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Richard BURGIS
Elizabeth RIX
(Abt 1760-)



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1. Charlotte Mahala HARGRAVE

2. Ellen Mary JONES


  • Born: 17 Feb 1828, Stanhoe, Norfolk, Eng
  • Christened: 24 Feb 1828, Stanhoe, Norfolk, Eng
  • Marriage (1): Charlotte Mahala HARGRAVE on 8 May 1853
  • Marriage (2): Ellen Mary JONES on 13 Jun 1882 in St Marys, Hotham, Vic
  • Died: 20 Aug 1897, Kensington, Vic at age 69
  • Buried: 23 Aug 1897, Melbourne Cemetry Comp. N Grave No 278, CofE

bullet   Cause of his death was Cancer of the pancreas.


bullet  General Notes:

Baptised 24 Feb 1828, in the Parish of Stanhoe, in the County of Norfolk - Register entry No. 200. Further detail in the Baptism Certificate (No. 200) includes:
Parents names - John Burgis (farmer), and Martha Burgis. Officiating Minister - W.H. Everard, Curate

First married at the age of about 25 yrs to Charlotte Mahala Hargrave (age c.24 yrs.), 8 May 1853, at "St. Pancras" Church, in the Parish of St. Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, London, England. Further detail in the Marriage Certificate, register No. 348 includes:

They were both of 'full' age and residing at Charlton Street at the time of marriage; he a bachelor, and butcher by profession, and his father's name was John Burgis, farmer.

She was described as a'spinster', and her father's name was John Hargrave, mason. Witnesses were Francis Joseph Mapleson and Susannah Mapleson.

Details obtained from her Death Certificate No. 6971 are as follows:
Died 22 Aug 1865 at their residence in Victoria Street, Hotham (District of Melbourne North), Victoria, at age 36 years, of Dropsy Syncope. Parents' names - John Hargraves, mason, and Sarah Hargraves. Informant - Sewell Burgis (husband) of Victoria Street, Hotham. Buried 24 Aug 1865 in Melbourne Cemetery. She had been 10 years in the Colony of Victoria; was born in Wimborne, Gloucestershire; married in London at age 23 years to Sewell Burgis.
Issue were listed as - Ellen (12 yrs), Sewell (dead), and Emma (8 yrs).
* N.B. Charlotte was buried in the Burgis Family plot (i.e. Comp S, Grave No. 40, Church of England - along with a stillborn child - see below).

Detail of their children:
1) Ellen - born c.1853, London, England; died 12 Oct. 1925, Caulfield, Victoria, aged 72 years. 2) Charlotte Emma - born c.1856, Hotham, Victoria (B/C 3822).
3) Ada Charlotte - born 1859, Hotham, Victoria (B/C 6278); died 1859 at 6 mths age (D/C 5372); buried at Melb. Gen. Cem., Comp. S, Grave 40, C of E.
4 Sewell Hargraves - born 1861, Hotham, Victoria (B/C 728); died 1861 at 6 mths age (D/C 3987); buried at M.G.C., Comp. S, Gr. 40, C of E.
* N.B. Two further births, in 1863 and 1865, respectively, resulted in stillborn babies. Both were buried in the family plot at M.G.C. (i.e. Comp S, Grave No. 40), and the second co-incided with Charlotte's interment on 24 Aug 1865.

Detail of search at Melbourne General Cemetery, 17 Jul 1992, by Mrs. K. Schoppe: Location: 310, S, 40, Church of England (Comp S, Grave 40)
Reg. No. Surname Given Names Date of Interment Age
82175 Burgis Ada C. 30/06/1859 2M
82176 Burgis Sewell H. 10/06/1861 6M
82177 Burgis 16/03/1863 SB
82178 Burgis Charlotte M. 24/08/1865 36
82179 Burgis 24/08/1865 SB
82180 Burgis Ellen 01/07/1896 42
82181 Burgis Sewell 23108/1897 72

Second Marriage at the age of 53 years, salesman, resident of 35 Peel Street, Hotham) to Ellen Mary Jones, age 27 years, domestic, on 13 Jun 1882, at "St. Mary's" Church, Hotham (i.e. North Melbourne), Victoria.

Further detail in Marriage Certif. No. 1640 includes: Sewell was a widower since 1864, with 6 children by his former marriage - 2 living, 4 dead. His Birthplace was Stanhoe, Norfolk, England with parents names - John Burgis, late farmer, and Martha Hebgin.

