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Robert Thomas WHITFIELD

Robert Thomas WHITFIELD

Male 1845 - 1926  (81 years)

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  • Name Robert Thomas WHITFIELD  [1
    Born 1845  Blakiston SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • St James in Blakiston
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Robert Thomas was married, in 1867, to Mary Jane POWELL at Inverbrackie Church by the Rev John McBean. Mary Jane was the second daughter of James POWELL, a farmer of Oakbank.

    They were to have at least 13 babies. As was not unusual at the time, at least five of these died in infancy. The first birth was March 1868 at Spring Farm near Callington. Further children were born there, at Talunga and at Tungkillo, the last birth was in1889

    Robert Thomas was a councillor at Tungkillo and his resignation, in 1891 gives us a possible date for the family's move to Adelaide, to the suburb of Blackwood.

    In 1916, 22 March Mary Jane died in the suburb of Hilton. She was aged 68 and had given birth to I think 13 children. What is sad is that I believe only two daughters were alive on her death, they were Olive Darling and Daisy Gertrude.

    In 1922, Olive Darling died only six years after her mother, having given birth to 5 children.

    Daisy Gertrude died in 1923 at the age of 39, seven years after her mother.

    If all this is correct, when Robert Thomas Whitfield died in 1926 at the age of 80 years and 11 months he had seen the death of all his 13 children and his wife. Note there are many surviving grandchildren however.
    Died 1926  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-8273  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2017 

    Father William WHITFIELD 
    Relationship -2740 
    Mother Barbara WILKIE,   b. 31 Jan 1815, Fifeshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1888, Mannum SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship -2740 
    Married 1853  Oakbank SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F-2740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jane POWELL,   b. 1848,   d. 22 Mar 1916  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1867  South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children of marriage Robert and Mary had 13 children.  [1
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 08:32:40 
    Family ID F-2745  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-61] FM Susan Nicholls, nee Moore - ID 8186 -evidence pending, Draft for magazine article in March 2017.