James RAPKINS c.1812-1907
Bridget TANGNEY c.1818-1858
"Glenlivet" Station, Merino - Digby, S-W Victoria, Australia
James RAPKINS c. 1812-1907, b. East Meon, Hampshire, England, son of John RAPKINS and Mary COLEMORE was married in ___ to Bridget TANGNEY c.1818-1858, b. Tralee, Co Kerry, IRL, daughter of John TANGNEY and Mary SULLIVAN.
Julie Hopper writes:
My great great grandfather was named James Rapkins, and his wife was Bridget nee Tangney. They came to Melbourne aboard the "Ward Chipman," arriving in January 1841. A child William was born in Melbourne in 1842. Their next child, a girl named Mary, was born in 1844, but I'm not sure if she was born in Melbourne. However, she died at 11 months in March 1845, and her place of death is given on the certificate as "The Travellers Rest" Inn, near Grange Burn, district of Portland. I know that Grange Burn, or the Grange area, is the former name for Hamilton, but I am not sure where the "Travellers' Rest" Inn may have been. The only one I can find listed is at a place called Batesford, but I don't know if that can be considered 'near' Portland district as it is just outside Geelong. Do you have an idea as to whether there was an establishment of this name in the Hamilton region at the time?James RAPKINS and Bridget TANGNEY had the following family:
James RAPKINS first wife Bridget died at Elmhurst in 1858 and James remarried in 1865 to Harriett COLLINS (nee HOLMES) and they had the following family:
This call for help relates to the "Glenlivet" pastoral lease which was in the hands of Duncan McRAE during the 1840’s. It is possible that my great great grandparents, Bridget (nee TANGNEY) and James RAPKINS lived on the “Glenlivet” run for some time between 1844 and 1850. I am trying to trace their movements during this period.
This is what I have been able to piece together so far:
Two of Duncan McRAE’s children, according to information elsewhere on the BG site, have their birthplace listed as "Glenlivet" for births in 1844 and 1845, so the run was established by at least 1844, even though it was not gazetted until 1849.
James and Bridget RAPKINS had left Melbourne and were on their way to an unknown destination in the Port Phillip District in 1845 – they lost a baby girl at “Travellers’ Rest” Inn (Branxholme) in March 1845. Officiating minister was James Yelverton WILSON. (C of E)
My great grandmother, Lucy HILLARY nee RAPKINS was born in 1846 and she was baptized at “Glenlivet” in 1848. Her brother James RAPKINS junior was born in 1848 and also baptized at “Glenlivet”, on the same day as Lucy – May 28th, 1848. The officiating minister was John KAVANAGH (RC). The certificate actually has the two children reversed, but the correct order of births is Lucy 1846 and James 1848.
So – these are my questions:
Julie M Hopper
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