This week, I have chosen as my ancestor my gg grandmother Mary Gill. Based on her marriage and death certificates, Mary was born in 1829 in Cumberland, England and her parents were William Gill and Mary Scott. There is an entry on the International Genealogical Index that seems to match – Mary Gill, christened 1 Nov 1829 in Torpenhow, Cumberland, England, parents William and Mary.
The 1841 England Census shows a Mary Gill, born 1829, at Aspatria in Cumberland (Ancestry.com. 1841 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010. HO107; Piece: 160; Book: 3; Civil Parish: Aspatria; County: Cumberland; Enumeration District: 10; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 25; GSU roll: 241278)
The household consisted of:
William Gill, age 50
Mary Gill, age 45
John Gill, age 15
Jane Gill, age 14
Mary Gill, age 12
(This information corresponds with the information on Mary’s mother’s death certificate).
By 1851, Mary appears to have left home to go into service, as I can only find the entry for her mother, Mary Gill (nee Scott), and brother John. (Ancestry.com. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Class: HO107; Piece: 2435; Folio: 433; Page: 27; GSU roll: 87115-87116)
Mary Gill, head, wid, age 58, birthplace Cumberland Aspatria
John Gill, son, u, age 28 coal miner, birthplace Cumberland Threepland
The ShipsList passenger lists have a family that appear to be ours on the ship Shackamaxon, which sailed from Liverpool, 4th October 1852, and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 19th January 1853
Gill, John, 28, miner, Cumberland
Gill, Mary, 48, housemaid & ?, Cumberland
Gill, Mary, 23, dairymaid, Cumberland
Gill, Jane, 26, dairymaid, Cumberland.
Mary’s mother’s death certificate showed that when she died in 1872, she had lived for 4 years in Adelaide, 6 years in Sydney, and in Victoria for 10 years, which corresponds with this immigration record.
Mary Gill married William John Reeves on 3 August 1858 in Amherst. William and Mary had 5 children:
- William born 1859
- John Thomas born 1860
- Maria born 1862
- Mary born 1864
- Jane born 1866
Mary died 21 December 1903 at Lambert Street, Ararat, Victoria, Australia. She died from pneumonia after 1 week. Her parents were not known. The informant was J D Matthews, son in law, Ararat. The undertaker was J Haig. The minister was Rev F J Cory, Wesleyan Minister. She was born in Cumberland, England and had lived for 56 years in Victoria. She was buried 22 December 1903 at the Ararat Cemetery.