• Important Update: Our New Email Domain

    Please note: We've updated our email domain to familyhistory.email. All our emails will be from this domain.

  • Do you love Genealogy? Why not write for us? we're looking for volunteers to write articles for Family history. Please contact us for further information.

William Howie m Honora Kean


Staff member
This couple married in St Alipius Catholic Church, Ballarat, Victoria in 1863

William Howie was from Scotland - born 1827 - and came over on the Hero in 1855, a farm steward. I am trying to find his parents.

William died May 1 in 1890 an dis buried at Charlton, Victoria.

this info has been passed down but I am trying to get proof of his parents back in Scotland. They are suspected to be Robert of Yetholm and his wife Jane

Thanks in advance

Hi Barbara

Something to ponder, there are others [trees] pointing to..

Robert Howie
Marriage Date: 3 Jun 1825
Marriage Place: Yetholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
Spouse: Jane Wilson
FHL Film Number: 1067954

I also noticed this..

Name: Robert Howie
Marriage Date: 14 May 1825
Marriage Place: Eckford, Roxburgh, Scotland
Spouse: Jane Wilson
FHL Film Number: 1067934

Civil Parish: Yetholm
County: Roxburghshire
Address: Town Yetholm
Parish Number: 811; ED: 2; Page: 10; Line: 990

Jennet Davidson 75 [b. Roxburghshire. Ind]
Mary Davidson 50 [do. Pauper]
Robert Howie 45 [b. England. Ag Lab]
Jane Howie 50 [b. Roxburghshire]
William Howie 14 [do]
Agness Bunyan 55 [do. Ag Lab]

[Robert, Jane and William] are still in Roxburgh' Robert says he's b. Northumberland.

Thanks Geoff

Yes, I know, a member of the family history society where I do voluntary research is one of the tree holders but he has no proof as far as I can see to connect Wm with this couple in Yetholm. And we know how Atree gives nice suggestions. . I don't want to do his Scottish family without something to say he came from Yetholm. I could give him somebody else's family!:eek:

Hi Barbara

Would completely agree.

The reason I stopped there was because there were 2 possible marriages which also brought more doubt :rolleyes:

I am hoping that one of our Australian friends on here can find something with his parents on it. I have tried Trove but not finding anything.


Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985
Wm Howie
Birth Year: abt 1828
Age: 62
Death Place: Charlton, Victoria
Father: Robt
Mother: Jane Wilson
Registration Year: 1890
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Number: 6422

Scotland Select Births & Baptisms
William Howie Birth 12 Nov 1826 Baptises 25 June 1827 Yetholm Roxburgh Scotland , Father Robert Howie, Mother Jean Wilson FHL 1067954 Ref ID 2:18FNGWN

1851 census
Robert Howie age 55 b Northumberland - labourer
Jan wife age 65 b Ednam Roxburghshire
William son 24 b Yetholm Roxburghshire - Occupation = Hind?
+ servant Jane Crawford
Address: Vencheon Mains Roxburghshire ED 4, Page 6, h/hold no: 18, Line 10 Roll CSSCT 1851_204

Married 1863 Ballarat to Honora Kane - she died July 1914 - Orbit Bendigo Advertiser 23 July 1914

Not finding much that helps.

William Howie wed 1863 #2533 to Honora Kean/Keene (Mary Hanorah Cane) and lived at Clunes
4 Children
1. Mary Jane Howie 1865 #14311
2. Julia Howie 1868 #22289
3. William Howie 1870 #14630
4. Thomas Howie 1872 #14940

1. Mary Jane Howie wed 1886 to William Frederick Scudder
How accurate is this?

janet ethel howie was born in 1851 in glasgow,scotland. her parents were hugh howie born about 1813 in ayr, scotland.her mother was janet breckenridge born abt 1818 in ayr,scotland. the howie family arrived in adelaide in july 1852 on the ship `steadfast`.the other children were william howie born august 7th,1837 in riccarton,ayr,scotland.his spouses were honora kean and anna beale

Have not found anything yet to prove that is totally wrong.

Anopther tree with marriage to Anna Beale and different parents for William:

Last edited:
Burchill george 30 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
coakley john 21 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
crowly jeremiah 20 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
galvin john 14 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
galvin kate 12 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
galvin mary 16 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
galvin thomas 32 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
greedy mary 24 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
mccarthy john 28 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
mccarthy william 30 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
mintern henry 30 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
newholm john capt - mar 1855 hero b 090 004
obrien john 20 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
obrien kate 15 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
obrien mary 18 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
obrien mary 48 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
obrien william 14 mar 1855 hero b 090 004
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
HOWIE WILLIAM age 28 - APR 1855 EAGLE - B= British port 091 005
I'd believe PROV = Public Records Office of Victoria.

PROV only lists 'Hero' for March 1855 - Unassisted passengers.

I'll see if I can find more.

We clearly have 3x William, different ages and parents, and several trees that are not totally reliable.

I would say the one who married Anna Beale could not be the one who married Honora.

Have found nothing yet for the William with father Hugh.

A copy of the 1863 marriage ???
Last edited:
Thanks Geoff for finding the wills. Could only download the second part but def no mention of a second wife as Honora is alive, Dave so they are different people.

The death looks promising with it being Robert Howie and Jane Wilson which are the couple in Yetholm.

Guess I start doing this family in Yetholm and might find something to tie in.

Thanks for your help everyone