my great great great grandmother Charlotte Bryant nee ????
That is the first question I would ask her – What is your maiden name and when did you marry Henry Bryant?
These are the facts that I know positively about this woman.
Charlotte sailed from London on 1 October 1855 to Sydney with her daughter Caroline Bryant on the La Hogue which was a steamer. They then sailed on the Tasmania finally arriving in Hobart 19 January 1856.
Charlotte was aged 51 and a widow when she arrived in Tasmania.
According to her arrival details, Charlotte was a cook and born in Sussex.
Charlotte had at least three children – Caroline, Charles and Esther Julia. I know Caroline and Esther were living in Tasmania but unsure of where Charles and any other siblings were living.
In 1856 Charlotte Bryant sponsored her daughter and son-in-law who then arrived on the ship Woodcote along with Robert’s parents.
This meant Charlotte must have had a very good occupation (or already had money) to be able to pay for this so early after her arrival in Tasmania. She must also have needed good connections for it to have been done so quickly. RW Nutt, who sponsored Charlotte and Caroline, was a prominent lawyer in Tasmania. Also Caroline’s future husband, William, worked at Government House so maybe that was the connection.
When Caroline married William Chandler in 1859, Charlotte was not a witness but her son-in-law RG Winter was – Esther’s husband.
In 1863, Charlotte Bryant, residing at Government Gardens, was the informant on her grandson William’s birth.
In 1865, now living at Government Domain, Charlotte was informant on another grandson’s birth Robert Henry.
Charlotte died at the residence of her son-in-law on 1 May 1883 at 41 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. She was aged 78, a widow and death was noted as decay of nature.
Readers: What would be some of the questions you would ask Charlotte if you met her – taking note of what I already know?