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Descendants of :

Nathaniel Wallace (Nat) THOMAS

Generation 1

1. Nathaniel Wallace (Nat) THOMAS was born ABT 1802 and died 16 Nov 1879 in Kangaroo Island, SA. He married Sophia BENFORD 21 Mar 1879 in Kangaroo Island, SA. She was born ABT 1820 in England and died 05 Jul 1880 in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, daughter of Thomas BENFORD.

Other events in the life of Nathaniel Wallace (Nat) THOMAS

Occupation: in 2nd Willoughby Lighthouse Keeper

Burial: in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

Immigration: ABT 1824 in Nereus

Children of Nathaniel Wallace (Nat) THOMAS and Betty THOMAS - m:

i. Sam THOMAS was born EST 1830 in Kangaroo Island, SA

ii. 2. Mary THOMAS was born 11 Sep 1833 in Wilsons River, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 09 Sep 1913 in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

iii. 3. Hannah THOMAS was born ABT 1839 in Kangaroo Island, SA and died 11 Mar 1912 in Antichamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

Generation 2

2. Mary THOMAS was born 11 Sep 1833 in Wilsons River, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 09 Sep 1913 in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA. She married William SEYMOUR ABT 1849 in Res. Nat Thomas, Antechamber Bay, Kangar. He was born ABT 1815 in Bishops Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England and died 1873 in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA.

Other events in the life of Mary THOMAS

Burial: in Penneshaw Cemetery, SA

Children of Mary THOMAS and William SEYMOUR:

i. 4. Emma SEYMOUR was born 04 Feb 1854 in res. W A Cawthorne, Adelaide, SA and died 24 Feb 1922 in Kangaroo Island, SA

ii. 5. Joseph SEYMOUR was born 24 Mar 1859 in Kangaroo Island, SA and died 11 Nov 1946 in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, SA

iii. Jane SEYMOUR was born ABT 1852 in Kangaroo Island, SA and died 01 Jun 1914 in Parkside asylum, Adelaide, SA

3. Hannah THOMAS was born ABT 1839 in Kangaroo Island, SA and died 11 Mar 1912 in Antechamber Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA. She married Thomas SIMPSON 20 Feb 1860 in Normanville, SA. He was born ABT 1819 and died 07 Jul 1904 in Kangaroo Island, SA.

Other events in the life of Hannah THOMAS

Burial: in Penneshaw Cemetery, SA

Children of Hannah THOMAS and Thomas SIMPSON:

i. Nathaniel Thomas SIMPSON was born 08 Dec 1860 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 05 Aug 1927 in Magill, SA

ii. Betsy Sophia SIMPSON was born 1862 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 25 Nov 1863 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

iii. William Valentine SIMPSON was born 14 Feb 1864 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 03 Oct 1936 in Kangaroo Island, SA

iv. 6. Mary Ann SIMPSON was born 07 Jun 1865 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 17 Sep 1932 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA

v. 7. Stephen SIMPSON was born ABT 1868 and died 18 Apr 1949 in Adelaide, SA

vi. 8. Thomas SIMPSON was born 25 Feb 1869 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died Mar 1937

vii. John (Jack) SIMPSON was born 27 Jun 1870 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 10 Feb 1950 in Adelaide, SA

viii. Joseph SIMPSON was born 24 Mar 1872 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 13 Jan 1901 in Port Pirie, SA

ix. Stamford Wallace (Tiger) SIMPSON was born 17 Sep 1876 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 21 Oct 1955 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA

x. 9. Jane Eliza Gertrude SIMPSON was born 01 Feb 1882 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 26 Oct 1936 in Adelaide, SA

xi. 10. Hannah Elizabeth SIMPSON was born 10 May 1894 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 1948 in Swan, WA

Generation 3

4. Emma SEYMOUR was born 04 Feb 1854 in res. W A Cawthorne, Adelaide, SA and died 24 Feb 1922 in Kangaroo Island, SA. She married Francis Thomas BARRETT 21 Aug 1883 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA. He was born ABT 1853 in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 01 Apr 1901 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA, son of Henry BARRETT and Sarah FORD.

Other events in the life of Emma SEYMOUR

Burial: in Penneshaw Cemetery, SA

5. Joseph SEYMOUR was born 24 Mar 1859 in Kangaroo Island, SA and died 11 Nov 1946 in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, SA. He married Rachel Josephine EBERT 25 Nov 1888 in Encounter Bay, SA. She was born 12 Nov 1854 in Adelaide, SA and died 02 Aug 1923 in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, SA, daughter of Friedrich Christoph EBERT and Hannah CHARLESWORTH.

Other events in the life of Joseph SEYMOUR

Burial: in Penneshaw Cemetery

Electoral roll: BET 1939 & 1943 in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

6. Mary Ann SIMPSON was born 07 Jun 1865 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 17 Sep 1932 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA. She married Alfred James WALLER 13 Jan 1885 in Yankalilla, SA. He was born 02 Nov 1853 in Cape Jervis, SA and died 30 Sep 1925 in Kangaroo Island, SA, son of James WALLER and Harriet CHANDLER.

