POWELLS and MOBBS

The information on this page is taken almost entirely from David Powell's excellently researched pages on Powells in SA and on Frederick Powell and family, in particular, with thanks, with some backup from Genealogy SA databases, newspapers and relatives on ancestry.com.

Work continues on the page, and I am seeking relevant pictures. (May 2022).

Frederick Powell b. 1794 Chichester, Sussex County, England, and Elizabeth Powell nee Barwood or Harding (both suggested on Ancestry.com) b. 1793 emigrated to SA on the ship "Morley" departing London 8-12-1839 and arriving Adelaide 16-4-1840, Frederick was 46 and Elizabeth 47 on their arrival.
They were accompanied by their 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls-ages on arrival in brackets:

8 CHILDREN OF FREDERICK AND ELIZABETH POWELL

1. George Powell (18)1822 to 23-4-1867 aged 45 yrs
2. Edward Henry Powell (16)1824 to 15-2-1893 aged 68 yrs
3. Jane Powell (13)1827 to 21-8-1872 aged 49 yrs
4. William Powell* (11)1829 to 28-8-1902 aged 74 yrs*
5. Mary Ann Powell?1831 to 6-4-1874 aged 43 yrs
6. Eliza Joanna Powell (9)1831 to 11-4-1898 aged 67 yrs
7. John Powell (7)1833 to 2-9-1925 aged 81 yrs
8. Emma Powell (2)1838 to after 1915

Details of other children.

No. 4 WILLIAM POWELL

    William Powell*, 4th child and 3rd son of Frederick and Elizabeth Powell, b. 1829, d. 28-8-1902, Murray Bridge, SA (74 yo), buried Murray Bridge Cemetery, SA, emigrated to SA in 1840, aged 11, on the "Morley" with parents and 7 siblings.
    William Powell married Sophia Soar, 8-11-1852, St John's, Adelaide, SA. Sophia Soar b. 1836, Derby, Derbyshire, England, was baptised at St Peters, Derby, England, d/o Thomas Soar and Harriet Walker. 1841 English census has Sophia 4, Emma 9, Harriet 30 and Thomas Soar 35, smith, living in Burrows Walk, Derby, England. Thomas, Harriet, Sophia, Emma (died at sea) and Ambrose Soar emigrated on the "Cheapside" arriving 10-10-1849 from London left 23-6-49 via Plymouth.
    "SOAR-On the 30th September at Langhorne's Creek, Harriet, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Soar, aged 58 years." South Australian Register, Monday 26 October 1863, page 7 Thomas Soar is listed as a farmer, Mosquito Creek and EH Powell in Langhorne's Ck in 1867, 1868 and 1869 all in the district of Bremer in the Adelaide Almanack; Wm Powell is listed in 1867 and 1868 but not in 1869. Sophia d. 10-11-1888, Murray Bridge, SA, & buried Murray Bridge Town Cemetery, SA (53 yo).

      9 CHILDREN OF WILLIAM POWELL AND SOPHIA SOAR

      1. Edwin William Powell 1-9-1856 to 15-10-1885 aged 29 yrs
      2. Harry Alfred Powell 16-8-1858 to 15-12-1872 aged 14 yrs
      3. Frederick Thomas Powell 8-10-1861 to 25-12-1872 aged 11 yrs
      4. George Edward Powell 24-11-1864 to 1-9-1940 aged 76 yrs
      5. Harriett Elizabeth Powell* 5-9-1867 to 4-1-1944 aged 77 yrs*
      6. Emma Jane Powell 3-12-1870 to 27-6-1952 aged 81 yrs
      7. Susan Ellen Powell 16-6-1873 to 16-5-1961 aged 88 yrs
      8. Infant Powell stillborn 19-4-1876
      9. Albert Charles Powell 7-4-1877 to 21-3-1900 aged 23 yrs

      Details of other children.

