Jane Bennett

#1319, b. 1797, d. 5 April 1870

Individual's Timeline

Birth1797Jane Bennett2,3
Christening26 March 1797Jane Bennett
Marriage22 August 1820Jane Bennett4
Marriage of Son17 September 1845John Dare5
Death20 August 1854Robert Dare6
Marriage of Son4 June 1856Joseph Dare7,8,9
Death of Father1868Philip Bennett
Death5 April 1870Jane Bennett4,1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

Census details

  • Jane was named first in the census taken on the night of 6th June 1841. Others in the house included Robert Dare and Eliza Dare, but no relationships were recorded in this census. The address was High Street, Weymouth, Dorset, England. She was aged 44 years.. Jane was listed with 2 of her children whilst her husband was in Sturminister Newton with another. Joseph, the youngest was not with either parent. He would have been about 10 years old. It looks as if Robert also traveled to Australia without Jane, and she only arrived to live with Joseph in 1862 when she was 65.
Some aspects of Jane Bennett's life. Jane died in the Wesleyan parsonage in St Kilda. Her son Joseph was considered to be one of the best Wesleyan Preachers - as in Oratory, not necessarily as in saintly - around at the time. I got a bit of a surprise when checked on the grave plot (Wesleyan Section A Grave 56). It had 90 people all together in it. This seemed a bit over the top, even if space was at a premium! It turned out that the grave is a communal grave for Wesleyan religious personnel and their families, so not so strange after all.

Jane had 3 sons and 1 daughter, all born in England, and all came to Australia as young adults. Jane was in England in 1841, and not there in 1851. Her husband died in South Australia in 1854, and she came to Australia in 1862. I am unsure if this was her first arrival or if she was in Australia with Robert and returned to England for a wee while after he died.

Anecdote - Musings and Reasonings

Research note (complicated): There are 2 possibilities for Jane’s birth, neither of which matches the details given when she married.

1. christened 27th August 1797 in Little Dean Gloucestershire, daughter of Benjamin BENNETT and Elizabeth. There is a Benjamin BENNETT who is a draper around this time. IGI C02996-2
* This couple had other children Ann 1786, Thomas 1788, William 1791, Sarah 1793, Elizabeth 1794, Sarah 1796, Joseph 1799, John 1803. All born in Little Dean except Ann the first child (so far identified) who was born in Warwick, Warwickshire.

2. christened 26th March 1797 in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, daughter of Phillip BENNETT and Elizabeth IGI C02249-5
* This couple also had Eliza 1798 christened in Sturminster Newton, and possibly others in Sussex and Cornwall.


Her death was commemorated by an obituary in the Melbourne newspapers on 6 April 1870 in Victoria, Australia, On the 15th, at the Wesleyan parsonage, St Kilda, Jane DARE, the beloved mother of the Rev.Joseph DARE aged 73.13

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: There is an unpublished diary in the National Library of Australia about the voyage of the Henry Fernie. This was written by James Espie WHITE. Class 3mc call number M864.
  • Research note 02: New findings 2014. With help from Rootschat I have discovered Jane in the 1851 census. She was married, but husband is not with her. She is lodging with Edward STRANGE a currier and 2 of his children aged 13 and 15. Edward is also married, with an absent wife. Jane was mistranscribed as 34, when the form says 54. The IMPORTANT bit is that she was born in Sturminister. This matches her place of birth in 1841, and I am now going to take the 2 census as correct, and her place of birth from her death cert as incorrect. If some of her family ended up in Gloucestershire, I can see how Joseph would be mistaken when he gave the information when she died..
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Details of St John the Evangelist parish
Destroyed 1666 and not rebuilt
United to Allhallows Bread Street 1670, St Mary le Bow 1876
Parish Register's in GL*: baptisms 1653-1821, marriages 1653-66, burials 1653-1822
For later registers see Allhallows Bread Street.
Partial index to baptisms 1653-1821 on IGI

*Most of the parish registers (Parish Register) and related records, where they have survived, have been deposited at Guildhall Library (GL), although many of the later registers are still held by the present incumbent.

**The Dean and Chapter of Westminster

much of Westminster and a few other parishes and precincts in London, Middlesex and Essex.

1558-1699 (a few references only, fully abstracted in Harleian Society Publications, vol.23; these are not license allegations, only a record of names and sometimes parishes plus bonds), 1772-1804 at City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2XR. Records for other dates are lost.

Children of Jane Bennett and Robert Dare


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1870/5678.
  2. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Yet to see original PR
    England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 about Jane Bennett
    Name:      Jane Bennett
    Gender:      Female
    Baptism Date:      26 Mar 1797
    Baptism Place:      Sturminster-Newton, Dorset, England
    Father:      Philip Bennett
    Mother:      Elizabeth
    FHL Film Number:      1239248
    Reference ID:      item 10."
  3. Jane Bennett, Death certificate for Jane Dare.
  4. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records.
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI), patron sheet 0960640 - 1553382 Film NONE.
  6. Digger - South Australian Deaths 1842 - 1915, Surname: DARE
    Given Names: Robert
    Date: 1854-08-20
    Sex: M
    Age: 72y
    Status: N
    Relative: Joseph DARE (PR)
    Relative 2:
    Residence: Adelaide
    Death Place: (not recorded)
    District Code: Ade
    Symbol: F
    Book: 3
    Page: 78.
  7. SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society, Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885.
  8. Elizabeth Dare, Death certificate for Elizabeth Dare.
  9. The Abbott Index of SA newspaper contents, from 1836, publication 5/6/1856 Page 2 Col B.
  10. Unknown author, MGC.
  11. On Line Parish Clerks, online various based on ???-opc.org.uk, http://www.opcdorset.org/Sturminster/SturminsterNewton/…
    1801 census.
  12. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Register of passport applications 1851-1856,.
  13. Trove - Australian Newspapers on line, online http://trove.nla.gov.au, The Argus Wednesday 6th April 1870 page 4.
  14. International Genealogical Index (IGI), England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)
    spouse:     Robert Dare
    record title:     England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)
    name:     Philip Dare
    event type:     Baptism
    christening date:     06 Nov 1825
    christening place:     Shaftesbury, Dorset
    father's name:     Robert Dare
    mother's name:     Jane Dare
    record set:     RG4_0466.