Emma Hamline Mi(t)chelle

 BORN 1809 in Cornwall.
 DIED 24 November 1891 in Bathurst, NSW (of Influenza) Link 

NSW Death Record 10096/1892

 MARRIED 1 John Michell (-1837)
 CHILDREN   Emma Hamline Michell Glasson (-1880)
Lydia Hamline Michell Glasson (m. Henry Hosie)
 MARRIED 2 Richard Glasson (1813-1892) in 1838 in Helston, Cornwall, England.
 CHILDREN   Gustavus Richard Glasson (1839-1894)
Maria Theresa Glasson (1841-1902)
John Henry Glasson (1848-1921)
William Edward Glasson
Mary Louise Glasson (1853-1860)
Emma Hamline Michell Glasson (-1880)

Richard finally made the decision. Shortly before he sailed he married a young widow Emma Hamline Michelle. Richard and his wife and two daughters by her former marriage (viz Emma and Lydia) and Richard's sister Mary, sailed in the ship John Patterson on 28th August 1838; eight years after his brother John. After their arrival in New South Wales, Richard and Emma first lived in a small dwelling in the Cornish settlement near the Orange-Byng Road. This was a temporary residence while Richard was building Willow Cottage … built on Richard’s brother John’s land near the Carangara Copper Mines.

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In Cornwall Richard Glasson had managed Emma’s estate in addition to other responsibilities on the family farm there called Tremearne. Emma had been married to a John Michell who died of fever while on business with a mining company in Mexico. The estate included a property called Little Beside somewhere in Cornwall though what became of the property is not known today. When they married Emma already had two little girls (called Emma and Lydia) and the four emigrated to Australia on the James Patterson in 1838.

Lydia was the second child of Emma Glasson of Breague Cornwall, by her first husband John Michelle. John died in 1837 on a trip to Mexico when she and her older sister, also called Emma were still toddlers. Richard Glasson married their mother in 1838 and within months this new family of four had emigrated from Cornwall to Bathurst and Guyong. Both girls loved their step-dad but Lydia at least did test his patience. When she was still only a teenager she took a fancy to a young man, one Henry Hosie who lived with his family on the other side of Cockatoo Hill from where they were living in the Old Guyong House. Like Lydia he had lost his biological father early to illness and his mother had re-married a Mr Wythes. They were renting land nearby. Despite Richard’s objections the romance blossomed until Richard felt it necessary to confine Lydia to the house. With the connivance of her mother Lydia escaped one night in 1850 and made her way in the dark to the coach road to Sydney which passed not so far away. There she and Henry took a coach and hightailed it to Sydney where they were married by the well known pastor James Dunmoor Laing the very next day. Other conspirators in the know managed to put a pursuing Richard off the scent by sending him in the opposite direction.

Sadly Henry too died early of illness, like his father and father-in-law, and Lydia was left a widow after only a few years of marriage. She subsequently had a failed marriage to an architect, Arthur Hartley, with whom she had a daughter, Alicia, and a third marriage to a Charles Rattray Smith.

[The above text from godolphin.net.au needs to be checked for accuracy.]

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