Thomas Black was born in Fermanagh; Norhtern Ireland in 1802. This photo of Cuilcagh; Fermanagh is by Carl Meehan. License: CC BY-A 2.0; click image to see original photograph.
Thomas Black 1802-1875
Thomas Black was born in 1802 in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, the child of John and Margaret. He married Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh and they had ten children together. He died on 19 February 1875, in Gerringong, New South Wales, at the age of 74.
Thomas was born in 1802 in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (Fermanagh, Ireland). He is the son of John Black and Margaret Moffitt.
Arrival in Australia
Thomas probably arrived in Australia during the 1830’s. It has been suggested that he arrived in either 1839 or earlier in 1833 aboard the ship Cabolia under Master Henry Canning. The vessel’s tonnage was 388 and its lading was merchandise. The voyage started at Liverpool on 7 May 1833 and travelled via Hobart Town and ended when it berthed on 19 September 1833 in Port Jackson, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh 1831-1914
When Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh was born on 22 April 1831 in Gerringong, New South Wales, her father, Michael, was 31, and her mother, Cecilia, was 22. She married Thomas Black on 19 April 1850 in her hometown. They had ten children in 18 years. She died on 28 July 1914 in New South Wales having lived a long life of 83 years, and was buried in Gerringong, New South Wales.
Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh was born on 22 April 1831 in “Alne Bank” Gerringong, New South Wales, to Cecilia Sophia Rutter, aged 22, and Michael Hindmarsh, aged 31.
Thomas Black married Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh on 19 April 1850 in Gerringong, New South Wales, when he was 48 years old. According to Reverend J E Carruthers their marriage at the residence of Mr Michael Hindmarsh at Gerringong was only the second Methodist wedding held in the Kiama Methodist Circuit. This wedding was celebrated by Reverend T B Harris even though the Hindmarsh family were not Methodists but Presbyterians.
Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh, as Mrs. Thomas Black, became a splendid help-mate to her husband in Methodist Church affairs, as well as in his dairying pursuits. Reverend J E Carruthers used to preach occasionally in their home at Gerringong House in his early local preaching days; and Thomas Black was a Methodist stalwart to the end of his days. Mrs. Dr. Jenner, Mrs. George Dinning, and Mrs. W. East, were daughters, of this worthy couple together with a maiden sister or two.
Thomas Black passed away on 19 February 1875 in Gerringong, New South Wales, at the age of 74. The cause of his death was pleurisy, Thomas and Charlotte had been married for 24 years. Thomas Black was buried at the Gerringong Cemetery on 21 February 1875.
Charlotte Alice Black née Hindmarsh died on 28 July 1914 in “Dalmeny”, Dulwich Street, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales when she was 83 years old. She was buried in the Gerringong Cemetery, New South Wales, on 29 July 1914.
Headstone at Gerringong Cemetery for Thomas Black and Charlotte Alice Hindmarsh
Fact or Myth?
- Charlotte Alice was known as “Grandma Black”
- Charlotte’s mother, Cecilia Sophia Rutter, was the daughter of the nephew of Governor Hindmarsh in South Australia in 1836.
- Thomas Black may have been married earlier than the 1850’s to a Mary Ann Black.