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KENNEDY, Elspeth Meldrum

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  • Name KENNEDY, Elspeth Meldrum 
    Born 9 Mar 1862  Spring Creek, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 23 Mar 1862 
    Gender Female 
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    Buried Aug 1932  Macedon, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Aug 1932  Macedon, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I11321  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith | Joseph Sr.
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    Father KENNEDY, David Robert ,   b. 25 Oct 1831, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1922, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother GILLIES, Ellen Nelson ,   b. 1838, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1872, Spring Creek, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1856  Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • THE LIFE OF DAVID AND JANET KENNEDY (BURNS) AND THEIR FAMILIES FOLLOWING THEIR MIGRATION FROM SCOTLAND IN 1854-55 Janet Burns was born in Kilsyth Scotland in abt 1804. Her future husband, David Kennedy was born in Falkirk, in the County of Stirling in Scotland abt 1805. She married David , a Mason, on the 19 November 1830.The marriage record - a record from the old parochial registers No 50200 from the Parish of Falkirk in the County of Stirling indicates that David Kennedy married Janet Burns from the Parish of Kilsyth. David Kennedy’s home of Falkirk, lies midway between Ediburgh and t he County of Stirling. Falkirk means " speckled church" or the "church built of mottles stone". Falkirk is of historical significance insofar as it dates to the Romans in AD 32. Two significant battles were fought in Falkirk, the first in 1298 when William Wallace was defeated by the English. His defeat however was the catalyst for Scotland's independence. In the second bsttle Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Haovarians in 1746. Much later Saxon families moved to the area and were granted land in the Lothians in which lay the district of Falkirk which ultimately became a centre for industries such as iron , timber,chemicals and a distillery. David and Janet and their family came from Scotland as immigrants on the ship "Athletae", 1060 Tonnes, which left Birkenhead UK in November 1854 and arrived in Australia in February 1855 under the Captaincy of H Bradley, a ship carrying 409 assisted migrants, David ( Senior) as he became known, was aged 40 years, his wife Janet Burns Kennedy was aged 44 years and four children David Robert Kennedy, born 1831 William Burns Kennedy, born 1833 Janet Burns Kennedy born 1840 and Ann Kennedy born 1841 who state on the record they came "with parents" On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. Ships records as follows: Page 39&45 Book No 12, Page 39 & 45 Book 12. David Kennedy and his family on their arrival in Australia went to Emerald Hill. They later moved to Beechworth, having been part of the influx of Immigrants to the gold rushes in Victoria. Gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852 and the area became known as the Ovens Goldfields. One of the biggest rushes took place at Silver Creek in 1856. Holes had been dug to fifty feet in depth and sluicing was carried on in the bed of the river. According to Ros Shennan in her book â€Silver Threads and golden Needles” ‌it was the middle of Winter and water was a problem‌.Along the creek for about a quarter of a mile to the right, a Mr Kennedy had first hole on the flat, and the area was subsequently known as â€Kennedy’s Flat”. This claim belonged to my third great grandfather David kennedy who was apparently successful for it was reported in the "Constitution" that the popular cry at Silver Creek was " forward to Kennedy's claim". According to reports at that time Silver Creek was a frenzy of activity. David died in 1865 aged 60 years. (Reg No d 5055.) He died in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. It is unknown what the disease of the Brain was that finally killed him. Diseases such as Alzeihmers Disease and Dementia were unheard of at that time and no clinical diagnosis was made other that a â€disease of the brain” He is buried in the Asylum cemetery which is submerged under the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne. Victoria. Following the death of her husband in 1865 Janet remained in Beechworth near her family living in what was described as a "slab house" She is buried in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, Grave 1013 Presbyterian Section. Records indicate that she died of 'old age" at 89 years. THE FAMILY OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY ( GILLIES) David Kennedy Junior came from Scotland on the "Athletae" "with parents" David was aged about 22 years, a bachelor and Cabinet Maker/Joiner by trade. Ellen "Helen" Gillies came as his future wife and indicated on the records that she came "with friends". Ellen was about 19 years, a spinster from Edinburgh Scotland. Ellen states on the marriage record that her father Adam Gillies was a Cordwainer (a shoemaker) and her mother was Mary Nelson. This conflicts with later information on her death certificate which indicates her father as Peter Gillies, profession unknown, and her mother as Jane Nelson. On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. David and Ellen gave birth to their first child David Joseph "At Sea" on the Athletae" in about 1854 David and Ellen were married on New Years Day in 1856. They were members of the Free Church of Scotland and married in the Church of St Peter in Eastern Hill Melbourne according to the rites of the Church of England by John Barbour in the presence of David Kennedy's sister Janet Burns Wallace (Kennedy) and Albert Wallace her husband. Although Ellen and Janet had said that they could read and write the marriage record is signed by them both with an x, indicating that they were not literate. As did his father, David Junior came to Australia to mine for gold on the Spring Creek goldfields. David and Ellen lived in Emerald Hill following their marriage where Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy was born in 1856 David and Ellen They gave birth to 6 more children, William Burns, John Burns, Elspeth Meldrum, Janet Wadell, Jane Shaw, Nelson Gillies, and Albert Wallace Kennedy (named after his friend who migrated to Australia and married his sister Janet, being the last child who died at three months and is buried with his grandmother, Janet, in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery The family moved to spring Creek sometime during or about 1856, to settle on the Beechworth goldfields. Rate records of 1857/8 indicate that they lived opposite the Newtown bridge owning "a building to the value of 10 shillings. (David Kennedy senior and his wife Janet also moved on to the goldfields as rate records indicate their presence in various houses/huts near their children. The slab house or tent was erected alongside those of other miners along the miner's race, which was the site of the original Spring Creek diggings. In later years 1864 - 1872 David Kennedy Junior owned land off Tomlinson's Rd at Silver Creek. This, according to local residents is the site of "Kennedy's Flat". In 1872 the family lived in a "weatherboards house" in Spring Creek ( later Beechworth ) next door to Albert Wallace and Jane Wallace ( Kennedy) David's sister and near Janet Kennedy ( Burns) senior who at that stage was the widow of David senior. Ellen Kennedy died in a housefire in 1872 leaving her young family and husband David. A sad and pathetic story is told in both the summary in the "Constitution" newspaper and the Inquest. She was buried by the Rev George Graham, Presbyterian Minister in the Beechworth Cemetery Her death was informed by John Dempster the Deputy Coroner who conducted the inquest in the house of David and Ellen on May 18, 1872. the Inquisition as it was termed was conducted by the Deputy coroner with a team of ' good and lawful' men of Beechworth. the finding was ' "accidental death by burning, her clothes catching on fire in her husband's house.The Oven and Murray Advertiser reports that Janet Kennedy, widow and mother in law of Ellen was told by her grandson Johnny that his