Gerner / Kingsford, migration to South Australia
An update on my earlier message, and correcting some .
It is now clear that the wife of John Frederick Gerner was in fact Mary Ann Kingsford. She was born 3 July 1808 in Burgate, Canterbury, Kent. (The record on the IGI of a marriage between John Frederick Gerner and Nancy Ann Kingsford is a mistranscription of Mary Ann Kingsford.)
J F Gerner died of consumption on 30 Jan 1839 at 15 Devonshire St West, Stepney. Mary Ann remarried to Charles Thorpe and they immigrated to Australia. Each of the children of John Frederick Gerner and Mary Ann Kingsford continued to use the surname Gerner.
John Frederick Gerner and Mary Ann Kingsford were married at St Dunstan's Church, Stepney, on 13 May 1827. On the same day there was another marriage at St Dunstan's between John Matthew Gerner and Frances Sneath. I believe it is likely that John Frederick and John Matthew were related - either brothers or cousins.
It seems unlikely that there would be two brothers named John, so perhaps this tends to suggest that they were cousins rather than brothers. However, John Frederick Gerner may have gone by the name "Frederick". I believe that he was the son of another John Matthew Gerner. In his birth record - born 5 May 1805; chr 2 Jun 1805, St George in the East Independent, Stepney - his mother is named as Elizabeth.
I am aware that there was a John Matthew Gerner who married Ann Elizabeth Bruck. It seems probable that they were the parents of either John Frederick or John Matthew or both. It is possible that "Elizabeth" is Ann Elizabeth.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how these various Gerner families may be connected to each other? It seems that all these Gerners may have been coopers.