Ballina & Richmond River GenWeb
first of the 'Richmond River' Lovetts to immigrate to
Australia was Charles Ezekiel. Charles was born in the
densely populated district of Holborn, in London, on
9th Novemeber 1812. He was the youngest child of Thomas
Lovett & Ann Clay. Thomas was a coachman & then
an undertaker, who was born in Holborne in 1770. His
parents were John Lovett & Elizabeth. Charles' siblings'
births were all registered in London. They included:
Mary (1791), Elizabeth (1794), Charlotte (1796), Thomas
(1799), William (1801), Joseph (1805) & Sarah (1806).
Charles James may have been the first of the Lovett boys to venture north. When he was in his 30s he married Mary Ann Isabella Palmer. The marriage took place at Grafton in 1880. Their children included: John Charles Ezekiel (1881 - 1923), Thomas George (1883 - 1972), Catherine M (1886), Alexander J ( 1890 - 1891) & Angus H (1893). All the children's births were recorded in Lismore & Ballina. Charles was a farmer at East Wardell. In 1885 it was reported that he possessed 42 acres of land with 2 horses & 5 head of cattle. Charles died at the residence of his son: Thomas George at Lismore in 1934. Mary Ann resided in River St, Ballina in her later days & died in 1940. Both Charles & Mary Ann are buried at Wardell.
John married Stella J. Foggo in 1910 & died at East Wardell, after an illness of some years. He only lived until 42 years of age & left behind a widow & 6 children. The children included: Cecil George (b. 1911 m. Ethel Eliza Filby 1936), Ethel (b. 1911 m. Albert Booth 1934 then Percy Edgar Thoms 1944), Irene M. (b. 1915 m. Frank M. Rozea 1931 then Frederick Geoffrey Hopkinson 1943), Angus T. Lovett (b. 1916) & Dulcie J. (b. 1919).
Thomas married Letitia Jane Tyler in 1910. Letitia was known as Dolly. Their children included: Charles Henry (b. 1911 m. Isabella May Wilson 1935), Arthur George (b. 1913 m. Myra Doreen Lardner), Roy Hamilton (b. 1915 m. Zelinda Angelina Pezzutti), Cyril Angus (b. 1917 d.1941 WW11 Bardia, Libya), Doris Eileen (b. 1920 d. 1935). Most of this family are buried at East Lismore, but Doris was buried at Wardell.
married Robert Phipps at Ballina in 1910. Their children
included: Leslie Charles (b. 1910 m. Kathleen McNamara
1934), Charles Cyril (b. 1914 m. Irene Burnas Rippon
1938), Florence A. (b. 1915 m. Arthur Roland Flanagan
Joseph married Susannah Ann Smith at Clarence Town in 1877. Their first children were born in the Paterson/Clarence Town area, but by 1882 they were living in Grafton. Oddly enough, Joseph & Susannah were recorded as residing at Emigrant Creek, Ballina in 1890, but they also had a child registered in Grafton during the same year. The electrol roll of the early 1900's shows Joseph as a resident of Pound St, Grafton. Joseph became a builder/contractor, until 1920 when he died. Joseph & Susannah had the following children: Annie M (b. 1878 d. 1899Grafton), John William (b. 1879 d. 1880 Gostwyck), Ethel Eliza (1880 m. Edwin J. Johnson 1907 Parkes), Ida M. (b. 1882 m. George T. Mitchell 1909 Kempsey), Susan J. (b. 1884 m. Sydney A. Williams 1907 Kempsey), Eva E. (b. 1886 d. 1887 Grafton), Katey Josephine (b. 1887 m. Andrew K. Lardner 1908 Grafton), Ernest J. W. (b. 1890 d. 1890 Grafton), Arthur H. (b. 1892) & Amy (b. 1894 d. 1918 Lismore). Joseph is buried at Grafton.
was the second of Charles & Catherine's children to
not reach maturity. The following is a transcript of the
obituary from the 'Maitland Mercury' 1/4/1871.