mother had had an accident and would she please come. She was badly burnt and could barely speak. Dr Fox was called and ordered brandy and water and ointment. " But the case was hopeless' he said. Her husband David was informed by their daughter Elsie ( Elspeth) and informed the coroner that his wife was subject to fits of dizziness. Mary Strugnell a neighbour and the butcher's wife was called to render assistance. A full account of this incident is in the OMA and Coroner's Inquest. David Robert Kennedy died 1922 aged 89 at Nth Fitzroy at the home of John Barry his son in law. Reg No d 4668 (John Barry was married to his daughter Janet Wadell Kennedy).He was buried at the Booroondarra Cemetery on 10 April 1922 THE CHILDREN OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY Following the death of Ellen in 1872, David and Ellen's children were raised by their grandmother and father.As a miner David moved around within Spring Creek and Silver Creek.The children attended school in Beechworth, Silver Creek and Stanley,the latter a quartz mining settlement, which later became a timber and fruit growing area. Most of them married and worked at least fro sometime,probably until the gold rush had passed, in Beechworth - Stanley or Nine Mile as it was then known. David Joseph, the first of their children was raised and lived in his early years, in Beechworth with his parents. David a Blacksmith from Silver Creek ,married Mary Ann Osborne according to License at Reids Creek by the incumbent of Christ Church, Beechworth in 1877. Reg. m. No. 1235. Mary Ann Osborne,the daughter of Joseph Osborne and Elizabeth Sarah Johns. David was known as David Kennedy Junior at this stage as his grandafather David had died and was formerly David Senior, David Joseph's father was known as David Junior then and as each David passed on the title moved down. David and Mary Ann had 8 children. Ros Shennen in her expose of Beechworth, " Silver Threads and Golden Needles" records information about the Silver Creek SS No 2438 where the children attended school. In 1888 the trustees were invitied to make an extension of an extra classroom with an increase in the annual rental to 18 pounds. On October 27 1888 Matthew Hayes writing on behalf of the parents to the Education Dept said " the time has come when a State School building should be erected in this place". he pointed out the current ventilation and poor conditions of the existing school The letter was signed by a number of parents giving details of the children they expected would attend. David Kennedy expected 6 to attend. Index to Inspectors Register of Common School No 36 Beechworth 1864/65 indicated the children of David a Coachsmith at that stage, attending No 822 Mary b 17.4.79 No 823 Ellen b. 26.8.81 No 855 Janet b. 12.11.85 No 853 Joseph b. 18.9.87 No 435 Elspeth Eileen b 15.10.01 David b 4.10.11, son of David and Amy ( second marriage) was listed as also attending the school. Mary Ann died 1903, died aged 44 years Reg.d.No.12227, and is buried in Grave A1099 in the Presbyterian setion of the Beechworth Cemetery with 2 of her children, David James who died in 1890 aged 6 years and daughter Janet Burns Kennedy b. 1885 died in 1961. The headstone is inscribed with the words: Headstone: "Sacred to the Memory of Mary Ann.Beloved wife of David Kennedy died October 13 1903 aged 44 years.Also our little David.Aged 6 years" David later married Amy Roberts.This marriage brought forth a further 4 chuldren.His last place of residence prior to his death was Kerferd Rd Beechworth. David later returned to Melbourne to be with his family, following the death of Amy and died, aged 79 yearsat the residence of one of children in Ivanhoe. Rec. d. 544 A Post Mortem examination was held by Dr Mollison however the Coroner ordered the burial of the body without an Inquest. The information on the Beechworth cemetery record indicates that one of his late residences was St Kilda where he was a Boatbuilder. He is buried alonside his second wife Amy in the Catholic section of the Beechworth Cemetery in Grave.C203. David and Ellen's second child Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy, named after his mother Ellen Nelson Gillies was born in 1856 Emerald Hill and grew up with his family in Beechworth and Spring Creek. He married Lucy Sargant from Stanley in 1866 and had three children, all of whom were born in Stanley Robert and Lucy gave birth to David Robert,who later married Alice Ashby.David and Alice had a son Hector, who came to Moe via Walhalla and worked at George Morgans timber mill. Dorothy Basile one of their descendents lives in Moe. The family of Hector and Dorothy, David and Alice are all buried in Yallourn Cemetery.) Robert and Lucy lived in a weatherboard house was located on the main Stanley - Beechworth Road diagonally opposite the home of his Brother and Sister in law William and Matilda Kennedy.Sadly anoth child, daughter Ellen died in childbirth leaving twins Jane and Elizabeth who were raised by their grandparents as their own children, as was so often the case. Both Robert abd Lucy are buried in the Stanley Cemetery with a headstone placed by the twins, inscribed: In loving memory of our dear grandfather Robert Nelson Kennedy who passed away 8th December 1942, aged 86 years Also our dear grandmother Lucy Kennedy who passed away 26th December 1944, aged 78 years "Not gone from memory Not gone from love But gone to a better home above" Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy died on the 16th December 1942. The Ovens and Murray Valley Advertiser reported his death. â€He was born at Emerald Hill 86 years ago and (according to his family, ran away from home) came to Stanley aged 12 years. He became a shepherd in the hills of Beechworth for Mr Struggnell. Later he became a butcher for Messrs Lang,Murray ,Manton and Hill. He was employed in the Wallaby claim at Europa Gully. For many years he took an interest in the Stanley picnic and made the tea for the picknickers on New Years Day. He was a member of the Lodge and married Lucy Sargant. He has a son David and daughter Ellen. In 1998 his home was pulled down and the present owners are erecting a new home on the site" William Burns Kennedy was born to David and Ellen in 1858, 2 months following the birth of Mary Aiken Wallace (the child of Albert and Janet Wallace and close friend of David and Ellen). William later married Matilda Louisa and lived their lives on the Stanley Beechworth Road...................................William and Matilda did not have children however had an affinity with my grandfather Clarence John, son of Jane, and William's sister. William passed a treasured family bible to Clarence given to him on the occasion of his brother John's wedding. The bible, with its inscription, was given to William as a gift from William Tomlinson, the father of John's wife Harriet with the words inscribed: "To William Kennedy, From William Tomlinson with his Best Wishes January 1st 1886. I will fear not the grave where my ashes must lie. For my soul is immortal and never can die" William Burns Kennedy d Beechworth Victoria 1926. Reg No 8370. He was buried by the Rev.Wall in the Church of England Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, alongside his wife Matilda Louisa.B472 . Reg No B 14555 There is a special interest in the life of John Burns Kennedy who was born at Spring Creek in 1860 and married Harriet Tomlinson in 1886. Reg No m 4428.Her parents were In particular her parents William and Mary Ann Tomlinson ( Taylor). William Tomlinson owned land which is located on Tomlinson's Road off the Lower Stanley Road between Beechworth and Silver Creek. It was William who gave the bible to Wiiliam Kennedy which has been passed through my grandfather Clerenace and finnally to me. William and mary tomlinson have a beautiful marble headstone in the Beechworth cemetery, surrounded by lacework, but almost hidden from sight by a tree which has grown to enormous heights which is inscribed with the words: In loving memory of our dear mother Mary Ann Tomlinson who died in Beechworth Deptember 3 1897- 73 years. " we miss thee from thy place A shadow or conflict is remiss The sunshine of thy face We missthy mind and willing hand Thy fond and loving care Our home is dark without thee We miss thee everywhere" Also our dear father William Tomlinson who died October 