A Snelson DataBase & Armory

Person Page 40

baguley armssnelston armsbostock of Moulton armsMacclesfield Chalice arms

James Snelson1

M, #976, Deceased, b. 1 January 1902, d. about 1965

Parents

Family

Family: Florence Mary Greaves

Main Events

  • Birth: James Snelson was born on 1 January 1902.
  • Witness: He and Rose Mithsdale witnessed the marriage of George William Snelson and Elizabeth Simpson on 24 December 1934 in the local parish church, Hyde, Cheshire.2
  • Death: James Snelson died about 1965.
  • Marriage: James Snelson and Florence Mary Greaves were married.

Citations

  1. [S84] Letter from Harold Snelson of Albion Park, Source Element: R3-971
  2. [S38] Eccleston Burials : Transcript 942.21 ECC, R3-0810

Biography

George William Snelson1

M, #977, Deceased, b. 15 April 1909, d. 29 September 1968

Parents

Family

Family: Elizabeth Simpson (b. 5 June 1915, d. 22 February 1983)

  • Joan Snelson+ (b. 6 June 1935)
  • Harry James Snelson+ (b. 28 July 1937)
  • Eric Snelson+ (b. 21 December 1939)
  • Colin Snelson+ (b. 28 March 1943)
  • Patrick Snelson+ (b. 17 March 1950)

Main Events

  • Birth: George William Snelson was born on 15 April 1909 in Hyde, Cheshire.
  • Occupation: He was a Labourer.
  • Marriage: George William Snelson and Elizabeth Simpson were married on 24 December 1934 in the local parish church, Hyde, Cheshire.2
  • Death: He died on 29 September 1968, at age 59, in Ashton Under Lyne, Cheshire.
  • Burial: George William's remains were buried in September 1968.
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:37

Citations

  1. [S84] Letter from Harold Snelson of Albion Park, Source Element: R3-971
  2. [S38] Eccleston Burials : Transcript 942.21 ECC, R3-0810

Biography

Doris Snelson1

F, #978, Deceased, b. about 1905, d. 9 May 1940

Parents

Family

Family: Frederick Charles Dodd

  • Harold Snelson+ (b. 22 September 1930)
  • Dora Snelson (b. about 1938, d. 1940)

Main Events

  • Name: Doris Snelson was also known as Doris Dodd.
  • Birth: She was born about 1905 in Hyde, Cheshire.
  • Death: She died on 9 May 1940.
  • Burial: Doris's remains were buried in May 1940.
  • Marriage: Doris Snelson and Frederick Charles Dodd were married.

Citations

  1. [S84] Letter from Harold Snelson of Albion Park, Source Element: R3-971

Biography

Elizabeth Simpson1

F, #981, Deceased, b. 5 June 1915, d. 22 February 1983

Family

Family: George William Snelson (b. 15 April 1909, d. 29 September 1968)

  • Joan Snelson+ (b. 6 June 1935)
  • Harry James Snelson+ (b. 28 July 1937)
  • Eric Snelson+ (b. 21 December 1939)
  • Colin Snelson+ (b. 28 March 1943)
  • Patrick Snelson+ (b. 17 March 1950)

Main Events

  • Name: Elizabeth Simpson was also known as Elizabeth Snelson.
  • Birth: She was born on 5 June 1915 in 34 Harvest Street, West Gorton.
  • Occupation: She was a Waitress.
  • Marriage: Elizabeth Simpson and George William Snelson were married on 24 December 1934 in the local parish church, Hyde, Cheshire.2
  • Death: She died on 22 February 1983, at age 67, in Hyde.
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:13

Citations

  1. [S84] Letter from Harold Snelson of Albion Park, Source Element: R3-971
  2. [S38] Eccleston Burials : Transcript 942.21 ECC, R3-0810

Biography

Edith Alma Snelson

F, #982, Deceased, b. 6 August 1911, d. 1 March 1935

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Edith Alma Snelson was born on 6 August 1911 in Louisa County.
  • Death: She died on 1 March 1935, at age 23, in Louisa County.

Biography

Edgar Marshall Snelson

M, #983, Deceased, b. 12 January 1917, d. 7 February 2006

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Edgar Marshall Snelson was born on 12 January 1917.
  • Death: He died on 7 February 2006, at age 89.

Biography

John William Snelson

M, #984, Deceased, b. 29 January 1925, d. 13 January 1955

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: John William Snelson was born on 29 January 1925.
  • Death: He died on 13 January 1955, at age 29.

