Saunter/SONTER of Australia
Updated August 22, 2001
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Family history of the Saunter/Sonter family who emigrated 1838 onboard the ship "Maitland" from Sussex, England and became Pioneering families in Australia with many descendants.
- DAVID SONTER 1799-1873 Buried Carlingford NSW Aust (40 KB)
History - Ancestry - Descendancy:
The origin of the English surname, SAUNTER is derived from the Old French "sanz terre" which means "without land". Variants of this name are Santer, Samter and Senter, the nickname of King John. As soldiers and followers of their King many a battle was fought against the French, some of the followers may have settled in France, whilst others would have returned to England. The Saunters, being of French origin, have originally travelled to England during the Norman Conquest with William, Duke of Normandy in 1066.
A John Sancherre and John Sanzherre are recorded in 1260 Assize Rolls of Cambridgeshire and other spellings such as Sanherre, Sauthere appeared in 1275 Lincolnshire documents. During the French Revolution period an Antoine Joseph Santerre (born 17520 a wealthy brewer of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, was appointed in June 1792, Chief in Charge of the National Guard of Paris. On the 10th August, 1792, he served against the Verdeans, was arrested after the defeat and released after the Thermidor. He died 1809. (Reference: M.J. Sydenham "The French Revolution" University paperbacks)
From "Sanzterre" several different spellings have been noted of the family name in Australia from SAUNTER to SOUTER/SALTER finally SONTER. AUSTRALIAN SONTER FAMILIES MOSTLY DESCEND FROM DAVID SAUNTER/SONTER who emigrated with wife Emma nee Chandler and children in 1838 onboard the "Maitland".
Connections of Sarah CHANDLER sister of Emma Chandler/Saunter who had married James ROBARDS in Kent England and emigrated onboard "Cornwall" 1839 are the families of HORNER AND DAYMAN - Hornsby Shire pioneers and some Dayman relatives ventured to the Richmond River area. Descendant: Raymond Dayman now in Western Australia in the year 2001. John ROBERTS/ROBARDS brother of James Robards emigrated onboard "Maitland" 1838. Harriett CHANDLER sister of Emma Chandler/Saunter married Richard RANSLEY and emigrated 1839. Descendants are in Queensland. Jane CHANDLER sister of Emma Chandler/Sonter married William CLOUT and settled South Coast of New South Wales, Australia and cousins Timothy and Eliza WILLIS also emigrated c1839.
Other Saunter relatives went to Canada and United States. [Canadian descendant 2001-MARGARET SAUNTER, EDMONTON, ALBERTA,CANADA].
HOCKLEY family connections: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hockley/homepage.htm
SAUNTER Ancestry: The patriarch of the Saunter family in Sussex, England was THOMAS SAUNTER B:1685,(died 1765) married MARY BRIANT in Udimore,Sussex,England- ISSUE: 8
SAUNTER Decendants: Daughter - Mary Saunter married Henry JARMAN and emigrated onboard "Westminster" arriving 27th June, 1838 in Australia. Settled Gerringong area South Coast NSW - some descendants moved from South Coast in the 1880s to Richmond River area.
Son of Thomas - DAVID SAUNTER born 1732 ( died 1797) married ANN HYLAND son ROBERT SAUNTER born 1763 Beckley. Robert Santer/ Saunter was a soldier/beadle/ and church warden for St Marys Church, Parish of Beckley and used a whip to keep children under control and the parish clear of stray dogs and tramps. Frances nee FRIGGER born in Kent, gave birth on 26th December, 1799 to a 7th child - DAVID, in Beckley, Sussex, England. Robert Saunter died 1849 - Northiam, Sussex, England. Issue: 8 children.
Son of Robert Santer/Saunter:- David Saunter married Emma Chandler, daughter of Edward and Sarah nee Knowldon (Kent farming family) at Snave,England 16.12.1833 (records found by MAVIS SAUNTERS, distant cousin to Sonter families in Australia and Saunters living in Sussex,England to-day). (LDS records 1830 marriage incorrect)
On the 24th June, 1838 DAVID SAUNTER (agricultural labourer) and wife EMMA nee CHANDLER (a Kentish Dairy maid) with children EMMA born 7th May,1831 -EDWARD born 1832 in Kent - DAVID born 1833 in Kent - WILLIAM Born 1836, Sussex and ROBERT born 1837, Sussex - left Gravesend England on the ship "Maitland" sailing to Australia. Emma did not survive the journey due to contracting Typhoid en route, was thrown overboard. On arrival at Watsons Bay. 6th November, 1838 the ship,crew and passengers were ordered to be quarantined. The "SICK" at SPRING COVE and the HEALTHY families lived in tents on the heights above MANLY COVE (an area used as Quarantine station -1986) until clearance was given by the authorities. (Refer to Quarantine Book). After Clearance DAVID SONTER AND FAMILY travelled to the Parramatta area, found work in the timber industry, then moved on to the FIELD of MARS area, where they "squatted" in 1840 on unsurveyed land at Pennant Hills area-worked as timber cutters - then in 1858 was the legal owner of his property in the Field of Mars now called West Epping. The land David owned and worked as an orchard is now West Epping Park area near the Cnr.Midson and Ray Streets, West Epping and where Epping Bowling Club is to-day (1999). Ray Street is named after George Ray who married Davids daughter Hannah also the "Hannah Ray" Grevillia plant is named after Hannah.
