The Later Stokes Family

This section details the history of Joseph Stokes' children following his death in 1911. Three years after Joseph's death his daughter Louisa Maude Stokes married Arnold Henry Ollington on 28 January 1914 at the home of Mrs. J. Stokes, Mengha.1 Arnold Ollington was born on 20 January 1892 in Stanley to William Ollington and Mary Louise Lucas.2 Arnold and Louisa would have seven children that have been traced.

Joseph Mindine (sic) Stokes married Amy Isobell Muir on 31 December 1914 in the Stanley district.3 Amy was born on 1 January 1896 to John Muir and Margaret Isabella Boskell.4 Amy and Joseph would go on to have eight children that have been traced, including one boy they named Joseph Genders Stokes. The use of the middle name Genders is significant evidence that the boys grandfather Joseph Stokes was a child of Ann Stokes rather than the convict.

On 19 March 1916 Thomas George Eaton, the husband of Selina Stokes, died in Moorina, Queensland, where they had moved to live following their marriage:

EATON.-On the 19th March, at Moorina Thomas George Eaton, dearly-beloved husband of Selina Eaton, aged 60 years. (Hobart papers please copy.)5

In that same year six months later George Edward Stokes died on 7 September 1916 in Forest, Tasmania.6 An obituary appeared in the North Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times a week later:


The sad death occurred here on Thursday of a much-respected citizen in the person of Mr. George Edward Stokes, at the early age of 43 years. Deceased until recently resided at Myrtle Grove, and followed farming pursuits, but owing to failing health sold out some few months ago and purchased a block of ground near the Cross roads, on which he had erected a comfortable cottage of five room. Though only living in his new home a few weeks he had already set out an orchard and vegetable garden, in pursuance of his ever industrious disposition. He leaves a widow and four young children, the eldest of whom is six years old, to mourn the irreparable loss of a fond father and a devoted husband. The mortal remains were interred in St. Batholomew's cemetery on Saturday afternoon, when a large concourse of people assembled to pay their last respects to the memory of the departed. The coffin was preceded to the church yard by members of the Independent Order Oddfellows, of whom deceased was a member. The Rev. H. H. Anderson officiated at the church and graveside, and Mr. A. A. Alford had charge of the Oddfellows. The carriers were Messrs. Phil Horton, L. Ruffles, G. Horton and H. Smedley, while Messrs. Thos. Smedley, Geo. Sharp, Wm. Horton, and S. Williams acted as pallbearer.7

The Stokes family, due to the large number of children, was so distributed that George's younger brother Samuel Peter Stokes was still just starting out in life. He married Margaret Florence Sharman on 17 November 1922 in Latrobe.8 Another sibling, Caroline Margaret Stokes, known as Maggie, married Thomas Berechree, although the date for the event is unknown.9

On 16 March 1926 Joseph Stokes' second wife Mary Ann Stokes (nee Harris) died at the Latrobe Hospital.10

STOKES.--On March 16, at the Devon Public Hospital, Latrobe, Mary Ann, relict of the late Joseph Stokes, of Forest; aged 64 years.

STOKES.-The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Stokes is appointed to leave the residence of Mr. George Horton, Forest, on Thursday, March 18, at 2.30 p.m., for interment in the Forest Cemetery.-F. E. Watts, Latrobe, in conjunction with H. B. Eustace, Stanley, Undertakers.11

William Henry Stokes died on 16 June 1930 in Forest.12

FOREST. Obituary: Mr. W. H. Stokes, a highly respected farmer, after a long and painful cardiac illness, passed away at.his residence "Roslyn," Forest, on Monday afternoon, at the age of 65 years. He was a son of the late Mr. Joseph Stokes, and was born at Smithton. Apart from heart trouble, he possessed a fine constitution, which several times enabled him to make a wonderful recovery. He was one of the most successful farmers in the municipality. For the last 18 years he had lived at '"Roslyn," and for many years before that at 'The Glebe." He was a leading citizen, and took a prominent part in all matters of public interest, and was a keen supporter of all sports. He was also a staunch churchman, and for the past 12 years had been church warden at St. Bartholomew's. He will be greatly missed. He leaves a widow (formerly Miss Thorp), two sons, Len and Ernie, and two daughters, Mesdames Clarence Medwin and R. E. Cotton. His brothers are Frederick (Flowerdale) and Thomas (South Forest), and his sisters Mesdames Sarah Tatlow (Coogee, N.S.W.), and Mary Evans (Hobart). The funeral is to leave his late residence at 3 p.m. to-day for interment at St. Bartholomew's.13

Sarah Tatlow (nee Stokes), the oldest child of Joseph Stokes, died in New South Wales on 25 February 1932, as reported in the Advocate the following year when her ashes were interred at Stanley:

Late Mrs. S. Tatlow.


