(Hickling Standard: July 2020)
Two members of our group have taken on the monumental (in all senses of the word) task of recording all the gravestones in the churchyard and assembling the family stories and the links between families and generations; eventually, it will all appear on our local history website but in the meantime there is considerable checking, cross-checking, proofreading and revising. Sometimes there is a gap and sometimes that gap just has to remain – in this instance; What happened to Joseph Starbuck after he appears on the 1841 census?
Lockdown seems to have focused minds all over the world on their families and tracing their family histories – our enquiries have certainly increased! And so it was, in early July that we received a message from a lady in Melbourne – their second lockdown had just begun and she found herself with time to return to her family tree; specifically, the Starbuck family and, very specifically, George and Anne Starbuck who lived in Hickling in the early 19th Century. The team went into over-drive and it turned out that the Melbourne connection filled one of those frustrating gaps!
In summary, George and Anne Starbuck married in 1813 and had 10 children(!); their eldest daughter died aged 9 but their remaining children all survived. They were a family of farm labourers and life would have been hard. John (b.1816) and Joseph (b.1822) went on to marry sisters; Ann and Jane Hill – John and Ann also went on to have 10 children and they remained in Hickling. But, until our enquiry from Melbourne, all we knew was that Joseph was living with his parents in 1841 and then—just a gap. As soon as we learnt that he had travelled to Australia details of his marriage, his children and their voyage to Australia combined into one story and the gap was filled.
England in the 19th Century suffered from appalling outbreaks of cholera; the consequences of the outbreaks in 1832 and in 1848/9 were particularly bad and Hickling experienced deaths in both. In summer 1849 Joseph and Jane Starbuck decided to uproot their family and emigrate to Australia (taking advantage of the Government sponsored schemes of the time). Parish registers show that they had four children:
- Mary 24 April b.1842, father labourer
- Selina 4 August b.1844, father labourer, later note in registers “Australia”
- Thomas 10 May b.1847, father labourer, later note in registers “Australia”
- Emma 3 June b.1849, father labourer, later note in registers “Australia”
When they began the journey to join the ship in Gravesend, baby Emma was just a few weeks old. What the family had no way of knowing, was that they were travelling into a terrible cholera tragedy which would mean that only Joseph and their eldest daughter, Mary (age 7), would make it to Australia.
When the family joined the ship in Gravesend baby Emma and 4-year-old Selina were unwell and by the time they had reached Plymouth to pick up the remaining passengers accounts of the voyage record that they both seem to have died (although only Emma’s death is registered in Plymouth). Panicking that illness would delay his departure (costing him money), the captain decided not to quarantine passengers and the voyage went ahead. Soon, after departure Jane (mother) and 2-year-old Thomas had also died. 54 emigrants died on the voyage (including 34 cholera deaths and 23 child deaths) – all were buried at sea. 7 children were born.
Conditions on this voyage were more than usually appalling: on arrival in Port Phillip on 7th November 1849, the James T. Foord was quarantined, passengers interviewed and an enquiry carried out. It was found that the aggressive and fraudulent behaviour of the crew meant that passengers were eating rotten food, deprived of rations and water and deprived of basic health supplies such as soap.
This is not the end of the story, though. Also on the ship was Thomas Peach’s family and they also suffered the deaths of his wife, his eldest son and his newborn baby. In February 1851, the widowed Joseph Starbuck married Thomas’s daughter Ruth Peach (aged 17) in Melbourne, Australia and they settled to a farming life and began a family of their own. Life continued to be hard, though, and in 1860 Joseph was declared insolvent when his crops failed, he died in 1887.
Mary (Joseph and Jane’s only surviving child from Hickling) married Joseph Dredge in April 1866 and it is her direct descendent who has been in contact with us having traced Mary’s birth records and found the village website. Sadly, Mary died aged just 46 in January 1888.
Hickling Parish records tell us that the family, here, knew that they had gone to Australia but how did John and Anne (brother & sister respectively to the emigrating couple) feel about this departure? Did news of the James T Foord ever get back to Hickling; no further notes were added to the Parish records and the passenger records tell us that, whilst Joseph and Ruth could both read, they couldn’t write. What was life like for Joseph and his new young wife, Ruth in a new country and after that journey? How did 7-year old Mary fare in a new country without her mother and siblings and in a new family?
- George Starbuck Family Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- Joseph Starbuck Family Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- Dredge Joseph and Mary Family Group Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- James T. Foord – enquiry report
- 1849 Surgeon of the James T Foord statements
- Chapman from Corpusty family history website
- Chapman from Corpusty printpage 1 140720
- Chapman from Corpusty printpage 2 140720
- Perilous Voyages to the New Land – extract (by Michael Cannon)
- Starbuck Joseph assisted immigrants listing
- New South Wales: passenger lists
- Immigration to & from Victoria 1839-1871
- State Library Victoria
- Gold Fields – manual of the Otago gold fields 10th March 1863
What happened to Mary (age 7) after the Voyage?