Children born in Australia: Samuel SONTER.1840 Parramatta Died in Walgett 30.04.1909- Field of Mars births: Mary SONTER 28.02.1842 died 26.04.1932 as Mary JORDAN - Caroline SONTER 8.12.1843, died 14.05.1929 as Caroline SHIELDS - Harriet SONTER 15.10.1845,died 29.04.1929 as Harriet SHIELDS - James SONTER 25.1.1849, died 30.07.1908, Carlingford - John SONTER 21.6.1850,died 05.04.1871 (fell from horse returning from Church) - Sarah SONTER 17.10.1852, died 09.08.1944 as Sarah SHIELDS Hornsby Shire pioneers - Jane SONTER 18.6.1853,died 04.04.1936 as Jane MOBBS/ GLIDDON - George SONTER 27.4.1855,died 06.12.1943, Carlingford - Martha SONTER 4.1.1857, died 27.02.1934 as Martha THOMPSON and Stephen SONTER 7.12.1859 at Pennant Hills (today Carlingford), died 03.12.1929, Carlingford.
Pioneers in Australia:
David Sonter Senior, Epping NSW, Australia - Hornsby Shire pioneer. Issue: 17 children
EDWARD SONTER settled 1863-South Ballina and Keith Hall near
Ballina, Northern NSW - Ballina & District Pioneer.
WILLIAM SONTER married Sarah Bowerman ( daughter of Mary nee Partidge Bowerman - Richard Partridge & Mary nee Greenwood - First Fleeters daughter.)
William & Sarah settled in Isabella Street, PARRAMATTA, NSW - Parramatta pioneer - Sawyer by trade. (Spelling of name varies - on marriage registration Salter. On childrens registrations Souter)
ROBERT SONTER settled EPPING area, NSW. Hornsby Shire pioneer
Samuel Sonter, followed the gold discoveries in Queensland area near Rockhampton then back to Walgett, New South Wales, where he died 1909. Married Fanny Dawson in Rockhampton, Qld.
DAVID SONTER JUNIOR, married Susannah Martin ( First Fleeter John Martin's - granddaughter) ventured to Camden Haven in 1875 then settled c1879 Hamilton near Port Macquarie NSW. Sawyer by trade.
GEORGE SONTER and STEPHEN SONTER settled Field of Mars - Hornsby Shire pioneers
The original Emma Sonter nee Chandler bore a total of 17 children. She was 45 years old when Stephen the seventeenth was born in 1859. DAVID SONTER died 26th November, 1873 and Emma died 11th August,1888 at Carlingford and their headstones can still be seen in the St,Pauls Church cemetery, Carlingford, NSW Australia.
The children married into the HAZELWOOD, EYLES, MARTIN , BOWERMAN, JORDAN, WOOD (QLD) SHIELDS (William,Thomas & Joseph Shields) MIDSON, MOBBS, GLIDDON,THOMPSON, DORMAN, CLARKE AND MITCHELL FAMILIES.
Ancestry Information supplied by English Descendant Mavis Saunters, Sussex, England
SONTER PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY JOHN SONTER, Albion Park Rail, NSW.
Australian Descendant through William Sonter, John Clifton Sonter, Joseph Sonter ________________________________________________________
Article by Margaret Kennedy nee Sonter, Ballina NSW, - Australian:descendant through William Sonter, Samuel Robert Sonter, and Kilner Sonter - connected to the Hockley family - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOCKLEY CONNECTIONS IN ENGLAND : and HOCKLEY CONNECTIONS IN AUSTRALIA: Click onto Ephraim Hockley from Cambridgeshire England to Australia. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hockley/homepage.htm
Page created by relative Margaret Kennedy nee Sonter
SONTER FAMILY CONNECTIONS TO STUBBS/WOODS:
Edward SAUNTER born 1836, Kent,England son of David SAUNTER (of Sussex, England) and Emma nee CHANDLER (born 1815 Kent, England) emigrated 1838 from Gravesend, England with family as a child. Married 16.6.1851, in Parramatta, Sarah Jane MITCHELL born 1830 daughter of Michael (known as James) MITCHELL and Jane nee GRONO Hawkesbury River Pioneer families. Edward and Sarah moved from Field of Mars area, near Epping NSW to Northern New South Wales after the birth of Emma, John and Matilda. (Spelling of name varies from Saunter/Souter/Sonter)
Children born: 1. Emma SONTER, born 6.6.1852, Parramatta, baptised Wesleyan church, Dundas NSW Australia. Married 1877 William MUNRO. Emma MUNRO nee Sonter died 26.8.1945 at Dunoon, near Lismore, Northern NSW)
2. James SONTER born 24.11.1853,Parramatta area. James recorded on 1890 Electoral roll, Ballina South freehold. Died 15.5.1925 Ballina.
