Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Ellen BIGNELLAge: 89 years18521942

Name
Ellen BIGNELL
Given names
Ellen
Surname
BIGNELL
Married name
Ellen TOWERS
Birth about April 1852 48 40
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Baptism April 9, 1852
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a sisterIsabella Matilda BIGNELL
about April 1852
Citation details: V18523574 38A/1852 BIGNOLD ISABELLA JAMES AMELIA
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1255
Death of a maternal grandfatherSamuel KINGSTON
about 1852
Citation details: V18521753 38B/1852 KINGSTON SAMUEL AGE 85
Baptism of a sisterIsabella Matilda BIGNELL
April 9, 1852
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a brotherJoseph BIGNELL
about 1853 (Age 9 months)
Citation details: V18534089 39A/1853 BIGNOLD JOSEPH JAMES AMELIA
Baptism of a brotherJoseph BIGNELL
October 25, 1853 (Age 18 months)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a brotherAlfred Stanley BIGNELL
August 28, 1855 (Age 3 years)
Citation details: V18551843 159/1855 BIGNOLD ALFRED S JAMES AMELIA
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Marriage of a siblingHenry BIGNELLMary Emma TOWERSView this family
April 24, 1860 (Age 8 years)
Citation details: 1582/1860 BIGNELL HENRY TOWERS MARY EMMA DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1174
Marriage of a siblingSamuel BIGNELLMary Ann “Polly” LEVEYView this family
April 23, 1861 (Age 9 years)
Address: Cannigalla
Citation details: 1729/1861 BIGNELL SAMUEL LEVEY MARY ANN DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Marriage of a siblingEdward Thomas BIGNALLAlice ALLANView this family
May 20, 1862 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: 2221/1862 BIGNELL EDWARD THO ALLAN ALICE MAITLAND
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Marriage of a siblingJames BIGNELLMargaret KENNEYView this family
about 1863 (Age 10 years)
Citation details: 2650/1863 BIGNELL JAMES KENNEY MARGARET PATERSON
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 780
Marriage of a siblingRichard BIGNALLEliza Sarah SMITHView this family
March 29, 1865 (Age 12 years)
Citation details: 1179/1865 BIGNELL RICHARD SMITH ELIZA S REDFERN
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Marriage of a siblingAlexander Brilliant McPHERSONEmily Victoria BIGNALLView this family
about 1867 (Age 14 years)
Citation details: 2945/1867 MCPHERSON ALEXANDER BIGNELL EMILY RAYMOND TERRACE
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Marriage of a siblingHenry George TOWERSIsabella Matilda BIGNELLView this family
November 20, 1869 (Age 17 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 1256
Citation details: 2238/1869 TOWERS HENRY BIGNELL ISABELLA M DUNGOG
Marriage of a siblingWilliam BIGNELLMary Sarah LEANView this family
August 17, 1871 (Age 19 years)
Address: Hatfield Park
Citation details: 2134/1871 BIGNELL WILLIAM LEAN MARY DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 977
Marriage of a siblingRobert BIGNELLMary BALLARDView this family
May 27, 1874 (Age 22 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 1176
Marriage of a siblingGeorge Septimus BIGNALLCatherine “Kate” McINNESView this family
about 1876 (Age 23 years)
Citation details: 3247/1876 BIGNELL SEPTIMUS MCINNES CATHERINE MANNING RIVER
Marriage of a siblingJoseph BIGNELLAnn May KINGSTONView this family
October 2, 1878 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 2971/1878 BIGNETT JOSEPH KINGSTON ANNIE M DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 722
MarriageWilliam TOWERSView this family
August 11, 1880 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 3196/1880 TOWERS WILLIAM BIGNELL ELLEN DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1257
Death of a fatherJames BIGNELL
November 15, 1880 (Age 28 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 fatherJames BIGNELL
November 16, 1880 (Age 28 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 daughter
#1
Violet Ethel TOWERS
about 1881 (Age 28 years)
Citation details: 14474/1881 TOWERS VIOLET ETHEL WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Marriage of a siblingEdward Thomas BIGNALLHannah Jane LEANView this family
October 25, 1881 (Age 29 years)
Citation details: 3691/1881 BIGNELL EDWARD J LEAN HANNAH JANE DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 977
Marriage of a siblingAlfred Stanley BIGNELLJane IRWINView this family
May 10, 1882 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: 4250/1882 BIGNELL ALFRED STANLEY IRWIN JANE DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a son
#2
Alfred TOWERS
about 1883 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: 16429/1883 TOWERS ALFRED WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Birth of a daughter
#3
Ada C TOWERS
August 8, 1884 (Age 32 years)
Address: Underbank
Citation details: 18149/1884 TOWERS ADA WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1257
Death of a motherAmelia KINGSTON
December 20, 1884 (Age 32 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 daughter
#4
Lila A TOWERS
about 1886 (Age 33 years)
Citation details: 19662/1886 TOWERS LILA WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Birth of a son
#5
William TOWERS
about 1890 (Age 37 years)
Citation details: 12295/1890 TOWERS WILLIAM WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Marriage of a siblingAlfred Stanley BIGNELLMary IRWINView this family
November 4, 1891 (Age 39 years)
Citation details: 3762/1891 BIGNELL ALFRED S IRWIN MARY DUNGOG
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Birth of a daughter
#6
Gladys Ellen TOWERS
about 1892 (Age 39 years)
Citation details: 12778/1892 TOWERS GLADYS E WILLIAM ELLEN DUNGOG
Death of a brotherSamuel BIGNELL
September 14, 1898 (Age 46 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.