The cremated ashes of the late Mrs. Sarah Tatlow, an old resident of Stanley, who died at Coogee (N.S. Wales) on February 25, 1932, were interred in the grave of her late husband, Mr. George Henry Tatlow, at Stanley cemetery on Thursday, Rev. L. Luck conducting the ceremony. Among those present were the daughter, Miss Cecilia Tatlow, who brought the casket containing the ashes from Sydney; the late Mrs. Tatlow's brother, Mr. T. J. Stokes, of South Forest; her brother-in-law, Mr. W. Tatlow, farmer, of Green Hills, and other relatives. The late Mrs. Tatlow was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Stokes, and was born at Forest. Her husband died at Stanley in 1908. She left Stanley about eleven years ago for Sydney, owing to the ill-health of her daughter Mollie, and made her home at Coogee.14

Harriet Eliza Stokes (nee Blake) died on 13 August 1937 in Wynyard:

Late Mrs. T. J. Stokes, South Forest

Regret was expressed at South Forest when it was learned that Mrs. Harriet Stokes, wife of Mr. Thos. J. Stokes, had passed away at the Spencer Hospital, Wynyard, on Friday.

The late Mrs. Stokes was a daughter of the late William and Frances Blake, and was in her 69th year. She was born at Black River in 1868, and married Thomas J. Stokes, of Forest, about 1889. They lived at Forest until 1913, when they built a home at South Forest, and resided there until a few months ago, when they decided to relinquish farming, and set tle down quietly at Devonport.

Being possessed of a bright and happy disposition, and having lived an active and healthy life, always assisting her less fortunate friends and neighbors, she could not remain idle, and returned to South Forest to assist with helping sympathy, when she was taken ill. She died at the Spencer Hospital after a very brief illness.

The late Mrs. Stokes leaves a husband and family of five to mourn their loss. The members of the family are Messrs. H. G. Stokes (South Forest) and W. J. Stokes (Black River), and Mesdames Arch. Haywood and W. H. Young (Devonport), and Mrs. Butler (Mt. Gambier, South Australia).

Messrs. Robert (Forest), George (Smithton), Jack (Forest), and Alfred Blake (Devonport) are brothers, and Mrs. H. Smith a sister. There are also 22 grandchildren.

The funeral took place at St. Bartholomew's Church of England cemetery on Monday, Rev. J. Cramp performing the last sad rites in the church and at the graveside. There was a large gathering of sympathisers from all surrounding districts.

The carriers were Messrs. A. A. Medwin, F. Emmerton, H. Tuxworth, and L. Bellinger, and the pallbearers Messrs. F. R. Davison, Robert Tuxworth, and Rowland and Victor Haywood.15

Margaret Florence Stokes (nee Sharman), wife of Samuel Peter Stokes, died on 1 June 1940 in Latrobe:

STOKES.-On June 1, at the Devon Public Hospital, Latrobe, Margaret Florence, wife of Samuel Peter Stokes, aged 45 years.16

Harriet's husband, Thomas John Stokes, died on 5 December 1941 in Forest:

STOKES-On December 5, at his residence, 82 Steel Street, Devonport, Thomas John, husband of the late Harriet Stokes, in his 76th year.

STOKES-The funeral of the late Thomas John Stokes is appointed to leave the residence of his son, Black River Post Office, TO-MORROW (Sunday, December 7), at 3 p.m., for interment in the Church of England cemetery, Forest.-- Haalock and Gillard, A.F.D.A., 37 Steel street, Devonport.17

Frederick James Stokes died on 24 April 1943 and was buried in Wynyard:


The late Mr. Frederick James Stokes, who died at the age of 74 years, on April 24, at his residence, Flowerdale, after an illness of three months, was a well known and highly respected resident of both the Wynyard and Circular Head districts. A son of the late Joseph and Cecelia Stokes, of Forest, deceased spent over 10 years in the Circular Head district, and was a successful farmer. For the last 20 years, he has resided at Flowerdale Junction. He married miss Edith Mary Thorp, daughter of the late Henry and Matilda Thorp, of 'Hillside', Forest, and leaves one son, Carl, Cooee, and three daughters, Annie (Mrs. K. P. Medwin, Forest), Olive (Mrs. H. G. Walis. New Town), and Ada (Mrs. J. W. Williams. Maffra, Vic.). One sister (Mrs. M. Evans of Summerhill Hoad, Hobart), survives him. The funeral, which took place at the new public cemetery, Wynyard, was largely attended, and was representative of all sections of the community. A service at the home, was conducted by Mr. E. Dean and Mr. Heger, Boat Harbor, and at the graveside by Mr. H. McNeilly, Ulverstone.

The chief mourners were Mr. Carl Stokes (son), Mrs. K, Medwin (daughter), and Mr. K. Medwin (son-in-law). The casket was borne by four nephews. Messes. Frank and William Stokes. George Wells and Hoy Smith. The pallbearers were Messes. E. T. Dean. W. Heger, L. Medwin and J. Alexander. There were many floral tributes.18

Mary Jemima Evans (nee Stokes), the wife of Powell Evans, died on 26 October 1947 in West Hobart:

EVANS.-On October 26, 1947, at her residence, 8 Summerhill Rd., West Hobart, Mary Jemima, dearly beloved wife of the late Powell Evans, in her 85th year. Private cremation. No flowers.