A little girl born in Hickling who went so far and went through so much …
Mary Starbuck and her father, Joseph, were the only members of the family to survive the voyage on the James T Foord; she was only 7 years old when they disembarked at Port Phillip in Australia in November 1849 and she had seen the deaths of her mother and brothers and sisters on the way, as well as enduring appalling conditions.
In early 1851 her father, Joseph, married Ruth Peach (who had travelled on the same ship with her own family) and they had children of their own – half-brothers to Mary.
Interestingly, from a Hickling perspective, it is a descendant of Mary Starbuck who has contacted us with the family’s story; as the only surviving child from the family that left Hickling in 1849 it has been a pleasure to see that she married and had a family of her own. Sadly, Mary died aged 46 in 1888 (a year after her father) and after 12 pregnancies; it seems that she died during childbirth and her baby, also Mary, died a few days later. She was survived by her husband, one daughter and six sons.
- George Starbuck Family Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- Joseph Starbuck Family Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- Dredge Joseph and Mary Family Group Record (KJ research to 07/2020)
- Gold Fields – manual of the Otago gold fields 10th March 1863
Mary and Joseph Dredge married in 1866 and seem to have led a reasonably prosperous life following their marriage; in 1872 Joseph Dredge is recorded as the President of a newly formed cricket club in Portarlington, later that year he is recorded as buying land in a Crown Land sale and he is elected to the Board of Advice for the Portarlington School District.
However, Joseph Dredge does seem to have had a reckless/adventurous side to his character. Before his marriage he spent time in New Zealand taking his chances in the goldrush in the Dunedin/Otago region (arriving in Dunedin on the Ring Dove in August 1862 and returning sometime before his marriage in 1866 – there is no record of how he fared in his search for gold, though). Then in December 1877 he is inviting tenders for the construction of a Bathing House through the Portarlington Sea Bathing Company. This latter venture resulted in his being declared insolvent less than a year later.
Following Mary’s death in 1888 the family seems to have struggled without her. Mary died in January and just a few months later her sons start getting into trouble. Especially Peter, who was made a ward of the state; the notes on his records state that his father was addicted to drink and had left the family to earn some money leaving the older boys to look out for the others. Perhaps Joseph left to avoid or hide from his responsibilities? Perhaps Mary had been the backbone of the family and they just couldn’t manage without her? There are no clues, so far, of what happened to the family during the years between Joseph’s insolvency and Mary’s death – there must, at least, have been periods of great sadness with so many child deaths.
There are a number of stories of Mary and Joseph’s children; snapshots of what life was like for them: read more
(Peter died in 1912 and may have married but this is not confirmed)
- (April 1888) “Peter became a Ward of the State, charged with larceny. Boy states that his father is a miller at present working at Sale. Father is addicted to drink, left home three weeks ago said he would go to Sale but has not since been heard of. There are a family of five children youngest 7 years oldest 21. The older boys keep the family. They are in very poor circumstances. Mother is dead.”
- (Nov 1888 Police News) “Pigeon Stealing. A lad named Peter Dredge, aged 15 years, was charged at the Carlton court yesterday with pigeon stealing. The evidence showed that on Monday night some person entered the yard of Mr. Bently, at Rathdown-street, North Carlton, and stole a number of valuable birds, which were securely locked in a strong cage with iron bars. On Wednesday afternoon the prisoner sold three of the stolen pigeons to Mr. Perry, a poulterer in Lygon-street, and the same night he was arrested by Constable Barry. It was elicited that Dredge was sent to the reformatory for larceny at Fitzroy some time ago, but had since been released. The bench took a very lenient view of the case, and sent the boy to gaol for six hours.”
(Peter was discharged from care, back to his father, in November 1888)
- (May 1890 Police Intelligence) “C. Ransome, H.Bredin, J. Hart, and Peter Dredge were charged with stealing a box of chocolate ice and a box of prepared ginger valued at 9s, the property of Charles Lewis, confectioner, Rathdown.street, North Carlton. On the morning of the 19th inst. the four boys were seen running out of the prosecutor’s shop with the two boxes. Information was at once given to the police and the boys were subsequently arrested. Bredin and Ransoms were discharged, the other two ordered to enter into their own sureties of £10 each for their good behaviour for 12 months.”
