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Re: John Pearse m Margaret Wilson-Australia
Posted by: Belinda Desmond Pearse (ID *****8030) Date: July 12, 2008 at 01:44:23
In Reply to: Re: John Pearse m Margaret Wilson-Australia by LINDA FINDLAY of 305

Hi Linda,

It’s lovely to hear from you regarding the Pearse family ancestry, and in particular Jack and Maggie. It has certainly been a long time since I posted that, way back when I first started researching my ancestry – a fascinating past time.

My father is Kevin Alexander Pearse, son of Alfred Pearse born 1894 in Hurstville, so it appears we are distant cousins…

Thank you for all the information you have given me. I have much of the basic Pearse ancestry descending from Amos and Eliza Pearse, but I lost a lot of my research in a computer crash a few years back. So I am slowly rebuilding the extended branches with all the siblings along the tree, but it is taking me time. So anything you can add would be much appreciated.

I can tell you Amos and Eliza Pearse arrived here from Somerset on ‘The Dirigo’ in 1860 with their son William Henry, who was born in Somerset in 1859, having lost a daughter, Mary, as a 2 year old on board. (I have all their children info if you would like it.)

Amos and Eliza settled in Bexley NSW and opened the first General Store there, supplying stock to sell from their own garden. Eliza was a very strong willed woman and ended up being the first postmistress in Bexley. There is some information at the State Archives about it and I have seen letters written in her own handwriting – it was amazing!!

Amos died in 1895 at the “Hospital for the insane’ in Rydalmere (how sad) and was buried in the Church of England Cemetary, in Hurstville, which unfortunately is no longer there. Eliza remarried a man called David Saunders White in 1900 and died in 1920. She is buried at Woronora cemetery.

I have a photograph of Amos Pearse (in his 20’s) and Eliza Pearse, (in her 60’s) if you are interested? I can copy them and send them if you wish. I also have a photograph of Jack and Maggie (Margaret) Pearse. Let me know if you would like a copy.

These two statements you wrote have me curious:

“John was known as Dirty Jack because of his frequent use of a spittoon. He swept gutters for a living.”

The “Dirty Jack” comment about the spittoon and the sweeping gutters comments is very familiar and sounds just like what my father told me… did you find this on the net as I’m sure I wrote it somewhere, or maybe this is something handed down by the family?

And secondly:

“He married Euphemia Jane Roberts (born Berrima (New South Wales in 1887 – only daughter of George Roberts and Janet Murie) t St. Johns Anglican Church in 1910 and they had five children”

You are talking about William Henry here right? Not John (Jack)? My Dad called William, Uncle Billy.

Do you by any chance have any more information on Margaret (Maggie) Wilson? I have her date of birth as 1863 in Illawarra and parents names as James and Mary Ann but the rest of her ancestry is a complete mystery to me.

With your list of children for John and Margaret, I seem to have an extra two – Eva, born 1889 and Sarah (Dolly) born 1890. My Dad must have told me about them. Not sure of their accuracy.

I am very interested in whatever other information you have on the family and I hope the information I have provided is of use to you. I look forward to hearing more from you.

I am in Sydney.



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