Thomas Jones & Anne Agnew

The following is an edited version of the document "Thomas Jones and Ann Agnew - 'We weren't lagged here.'" researched and written by Margaret Babbini (nee Jones), Great-great granddaughter of Thomas and Ann.

Thomas Jones

Born: 1823
Place: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Father: William
Mother: Constantine
Sister: Sophia
Brother: (unknown)(could be George Jones - see "Hulk Report" below)

Tried: Sedgley, Staffordshire, Stafford G.S., 20 October 1840

Age: 17
Trade: Iron worker
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Hair: Black
Complexion: Ruddy
Head: Large
Visage: Oval
Forehead: Low narrow
Eyebrows: Black
Eyes: Hazel
Nose: Large
Mouth: Large
Chin: Large
Religion: Protestant
Read/Write: Both
Remarks: Lost 2 front teeth.
Tattoo of woman on inside of right arm
Scar over eye
Gash over chest

Crime: Larceny (stealing mill brasses)
Goal Report: 3 times convicted, very bad habits, character and
connections. Orderly
Sentence: Transportation (Van Diemen's Land, 7 years)
Hulk Report: Good. Single. Stated this offence stealing brass, per George
Jones. Once received 6 months (goal).

Convict Ship: David Clarke
Type: Barque
Tonnage: 608
Built: Calcutta
Master: William B. Mills
Surgeon: Edward Jeffrey
Passengers: 308 (307 arrived)
Departure: Plymouth, England
Date: 7 June 1841
Destination: Hobart
Route: Direct
Duration: 119 days
Arrived: 4 October 1841
Probation: 15 months

Locations: Tasman Peninsula
Impression Bay
Port Arthur
Perth (Van Diemen's Land)

Colonial Offences & Sentences:
17 May 1842 - making way with and losing a hammer
6 June 1842 - probation expires(?)
6 April 1844 - insolent, reprimanded
3 March 1845 - misconduct by being in the township of
Perth without a pass.
18 October 1845 - Ticket of Leave
9 December 1845 - misconduct, 10 days solitary
20 October 1847 - Free by Servitude

Ann Agnew

Born: 1826
Place: Ireland
Father: John
Mother: unknown
Tried: Londonderry, Ireland, 6 January 1841

Age: 14 ½
Trade: House girl
Height: 5 feet 1 inch
Complexion: Pale
Head: Round
Hear: Dark Brown
Forehead: Low
Eyebrows: Dark Brown
Eyes: Grey
Nose: Short
Mouth: Medium
Chin: Round/small
Remarks: Slightly freckled

Crime: Larceny (stealing 2 loaves of bread and 3 potatoes)
Sentence: Transportation (Van Diemen's Land, 7 years)

Convict Ship: Mexborough
Type: Barque
Tonnage: 376
Master: John H. Bridgman
Surgeon: John S. Hampton
Passengers: 145 female (143 arrived)
Departure: Dublin, Ireland
Date: 12 August 1841
Destination: Hobart
Route: Cape
Duration: 136 days
Arrived: 26 December 1841

Colonial Offences & Sentences:
5 September 1842 - absent without leave (4 days solitary
28 September 1842 - absent without leave (7 days solitary
6 July 1844 - absent without leave (6 weeks hard labour, Hobart Women's Factory)
19 March 1845 - 10 days?
16 May 1845 - drunk and using improper language (3 months hard labour)
3 November 1845 - absent without leave (10 days hard labour)
26 March 1846 - absent without leave (10 days hard labour)
5 May 1846 - misconduct (10 days solitary confinement)
27 January 1847 - absent without leave (2 months hard labour, Female Factory)
23 April 1847 - misconduct
4 May 1847 - absent and drunk (2 months hard labour, Female Factory)
28 September 1847 - delivered an illegitimate child. Father: Thomas Jones (most likely). Born Launceston Female Factory.

(Note 1: For delivering a child women convicts were sentenced to 6 months goal (men not charged). 16 children were born at the Launceston Women's gaol between July and December 1847.
Note 2: Anne endured at least 4 months of the punishment "Hard Labour" while carrying her first child.)

Marriage of Thomas Jones and Ann Agnew

Thomas aged 27, labourer, married Ann aged 24, spinster.
Date: 17 September 1850
Place: Launceston Baptist Chapel, York Street, Launceston
Minister: Samuel Hewlett
Presence of: Robert Turner
William Backham


Name: William Jones
Date: 25 October 1850
Place: Launceston, Tasmania

Departure from Tasmania

On 16 November 1851, the steamer "Shamrock" left Launceston, bound for Melbourne, Victoria. Among the passengers were, Thomas, Ann, Thomas (jnr) and William.

Death of Thomas Jones

On the morning of 21 June 1852, at around 10a.m., Thomas, Ann and the children left Buninyong for Ballarat. They were accompanied by James Murray (a friend of Thomas') and James Conaghty. They had borrowed or hired two horses and carts from a man called John Seach and may have been setting off with hopes for success at the goldfields of Ballarat.

At some stage during the journey, the cart Thomas was driving overturned and Thomas received fatal injuries (either by a blow to the head or suffocation) from the vehicle rolling on top of him. His eldest son, Thomas jnr, was with him at the time of the accident and was apparently uninjured after it.

