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Pointon, James

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1821
Place of birth Morston, Norfolk, UK
Date of arrival c. 1847
Principal occupation Farmer and butcher
Date of death 1880
Place of decease Willunga

James Pointon was born on 17/2/1821 at Morston in Norfolk. He came to South Australia as a young widower in the company of his brother Jeremiah and sister-in-law Frances around 1847. In 1850, he married Peggy Polkinghorne, who reputedly was a domestic servant of the Illman family.

James was a farmer and a butcher. He was active in the Willunga Show, both as an exhibitor and as a judge. In 1856, he purchased Elim Park, where he and Peggy lived for the rest of his life. They had eight children, namely, Thomas, John (died at 4 months old), Mary-Anne, Susan Jane, John, Alice Selina, Rebecca and Rosetta (died at 7 years).

James was a devout Wesleyan Methodist from the age of 15, and commenced lay preaching at age 19. He was the Trust of the Willunga and Aldinga Wesleyan Methodist Churches, and helped to establish the Cherry Gardens Church. For 30 years he was the leader of the weekly Bible class in Willunga and he continued lay preaching to the end of his life.

On 11 October, James died “in the Willunga pulpit during the course of a service or a few minutes after he was carried out”*. He is buried at the Uniting Church (former Wesleyan Methodist) cemetery at Willunga.


  • Pointon Bruce M. A people called Pointon c. 1730-1988
Pointon headstone Methodist cemetery Willunga
Pointon headstone Methodist cemetery Willunga
James Pointon
James Pointon

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