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Friday, March 20, 2015 Arthur Pacey married Elizabeth Hagan Widow of Thomas Henry Ford

Thomas Henry Ford

Thomas was born in 1894 in Katanning in Western Australia                        

His birth records indicate a mother of the name of Mary Yeelican.   Perhaps a transcription error.

His father is Thomas Henry Ford 1869 d 1921.

There was another birth for a George born 1897 same mother Mary Nelecan
George died aged 11 months and his details were George Ford father Thomas Henry Ford and mother Mary Nelican

The Ford family were farmers in the area.

There are no recorded marriages for Thomas Ford, nor are there any records for a Mary Yeelican nor Nelican.  The closest is Nelligan.

When Thomas was  around 19 he travelled to Milmerrin on the Darling Downs in Queensland.

On 16th September 1915 he married Elizabeth Hagen. 

 Elizabeth was born 10 October 1898 at Grass Tree Creek in Yandilla in Queensland and died October 1974 in Warwick.


Her parents were Bernard Henry Hagen and Matilda King

Her father was born in 1862 in Beebo in Queensland and he died 8th May 1944 in Toowoomba. They are buried at Millmerran . 

His father was Bernard Henry Hagan and his mother Mary Anne Kirpatrick  

He was born in 1835 in County Mayo in Ireland and died 20th May 1879 at his station Winton Station via Goondiwindi Queensland.  

His father was James Hagan and his mother was Mary Ann Bollard of Ireland
He arrived in Australia before 1863. 


Thanks to his granddaughter Barbara, for providing some updated background information.  Any new information will be added and included. 

Bernard Hagan born in Circa 1835 in County Mayo in Ireland and died 20th May 1879 at “Winton Station” via Goondawindi. He was buried on “Winton Station” where he worked.

He arrived on the “Rajagopaul” . With him was his first wife Catherine Kearns Born Circa 1833. Bernard was 19 years of age and Catherine was 21 years of age.       Raja Gopaul 

They married in 1854.  They also had an infant son, James who was born on the voyage. in 1852

James, son of Bernard and Catherine was registered as James Egan. and in  1854 at Wallumbilla, Queensland, a second son named Henry Hagan.

Catherine Hagan nee Kearns was the daughter  of Marmaduke Kearns and Mary. Marmaduke was in the Army and served in India. Catherine was born off the coast of India.


Served in 41st Foot Regiment; 89th Foot Regiment   Discharged aged 42
Date: 1811-1838

The 41st regiment served with distinction in Canada during the War of 1812 where it gained more battle honours than any other British unit during that period. It participated in the capture of Detroit under Major General Isaac Brock (for which he was knighted). They were involved with the siege of Fort Meigs, the battle of the River Raisin and took part on board British ships during the Battle of Lake Erie. After the defeat, the 41st retired from Fort Amherstburg (Malden) under the command of Major-General Henry Procter and were defeated at the Battle of Moraviantown, or the Thames. Shadrack Byfield was a private in the 41st during this period, and he chronicled the battalion's actions in his diary, before losing an arm.

Patrick Cleburne, an Irish immigrant to America who rose from Private to Major General in the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War, was a member of the 41st Regiment from 1846–49, prior to moving to the United States.[1]

The 89th (The Princess Victoria's) Regiment of Foot was a regiment of the British Army, formed on 3 December 1793.

Its nickname was 'Blayney's Bloodhounds'. The nickname stems from 1798 when the regiment was under the command of Lord Blayney and became known for its unerring certainty and untiring perseverance in hunting down the Irish rebels.

The regiment fought in the Peninsular War and was involved in the defeat at the Battle of Fuengirola of 1810 and in many battles in Iberia and North America. It particularly distinguished itself at the Battle of Crysler's Farm when it defeated several US regiments.

The regiment amalgamated with the 87th Foot on 1 July 1881, to form the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

The Battle of Crysler's Farm, also known as the Battle of Crysler's Field, was fought on 11 November 1813, during the Anglo-American War of 1812 (the name Chrysler's Farm is sometimes used for the engagement, but Crysler is the proper spelling). A British and Canadian force won a victory over a US force which greatly outnumbered them. The US defeat prompted them to abandon the St. Lawrence Campaign, their major strategic effort in the autumn of 1813.

The battle arose from a United States military campaign which was intended to capture Montreal. The resulting military actions, including the Battle of the Chateauguay, the Battle of Crysler's Field and a number of skirmishes, are collectively known as the Saint Lawrence Campaign.

Have details of Marmaduke receiving Chrysler Farm Medal I think it is. Also have burial details of Marmaduke and Mary. They were buried in Ireland.

