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Chenoweth, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1817
Place of birth Lanteglas near Camelford in North Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1849
Principal occupation Quarryman, gold miner and farmer
Date of death 1904
Place of decease Sellick's Hill, South Australia

William Chenoweth (alternative spelling Chenowth) was born on 25 Dec 1817, olcdest son of John Chenoweth and Elizabeth Cock from Lanteglas near Camelford in North Cornwall, England. William married Elizabeth (nee Lukey) (1820-1896) in 1843 in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

William, his wife Elizabeth and two daughters (Elizabeth Ann, 6, and Catherine Louisa, 1) emigrated to South Australian aboard Harry Lorrequer arriving in 1849. He was a quarryman and worked in the slate quarries until he went to Victoria for the Gold Rush for a few months in 1852. On his return from the Gold Rush, William purchased land and became a farmer in the Willunga District. He paid rates on sections 610 and 611, located at Sellicks Hill, from 1853 to 1876 as well as section 607 and 614 (owned by Thomas Martin) from the 1860s to 1876. When he retired he settled in Willunga

They had 11 children:

Elizabeth Ann (1843-1906) m. Hart

Catherine Louisa (1848-1924) m. Herring

William (1849-1926) m. Elizabeth Jane Fidge (1850-1912) on 20 March 1872 at Norwood.

Catherine (1851-1933) m. Dyer, Hunt

John (1852-1854) died as an infant.

Emily (1856-19??) m. Dunstan, Rogers

Thomas James (1857-1915) m. Alma Elizabeth Jacobs (1859-1941) on 7 Dec 1876 at Willunga.

Medora (1858-1946) m. Hunt

John James (1860-1940) m. Sophia Hunt (1861-1951) on 27 Jan 1881 at Myponga.

Hugh (1862-1885) m. Henrietta in 1883, quarryman, d. at Bangor Quarry.

Fanny (1863-1897) m. Jacobs

Elizabeth, aged 76 years, died on 24 June 1896 and William moved to live with his son, John, at Sellicks Hill where he died, aged 87 years, on 10 May 1904.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-3
  • Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1.
William and Elizabeth Chenoweth, circa 1884
William and Elizabeth Chenoweth, circa 1884

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