- (Nov 1891) “BURGLARY AT A BOOT FACTORY. Peter Dredge and Frederick J. Stanley were before the Fitzroy police court yesterday, the former charged with store breaking and stealing, and the latter with receiving stolen goods. Stanley was represented by Mr. Neave, and the other prisoner was undefended. Some time between 12 and 1 a.m. of the 28th ult. the boot factory of Wm. Brookhouse, Johnston-street, was broken into, and £70 worth of boots were stolen. Dredge was arrested on the following day, and the other prisoner at his residence at Ascot Vale, where about 190 pairs of boots were found. These were recognised by the firm as their property. Caroline Mary Gemmell, wife of Thomas Gemmell, constable of police stationed at Ascot Yale, stated that she knew Stanley as a cab driver in the district where she resides. On the 28th October he called at her residence, and asked if Mr. Gemmell was at home. On being told that he was not he asked her what size boots she wore. She refused to tell him, and he observed, “Oh, I can fit you; 3’s will do.” He then left, and in a little while returned with two pairs of shoes and a pair of button up boots. The latter he told her would do for the old lady, her mother-in-law. When asked how he had obtained them he informed her that he had been driving an old man and an old woman about Brunswick on the previous evening. They were drunk, and had left the boots in his cab. She, suspecting something wrong, kept the boots, and on her husbands’ arrival home detailed the circumstances to him. Constable Gemmell gave evidence, and said that on the information which his wife gave him he went to Stanley’s place, and after inquiry was told that three men had engaged a room from him, and in that room the missing boots were found strewn about. Both prisoners were committed for trial.”
(Dec 1981) “Imprisoned at Melbourne gaol and then moved to Beechworth gaol on 24 Dec 1891. Sentence 18 months hard labour. Released on remission on 24 Mar 1893.”
- (28th Dec 1898) “Imprisonment for no visible means of support.Melbourne, VIC, Aust. Imprisoned at Melbourne gaol and then transferred to Geelong gaol 20 Jan 1899. Released 5 Jun 1899 on remission.”
- (27th Nov 1909) “SUNDAY TRADING. At the Fitzroy Court on Friday, Messrs. Wheeler and Chapman J P’s dealt with the following cases under the Licensing Act. Charles Davies, liicensee of the Fitzroy Club Hotel, Brunswick-street, pleaded guilty to a charge of Sunday trading Constable Boucher said that on Sunday, Novem- ber 14, he saw the wife of the defendant hand seven bottles of ale over the top of the back gate to two men The defendant was fined £2. Peter Dredge and Frank Brady, the two men who had been supplied with the seven bottles of beer, pleaded guilty to unlawfully carrying away liquor, and were each fined £2.”
(James died in 1918 whilst serving during WWI. There is no record of a wife or children.)
- (Feb 1888) “YOUTHFUL LARCENISTS At the Fitzroy Court this forenoon four boys named Frederick De Kuyper. William Mawby, James Dredge, and Harold Breden, all under the age of 11 years, were charged with breaking into a house and stealing there from carpenters tools to the value of L2 3s, tho property of Thomas Walton. Thomas Walton stated that he left his tools at the house he was working at in Nicholson Street on Saturday, and when he returned on Monday morning he found the place broken into and the tools gone. He re-ported the matter to the police, and, in com pany with Constable Conway, traced them to a secondhand dealer’s shop in Johnston street, where they had been sold for a few shillings. Messrs Westley and McKean at this juncture appeared as amicus curae , and pointed out that all the boys were respectably connected, and that they could, under the 66th section of the Criminal Law and Practice Statute, impose a small penalty on the parents, who would bind themselves to keep the children from committing in the future a like offence. This the Bench agreed to, and after giving the boys a sound lecture, ordered that the parents enter into a recognisance of L10 each and take the boys home. This was done, the little fellows going away apparently ignorant of the humiliation they had subjected their parents to.
- (2nd Jan 1918) “Defence Force Details: 2 Jan 1918, Haut Allaines, France James enlisted on 27 Jan 1916 and proceeded to Alexandria, Egypt and then Plymouth, England arriving 16 June 1916 with the 46th Battalion. He was serving at Haut Allaines, in France, and after having playing cards and having a drinking session with other men in their dug-out, he went to sleep and died through the night on 2 Jan 1918. An Enquiry was held and witnesses were called. An inquest did not establish any cause for death. Death was declared due to natural circumstances.”
(Date of embarkation 4th April 1916)
- “World War 1 Casualty : James Radford Dredge (Preston) James Radford Dredge was from Wallace-street, Preston and appears to have been an uncomplicated soul who just got on with his job – until one night when the daily horrors of war may have become too much for him. The forty-year old Dredge was a cousin of other servicemen from the inter-related families that paid the ultimate sacrifice (Alfred William Gluyas, Thomas Daniel Donovan, Walter Donovan Glanfield). His father, Joseph, was the secretary of the Preston Methodist Sunday School at the first meeting in 1856 at a time when the family operated a steam-powered flour mill in the district.* An uncle, Peter, was the teacher at a Wesleyan School established in the church around the same time. Undoubtedly the horrors of the war affected many men in many different ways, and perhaps Dredge was no exception. Dredge is shown on the Australian War Memorial as having died of illness, but perhaps that is a little flattering as to all intents and purposes, he died on 2 January, 1918 at Peronne, France as a result of a late-night drinking session which appears to have involved large quantities of rum of a dubious quality. He was interred at the Tincourt New British Cemetery, France.”