30 1899 - 73 years. John and harriet lost three of their six children in 1898, as a result of a measles epidemic. The headstone on their grave at the beechworth Cemetery is inscribed" "Suffer the Little Children In loving memory of our beloved children Thomas Walter aged 61/2 years, Emily May, aged 31/2 years and Percival Arthur aged 31/2 months ." John Burns Kennedy died at the Age of 77 years in Footscray 1937. His wife Harriet died in 1929.Reg No d. 8370. Elspeth Meldrum Kennedy was born in Spring Creek in 1862Reg No B 6497. She later married David Smith scrivener from Geelong and spent the remainder of her life in Macedon, bearing 9 children. Elspeth Meldum Scrivners ancestors currently live in Cohuna Victoria. Janet Wadell kennedy was born in Spring Creek Victoria, in 1863 Reg No b. 18973 and later married a John Barry from Bright. There is some speculation that John Barry is related to Ellen Barry, the wife of Aaron Sherrit, member and informant of the notoriious Kelly Gang. Jane Shaw Nelson Gillies Kennedy, my maternal great grandmother was born in 1865.Shye was assisted into the world by District Midwife of note, a Mrs Job Stone. She grew up in Beechworth with her family and then went to Melbourne to give birth to Clarence at 198 George Street Fitzroyin 1894. Clarence's father is unknown, however following his birth she returned to Beechworth/Silver Creek to be near her family. In 1872 the year her mother died she was, according to the Rate Books of Beechworth - livinged in a "weatherboard house". She nominated her occupation as " a domestic". There were many hotels in Spring Creek/Silver Creek/Hurdle Flat and Stanley and most if not all women not otherwise employed were domestics in the hotels. She married Thomas Blackmore of Stanley 2 years after my grandfather Clarence was born, in 1896. Married by Presbyterian minister Rev William Cooper, at the home of mr William Sargant. They gave their occupations as a Domestic and a Splitter. Witnesses to the ceremony were were William Sargeant and Elizabeth Mary Sargeant. ( The Sargeant family were related to Jane as her brother Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy married Lucy Sargearnt .) William Sargeant was part of Lucy's family. Thomas Blackmore nominated his age as 19 years and Jane 29 years. According to the birth record of Thomas it seems he was 21 years.Jane and Thomas raised three children of this marriage Ellen Carol b 1899 Stanley, David Robert b 1897 Stanley and Matilda Jane b 1905 Stanley. Clarence John, my grandfather, as the step child of Thomas Blackmore was raised as a Blackmore, however he was also known as Kennedy. Naval records of Clarence record for WW1 that he was raised as a Blackmore and entered the navy in 1913 as Clarence Blackmore. It was later during the War that he requested the navy to change his name to his birthname Kennedy. Thomas and Jane and their children spent most of early their lives in Stanley lived in Stanley, where Thomas had worked as a Labourer on his family farm in Blackmore's Road at the junction of the Lower and Upper Stanly Roads. The rate records of the United Shire of Beechworth indicate that Jane and Thomas were resident at Back Creek ( between Silver Creek and Stanley in both 1903 and 1908 where they were neighbours of Robert and Annie Blackmore the parents of Thomas.) According to the records of both Mr Geoff Craig and M.Roslyn Shennan in their historiesof Beechworth, both the Blackmore and Sargant families were very involved in the annual Silver Creek picnics along with all residents of Stanley. The Sargeants and Blackmores played together as children in Stanley. OMA May 5 1915 reports a bicycle accident involving David and Willie, who it seems was being "dinked" on the back of the bicycle up the hill in Camp Street. Jane died aged 82 years in Reid Street North Fitzroy. Reg No d 2816, and is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery alongside her husband Thomas in an unmarked grave. F Grave No 894 Presbyterian.Reg No b 690. Raybolds conducted the funeral. The company has since been taken over by xxxxx T THE LIFE OF DAVID AND JANET KENNEDY (BURNS) AND THEIR FAMILIES FOLLOWING THEIR MIGRATION FROM SCOTLAND IN 1854-55 Janet Burns was born in Kilsyth Scotland in abt 1804. Her future husband, David Kennedy was born in Falkirk, in the County of Stirling in Scotland abt 1805. She married David , a Mason, on the 19 November 1830.The marriage record - a record from the old parochial registers No 50200 from the Parish of Falkirk in the County of Stirling indicates that David Kennedy married Janet Burns from the Parish of Kilsyth. David Kennedy’s home of Falkirk, lies midway between Ediburgh and t he County of Stirling. Falkirk means " speckled church" or the "church built of mottles stone". Falkirk is of historical significance insofar as it dates to the Romans in AD 32. Two significant battles were fought in Falkirk, the first in 1298 when William Wallace was defeated by the English. His defeat however was the catalyst for Scotland's independence. In the second bsttle Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Haovarians in 1746. Much later Saxon families moved to the area and were granted land in the Lothians in which lay the district of Falkirk which ultimately became a centre for industries such as iron , timber,chemicals and a distillery. David and Janet and their family came from Scotland as immigrants on the ship "Athletae", 1060 Tonnes, which left Birkenhead UK in November 1854 and arrived in Australia in February 1855 under the Captaincy of H Bradley, a ship carrying 409 assisted migrants, David ( Senior) as he became known, was aged 40 years, his wife Janet Burns Kennedy was aged 44 years and four children David Robert Kennedy, born 1831 William Burns Kennedy, born 1833 Janet Burns Kennedy born 1840 and Ann Kennedy born 1841 who state on the record they came "with parents" On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. Ships records as follows: Page 39&45 Book No 12, Page 39 & 45 Book 12. David Kennedy and his family on their arrival in Australia went to Emerald Hill. They later moved to Beechworth, having been part of the influx of Immigrants to the gold rushes in Victoria. Gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852 and the area became known as the Ovens Goldfields. One of the biggest rushes took place at Silver Creek in 1856. Holes had been dug to fifty feet in depth and sluicing was carried on in the bed of the river. According to Ros Shennan in her book â€Silver Threads and golden Needles� ‌it was the middle of Winter and water was a problem‌.Along the creek for about a quarter of a mile to the right, a Mr Kennedy had first hole on the flat, and the area was subsequently known as â€Kennedy’s Flat�. This claim belonged to my third great grandfather David kennedy who was apparently successful for it was reported in the "Constitution" that the popular cry at Silver Creek was " forward to Kennedy's claim". According to reports at that time Silver Creek was a frenzy of activity. David died in 1865 aged 60 years. (Reg No d 5055.) He died in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. It is unknown what the disease of the Brain was that finally killed him. Diseases such as Alzeihmers Disease and Dementia were unheard of at that time and no clinical diagnosis was made other that a â€disease of the brain� He is buried in the Asylum cemetery which is submerged under the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne. Victoria. Following the death of her husband in 1865 Janet remained in Beechworth near her family living in what was described as a "slab house" She is buried in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, Grave 1013 Presbyterian Section. Records indicate that she died of 'old age" at 89 years. THE FAMILY OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY ( GILLIES) David Kennedy Junior came from Scotland on the "Athletae" "with parents" David was aged about 22 years, a bachelor and Cabinet Maker/Joiner by trade. Ellen "Helen" Gillies came as his future wife and indicated on the records that she came "with friends". Ellen was about 19 years, a spinster from Edinburgh Scotland. Ellen states on the marriage record that her father Adam Gillies was a Cordwainer (a shoemaker) and her mother was Mary Nelson. This conflicts with later information on her death