A sister of Catherine lived in Brisbane. Have details of her husband and their family.
Sandy Hill Graveyard, Armagh:
"H28. I.H.S. In memory of Sergeant Marmaduke Kearns who died 8th April 1869 aged 84 years. Also his wife Mary who died 1st Novemeber 1850 aged 40 years

He married Mary Ann Kirpatrick in 1863    She arrived on the Switzerland in 1858

Her parents were Thomas Kirpatrick of Glasgow who married Ann McGibbon in 1822. 

Their son Bernard Henry Hagan  married Matilda King  16 August 1893 in Toowoomba

Matilda was born 6 June 1874 at Ellangown and she died 17 January 1936 in Millmerran.

Wool trains leaving Burenda Station, Augathella, ca. 1910
The town came into being initially as a resting place for bullock teams lying at the convergence of three bullock tracks from Morven, Tambo, and Charleville. Originally called Burenda it was renamed Ellangowan (still the name of the local watering hole) and when gazetted in 1883 called Augathella. This is apparently an Indigenous Australian word meaning "camp on a waterhole", referring the Warrego River

Elizabeth Baillie

Her father was George Frederick King who arrived on the "Fortitude" 1849 Her mother was Elizabeth Kingsford Baillie  1851 - 1919

Elizabeth was the daughter of John Baillie born 1826  d 1908  and Mary Ann Wilson  1826 - 1910  She was born in 1851 at Yandilla Station Queensland.

Her father was born in Dundee in Scotland.  Her mother was born in Scotland and arrived on the Artemisia on 6 Dec 1848

Elizabeth Kingsford Baillie married George Frederick King.  He was the son of William King and Mary Ann Lewis.  The King family arrived in Australia in 1841 from Middlesex.  He was born in 1806 and died in 1873 in Ipswich.

Loaded wagons in Yandilla Street, Pittsworth, ca. 1910


Sheep shearing, wool and bullock trains seemed to be prevalent in the area at that time


Callingunee Station
After their marriage Matilda and Bernard lived at their property at Turallin in 1905, and 1908, in 1913, he is back at the Callingunee Station, and 

There were a lot of employees at Turallin and Callingunee Stations.

Callandoon station, west of Goondiwindi was the district's first place of civil administration, when a court house was erected there in 1860. It was Goondiwindi, however, a stopping place for teamsters, that became the district's town centre. When the Waggamba local government division was proclaimed in 1879 Goondiwindi was the natural choice for its shire office.

Perhaps Thomas was employed in the bullock teams and he travelled the inland stock routes, leaving West Australia and finding employment in Turallin.

In 1914 War was declared.  Thomas was 20.  In 1915 he married Elizabeth Hagan.  He was 21 she was 18.

Thomas enlisted in October 1916.  He must have been held in high regard from the residents of Turallin.  Before he embarked they presented him with a Rolex watch.  

He embarked on 22nd December 1916.

He was sent to the Western Front, and although ill at one time, he fought in Ypers in Belgium and was killed in the fight at Polygon Woods between 26/27th September 1917. He is buried in an unmarked grave along with so many others.  The whole battlefield was thickly wooded.

 As his body was never found, Elizabeth faced the same problem so many young wives, and mothers faced during the war.  They could not find out what happened to their loved ones.  No news was forthcoming.  Many had no money, or were unable to cash in their insurance policies, until a death certificate was issued.

In 1919 another mother was looking for her son.  She was Mrs A Eigel from Katerring, and the local police office wrote on her behalf.
2 Nov1917 Brisbane Courier
Mrs Thomas FordTurallin, has been officially notified that her husband has   been reported missing. Private Ford has seen considerable fighting in France.    

Thomas Henry Ford is remembered at Menin Memorial. However his details are incorrect.

4655 Private
Thomas Henry Ford
31st Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Between 26th September 1917 and 27th September 1917, aged 23.
Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.
 Son of Bernard Henry and Matilda Hagan; husband of Elizabeth Ford, of Turallin, Queensland. Native of Turallin.

Sometimes when researching family history some surprises emerge, and often it is a case of playing a detective in order to try to reach a conclusion.  Sometimes sad facts emerge.

This is the case with Thomas Henry Ford.  Who was his mother?

Unfortunately that has been difficult to determine.  

It would be extremely likely that the lady calling herself Mrs A Eigel in 1919 is his mother.

But in the township of Katerring, there were two ladies of the name A. Egel and A. Eigel.

But Mary Florantine Alma Ava Egel married Finley James Augustus Kidd in 1910.