(*note: Joseph Dredge would only have been aged 15 at this time – a position of responsibility for a child/young adult? Does this make the flour mill, his father’s business?)
- “DREDGE. – On the 2nd January, on active service, somewhere in France, James Radford, second youngest son of the late Joseph and Mary Dredge, and loved brother of Ethel (Mrs. W, Edwards), Frank, Will, Ern., Peter and Oll. -(on active service).
Sleeping in a soldiers grave
His duty nobly done.”
(Oliver was married with children; he died in 1945 in a Repatriation Hospital in Victoria, Australia)
- (Nov 1901) “Thomas Hallows19, and Oliver Dredge, 20, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods. They were sentenced each to six months’ imprisonment, concurrent with a sentence (of twelve months) they are now undergoing.” “The November sittings of the Melbourne General Sessions were continued yesterday, before Judge Hamilton, Mr. Finlayson, K.C., prosecuting on behalf of the Crown. Thomas Hallows and Oliver Dredge were presented on a charge of stealing two bedsteads, a mattress, a sellzogcne* and other articles, the property of Charles Crook, of Brunswick. They pleaded guilty to receiving the goods knowing them to have been stolen, and were remanded for sentence.
- A large dose of opportunism and an even larger dose of Christmas cheer comes in this report of the Christmas geese:
“Trespassing Geese Stolen. THE MISTAKE THEY MADE. MEN FINED FOR LARCENY. AT the Williamstown police court on. Tuesday, before Messrs. G. A. Andrew and Duncan, J’s P., John Knight and Oliver Dennis Dredge were charged with the larceny of two geese, valued at 30s, the property of Mrs Blair, on the 24 ult. Sub-Inspector Love prosecuted. The accused were defended by Mr James Hall, who practically pleaded guilty for his clients under extenuating circumstances. Proceedings were taken under the Crimes Act. Sub.Inspector Love briefly sketched the surroundings. Knight had admitted killing the geese, and giving one to Dredge. Mr Hall offered technical objection later, whether “a goose dead was meat.” Before evidence was taken he entered on his defence, and the chairman playfully sought to be advised of some evidence.”. Kate Blair, married woman, resident of Douglas Parade, Newport, testified that the geese produced were her property. They were not Christmas geese. She had bred from these geese, as they were prize stock. She valued one at 20s., the other at 10s. ….. screaming in Neal’s yard, where accused were said to be employed. She knew neither of the accused. Going towards this yard on the date mentioned on the 24th inst., suddenly blood spirted through the fence. She saw a quantity of feathers, but no dead geese about. She did not desire to press the charge against these two men. Constable J. H. Black stated that on Christmas Eve, in consequence of something told to him, he went to the yard of H. Neal, contractor, Douglas parade, and saw where there had been geese killed. There was blood about the fence. Witness recovered one of the geese at Dredge’s. Mrs
Dredge had brought it from behind the kitchen door. It was subsequently identified by Mrs Blair. Later on a warrant was obtained, and Knight was arrested. At his home, two and half miles from the yard of Neal, in Wyndham, witness found the other goose. No one was in the house at the time. Knight admitted killing the geese and giving one to Dredge. The defence
was that the geese were trespassing in the yard of the men’s master, and were a great nuisance, devouring considerable quantities of feed. According to the Act (Mr Hall went on to argue). they could have been killed, but must be retained for twelve hours; then buried. Where his clients had committed an error was in carrying off the carcases. The accused were
respectable married men and had not been into any difficulty of the kind previously. As a matter of fact he (Mr Hall) had in his pockets 30s to make good Mrs Blair’s loss, and trusted as it was Christmas time the Bench would be lenient. A fine of 10s. each, Mrs Blair to be recompensed her loss to 30s, was imposed against each accused.”
- (March 1915) Oliver enlisted in the ADF (Driver 872) on 29 Mar 1915 at 33 years of age. Occupation was driver. He embarked on 7 Mar 1916 for overseas as a driver on the Euripides. He was attached to various Battalions, mainly 59th and 60th Battalions. He first went to Marseilles, France and then onto Egypt with some leave in England. He was treated for ‘gon’ from Jul 1915. Oliver returned to Australia on the ‘Kashmir’ troop ship departing Southampton on March 9 1919.
- There is also an intriguing reference to what something called ‘sellzogcne’ might be (bizarrely, a first internet search went straight to a dyslexia forum which seemed a little pointed …). Kristyn followed it up with her family history class mates without any success and then she followed it back to the newspaper items that it appears in. By zooming right in, she found that that the spelling should be seltzogene; “a device from the late Victorian times for making carbonated water. Also called: gazogene.” (Collins English Dictionary).
