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Ebenezer Eleazer Cornish & Mary Ann

This hasn't been a straight forward search for me and I'm really hoping someone can help. I'm looking for the marriage of Ebenezer Eleazer Cornish b. 8th December 1832 and Mary Ann ??? born abt. 1831 both of Devon, England.

They had at least one daughter named Mary Ann Luge Cornish born in 1858 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. I have no idea where the name Luge came from.

I found Ebenezer in 1841, 1851 and in 1861, in this his name is misspelt but not that of his wife and daughter. His wife Mary Ann died in 1913 prior to that date she was living with her daughter and family in 1911.

I can't find Ebenezer after 1861 and there doesn't seem to be a death record for him.

Can anyone help please? Thank you.

Birmingham Daily Gazette 28 July 1864
Interesting article on their relationship
Married abt 14 years
Occupation Carver & Gilder as per 1861 census

Marriages Jun 1850
Exeter 10 208
Channon Anne
Cornish Ebenezer Eleazar

13 July 1850 - Western Times - Exeter, Devon, England

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Searching deaths I found this one in Australia, can you confirm his parents.

Deaths - Victoria, Australia
First name(s) Ebenezer Eleazar
Last name Cornish
Age 89
*** Male
Birth year 1833
Death year 1922
Father's name Cornish John
Mother's name Mary Ann Cook
Death place Brton
State Victoria
Registration number 4141

The Argus Tue 18 Apr 1922
CORNISH.-On the 15th April at his residence,
"Devonia," Black st., Middle Brighton, Ebe-
nezar E. Cornish, loved husband of Agnes A.
Cornish, in his 90th year. A colonist of 58 years.
(Interred privately at Melbourne Cemetery on
16.4.22). At rest.

Marriages, Victoria, Australia
First name(s) Ebenezer Eleazer
Last name Cornish
*** Male
Marriage year 1881
Spouse's first name(s) Mary Jane
Spouse's last name Pilter
State Victoria
Country Australia
Registration number 995

Marriages - Victoria, Australia
First name(s) Ebenezer Eleaza
Last name Cornish
*** Male
Marriage year 1910
Spouse's first name(s) Agnes Anderson
Spouse's last name Smith
State Victoria
Country Australia
Registration number 4398

I did see a death for a Selina Cornish, possibly another marriage prior to coming out.

Link to notices

Link to BMD

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Well Rupert there's a turn up for the books or should I say records! Yes, I can confirm his parents were John Cornish and Mary Ann ?? (Cook).

Mary Ann or Annie certainly had to go through it for the sake of a small sum of maintenance. But I suppose back then it was a large sum of money and would make all the difference to the survival of both her and her children.

And then he turns up in Australia, well, well. Can you say when he arrived there? I clearly have more searches to do.

Thank you so much for the info and the attachments all good to read. And thank you for your time, brilliant.

Victoria inward passenger lists 1839-1923
First name(s) Ebenezer
Last name Cornish
Age 42
Birth year 1833
Nationality English
Departure port Gravesend
Arrival year 1875
Arrival month Nov
Arrival port Port Phillip
Ship name Northumberland
State Victoria

Victoria inward passenger lists 1839-1923
First name(s) Selina
Last name Cornish
Age 37
Birth year 1838
Nationality English
Departure port Gravesend
Arrival year 1875
Arrival month Nov
Arrival port Port Phillip
Ship name Northumberland
State Victoria

Victoria inward passenger lists 1839-1923
First name(s) Elizabeth
Last name Cornish
Age 9
Birth year 1866
Nationality English
Departure port Gravesend
Arrival year 1875
Arrival month Nov
Arrival port Port Phillip
Ship name Northumberland
State Victoria

Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1876 - 1889) Sat 5 Jun 1880
CORNISH.—On the 4th May, at her residence, Edge-
combe Villa, Hodgkinson-street, Clifton-Hill, Selina,
the beloved wife of Ebenezer Eleazer Cornish,
aged 38.

