Annie

Edward Major West (1840-1926)
Annie Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson
(1848-1887)

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Annie Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson was the 6th of 12 children of William Jonathan Johnson & Eliza Harris Tompson. She was born on 21 Feb 1848 at Surry Hills, NSW and married Edward Major West on 26 May 1886 (record 456) at Christ Church St Lawrence near Central Railway, the church where her father had been organist and choir master.

Edward Major West was born on 23 Sep 1840 at Macquarie Plains, NSW, Australia, the oldest of nine children, his parents being Major West and Sarah (Susannah) West, Major’s first cousin. An article involving his daughter Annie suggested his full name was Edward Major Scott West (see below). The obituary of Stanley Johnson West (see below) claims that Stanley was a descendant of Major West, a surgeon who arrived in Sydney in 1815; he was not a direct descendant, rather his great-nephew.

Another of Edward Major West sibs, Agnes Jane West, married Frederick Henry Johnson, an older brother of Annie Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson.

Edward Major West died at Mosman on 24 Jul 1926; from the Wellington Times on Thursday 29 July 1926.

Mr. Edward Major West, who was one of the oldest remaining members of the West family of Macquarie Plains, died at his residence, Mosman, on Saturday morning in his 87th year. His widow, Mrs. Lulu Annie West, survives him. He was born at Macquarie Plains in 1840. Deceased’s brother Mr. C. J. West still lives on the Plains.

The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 2 August 1926:

OBITUARY.

MR. E. M. WEST.
Mr. Edward Major West, who died recently at his residence, Harbour-street, Mosman, at the age of 86 years, was a member of one of the pioneer families to settle in the Bathurst district. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. Major West, of Macquarie Plains, who, in the early twenties, went there with his father, the late Mr. John West, and four brothers. The original grant of land at Bathurst is still in possession of the family, and the old homestead is occupied by Mr. Charles J. West. The funeral took place in the Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood, being preceded by a service at St. Luke’s Church, Mosman.

The Sun’s notice on Monday 26 July 1926 was more specific about Edward’s business:

Edward & Annie’s family:

There are also some differences among family trees on ancestory.com about the number of children Edward Major West & Anna Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson had. His funeral notice (see below) mentions he left behind 15 sons and daughters, though the text is indistinct and it may read 13, not 15. We think Edward Major West and Annie Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson had twelve children. He married twice and had two more children. One of his children, a twin, died at birth, so it is consistent that there were 13 children alive when Edward passed away. They are:

01. Sydney William Major (b. 23 Jul 1869 at Macquaries Plains, d. 05 Jan 1939 in Malvern, Melbourne)

02. Edward Macquarie Johnson (b. 09 Jun 1871 in New Zealand, d. 20 Jun 1936 at Ourimbah, NSW)

03. Ida May (b. 18 Oct 1872 in New Zealand, d. 15 Sep 1959 in Mosman) did not marry

04. Laura Annie Isabel (b. 02 Feb 1874 at Macquaries Plains, d. 07 Nov 1944 at Mosman)

05. Frederick Arthur (b. 14 Feb 1876 at O’Connell Plains, NSW, d. 10 Jun 1953 in Sydney)

06. Ernest Henry Tompson (b. 01 Sep 1877 at O’Connell Plains, NSW, d. 17 May 1955 in Sydney)

07. John (b. 01 Sep 1877 at O’Connell Plains, NSW, d. 01 Sep 1877)

08. Ellen Frances (b. 24 May 1880 at Bathurst, d. 17 Jan 1959 at Rockdale, Sydney) known as Nellie

09. Annie Eliza (b. 25 May 1881 at Macquaries Plains, d. 07 Jun 1951 in Concord Hospital, Sydney)

10. Hilton Howell (b. 22 Sep 1882 at Petersham, Sydney, d. 27 Jun 1964 at Neringah Hospital, Wahroonga)

11. Stanley Johnson (b. 22 Jun 1884 in Sydney, d. 12 Nov 1954 at Wagga Wagga)

12. Kathleen Mary (b. 1886, d. 12 Apr 1974 at Mosman) did not marry

Annie Maria Louisa Stewart Johnson died aged just 39 at her home Austenham on Balmain Rd in Leichhardt on 02 May 1887 (The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 30 May 1887).

In 1889 Edward had married Louise Ann Hall Nicol (referred to as Mrs. Lulu Annie West in his death notice). They had a further two children:

13. Charles Alfred Trevor (b. 4827/1894, d. 1980)

14. Winifred Annie (b. 11995/1898, d. 1980)

Edward Major West died at Mosman on 24 Jul 1926; from the Wellington Times on Thu 29 Jul 1926.

