Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

217th Reunion for Gray, Lovell, Scriven and Biddle Families

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

217th Reunion for Gray, Lovell, Scriven and Biddle Families

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I AM writing to ask if you would publish details of the 217th anniversary reunion of the Gray, Lovell, Scriven and Biddle families' descendants to be held at Brown's Park, Ipswich on May 17.

We are descendants of John Gray, who was transported on the convict ship Barwell on May 18, 1798.

He was sentenced in 1793 for receiving stolen goods and sentenced to death, later commuted and sent to Australia for life.

Elizabeth Killett, was transported on the ship Nile in 1801. She was sentenced for stealing on July 31, 1800, and was sent to Australia for seven years.

The ship Nile arrived in Australia on December 14, 1801. John died by drowning on September 4, 1818 aged 56 yearsJohn and Elizabeth married and had seven children.

One of their granddaughters, Hannah Gray, married Richard Lovell in Brisbane on September 13, 1845, then moved to Ipswich.

Richard Lovell arrived in Botany Bay aboard the convict ship , the "Roslin Castle" on the May 22, 1834.

On December 16, 1848, a notice in the Moreton Bay Courier shows the purchase of land in Ipswich by Richard Lovell of two lots: Lot 13, 32 perches, No. 2 of section 6, at and Lot 14, 32 perches, No. 3 of section 6.They were settled in Ipswich as Richard and Hannah's second daughter, Jane Hannah was born in Ipswich on the November 1.

In the electoral list of May 4, 1850 Richard Lovell is listed as living in a dwelling house in Ipswich.His home was at Ellenborough St, Ipswich, on the site where Cuthbert's Plumbing workshop and office stood and operated, until recent years.Richard became the licencee of the original Prince of Wales hotel in East Street, Ipswich on April 15, 1851.

On December 1, 1851, Richard and Hannah's third daughter (our great-great-grandmother) Sarah Anne was born.

Then on the November 16 the next year a fourth daughter was born, Agnes Catherine.

No further records are found for Agnes so it is assumed she died as an infant. One year later on November 13 1854 Richard and Hannah's only son, William Edward was born at their home in Ellenborough St. …

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