Mary (Ava) was the daughter of a family of Johanne Carl Egel and his wife Auguste Caroline Neumann. The family were the descendants of German settlers who arrived in South Australia, perhaps for growing crops or to begin the wine industry.  They lived in Lobethal in South Australia

The community drew lots to apportion the new land. The democratic hufendorf  layout of Lobethal's house blocks was traditionally German; long, narrow strips of about 3 acres. The house was built at the end, by the road, and the creek ran across the blocks, accessible to all. Behind the houses were farm  buildings such as cellars with lofts, then vegetable gardens and orchards and some of the animals were tethered by the creek. Oats, barley and rye grew at the far end. Other stock  was pastured in nearby forest and fields. The main street was originally where Mill Road is now and many cottages along there are from early days.

Crude one-room slab huts were replaced in time by larger two-room cottages, barns, cellars, bake ovens and smoke-houses, most built in the German style. A high degree of craftsmanship can still be seen in the remaining buildings, some built entirely without nails. [For more detail, see History Trail/Walk Map.] Roofs were thatched, and later covered with wooden shingles. Several shingled roofs are still visible under galvanized iron roofs today. 

Lobethal was settled by Prussian Lutherans in 1842. The town's character and prosperity can be directly linked to the nature of its settlers. The 18 families and Pastor Fritzsche who formed the original Lobethal congregation already had a greater variety of skills than any early mining or forestry settlement and a cohesion rarely found in a colonial town.  

Ava was born in Mount Torrens, and mining was established.

The town was developed by the Dunn family in the early 1840s. Then known as Barton Springs, it incorporated a farmhouse, smithy, stables and the Cornish Arms Inn. The town proper was laid out in 1853, and it served the Murray River trade at Mannum as well as a nearby copper mine. A small gold deposit was discovered in 1870,[3] but by World War I, the town's importance had diminished, and the town that stands today is virtually unchanged since that time

Why was she in West Australia?

Now the other A. Eigel.  An A Eigel married a Frances Bolton in Katerring in 1917.


Was she the mother?  Or was the real mother using assumed names?

When Thomas Henry Ford died, his death certificate shows his mother as Mary Ann Adams.

Mary Ann Adams married in 1895 Henry Joseph Kinred.  They had a son Percy Henry Kinred. who was in World War I.  He was in the 48th AIF, and he was killed on 8th August 1916 in France. He is remembered at the Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France

So which lady was his mother?

Thanks to the contributors of different family sites this time the Kinred family, with their family photos on, they have a photo of Mary Adams and her daughter.

A rather beautiful looking lady, who was not very old at the time of the photo.

The children do look very similar.

Alma Eigel had a letter written by the local policeman in 1919, enquiring about her son, Thomas Henry Ford. Research found that Alma Egel, was in fact the daughter of a German family from South Australia, and how she was in WA became a mystery.

 All her lineage was researched, completely. Alma Egel married in 1910, Mr Kidd. So why would she be writing a letter in 1917? A check of WA records online showed that a Alma Eigel married Mr Bolton in 1917 in the same town.

 There co-incidence was a bit strange. The name is a bit strange. Did someone use the name? It appeared to be the case. On Thomas Henry Ford's birth certificate his mother was called Mary Y was she Alma Eigel? On his death certificate it said his mother was Mary Adams. 

The only Mary Adams married a Mr Kindred. He left WA when he was about 16 and managed to travel to the Darling Downs region of Queensland. A huge distance. So there are three possibilities for the mother of Thomas Henry Ford.

Studio portrait of 4655 Private (Pte) Thomas Henry Ford, 31st Battalion, of Millmerran Qld. A farmer prior to enlistment, Pte Ford embarked on 23 December 1916 aboard HMAT Demosthenes (A64). On 26 September 1917, he was killed in action by a shell explosion while his company was advancing in Polygon Wood, Belgium. He was 23 years of age.
Son of Bernard Henry and Matilda Hagan; husband of Elizabeth Ford, of 
How did the Rolex Watch get to an Auction House in England?
Turallin, Queensland. Native of Turallin.
A stunning WW1 period vintage Rolex Officers watch, boasting a crisp white, original and un-damaged porcelain Rolex dial with military style hour markers and gun metal blue hands. (Our stock ref # 1222)Sub-second dial at 6, watch is running superbly and keeping good time. Double hinged silver signed Rolex case, gold coloured crown, and a new replacement (non Rolex) leather strap that is 12mm in width.

