Saturday, April 9, 2016

BRS 4 Scottish families John Grant

An entry in the newspapers in September 1863, gave the first clue as to who J. Grant may have been. 

In 1863, there was a death of Mrs Grant.  Her husband John indicated that they were living in a tent, and he was a farmer near Sandgate.

This John Grant was the son of William Grant.
His wife was Martha Rycroft, daughter of William Rycroft and his wife Mary.
They were married in 1846 in Scotland.

1873 Rockhampton

GRANT—BOYCE.—On the 29th July, at the Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Godfrey Hausmann, jun, William Charles Grant, eldest son of John Grant, Esq., of Brisbane, to Mary Jane Boyce, eldest daughter of Charles Boyce, Esq., both of Rockhampton

William Charles Grant died 1924 listed as a miner at Ebagoolah
Mary Jane Grant was at Cooktown  She is buried at the Cooktown Cemetery

Martha was Martha Rycroft, and she and John had:

William Charles Grant   d  1924
Ellen Grant who married William Whybrow and who died in 1913.

.                      The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861 - 1864)  Mon 23rd February 1863

Dr. Cannan held an investigation on  Saturday forenoon, at the Ship Inn, touching the death of a married woman named Grant, which occurred on the previous evening, at the house of a Mr. Brown, next door to the Inn.

John Grant, being sworn, deposed that he lived near Sandgate, and was a farmer. Deceased was his wife. On Wednesday evening she sent for him out of the bush, saying that she was not able to do anything.
When he reached home he found her very weak, but in no pain. They were living in a tent. He got his wife outside of the tent in the shade, and she said she was easier. It was very hot inside the tent. They were only ten months in Queensland.

In the evening, when the sun set, his wife seemed quite easy ; but the next morning, when the sun rose, she complained in the same manner as on the previous day. He got her out again on the shady side of the tent, and she seemed to be relieved. In the afternoon there was a little rain, which made her still better.

During Thursday night she slept pretty well. She ex-pressed a wish to get medical advice, and about half-past seven o'clock on Friday morning they started in a dray for town. When they reached the German Station she seemed very much oppressed by the heat. She got out of the dray and remained a little while to rest, and she took a drink of soda-water. Then they came on to Brisbane, to the house where she died. She was completely exhausted when they arrived, about three o'clock in the afternoon. He sent for Dr. Hancock, who came and prescribed for her. She died about half-past six o'clock.

Robert Handcock, M.D., deposed that he was called in to see the deceased on Friday afternoon. He found her in a very depressed and exhausted state. The husband told him
that he had just brought her in fourteen miles in the sun.

Witness informed him that it was a very dangerous case, and was produced by the sun. The patient became restless, but could not be roused. She shortly became insensible, and died before medicine could be administered. The cause of death he (the Doctor) believed to be apoplexy, produced by the heat of the sun.

The jury found a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.


The 36 perch (910m2) block of land on the southwest corner of Stanley and Sidon Streets, on which the Ship Inn Hotel is located, was surveyed by John Galloway in 1855 and purchased from the Crown by Thomas Blackett Stephens on 17 July 1857, for £28/15/.3 Stephens was a major landholder and political figure on Brisbane’s south side. He built a home just to the west of where Somerville House is now located, and his family operated a number of businesses such as a fellmongery, a tannery and the Moreton Bay Courier

This sad story reflects exactly the conditions these early settlers found themselves facing.  No shorts, tee shorts and thongs in those days, rather, thick woollen garments, long sleeves and dresses to the ground.  Cold climate clothing, worn in hot humid conditions.


Another John Grant son of Gregory Grant and his wife Ann arrived 1862.
He married Jane McPherson, daughter of John McPherson.

His story is in the McPherson Chapter

Yet another Grant - 

Alexander Grant son of John Grant and Isabel Collie,arrived on "John Davies" with his wife Margaret Stewart.  They were married in 1838 in Scotland. 

Alexander Grant married Margaret Stewart

Margaret was the daughter of  Duncan Stewart and Margaret McFarlane

On her immigration records Margaret said she had a nephew in Moreton Bay
      Parents Duncan Stewart and Jane  (deceased)

Alexander Grant was the son of John and Isabella Grant both deceased

Arrived on John Davies  1855  From Inverness Labourer

Alexander Grant  was born 1811 and Margaret c 1814   She died in 1881

Margaret married Alexander Grant in 1838 in Duthil With Rothiemurchus,Inverness,Scotland


John Alexander 14                                  died 1878
Duncan  12                          married in 1865  Clara Aston  7 Mile Creek     Died 1880
George Urquhart Grant  10   married      died 1882
Alexander 9                        married Ellen Jacobs  died in 1916  Lived at Mutdapilly
Margaret 7                          married Hallam   died 1905
Donald 4                          
John Grant  married Sarah Jane Hallam  1872

When John Grant died, he left his two nephews Russel McPherson and John Alexander Grant as executors.

Margaret Grant was daughter of Duncan Stewart and Margaret McFarlane

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