The Hutchison & Abercrombie Families Of Glasgow
and the
Goldsworthy and Bowcher Families of London

This is the information I have on my paternal grandmother's family - Goldsworthy of London but originally from Clyst St George in Devon, the Hutchison family from Inverkeithing and later Glasgow, the Abercrombie family of Glasgow, and the Bowcher family originally from Bath. Many of these ancestors worked in the cloth trade as master tailors, but there are butchers, bakers and an actress as well.

Glasgow did not suit some of them, so they emigrated to Melbourne for a new life. My grandmother - Eliza Agnes Goldsworthy - was born in a tent at the Police Station at Moe, north-east of Melbourne, Australia in 1886, the second of the eight children of George Goldsworthy and Eliza (née Hutchison).

By way of introduction:

Eliza Goldsworthy married William Froggatt at the McNeil Memorial Church Waverley, Sydney on Thursday, 12 May 1910. See the Froggatt story for more information). The Goldsworthy family had emigrated from London to Melbourne in 1873 on the sailing ship MacDuff. The Hutchisons had emigrated from Glasgow on the "Loch Maree" in 1880.

George Goldsworthy married Eliza Hutchison in Melbourne in 1883, and was at various times a Mounted Trooper and policeman in Victoria. In later life he often claimed to have been part of the hunt for the outlaw Ned Kelly (although this claim is a bit far-fetched, there is a grain of truth to it as described in George's life story).

By 1900 the Goldsworthy family were in New Zealand when their youngest child was born in Auckland. Later they were living in Gisborne, where George ran a second-hand goods shop until be went bankrupt. They were living in Gisborne at about the same time as William Froggatt and his first wife, so it is possible that the families knew each other at this time.

By May 1910 both families were back in Australia, living in Sydney, in time for the marriage of Eliza and William (now a widower). The Froggatt and Goldsworthy families then crossed the Tasman Sea again to settle in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Their travelling days were over and so was William Froggatt's money...

Follow the links in the family tree for information about each generation. Each page you go to should have a link to bring you back here.

      Henry           Margey
        |      m:1602     
      Henry             Grace   
    1603-1670  m:1646 1626-1666 
      Henry           Sarah
       1647-   m:1672 -1683
      Thomas            Jane
       1677-   m:1702   1669-
      Henry            Anne                           
       1704-   m:1733  1718-
       John          Elizabeth                              
       1742-   m:1768  1747-                                    
         ?                                                   David        Isabella  
   GOLDSWORTHY Tree before this                            HUTCHISON===v===CHAPMAN 
        is speculative                                         |     m:1762
        |                                                      |
     Frederick      Elizabeth                                David         Esther         James           Janet 
    GOLDSWORTHY===v===STONE                                HUTCHISON===v===MORTON      ABERCROMBIE===v===GERSHOM  
      1771-    m:1795                                      1771-1856 m:1794 1780-         1752-    m:1787
        |                                                      |                            |             
        |                           |               |          |                 |          |                 |
       John              Mary     James=====v====Charlotte   Ralph======v=====Isabella  Archibald=====v=====Agnes
    1797-1889  m:1828 1802-1874 1799-1843   |   1800-1843  1806-1881    |      1811-      1802-       |   1803-1866
                 |                          |                           |                             |
           John Frederick========v======Henrietta                     David============v============Eliza
             1829-1894         m:1851   1833-1910                   1831-1897        m:1850        1826-1898
                                 |                                                     |
                               George                                                 Eliza
                             1861-1929                  m:1883                     1860-1940
                                                   Eliza GOLDSWORTHY
                                                   William FROGGATT

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