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HOBART/George Edwards/Sarah Grace Wilson
Posted by: Madelyn Gould Date: August 25, 2000 at 18:52:44
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Seeking any information on George Edwards and his wife Grace Wilson. They were both born in England and may have married before reaching Tasmania/Australia; I have found no record of their marriage there. Even more puzzling, I have found no record of the births of their children on the Australian Vital Records CDs. The dates I do have follow

George Edwards born January 21, 1825 in Devonshire
       Grace Wilson born November 20, 1828 near London

Children born in Australia:

Esther                     born        February 28, 1847
Wilson Steven        born October 28, 1848 in Hobart
Thomas Charles       born September 10, 1850 in Hobart
George Frederick       born 1853
Emily Sarah              born October 4, 1855        in Melbourne
Jessie Elizabeth       born June 3, 1859 in Melbourne
Harry B.               born July 18, 1860
Arthur Wilson              born July 7, 1863 in Melbourne

Sometime near the birth of Arthur, they moved (separately or together) to San Francisco, California. Unfortunately, many city records there were lost in the 1906 quake/fire.

Several stories about George have been told in the family over the last 100 years: he was said to be

in the wholesale leather and tobacco business

a Methodist minister

a governor of a penal colony, sent there by Queen Victoria for cheating the “Prince” at cards (I find this a little more than hard to swallow… in fact the whole governor idea is a bit much…. But it was obviously more palatable to the grans than the more likely INMATE of a colony).

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