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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, oldest son of John Chenowethn (1771-1851) and Elizabeth Cock (1785-1838) from Lanteglos near Camelford in North Cornwall, England. He was the brother of Edwin John Chenoweth. William married Elizabeth (nee Lukey) (1820-1896) on 30 March 1839 in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

William, his wife Elizabeth and three children (Elizabeth Ann 6, Catherine Louisa 1 & William infant) emigrated to South Australia aboard Harry Lorrequer arriving on 26 Dec 1849. They eventually had 11 children:

Elizabeth Ann (1843-1906) b. at Camelford, m. Eli Hart (1840-1916) on 28 July 1862 at the Willunga Wesleyan Chapel, hey had 14 children and lived at Curramulka, d. at Curramulka & buried in the Curramulka Cemetery

Catherine Louisa (1848-1924) b. at Camelford, m. William Herring (1849-1907) at the Wesleyan Chapel in Sellick’s Hill on 25 April 1867, they had 14 children and lived at Willunga, d. at Willunga and buried Willunga Uniting Church Cemetery

William junior (1849-1926) b. at Camelford, m. Elizabeth Jane Fidge (1850-1912) on 20 March 1872 at the Wesleyan Parsonage in Norwood, they had ten children, d. & buried at Rainbow, Vic

Catherine (1851-1933) b. at Sellick’s Hill, m. (1st) Richard Dyer on 27 March 1873 in Adelaide (5 children) & (2nd), William George Hunt on 23 March 1885 at Bordertown, SA (3 children), d. in South Australia

John (1852-1854) b. & d. at Aldinga, died as an child

Emily (1856-19??) m. (1st) John Dunstan (1851-1884) on 12 Nov 1874 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Normanville (7 children) & (2nd) Lesley Rogers (1849-1934) on 21 July 1886 at Willunga (5 children), d. in South Australia & buried at Aldinga

Thomas James (1857-1915) m. Alma Elizabeth Jacobs (1859-1941) on 7 Dec 1876 at the residence of Mr. Jacobs at Willunga, d. & buried at Nhill, Vic

Medora (1858-1946) m. George Hunt (1859- ) at the residence of William Chenoweth, Sellick’s Hill, they had ten children, d. in South Australia & buried at Yankalilla

John James (1860-1940) b. at Willunga, m. Sophia Hunt (1861-1951) on 27 Jan 1881 at Myponga, they had eleven children, d. at Norwood & buried in Payneham Cemetery

Hugh (1862-1885) m. Henrietta Holdsworth (1859- ) at Morphett Vale on 30 June 1883, they had two children, he was a quarryman, aged 23 years, killed by falling rock at Bangor Quarry in May 1885, buried in Wesleyan Church Cemetery

Fanny (1863-1897) m. Lilini Inkerman Jacobs (1863-1916) on 10 Aug 1892, they had three children, d. at Willunga

William 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

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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