William Thomas HINGSTON, ,Snr

Male 1827 - Bef 1876  (48 years)

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  • Name William Thomas HINGSTON 
    Suffix ,Snr 
    Born 1827  Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1876 
    Person ID I21250  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2022 

    Family Charlotte Elizabeth HAINES,   b. 15 Sep 1833, Cheltenham Spa, Gloucestershire, England. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1924, Ashtonleigh, Vacy, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 28 Feb 1855  Benbullan, via Hartley, NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date and location of marriage was recorded on son William's birth certificate
     1. William Thomas HINGSTON, Jnr,   b. 12 May 1856, Gostwyck, via Paterson , New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1933, Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F7997  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Details of William Thomas Hingston Snr's birth and death have not yet been established. Until recently , his descendants had accepted that William had been killed by a fall from a horse ,shortly after his only son (William) was born in 1856, but there is no evidence to support this , nor can a death certificate be located to date,so William Snr remains somewhat of a mystery.(Still,the "fall from a horse" story had to originate somewhere.His death has been taken fom Charlotte's second marriage certificate, to Gilbert Cory,which states that Charlotte was a widow.)

      When he actually came to Australia and on what ship is also not known at this stage.

      William Thomas Hingston was obviously educated and his ability to read and write was a great advantage,as he travelled to Australia as a free man to enter the employ of Mr Gilbert Cory of Vacy as his Book Keeper and it was during that time that he apparently met his future wife,Charlotte Haines,the Cory family Governess.

      (Gilbert Cory's wife had died in 1854 shortly after the birth of their youngest child. Whether Charlotte was already employed as Governess prior to 1854 is not known)
    • (Research):William Thomas Hingston's widow, Charlotte , apparently entered into a relationship with her employer,Gilbert Cory,a widower with ten children, and had a further nine children by him ,between 1859 and 1873,their marriage being recorded as taking place in 1876 ,in Maitland,NSW,some three years after their youngest child was born,and it is from this record that it is definitely established that Charlotte was a widow,but for how long is not recorded.

      "The Morton Bay Courier" of 9th March 1861,reported the death of one William Hingston in the vicinity of Little Ipswich (Ipswich),whilst holding the reins of his horse to prevent it moving backwards when crossing the local One Mile Bridge,collapsed and fell backwards .He was moved to the Queensland Hotel, but could not be revived ,and died thirty minutes later. The coroners report stated that he had suffered from disease of the liver, but the cause of death was in fact due to the intense heat of the day. (There is no evidence that this is in fact William Thomas Hingston.)

      The newspaper article reads-"Tuesday last, on the body of William Hingston, who had died suddenly the previous day from the excessive heat of the weather. It appeared the evidence given at the inquest that the deceased was sent by Mr.Germain, a tanner, early in the morning to get some bark, so that he might be back before the heat of the day came on. After getting the load, he was on his way home, and after crossing the bridge the deceased whilst holding the reins, to prevent the horse backing down the hill, fell backwards and called his son to put on his hat. His son did so, threw a shirt over him and went for assistance. Mr.Germain and two men arrived immediately afterwards and finding him, apparently dying, threw some cold water in his face, and took him to the Queensland Hotel, where he expired about half an hour afterwards. Deceased had been ailing some time from disease of the liver, and from the evidence of Dr.Rowlands the cause of death was the excessive heat of the day."

      In Grevilles 1872 Post Office Directory for Vacy, Charlotte is listed as Mrs Charlotte Kingston ,her address is Vacy ,there is no entry for a William Thomas Hingston/Kingston. In the 1867 Bailliere's Official NSW Post Office Directory ("containing the names ,residences and occupations of the inhabitants of the Post towns of the colony") Catherine is listed as KINGSTON Catherine - of Vacy.There is no listing for William ,under Hingston, in the 500 page directory, so it is assumed he was deceased by this time,although there is an entry for a William Kingston,shopkeeper,of Singleton.

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