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14. Elizabeth JAMES 1 (David10, Thomas2, Henry1) was born in 1835 in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died in Australia.


15. Evan JAMES 7 (David10, Thomas2, Henry1) was born in Jan 1838 in St.Peter, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales,8 died on 11 Apr 1904 in Benalla, Victoria 36729 at age 66, and was buried in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

Evan's Burial Details : [IT::IT](Roman Catholic Section, Compartment A26).

Evan was an employee (at one time) and long term friend of Thomas
Sullivan, refer to Thomas' biographical notes.
The following is from an article included in a Welsh newspaper
(the date of publication of this article is not known, however it is
believed to have come from the "Welshman" newspaper, which has been
published in Carmarthen since 1829).
DEATH OF AN HONOURED CARMARTHEN MAN IN AUSTRALIA
MR. EVAN JAMES, J.P., PASSES AWAY.
News comes from Australia of the death of a Carmarthen man who
commanded deep and universal respect in the colony of Victoria, as is
evident fro the highly appreciative notice of his career which
appeared in the "Benalla Standard" of April 12th. His death is
manifestly regarded as a great loss in the land of his adoption, and
Carmarthen people will naturally regret the departure of one who had
done honour to their ancient town. The death to which we refer is
that of Mr. Evan James, elder brother of Mr. W.James, Francis Terrace
(overseer at the "Welshman" Office), who went out to Australia in
1852. It is worthy of remark that on the voyage he was accompanied by
a relation, another well-known native of Carmarthen, namely, the late
Mr.W.J.Morgan, who for many years, and up to the formation of the
present Company, was proprietor of the "Welshman" with the lat Mr.
Howell Davies as partner. After a comparitively short experience
under the Southern Cross Mr. Morgan returned to this country, and took
over the "Welshman" concern, while Mr. James remained, and by
perserverance and sterling qualities....(illegible)....and hours won a
very prominent position in Victoria. He was a mere lad of fifteen
when he landed there over fifty years ago, and like most Britons who
went to the Colonies in those day, he had at first to do some hard and
rough work at Creek station, and afterwards as a Carrier. This
however, did not daunt his courage or steadiness of purpose. In time
he acquired considerable landed property, and rose year by year both
in prosperity and honour amoung his fellow-citizens until they were
please to elect him to the highest positions they could bestow. Long
ago he was made a magistrate, and as far back as December 1879, he was
elected respresentative for the South Riding of the Shire in which he
lived. He was a member of the Shire Council for over 23 years.
After he returned a second time, in 1883, his colleagues on the
Council selected him as president of the Shire, a position which he
held at the time of his death, having been chosen for this honour four
times in succession. He was the only Benalla councillor who has ever
been able to boast of this distinction. In 1890 there was a hardly
contested election for the Warrenbayne Riding, and Mr.James was one of
six strong candidates who stood for the three seats. He not only
gained a seat, but was placed at the top of the poll by a substantial
majority of votes. He was conspicuously connected with the publice
life of the Shire and the Colony in every way. He was one of the most
influential and active of those who started the local agricultural
society of the place in 1877. He was for many years treasurer of this
society, and was on several occasions chosen as it's president. He
was likewise chairman of the directors of the Warrenbayne Butter
Factory, which institution he was largely instrumental in founding.
It is needless to show how the Victorians esteemed, trusted and
honoured this worthy St.Peter's Boy. The cause of his death seems to
have been lung trouble, for which Mr James suffered for some months.
As often happens in such complaints, there were illusory hopes of
improvement, and it appears that the deceased was able to come out and
sit on his verandah a day or two before the end came.
This explains the feeling referred to in the opening sentence of
the "Standard's" obituary notice: "Quite a shock was caused in the
town yesterday (11th April) when it became known that Mr Evan James
J.P., President of the Shire, passed away at 3 o'clock that morning".
From the long account given in the newspaper referred to we may
extract the few sentences following............."Much sympathy is felt
with the bereaved family and on all hands deep regret was expressed
when the sad news of his death became known. The late Mr James was a
staunch friend, and during his long residence in this district has
always been held in the highest esteem, the present being the fourth
occasion on which he filled the presidential chair. The Shire offices
were closed yesterday in consequence of the sad event, and the flag
was flying at half-mast as a mark of respect." After speaking of
numerous public offices he filled, and services which he rendered to
the community, our contemporary goes on to say; "In many other
institutions for the benefit of the town and district Mr.James took a
deep interest, and he was always ready to help with his purse any
movement for such an object. He was indeed a public man whose
position it will be hard to fill. In January, 1862, the late Mr.James
married Miss Thistleton, who survives him, and he has left a family of
seven sons and five daughters, all of whom are grown up.
The career of our deceased friend ought to be instructive and
encouraging to the youths of Carmarthen. Here was a boy, one of
themselves, who faced all the dangers and temptations of a strange new
land (such Australia was in 1852)- one who not merely avoided the
snares of evil, but won hsi way to the foremost postions, thus
benefiting himself and founding an honoured family, and at the same
time faithfully doing his duty to his neighbors and serving the public
cause with integrity and ability."
*St.Peter's is a parish in Carmarthen Town. It covers the area
around the livestock market. One of the streets in the heart of the
parish is St.Catherine Street".: Gary's Note
A funeral notice for Evan reads:
"FUNERAL of Mr.James - The remains of the late Mr.Evan James were
interred in the Benalla Cemetery on Tuesday last in the presence of a
very large number of friends, who paid this last tribute of respect.
The number of buggies who followed the hearse was 67 and upwards of 20
horsemen. No doubt these numbers would have been considerably
increased if longer notice of the funeral could have been given. The
colleagues in the council of the deceased went in a special drag, and
acted as pallbearers. The Venerable Archdeacon Davy, D.D.. V.G.
officiated at the grave. The coffin covered with a number of wreaths,
including a beautiful one from the Shire Council. The mortuary
arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Mr.Hanlon."
A further article (unknown origins) concerning the life of Evan
states.........