      No. 5 HARRIETT POWELL

      Harriett Elizabeth Powell* b. 5-9-1867 in Mosquito Creek, SA, 5th child and first daughter of William Powell and Sophie Soar, d. 4-1-1944 in Murray Bridge, SA, buried Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery married Alfred Mobbs s/o Owen Mobbs, b. 27-7-1863 in Dustholes, SA, d. 29-7-1938 in Murray Bridge, SA, buried in Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery, SA, on 4-7-1885 at residence of William Powell, Murray Bridge, SA. Photo at right has Alfred Mobbs holding cat and Harriet is next to him. Not sure of photo source but will try to track it down and give attribution (June '22)

        10 CHILDREN OF HARRIETT POWELL and ALFRED MOBBS

        1. Alfred William George Murray MOBBS15-8-1885 to 17-10-1885 (2mo)
        2. Susan Sophia MOBBS12-11-1886 to 29-1-1906 (20yo)
        3. Emily May MOBBS25-3-1888 to 16-12-1927 (39yo)
        4. Alfred William George MOBBS18-2-1890 to 1-6-1966 (70yo)
        5. Sarah Ethel Ruby MOBBS18-11-1892 to 1959 (67yo)
        6. Ilene Gwendoline MOBBS23-3-1895 to 19-9-1979 (84yo)
        7. Isabella Winifred MOBBS21-11-1896 to 1-6-1966 (85yo)
        8. Alfred Thomas Edgar MOBBS11-4-1899 to 10-1974 (75yo)
        9. Edna Pretoria MOBBS28-4-1902 to 27-5-1983 (81yo)
        10. Leslie Claude MOBBS 1-11-1904 to 6-3-1961 (57yo)

