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William Benjamin PERRY


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The Sydney Morning Herald - Fri 27 Jul 1928 p.10
PERRY.-July 26, 1928, William Benjamin Perry, at his residence, Trelawney, Mosman, aged 83 years.

Marriages Dec 1838 Bath 11 21
PERRY John & JEFFERIES Charlotte

No birth reg found for William.

William arrived 1866.

Looking for 1841, 1851 and 1861 census.


Hi Dave,

1851 - Chilcompton, Somerset - RD Clutton
RG H0107
Piece/Folio 1939/299

John Perry - age 40 - born Downside Mid Norton Somerset
Charlotte - wife - age 36 - born Kilmersdon Somerset
Ellen - daughter - age 10 - born Chilcompton
Benjamin - son - age 6 - born Chilcomptom
John - son - age 4 - born Chilcomptom
Martha - daughter - age 2 - born Chilcompton
Fanny - daughter - born Chilcompton

Birth - 1845 - Clutton
Benjamin Perry
MMN Jefferies

No mention of name being William Benjamin.
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Benjamin and sister Martha are with grandfather Benjamin in 1861.

Midsomer Norton - RD Clutton
Reg No RG09
Piece/Folio 1680/54
Page 16

Benjamin Perry - age 81 - occ ag. Lab - born Midsomer Norton
Benjamin Perry - g/son - age 16 - born Chilcompton
Martha L Perry - age 20 - born Downside
Chilcompton Somerset
RD Clutton
Reg No H0107
Piece/Folio 939/14
Page 23

John Perry age 30
Charlotte Perry age 20
Ellen age 0
Elizabeth Tiffin age 8

All born Somerset
John Perry
Marriage year 1838
Spouse's Charlotte Jefferies
Parish Bathwick
Denomination Anglican
County Somerset
Country England
Document type Parish records
Page 43Age Ful
lMarital status bachelo
rResidence 37 Bathwick St
Occupation Labourer
Marriage date 07 Oct 1838
Spouse Charlotte Jeffries
Spouse's age Full
Spouse's marital status spinster
Spouse's residence 1 Villa Place
Spouse's occupation Victualler
Father's name Benjamin Perry
Father's occupation Farmer
Spouse's father's name John Jefferies
Spouse's father's occupation Licensed Victualler
By licence or by banns Banns
First witness Isaac James Pearce
Second witness Sarah Parry
Somerset Archives
Archive reference BATW M 2/1/14Record type MarriagesRecord's year range 1837-1847Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish RecordsSubcategory Parish MarriagesCollections from England, Great Britain
Thanks Julie.

Thanks Ellie.

Martha age 2 then age 20 ??

GRO Reference: 1849 M Quarter in CLUTTON Volume 11 Page 109

No birth on FreeBMD in Somerset 1840 - 1842 for a Martha Perry.
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Married as William.


The Sydney Morning Herald - Wed 9 Aug 1871 p.8
PERRY - BENNETT.-August 1, by special license, at the residence of the bride's parents, Darling-street, Balmain, by the Rev. Dr. Lang, Mr. William Benjamin Perry, merchant, a native of Bath, England, to Margaret Bishop, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Bennett, engineer, a native of Dumbarton, Scotland.
NRS5316/4_4798/Southern Ocean_27 Feb 1865/

The surviving passenger list has only Mary Knott aged 27 and son William aged 3.

Something is not right.

FMP Keyword "Southern Ocean"
Perry Benjamin, birth year 1846 Arrival year 1866
Queensland Customs House Shipping 1852-1885: Passengers And Crew

There is no record in the NSW Archives of the 'Southern Ocean' arriving in 1866.

The 'Wonga Wonga' is not listed on Ozships.

Southern Ocean.JPG
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The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) Sat 11 Feb 1865
Page 2
The Southern Ocean, which arrived at the
Heads yesterday, has been put in quarantine.
Thirteen deaths occurred on the voyage, and
the telegrams from the Health Officer are to the
effect that the vessel was exceedingly dirty, and
that fever was still on board.

The Southern Ocean, with passengers, is
placed in Quarantine, having had thirteen
deaths. Fourteen steerage passengers will be
landed at the quarantine station, and the
ship cleaned before being released.


The passengers per 'Southern Ocean' arrived in Sydney per 'Wonga Wonga' ??

The vessel must have been repaired and made another voyage from England to Australia in 1866 ??
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Southern Ocean, 1264, Craig, from London,
for Moreton Bay ; Sailed from Gravesend Janu-
ary 27, with 470 passengers.

Southern Ocean, 1,264 tons, Captain Craig,
from London, for Brisbane, with 438 passengers,
sailed January 30. She was detained at
Portsmouth, by stress of weather, until February 18.
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Mon 4 Jun 1866 Page 2
June 2.—Southern Ocean, Black Ball ship,
1236 tons, Captain Craig, in Brisbane Roads,
from London via Portsmouth, with 470 passen-
gers. J. and G. Harris, agents.

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tue 5 Jun 1866 Page 2
The Kate, s., left the Queen's wharf at 3 a.m.
yesterday to bring the passengers per the
Southern Ocean from the ship. She got along-
side at 6 a.m., and having received the luggage
and the passengers, started on her return to
Brisbane at 1 p.m. The passage up the river
occupied two hours and a-half, and the new
arrivals were landed at the Queen's wharf at
3.30 p.m.
GRO Reference: 1865 S Quarter in CLUTTON Volume 05C Page 393

Deaths Jun Qtr 1886
PERRY John 76 Clutton 5c 425
The transcription for 1861 does say 20 for Martha. There is also a Martha Perry age 12 born Chilcompton general servant in 1861.

Birth registration for Martha Perry 1849 - Clutton - MMN Jefferies.

I think the 2 Martha’s In 1861 are the same. Martha age 20 was listed after Benjamin which usually are in age order, and not unusual to be listed twice in different addresse’s.
1871 - Chilcompton, Midsomer Norton - Sub District Midsomer Norton

John Perry - head - age 61 - widowed - occ ag. Lab - born Downside
John - son - age 8 - born Chilcompton

Birth - 1862 - Clutton
John Perry
MMN Jefferies
Not sure about the 1886 death. There is a John Perry age 71 - married - occ postman - in Midsomer Norton - RD Clutton
Majors Lane in 1881.

Not really having much luck in finding these 2 on the same census year.
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