Phoebe Blake1

#4647, b. 19 March 1842, d. 1875

Individual's Timeline

Birth19 March 1842Phoebe Blake1,2
Marriage23 May 1858Phoebe Blake3,2
Death of Mother1 January 1870Sarah Karry4,2
Death1875Phoebe Blake5

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Spinks.3
Some aspects of Phoebe Blake's life. John William and Sophia SPINKS came to Tasmania on the Emu. The list of emigrants John HORTON has on Heaven and Hell web site has a date of July 1841, and the ship got to Tasmania in Dec of the same year.

The index of the passenger list on the Tasmanian Archives site does not include the SPINKS but I am sure this does NOT mean they were not on board.

The passenger list of arrivals in the Emu DOES include William BLAKE and Sarah nee KARRY. The children are not included.

I found William and Sarah in Norfolk in 1841, on the same page as William's father John. William was a sawyer and his father a carpenter. With William and Sarah were 3 children - Mary Ann 1835, William 1836 and Sarah 1839.

I have found marriages for all 3 of these children in Tasmania. Mary Ann married Edward CHAPMAN 1848, William married Frances BLIZZARD in 1858, and Sarah married Thomas EDWARDS in 1861. I have found children for 2 out of the 3, but I have not looked very hard yet.

so - The BLAKEs arrived in Tasmania on the same ship (the Emu, Dec 1841) as the SPINKS.

Pheobe BLAKE was the first child of William and Sarah born in Tasmania, and William SPINKS (her husband) was the second last child of the SPINKS born in Great Cressingham.

Great Cressingham and Thetford St Cuthbert's are some 16 miles apart in Norfolk, so it is not impossible that the families knew each other in Norfolk, but I would think that the Emu and the reason_method of immigration is more likely to be the connection.6

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: In 1892 when Wiseman made his will his wife was named as Sarah Ann NOT Phoebe.

Children of Phoebe Blake and Wiseman (Casebrown?) Spinks

  • John William Spinks2 b. bt 1854 - 1858, d. 14 Apr 1928
  • John William Spinks b. 1859
  • Eliza Sophia Spinks b. 22 May 1860, d. 4 Oct 1941
  • Benjamin Allen Spinks2 b. 1862, d. 5 Aug 1908
  • m Spinks2 b. 1863
  • Wiseman Spinks2 b. 1864, d. 1864
  • f Spinks2 b. 1865
  • Benjamin Spinks2 b. 1866
  • Wiseman Spinks2 b. 1870, d. 1870
  • Wiseman Frederick Spinks2 b. 1873, d. 1873
  • Harry Spinks2 b. 1874, d. a 1942


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1842/360.
  2. Tasmanian Family Link, online
  3. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1858/88.
  4. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1870/204.
  5. Tasmanian Archives database: Family Link database.
  6. Heaven and Hell Togethe, online