        DETAILS OF 10 CHILDREN OF HARRIETT POWELL and ALFRED MOBBS

      • 1. Alfred William George Murray Mobbs b. 15-8-1885 in Murray Bridge, SA. He died on 17-10-1885 in Murray Bridge, SA. (2mo)
      • 2. Susan Sophia Mobbs b. 12-11-1886 in Murray Bridge, SA, d. 29-1-1906 in Murray Bridge, SA. (20yo)
      • 3. Emily May Mobbs* my grandmother, pictured right, b. 25-3-1888 in Murray Bridge, SA, d. 16-12-1927 (39 yo) in Memorial Hospital, Murray Bridge, SA. She was buried in Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery, SA. (see below, with me, granddaughter, 1987.) Emily married Thomas Kermode son of Arthur Nathaniel Kermode and Jane Smith on 22-8-1908 in Methodist Manse, Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA. Thomas was b.on 29-3-1879 in Field Street, Adelaide, SA. He died 26-6-1948 (69 yo) at 9 Grenfell Street, Kent Town, SA. He was buried 26-6-1948 in Norton Summit Cemetery, SA. Emily (usually called May) died of cancer at only 39 years of age, and her children seem to have had no further contact with the Mobbs family, so we know almost nothing about them and have no photos.
      • 4. Alfred William George Mobbs b. 18-2-1890 in Murray Bridge, SA, d. 1-6-1966 (70 yo) in Marleston, SA. He was buried on 3 Jun 1966 in Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery, SA. Alfred married Elsie Olive Forster d/o John George Forster and Anna Moore on 6-4-1914 in Methodist Church, Murray Bridge, SA. Elsie was b. on 11-9-1890 in Lochaber, SA, d. 25-9-1939 (48 yo) in Northfield, SA. She was buried on 26-9-1939 in Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery, SA. 8 children.
        Children of Alfred William George (Jock) Mobbs and Elsie Olive Forster
        • Mavis Doreen Mobbs b.1915
        • Olive Lorraine Mobbs b. 1916
        • Phyllis May Mobbs b. 1917
        • Delmar Mobbs b. 1918
        • Doris Edna Mobbs b. 1920
        • Jean Mobbs b. 1923
        • Gwendoline Joy Mobbs b. 1923
        • Maxwell William Mobbs b. 1927
      • 5. Sarah Ethel Ruby Mobbs, pictured right, b. 18-11-1892 in Murray Bridge, SA, d. 1959. (66yo) Sarah married Charles Stanley Harris on 10-5-1919 in St John's Anglican Church, Murray Bridge, SA. Charles was b. 7-2-1891.
        Child of Sarah Mobbs and Charles Harris
        • Nancy Margaret Harris b. 27-1-1924 d. 26-5-2016 Adelaide, 92yo; m. John Rylander Newton b. 27-9-1923 d.29-3-2007.
      • 6. Ilene Gwendoline Mobbs b. 23-3-1895 d.19-9-1979 (84yo) in Murray Bridge,SA. Ilene married Fergus John Roy Dougall on 2-4-1921 in Methodist Church, Murray Bridge, SA. Fergus was b. on 21-2-1894 in Tarlee, SA, d.15-11-1956, both buried Murray Bridge Cemetery, Adelaide Road.
      • 7. Isabella Winifred Mobbs b. 21-11-1896 in Murray Bridge, SA d. 20-10-1982. Isabella married Robert Angas Jamieson s/o Peter, on 14-6-1919 in Methodist Church, Murray Bridge, SA. Robert was born 30-6-1896 d. 17-12-1973, both interred at Cheltenham Cemetery Rose Garden, lived Queenstown 1954.
      • 8. Alfred Thomas Edgar Mobbs b. 11-4-1899 in Burdett, SA, d.c.3-10-1974, married Rose May Lucas 12-4-1926 b. 1897 d. 15-6-1965, at St. George's Church Alberton. He was buried 75 yo in Murray Bridge Cemetery as was Rose May Mobbs 68 yo.
        Child of ATE Mobbs and Rose May Lucas
        • Bruce Mobbs b. 30-7-1927 d. 13-11-1988 age 61 yo
      • 9. Edna Pretoria Mobbs b. 28-4-1902 in Murray Bridge d. 27-5-1983, SA. Married Gideon Maurice Penny s/o Samuel at Methodist Church, Murray Bridge on 29-3-1923 buried Victor Harbour, SA. Children: Kathleen, Milton, Margaret, Neville, Robert and Joan (Wurm)-mother of Penny, Ben, Henry Wurm , grandchildren Mathilde and Ingo Courier Mail 14-7-2018Obituaries From Victor Harbour tTmes , 17-3-1976:"Mr. Gideon Maurice Penny who died at Victor Harbour on March 5, was born at Serviceton, Vic., in 1893. He was a locomotive fireman with the S.A. Railways at Murray Bridge and enlist-ed in the A.I.F. in 1915 and served overseas with the 105th Howitzer Battery. He remained in England following the Armistice to compete in rowing events which included the first ever King's Cup which was won by the A.I.F. No 1 crew. The Cup was brought back to Australia and since then has been competed for by State crews. Mr. Penny continued rowing for the champion Muray Bridge crew which won the King's Cup and many State champion-ships from 1920 to 1926. He took up bowls late in life and had great success which culminated in winning the Souther Div-ision champion of champions in 1968-69 at the age of 76. In 1923 he married Miss Edna Mobbs in the Murray Bridge Methodist Church. Mr. Penny is survived by his widow and three sons and two daughters."
      • 10. Leslie Claude Mobbs b. 1-11-1904 in Murray Bridge, SA, d. 6-3-1961 in Adelaide, SA. Married Stella Eileen Mary Sly d/o James Sly, 19-7-1928 at residence of Archbishop, Adelaide. He was buried in Murray Bridge (Old) Cemetery, SA. Lived Murray Bridge, Alberton

      "More than 50 years a resident of Murray Bridge was the record of Mr. Alfred Mobbs, 75, who died on July 29. He was well known throughout the town and district, and in railway circles especially had hundreds of friends and acquaintances. He was born at Truro and spent his boyhood in that locality. He was married in 1885 to Miss Harriett Powell, member of a Monarto family, several years after his arrival at Murray Bridge. For a period he was employed on Glen Lossie station, but he joined the railways subsequently, and was connected with that department for 38 years. Interested in town movements and sporting activities, he was a follower of horse racing, and a good judge of horse-flesh. He joined the Druids' Lodge 46 years ago. The late Mr. Mobbs is survived by a widow, three sons and four daughters, Messrs. W. E, and L. Mobbs (Murray Bridge), Mesdames S. Harris (Tailem Bend), F. Dougall (Murray Bridge), R. Jamieson (Adelaide), and M. Kenny (Sedan). There are 29 grandchildren." The Advertiser , Monday August 15th, 1938 The picture at right shows the grave of Alfred and Harriet taken from Find a Grave, added by Karbarm


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