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- Family legend says that 3
Swansborough brothers came to Australia, mid 1800's; no proof of this,
Possibly 3 cousins.
- When Thomas arrived in
Australia, as a 17 year old, he went to work with William Swanborough,
at a vineyard and he married the Squires daughter, Anne Keirnan.
- Thomas was born Protestant,
but married Anne Keirnan, who was aparently Roman Catholic, and the
children (first 2 generations) were bought up in the R.C. faith; on
Thomas' hospital records he was stated as Protestant.
- Thomas was admitted to
hospital in 1864, he remained in hosital for 37 years, and died of
Colitis and Dementia.
- Anne took the 3 boys from
Adelaide, in 1863, to Rutherglen, Northen Victoria, where William
George was born, and later Rose Anne was born in 1865. Whether Thomas
went with them and then travelled back to Adelaide, we do not know.
Anne took the 3 boys to Adelong N.S.W.
- Patrick Swansborough, b
1911, remembers travelling to Glenrowan, Victoria, to visit the Kelly
family (Ned Kelly was a famous Australian bushranger, who died in
1880). Anne Swansborough's mother, was Bridget Kelly. Richard
(Patrick's father) use to make boots for the Kelly family, and Kate
Kelly use to ride horses with the Swansborough girls.
- Richard and Mary had 16
recorded children, but family say there were 18 children, possibly a
set of still born twins; but Richard and Mary also raised Kathleen,
daughter of Agness and Mary, daughter of Brigette.
- Feb 19, 1881 - Adelong
Magisterial Inquiry:- Mr W
Menlove J.P. held a inquiry at Grahamstown on the infant son of Richard
Swansborough. Evidence by Dr Agassiz. It was rumoured the child, and
also a former one that died, had been cruelly treated and that scarcity
of food led to death. In both cases medical evidence showed this to be
- Another of Richard and
Mary's young children was killed by a wild pig.
- Richard was a bootmaker,
and opened one of the first shoe shops in Wagga; about 1903. He was
also a surgical shoe maker, these being hand made. Richard also had the
reputation of being a miner's bootmaker, owing to the fact that his
boots were remarkable for the wear, they would stand in water underfoot.
- Richard was a Choirmaster
at St. Michaels, he also played the organ at the church, and could also
play the violin.
- Joseph was a Bandmaster at
Hillston and taught young boys to play instruments.
- Karen Swansborough (Queensland, Australia) was a contestant in the Gladiators
TV Series (fitness competition). New mother of lovely little
girl! Margaret is a proud grandma!
- Thomas' wife, Ann Booth. Grandson Leo
reported she took care of women having babies in article in book called
Something Remembered in the El
Dorado County Historical Museum. She
came to America by boat (3 months) in 1846 and first were in PA and
then on to El Dorado Co. in 1855. She apparently lost her brother at
- Albert Henry Bowser, husband of Sarah Ann
Swanborough was run over by a train on the rr tracks on Bear River
bridge. He had been to a movie in Wheatland and got turned around and
was walking wrong direction on the RR tracks per Albert Bowser.
According to family folklore Sarah Ann ran away when son William was
little. Supposedly went to Alaska during the Alaskan gold rush. On the
1900 census there is no wife listed for Albert H. & believe he is
listed as widower also on 1910 census. She was buried in Washington
- Albert William Bowser was on Johnson Island
when Pearl Harbor was bombed on 7 Dec 1941. He was working as a
bookkeeper for Morrison Knudson Co. Johnson Island was bombed about a
week later by Japanese submarines. They knocked out their water system.
The crew was evacuated to Pearl Harbor for about a month until the
water was restored. He was offered a chance to work on the underground
buildings that the govt. was constructing but he didn't like Pearl so
he went back to Johnson Island.
He enlisted in the Army after returning
from Johnson Island. His Basic Training was at a Fort Lewis, WA, and
then was sent to San Diego, His wife joined him in San Diego, and
because there were so many servicemen in San Diego, there were no
motels available, so they lived in a tent on the beach. His unit was
shipped to Europe and was one of the units involved in the "Battle of
the Bulge". He suffered frostbite of his feet and was hspitalized for
aperiod of time in England and also after returning home on the Queen
Mary in 1945.
