Walter HIDE c1807-1875 & Sarah OTTEY c1807-?

Staffordshire, England & Digby & Merino, S-W Victoria, Australia

Walter HIDE b. 1807, Staffordshire, England, son of Thomas HIDE and Elizabeth BROWN was married to Sarah OTTEY about 1835. Perhaps Sarah OTTEY was related to James OTTEY who had the first store in Digby in 1846?

Walter HIDE appears to have been a member of quite a large family for Thomas HIDE and Elizabeth BROWN who were married in 1791 at Abbotts Bromley in Staffordshire.

Walter HIDE died at Digby in 1875 and his two sons Thomas & William who are known to have emigrated to Australia married and had families at Digby.

Walter HIDE & Sarah OTTEY had the following known family...

  1. Walter HIDE b. c1839, Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire, Eng
  2. Thomas HIDE b. 1841, Blithfield, Staffordshire, Eng, mar. Emily JOYCE
  3. William HIDE b. 1842, Blithfield, Staffordshire, Eng mar. Frances HAWKINS
  4. John HIDE b. c1845, Blithfiedl, Staffordshire, Eng
  5. Samuel HIDE b. c1845, Blithfield, Staffordshire, Eng
  6. Eleanor Elizabeth HIDE b. 1847, Abbotts Bromley, Staffordshire, Eng

W. HIDE was listed as one of the buyers of the first Digby town allotments.

1864 - W. HIDE listed as Chief Ranger for Court Perseverance No 3319, Ancient Order of Foresters at Digby.

William HIDE was a member of the first Common School Committee which opened in 1864.


1. Thomas HIDE c1841-1923 & Sarah JOYCE c1845-1922

Thomas HIDE took up land 2 miles west of Digby called "Sunnyside". In 1866 he married Emily JOYCE, b. c1845, London, daughter of Joseph JOYCE and Isabella PRICE. Thomas HIDE was renowned for fencing and splitting.

Thomas HIDE & Emily JOYCE had the following known family...

  1. Walter Joseph HIDE b. 1867, Digby, Vic, d. 1891;
  2. Emily HIDE b. 1869, Merino, Vic;
  3. Thomas HIDE b. 1871, Digby, Vic;
  4. Eleanor Mary HIDE b. 1874, Digby, Vic, m. George GUTHERIDGE;
  5. William John HIDE b. 1876, Digby, Vic, m. Josephine SIMKIN;
  6. Sarah Florence HIDE b. 1878, Digby, Vic, m. ? DOWNIE
  7. Isabel Mabel HIDE b. 1880, Digby, Vic;
  8. Rose HIDE b. 1882, Digby, Vic;
  9. Annie HIDE b. 1886, Digby, Vic.

1871 - T. HIDE listed as Chief Ranger for Court Perseverance No 3319, Ancient Order of Foresters at Digby.

Thomas HIDE was listed as an early landowner on a Hotspur Parish map.


2. William HIDE c1842-1925 & Frances HAWKINS 1845-1928

William HIDE b. 1842, was married to Frances HAWKINS b. 1845, Portland, Victoria daughter of John HAWKINS and Frances LAMB.

William HIDE & Frances HAWKINS had the following children:

  1. Eleanor Elizabeth HIDE b. 1865, Digby, Vic;
  2. Frances HIDE b. 1867, Digby, Vic;
  3. Sarah HIDE b. 1869, Merino, Vic;
  4. Elizabeth HIDE b. 1871, Digby, Vic;
  5. Mary HIDE b. 1873, Digby, Vic;
  6. Jane HIDE b. 1875, Digby, Vic;
  7. Esther Jane HIDE b. 1876, Digby, Vic;
  8. Alice Kate HIDE b. 1879, Digby, Vic;
  9. Minnie Emily HIDE b. 1882, Digby, Vic, mar. James Butcher MABBITT.
  10. Beatrice HIDE b. 1887, Digby, Vic.




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