The Family of Edward Joseph KEITH and Ann Boleyn MacPHERSON
Edward was not alone in Sydney society in having children with both his wife and his mistress. It would appear that several of his colleagues were in the same situation. Here I cover his family with Ann Boleyn. His other family, with his mistress Louisa HANKS is here.
The family of Edward Joseph and his wife Anne Boleyn
Edward and Anne married in London on 5 April 1825, sailed from Plymouth on 25 April 1825 and arrived in Sydney in November 1825. They had four children born in Sydney:
After Edward died in 1837, Anne and her three surviving children were left alone in Sydney with Edward's two young sisters Frances and Jessica. Presumably Anne waited in Sydney until probate had been issued by the court and then returned to London. In the 1841 census Ann, Frances, Ann and Dudley are back in London living at Camden St, Islington. They are accompanied by Jessica Keith, Edward's sister. Ann was working as a school mistress. The 1841 census did not record the place of birth, only whether the person was born in the county. Note that Jessica was born in Middlesex confirming she was Edward's sister.
By 1851 Ann had moved to Chapel St, Clerkenwell. She was aged 58 and was now an "Annuitant". Note the important fact that she was born in "Canada British Subject". With her was daughter Frances, aged 20, a dressmaker, born "Australia - ditto" (i.e. British Subject).
Death of Anne
Ann died at 7 Albert Square, Holloway Road, in Islington on 14 November 1857. She was aged 64 and the widow of Edward Keith, Barrister. The informant at death was her daughter Frances HANSON, who was also living at the same address:
The Children of Edward and Ann KEITH
Frances Jessica was the first child of Edward and Anne, born June 1827 in Sydney. She was baptised at St James Church Sydney on 28 June 1827. Frances travelled to London with her mother Ann after her father died in 1837 and is with her in the 1841 and 1851 censuses.
She married John HANSON on 31 May 1851 at Holy Trinity Church, Islington, London.Although the marriage record shows them both of "full age" (i.e. over 21) Frances would have been 24 but John was 49.
John and Frances appear to have had only one child, Sarah Ann Clara HANSON born 19 June 1852 and baptised just before her sixth birthday on 6 June 1858.
Frances and daughter Sarah are in the 1861 census, living at 6 Albert Square. I have not found John, but I presume he was still alive as Frances is listed as married:
John HANSON died on 25 November 1864 at 6 Albert Square, Islington. He was aged 62, so was born in 1802. He left a Will and probate was granted to his wife Frances.
I have not found Frances in the 1871 census but daughter Sarah is working as a servant at 3a Heliford St, St Mary Islington.
In 1881 Frances is living with daughter Clara (Sarah Ann) at 1b Little Essex St, Shoreditch, Hackney. With them is Clara's son Edward. Frances is now listed as a widow, so John had died. Although Clara is shown as married and Edward's surname is BELL, Edward was actually registered as Edward Edgar Keith HANSON.
Death of Frances Jessica
Frances died on 18 September 1887 at Bishop's Stortford (presumably this is the correct person). She left a Will (perhaps learning from the problems caused when her father died intestate in Sydney in 1837). Probate was granted on 26 October 1887 to Ezra Harle, a surgeon from Hackney. The estate was valued at £85/7/6.
Family of Sarah Ann Clara Hanson
Sarah (sometines known as Clara) was born 19 June 1852. She had a son, Edward Edgar Keith HANSON born at 64 Westbourne Road, Islington on 4 December 1872. A father is not recorded, but the 1881 census would suggest his father was named BELL.
Sarah/Clara Hanson/Bell is not obvious in the 1891 census. It appears she married William Herbert NORRIS in Holborn in 1884, the record is under Sarah Ann C BELL. Apparently William NORRIS died, for she next married Edward Henry NICE in the December quarter 1892 in Islington under the surname NORRIS. She is in the 1901 census as Sarah NICE living at 2 Palmer Place, Islington, London. Have we got the right Sarah Ann C? Apparently so, if you refer to the 1911 census below.
Son Edward Edgar BELL married Amy FORSTER in the Dec quarter 1900 at Islington. They are in the 1901 census living at 8 Chalfont (?) Rd, Islington:
Edward and Amy do not appear to have had any children. Amy died in 1906 explaining why Edward was a widower aged 38 in the 1911 census living with his mother and step-father at 50 Woodlands Park Rd, Tottenham.
Sarah Ann Clara died 1931 in Edmonton, Middlesex. Her husband Edward NICE died 1925 in Edmonton.
Edward her son died 1951 in Edmonton.
Ann was born in Sydney on 20 May 1829. She returned to England with her mother as she is in the 1841 census, aged 12. She is not in the 1851 census. Apparently she travelled back to Australia with her aunt Jessica under the name of Clara, arriving in Melbourne on 28 October 1850. The immigration record gives her place of birth as Sydney and that of Jessie as Hammersmith.
It appears that Clara died in Melbourne on 22 June 1863. The only detail on her death record is her place of birth being Sydney.
Dudley was born in Sydney on 23 May 1834. He accompanied his mother and sisters back to England, and is in the 1841 census in London, aged 7.
There are no other records of him in England. Dudley returned to Australia as he married Mary Ann COOK in Goulburn NSW in 1860. They had two children Mary and Edward.
Mary Ann died in 1864. Dudley married Harriet Augusta RUSSELL on 23 December 1864 in Sydney. They had one child, Clara Amelia who was baptied at Cleveland Street St Paul on 31 December 1865.
Dudley died in Sydney on 17 July 1868, as recorded in the Sydney Morning Herald. He is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.
Last updated: 03 July 2019