certificate which indicates her father as Peter Gillies, profession unknown, and her mother as Jane Nelson. On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. David and Ellen gave birth to their first child David Joseph "At Sea" on the Athletae" in about 1854 David and Ellen were married on New Years Day in 1856. They were members of the Free Church of Scotland and married in the Church of St Peter in Eastern Hill Melbourne according to the rites of the Church of England by John Barbour in the presence of David Kennedy's sister Janet Burns Wallace (Kennedy) and Albert Wallace her husband. Although Ellen and Janet had said that they could read and write the marriage record is signed by them both with an x, indicating that they were not literate. As did his father, David Junior came to Australia to mine for gold on the Spring Creek goldfields. David and Ellen lived in Emerald Hill following their marriage where Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy was born in 1856 David and Ellen They gave birth to 6 more children, William Burns, John Burns, Elspeth Meldrum, Janet Wadell, Jane Shaw, Nelson Gillies, and Albert Wallace Kennedy (named after his friend who migrated to Australia and married his sister Janet, being the last child who died at three months and is buried with his grandmother, Janet, in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery The family moved to spring Creek sometime during or about 1856, to settle on the Beechworth goldfields. Rate records of 1857/8 indicate that they lived opposite the Newtown bridge owning "a building to the value of 10 shillings. (David Kennedy senior and his wife Janet also moved on to the goldfields as rate records indicate their presence in various houses/huts near their children. The slab house or tent was erected alongside those of other miners along the miner's race, which was the site of the original Spring Creek diggings. In later years 1864 - 1872 David Kennedy Junior owned land off Tomlinson's Rd at Silver Creek. This, according to local residents is the site of "Kennedy's Flat". In 1872 the family lived in a "weatherboards house" in Spring Creek ( later Beechworth ) next door to Albert Wallace and Jane Wallace ( Kennedy) David's sister and near Janet Kennedy ( Burns) senior who at that stage was the widow of David senior. Ellen Kennedy died in a housefire in 1872 leaving her young family and husband David. A sad and pathetic story is told in both the summary in the "Constitution" newspaper and the Inquest. She was buried by the Rev George Graham, Presbyterian Minister in the Beechworth Cemetery Her death was informed by John Dempster the Deputy Coroner who conducted the inquest in the house of David and Ellen on May 18, 1872. the Inquisition as it was termed was conducted by the Deputy coroner with a team of ' good and lawful' men of Beechworth. the finding was ' "accidental death by burning, her clothes catching on fire in her husband's house.The Oven and Murray Advertiser reports that Janet Kennedy, widow and mother in law of Ellen was told by her grandson Johnny that his mother had had an accident and would she please come. She was badly burnt and could barely speak. Dr Fox was called and ordered brandy and water and ointment. " But the case was hopeless' he said. Her husband David was informed by their daughter Elsie ( Elspeth) and informed the coroner that his wife was subject to fits of dizziness. Mary Strugnell a neighbour and the butcher's wife was called to render assistance. A full account of this incident is in the OMA and Coroner's Inquest. David Robert Kennedy died 1922 aged 89 at Nth Fitzroy at the home of John Barry his son in law. Reg No d 4668 (John Barry was married to his daughter Janet Wadell Kennedy).He was buried at the Booroondarra Cemetery on 10 April 1922 THE CHILDREN OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY Following the death of Ellen in 1872, David and Ellen's children were raised by their grandmother and father.As a miner David moved around within Spring Creek and Silver Creek.The children attended school in Beechworth, Silver Creek and Stanley,the latter a quartz mining settlement, which later became a timber and fruit growing area. Most of them married and worked at least fro sometime,probably until the gold rush had passed, in Beechworth - Stanley or Nine Mile as it was then known. David Joseph, the first of their children was raised and lived in his early years, in Beechworth with his parents. David a Blacksmith from Silver Creek ,married Mary Ann Osborne according to License at Reids Creek by the incumbent of Christ Church, Beechworth in 1877. Reg. m. No. 1235. Mary Ann Osborne,the daughter of Joseph Osborne and Elizabeth Sarah Johns. David was known as David Kennedy Junior at this stage as his grandafather David had died and was formerly David Senior, David Joseph's father was known as David Junior then and as each David passed on the title moved down. David and Mary Ann had 8 children. Ros Shennen in her expose of Beechworth, " Silver Threads and Golden Needles" records information about the Silver Creek SS No 2438 where the children attended school. In 1888 the trustees were invitied to make an extension of an extra classroom with an increase in the annual rental to 18 pounds. On October 27 1888 Matthew Hayes writing on behalf of the parents to the Education Dept said " the time has come when a State School building should be erected in this place". he pointed out the current ventilation and poor conditions of the existing school The letter was signed by a number of parents giving details of the children they expected would attend. David Kennedy expected 6 to attend. Index to Inspectors Register of Common School No 36 Beechworth 1864/65 indicated the children of David a Coachsmith at that stage, attending No 822 Mary b 17.4.79 No 823 Ellen b. 26.8.81 No 855 Janet b. 12.11.85 No 853 Joseph b. 18.9.87 No 435 Elspeth Eileen b 15.10.01 David b 4.10.11, son of David and Amy ( second marriage) was listed as also attending the school. Mary Ann died 1903, died aged 44 years Reg.d.No.12227, and is buried in Grave A1099 in the Presbyterian setion of the Beechworth Cemetery with 2 of her children, David James who died in 1890 aged 6 years and daughter Janet Burns Kennedy b. 1885 died in 1961. The headstone is inscribed with the words: Headstone: "Sacred to the Memory of Mary Ann.Beloved wife of David Kennedy died October 13 1903 aged 44 years.Also our little David.Aged 6 years" David later married Amy Roberts.This marriage brought forth a further 4 chuldren.His last place of residence prior to his death was Kerferd Rd Beechworth. David later returned to Melbourne to be with his family, following the death of Amy and died, aged 79 yearsat the residence of one of children in Ivanhoe. Rec. d. 544 A Post Mortem examination was held by Dr Mollison however the Coroner ordered the burial of the body without an Inquest. The information on the Beechworth cemetery record indicates that one of his late residences was St Kilda where he was a Boatbuilder. He is buried alonside his second wife Amy in the Catholic section of the Beechworth Cemetery in Grave.C203. David and Ellen's second child Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy, named after his mother Ellen Nelson Gillies was born in 1856 Emerald Hill and grew up with his family in Beechworth and Spring Creek. He married Lucy Sargant from Stanley in 1866 and had three children, all of whom were born in Stanley Robert and Lucy gave birth to David Robert,who later married Alice Ashby.David and Alice had a son Hector, who came to Moe via Walhalla and worked at George Morgans timber mill. Dorothy Basile one of their descendents lives in Moe. The family of Hector and Dorothy, David and Alice are all buried in Yallourn Cemetery.) Robert and Lucy lived in a weatherboard house was located on the main Stanley - Beechworth Road diagonally opposite the home of his Brother and Sister in law William and Matilda Kennedy.Sadly anoth child, daughter Ellen died in childbirth leaving twins Jane and Elizabeth who were raised by their grandparents as their own children, as was so often the case. Both Robert abd Lucy are buried in the Stanley Cemetery with a headstone placed by the twins, inscribed: In loving memory of our dear grandfather Robert Nelson Kennedy who passed away 8th December 1942, aged 86 years Also our