(March 1907): “DREDGE – On the 17th March, at No. 38 Nelson street, Port Melbourne, Joseph Dredge, the dearly beloved father of Frank, William, Joseph, Peter, James and Oliver Dredge, and Mrs. Wm. Edwards, aged 65 years. Passed peacefully away.”
Mary’s direct descendent, Kristyn (through Mary’s son Oliver Dredge) still lives in the Melbourne area of Australia and she continues to work on the family history.
Mark Starbuck: Hickling to Australia and then to New Zealand.
- Mark Starbuck b.1829 Hickling son of William & Hannah 2
- Mark Starbuck b.1829 Hickling son of William & Hannah 3
- 1841 census William & Hannah Starbuck – Mark’s parents in Hickling
- Mark Starbuck 1841 census UB – original
- Mark Starbuck 1841 census UB
- Mark Starbuck d.1850 Bingham – query wrong person or did he return
- Starbuck Mark assisted immigrants listing
- Starbuck marriages – 1850-1941 Victoria Australia
Alongside the Joseph Starbuck family there is also a Mark Starbuck on the passenger list for the James T Foord voyage – he is listed as a single male and aged 19 from Nottingham.
- He is not listed as part of Joseph Starbuck’s family for the voyage.
- None of our currently available graveyard stories of the Starbuck family mention Mark Starbuck.
- Parish records for Hickling show the baptism of a Mark Starbuck on the 25th January 1829. His parents are William and Hannah Starbuck.
- A Mark Starbuck is listed (aged 11) in the 1841 census as part of the Wild household in Upper Broughton.
- There is no apparent familial link between Mark Starbuck and the Wild household but he is listed as an ‘Ag Lab’ on the census return. Joseph Wild was a farmer and at the young age of 11 (not unusual at this time) Mark appears to have been a living-in worker – the only one listed for this household. Perhaps a sense of rootlessness from an early move away from his family and home village contributed to his willingness to emigrate when he was 18/19?
- Mark’s parents, William (age 40, 1801) and Hannah (age 30, 1811) are listed in Hickling in the 1841 census ages (children listed: Ellen 9, Joseph 7, Richard 5, John 3, Anne 1). They also appear in the censuses of 1851 & 1861. William seems to have died in 1869 and is probably the William Starbuck buried in Hickling. There are some contradictions over Hannah’s birth dates & this part of the family needs some further checking/verification.
- William is likely to be the brother of George Starbuck (father of Joseph whose family emigrated on the James T Foord); making George Starbuck Mark’s uncle and Joseph Starbuck Mark’s cousin.
- Oddly, Joseph had a brother called William who married a Hannah – the records and dates are all over the place but they don’t seem to match … (this needs looking into further).
- Lastly, a Mark Starbuck (no age) is listed as having died in the Bingham District in 1850.
- There are no further records (census returns etc) for a Mark Starbuck in Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire to match any of these dates.
Mark Starbuck’s records raise questions that we haven’t been able to answer with any certainty. If the Mark Starbuck who travelled on the James T Foord is the same man who was born in Hickling in 1829 then it seems likely that he knew the Joseph Starbuck family (Joseph & Mark seem to be cousins).
- It is difficult to find passenger lists coming into the UK for this period; there is an outside possibility that this Mark Starbuck turned straight round (after the terrible voyage) and returned home, only to die in 1850.
- It wasn’t uncommon for passengers to use aliases on the Gov’t tickets (when, for some reason, they were ineligible themselves); is it possible that an ill Mark Starbuck allowed someone else to travel under his name?
- Nevertheless; there is a traceable history of a Mark Starbuck with the same birth date of 1829/30 and he can be placed in Port Phillip in Australia and later in New Zealand.
- to be entirely sure, we would like to trace the Mark Starbuck whose death was recorded in the Bingham District in 1850 …
Mark and Elizabeth Starbuck – Australia and New Zealand timeline:
As far as we have been able to trace; Mark Starbuck settled in the Port Phillip area, marrying Elizabeth Eyles (also a migrant) in 1850 with the birth of their daughter, Laura, following soon after. Mark and Elizabeth (and, we believe, Laura) moved to the Otago/Dunedin area of New Zealand in 1863. They seem to have led an unsettled life until 1870 when Mark Starbuck is listed as licensee of The Plough Inn, West Taiori. He sold up in 1875 and the sale/auction advertisements show a reasonably substantial land holding. After this, Mark and Elizabeth Starbuck can be found in the Southland region of New Zealand; Elizabeth died in 1896 and Mark died in 1900.
- Elizabeth Eyles arrives in Port Phillip on the William Stewart in May 1848 (age 16) – she was born in Wiltshire (Toitu Archive OASES – Elizabeth Eylis)
- Mark arrives in Australia on the James T Foord 1849 (age 19) (Toitu Archive: OASES – Mark Starbuck)
- Mark Starbuck and Elizabeth Eyles marry 1850 (there are two records with this date but a third suggests 1859 but miss-spells Elizabeth’s surname – unconfirmed but 1850 is the most likely date).
