Family History
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Pioneers
RATTLE, Thomas
1861 to Victoria

Thomas RATTLE was born in Hutton, Somerset on 2 March, 1804 and was christened on 8 April, 1804. He married Mary HURLEY in April, 1827 in Hutton. They had 4 children: William b. abt 1829, Emma b. abt 1833, John b. 1839 & Hannah b. abt 1841.

The 1841 Census for Bleadon lists Thomas & Mary RATTLE (both aged 35), living at 'Shiplett' with their children William (13), Emma (8), John (3) and Hannah (1). The 1851 Census for Worle lists Thomas , farm labourer and Mary (both aged 47) with children Emma (17), John (13), farm servant and Hannah (11). Son, William had emigrated to Victoria, Australia on the PALMYRA in 1848.

Thomas and his 2 daughters, Emma and Hannah boarded the ALBION in Bristol in about September 1861 bound for Victoria, Australia. (It is believed that Mary died in Somerset prior to September 1861) The ALBION was a ship of 1127 tons and was captained by J.M. Thompson. Mr Thompson certified that the provisions laden on board the ship were sufficient for the one hundred & six 'unassisted' passengers. Thomas' age is recorded as 45 but it is believed that he would have been about 57 years old. His occupation is listed as 'labourer'. The ALBION landed in Melbourne on 26 December 1861.

Son, John was booked to follow on the STAR OF ENGLAND (with his wife, Sophia and 2 children) departing 21 Oct 1864 and arriving Jan 1865 but according to the ship's manifest, the family did not travel. John died in England in 1907.
In Loving Memory of
Thomas RATTLE
Died 20th April 1883 aged 79 yrs
Also, ELIZA, beloved wife of William RATTLE
Died 3 March 1889 aged 62 yrs
Also Fanny WISE, daughter of William RATTLE
Died 26 Dec 1897 aged 41 yrs
At Rest
Thomas' son, William had married Eliza Jones in 1849 and had 7 children between 1850 and 1863. He worked as a labourer in Melbourne and country Victoria and tried his luck in the goldfields but ended up making his living carting goods. Eliza died in 1889 and the same year, he married Eliza Jane Rosewarne; Eliza died in 1912. William died at his residence "Palmyra", Skipton Road, Oakleigh in May 1920 and was described as a colonist of 71 years, with 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. (The Argus, 20 May 1920, 2 June 1920) On 3 July, 1920 it was announced in The Argus that William's will dated 16 January, 1919, had left real estate worth £1,500 and that he bequeathed personal property valued at £734 to his children and relatives. He also left £25 to the Methodist Church, Oakleigh.

Daughter, Emma appears to have had a relationship with a Mr William MILLARD and had four children. She is then recorded as marrying Richard STEPHENS in 1872 and having another two children. She died in 1913 in Timor, Victoria.

Thomas' youngest, Hannah married John Waygood Horsington in June 1862 (also see Pioneers Horsington) and had 4 children; however she died 5 weeks after giving birth to her 4th son in 1871. At the time, the family was living in Timor, Victoria where John was mining. Hannah's death certificate lists her father, Thomas' occupation as a gardener. Her grave lies unmarked in the Timor cemetery.

Thomas died on 20 April 1883 in Melbourne, and was buried on 22 April 1883 in the Brighton Cemetery according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. The headstone's epitaph honours Thomas, his son William, William's wife and three of William's children.
Also William RATTLE
Died 18th May 1920 aged 91 yrs
Also Emma RATTLE
Died 4th July 1932 aged 80 yrs
Also Thomas RATTLE
Died 5th Sept 1939 aged 79 years
At Rest
Brighton Cemetery, Melbourne - Methodist Section G, Grave 208