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,...
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...
James and Sarah Kemp

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...
Chishill Well and a local water diviner

Chishill Well and a local water diviner

While rummaging through a file of articles recently I found this fascinating article about the digging of Chishill well. We don’t know where the well was, or where Twelve Acres was for that matter. Someone must know?? We also don’t know the name of the...
Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand and the bees

Alfred Brand lived at Peacock Cottage in Crawley End Chrishall. We don’t know where the above photograph was taken – whether it was in Peacock Cottage garden or at an allotment. At the time Alfred Brand lived there, there would have been allotments just...