Name: Selina Cornish
Birth Year: abt 1842
Age: 38
Death Place: Victoria
Father's name: Meredith Wm
Mother's name: Mary Unknown
Registration Year: 1880
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 3846

Victoria, Australia, Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997
Name: Selina Cornish
Death Date: 4 May 1880
Burial Place: Victoria, Australia
Cemetery: Melbourne
Section: B
Religion: Baptist
Transcription: Erected in memory of Selina the beloved wife of Ebenezer Eleazar CORNISH died 4 May 1880, age 38 years
also the above Ebenezer E. CORNISH died 15 Apr 1922, age 89 years.

**1861 census Selina Meredith living in Birmingham.

Births - Victoria, Australia
Name: Elizabeth Helena Cornish
Birth Date: Abt 1866
Birth Place: Carlton, Victoria
Registration Year: 1866
Registration Place: Victoria, Australia
Father: Ebenezer Cornish
Mother: Selina Meredith
Registration Number: 16215

The birth of daughter in Victoria is interesting, fits age to the Elizabeth coming out in 1875.
So were Ebenezer & Selina out here before 1866, returned to the U.K then came back out in 1875.
Death notice in colony 58 years.

All this is very interesting Rupert. If daughter Elizabeth was born in Australia why does the Victoria inward passenger lists 1839-1923
state nationality as English? Do you know what happened to daughter Elizabeth?

The other point is that if he married Selina Meredith in England was he a Bigamist??

Wife, Anne (Mary Ann) is a widow in 1881 living with her married daughter.

On other census Anne is described as married or widowed. Would she have been officially divorced?

This story is full of intrigue.

Thank you,
Divorce ? NO.
Bigamist ? Haven't found a CORNISH / MEREDITH marriage. Death certificate would tell you how many years married.
Daughter 1944 death states she was born in Carlton, VIC. age 78 (born c 1866)
Can't find an arrival to VIC before 1866 (did they travel under another name?)
So why return to the UK after 1866 and come back to VIC in 1875.? Interesting.

Marriage of Ebenezer's daughter Elizabeth

The Argus Sat 2 Oct 1886
CUTLER—CORNISH.—On the 8th ult., at St. Paul's Inde-
pendent Church, North Fitzroy, by the Rev. W.
F. Turton, Charles Frederick Cutler, of Heidel-
berg-road, Clifton-hill, to Elizabeth Selina, only
daughter of E. E. Cornish, Howden, Rowe-street,
North Fitzroy.

Registration year 1944
Family name CUTLER
Given names Elizabeth Selina
Father's name CORNISH Ebenezer Elliezer
Mother's name Selina (Meredith)
Place of birth CARLTON
Place of death ELSTERNWICK
Age 78
Event registration number 9543

The Argus Wed 27 Sep 1944
CUTLER. –On September 25, at private
hospital, Elsternwick, Elizabeth Selina Cutler,
of 11 Menzies avenue, Brighton Beach,
dearly loved wife of Charles F., Cutler, and
loving mother of Charles E. and Roy
(Colonel, Royal Engineers). –Until the day
break and all the shadows clear away.

Copy of his Will
Index to Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-2013
Ebenezer E C Cornish Gentleman Middle Brighton 15 Apr 1922 183/012
(image reads initials E E)
2 files
VPRS 28/P3, unit 1227;
VPRS 7591/P2, unit 656

Rupert many thanks. You've been a great help to me and finding cousins I didn't know I had.

Perhaps Selina and Ebenezer never married but he certainly married twice in Australia to Mary Jane Pilter in 1881 and then Agnes Anderson Smith in 1901, while his first wife Anne lived in the UK.

Today, I've been researching Roy Cutler son of Elizabeth Cornish and Charles Cutler and discovered a great deal about him including photos of him in WW1. He fought in Gallipoli - Roy Cutler Brig MBE, MC, MID

Thank you so much, your help has made my family research all the more interesting. I look forward to discovering more.

Kind regard,
Yes, a very impressive service record. It helped to search Suffolk papers.

