Mary Ann BARBER (1829 - 1872)
Born: 1829 Died: 11 May 1872 - Brighton, Tasmania, Australia
Father: BARBER, David (1786-1843) Mother: FAULKNER, Mary ( - 1852)
Husband: Thomas Arthur BAILEY (1826 - 1920)
AKA: Thomas ARTHUR Married: 24 Mar 1847 - Green Ponds, Tasmania, Australia
Mary Ann BARBER c1829-1872
Establishing the origins of my great-great grandmother Mary Ann Barber has been difficult. I had no leads as to when or where Mary Ann was born, nor any parent’s details. One family which may hold the key to Mary Ann’s origins is the family of David Barber who lived at Constitution Hill.
Thomas and Mary Ann lived at Broadmarsh near Mount Dromedary in the district of Brighton. Mary Ann gave birth to their first child, Elizabeth in 1847.
A few years later Thomas followed his trade to Pontville. The township of Pontville (meaning bridge town) is on the main road between Hobart and Launceston and became the main military post and administrative centre in the Brighton district. In it’s hey day Pontville was a busy town. Convicts and military personnel were housed there during the construction of the road and the bridging of the Jordan River. Coaching inns were built along the main route to service the stage coaches and skilled blacksmiths were kept busy carrying out repairs on the coaches and re-shoeing the horses. Life was difficult for these pioneering families but Thomas managed to build a successful business and by 1866 the family lived in a cottage with a smithy attached on 5½ acres of land at Pontville. Thomas had also purchased a 50 acre property at Dromedary. The family continued to grow and over a period of twenty-two years Mary Ann bore Thomas eleven children, my great grandfather Edwin was their fifth child.