| Elizabeth BARFOOT BIRD SMITH 1814-1886
3 Oct 1831 Letter to Governor Arthur from John BAREFOOT, Springs - by Launceston
[p 280] May it Please Your Excellency
It is unfortunate for me to trouble your Excellency in a case of a family matter, but where one of the transgressors, at least, is under the cognizance of you, I beg leave to call your attention to the case in a more particular manner.
Thomas Bird, a Prisoner of the Crown, has carried on a private and clandestine correspondence with my Girl Elizabeth about 16 years of age, for now upwards of 18 months. He has made various proposals of marriage to her, and has besides represented himself as a free man in a very short time, to all which I have listened with particular caution, but Bird never having acquired your Excellency's permission to marry I have become quite callous on the subject.
Bird however found means to decoy my girl from my house and farm at the Springs about 4 months ago and it was after much search and difficulty I found her living under his protection and in a house of bad fame in Launceston the proprietor of which is notorious for the seduction of youth.
[p 280] May it Please Your Excellency It is unfortunate for me to trouble your Excellency in a case of a family matter, but where one of the transgressors, at least, is under the cognizance of you, I beg leave to call your attention to the case in a more particular manner. Thomas Bird, a Prisoner of the Crown, has carried on a private and clandestine correspondence with my Girl Elizabeth about 16 years of age, for now upwards of 18 months. He has made various proposals of marriage to her, and has besides represented himself as a free man in a very short time, to all which I have listened with particular caution, but Bird never having acquired your Excellency's permission to marry I have become quite callous on the subject. Bird however found means to decoy my girl from my house and farm at the Springs about 4 months ago and it was after much search and difficulty I found her living under his protection and in a house of bad fame in Launceston the proprietor of which is notorious for the seduction of youth.
Bird is presently employed in the Survey Department under Mr. Scott - And it is merely through the natural regard and interest I feel for my own child that I make this Appeal and Complaint to you Excellency, Humbly trusting to your Excellency. [p 281] Excellency, that by your uniform humanity you may be pleased to give directions for separating Bird from my daughter, and then she may as formerly be under my protection & guardianship.
I have discovered various imperfections in Bird and that I plainly see that his whole object and aim is the ruin of my girl and as I have no authority but that of your Excellency to appeal to for Redress, I humbly trust you will be pleased to grant such order as may remedy the evils I complain of.
With the greatest respect
Your Excellency's Very obt. very W. servant
(Written across the bottom) John Barefoot expressed that his daughter has been seduced by a prisoner, (Thomas Bird) who is employed in the Survey Dept. He prays that Bird may be separated from his daughter. Refer to the Police Magistrate of this District 23 Nov 1831. Referred as above directed 24 Nov 1831.
[p 282] The statement of John Barefoot is totally unfounded, on his own application to me, and with his entire consent, I recommended Thomas Bird for permission to marry his Daughter. I believe the object of John Barefoot has been to extort money, he is a very bad character, and has often connived at the Prostitution of his children; his Daughter Elizabeth Barefoot has been married to Thomas Bird about six weeks - W. Lyttleton [CSO 1/12443]
Thomas BIRD, Convict, Ship Lord Hungerford, and Elizabeth BAREFOOT (her X mark), both of the Parish of St John Launceston were married by Banns with the consent of Government, 31 Oct 1831 by W.H. Browne in the presence of John LAIRD and William JONES both of Launceston. [Tas 1691 R/N 219] (Elizabeth would have been aged 17 yrs)
Convict Record of Thomas BIRD, Lord Hungerford, (dep Jul, arr 26 Dec) 1821, Warwickshire 31 Mar 1821.
6 Nov 1822 Absent from Muster and Church (Rev Robert Knopwood).
1 Feb 1823 Possession of a hat the property of J.B. Clarke / acquitted / (Bench Magistrate).
22 Jul 1823 Out after hours / Hard labor - one month.
11 Oct 1823 Conspiring with W. Frazer and others to defraud Mr J.R. Deane and others, of fabricating and uttering certain notes of land purporting to be signed by John York, Daniel Stanfield, Edward Westwood, Edward Gallagher, and W. Abel / 100 lashes and Macquarie Harbor 4 years (Bench Magistrate).
29 Apr 1824 Rioting in Launceston Yard confined three days to be fed on bread and water only. (Command.)
4 Sep 1826 Aiding and abetting and making a knife contrary to orders / 25 lashes / (Command.)
5 Nov 1827 Working up sheet copper contrary to orders / 35 lashes (M.H.).
17 Feb 1829 Reported to the Steward of the "Sarah -------- " to effect his escape. / Dismissed no proof / J. Spode /
18 Jul 1830 Scott / Coming from Perth to Hobart ------- and not reporting himself at the Police Office on his arrival. Administration (AOM & COM).
10 Dec 1833 ---- having in his possession sundry articles well knowing them to have been stolen, charge dismissed JHK.
22 Apr 1835 F S / Suspicion of having 11 Flagons value 20 pounds the property of James Scott. Committed for trial (AWH & SPB).
