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Brickwall #4 – Mary Jemima Elliott

Time for another brickwall post.  Today’s subject is my Gt Gt Grandmother.

Jemima is supposed to have been born in Dublin, about 1834.  She was in New South Wales by 1852, when she married my Gt Gt Grandfather, Edward Elliott.  My problem is I don’t know what her maiden name was.  According to her death certificate, her maiden name was Austin, and her father’s name was Alfred Austin.

From birth certificates of Edward and Jemima, they married in Maitland on 26 December 1852.  I have not been able to find this marriage, and may never be able to, as compulsory marriage registrations only came in in 1856.  From these same birth certificates, Jemima’s maiden name is given as

From information on the birth certificates of her children, she may have been married prior to her marriage to Edward Elliott. Her maiden name provided on these certificates is not Austin, but variations on Solomon (allowing for accents and clerical errors, possibly Sullivan. Further investigation is required. This is supported by her death certificate, on which her maiden name was given as Mary Jemima Austin Solomony).After her marriage to Edward Elliott ended, she married Jonathan Watson on 28 August 1873 in Coonabarrabran NSW. On her marriage certificate, she states that she was a widow. From her death certificate, she apparently spent some time in Queensland and Tasmania, but no details of this have been found at this time.

Between these two marriages, Jemima had a total of seventeen children, fourteen to Edward Elliott and three sons to Jonathan Watson. It is not known at this time if she had any other children. For further information on the Elliott family, click here

According to the birth certificates for the three Watson boys, Jonathan Watson was born in America. Other records suggest that this might not be correct.  Family legend has it that Jonathan kicked his stepson, Thomas Elliott, out of the house, when Thomas was about 12. Nothing further is known about Jonathan Watson.

Jemima died 31 July 1904, and is buried at Nyngan.