William Merritt

M, b. 1808, d. 28 November 1874
  • William Merritt was born in 1808.
  • He was the son of William Merritt and Patience Wigg.
  • William Merritt married Elizabeth Harding circa 1830.
  • His marriage, at 48 years, to Charlotte Allen was registered in the June 1856 Quarter Registration District.
  • On 9 June 1862,his wife, Charlotte Allen died in Queensland.
  • In March 1869, William Merritt and Duncan Munro attended a function hosting the Governer to the Geham area. The Queensland Times reported:- "The party then adjourned to the large dwelling-house adjoining the mills, under the verandah of which the dinner was laid out in Mr. Wright's best style. Mr. William Merritt, the oldest established farmer at Highfields, occupied the chair, supported on the right by his Execellency and Mr. Terry, on the left by Mr. Duncan Munro and Mr. W. H. Groom,M.L.A. The vice-chair was occu pied by Mr. E. W. Pechey, supported on his right by the Mayor of Toowoomba, and on the left by Mr. William Handcock."
  • In July 1869 David Kynoch was charged with the theft of three calves from William Merritt. The Darling Downs Gazette reported:- "David Kynoch, Catherine Ambrose, and William Patrick Ambrose, were charged with feloniously stealing three head of cattle the property of William and Alfred Merritt, at Highfields. Mr. Boyle for the defendants. J. B. Barry said he was a constable stationed at Ipswich ; he went to the prisoners' house, at Perseverance Station, on Wednesday last, and found the two younger prisoners on the premises ; they were step-children of the prisoner Kynoch ; told the girl he was a detective constable, and asked her to show her father’s brands ; she brought about eight or ten from the dairy, and when be asked if there were not two or three more she replied, ' no ;' afterwards searched the dwelling house, and found the CAW brands, now produced, under the bed; Alfred Merritt was present when the brands were found, and Catherine Ambrose said, "If Mr. Merritt will not press the charge against my father he can have all the horses and bullocks we have ; we did not know that the calves belonged to Mr. Merritt when we brought then up the range, from Luke's waterhole ." asked her if the brands now produced were those used in branding the cattle, and she replied, 'Yes they are ;" he (witness) said to her "You knew they are not your own cattle, although you did not know they were Mr. Merritt's," and she said " Yes; I have been very foolish, and I am sorry for it; " We drove the cattle to the yard at Perseverance Station, kept them there one night, and then drove then over to the farm, which is about ten-miles nearer to Toowoomba ; they remained there three or four days, where they were branded by herself, her brother, and a man named Paddy O'Neil ; he (witness) had compared the brands now produced with the brands upon the cattle, and found them to correspond; arrested Catherine and William Ambrose on Wednesday evening, and had shown them the cattle this (Friday) morning'; they were identified by them as the cattle they had branded; and Catherine said it was her father who had assisted to brand them, and not Paddy O'Neil as she had first stated; arrested the prisoner David Kynoch outside the Court that morning, and after reading the warrant to him he said, ''the cattle are mine "took him into the yard to look at , and he said " Yes, those are the cattle ; I branded them and they are my property." By the Bench: The cattle were found in a paddock nearly adjoining the prisoners farm on Reedy Creek and were identified by Mr. Merritt as his property Wm. Merritt, examined by Detective Barry, said he missed a mob of cattle from his paddocks about five weeks ago ; there were several milking cows with their calves among the mob, they were returned about nine days afterward with the exception of three unbranded calves, almost eight or nine months old ; saw them next in a paddock near Reedy Creek, where they were fresh branded ; the cattle outside the Court were those he had referred to, and were the property of himself and his son ; met the prisoner Kynoch on the Highfields road on Thursday afternoon and he said, "This is a very bad job, Mr Merritt, cannot we arrange the matter' he (witness) told him that the case was totally out of his control, and prisoner replied, “I will do anything if you will stop the proceedings. If there are any of your calves among them you can take them and I will give you anything I have; we did not know the calves belonged to you at the time they were branded; they were branded by myself, and I took them from my own paddock and put them into Cameron's paddock.' Alfred Merritt corroborated the evidence of the apprehending constable. At the close of the examination Detective Barry applied for a remand until Tuesday next, for the purpose of producing further evidence. . On the application of Mr. Boyle, bail was granted to the prisoners Ambrose, themselves in £20, and two sureties of £10 each, but the Bench refused to admit Kynoch to bail."
  • On 25 February 1874 William Merritt lived at an unknown place . The Darling Downs Gazette reported "The road to Highfields has been of late considerably improved by the erection of numerous culverts across the various gullies, and a road has been cleared through the scrub, within about half a mile of the residence of Wm. Merritt, Esq. J.P., and the road party are now engaged in erecting a culvert across a nasty gully close to where they have been clearing."
  • William Merritt died on 28 November 1874 in Queensland.
  • William was buried on 30 November 1874 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.
  • In June 1877, William Merritt and Unknown Tansey living at in Merritts Creek. The Darling Downs Gazette reported on 27 June 1877:- "Upon the creek known as Merritt's Creek are several fine farms, notably Mr. Merritt's and Mr. Tansey's. Mr. Tansey's farm is mostly a pastoral one, and devoted to cattle, but he has some fine cultivation. Lucerne, prairie grass, and several other paddocks that are well cultivated keep up a winter's supply of feed for a large number of cattle and horses. Mr. Tansey has also been fortunate enough to obtain in the Burnett district a 5000-acre selection, besides the large area held by him on Merritt's creek."

