I am researching the descendants of Joseph Hocking b 1803 and Ann ‘Nancy’ Hocking b 1800 in St Just, Cornwall. They emigrated to South Australia from St Just in Penwith aboard the Bussorah Merchant arriving in Adelaide in Nov 1848. There is evidence to suggest that they brought with them five of their ten children: Joseph b 1830, Eliza b 1834, Mary b 1836, Benjamin b 1840 and Elizabeth b 1843. Their eldest daughter Jane and her husband Hugh Long and 2 children also arrived in South Australia aboard the Santipore in Oct 1848.
Joseph’s and Nancy’s first and second born, Elizabeth b 1822 and Joseph b 1823, are believed to have died as children prior to 1841.
The other 3 children who were listed in the 1841 census are James b 1825, Ann ‘Nanny’b 1828 and John b 1832. If still alive, they would have been young adults when the family left Cornwall. It is not known whether these children stayed in Cornwall or came to Australia. A James Hocking was also listed on board the Bussorah Merchant, but there is no indication that this James belonged to this family or any of the other Hocking families on board the ship.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows anything of James, Ann ‘Nanny’ or John Hocking.
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