Richard Crabtree
Margaret Champain
Elizabeth Peace Crabtree


Family Links

1. John O'Donnell

  • Arato Walter O'Donnell (d.y.)
  • Charles Alfred O'Donnell (d.y.)
  • Emily O'Donnell
  • Adeline O'Donnell
  • Elizabeth Susan O'Donnell
  • Martha Roberts O'Donnell+
  • Daniel Morris O'Donnell+
  • Christopher Amintor O'Donnell (d.y.)
  • Celia O'Donnell (d.y.)
  • Thomas O'Donnell (d.y.)
2. William Adair McClarning

Elizabeth Peace Crabtree

  • Born: 20 Jun 1814, Southwark, Surrey, England 5
  • Christened: 10 Jul 1814, Saint Saviour's, Southwark, Surrey, England 5
  • Married (1): 31 Jul 1835, St. John's Anglican, Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia 1 2 3
  • Married (2): 14 May 1863, United Presbyterian Manse, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 4
  • Died: 8 May 1871, Sebastopol, Victoria, Australia 6

  Research Notes:

According to Beryl Flett, Elizabeth was a quakeress. Elizabeth was baptised on 14 July in Saint Saviour's Southwark London, then part of Surrey. She came to Australia between 1828-1835, possibly as a servant to a well to do passenger. There is no record of her in shipping lists.

  Marriage Information:

Elizabeth married John O'Donnell, son of Hugh O'Donnell and Mary Lakeman, on 31 Jul 1835 in St. John's Anglican, Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia 1 2 3. (John O'Donnell was born in 1800 in Plymouth, Devon, England, christened on 10 Aug 1800 in Plymouth, Devon, England 7 and died on 8 Aug 1879 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 8 9 10.)
  Marriage Notes:
"At St. John's Church, Parramatta, on the 3rd instant, by the Rev. Samuel Marsden, Mr. JOHN O'DONNELL, of Kissing Point, Landholder, to Miss ADELINE [sic] PEACE CRABTREE, of London."

Note: both the bride's first name and the date (3 Aug) are at odds with other records.
  Marriage Information:
Elizabeth also married William Adair McClarning on 14 May 1863 in United Presbyterian Manse, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 4.
  Marriage Notes:
It appears Elizabeth remarried in Ballarat. She married William Adair McClarning on 14 May 1863 at the United Presbyterian Manse, Ballarat. She claimed to be a widow, which was not true, so the marriage was bigamous. She also lied about her age, claiming to be 42 (actually about 49). William was a 32 year old miner from Rhode Is. USA. She died on the goldfields on 8 May 1871 at Sebastopol and is buried at the Ballarat cemetery under the name Elizabeth McClarning.


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 1104/1835 V18351104 19 (groom's name spelled O'Donald).

2 Australian Marriages (1810-1980), Batch # M13542-1.

3 The Sydney Monitor, Saturday 8 August 1835.

4 Compiler, Private research shared by Morrie Kerle and Gay Cooke.

5 (International Genealogical Index (IGI)), Batch # C05518-2.

6 Indexes for historical Victorian Births/Marriages/Deaths (Australia), 1871/05130 (parents incorrectly shown in the Index as Joseph Crabtree and Sarah).

7 Plymouth Parish Registers.

8 Queensland BDM, 1879/B13114 (incorrectly called son of John O'Donnell & Mary Layton in the Index).

9 The Brisbane Courier, Monday 11 August 1879.

10 The Telegraph (Brisbane), Saturday 9 August 1879.

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