Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Eleanor Alberta Charlotte BIGNELLAge: 85 years18621947

Name
Eleanor Alberta Charlotte BIGNELL
Given names
Eleanor Alberta Charlotte
Surname
BIGNELL
Married name
Eleanor Alberta Charlotte BIRD
Birth about 1862 23 20
Citation details: 7427/1862 BIGNELL ELENA A C SAMUEL MARY A DUNGOG
Birth of a brotherAlfred Thomas BIGNELL
about 1868 (Age 6 years)
Citation details: 8865/1868 BIGNELL ALFRED T SAMUEL MARY A DUNGOG
Birth of a brotherGeorge BIGNELL
about 1871 (Age 9 years)
Citation details: 18221/1871 BIGNELL GEORGE SAMUEL MARY A TWEED RIVER
Birth of a sisterMary Ann BIGNELL
about 1874 (Age 12 years)
Citation details: 1874/2056 Mary Anne Bignell Samuel Mary Anne Levey
MarriageJesse BIRDView this family
July 7, 1879 (Age 17 years)
Citation details: 1879 C604 Heleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Jesse Bird
Birth of a son
#1
Frank BIRD
November 28, 1879 (Age 17 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Frank Bird Birth date: 28/11/1879 Mother's name: Heleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1880/C/3546

Death of a paternal grandfatherJames BIGNELL
November 15, 1880 (Age 18 years)
Informant: Edward Thomas BIGNALLson
Cause: Old age
Citation details: 6531/1880 BIGNALL JAMES WILLIAM DIED DUNGOG DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Bignell - James - Death Certificate
Bignell - James - Death Certificate

Note: Image downloaded from Ancestry.com

Burial of a paternal grandfatherJames BIGNELL
November 16, 1880 (Age 18 years)
Cemetery: Bandon Grove General
Bignell - James - Death Certificate
Bignell - James - Death Certificate

Note: Image downloaded from Ancestry.com

Bignall - James and Amelia
Bignall - James and Amelia

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.
Note: No inscription.

Birth of a son
#2
Rowland Charles BIRD
June 10, 1882 (Age 20 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Rowland Charles Bird Birth date: 10/06/1882 Mother's name: Helenor Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1882/C/3742

Birth of a brotherEdwin BIGNELL
calculated 1883 (Age 21 years)

Note: Edwin was 63 years old at the time of his death in 1946.
Death of a paternal grandmotherAmelia KINGSTON
December 20, 1884 (Age 22 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 8783/1884 BIGNELL AMELIA SAMUEL DIED DUNGOG DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a son
#3
William Bertram BIRD
February 18, 1885 (Age 23 years)
Text:

Birth registration: William Bertram Bird Birth date: 18/02/1885 Mother's name: Heleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Father/parent's name: Jessie Bird Registration details: 1885/C/4924

Birth of a sisterCharlotte BIGNELL
about 1885 (Age 23 years)
Citation details: 1885/4923 Charlotte Bignell Samuel Mary Annie Levey
Birth of a daughter
#4
Elizabeth Ann BIRD
August 25, 1887 (Age 25 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Elizabeth Ann Bird Birth date: 25/08/1887 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotta Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1887/C/5926

Birth of a son
#5
Jesse Thomas BIRD
April 18, 1890 (Age 28 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Jesse Thomas Bird Birth date: 18/04/1890 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotta Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1890/C/7940

Birth of a brotherClarence James BIGNELL
July 27, 1890 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 1890/8021 Clarence James Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
Publication: A well researched and sourced document kindly provided by Donna Bignell
Birth of a daughter
#6
Violet May BIRD
December 4, 1893 (Age 31 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Violet May Bird Birth date: 04/12/1893 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotta Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1894/C/6798

Birth of a brotherSydney Kingston BIGNELL
about 1893 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: 1893/6925 Sydney Kingston Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
Marriage of a siblingAlfred Thomas BIGNELLAmy Alice GRAYView this family
about 1894 (Age 32 years)
Citation details: 4522/1894 BIGNELL ALFRED J GRAY ALICE A LISMORE
Death of a daughterElizabeth Ann BIRD
May 6, 1895 (Age 33 years)
Text:

