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Frances Heazle

b. 1812, d. 5 April 1895

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Birth

Frances Heazle was born in 1812 in Canterbury. According to her death certificate Frances was the daughter of Sergeant Major Benjamin Heazel and his wife Elizabeth, and was born at Canterbury in 1812. While her baptism record remains elusive, there is no reason to doubt this information.1,2 She witnessed the baptism of James Reed on 5 April 1835 in Manchester, England.3 , as 's mother, presented at baptism on 26 July 1837 in Linden, NSW.4 She witnessed the baptism of Sarah Ann Reed on 26 May 1844 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Robert Luxford's "Reed Family History" mentions "When Sarah Ann Reed (born 21st March) was baptised on 26th May, 1844. the address was shown as York Street, so it appears that James Reed had set himself up in a shop on the corner just across the way from the Barracks which he had just left. Clearly, if the military life no longer held any appeal, the company of his old colleagues was still attractive (as also their custom)."1,5 Frances Heazle witnessed the baptism of Prudence Reed on 30 August 1846 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Robert Luxford's "Reed Family History" mentions "another baptismal record - Prudence, August 1846 (born July). (Her father) had become a constable in Kent Street. Previously the babies were baptised in St James or St Philip's church, the two nearest the Barracks. Prudence was baptised at St Andrews which suggests that James was stationed at the watch immediately behind the still incomplete cathedral."1,6 At 's birth, on on 27 November 1862 in Bogan River, NSW, Australia, assisted as a midwife. The original record names the birthplace as "Gralger No. 17 Station on the Bogan" but I have not found any other refrence to this place. It is very likely that this should read "Cowga Station", which comprised blocks 16 and No 17 on the East Bogan. Perhaps the scribe mis-heard the name of the station. According to a list of early Bourke District births published on page 30, volume 7 of the History of Bourke journal, this child was the ninth child of European origin born in the Bourke District. The first child had been born at Fort Bourke two years earlier.7,8

Parents

FatherSergeant Benjamin Heazle (b. circa 1792, d. 28 December 1850)
MotherElizabeth Wilson

Family life

James Reed and Frances Heazle were married on 28 June 1830 at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland. He was a bachelor and she a spinster.1,9,2,10

Children with James Reed (b. 14 December 1808, d. 30 January 1898)

SonWilliam Reed (b. circa April 1831, d. before 1836)
SonJohn Benjamin Reed+ (b. circa 1832, d. 15 September 1881)
SonJames Reed+ (b. circa March 1835)
SonAlexander Reed+ (b. 10 July 1837, d. 21 November 1917)
DaughterPrudence Reed (b. circa 1839, d. before 1846)
DaughterSarah Reed (b. 20 November 1839, d. 1843)
DaughterEliza Emily Reed+ (b. 22 October 1841, d. August 1925)
DaughterSarah Ann Reed+ (b. 21 March 1844, d. May 1932)
DaughterPrudence Reed+ (b. 3 July 1846, d. 29 October 1940)
DaughterFrances Reed+ (b. 2 July 1848, d. 5 June 1922)
SonGeorge Charles Reed+ (b. 1850, d. 19 September 1909)
DaughterMary Ann Reed+ (b. 1852, d. 21 June 1934)
DaughterJane Reed+ (b. June 1856)

