Ann Smedley and William Emmerton

Ann Smedley was born in the Clarence district on 31 August 1834, the second eldest child of Ann Stokes and William Smedley.1 Nothing is known about Ann's early life but she couldn't sign her marriage registration so she probably didn't have a formal education. Ann Smedley (17) married William Emerton (29) on 9 June 1851 at Stanley. Samuel and Margaret Horton were witnesses. Margaret is believed to be Ann's older sister.2

William Emmerton was born about 1822, if we calculate his year of birth from the age stated at marriage (29 in 1851), or about 1815, if we calculate his year of birth from the age stated at death (84 in 1899). Given these dates and isolating the entries to the county of Buckinghamshire between 1805 and 1825, possible matches in the International Genealogical Index include the following.

  • WM. EMERTON, christened on 29 MAY 1808 at Fenny Stratford, Buckingham, England; Father: William, Mother: Elizabeth.3 Parents are possibly the William Emerton and Elizabeth Williams who married 24 May 1804 in Shenley, Buckingham, England.4
  • WILLIAM EMERTON, christened on 21 JAN 1810 in Leckhampstead, Buckingham, England; Father: Anthony.5 There are two potential marriages of an Anthony Emmerton which occur in the late 1700's.
  • WILLIAM EMERTON, christened on 31 MAY 1818 in Thornborough, Buckingham, England; Father: William, Mother: Mary.6 There are no potential matches in terms of a marriage for a William and Mary Emerton.

The Huett Family website has William Emmerton born 11 April 1819 in Manchester, Lancashire but with no parents listed.7 We can be sure however, that William Emerton was convicted of burglary in the county of Buckinhamshire on 2 July 1839 and was sentenced to 15 years transportation.8 According to Dorothy Corbett in her article about William Emmerton:

Nothing is known of the early life of William Emmerton before he was convicted of stealing a stone bottle to the value of one shilling and five quarts of runs to the value of ten shillings. He was tried at the Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions in May 1839 and sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen’s Land for fifteen years. Although no prior convictions were stated on William’s convict report, it would be naive to think this was his first brush with the law as convicted felons were very rarely transported for a first offence. It is more likely that he had come up before a magistrate for a petty offence on at least one previous occasion, particularly since he gave a false name at the crime of his arrest.9

William arrived in Van Diemen's Land on 12 January 1840 aboard the Canton. The Canton was built in Sunderland in 1834 and weighed 507 tons. Jn. Mordaunt was the ship's master, and Jn. Irvine the ship's surgeon. The vessel sailed from Spithead on 22 September 1839 and took 112 days to complete the journey to the colonies.10

Upon arrival, William's convict conduct record was drafted and a transciption follows. William's Convict Conduct Record appears to have been written out of chronological order so for clarity's sake his offences have been re-arranged and the usual abbreviations expanded in square brackets:

Emmerton William
Canton 12 January 1840
Bucks. A.S. 2 July 1839 15

Transported for burglary Gaol Report Unknown
Hulk Report Good single stated this offence
House Breaking from Mr. Holland Northold single
Surgeons Report Tolerably Correct

17 Jan[uar]y 1840. 2 Yrs Prob[atio]n Recomm[ende]d. | A. G.
January 31st, 1840[or 3]. Gordon | Disob[ience] of orders & refusing to work. 2 months labour in chains & ret[urned] to the Crown. | C. S. Rep. Vide LG 3/2/43
29 April 1843. Pn[?] LXXXXXXn [Launceston] | Misconduct & Insulting | 1 week h[ar]d L[ab]or. | XX
Feb 19, 1844: Gibson/Disob[ience] of orders, 7 days Sol[itary] Conf[inement]. | J. L. A.
[6] May 2, 1846. LX | Drunk & out after hours, 14 days hard lab[our] J. L. A.11

During the period covered by his conduct record on 21 April 1843 William Emmerton was reported to have unclaimed letters at the Hobart Town Post Office.12 At the bottom of the record are his assignments: 1/1/42 Rn, 25/9/44 C[ircular] Head, 4/5/45 Jas, 5/2/47 eg. There may be more information in his assignment record that will be added here later.13

There is a Van Diemen's Land Company Pay Record for William Emerton from March 1844 to to November 1844.14

Also on the Convict Conduct Record, in the margin, is recorded that on 12 April 1844 William was given the rank of F [or 3] Convict, and on 8 August 1846 he was issued with a Ticket of Leave.15 The notification of that rank was actually published in March 1846 so perhaps it took William 4 or 5 months to register with the authorities.

