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CRAFT, William Jonathan

CRAFT, William Jonathan

Male 1836 - 1907  (71 years)

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  • Name CRAFT, William Jonathan 
    Born 23 Apr 1836  Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 1698 
    _UID 79B24CD38B0B4561A86E75F2CF2E3291C36A 
    Died Oct 1907  Wellington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oct 1907  Cobbora, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1698  Edgoose
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2017 

    Father CRAFT, John,   b. Between 1811 and 1812, Old Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1893, Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother EDGOOSE, Elizabeth,   b. 1815, Holland Fen, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1900, Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 6 Aug 1835  Algarkirk, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family DOLAN, Catherine,   b. 17 May 1837, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1916, Wellington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1867  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. CRAFT, George William,   b. 6 Dec 1868, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1964  (Age 95 years)
     2. CRAFT, Emma Jane,   b. 1 Sep 1869, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1958  (Age 88 years)
     3. CRAFT, Charles James,   b. 13 Sep 1871, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1942, Waverly, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     4. CRAFT, William John,   b. 1873, Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1953  (Age 80 years)
     5. CRAFT, James Daniel,   b. 1876, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1953  (Age 77 years)
     6. CRAFT, John Henry,   b. 1880, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1965  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F1026  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    WILLIAM JONATHAN CRAFT (1836-1907) and FAMILY

    Date: 1895 Place: Australia

    George William Craft (1868-1964) Charles James Craft (1871-1942) William John Craft (1873-1953) James Daniel Craft (1876-1953). Seated: Emma Inder nee Craft (1869-1958) John Henry Craft 1880-1965) William Jonathan Craft and his wife Katherine nee Dolan (1837-1916)

  • Notes 
    • WILLIAM JONATHAN CRAFT 1836-1907


      William Jonathan CRAFT was born at Boston, Lincolnshire, on 23 April 1836, son of John and Elizabeth CRAFT. John CRAFT had married Elizabeth EDGOOSE at Algarkirk, Lincolnshire, on 6 August 1835.

      From the 1841 census of Algarkirk, Lincolnshire:
      John CROFT (sic), aged 25, agricultural labourer, born in Lincolnshire;
      Elizabeth CROFT (sic), aged 25, born in Lincolnshire;
      *William CROFT (sic), aged 5, born in Lincolnshire;
      James CROFT (sic), aged 2, born in Lincolnshire;
      John CROFT (sic), aged 1 month, born in Lincolnshire.
      (HO107/606/2/7/6)
      Elizabeth's 70 year old aunt, Alice EDGOOSE, lived next door with Mathew and MARY Tebb.

      Jonathan and Helen EDGOOSE were living next door to Jonathan's sister Elizabeth CRAFT at Wyatt Drove, Algarkirk, in 1851:
      Jonathan EDGOOSE, head, married, aged 38, agricultural labourer, born at Algarkirk;
      Helen EDGOOSE, sister-in-law, aged 46, born at Uppingham, Rutland.
      Next door were:
      John CROFT (sic), head, aged 39, owner of 9 acres, born at Sutterton, Lincolnshire;
      Elizabeth CROFT, wife, aged 36, farmer's wife, born at Algarkirk;
      William CROFT, son, aged 14, farmer's son, born at Algarkirk;
      James CROFT, son, aged 12, farmer's son, born at Algarkirk;
      John CROFT, son, aged 10, farmer's son, born at Algarkirk.
      (HO107/2099/761v).

      William Jonathan CRAFT was shipwrecked on his first two attempts to reach Australia. He booked a passage on the Dunbar but fortunately missed the connection as the ship was lost with all hands bar one at South Head, Sydney, on 20 August 1857.

      He eventually arrived aboard the ship Vocalist on 28 August 1857. Vocalist was a vessel of 1020 tons which departed on 7 May 1857 and spent 113 days at sea. William CRAFT was described as a 21 year old ploughman born at Boston in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Elizabeth CRAFT living near Kirton. His religion was Church of England, he could read and write, he had no relations in the colony and had paid 1 for his passage. His 'state of bodily health, strength and probable usefulness' was said to be good.

      He spent some time at Penrith before trying his luck at the Bathurst and Gulgong goldfields, eventually drifting northwest to Cobborah and obtaining employment at Cobborah Station, a huge sheep farm. He leased 200 acres on the Talbragar River and established a market garden. After ten years in the "bush" he returned to Penrith where Catherine DOLAN had waited for him all that time. He married her in St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, on 14 February 1867, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Witnesses were Bartholomew DOLAN and Bridget DOLAN. They returned to Cobborah where they had six children: George in 1868, Emma in 1869, Charles in 1871, William John in 1873, James Daniel in 1876, and John Henry in 1880 (John Henry being registered under the surname CROFT rather than CRAFT).
      (NSW 144/1867)

      According to Eric YOUNG, Charles CRAFT and William John CRAFT became successful businessmen, whereas the other boys turned to the land. The farmers were, ultimately, the successful ones.

      William Jonathan CRAFT travelled widely throughout the west selling produce from his orchard and market garden and continued to grow fruit and vegetables until his death in 1907.

      He was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Cobbora Cemetery.

      DEATH OF Mr. WILLIAM CRAFT Snr:
      "The deceased was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England in the year of 1836, and was therefore 71 years of age at the time of his demise. The late Mr. CRAFT landed in Sydney 51 years ago, and a day after the "Dunbar" was wrecked. He did not stay in Sydney, but made his way to Penrith, where for some months he was employed. He afterwards went to Bathurst, and from there made his way to this district, eventually he drifted to the Cobbora area, where, in 1877, he selected some land, and there he resided ever since. The deceased was one of the pioneers of the Cobbora district, it being over 45 years since he went there. There was no more esteemed and respected resident of the Cobbora district than the deceased gentleman. The news of his demise being received by his Cobbora neighbours with great sorrow. A widow, five sons, and one daughter remain to deplore the loss of a kind and thoughtful husband and father, Viz. Messrs George and James, farmers and graziers, Tucklan; Charles, general storekeeper, Cobbora; William, sawmill proprietor, Cobbora; and John, who has been managing the farming and grazing property for his late father, and Mrs. INDER, of Tucklan. The remains were interred in the R.C. portion of the Cobbora cemetery. The burial service was read by Mr. PATTERSON, of Bonny Plains."
      (The Mudgee Guardian, 15 October 1907)

      NOTES AND QUERIES:
      Judy YOUNG (and husband Eric who died in 2011) of New South Wales, Australia, has provided the information on William Jonathan CRAFT (1836-1907, eldest son of the John CRAFT (circa 1811-1893) of Algarkirk, Lincolnshire, England, who married Elizabeth EDGOOSE (1815-1900) there on 6 August 1835. We became firm friends whilst she was writing her book on William's many descendants in Australia.

      (NSW 7083/1907)


      (revised 04.02.2017)