Hi everyone, I have just jointed the group.
I saw the post from Lauren about James Campbell and Adelaide Van Sek. I am descended from their daughter Harriett who married James Lancaster. A lot of the information I have came from Ailsa Herbert who has done a great deal of research on the family.
This is a summary of what I have on this couple and their family:James, an ex soldier and
weaver, his wife Adelaide, who was heavily pregnant with Robert, and their
children James 9, Mary Ann 12, Eliza 8 and Thomas 5 boarded the Hibernia in
Liverpool on 27 November, 1832.
The Hibernia sank in the North Atlantic. The Campbell family were taken on board the 20 ft pinnace with 15 others and drifted for eight days. They were eventually picked up by the Isabella and taken to Rio de Janiero and then on the Hobart. On the journey Adelaide gave birth to Robert.
On arrival in Hobart Adelaide and James were unwell - Adelaide tried to set up a dressmaker business, but it did not appear to succeed as soon all the children except Robert were placed in the orphan schools for four years despite Adelaide and James' attempts to get them back. James and Harriet moved to Launceston during those four years and James was a constable. Harriet was born in 1835.
Adelaide died in 1857 from influenza and James in 1860. From an article in the paper, it appears James may have been homeless just before he died.
According to Ailsa, Adelaide had all the
children to various fathers – the last two, Robert and Harriet, to James Campbell. Adelaide Vansek
[various spellings] Campbell was born, possibly
to a military family. She had one brother who was christened in England.
She married, at 17, Lieutenant William O’Brien who was killed in Ireland.
She then married William Connor in Ireland who also died. Adelaide has
been traced through her applications to Dublin Castle for the military pension to
various parts of England including Bath. Three children are mentioned in the
applications. James Campbell was Scottish and also in the Army. He was a
pensioner when they migrated.
Hope this helps, Natalie
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Hi everyone, Another Newbie here :)
I was wondering if anyone has any information and/or decends from James Campbell 1760-1860 Who travelled with wife Adelaide to Australia on the Hibernia..
After their arrival we all come from Tasmania...ive seen a few tasmanian links on other posts and wonder if there is another link :)
Cheers and good luck to everyone on their family searching it is exciting :)
Lauren ( Melbourne)