Death registration: Elizabeth Ann Bird Death date: 06/05/1895 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotta Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1895/C/2255

Marriage of a siblingSamuel Stanley BIGNELLRebecca Annie GRAYView this family
about 1896 (Age 34 years)
Citation details: 5404/1896 BIGNELL SAMUEL S GRAY REBECCA A LISMORE
Marriage of a siblingGeorge BIGNELLJanet Laurie BELLView this family
about 1898 (Age 36 years)
Citation details: 8182/1898 BIGNELL GEORGE BELL JANET L MURWILLUMBAH
Death of a fatherSamuel BIGNELL
September 14, 1898 (Age 36 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Citation details: 12 May 2010
Text:

Dear Mr Gregory,

One of my computer searches picked up http://stuart.scss.dyndns.info/FamilyTree/individual.php?pid=I17361&ged=Gregory-Hudson.ged recently.

I would like to pass on some corrections. These errors have unfortunately been repeated across several genealogy websites, resulting from some sloppy work by a non-Bignall a few years ago.

James Bignall (sometimes Bignell, but never Bignold) was not born at Alverstoke. That particular Bignell never left the UK and is buried in Hampshire.

James' children were:

Phyllis b 1833 Middlehope (Paterson) d 1908 bur Campbell's Hill James b 1834 Middlehope (Paterson d 1917 bur Upper Coomera, Qld Richard b 1836 d 1905 bur Sutherland Henry b 1837 Allyn River d 1919 bur Manilla Samuel Stanley b 1838 d 1898 bur Upper Coomera, Qld Edward Thomas b 1840 Allyn River d 1901 bur Dungog William b 1842 Allyn River d 1921 bur Dawson River George Septimus b 1843 d 1899 bur Taree Estate Emily Victoria b 1846 Allyn River d 1908 bur East Maitland Joseph (I) b 1846 Bandon Grove d 1847 bur Bandon Grove Robert b 1848 Bandon Grove d 1925 bur Dawson River Isabella Jane b 1852 Bandon Grove d 1926 bur Coopernook Ellen b 1852 Bandon Grove d 1942 bur N Subs, North Ryde Joseph (II) b 1853 Bandon Grove d 1911 bur Lochinvar Alfred Stanley b 1855 Bandon Grove d 1944 bur Sandgate

Some children spelled their name Bignall, others Bignell, and a couple wavered between the two spellings. Bignall is believed to be the original spelling. Bignold has never been used.

There are some deliberately obscure features of James' life, but is probable that he was the ex-convict freed at Paterson in 1824, recorded in the handwritten Newcastle lists as James Bagnall. He was said to have been born in Oxfordshire.

His wife Amelia Kingston was not from Bandon. She came from Rosscarbery on the coast in County Cork. Her father had previously been convicted of forging some commercial paper and was transported. He acquired the Bandon Grove estate on the Williams River, which passed to his descendents.

Regards, G Taylor.

Birth of a daughter
#7
Alice Isabella BIRD
June 26, 1899 (Age 37 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Alice Isabella Bird Birth date: 26/06/1899 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotta Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1899/C/6858

Birth of a daughter
#8
Gwenneth Lena BIRD
September 8, 1902 (Age 40 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Gwenneth Lena Bird Birth date: 08/09/1902 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1902/C/7076

Birth of a daughter
#9
Beryl Florence BIRD
June 10, 1907 (Age 45 years)
Text:

Birth registration: Beryl Florence Bird Birth date: 10/06/1907 Mother's name: Eleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Father/parent's name: Jesse Bird Registration details: 1907/C/7522

Marriage of a siblingClarence James BIGNELLEdith May BIGNELLView this family
May 28, 1913 (Age 51 years)
Citation details: 1913/C2008 Bignell Clarence James Edith May
Citation details: 21 January 2013
Text:

In part:

"A common error in family trees is not connecting these first cousins as married. They married in Qld in 1913 (Qld BDM 1913/C2008)."

