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Armourer Sergeant Edward Hampton  (.1803.......1872.)

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  • Born : 1803
  • Where Born :  St John’s, Westminster, London  
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived :  15th Aug, 1841
  • Ship Arrived on :   (HMS Tortoise)
  • Port Arrived :  Tasmania 
  • Rank on Discharge : :Armourer Sergeant
  • Date of Army Enlistment : 1st March 1824 aged 21
  • Where Enlisted Army :  Westminster  
  • Regimental # : No 315
  • Date Discharged Army : 28th February 1849 Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)
  • Comments Regarding Army Discharge :Of Good Character
  • Where Discharged :
  • Died : 20th July 1872  
  • Where Died / Buried : Hobarton (Hobart).
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Mary McLain  Possibly
  • Date Married : 1844
  • Where Married :
  • Spouse's Parents : Soldiers Wife
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  • Date Arrived :  15th Aug, 1841
  • Ship Arrived on :   (HMS Tortoise)
  • Port Arrived :  Tasmania 
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  • Descendants
    Some information supplied by Neil Fleming.
     Fleming Neil
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    Children :
    Edward served at the garrison in Halifax, Nova Scotia and there is a record of two births during that time to an Edward Hampton of the 99th regiment and a Mary. They are Selina Elizabeth and Ellen Hampton.  Nothing more is known of them. If alive, they who would have been 13 and 11 years of age when Edward set sail for Australia.  Edward's wife, Mary's death notice is in 1851.  She may not have been the mother of Selena and Ellen. She had a son C Hampton (present at her death), a daughter Mary who died aged nine as well as Edward and Eliza.  
     
    Selina Elizabeth born September 2, 1829, Halifax, NS, 1829, 125, 59
    Ellen, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 3, 1831, 96th of Foot, Volume 125, page 84
    HAMPTON Mary the beloved daughter of Edward John and Mary HAMPTON Armourer Sergt HM 96 Reg who departed this life Jany 3 1848 Aged 9 years 3 months & 23 days
    1014
    20th  July 1872
    Edward John Hampton
    Died Argyle Street
    Born England
    70 years
    Gun maker
    Cancer of the stomach

     

    Edward John's death notice in the Hobart Town newspaper The Mercury  on 23rd July, 1872 says:

    Hampton- On the 20th July, at his residence, Argyle Street, Edward John Hampton, late Armourer-Sergeant of the 96th Regiment in the 70th year of his age. The funeral will leave his residence THIS AFTERNOON, 23rd instant, at half past 2 o’clock, when friends are respectfully invited to attend.  Melbourne and Sydney papers please copy.

     

     

    History & Achievements :
    Newspaper notice on Friday, February 25th 1842, in the Hobart Town Gazette says:
    H.M. Ship Tortoise, six guns, 1000 tons, J Wood commander, arrived in our river on the 19th instant (February) with 394 convicts on board and a detachment of 102 rank and file of the 96th regiment, with 27 women and 30 children. The officers are, Major Cumberland, Captain Griffiths and Ensign Mundell, of the 96th..  Passengers, Messrs Hazard and Miss Stewart.
    Edward's death notice in the Hobart Town newspaper The Mercury  on 23rd July, 1872 says:
    Hampton- On the 20th July, at his residence, Argyle Street, Edward John Hampton, late Armourer-Sergeant of the 96th Regiment in the 70th year of his age. The funeral will leave his residence THIS AFTERNOON, 23rd instant, at half past 2 o’clock, when friends are respectfully invited to attend.  Melbourne and Sydney papers please copy.
     
     

    It is tempting to believe that some of his family (maybe Ellen and Selina) were in Melbourne or Sydney because of the wording “Melbourne and Sydney papers to copy”. Was Edward married twice? We do not know where, and when he met a Mary McLain (McLean) who is listed as his wife in Australia. The listing says they were married in 1844 which means that Selina and Ellen are probably the result of previous marriage. Their two other children were born in Launceston.  Eliza (our ancestor) in 1843 and Edward in 1846 and there is a C Hampton listed on his mother’s death certificate in 1851.  Did Mary come on the same ship? Where and when were they married? Was she the “Mary”, mother of Ellen and Selina in Halifax? Were there more children born between 1831 (Ellen) and 1843 (Eliza)? If there was a third wife for Edward they were married after 1851 when Mary died.

     The full report on his discharge says: ”No 315 Sergeant Edward John Hampton has been the subject of Varicose Veins of the Legs since the 5th of February 1845. He has now a large cicatrix of an ulcer on the right Leg which cannot without the Strictest attention be Kept healed. His Eyesight is imperfect as well as his hearing and in consequence he is considered unfit for further Service. His Disease is the result of Service. His conduct in Hospital; has always been good.  William Lucas- Surgeon 96th
     

     

    References

    (1) A Mrs L M Hampton, lives at 6 Wall Vean, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall but is now separated from her husband.  She undertook to ask her husband to contact the author. He did so and mentioned a relative in Australia who was also contacted but apparently the Edward Hampton in their tree was not our one
    (2) The full report on his discharge says: ”No 315 Sergeant Edward John Hampton has been the subject of Varicose Veins of the Legs since the 5th of February 1845. He has now a large cicatrix of an ulcer on the right Leg which cannot without the Strictest attention be Kept healed. His Eyesight is imperfect as well as his hearing and in consequence he is considered unfit for further Service. His Disease is the result of Service. His conduct in Hospital; has always been good.  William Lucas- Surgeon 96th
    (3) website address for the museum of the 96th Foot Regimen
    (4) albertsn@alphalink.com.au
    (5) From The Genealogist, September 2000
    (6) Registered No 35/1014/1872
    (7) http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=P&id=183352
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