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About Fenton & Essex-Clark Family
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How can we know who we are or where we are going if we don't know where we came from?  Our 
ancestors were not just names and dates.  They were real people with interesting stories to be 
uncovered.

This site is for my children and their descendants down the line.  I hope they will add to it in the 
future. For anyone who thinks they may have a connection to my tree, please contact me.  Just send me a 
message through Tribalpages on the link above. You can also follow the link to find me on Facebook.
 
I would like to thank the many people who have helped me with information.  There are too many 
to name, but you know who you are.  THANK YOU. 

My ancestors arrived in Australia by sailing ship between 1831 and 1889 from England, Channel 
Islands and Scotland, most coming straight to Victoria.  Henry Blake, a possible convict is 
believed to have arrived in Port Jackson, NSW, Australia in 1831 from England on the Camden(1) and 
possibly travelled overland to Victoria during the 1830's, receiving his Ticket of Leave at Goulburn 
River, Victoria on 3 Jun 1840.  We are yet to find the final proof that this convict was the 
same person as our ancestor.  Some of my English lines go back to the late 1400's and then I 
have one lonely Scott from Greenock, Andrew Millar c1826-1898, who I have hit a brick 
wall with. My Diamond ancestors from Guernsey, Channel Islands 
arrived in Victoria in 1854 and go back to at least the 1300s in Guernsey, with some originating in 
Jersey, England, France and Denmark. 

From the Channel Islands we have a case where 3 women (mother & 2 daughters) were burnt at the 
stake after being tried as witches. The new born baby of one of the 
daughters was rescued by a witness but then seized and thrown back onto the flames by the 
sheriff.   These ladies were related to Jurat Pierre Brehaut des Marchez c1510-
1574 by marriage. At their trial Pierre made himself absent when sentence was passed on the 
women so he didn't have to cast a vote on their fate.  Pierre was a devout catholic and opposed 
the new Protestant religion of Queen Elizabeth I being introduced into Guernsey.  A meeting was 
held at Pierre’s home, La Tourelle, and a petition was prepared and the Island canvassed for 
signatures before being sent to the Privy Council in London.  As a result, Pierre Brehaut and 3 
of the Jurats involved in the execution of the 3 witches, were arrested and sent to London.  On 
arrival the other 3 men were sent to prison for a while and later released and after they most 
abjectly asked pardon, they were let off very lightly, being fined collectively £1,000 
sterling.  According to legend, when the 4 men arrived at Windsor they were interviewed by the 
Queen and her Councillors.  Pierre Brehaut caught the Queen’s fancy, and she got him to talk to 
her about his home and the people of Guernsey.  In fact he so charmed her that she insisted on 
keeping him by her side long after the others had returned to the island.  She finally bought 
him a house so that he could live permanently near her Court.  The legend alleges that he never 
returned to Guernsey, and his wife and children never saw him again, however we know this to be 
incorrect as he died in Guernsey in 1574 and was buried in St Pierre du Bois church ground.
 
My husband's ancestors originated in England and Ireland on his father's side and his mother's 
side are from England and Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) back through South Africa to Germany, 
France, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Belgium and India. Two of the first known ancestors to 
arrive in South Africa were Catharina van Paliacatta (aka van 
Bengale or Groote Catrijn) c1631 - c1683.  She is believed to be from Paliacatte, on the 
Coromandel Coast, India. Catharina was a slave in Batavia (Jakarta) and was the first recorded 
female slave convict at the Cape, arriving on 21 February 1657 on the ship Prins Willem. 
Another was Jan Coenraad Visser c1630 - c1710, 
who arrived in 28 April 1658 as a soldier with the VOC and he was one of the nine original 
"Vryburgers" to be granted farms by Jan van Riebeeck.  Many of her ancesters were Burghers and 
Voortrekkers in South Africa and Rhodesia.  

On the Thomspon side we have a mysterious marriage in Ireland of a ‘Lady Mount Stewart’ to the 
Thompson grandfather of Robert Thompson 1819-1896. This was 
recorded in the diaries of Robert’s great granddaughter from information she received from her 
Aunt Elfrida, daughter of 'Walter Scott Thompson' and 
granddaughter of Robert.  The same story was also passed down through the descendants of 
Robert's daughter Elizabeth Anne Thompson We have not 
been able to find this marriage, but as far as we can make out ‘Lady Mount Stewart’ was most 
likely a daughter of Alexander Stewart (1699-1781) and his wife Mary Cowan.  Alexander Stewart 
was an owner of the property 'Mount Stewart' which was passed down through the families of the 
Marquis of Londonderry.  The only records we have been able to find regarding Alexander and 
Mary's children are for their sons Sir Robert Stewart (1739-1821), 1st Marquis of Londonderry 
and Alexander Stewart of Ards (1746-1831).  There is indication of other children but none were 
named, though a few possibilities have since been found.