Children of William Merritt and Elizabeth Harding

Children of William Merritt and Charlotte Allen

William Merritt

M, b. circa 1780
  • William Merritt was born circa 1780.
  • William Merritt married Patience Wigg circa 1800.

Children of William Merritt and Patience Wigg

William Harding Merritt

M, b. 1833, d. 11 December 1893
  • William Harding Merritt was born in 1833.
  • He was the son of William Merritt and Elizabeth Harding.
  • William Harding Merritt died on 11 December 1893 in Queensland. The Brisbane Courier reported:- "A man named Merritt was brought into the Toowoomba Hospital this afternoon from Clifton suffering from poison from laudanum, and he died two hours after his admission. The case has been placed in the hands of the police."
  • William was buried on 12 December 1893 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. PUB2-1R2-0009.

Mary Merryn

F, b. circa 1600
  • Mary Merryn was born circa 1600.
  • Mary Merryn married Henry Gill on 15 April 1627 in Cornwall.

Children of Mary Merryn and Henry Gill

Anna Louisa Mesken

F, b. 1896, d. 1969
  • Anna Louisa Mesken was born in 1896 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob Mesken and Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck.
  • At the age of 31 years, Anna Louisa Mesken married Robert Noffke in 1927 in Queensland.
  • Anna Louisa Mesken died in 1969 in Queensland.

August Ludwig Mesken

M, b. 1887, d. 1928

Jacob Mesken and Augusta Blanck with their three eldest children August (at back), Emilie (Mille) and Carl (front). Taken about 1895. Photo thanks to Noeleen

Carl August Mesken

M, b. 26 June 1892, d. 10 January 1938

Jacob Mesken and Augusta Blanck with their three eldest children August (at back), Emilie (Mille) and Carl (front). Taken about 1895. Photo thanks to Noeleen

Christie Mesken

M, b. 1900, d. 4 July 1974

Emilie (Millie) Mesken

F, b. 1890, d. 19 January 1916

Jacob Mesken and Augusta Blanck with their three eldest children August (at back), Emilie (Mille) and Carl (front). Taken about 1895. Photo thanks to Noeleen
  • Emilie (Millie) Mesken was born in 1890 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Jacob Mesken and Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck.
  • Emilie (Millie) Mesken died on 19 January 1916 in Queensland.
  • Emilie was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Child of Emilie (Millie) Mesken

Herman Mesken

M, b. 1900, d. 1900

Herman (Herb) Mesken

M, b. 21 September 1904, d. 5 July 1976
  • Herman (Herb) Mesken was born on 21 September 1904 in Bergen, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Jacob Mesken and Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck.
  • Herman (Herb) Mesken died on 5 July 1976 in Queensland at age 71.
  • Herman was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Jacob Mesken