Comptroller-General's Office, March 2, 1846.

The Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to grant Tickets-of-Leave to the under-mentioned Convicts:- ...William Emerton, Canton;16

In February 1847 it was advertised that William had been recommended for a Conditional Pardon:

Comptroller-General's Office, February 26, 1847.

It is hereby notified to the under-mentioned individuals, that it is the intention of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor to recommend them to the gracious consideration of Her Majesty the Queen for Conditional Pardons:- ...William Emerton, Canton;17

As previously noted on 9 June 1851 William married Ann Smedley in the district of Horton, although when he moved to the area is unknown. No Permission to Marry record has been found to date. His surname was spelt as Emerton at marriage and his age recorded as 29. Ann Smedley's age was recorded as 17 although in actual fact she was only 16.18

In April 1852 William Emerton is recorded as a passenger bound for Melbourne or Adelaide:

Circular Head. April 2.-Sailed the brig Peri, Tregurtha, for Melbourne and Adelaide, with original cargo and passengers from Launceston for Adelaide. Cargo shipped at Circular Head. l0 tons potatos, Tregurtha; 7 ditto, Emmett.; 3 tubs butter, Hart. Passengers- Henry Hart, Richard Moles, George Sweet, A. S. Barnes, William Emerton.19

Ann would have been pregnant at the time, registering the birth of their first child, an un-named female, Emarton, born 18 July 1852 in the Horton district.20 William and Ann, farming at Forest, had the child baptised Sarah Ann Emmerton on the 15 September 1852.21

An un-named male birth registration followed, Emerton, born 6 April 1854 in the Horton district.22 By later accounts this would be Joseph but the baptism register has Susannah Emmerton, born 6 April 1854, baptised 15 October 1854 to William and Ann Emmerton, Farmer, Forest. It may be unrelated but on the same day Ann Smedley's half-sister Elizabeth and her husband John Dobson baptised their son Joseph Dobson.23

Ann and William's third child, named after his father William Emarton, was born on 31 August 1855 in the Horton district.24 William and Ann Emmerton, farmers at Forest, baptised their son on 21 October 1855 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley.25

The is a notable divergance in reported dates for the birth of another un-named male, Emarton, born 31 March 1857 in the Horton district.26 William and Ann Emmerton, farmer at Forest, baptised their son Thomas John Emmerton on 24 May 1857 but reported his birth as occurring on 8 April 1857.27

With the birth of their fifth child, Elizabeth Rebecca Emmerton, there was no such variation. Elizabeth was born on 27 February 1859 in the Horton district and baptised to William and Ann Smedley, farmers at Forest, on 20 March 1959 in Stanley.28

A year later in February 1860 an Ann Emmerton is named as party in a dispute over an alleged trespass, but it is not proven that this is Ann Smedley, the wife of William Emmerton.

SURETIES OF THE PEACE.-Ann Emmerton prayed sureties of the peace against Patrick Bryan for using threatening language toward her. It appeared that a dispute had arisen between complainant and defendant respecting some cows which defendant alleged trespassed on his land, and after hearing the statement of both parties the bench dismissed the information. (Before F. Evans, Esq.)29

The known facts for Ann and William during this period are the ongoing births of more children. Their sixth child, Hannah Emarton, was born 22 March 1861 in the Horton district. There was an obvious registrant error with the child's mother also recorded as Hannah.30 Hannah Emmerton was baptised on 28 April 1861 in Stanley, with her father's occupation stated as labourer, and his abode as King's Forest.31

