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Dadswell Family History

Generation 6
Robert Dadswell (1773-1853) and Mary Finch

On this page:
Ancestors of Robert Dadswell
Robert Dadswell's story
Key family dates
Further information

Ancestors of Robert Dadswell

Robert Doudeswell 1560 > Robert Doudeswell 1606 > Edward Dodswell 1659 > Edward Dodswell 1679 > Robert Dadswell 1711 > Robert Dadswell 1773

Robert Dadswell's story

Grave of Robert and Sarah Dadswell

Robert Dadswell was the only child of Robert and Ann (Ovenden) Dadswell. He was baptised on 9 July 1773. Robert farmed at Rotherfield, had two marriages and produced 16 children.

His first marriage was on 17 February 1795 to Mary Finch, daughter of blacksmith Edward Finch. Robert and Mary lived at The Beeches, Rotherfield, and had 12 children, all baptised at Rotherfield.

Following Mary's death in 1820, Robert at the age of about 48 married a second time, to Ann (family name unknown, aged about 17), probably in 1821. The couple had four children.

Robert died on 5 January 1853 and left property to his wife Ann and children. When Ann died in 1876, many of the family properties (Beeches Farm, Blackness, Toll Wood, Pellings, Cranes) were sold to settle the estate.

Robert and Mary are ancestors of a number of Dadswell families who migrated to Australia: 1.Frederick Dadswell of Adelaide 2.Arthur James (Jim) Dadswell of Melbourne 3.Sydney Dadswells including Lyndon & Eric Dadswell and 4.Lewis Dadswell of Perth.

Photo: Gravestone at Rotherfield for Robert Dadswell and his daughter Sarah who was born from his second marriage.

Key family dates

Robert Dadswell
baptised 9 Jul 1773 -
died 5 Jan 1853
married 1.
17 Feb 1795
Mary Finch
born ca 1776 -
died 1820
Children -

1. Ann Ovenden Dadswell baptised 27 Apr 1795 - died 1816

2. Robert Dadswell baptised 19 Nov 1796 - [married Jane Saxby] - died 30 May 1866

[Robert and Jane are ancestors of Frederick Dadswell who migrated to Australia and lived in Adelaide. Information on this family yet to be added to this website].

3. Edward Dadswell baptised 26 Dec 1798 - [married Mildred Hasman] - died ?

4. Thomas Ovenden Dadswell baptised 3 Sep 1802 - [married 1. Sarah Broadfield, 2. Mary Ann Broadfield] - died NSW 18 Oct 1880

[Thomas and Sarah sailed to Brisbane in 1849 and later settled in Sydney. Thomas had no children but his brother Charles (see below) is the direct ancestor of Sydney Dadswells including Lyndon and Eric]

5. Mary Dadswell baptised 28 Nov 1804 - died ?

6. Harriett Dadswell baptised 18 Oct 1806 - [married William Kenward] - died 1878

7. Elizabeth Dadswell born 25 Aug 1808 - died 1827

8. William Dadswell born 10 Dec 1811 - [married Harriett Brown] - died ca 1851

[William and Harriett are ancestors of two Dadswell families who migrated to Australia: 1.Arthur James (Jim) Dadswell of Melbourne and 2.Lewis Dadswell of Perth]

9. John Dadswell born 24 Dec 1812 - died ?

10. Henry Dadswell born 14 Apr 1815 - [married Hannah Hobbs] - died 28 Feb 1876

[Henry and Hannah (Hobbs) Dadswell and family migrated to America about 1858].

11. Charles Dadswell born 14 Jan 1817 - [married Elizabeth Hoessner, nee Broadfield] - died at sea 27 Nov 1852

[Charles, an ancestor of Sydney Dadswells including Lyndon and Eric Dadswell, died while migrating to Sydney with his son Charles in 1852].

12. Sarah Ann Dadswell born 13 Feb 1820 - died Feb 1820
Robert Dadswell
baptised 9 Jul 1773 -
died 5 Jan 1853
married 2.
ca 1821
Ann ________
born ca 1804 -
died 16/17 Aug 1876
Children -

1. Alfred Dadswell born 15 Sep 1822 - [married 1. Sarah _____, 2. Sarah Tasker] - died 11 Aug 1916

2. Ann Dadswell born 6 Dec 1824 - died 1831

3. Sarah Dadswell born 6 Apr 1827 - died 23 Jul 1895

4. David Dadswell baptised 14 Aug 1831 - [married Mary Ann Kenward] - died ?

Further information

Information on Robert and Ann Dadswell (generation 5, parents of Robert Dadswell)


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