Residence information

Frances Heazle was travelling on 13 January 1831 in Kephalonia.11 She was travel on 10 March 1831 in Portsmouth, England.11 She was travel on 30 May 1831 in Stafford, Staffordshire.11 She was travel on 5 January 1832 in Manchester, England.11 She was travel on 2 June 1832.11 She was travel on 3 June 1832 in Dublin, Ireland.11 She was travel on 10 October 1832 in Dublin, Ireland.11,12 She was travel on 11 October 1832 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. "While at Belfast many parties were sent out at different periods for the purpose of assisting the Civil Power in collecting tithes..."11,12 She was travel on 25 July 1833 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.11 She was travel on 7 April 1834 in Dublin, Ireland.11 She was travel on 24 April 1834 in Liverpool, England.11 She was travel on 1 May 1834 in Blackburn, Lancashire.11 She was travel on 17 October 1834 in Manchester, England.11 She was travel on 4 May 1835 in Liverpool, England.11 She was travel on 7 September 1835 in Chatham. They arrived at Chatham on 7 October 1835.11 She emigrated on 25 July 1836. "James Reed and his family embarked on the "Earl Grey" on 25th July, 1836. The military party considted of 5 officers, a sergeant and 29 rank and file, 3 officers' wives, five women and seven children. There were 45 in the crew."
"According to Surgeon Evans, the ship was new and very damp, so several of the guard suffered 'catarrhal affliction'. To dry out the ship, fires were burnt between decks and the barracks and prison 'dry holy stoned with hot sand and lime' - this during the voyage from Deptford to Kingstown, Ireland, to embark the convicts." "During the passage to Ireland little John Reed took sick with croup. ... The little boy was bled and given aperient powders to make him vomit, to the extent that his 'countenance became pale and sunk' and 'symptoms of sinking of the powers of life were manifest - the powders were discontinued...' - all on the first day! It took him two weeks to recover from this treatment."1 John and James traveled to on 27 August 1836. "The convicts were embarked in two groups - 91 at Kingstown and 192 at Cork, plus 'five free boys (the sons of convicts in the Colony)'. So the ship sailed on 27th August with 384 persons on board." "Sentry duty was carried out around the clock and the men on guard were regularly inspected by the officer in charge. Soldiers could be reported and punished for such offences as insolence, quarrelling, dirty weapons, sitting down while on guard, sleeping on guard or talking to the prisoners"1 John and James traveled to in November 1836. "The voyage took 126 days from Cork to Sydney. The surgeon's account indicates that generally it was without incident. He complains of the heat and expresses concern for the health of the convicts in his charge. At his insistence the vessel called at Capetown in November to take on 'fresh beef, mutton and vegetables for the Guard and convicts'. Scurvy was affecting a number of the convicts by this time, but it cleared up very quickly afterwards. In all, three convicts died on the voyage"1 She immigrated on 31 December 1836 to Sydney, NSW, Australia. "The ship arrived in Sydney on 31st December 1836. 'The weather proved remarkably fine and unusually dry' wrote the surgeon. The next day the convicts were marched to the Barracks to be inspected by the Governor (Sir Richard Bourke). The safe arrival of the ship and its assorted company was briefly reported in the Sydney Gazette. The officers and their wives are mentioned by name. James Reed, his wife and children are not mentioned - just '29 rank and file of the 28th, 50th and 80th Regiments, 5 women and 7 children'."1,13 She lived with James Reed in January 1837 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Until July, 1837 the Regiment was based at Sydney Barracks. It then moved its headquarters to Windsor. It supplied detachments to a variety of locations to act as guards for convict work gangs."1 She was travel on 31 July 1838 in Windsor, New South Wales, Australian Colonies. "The detachment stationed hitherto at 17 Mile Hollow on the Bathurst Road was relieved by one from the 28th Regiment in July and rejoined Head Quarters."12 She was travel on 6 March 1839 in Illawarra, NSW, Australia. "From Sydney to Illawarra, 1 Sub, 2 Serjts and 30 R&File March 6th."12 James Reed and she lived at Wollongong Stockade in Wollongong, NSW, Australia, on 7 November 1841.14 James Reed and she lived at Nichol Street in Surry Hills, NSW, in 1842.15 James Reed and she lived in a dwelling house at Clarence Street in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1848.16 James Reed and she lived in a dwelling house at Clarence Street in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1851.17 James Reed and she lived at 37 Cambridge Street, the Rocks, in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1861. It is possible that this record could relate to a different James Reed. The John Reed (waterman) who lived next foor could have been his son, John Benjamin Reed, then aged 29 years.18

