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Watters (nee Holman), Lenora

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1800
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1848

Date of death 1874
Place of decease Willunga

Lenora (or Leonora) Holman was born on 30 April 1800 at Crowan, Cornwall She was the daughter of Stephen Holman (1759-1825) and Nora (née Moyle) (1757-1833). Her older sister was Philippa Holman (1800-1875) who married Sampson Bastian senior on 28 Dec 1819 in Crowan, Cornwall, England.

Lenora married Willliam Watters (1800-1872) on 14 May 1822 at Crowan, Cornwall. They had 7 children:

  • Samuel (1822-1890) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. 1st Elizabeth Thomas (1824-1853) on 21 Sep 1845 at Lizard, Cornwall, 2nd Kezia Williams (1822-1888) on 1 Jul 1854 at Willunga, d. at Willunga
  • William junior (1824-1865) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. 1st Sarah Holman 2nd Mary Thomas (née Holman) (1820- ) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, at the Pirie Street Chapel, Adelaide on 12 July 1855, farmer at Willunga, d. in Victoria
  • Stephen (1824-1871) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Mary Ann Davies (1826-1907), d. at Willunga, SA & buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery, Willunga
  • John (1831-1895) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, d. in Western Australia
  • Johanna (1834-1927) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Peter Williams (1832-1914) on 12 Apl 1856 at the WMC, Willunga, d. at Willunga & buried in the WMC, Willunga
  • Eliza (or Elizabeth) Ann (1836-1843) b. & d. at Crowan, Cornwall, died as a child
  • Mary Jane (1837-1876) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Zacharias Williams (1835-1898) on 6 Dec 1856 at Adelaide, SA, d. at Willunga

Ten members of the Watters family - William Watters (48) and Lenora (nee Holman) (47) with their 3 younger children (John 17, Joanna 14 and Mary Jane 10) plus three older sons - widower Samuel (25), bachelor William (23) and Stephen (22) with his new wife Mary Ann (née Davies) (22) with his daughter by his first marriage Sarah (4) - all arrived on 14 April 1848 on board the 540 ton barque Bolton.

William Watters was a farmer. He and his son William junior paid £178 for section 743 near Willunga in May 1855. Then on 5 Jan 1857, William senior bought Section 745 adjoining Section 743 in his own name for £454. William and Lenora lived on the corner of Aldinga Road and Delabole Road (on section 252 and 253) on the western outskirts of Willunga in a house with a thatched roof. William and Lenora Watters lived in the Willunga District for more than 20 years (1848-1870s).

After the death of her husband William, aged 72, on 31 March 1872, Mrs. Watters decided to give up farming and advertised the farm stock and equipment for auction in March 1873. Lenora Watters (née Holman), aged 75 years, died on 20 Oct 1874 and they are both buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery in Willunga.


  • 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
  • South Australian Register 4 Mar 1873:8

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