Thank you very much for your note about William Henry Rosevear.
Linda and I appreciate your offer of assistance for our Rosevear family history project.
We will send you a draft of our Rosevear history as it relates to Rosevears who emigrated to Australia.
Linda adds … William Henry was indeed a colorful person.He is described by Bob Roseveare, historian for the Rosevear(e) family, as “something of a rogue.”This description comes from Bob’s FAMILY HORIZONS, prepared for the second Rosevear Gathering in Cornwall, in 1990. Bob writes that William Henry was born in December 1773 near Camelford, Cornwall.He was the first child of his father’s (John’s) second marriage.William Henry sailed to Perth in the Marquis of Angelsea in 1829.He planned to settle at the Swan River Settlement there, but not liking it, went on the Calista to van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania).He arrived there on October 24 with his four young children and his servant-girl, Mary Burton.He left his wife Sarah behind, destitute. In applying for a grant of land, he said he was forty and had been farming for 25 years.He was actually 55.He was granted land beside the Tamar.In 1833 he was licensee of the Half Way House, Tamar, and in 1835, of the Rose Inn.He married Mary soon after his arrival saying that his wife was dead.They had eight children of their own and established Rosevears Hotel, on the Tamar.They joined the Windermere Church, St. Matthias, and arranged for a ferry across the river, between their hotel and the church.They played an active part in the early life of the church. The description goes on to chronicle their descendants…and that Jane, a daughter of the first marriage, arranged to have her mother, Sarah, join her in Australia, where in 1845, the facts of his bigamy were brought out in a court case, and Sarah was given some restitution.William Henry died in 1860 saying he was 73, but was considered, by Bob Roseveare, to be 86.Mary died in 1869 and Sarah lived on to die in 1874 at 86. Bob concludes and describes the descendants … “What a great family has arisen from these beginnings.” … You probably know all about their descendants.If not, there is more information here.
We are taking up the story where Bob leaves off and will include some photographs when space allows.
Bruce and Linda Greenberg email@example.com