Frances Houston[1]

Female 1804 - 1890  (86 years)


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  • Name Frances Houston 
    Born 1804  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Will 2 Sep 1828  Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    _UID 962167734DFD431886E42C2977AD4278D3D9 
    Died 5 Jul 1890  Oyster Cove, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Person ID I15110  Treefive
    Last Modified 4 May 2017 

    Father George Houston,   b. Abt 1769, Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1836  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Mary Anne Ferguson,   b. Abt 1773, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1834, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 3 May 1794  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Family ID F2682  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lieut. Col. Charles George Trappes,   b. 29 Oct 1776,   d. 5 Sep 1828, Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1825  Capetown, Western Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    Liesbeek's Cottage 
    Children 
     1. Charles George Trappes,   b. 1 May 1826, Capetown, Western Cape, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1878, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Francis Michael Trappes,   b. 4 Jun 1827, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1909, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F5118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joshua Ferguson,   b. Abt 1790,   d. 16 Dec 1867, Tinder Box Bay, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1847  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F5119  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Frances was a sister of Elizabeth Houston, who married Capt. Walter Synnot. She was the youngest daughter of the late George Houston, Esq., of Heartsford, Rostrevor, Co. Down, according to a marriage notice in the Belfast News-Letter of 21 Dec 1847.

      There are various references to Frances as a member of Capt. Synnot's party which emigrated to South Africa in 1820. Some are noted below.

      This paragraph is from: https://www.geni.com/projects/1820-Settlers-Synnot-s-Party/13992 :

      M.D. Nash 1987 - Settler Handbook

      'No. 56 on the Colonial Department list, led by Captain Walter Synnot of Ballywalter, Newtown Hamilton, county Armagh in northern Ireland, an officer of the 89th Regiment on half-pay. Synnot was the second son of a baronet, and was described by Sir Rufane Donkin, the Acting Governor of the Cape, as 'one of the most respectable of all the settlers'. He had first enquired about the possibility of emigrating to the Cape in May 1818, and when the emigration scheme was advertised a year later, he applied at once to take out a proprietary party of 10 labouring families from Armagh, 'all members of the Church of Scotland'. By late October, however, half his party had dropped out, and Synnot was given official permission to replace them with others so long as the number remained the same. Synnot's own family group comprised his 12-year-old son by his first marriage, his second wife and their two small sons (a third, Marcus, was born during the voyage), and Frances Houston, aged 15, a sister (or niece) of Mrs Synnot.'

      On 2 Oct 2006, Sue Mackay posted this letter on http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA-EASTERN-CAPE/2006-10/1159745287
      '1017
      Ballywalter
      Newtown Hamilton
      Ireland
      10 October 1819
      Sir
      I shall be extremely indebted to you if you could place Miss Frances HOUSTON 15 years of age as a member of my family in the place of George HOUSTON whom I mentioned on the face of the return of the persons who
      are to accompany me to the Cape of Good Hope. I am also very anxious to know from what port my party are to embark and at what period you are desirous the ships should sail. I have a variety of business to settle and it is of the utmost importance that I should be informed on these heads; but in case these points are not finally arranged your conjecture respecting the time and place etc will lay me under every obligation I have the honour to be Sir,
      Your Most Obedient Servant
      Walter SYNNOT'
      (George Houston, whom Frances replaced on the voyage, has not been identified.)

      Frances married Charles Trappes in South Africa in 1825. The marriage notice in the Belfast Commercial Chronicle gives the date as 20 Apr 1825 and the place as Liesbeek's Cottage. A transcription of the marriage entry by the the eGGSA branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa says:
      25 Apr 1825
      1825,
      Charles Trappes
      marital status: bachelor
      Esq.
      and
      Frances Houston
      marital status: spinster
      The quoted source was 'Cape Town, English Church (from 1847 St George's Cathedral) (Anglican), Cape Town, Western Cape. marriage register, 1811-1839.'

      Charles and Frances signed a joint will in 1828, with Frances using her birth name. Charles died three days later.

      Frances and her 2 sons left London on 29 Aug 1836, destined for a new life in Tasmania. Her brother-in-law Capt. Walter Synnot and his new wife Mary Jane Mather had arrive in Launceston, Tasmania only 3 days earlier.

      Frances married again, in Tasmania to Joshua Fergusson. Frances' mother was Mary Anne Ferguson - just coincidence?

  • Sources 
    1. [S5572] TRE210 Houston, James, TRE210., 16 January 2017; James Houston; Family F48411.

    2. [S5571] TRE212 Houston, Frances, TRE212., 16 January 2017; Frances Houston; Family F48420.

    3. [S5221] linc Tasmania https://linctas.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/, 5 Jul 1890: death of Frances Fergusson, age 85.

    4. [S5585] TRE Trappes Family tree on ancestry.com accessed 17 Jan 2017.

    5. [S5586] TRE Watts Family tree on ancestry.com accessed 17 Jan 2017.

    6. [S4542] Ancestry.com England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, 2 Sep 1828 - Charles Trappes and Frances Houston.

    7. [S5587] TRE Frewn Family tree on ancestry.com accessed 17 Jan 2017.

    8. [S5577] DTH816 Death Houston, Mary Ann, DTH816., Death notice; 24 October 1834; Mary Ann Houston.

    9. [S4780] MAR findmypast.com.au Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes 1623-1866.

    10. [S5620] MAR Findmypast.ie Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812, May 1794, George Houston of Mauroe, co Down and Mary Anne Ferguson of Dawson St, May 1794.

    11. [S5621] MAR606 Marriage Houston, George and Ferguson, Mary Anne, MAR606., 1794 Houston, George and Ferguson, Mary Anne.

    12. [S5622] MAR Ancestry.com, Ireland, Marriages in Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1771-1812, May 1794, George Houston of Mauroe, co. Down and Mary Anne Ferguson of Dawson St.

    13. [S5632] MAR Houston, George and Ferguson, Mary Anne, Marriage 3 May 1794 Mary Anne Ferguson and George Houston, St Annes, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

    14. [S5633] MAR615 Marriage Houston, George and Ferguson, Mary Anne, page 396, marriage 3 May 1794 George Houston and Mary Anne Ferguson.

    15. [S5576] MAR602 Marriage Fergusson, Joshua and Trappes, Frances, MAR602., Marriages; 21 December 1847; 12 Jul 1847 at Hobart, Tasmania - Joshua Fergusson and Frances Trappes.

    16. [S5634] MAR609 Marriage Ferguson, Joshua & Trappes, Frances; Trappes, Charles George & O'Donaghoo, Jane, MAR609., Marriage notice; 24 July 1847; page 2; 13 Jul 1847: Joshua Ferguson & Frances Trappes; Charles George Trappes & Jane O'Donaghoo.