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Tiller, Richard

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1801
Place of birth Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Carpenter, wheelwright and farmer
Date of death 1860
Place of decease McLaren Vale

Richard Tiller was born in about 1801 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England. He was the son of William Tiller (1770-1839) and Susannah Godwaine (c.1777- ). He was Anglican.

Richard, aged about 24 years, married Sarah Hall (1808-1876), aged 17 years, on 23 March 1825 at Breamore, Hampshire, England. They had thirteen children:

  • William John Hall (1826-1894) was born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. He married Mary Tucker (1833-1905) on 19 April 1851 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga. They had thirteen children. William died at Woodlands, SA.
  • Ellen Hall (1828-1832) was born and died at Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
  • Mary Hall (1830-1906) was born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. She married Benjamin Robinson (1821-1899) on 20 March 1851 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga. They had twelve children. Mary died at Slaty Creek near St Arnaud, Victoria.
  • Sarah Hall (1832-1910) was born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. She married her first husband, William Charles Coleman (1821-1879), at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga. They had ten children. She married her second husband, George Bellamy (1831-1910), at the residence of George Bellamy, Mallala, SA. They had no children. Sarah died at Aldinga.
  • Alfred Hall (1833-1834) was born and died at Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
  • Ellen Hall (1834-1920) was born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. She married her first husband, Archibald Brown Aird (1829-1868), on 2 June 1853 at Willunga and they had six children. She married her second husband, Matthew Paull, on 8 November 1869 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga and they had three children. Ellen died at Kilkenny, SA.
  • Richard Hall (1838-1908) was born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. He married Sarah Tucker (1838-1909) at the Wesleyan Chapel, Mt Barker on 3 November 1859 and they had thirteen children. He died at Grace Plains, SA.
  • Adelaide Hall (1840-1875) was born at Willunga. She married William Brown (1824-1905) on 8 May 1856 at Willunga and they had ten children. She died at Virginia, SA.
  • Caroline (1842-1889) was born at McLaren Vale. She married Henry Riseborough (1836-1883) on 24 March 1864 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Salisbury, and they had four children. She died in South Australia.
  • Charles Hall (1843-1889) was born at McLaren Vale. He married Elizabeth Hammond (1844-1893) on 28 February 1865 at St John schoolrooms, Salisbury, SA, and they had eleven children. He died at Baroota, SA.
  • George Thomas Hall (1845-1891) was born at McLaren Vale. He married his first wife, Sarah Ann McHugh (1845-1877), on 28 February 1865 at Salisbury, SA, and they had five children. He married his second wife, Mary Jane Nelson (1857- ), on 4 December 1877 at Adelaide, SA, and they had five children. He died at Port Pirie, SA.
  • Louisa Hall (1847-1920) was born at McLaren Vale. She married John William Thompson (1838-1916) on 22 September 1847 at Trinity Church, Adelaide, and they had fifteen children. She died at Kilkenny Blocks, SA.
  • Henrietta Hall (1850-1889) was born at McLaren Vale. She married Alfred March (1843-1925) on 26 October 1865 at Port Gawler and they had twelve children. She died at Willunga, SA.

Richard and Sarah Tiller, with five of their seven surviving children, William 14, Mary 10, Sarah 8, Ellen 5 and Richard 3, arrived in Australia aboard Baboo on 20 March 1840. They had another six children, born at Willunga and McLaren Vale.

Richard was a carpenter, wheelwright and farmer. With his oldest son, William, he paid rates on sections 188 and 198 of 80 acres each, leased from the South Australian Company between 1850 and 1858. This land is located north and south of Rifle Range Road, on the east side of the Main Road from McLaren Vale to Willunga, about half-way between the two towns.

In 1858, Richard’s 14 year old son, Charles, entered a bullock team owned by his father in the Boys' section of the Willunga Ploughing Match. In 1859, both Richard Tiller and his 23 year old son, William, entered the general section of the Yankalilla Ploughing Match and Richard won second prize of £5.

Richard Tiller, aged 58 years, died on 23 September 1860 at McLaren Vale and was buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga with a slate gravestone. His widow, Sarah Tiller (née Tucker), remarried, to widower John Clift (1797-1879) on 21 November 1871 at Trinity Church, Adelaide.

Sources

  • 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
  • Adelaide Times 20 Sept 1856:3
  • Adelaide Observer 22 Jan 1859:8
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 10 Sept 1859:3
  • South Australian Register 28 Sept 1860:2



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