I have told you about the original Harmans of Byaduk and their time in Cambridgeshire, their journey to Australia, and their life beyond. What I haven’t told you about is the family members that were left in England.
Yes, Joseph and Sarah Harman had children that did not make the voyage to Australia, thus never getting the opportunity to live the long and prosperous lives of their siblings.
For most of the children, it was death that robbed them of the life-changing experience. For Mary Ann, the eldest living daughter, it seems marriage and children sealed her fate.
The children of Joseph and Sarah that did not travel to Australia were:
James: Born 1827, Cambridgeshire, Died 1827, Cambridgeshire
Mary Ann: Born 1829, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died 1873, Poplar, London.
Alfred: Born 1833, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died 1851, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire
Arthur: Born 1842, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died ?
Ann: Born 1847, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died ?
Betsy/Elizabeth: Born 1849, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died ?
James was first born of Joseph and Sarah but he died as a baby. Alfred was the fourth born child and he appears on the 1841 England Census. His death was registered in January 1851 thus missing the 1851 England Census.
It was that census in 1851 that Arthur, Ann and Betsy appeared, all born after the 1841 England Census. The question is, what happened to them between 1851 and 1854 when Joseph and Sarah and three children sailed for Sydney? I have not found death or marriage records for these three children.
Second born child and eldest daughter, Mary Ann was married in 1847. Her husband was James Loats, who was living with his family in the same street as the Harmans, Drury Lane, Melbourn. After their marriage, they continued to live in Drury Lane in their own house.
At the time, none of the family would have even heard of Australia let alone considered making it their home. However, on three occasions from 1852, Mary-Ann said goodbye to family members beginning their journeys to Australia. It began with James and his new wife Susan sailing on the Duke of Richmond in 1852. Then the three boys, George, Jonathan, and Reuben.
In 1854, the last goodbyes came when her parents sailed. Around this time Mary Ann was living in London. Maybe she was at the docks.
Mary Ann and James had 10 children that I can match on the various census and vital records. The first three children were born in Melbourn, with the remaining seven born in London. James was working as a labourer at a coke oven. Mary Ann died in 1871 at just 43 leaving four children under 10. Aside from her brother Reuben, all the siblings that immigrated to Australia lived to around double that age.
Recognition of the Harman family is clear with the names of the Loats children. Julia again proves a popular Harman name, possibly the earliest record of that name in the family.
Betsy/Elizabeth: Born 1849, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire
Julia: Born 1851, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Died 1856
Harriet Sarah: Born 1852, Melbourn, Cambridgeshire; Marriage: Charles George Hazell, 1874 West Ham, London; Died:
Mary Ann Harman: Born 1854, Camberwell, London
Wilfred: Born 1857, Camberwell, London; Died 1857 Camberwell, London
Julia Mary Ann: Born 1858, Rotherhite, Surrey; Died 1900 Holburn, London
Laura: Born 1861, Bromley Middlesex
Grace: Born 1864, Bromley Middlesex
Joseph Harman: Born 1867, Poplar, London
Jesse: Born 1868, Bromley, Middlesex
I had always hoped I might find an Australian link through the Loats line, especially as I know of the name from the Hamilton area. I have found two links.
Firstly, aboard the Duke of Richmond with Susan and James Harman was Thomas Loats, the brother of James. Thomas settled in the Western District. It makes me wonder how close James and Mary Ann may have come themselves to settle in Australia. What stopped them?
Secondly, thanks to the granddaughter of Joseph and Sarah Harman, Harriet Sarah Loats, I have found a link taking a Harman descendant where none have gone before. However, this post has gone on long enough and I will need to dedicate a whole post to my exciting find. Stay Tuned! (That might be a clue).
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