- William Swanborough. Coal miner; collier.
Immigrated to US in 1865; could not read or write; he survived the
Diamond Mine Disaster in Braidwood, Illinois. Pit boss of #2B mine,
1883 - spring thaw flood - 102 died.
- Raymond Swansbrough. Grew up in same
neighborhood as Al Capone. Ran errands for him for extra money. Per
Raymond, during Depression, Capone provided food for local
neighborhood. Fought in WW II in Battle of the Bulge. Back broken as a
result of ambulance accident. Had to retrain from shipping clerk to
- John Heath started working on the slate
banks at a local colliery at the age of nine; he went underground in
the mines at the age of 13. He was employed at the Greenwood Colliery
of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company , for whom he worked 54 years. At
some time he drove a team for the Johnson and Mucklow Co. in
Tamaqua.Death of corporation employee.
- Following a long illness, the death
occurred in the Warren Road Hospital, Guildford, on Sunday, of Mr.
William Robert Swansborough(62) of 66, Broadwater Lane Farncombe who
for nearly 39 years had been in the employ of the Godalming
Corporation. For many years he was road foreman and afterwards
caretaker of the Farncombe recreation ground. He was for a long period
in the 2nd Batt of the Queen's Royal Regt, with which he served in the
South African War and was present at the Relief of Ladysmith. At the
outbreak of the Great War [WW I - ed.] he rejoined his old battalion
and went to France in September 1914. He was invalided home and was
tranferred to a Scottish regiment serving in Ireland.
Later he was tranferred to the Royal
Engineers and again sent to France where he remained until the close of
hostilities. Mr. Swansborough was a member of the Godalming British
Legion Leaf Club, the South African ar veterans' association and the
Farncombe Lodge of the R.A.O.B. Formerly, he was a bandsman in the
Godalming Corps of the Salvation Army. He leaves a widow, one son and
two daughters, both of the latter being abroad.
The funeral was on Thursday afternoon, the
first part of the service being held at the Salvation Army Hall.
Adjutant and Mrs. Davies of Aldershot, formerly in charge of the
Godalming Corps, and Captain W.W. Sharpe officiated. The internment was
at the new cemetery. The family mourners were Mrs. Swansborough
(widow), Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Swansborough (son and daughter-in-law), Mr.
and Mrs. J. Penny (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mrs. Cobbold and
Miss Penny (sisters-in-law), Mr G. Lambert and Mrs W. Denyer. The South
African War Veterans Association was represented by Messers J.H.Patton,
J. Watts and W.J. Walters. Others present included Mr. H.W. Harrison,
who as general foreman represented the employees of the Godalming
Corporation. Among the wreaths was one from the Godalming British
Legion Ivy Leaf Club, and another from the borough surveyor and the
Mrs Swansborough and family wish to thank
all kind friends and neighbours for their sympathy in their sad
bereavement also for beautiful floral trbutes. They also particularly
wish to thank the staff of warren road hospital for their kindness and
attention to Mr Swansborough while under their care.
- William Heath William came to the US as a
small child. He worked as a coal miner, and later was a member of the
coal and iron police during the time of the Mollie Maguire uprisings.
He enlisted with the Seventh Cavalry in Cincinnati, Ohio in October
1875, and went with Company L, in which he served as a farrier, to the
Dakota Territory. He served with General Custer at the Battle of the
Little Big Horn; he was wounded/injured and somehow became separated
from Company L. He was suffering from exposure and frostbite and his
injuries when he was found by a family of settlers and cared for until
he was well enough to travel back home to Pennsylvania. The family
included Lavina Ennis, for whom his daughter Lavina was named. His name
is listed on the monument at the site of the Battle of the Little Big
Horn as having been killed in the battle, but he died in Tamaqua, PA in
1891 of a brain tumor, and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery,
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