Ann Darby

#603, (5 June 1812-11 December 1883)
FatherGeorge Darby (c 1779-4 Mar 1853)
MotherElizabeth Aylott (c 1777-Jan 1821)
Ann Darby - signature from the wedding certificate of Martha Darby and John Speller Wright, 1837
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Ann was born on Friday, 5 June 1812 at Hertford.1,2 The city of Hertford dates back to at least 673, and was an important market town surrounded by agricultural land. From the late 16th century, it had access to the London corn markets via the River Lea.

She was the daughter of George Darby and Elizabeth Aylott. She was baptised at Lady Huntingdon's Connexion on Monday, 12 April 1813 at Hertford.3 Lady Huntingdon's Chapel was one a series of chapels founded in the 18th century by the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion as part of a Calvinistic movement within the Methodist church. She insisted that they should all subscribe to the doctrines of the Church of England and use only the Book of Common Prayer. It was apparently founded in 1800, and started keeping registers from 1806.

She may have been baptised at Churchgate College on Sunday, 12 September 1813 at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.4

Her mother died circa January 1821. She was about 9 when this happened.5 She and Joseph Peck made an application for free passage to South Australia. The original document has them single, then seems changed to say that they were married, perhaps as a reflection of impending marriage a month later. They made the application at the same time as Ann's brother John and his wife and their brother Thomas on 1 March 1839.6

She married Joseph Peck, a builder, son of William Peck, at St. Leonard's on Monday, 1 April 1839 at Shoreditch, London. Witnesses to the wedding were Amelia Darby and Laurence John Coxall.5

At the age of 26 Ann and her husband Joseph emmigrated with Ann's brothers Thomas and John, John's wife Mary, her sister Martha and Martha's husband John Speller Wright. from London on 20 April 1839 on the 'Somersetshire.7'

On her arrival, there were a little over 10,000 people in the colony.8 Ann and her husband Joseph arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 25 August 1839.7



The family was mentioned in a letter from another South Australian immigrant. Describing something of their circumstances on 21 March 1840:
"On the 27th of August, I had the pleasure of seeing Thomas Darby, his brothers, and sisters, but they did not know me at the first sight, I looked so thin and bad ; but I told them I was well and hearty. They received me very kindly indeed, and I helpt them make their bed the first night in the colony; but to them it seemed a miracle that we should all meet here, after talking about it up at their father's house that night their chimney caught fire [perhaps the brickyard straw fire of 2 years previously]. They desire me to send their kind love to you all, likewise to their fathers and mothers, to their sisters and brothers, and to all inquiring friends and relations."


No doubt this letter was very eagerly received back home.9,10

Her brother John died Wednesday, 26 January 1853 after a brief illness, aged 34.11

Her father died 4 March 1853 at the approximate age of 74. Ann was aged 40 when this happened.

Her brother Samuel died Saturday, 11 October 1856 in a horrific accident on a paddlesteamer when one of the boilers he was tending exploded. She and Joseph Peck selected land in October 1861 at Noarlunga, South Australia.12

Ann died on 11 December 1883 at Morphett Vale, South Australia, at age 71 "after a long and severe illness".13 Her body was interred at Bain's Cemetery on 14 December 1883 at Morphett Vale, South Australia. On the headstone her first name is spelled 'Anne'.14,15

Children of Ann Darby and Joseph Peck

Children
Last Edited12 Oct 2013
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby

Citations

  1. [S236] Parish Registers- Hertford Back Street Bethel-Lady Huntingdon, Batch/Film C066111 Serial/Sheet 0006.
  2. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 22 Aug 2012 (for birthdate).
  3. [S236] Parish Registers- Hertford Back Street Bethel-Lady Huntingdon, Batch/Film C06111 Serial/Sheet 0006.
  4. [S237] Churchgate College-Lady Huntington's, Batch/Film C066081 Serial/Sheet 0009.
  5. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 22 Aug 2012.
  6. [S558] "Labourers applications for free passage to South Australia - certificates #3361-#9422," 1 Mar 1839 #4121.
  7. [S473] Website The Pioneers Association of South Australia (http://www.pioneerssa.org.au) Ships arriving 1839 (http://www.pioneerssa.org.au/1839.html).
  8. [S882] Website Pioneers Association of South Australia Inc (http://www.pioneerssa.org.au/) Early SA History - http://www.pioneerssa.org.au/early_sa_history.html
  9. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 'Emigration from Hertford' 21 Mar 1840 p.3.
  10. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 05 Sep 1837 p.2.
  11. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 'Deaths' 09 Jul 1853.
  12. [S321] The South Australian Advertiser, 1861 'Classified Advertising.', The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), 18 October, p. 4, viewed 24 August, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article878769
  13. [S321] The South Australian Advertiser, 1883 'Family Notices.', The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), 19 December, p. 4, viewed 22 August, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33774992
  14. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 30 Aug 2012.
  15. [S560] Website Bain's Cemetery - Register (http://onkaparingacity.com/onka/discover/history_heritage/…) http://dcw.onkaparingacity.com/site/page.cfm?c=10145
  16. [S338] Website Ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/7853895/person/…
  17. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol. 150 p.150.
  18. [S338] Website Ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/7853895/person/…
  19. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.99 p.(not stated).
  20. [S338] Website Ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/7853895/person/…