With a tricky theme for this week’s Sepia Saturday – well tricky for me as I’ve been sick and my brain isn’t thinking imaginatively.
This is the only photo we have of him – this and a full length one of the same ‘pose’.
He looks like a lovely old man.
What a lot of changes he saw in his long life.
Frederick was born in the summer of 1826 in London. By the 1851 census he was living at 22 New Bond Street, Parish of St Michael in Bath, the head of the house and a sugar boiler and lozenge maker, with his mother Elizabeth.
Imagine my delight when last year on our holiday to the UK I found that house.
He married Elizabeth Deakin PARKIN in Bath in 1852 and had a daughter Mary Louisa who was born and died in that same year.
My great great grandmother Emma Laura ROWDEN was born in Bath in 1853.
Frederick migrated from the UK to Australia on the Gypsy Bride, arriving in February 1855. His wife and daughter remained behind in England and his wife died in 1857.
By 1864 when his young daughter came to Australia in the company of the lady who would become Frederick’s second wife, his occupation was listed as pianoforte maker.
I don’t know how he came to be doing this, as making pianos in Melbourne seems quite a change from making lollies in Bath!
He was listed through the years as being a pianoforte maker, pianoforte tuner, musical instrument importer, music warehouseman, and music seller.
His second wife, Elizabeth nee Bowden nee Downing had been married prior to marrying Frederick and had had a child in her first marriage that died. Elizabeth died in 1879.
|22 New Bond Street, Bath (2012)|
Frederick’s daughter Emma had married in 1874. By 1884, she had had six children and become a widow. I wrote about this tragedy here.
It was this year (1884) that Frederick married his third wife, Martha CREASEY (c1837-1929).
When Emma died in 1889 leaving five young children. These children, including my great grandmother Florence May PEARSON (1875-1947), were raised by Frederick and Martha.
For many years I couldn’t find the record of Frederick’s death. I never thought to look in the 1900s records. He died just a couple of months after his 93rd birthday, in 1919 while WW1 was impacting Australia.
I’ll have to write more about him later – I do like filling in the stories rather than the dates.