George William Birchall1

#5423, b. 1823, d. 24 May 1922

Individual's Timeline

Birth1823George William Birchall
Marriage15 January 1868George William Birchall2,3
Death10 May 1916Mary Johnson
Death24 May 1922George William Birchall4

Primary events

  • Birth: George William Birchall was born in 1823 in Unknown.
  • Marriage: He married Mary Johnson, daughter of William Johnson and Deborah Eliza Hickman, on Wednesday, 15 January 1868 in St Mary's Church, Kempton, Tasmania, Australia, when they were 45 years ~&~ 19 years old. Interestingly enough his age is 27, which would make his birth year 1841, and his age at death 81, not 91 nor 99 as stated on his headstone/in the newspapers.2,3
  • (Widow) Death: In 1916, at the age of 93 years, George was left a widower by the death of Mary Johnson; Not found in the newspapers, and no will in the archives.
  • Death: George died on 24 May 1922 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, auswendy has a copy of the cert - reference number from the Hobart Archives Office. Z2396, NS1153/1/15-16 entry is on page between 720 & 721. (Aged 99 years, worked back from recorded birth date).4
  • Burial: He was buried on 25 May 1922 in Cemetery, Woodsdale, Tasmania, Australia, auswendy has a copy of the cert, it says he was 99.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Could George be the man who was tried in 1861 for Horse Stealing. He was found guilty and awarded 6 years penal servitude. His record (which does not say much) can be viewed http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/ImageViewer/image_viewer.htm?CON37-1-9,638,524,L,80.

    Could he ALSO be the man who was tried in Liverpool 9th dec 1844, and transported to Tasmania (or Norfolk Island) in 1845 for rape. This man was said to be 25 (therefore born in 1820) married with 1 child. he was tried in Lancashire, and the rape took place in Wigan. The George who married Mary was illiterate, and this man 'could read a little'. He was sent to Norfolk Island on the David Malcolm. He left Norfolk Island on the Tory May in 1847, and he spent time in Port Arthur for offenses committed whilst still a prisoner. His record (see exhibit) says he received a ticket of leave in 1854 and a conditional pardon in 1856. His record shows that he got time off for services rendered.

    The newspaper report of his trial says he was from ASPALL, and raped a 17 year old Ann SHERRINGTON. He had gone to her home and arranged to employ her as a farm servant. One the way to the farm, at 23:00 or so, the offence allegedly took place. He left her 'exhausted with screams, and she fell asleep. She awoke near dawn and returned home'. He was found guilty of raping Ann SHERRINGTON near Wigan and was later sentenced to be transported for life.

    His DOB is mostly c1822, with the only disenting record being his marriage certificate. If he were 47 and not 27 (as written on the cert), everything would line up.

    It may be possible to find this man in 1841, and his marriage and the birth of his children. If we can take him back a generation we may find common names within the Australian family? Or an indication what happened to the 3 left back in England..5,6,7

Children of George William Birchall and Mary Johnson

Citations

  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1820/839.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1868/99.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Original cert downloaded.
  4. Trove Digitised Newspapers, According to The Mercury Thursday 25 May 1922 Page 6, George was 99 when he died in Colbrook. He was a widower, and was living with a daughter. The funeral notice, on the same day on page 1, says he was George William and had been the husband of Mary, so I think this is enough to confirm he is our chap.
  5. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 23 October 1861 Page 2
    HoRSESTEALING. George Birchall was charged with having on the 29tu Jurie stolen 1 liorse, the property of Edward Robert Lord. In a second count the prisoner was charged with feloniously receiving. Plea-Not guilty. The jury found the prisoner guilty on the first oonnt, and he was sentenced to 6 years penal servitude.
  6. Tasmanian Archives database: Birchall, George
    Convict No:      5035
    Extra Identifier:      
    SEE Surname:      
    SEE Given Names:      
    Voyage Ship:      David Malcolm
    Voyage No:      367
    Arrival Date:      25 Aug 1845
    Departure Date:      13 May 1845
    Departure Port:      Downs
    Conduct Record:      CON33/1/80
    Muster Roll:      
    Appropriation List:      
    Other Records:      
    Indent:      CON14/1/29 p262
    Description List:      
    Remarks:      Off Norfolk Island per Tory May 1847.
  7. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Headline: LANCASHIRE WINTER ASSIZES.

    Publication:Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

    Publication date:Saturday 21 December 1844

    AND

    Publication:Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

    Publication date:Saturday 14 September 1844.
  8. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1870/30.
  9. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1872/675.
  10. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1875/707.
  11. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1877/1288.
  12. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1880/1928.
  13. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1883/1641.
  14. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1885/2442.
  15. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1887/2516.
  16. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1890/2536.