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Snoswell (nee Holman), Elizabeth

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1821
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Publican, wife and mother
Date of death 1856
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia

Elizabeth Holman was born on 22 July 1821 in Crowan, Cornwall, the daughter of John Holman (1795-1853) and Millicent (nee Hodge) (1794-1850). She arrived, aged 18 years, at Port Adelaide from Liverpool on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes, with her parents and five siblings .

Elizabeth Holman married John Snoswell (1819-1873) on 2 Jan 1843 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They had seven children (4 boys and 3 girls) but four of them died young:

John Mourilyan (1844-1927) b. at Encounter Bay m. Matilda Coleman at Adelaide in 1873

Thomas (1845-1846) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 7 months

Amy (1846-1916) b. at Willunga, m. John Richardson at Hindmarsh in 1872

Jane (1848-1922) b. at Willunga, m. John Henry Edwards at Norwood in 1870

Thomas Sutton (1849-1852) b & d. at Willunga died aged 3 years

Mary (1850-1856) b. at Willunga died as a child

James (1852-1853) b. & d. at Port Adelaide died as an infant

John Snoswell was a publican and then a farmer. He was resident in Willunga from 1845 until his wife Elizabeth (nee Holman), aged 35 years, died on 28 Jan 1856 at 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
Elizabeth Snoswell, nee Holman, ca 1853, daughter of John and Melicent Holman.
Elizabeth Snoswell, nee Holman, ca 1853, daughter of John and Melicent Holman.

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