DEATH OF A BENALLA PIONEER
The "Benalla Standard" contains the following article, referring to
the death of the father of Mr E.James, of Seaview, and father-in-law
of Mrs E. Jarnes, nee Miss Kearney, late of Avoca: -
Quite a shock was caused in the town yesterday when it became known
that Mr Evan James, J.P., president of the shire, had passed away at 3
o'clock that morning. Mr James had been ill for some months, suffering
from lung trouble, but later reports gave his condition as improving,
and there was nothing to indicate that the end was so near. On Sunday
he was able to get up and sit on his verandah. Last Thursday he had a
bad turn, but all day Sunday he appeared to be very much better. At
half-past 1 on Monday morning Mrs James gave him his medicine, and an
hour and a half later she was attracted by his moving. She enquired if
he wanted anything, but he turned quietly over on his side and died.
Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, and on all hands deep
regret was expressed when the sad news became known. The late Mr James
was a staunch friend, and during his long residence in this district
has always been held in the highest esteem, the present being the
fourth occasion on which he filled the presidential chair. The shire
offices were closed yesterday in consequence and the flag was flying
at half-mast as a mark of respect.
The late Mr James was a native of Carmarthen, Wales, and he came
out to the colony when quite a lad, as at the time of his death he was
65 years of age, and he landed in Victoria in 1852. soon after he
obtained an engagement at Mr Splatt's, the former owner of Ryan's
Creek station, for whom he started work in 1853. His experiences were
of the usual rough and ready character so prevalent at that time, and
after a few months' work on Splatt's Creek station he came down to the
late Mr Sullivan, on the Broken River, with whom he went carrying, and
shortly after went across to the old Warrenbayne station, then in the
possession of Mr G. Rutherford, for whom he worked for some years.
Eventually he selected land, and by hard work matters prospered with
him, and in time he became the owner of a considerable amount of
property. In local politics he always took a keen interest, and there
are few men who have given up so much of their time to the service of
the locality in which they live as Mr James has done. In December,
1879, he was elected unopposed for what was then the South Riding of
this shire, and he took his seat at the council table at the meeting
held the same month. At the expiration (?) his time he was re-elected
. (illegible).. August 1883, on the motion of (illegible).. Roe and
Crawford.. (illegible). time - a position which he filled with credit
to himself and to the satisfaction of the ratepayers. In August 1890,
he was again elected to the position, and in 1890, when the five
ridings were formed, he decided to stand for the Warrenbayne riding.
This was the first occasion upon which he was called upon to stand a
contested election. There were three to be elected, and out of the six
who stood Mr James was returned by a substantial majority at the head
of the poll. The result of the voting being James 278, Black 243,
Vaughan 228, Cunningham 174, Cook 154 and Gamble 113. The result on
this occasion was a great surprise to Mr James' opponents, who were
sanguine that he would be defeated. For the third time he was elected
to fill the presidential chair in August 1895, but at the end of his
term in August 1896, his reelection to the council was opposed by Mr
P. Cunningham. and in a very small poll he was defeated by 110 to 98,
this result causing more surprise than his easy victory six years
before. He had thus sat continuously in the council for a period of
seventeen years. He next wooed the suffrages of the ratepayers in
August, I 898. when he defeated the retiring councillor - Mr Evans, of
Lima - and since then he has continued a member until the time of his
death, having given altogether slightly over 23 years service to the
ratepayers. In August last he was for the fourth time elected
president of the shire, an honor which no other Benalla shire
councillor has enjoyed. When the Agricultural Society was formed in
1877, the late Mr James was one of the prime movers, and until two
years ago he continued one of its most prominent members. On several
occasions he was chosen as president, and for many years filled the
office of treasurer. Two years ago he retired from that position, but
for last year's and the previous show he worked hard, and was one of
those who obtained the largest number of members. The Warrenbayne
butter factory is also closely identified with his name. In the
promotion of it Mr James took a keen interest, and since its starting
operations, some 12 or 13 years ago, he has occupied the position of
chairman of directors, In many other institutions for the benefit of
the town and district, Mr James took a deep interest, and he was
always ready to help with his purse any movement for such an object.
He was indeed a public man whose position it will be hard to fill.
In January, 1862, the late Mr James married Miss Thistleton, who
survives him, and he has left a family of seven sons and five
daughters, all of whom are grown up.
The funeral was the largest ever held in Benalla, the cortege
comprising over 100 vehicles and 40 horsemen. Deceased's late
colleagues in the local shire council acted as pall-bearers.
The James family is believed to have celebrated Christmas by holding
Christmas picnics at Shaw's near Warrenbayne (Aunty Mary Purcell was
also mentioned in notes found??].