- Only daughter, Laura, born 1850.
Note: 21st Aug 1862; Joseph Dredge (Mary Starbuck’s husband-to-be) arrives in Dunedin – gold rush (Taieri River? see below). Joseph Dredge married Mary Starbuck (only surviving Starbuck child from the James T Foord) in April 1866. (Mary Dredge (nee Starbuck) died 1888, Joseph Dredge died 1907)
- There is no sign that Joseph Dredge returned to NZ but his short venture into the goldrush may have been the reason for Mark & Elizabeth Starbuck making the trip?
- Would Mary & Joseph have met before Joseph went to NZ in 1862?
- It is likely that Joseph was still in NZ when Mark & Elizabeth arrived in 1863?
- There are no records of Mark and Elizabeth’s life in Australia between 1850 and 1863.
- The Starbucks arrive in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1863 (no record of the ship’s name)
- 2nd July 1863; Mark Starbuck – uncollected letters (Dunedin, general)
- 24th December 1864; Mark Starbuck unclaimed letters (Dunstan Creek – 120km north of Dunedin?)
- Electoral Roll records 1867,1868, 1869 & 1870 – all in Caversham.
- It is possible that Mark Starbuck was following the new Otago goldrush in this period.
- 1869: Mark Starbuck recorded as licensee of the West Taieri Hotel.
- 2nd March 1870; licensing meeting – James Middleton transfers the Plough Inn, Maungatua to Mark Starbuck. At the same time, Mark Starbuck transfers the West Taieri Hotel to Richard Paterson.
- 19th August 1870: Mark Starbuck applies to lease 3 acres (nearly surrounded by the Waipori River in the Berwick area) from the Waste Land Board – he didn’t appear at the hearing to support the application & it lapsed.
- 7th May 1872; Mark Starbuck is barred from the electoral roll because he has no household (place of abode cited as Caversham/Roslyn District – in Dunedin)
- 3rd April 1875; farm sale (lower Waipori)
- 10th July 1876 – Mark Starbuck applies to purchase land; section 227, Forest Hill Hundred, 200 acres (Southland).
- 17th October 1876; sale of house & farm – sections 1 and 2, block iv, Township of Berwick (near Waipori/Dunedin)
- 31st January 1878; notice in the name of Mark Starbuck to make a fence bordering his land (Forest Hill Hundred area)
- 29th April 1887; Southland Land Board gives permission to build bridges on his farmland – mention of ‘his own & his neighbour’s children’ (there is only a record of Mark & Elizabeth having one child, Laura, born 1850; does this notice refer to his workers’ children? His grandchildren? Other unknown children of his own?)
- 1890-1; Mark Starbuck is listed on the sheep farmer’s register in Hokonui, Southland as having 22 sheep in 1890 and 50 sheep in 1891.
- 1893: Elizabeth Starbuck of Hokonui (Southland) appears on the electoral roll & signs a petition for women’s suffrage.
- 1893 & 1896: Mark Starbuck is listed on the electoral roll as a farmer in Forest Hill, Awarua.
- 1896: Elizabeth dies at the age of 64
- 1900-1901; Mark Starbuck is listed on the sheep farmer’s register in Hokonui, Southland as having 97 sheep in 1900 and no sheep in 1901 (following his death).
- 24th September 1900; death of Mark Starbuck (farmer, late of Hokonui) reported in Southland – funeral to be in Winton
- 9th & 12th October 1900 – notice for any claims against the estate of Mark Starbuck
- 13th October 1900 – notice of auction; estate of Mark Starbuck – the farm, Springhills, Hokonui (itemised)
- April 1901: Supreme Court – Mark Starbuck (deceased) motion for remuneration to executors
Did Mark & Elizabeth stay together throughout?
- Elizabeth is only recorded in Southlands after their arrival in Dunedin (but records are vague, particularly for a woman, so this may not be surprising).
- Mark Starbuck’s movements are quite erratic in these early years in New Zealand – might he have been following the gold rush? Was Elizabeth (& daughter, Laura?) with him during this time or did she/they settle in Southland?
- 1872; Mark Starbuck is barred from the electoral roll because he has no ‘household’
- Mark Starbuck’s death in 1901 is reported in the Southlands area and newspaper reports indicate that he moved from the immediate area of Dunedin in 1875 and set up a new farm in the Southlands near Waipori at the same time; remaining in the Southlands until his death.
Mark Starbuck: Will & Probate Records:
- Mark Starbuck died on 22nd Sept 1900, Invercargill City, Southland, New Zealand and was buried in the Winton Cemetery (5, Old Survey, Block VI – memorial ID; 171269050) – this is the same plot that his wife was buried in (d. 27th Oct 1896).
