James, Jennifer (nee Williams) Mrs

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Jennifer (or Jenifer) Williams was born on 22 November 1818 at Crowan in Cornwall, England. She was the second oldest daughter of Thomas Williams (1790-1858) and Honor (nee Wallis) (1794-1876). Jennifer Williams married Bennett John James, (1818-1865) on 8 October 1839 at Crowan, Cornwall. Aged 22 years, she arrived in South Australia with her husband, Bennett James, on 5 February 1840 on board the Java. Thomas Williams (Jennifer’s father) and the rest of the Williams family were also aboard the Java on this voyage. Jennifer and Bennett James had four children:

  • Mary (1840-1926) born at Hindmarsh, married James Marks Cornelius (1838-1923) at the Wesleyan Chapel, Willunga on 8 Nov 1860.
  • Eliza (1843-1922) born at Hindmarsh, married John Marshall (1842-1932) on 3 November 1863 at Willunga.
  • William (1847-1931) born at Willunga, married (1st) Milbah Maria Tink (1846-1879) on 23 March 1869 at Willunga; married (2nd) Mary Elizabeth Petters (1846-1941) on 13 July 1882.
  • Thomas (1850-1887) born at Willunga, married Eliza Humphris (1851-1915) on 19 February 1874 at McLaren Vale.

Jennifer James died on 12 Aug 1906 in Melbourne, Victoria and she is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery in Willunga.


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

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

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

Genealogy SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

1859 ‘Classified Advertising’, The South Australian Advertiser, 17 June, p. 1., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article794218

1860 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian, 10 November, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50027777

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