Hi Deb. Sarah Luke and John Collins are my great-great-great-grandparents. I would like to know more about them - I have very little.
These are the details from the shipping record:
1839 On the Susan, John farm servant & Sarah Collins house servant both 40; and their children Charlotte 21, William 19 (= Emily’s F) , James 17, Robert 15, George 12, Mary 10, Sarah 8. Protestant.
John b Ninsbergh Hampshire
F= Robert Collins/ M = Mary Dykes
Sarah b Mottispond Hampshire
F = Moses Luke/ M = Caroline Mason;
William farm servant & Charlotte house servant both born Michelhurst Hampshire. Villages for younger children not noted. Bounty Immigration NSW 1828-1842, CD-rom, Digger, Reel 1307.
William (1819-1901) was my great-great-grandfather.
I have discovered that the village names were entered incorrectly: Ninsbergh = Timsbury, Mottispond = Mottisfont, and Michelhurst = Michelmersh. You can find some good historical detail, including free BDM records, if you google these village names.
Some years ago I also found on the net a tree which traces our family back to East Tytherley (not far from these villages) in the 17th century. Forebears of Moses Luke go back to Edward & Alice Luke, parents of Augustine Luke, b. East Tytherley 1680. Lukes in Lockerley Hampshire from at latest 1711 until after 1761.
I think that Sarah McVean was the daughter who looked after Mary Ann Collins (nee Gadsby)widow of William Collins, when she was elderly. William McVean must have been a very kind man.
30 June 1792 marriage of Robert Collins and Mary Dike at St Andrew’s Timsbury.
23 July 1797 baptism of John Collins, son of Robert & Mary Collins, at St Andrew’s Timsbury.
23 Dec 1817 marriage of John Collins and Sarah Luke, St Mary’s Michelmersh.
23 Jan 1820 baptism of their son William at St Mary’s; subsequently:
This is the family group which migrated with John and Sarah to Australia in 1839 on the Susan.
Anything you have on John Collins and his wife Sarah Luke, and/or on William Collins and his wife Mary Ann Gadsby, I would be most grateful to receive. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org