Ann Maria Emerton, their seventh child, was born on 18 November 1862 in the Horton district. Ann Maria was baptised on 21 December 1862 in Stanley, her parents labourers at Forest.32 Perhaps the recent changes in occupation status from farmer to labourer were signs of attempt to change his fortune. According to Dorothy Corbett: 1864 William applied for a licence to operate the Pig and Whistle Inn, near the Bridge at Horse Shoe Bend, Black River. However his application was refused and the Inn was not licensed again".33

On 14 August 1864 William and Ann registered the birth of an un-named male Emmerton, born 14 August 1864 in the Horton district. William and Ann, farmer at Kings Forest, baptised their son James Albert Emmerton on 16 October 1864 in Stanley.34

William and Ann's ninth child was again registered as an un-named male, born on 21 August 1866 in the Horton district.35 Unfortunately the child, subsequently named George Emmerton, died on 19 November 1866 in the Horton district at the reported age of 3 months. The cause of death was recorded as Inflammation of the chest. The event was registed by the child's father William Emmerton, a labourer of Forest, on the following day who signed the registration with his mark.36

In August 1867 a Mrs. Emmerton was reported as the victim of a drunkard using foul language:

(Before W. Goon, Esq., P.M.)

An Old Offender.-Sam Whiting, a dwarfish fisherman, was convicted of having been drunk, and also of having used foul language towards Mrs. Emmerton. For the first offence he was sentenced to one month's, and for the second to two months imprisonment.37

Police Court.
Saturday, August 31. Before Wm. Gunn, Esq. J.P.

Samuel Whiting, for drunkenness, was sentenced to one month's hard labor, and for making use of abusive and indecent language to Mrs Emmerton, was sentenced to two months hard labor.38

William and Ann registered the birth of their tenth child, Henry Emmerton, born on 7 November 1867 in the Horton district.39 Like their previous son George, Henry's baptism was not registered as occurring at Stanley. Their next child, who was registered as an un-named female Emmerton, born on 22 May 1869 in the Horton district was batised. Alice Jane Emmerton was baptised on 10 July 1869 to William and Ann Emmerton, Labourer, Forest.40

Sarah Ann Emmerton married Thomas Dillon in 1870 in Horton.41

Susannah Hellen Emmerton was born on 20 June 1871 in the Horton district.42 Susannah Ellen Emmerton was baptised on 24 September 1871 with William recorded as a Labourer at Forest.

Agnes Emmerton was born on 8 May 1873 in the Horton district.43

Frederick Wilbraham Emmerton was born about 1874.44

An un-named male Emmerton was born on 30 December 1877 in the Horton district and it is believed the boy was ultimately named Samuel.45

On 12 June 1878 William Emmerton (22) married Celia Dicker (19) in the Horton district.46 Celia was born on XX XXX 18XX in XXXX to XXXX and XXXX.47 6 children have been traced.

Just over a month later William and Ann lost a second child in infancy when Samuel Emmerton died on 16 July 1878 in the Horton district at the recorded age of seven months. Samuel was recorded as the infant son of William and Ann Emmerton and died of Inanition, or exhaustion, the equivalent of today's "failure to thrive". The child's father registered the event, signing with his mark and idenitified as a farmer in South Road, Forest.48

David Samuel Emmerton, b. 8 January 1879, Horton, Tasmania 49

Elizabeth Rebecca Emmerton (19) married James Hyland (21) on 25 June 1879 in the Emu Bay district.50 James Hyland was born 1 December 1857 at Table Cape in Emu Bay to James Hyland and Martha Maria Glazier.51

Hannah Emmerton (21) married Walter Revell on 10 May 1882 in the Ulverstone district.52 Walter was born about 1854 in Banham, Norfolk, England to Robert Revell and Elizabeth Estell.53

REVELL - EMMERTON. -On 10th May, at Penguin, by the Rev. W. Harris, Walter, second son of Mr. R. Revell, of Penguin, to Hannah, third doaughter of Mr. W. Emmerton, of Circular Head.54

Ann Maria Emmerton as Maria Emmerton (21) married Thomas Stone (21) on 25 November 1884 in the Ulverstone district.55 Thomas Frederick William Stone was born 30 June 1864 to John Stone and Jane Morris.56 They had 10 children that have been traced.

