Butterworth, Joseph

Date of Birth/Death:

c1802/1875

Joseph Butterworth was born in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England in about 1802, the son of John Butterworth and Mary Bright. Aged about 21 years, he married Alice Broadbent (1803-1855) aged 20 years, at St. Chad’s Church in Uppermill, Broadbent, Yorkshire, England on 2 November 1823. Religion – Church of England. Joseph, aged 38 years, was described as a laborer, wool-cleaner and farmer when he arrived with his wife Alice and eight children on 9 March 1840 aboard Baboo from Liverpool, England. They eventually had ten children (8 boys and 2 girls) – 2 were born in the colony. Their children were:

  • John William (1824-1900) married Isabella McMillan (1824-1908) (daughter of Duncan and Isabella McMillan) at Christ Church, Yankalilla in 1850, farmer at Aldinga and later Yankalilla
  • James Broadbent (1826-1893) married Elizabeth Thewlis (1834-1907) at Kirkburton, York, England in 1854, farmer at Aldinga
  • Ely (or Eli) (1828-1886) married Sarah Clover Leonard (1832-1898) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1852, farmer at Yankalilla
  • Mary (1831-1917) married Samuel Shore (1825-1901) at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga in 1850
  • Sarah (1833-1889) married at Portland Estate to Richard Hounsell (1822-1866); died at Port Willunga
  • Joseph (1835-1854) died aged 19, buried in McLaren Vale Congregational
  • Bramley (1837-1927) married (1st) Sarah McCallum (1839-1890) at Free Presbyterian Church, White’s Valley in 1858; (2nd) Jean McCallum (1849-1940) at Aldinga in 1891, flour miller at Aldinga and later Burra
  • Jane (1839-1839) died as an infant
  • William (1841-1912) born at the Reedbeds, married Charlotte Palmer Miller (1844-1914) at St, Lukes Church, Adelaide in 1862, flour miller at Aldinga
  • Brant (1844-1928) born at Wilunga,  married Mary McGregor Stewart (1844-1928) (daughter of Duncan Stewart at Adelaide in 1880, flour miller at Aldinga

Joseph and his family were resident at the Reedbeds (possibly section 209) in District C by 1841 (Census) and in Aldinga (White’s Valley) (possibly section 240) before 1844. In December 1845 Joseph purchased section 209 (80 acres) for 80 pounds 1 shilling and he was granted section 240 (80 acres) in October 1846 (CT 80/79). By 1850 Joseph was paying rates on two sections that he owned (each of 80 acres) – 209 and 240 in addition to 240 acres (sections 269, 270 & 271) owned by the South Australian Company. By 1851 he had already established himself as one of the Influential ‘Men of the South’. By 1853 section 240 was described as having a flour-mill and four cottages. His sons John (from about 1850), Bramley (from about 1858) and William (from about 1862) along with Joseph, his wife and their younger children probably lived in these cottages Joseph was described as a flour miller of Aldinga when he purchased Section 302 of 74 acres for 74 pounds on 2 Feb 1853. After the death of his first wife Alice, aged 52 years, on 21 April 1855, Joseph, aged 53, married for the second time to widow Sarah Beresford (nee Bradbury) aged 34 years, on 25 Sept 1855. She already had a daughter from her marriage to Thomas Beresford – Sara Ann (1853-1915). Joseph and Sarah had at least two daughters:

  • Annie (1857-1857) died as an infant
  • Fanny (1859-1886 ) m. Charley/Charles Addison (1855-1919)  in 1878 at Aldinga

Joseph Butterworth, aged 73 years, died at his residence in Aldinga on 23 December 1875. Sarah Butterworth died aged 84 at Aldinga on 7 April 1905.

References:

Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, https://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/research-types/passengers-in-history/

SA Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch

Genealogy SA, https://genealogysa.org.au/

1842 ‘SATURDAY. OCT. 22.’, Southern Australian, 25 October, p. 2. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71622308

1845 ‘MEMORIAL BY THE COLONISTS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA AGAINST THE INTRODUCTION OF CONVICTS.’, South Australian, 14 February, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71600655

1849 ‘LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.’, South Australian Register, 28 July, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50247174

1855 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register , 25 April, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49302629

1875 ‘Family Notices’, The South Australian Advertiser, 29 December, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31963712

1875 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 29 December, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208180998

1876 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 13 January, p. 2. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43001816

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