Snoswell, Elizabeth (nee Holman)

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Principal occupation=Publican, wife and mother

Elizabeth Holman was born on 22 July 1821 in Crowan, Cornwall, the daughter of John Holman (1795-1853) and Millicent (nee Hodge) (1794-1850). She arrived, aged 18 years, at Port Adelaide from Liverpool on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes, with her parents and five siblings. Elizabeth Holman married John Snoswell (1819-1873) on 2 January 1843 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They had seven children (4 boys and 3 girls) but four of them died young:

  • John Mourilyan (1844-1927) born at Encounter Bay, South Australia, married Matilda Coleman at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide on 16 July 1888. He died in hospital in Adelaide, his residence noted as Crafers, aged 83 years
  • Thomas (1845-1846) born and died at Willunga aged 7 months
  • Amy (1846-1916) born at Willunga, married John Richardson at the residence of J H  Edwards, Hindmarsh on 2 November 1872. She died in hospital in Adelaide, but was of New Hindmarsh
  • Jane (1848-1922) born at Willunga, married John Henry Edwards at Norwood on 10 March 1870. Died as Emma Jane Edwards at Seacliff, South Australia
  • Thomas Sutton (1849-1852) born at Willunga died aged 3 years  and 4 months
  • Mary (1850-1856) born at Willunga, died aged 5 years and 7 months. Her death notice notes her father as a ‘boatbuilder’
  • James (1852-1853) born and died at Port Adelaide died aged 11 months

John Snoswell was originally a boatbuilder, later publican and then a farmer. He was resident in Willunga from 1845 until around 1870. His wife Elizabeth (nee Holman), aged 35 years, died on 28 January 1856 at Willunga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

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

Genealogy SA,

FlickrID=29983834946 – Elizabeth Snoswell, nee Holman, ca 1853, daughter of John and Melicent Holman. Elizabeth Snoswel, (1821-1856) daughter of John and Melicent Holman. Married John Snoswell (1818-1873) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1843. SLSA B 55330.

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