Mr. Edward Major West, who was one of the oldest remaining members of the West family of Macquarie Plains, died at his residence, Mosman, on Saturday morning in his 87th year. His widow, Mrs. Lulu Annie West, survives him. He was born at Macquarie Plains in 1840. Deceased’s brother Mr. C. J. West still lives on the Plains.

The Sydney Morning Herald on Mon 2 Aug 1926:

OBITUARY.
MR. E. M. WEST.

Mr. Edward Major West, who died recently at his residence, Harbour-street, Mosman, at the age of 86 years, was a member of one of the pioneer families to settle in the Bathurst district. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. Major West, of Macquarie Plains, who, in the early twenties, went there with his father, the late Mr. John West, and four brothers. The original grant of land at Bathurst is still in possession of the family, and the old homestead is occupied by Mr. Charles J. West. The funeral took place in the Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood, being preceded by a service at St. Luke’s Church, Mosman.

The Sun’s notice on Mon 26 Jul 1926 was more specific about Edward’s business:

The death, at his home in Harbor-street, Mosman, of Mr. Edward M. West, popularly known as “the heavy carrier of the State,” removes a well-known identity. He was 86 years of age, and had been 37 years in business at Mosman as a carrier, specialising in heavyweights. He leaves a family of [15] sons and daughters ranging between 28 and 57 years of age. The funeral this afternoon was attended by a large number of friends.

On page 15 of the Australian Town and Country Journal, in the notices of the Bankruptcy Court on Sat 03 Feb 1894, we read of some business difficulties:

VOLUNTARY SEQUESTRATIONS …
7776. Edward Major West, of 21 Darling-street, Balmain, carrier and contractor. Mr. Stephen, assignee.

Generation 2

01. Sydney William Major West married Bertha Muriel Williams in Townsville, Queensland in 1904 (record C2228). They had three children in Queensland and two in Victoria.

01. Adrian Major (b. 21 Jan 1905, d. 15 Oct 1964 in Boronia, Victoria)

02. Audrey Muriel (b. 28 Jun 1906, d. 28 Feb 1999 in Drouin, Victoria)

03. Lorna (b. 14 Oct 1907, d. ?) was a dressmaker

04. Dorothy Ida (b. 04 Feb 1910, d. ?) was a nurse

05. Sydney Hamilton (b. 08 Jul 1915, d. 12 Mar 1993 Queensland, Australia)

In every Electoral Roll Sydney William Major West was described as an insurance broker/manager/clerk. In 1903 he was living in the Seaview Hotel, Strand, Townsville. In 1905 he and Muriel lived in Wolverton, Stanton Hill, Townsville. His will was made in 1906, and at the time they were living in Victoria St Thornborough, Townsville; from The Argus, Thu 19 Jan 1939:

AFTER the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria, that PROBATE of the WILL, dated 8th August, 1906, of SYDNEY WILLIAM MAJOR WEST, formerly of Townsville, Queensland, but late of 34 Rennison st Mordialloc, in Victoria, Gentleman, deceased, may be granted to Bertha Muriel West, widow, of 34 Rennison st., Mordialloc, being the executor appointed by the said will.

By 1909 they had moved to Howard St Quarry Hill, Bendigo and by 1914 to Orlando St, Hamton, Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay. From 1917 to 1937 he became an an orchardist at Oakhurst, Somerville on the Mornington Peninsular. Sydney passed away on 04 Jan 1939 in Malvern, Melbourne, Bertha on 20 Jun 1966 in Box Hill, Melbourne.

02. Edward Macquarie Johnson West was described as a contractor living at 60 Toxteth Rd Glebe in Sydney in the 1903-4 electoral rolls. He married Maude Emlyn Nelson on 20 Dec 1899 in Mosman (record 8511). They had one son in Glebe:

01. Rupert Oswald Johnson (b, 01 Mar 1901, d. 08 Dec 1921 at Ourimbah, NSW)

Maud passed away in 1968.

