Hello Katie, Our records show that Frederick was bt. 31.12.1829 and that his brother John was bt. 3.7.1831. They were both baptised at Erith. (From memory I believe that the I.G.I. documentsJohn and Frederick baptised on the same day.)
Yes, the parents of Stephen wereRobert Heather and Charity Timmins (nee Williams).
If you don't already know Stephen's father (also Stephen) married Elizabeth Heep/Hepp at Plumstead, Kent, on 20.6.1813. Elizabeth appears to have been around three years older than Stephen and had been born at Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Stephen, the husband of Elizabeth Heep/Hepp, died sometime after the 1861 Census was taken. He was living at Plumstead in 1851 and was still there in 1861.He was a bricklayer and in 1861 his surname appeared on the census as "Esther."
John Heather, son of Stephen and Elizabeth Heep/Hepp, married Elizabeth Clarke at St. Dunstan in the East, Stepney, Middlesex on Christmas Day 1852. John, who was a blacksmith, was living at 44 High Street, Plumstead in 1861 then in 1871, whilst remaining in Plumstead he moved with his family to 4 Lower Robert Street.
I have their children but know nothing of their later lives.
There are many descendants of the Kent Heathers in Australia. In about 1971/81 we had one of the largest documented families in Australia.
The "H" was dropped from our name in early colonial times and we became known as "Eather."We have a newsletter that started over 30 years ago (I'm the current editor and have been for nearly ten years) and several books have been published. We are now working on the last book in the Eather series, which will cover your Stephen's brother Samuel Heather/Eather together with his descendantsts.
With the release of the 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 Census our information has grown and the latest findings our published in the newsletter.
Would very much like to know more about your Charles line and when he went to Berkshire.