View Full Version : Re:matthias Davies Transported To Tasmania In 1852
31-08-2007, 6:18 PM
I have recently dicovered that the above person could be my greatx3 grandfather. However, as in most instances in the world of genealogy I need concrete evidence to prove that this is the case.
I know the best way to establish whether or not this is my ancestor is to purchase his records from Australia.However, there is a huge backlog, and not being the most patient person in the world(probably due to the fact that I am quite excited in the knowledge that I might have a transportee in the family-I know I should get out more often!!!), I was wondering whether anyone could resolve this mystery any quicker?
31-08-2007, 7:08 PM
Sounds like you may already have this info?
Matthias Davies convicted 29-3-1849
voyage date 9-3-1852
colony Van Diemans Land
place of conviction Flint
assizos at Mould
10 years to be completed from 5th April 1849
31-08-2007, 7:22 PM
Thanks for the reply Julie. Yes, I do already have the information you have provided. I also have an extract from the,"Chester Chronicle", dated 8th April,1849, which gives an account of the trial. It has details of his co-conspirator, George Edge, who was also transported to Australia(via a different vessel).
I have also discovered that there was an Edge family living next door to Matthias' widow at the time of the 1851 Census of Wales, when they resided in the Pentrefelin area of Wrexham. All the evidence seems to point towards the fact that this person is my ancestor. However, I need the final piece of the jigsaw to prove without doubt that this is indeed the same person - the genealogists ultimate quest!!!!
31-08-2007, 7:25 PM
Patience is a virtue.
31-08-2007, 7:34 PM
You are right Julie!!....I have been researching my tree for approximately 2 years now, and I have been at an impass with this particular forbearer for about a year. I must have spent countless hours trying to establish where and when he died. If this turns out to be the right avenue to follow the I suppose all my efforts would have been worthwhile - and I can tell my children that one of their predecessors was a convict.......It is strange that people boast of such family connections!!!!
01-09-2007, 3:02 PM
I have found a Matthias Davies marriage to Ann Wright on 27 August 1855 in Launceston Tas. (1855/942/R37), and also a death of Matthias Davies in Launceston on 3 June 1874 aged 63(1874/2391/R35).Don't know if this ties in with what you already know or not.
I will have a look tomorrow at our FHS, newspapers, cemeteries etc, don't go away...
01-09-2007, 6:51 PM
Many thanks Marianne.
02-09-2007, 2:06 AM
This could be your family
Marriage/Relationship: 1855 - LAUNCESTON, Tasmania ( WRIGHT, ANN ) [@]
101472 DAVIES F 1856
101473 DAVIES F 1857
101471 DAVIES M 1859
101470 DAVIES ELLEN 1863
101469 DAVIS FRANCIS ISAAC 1865
Death: 1874 - LAUNCESTON,Tasmania
Have you ordered Matthias's convict records - slow service but certainly worth waiting for.
02-09-2007, 1:40 PM
Apart from what Cassie found, he is listed in the convict indents(AGEC 1821-1851) as:
Davis Matthias, age 41, ship Fairlie.1852. (frame 0022 reel P1-11. CU 1205)
I also found in the Launceston Examiner Index 1897-1899:
Funeral. 18 September 1897. Davies. Mrs, widow of the late Matthias Davies, formerly of French St, will leave the Launceston Railway Satation at 11.30 am today on arrival of the train from Devonport.
Don't you just love the way wives don't have names!
Sounds like Ann maybe went to live with one of the children in Devonport.
Aussie certificates are fantastic for the amount of information on them ( depending of course on the informant)
02-09-2007, 3:51 PM
Many thanks for the information.
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