Is there any information on any living descendants of Elizabeth Lillian Woolcock from Moonta, South Australia?

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I am hoping to locate family members regarding the death of Elizabeth Lillian Woolcock. to see if they obtain any information that would be helpful for myself to write a research project about. My research project regards the wrongful accusations of Elizabeth Woolcocks crime and whether or not she was guilty or subsequently wrongfully accused.
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Despite being the profile manager I'm probably not much help since I don't have a familial connection to Elizabeth. I don't think she had any children so there are no descendants.

Looking at, there appear to be quite a few descendants of Thomas Woolcock via his son, Thomas. I don't think any of Elizabeth's full siblings survived to adulthood but several of her half siblings had children - William Williams and John Johns both moved to Victoria; Mary Williams had twelve children in SA with Robert Slape. My guess is that line would be most likely to have information on Elizabeth. If you can access you can search for trees where Elizabeth appears and contact the tree owners.

by Rhys Fogarty G2G2 (2.6k points)
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Mrs. Woolcock’s Confession. (1874, January 6). Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' News (SA : 1872 - 1874), p. 3. Retrieved November 30, 2019, from

Unless you have reason to believe the confession is fabricated, then a visit through the newspapers on Trove must give all the opinions that were available at the time.

I would think publications from the time, and court transcripts and witness testimonies should be more reliable than family lore over several generations. Time skews memories.

My first cousin, with many removals, was Priscilla Biggadyke - the Stickney Murderess. The real perpetrator confessed on his deathbed, but too late for her.

Good luck with your research.

by Christine Randall G2G5 (5.4k points)
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The testimony at trial, of the son of Thomas Woolcock, stated that he (the son) had no siblings. Elizabeth was his step-mother. Article in trove, 06 Dec 1873.
by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Mach 1 (12.8k points)
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