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  • ID: I7109
  • Name: William BOXSHALL 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 JUN 1803 in Dorking, Surrey, UK
  • Burial: 02 FEB 1870 Meridith Cemetery, Vic.
  • Reference Number: 574
  • Event: BDM 1870 No. 2169 1
  • Death: 01 FEB 1870 in Morrisons Diggings, Vic 1
  • Note:

    Notes for William Boxshall:

    William grew up in Dorking, England and in 1841 was living with his wife and family in Butter Hill which was very near to St. Martin's Church where he was christened.

    He was a journeyman malster and may have been working in Boxhall's brewery in Dorking or Henry Dendy's brewery in Dorking, when he joined Henry Dendy's emigrants to Port Phillip, Melbourne. William, his wife Jane and children Mary Ann 16, Sarah 14, Enos 13, Thomas I 1, George 8, James 5, and Harry 3, left England on 12 February 1842 on the "EARL OF DURHAM" and arrived at Port Phillip on 18 June 1842, after a voyage of 126 days. They were accompanied by William's brother James, his wife Jane and their 5 children. Both had sons born shortly before the ship's arrival - William's son was named Jonathon and James son was named John.

    William worked as a labourer in the early years in Brighton. His wife Jane died at Brighton on 30 March 1843 and was buried on 31 March - the death was recorded in the Parish of St. James, Melbourne. A service was held for her by the Rev. A.C. Thomson, chaplain of St. James.

    It was a difficult time for William and his children - the eldest Mary Ann only 17 and Jonathon, who was born on the voyage only 9 months old. On 2 January 1844 William married Mary Ann Speare in the Presbyterian Church at Campbellfield. Mary Ann was a widow who was born in Somerset, England.

    In 1845, William's youngest sons Henry 5 and Jonathon 3 were attending the Church of England School in Brighton.

    Later William and Mary and probably the younger members of his family moved to Morrisons, where a gold rush occurred in 1859. Mary died there on 3 November 1865 of General Decline and William died just over 4 years later. An inquest was held into his death on 2 February 1870 at Morrisons Diggings

    William Boxshall -- his death took place in the first instance in his own residence on the Table Land, Morrisons Diggings and it arose from natural causes being caused by inflammation of the Peritoneum and Bowels.

    "The deponent James Leahy on his oath saith as follows that I am a legally qualified Medical Practitioner and I was called to see the deceased, William Boxshall on Monday last the 31 January/70. I saw him about 7 PM and found him at his residence on those diggings. He was moribund and on being asked he complained of pain about the abdomen. I ordered him hot fomentation and turpentine and heat to his extremities. I never saw him again alive and heard of his death early next morning, On examination of his body I did not find any marks of violence of any kind on any part of (his) body. The abdomen was very tympanitic and there was intense inflammation of the Peritoneum throughout almost its whole extent, there were severe adhesions between the convulsions of small intestines. The liver was enlarged all the other organs otherwise were normal and the cause of his death was acute inflammation of the Peritoneum and Bowels and I don't think his falling on the ground would cause such. But it and his exposure to the cold during the night would of cause aggravate this Signed James Leahy."

    This deponent Henry Sargent of Morrisons Diggings on his oath saith as follows??.I am a wheelwright and I

    knew the deceased Boxshall and on Sunday night last the 30 January I was awoke by Mr. Hawkes about I I o'clock PM saying that Daddy (meaning the deceased) had a fit on him and that he could do nothing with him and he asked me to come and help him with the deceased. I then got up and got my lantern and found the deceased about 50 yards from my place lying on his side and even trying to get him up he said we pained him and that he could not go home and to let him down again. We then thought of moving him home on a dray but found we could not it was too hard and the ground too rough. We then wrapped him up in some sacks and as the night was fine I considered that we left him quite safe and comfortable and I promised Mr. Hawkes that I would see the deceased the first thing in the morning. I then went home to bed at day break I heard the deceased calling me by name and on going I found him up at my fence and he told me that he had crawled there. I then brought him close to my house and made a large fire and laid him alongside of it and he fell asleep - and I sent word to some of his friends and I was obliged to go to my work at 6 AM. I never saw him again alive, as I did not return home until very late that same evening. Hawkes told me that he had fallen where I first saw him. Deceased never complained to me of being hurt in any way by the fall or previously. Signed HENRY SARGENT

    This deponent George Hawkes on his oath saith as follows...... That I am a miner at Morrisons Diggings. I knew the deceased Boxshall and I was at Mr......on this hill on the 30January last and the deceased came in about IO o'clock PM and paid a small bill and after a little time we left Mr...... together and we walked towards our respective homes for about 400 yards together and we then parted and after a few minutes I heard him fall and went to help him up but he said I hurt him on doing so I then went to Mr. Sargent and he came and saw deceased and we then tried to move him but he complained of hurting him and he said to us that he would prefer being left where he was. He was then very drunk and as I thought it was only a drunken fit, we got some bags from Mr. Sargents place and wrapped him in them as well as we could and left him there for the night. On next morning I went to his house and not finding him there I went to look for him where I left him but he had moved from there and I found him in Mr. Sargents yard. I then got out his own horse and dray and conveyed him in it to his own residence. I saw him again that day and he complained of all the pain being in the pit of his stomach. Deceased told me that he had a great load of drink in him and that he had been to the Chinamen's feast on the 30 January. He told me that he had had some 5 or 6 pints of beer and I saw him having a nobbler of port wine from Mr...... He was able to walk around when he left Mr...... It was about 50 yards from where
    I left him the previous night to Mr. Sargents yard I did not hear the deceased complain of any pain any where before he fell. Signed GEORGE HAWKES

    Father: William BOXHALL b: 20 OCT 1776 in Ewhurst, Surrey, England c: 10 NOV 1776 in (Twin to Jasmes)
    Mother: Elizabeth KNIGHT b: 02 APR 1780 in Wotton, Surrey, UK

    Marriage 1 Jane PRATT b: 1802 in England
    • Married: 14 FEB 1825 in Walton on the Hill, Surrey.UK 1
    • Married: 14 FEB 1825 in Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, UK
    • Married: 14 FEB 1825 in Walton on the Hill, Surrey, England 1
    1. Has No Children Mary Ann BOXSHALL b: 1825 in Dorking, Surrey, UK
    2. Has Children Sarah BOXSHALL b: 13 APR 1827 in Dorking, Surry, UK
    3. Has No Children Enos BOXSHALL b: 07 JUN 1829 in Dorking, Surrey, UK
    4. Has No Children William BOXSHALL b: 04 SEP 1831
    5. Has Children George BOXSHALL b: 22 MAR 1835 in Dorking, Surry, UK
    6. Has No Children James BOXSHALL b: 07 FEB 1838 in Dorking Surrey, UK
    7. Has Children Henry BOXSHALL b: 26 APR 1840
    8. Has Children Jonathan BOXSHALL b: 05 JUN 1842 in On board ship "Earl of Durham"
    9. Has Children Thomas BOXSHALL b: 16 JUN 1833

    Marriage 2 Mary Anne SPEARE
    • Married: 02 JAN 1844 in Cambellfield, Vic

    1. Title: Blay.FTW
      Source Medium: Other

      Text: Date of Import: Apr 30, 2004
    2. Title: Blay.FTW
      Source Medium: Other

      Text: Date of Import: Sep 23, 2005
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