04. Laura Annie Isabel West married George Valder on 19 Jul 1893 in Leichhardt. They had 5 children:

01. Mary Collingridge (b. 18 Apr 1894 in Marrickville, d. 05 Dec 1964 in St Leonards) known as Molly

02. George Ernest (b. 27 Oct 1896 in Wagga Wagga, d. 03 Jun 1976 at Mount Wilson, NSW) married Isa W H Watson on 07 Oct 1925; they had two children

03. Edna (b. 24 Feb 1898 in Richmond, d. 24 Aug 1986) married John Duff in Mosman in 29 May 1924; they had two children

04. Wilfred (b. 02 Mar 1901 in Richmond, d. 13 Apr 1981 in England) married on 30 Jul 1932 in Calford, England; they had two children

05. Jack Collinridge (b. 11 Sep 1908 in Mosman, d. 10 Aug 1943)

05. Frederick Arthur West married Martha Alexander (b. 1880, d. 1963) in 1900. Frederick was described as a carter in the electoral rolls. In 1913 the couple lived at 136 Corunna Rd, Annandale in Sydney. In the 1930s they lived at 78 Melody St and 66 Coogee Bay Rd, Randwick, and Frederick was then described as a traveller. They had 6 children:

01. John Alexander (b. 04 Sep 1901, d. 04 Sep 1901)

02. Edward Major (b. 25 Jan 1903, d. 1983) married (b. 1911, d. 1978) in 1929 at Ryde

03. Hilton Alexander (b. 21 Jul 1906, d. 27 Jul 1959)

04. Edna Alexander (b. 14 Aug 1908, d. 06 Jan 1991) married John Wallace Edward Kibby at Randwick in 1938

05. Alexa (b. 02 Jan 1915, d. 1980) married Maxwell Charles Anlezark at Randwick in 1939

06. Jack (b. 11 Feb 1921, d. ?)

Frederick died falling from his bedroom window; The Sun on Wed 10 Jun 1953 suggested he had been in ill health.

MAN’S FATAL FALL

Frederick Arthur West, 74, of Coogee Bay Rd., Coogee, was fatally injured when he fell 25ft from his bedroom window early today. Police were told that he had been in ill-health.

06. Ernest Henry Tompson West married Jessie Alexandra McNeil in Glebe on 09 Dec 1905. Jessie was born on died on 20 Feb 1961 in Sydney. Ernest was described as a manager in the electoral rolls, and is listed in Harbour St, Mosman, Sydney. The couple had three children:

01. Marcia Claire (b. 10 Mar 1910 in Glebe, d. 27 Oct 1992 in Killara) married William Harvey Lang on 03 Dec 1938; they had 3 chiuldren.

02. Gloria Elaine West (b. 07 Sep 1915 in Glebe, d. 10 Jul 2000 in Killara) married Frederick William George Johnson on 16 Jun 1944; they had one daughter.

08. Ellen Frances West married Oscar Henry Lofberg on 21 Feb 1908 in St Barnabas, Sydney. Oscar was born on 19 Aug 1878 in Tamworth and died on 28 May 1952 in Rockdale, Sydney. Oscar was a chemist in Bexley, and their two older children became chemists. Their children were:

01. Murial Kathleen (b. 20 Feb 1909, d. 18 May 1986 in Bowral, NSW) married ack Bathurst Clayton on 01 Oct 1947 in St Pauls, Cobbitty.

02. Oscar Edward (b. 09 Oct 1912, d. 23 Mar 1953)

03. Jack Valdemar (b. 07 May 1921) became a doctor; from The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 25 Mar 1953:

LOFBERG.— Oscar Edward (Bill). March 23. 1953 (suddenly), of 55 Herbert street, Rockdale, and of495 Prince’s Highway. Rockdale, dearly loved son of Mrs. E. F. and the late O. H. Lofberg, and dear brother of Muriel (Mrs. J. Clayton) and Dr. Jack Lofberg, aged 42 years,

09. Annie Eliza West was a nurse who enlisted during WWI (her service record can be read on line here). She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd Class on 01 Jan 1919. She also had her name changed in the military records to Annie Elizabeth Major-West (see from page 12), although her NSW death record in 1951 shows it to be Annie Eliza Major West.

10. Hilton Howell West married Mary Grace Renwick on 08 Oct 1921 in St Philips Church, Sydney. Hilton had also enlisted during WWI, his service record can be read on line here. Prior to WWI Hilton had been appointed as a stock attendant at Yanko Experimental Farm. In the 1932 electoral rolls the couple are listed as farmers at Yanko. Mary, who was born on 02 Nov 1889 at Booral, NSW, passed away on24 Nov 1955 at Warriewood, Sydney. The couple had three daughters.

11. Stanley Johnson West married Ivy Dixon on 08 Jun 1913 at Junee, NSW. Ivy was born on04 Oct 1882 at Gundagai, NSW and died on 17 Aug 1973 in the The Haven, Nursing Home in Wagga. Stanley became an Anglican minister and was appointed to St Johns at Wagga, an appointment that lasted 25 years. The church erected a plaque in his honour:

12. Kathleen Mary West was described as a dental assistant in the 1931 to 1968 electoral rolls, living in Harbour St, Mosman, with her sister Ida May West. Neither ever married.

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