The rear of the case bears an intriguing engraving that reads: "Presented by the residents of Turallin To. T.H.FORD 29.11.16"Turallin is in the southeast of Queensland which is in the east of Australia. One can only imagine that T.H.Ford was presented this watch by the local Townsfolk before he left for war.If only the watch could talk... This would, however, make for a wonderful "research piece" for someone that has the time.Size of the Silver case is approx 33mm in diameter. Hand wound movement, triple Rolex signed to the case, dial and movement.

As with all our Vintage Rolex watches this piece has been fully cleaned, serviced and sympathetically restored to its former glory by our Rolex trained technician.Our restoration experts are among the best in the World and we are proud to have them working on our behalf, offering our watches the new lease of life that their quality and history deserve.We individually photograph every single watch for our website. So the watch that you see is exactly the watch you get.

Rare 1916 WW1 Australian Silver Rolex Officers watch                               800 × 802Search by image

On emailing the company concerned, they responded and advised that they purchased it at an auction, sold by another dealer in London. Sold for 5 times its original price.

A quick check shows that the watch is probably worth up to $18K in todays market maybe less as it is engraved, or that might make it more valuable.

Just some more mysteries for my cousin to unravel.


Thomas Henry Ford was born in 1 January 1915.  His father joined the Army in October, 1916, his son would have been nearly 2 years of age.

Life for the family could not have been easy.  A young child, no income, no idea whether her husband is dead or alive.  She was living wih  parents at Turallin.

In 1919 Elizabeth has a daughter and names her Fay.  

By 1922 she has married Arthur Ernest Pacey.  He is 55 she is 25.  He has at least two young children, Ernest was 11, and Charles was 7.  The other children probably left home by then. Lily had married and Mercia and Roma may have lived with her or with Mary Annie, the eldest sister.

Elizabeth has two young children, Thomas is 7 and Fay is 3.  From then she has another 6 children with Arthur.  In total he fathered 13 children, the last when he was 70 years of age.

Perhaps life was not a bed of roses!

Thomas Henry Ford married Nellie.  He enlisted in World War 2, on 9th May 1942.  

He listed his address as c/- his mother Mrs Pacey at East Street Warwick.

His records indicate he served in Papua New Guinea and Morotoi.  He was discharged in August 1945.

In 1943, Thomas did what a lot of other father's would have done or did, he was to be granted leave before being shipped out and doing some jungle training.   

He left AWOL twice to see his children and his wife, and then his sister who was living in Melbourne, married to an officer in the Medical unit and due to give birth.  He was subsequently court Martialed but continued with his service. 

He also indicated he had not even seen his youngest child.


When he was discharged his address was Myall Lane at Warwick.  Nellie was living there at Dunne's.

From then until 1963 Thomas and Nellie lived in Sandhurst Street, Goondiwindi.
In 1963 census Thomas is not living with her.  She then worked at the Victoria Hoel and then the hospital.  In 1980 she is living a 34 Moffatt Street Goondiwindi.

Fay married James Albert Holland and he was in the Medical Unit of the Army.  They met when he was in Warwick at the Army Camp.  

Fay also married William Godfrey Bell who was born in Millmerran 29th September 1913. William died in 1990. Fay died in 1971.  William was also in the Army in WW2. He served in PNG and Bougainville

Arthur married Elizabeth Ford in 1922.  They had several more children  

Clifford Amiens Pacey  b 1923
Unamed female            b  1924
Marie                          b  1925   d  1984
Joan                            b  1925
Henry James                b  1928
Patrick George             b   1937

Godfrey Bell Charles George  Louisa Kuhn

03 Jan 1920 ~ White Street, Southport.
15 June 1921 ~ "Doraville" Quay Street, North Quay, Brisbane.
23 June 1921 ~ "Doraville" Quay Street, North Quay, Brisbane.
11 October 1921 ~ Methodist Soldiers Rest, Coolangatta.
01 November 1921 ~ Methodist Rest, Coolangatta.
21 November 1921 ~ Methodist Soldiers Rest, Coolangatta.

 Wonder where he meet Elizabeth Ford nee Hagan ???

07 March 1922 ~ 2nd. Marriage at Toowoomba
24 March 1922 ~ Amiens.
1932 ~ Moved to Warwick from the Soldiers Settlement at Amiens.
1932 ~ Had Fruit Shop in Bockmans’ Building in Grafton Street, Warwick.
1935 ~ Still living in Hamilton Street, Warwick. Working out at Dirranbandi, Queensland.
1936 ~ Christmas time. Living in Hamilton Street, Warwick.
1937 ~ Living in Percy Street, Warwick.
1940 ~ Living at East Street, Warwick when he passed away.

