Sarah WILLIAMS (1808 - 1891)

       Born: Circa 1808, Tasmania
       Died: 19 Dec 1891, Benalla, Victoria, Australia

     Mother:  Jane WILLIAMS (1793 - 1876) 

     Partner: Thomas ARTHUR (1796 - 1882)
    Children: 1

     Husband: Edward Edmund BAILEY ( - 1832)
     Married: 9 Jun 1828 - St Johns Church, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
    Children: 2
Other Partner: Edward ROACH (1794 - 1882)
Children: 4

My great x3 grandmother Sarah Williams was an enigma to me for a very long time. Previous researchers had failed to establish her origins. The death of Sarah's daughter at a young age contributed to the lack of family folk stories being passed down to descendants.
The first record I found relating to Sarah Williams was her marriage entry to Edward Bailey at St Johns Church of England Launceston in 1828. This record simply stated Sarah was 'Born in the Colony'. After Edward Bailey's death Sarah and her family moved to the Brighton district. Sarah is believed to have married Edward Roach and lived in Black Brush and Dromedary for many years.

  Edward Bailey
  Edward Roach
  St Johns Church of England

It is our painful duty to record, in this issue of our paper the death of Mrs. Sarah Roach, which sad event occurred at the residence of her daughter-in-law (Mrs Geo. B. Ward) Benalla West, on Saturday night last. Deceased, who was in her eighty-seventh year, was relict of the late Edward Roach, and mother of Mr John Bailey, Devenish, and the late Wm. Roach. She was a very old colonist, having settled down in Benalla about 19 years ago, where she resided continuously up to the hour of her death. She was a native of Tasmania where the earliest part of her life was spent and where she was regarded by all those who knew her as being a kind and amiable lady – qualities which she preserved, in the face of all diversity of her matrimonial life, up to the time of her demise. During her long residence in Benalla she was noted, in addition to her good qualities, as being a lady full of Christian feeling and, in her worldly transactions, was remarkable for a deep sense of integrity and for a spirit otherwise which earned for her the respect and esteem of very many people. Her remains will be interred in the Catholic portion of the Benalla Cemetery today.

The North Eastern Ensign, Tuesday, 22 December 1891

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