Hi Warren and other Carah and Bennetts descendants,
My wife's great-great-grandmother was Mary Carah of Cornwall, England. You have, no doubt seen my posting under "Carahs of Cornwall" on the GenForum site. (Slight mistake therein: Mary Hannah Bennetts Carah was born on Nov. 24, 1871, not 1873.)
Since that posting, I've possibly learnt a few things: My information is that Mary Carah was born c. July 15, 1830 in Cornwall. Her parents were probably William Carah, builder, born c. 1796, and Mary Carah (nÃ©e Jennings) born c. 1795, both in Cornwall. They were married on March 18, 1819. Their other Children were William (born c. April 17, 1822) and John (born c. 1826).
The first born of Mary Carah (Jr.) was James Bennetts (a.k.a.) James Bennetts Carah or James Carah. He was born on Jan 22, 1848 at Trerice, Helston, Cornwall. In Cornwall he was a miner and policeman. In 1872 he and his wife and all children migrated to Australia where initially he was a miner but went on to be a gaoler and later gaol governer in Bourke, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
Mary Carah (Jr.) later went on to marry (Edwin Francis Symons (tailor/grocer) on April 27?, 1853 in the parish church, Crowan. He was born c. 1828 in Crowan, Cornwall. He an Mary went on to have eight children, two in Crowan and the last five in Breage, Cornwall.
Now the Holy Grail in the Bennetts family is to discover who was James Bennetts Carah's father. As you have previously suggested, he was probably born out of wedlock. Who was the cad who seduced poor little Mary? He was possibly a "James Bennetts" or probably named "Bennetts".
James Bennetts Carah's first two children, John Kemp Bennetts and Mary Hanah Fizzell (nÃ©e Bennetts Carah) were born in Falmouth, Cornwall; the remaining seven were born in Australia. They migrated to Moreton Bay, Queensland in 1872 on board the "Indus".
I am seeking descendants of the following Bennetts Carah children (I'll call them Bennetts, as after family discussion, in Australia, they decided to call themselves "Bennetts"):-
John (Jack) Kemp Bennetts, born June 6, 1870 Falmouth, Cornwall, England; d. January 1, 1959 in the Balmain Hospital, Sydney, Australia. In 1901 he married Ada Redgrave who died on April 29, 1911.
William Melanchthon Bennetts, b. January 22, 1877 in Cowra, NSW, Australia. In 1903 he married Ethel MacVicar.
Arthur Bennetts, b. November 25, 1880 in Cowra; d. July 19, 1938 in North Strathfield, Sydney, NSW, Australia. In 1924 he married Vera Jones in the Burwood District of Sydney.
Christina Pocock (nÃ©e Bennetts), b. December 4, 1883 in Bourke, NSW, Australia; d. March 10, 1966 in Grafton, NSW, Australia. In 1916 she married Frederick W. Pocock (d. 1943, Grafton). Children: Jean (d. 2004), James and Margaret.
I have been advised that there is, or was, some documentation in the family setting out the reasons for the adoption of the name "Bennetts".
I would welcome any info as to who was Mary Carah's father and any info about descendants of the above four Bennetts.