Exodus

Welcome to Exodus! - an online exhibition of articles and activities exploring the Chrishall villagers who left the village for Australia in the mid to late 1800s. CAG (Chrishall Archive Group) are very grateful to ALL the people who have contributed to these articles...

Exodus Timeline

Exodus Timeline Who left for Australia and when did they go?1849Wrights and Pitches The first to leave Chrishall in this era. We have a report of Joseph and Mary Pitches (nee Pigg) arriving in Melbourne 7 January 1849 and setting up divine worship in their home. The...

Exodus Interactive map

Click on the blue place markers below to find out who lived there. NB: These are general markers to give you a visual impression and are not related to specific addresses. Do zoom in to these maps as several places are quite close and therefore their blue markers are...

James and Sarah Kemp

(Written by Kathy and Mal Kemp of Australia) James Kemp and Sarah Wisbey married on the 20th November, 1847 in Chrishall, England. On 9th January 1851 James (aged 23) and Sarah with their one year old son William, left Plymouth on the ship Wanderer, arriving in South...

Mary Ann Wright, Primitive Methodist

The following article appeared in the Spectator and Methodist Chronicle on Wednesday 5 September 1917. "A Methodist Nonagenarian Readers of the "Spectator" will be interested in this photograph of a nonagenarian - a Methodist - Mrs Mary Ann Wright, who was born in the...

Exodus – Pig stealing, missing brothers and other random facts

While researching Exodus there were a few facts that seemed too interesting to pass over but we haven't found any more details yet. If you have further information on the following please let us know! Ancestry connections show William Harvey and son were sent to...

The Button Family

On Thursday 21st May 1857, Betsey Button and her family boarded The Talbot, a ship that would take them from England to Victoria Australia where they were to make a new life. They arrived in Victoria on Tuesday 25th August 1857[1] with 366 other immigrants to the...

The Woods Family

The Woods family information is a little scattered but I hope by recording what we have here we might be able to pull it together. There is no doubt about their religion however. The first report I have is from an article written by Margaret Richardson and published...

Exodus – the Ships

These are the ships that we know took Chrishall people on their way to their new life in Australia. A 'Bark' or 'Barque' was a ship with at least three masts. ConstantThe Constant was a 535 tonne Bark built in Durham in 1843, initially as a convict ship. She made four...

Corby Family

The Chrishall Archive Group receives correspondence from time to time from the descendants of people who emigrated from Chrishall and last year David Corby in Australia emailed with information about his family history. His great-grandfather, William Corby was born in...

 

Welcome to this website about the community of Chrishall in Essex.

Chrishall is a small village on a hilltop in the very north west of Essex, close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the East of England.   This website is particularly aimed at the local community and the genealogist who perhaps has never visited Chrishall and wishes to visualise the kind of community whence his or her ancestor came. It is run by…

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“I stumbled accidentally across some aspects of its history, and began to learn and think more about it, but then – as I studied the records – people began to rise up out of them. Where before I had seen only names on lists, individual characters began to shake their shoulders and stand up. It was as though these dead were being awakened, resurrected. They seemed close, as though they had something to say.”
(quote from In a Country Churchyard by Ronald Fletcher. Although this quote refers to Westleton in Suffolk, we hope you come to feel the same about Chrishall charcters and history.)

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Exodus

Exodus

Welcome to Exodus! - an online exhibition of articles and activities exploring the Chrishall villagers who left the village for Australia in the mid to late 1800s. CAG (Chrishall Archive Group) are very grateful to ALL the people who have contributed to these articles...

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George and Mary Pitches

George and Mary Pitches

(Photos kindly loaned by Maree Harris, Australia) George Pitches was born in Chrishall in 1837, the son of James and Mary Pitches (nee Kemp). James was the Innkeeper of the Red Cow. George married Ellen (nee Manning) in 1858 and emigrated to Australia the same year,...

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Joseph and Mary Pitches

Joseph and Mary Pitches

Among the first families to leave the village, Joseph and Mary Pitches arrived in Melbourne on 7th January 1849. According to Mrs Richardson’s research for the history of the chapel they lived at Camps Cottage in Broad Green. They opened their house for church...

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The Cane Family

Joseph and Ann Cane are listed on the 1841 census both aged 35. Joseph was a farmer and they had 8 children at the time of the 1841 census. However several of these children were destined to end up in Australia. The Cane exodus to Australia really started with their...

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Exodus childrens activities

Exodus childrens activities

(These links all open in a new window) Have a go at making this pop up galleon "We can have free passage": activities from an Australia Digital Classroom "Migration to Australia in the 1800s" more digital classroom activites from the State Library of New South Wales...

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Corby Family

Corby Family

The Chrishall Archive Group receives correspondence from time to time from the descendants of people who emigrated from Chrishall and last year David Corby in Australia emailed with information about his family history. His great-grandfather, William Corby was born in...

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Exodus – the Ships

Exodus – the Ships

These are the ships that we know took Chrishall people on their way to their new life in Australia. A 'Bark' or 'Barque' was a ship with at least three masts. ConstantThe Constant was a 535 tonne Bark built in Durham in 1843, initially as a convict ship. She made four...

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