Biography

Richard Snelson1

M, #985, Deceased, b. 27 September 1836, d. 14 June 1921

Parents

Family

Family: Bridget Donovan (b. about 1838, d. 1915)

Main Events

  • Birth: Richard Snelson was born on 27 September 1836 in Broad Oak, Burton, Denbighshire, Wales.2
  • Christening: Richard was christened on 13 December 1840 in the local parish church, Pulford, Cheshire.3
  • Biography: He lived at Broad Oak, Burton and described himself as a farm labourer in the outbound shipping registers. He was 19 when he arrived from England on the "Ben Nevis", which was a ship of 1347 tons. The "Ben Nevis" made several visits to Australia, arriving in Melbourne on 3 January 1853 and again on 4 October 1855. She was the first vessell owned by Pilkington and Wilson, and thus the first ship of the famous White Star Line. She was a Royal Mail ship under Captain Herron, sailing out of Liverpool carrying 564 intermediate and steerage passengers, and cargoes of wool and rope. The passengers were all fare paying. A cabin passage cost 25 pounds.
    Richard and John were both assisted migrants. Although younger than his brother John, it was Richard who emigrated first, preceding his brother by some 21 months. The "Ben Nevis" sailed from Liverpool on 29 March 1856, arriving in Sydney on 6 July 1856 - a voyage of 99 days. According to the inbound passenger lists, Richard was an agricultural labourer aged 19, from Denbigh. He was Church of England, and he could read and write. His parents, Peter and Elizabeth were living at Rossett according to the lists, and both were living at the time of his arrival. He had one pound sterling to support himself and no other relatives in New South Wales. Quite an adventure !

    In 1860, he was living in Margaret Street, Sydney. Funny old world isn't it ? That's where my office is today ( 1989 ) - only the Westpac Plaza is 30 stories high !


    According to a letter that I received from Joan Betty Snelson, Richard had a daughter Mary. This is confirmed in his will; he died intestate on 14 June 1921 and Letters of Administration were granted to his daughter Mary Snelson, spinster of Singleton on 25 February 1927. The estate was sworn at nil; I wonder what that means ? In the 1903 Sands Directory he appears as a bus proprietor.

    The Ben Nevis was a fine example of the emigrant passenger ship, in the early 1850s. She was 150 feet in length and could carry 650 passengers. Her figurehead was a Highland man in full costume and on her stern she carried the Caledonian Arms. Ben Nevis sailed for Australia on her first voyage in 1852. [:CR:].
  • Immigration: He immigrated to "Ben Nevis", Liverpool, on 6 July 1856 The Immigration Deposit Journals have been indexed and include the following entry .....

    Deposit # F357
    Date of Deposit ?/?/1857
    Depositor Richard Snelson
    Immigrant DEPOSITOR Only
    Age -
    AONSW Reel # 2669
    Remarks None
    [:CR:].4,5
  • Marriage: Richard Snelson and Bridget Donovan were married on 6 June 1860 in 105 Princes Street, Sydney.6,7
  • Occupation: He was an as an omnibus operator for in Snelson's Omnibus Service, Singleton, New South Wales, in 1883.8
  • Residence: He resided in Castlereagh St, Singleton, New_South_Wales, in 1900.9
  • Death: He died on 14 June 1921, at age 84, in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia.10
  • Probate: The estate of Richard Snelson was probated on 25 February 1927.11
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:37

Citations

  1. [S352] Will of Richard SNELSON ( d. 1921 ), Source Element: R3-2196
  2. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  3. [S432] Pulford Baptisms 1813-60
  4. [S1085] AONSW Immigration Deposit Journals, Sydney, 1857, Source Element: Immigration Deposit Journals, 2669, , AONSW
  5. [S372] Immigration Index to Assisted Migrants 1844-59
  6. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  7. [S369] Marriage Certificate of Richard Snelson Bridget Donovan 1860, Source Element: R3-2228
  8. [S1077] Singleton Argus, Advertisements
  9. [S401] Yewers Directory of the Landholders of New South Wales 1900
    Snelson John, Broad Oak, Gulgong, Wheat, Maize, Grapes, Orchard, Grazier
    Snelson Richard, Castlereagh Street, Singleton, Other Crops
  10. [S232] Probate Records Family History Centre, Source Element: R3-1768
  11. [S295] NSW Probate Indexes 1905-46

Biography

Grace Elmore Snelson

F, #986, Deceased, b. 20 November 1913, d. 3 July 1943

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Grace Elmore Snelson was born on 20 November 1913.
  • Biography: There is a story that she was seriously burned in an incident at the Smith-Moore Body Compnay.
  • Death: She died on 3 July 1943, at age 29.

Biography

John Snelson1

M, #987, Deceased, b. before 18 January 1832, d. 11 November 1924

Person Exhibits

John Snelson
born 1832 at Broad Oak, Burton, Wales - Phot at his Golden Wedding in Gulgong ca July 1910
died 1926 at Broad Oak, New South Wales

Parents

Family

Family: Martha Elizabeth Cox (b. about 1838, d. 29 May 1919)

Main Events

  • Birth: John Snelson was born before 18 January 1832 in Cheshire, at Pulford.
  • Christening: John was christened on 18 January 1832 in the local parish church, Pulford, Cheshire.2
  • Biography: John emigrated in 1858 leaving Liverpool on the ship "Switzerland" on 13 January 1858 and, after a voyage of 90 days, arrived in Sydney on 13 April 1858. The "Switzerland" was built in the USA and was under master Daniel Doherty. Both inbound and outbound passenger lists are on microfilm at the Family History Centre in the State Library of New South Wales.

    John describes himself as a farm labourer of Gresford, Denbigh. The reference to Gresford plus the reference to his place of birth as Burton together made me convinced of our kinship. and that he must in all probability be related to my Gresford ancestors. Alas, after a great deal of research, this has proved not to be the case. Damn !