During the inquest into Thomas's death, several "witnesses" gave statements to Dudley Cockburn J.P., they included the gentlemen mentioned above as well as a wood splitter by the name of Thomas Baker. Below is Ann's statement:

"I am the wife of the deceased Thomas Jones. I left Bunninyong this morning the 21st June 1852. My husband was driving one cart and I was walking behind the second on with my little boy. When we proceeded about five miles my husband took the child with him into the cart and went on leaving me behind. I never seen him alive again. Murray and myself and Jim were in company, when we came up to the spot where the cart turned over. My husband was lying with his face upon the ground and the little boy was crying at his side. I believe my husband was killed by the pressure of the cart upon him. My husband had taken something to drink before breakfast at Bunninyong."

The Widow Ann Jones

Ann and her surviving children endured a further 4 years alone during the Victorian gold rush far from any family support in an area (Fiery Creek) where living conditions were harsh, people were desperate and a climate of extreme temperatures.

At some stage, Ann met John McGuire. They married around 1856, where Ann changed her first name to Mary and she became Mary McGuire (this is fairly common, even today, to be known as "X", but be called "Y", I will however, still call her Ann for the remainder of this narrative).

John and Ann had two children; George, born 1856 at Waterloo, Victoria and Mary, born 1859 at Charlton, Victoria.

Death of William Jones (son of Thomas and Ann)

When: 20 December 1865
Where: District of Launceston, Tasmania
Age: 15
Profession: Labourer
Cause: Consumption (TB?)

Marriage of Thomas Samuel Jones II and Ellen Gardiner

Thomas (son of Thomas (dec) and Ann) and Ellen (daughter of Samuel (dec) and Janet) were married on 11 April 1876 at Langi Kal Kal, Victoria at the house of Janet Gardiner by the Presbyterian Minister of Beaufort, Victoria, Alexander Adam.

Thomas and Ellen had 13 children. They were:

William George
Thomas Samuel
Walter James
Ellen Maggie
Jessie Ann
Rosetta May
Peter John
Norman Stanley
Arthur Henry
Charles Edward
Harold Eustace
Albert Edgar
Ellen Irene

Death of Ann Jones (nee Agnew)/Mary McGuire

When: 31 March 1908
Where: Amherst Hospital, County of Talbot
Age: 82
Cause: Exhaustion
Location of grave:
Amherst Cemetery
Roman Catholic Section, row 14, grave 22

Marriage of Thomas Samuel Jones III and Ellen Sarah Jane Gardiner

Thomas, son of Thomas Samuel and Ellen Jones, married Ellen, daughter of Samuel Richard and Mary Emily Gardiner at Mathoura, New South Wales in 1906. Thomas and Ellen had 9 children, they are:

Rosetta May
Norma Mary Iris
Allan Thomas
Ronald Samuel
Colin Royce
Kenneth Charles
Lindsay Walter
Ivan Harold
Thomas Maxwell

Thomas Samuel Jones II 88th Birthday

The Ballarat Advertiser (1935) published the following to mark the occasion:

"A link with the past.

In the presence of a family gathering of thirty or more, a birthday cake with 88 lighted candles was placed before Mr Thos. Jones yesterday afternoon at the residence of his son Mr. W. Jones, at the corner of Macarthur and Havelock Streets, Ballarat.

Mr Jones senior was born on the bank of the Tamar River in Tasmania in 1847, and there cannot be many older born Australians, and having lived at Waterloo, near Beaufort, for some 80 years he must be hard to beat as an oldest resident. He had fifteen children, of whom eight sons and two daughters are living, and there are forty four grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren alive.

He is still in good health, with a wonderful memory, and only a few months ago was engaged in mining. The gold discoveries drew him with his parents across the straits to Ballarat in 1851 or 1852, so that he saw and remembers this city at its most picturesque period. Gold was then extraordinarily abundant and after every flood, he says, was to be seen along the Yarrowee. In those days the diggers sank circular holes, not oblong ones as is the universal practice today. But though the old folks were a wonderful lot even they were not pick and shovel experts. However, there was gold lying about, and one lady hit upon an ingenious plan for gleaning it. She made sugar lollies, and used to give them to the small folk to collect gold in bottles for her - a ruse that one supposed would hardly answer now.

Mr. Jones was climbing up Black Hill - then an attractive place with nice trees and pretty flowers, with another boy one afternoon, when his companion drew his attention to a fire away in the town. It was Bentley's Hotel in flames, the precursor of the Eureka affair. He remembers the latter also, and a rattle of musketry there aroused him from sleep at his home on Black Hill. He was there after the fight and says he saw big holes in the bodies of some of slain caused by the swords of the troopers.

His father was killed in an accident soon after he came to Ballarat, and in 1855 he went to Waterloo for the Fiery Creek Rush, where he settled down, getting a living by mining and all classes of bush work.

Mr. Jones is a fine type of the old pioneer, and one can well understand how in the hands of such as he - Australia was established on the sound foundation of which it falls to the present and succeeding generations to build."

Death of Thomas Samuel Jones II

When: 12 April 1936
Where: Ballarat
Age: 88

Ellen Sarah Jane Jones (nee Gardiner) died on 6 April 1964, in Melbourne.

Thomas Samuel Jones III died on 1 July 1965.

(Note: the number of times the names Thomas and Samuel occur and how freaky it is where we have a father and son (Thomas Samuel II and III) both marry an Ellen with the same maiden name of Gardiner, who's father's first name is also Samuel!)

Following are pictures of Thomas Samuel III and Ellen Sarah Jane's children.