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George James MATTHEWS

George James MATTHEWS

Male 1859 - 1924  (64 years)

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  • Name George James MATTHEWS  [1, 2
    Born 3 Oct 1859  Goolwa SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes * George applied for Crown Grants 111a and 320a (The Horsham Times, 26th February 1901, p3)
    * George and Ellen selected at Bringalbert South (near Apsley) and farmed successfully until they retired in 1919 when they moved to Mile End
    * In 1909, George was one of the speakers at the farewell of another pioneer of the district, William Ruth, who later compiled a history of Bringalbert South. (The Norsham Times - 3rd Sept 1909)
    * In 1919, they went to live in a house in Bagot Ave, Mile End, Adelaide. They called it 'Bringalbert'. They bought it off George Broadbent. George's son-in-law, Sinclair McLean, ended up owning this house - either by George leaving it as an inheritance to his daughter Stella (Sinclair's wife), or Sinclair purchased the property from George.
    * In his later years he was virtually blind.
    * Ellen moved to Tarragon Street (with Sinclair & Stella) after George died.
     
    Died 29 Feb 1924  Mile End SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He died at home at Bagot Ave. Prior to his death, his daughter, Stella nursed him at Bagot Ave.
    Person ID I-1513  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 6 May 2019 

    Father John MATTHEWS,   b. 12 Jul 1832, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1880, Horsham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Relationship -2959 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann VINECOMBE,   b. 1821, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship -2959 
    Married 29 May 1854  Willunga SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • St Steven's Church of England
    Note We think, but not have confirmed, that two brothers married two sisters.
    * The first marriage was in Willunga in 1854 when John Matthews was 22 years old and Elizabeth Vinecombe was 33 years. This is a surprising 11 years difference.
    * The other marriage, three and a half years later, was in Noarlunga in 1857 when George Matthews was 19 years old and Caroline Vinecombe was 17 yrs.
    * Willunga and Noarlunga are 35 kms apart.
    * The brothers were born 6 years apart - John Mathews was born in c1832 and George Matthews in c1838. However there is a big gap of 19 years with 'sisters' - Elizabeth Vinecombe was born c1821 and Caroline was c1840. Not impossible, but they might be cousins rather than sisters. This needs to be checked.
    * (Note by Don Gordon on 30th May 2019)
     
    Family ID F-2959  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen JEWELL,   b. 29 Oct 1860, Goolwa SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1927, Mile End SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1882  Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The wedding took place at the residence of Ellen's parents.
    Note George would have been 24 years old and Ellen was 21 years old.  
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth MATTHEWS,   b. 21 May 1884,   d. 26 Oct 1955, Elsternwick Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  []
    +2. Jewell MATTHEWS,   b. 8 Feb 1886,   d. 3 Sep 1959, Leeton New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  []
     3. Stella Vinicombe MATTHEWS,   b. 28 Aug 1887, Apsley Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1951  (Age 63 years)  []
    +4. Matlida Grace (Tilly) MATTHEWS,   b. 4 Sep 1888,   d. 25 Jan 1967, Elsternwick Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
    +5. Ada Catherine MATTHEWS,   b. 9 Jul 1890,   d. 18 Nov 1973, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  []
    +6. Richard James MATTHEWS,   b. 6 Sep 1891,   d. 2 Dec 1962  (Age 71 years)  []
     7. Ellen Hart MATTHEWS  []
    +8. Reuben George MATTHEWS,   b. 27 Sep 1895,   d. 2 Dec 1962  (Age 67 years)  []
    Last Modified 8 May 2018 15:40:02 
    Family ID F-499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    George Matthews & Ellen - family plaque placed in shearing shed at Bringalbert
    George Matthews & Ellen - family plaque placed in shearing shed at Bringalbert
    WW - George Matthews & Ellen Jewell - married 25th July 1882 in Naracoorte
    WW - George Matthews & Ellen Jewell - married 25th July 1882 in Naracoorte
    Place of wedding: Residence of Mr Jewell in Naracoorte
    Groom: aged 24, born 1858, single, son of John Matthews
    Bride: aged 23, born 1859, single, daughter of Richard Jewell

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-155] FS Reuben Matthews - ID 9059 -evidence pending , Reuben's notes are attached to this website.

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 May 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      John MATTHEWS m.Elizabeth Ann VINECOMBE on 1854, May 29
      Marriage Place: St Stephen Church Willunga Groom Age: 22
      Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1832 Groom Marital Status: S
      Groom Father: Bride Age: 33 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1821 Bride Marital Status: S Ref/Page: 20/89