James WALKER, , alias Williams , Brickmaker,of South Grafton,NSW

Male 1855 - 1935  (80 years)


Personal Information

  • Name James WALKER 
    Suffix , alias Williams , Brickmaker,of South Grafton,NSW 
    Born 11 Aug 1855  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:NSW BDM V1855377 53/1855,Copy of Bapism certificate.Son of Joseph Walker(Butcher) , and Christina Bruce.
    Christened 2 Sep 1855  St Andrews Parish Church , County of Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Sep 1935  Rosalie, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Qld BDM 1935/B29239(Father James "Williams" ,mother Christina Bruce) ,Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
    Buried 19 Sep 1935  Toowong General Cemetery, Brisbane, Australia.Portion 28 , Section 2, Grave 13. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915) Saturday 25 March 1905 p 4 Article "GRAFTON POLICE COURT. Yesterday, before the P.M. Herbert Emerson, on bail, under remand from the Water Police Court. Sydney, was charged with stealing a quantity of tools, utensils, clothing, and 10 books from a tent at Cangai, the property of James Walker Williams. Mr. D. Lobban appeared for accused. "

      Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915) Saturday 1 April 1905 "Complainant stated that he is a brick maker, and went to Cangai in October last, taking with him a quantity of tools and other articles. He came down to Grafton in December, and returned on 20th February and found that nearly everything the tent contained had gone. He went to a tent that was occupied by accused, and saw some of the missing articles there."
    • (Research):Some records have recorded William Williams and Ellen McGregor as the parents but this appears incorrect .James was born James Walker ,son of Joseph Walker and Christina Bruce in 1855(NSW BDM Ref:V1855377 53/1855 ).This appears to be his mother Christina's first of three marriages. In 1875 she married Thomas Allum in Wollongong,NSW,and then in 1891 she married William Harper,in Grafton,NSW.

      An article in the Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915), Saturday 3 December 1910, page 1. refers. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.Probate Jurisdiction. "In the Estate of CHRISTINA HARPER, formerly CHRISTINA ALLUM,late of South Grafton, in the State of, New South Wales, widow, deceased Intestate.Application will be made after fourteen days from the publication hereof that administration of the Estate of the above named deceased may be granted to JAMES WALKER WILLIAMS, the son of the said deceased, and all notices may be served at the offices of the undersigned. All persons having any claim against the Estate of the said deceased are requested to at once send full particulars of the same to the undersigned . McGUREN and POLLACK, Proctors for the Administrator,Victoria Street,Grafton"

      When James bigamously married Clara Jane Reilly in Grafton,NSW ,he used the alias James Walker Williams - his children and descendants of this marriage are all known as Williams.
    Person ID I19830  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2017 

    Father Joseph WALKER, ,Butcher,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Christina BRUCE,   b. 1830, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1907, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:NSW Death Certificate for Christina states she was married ,in London,England, at 22years of age , but husband Joseph was already in Turon River goldfields in 1851.
    Family ID F2950  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Hannah BUSSEY,   b. 3 Apr 1853, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1939, Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1876  the residence of the brides mother, Redfern , New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:NSW BDM 1581/1876 . Ref:The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 22 January 1876 Marriages. "WALKER-BUSSEY. - at the residence of the brides mother, by the Rev Mr Kingdon ,James Walker, of Newcastle, to Mary Hannah, second daughter of Mrs H. Bussey,of Redfern" The groom was recorded as James Walker -he was later charged with bigamy(in 1886) - as James Walker -found guilty and sentenced to one years imprisonment.

      Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889) Saturday 3 July 1886 p 3 Article

      "Grafton Police Court TUESDAY, JUNE 29.-Before the P.M. BIGAMY. James Williams, alias Walker, was brought up under a warrant, charging him with bigamy. Constable Cowie deposed, that the previous evening he went to the residence of accused, and asked him his proper name, and he replied "James Williams." Asked if he knew a brickmaker named James Walker in the district, and he replied he did not. He said, in reply to a question, that he might have gone by that name in Sydney. Told him he had a warrant for the arrest of James Walker, and believed him to be the man. Read him the warrent issued from Sydney, charging him with having, on the 1st February, 1882, married Clara Jane Riley, his former wife-Mary Hannah Walker, being then living. He said there was a mistake somewhere, that he was not the person. From the description given of James Walker, believe accused to be that person. He was remanded to Sydney to be dealt with. Bail was objected to by the police, and it was not granted."