Thomas lived at Vacy until the age of about 28. In 1890, Thomas was listed as a resident of Wardell. Thomas worked as a timber-getter & hauler for Bagot's Mill & cut & hauled caen throughout Teven, Rous & Tintenbar. By 1900, Thomas was farming at Wardell. Thomas lived on Thurgate's Lane with a married woman named Mary Alice Johnson. She had parted company with her second husband, Olaf Johnson & in 1893. Mary had married George Smith In about 1870 at Mudgee. The children from this relationship were: Sarah Smith (married Herbert Vidler) & Mary Smith. Mary & Olaf's children were: Christina (married Charles Pegram), Lillian (married Albert Vidler) & Thomas George married Una Lumley). Thomas & Mary had their first child, William Claude Hamilton. As divorce was not common in those days, Thomas & Mary did not marry until after Olaf died in late 1907. Early in 1908, Thomas & Mary exchanged wedding vows. Thomas was 53 at the time. Unfortunately, Mary died of heart failure less than 3 months after her marriage.
In Dec 1902, Thomas bought 144 acres of land on Baggotville Road, Meerschaum Vale. The cost was 300 pound. In November 1903 he purchased a further 40 acres from Thomas Borton at a price of 140 pounds. Six months later he purchased land from Mr Davis for 180 pounds. Thomas ran a profitable dairy farm; at one stage, having 241 acres with 102 head of cattle & 17 horses. He employed labourers to help clear the land & run the farm. Two years after the death of Thomas' first wife, in 1910, he married for a second time. His new wife was Mary Jane Kidd, aged 43 & known as Jinny. They adopted a young girl names Audrey, fondly known as Molly. Thomas & Jinny lived on the Meerschaum Vale farm for nearly 10 years, before renting it to Thomas' step-son Thomas Johnson in 1920. In 1926, he sold the farm to Thomas. Thomas & Jinny bought a 40 acre property on Wardell Road, where they spent the rest of their life.. Jinny died in 1935 & was burried in the Wardell Cemetery. In Thomas' old age, he was cared for by both his step-don, Thomas & his son, William. He died in 1936 & was buried beside his second wife in Wardell cemetery.
William Claude Hamilton Lovett married Kathleen Elizabeth Nugent at Alphadale in 1918. He was commonly called Billy. Both Billy & Kathleen are buried at Wardell Cemetery. Billy died in 1984 & Kathleen in 1994. Their children include: Keith T (died 1922 -- buried Wardell), Norma May (married Albert Thomas Atherton -- known as Blue), Lester Joseph (married Marie Dympa Troy), Dudley Francis (married Eileen Margaret Summers), Pauline (married Kenneth McLeay Worboys) , Rae (married Colin Watkins) & William Stanley (married Frances Beradette).
Ann was known as Annie. It is beleived that Annie Wyndier
family of Tomago. Mr Wyndier was possibly a doctor.
She then worked in the Post Office at Raymend Terrace.
Annie died in 1940, at the age of 83 & was buried
with her parents in St Paul's Churchyard, Paterson.
Susan worked for the Armbrusters at
Lindendale doing domestic duties until she married Frank
Bailey at Wardell in 1923. Susan's great aunt, Mary
Ann Sellens of Paterson had married Louis Armbruster.
Frank was an Englishman, arriving on the Richmond in
1912. They had two children: Phyllis Doreen (1924) &
James David (1927). The Baileys settled on Dann's Lane,
Keith Hall, where the family still has an interest in
cane farming. Phyllis married Arthur Frederick Lickiss
(known as Pat)& they farmed at Riley's Hill. The
Lickiss family have an interest in farming at Rileys
Hill today. Jim Bailey married Delma Hancock. Frank
died in 1957. Susan resided on Dann's Lane long after
her husband passed away. In mid 1972 she moved to Caroona
Nursing Home, Lismore, where she died 7 years later.
The youngest son, Ray, took over the farm at Meerschaum
Vale. This enabled his father (known as Jim) to spend
more time relaxing in a cane chair on the verandah.
Ray married Zena May Murphy in 1938. They had two children:
Raema & Raymond. The family still has an interest
in farming at Meerschaum Vale.
Submitted by: Donna Williams