(Abt 1793-1876)
John (William John) GEALE
(Abt 1833-1892)


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John (William John) GEALE

  • Born: Abt 1833, Hounslow, Middlesex, Eng
  • Marriage: Janet Grace LOUDEN in 1860 in Ross Creek (Agnes is probably Janet)
  • Died: 26 Jun 1892, Morwell, Vic aged about 59
  • Buried: Hazelwood, Vic

bullet  General Notes:

John Geale is probably William John Geale and may have used John Plowman Geale and this is the assumption I have made. Initially I had several people but have combined them.

John Geale joined the 3rd Light Dragoons at age 19 years and 2 months, in Jan 1850, for a period of about 3 1/2 years -

However, that would mean he was born in 1830-'31, whereas in his M/C (6 Feb 1860) he states his age as being 26 years (meaning he was born in c.1834).

He may have been only 16 years old when he enlisted, and put up his age by about 3 years to get in??

Duplicate of Attestation - Questions to be separately asked by the Magistrate - Answers to be sworn to by the Recruit.
Name - William John Geale
Birthplace - Hounslow, Middlesex
Age - 19 years 2 Months
Trade or Calling - Labourer
Are you willing to be attested to serve in the - third - Regiment of - Light Dragoons - for the term of - twelve - Years ... and also for such further term... on any Foreign Station - Yes
What place, hour, and by whom were you enlisted - Westminster, 14th Jan 1850 at 9 p.m., Corp. Wm. Thornlow 3rd Lt. Dns.
Signed by Magistrate - William John Broderip
Fee - 2 shillings and sixpence
Description of - William John Geale:
Age, apparently - 19 Years
Height - 5 Feet 7 Inches
Complexion - Fresh
Eyes - Hazel
Hair - Dark Brown
Any distinctive Mark - -
For what Bounty did you enlist - L5.15.6

Detail from his Discharge Certificate:
3rd H.O. (?) - Regiment of - Light Dragoons:
These are to certify that No. - 2051 Private William John Geale - born in the Parish of - Houndslow - in or near the town of - Houndslow - in the County of - Middlesex - was enlisted at - Westminster - for the - 3rd Light Dragoons - on the - 14
Jan 1850 - at the Age of - 19 2/12 Years. That he has served in the Army for - Three - Years, and - 191 - Days, - Viz East Indies 2 11/12 Years.
That he is discharged in consequence of - having paid the regulated compensation of 30 pounds.
Signed by Colonel ? C.O.
Dated at - Chatham 10th - day of - July - 1853
Horse Guards, - 25th - day of - July - 1853.
Discharge of - Private William John Geale - confirmed.
Signed by ?
Character - Good
Signed by ?

Following his discharge from the Army in Jul 1853, John worked for The Great Northern Railway as a porter:

Copy of letter addressed to John Geale, 117 Pall Mall, Charing Cross:
The Great Northern Railway, Police Office, King's Cross, London, Oct 6th 1853
Sir, You are requested to attend at this office to commence your duties forthwith.
I am, Sir, Your obed't sv't, per Thos Williams, Geo Stanison

After about 18 months John resigned from the Railways:
Copy Reference:
The Great Morthern Railway, King's Cross, London, 24th Apr 1855.
This is to certify, that - John Geale- came into the employ of this Company as a - Porter - on the - 7th - day of - October - 1853 - and - Resigned - on the - 23rd - day of - April - 1855-
Conduct Good -

John Geale must have emigrated to Australia soon after, as evidenced by a Miner's Right issued to him in the Colony of Victoria in Oct 1856:
Colony of Victoria.
Miner's Right
No.49 1 Pound
District in which issued - Ballaarat
Date - 13th Oct 1856
Issued to - John Geale - under the provisions of the Act of the Govenor and Council, 18 Victoria, No. 37, to be in force until - twelfth October - 1857 - Not Transferable.

Two Deeds of Leasehold show John Geale's land:
1) No. 2706S (or 7797?), dated 1 May 1867 (3 year lease), depicts an allotment of about 200 acres (with a road along the eastern boundary) in the Parish of Hazelwood, in the County of Buln Buln.
Fee for occupation to be paid in advance by 1/2 yearly payments of - L10.0.0 - to the Land Officer at - Rosedale
2) No. 6717, dated 1 Apr 1883 (6 year lease), depicts an allotment of about 118 acres (with roads along the west, north and most of the east boundaries) in the Parish of Traralgon, in the County of Buln Buln.
Fee (as above) of L2.19.0 to the Receiver of Revenue at - Traralgon.

Probate of the Will of John Geale, late of Hazelwood in the Colony of Victoria, farmer, deceased (dated 7 Dec 1894) - listed personal estate to the value of L1150.10.0, and executors as Janet Geale of Hazelwood, widow; William Geale of Minyin,
butcher; and James Geale of Hazelwood, contractor.
His Will left the 118 acre leasehold allotment to his son John (subject to the existing mortgage), and the rest (residence, real and personal estate) in trust for his dear wife, Janet Grace, for her life and afterwards to be divided amongst his children (trustees), as follows - 60 acres (S.E. portion, presumably including residence) to his son George for life - and after his death (or in the event of him not surviving his mother) the northern 30 acres to son John, and the southern 30 acres to son James.
The remainder (i.e. some 140 acres in equal shares) was left in trust for his other children - William, Isabella, Frances, Mary, Maria, and Janet.

The following Testimonial was presented to John Geale (date unknown):
Star of Light Lodge No. 127
Ross' Creek
Colony of Victoria
Brother John Geale W.T.
We the undersigned being Members of the above Lodge of Good Templar beg leave on this occasion to express our good wishes for your welfare on leaving us to proceed to Gipps Land and in doing so we beg ye to accept this token of esteem for the
very able manner in which ye have filled the honorary and trustworthy position of Worthy Treasurer since the opening of the Lodge a period of ...?


John married Janet Grace LOUDEN, daughter of George LOUDEN and Isabella ALEXANDER, in 1860 in Ross Creek (Agnes is probably Janet). (Janet Grace LOUDEN was born about 1841 in Muirage, Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland, died in Aug 1912 in Smithton, Tas and was buried on 25 Aug 1912 in Scotchtown, Tas.)

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