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Hello Dave

Didn't know you had Messiter/Messeters in Wiltshire, I'm having a spot of bother with a Thomas Messiter and Catherine Rawlings. Looks like they moved to Wales, but I think Thomas may have been in Australia.
Can't find them in 1851 or 1861 England census, one of their daughters Emma looks as though she died in New South Wales in 1929.
It's all a bit of a mess because I think Catherine died after their third child was born in 1849 (can find no death)
BTW I have Dutton's in my tree, George Rawlings b 1812 married Elizabeth Dutton a widow in 1847 and they had a son, also George the following year.
Elizabeth's daughter Emma married George's nephew William Gough in 1858.
I know keep it in the family, it's constantly happening in that part of my tree, George and Catherine were siblings and William's mother Fanny was also a sibling. My connection is to their older brother Peter Rawlings who was my 3 x g grandfather.

Don't know if there is a connection to your Messiter/Messeters as all the above were from Calne.

Hello Amanda,

Mine were from Malmsbury.

Frederic b. abt 1822 was a teacher of classics at one time at Trinity College Dublin.

What was Emma's married name? I can't see her death so far in NSW in 1929.

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Others have her as Hawkes, this is where it's messy. They have her baptism as 13 Feb 1853 Gelligaer,Glamorgan,Wales, where as I have her as 11 May 1845 Melksham.
I'm thinking there are two Thomas and Catherine's, but in the 1871 Welsh census is a Thomas born Calne living in Monmouthshire. Worse still is a death for Thomas in Newport in 1859.
There is a criminal record for a Thomas Messeter in Somerset who was whipped, but with no census I can't pinpoint him there at any time and where was Catherine??
The only other Thomas Messiter I can find was born in Sutton Benger and married to Matilda, and looks as though he stayed there, so I'm definitely :confused:

HAWKES Emma Death notice 31MAY1929 Death 78 late of Belmore, formerly of Redfern Sydney Morning Herald 03JUN1929


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) - Monday 3 June 1929 p.8
HAWKES.-May 31 1929, at Belmore, Emma
Hawkes formerly of Redfern, widow of the late
William Hawkes and dearly loved mother of
Benson and Osbert, aged 78 years.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) - Monday 3 June 1929 p.7
HAWKES.—The Relatives and Friends of the late
Mrs. EMMA HAWKES formerly of Redfern
are kindly invited to attend her Funeral to leave
our Parlour 262 Oxford street Woollahra THIS
DAY MONDAY at 2.15 for Waverley Cemetery
Motor Funeral.
W. CARTER, Undertaker, Waverley.

HAWKES.—The friends of Mr. BENSON
HAWKES and FAMILY are kindly invited to attend
the funeral of their dearly loved MOTHER and
GRANDMOTHER to leave our Parlour 262 Oxford-
street Woollahra THIS DAY MONDAY at 2.15
for Waverley Cemetery. Motor funeral.
W. CARTER Undertaker, Waverley.
Marriages Dec Qtr 1874
Hawkes William Newport, M. 11a 271
Messeter Emma Newport, M. 11a 271

Not sure re death for William.

This one names more than two children including a Benson but does not name Emma. Caretaker of a Wesleyan Church. Don't know how accurate age is.

HAWKES William Death notice 14AUG1901 Death 45 at Waverley, formerly of Surry Hills Sydney Morning Herald 15AUG1901

Death 11804/1901 HAWKES WILLIAM - WILLIAM -- WAVERLEY ** 14 Aug

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Name: William Hawkes
Age (Original): 30
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1851
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Forwarder In Nail Works
Address: 10 William St
Event Place: Handsworth, Staffordshire, England
Record Type: Household
Affiliate Publication Number: RG11
Piece/Folio: 2832 / 108
Page Number: 16
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
William Hawkes Head M 30 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Emma Hawkes Wife F 30 Canton, Nottinghamshire, England
Ernest M Hawkes Son M 0 Handsworth, Staffordshire, England
Thomas Mirseter Wifes Father M 62 Colne, Wiltshire, England
Catherine Mirseter Wifes Mother F 59 Colne, Wiltshire, England
John Hawkes Brother M 23 Newport, Monmouthshire, England

Not assisted to NSW. Can't see arrival yet.
Thanks Dave, thats her, but it's the records in Wiltshire and Wales that are confusing, born in 1845 or 1853??? or were there two daughters?? having trouble finding a death for the first one :(

William Hawkes
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 25 Dec 1874
Event Place: Maindee, St John The Evangelist, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age: 23
Spouse's Name: Emma Messten
GS Film Number: 2419406 , Digital Folder Number: 004393201
Just found it looking for her brother Thomas

Name: Emma Messeter
Gender: Female
Burial Date: 23 Aug 1849
Burial Place: Calne, Wiltshire, England
FHL Film Number: 1279383
Reference ID: 33
Of course Emma and Thomas sound the same?? don't they?? :rolleyes:
Canton, Nottinghamshire ??

Births Jun Qtr 1851
Messeter Emma Newport M 26 113
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