Seeking any information on George Edwards and his wife Grace Wilson. They were both born in England and may have married before reaching Tasmania/Australia; I have found no record of their marriage there.Even more puzzling, I have found no record of the births of their children on the Australian Vital Records CDs.The dates I do have follow
George Edwards born January 21, 1825 in Devonshire + Grace Wilson born November 20, 1828 near London
Children born in Australia:
Esther born February 28, 1847 Wilson Steven bornOctober 28, 1848in Hobart Thomas Charles bornSeptember 10, 1850 in Hobart George Frederick born 1853 Emily Sarah born October 4, 1855 in Melbourne Jessie Elizabeth born June 3, 1859 in Melbourne Harry B. born July 18, 1860 Arthur Wilson born July 7, 1863 in Melbourne
Sometime near the birth of Arthur, they moved (separately or together) to San Francisco, California.Unfortunately, many city records there were lost in the 1906 quake/fire.
Several stories about George have been told in the family over the last 100 years: he was said to be
in the wholesale leather and tobacco business
a Methodist minister
a governor of a penal colony, sent there by Queen Victoria for cheating the “Prince” at cards (I find this a little more than hard to swallow… in fact the whole governor idea is a bit much…. But it was obviously more palatable to the grans than the more likely INMATE of a colony).