Events

Evan immigrated in 1853 to Australia.

Evan married Sarah Ann THISTLETON,12 daughter of Edward THISTLETON 1 and Anne DELANEY,1 in Jan 1862 in Victoria, Australia. Sarah was born on 19 Jun 1844 in Darebin Creek, Darebin, City of Darebin, Victoria 3079,13 died on 6 Nov 1905 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 at age 61, and was buried on 7 Nov 1905 in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

Sarah's Burial Details : (Roman Catholic Section, Compartment A26).


Children from this marriage were:

+ 19 F    i. Sarah Ann JAMES 14 was born in Aug 1862 in Benalla, Victoria 3672,9 died on 1 Aug 1934 in Benalla, Victoria 36729 at age 72, and was buried in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

+ 20 F    ii. Emma JAMES was buried in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

+ 21 M    iii. William JAMES 1 was born in 1867 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 and died in Jan 1943 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 at age 76.

+ 22 M    iv. Thomas JAMES 1 was born in 1871 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 and died in Feb 1921 in Burtville, Western Australia, Australia at age 50.

+ 23 M    v. Edward JAMES .

+ 24 F    vi. Margaret JAMES .

+ 25 F    vii. Catherine JAMES .

+ 26 F    viii. Mary JAMES was born in 1863, died on 22 May 1944 in Warragul, Victoria 3820 at age 81, and was buried in Warragul, Victoria 3820.

+ 27 M    ix. Evan JAMES was born in 1875, died on 5 Dec 1911 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 at age 36, and was buried in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

+ 28 M    x. David Henry JAMES 1 was born in 1863 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 and died on 15 Jan 1924 in Terang, Victoria, Australia at age 61.

+ 29 M    xi. Francis "Frank" JAMES 1 was born in 1886 in Benalla, Victoria 3672, died on 18 Jun 1912 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 at age 26, and was buried in Benalla, Victoria 3672.

+ 30 F    xii. Mary Elizabeth JAMES 1 was born in 1873 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 and died on 9 Jul 1931 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia at age 58.

+ 31 M    xiii. George JAMES 1 was born in 1882 in Benalla, Victoria 3672 and died on 6 Nov 1905 at age 23.

16. Thomas JAMES 1 (David10, Thomas2, Henry1) was born in Apr 1839 in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died in Australia.

17. Margaret JAMES 10 (David10, Thomas2, Henry1) was born in Dec 1845 in St. Peter's, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales11 and died on 25 Aug 1876 in 12 King Street, Neath, Wales at age 30.

Events

1861: Margaret resided at St Peter, Carmarthenshire, Wales. 15

1851: Margaret resided at St Peter, Carmarthenshire, Wales. 5

Margaret married John EVANS.1 John was born about 1840.

18. William JAMES 1 (David10, Thomas2, Henry1) was born in 1847 in St Peter, Carmarthenshire, Wales and died in 1920 at age 73.

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