The Family of John FREER and Hannah Perring MITCHELL
Edward Joseph KEITH married Elizabeth FREER in 1882 in Cootamundra. Elizabeth was born 3 October 1861 at Broughton Creek, Berry, NSW to John FREER and Hannah (nee MITCHELL), the youngest of 8 children. This is the FREER/MITCHELL story compiled from my own sources, together with information on the Devon Mitchells.
John was baptised in the church at Paignton, Devon on 27 August 1815 to Henry and Mary (Frere).
Hannah Perring MITCHELL: Hannah was baptiosed in Berry Pomeroy, Devon on 21 July 1816, to William and Dorothea (nee Perring).
John and Hannah married on 4 August 1939 at St George, Bloomsbury London. The witnesses were William Mitchell (probably Hannah's father and Ann, her sister.
1841 census: In 1841 John, Hannah and son William were living at James St, St Pancras, London
1851 census: In 1851 Hannah and her three living children - Henry, Mary and Sophia were at 95 Grove St, St Pancras. Husband John was absent - transported to Australia for 7 years:
John the Convict and Transportation
In April 1847 John Freer and four of his friends robbed a goods train at Camden Town Station. John was sentenced on 10 May 1847 to transportation to Australia for seven years for larceny. His brother Samuel was sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for receiving stolen goods.
After a spell in Millbank Prison, then in Pentonville Prison,
on 29th November 1848 John was embarked on the ship "Hashemy"
for the trip to Australia.
John received his Ticket of Leave in 1849, very shortly after his arrival and was granted land.
Hannah to Australia
His wife Hannah and their three children followed him several years later, arriving in April 1853 aboard the "Java". The immigration note records "Paid £18/15 for self and family", suggesting that Hannah raised some of the money to join John in Australia.
John became a farmer in Australia, working properties on the
South Coast of NSW near Geringong.
John died in Cootamundra on 2 February 1893.
Last updated: 13 Aug 2017