Letter C challenge

There were so many choices for this letter:

Christmas traditions, convicts, certificates

But I chose two that were more specific to my research.

Cemetery at Cockle Creek near Catamaran

Many of you know I have been researching my whaling captain, William SMITH. But this post is more about his wife’s family. Sarah Ann TEDMAN and her sister Rosetta Caroline Tedman married on the same day, one to William Smith and the other to Domingo Jose EVORALL.

The marriage took place on September 30, 1874 in Burnett Street, Hobart Town, under the rites of the Congregationalists. Witnesses to the marriages were William Tedman, William John Tedman and Mary Ann Tedman. They all made their mark on the license.

Both William Smith and Domingo were mariners of full age and bachelors who could write their own names, while Sarah Ann age 19 could not and left her mark instead; her sister age 17 could write her own name. Both girls were daughters of a splitter.

Now that you know the closeness of these two families you will see my reason for choosing these words for this week’s letter.

My grandmother on the Smith side had property left to her at Cockle Creek and we would often go down to camp there when I was younger. We knew there was a cemetery in among the sand dunes but had never really looked at it until I started doing the family history. It was then we found the following graves. These are the before and after shots from a day of clearing around the graves.

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The three graves with headstones belong to William Tedman and Mary Ann Tedman and John Edward Louis Evorall. We don’t know who the other grave spots are for as there were no headstones or footstones to give us clues.

William Tedman
William Tedman
John Edward Louis Evorall
John Edward Louis Evorall
Mary Ann Tedman
Mary Ann Tedman


Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with C that relates to your family history or your research.

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Family of William and Mary Anne Tedman

