Benjamin Henry Betts was baptised on 8th Jaunary 1815 at Wickham Bishop as Benjamin Henry Buck, son of William Betts Buck and Susannah Ellis. Benjamin was later known by the surname Betts. Benjamin was a bricklayer. He could read and write. His shipping records record him as being of the Wesleyan faith.
Mary Ann Adams was born about 1821 at Blackmore, Essex to parents Jeremiah Adams and Ann maiden name unknown. She was baptised on 6th January 1822 at Blackmore Mary could read and write. Her religion was Wesleyan at the time of her immigration to Australia
The 1841 census [prior to their marriage] shows Benjamin living at home in the village of Great Warley, Essex with his parents and siblings. Benjamin is a bricklayer. Mary Ann is living at home with her parents in the village of Brentwood, Essex.
Marriage: Benjamin and Mary Ann were married by Banns on 29th August 1841 at the Parish Church of Bromely St Leonards in Middlesex, England. Benjamin's surname is recorded as BEATTS. Both Benjamin and Mary Ann are recorded as being of 'full age'. Benjamin's residence is given as Brentwood. Mary Ann was residing in Bromley. The officiating Minsiter was Ebeneazer B Allen. The witnesses were Eliza Silver and Daniel Rutley [Ref Sept Q 1841 Poplar Dist Vol 2 page 28]
Benjamin's and Mary's children were: Essex baptisms viewed at Essex Records Office website [SEAX] NOTE: There is a Benjamin and Mary Betts having children in Colwich Staffordshire around the same time. This is not the same couple as they also appear in the 1851 census with their children Mary, Hannah and Richard.
Betts; Sarah baptised 18th April 1842 'Sutton' Hampshire - FS [is this Bishops Sutton or Long Sutton?]. Buried 4th December 1845 at St George Wolverhampton, aged 2 years. Of Stafford Street [burial viewed FMP]
Betts: Henry Robert baptised 4th February 1844, Brentwood Essex, surname BATES, father Benjamin Henry, mother Marianne, father a bricklayer of Brentwood. Buried 9th May 1848 at St Peter, Wolverhampton aged 4 years and 4 months. Of Stafford Street [burial viewed FMP]
Betts/BEATTS: Emily Ann baptised 6th September 1846, Brentwood Essex, father a bricklayer of Romsey in Hampshire. Buried 28th November 1847 St Peter Wolverhampton aged 1 year and 8 months, of Stafford Street as BEATTS [burial viewed FMP]
BETTS, William Charles also known as Charles William born June Q 1848, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire [Ref -Vol 17 Page 412] Baptised 25th June 1848, St Peters Wolverhampton, father a brick layer of Peel Street. Died at sea, 5th March 1855 from Scarletina. His death certificate issued in Launceston Tasmania gives his cause of death as water on the brain
BETTS, Alfred Henry, probable birth registration June Q 1850 Billericay District, Vol 12 page 1 under surname BEATTS. Baptised 5th May 1850, Brentwood Essex as Beatts [SEAX image viewed] Married Sarah Jane Campton.
BETTS, George birth registration March Q 1852 Billericay Vol 4a Page 106 under surname BEATTS. Baptised 2nd March 1852 at Brentwood Essex, surname mistranscribed as BRATTS at FMP, father of Shenfield. [SEAX - image viewed] Married Bertha Elizabeth ATTO - My great great grandparents
BETTS, Edward Archer, born 28th March 1855 [at sea] registered 2nd May 1855, father a bricklayer of Margaret Street ?Fallon? Launceston. Baptised 24th June 1855, Latrobe, Tasmania [ref 635 RGD 33 1855- Tas BDM Index.] Married Ellen Rose Dwyer, 1877, Launceston. Died Hawthorne, Vic, 5th November, 1947
BETTS, un-named male born 4th May, 1860, Launceston, father Benjamin a bricklayer died 30th May 1860 buried 1st June, 1860. Cause of death inflammation of the lunges.
BETTS, Harriet Ann, born 19th February, 1863, Launceston, Tasmania, father a bricklayer of York Street. Married 1885 Robert Clarke, Point Sorell.died Melbourne, Vic, 18th August, 1957
The 1851 census shows Benjamin aged 38 born Wickham Bishop, Mary Ann aged 29 born Blackmore and sons William and Alfred living at 153 Kings Road, Brentwood, Essex. Benjamin is a bricklayer. [under name BATS]
Immigration: On 31st March 1855 Benjamin and Mary Ann arrived in Launceston on the Whirlwind with their family and other immigrants including his brother William recruited by the Launceston Aid Socoety. The Whirlwind has set sail from Gravesend on 17th November 1854. Illness was reported amongst the passengers and crew and it sailed into Plymouth for assistance with the sick. The Morning Post dated 7th December 1854 reported:
Benjamin Betts formerly of Launceston, died 8th July 1886 at Latrobe in the District of Port Sorrell. Cause of death was disease of the bowels and kidneys and dropsey. George Betts, son, was the informant.
Mary Ann Betts died 20th December 1903 at Latrobe. Cause of death was heart disease and old age. Her death certificate states her year of birth as 1816 although this is probably an error by her family. Robert Clark, son in law, was the informant.