Free By Servitude. Afterwards tried and convicted in the colony. Freedom certificate 23 Jan 1833 Life - to be sent to Port Johnson? Vide Marine Colonial Secretary.
44/35 3 Mar 1838 (Freedom Certificate?)
Thomas BIRD b 1799 Birmingham, Warwickshire s/o Thomas BIRD and Ann PHILLIPS who were m 22 Jul 1790, St Martin's, Birmingham (Kate van Barneveld from Niblett family tree)
Children of Thomas BIRD and Elizabeth BAREFOOT:
1. Zipporoh BIRD b 29 Aug 1832 Launceston, VDL d/o Thomas BIRD/Elizabeth (BAREFOOT) [Tas 4572]
Zipora NIBLETT d 1882 aged 48 yrs Geelong, parents unknown [Vic 5571]
Zipora NIBLETT d 1882 bur Geelong Eastern Cemetery, also Zipporah NIBLETT d 1882 bur Grovedale Cemetery [Geelong & District Burials Search]
Zipporah BIRD (known as Susan) m 1849 St James Old Cathedral, Melbourne, Frederick Charles NIBLETT (KvB)
Frederick Charles NIBLETT b 8 Sep 1816 Dorking, Surrey, England, Occ Butcher, d 17 Jan 1883 (KvB)
Frederick Charles NIBLETT immigrated on Juliette to VDL from London (KvB)
Fred NIBLETT d 1883 aged 68 yrs Geelong, parents unknown [Vic 11120]
Frederick NIBLETT d 1883 listed for Geelong Eastern and Grovedale Cemetery [G&D Burials Search]
Children of Frederick NIBLETT and Zippoprah BIRD
2. Thomas BIRD b 17 Oct 1834, bap 15 Dec 1834 St John's Launceston, VDL s/o Thomas BIRD/Elizabeth (BAREFOOT) [Tas 5780]
Thomas BIRD d 9 Oct 1911, aged 76 yrs McKillop Place Geelong, Victoria s/o Thomas BIRD/Elizabeth BARFOOT [Vic 13111]
Thomas BIRD bp Tasmania m 1867 Mary Ann MARTIN b Suffolk [Vic 2910 J-D]
Children of Thomas BIRD and Mary Ann MARTIN:
Thomas William BIRD b 1878 Mt Duneed s/o Thomas William BIRD/Mary Ann MARTIN [Vic 10547] d 1896 aged 18 yrs Mt Duneed s/o Thomas BIRD/Mary Ann MARTIN [Vic 10869]
Walter Henry BIRD b 1881 Mt Duneed s/o Thomas William BIRD/Mary Ann MARTIN [Vic 17817/1882]
Walter Henry BIRD d 1882 aged 1 m 21 days, Mt Duneed s/o Thomas BIRD/Mary Ann MARTIN [Vic 2634/1983]
Possible 2nd m for Thomas BIRD 21 May 1838 St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Hobart, Isabella WALKER. Thomas BIRD came to Vic, m and had children.
Second marriage for Elizabeth BARFOOT (her X mark) Spinster, of this Parish, married 22 Feb 1843 William SMITH, Bachelor, of this Parish, (he signed) in this Church by Banns, Melbourne, in the presence of Fullbright NICHOLS of Melbourne and Hannah CRONAN of Melbourne (her X mark) [p 70 No 548] [Vic 741]
This is her as Hannah CRONIN m Michael BARFOOT (Elizabeth's brother), although there is no mention of a previous marriage.
This marriage entry appears twice in the NSW BDMs index:
Elizabeth BAREFOOT m 1843 William SMITH, St Lawrence's C of E, Sydney, NSW (District Code MF) [V1843 74 27C]
Elizabeth BAREFOOT m 1843 William SMITH, St James' C of E, Melbourne (Vic), NSW (District Code ME [V1843 741 27C]
Elizabeth SMITH d 11 Oct 1886 aged 67 yrs Geelong d/o of William (should be John) BARFOOT/- [Vic 12787]
Elizabeth SMITH d 1886 bur Grovedale Cemetery, also 2 entries for bur Geelong Eastern Cemetery [G&D Burials Search]
Poss husband, William Black SMITH d 1881 aged 66 yrs Geelong s/o Alexander SMITH/Sarah BLACK [Vic 1485]
William Black SMITH d 1881 bur Geelong Eastern Cemetery [G&D Burials Search]
Fellow researchers of BARFOOT/HOCKEY line, some since the early 1980s: Laurel Merritt, Fred Rosewarne, Sue Fullarton (Guy descendants), 'Monty' Agnes Cusworth (Helyar descendant), Pat Bates (Starr descendant), Arthur Johnson (wife Cassidy descendant), Jean Spears, Diane Young & Linda Brown (Clover descendants), Robert Allen and Jenny McLeod (descendants of Henry Allen and Matilda Hockey), Karren Wolfram (descendant of Joseph Allen and Ellen Hockey), Neil O'Brien (Flynn descendant)