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Corporal Thomas Tollis (c.1777...1821.)

Back To . . .The New South Wales Corps. ( Rum Corps. ) "Renamed 102nd Regiment
73rd Highland Regiment 1st Battalion
48th Foot .The Northamptonshire Regiment
Bodyguard of Light Horse
  • Born : circa 1777
  • Where Born : Maidstone, Kent
  • Occupation : Labourer, Mason / Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 02. June .1797
  • Ship Arrived on : " Ganges "
  • Rank on Discharge : Corporal
  • Date of Enlistment : 12 January 1796 aged 19 , enlisted in the 20th Light Dragoons
  • Where Enlisted : Kent
  • Transferred to : 102nd Regiment
  • Date Transferred: 11. August 1796
  • Transferred to : 73rd Regiment
  • Date Transferred: 1810
  • Transferred to : 46th Regiment
  • Transferred to 48th : 1817
  • Date of Discharge :30 . April . 1820 (inability to serve )
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died :25 July 1821
  • Where Died / Buried : Sydney Regimental Hospital / Sydney
  • Parents Names :
  • 1st Spouse's Name : Elizabeth Atkinson (Aka) Atkins Atkinson, Betty aka Atkins
  • Born . 1759,
  • Where Born :  Maidstone, Kent
  • Occupation :
  • Convict: Sentenced  Lancaster 1797 , 7 Years age 38
  • Date Arrived : July 1798
  • Ship Arrived on : "Britannia I"
  • Died : 18 October 1809 age 50 Old Sydney Burial Grounds  C/D
  • Where Died / Buried : 18 October 1809
  • Parents Names :
  • Date Married : they did not marry
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • 2nd Spouse's Name : Ann waters
  • Born : 1785
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation :
  • Date Arrived : 18 June .1807
  • Ship Arrived on : "Sydney Cove "
  • Died : 13 April 1821
  • Where Died / Buried : Sandhill's Cemetery Sydney
  • Parents Names :
  • Date Married : 26 May 1812
  • Where Married :
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • Atkinson, Betty     aka Atkins
    Atkinson, Betty
    Atkinson, Elizabeth
     
    Descendants:
    Some information supplied by Margaret Childs margchilds@bigpond.com
    Some information supplied by Suzanne Tollis, thumper287@hotmail

    Some information supplied by kath hansen kathhansen@xtra.co.nz

    Area Settled :
    Children : of Thomas & Elizabeth
    1 . - Elizabeth Atkinson Tollis 20.08.1799 who married Thomas Hansen Jnr, son of Capt. Thomas Hansen. Thomas Tollis (b.1808....d.)
    Children : of Thomas & Ann
     
    1 . Ann Tollis (b.1814....d.)
    2 . Samuel Tollis(b.1816.....d.)
    3 . Nathaniel William Tollis (b.1818....d.)
    4 . Eliza Tollis (b.1821.....d.)
    5 .
    6 .

    History & Achievements :   

    The history of Thomas Tollis and his descendants has been written by Enid Bohlsen - "In the King's Service". It is well researched and written. I had been also been researching this chap for some time. Both his" wives" were convicts. Thomas' wife Eliza and baby daughter died a few months before him and after Thomas died his some of his children were placed in the Orphan School and others placed in the care of another soldier's wife, Elizabeth Fowler and Ann placed with Daniel Cooper. Thomas's wife who died shortly before him was Ann, not Eliza. The reason why Samuel Marsden insisted on Thomas Hansen marrying was that he had a rule about no single men were to live with the missionaries. Very soon after the group arrived in 1814, Thomas was unfairly accused of seducing a Maori woman with the promise of a nail & had to face Marsden's wrath. However, the woman herself cleared Thomas of any suspicion & that was that, except that Marsden sent Thomas back to NSW to find a wife as he obviously had intentions of staying near his sister in  the community Sergeants Charles Whalan (also one of the Gov. bodyguards) was the executor of his will and went to some trouble to see that the children were looked after. I understand that Whalan's son/s discovered the Jenolin Caves. Corporal Tollis his wife and baby Eliza were reinterned at the Botany Pioneer Cemetery. Near the centre there is a group a three headstones, one being the Tollis family and another being John Cadman's. Thomas' first child and dau of Elizabeth (Betty) Atkinson, also Elizabeth was married by Samuel Marsden to Thomas Hansen (his ship's Captain's son) and they became the first European non missionary family to settle in New Zealand (1816). The story goes that Marsden was not happy about young Thomas Hansen's liaison with the Maori maidens and thought marriage would settle him down.
     
    Reference R.S.T & R.M
     -Inventory of Burials 1792-1820  City of Sydney Historical Program
    Researched Cathy Dunn C/D
     
    References
    Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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