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Re: Elizabeth Mandeville
Posted by: Kelly Behan (ID *****7045) Date: May 24, 2010 at 19:15:54
In Reply to: Re: Elizabeth Mandeville by Kelly Behan of 474

Wow - Hi Kate ( my new distant cousin)

Well here goes my tree:-

Elizabeth and Steph had a daughter Mary who married Richard Beauchamp. They had a daughter Sophia who mariied George Churches. They had a daughter Ann Emma who married John Thurling. They had a som Herbert who married Doris Lenna Pfahl. They had a son Brian who married Dorothy Clark ( my grandfather and grandmother ). They had a daughter Barbara ( mum ) who married Ron Behan ( my dad ) who had a daughter Kelly ( ME ).

Not sure if you have this info but will send just in case:-

'The Rocks - life in early Sydney' by Grace Karsken:
The tale of Elizabeth Mandeville, another visitor [to 'The Rocks'], perhaps
best illustrates the Rocks' treatment of outsiders. A black woman, she had
arrived on the 'Aeolus' in 1809, a Londoner tried in Middlesex the year
before. She had lived with her de facto husband Stephen Wain and their two
young children on their small Hawkesbury farm. In January 1821, three weeks
from giving birth to a third child, she and a neighbour left home with a
cartload of wheat to sell in Sydney. A few days later her neighbour returned
home without her, having been unable to find her in Sydney. Passing through
Cambridge Street at midday, the surgeon William Bland saw a group of
Rockswomen gathered uneasily around a heavily pregnant woman lying in the
street. They said she was in labour, but he thought not, suspecting
exhaustion. He said later:
When I saw her in the morning I was afraid she would perish for want of
attendance, and as the women standing about hesitated about taking her in, I
said I would pay the expenses for any care of that sort . . . she appeared
to have been drinking [but was] not intoxicated.
Elizabeth told the woman who took her in that `she had been drinking hard,
that she belonged to the country . . . had received money for [the wheat] at
the stores bought necessaries, became intoxicated had been robbed and was
afraid to return home'.
At ten o'clock the next day Bland heard that she was dead, but that her
child was alive. He went back up to Cambridge Street and, in house,
`performed an operation on the deceased' but found the baby also dead. By
the time the inquest was held the following day, Stephen Wain had been told
of her death and came, weeping, to give evidence. He told the assembled
Rocksmen:
She took no money with her for I was possessed of none or else she would . .
. the neighbours reported . . . that she had had two glasses of spirits. She
was ordinary sober, as good a woman [h]as never broke bread at borne-but two
glasses would have had a great effect on her . . . Two men came and told me
at the stores today that my wife was dead . . . as far as I have heard she
had nowhere to go.
The coroner's clerk noted, a little testily, `Here the witness wept as he
has also done most of the time'. The coroner found that she died of
`exhaustion brought on by intoxication and want of nourishment'. But her
husband was closer to the truth: `she had nowhere to go', no friends, and no
town connections, for she `belonged to the country'. The Rockswomen,
opportunistic, suspicious and wary of strangers, would not take her in until
payment was assured.


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