    I am having some trouble with dates. On arrival on 13 April 1858 in Australia he was aged 23 ..... therefore putting his birth date between 14 April 1834 and 13 April 1835. His marriage certificate records that he was 27 on July 4 1860, putting his date of birth between 5 July 1832 and 4 July 1833. Wallace Peter Snelson writes that John was baptised in Pulford, in May 1832, that he came to Australia in 1853 on the "Switzerland" and that he married Martha Cox in 1858.
    [:TAB:]
    Some of these dates do not appear to be entirely in agreement with some official documentation. Joan Betty Snelson also writes that John was born in Pulford, Chester or Denbigh in 1832 and that he came to Australia on the "Switzerland", arriving 13 April 1858 aged 23, and that he died aged 93. We know from probate and his will that John died 11 November 1924; this means that if he was 93 when he died, then he must have been born between 12 November 1830 and 11 November 1831 ! To make matters worse, his gravestone ( I've seen it ) reads that he died on 11 November 1926 aged 94 ! Oh dearie me. I now have definite information from the parish records which are shown above against John's prime data.

    Georgina, my wife, found three graves side by side at Gulgong Cemetery. John's gravestone reads that he died in 1926 putting his date of birth between 12 November 1831 and 11 November 1832. So, if we ignore the arrival records it would appear that a birth date of late 1832 is most likely; this would mean that Wallace's date for baptism is a little early and that the monument inscription is accepted preferably to Joan's record.

    However, I think that the probate document, being a legal document signed by solicitors maybe is correct - the question that remains is his age when he passed away. The monument inscription giving the year of death as 1926 must be wrong.

    The Peter Snelson who is buried at Pulford with his wife Elizabeth was aged 42 when he died in May 1836, and his wife was aged 88 when she died in March 1888. This would mean that he was 38 and she 32 when John was born.

    John recorded in the passenger lists that he was born in Denbigh in the Church of England faith. He could read and write. As I was perusing the passenger lists, one name caught my eye . Martha Cox ! So, it looks like John met Martha on the "Switzerland". I came to this conclusion as the passenger lists record that she was born in Somerset.

    John's parents are listed as Peter and an illegible name .... at first I thought it said Mary, but this cannot be right. I would have to go and examine the original records to confirm this. He states that he has one relative in New South Wales, his brother Richard. It looks like he landed with £4-0-0 sterling in his pocket.

    John lived near Singleton until 1872 when he went to the Gulgong gold diggings, and selected a farm which he named "Broad Oak" after his home in Burton, Wales. He may have been living closer to Eurunderee, perhaps at a place called New Pipeclay at the time when his children ( Peter, John and Mary ) were enroled at the school there with Henry Lawson. Evidently, John at one time was a miner on the kaolin deposits - these may be the deposits situated close to Home Rule or those at New Pipeclay. Joan Betty Snelson has a wonderful family photograph album which she showed to me when I visited her and her Aunt Connie ( Skey Snelson ) at her home in Wellington on 2nd October 1989. The album includes a photograph of "Broad Oak" at Gulgong.

    Tom Saunders found gold on Red Hill where Gulgong now stands at Easter 1870. Following a heavy shower of rain, he came across pieces of gold lying against the roots of grasses bordering a sheep paddock. Half his luck ! Inside a couple of hours he had unearthed 14 ounces of gold. By June 1870, six weeks later, 500 people were on the goldfields. With the discovery of the Canadian Lead in August 1871 and Home Rule in May 1872, by December of that year there were 20,000 miners, families - including John Snelson - and all the service industies and businesses.

    Described during the "roaring days" as the hub of the world, today Gulgong is an important centre situated 190 miles from Sydney, 18 miles north of Mudgee and 50 miles east of Wellington.

    With its narrow streets, Gulgong has retained much of its gold rush appearance and atmosphere, but has settled down to become a thriving agricultural and commercial centre. The town and district has a population of 2,200. This is in vast contrast to the position some 120 years ago following the discovery of gold literally lying on the ground by Tom Saunders while he was herding sheep on 14th April 1870. The field has produced to date 600,000 ounces of gold. Assay was about 980 parts per 1000 pure. If a method could be found to control drainage, large amounts of gold could be recovered from deep leads into the basalt.
    [:TAB:]
    T.A. Browne ( author Rolf Boldrewood - "Robbery Under Arms" and "For the Term of His Natural Life" {nah ... that was Marcus Clark} .... ) was mining warden in 1871-72. O'Connell Town in his "Miner's Right" is in fact the nearby village of Home Rule. _Browne, the local magistrate, once arranged for another writing celebrity, Anthony Trollope, to visit the town.

    For the poet Henry Lawson, Gulgong provided the colour and background for many of his famous stories and poems. His parents, Peter Larsen ( sic ) and Louisa Albury moved to New Pipeclay, an old diggings near Mudgee, in 1868. They moved up to the vicinity of the Happy Valley mine near Gulgong in 1871 during the goldrush. So it was that Henry Lawson ( as he became ), met in real life the characters that were so vividly to appear later in his prose and poetry. Who knows, perhaps these characters included the Snelson family who he knew well from his days at Eurunderee School and New Pipeclay.

