Mary Rosetta Churly1837 -
Name Mary Rosetta Churly Born 1837 Cullompton, Devon, England Gender Female _UID B04E84F23B2A104D8CB32368CA32EBB9A067 Died Lost in China Sea before 1905 Person ID I53 cawthorne Last Modified 23 Jan 2017
Father Robert Churley, b. 21 Jan 1798, d. 6 Aug 1846, Uffculme or Cullompton (Age 48 years) Mother Mary Fry Married 27 Oct 1822 _UID 2FB30DA376DE2846A5FDBB33DF21CA8B39F4 Family ID F7 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 1 Henry Strutt Birkenshaw Married 16 Jun 1859 _UID 3ACA266C96A3594190CBF78833C634900067 Notes
- Birkenshaw apparently had another child (presumably from a previous marriage - see CBC Family History note) MARJORIE who married FARRELL
Children 1. Violet Birkenshaw 2. Ena Birkenshaw Last Modified 14 Dec 2016 Family ID F21 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 2 Albert George _UID 9127FDC0F9509048844CC369A14D6CD9C522 Children 1. Anita George Last Modified 14 Dec 2016 Family ID F23 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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- MARY ROSETTA (ROSINA)
(1) The following notes are the imprecise recollections of Tom Eric Jeffrey (Grandson of Rosetta Birkenshaw) nee Churley. The stories were gathered from Anita Mabel and Violet - daughters of Rosetta (Violet by Birkenshaw and Anita Mabel by Capt. A. George).
(2) Rosetta had three children:-
(a) Violet (by Birkenshaw)
(b) Eva (" " )
(c) Anita Mabel (by Capt. A. George)
(3) The vaguely remembered stories were that Rosetta was a woman of great determination and character. She is said to have discovered her first husband (Birkenshaw) in adultery with her own housemaid. Then and there Rosetta, taking her two children (Violet and Eva), she walked out of Birkenshaw's house, vowing never to return.
(4) Some time later, probably some years, Rosetta (now calling herself Rosina) and her children (Violet and Eva) sailed for Lima, Peru. The reason for this expedition was never explained. However, quite recently the writer discovered, now living at Bath, Somerset, a lady by the name of Dorothy Davis whose father or grandfather was a ships chandler in Callão, Peru. This Dorothy Davis's parents were very friendly with Rosetta Birkenshaw; so it may well be that Rosetta went out at their invitation either to visit or to perform some service for the parents of Dorothy Davis. It seems a reasonable assumption that Captain George, who operated two trading vessels out of Callão (Peru), would be well-known to the Davis family (Ship Chandlers), and may have even introduced Rosetta to Captain George.
Anyway, the story goes that Rosetta met Captain Albert George on the voyage out, and, either immediately or soon after, she married him.
From this marriage Rosina had issue of ANITA MABEL
(5) Some time after marrying Rosina, Captain George moved to Hong Kong and traded from there through the Indonesian Archipelago down to Australia. (He may even have engaged in "Black-birding" - collecting Kanaba (black) labour for the Queensland sugar plantations! "Black-birding" was quite prevalent and profitable about that time).
(6) The last that was heard of Rosina and Captain George was that they were sailing together on one of their small ships in the China Sea when it was overwhelmed by a typhoon and lost with all hands (Rosina and Captain George included).
This story was confirmed by a law case, involving both of them, for the recovery of money under an insurance policy taken out in Sydney. In this case the death of both had to be legally "presumed". Also, as there was no evidence to show which died first, the Court had to rule on that point too. (The writer has seen the official correspondence concerning this case.)
(7) After the death of Rosina and Captain George, Violet (who must then have been a young woman), helped by friends in Hong Kong, looked after Eva and Anita: - until Eva married a Colonel Hurcomb (of Adelaide, South Australia), and ANITA Mabel married Sidney Jeffrey in Hong Kong (Journalist, Sub-Editor and Leader-writer of the "Straits Times" of Singapore). Then Violet married Thomas Joy, a chemist with a very thriving business in Pretoria, South Africa. This marriage had issue - Thomas Andrew Joy (b. about 1900) later of the Rhodesian Police; and Marjorie (b. about 1910) who married Albert Farrell of Butterfield & Swire, Shipping Merchants of Hong Kong.
ANITA Mabel's marriage to Sydney Jeffrey had issue Cecil Hallam Jeffrey (b. 1893 - Hong Kong) and Tom Eric Jeffrey (b. 1897 - Singapore). Sydney Jeffrey died at Colchester 1899 and Anita later married Dudley Cloran, of Tipperary, Ireland. This marriage had issue of three boys and a girl, all in South Africa. Only one survives - Dermot Cloran of (owner) "Karibu Estate" Schagen, Eastern Transvaal,
ANITA MABEL died in Johannesburg in 1974 - just ninety-nine years old
In all our researches, we seldom came upon the name "Robert". The first Robert mentioned in records was Robert Churlye born 1650, being the grandson of John Churle of Gaddon, and the second, born 148 years later, Robert son of Urial of Gaddon. To this day the name does not appear to have been used by members of the Churley family, except that there was a Robert Churley living at Tiverton from 1827 to 1834, later moving to the Birmingham district, but he must have been only a distant connection.
It is now understandable that neither my father (Alfred) nor his brothers and sisters mentioned their grandfather Robert, because he had died by the time that their own father Albert William Ballyman Churley was 16 years old and none of Albert's seven brothers had borne the name of Robert.
However, after a gap of nearly 180 years since the birth in 1798 of his great-great-great grandfather, Robert Alan Cawthorne was born in Vancouver, B.C. on 26th August 1977 to Rodney and Lynette Cawthorne.
- 1841 Census :
Robert Churly 45 Yeoman
Mary Churly 40
Oliver Churly 15
Arthur Churly 13
Albert Churly 11
Septimus Churly 9
Octavius Churly 7
Emma Churly 6
Mary Churly 4
Ann Churly 2
all residing at Samptery [?] in Cullompton, Devon.
- MARY ROSETTA (ROSINA)