3. Matilda SONTER born 10.12.1955,Parramatta area. Married 1882 Richard TYLER. Matilda TYLER nee Sonter died 15.6.1895, Wardell,near Ballina.
4. Martha Jane SONTER born 18.6.1859, Rosehill via Lismore. Married 1878 Richard James STONE. Martha STONE nee Sonter died 15.6.1952, Ballina
5. Mary Lucy SONTER known as LUCY born 3.9.1860, Rosehill via Lismore. Married William STONE son of Henry and Mary Ann Stone nee Monks, Shoalhaven River Pioneer family who had moved to Richmond River area. 10 children born). Lucy STONE nee Sonter died 23.10.1932, and is buried in Roman Catholic section of East Ballina Cemetery.
6. Ruth Mary SONTER born 1864 Ballina. Married 27.10.1882 John BURK(E) son of Michael and Bridget Burke, Tipperay Ireland. Ruth nee Sonter Burke died 3.8.1933 Randwick, buried Woronora Cemetery. John died 1936.
5. Caroline SONTER born 1867 Ballina. Married 15.2.1888 William LEESON a double wedding with brother David at German Creek.
6. David Arthur SONTER born 5.11.1869. Married 15.2.1888, Florence.- David Arthur Sonter died 25.6.1960 in New Zealand.
7. Winifred SONTER born 28.8.1876, Ballina. Married 20.8.1898 Robert Jacob SIMPSON son of Pearson SIMPSON Ballina Pioneer Family Uralba & Pimblico area. Winifred SIMPSON nee Sonter died 10.6.1955, Ballina.
Dorothy SONTER born 1894 daughter of Winifred, married Alfred James CHRISTENSEN (Christiansen?)born 1892 of Alfred and Catherine. (Dorothy died 11.3.1958 - daughter Evelyn is alive in the year 2001: Evelyn WOODS nee CHRISTIANSEN living in Caroona Retirement Village, Rous Road, Goonellabah.,NSW, Australia.
OCCUPATION OF EDWARD SAUNTER/SONTER: Timber cutter/Sawyer/gold prospector.
Edward and Sarah selected German Creek area in 1863 when the 1861 Robertson Land Act gave permission for purchase of land. Edward built his hut at Keith Hall, German Creek area.
Edward spent most of his time prospecting for gold on his beachfront property., and many a time there would be bags of gold dust in the house but no flour with which to bake.E.BOORMAN nee Stone]
Trips to Sydney were taken by the girls to cash in the gold dust so as to buy provisions.
One such trip was recorded in the North Star newspaper 14.10.1876. “Miss Sonter arrived from Sydney on the ship “Platypus” 7.10.1876.
Sarah SONTER nee MITCHELL died 1.12.1878 due to snake bite, her tombstone is in the Pioneer Memorial Wall, Pioneer Park, East Ballina near Shaws Bay.
Sarahs sister Matilda EYLES nee MITCHELL born 1834, married in 1853 to John EYLES, Pennant Hills, NSW and had several children, Alexander, William, James, Reuben,John S, and Charles Eyles; married Edward SONTER. John EYLES had died 17.7.1878 Ballina.
The marriage of Matilda and Edward took place in Ballina on the 18.5.1881.
Edward was recorded in 1885 as having 626 and 1/2 acres in Ballina South area, Post Town of holding Ballina, and stock - 5 horses and 50 cattle in the name of Edward SOUTER and in the 1890 Electoral Roll No.4777 freehold property Ballina Edward SONTER.
Matilda SONTER ( Mitchell/Eyles) died 11.4.1913 in Ballina and her tombstone is in the Pioneer Memorial Wall, Pioneer Park, East Ballina near Shaws Bay.
Edward SONTER died 6.9.1913,Ballina and is buried in the Lighthouse Hill cemetery, East Ballina, Northern NSW, Australia.[mrk2000]
Article by Margaret Kennedy nee Sonter, Ballina connected to Edwards brother William. Edited by Robin HILAN, Ballina. NSW connected toWinifred Sonter.
SONTER/STONE CONNECTIONS :
- Emma SONTER 1815-1888 nee Chandler (42 KB)
see David Saunter/Sonter