    According to the book "Founding Cobar fathers", John was a Welshman and came to Gulgong in 1872 and contracted to build roads and bridges in the Dunedoo, Tambar Springs and Malalle ( Denistone town ) area. His son, Peter was already showing his determination and was in charge of a gang of 40 men by the time he was only 16 years of age. I visited Gulgong as part of a family holiday on Friday 29 September 1989 and made enquiries at two Real Estate Agents - Jack Gillam Real Estate and The Property Shop. Jack Gillam himself remembered Harry Snelson and Martha the Matron at Gulgong Hospital. We found Harry's block on some transfer documents relating to the Ridout landholdings.

    On the map, H.E. Snelson held block 414. This must be Henry Edward Snelson, son of this John Snelson. I found John's blocks numbered 165, 164 and 154 on the Environs of Gulgong Map DP755433 of the Cudgegong Shire P6502125R, map dated 1965, at the Mudgee Shire Office later that day. These are 3 X 10 acre blocks almost due East of the Cemetery beneath Flirtation Hill.

    The land is now apparently held by Charles William Williardt c/- "Wonga Lee", Gulgong. The assessment number of the blocks is 3093/1. It may have at one time belonged to a Mr. Ridout. We spoke to Mr. Ridout's nephew on his property next to John Snelson's old place and he suggested we write to his mother Jan Ridout or his Uncle - Fred Ridout - for further information.
    [:TAB:]
    According to the letter that I received from John's great granddaughter Joan Betty Snelson, John and Martha had at least eleven children.

    Joan has also sent to me a copy of a photograph of John taken at his Golden Wedding. He looks like a remarkable fellow, with his long white beard, hat and rifle. Wallace Peter Snelson was at the celebrations at Broad Oak and remembers that it was within a day or two of the World Champion Boxing match between Jack Johnson and Tommy Burns. Wallace recalls that John's brother Richard was in attendance too, and that there was an account of the Golden Wedding celebrations in a local newspaper. There is also a family photograph somewhere taken on the day - I wonder whether Joan has that ?

    His death is recorded in the Probate microfych in the Family History Centre in the NSW State Library.

    In his will, John left all his estate to his sons Henry Edward Snelson, Percival Richard Snelson and his daughter Annie Snelson equally, but after payment to his daughter Martha Snelson of 200 pounds sterling. He left Ll897-17s-7d. He made the first three joint executors and signed the will on 3 July 1919, just 6 weeks after his wife Martha died. Probate was granted on 22 January 1925 and the document gives the date of death as 11 November 1924.

    In January 1995, while driving down the road to Home Rule ... past the Canadian Lead turnover on the right, over the railway line ... I noticed that the dirt road which leads to the kaolin plant ( at the Three Mile Creek junction with Henry Lawson Drive) has been named[BOLD:][ITAL:] Snelson's Lane[:ITAL][:BOLD]. This road carries on past the plant and winds out to several properties.

    A letter from L. Wallis at the Mudgee Historical Society reveals that the lane had been known by that name for at least 30 years. Mudgee Council erected the sign about two years ago - say in 1993. The letter says that[ITAL:] "it is certain that as Snelsons had property in that area, the lane would lead to it[:ITAL]".

    Daisy Tuck-Lee from the Mudgee Shire Library rang me on Friday 3rd March 1995 and told my wife that the lane had been named Snelson's Lane for ages. She reported that the Snelsons had property some 3-4 kilometers down the Canadian Lead Road. This had belonged to Harry and Percival Snelson who had passed control over to Fred Ridout ( 063-741414 ). Evidently, no buildings are left.
  • Residence: He resided in Broad Oak, Burton, Denbighshire, Wales, in 1832.3
  • Immigration: He immigrated to "Switzerland", Liverpool, on 13 April 1858.4
  • Marriage: John Snelson and Martha Elizabeth Cox were married on 4 July 1860 in St. James' Church.5,6
  • Occupation: He was a farmer/Miner in on the goldfields, Home Rule, near Gulgong, about 1872.
  • Occupation: He was an as a miner at the time of the in opening of the Bark School in October 1876.
  • Death: He died on 11 November 1924 in Broad Oak, Gulgong.7
  • Probate: The estate of John Snelson was probated on 22 January 1925.8
  • Burial: John's remains were buried in November 1926 in the cemetery, Gulgong.9
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:37

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S125] Letter from Wallace Peter Snelson - Dec 1988, Source Element: R3-1380
  3. [S432] Pulford Baptisms 1813-60
  4. [S372] Immigration Index to Assisted Migrants 1844-59
  5. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  6. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  7. [S295] NSW Probate Indexes 1905-46
  8. [S384] Will of John Snelson ( d. 1924 ), Source Element: R3-2244
  9. [S399] Eileen MAXWELL, The Story of Gulgong - Written in Gold, Source Element: ISBN 0 9597274 1, 8
    Source Element: R3-2467

Biography

Bridget Donovan1

F, #988, Deceased, b. about 1838, d. 1915

Parents

Family

Family: Richard Snelson (b. 27 September 1836, d. 14 June 1921)

