Transported....... The Story of Edward Stearn

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The Story of Edward Stearn
So begins the next generation…….?
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Edward Stearn was born in 1814 at Melton in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, which was covered in the Doomsday Book.
One of 6 children Edward was a normal child growing up in a country that was going through an upheaval of strikes, severe living conditions and the Industrial Revolution.
His father Joseph was a hard working Gardener who died in 1840 from paralysis, and after finally realising that he had lost his third son.
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The first to fall into trouble with the law was Daniel who was born in 1815 and who was transported to New South Wales for 7 years on the ship “Surrey” in 1831 for a minor crime.
The second was William who was born in 1821 and was transported to Freemantle in Western Australia in 1855 on the ship “Adelaide” for Picking Pockets with Violence.
The third was Edward who was born in 1814 and who was transported to Tasmania in 1839 on the ship “Canton” for stealing Mrs Worthington’s goose.
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During Edwards time in Tasmania whilst serving his sentence, Edward rebelled against the system and had his term extended.
At one time he tried to escape, and as he was escaping he grabbed the superintendent’s pant’s off the clothes-line. He was caught and given a whipping.
During Edwards time in the system he met and married a female convict by the name of Bridgett Conn B.1807 in Ireland. But Bridgett soon went mad in confinement and was transported to an asylum in Kew which is an outer suburb of Melbourne in Victoria, which was also another Penal Settlement.
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Eventually after serving his time, Edward gained his “Ticket of Leave” and made his way to Portland in Victoria ( probably in hope of locating his brothers )….. But things were about to change.
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As Edward was a trained Ostler ( horse handler ) he was also looking for a job with something to do with horses when he met a young lady by the name of Jane Wheeler. Being born in 1839 in Reading, Shrivenham, England Edward was 25 years her senior, and because of him already being married and unable to get a divorce through the Catholic Church he didn’t want to get involved…. But Jane had her own ideas…..?
Jane had travelled to Australia with her family to begin a new life and was one of those people who was very strong willed, and as her Family Tree will testify, she was no quitter..
Her ancestor was Alurid de Valer who was a proud knight from Normandy and who fought alongside William The Conqueror at Hastings in 1066.
Alurid’s descendant’s included Sir Richard Waller b.1395 who was a hero of Agincourt and who was knighted in the field by King Henry V, as well as Sir William Waller b.1420 who went to America and began the Wallers of Virginia.
( throughout history there were three name changes in Jane’s tree,,,,,
de Valer to Valer to Waller to Wheeler )
Well to make a long story a little shorter Jane decided that she wasn’t going to give up on Edward, and over the coming years Edward and Jane had 5 children out of wedlock. ( they never actually got married )
Edward became a valued drover and good father and husband until his death in 1889 where he died in South Melbourne in Victoria. Australia.
Jane died 14 years later in South Melbourne in 1903.
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Now, Edward and Jane’s first born son was Edward Stearn Jnr. b.1856 who became a Drover and travelled all over the country.
He married Robina Cunning in 1868 and who’s family lived in Portland.
But Edward being a drover had to travel around to earn money and each time he returned home Robina fell pregnant…. this happened four times.
But then something happened that would cause a disaster to the family!
After the last daughter was born Edward was never seen again. The last anyone said of him was that he had bought a one way ticket on a ship to New Zealand.
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The first child born by Robina was a son who was eventually adopted by Robina’s parents as their own for Robina felt that being on her own was to much to handle.
The next three births were girls and she could not cope on her own with them either as she was now a full time mother with no husband to support her, so all three girls were placed in an orphanage until when at last the eldest reached 16 years of age and was able to get herself and her sister’s released after a long and heartbreaking existence.
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So began my life, as the youngest of these three sisters was my Grandmother Elizabeth Stearn.
And it was Elizabeth Stearn who married George Lingard of whom William Lingard his father was who I wrote about in my other historical journal
“My History – and how proud of it I am.” Click HERE for that story...
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This is not the end, as my tree has many branches…. and one day I am going to New Zealand to track down Edward Stearn for myself. He won’t escape that easily.
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Oh’ and just to finish off, I have had the privilege of being the first descendent of Edward Stearn who has actually and finally met up with the descendants of his brothers.
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I dedicate this story to my Grandmother Elizabeth Stearn / Lingard who, after having her father disown the family and disappear, she then grew up in an orphanage. Elizabeth then met and married the love of her life and lost him after two years of marriage ( Diabetes related ).
Her only daughter was then taken in childbirth after having me.
She didn’t deserve the heartache that some of us have to bare.
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My next story will be about how Robina’s mother Annie Lafferty emigrated from Donegal in Ireland in 1848 to escape the Great Potato Famine.

Transported....... The Story of Edward Stearn

Larry Lingard-Davis

Riddells Creek, Australia

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This is just one of the branches of my Family Tree, that comes into perspective once you read my last story, or read this one then read the other one, as they are both eventually joined.
I have had a passion for Genealogy and have been lucky to have completed my Family Tree back to 1044AD. This is the branch that go’s all the way back.
The other branches that I have done go back to around 1640AD.

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