In May 1886 it was reported that William Emmerton had lost a valuable horse during a thunderstorm:

On Thursday morning, a thunderstorm with very heavy rain occurred, but it was not of long duration. The outlying portions of the district appear to have borne the brunt of the storm, and a valuable horse owned by Mr. Emmerton was killed by lightning in the neighbourhood of the South-road.57

In April 1887 James Emmerton was injured after being shot by Alfred Henry Davis:


Alfred Henry Davis, was charged with having shot James Emmerton, at Stanley on April 28 last, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, and, on a second count, with feloniously wounding the said James Emmerton. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. R. B. Miller. The following jury were empanelled: Messrs. Walter Perrin (foreman), William Marriner, Henry Laird, jun., William James Aldred, William Atkinson, Edward William Atkinson, John Archer, Frank Hart, sen., James Ley, Donald Nicholson, George Bray, and Israel Gilham.

The Attorney-General briefly statedthe case against the prisoner, the circumstance taking place at Stanley, on the North West Coast, and the following evidence was elicited : Archibald Grubb, Sub-Inspector of Police at Stanley, deposed that in conse quence of a report sade by James Emmerton, he caused the prisoner to be arrested; prisoner made a statement to the effect that he fired at James Emmerton because he had taken a dog of his but that he did not intend to harm him; the prisoner's residence was about a quarter of a mile from where the occurrence took place.

To Mr. Miller-He had known prisoner for 20 years as a quiet, inoffensive man witness knew of a report that prisoner's dog had been cruelly maltreated; he believed prisoner to have been subject to annoyance and provocation. At Mr. Miller's request the depositions of this witness at the preliminary examination were read.

James Emmerton deposed that he was a farm labourer at Circular Head; on the evening in question he was in Stanley; he was in company with four other men, and passed prisoner's residence; ten minutes after passing, at a distance of a quarter of a mile from prisoner's house, witnesd was shot at and hit; he felt a shock and fell from his horse; when he came to his senses he was lying on the road; Murray, a man who was with him, led him home; in un dressing shot fell from his clothes; next day he was examined by the doctor.

To Mr. Miller-He was not much hurt; he had not been long in the district; he and his mates were at Breheney's public house from 6 until 10.30 that night playing billiards and drinking; witness heard some one say that the prisoner's dog had been abused; when passing prisoner's house he heard the dog barking; it was chained; he could not say if it followed the horses; witness thought he heard some one say, "Have you got my dog ?" witness did not reply, and he then felt the shock.

To his Honor-Neither he nor his companions had touched the dog; they were a quarter of a mile away from prisoner's house.

Thomas Murray deposed to being in company with Emmerton and other men on horseback on the night in question; on leaving Stanley they passed prisoner's residence; a gun went off; he then found Emmerton injured, and led him away.

To Mr. Miller-He had heard of prisoner's dog being tampered with, but he had nothing to do with it; witness did not on that night go into prisoner's yard and unloose the dog, or take it away.

To His Honor-He did not touch the dog, nor in any way interfere with it; prisoner's house was about a chain from the road; he did not leave the road on passing prisoner's house.

Dr. Lonsdale Holden deposed that be examined Emmerton after the accident, and found gunshots on his shoulder and nape of the neck; he extracted bullets or shot (produced) from the body ; Emmerton had been struck by 70 or more bullets.

Henry Cleveland deposed that he was a constable in the territorial police; he arrested the prisoner, who stated "that he was awoke by his wife saying that there were footsteps in the yard; he heard his dog yelp; knowing the dog was tied, and must have been unloosed, he took his gun and went out; in the distance he heard horses ahead, and could just distinguish them; he called out, 'let go my dog,' and waited a short time and fired; after he fired the dog came back; he did not know he had hurt any one; he intended to frighten them;" prisoner said to witness that he did not wish to conceal anything, and he gave up the gun.

Thos. W. Stuckberry deposed that he was a farmer, near Circular Head; prisoner worked for him; he was doing so on April 29; on that day he had a conversation with the prisoner, who consulted him as to what he had done; the police came subsequently, and he did not interfere in the matter. Mr. Miller did not call witness~p for the defence.