Main Events

  • Name: Bridget Donovan was also known as Bridget Snelson.
  • Birth: She was born about 1838 in Cork, Ireland.
  • Biography: Bridget and Richard were married on 6th June 1860 at 105 Princes Street, Sydney by Minister John Reid according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. The witnesses were John and Mary Melton. Both Bridget and Mary were illiterate and made their marks appropriately. Bridget's father Timothy Donovan was a sea captain according to the marriage certificate which may account for their address being at Woolloomooloo in the docks area of Sydney.
    Connie Skey Wynn ( nee Snelson ) told me that Bridget was Roman Catholic and that the children were brought up in that faith. Fancy them getting hitched in a Presbyterian Church - perhaps it was a compromise ! I wonder what section of the cemeteries they are all buried in ? [:CR:].
  • Marriage: Bridget Donovan and Richard Snelson were married on 6 June 1860 in 105 Princes Street, Sydney.2,3
  • Residence: She resided in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia, about 1860.
  • Occupation: She was a servant.
  • Death: She died in 1915 in Singleton, New South Wales.4
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:13

Citations

  1. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  2. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  3. [S369] Marriage Certificate of Richard Snelson Bridget Donovan 1860, Source Element: R3-2228
  4. [S974] Deaths, NSW 1889-1918, Source Element: R3-8583

Biography

Eva A. Snelson

F, #989, Deceased, b. 1924, d. 4 December 2003

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Eva A. Snelson was born in 1924.
  • Death: She died on 4 December 2003, at age ~79.

Biography

John Snelson1

M, #990, Deceased, b. 1865

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: John Snelson was born in 1865.2

Citations

  1. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878

Biography

Richard E. Snelson1

M, #991, Deceased, b. 1863, d. before 1865

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Richard E. Snelson was born in 1863 in New South Wales, Australia.2
  • Biography: It is interesting to note that the reference codes for the birth of Richard and of Peter ( son of John and Martha E. Snelson ) are consecutive. I suspect that this must only mean that they were pre-sorted alphabetically by year before the indexes were compiled. Secondly, I have assumed that he died before 1865 because there is the registration of another son named Richard to Richard and Bridget in 1865. The second Richard may have been a twin as the couple had two sons in the same year. This has still to be checked out. [:CR:].
  • Death: He died before 1865.

Citations

  1. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878

Biography

Martha Elizabeth Cox1

F, #992, Deceased, b. about 1838, d. 29 May 1919

Parents

Family

Family: John Snelson (b. before 18 January 1832, d. 11 November 1924)

Main Events

  • Name: Martha Elizabeth Cox was also known as Martha Elizabeth Snelson.
  • Birth: She was born about 1838 in Stokehaven_?, Bath, Somerset.
  • Biography: The marriage certificate states that he was a joiner and that they were both living in Hunter Street in July 1860. Hunter Street is coincidentally perhaps directly opposite Margaret Street in the centre of Sydney, the two streets being almost dissected by the main street .... George Street. He was 27 years old and she was 23.
    The passenger lists show Martha as being aged 20, a housemaid and that she was born in Stokehaven or some such place in Somerset; so I have assumed that she did not embark with John Snelson, rather she met him on the ship. The lists reveal that she must be the same Martha Cox who married John as the names of her parents are given as James and Betsey (sic) Cox of Mather ( ? ) Street, Bath in Somerset. She was given as Church of England and she could read and write. They lived near Singleton at Belford or Jerry's Plains until 1872 - presumably because this was where brother Peter had settled. The names of her parents tally with those on her marriage certificate, James Cox, butcher, and Betty Purnell.

    I have a photograph of husband John taken at his Golden Wedding celebrations - presumably fifty years after their wedding in 1860. She died in 1919 aged 82 and is buried along with John in Gulgong Cemetery. My wife, Georgina found Martha's grave when we visited Gulgong. They are buried less than a kilometer from Broad Oak.
    The gravestone says that she was 82 when she died. [:CR:].
  • Immigration: She immigrated to "Switzerland", Liverpool, on 13 April 1858.2
  • Marriage: Martha Elizabeth Cox and John Snelson were married on 4 July 1860 in St. James' Church.3,4
  • Residence: She resided in Hunter Street, Sydney, Australia, in 1860.5
  • Occupation: She was a Housemaid.
  • Death: She died on 29 May 1919.
  • Burial: Martha Elizabeth's remains were buried in May 1919 in the cemetery, Gulgong.6
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:13

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S372] Immigration Index to Assisted Migrants 1844-59
  3. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  4. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  5. [S355] Marriage Certificate - John Snelson 1860
  6. [S579] Gulgong General Cemetery Inscriptions - Nepean Fam Hist Soc

Biography

Catherine Snelson1

F, #993, Deceased, b. 12 April 1861, d. 16 January 1895

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Catherine Snelson was born on 12 April 1861 in Belford, Near_Singleton, NSW, Australia.2
  • Biography: Her name is spelt with an 'a' - Catharine - in the births index. Georgina found her grave next to her father and mother ( she was aged 34 ) when we visited the Gulgong Cemetery in October 1989. [:CR:].
  • Death: She died on 16 January 1895, at age 33, in Orange, New South Wales, Australia.3
  • Burial: Catherine's remains were buried in April 1895 in the local cemetery, Gulgong.4

Citations

  1. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878
  3. [S236] NSW Deaths To 1905, R3-1876
  4. [S579] Gulgong General Cemetery Inscriptions - Nepean Fam Hist Soc