dear grandmother Lucy Kennedy who passed away 26th December 1944, aged 78 years "Not gone from memory Not gone from love But gone to a better home above" Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy died on the 16th December 1942. The Ovens and Murray Valley Advertiser reported his death. â€He was born at Emerald Hill 86 years ago and (according to his family, ran away from home) came to Stanley aged 12 years. He became a shepherd in the hills of Beechworth for Mr Struggnell. Later he became a butcher for Messrs Lang,Murray ,Manton and Hill. He was employed in the Wallaby claim at Europa Gully. For many years he took an interest in the Stanley picnic and made the tea for the picknickers on New Years Day. He was a member of the Lodge and married Lucy Sargant. He has a son David and daughter Ellen. In 1998 his home was pulled down and the present owners are erecting a new home on the site" William Burns Kennedy was born to David and Ellen in 1858, 2 months following the birth of Mary Aiken Wallace (the child of Albert and Janet Wallace and close friend of David and Ellen). William later married Matilda Louisa and lived their lives on the Stanley Beechworth Road...................................William and Matilda did not have children however had an affinity with my grandfather Clarence John, son of Jane, and William's sister. William passed a treasured family bible to Clarence given to him on the occasion of his brother John's wedding. The bible, with its inscription, was given to William as a gift from William Tomlinson, the father of John's wife Harriet with the words inscribed: "To William Kennedy, From William Tomlinson with his Best Wishes January 1st 1886. I will fear not the grave where my ashes must lie. For my soul is immortal and never can die" William Burns Kennedy d Beechworth Victoria 1926. Reg No 8370. He was buried by the Rev.Wall in the Church of England Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, alongside his wife Matilda Louisa.B472 . Reg No B 14555 There is a special interest in the life of John Burns Kennedy who was born at Spring Creek in 1860 and married Harriet Tomlinson in 1886. Reg No m 4428.Her parents were In particular her parents William and Mary Ann Tomlinson ( Taylor). William Tomlinson owned land which is located on Tomlinson's Road off the Lower Stanley Road between Beechworth and Silver Creek. It was William who gave the bible to Wiiliam Kennedy which has been passed through my grandfather Clerenace and finnally to me. William and mary tomlinson have a beautiful marble headstone in the Beechworth cemetery, surrounded by lacework, but almost hidden from sight by a tree which has grown to enormous heights which is inscribed with the words: In loving memory of our dear mother Mary Ann Tomlinson who died in Beechworth Deptember 3 1897- 73 years. " we miss thee from thy place A shadow or conflict is remiss The sunshine of thy face We missthy mind and willing hand Thy fond and loving care Our home is dark without thee We miss thee everywhere" Also our dear father William Tomlinson who died October 30 1899 - 73 years. John and harriet lost three of their six children in 1898, as a result of a measles epidemic. The headstone on their grave at the beechworth Cemetery is inscribed" "Suffer the Little Children In loving memory of our beloved children Thomas Walter aged 61/2 years, Emily May, aged 31/2 years and Percival Arthur aged 31/2 months ." John Burns Kennedy died at the Age of 77 years in Footscray 1937. His wife Harriet died in 1929.Reg No d. 8370. Elspeth Meldrum Kennedy was born in Spring Creek in 1862Reg No B 6497. She later married David Smith scrivener from Geelong and spent the remainder of her life in Macedon, bearing 9 children. Elspeth Meldum Scrivners ancestors currently live in Cohuna Victoria. Janet Wadell kennedy was born in Spring Creek Victoria, in 1863 Reg No b. 18973 and later married a John Barry from Bright. There is some speculation that John Barry is related to Ellen Barry, the wife of Aaron Sherrit, member and informant of the notoriious Kelly Gang. Jane Shaw Nelson Gillies Kennedy, my maternal great grandmother was born in 1865.Shye was assisted into the world by District Midwife of note, a Mrs Job Stone. She grew up in Beechworth with her family and then went to Melbourne to give birth to Clarence at 198 George Street Fitzroyin 1894. Clarence's father is unknown, however following his birth she returned to Beechworth/Silver Creek to be near her family. In 1872 the year her mother died she was, according to the Rate Books of Beechworth - livinged in a "weatherboard house". She nominated her occupation as " a domestic". There were many hotels in Spring Creek/Silver Creek/Hurdle Flat and Stanley and most if not all women not otherwise employed were domestics in the hotels. She married Thomas Blackmore of Stanley 2 years after my grandfather Clarence was born, in 1896. Married by Presbyterian minister Rev William Cooper, at the home of mr William Sargant. They gave their occupations as a Domestic and a Splitter. Witnesses to the ceremony were were William Sargeant and Elizabeth Mary Sargeant. ( The Sargeant family were related to Jane as her brother Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy married Lucy Sargearnt .) William Sargeant was part of Lucy's family. Thomas Blackmore nominated his age as 19 years and Jane 29 years. According to the birth record of Thomas it seems he was 21 years.Jane and Thomas raised three children of this marriage Ellen Carol b 1899 Stanley, David Robert b 1897 Stanley and Matilda Jane b 1905 Stanley. Clarence John, my grandfather, as the step child of Thomas Blackmore was raised as a Blackmore, however he was also known as Kennedy. Naval records of Clarence record for WW1 that he was raised as a Blackmore and entered the navy in 1913 as Clarence Blackmore. It was later during the War that he requested the navy to change his name to his birthname Kennedy. Thomas and Jane and their children spent most of early their lives in Stanley lived in Stanley, where Thomas had worked as a Labourer on his family farm in Blackmore's Road at the junction of the Lower and Upper Stanly Roads. The rate records of the United Shire of Beechworth indicate that Jane and Thomas were resident at Back Creek ( between Silver Creek and Stanley in both 1903 and 1908 where they were neighbours of Robert and Annie Blackmore the parents of Thomas.) According to the records of both Mr Geoff Craig and M.Roslyn Shennan in their historiesof Beechworth, both the Blackmore and Sargant families were very involved in the annual Silver Creek picnics along with all residents of Stanley. The Sargeants and Blackmores played together as children in Stanley. OMA May 5 1915 reports a bicycle accident involving David and Willie, who it seems was being "dinked" on the back of the bicycle up the hill in Camp Street. Jane died aged 82 years in Reid Street North Fitzroy. Reg No d 2816, and is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery alongside her husband Thomas in an unmarked grave. F Grave No 894 Presbyterian.Reg No b 690. Raybolds conducted the funeral. The company has since been taken over by xxxxx T THE LIFE OF DAVID AND JANET KENNEDY (BURNS) AND THEIR FAMILIES FOLLOWING THEIR MIGRATION FROM SCOTLAND IN 1854-55 Janet Burns was born in Kilsyth Scotland in abt 1804. Her future husband, David Kennedy was born in Falkirk, in the County of Stirling in Scotland abt 1805. She married David , a Mason, on the 19 November 1830.The marriage record - a record from the old parochial registers No 50200 from the Parish of Falkirk in the County of Stirling indicates that David Kennedy married Janet Burns from the Parish of Kilsyth. David Kennedy’s home of Falkirk, lies midway between Ediburgh and t he County of Stirling. Falkirk means " speckled church" or the "church built of mottles stone". Falkirk is of historical significance insofar as it dates to the Romans in AD 32. Two significant battles were fought in Falkirk, the first in 1298 when William Wallace was defeated by the English. His defeat however was the catalyst for Scotland's independence. In the second bsttle Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Haovarians in 1746. Much later Saxon families moved to the area and were granted land in the Lothians in which lay the district of Falkirk which ultimately became a centre for industries