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James is the sole direct ascendant of the entire Australian branch of the Rouvray family. His brother Louis is the direct ascendant of the modern day English branch of the Rouvray family.
|James Birth certificate, 5th October 1812|
James married Frances (Fanny) Gray on 21 December 1834 at
St Anne’s Church, Soho, Westminster, London. Frances Gray was born 23 March 1814 in Edinburgh, daughter of James Gray and his wife Barbara Henderson who were married 1st November 1808 in Edinburgh.
St Marylebone church, Middlesex, 1750, 1814 (rebuilt), 2014
Westminster Parish boundaries 1870
Marriage 1834 to Fanny Gray
James and Frances had twelve children, four of whom (Elizabeth, Frederick, Louis and Mary Ann) died in infancy:
Elizabeth b. 21 August 1835 d. 17 May 1837 Frances Emma b. 5 August 1837 d. 1910 James Alexander b. 30 December 1838 d. 20 May 1906 Rachael b. 10 October 1840 d. 12 March 1901 Frederick b. 27 July 1842 d. 13 August 1842 Agnes Sarah b. 22 September 1843 d. 1905 Adolphus George b. 3 October 1845 d. 12 January 1915 Louis b. 16 December 1846 d. 16 December 1846 Charles Peter b. 16 December 1847 d. 24 Sepember 1919 Alfred Andrew b. 23 October 1849 d. 3 June 1906 Eliza Ann b. 20 July 1851 d. 1905 Mary Ann b. 7 July 1853 d. 10 April 1854
The family moved frequently (see below), presumably following work.
1838 35 Mary St 1840 21 Southampton St, Pentonville 1845 40 Ernest St 1851 132 Lillington St, Westminster
|1851 Census - 132 Lillington St, Westminster|
The entire family eventually emigrated to Australia in 1854, departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "James Carson" on the 4th April and arriving in Melbourne, Australia in July, where they settled. Unfortunately Mary Ann did not survive the voyage and died onboard six days into the journey aged just 9 months. She was, presumably, buried at sea.
Just why the family became so uprooted as to leave London for Melbourne and undertake such a long, dangerous and arduous voyage is unclear, but it may have been to seek out better work and life opportunities.
The passenger list of the "James Carson" (see opposite) includes the following: James Rouvray 41 Storekeeper Frances Rouvray 39 Frances Rouvray 16 James Rouvray 13 Rachael Rouvray 12 Agnes Rouvray 10 Adolphus Rouvray 8 Charles Rouvray 5 Alfred Rouvray 4 Eliza Rouvray 2 Mary Ann Rouvray 1 (died during voyage)
The system of transporting prisoners to the Australian colonies began in 1788 and continued until 1868. Prisoners were placed aboard specially equipped convict ships and began the three month voyage to either Sydney or Hobart. Victoria was part of New South Wales until 1851 after which it became a separate colony. Transportation to New South Wales, however, only continued until 1840. The emigration of James and family in 1854 was therefore not part of any convict shipment.
James was variously described as being a chairmaker (on three of his children’s baptism records), a pianoforte maker (1851 census, London), a storekeeper on his arrival in Australia and a carpenter on his death certificate. James died on the 18th April 1869 at Nelson St, Windsor, Melbourne. Fanny remained a widow for the rest of her long life and died at the home of her daughter, Eliza Ann Thirlwell 183 Richardson St, Middle Park (South Melbourne) on 20th November 1904, aged 91.
Both Fanny and James were buried in St Kilda Cemetery, Melbourne. In 2006 their Gravestone was painted and refreshed by Rouvray enthusiasts. A poem on it, which had been barely legible, was restored and now reads as follows:
Why should we start and fear to Die? What amorous worms we Mortals are Death is the Gate of endless Joy And yet we dread to enter There
|Gravestone James and Frances||James Death Certificate 1869|