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Dunkley Family


William DUNKLEY was born in 1799, and baptised on 19th May 1799 at Charwelton, Northamptonshire, England.  He was the son of Jonathan Dunkley and Ann LEESON.  William married Ann HAYNES on the 19th October 1826 at Charwelton.  Ann Haynes was born in 1803 at Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England.  They lived in Woodford and Staverton, Northamptonshire, and had the following known children:


George Dunkley christened 2 September 1827 at Woodford near Thrapston, Northampton

Sarah Dunkley christened 25 October 1829 at Woodford near Thrapston, Northampton

Harriet Dunkley christened 25 November 1832 at Staverton, Northampton

James Dunkley born 17 March 1835, christened 17 April 1836 at Staverton, Northampton

Mary Dunkley christened 9 October 1842 at Staverton, Northampton


George DUNKLEY born 1827:


George married Ann WEST on 28 November 1848 at Daventry, Northampton.  George and Ann, along with George's sister Harriet, arrived in Victoria in April 1853, on the ship 'Confiance'.   George and Ann had no children.  Ann Dunkley nee West died in 1864 in Victoria.  George married Catherine HARSE nee MacINTOSH in 1871 in Victoria, they did not have any children.  George died on 28 December 1887 in Majorca, Victoria and is buried in the Majorca Cemetery with his second wife Catherine.


Sarah DUNKLEY born 1829:


Sarah married George ABBOTT in 1851 at Daventry, Northampton.  They had the following children:


Alice Abbott born 1853 at Weedon, Northampton

Elizabeth Abbott born circa 1856 at Dadford, Northampton

George William Abbott born circa 1858 at Church Lawford, Warwickshire

Clara Abbott born circa 1860 at Church Lawford, Warwickshire


Harriet DUNKLEY born 1832:


Harriet was Christened on 25 November 1832 at Staverton.  In 1851 Harriet was a House Servant to the Pratt family in Daventry.  She travelled to Victoria with her brother George and his wife, arriving in April 1853 on the 'Confiance'.  Harriet married John HOLLOWAY on 7 March 1871 at Ararat, Victoria.  Harriet and George had the following children:


George James HOLLOWAY born 1854 at Ashby, Geelong, Victoria.  George died in 1855 at Ashby.

Mark HOLLOWAY born 1874 at Pleasant Creek, Victoria.


Harriet died on 18 November 1899 at Stawell, Victoria.  Her husband George died in 1900 at Stawell, and they are both buried in the Stawell Cemetery.


James DUNKLEY born 1835:


James married Ann COLLINS on the 9 November 1854 in the Independent Chapel, Daventry, Northamptonshire.   On his marriage certificate, James' occupation is listed as 'Husbandman'.


Ann Collins was born on the 9 December 1835 at Stowe, Northamptonshire, England, the daughter of William COLLINS and Matilda BRIMLEY.


James and Ann lived at Cambridgeshire before sailing for Australia.  They arrived at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on the 'Sea King', a deep water sloop, on the 15 May 1855.  They had left Southampton on the 20 February 1855.  Both could read and write.


James and Ann's children were:


Elizabeth Ann (Bessie) Dunkley born 24 January 1856 at Ashby, Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria.  Elizabeth married

Henry WOOD in 1874 at Majorca, Victoria.


Harriett Dunkley born 1858 at McCallums, Victoria, Australia.  Harriett married Robert DOUGLASS in 1879 at Majorca, Victoria.  Harriett died in Victoria in 1917.


William George Dunkley born 1861 at Amherst, Victoria.  William married Amelia Jane GROSE in 1892 at Ballarat, Victoria.


Mary Matilda Dunkley born 17 December 1863 at Amherst, Victoria. Died 1934, Wedderburn, Victoria, aged 71 years.  Mary did not marry.


Annie Clara Dunkley born 1865 at Majorca, Victoria.  Annie married Stephen Sims DENNIS.  Annie died in 1946 at Sunbury, Victoria.


Ada Caroline Dunkley born 26 August 1868 at Majorca, Victoria.  Ada died on the 11 March 1890 at Daylesford, Victoria, aged 22 years and 8 months.


James Dunkley died on the 30 May 1912 at Charlton, Victoria from a Stroke.  He is buried at the Woosang Cemetery, Victoria.


Ann Dunkley (nee Collins) died on the 4 December 1921 at Wedderburn, Victoria, and is buried at the Woosang Cemetery, Victoria with her husband.


Mary Dunkley born 1842:


Mary was Christened on 9 October 1842 at Staverton, Northampton.  She married Francis Tomalin SMITH in 1867 at Daventry, Northampton.  Francis was born 1839 at East Haddon, Northampton.  Mary and Francis had five children:


Francis Tomalin Smith born 1868 at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire

William Dunkley Smith born 1872 at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire - died 1873 Abbots Langley

Mary Jane Smith born 1874 at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire - died 1876 Abbots Langley

Harold George Smith born 1877 at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire

David James Smith born 1880 at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire


Mary Smith nee Dunkley died in 1902 and Francis Tomalin Smith died in 1904 both at Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire.



The Dunkley name also appears in some records as Dunckley and Duckley.


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