Jessie Nicholson1

#11706, (23 September 1826-13 November 1917)
FatherDaniel Nicholson1 (c 1786-1 Aug 1843)
MotherJane Wilkie2 (c 1795-1 Apr 1846)
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Brett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited5 Jan 2019
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(For a brief history and context on the Darby family see this page)

Jessie Nicholson was born on 23 September 1826 at Edinburgh.1 She was the daughter of Daniel Nicholson and Jane Wilkie.1,2

At the age of 13 Jessie emigrated from Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, on 5 June 1840 on the 'Martin Luther' with her parents and older siblings.2,3 After a voyage of three and a half months Jessie arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 20 September 1840. Also on board was a Mrs Darby - this may well have been the wife of Samuel or William Darby, brothers of Thomas Darby who later married the Nicholson's youngest daughter Jessie. The Nicholsons also saw fit to arrive with 16 casks bottled ale, 9 cases sundries and 1 of cask cider.2,3,4

She was baptised at the Torrens river circa 1845 at South Australia . and subsequently joined the Baptist Church at North Adelaide.5

A visiting English artist drew a landscape of Morphett Vale 1845.
Morphett Vale c1845, artist Alex C. Kelly
(source: State Library of South Australia, A. C. Kelly Collection, image B5765
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/18335320)


Jessie Nicholson married Thomas Darby, son of George Darby and Elizabeth Aylott, on Thursday, 23 November 1848 at Morphett Vale, South Australia. A week earlier at the same place, Thomas' brother John had married Mary Leonard.1 Jessie, aged 23 and Thomas Darby became the parents of Edward Baker Darby on Tuesday, 5 February 1850 at Morphett Vale, South Australia.6

Thomas and Jessie were almost certainly present at the laying of the foundation stone for the Morphett Vale Baptist Church on Thursday, 20 June 1867.
Laying the foundation stone for the Morphett Vale Baptist Church - Thomas and Jessie were both involved with this church and were almost certainly present.
(source: State Library of South Australia, image B26911
http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au: 80/record=b2030758~S1)
Noarlunga c.1875
(source: State Library of South Australia B 26091
http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au: 80/record=b2033658~S1)
Jessie Nicholson and Thomas Darby purchased 608 acres (County of Fergusson, Hundred of Minlacowie, Section 6) by selection for £1216 on 8 September 1874 at Minlacowie, South Australia.7,8 It was noted that many families - not just the Darbys - were leaving the Morphett Vale region which "makes people think that the glory of this once thriving and thickly-populated district has departed— let us hope not for ever."9

On the occasion of the departure of the Darbys to Minlacowie on 12 February 1875:
"A social tea meeting was held in the Baptist Chapel last night to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Darby and Mr. W. Holland, about to leave for the Peninsula. Mr. J. Clark, J.P., presented Mrs. Darby with a sewing-machine and Mr. Darby with a purse of money. The latter feelingly replied. Messrs. Ashton, Keats, and others spoke."10



Further:
"Mr. Darby's departure from this district yesterday was marked by the presentation of a Family Bible and Hymn-book, on which were inscribed the following:—' Presented as a token of love and esteem by the scholars of the Morphett Vale Baptist Sunday-School to their respected Superintendent, Mr. Thomas Darby, on his leaving for Yorke's Peninsula.' As address was read by James Holland, a scholar, who also handed over the testimonial, expressing regret at the removal, with warm wishes for their friend's welfare in his new sphere of labour. Mr. Darby feelingly replied, and thus severed his connection of nearly quarter of a century."11



When the Darby family moved to Minlacowie by travelled by bullock dray and on arrival cultivated the land, which was scrub, with a single furrow plow and one horse.12 Now settled in Minlacowie, Thomas became involved in the local Baptist Sunday School, and became involved in fund-raising for the construction of a chapel, hosting a lecture on the "'History of the English Bible.' The address was given in three parts, the intervals being filled with music, &c."13,14

Her brother's sister Martha died in their house in Minlacowie on 6 August 1876.15,16

Thomas and Jessie attended the laying of the foundation stone for the new Baptist Chapel at Minlacowie on 30 August 1876:
"New Baptist Chapel— Services were held at Minlacowie, Yorke's Peninsula, on Wednesday, August 30, in connection with the laying of the foundation-stone of a Baptist Chapel at that place. The stone was laid by two ladies of the congregation, Mesdames Darby and Holland, and the day being fine friends to the number of 150 assembled from adjacent parts to assist in the services. A tea meeting took place at 5 in the afternoon in a marquee erected tin the chapel ground, which was attended by most of those present and others who arrived subsequently. At the public meeting held afterwards Mr. Thomas Darby was unanimously voted to the chair. That gentleman having addressed the meeting, the Rev. J. Nancarrow read the financial statement, and stated that the desire of the members was if possible to erect the building free of debt."17