1. William TEDMAN (1813 – 17 Dec 1893) & Mary Ann SWAIN (1813 – 16 May 1899)

1. William John TEDMAN (6 Sep 1846 – 30 Sep 1919) & Emily Jane SMITH (1849 – )

1. TEDMAN (15 Sep 1868 – )

2. TEDMAN (14 Dec 1870 – )

3. TEDMAN (14 Oct 1871 – )

4. William John TEDMAN (3 Sep 1872 – )

5. Charles William TEDMAN (3 Nov 1873 – 1935) & Hannah CRANFIELD

6. Mary Ellen TEDMAN (1 May 1876 – )

7. Emily Jane TEDMAN (11 Apr 1879 – )

8. Edward James TEDMAN (28 Jun 1881 – )

9. Clara TEDMAN (3 Oct 1883 – )

10. Florence Amelia TEDMAN (14 Mar 1886 – )

11. Alice Maud TEDMAN (26 Oct 1887 – 23 Apr 1889)

12. Grace TEDMAN (28 Nov 1890 – )

2. William TEDMAN (2 May 1848 – 18 Jun 1848)

3. Lavinia TEDMAN (22 Mar 1850 – 6 Jun 1850)

4. Mary Ann TEDMAN (7 Apr 1851 – ) & Churn ARGENT (1837 – )

1. Mary Ann ARGENT (1869 – 1870)

2. Sarah Ann ARGENT (1870 – ) & Adolphus HARDY (1866 – )

3. William John ARGENT (1876 – )

5. Joseph TEDMAN (21 Aug 1855 – 13 Jun 1856)

6. Sarah Ann TEDMAN (18 Apr 1857 – 7 May 1902) & William SMITH (25 Mar 1840 – 27 Oct 1913)

1. James Henry SMITH (17 Nov 1876 – 12 Aug 1924) & Alice Maude ADAMS

2. Mary Ann SMITH (8 Jul 1878 – 3 Mar 1951)

3. Thomas Alexander SMITH (2 Dec 1880 – 15 Sep 1885)

4. William Demingo SMITH (13 Feb 1883 – 16 Sep 1885)

5. Robert Edward SMITH (21 Dec 1884 – 4 Aug 1964) & Irene Nellie SOMMERS (CLARK?) (20 May 1889 – 4 Jun 1952)

6. Alexander SMITH (2 Oct 1886 – 18 Sep 1937)

7. Sarah Ann Jane SMITH (29 Jun 1889 – 7 Jan 1890)

8. Amelia Rosetta Violet SMITH (31 Oct 1890 – 17 Dec 1965)

9. Charles Ernest Louis SMITH (19 May 1894 – 26 Dec 1975)

10. Arthur Frederick SMITH (31 Jan 1899 – )

7. Rosetta Caroline TEDMAN (1 May 1860 – 23 Jul 1928) & Domingo Jose EVERALL

8. Amelia TEDMAN (1 May 1860 – 11 May 1860)

William Tedman

William TEDMAN was born in Kensington, London about 1813. By the age of 20, he was 5’6″, had a fresh complexion, round head, brown hair and eyebrows but deep grey eyes. He had an oval visage, medium high forehead, sharp nose, medium wide mouth and round chin. He was a Protestant, could read and write and was a brickmaker by trade.

But in 1833, he was convicted and then transported for 7 years for breaking a box and stealing a coat. He was tried in Middlesex on 14 February 1833. Whilst on the hulk, he was orderly and the surgeon’s report was good. He departed England on 1 December 1833 on the ship John 2.

His conduct record in Van Diemens Land says the following:

7 February 1835 whilst in the employ of Mr COTTON – Disorderly conduct, reprimanded yet very soon after he is to be appointed to the Police as a reward for good conduct in having defended his Master’s house and family from Bushrangers during his absence from home. (See memo of Chief Police Magistrate {C.P.M.} 14 January 1836)

16 January 1837 he was caught allowing women under his charge to get drunk and denying that he was a constable and giving a false name Tread Mill 14 days and pay stopped during that time Assistant Police Magistrate (A.P.M.)

31 January 1837 apprehending John Lawler and putting him in handcuffs and afterwards discharging him without bringing him before a magistrate, also allowing counterfeit coin to be passed in his presence without taking any notice of it, dismissed from the police but acquitted of charge. (A.P.M.) Green Ponds (See memo Lieut Governor 25 February 1837)

16 June 1837 whilst in employ of Mr Mark – drunk only admonished

At some stage he worked in the Engineering Department at ‘Brickfields’ in North Hobart. Whilst working for George Espie he had his Ticket of Leave.

He was given his free certificate No 156 in 1840.

He married Mary Anne Swaine on 26 August 1845.

Mary Anne Swaine

A lot of information is found on the conduct record for Mary Ann Swaine, but her indent list gives us her family back in the old country, England. Her father is Job, Joseph, Josh or John, she had 4 brothers Thomas, John, Uriah and George and 4 sisters Mary, Louisa, Lavinia and Jane. Her native place was Maidstone, Kent, England. She was born around 1821. You would think this would be enough to go further back in England, but so far I have not found her family in Maidstone at all.

Mary Ann is described as a housemaid five foot and half an inch with a fresh complexion, a round visage and head, dark brown hair and eyebrows, a medium height forehead, hazel eyes, a short nose and small mouth and chin. From these details you could imagine what my ancestor looked like!! She also had tattoos on her left shoulder C J? J? S U? S

By 1843, she had had a lot of temptations put in front of her as a housemaid. She was finally convicted of stealing a watch at the Maidstone Boro 2nd Session on 26 June 1843. For this felony she was sent to Van Diemens Land for 15 years. A bit harsh you think!! But looking at her previous record, you find she was addicted to drink, had been in service for the last three years, had been a prostitute and been in prison twice before, she had been caught stealing a watch previously but acquitted and had been given 7 days for being disorderly.

She arrived in Van Diemens Land on 7 April 1844 having been on the ship Emma Eugenia (2). Whilst here she was given 6 months probation and became a second class convict on 12 November 1844, then a third class on 29 April 1845. On 26 August 1845, she married William TEDMAN (had been a convict but was now free) at St Georges Church, Battery Point, Hobart. She was given her ticket of leave on 15 July 1851. She spent some time at the Ross Female factory from 1 June 1852, and on 2 February 1853 she unlawfully threatened the life of a woman and was given one month’s hard labour at the factory. She was recommended for a conditional pardon 21 February 1854 and approved 19 December 1854.


Have been in contact with a descendant in England who has found a lot more information on Mary Anne’s family in Maidstone.