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George Gambrill

Ann Turner

George Gambrill & Ann Turner, both 19 years old.


1st child     Elizabeth

2nd child    Ann

3rd child     John

3rd child     John

4th child     George

2nd child    Ann

4th child     George



5th child     George

6th child     Thomas

7th child     William

8th child     Benjamin

9th child     Ann

9th child     Ann

10th child   Mary

11th child   John

10th child   Mary

1st gr.child Elizabeth

12th child   Richard





1st  child    Elizabeth   [ marries J. Kiel ]

wife            Ann - wife of George Gambrill, age 44





husband    George - charged and found guilty of stealing a pig.

                  Sentenced to Transportation to Australia for 7 years.
















7th child    William (now age 17) - charged and found guilty of

stealing two watches. Sentenced to Transportation to Australia

for 7 years.



5th child   George: (my 2x great grandfather) marries Harriet Taylor

                 in Woodnesborough Church. They have 9 children.

7th child   William: marries Sarah Ransley in NSW, Australia, and

                 they have 5 children. William is still serving his 7 year

                 transportation sentence, but allowed to marry.

How was your life at age 25 ?  This couple have baptised 4 children, and buried 3 of them.
The 12th and last child for George and Ann. After 21 years of marriage, and the continual stress with each pregnancy of wondering if this baby would survive, they deserve a rest. Mind you, they probably still have 5 or 6 children at home to feed and care for.
What a tragedy. Cause of Ann’s death is not known, but probably related to being physically and mentally worn-out. Now husband George has his hands full. Still has to earn a living, care for the home, and look after three children under ten plus a couple of teenagers.

8th child    Benjamin: marries Ann Manning and they have 1 child.

6th child    Thomas: marries Jane Cowley and they have 2 children.

11th child   John marries Fanny Marsh and they have 10 children.

7th child     William: his wife Sarah dies, and he remarries to Sarah

                  Etherden, and they have 10 children in Australia.

So, for all the heartaches and tragedies that George Gambrill and Ann Turner endured during their lives, their children came through with at least 38 grand-children (15 in Australia). If only George and Ann had known.
I’m running out of words to express my disbelief at what has befallen this family. I cannot condone stealing as a means to support a family, but I can understand George’s desperation to feed his children. There was little in the way of social services in those days. The only option was to send some or all of the children to the Workhouse, where they would receive meals and dormitory sleeping in return for a full week’s labour. George appeared to have decided to keep the family together.
The sentence of transportation to Australia for stealing a pig seems unreal by today’s standards, especially considering the recent death of his wife.
George Gambrill was held on a prison hulk (an old naval vessel) for some months and transported to Australia in 1837. On arrival he was assigned to work for a farm owner in Tasmania. Soon after arrival he was hospitalized and died in November 1837.
Back in England, George’s two youngest children (John & Richard) were sent to nearby Eastry Workhouse . Both children are recorded in the 1841 Census as still residing at the same workhouse.

We are not finished yet !
Well it looks as if this family is doomed. Hang-on, it takes more than a few blows to defeat this family.

For information on Gambrill descendants in Australia visit  Bobbyfamilytree website. Take a look at the copies of court and transportation documents for William and George Gambrill, and images of the parish documents of events detailed in this story. A special thanks to Gay Eunson for her work in locating and obtaininging many of those images, and for passing on the missing link that triggered this story - details of the transportation of George Gambrill to Australia.