Sarah Anne Hosnell1

#457, (circa 1855-)
FatherThomas Horsnell2 (1811-9 Dec 1856)
MotherMartha Goddard2
Last Edited20 Jan 2022
Sarah Hosnell 1906
Source: Bob Stephenson
     Sarah Anne Hosnell was also known as Sarah Horsnell.2 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. Whilst historical facts are not copyright, my writing about these facts are. If you wish to use any text from this site on Ancestry or on any other website, please ask me first - Tim Hill.
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She was born circa 1855 at New South Wales.2 She was the daughter of Thomas Horsnell and Martha Goddard.2

Her father died 10 December 1856.2

By January 1857 the Horsnell family was in desperate circumstances and an appeal was made for charity in January 1857:
THE attention of the benevolent Public is solicited to the case of Mrs. Horsnell, widow of the late Thomas Horsnell, of the Long Swamp, near Mulgunnia who was recently killed by a fall from horse, leaving his wife and seven children almost in a state of complete destitution.
Donations will be thankfully received at Carcoar by the Rev. H. Tingcombe, E. J. C. North, N. Connolly, and B. Stimpson, and by W. Farrand, Esq. Free Press Office, Bathurst."3

Sarah attended the wedding of James Brown Nicholson and (most likely) her sister Lydia Horsnell at St. Michaels and St. Johns Catholic Cathedral on Sunday, 20 August 1871 at Bathurst, New South Wales. They also signed the marriage certificate as witnesses. Lydia was ten years younger than James.. Others who may have attended the wedding include Margaret Brown as mother of the groom and Donald Nicholson as father of the groom.4 In 1906 the surviving Hosnell siblings posed for a photograph.5
Hosnell siblings 1906: from left to right, Elizabeth, Lydia, Henry, Sarah, Lucy and Mary.
Source: Bob Stephenson


1855BirthNew South Wales2
Married Name5


  1. [S1317] E-mails from Judith Moir to Tim Hill, 2022- ' - Thomas Horsnell' - 20 Jan 2022, 12:45 (for middle name).
  2. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1856 No.001706.
  3. [S597] The Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Bathurst, NSW, Australia, 1857 'Advertising.', Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904), 21 January, p. 3, viewed 19 April, 2015,
  4. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1871 No.1637.
  5. [S1014] E-mails from Paul Stephens to Tim Hill (e-mail address), 2018- 'RE: Hosnell family connections' - 21 January 2018 at 21:01.