such as iron , timber,chemicals and a distillery. David and Janet and their family came from Scotland as immigrants on the ship "Athletae", 1060 Tonnes, which left Birkenhead UK in November 1854 and arrived in Australia in February 1855 under the Captaincy of H Bradley, a ship carrying 409 assisted migrants, David ( Senior) as he became known, was aged 40 years, his wife Janet Burns Kennedy was aged 44 years and four children David Robert Kennedy, born 1831 William Burns Kennedy, born 1833 Janet Burns Kennedy born 1840 and Ann Kennedy born 1841 who state on the record they came "with parents" On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. Ships records as follows: Page 39&45 Book No 12, Page 39 & 45 Book 12. David Kennedy and his family on their arrival in Australia went to Emerald Hill. They later moved to Beechworth, having been part of the influx of Immigrants to the gold rushes in Victoria. Gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852 and the area became known as the Ovens Goldfields. One of the biggest rushes took place at Silver Creek in 1856. Holes had been dug to fifty feet in depth and sluicing was carried on in the bed of the river. According to Ros Shennan in her book â€Silver Threads and golden Needles” ‌it was the middle of Winter and water was a problem‌.Along the creek for about a quarter of a mile to the right, a Mr Kennedy had first hole on the flat, and the area was subsequently known as ����������������������€Kennedy’s Flat”. This claim belonged to my third great grandfather David kennedy who was apparently successful for it was reported in the "Constitution" that the popular cry at Silver Creek was " forward to Kennedy's claim". According to reports at that time Silver Creek was a frenzy of activity. David died in 1865 aged 60 years. (Reg No d 5055.) He died in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. It is unknown what the disease of the Brain was that finally killed him. Diseases such as Alzeihmers Disease and Dementia were unheard of at that time and no clinical diagnosis was made other that a â€disease of the brain” He is buried in the Asylum cemetery which is submerged under the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne. Victoria. Following the death of her husband in 1865 Janet remained in Beechworth near her family living in what was described as a "slab house" She is buried in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, Grave 1013 Presbyterian Section. Records indicate that she died of 'old age" at 89 years. THE FAMILY OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY ( GILLIES) David Kennedy Junior came from Scotland on the "Athletae" "with parents" David was aged about 22 years, a bachelor and Cabinet Maker/Joiner by trade. Ellen "Helen" Gillies came as his future wife and indicated on the records that she came "with friends". Ellen was about 19 years, a spinster from Edinburgh Scotland. Ellen states on the marriage record that her father Adam Gillies was a Cordwainer (a shoemaker) and her mother was Mary Nelson. This conflicts with later information on her death certificate which indicates her father as Peter Gillies, profession unknown, and her mother as Jane Nelson. On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. David and Ellen gave birth to their first child David Joseph "At Sea" on the Athletae" in about 1854 David and Ellen were married on New Years Day in 1856. They were members of the Free Church of Scotland and married in the Church of St Peter in Eastern Hill Melbourne according to the rites of the Church of England by John Barbour in the presence of David Kennedy's sister Janet Burns Wallace (Kennedy) and Albert Wallace her husband. Although Ellen and Janet had said that they could read and write the marriage record is signed by them both with an x, indicating that they were not literate. As did his father, David Junior came to Australia to mine for gold on the Spring Creek goldfields. David and Ellen lived in Emerald Hill following their marriage where Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy was born in 1856 David and Ellen They gave birth to 6 more children, William Burns, John Burns, Elspeth Meldrum, Janet Wadell, Jane Shaw, Nelson Gillies, and Albert Wallace Kennedy (named after his friend who migrated to Australia and married his sister Janet, being the last child who died at three months and is buried with his grandmother, Janet, in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery The family moved to spring Creek sometime during or about 1856, to settle on the Beechworth goldfields. Rate records of 1857/8 indicate that they lived opposite the Newtown bridge owning "a building to the value of 10 shillings. (David Kennedy senior and his wife Janet also moved on to the goldfields as rate records indicate their presence in various houses/huts near their children. The slab house or tent was erected alongside those of other miners along the miner's race, which was the site of the original Spring Creek diggings. In later years 1864 - 1872 David Kennedy Junior owned land off Tomlinson's Rd at Silver Creek. This, according to local residents is the site of "Kennedy's Flat". In 1872 the family lived in a "weatherboards house" in Spring Creek ( later Beechworth ) next door to Albert Wallace and Jane Wallace ( Kennedy) David's sister and near Janet Kennedy ( Burns) senior who at that stage was the widow of David senior. Ellen Kennedy died in a housefire in 1872 leaving her young family and husband David. A sad and pathetic story is told in both the summary in the "Constitution" newspaper and the Inquest. She was buried by the Rev George Graham, Presbyterian Minister in the Beechworth Cemetery Her death was informed by John Dempster the Deputy Coroner who conducted the inquest in the house of David and Ellen on May 18, 1872. the Inquisition as it was termed was conducted by the Deputy coroner with a team of ' good and lawful' men of Beechworth. the finding was ' "accidental death by burning, her clothes catching on fire in her husband's house.The Oven and Murray Advertiser reports that Janet Kennedy, widow and mother in law of Ellen was told by her grandson Johnny that his mother had had an accident and would she please come. She was badly burnt and could barely speak. Dr Fox was called and ordered brandy and water and ointment. " But the case was hopeless' he said. Her husband David was informed by their daughter Elsie ( Elspeth) and informed the coroner that his wife was subject to fits of dizziness. Mary Strugnell a neighbour and the butcher's wife was called to render assistance. A full account of this incident is in the OMA and Coroner's Inquest. David Robert Kennedy died 1922 aged 89 at Nth Fitzroy at the home of John Barry his son in law. Reg No d 4668 (John Barry was married to his daughter Janet Wadell Kennedy).He was buried at the Booroondarra Cemetery on 10 April 1922 THE CHILDREN OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY Following the death of Ellen in 1872, David and Ellen's children were raised by their grandmother and father.As a miner David moved around within Spring Creek and Silver Creek.The children attended school in Beechworth, Silver Creek and Stanley,the latter a quartz mining settlement, which later became a timber and fruit growing area. Most of them married and worked at least fro sometime,probably until the gold rush had passed, in Beechworth - Stanley or Nine Mile as it was then known. David Joseph, the first of their children was raised and lived in his early years, in Beechworth with his parents. David a Blacksmith from Silver Creek ,married Mary Ann Osborne according to License at Reids Creek by the incumbent of Christ Church, Beechworth in 1877. Reg. m. No. 1235. Mary Ann Osborne,the daughter of Joseph Osborne and Elizabeth Sarah Johns. David was known as David Kennedy Junior at this stage as his grandafather David had died and was formerly David Senior, David Joseph's father was known as David Junior then and as each David passed on the title moved down. David and Mary Ann had 8 children. Ros Shennen in her expose of Beechworth, " Silver Threads and Golden Needles" records information about the Silver Creek SS No 2438 where the children attended school. In 1888 the trustees were invitied to make an extension of an extra classroom with an increase in the annual rental to 18 pounds. On