At their property in Minlacowie, Thomas farmed wheat and grazed sheep.18 She was recommended as provisional teacher on 5 December 1877 at Minlacowie.19

Jessie, as the mother of the bride, along with Thomas attended Alice Darby and John Nancarrow's wedding on Thursday, 3 October 1878 at Minlacowie. The wedding was conducted at their house. John was a Baptist minister.20 Jessie Nicholson was still teaching and her students getting above average marks on 26 November 1878.21 Louisa Margaret Darby began working as a provisional teacher on the resignation from the role of her mother, Jessie Nicholson.22 Jessie, as the mother of the bride, along with Thomas attended Louisa Margaret Darby and George James Denness's wedding on Thursday, 16 April 1891 at Minlacowie. The wedding was conducted at their house.23 Jessie, as the mother of the bride, along with Thomas attended Emily Mary Darby and Robert Bain Carmichael's wedding on Thursday, 14 September 1893 at Minlacowie. The wedding was conducted at their house.24,25

It isn't known what happened in the last fourteen years of Thomas' life - as he was in his late seventies, perhaps he was able to take some pleasure in his grandchildren and great grandchildren .
Unloading wheat at Minlacowie c1916
(source: State Library of South Australia, Pictorial Collection, image B 32232
http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au /mpcimg/32250/B32232.htm)


She had a short article written about her and another baptist on 15 March 1913:
'Mrs. Thomas Darby came
to South Australia in the Martin Luther, in 1840, when site was just entering herteens. She came from Edinburgh, where her father and mother (before their marriage) were baptised by James Haldane. Mrs. Darby, then Miss Nicholson, was baptised in the Torrens, and joined the first Baptist Church at North Adelaide when she was sixteen. She was married to Mr. Darby at Morphett Vale in 1848, and lived there until Mr. Darby took up land at Minlacowie in the seventies. A Baptist church was soon formed, and Mr. and Mrs. Darby took a great interest in the movement. Mr. Darby died in 1907. Mis. Darby is in her 87th year, but still maintains her interest in all that is good. Her sympathies are broad enough to take in India, and she has ever been an earnest supporter of missions. She has a large number of grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren."5

Jessie lived with Emily Mary Darby and her husband Robert Bain Carmichael circa 1914.26

Jessie died on 13 November 1917 at at 48 Mary Street in the Adelaide suburb of Unley at age 91.26,27 She was buried on 15 November 1917 at West Terrace Cemetery, in Adelaide.27

An obituary of her life was published in The Chronicle on 24 November 1917:
"Mrs Darby, whose death occurred on November 13 in her 92nd year, was born in Edinburgh on September 23, 1826, and arrived in South Australia with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Nicholson, by the Martin Luther, on September 20, 1840. In 1848 she married Mr. Thomas Darby, who arrived by the Somersetshire on August 25, 1839, and took up land at Morpnett Vale, where he resided till 1875, when he removed to Minlacowie. Mr. Darby died ten years ago, having reached the age of 91. Mrs. Darby left seven children (Messrs. Edward and Samuel Darby, of Minlacowie; Mr. Jonn Darby, secretary Marine Board ; Mr.James Darby, of Parilla; and Mesdames R B. Carmichael, John Nancarrow, and G. J. Denness, 24 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Darby were active workers in religious and philanthropic objects, first in connection with the Congregational and afterwards with the Baptist denomination. For the last four years Mrs. Darby had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Carmichael, at Unley."26

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1826BirthEdinburgh1
1,2
1845Baptismthe Torrens river, in South Australia5
1848MarriageMorphett Vale, South Australia1
1874NoteMinlacowie, South Australia7,8
1875Note memo only9
1875Quotation type 210
Quotation type 211
Note memo only CR CRMinlacowie12
1875Note memo onlyMinlacowie13,14
1876Quotation type 1Minlacowie17
Note memo only18
1877NoteMinlacowie19
1878Note21
1879Note memo onlyMinlacowie22
Note memo only CR CR
1913Quotation type 25
1917Death at 48 Mary Street in the Adelaide suburb of Unley26,27
1917BurialWest Terrace Cemetery, in Adelaide27
1917Quotation type 226

Family

Thomas Darby (c May 1816-4 Jun 1907)
Children

Citations

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