Theophilus Feutrill and Jane Murphy
A note on the name FEUTRILL. In my reseach I have come across many spelling variations of Feutrill. Some
of them are Fentrill, Futrill, Feutrel, Feutril, Futrel, Fewnis, Fewtrell, Futrile, Fritil, Futril, Fenton. Many
BDM records appear under several spellings. Theophilus senior used the spelling Fewtrell on his enlistment
My Great x 4 Grandparents
Theophilus Feutrill [junior] Theophilus was born 18th June 1804 in Sydney NSW, son of
Theophilus Feutrill, snr a Second Fleet soldier assigned to the Neptune and Ann Carey a
convict who also arrived on the Neptune. His family moved to Van Damiens Land the same
Jane [Jessie] Murphy: Jane was born about 1809 at Port Dalrymple VDL and baptised on
10th March 1811 at St John's Launceston, VDL with two of her sisters. Her parents were
Michael Murphy, a soldier who arrived with the First Fleet and Hannah [Ann] Williams, a
convict who arrived on the Nile in 1801.
Marriage: Theophilus and Jane were married on 25th December 1826 at St John's
Launceston. Theophilus signed his name and Jane made her mark, suggesting she could not
write. Jane's parents gave their consent since she was under age. The clergyman was John
Youl. The witnesses were John Tibbs [Theophilus' brother-in-law, husband of his sister
Elizabeth] and George Pyle.
Thoephilus' and Jane's children were:
Sarah Ann Feutrill, born 23rd April, 1828, Launceston, baptised 22nd June 1828, father a
wheelwright. Married Samuel J Cobbledick.
Jane Feutrill, born 12th December 1829, baptised 3rd March 1830 at Launceston, father a
wheelwright. Married Thomas Atto
Theophilus Joseph Feutrill, born 3rd September, 1831, baptised 3rd October 1831,
Launceston, father a publican.
Samuel James Feutrill, born 24th July 1833, baptised 1st January 1834 at Launceston,
father a wheelwright.
Mary Elizabeth Feutrill, born October 1835, baptised 13th April 1836 at Launceston, father
a wheelwright. Married George Le Dan
Thomas Feutrill, born 21st March 1838, baptised 31st March 1838 at Launceston, father a
wheelwright. Married Harriet Tregagle
Theophilus was a wheelwright by profession. He held a Cart Licence in the Launceston
District from 1826 to 1830. The Hobart Town Gazette dated 15th July 1826 reports that
Theophilus Fentrill is appointed District Constable for Launceston, however a week later on
22th July, the same paper reports that Theophilus' appointment had not taken place and
another man had been appointed to that position. In December of 1825 Theophilus is listed
as one of the subscribers to a fund for the erection of a Wesleyan Chapel in Launceston.
Theophilus is also listed as a publican in 1831 and 1832. His brother Samuel was also
publican of the Wheelwright Arms in 1845 and 1946.
1839: Theophilus and Jane moved to Tea Tree Gully, South Australia and became some of
the first settlers in the area. Records show Theo travelled to South Australia on the Socrates
arriving on 10th January 1839. Jane is recorded as arriving on the Lady Emma on 3rd
Deaths: Jane died at Houghton, north-east of Adelaide on 4th October 1857. The cause of
death is shown as bronchitis. Her death is recorded under the name 'Fentrill' [ref: District
Hig, Book 7, page 254]
Theophilus died on 3rd March 1869 and is buried at Truganina just outside of Bacchus
Marsh, Victoria [1869/Reg No 3108]
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