Nichols, Nicholls, Nicholas and Knight

The fate of the children of Isabella Rayner completes the story of her relatively short life of 54 years. The variations in the surname seemed to have ultimately reflected real divisions within the family and it certainly made the effort to trace the family's movements and origins so much more difficult. Isabella and William's eldest child George Nichols married Anne Cleaver on 10 August 1872 in Broadmarsh, Tasmania. For some reason the registration is under the name George Nicol Lake.1 Annie was born in 1854 in Forest Creek, Victoria, the daughter of Louis Llewellyn and Bridget Cleaver (also known as Bridget Briscoe).2 George and Anne would go on to have 8 children while living in the Broadmarsh area. John Henry Nicholls Jnr., age 27, married Annie Keane (or Cane), age 20, on 17 October 1876 in St. Joseph's Church, Hobart, Tasmania. He was a gardener and she was a servant. Bernard McCauley and Marg Connelly were witnesses.3 Annie was born on 24 June 1857 in the Franklin district, the eldest daughter of William Cane and Ellen Curry, both having arrived in the colony as Irish convicts.4 John and Annie would remain living in Hobart and go on to have seven children. Esther Alice Knight married Garibaldi Geeves on 25 June 1885 in New Town, Tasmania.5 Garibaldi was born on 7 July 1861 (as an un-named male) in the Franklin district to Stephen Geeves and Lois Hickman.6

GEEVES—KNIGHT.—On June 25, at the Congregational Church, New Town, by the Rev. Geo. Clarke, Garibaldi, third son of Stephen Geeves, of Geeves Town, to Esther Alice, second daughter of the late Joseph Knight, of Hobart.7

George Nichols died on 3 January 1900 in Elderslie, Broadmarsh.8 In the early 1900's Anna Nichollias was offering private boarding in Hobart, as advertised in the Examiner in March 1901:

HOBART-Private Board, Residence, public or private table, 5min. Post Office. A. Nichollias, 25 Davey-street.9

Richard Wrathall, the husband of Eliza Ann Nichollias, died on 8 February 1908 in Ballarat, Victoria.10 Mary Ann Nichols (sic), the wife of David Nicholas, died on 13 October 1909 in Hampden Road, Hobart, Tasmania.11 Mary Ann was buried on 15 October 1909 in Geeveston, Tasmania.12 David William Nicholas died on 2 December 1914 in 47 Hampden Road, Battery Point.13 He was buried on 3 December 1914 in Geeveston, Tasmania.14

NICHOLAS.-On December 2, 1914, at his residence, No. 47 Hampden-road, David William Nicholas, in the 74th year of his age. Late of Geeveston. NICHOLAS.-Friends of the late David William Nicholas are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will move from his daughter's residence (Mrs. C. Sharp), Geeveston, on Thursday Afternoon (This Day), at 2.30 o'clock, for Geeveston Cemetery. CLARK BROS., Funeral Undertakers, 17 Argyle-street.15

John Henry Nichols Snr. died on 14 February 1916 in the General Hospital in Hobart.16 He was buried on 15 February 1916 in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania.17

NICHOLLS. -On 14th February, 1916, at Hobart, John Henry, the beloved husband of Annie Nicholls, 251 Elizabeth-street, and youngest son of the late William David Nicholls, also nephew of the late Rev. Archibald Raynor, after a long and painful illness. R.I.P. NICHOLLS. -Friends of the late John Henry Nicholls, are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will move from the residence of his son (Mr. John Nicholls, No. 111 Warwick-street, on Tuesday Afternoon (This Day), at 3 o'clock, for Cornelian Bay Cemetery. CLARK BROS. Funeral Undertakers. 17 Argyle-street.18

The death notice provides final confirmation of John Nicholls as the son of William Nicholls and Isabella Rayner. John's sister Anna Nichollas died a year and a day later on 15 February 1917 in 53 Davey Street, Hobart.19 The death notice in the paper used her father's adopted Quaker surname of Nichollias:

NICHOLLIAS. - On February 15, 1917, at her late residence, 53 Davey-street, Hobart, Annie M. Nichollias, aged 75 years. (Private interment on the 16th February, at Cornelian Bay Cemetery.)20

The fate of Anna's son Thomas Lock has not yet been discovered. Eliza Ann (or Elizabeth Jane?) Wrathall, nee Nichollias, died at the reported age of 84 on 23 November 1919 in Cheltenham, Victoria.21

WRATHALL. —On the 23rd November, at Cheltenham, Ellza Ann, relict of the late Richard Wrathall, of Smythesdale, dearly beloved mother of Stephen, Mrs. D. Angri, Ernest, David, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Disher, aged 84 years. (Privately interred Melbourne General Cemetery, 25th November.) Father and mother reunited.22

Anne Laura Nichols (nee Cane, or Keane) died 2 February 1933 in Hobart, Tasmania. Annie was buried 4 February 1933 in the Roman Catholic section of the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania.23

NICHOLLS.-Friends are Informed that funeral of the late Mrs. Annie. Laura Nicholls will move from 160 Macquarie Street at 2.30 This (Saturday) Afternoon, arriving at Cornelian Bay Cemetery at 3.15. PIERCE J. KEATING, Funeral Director. 92 Harrington Street.24

Garibaldi Geeves, the husband of Esther Alice Knight, died on 18 October 1939 in Geeveston, Tasmania. He was buried on 20 October 1939 in Geeveston.25 Garibaldi was generally known as Garry, as observed in the following obituary:

OBITUARY MR. GARRY GEEVES Funeral At Geeveston The funeral of Mr. Garry Geeves, of Geeveston, was held in the Congregational cemetery, Geeveston, on Friday. A service was held in the Congregational church before the cortege moved off. The Rev. H. C. Harkin conducted the service, assisted by the Rev. E. W. Smith, of Huonville. Mr. Smith paid tribute to the character of the late Mr. Geeves. The late Mr. Geeves, who was aged 78 years, was the third son of the late Mr. Stephen Geeves. He died suddenly on Wednesday. He was a valued supporter of the Congregational Church, and gave service throughout the district as a lay preacher. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Esther Knight, one son, Mr. C. L. Geeves, and three daughters, Mesdames C. Venus, H. Anderson, and Miss C. Geeves.26

Annie Nichols (nee Cleaver), the wife of George Nichols, died on 19 December 1944:

NICHOLS.-On December 19, 1944. at her residence, Elderslie, Annie, beloved widow of George Nichols, and daughter of the late Louis Llewellyn and Bridget Cleaver, of Broadmarsh, in her 92nd year.27

Esther Alice Geeves (nee Knight) died on 22 November 1948 in Geeveston, Tasmania. Esther was buried on 25 November 1948 in Geeveston.28

GEEVES.-On November 22, 1948, at her residence, Geeveston, Esther Alice, beloved wife of the late Garibaldi Geeves and loved and loving mother of Alphea Coralie, Clarice (deceased), Garnet, (deceased), Maida (deceased), Clifton (deceased), Thelma, and Adele (deceased), aged 88 years.29

GEEVES.-Friends of the late Mrs. Esther Alice Geeves are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, which will move from her residence, Geeveston, on Thursday (This Day), at 2.30 p.m., for Congregational Cemetery, Geeveston. HOOPER & BURGESS, A.F.D.A. Funeral Directors. Phone 6107. 195 Elizabeth St.30

Family Group Sheet

Name Birth Marriage Spouse Death
b. 01 Nov 1836 Hobart, Tasmania m. 10 Aug 1872 Broadmarsh, Tasmania CLEAVER, Anne d. 03 Jan 1900 Broadmarsh, Tasmania
NICHOLLIAS Eliza (Elizabeth) Ann b. 00 XXX 1838 Hobart, Tasmania m. 08 Feb 1858 Hobart, Tasmania WRATHALL, Richard d. 23 Nov 1919 Cheltenham, Victoria
NICHOLLIAS Isabella b. 20 Oct 1841 Hobart, Tasmania Fate Unknown
NICHOLLIAS Anna Maria b. 00 XXX 1842 Hobart, Tasmania m. Not Married LOCK, Thomas d. 15 Feb 1917 Hobart, Tasmania
NICHOLAS William Davey (David William) b. 28 Feb 1844 Hobart, Tasmania m. 20 Feb 1863 Franklin, Tasmania GEEVES, Mary Anne d. 02 Dec 1914 Hobart, Tasmania
NICHOLIAS Un-named Male b. 24 Aug 1846 Hobart, Tasmania Fate Unknown
NICHOLS John Henry b. 18 Feb 1850 Hobart, Tasmania m. 17 Oct 1876 Hobart, Tasmania KEANE (CANE), Annie d. 14 Feb 1916 Hobart, Tasmania
The KNIGHT Family
KNIGHT Thomas Rayner b. 05 Sep 1855 Hobart, Tasmania Died in Childhood d. 19 Sep 1865 Hobart, Tasmania
KNIGHT Sarah Annie Leland b. 04 Nov 1857 Hobart, Tasmania m. 05 Feb 1883 Hobart, Tasmania CULLEN, Alfred Thomas d. 26 May 1888 Esperance, Tasmania
KNIGHT Esther Alice b. 07 May 1861 Hobart, Tasmania m. 25 Jun 1885 New Town, Tasmania GEEVES, Garibaldi d. 22 Nov 1948 Geeveston, Tasmania
  • 1. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1872/12
  • 2. VIC BDM Birth Registration Ref. No. 1854/7336
  • 3. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1876/363
  • 4. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1857/553
  • 5. AOT Marriage Registration RGD 1885/441
  • 6. AOT Birth Registration RGD 1861/1046
  • 7. The Mercury Saturday 22 August 1885
  • 8. TFI Death Registration RGD 1900/446
  • 9. Examiner Monday 11 March 1901
  • 10. VIC BDM Death Registration Ref. No. 1908/12443 and Rayner, Daryl: The Rayner Family History, (Privately Published) and Jones, Anissa:
  • 11. TFI Death Registration RGD 1909/1368
  • 12. Read, Kenneth J.: They Came to Preach and Prosper (Privately Published).
  • 13. TFI Death Registration RGD 1914/1533
  • 14. Read, Kenneth J.: They Came to Preach and Prosper, (Privately Published).
  • 15. The Mercury Thursday 3 December 1914
  • 16. TFI Death Registration RGD 1916/1499
  • 17. SRCT Roman Catholic, Section O, Number 106
  • 18. The Mercury Tuesday 15 February 1916
  • 19. TFI Death Registration RGD 1917/1293
  • 20. The Mercury Monday 19 February 1917
  • 21. VIC BDM Death Registration Ref. No. 1919/16614
  • 22. The Argus Saturday 29 November 1919
  • 23. SRCT Roman Catholic, Section O, Number 106.
  • 24. The Mercury Saturday 4 February 1933
  • 25. Read, Kenneth J.: They Came to Preach and Prosper, (Privately Published).
  • 26. The Mercury Tuesday 24 October 1939
  • 27. The Mercury Wednesday 20 December 1944
  • 28. Read, Kenneth J.: They Came to Preach and Prosper, (Privately Published).
  • 29. The Mercury Wednesday 24 November 1948
  • 30. The Mercury Thursday 25 November 1948