Chenoweth, William

Date of Birth/Death:

1817/1904

Principal occupation=Quarryman, gold miner and farmer

William Chenoweth (alternative spelling Chenowth/Chenowith) was born on 25 Dec 1817, oldest son of John Chenoweth and Elizabeth Cock from Lanteglos near Camelford in North Cornwall, England. William married Elizabeth (nee Lukey) (1820-1896) in 1843 in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. William, his wife Elizabeth and two daughters (Elizabeth Ann, 6, and Catherine Louisa, 1) emigrated to South Australian aboard Harry Lorrequer arriving in 1849. (His brother Edwin emigrated later). He was a quarryman and worked in the slate quarries until he went to Victoria for the Gold Rush for a few months in 1852. On his return from the Gold Rush, William purchased land and became a farmer in the Willunga District. He paid rates on sections 610 and 611, located at Sellicks Hill, from 1853 to 1876 as well as section 607 and 614 (owned by Thomas Martin) from the 1860s to 1876. He was also a Councillor on the Aldinga Council. When he retired, he settled in Willunga at 43 Aldinga Road, Willunga, a cottage bought in August 1880 and which stayed in his ownership until his death in 1904. During this period it was known as ‘Rose Cottage’. William and Elizabeth had 13 children:

  • Elizabeth Ann (1843-1906) married Eli Hart at the Wesleyan Chapel, Willunga on 28 July 1862. She died at Curramulka.
  • Louisa Ann (1848-1924) married William Herring at the Wesleyan Chapel, Sellick’s Hill on 25 April 1867. She died at Willunga.
  • William (1849-1926) married Elizabeth Jane Fidge (1850-1912) on 20 March 1872 at the Wesleyan Parsonage, Norwood. He died at Rainbow, Victoria.
  • Catherine (1851-1933) married Richard Dyer, a bootmaker, on 27 March 1883 at the office of S J Way, Adelaide. He died at the Lewis Arms Hotel. Port Willunga following an altercation with the landlord. She re-married on 23 May 1885 at the Congregational Church, Bordertown to Matthew Hunt
  • John [as Chenowith] (1852-1853) – died age 7 months in Adelaide
  • Fanny (1854-1854) twin, died age 11 days
  • John (1854-1854) twin, died age 5 days
  • Emily (1856-1942) married John Dunstan at the Wesleyan Church on 12 November 1874 at Normanville. He died at Sellicks Hill 22 March 1884 ‘from the effects of an accident’.  She re-married Lezley Rogers on 21 July 1887 at the Bible Christian Church, Willunga
  • Thomas James (1858-1914) married Alma Elizabeth Jacobs (1859-1941) on 7 December 1876 at Willunga. He died at Nhill, Victoria
  • Medora (1858-1946) married George Hunt at her father’s residence, Sellick’s Hill on 19 October 1880.  She died at Wattle Flat, Encounter Bay district.
  • John James (1860-1940) married Sophia Hunt (1861-1951) on 27 January 1881 at the Primitive Methodist Church, Morphett Street, Adelaide. He died 13 August 1930 at Norwood.
  • Hugh (1862-1885) married Henrietta Holdsworth on 30 June 1883 at the Registry Office, Morphett Vale. A quarryman, he died at Bangor Quarry near Willunga on 29 May 1885.
  • Fanny (1863-1897) married Lilini Inkerman Jacobs on 10 August 1892 at the residence of Mr W Chenoweth, Willunga. She died in 1897 age 34 years.

Elizabeth, aged 76 years, died on 24 June 1896 and William moved to live with his son, John, at Sellicks Hill where he died, aged 87 years, on 10 May 1904.

References:

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

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

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

Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-3,

Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. SAGHS.

FlickrID=49968903668 – William and Elizabeth Chenoweth, circa 1884. Willunga National Trust, folder 40-3-14a

1853 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 3 September, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158094834 [To Be Let]

1859 ‘Classified Advertising’, The South Australian Advertiser, 18 March, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news- [Real Property Act Notice]

1859 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 12 November, p. 8. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158130593 [Notice]

1867 ‘Family Notices’, Adelaide Observer, 11 May, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article159510331

1868 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS.’, South Australian Register, 17 March, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39179948

1872 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 21 March, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196738821

1872 ‘LOCAL COURTS.’, Evening Journal, 7 September, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196742927

1873 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 22 April, p. 8., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39303936

1876 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 15 December, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43005874

1881 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 28 January, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197750629

1881 ‘FRIDAY, JUNE 10.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 11 June, p. 23. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91280873

1885 ‘COUNTRY TELEGRAMS.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 23 May, p. 11. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93326782

1885 ‘Family Notices’, The South Australian Advertiser, 28 May, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36307212

1885 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph1 June, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208348639

1886 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 23 July, p. 2. (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208490314

1892 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 12 August, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208520338

1894 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 27 June, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25728999

1904 ‘SELLICK’S HILL.’, Chronicle, 21 May, p. 13. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88074459

1904 ‘MISCELLANEOUS NEWS.’, The Advertiser, 21 May, p. 8. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4971608 [The Late Mr. W. Chenoweth]

1930 ‘MR. J. J. CHENOWETH’, Chronicle, 28 August, p. 20. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90498344

1946 ‘Family Notices’, News, 27 April, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129995487

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