Biography

Martha Snelson1

F, #994, Deceased, b. 6 June 1876, d. 25 May 1960

Person Exhibits

Martha Snelson - Gulgong Hospital

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Martha Snelson was born on 6 June 1876 in New South Wales, Australia.2
  • Biography: She was the Matron at the hospital for 20 years. There is a photograph of her at the Gulgong Pioneers Museum. I don't know where she is buried. I must write to the hospital for some background information. [:CR:].
  • Residence: She resided in Gulgong.3
  • Residence: She resided in Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, in 1946.
  • Occupation: She was a Hospital Matron.
  • Death: She died on 25 May 1960, at age 83, in Gulgong.
  • Last Edited: 9 June 2020 19:56:18

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878
  3. [S125] Letter from Wallace Peter Snelson - Dec 1988, Source Element: R3-1380

Biography

Peter Snelson1

M, #995, Deceased, b. 20 December 1862, d. 22 February 1944

Person Exhibits

Peter Snelson 1862-1944 Founding Father and Mayor of Cobar

Parents

Family

Family: Anna Sarah Webb (b. 24 September 1863, d. 18 June 1956)

Main Events

  • Birth: Peter Snelson was born on 20 December 1862 in Belford, Near_Singleton, NSW, Australia.2
  • Biography: Peter went to the Bark School with the poet Henry Lawson. He was 14 years old when he started school on 2nd October 1876.

    Now, an amazing coincidence.

    Georgina and I and the kids, James and Bonnie, had scheduled a short holiday in September/October 1989. We planned to fly to Broken Hill, hire a car, and drive back - staying at some exciting places like the Dug-Out Accommodation at White Cliffs, Dubbo Zoo and the Naragool Park Protea Farm just south of Wellington.

    However, the pilots strike in September 1989 stuffed that for an idea and we ended up in Mudgee.

    Just by chance, we heard and read that a grand re-opening of the restored Eurunderee School was planned for Sunday October 1st. There was to be a picnic, official opening, a bush band called the "Home Rule Band", trees planted for all the original students on October 1 1876, food stalls, maypole dancing, coin tossing, plays, readings from Lawson and a treasure hunt ! Who could miss such an event when on holiday so close ?

    So, this is where I met Joan Betty Snelson and John Bucholtz.

    The Eurunderee Provisional School has quite a history. Henry Lawson the great Australian poet and storyteller was born on the 17th June 1867, so he was 5 years younger than Peter Snelson. Lawson's childhood was spent on his father's selection at Eurunderee. At the age of 9 he was enrolled at the Old Bark School.

    Peter recorded his first day at the school and how it was built and Joan Betty Snelson wrote to Mr. Norm McVicar the co-ordinator of the restoration project, relaying the entry in her grandfather's diary ( quote ) :-

    "All the material, which consisted of stringy bark poles and bark had previously been prepared and placed on the site. On Saturday morning all the male residents interested in the school met together and building operations commenced. At nightfall, it was completed. When the framework was up the walls and roof were covered with bark.

    The roof was secured by poles laid across the bark sheets. The poles in turn were firmly held in position by pairs of straddles fastened together on the ridge and secured again at the eaves on each side. Besides a door at one end, ventilation was supplied by sheets of bark hinges at the top and propped open with a stick.

    On the following Monday morning, the school was opened by the teacher Mr. John Tierney, who stood outside the door. As his name was called each pupil walked inside and took his seat ".

    It was 2nd October 1876. The first day at Eurunderee Provisional School had begun. There were 27 boys and 18 girls on day one - children of local miners ( gold and kaolin ), vintners, farmers, labourers and storekeepers; names include Bucholtz, Wurth, Roth, Roe, Lawson, Harvey, Bones, Muller - and Snelson - three of them - Peter, his brother John and sister Mary.

    We had a great time - a beautiful warm Spring day, good company and heaps of nostalgia all set off by the beautiful backdrop of the area, which hasn't changed in more than 100 years.

    Peter went to Cobar originally to fix or set up the books for a business house, but stayed on - according to Connie Skey Wynn; the story is confirmed by Wallace Peter Snelson in his letter to me dated 22 September 1989. Evidently, Peter was a bit of an entrepreneur and was not necessarily skilled in the beginning at any of the businesses he acquired or invested in - which started with a large bakery and then butchery business; this was followed by a building business, and a funeral parlour.

    He was a director on the board of many enterprises, mainly in the mining sector including the Occidental Mine. He also invested in the CSA Mining company and was a Director for I think 35 years. He was a Councillor of the Municipality of Cobar and was the Mayor of Cobar ( 1898-99 ) - I have a photograph of him with his fellow councillors. Peter became the owner of a great deal of freehold and business sites and operations in the town as well as owning farms at Leeton and grazing country at Cobar.

    According to further information provided by Wallace, he was a Justice of the Peace. He bought out the building partnership of Gudgeon & Co. He was a most prominent citizen and was a major campaigner for better water supplies to the town.

    He was a member of the Cobar Hospital Committee.

    In the 1906 Electoral Rolls, John Snelson ( Peter's brother ) of Cobar is listed as a baker in Linsley Street. I understand that Peter set his brother up with this opportunity. Hannah ( sic ) Sarah Snelson is shown as "domestic duties". Peter Snelson is the third entry, also shown as a baker.