Two of Roy's daughter's engagements & weddings.

Bury Free Press 16 September 1939

Bury Free Press 6 July 1940

Bury Free Press 30 March 1940

Bury Free Press 29 June 1940

Melford Place, Melford R.D., Suffolk, England
1 Charles B Westropp 16 Mar 1869 Male Hand Owner Married
2 Alice M Westropp 27 Jul 1870 Female Private Means Married
3 Evelyn Cutler 11 Apr 1899 Female Private Means Single (image is M crossed out & replaced with D) = divorce
4 officially closed
5 Patricia R Barnard (Cutler) 20 Aug 1918 Female Analytical Assistant Single
6 officially closed

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Yet more cousins. I can't quite believe there is so much here from the family of Ebenezer.

I look forward to sharing this with all my family over Christmas and I can imagine the um's and ah's when I will explain everything to them.

Thank you for all the engagement and marriage announcements they give information to add to my tree.

Just one question further both Patricia and Nancy were given away by their brother, it mentions Mr. R. W.Cutler, who was he, can you say?

Thank you Rupert.
Richard Westropp CUTLER - born ? was Roy & Evelyn stationed overseas?

The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Thursday, December 6, 1951

Deceased Estates
Details of the deceased
Surname:CutlerFirst name:Richard Middle name(s):Westropp Date of death:1 February 2011
Last address of the deceased
Person Address DetailsMelford Place, Little St Marys, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9LG
Details of the Executor/Administrator
Executor/Administrator:Birkett Long LLP, Essex House, 42 Crouch Street, Colchester, Essex CO3 3HH. (David Kenneth Wybar)

The Argus Wed 28 Jan 1920
CUTLER.—On the 12th January at 38 Were street,
Brighton Beach, the wife of Major R. V. Cutler
—a daughter.

Park Avenue Hospital Park Prewett , Basingstoke R.D., Hampshire, England
Nancy E Oliver (Cutler) Officer 12 Jan 1920 Female Hospital Nurse Single

Name Nancy Evelyn Oliver
Birth Date 12 Jan 1920
Date of Registration May 1985
Age at Death 65
Registration district Bury St edmunds
Inferred County Suffolk
Volume 10
Page 2210

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The Times (London, England), September 12, 1917

The Daily Telegraph (London, England), Saturday, March 1, 1986

U.K National Archives
Divorce Court File: 4715. Appellant: Evelyn Cutler. Respondent: Roy Victor Cutler. Type: Wife's petition for ...
Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files. 1934-1936 Series. Divorce and matrimonial cause files, described at... Divorce Court File: 4715. Appellant: Evelyn Cutler. Respondent: Roy Victor Cutler. Type: Wife's petition for divorce [wd].
Held by: The National Archives - Supreme Court of Judicature
Date: 1935
Reference: J 77/3431/4715
Subjects: Marriage and divorce

Certificate Number: R1/12749. Name: Roy Victor Cutler. Date of Birth: 31 October 1892. Country of ...
Home Office: Immigration and Nationality Department: Duplicate Certificates of Naturalisation, Declarations of British Nationality, and Declarations of Alienage. 1948 British Nationality Act: Duplicate Certificates of... Certificate Number: R1/12749. Name: Roy Victor Cutler. Date of Birth: 31 October 1892. Country of Nationality or Birth: Australia. City or Town of Birth: [unspecified]. Date of Certificate: 25
Held by: The National Archives - Home Office
Date: 25 February 1955
Reference: HO 334/469/12749
Subjects: Australia and Pacific | Migration | Nationality

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Hello Rupert,

I am amazed at the amount of detail you have discovered about my new found cousins. And I am delighted to see and read it all. Thank you for giving your time, knowledge and resources to helping me.

I have searched for a birth of son Richard Westropp Cutler and could find nothing in bmd. However, I did find some small reference to Roy V. Cutler travelling from his residence in Gibraltar in about 1932. It might be where Richard was born, only a guess though.

Thank you,