- Mark Starbuck’s Will and Probate records are held at Archives New Zealand: STARBUCK Mark – Hokonui – Farmer (R22049342) available online
- These records are complete; they include his Will, the sale, value and disposition of his estate, details of family and neighbours.
- Interestingly, he names his surviving brothers and sisters as beneficiaries; this may be simple legalese but it opens up questions as to whether he maintained contact with his family in England/Hickling – probate papers record that the executors believed that none were resident in New Zealand.
The Will & Probate Records (summary):
- The Will is dated 5th August 1900
- Mark Starbuck is described as a farmer, lately of Hokonui and, at the time he wrote his Will, a patient at Invercargill Hospital. At the time of his death, Mark was a widower.
- William Welsh (farmer, Hokonui) and Archibald Dick (farmer of Springhill) are tasked with selling all of Mark Starbuck’s property so that the estate can be distributed; ‘… upon trust to convert the whole of my property into money …’. Both are appointed executors.
- The Will specifies the following bequests (in NZ pounds/£):
- £100 William Welsh (relationship to Mark Starbuck?)
- £50 Archibald Dick (relationship to Mark Starbuck?)
- £25 Nellie George (daughter of Laura Starbuck?)
- £25 Ethel George (daughter of Laura Starbuck?)
- All the residue of the estate ‘among such of my brothers and sisters as shall be living at the time of my death in equal shares’.
- Probate records add the following information:
- The farm of 200 acres was situated in the Forest Hill Hundred (it is section 227 on the map of the Hundred, reference numbers are given).
- There was a mortgage (with the Gov’t) of £100.
- The farm was auctioned on 17th October 1900; the highest bid was £350 from Charles Cowan Kidd, but it was turned down. It was later sold to him by private treaty & for the same price (less mortgage interest). The auctioneer is later required to swear that the price paid was as high as could be expected for the land.
- There seems to be an issue as it is discovered that William Welsh ‘is an infant but the said William Welsh has the appearance of being of the full age of twenty one (21) years’. At the insistence of the buyer’s solicitor, the Court has to give permission to proceed with the sale. The affidavit reads as if William Welsh’s age only emerges as a problem when the sale of the land is being finalised and Archibald Dick is swearing that he was unaware that William Welsh was under-21 before the sale. It doesn’t appear to be an issue in any of the other transactions.
- In a signed/sworn affidavit, Archibald Dick states that, ‘I verily believe that none of the brothers and sisters of the said Mark Starbuck deceased and referred to in his said Will as legatees thereunder are resident in the colony of New Zealand.’
- 19th April 1901: the estate has been sold, debts paid and legacies issued. The executors request £14 ‘in respect of their pains and trouble’. There is a residue in the estate of £80 which it is proposed should be put into trust for the residuary legatees.
- 10th May 1901; the executors are granted £14 plus £2/2 from the residue* in the estate for expenses.
- 26th March 1901 – final accounts are sworn in an affidavit by the executors:
- Assets to the value of: £538/5/1
- Payments are made in relation to the mortgage & management of the farm before its sale.
- Archibald Dick is paid £50 for Mark Starbuck’s sheep.
- The balance of payments go to Invercargill Hospital, for various funeral expenses and to 3 storekeepers.
- Payments are made to the legatees.
- Leaving an amount/residue* of £80/10 ‘in the hands of the executors yet to be distributed according to the said Will’. There is no evidence of what happened to this residue following grant of probate and we haven’t, so far, checked to see if any of Mark Starbuck’s brothers and sisters were still alive at his date of death.
Initially, we couldn’t find any reference to Laura Starbuck after her birth in 1850 and it wasn’t even clear whether she made the journey to New Zealand with her parents in 1863. Although we still don’t have much evidence of Laura Starbuck’s life in either Australia or in New Zealand, when we were pointed towards a newspaper article from 1934 written by Mark Starbuck’s grandson (Thomas Moore George), it was possible to work backwards and find some detail.
Thomas George’s probate record lists his parents as Thomas Clark Glasson and Laura Ellen which led us back to his birth record; his father is listed as Thomas Clark and his mother as Laura Ellen Starbuck. So far, we haven’t been able to confirm any further detail but it would appear that Laura Starbuck married Thomas Clark (Glasson?) in the Southland area of New Zealand sometime between 1875 (when the family moved to the area) and 1879 (when Thomas Moore George was born). However, we have no marriage or death records for either Laura or Thomas Clark Glasson.
Confusingly, later records for Laura’s son, Thomas Moore George, introduce further names to complicate the searches; perhaps his father was absent or died young and Laura re-married?
These are all areas for further research.
However, we do have records to show that Thomas Moore George removed to Australia (his mother’s place of birth) and that he married in Victoria, Australia in 1903. All further records locate him in the Maidstone area of Victoria, Australia (for example, embarkation records for WWI) – including his letter to the newspaper in 1934.
