was born on 1 March 1818 in Hatherleigh, Devonshire, and
christened there in the parish church of St John the
Baptist on 7 February 1819. The son of John (a
carpenter) and Mary (née Hammet) King, he married Ann
Gribble, the daughter of Thomas Gribble (a
blacksmith), on 21 July 1839 in St Mary’s Arches Church
(or St David’s?), Exeter. Both Thomas and Ann were then
living in Exe Lane, Exeter.
At the time of the 1851 English census in the parish of
Tor Mohun, Exeter, the following details concerning the
King family were recorded: Thomas, labourer, 32, born
Hatherleigh; Ann (wife) 35, born Crediton; Mary Ann
(daughter), 11, scholar, born Exeter; Elizabeth
(daughter) 7, scholar, born Winkleigh.
Thomas and Ann travelled to Australia with their
daughter Elizabeth on the 873-ton Jessie Munn
(Captain John Kerr) which left Plymouth on 26 October
1861 and dropped anchor in Moreton Bay on the evening of
28 January 1862. The passengers were brought up the
River to Kangaroo Point two days later on the
Breadalbane. Shipping records give the ages of the
Kings as 41, 43 and 17 respectively and indicate that
Thomas (a labourer) and Ann were then living in Wales
and that Elizabeth (a domestic) resided in England.
There was a deal of trouble after the
arrival of the ship owing to the insubordination of some
of the crew and the absconding of the offenders. The
elder daughter Mary Ann, who married Henry Weeks in
Cockington, Devonshire, in 1861, came to Australia with
her family in 1873. Both she and Henry and two of their
children, Henry John Thomas Weeks and Richard James
Robert Weeks, are buried in God’s Acre (cf. the material
on the Weeks family later in these pages).
The Kings homesteaded a 32-acre property on Ipswich Road
with a frontage to Oxley Creek and other properties in
the Blunder area in Oxley where a number of God’s Acre
families lived. King Avenue, Durack, is named for this
Ann King passed away aged 66 on 5 June 1880.
She was laid to rest in ‘Grenier’s Cemetery, Cooper’s
Plains’ on the following day in a service conducted by
the Reverend James Samuel Hassall. Her son-in-law Job
Allen acted as undertaker and the role of witness was
exercised by John Nolan and G Bowler.
Concerning Thomas King a family member has this
to say: ‘Thomas King lost his eyesight by 1888 and later
lived with his daughter Elizabeth Allen in Bannerman
Street, Oxley, until his death. According to Official
Records, Thomas and Ann are buried in God’s Acre,
although his death date is still unknown to his
descendants’. Even if one were to query what ‘official records’ are referred to, it
would be most unlikely for Thomas to have been buried
anywhere else than with his wife in the place where
other family members also lie at rest.