      Ref:Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)Saturday 14 August 1886. "BIGAMY.-At the Sydney Quarter Sessions, on August 4, 1886,James Walker was charged with bigamy, he having married Mary Hannah Bussey on January 1. 1876 , and afterwards on February 21, 1882, at Grafton, he married Clara Jane Reilly, the said Mary Hannah Bussey then being alive. He pleaded guilty. Prisoner's mother stated that when he was first married he was 19 years of age, and that she told him the marriage was not legal, and was not binding upon him. His Honor sentenced prisoner to one year's Imprisonment."
    Children 
     1. Rosetta Cecilia WALKER,   b. 1876, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. James Joseph WALKER, ,Blacksmith , of Collarenebri , New South Wales,   b. 1877, St Leonards, New South Wales , Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1951, Collarenebri, NSW , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Emily Louise WALKER,   b. 1881, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1973, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F6617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Clara Jane REILLY,   b. 1857, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1933, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1882  St Mary's Catholic Church, Grafton, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This marriage was deemed unlawful. Ref:Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (Grafton, NSW : 1859 - 1889)Saturday 14 August 1886.

      "BIGAMY.-At the Sydney Quarter Sessions, on August 4, James Walker was charged with bigamy, he having married Mary Hannah Bussey on January 1, 1876, and afterwards on February 21, 1882, at Grafton, he married Clara Jane Reilly, the said Mary Hannah Bussey then being alive. He pleaded guilty. Prisoner's mother stated that when he was first married he was 19 years of ago, and that she told him the marriage was not legal, and was not binding upon him. His Honor sentenced prisoner to one year's Imprisonment."

      Some records also list Clifford Barker Williams(1887-1954) as a son of this marriage ,but this is incorrect.Cliffords parents were James Williams ,of Clerkenwell, London ,and Clara Barker. This particular marriage is recorded in The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Tuesday 12 July 1887 "WILLIAMS-BARKER.-May 4,1887, by special license, at St. James' Church, Sydney, by the Rev. H. L. Jackson, James Williams,of Clerkenwell, London, to Clara, the second daughter of Thomas Barker, of Double Bay, late of Shoalhaven, N. S. W."

      James eventually moves to Queensland and is living with Matilda Smith in Grove St, Albion QLD according to the 1913 Electoral Roll. In 1921 and 1925 James and Matilda "Williams" are living in Stephenson Street, Rosalie QLD.(Matilda is recorded as Matilda Gilmour ,Friend ,on James Death Certificate , but her death record in 1957 is entered as Matilda Williams)

      He died 18th Sep 1935and is buried with Matilda's mother, Henreitta Gaffey (nee Price) at Toowong Cemetery on 19 Sep 1935. (Portion 28, Section 2, Grave 13).
    Children 
     1. Edward James WILLIAMS,   b. 1883, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Albert Edgar WILLIAMS, ,of Bondi,New South Wales,Australia,   b. 1884, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1962, Bondi, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Franklyn James WILLIAMS, ,of Brickmaker,of Maclean,New South Wales,   b. 26 Dec 1885, Cowper via Grafton, NSW.Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1962, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Agnes Harriet May WILLIAMS,   b. 1888, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Frances Lillian"Lily" WILLIAMS,   b. 20 Jan 1890, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1967, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Edward Henry WILLIAMS, ,Fisherman,of Coffs Harbour,New South Wales.,   b. 1892, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1953, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. William Cyril"Cyril Willie" WILLIAMS, ,Brickmaker ,of Walkerston , Queensland,   b. 1894, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1963, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     8. Ivy Evelyn WILLIAMS,   b. 16 Nov 1895, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1988, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F2945  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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