October 27 1888 Matthew Hayes writing on behalf of the parents to the Education Dept said " the time has come when a State School building should be erected in this place". he pointed out the current ventilation and poor conditions of the existing school The letter was signed by a number of parents giving details of the children they expected would attend. David Kennedy expected 6 to attend. Index to Inspectors Register of Common School No 36 Beechworth 1864/65 indicated the children of David a Coachsmith at that stage, attending No 822 Mary b 17.4.79 No 823 Ellen b. 26.8.81 No 855 Janet b. 12.11.85 No 853 Joseph b. 18.9.87 No 435 Elspeth Eileen b 15.10.01 David b 4.10.11, son of David and Amy ( second marriage) was listed as also attending the school. Mary Ann died 1903, died aged 44 years Reg.d.No.12227, and is buried in Grave A1099 in the Presbyterian setion of the Beechworth Cemetery with 2 of her children, David James who died in 1890 aged 6 years and daughter Janet Burns Kennedy b. 1885 died in 1961. The headstone is inscribed with the words: Headstone: "Sacred to the Memory of Mary Ann.Beloved wife of David Kennedy died October 13 1903 aged 44 years.Also our little David.Aged 6 years" David later married Amy Roberts.This marriage brought forth a further 4 chuldren.His last place of residence prior to his death was Kerferd Rd Beechworth. David later returned to Melbourne to be with his family, following the death of Amy and died, aged 79 yearsat the residence of one of children in Ivanhoe. Rec. d. 544 A Post Mortem examination was held by Dr Mollison however the Coroner ordered the burial of the body without an Inquest. The information on the Beechworth cemetery record indicates that one of his late residences was St Kilda where he was a Boatbuilder. He is buried alonside his second wife Amy in the Catholic section of the Beechworth Cemetery in Grave.C203. David and Ellen's second child Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy, named after his mother Ellen Nelson Gillies was born in 1856 Emerald Hill and grew up with his family in Beechworth and Spring Creek. He married Lucy Sargant from Stanley in 1866 and had three children, all of whom were born in Stanley Robert and Lucy gave birth to David Robert,who later married Alice Ashby.David and Alice had a son Hector, who came to Moe via Walhalla and worked at George Morgans timber mill. Dorothy Basile one of their descendents lives in Moe. The family of Hector and Dorothy, David and Alice are all buried in Yallourn Cemetery.) Robert and Lucy lived in a weatherboard house was located on the main Stanley - Beechworth Road diagonally opposite the home of his Brother and Sister in law William and Matilda Kennedy.Sadly anoth child, daughter Ellen died in childbirth leaving twins Jane and Elizabeth who were raised by their grandparents as their own children, as was so often the case. Both Robert abd Lucy are buried in the Stanley Cemetery with a headstone placed by the twins, inscribed: In loving memory of our dear grandfather Robert Nelson Kennedy who passed away 8th December 1942, aged 86 years Also our dear grandmother Lucy Kennedy who passed away 26th December 1944, aged 78 years "Not gone from memory Not gone from love But gone to a better home above" Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy died on the 16th December 1942. The Ovens and Murray Valley Advertiser reported his death. â€He was born at Emerald Hill 86 years ago and (according to his family, ran away from home) came to Stanley aged 12 years. He became a shepherd in the hills of Beechworth for Mr Struggnell. Later he became a butcher for Messrs Lang,Murray ,Manton and Hill. He was employed in the Wallaby claim at Europa Gully. For many years he took an interest in the Stanley picnic and made the tea for the picknickers on New Years Day. He was a member of the Lodge and married Lucy Sargant. He has a son David and daughter Ellen. In 1998 his home was pulled down and the present owners are erecting a new home on the site" William Burns Kennedy was born to David and Ellen in 1858, 2 months following the birth of Mary Aiken Wallace (the child of Albert and Janet Wallace and close friend of David and Ellen). William later married Matilda Louisa and lived their lives on the Stanley Beechworth Road...................................William and Matilda did not have children however had an affinity with my grandfather Clarence John, son of Jane, and William's sister. William passed a treasured family bible to Clarence given to him on the occasion of his brother John's wedding. The bible, with its inscription, was given to William as a gift from William Tomlinson, the father of John's wife Harriet with the words inscribed: "To William Kennedy, From William Tomlinson with his Best Wishes January 1st 1886. I will fear not the grave where my ashes must lie. For my soul is immortal and never can die" William Burns Kennedy d Beechworth Victoria 1926. Reg No 8370. He was buried by the Rev.Wall in the Church of England Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, alongside his wife Matilda Louisa.B472 . Reg No B 14555 There is a special interest in the life of John Burns Kennedy who was born at Spring Creek in 1860 and married Harriet Tomlinson in 1886. Reg No m 4428.Her parents were In particular her parents William and Mary Ann Tomlinson ( Taylor). William Tomlinson owned land which is located on Tomlinson's Road off the Lower Stanley Road between Beechworth and Silver Creek. It was William who gave the bible to Wiiliam Kennedy which has been passed through my grandfather Clerenace and finnally to me. William and mary tomlinson have a beautiful marble headstone in the Beechworth cemetery, surrounded by lacework, but almost hidden from sight by a tree which has grown to enormous heights which is inscribed with the words: In loving memory of our dear mother Mary Ann Tomlinson who died in Beechworth Deptember 3 1897- 73 years. " we miss thee from thy place A shadow or conflict is remiss The sunshine of thy face We missthy mind and willing hand Thy fond and loving care Our home is dark without thee We miss thee everywhere" Also our dear father William Tomlinson who died October 30 1899 - 73 years. John and harriet lost three of their six children in 1898, as a result of a measles epidemic. The headstone on their grave at the beechworth Cemetery is inscribed" "Suffer the Little Children In loving memory of our beloved children Thomas Walter aged 61/2 years, Emily May, aged 31/2 years and Percival Arthur aged 31/2 months ." John Burns Kennedy died at the Age of 77 years in Footscray 1937. His wife Harriet died in 1929.Reg No d. 8370. Elspeth Meldrum Kennedy was born in Spring Creek in 1862Reg No B 6497. She later married David Smith scrivener from Geelong and spent the remainder of her life in Macedon, bearing 9 children. Elspeth Meldum Scrivners ancestors currently live in Cohuna Victoria. Janet Wadell kennedy was born in Spring Creek Victoria, in 1863 Reg No b. 18973 and later married a John Barry from Bright. There is some speculation that John Barry is related to Ellen Barry, the wife of Aaron Sherrit, member and informant of the notoriious Kelly Gang. Jane Shaw Nelson Gillies Kennedy, my maternal great grandmother was born in 1865.Shye was assisted into the world by District Midwife of note, a Mrs Job Stone. She grew up in Beechworth with her family and then went to Melbourne to give birth to Clarence at 198 George Street Fitzroyin 1894. Clarence's father is unknown, however following his birth she returned to Beechworth/Silver Creek to be near her family. In 1872 the year her mother died she was, according to the Rate Books of Beechworth - livinged in a "weatherboard house". She nominated her occupation as " a domestic". There were many hotels in Spring Creek/Silver Creek/Hurdle Flat and Stanley and most if not all women not otherwise employed were domestics in the hotels. She married Thomas Blackmore of Stanley 2 years after my grandfather Clarence was born, in 1896. Married by Presbyterian minister Rev William Cooper, at the home of mr William Sargant. They gave their occupations as a Domestic and a Splitter. Witnesses to the ceremony were were William Sargeant and Elizabeth Mary Sargeant. ( The Sargeant family were related to Jane as her brother Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy married Lucy Sargearnt .) William