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Reed, William (junior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1823
Place of birth St Veep, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1857
Principal occupation Quarryman and farmer
Date of death 1901
Place of decease Willunga

William Reed junior was born on 30 November 1823 at St Veep, Cornwall, England. He was the son of William Reed (1796-1881) and Jenny Moon (“Jane”) Cock (1798-1866). His sister Jane married John Allen. William Reed was a Wesleyan Methodist.

William Reed, aged 24 years, married Eliza Prout, aged 21 years, (1826-1906) on 27 June 1847 at Tintagel, Cornwall, England. They had nine children:

  • Agnes (1848-1932) was born at Tintagel, Cornwall, England, She may have married William Willsmore in 1875. She died at Prospect, SA.
  • Francis (1852-1913) was born at St Teath, Cornwall, England. He married Harriet Chapman (1852-1905) in the Registry office at Morphett Vale on 2 July 1879 and they had six children. Francis died at Carpa, SA.
  • John Thomas (1852-1942) was born at Camelford, Cornwall, England and married Grace Arthur of Walloway on 17 August 1880 at the Primitive Methodist Church in Orroroo, He died at Yeelanna, Eyre Peninsula, SA.
  • Jane Elizabeth (1854- 1940) was born at Camelford, Cornwall, England. She married, firstly, Sven Laurentius Sellstrom (1842- ) and they had one son. Her second husband was Charles Mansfield (1848-1881). Jane died at Parkside, SA.
  • Mary (1857-1857) was born and died at Adelaide.
  • Thirza Ann (1858-1916) was born at Willunga. She married Thomas Hunt (1857-1922) of Myponga on 27 January 1881 at the Primitive Methodist Church in Morphett Street, Adelaide. They had eight children. Thirza died at Myponga.
  • William Henry (1861-1894) was born and died at Willunga. He married Elizabeth Jane Bailey (1869-1952) at the residence of the bride's parents in Myponga on 18 August 1887 and they had four children. William died, aged 34 years, at Willunga.
  • Frederick Murray (1863-1922) was born at Willunga. He married Catherine Sibly (1863-1934) on 1 January 1889 at Willunga and they had six children. Fredreick died, aged 58 years, at Willunga.
  • Eva Reed (1865-1946) was born at Willunga. She married John Gerard Sampson (1865-1940) on 8 July 1890 at the Bible Christian Parsonage in Adelaide and they had seven children. Eva died in Parkes, NSW.

William Reed junior, aged 34, his wife Eliza (31) and their four oldest children, Agnes (9), twins Francis & John Thomas (5) and Jane (3) arrived at Port Adelaide on 19 January 1857 aboard Marion from Plymouth. Also on board Marion were William’s parents, William Reed senior and his wife Jane, and his brother, James Reed and his family.

William Reed was a quarryman/labourer who worked in the Delabole quarry. From before May 1858, the Reed family probably lived in a small pug cottage in Delabole village in the Willunga district where their last four children were born. William Reed only worked as a quarrymen for a few years as, by the late 1860s, William Reed had become a farmer, at least part-time. He is described as a farmer in the SA Directories of the time. He paid rates on 30 acres of section 749 and 84 acres of section 758 from 1869 and then on 33 acres (sections 748 and 749) from 1873. In the mid 1870s, he also paid rates on a house in Gloucester (McLaren Vale) and, between 1879 and 1881, on a house in the township of Willunga. This may be the cottage at 17 St Mary’s Street. He was described as a farmer of Willunga when he purchased the two allotments (146 and 149) fronting onto St Marys Street, Willunga on 13 March 1890, presumably when he retired.

William Reed, aged 78 years, died at Willunga on 7 October 1901 and Eliza Reed (née Prout) died on 8 April 1906 in Willunga. They are both buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery in Willunga.


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  • 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
  • SAILIS CT124/36
  • SA Directories – Willunga 1873 1883
  • Family Histories. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch) Blue folders
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  • South Australian Advertiser 9 August 1881:4
  • Express and Telegraph 7 October 1902:4
Headstone: William Reed junior and Eliza Reed
Headstone: William Reed junior and Eliza Reed

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