The Attorney-General in addressing the jury submitted that the prisoner had not received provocation from Emmerton or his associate; if he had merely wished to frighten any intruders he need not have taken aim; but as it was, the man Emmerton received seventy or eighty shot, which might have had a disastrous effect. Mr. Miller submitted that this was a case in which it was impossible for a man to do otherwise than protect himself. Prisoner had been subject to an organised raid of larrikins, who annoyed his wife and maltreated his dog. Prisoner did not anticipate that the shot would reach the men who were riding away. He merely wished to frighten them. His Honor in summing up said that the jury were entitled to treat the matter on the two counts merely as a matter of misdemeanour. Emmerton and Murray positively denied annoying the prisoner, and the question was, had the prisoner committed perjury? No man had a right to fire a gun-a deadly weapon-even in self defence; such being a violation of the law. No doubt prisoner had been subject to great provocation from some one, and if he had the perpetrators before him he would be glad to pass a severe sentence but for all that this was a mistaken act on the part of the prisoner, and he had done an illegal thing. Prisoner had deliberately fired. It was not an accident, and he was therefore liable for the act. The jury, after a short absence, returned into court with a verdict of guilty of unlawfully wounding with a strong recommendation to mercy, and regretted that they could not acquit the prisoner. His Honor in passing sentence, deprecated the act of prisoner. He was glad to give effect to the recommendation of the jury, and as he had been two months in gaol, the lenient sentence of one hours imprisonment would be recorded, and he would be accordingly discharged.58

Alice Jane Emmerton (18) married Arthur Cornelius O'Connor (25) on 26 January 1888 in the Horton district.59 Arthur was born in 1862 to Charles O'Connor and Patience Gray.60 7 children have been traced.

Thomas John Emmerton (33) married Elizabeth Sarah Medwin on 16 January 1890 in Stanley.61 There is also a duplicate registration but for the 5 February 1890.62 Elizabeth was born on 17 June 1862 in the Horton district to John Medwin and Mary Healy.63 6 children have been traced.

Susannah Helen Emmerton (19) married Henry Hildren Horton (27) on 18 June 1890 in Stanley.64 Henry was born on 16 August 1862 in the Horton district and baptised on 29 May 1863 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley to Samuel Horton and Margaret Smedley.65

William Emmerton is recorded as a farmer at Forest in the Post Office Directory of the District of Wellington, 1890-1891.66

Hannah Revel, nee Emmerton, died on 1 August 1894 in Penguin.67 After Hannah's death Walter remarried Laura Holloway Tankard on 1 May 1912 in Launceston.68

Frederick Wilbraham Emmerton (22) married Mary Ethel Blizzard (21) on 9 June 1896 in Stanley.69 Mary Ethel was born on 10 May 1975 in the Horton district, the daughter of William Blizzard and Sarah Jane Alderson.70

Agnes Emmerton (23) married Frederick George Horton (27) on 20 July 1896 in Stanley.71 Frederick George Horton was born 5 November 1868 in the Horton district, and baptised 20 December 1868 in St. Paul's Church, Stanley, to Samuel Horton and Margaret Smedley.72 6 children have been traced.

Henry Emmerton (31) married Maria Ellen House (20) on 5 July 1899 in Stanley.73 Maria was born on 10 January 1879 in the Horton district, the daughter of Jonathon House and Maria Eleanor Bridley.74 2 children have been traced.

William Emmerton died on 28 September 1899, a farmer in Forest. The cause of death was identified as Syncope from Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, as diagnosed by Allan Jackson, M. D. William was reported as aged 84 and his birth place was recorded as Manchester. William's son James registered the event the day after his father's death.75

James Albert Emmerton (37) married Ellen Mary Horton (29) on 26 February 1902 at St. Paul's Church, Stanley. William and Eliza Horton, Ellen's parents, were the witnesses.76 Ellen was born on 6 April 1872 in the Horton district.77

Elizabeth Sarah Emmerton (nee Medwin) died 9 March 1906 in South Forest.78

James Hyland, the husband of Elizabeth Emmerton, died on 29 October 1908 in Boat Harbour, Tasmania.79

