John Marshall and Thirza Davis

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Parents     Michael Marshall and Harriett Dredge     Joshia Davis and Pamela Bowles

John Josiah Marshall (b 1819 South Newton Wiltshire, m Thirza Davis 1845 Winterbourne Dauntsey Wiltshire, d 1868 Wilton Wiltshire)
Thirza Davis (b 1824 Winterbourne Dauntsey, d 1890 Brighton Vic)
    Elias Marshall (b 1845 Winterbourne Earls Wiltshire, m Ellen Louisa Jacka 1872 Victoria, d 1876 Vic)
    Mary Harriett Marshall (b 1848 Winterbourne Earls, m Alfred Edwin Gibbons1874 Victoria, d 1917 Carlton Vic)
    Elizabeth Pamela Marshall (b 1851 Winterbourne Earls, d 1932 Victoria)
    Sydney Marshall (b 1854 Winterbourne Earls, m Isabella Blanch Megson 1879 Victoria, d 1937 North Fitzroy, Victoria)
    Agnes Marshall (b 1856 Winterbourne Earls)
    Emily Christina Virginia Marshall (b 1858 Winterbourne Dauntsey Wiltshire, m  Thomas Henry Smalley 1876 West Melb Vic, d 1923 Preston Vic)
         Herbert Oscar Smalley (b 1878 Brunswick, Vic, m Annie Tippett 1908 North Fitzroy, Vic, d  1960  Preston Vic)

John and Thirza's Story

John was born 1819 in South Newton Wiltshire. Thirza was born in in 1824 Winterbourne Dauntsey, very close to Winterbourne Earls.
The couple were married in Winterbourne Dauntsey in 1845 and lived in Winterbourne Earles till at least 1856 probably 1859. 
John died in the July to September quarter 1868. The death was registered in the district of Wilton. The town of Wilton is three miles west of Salisbury, so he probably died in Winterbourne Earls.
Thirza and the four girls arrived in Melbourne 1st July 1869 to join Elias who came out four years earlier.
In the 1871 census, Sydney is working as a groom for Jonathan and Elina Gray, in Backwell, Parish of Bath and Wells, Somerset. The couple had a household if six servants for the two of them.
Sydney arrived on the Northumberland in Nov 1875. Sydney married in Melbourne in 1879.
Thirza died in 1890 aged 66, having seen four of her children married in Melbourne.
Thirza's family can be traced back via church records in Winterbourne Earles to the late 1500s
John's family can be traced back in Wiltshire and Devon to the late 17th century

Arrival in Melbourne

From Roy Smalley
Arrived Melbourne 1 July 1869. The four girls and Emily came to Australia. On the same ship was John Marshall (aged 20) and some Davis's.
From: Robyn Lanham
On the National Library index and genealogy database I found  a Thirza, Mary, Elizabeth,  Agnes,  and Emily Marshall  arrive on the ship Somersetshire  Aug 1869 fiche 286, pg 207( no Elias or Sidney). 
Les Rowley:
Intriguingly on the Somersetshire in Feb, there is a John Marshall who is exactly the right age to be John Josiah. But he died in 1868?

1841 Census

This has an intriguing set of probable relatives as neighbours
Winterbourne Earls
Michael  MARSHALL    45 Shirtmaker(?)
Harriet  MARSHALL    40
John MARSHALL    20
Charles MARSHALL    6
Solomon MARSHALL    3
Thomas HARRIS 3
Agnes HARRIS 1
On One side
Michael  MARSHAL 37 Shirtmaker(?)
Jane  MARSHAL 40
And on the other
George  MARSHAL 70
Annemarie?  MARSHAL 15

1851 Census

Parish of  Winterbourne Earls                                                              Where Born
John Joshia MARSHALL    Head   Mar   31                            South Newton, WIL (abt 1819)
Thirza MARSHALL            Wife    Mar   27                            Winterbourne Dauntsey  (abt 1823)
Charles MARSHALL          Brother         15  Farm labourer     Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1835)
Elias MARSHALL               Son                5                             Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1845)
Mary Harriet MARSHALL   Dau               2                             Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1848)
Winterbourne Earls is 2 miles NE of Salisbury, Could not find Winterbourne Dantrev
Steeple Langford is 8 miles NW of Salisbury, WIL

1861 Census

Parish of Steeple Langford  Road   :  East End                                       Where Born
John Joshia MARSHALL   Head   Mar    41   Farmer (60 acres)   South Newton, WIL (abt 1820)
Thurza MARSHALL          Wife    Mar    37                                 Winterbourne Dauntsey (abt 1824)
Elias MARSHALL             Son                15   Farmer's son           Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1846)
Mary H MARSHALL         Dau               12                                  Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1849)
Elizabeth P MARSHALL    Dau                  9   Scholar                   Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1852)
Sidney MARSHALL           Son                  7   Scholar                   Winterbourne Earls, WIL (abt 1854)
Agnes A MARSHALL        Dau                  4                                 Steeple Langford, WIL (abt 1857)
Emily C V MARSHALL      Dau                 3                                  Steeple Langford, WIL (abt 1859)

Elias Marshall

Quoting an email from Kathy Smalley
I have the death cert for Elias MARSHALL, son of Thirza Davies and John Marshall. From the death cert, (information supplied by his wife Ellen Louisa) Elias immigrated into NSW 1866 and 4 years later, he came to Victoria. He is buried at Melbourne Cemetery.There is a record of an Elias Marshall arriving into NSW 1865 on the St Hilda, aged 19. as an assisted immigrant. Ages and time compute, so this may be him.
The St Hilda Elias looks very probable (LR)

Research Notes

Shipping I have a note on file that says "Marshall arrivals Newcastle 1871 Fiche 304 P1" follow up
Thirza fiche 286 p7 Another marshall family on the same ship p285 p3 and 4. Another John Marshall fiche 280 p2 LDS
P286 p6 there is also the family of Davis. No known connection


The extensive Davis genealogy  back to the sixteenth century has been obtained from  FamilySearch, the Latter Day Saints site.
This was complemented by another file of data from  Robyn Lanham and another web site. Kathy Smalley nailed Elias for us

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