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Dawe (née Gregory), Jane

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1816
Place of birth Tamerton Foliot in Devon, England.
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of death 1882
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia

Jane Gregory was born on 3 November 1816 at Tamerton Foliot in Devon, England. She was the daughter of John Gregory (1785-) and Philippa Abel (1786-1846) and the sister of Sarah Elizabeth Gregory.

Jane Gregory, aged 23, (1816-1882) married Sampson Dawe, aged 26, (1813–1879) at Eaststone House in Devon in September 1839.

Jane travelled to South Australia with her husband, Sampson, and their infant daughter, Elizabeth, a few months after their marriage. Also in their party were Sampson's cousin, William (25), his wife , Mary Anne (21), and infant son, William Henry. They left Gravesend on 5 March 1840 on board the 453-ton barque Charles Kerr, with Captain Arnold, from London, Gravesend, and Deal, arriving in Port Adelaide on 17 June 1840.

Jane and Sampson had at least five children:

  • Elizabeth (1840–1867) married Georg H W Schunke on 05/01/1865 at Willunga.
  • John Henry (1844–1907),
  • Tabitha (1846–1859) was unmarried.
  • Jane (1849-1902) married Georg H W Schunke in 1868.
  • William (1853–1854) was unmarried.

Jane's husband, Sampson, died in 1879. Jane Dawe (née Gregory) died on 22 March 1882 and is buried in St Stephen’s Anglican cemetery, Willunga.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Adelaide Observer 23 May 1846:4
Sampson and Jane Dawe, St Stephen's cemetery, Willunga
Sampson and Jane Dawe, St Stephen's cemetery, Willunga

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