He was heavily involved with the Pensioner's League.   The family lived for some time at Amiens on a Soldier's Allotment.



Arthur Ernest PACEY Died: 04 October 1940 in Warwick General Hospital.
Buried: 05 October 1940 in Warwick General Cemetery.


Early History of Katanning - Possibly the link is the wine industry, or mning.

Katanning is a town located 277 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia on the Great Southern Highway. At the 2006 census, Katanning had a population of 3,808.
In about 1870, sandalwood cutters moved into the area but they did not settle. It was not until the arrival of the Great Southern Railway from Perth to Albany in 1889 that the township came into existence.
The townsite was initially developed by the same company that built the railway, the Western Australian Land Company. The state government purchased the railway and the townsite in 1896 and later formally gazetted the town in 1898,[4] when the population of the town was 226, 107 males and 119 females.[

A roller flour mill, later known as the Premier Flour Mill, was constructed close to the centre of the town in 1891 by brothers, Frederick Henry Piesse and Charles Austin Piesse;[7] this in turn encouraged the local farmers to grow wheat which was at the heart of the town's early economic success. The mill is now a museum.

Frederick Henry Piesse, CMG (6 December 1853 – 29 June 1912) was a farmer, businessman and politician who is credited with much of the early development of the region around Katanning, Western Australia.
Frederick Piesse was born at Northam, Western Australia, on 6 December 1853. The son of policeman and magistrate William Roper Piesse and Elizabeth Ellen née Oxley, among his brothers were Alfred Napoleon Piesse, Arnold Piesse and Charles Austin Piesse, all of whom would follow Frederick into politics. Piesse was educated at state schools at Guildford and Northam, and began his working life at the Northam general store.

 Later he went pearl fishing at Shark Bay between 1872 and 1875. He was postmaster and telegraphist at Williams between 1875 and 1880. On 18 October 1877 he married Mary Jane Elizabeth Chipper, with whom he would have four sons and a daughter.

In 1880, Piesse partnered with his brother Charles to launch the general produce firm of F. & C. Piesse at Williams. He set up a portable store in 1886, and followed the progress of the Great southern railway, finishing up at Katanning. He then bought agricultural land near the railway and in 1891 built a flour mill in Katanning. He established a wine industry, making wines that won awards in Perth, London and Paris.

From 1880 onwards, Piesse became increasingly involved in public affairs. He was a member of the Williams Road Board from 1880 to 1889, and its chairman from 1886. In 1889 he became a Justice of the Peace, and from 1889 to 1896 he was on the Katanning Road Board. From January 1894 to June 1896 he was also a member of the Board of Agriculture.
At the December 1890 election, Piesse was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly seat of Williams, becoming a member of the first Parliament of Western Australia under responsible government. From 1 April 1896 to 23 August 1900, he was Commissioner for Railways and Director of Public Works in the Forrest Ministry.

 He was a Western Australian delegate to the Federal Convention of 1897, and for a period in 1900 he was Acting Premier of Western Australia. During George Leake's first premiership from June to November 1901, Piesse was Leader of the Opposition.
In the 1904 election, Piesse stood for and won the new seat of Katanning.

He would hold the seat until his resignation on 26 October 1909. For his last four years in parliament he was Father of the House. Piesse was made a CMG in 1908. He died at Katanning on 29 June 1912, and was buried in Katanning Cemetery. 

Educated at Guildford and Northam State schools, Frederick worked in the Northam general store of George Throssell, a self-made man establishing an awesome financial empire. Frederick Piesse copied his employer's methods and community involvement. His younger brother Charles Austin (1855-1914) also worked for Throssell.

In 1872, with Ernest von Bibra, Frederick followed the pearl-fishing industry in Shark's Bay. For five years from 1875 he worked in government service as a postmaster and telegraphist at Williams, a village south of Perth on the Albany road.

 On 18 October 1877 at Kojonup, he married Mary Jane Elizabeth Chipper, telegraphist and sister of mail-coach drivers; they had four sons and a daughter. Williams lacked a general store and trading post for kangaroo skins and sandalwood.

In 1880 Frederick resigned (his successor being his brother Augustus William) and, with his brother Charles, launched at Williams the firm F. & C. Piesse. Next year a branch was opened at Arthur River, which Charles managed after he married Minnie Chipper, Frederick's sister-in-law. As their commercial enterprises prospered, the Piesses interested themselves in community affairs.

Special thanks to Barbara Rhodes for all her help in the research.  We used to climb a cumquat tree when we were young at our Aunt Roma's house in Bald Hills,  As she said "who would have thought that all these years later we would be both involved in family history"

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