M, b. 1 June 1850, d. 10 April 1919

Jacob Mesken and Augusta Blanck with their three eldest children August (at back), Emilie (Mille) and Carl (front). Taken about 1895. Photo thanks to Noeleen
  • Jacob Mesken was born on 1 June 1850 in Netherlands. He was the son of Wilhelm Mesken and Mary Fransen.
  • At the age of 35 years, Jacob Mesken married Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck, daughter of Carl August Ludwig Blanck and Ernestine Scharlan, in 1886 in Queensland.
  • In 1901 Jacob was listed as a farmer of Goombungee in the Crow's Nest Post Office Directory.
  • Jacob Mesken and Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Goombungee. Jacob was a farmer.
  • Jacob Mesken died on 10 April 1919 in Queensland at age 68.
  • Jacob was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Children of Jacob Mesken and Augusta Alberta Fredricka Blanck

Jacob Mesken

M, b. 27 June 1894, d. 20 May 1985

Jacob William Mesken

M, b. 1888, d. 1889

Martha Auguste Mesken

F, b. 16 May 1902, d. 28 January 1975

Mary Mesken

F, b. 1906

William Charles Mesken

M, b. 1910

Esther du Mesnil

F, b. circa 1615

Children of Esther du Mesnil and Estienne Cossart Third

Isabell Meston

F, b. circa 1840, d. 1905
  • Isabell Meston was born circa 1840. She was the daughter of James Meston and Isabella.
  • Isabell Meston married William Dickie circa 1860.
  • In 1889,her husband, William Dickie died in Queensland.
  • Isabell Meston appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Ravensbourne. She carried out domestic duties.
  • Isabell Meston died in 1905 in Queensland.

Children of Isabell Meston and William Dickie

Ada Alice Metcalf

F, b. 1 July 1855
  • Ada Alice Metcalf was born on 1 July 1855 in Tasmania.
  • She was the daughter of Charles Foord Metcalf and Ann Thorn.
  • At the age of 22 years, Ada Alice Metcalf married Robert Wicombe in 1878 in Tasmania.

Annie Rebecca Maria Metcalf

F, b. 20 August 1888, d. 25 March 1963
  • Annie Rebecca Maria Metcalf was born on 20 August 1888 in Tasmania.
  • She was the daughter of Edward Joseph John Metcalf and Caroline Selina Watts.
  • At the age of 19 years, 7 months and 26 days, Annie Rebecca Maria Metcalf married Samuel Duffield on 15 April 1908 in Tasmania.
  • Annie Rebecca Maria Metcalf died on 25 March 1963 at age 74.

Charles Foord Metcalf

M, b. 1823
  • Charles Foord Metcalf was born in 1823 in Tasmania. He was the son of Maria.
  • At the age of 32 years, Charles Foord Metcalf married Ann Thorn in 1855 in Tasmania.

Children of Charles Foord Metcalf and Ann Thorn

Charles James Lucas Metcalf

M, b. 30 October 1856, d. 1914
  • Charles James Lucas Metcalf was born on 30 October 1856 in Tasmania.
  • He was the son of Charles Foord Metcalf and Ann Thorn.
  • Charles James Lucas Metcalf died in 1914 in Victoria.

Edgar George Metcalf

M, b. 7 June 1907, d. 28 June 1985

Edward Joseph John Metcalf

M, b. 1861, d. 1945

Children of Edward Joseph John Metcalf and Caroline Selina Watts

Edward Joseph Kent Metcalf

M, b. 19 September 1886, d. 7 July 1968

Ernest Victor Metcalf

M, b. 3 September 1864

Ethel Gertrude Metcalf

F, b. 1898

Frederick William Metcalf

M, b. 23 September 1860, d. 12 November 1892
  • Frederick William Metcalf was born on 23 September 1860 in Tasmania.
  • He was the son of Charles Foord Metcalf and Ann Thorn.
  • At the age of 25 years, 3 months and 21 days, Frederick William Metcalf married Emma Watts, daughter of William Kent Watts and Maria Burgess, on 13 January 1886 in Tasmania.
  • On 3 April 1890,his wife, Emma Watts died in Tasmania at age 28.
  • Frederick William Metcalf died on 12 November 1892 in Tasmania at age 32.

George Randolf Metcalf

M, b. 30 September 1868, d. 25 February 1869
  • George Randolf Metcalf was born on 30 September 1868 in Tasmania.
  • He was the son of Charles Foord Metcalf and Ann Thorn.
  • George Randolf Metcalf died on 25 February 1869 in Tasmania.