Sargeant was part of Lucy's family. Thomas Blackmore nominated his age as 19 years and Jane 29 years. According to the birth record of Thomas it seems he was 21 years.Jane and Thomas raised three children of this marriage Ellen Carol b 1899 Stanley, David Robert b 1897 Stanley and Matilda Jane b 1905 Stanley. Clarence John, my grandfather, as the step child of Thomas Blackmore was raised as a Blackmore, however he was also known as Kennedy. Naval records of Clarence record for WW1 that he was raised as a Blackmore and entered the navy in 1913 as Clarence Blackmore. It was later during the War that he requested the navy to change his name to his birthname Kennedy. Thomas and Jane and their children spent most of early their lives in Stanley lived in Stanley, where Thomas had worked as a Labourer on his family farm in Blackmore's Road at the junction of the Lower and Upper Stanly Roads. The rate records of the United Shire of Beechworth indicate that Jane and Thomas were resident at Back Creek ( between Silver Creek and Stanley in both 1903 and 1908 where they were neighbours of Robert and Annie Blackmore the parents of Thomas.) According to the records of both Mr Geoff Craig and M.Roslyn Shennan in their historiesof Beechworth, both the Blackmore and Sargant families were very involved in the annual Silver Creek picnics along with all residents of Stanley. The Sargeants and Blackmores played together as children in Stanley. OMA May 5 1915 reports a bicycle accident involving David and Willie, who it seems was being "dinked" on the back of the bicycle up the hill in Camp Street. Jane died aged 82 years in Reid Street North Fitzroy. Reg No d 2816, and is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery alongside her husband Thomas in an unmarked grave. F Grave No 894 Presbyterian.Reg No b 690. Raybolds conducted the funeral. The company has since been taken over by xxxxx T THE LIFE OF DAVID AND JANET KENNEDY (BURNS) AND THEIR FAMILIES FOLLOWING THEIR MIGRATION FROM SCOTLAND IN 1854-55 Janet Burns was born in Kilsyth Scotland in abt 1804. Her future husband, David Kennedy was born in Falkirk, in the County of Stirling in Scotland abt 1805. She married David , a Mason, on the 19 November 1830.The marriage record - a record from the old parochial registers No 50200 from the Parish of Falkirk in the County of Stirling indicates that David Kennedy married Janet Burns from the Parish of Kilsyth. David Kennedy’s home of Falkirk, lies midway between Ediburgh and t he County of Stirling. Falkirk means " speckled church" or the "church built of mottles stone". Falkirk is of historical significance insofar as it dates to the Romans in AD 32. Two significant battles were fought in Falkirk, the first in 1298 when William Wallace was defeated by the English. His defeat however was the catalyst for Scotland's independence. In the second bsttle Bonnie Prince Charlie defeated the Haovarians in 1746. Much later Saxon families moved to the area and were granted land in the Lothians in which lay the district of Falkirk which ultimately became a centre for industries such as iron , timber,chemicals and a distillery. David and Janet and their family came from Scotland as immigrants on the ship "Athletae", 1060 Tonnes, which left Birkenhead UK in November 1854 and arrived in Australia in February 1855 under the Captaincy of H Bradley, a ship carrying 409 assisted migrants, David ( Senior) as he became known, was aged 40 years, his wife Janet Burns Kennedy was aged 44 years and four children David Robert Kennedy, born 1831 William Burns Kennedy, born 1833 Janet Burns Kennedy born 1840 and Ann Kennedy born 1841 who state on the record they came "with parents" On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. Ships records as follows: Page 39&45 Book No 12, Page 39 & 45 Book 12. David Kennedy and his family on their arrival in Australia went to Emerald Hill. They later moved to Beechworth, having been part of the influx of Immigrants to the gold rushes in Victoria. Gold was first discovered in Beechworth in 1852 and the area became known as the Ovens Goldfields. One of the biggest rushes took place at Silver Creek in 1856. Holes had been dug to fifty feet in depth and sluicing was carried on in the bed of the river. According to Ros Shennan in her book â€Silver Threads and golden Needles� ââ��¬Å���it was the middle of Winter and water was a problem‌.Along the creek for about a quarter of a mile to the right, a Mr Kennedy had first hole on the flat, and the area was subsequently known as â€Kennedyââ‚��â„¢s Flatââ‚��ï¿��. This claim belonged to my third great grandfather David kennedy who was apparently successful for it was reported in the "Constitution" that the popular cry at Silver Creek was " forward to Kennedy's claim". According to reports at that time Silver Creek was a frenzy of activity. David died in 1865 aged 60 years. (Reg No d 5055.) He died in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. It is unknown what the disease of the Brain was that finally killed him. Diseases such as Alzeihmers Disease and Dementia were unheard of at that time and no clinical diagnosis was made other that a â€disease of the brain� He is buried in the Asylum cemetery which is submerged under the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne. Victoria. Following the death of her husband in 1865 Janet remained in Beechworth near her family living in what was described as a "slab house" She is buried in the Presbyterian Section of the Beechworth Cemetery, Grave 1013 Presbyterian Section. Records indicate that she died of 'old age" at 89 years. THE FAMILY OF DAVID AND ELLEN KENNEDY ( GILLIES) David Kennedy Junior came from Scotland on the "Athletae" "with parents" David was aged about 22 years, a bachelor and Cabinet Maker/Joiner by trade. Ellen "Helen" Gillies came as his future wife and indicated on the records that she came "with friends". Ellen was about 19 years, a spinster from Edinburgh Scotland. Ellen states on the marriage record that her father Adam Gillies was a Cordwainer (a shoemaker) and her mother was Mary Nelson. This conflicts with later information on her death certificate which indicates her father as Peter Gillies, profession unknown, and her mother as Jane Nelson. On the immigration record they stated they were all Presbyterian and could read and write. They disembarked in Melbourne. David and Ellen gave birth to their first child David Joseph "At Sea" on the Athletae" in about 1854 David and Ellen were married on New Years Day in 1856. They were members of the Free Church of Scotland and married in the Church of St Peter in Eastern Hill Melbourne according to the rites of the Church of England by John Barbour in the presence of David Kennedy's sister Janet Burns Wallace (Kennedy) and Albert Wallace her husband. Although Ellen and Janet had said that they could read and write the marriage record is signed by them both with an x, indicating that they were not literate. As did his father, David Junior came to Australia to mine for gold on the Spring Creek goldfields. David and Ellen lived in Emerald Hill following their marriage where Robert Nelson Gillies Kennedy was born in 1856 David and Ellen They gave birth to
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    Family SCRIVENER, David Smith ,   b. 1852, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1934, Macedon, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 May 1884 - Beechworth, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aug 1932 - Macedon, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Aug 1932 - Macedon, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    • Reg No B 6497 Elspeth was born in Spring Creek in 1862. She later married David Smith Scrivener from Geelong and spent the remainder of her life in Macedon, bearing 9 children. A number of the ancestors of David and Elspeth Scrivener (Meldrum) currently live in Cohuna Victoria. Birth Certificate: Date: 9 March 1862 / Place: Spring Creek / Name: Elspit Meldrum, female Father: David Kennedy, Miner, age 30, born Edinburgh / Mother: Helen, formerly Gillies, age 27, born Edinburgh / Marriage: 1856 in Melbourne Previous Issue: David 6 years, Robert 5 years, William 4 years, John 2 years, all living Informant: Helen Kennedy, mother (She signed her name.) Witness: Mrs Rochester Registered: 2 April 1862 in Beechworth.