Other events in the life of Mary Ann SIMPSON

Burial: 18 Sep 1932 in Kingscote Cemetery, SA

7. Stephen SIMPSON was born ABT 1868 and died 18 Apr 1949 in Adelaide, SA. He married Hannah Louisa BUTTERLEY 29 Mar 1900 in Adelaide, SA. She was born 29 Oct 1876 in Adelaide, SA and died 27 Nov 1959 in Magill, SA, daughter of James BUTTERLEY and Rachel Josephine EBERT.

8. Thomas SIMPSON was born 25 Feb 1869 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died Mar 1937. He married Martha France COUSIN 1893 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1866 and died 23 Apr 1894 in Kangaroo Island, SA. He married Mary O'LEARY 1900 in Adelaide, SA.

9. Jane Eliza Gertrude SIMPSON was born 01 Feb 1882 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 26 Oct 1936 in Adelaide, SA. She married William Henry DAVEY 22 Feb 1903 in Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, SA. He was born ABT 1884 and died 09 Apr 1956 in nr Adelaide, SA, son of Luke DAVEY.

Other events in the life of Jane Eliza Gertrude SIMPSON

Burial: in Mitcham Cemetery, SA

10. Hannah Elizabeth SIMPSON was born 10 May 1894 in Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 1948 in Swan, WA. She married Alfred Ebenezer DUNCAN 04 Dec 1897 in Hindmarsh, SA. He was born 05 May 1872 in Bowden, SA and died 1951 in Swan, WA, son of Robert Burns DUNCAN.


Last Updated 14 April 2019


Betsy

"wife" of Nat Thomas

by Bev Willson


In summer, when the soft easterlies blow,

looking east towards my land,

in my imagination I see

my people - the hills, the sea, the sand

of Van Diemens's Land where I was born,

and salt tears stain my cheek.


I snare the native wallaby and roos

using threads of canvas sails,

tend the fire and cook the meals,

while men keep watch for whales.

Oft' times a ship will call to trade for fur and skins

and there's then a new supply of sugar, flour and tins

of baccy, even rum to ease our woes,

far from the countries of our birth.

As the years have drifted on, the children almost grown

I ask myself the question: Which land must I call home?


So bury me where the waters meet -

twixt the lagoon and the pulsing sea.

The one is where I've lived these years,

born children, loved ones three;

the other from where the soft winds blow

with tribal memories sweet.

Bury me here where the waters meet

twixt the lagoon and the pulsing sea.


Originally published 2005 in "Island Ways ... and By-ways, An Anthology of poems from Kangaroo Island" by Bev Willson and Denise Patrinos, ed. Kathie Stove, Bev Willson, PO Box 492 Penneshaw 5222.

Reproduced here with kind permission from the author 6 Sep 2016

Mary Seymour, nee Thomas

—An Interesting Personality.—

"The first woman born on Kangaroo Island." That distinction, is claimed by Mrs. Seymour, who resides with a daughter in her two-roomed cottage on the hill just above the council hall. There she has been for 31 years, and there she expects and hopes to stay until the end of her days. She is an interesting character in many ways, and paints graphic pictures of the struggles which she endured in the early period of the State's history. To look at her casually one would hardly think that she had passed the allotted span of life. Admittedly her short, curly hair is prac tically white, and she wears glasses, and does not walk very quickly. Yet her bear ing is that of a much younger woman, her eves flash like sparks from a forge when she speaks of the treatment which has been meted to her from certain quarters, and she laughs with the heartiness of a child at a pantomime when her sense of the humorous or ludicrous—which, by the way, is remarkably keen is appealed to. Her father was the late '"Nat" Thomas, a whaler, and she was born on September 11, 1833 at Willson's River. When the Cape Willoughby lighthouse was erected her fa ther and her husband became the keepers. The smoke and oil during the ensuing four years had such a harmful effect upon the health of Mr. Thomas, however, that he resolved to relinquish his post. With his son -in-law he took up land at Antechamber Bay, and for some time followed the voca tion of a sheepfarmer. Then Mrs. Seymour's husband died, and as she was unable to see eye to eye with her father she bought 268 acres near to Hog Bay, and began farming in conjunction with her son and daughter. Together, they cleared 12 acres and built a house of four rooms. Mrs. Seymour at this period "slaved" night and day, and did all her own ploughing. Not withstanding her heroic efforts, however, she found it impossible to make any marked progress, and finally sold out. She has visited Adelaide only three times. On the first occasion she came ashore at Brighton. Next time she disembarked at Glenelg, and two years ago she obtained her initial view of Port Adelaide. Although a constant sufferer from a broken kneecap, sustained 10 years ago, she maintains a bright and cheerful optimism. "Only once in my life," she assured me, as I wished her goodby, "have I been truly despondent, and that was many years ago. I always look to the light."

KANGAROO ISLAND. (1908, April 25). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), p. 45. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164106513