    The partnership of Farr and Snelson master bakers opened for business in Barton Street on the sight of the present Barton Motors, and quickly grew to be the biggest bakery in town. Peter's first appearance in the press featured his prowess with a rifle. - he was later President of the Cobar Rifle Club.

    His birth is listed as in 1863 not 1862 in the indexes at the NSW State Library. I also have a record of his death being on the 22nd February ( Footnote 2130 ) 1944 ...... in stead of 22 Nov 1944. The February date is confirmed by the Venerable L.P. Turner, the current incumbent at St. Paul's. he writes that Peter Snelson of Liners Station died 23rd February 1944 aged 81 years and was buried in the Cobar Cemetery on 25th February 1944.

    I have a photograph of him provided by Joan Betty Snelson taken at the Leeton Show in 1942, or about that time. He is pictured with his two sons, Leo Webb Snelson and Leslie Edward Snelson, who evidently were judges of horses and cattle at the show. The picture of Peter Snelson bears a striking resemblance to my grandfather, Harold Alfred Benyon Snelson.

    In the library of the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney I found in their Primary Records a selection of 41 old photographs relating to the Mathews family of Cobar. Amongst them was a photograph of the Municipal Council of Cobar in 1896. The councillors were
    - Mayor S.R. Wood
    - Councillor W. H. Bannister
    - Councillor W. J. Hogan
    - Councillor P. Mathews
    - Councillor Neil Morrison
    - Councillor H. J. Cornish
    - Councillor J. O. Hunt
    - Councillor P. Snelson
    - Secretary John Leach

    The best account of Peter's early days are contained in the book " Cobar Founding Fathers " which contains many wonderful pictures of the early Snelson family and their homes. [:CR:].
  • Residence: He resided in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.3
  • Occupation: He was a Businessman.
  • Education: He was educated in the Bark School, Eurunderee, Nr Mudgee, New South Wales, on 2 October 1876.
  • Occupation: He was a Mayor in Cobar.
  • Reference: In Cobar Mayor.
  • Marriage: Peter Snelson and Anna Sarah Webb were married on 11 January 1893 in Mudgee.4,5
  • Death: He died on 22 February 1944, at age 81, in Orange or Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.6
  • Burial: Peter's remains were buried on 25 February 1944 in the parish church graveyard, Cobar, St. Paul's.7
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:37

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878
  3. [S400] Cobar Founding Fathers by William Clelland 1984 Vol 7 Western Heritage Series Macquarie Publishing ISBN 0 949734 08 X


    Cobar Founding Fathers by William Clelland
  4. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  5. [S386] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson
  6. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  7. [S406] Letter from Ven L.P.Turner Parish of St. Paul, Cobar

Biography

Marian Snelson

F, #996, Deceased, b. 13 September 1928, d. 7 April 1980

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Marian Snelson was born on 13 September 1928.
  • Death: She died on 7 April 1980, at age 51.

Biography

Frederick James Snelson1

M, #997, Deceased, b. 5 January 1872, d. 10 June 1873

Parents

Main Events

  • Birth: Frederick James Snelson was born on 5 January 1872 in New South Wales, Australia.2
  • Death: He died on 10 June 1873, at age 1, in New South Wales, Australia.3

Citations

  1. [S87] Society Of Australian Genealogists Microfyche
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878
  3. [S236] NSW Deaths To 1905, R3-1876

Biography

Anna Sarah Webb1

F, #998, Deceased, b. 24 September 1863, d. 18 June 1956

Parents

Family

Family: Peter Snelson (b. 20 December 1862, d. 22 February 1944)

Main Events

  • Name: Anna Sarah Webb was also known as Anna Sarah Snelson.
  • Birth: She was born on 24 September 1863 in Mudgee.
  • Biography: Four children died as babies, according to Joan Betty Snelson. Connie Skey Wynn ( nee Snelson ) indicated that Anna's mother's father may have been a physician in Everton, Liverpool, England. I think I have this story right. I understand that Anna's brother Les Webb may have worked with Peter in Cobar.
    On August 9 1899, the Hospital Committee held a "Plain and Fancy Dress Ball" at the Masonic Hall in Barton Street. Mrs Peter Snelson attended the function attired as a nurse which was fitting as she was a tireless worker for charity. She was included in the list of the first New South Wales female Justices of the Peace. There is a fine photograph of her in the book "Cobar Founding Fathers".
    Wallace writes that they married in 1893 - "the year of the bank smash". I'm not too sure what this gem means; I must do some more research about what happened in 1893. Was there a run on the banks ? [:CR:].
  • Residence: She resided in Strathfield, NSW, Australia.
  • Marriage: Anna Sarah Webb and Peter Snelson were married on 11 January 1893 in Mudgee.2,3
  • Death: She died on 18 June 1956, at age 92.
  • Burial: Anna Sarah's remains were buried in June 1956 in the parish church graveyard, Cobar, St. Paul's.4
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:13

Citations

  1. [S450] Letter from Wallace Snelson dated 26 Nov 1989, Source Element: R3-2832
  2. [S237] NSW Marriages 1856-1905 NSW Marriages



