Watters, Lenora (nee Holman)

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Lenora (or Leonora) Holman was born on 30 April 1800 at Crowan, Cornwall She was the daughter of Stephen Holman (1759-1825) and Nora (née Moyle) (1757-1833). Her older sister was Philippa Bastian (nee Holman) (1800-1875) who married Sampson Bastian senior on 28 December 1819 in Crowan, Cornwall, England. Lenora married Willliam Watters (1800-1872) on 14 May 1822 at Crowan, Cornwall. They had 7 children:

  • Samuel (1822-1890) born at Crowan, Cornwall, married 1st Elizabeth Thomas (1824-1853) on 21 September 1845 at Lizard, Cornwall; 2nd marriage to Kezia Williams (1822-1888) on 1 July 1854 at Willunga; he died at Willunga
  • William junior (1824-1865) born at Crowan, Cornwall, married Mary Thomas (née Holman) (1820-) born at Crowan, Cornwall, at the Pirie Street Chapel, Adelaide on 12 July 1855, farmer at Willunga; he died in Victoria
  • Stephen (1824-1871) born at Crowan, Cornwall, married Mary Ann Davies (1826-1907) on 30 December 1847 in Crowan, Cornwall; he died at Willunga and was buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery, Willunga
  • John (1831-1895) born at Crowan, Cornwall, he died in Western Australia
  • Johanna (1834-1927) born at Crowan, Cornwall, married Peter Williams (1832-1914) on 12 April 1856 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Willunga; she died at Willunga and buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery, Willunga
  • Eliza Ann (1836-1843) born and died at Crowan, Cornwall
  • Mary Jane (1837-1876) born at Crowan, Cornwall, married Zacharias Williams, (1835-1898) on 6 December 1856 at Adelaide; she died at Willunga

Nine members of the Watters family – William Watters (48) and Lenora (nee Holman) (47) with their 3 younger children (John 17, Joanna 14 and Mary Jane 10) plus three older sons – Samuel (25), bachelor William (23) and Stephen (22) with his wife Mary Ann (née Davies) (22)  – all arrived on 14 April 1848 on board the 540-ton barque Bolton. William Watters was a farmer. He and his son William junior paid £178 for section 743 near Willunga in May 1855. Then on 5 Jan 1857, William senior bought Section 745 adjoining Section 743 in his own name for £454. William and Lenora lived on the corner of Aldinga Road and Delabole Road (on section 252 and 253) on the western outskirts of Willunga in a house with a thatched roof. William and Lenora Watters lived in the Willunga District for more than 20 years (1848-1870s).


After the death of her husband William, aged 72, on 31 March 1872, Mrs Watters decided to give up farming and advertised the farm stock and equipment for auction in March 1873.

Lenora Watters (née Holman), aged 75 years, died on 20 October 1874 and they are both buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery in Willunga.


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/

1873 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register,  1 March, p. 8. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39301073

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