57435 and Victory Medal No. 56476. Memorial Scroll No. 348232 and Memorial Plaque No. 348232 were given direct to his father. He received entry in "Where the Australians rest". He is incorrectly recorded as Albert Victor WILLIS by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. They refused to change it even when the army advised them that it was incorrect.. Ubert was originally to be named Hubert Victor Willis. However one of his uncles suggested that if the 'h' was dropped from his first name, his initials would read U.V.W. which his uncle thought would be nice! So his parents did and Bert was born as Ubert Victor Willis. Before the war he was a butcher)

[Source : NAA war records.]

- Harry Nelson WILLIS (b.Registration 17615 / 1887 BDM Berrima, d. 2 April 1897 BDM Bowral NSW)

- Charles Percival WILLIS (b. 10 July 1890 BDM Bowral)

- Joseph Henry WILLIS (b. 18 January 1893 BDM Bowral)

- Camden Kell WILLIS (b. 22 Dec 1895 BDM Bowral)

- Mary May WILLIS (b. 25 April 1898 BDM Bowral)

- Jack Jeffress WILLIS (b. 19 Jan 1905 BDM Bowral).3,9,10,11

Jack died (aged 71) on 15 December 1934 in Bowral. The cause was natural decay.1,3,9 He was buried in December 1934 in the Church of England cemetery in Bowral.3,9

 

Emily May TICKNER1 was the daughter of Henry TICKNER (bef1821-1895) and Martha RIDEOUT (1828-1875).

Citations

1{S0115}, Researcher : BLAKESLEY, Lyn - Copy of Family Pages : TICKNER. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0136} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1994), Book : "History of Edward TICKNER and Sarah TOWNER of East Guldeford, Sussex and Camden NSW". Pages 63. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3{S0136} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1994), Book : "History of Edward TICKNER and Sarah TOWNER of East Guldeford, Sussex and Camden NSW". Page 64. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{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: 13 September 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 6509 / 1863. His name is recorded in the index as Jonathan, so this is the spelling used for him
5{S0136} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1994), Book : "History of Edward TICKNER and Sarah TOWNER of East Guldeford, Sussex and Camden NSW". Pages 64. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0233}, Researcher : GLUCAS, Yvonne re WILLIS, JEFFRESS. Custom Id: SUB003. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Sarah Jeffress is known to have had a brother, Henry Robert Jeffress who is known to have had a son, Frederick Charles Jeffress who was the great grandfather of researcher, Yvonne Gluyas
7{S0136} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1994), Book : "History of Edward TICKNER and Sarah TOWNER of East Guldeford, Sussex and Camden NSW". Page 63. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
8{S0646}, Internet (Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond) : WILLIS, Jonathon (0299) and TICKNER, Emily May (0298) (http://stuart.scss.dyndns.info/FamilyTree/family.php?famid=F2765). Cit. Date: 7 October 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Source: Jeffress Family History; Publication: Word document forwarded to Stuart Gregory on 3 June 2007; Text: 'Jonathon became a successful and prosperous business man at Bowral where he built a homestead, "Rookwood", on the Kangaloon Road. A large and beautiful terrace style two storey house, decorated with much iron lacework.' "
9{S0718}, Internet (geni) : WILLIS, Johnathon (0299) and TICKNER, Emily May (0298) (http://www.geni.com/people/Jonathon-WILLIS/6000000012317223152 and http://www.geni.com/people/Emily-Willis-Tickner/6000000008080922224). Cit. Date: 13 September 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
10{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.
Search conducted for births in the name Willis with father Jonathan and Mother Emily between 1860 and 1905
11{S0719), Internet (ww1cemeteries) : WILLIS, Ubert Victor son of WILLIS, Jonathan (0299) (http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/ww1cemeteries/bio_willis.htm). Cit. Date: 14 September 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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