    1860 Richard Snelson married Bridget Donovan 418

    1860 John Snelson married Martha Elizabeth Cox 476

    1864 John Snelson married Louisa Jane Bryan 1054

    1866 James Snelson married Anne Dixon 2696

    1881 William Snelson Married Mary Dooley 125

    1885 Mary M. B. Snelson married William H. Crowe 451

    1886 Clara L. M. ( ? ) Snelson married Jethro W. Clarke 3827

    1886 Elizabeth Snelson married Henry Samuel Bucholtz 6184

    1887 Mary L. Snelson married John F. Bax 5902

    1893 Percy T. Snelson married Alice M. Paget 6037

    1893 Peter Snelson married Anna S. Webb 4945

    1895 Caroline H. E. Snelson married James F. Crow 2597

    1899 James C. Snelson married Mary A. Lloyd 2088

    1901 Joseph Snelson married Harriette A. Harris 1643

    1904 Frank Snelson married Sophia E. Wood 4549

    1905 Ethel M. Snelson married Shadrach Taylor 9911
  3. [S386] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson
  4. [S406] Letter from Ven L.P.Turner Parish of St. Paul, Cobar

Biography

Leo Webb Snelson1

M, #999, Deceased, b. 21 April 1895, d. 16 March 1983

Person Exhibits

Leo Webb Snelson

Parents

Family

Family: Adelaide May Crittle (b. 23 December 1894, d. 28 June 1982)

  • Joan Betty Snelson (b. 23 December 1937)

Main Events

  • Birth: Leo Webb Snelson was born on 21 April 1895 in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Biography: According to microfyche records at the Society of Australian Genealogists, Leo was a driver in the 1st Division of the Australian Infantry abroad ( AIF ) in the 1914-18 War, from 20 July 1916 to 20 June 1919. According to Wallace Peter Snelson, he was enlisted in the 116 Howitzer Battery, was demobbed and transferred to 1st Division Ammunition Column and served in France. After the War he farmed at Leeton until 1937. With his brother, he held pastoral leases at Cobar and retired to Wellington. Joan Betty Snelson, his daughter confirms that Leo was one of 8 children.
    He was educated at Cobar Public School and Sydney Grammar.
    In April 1909 Frank Ward's Store in Linsley Street, Cobar caught fire, but the prompt action of the towns people saved much of the stock. The Cobar Herald reorted " Master Leo Snelson although only quite a lad, was one of the best workers at Ward's fire, carrying goods across the street to a place of safety. Well Done Leo ". [:CR:].
  • Residence: He resided in Leeton.2
  • Occupation: He was a Grazier.
  • Education: He was educated in Sydney Grammar School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Marriage: Leo Webb Snelson and Adelaide May Crittle were married on 28 August 1934 in Leeton, New South Wales, Australia.1,3
  • Death: He died on 16 March 1983, at age 87, in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:37

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S402] Letter from Wallace Peter Snelson of Cobar
  3. [S386] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson

Biography

Connie Skey Snelson1

F, #1000, Deceased, b. 18 April 1900, d. 3 August 1999

Parents

Family

Family: Eric Watkin Wynn

Main Events

  • Name: Connie Skey Snelson was also known as Connie Skey Wynn.
  • Birth: She was born on 18 April 1900 in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia.2
  • Biography: The photograph that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 3 September 1988 showed Archibald Bax and his cousins Wallace Peter Snelson and Connie Skey Snelson, plus their friend Amy Patterson. The picture was taken about 1907. Evidently, the name Skey came from a friend of the family, and is of no family derivation. Connie was a frien of Alice Mackenzie, daughter of Charles and Matilda Mackenzie who married in Broken Hill. Alice and Connioe met at the Cobar School. Sometimes on saturdays, they went to the movies to the picture show that was owned by Connie's father. It was also used for roller skating, boxing and wrestling.
    I was absoultely delighted to meet her at the opening of the restored Bark School at Eurunderee on 1st October 1989, and then on the next day when we shared a pot of tea at the home of her niece, Joan Betty Snelson in Wellington. What a great lady.
    She lived at Strathfield in Sydney before moving to a retirement village in Wellington. [:CR:].
  • Residence: She resided in Cobar, New South Wales, about 1915.3
  • Residence: She resided in 1994.
  • Residence: She resided in Strathfield, and Wellington.
  • Death: She died on 3 August 1999, at age 99.
  • Cremation: The remains of Connie Skey Snelson were cremated on 5 August 1999 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, Her ashes were scattered in Cobar ... Andrew Peter Snelson wrote ... "I went to the funeral - it was quite nice - more of a family reunion rather than a sad affair. I guess we just rejoiced for her long life and having been part of it. I gave the Eulogy - The funeral was at the Wellington Anglican Church - followed by the Crematorium in Dubbo - her ashes will be put with Eric Wynn, Peter and Annah Snelson, Wal, et al in the Cobar cemetery."[:CR:].
  • Marriage: Connie Skey Snelson and Eric Watkin Wynn were married in an unknown place.
  • Last Edited: 9 November 2018 08:00:14

Citations

  1. [S86] Letter from Joan Betty Snelson of Wellington(NSW)
  2. [S238] NSW Births To 1905 Pre 1861 Nil, R3-1878
  3. [S580] Yvonne McBurney, Road to Cobar, Source Element: R3-5140

Biography