Hi Pee wee,thank you for your reply.
With reference to Australia,i have a photocopy of an extract listing Australian immigrants from Somerset,England in early 1800`s. Mary Ann 42 (daughter of John Banwell & Mary Coles of Kewstoke,Weston-super-Mare,Somerset) who was married to Emanuel Watts 38(son of Thomas & Susannah of Worle).
Mary Ann,Emanuel & children James(baptised Sept 26th 1830),John(bap feb 3rd 1833),Thomas(bap mar 22nd1835),Mary Ann,Elizabeth,Daniel,Emanuel & Hannah emmigrated to Australia
The parents & John were employed by a Thomas Barrett who had a market garden on the banks of the Merri creek at Pentridge.
Thomas married a Sarah Anne Banwell in 1858(also from Worle)whose parents were John Banwell & Ann Barrett-they had 15 children not sure how many went to Australia,think poss also Joseph born 1837. Young Emanuel married Elizabeth Banwell(sister to Sarah) in Queensland in 1864.(The Watts family spent 7 yrs in Queensland,where Emanuel died in 1863.Mary Anne died 10yrs later,after returning to Victoria.)Have no info on the male Banwells from there..
With reference to U.S.A i believe there could be a link to Banwells in the Rockford,Illinios area.
I have quite a lot of info on the Banwell family trees(my maiden name) that were passed to me a few years ago but its quite long & complicated for a beginner to work through.Would be interesting to know if there is a connection to the Banwell family you know of.Many Thanks Eva
Emanuel Watts is a direct descendant of mine. Mary Anne did not return to Victoria, as you stated, but did die about 10 years after Emanuel.
Family Name WATTS
Given Names EMANUEL
Age at Death
Date of Death 22 July 1863
Next of Kin
Date of Burial 30 November -0001
Minister of Religion
Burial Number 10PR
Location Section: CE OLD 1, Block: R4, Allotment: 13
View map of CE OLD 1
Family Name Watts
Given Names Mary Ann
Age at Death 67
Date of Death 17 November 1873
Next of Kin
Date of Burial 19 November 1873
C T Edwards
Minister of Religion A Midgley
Burial Number A952
Location Section: Unknown, Block: , Allotment:
Both are buried in the Toowoomba cemetery.
To make things more complicated, Emanuel Watts (junior) also married an Elizabeth Banwell. They were married in Toowoomba in 1864. You say that elder brother Thomas, also married a Sarah Ann Banwell in 1858.
This conforms with this information, which I found.
BANWELL ELIZABETH 19 FEB 1863 IVANHOE 13A 195
BANWELL ELIZABETH 19 FEB 1863 IVANHOE 14 187
BANWELL SARAH A 22 AUG 1857 UNDAUNTED 13 7
Elizabeth Watts is my great grandmother. She died in 1931 aged 93 and is buried in Toowong Cemetery, in Brisbane.
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Watts Emanuel 15 / 06 / 1912 Unknown
Watts Ernest George 25 / 07 / 1944 72 years
Watts Elizabeth 21 / 10 / 1931 93 years
As you can see Emanuel (junior) died in 1912.
I am keen to research the background of this Elizabeth Watts (Banwell) further. I am aware that she came from a large family in Worle, Somerset.
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