We do also have the full records for Thomas Moore George which are held in the Australian National Archives; they are remarkably complete (at 47 pages) and include correspondence from his wife, Mabel, searching for information after he was wounded in the Dardanelles campaign and transferred by hospital ship to Manchester in England. The archive also includes the telegram she received notifying her that he had been wounded and correspondence trying to pin down how the family’s income is affected by his condition; a collection of records and correspondence that brings the reality of war home to us, particularly when the original handwriting and annotations can be seen.
Laura Ellen (Starbuck) Kitto:
- There is a death report & record in 1917; but Laura is shown as age 50 (should be 67). Married to a labourer – Joseph Kitto; both placed at same address in South Dunedin electoral Roll 1911. Although the age is 17 years younger than expected, it seems unlikely there would have been more than one Laura Ellen Starbuck in this area at this time unless there was some kind of family connection?
- The son of Laura and Joseph Kitto is reported killed in a railway accident aged 11, in 1902; he was crushed between two railway carriages whilst playing in the railway sidings. His mother wrote a letter to the paper to thank the insurance company for paying out, even though the policy had lapsed.
- Could this Laura Ellen Starbuck be grand daughter of Mark Starbuck, not daughter? Perhaps born out of wedlock and retained the Starbuck surname? (There is a reference to children on Mark Starbuck’s farm in 1887.)
- The name ‘Laura Ellen’ fits with the records for Thomas Moore George (b.1879) – he is cited as Mark Starbuck’s grandson. However, his father is given as Thomas Clarke Glasson.
- Laura’s records need further investigation/verification!
Mark and Elizabeth Starbuck, Laura Starbuck & family: Gallery & attachments:
- Eyles Elizabeth immigrant index arr. 1848
- Eyles immigrant index search
- (Toitu Archive OASES – Elizabeth Eylis)
- William Stewart voyage 1848 – reports – Hudgell Family website
- Starbuck Mark assisted immigrants listing
- Mark Starbuck NSW assisted immigration record
- (Toitu Archive: OASES – Mark Starbuck)
- Marriage 1850 Mark Starbuck Elizabeth Eyles
- Starbuck marriages – 1850-1941 Victoria Australia
- Laura Starbuck birth record 1850
- Gold Fields – manual of the Otago gold fields 10th March 1863
- Mark Starbuck electoral roll 1867 Caversham – also up to 1870 available
- Thomas Moore George (son of Laura Starbuck) birth record 1879
- Sheep farmer record Mark Starbuck 1890-91
- Mark Starbuck electoral roll 1893, for example – Farmer, Forest Hill, Awarua
- Mrs E Starbuck – signature on suffrage petition
- Sheep farmer record Mark Starbuck 1900-1901
- Mark Starbuck death record NZ 1900
- Thomas Moore George – marriage 1903
- Thomas Moore George Australian Imperial Force Nominal Roll 1914
- Thomas Moore George embarkation record 1914
- Thomas Moore George – war records (47 pages; including personal correspondence from his wife, Mabel, searching for information after he was wounded in the Dardanelles campaign and moved by hospital ship to Manchester in England.)
- Thomas M George probate record 1957
Did the Otago Gold Rush bring two Melton/Hickling families (back?) together?!
This is a story/area of research which takes us in to the very dangerous waters of speculation. However, there is a significant coincidence which we have been looking into.
- In 1848/9 the Woolley family emigrated from the Melton area and are said to have built The Plough Inn in the Dunedin/Otago area of New Zealand (because of memories of a Plough Inn from home).
- In 1848 Mark Starbuck (born in Hickling) emigrates with his cousin’s family to Port Phillip in Australia. In 1863, Mark Starbuck moves to Dunedin and, in 1870, he takes over as licensee of The Plough Inn, West Waipori in the Dunedin/Otago area.
- 5th Feb 1868; “for sale – Country Hotel; Plough Inn plus farm, West Taieri – apply Thomas Gordon”. This Plough Inn is described as being ’25 miles from town’ which indicates that there were at least two Plough Inns in the area at the relevant time.
- Note: Samuel Woolley refers to his Plough Inn as a hotel.
- Note: When Mark Starbuck moves to Southland in 1875 he sells his farm in West Taeiri.
- The newspaper account of the Woolley family’s story gives an account of the Plough Inn being on the Dunstan Rd – Dunstan is west of Waikouaiti and north west of Dunedin; is it possible that this is the West Taieri Plough Inn associated with Mark Starbuck?
Our ‘to-do’ list:
- We would like to confirm the origins of Samuel Woolley’s journal record; what is the story behind The Plough that he sold to fund the family’s emigration in 1848?
- Can we identify where Samuel Woolley and his family were between 1841 (census) and 1848 (emigration)?
- Where exactly is The Plough Inn that Samuel Woolley built in the Otago/Dunedin region of New Zealand?
- Samuel Woolley and Mark Starbuck were in the same area at the same time; can we find/confirm a link between them?
(JF November 2020)