Elizabeth Ann Heneker was the 3rd daughter of James Heneker and Mary Ann Heneker nee Spencer.
Elizabeth was born on the 5th April 1855 in the District of Adelaide.
Not much is known of Elizabeth’s early years.
In 1865 information about Elizabeth and her siblings Martha and Joseph Heneker appear in the December 1865 the [Border Watch/ Saturday 30 December 1865/pg. 2/Mosquito Plains] which reports that Elizabeth and Martha Heneker in the Fifth Class were awarded prizes as the most deserving students, and also in the Sixth Class Joseph Heneker was also awarded a prize.
The family were living at Scott’s Creek for some time, and then on 13 June 1863 Charlotte Heneker was born at Avenue Range, in the South East region of South Australia. In 1865 it must have been a remote and fairly barren area (people wise). The area was purchased by a John ‘Jacky’ White who acquired a run of 134 square miles spanning Ready Creek, Keilira and Lucindale. The traditional owners are the Wathatonga people of the Bunganditj/Boandik nation. In 1864 James returned to the UK to visit family and returned on the maiden voyage of the City of Adelaide ship.
In Penola (South East area) on 10 October 1865 it is recorded that James was issued a half yearly Timber Licence by the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration Office, Adelaide. [Government Gazette, October 12, 1865, pg. 922]
Another son, William was also born during this time, on the 19 April 1866, at Avenue Range, South Australia. By 1872 the family appear back in the Blinman Area, with the death of their young sons, Abel Richard and William both dying in January of 1872.
On the 1st September 1872 at the Elizabeth Ann married Thomas Mansell Yandell, at the home of Mr. Heneker of Patterton, South Australia. ([genealogysa.org.au/marriages database] Patterton lays about 10 km from Blinman, near the Gum Creek, which was a watering area for travellers and bullocky teams.)Thomas Mansell Yandell was a Welshman whose experience working as a smelter at Wallaroo’s smelting works would have been gratefully accepted. Wallaroo’s smelting works were constructed in 1861 by the owners of the Wallaroo Mine to process the ore and to export it. The smelting works were at one time the largest smelter outside of Swansea in Wales. Initially using the reverberatory method of smelting, over time the smelter adopted newer processes and remained at the forefront of smelting techniques.
At some stage they moved to Wallaroo, as Thomas was a smelter, coming originally from Wales, were smelters were trained and worked.
Wallaroo Smelters 1870
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia Photographic Collection.
In 1874 on the 17th April, Elizabeth died of “Cerebro-spinal meningitis” at the age of 19 years. She died at her home at Wallaroo, South Australia. She had given birth to her daughter Amy Victoria Yandell on the 12 July 1873 at Wallaroo. After the untimely death of her mother, Amy Victoria died on the 27 April 1874. It is not known at present what Amy died of, I have ordered a copy of her death certificate. I wonder if Amy also died of the same condition. If it was caused by a virus, cerebrospinal meningitis is contagious. It could be assumed that Elizabeth was still breastfeeding Amy in which case she would have caught it, or starved. Whichever it is a very sad and uncomfortable situation.
Information regarding the death of Elizabeth Ann Heneker is obtained from [GenealogySA District Death Certificate Transcript/C19735YandellElizabeth nb jn(1) PDF]
[Information regarding the births of the other Heneker children listed above are also obtained from GenealogySA Births Transcipts.]
It is believed that Elizabeth was buried at the Wallaroo Cemetery along with Amy Victoria. I originall had found the information online however it no longer appears under any cemetery searches however Amy Victoria still shows as being buried in the Wallaroo Cemetery, Moonta Road, Wallaroo, South Australia in plot/grave 247, Last residence: Wallaroo, Age at death 19, Date of burial next to her daughter Amy Victoria age 10 m. in plot 248. These stories are the only ones I could glean in relation to Elizabeth and Thomas. I have been able to learn quite a bit more about the Yandell family and I will probably write another post on them. Although the relationship of the Yandell’s and Heneker’s appears to be a tentative one, due to both of Thomas’ family members passing away together in the same year, and him not seeming to have married again, the story of his family in general is interesting. It also appears that at times they intertwine with the Heneker family over the years.
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