The Essex-Clark family only arrived in Australia on 14th April 1964 (Mother and children - 
Father arrived 22nd February 1964) and our children are 1st generation Australians on their 
father's side but 5th generation Australians on my side.

I would love to hear from anyone researching the following names. If my information differs 
from yours please get in touch to discuss it.  

Researching surnames: 
My parents - Fenton & Ray
Australia: Fenton, Ray, Blake/Berry, Conduit, Alford, Millar, Percival.
Guernsey, CI:  Diamond/Dimond, Druce/Drews, Rawlings, Tabel, Le Lacheur, Brehaut, Ingrouille, 
Le Goubey, Ozanne, Cahouart/Couart, Guilbert, Le Tocq, Mauger, Mollet, Priaulx, Massey, 
Bailleul, 
Le Cras, Allez, Lenfestey, Blondel, De Jersey, Ollivier, Brouard, Stuart, De France, Tostevin, 
Duquemin, Langlois, Thoraude, De Garis, Noel, Gallienne, Le Messurier, Le Ray, Glone, Renouf, 
Daniel, Le Maitre, De L’Isle, Henry, Jenemie, Le Feuvre, Mandret.
Jersey, CI: Romery/Romeril, 
Greenock, Scotland: Millar
Devon, Eng: Dimond/Diment/Diamond, Baily.
Somerset, Eng: Druce/Drews, Rawlings
Durham Eng: Fenton, Emmerson
Staffordshire & Shropshire, Eng: Ray Brown, Jones, Goulding/Golding, Gregory
Wiltshire, Eng: Conduit, Fruen, Blake, Smith, Alford, Dyer, Titt, Butt, Potter, 
Wilkins/Wilkens/Wilkence, Dunning, Garrett, Newman, Shrimpton, Goodall/Good, Harding/e, 
Geoffrie, 
Gibbs, Franklin, Elliot, Hinton, Pearce.
Kent, Eng: Percival, Kidd, Green, Croft/Craft, Baker, Eason,
Cornwall, Eng: Jewell, 
Middlesex, Eng: Percival.
Birmingham, Eng: Lever/Leaver.
Surrey, Eng: Blake

The In-Laws - Essex-Ckark & Cooper:
Middlesex, Eng: Cooper, Hayes, King, Bradbrook, Hayes, Doughty
Somerset, Eng: Hayes, Mason, 
Surrey, Eng: Clark, Spinks
Devon, Eng: Thompson, Treen, Matthew/s, Squire/s
Norfolk, Eng: Spink/s, Powell, Youngs
Essex Eng: Clark/Clarke, Hudgel/Hudgell, Speller/Spellar, Lee
Cornwall, Eng: Matthew/s, Roskilly/Roskelly, Smith
Hong Kong: Clark
Ireland: Thompson, Scott
Sthn Rhodesia: Cooper, Jordaan, Lombard, Van Staden, Pike
Sth Africa: Essex-Clark, Thompson, Jordaan, Lombard, Linde, Oosthuizen, Le Grange, 
Van Rensburg, Bouwer, Strydom/Strijdom, Brits, Van Tonderen, Van Wyk, Rautenbach, Ferreira, 
Terreblanche Le Febre, Fourie, Helmes, Calitz, Nortje, Van Staden, Swart, Niemann, Visser, 
Putter, 
Ras, Calitz
Portugal: Ferreira, Da Costa, Peres
France: Terreblanque, Le Febre, Meissonierre, De Grave, Fourie, Cordier, Martinet, 
Blessebois
Germany: Linder, Brombacher, Soyer/Soier, Rausch, Rautenbach, Putter, Ras, Ustings
Netherlands/Holland: Oosthuizen, Swart, Coeris, Niemann, Visser, Gerrits, Maartens, Vry, Van 
Wyk, 
Strydom/Strijdom, 
Denmark: Van Tonderen
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