William Emmerton died 23 September 1914 in the Latrobe Hospital.80

Ann Emmerton died on 8 October 1914 in Forest.81

David Samuel Emmerton served in World War I (Private No. 1800, 26th Infantry Battalion A.I.F.), enlisting on 8 June 1915. David was killed in action on 28 July 1916 as part of the Battle of Pozieres, in France.82

The Battle of Pozières was a two week struggle for the French village of Pozières and the ridge on which it stands, during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Though British divisions were involved in most phases of the fighting, Pozières is primarily remembered as an Australian battle. The fighting ended with the Allied forces in possession of the plateau north and east of the village, and in a position to menace the German bastion of Thiepval from the rear. However, the cost had been enormous, and in the words of Australian official historian Charles Bean, the Pozières ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth.83

Joseph Emmerton died 25 March 1920 in Forest.84


Death. -- The death occurred at Mrs. F. G. Horton's on,Thursday evening of Joseph Emmerton, at the age of 63 years. Deceased was never married, and was of a quiet and reclusive disposition ; he had not been enjoying the best of health for some time, so the end was not unexpected. The mortal remains were interred in St. Bartholomews cemetery on Saturday afternoon, the Rev. F. H. Surridge officiating. The carriers were Messrs. L. Bower, H. Ruffles. G. Horton, and A. Smedley, and Messrs. W. Horton, J. House, sen., W. Tatlow, and H. W. Wells were the pall-bearers. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. H. B. Eustace, of Stanley. The deceased was a nephew of the late Thos. Smedley, who passed away on Tuesday last.85

In October 1922 Henry Emmerton was reported as suffering from double pneumonia.86 He subsequently died on 1 November 1922 in Forest.87

There passed away at Forest on Wednesday night Mr. Harry Emmerton, after a short illness, from double pneumonia. Deceased who was about 53 years of age, leaves a widow and a large family, some of whom are married. The late Mr. Emmerton spent the best part of his life as a farmer at Forest, and was held in high esteem.88


Sad Death: Quite a gloom was cast over this district when it became known that Mr. Henry Emmerton had succumbed to pneumonia. He caught a chill about a week ago, and pneumonia supervening he passed away on Wednesday evening, despite the best medical attention and nursing. Deceased was only in his 54th year. He leaves a widow and young family of eight children to mourn the irreparable loss of a kind father and a devoted husband. The mortal remains were interred in St. Bartholomews Cemetery on Friday. A very large number of residents followed the remains to their last resting place. The ceremony at the church and grave side was performed by the Rev. Archdeacon Richard. The carriers were -Messrs. Geo. Horton, Henry Ruffle, Edgar Medley, and Clarence Medwin; while Messrs. W. Stokes, D. Hanlon, Herbert Medwin, and F. R. Davison were pall-bearers. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. H. B. Eustace.89

Maria Ann Stone, nee Emmerton, died on 14 December 1932:

STONE.-Passed peacefully away 14th December, 1932, at the residence of her daughter. Mrs. A. A. Cox, 40 Melbourne-street, Maria Ann, dearly beloved wife of Thomas Frederick Stone, of Burnie. Aged 70 years.

STONE.-The funeral of the late Mrs. Maria Ann Stone is appointed to leave the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. A. Cox, 40 Melbourne-street. on Friday afternoon, 16th December, at 3.30 p.m., for interment in the Carr Villa Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend.-C. T. FINNEY. Funeral Director, 16 IBisbane-street.90

Maria's husband Thomas Stone died the following year on 2 July 1933 in Launceston:

STONE.-On July 2, 1933, at the Public Hospital, Launceston, Thomas Frederick, widower of the late Maria Ann Stone, of Burnie, aged 68 years. No mourning. Private interment Carr Villa cemetery.91

Elizabeth Hyland, nee Emmerton, died on 1 November 1937 in the residence of Mr. J. Cameron, Mooreleah, Tasmania.

HYLAND.-On Monday, November 1, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. J. A. Cameron, Moorleah, Elizabeth Rebecca, widow of the late James Hyland, Boat Harbor; aged 78 years.