Working life

  • Frances Heazle was associated with James Reed a self-employed grocer in 1844 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Lew's 1844 Directory for the City of Sydney records James Reed, grocer, Barrack Lane."1
  • She was associated with James Reed constable in August 1846 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Another baptismal record - Prudence, August 1846 (born July). The grocer had become a constable in Kent Street. Previously the babies were baptised in St James or St Philip's chirch, the two nearest the Barracks. Prudence was baptised at St Andrews which suggests that James was stationed at the watch immediately behind the still incomplete cathedral."1
  • She was associated with James Reed labourer in July 1848 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "In July 1848 when ... Frances was born her father was a labourer, residing in Clarence Street. Occupation and residence remained unchanged until at least June 1856 when their last child Jane was born."1
  • His spouse, was employed by in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, as in February 1870. "Old James' last major venture was to take up 80 acres near Mt Oxley, on the main road (as it then was) to Dubbo via Gongolgon. There he established the Mountain House Hotel in February 1870." He was granted a pre-emptive lease on 80 acres of land on 3 June 1870. This was just 14 months after he had acquired the land.1,19,20
  • On 14 January 1873 Frances Heazle was a granted a publican's license at Mount Oxley in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. The "Mountain House" Hotel was at the northern point of the northern hill at Mount Oxley. The building contained two sitting rooms and 3 bedrooms. The family may have been running a shanty there since about 1869.21,22
  • In July 1875 Frances Heazle let his Mountain House Hotel business to Henry Johnson at Mount Oxley in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Henry Johnson was married to James Reed's daughter, Eliza. "Henry Johnson begs to inform the Public that having taken the above Hotel [The Mount Oxley Hotel] he is prepared to afford the best accommodation. Only liquors of the best brands are kept in stock. Travellers will find this an excellent stopping place and will be afforded every convenience. The Hotel being situated in country completely fenced in and an abundant supply of water being on the premises, affords advantages not usually to be had from wayside Inns. NB Cobb and Co's Coach passes by twice a week." His son, George Charles Reed, sold the Bourke Hotel to GS GIbb (his brother-in-law) at the same time.23

Property

Frances Heazle purchased 2 roods of land for nine pounds on 18 December 1863 at section 11 lot 1, corner of Darling and Glen Streets, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.24 She transferred 2 roods of land to her son-in-law James Tobin Junior on 2 August 1876 at section 11 lot 1, corner of Darling and Glen Streets, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.24

Death

Frances Heazle witnessed the death of William John Reed on 7 October 1865 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. He had been staying with his grandparents in Bourke for six months. He is the fourth person on record as having drowned at Bourke. Two drowned in 1863 (Empire Newspaper 23/2/1864) and Charles Banks drowned in March 1865 (Empire Newspaper 21/3/1865). The newspaper article must be mistaken about the identity of his parents. It states that his uncle James Reed was his father, but the baptism records clearly shows that his parents were John Reed and Eliza J. This is confirmed by the newspaper article about the later death of his sister, Frances Eliza Reed.21,25,26,27 She died from apoplexy on 5 April 1895 at age ~83 in Bourke. Luxford writes in "Reed Family History", "In their later years, (James and Frances Reed) lived with their daughter Sarah Ann and her husband Michael Brennan in North Bourke. The Brennan's fourth daughter Isabella was said to be the first white child born at North Bourke, in 1869 (although children were baptised in Bourke proper from April 1862). Frances died in April 1895 and James in January 1898, aged 88 and leaving, it was reported, nine surviving children, 'held in high esteem', 86 grandchildren and over 40 great grandchildren."2,28,1,29 She was buried on 7 April 1895 at Bourke Cemetery in Bourke.30 She was buried on 7 April 1895 DETAIL in Bourke.2,31

Memorial

There is a memorial to Frances Heazle at Bourke Cemetery in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. Follow this link for information and images of her memorial.

