George Briant and Emma Pateman

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Parents : James Briant and Phyllis Picking   ,   David Pateman and Mary Moule

George Briant (b1824 Ashwell, m Emma Pateman 1851 Ashwell, d 1900 Ballarat)
Emma Pateman (b1827 Arrington Cambridgeshirel, d 1910 Ballarat)
    George Pateman Briant (b c1853 Ashwell, m Mary Fanny Brook 1888 Ballaratl, d 1929 Ballarat)
    James David Briant (b 1854 Geelong, m Mary Ann Odgers 1882 Ballarat, d 1943 East Oakleigh Vic)
    Emily Ann Briant (b 1858 Ballarat, d 1944)
    Julia Victotia Emma Briant (b 1859 Ballarat, d 1862)        (Descendants in Ref 39 and 38)
    Louisa Jane Briant (b 1861 Ballarat, m Edwin Farr 1884 Presb Manse Ballarat, d 1945 Northcote)
          Winifred Emma Farr (b 1890 Northcote, m Norman Thompson 1918 , d 1994 Preston)
    Charles Joseph Briant (b 1863 Ballarat, m Anne Augusta Lockett 1894, m Isabella Kerr 1906, m Rosabella Lillian Scott 1909, d 1947)
    Alfred Henry Briant (b 1865 Ballarat, m Emma Jane Campbell 1891, d 1940 Kew)
    Julia Victoria Briant (b 1870 Ballarat, m John George Scott 1893, d 1959 Melbourne)

George Briant
Emma Pateman

George, Emma and George (Jnr) left Southampton on 25/4/1854 on "Marshall Bennett", arrived Geelong 11/8/1854. See shipping record. George was given as a carpenter. Disposal seems to be on own account, William St Newtown. They were assisted immigeants according to the Victorian records.
1865-99 ran the Hope Bakery, 38 Seymour St, Ballarat
(George Briant, Hope Bakery in 1862 Directory. James and George Jnr were bakers also). There are photos of the bakery in Gwen Smalley's book (below).
George was originally a labourer. George and Emma could read and write
In the 1851 census, Emma had been a servant to Abraham Hale, 20 High St Ashwell. James was a Labourer

George and Emma Briant ; Goldrush Immigrants   Contents and Text     

Gwen Smalley has written a book on George and Emma (her great grandparents). It  is 44 pages. covering their emigration to Ballarat in 1854, their establishment of the Hope Bakery at the corner of Seymour and Neil Streets and their selection of land at Boort, northeast of Ballarat in 1773, The bakery was maintained, and the land was not a great success. Problems developed with the Lands Department due to claims they were absentee landowners. The farming enterprise finished in the 1880s, when the leases were transferred. The book finishes with a chapter of personal family recollections. 

Emma Briant's Letters to England   Images and Text     

We were recently contacted bu Michael Charter from England. He had found a bundle of letters written by the Briants in Ballarat over the period of 1854 to 1869, to her mother and sister who stayed behind in England. Some research on both ends established that they must have been handed down via Emma's sister Mary Ann, who married Arthur Charter. Arthur and Mary Ann are Michael's Great Grandparents.Follow the link above for the letters  

Mary Ann (Polly) Odgers

Bev thompson has heaps of stuff about her and her ancestors. If you are interested, contact us, and we will forward the email.
Nicholas Odgers (1831-1909) - Extract from Cornish Pioneers of Ballarat (Vol 1 (2 pps)
Ann Odgers Death Transcript (1 pps)
Ann Odgers Death Newspaper Report (1 pps)
Mary Ann Odgers list of Parents, Siblings and Children (1 pps)
Reginald Victor Wilfred Briant (son) (4 pps)
Mary Ann Odgers 2pps writeup of her life (2pps)
Polly's 50th Wedding Anniversary photo of family group
Polly's at tea (95th birthday) Newspaper Reports  (two)


Thanks to Gwen and Harry Smalley, Glenis Crocker, Kel Ellis, Elinor Moore, Valerie Woodgate and Patricia Hone for their contributions to this part of our tree
Judy Schumer supplied photos of James David and Polly (Mary Ann). Also wills for James David and Emma

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