Death of a brotherGeorge Septimus BIGNALL
March 5, 1899 (Age 46 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 3451/1899 BIGNELL GEORGE S JAMES AMELIA TAREE
Death of a brotherEdward Thomas BIGNALL
March 4, 1901 (Age 48 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 1324/1901 BIGNELL EDWARD T JAMES AMELIA DUNGOG
Marriage of a childWilliam H FITZGIBBONAda C TOWERSView this family
about 1902 (Age 49 years)
Citation details: 7396/1902 FITZGIBBON WILLIAM H TOWERS ADA C PADDINGTON
Death of a brotherRichard BIGNALL
about 1905 (Age 52 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14166/1905 BIGNALL RICHARD 69 YRS ROCKDALE ROCKDALE
Marriage of a childJames E H COLESViolet Ethel TOWERSView this family
about 1908 (Age 55 years)
Citation details: 8371/1908 COLE JAMES E H TOWERS VIOLET E MORPETH
Death of a sisterPhillis BIGNALL
November 16, 1908 (Age 56 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14211/1908 BIGNELL PHYLIS JAMES AMELIA WEST MAITLAND
Death of a sisterEmily Victoria BIGNALL
December 14, 1908 (Age 56 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14394/1908 MCPHERSON EMILY JAMES AMELIA MORPETH
Marriage of a childWilliam TOWERSLucy HARTUPView this family
about 1909 (Age 56 years)
Citation details: 12130/1909 TOWERS WILLIAM HARTUPP LUCY PATERSON
Death of a brotherJoseph BIGNELL
October 8, 1911 (Age 59 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 15237/1911 BIGNELL JOSEPH JAMES AMELIA WEST MAITLAND
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Death of a brotherJames BIGNELL
March 10, 1917 (Age 64 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 780
Citation details: 1917/1851 James Bignell James Bignell Amelia Kingston
Death of a brotherHenry BIGNELL
August 27, 1919 (Age 67 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 16203/1919 BIGNALL HENRY JAMES AMELIA MANILLA
Death of a brotherWilliam BIGNELL
September 27, 1921 (Age 69 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 19091/1921 BIGNELL WILLIAM JAMES (-KINGSTON) TAREE
Death of a brotherRobert BIGNELL
February 16, 1925 (Age 72 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721 and 1176
Citation details: 3504/1925 BIGNELL ROBERT JAMES AMELIA TAREE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Death of a sisterIsabella Matilda BIGNELL
March 5, 1926 (Age 73 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 3741/1926 TOWERS ISABELLA M JAMES AMELIA TAREE
Death about 1942 (Age 89 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 20003/1942 TOWERS ELLEN JAMES AMELIA MOSMAN
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: October 30, 1832Paterson, , New South Wales, Australia
9 months
elder sister
Phillis BIGNALL
Birth: July 30, 1833 29 21Middlehope, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 16, 1908Maitland West, , New South Wales, Australia
13 months
elder brother
19 months
elder brother
14 months
elder brother
16 months
elder brother
20 months
elder brother
21 months
elder brother
18 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
14 months
elder brother
Joseph BIGNALL
Birth: September 26, 1846 42 34Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1847Bandon Grove, , New South Wales, Australia
19 months
elder brother
4 years
twin sister
1 month
herself
21 months
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Family with William TOWERS - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: August 11, 1880Bandon Grove, , New South Wales, Australia
17 months
daughter
3 years
son
19 months
daughter
2 years
daughter
5 years
son
William TOWERS
Birth: about 1890 37Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1968Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
Gladys Ellen TOWERS
Birth: about 1892 39Dungog, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1972Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
BaptismPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
MarriageMarriages registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 3196/1880 TOWERS WILLIAM BIGNELL ELLEN DUNGOG
MarriagePre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 1257
DeathPre 1860 Pioneer Register - Book 2
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc; Taree, NSW;2004
Citation details: 721
DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 20003/1942 TOWERS ELLEN JAMES AMELIA MOSMAN