Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Alfred Thomas BIGNELLAge: 62 years18681930

Name
Alfred Thomas BIGNELL
Given names
Alfred Thomas
Surname
BIGNELL
Birth about 1868 29 26
Citation details: 8865/1868 BIGNELL ALFRED T SAMUEL MARY A DUNGOG
Birth of a brotherGeorge BIGNELL
about 1871 (Age 3 years)
Citation details: 18221/1871 BIGNELL GEORGE SAMUEL MARY A TWEED RIVER
Birth of a sisterMary Ann BIGNELL
about 1874 (Age 6 years)
Citation details: 1874/2056 Mary Anne Bignell Samuel Mary Anne Levey
Marriage of a siblingJesse BIRDEleanor Alberta Charlotte BIGNELLView this family
July 7, 1879 (Age 11 years)
Citation details: 1879 C604 Heleanor Alberta Charlotte Bignell Jesse Bird
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames BIGNELL
November 15, 1880 (Age 12 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 12 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 brotherEdwin BIGNELL
calculated 1883 (Age 15 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 16 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 sisterCharlotte BIGNELL
about 1885 (Age 17 years)
Citation details: 1885/4923 Charlotte Bignell Samuel Mary Annie Levey
Birth of a brotherClarence James BIGNELL
July 27, 1890 (Age 22 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 brotherSydney Kingston BIGNELL
about 1893 (Age 25 years)
Citation details: 1893/6925 Sydney Kingston Bignell Samuel Mary Ann Levey
MarriageAmy Alice GRAYView this family
about 1894 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 4522/1894 BIGNELL ALFRED J GRAY ALICE A LISMORE
Marriage of a siblingSamuel Stanley BIGNELLRebecca Annie GRAYView this family
about 1896 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 5404/1896 BIGNELL SAMUEL S GRAY REBECCA A LISMORE
Marriage of a siblingGeorge BIGNELLJanet Laurie BELLView this family
about 1898 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: 8182/1898 BIGNELL GEORGE BELL JANET L MURWILLUMBAH
Death of a fatherSamuel BIGNELL
September 14, 1898 (Age 30 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 son
#1
George Kingston BIGNELL
July 13, 1910 (Age 42 years)
Citation details: 1910/7249 George Kingston Bignell Alfred Thomas Amy Alice Gray
Marriage of a siblingClarence James BIGNELLEdith May BIGNELLView this family
May 28, 1913 (Age 45 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 50 years)
Cause: Killed in action
Note: Killed in action in France whilst serving in the 25th Australian Machine Gun Company.
Marriage of a siblingEdwin BIGNELLEmily Muriel VINEYView this family
about 1920 (Age 52 years)
Citation details: 1920/2405 Bignell Edwin Viney Emilie Muriel
Death January 7, 1930 (Age 62 years)
Citation details: 1930/9965 Alfred Thomas Bignell - Bignell Mary Ann Levey ** born William River, New South Wales
Burial
Cemetery: Upper Coomera General
Bignell - Alfred Thomas and Amy Alice
Bignell - Alfred Thomas and Amy Alice

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

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
elder sister
7 years
himself
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 Amy Alice GRAY - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: about 1894Lismore, , New South Wales, Australia
17 years
son
George Kingston BIGNELL
Birth: July 13, 1910 42 36Queensland, Australia
Death: November 4, 1993Queensland, Australia

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 8865/1868 BIGNELL ALFRED T SAMUEL MARY A DUNGOG
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 4522/1894 BIGNELL ALFRED J GRAY ALICE A LISMORE
DeathDeaths Registered in Queensland
Citation details: 1930/9965 Alfred Thomas Bignell - Bignell Mary Ann Levey ** born William River, New South Wales
DeathAustralian Cemeteries Index
BurialAustralian Cemeteries Index