Publication: A well researched and sourced document kindly provided by Donna Bignell
Death of a brotherSydney Kingston BIGNELL
April 10, 1918 (Age 56 years)
Cause: Killed in action
Note: Killed in action in France whilst serving in the 25th Australian Machine Gun Company.
Death of a husbandJesse BIRD
June 6, 1919 (Age 57 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 259
Citation details: 1919 C2315 Jesse Bird William Bird Elizabeth Ann Thomas
Marriage of a siblingEdwin BIGNELLEmily Muriel VINEYView this family
about 1920 (Age 58 years)
Citation details: 1920/2405 Bignell Edwin Viney Emilie Muriel
Marriage of a childJames Archibald DONALDGwenneth Lena BIRDView this family
December 15, 1928 (Age 66 years)
Text:

Marriage registration: Gwenneth Lena known as Gwenneth Eleanor Bird Marriage date: 15/12/1928 Spouse's name: James Archibald Donald Registration details: 1928/B/4958

Death of a brotherAlfred Thomas BIGNELL
January 7, 1930 (Age 68 years)
Citation details: 1930/9965 Alfred Thomas Bignell - Bignell Mary Ann Levey ** born William River, New South Wales
Death of a motherMary Ann “Polly” LEVEY
June 28, 1933 (Age 71 years)
Citation details: 1933/21247 Mary Ann Bignell Patrick Levey Mary Atkin
Text:

Death registration: Mary Ann Bignell Death date: 28/06/1933 Mother's name: Mary Atkin Father/parent's name: Patrick Levey Registration details: 1933/B/21247

Publication: Brisbane Courier 1 July 1933
Marriage of a childEdwin Stanley STANFIELDBeryl Florence BIRDView this family
January 20, 1936 (Age 74 years)
Text:

Marriage registration: Beryl Florence Bird Marriage date: 20/01/1936 Spouse's name: Edwin Stanley Stanfield Registration details: 1936/B/23714

Death of a brotherClarence James BIGNELL
January 17, 1943 (Age 81 years)
Citation details: 1943/59660 Clarence James Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
Publication: A well researched and sourced document kindly provided by Donna Bignell
Death of a brotherEdwin BIGNELL
May 14, 1946 (Age 84 years)
Citation details: 1946/6541 Edwin Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
Death of a brotherGeorge BIGNELL
April 4, 1947 (Age 85 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 9689/1947 BIGNELL GEORGE SAMUEL MARY ANNE MURWILLUMBAH
Death about 1947 (Age 85 years)
Citation details: 1947 B14025 Eleanor Alberta Charlotte Bird Samuel Bignell Mary Ann Levy
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: April 23, 1861Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
brother
brother
elder brother
James BIGNELL
Birth: about 1861 22 19Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1861Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
herself
7 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
George BIGNELL
Birth: about 1871 32 29Tweed River, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 4, 1947Murwillumbah, , New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
10 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
6 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Australian Army CrestSydney Kingston BIGNELL
Birth: about 1893 54 51Queensland, Australia
Death: April 10, 1918Bouzencourt, Somme, France
Family with Jesse BIRD - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: July 7, 1879Queensland, Australia
5 months
son
Frank BIRD
Birth: November 28, 1879 29 17Queensland, Australia
Death: July 11, 1963Brisbane, , Queensland, Australia
3 years
son
Rowland Charles BIRD
Birth: June 10, 1882 32 20Queensland, Australia
Death: March 15, 1959Brisbane, , Queensland, Australia
3 years
son
3 years
daughter
Elizabeth Ann BIRD
Birth: August 25, 1887 37 25Queensland, Australia
Death: May 6, 1895Queensland, Australia
3 years
son
Jesse Thomas BIRD
Birth: April 18, 1890 40 28Queensland, Australia
Death: August 17, 1967Brisbane, , Queensland, Australia
4 years
daughter
6 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
5 years
daughter

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 7427/1862 BIGNELL ELENA A C SAMUEL MARY A DUNGOG
MarriageMarriages Registered in Queensland
Citation details: 1879 C604 Heleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Jesse Bird
DeathDeaths Registered in Queensland
Citation details: 1947 B14025 Eleanor Alberta Charlotte Bird Samuel Bignell Mary Ann Levy