Funeral Directors,
Phone 3270. 168-170 Collins St.19

Frederick Stokes' wife Edith survived him for six years and died on 18 August 1949 and was buried with her husband at Wynyard:


Mrs. Edith Mary Stokes, who died in the Spencer Hospital, was the second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thorpe, of "Hillside," Forest.

Born at Forest 73 years ago, she lived in the district 47 years, then with her late husband (Mr. Fred erick J. Stokes) moved to Flower dale, Since the death of her husband six years ago she had lived at Forest.

There was a large gathering at the funeral, which took place at the New Public Cemetery, Wynyard. Services at the Gospel Hall were conducted by Mr. E. T. Deans and at the graveside by Mr. H. Heger. Mr. Norman Deans was organist.

Chief mourners were Mesdames K. P. Medwin and H. G. Watts (daugh ters), Mr. C. E. Stokes (son), Messrs. K. P. Medwin and H. G. Watts (sons-in-law), Mrs. C. E. Stokes (daughter-in-law), Messrs. Harold and Leo Medwin, and Murray Stokes (grandsons), and Miss B. Stokes (granddaughter). Another daughter (Mrs. J. W. Williams), resides in Maffra, Victoria.

Carriers were Messrs. Harold Medwin (grandson), Roy Smith, Len Stokes, Geo. Wells, Frank Stokes and Geo. Davison (nephews). Pall bearers were Messrs. L. W. Medwin, W. W. Ollington, A. D. Thorpe and V. E. House.20

Arthur Forrester Stokes died on 14 November 1951 in Wynyard:

STOKES - On November 14, 1951, at the Spencer Hospital, Wynyard, Arthur Forrester Stokes, loved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stokes, Forest...21

Joseph Mindin Stokes died on 9 February 1954.22

Mr. J. M. Stokes

The funeral of the late Mr. Joseph Mindin Stokes took place in the Forest General cemetery. There was a large and representative gathering from surrounding districts and as far away as Melbourne, Latrobe and Devonport. Services In the Church of England and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. A. G. Costello, of Wynyard.

Deceased was the son of the late Richard and Mary Stokes, and lived all his life in the Circular Head district.

Chief mourners were the widow, sons Albert, Charles. Gordon and Joseph: daughters. Mesdames Astell, Marthlck and Baker; sons-in-law, Roy Astell and E. H. Marthlck, and grandson. Royce Astell,

The carriers were Messrs. R. Astell. Royce Astell. H. Borechree and W. R. and D. Stokes. Pallbearers were Messrs. T. House, J. Whitney, K. Shadbolt and Allan Gale.

There were many floral tributes, including one from the staff of the Orlando Cafe, Ulverstone, Barnard's, Wynyard, and members of the Gospel Hall Assembly, Smithton.23

After his death Joseph Mindin Stoke's widow Amy married Henry Dennisen, and according to Margaret Muir they lived "at Mengha on a 'Returned Soldier Settlement Farm'."24

Caroline Margaret Bereechree (nee Stokes) died on 9 March 1955.25

George Charles Horton, the husband of Helen May Stokes, died on 28 February 1958 and was buried in Forest. His wife, Helen May Horton (nee Stokes) died on 4 November 1972 and was also buried in Forest.26

Arnold Henry Ollington, husband of Louisa Maude Stokes, died on 29 May 1976 and was buried in Forest. His wife Louisa Maude Ollington (nee Stokes) died on 9 September 1983 and was also buried in Forest.27

Amy Elizabeth Stokes (nee Muir), the wife of Joseph Mindin Stokes, died on 21 May 1983.28

  • 1. TFI Marriage Registration RGD 1914/1435
  • 2. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1892/XXXX
  • 3. TFI Marriage Registration RGD 1914/1442
  • 4. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1896/XXXX
  • 5. Examiner Thursday 30 March 1916
  • 6. TFI Death Registration RGD 1916/1280
  • 7. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times 12 September 1916
  • 8. TFI Marriage Registration RGD 1922/934
  • 9. Rootsweb:
  • 10. TFI Death Registration RGD 1926/774
  • 11. Advocate Wednesday 17 March 1926
  • 12. TFI Death Registration RGD 1930/987
  • 13. Advocate Wednesday 18 June 1930
  • 14. Advocate Saturday 28 January 1933
  • 15. Advocate Wednesday 18 August 1937
  • 16. Advocate Monday 3 June 1940
  • 17. Advocate Saturday 6 December 1941
  • 18. Advocate Thursday 6 May 1943
  • 19. The Mercury Monday 27 October 1947
  • 20. Advocate Thursday 18 August 1949
  • 21. Advocate Thursday 15 November 1951 p 16
  • 22. Muir, Margaret M.: A Salute to Their Courage; Privately Published; 2001
  • 23. Advocate Wednesday 31 March 1954
  • 24. Muir, Margaret M.: A Salute to Their Courage; Privately Published; 2001
  • 25. Rootsweb:
  • 26. TAMIOT
  • 27. Oral History: John Horton (from a photographic record of their headstones).
  • 28. Muir, Margaret M.: A Salute to Their Courage; Privately Published; 2001