HYLAND.-The funeral of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Rebecca Hyland will leave the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. J. A. Cameron, Moorleah, at 3 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, November 3, for the Flowerdale cemetery.92

Thomas John Emmerton died on 1 March 1938 in Forest and was buried on 3 March 1938 in Forest.93

Late Mr. T. J. Emmerton

The late Mr. Thomas John Emmerton, who died on Tuesday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. W. J. Walters, Stanley, in his 81st year, was highly respected in the Circular Head district. He had been in failing health for the past six months. He was born at South Forest, where he carried on farming up till a few years ago. His wife predeceased him 3 years ago, and was the first person to be buried in St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Forest.

The deceased leaves three sons, Messrs. Frank and Ernest (Mengha) and Hurry (Forest), and one daughter, Mrs. W. J. Walters. Two brothers survive him, Messrs. Fred (Balfour) and James (Victoria). Three sisters, Mesdames Fred Horton, Harry Horton and Arthur O'Connor, reside at Forest.

The funeral will leave the residence of Mrs. W. J. Walters, Stanley, at 2.30 p.m. to-day. for St. Bartholomew's Cemetery, Forest, where interment will take place at 3 p.m.94

Late Mr. T. J. Emmerton

The funeral of the late Mr. Thomas John Emmerton took place on Thursday at St. Bartholomew's cemetery, Forest. A large number of old friends and relations were present. The service was conducted in the church and at the graveside by the rector, Rev. G. J. Baxter. The church was well filled, a testimony to the high respect in which the late Mr. Emmerton was held in the district. His favorite hymns, "Rock of Ages" and "Abide With Me" were sung. The chief mourners were the sons, Messrs. Frank, Ernest and Harry, and son-in-law, Mr. W. J. Walters; sisters, Mesdames Fred and Harry Horton, and grandsons, Mervyn Walters and Jack Emmerton. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Arthur Hyland, Jack Cameron, Harry and George Horton; and the carriers four nephews, Messrs. William and George Emmerton; Athol and Clarence Medwin. The floral tributes were very beautiful.95

Frederick George Horton, the husband of Agnes Emmerton, died on 20 March 1941 in Forest and was buried on 23 March 1941 in Forest. Following his death his wife Agnes remarried a Mr. Turner. Agnes Turner, formerly Horton, nee Emmerton, died on 23 August 1951 in Forest.96

Ellen Mary Emmerton (nee Horton), the wife of James Albert Emmerton, died in September 1953:

Mrs. E. Emmerton

The late Mrs. Ellen Mary Emmerton, who died in Melbourne recently, at the age of 81 years, was a former resident of the Forest district. She was a daughter of the late William and Eliza Horton.

Her husband, Jas. Emmerton, died a few years ago. Both were born and married here. They went to Melbourne some years ago to reside. They had three sons, John and William (Vic.) and Charles (deceased).

The deceased had four brothers, William, Charles, Arthur and Ernest, and three sisters, Mesdames A. T. and W. Blizzard, and G. Glover.97

Mary Ethel Emmerton, nee Blizzard, died on 13 September 1956.98

Frederick Wilbraham Emmerton died on 21 January 1959.99

Susannah Hellen Horton, nee Emmerton, died on 21 May 1964.100

Finally, one of Ann and William's descendants, Harry Emmerton, "bequested 14,000 pounds to Smithton Hospital" which was ultimately used to fund a facility for caring for elderly patients. The facility was called Emmerton Park after it's benefactor:

Emmerton Park is a community based organisation established in 1966 to meet the accommodation and care needs of Circular Head's elderly residents. From a small beginning commencing with the building of a block of 6 units in 1970, Emmerton Park now operates 76 units, a 33 bed Hostel and Day Care Respite Centre. It also operates a Community Outreach program.101

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  • 2. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1851/621
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  • 21. AOT Baptism Registration NS884/1/14 (Birth recorded as 19/07/1852)
  • 22. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1854/339
  • 23. AOT Baptism Registration NS884/1/14
  • 24. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1855/440
  • 25. AOT Baptism Registration NS884/1/14 (Birth recorded as 21/08/1855)
  • 26. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1857/736
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