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It seems that Sarah Hurst, was actually Sarah Hirst, when she married Richard Ransley. My research has now revealed that her maiden name was Sutton. She was born to parents Peter and Sarah Sutton.101
Peter Sutton, b: 1775, Manchester, Lancashire, England; d: 1850, Chorlton, Lancashire, England; m: about 1795, Sarah (unknown) b: 1780, Manchester, Lancashire, England; d: 1843, Chorlton, Lancashire, England. They had five children to my knowledge. They are:
Henry Sutton, b: 1796, Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Sarah Sutton, b: December 1798, Manchester, Lancashire, England; bap: 16th December 1798, Manchester, Lancashire, England; d: 12th April 1891, Chorlton, Lancashire, England; m1: 11th June 1834, Manchester, Lancashire, England,102Joseph Stone, d: 1838, Chorlton, Lancashire, England.
(Sarah and Joseph Stone had a daughter named Elizabeth Stone, born 18th May 1836.)103
Elizabeth Sutton, b: 1801, Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Napoleone Bonaparte Sutton, b: 21st March 1803, Manchester, Lancashire, England; d: 1861, Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, England; m: Barbara Bagguley, b: 2nd March 1806, Manchester, Lancashire, England; d: 1878, Burnley, Manchester, England. These two had eight children one of whom was Peter Sutton who married his cousin Elizabeth Stone.
Caroline Matilda Sutton, b: 1805, Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Sarah Stone, nee Sutton then married on 2nd February 1841, Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire, England.104 Thomas Henry Hirst, b: about 1805.
The Index to Assisted Immigrants Arriving at Port Phillip 1839-1851 shows that Thomas Henry Hirst, his wife Sarah Hirst and her five year old daughter Elizabeth, listed as being by a previous marriage, came to Australia sponsored by A.B. Smith and Co. on board the ?Nabob?. The 503 ton Barque sailed from Liverpool in England on 9th September 1841 and arrived in Sydney 21st February 1842. On 16th October 1841 the ?Nabob? docked at Madeira for two days, then at Cape of Good Hope for five days; the voyage taking one hundred and sixty four days.105 Thomas?s occupation was given as a whitesmith; one who is a metal worker dealing with tin, light metals and white enamelled goods. This is the description of a tinsmith who would have worked for an ironmonger repairing plated metal and hollow-ware goods.
In the 1841 census, where Thomas, Sarah and Elizabeth are found living in Chester Street, Chorlton on Medlock, in Manchester, Thomas is listed as a tinplate worker and Sarah a butcher; a very unusual occupation for a woman of that time. Elizabeth?s age is stated as five years.
One would wonder if this was a marriage of convenience. Some Assisted Bounty Immigrants needed to be married to apply to be sponsored to work for companies in Australia. This would have been ideal for both Sarah and Thomas to make new starts in Australia, especially as Sarah seemed to be a single mother at the time of her marriage to Thomas Hirst. The death of Joseph Stone in the March quarter of 1838, in Chorlton, shows she would have been widowed and on her own at the time of her second marriage in 1841. These two had only been married for seven months before embarking on their voyage to Australia.
The fate of Thomas Hirst is a mystery. Sarah was six years his senior, even though the shipping records show them to be both thirty seven years of age.
Sarah Hirst, Stone, nee Sutton, now marries 16th January 1844, Wesleyan Methodist, Field of Mars, Parramatta, Sydney, Richard Ransley, widower.
Some time after her marriage to Richard Ransley in 1844, Sarah, Richard and her daughter, Elizabeth, now about eight years old, returned to England.
Sarah?s daughter Elizabeth Stone married her cousin, Peter Sutton, in 1854, who incidentally was a pork butcher, the son of Napoleon Bonaparte Sutton, Sarah?s brother. The story becomes even more involved. Elizabeth and Peter had five children:
Sarah Sutton, b: 1855, Chorlton, Lancashire, England.
Louis Napoleon Sutton, b: 1857, Chorlton, Lancashire, England; m: 1875, Manchester, Lancashire, England, Mary Ann Ikin.
Barbara Sutton, b: 1859, Chorlton, Lancashire, England.
Elizabeth Sutton, b: 1860, Chorlton, Lancashire, England.
Ellen Sutton, b: 1862, Chorlton, Lancashire, England.
Peter Sutton died in 1866 in Chorlton. Elizabeth then married John Brookes on 6th December 1868. John Brookes had been married before to an Ann Hughes. They had seven children, all born in Lancashire, England who were:
Jannet Brookes, b: 1849.
Mary Jane Brookes, b: 1850.
John Brookes, b: 1852.
William Meredith Brookes, b: 1854.
Selina Brookes, b: 1857.
Charles Henry Brookes, b: 1861.
Frederick J Brookes, b: 1863.
John Brookes was born about 1823 in Sheffield, York, England and died in 1893, in Chorlton, Lancashire, England. After the death of his first wife, he married Elizabeth Sutton, nee Stone; a widow.
Three of Elizabeth?s and three of John?s children are listed on the 1881 census, together with a further five children, all born in Chorlton, from this marriage:
Elizabeth A Brookes, b: 1871.
Alfred Brookes, b: 1871.
Amy Brookes, b: 1874.
Edith Brookes, b: 1875.
Joseph Arthur Brookes, b:1878
They are found on the census, all living at 39 Darncombe Street, Moss Side, Lancashire, England, along with Sarah Ransley.
The point I make is that one of Elizabeth Brookes?s children was named Sarah Sutton. On the death certificate of Sarah Ransley in Chorlton, England, the informant is her granddaughter, Sarah Brookes. Could this be her granddaughter Sarah Sutton?