Mary (Seymour) Gunston

Mary Ann (Seymour) Gunston (abt. 1854 - 1940)

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Mary Ann Gunston formerly Seymour
Born about in Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Jan 2019
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Mary (Seymour) Gunston was born in Hertfordshire, England.

Mary Ann Seymour was born about 1854 (based on stated age at emigration) in England, the daughter of Thomas Seymour and .

Mary Ann married William Gunston in the June quarter of 1880, in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, England.[1][2]

Mary and William were in Cambridgeshire for the 1881 census[3] (as were William's parents, Elijah and Ann (still there in 1891).[4]

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Mary (Seymour) Gunston migrated from Cambridgeshire, England to Queensland, Australia.
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Mary and William had two children over the next few years, sons Ambrose William, and Harry.

In February of 1888 the family packed up and took an assisted passage to Queensland, Australia, arriving in Maryborough on the 4th April per the SS Merkara. William is listed as aged 33 years, Mary as 32 years, Ambrose as 6 years, and Harry (written as Henry) as 2 years.[5]

Once in Queensland several more children made their appearances:

  1. Ann Maria (1888)
  2. Beatrice Mary (1890)
  3. Bertram (1892)
  4. Elsie (1895)
  5. Ivy (1897)
  6. Morris (1901)

Mary Ann Gunston née Seymour passed away on the 7th June 1940, in Queensland, Australia.[6] : A notice regards her death and announcing her funeral was published in the Family Notices on page 6 of the Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld), on Saturday 8th June 1940. She was to be buried in the Mackay Cemetery the following day (9th June). [7]


Cambridge 1881 Census
Name: William Gunston
Age: 26
Born In: 1855
Profession: General Labourer
Name: Mary A Gunston
Age: 27
Born In: 1854
Name: Elijah Gunston
Age: 55
Born In: 1826
Profession: Carpenter
Name: Anna M Gunston
Age: 53
Born In: 1828
Census Year: 1891
County: Cambridgeshire (CAM)
Place: Newmarket
Civil Parish: Isleham
Ecclesiastical Parish: Isleham
Piece: 1295
Enumeration District: 3
Folio: 49
Page: 11
Schedule: 83
House Number:
House or Street Name: The Pit
Surname Forenames Relationship Marital Status Sex Age Occupation Birth County Birth Place Disability Notes
GUNSTON Elijah Head M M 65 Carpenter(Em'ee) CAM Isleham
GUNSTON Ann Marion Wife M F 63 CAM Chippenham
Merkara passenger list:
GUNSTON, William; 33; Merkara; 1888-04-06; 480 18484 Z1964 M1702 M1703
GUNSTON, Mary; 32; Merkara; 1888-04-06; 480 18484 Z1964 M1702 M1703
GUNSTON, Ambrose; 6; Merkara; 1888-04-06; 480 18484 Z1964 M1702 M1703
GUNSTON; Henry; 2; Merkara; 1888-04-06; 480 18484 Z1964 M1702 M1703

Paul-5413 15:35, 4 April 2019 (UTC)


  1. FreeBMD online search Marriages Jun 1880: Surname: Gunston; First name(s): William; District: Newmarket; Volume: 3b; Page: 779
  2. FreeBMD online search Marriages Jun 1880: Surname: SEYMOUR; First name(s): Mary Ann; District: Newmarket; Volume: 3b; Page: 779
  3. UK Census online index: William Gunston; Mary Ann Gunston
  4. FreeCen Org online index: Gunston, Elijah
  5. Queensland Government assisted immigration Merkara 1888
  6. QLD BDM Death Registration details: 1940/C/3218
  7. National Library of Australia Trove: Funeral Notice
  • Queensland births, deaths & marriages.

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On 5 Apr 2019 at 06:50 GMT Melanie Paul wrote:

Seymour-3948 and Seymour-3907 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, same husband, same children.

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