The researcher acknowledges the very considerable
assistance of Garry and Rhonda Crompton, Jill Clark,
Sandra Liddle and Denise Pianta in preparing this
the son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) (née Elmen?)
Crompton, married Elizabeth Greenough, the
daughter of Richard (a labourer) and Catherine (née
Moss) Greenough, on 29 November 1841. The wedding
service took place ‘according to the rites and
ceremonies of the Established Church after banns’, in
Elizabeth’s parents were married in Leigh, Lancashire,
on 13 January 1811. She was born in Hindley in the
Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Lancashire, on 23 March
1823 and christened on 31 May 1823. At the time of the
1851 census her widowed mother Catherine and her widowed
sister Ellen were living with her and James.
James and Elizabeth Crompton and their surviving
children arrived in Moreton Bay on the 1129-ton
three-masted Hannah More (Captain William Brown)
on 23 June 1863. They had boarded the vessel as free
passengers in Bristol on or about 9 February 1863.
Shipping records list the Crompton family as follows:
James (40, a labourer), Elizabeth (40, wife), Nancy (20,
spinster), Joseph (18, labourer), John (16, labourer),
Mary Ann (14, spinster), Alice (11), Major (10), Thomas
(8), James (5), William (3) and Elizabeth (1). The
Thompson family, mentioned elsewhere in these pages,
also boarded in Bristol and made the long and rather
distressing journey with them.
There was a considerable amount of illness during this
voyage, notably diarrhoea among the children. The infant
Elizabeth Crompton (d. 14 February 1863) was among the
35 passengers who died, as were William Thompson Jr,
William Hampshire and Maria Thompson’s 11-year-old son,
and Maria Elcock (d. 19 February 1863), their
There was an addition to the Crompton family a few
months after their arrival. Charles Edwin was born on 22
November 1863 but died on 10 May 1864. It is not stated
on his death certificate where he was buried.
Sad to relate, Elizabeth Crompton herself did not
survive long in Australia. She died from phthisis on the
Island of St Helena in Moreton Bay on 24 February 1865
and was buried there on the following day in the
presence of two witnesses—John Entwistle and James
Duckworth. Death struck the family once more when James
and Elizabeth’s son John passed away on 18 June 1866. He
was buried in the (Wesleyan) Presbyterian Cemetery,
Brisbane, presumably at Paddington.
James married again on 18 November 1871 in the Brisbane
suburb of Paddington, this time to Irish-born Mary
Coles (or Cole), the daughter of Robert and Ann
Robinson. Their son, Albert Edward, was born on 10 July
1876. Mary died on 26 January 1886 and was laid to rest
on the following afternoon in the South Brisbane
Cemetery (5A 258). Their family home at that time was in
‘Cambridge Street, Boggo Road’.
Twice widowed, James married Mary Olsen, the
daughter of Thomas and Ann (née McGuinness) Henderson,
in the Toowoomba Methodist Church on 12 September 1887.
James Crompton (b. Blackburn, Lancashire, 12 December
1822) died on 29 September 1890. His funeral moved from
the Brisbane Hospital to the South Brisbane Cemetery (7B
182) on the following day.
The next generation.
Details of the marriages of some of James and Elizabeth
Crompton’s children follow. It is interesting to note
that three of their sons married three of the daughters
of George and Maria Catchpole. Nancy (m. John Henry
Entwistle 15 August 1864; d?), Mary Ann (m. John
Frederick Smith 1 August 1866; d. ?); Alice (m. William
Edward Wuest 16 August 1866; d. 18 October 1896), Major
(m. Marion Wood 15 February 1886; d. 23 November 1927),
Thomas m. Sarah Louisa Catchpole 30 June
31 October 1929), James Jr (m. Abigail Catchpole 23
January 1884; d. 4 September 1929), and William (b.
about 1860; m. Agnes Christi(an)na Catchpole 23 January
1884; d. 31 August 1943).
Abner Leslie Crompton
was the first child of William (a labourer) and Agnes
Christi(an)na (née Catchpole) Crompton who were married
on 23 January 1884. Born in the family home at Oxley on
19 October 1884, he died on 1 July 1885 and was buried
in ‘Grenier’s Cemetery’ on the following day. The
Reverend James Samuel Hassall of the Church of England
presided at the burial in the presence of William
Francis Lyon (undertaker) and William Leichhardt Grenier,
an uncle of the deceased, and Edward Flood (witnesses).
Ruby Alice Crompton,
the sister of Abner Leslie, was born at Oxley on 3
January 1886. By the time of her death on 21 January
1887 the family had moved to Fortitude Valley and
William had become an engine driver. Present in an
official capacity at her burial in the Cooper’s Plains
Cemetery three days later were William Edmunds
(clergyman?), William Ferguson (undertaker) and, as
witnesses, James Sheffield and the child’s uncle Thomas
Crompton. The following death notice appeared in the
CROMPTON. On the 21st January, at Thornton-lane, Valley,
Ruby Alice, only child of William and Agnes Crompton,
and granddaughter of Mrs. G. Catchpole, Cooper’s Plains,
aged 1 year.
After the death of these two infants the following
children were added to the family: William Charles (b.
18 May 1888; m. Amy Mitchener 21 December 1912; d. 5
January 1956), Violet Vera Maria (b. 25 November 1895;
m. John Alfred Jackson 24 June 1914; d. 4 October 1958),
Norman Roy (b. 2 July 1900; d.?), and Clyde Eric (b. 4
August 1905; d. 30 April 1906).
Clyde Eric Crompton,
like his siblings Abner Leslie and Ruby Alice, died as
an infant. He passed away on 30 April 1906 and was
buried on the following day in the Cooper’s Plains
Cemetery. Present as official witnesses to the burial
when the Reverend John Stewart Pollock conducted the
graveside service were John Bruce and William Catchpole.