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Edwin Horswill (1855-1914)

Son of Henry Horswill (1821-) and Jerusha Neill (1821-)

Born 20 Feb 1855 at Gunnislake, Calstock, Cornwall
Married  Mary Elizabeth Collins on 7 Jun 1886 at Elsmore, New South Wales.
Died 30 Oct 1914 at Victoria Hospital, Perth, WA


Children from marriage between Edwin Horswill and Mary Elizabeth Collins:

  1. Elsie Maude Horswill, born 1 Jan 1888 at Elsmore, Inverell, New South Wales. Died 10 Jan 1954 at Nedlands, Western Australia buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Western Australia
  2. Valetta Horswill, born 1890
  3. Vernon Horswill, born 1892
  4. James Pascall
  5. Edwin J Horswill, born 1897


Occupation: Copper Mine Agent.

Immigrated from Tavistock, Devon - first to Elsmore, NSW, and then to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
He married Bessie Collins, and had four children: Valetta, Elsie, Vernon, and James. [Source: Notes from Bill Baker, 1992]

Death Certificate indicates he lived 15 years in NSW and 17 years in WA.

The notes on Edwin's Death Certificate suggest the following timeline:
1855 - Born in Calstock, Cornwall
~1882 - Moved to New South Wales (age 27)
1886 - married Bessie Collins (age 31) at Elsmore, NSW
1888 - Elsie Maud born at Brodies Plains, NSW
1890 - Valetta born
1892 - Vernon born
~1897 - Edwin J born
~1897 - Moved to Western Australia (age 42)
1914 - died in Perth (age 59)

Note that Elsie Maud moved to Western Australia about 1911 (age 23). She was married a year later in 1912 and Vincent Baker had been based at Kalgoorlie, WA, so that makes sense. One wonders what happened during her childhood, between 1897 when Edwin moved to WA (she was then aged 9), and when she moved to WA in 1911 (aged 23). Did Bessie stay in NSW? Was the arrival of Edwin J in 1897 linked to Edwin's move to WA, noting the family story about a son James being adopted out?

On 1861 census at Collins Farm, Beer Ferris, aged 6 and a scholar living with his parents

On 1871 census at Virtuous Lady, Buckland Monachorum aged 15, a miner living with his parents

Created by: Robf. Last Modification: Sunday 01 of February, 2009 17:39:14 WST by Robf.

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