Citations

  1. [S303] "Research Report: Reed family facts", 1986, Robert Luxford, to James Fleming (Sydney); Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  2. [S405] Death Certificate, Frances Reed, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1895 No 4274.
  3. [S1615] Baptism Register, 1835: page 42, St Philips church, Manchester
  4. [S1618] 1837, Baptism Register: number 321, Christ Church, Cumberland
  5. [S1649] St James church (Sydney, NSW), Baptism, FHL film number 993955; digital index, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com.au : online index 1 Feb 2022).
  6. [S321] Baptismal Record: Reed, Prudence, Vol Vol 31, (30 August 1846), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Sydney
  7. [S679] untitled, Bourke and District Historical Society, History of Bourke Journal, First Births at Bourke volume (Bourke NSW: Bourke and District Historical Society, 1966-1992), First Births at Bourke volume.
  8. [S1663] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1808 James Frances Heazle", Advertising, page 7, Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 9 Jan 1871, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13215419; research summary, 2 Feb 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  9. [S326] Death Certificate, James Reed, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1898 No 5.
  10. [S1613] James Reed and Frances Heazle marriage, in Bishop's Transcripts, DDR/EA/PBT/2/182 number 587, St Peters church, Sunderland (Monkwearmouth), Durham
  11. [S1616] 80th Regiment, "Record of Stations 1793-1905", digital images, AJCP, Trove (http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1379847382 : online 14 Jan 2022); citing M815
  12. [S1617] 80th Regiment, "Diary 1793-1897", digital images, AJCP, Trove (https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1379847325 : online 14 Jan 2022)
  13. [S384] Surgeon's Journal: "Earl Grey" 1836, (MS, 1836); ADM 101, Archives Office of NSW; Kingswood.
  14. [S1652] Anglican churches (Sydney), page 8, St Michael's church, Wollongong, number 113, Eliza Reed, 7 Nov 1841; Sydney Anglican Church Diocesan Archives, Sydney
  15. [S1622] 1842-3, NSW, Country: "Citizen Roll", City of Sydney, Cook's Ward, number 184; Records NSW, Kingswood
  16. [S1624] 1848-9, NSW, Country: "Citizen Roll", Sydney, Brisbane Ward number 481, James Reed; Records NSW, Kingswood
  17. [S1625] 18451-52, NSW, Country: "Citizen Roll", Sydney, Brisbane Ward number 692, James Reed; Records NSW, Kingswood
  18. [S1663] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1808 James Frances Heazle", Sands Street Index Sydney 1861, https://www.ancestry.com.au/discoveryuicontent/view/24592:1907?tid=&pid=&queryId=1b42be90a3de5e51b76a5c5e13bff7f8&_phsr; research summary, 2 Feb 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  19. [S1633] "Approved Claims for Pre-emptive Leases", notice, NSW Government Gazette, Sydney, 10 Jun 1870; online image, Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au/), Newspapers and Gazettes
  20. [S1686] JM Fleming, "Publicans' Licenses at Bourke", Publicans' Licenses, page 624, NSW Government Gazette, 15 Mar 1870, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223287323; research summary, 18 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  21. [S679] , History of Bourke Journal (Bourke NSW: Bourke and District Historical Society, 1966-1992.)
  22. [S1663] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1808 James Frances Heazle", Reed family information, page 40, volume 9, History of Bourke Journal; research summary, 2 Feb 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  23. [S1630] "The Mount Oxley Hotel", advertisement, The Central Australian and Bourke Telegraph, Bourke, 2 Aug 1875; print, National Library of Australia ( : transcribed by JM Fleming 1991)
  24. [S1684] JM Fleming, "Family Reed land summary: The land dealings of the Reed family of Bourke", NSW land deed volume 10 folio 147; research summary, 12 Mar 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  25. [S1629] "Boy Drowned", News article, Empire, Sydney, 24 Oct 1865; online image, Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au/ : online 27 Jan 2022), Newspapers and Gazettes; National Library of Australia
  26. [S1632] "Bourke", News, Maitland Mercury, Maitland, 22 Jul 1875, page 3; online image, Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au/ : online 1 Feb 2022), Newspapers and Gazettes
  27. [S612] NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Index to NSW Deaths, (Registry of BDM), 2454/1865 Bourke.
  28. [S995] "Research Report: Reed Family Story Mystery Photograph Solved", 2015, James Michael Fleming, Fleming Family History Archive.
  29. [S1663] JM Fleming, "Family Reed 1808 James Frances Heazle", Bourke Court House Deaths 4 Nov 1881; research summary, 2 Feb 2022; PDF held by James Michael Fleming. Online research findings in February 2022
  30. [S1673] Gravestone for Frances and James Reed, Bourke, 1895, 1898, Bourke Cemetery, Bourke, NSW. (On the Cobar Road opposite the Golf Course). photographed personally
  31. [S1634] "Local and General", obituary, The Western Herald, Bourke, 10 Apr 1895; online image, Trove ( : accessed 23 Jan 2022), Newspapers and Gazettes
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