A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Agnes Wynd. Her sister, Elizabeth Harley Wynd was born 2 February 1851, so I have decided to write about Elizabeth this week.
My relationship to Elizabeth is:
Elizabeth was born at 2 February 1851 and christened 16 March 1851 at Longforgan, Perth, Scotland. Since this information came from the IGI (International Genealogical Index), and I have some credits left over from my research for Agnes, I decided to get Elizabeth’s baptism record from the ScotlandsPeople website.
The following is a transcription:
James Wynd, Labourer, Longforgan, and his Wife Elisabeth Harley, had a Daughter born on the second day of February, baptized on the sixteenth day of March 1851, and named Elisabeth Harley
Elisabeth was 2 months old at the time of the 1851 Scotland Census. The family were living in Village of Longforgan. The household included:
James Wynd, age 38, Elisabeth Wynd age 36, Alexander Wynd age 6, Angnes Wynd age 4, Janet Wynd age 2 and Elisabeth Wynd age 2 months
Elizabeth was listed as being 5 years old when the family came to Australia on the Covenanter, which arrived in Geelong on 23 January 1855. The family included:
Name Calling Native Country Religious Denomination Education Age By whom engaged
Wynd James Ag labourer Perth Presbyterian Read and write 33 On own account Geelong
Elizabeth “ “ “ 31
Alexander “ “ “ 13
Agnes “ “ “ 11
Janet “ “ Read only 9
Elizabeth “ “ Neither read nor write 5
Margaret “ “ “ 1 .
Elizabeth married Edwin Randall Deacon in 1878 in Victoria, and they had 5 children:
- Elizabeth Rose Deacon (1879-1879)
- Isabella Ada Deacon (1880-1887)
- Daisy Randall Deacon (1881-1963)
- Agnes Laura Deacon (1885-1886)
- Eva Emma Deacon (1888-1968)
Elizabeth died in 1917 at South Melbourne. Since I didn’t have a date of death for Elizabeth, I went searching for a death notice, and found one for her daughter Agnes
I also found one for her daughter Isabella
I wasn’t able to find a death notice for Elizabeth using the name Elizabeth Deacon, so I tried searching for articles for her husband, Edwin, and found her death and funeral notices.
Family Notices (1917, December 21). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 1. Retrieved February 1, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1670791
I then did a search for Elizabeth on Ancestry.com.au, and found a photo of Elizabeth in a Public Member Tree on Ancestry – https://www.ancestry.com.au/mediaui-viewer/collection/1030/tree/83098154/person/38470721591/media/41f1f95f-aecc-495a-836a-47bab11a957c?_phsrc=ApK5851&usePUBJs=true and a photo of the gravestone for the family – https://www.ancestry.com.au/mediaui-viewer/tree/83098154/person/38470721591/media/e57a4dc5-66c5-46a8-b50e-5dc739a06bbc?_phsrc=ApK5850&_phstart=successSource
I did a search for daughter Elizabeth Rose Deacon, and found her in the Victoria, Australia, Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997 collection, which included a transcription of the headstone:
In memory of Isabella Ada died 3 Jul 1887 age 7 also Elizabeth Rose and Agnes Laura died in infancy children of Edwin and Elizabeth DEACON Elizabeth wife and mother of above died 20 Dec 1917 age 63 also Edwin Randall DEACON husband of above died 16 Feb 1942 age 87.
The Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 show that Elizabeth and Edwin lived at 132 Park Street South Melbourne.
The 1903 Electoral roll (Division Southern Melbourne Subdivision Melbourne South page 19) shows the following family members
1366 Deacon Daisy Randell F 132 Park st., South Melb saleswoman
1367 Deacon Edwin Randell M 132 Park st., Sth. Melb picture-frame maker
1368 Deacon Elizabeth F 132 Park st., South Melb home duties
The following family members appear in the Electoral roll for 1912 (Division Melbourne Ports, Subdivision South Melbourne, page 26).
1503 Deacon, Edwin Randall, 132 Park st., S. Melb., picture-frame maker, M
1504 Deacon, Elizabeth, 132 Park st., South Melbourne, home duties, F
1505 Deacon, Eva Emma, 132 Park st., South Melbourne, picture-framer, F
The 1917 Electoral roll (Division Fawkner Subdivsion South Melbourne, page 25) showed the same details as 1912:
1446 Deacon, Edwin Randall, 132 Park st., S. Melb., picture-frame maker, M
1447 Deacon, Elizabeth, 132 Park st., South Melbourne, home duties, F
1448 Deacon, Eva Emma, 132 Park st., South Melbourne, picture-framer, F
Since the Rate Books for South Melbourne are also available on Ancestry (Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963), I decided to search for Edwin in the Rate Books, and found that Edwin R Deacon, Picture Framer, was renting 147 Park Street from John Porteus in 1893, 1896 and 1899. Elizabeth’s sister Agnes Wynd was married to John Porteus. In 1896, John Porteus was listed as living in South Melbourne, while in 1899 he had moved to Adelaide. In 1886, Edwin R Deacon, framemaker, was owner occupier in Napier Street South Melbourne. In 1881 and 1882, Edwin Deacon, picture frame maker, was renting 5 Rolf Street Emerald Hill from Thomas Gittus. Thomas Gittus had married Elizabeth’s sister, Margaret Wynd.
Since my research wasn’t in strict chronological order, the following is a summary:
Elisabeth (Elizabeth) Harley Wynd was born 2 February 1851 and christened 16 March 1851 at Longforgan, Perth, Scotland. She was 2 months old at the time of the 1851 Scotland Census, and the family were living in the village of Longforgan.
Elizabeth migrated to Australia with her parents and older siblings on the Covenanter, which arrived in Geelong on 23 January 1855.
Elizabeth married Edwin Randall Deacon in 1878. Their first daughter, Elizabeth Rose Deacon, was born in 1879 and died in infancy in 1879. Their second daughter, Isabella Ada Deacon, was born in 1880, and their third daughter, Daisy Randell Deacon, was born in 1881. The South Melbourne rate books show the family were living at 5 Rolf Street Emerald Hill in 1881 and 1882, which Edwin was renting from Elizabeth’s brother in law, Thomas Gittus. Edwin and Elizabeth’s fourth daughter, Agnes Laura Deacon, was born in 1885. Agnes died 4 February 1886 at Herbert Place South Melbourne. Elizabeth and Edwin’s daughter, Isabella Ada Deacon, died on the 3rd July 1887 at their home at 156 Napier Street. The Rate Books show that Edwin was the owner occupier of this house.
From 1893 to 1900, the family were living at 147 Park Street South Melbourne, which Edwin was renting from Elizabeth’s brother in law, John Porteus.
From 1903 to 1917, Elizabeth and her family were living at 132 Park Street. It is not yet known if they were still living at the same house as in 1900 and the houses had been renumbered, or if they had moved.
Elizabeth died 20 December 1917 at her home at 132 Park Street South Melbourne, and she was buried 21 December 1917 at the Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton.