the grandfather of William Ernest and Lucy Ann
Sheffield, was born on 3 June 1832 to William and
Sarah (née Hale) Sheffield. His parents, who were
married on 22 March 1831, are known to have had at
least five other children: John (bap. 27 July 1834),
Mary Ann1 (bap. 20 November 1836; d. 10
January 1839), Mary Ann2 (bap. 23 June
1839), Elizabeth (bap. 18 June 1843) and William (bap.
12 August 1845: d. 13 August 1845).
By the time of the 1851 census of the small village
of Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, Jacob had left home
and was working as a labourer. William (48) and
Sarah (47) were then living with their younger
children—John (16), Mary Ann2 (10) and
Jacob Sheffield married Mary Ann Julyan, the
daughter of Joseph Julyan, in St Andrew’s Church of
England in Alwalton on 12 April 1854. The service
was conducted by the local incumbent, the Reverend
Edward Gray MA (1826-1908), and the witnesses to the
wedding were Lucy Payne and Mary Ann Sheffield who
was probably Jacob’s sister of that name.
Four weeks later on 13 May 1854 Jacob and Mary Ann,
aged 22 and 21 respectively, were among the 394
government immigrants on board the 1000-ton
Monsoon (Captain Bogart) when it set sail for
Australia from Liverpool. They arrived in Brisbane
on 13 August of that year.
Jacob and Mary Ann raised a large family: Lucy (b. 8
April 1857; d. 9 September 1875); William (b. 4
March 1859; m.1 Catherine Ann O’Sullivan
10 August 1878; m.2 Margaret Heathwood 20
June 1894; d. 5 December 1911); James (b. Moggill 16
April 1861; m. Elizabeth Sarah Ann Weeks 2 April
1885; d. 23 July 1896); Annie (b. 13 September 1863;
m. John Hair 12 October 1882; d. 23 January 1907);
Fanny1 (b. 10 May 1868; d. 3 March 1869);
Fanny2 (b. 18 July 1870; d. 24 July
1870); Mary (b. ?; d. 22 August 1870); Samuel Joseph
(b. about 1876; d. 16 September 1929).
Jacob worked for some time as a drayman for the
enterprising Richard Symes Warry. He died on 7 June
1900 aged 68 and was buried in the South Brisbane
Cemetery in a grave (8C 383) that would later
receive the remains of his wife Mary Ann who passed
away aged 89 on 11 July 1922. In the same plot (8C
382) lie the remains of their daughter Annie (d. 23
January 1907 aged 43) and her husband John Hair (d.
6 May 1913 aged 67).
for some years a bullock team driver who carted
timber, married Elizabeth Sarah Ann (Annie) Weeks,
the eldest child of Henry and Mary Ann (née King)
Weeks, on 2 April 1885, in St Matthew’s Church of
England, Sherwood. The Reverend James Samuel Hassall
conducted the service and the official witnesses
were James Auld and Ellen Weeks. Several members of
the Weeks family were laid to rest in God’s Acre.
See the entry under their name and a related entry
under the Price name.
In a joint venture with Annie’s sister, Adelaide
Ellen Augusta, and her husband James Price, the two
couples purchased a farm at Seventeen Mile Rocks.
However, this property was sold when James Price,
tired of farming, decided to seek employment in the
railways. James and Annie then bought a dairy farm
on the corner of Cook Street and Oxley Road, Oxley.
James and Annie Sheffield became the parents of the
following children: Henry James Richard (b. 7
January 1886; m. Edith Ellen Horn 22 November 1911;
d. 24 September 1958); William Ernest (b. 12 July
1888; d. 26 April 1935); Robert Edwin (b. 7 December
1890; m. Alice Elizabeth Edwards 20 June 1912; d. 1
April 1957); Arthur Francis (b. 21 September 1893;
d. 16 January 1975); Lucy Ann (b. 31 March 1897
after her father’s death; d. 8 July 1992).
James Sheffield passed away in the Brisbane Hospital
on 23 July 1896 and was laid to rest in ‘Grenier’s
Cemetery, 8 Mile Plains’ two days later in the
afternoon. A notice in the Brisbane Courier
records that the funeral left from the Oxley
residence of his father-in-law Henry Weeks.
Assisting at the burial were: William Francis Lyon
(undertaker), the Reverend John Stewart Pollock of
the Presbyterian Church, and George McCulla and
Thomas Johnston (witnesses).
After James’s death Elizabeth Sarah Ann married
George Wilkinson (‘Brickie’) Campbell (b. 4
March 1866), the son of John and Christina (née
Mitchell) Campbell, on 23 May 1900. There were no
children of this marriage. George died on 13
September 1945 and was cremated two days later.
Annie, who was living in a house on the corner of
Sheffield Street and Oxley Road, Oxley, at the time
of her death, passed away aged 94 on 16 February
1956 and was buried in the graveyard of St Matthew’s
William Ernest Sheffield,
the son of James and Elizabeth Sarah Ann (née Weeks)
Sheffield was born in Moggill, now a Brisbane
suburb, on 12 July 1888. He married Edith Mabel
Thone on 20 July 1918.
William Ernest (a railway checker) of Appel Street,
Chelmer died in the Brisbane Hospital on 26 April
1935 at the age of 46 following an accident while at
work. He was laid to rest in the Cooper’s Plains
Cemetery on the following afternoon. The funeral
left from the residence of his mother and stepfather
in Oxley Road, Oxley. The graveside service was
conducted by the Reverend Brian Cavanough of the
Presbyterian Church in the presence of (A Goodall,
undertaker for Cannon and Cripps), and J Dibble and
J Dunstan (witnesses).
After William Ernest’s death Edith Mabel married
Harry McEwen on 7 August 1937.
Lucy Ann Sheffield
(b. 31 March 1897) was the youngest of the children
of James and Elizabeth Sarah Ann (née Weeks)
Sheffield. She had been living in Oxley Road, Oxley,
before taking up residence in the Hopetoun Aged
Persons Complex in Cliveden Avenue, Corinda. Two
days after she died on 8 July 1992 at the age of 95
her cremation service took place at the Mount