Ellen was born at Ballarat, and a resident of Melbourne at the time of the marriage. Parents Names - William Jones, miner, and Mary Ann Devine. Minister - Robert Potter

Sewell died 20 Aug 1897, 68 Smith Street, Kensington, Borough of Flemington and Kensington, County of Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria, aged 69 yrs. 6 mths - Certif. No. 9302.
Buried 23 Aug 1897, Melbourne General Cemetery - Compartment S, Grave No. 40, Church of England. 43 years in the Colony of Victoria, Meat salesman.
Further detail in D1C 9302 includes: Cause of death - Cancer of the pancreas. Parents names - John Burgis, farmer, and Martha Burgis, formerly Hebyin (sic, Hebgin). Informant - Ellen Ansted, daughter, Normanby Rd, Caulfield.
First issue - Ada Charlotte (dead), Sewell Hargrave (dead), Ellen (44 yrs), Emma Charlotte (41 yrs). 2nd Issue - Nelson (14 yrs), Arthur Horatio (12 yrs).
Detail of Sewell and Ellens children:
1) Sewell Nelson - b. 1884, Hotham, Vic; m. 1915 Elizabeth Evelyn Allen, Wynyard, Tas; d. 1965, Smithton, Tas
2) Horatio Arthur - b. 1885, Hotham, Vic; m. 1887 Ethel May Woods, Ballarat, Vic; d. 1948, Preston, Melb, Vic

Detail from Victorian Directories (per K.Schoppe):
1868-7I Sewell Burgis - Butcher, Port Albert, Victoria.
1876-78 Salesman, 5 Victoria Meat Market, Melbourne.
1879 5 Victoria Meat Market, Elizabeth Sreet, North Melbourne. Private residence, Woods Cottages, 4 Princess Street, Hotham (i.e. Nth. Melb.).
1880-81 As for 1876
1882 Ditto. Private residence, 35 Peel Street, Hotham.
1883-85 24 Metropolitan Meat Market.
1886-Meat market, Hotham.
1887-89 Meat salesman, Private residence, Courtney Street, Hotham.
1890Off Courtney Street, North Melbourne.
1891-92 Not in directory.

Detail from Passenger List (per K. Schoppe): Ship's Name - Mooresfort
Master's Name - Eleazor Coulthurst Tons per Register - 1220
Aggregate No. of superficial Feet in the several compartments set apart for Steerage Passengers - 1220
Total No. of Statute Adults, exclusive of Master, Crew, and Cabin Passengers, the Ship can legally carry - 80 Where Bound - Port Phillip
Port of Embarkation - London Date - 16 Dec 1854
Arrival Date - 19 Mar 1855
Amongst the 31 passengers (23 adults, 5 children aged between 14 and 1, and 3 infants), listed on the relevant page, were:
Sewell Burgis, age 26 yrs. (no profession, occup. or calling) Charlotte Burgis, age 26 yrs. (ditto)
Helen (sic, Ellen) Burgis, infant (ditto)

John Burgis was a farmer - according to SewelUCharlotte M/C No. 348, and Hebgin's D/C No. 6951. Births of John and Martha's children - as listed in the Family Bible - per Mrs. P. G. Lowe, England. According to Mrs. Lowe - John Burgis apparently agreed to pay off the gambling debts of his sons Hebgin and Sewell, on the understanding that they emigrate to Australia.

Sewell was the maiden name of Martha's mother.


Sewell married Charlotte Mahala HARGRAVE, daughter of John HARGRAVE and Sarah, on 8 May 1853. (Charlotte Mahala HARGRAVE was born in 1829 in Wimbourne, Gloucestershire, Eng, died on 22 Aug 1865 in Hotham, Vic and was buried on 24 Aug 1865 in Melbourne Cemetery, Vic.). The cause of her death was Dropsy Syncope.


Sewell next married Ellen Mary JONES, daughter of William JONES and Mary Ann DIVINE, on 13 Jun 1882 in St Marys, Hotham, Vic. (Ellen Mary JONES was born on 20 Aug 1854 in Durham Leed, Ballarat, Vic, died on 30 Jun 1896 in Kensington Hill, Vic and was buried on 1 Jul 1896 in Melbourne Cemetery, Vic.). The cause of her death was Syncope, Heart Disease.

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