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Joseph Hugill's Monument,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill's Children - William Joseph Hugill

Joseph Hugill D.D. was the Rector of St Lawrence, Darlaston from 1840 to 1842.

Mary Steatham was baptised at St. Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs, on Sunday the 14th of February 1841, by the Rector Joseph Hugill D.D.

Mary Statham/Steatham (1840-), was the mother of Charles Steatham, the founder of this unique branch of the Steatham Family tree.

I have been contacted by Leanne Emmett who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Joseph Hugill.

What follows is a fascinating glimpse into the life of his first son William Joseph.

I am grateful to Leanne for the information she has provided on Joseph Hugill, this has enabled me to create this page.

Note - I have recently undertaken a Steatham Visit to Grantham to research the churches that Joseph Hugill was Curate at before he came to St Lawrence, Darlaston.

I would read this page first and then Click here to read about the visit.

The visit unearthed lots more information about Joseph Hugill, some of it has been reproduced here but not all of it, so to see the whole story of Joseph Hugill the visit page must be read in conjunction with this one.

William Joseph Hugill (1830-1914).

Detailed Research

William Joseph Hugill baptism.

William Joseph Hugill was born Thursday on 30th of December 1830 at Burton Le Coggles, and baptised by the minister, Joseph Hugill, on Monday the 24th February 1831.

Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill was the Stipendiary Curate at Burton Le Coggles, Lincolnshire. The Stipend was £100 per annum in 1827, with surplice fees, and the use of a house.

£100 in 1827, in todays money would be the equal to £11,260 - Calculated using this Link.

The Anglican church is dedicated to Saint Thomas a Becket. The Diocese refer to it as St Thomas Canterbury.

The Anglican parish register dates from 1565.

The Nave and Chancel belong to the reign of Edward I (c.1250) and the church tower is over 700 years old. The church was restored and reseated in 1874.

Burton-le-Coggles, originally “Byrton-en-les-Coggles” – named for the path of cobbles (or coggles) which ran through the area – is mentioned in Doomsday, when it had several farms, extensive woods and a mill.

The Church consists of a Tower, Spire, North and South Aisles, Porch and Chancel.

The most remarkable feature of the Church is its Early English Tower and Spire (c.1200).

Until the early 20th Century, there was a Musicians’ Gallery at the West end.

To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - Saint Thomas a Becket, Burton Le Coggles, Lincolnshire.

Knights in the porch - Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Within the Porch are two recumbent effigies of knights of the reign of Edward II (d.1327), although they may also be Crusaders from the third Crusade (1190).

They were found buried in the Churchyard during digging operations, their feet are missing and they are know locally as "Bill & Ben".

Photo of Font - Burton Le Coggles church

Font - Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

There is a plain octagonal font, of the decorated period (pre-1400) set upon a plain solid square base. On the photo is Liz Wright, who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Robert Steatham.

The poor of the parish have 8 acres of land left by an unknown donor. The revenue from this plot is distributed among the poor each year.
Photo of ship Prince Albert

Ship Prince Albert.
Our next sight of William Joseph Hugill is in the 1851, as an apprentice draper, aged 20, at the home of a Thomas Meek - Draper - employing 10 assistants, in Preston, Lancashire.

In just over a year we see William Joseph Hugill departing in 1852, from the port of London, on the Prince Albert, bound for Port Phillip Bay, Australia, arriving in December 1852.

The precise identity for this ship is unclear, but the nearest candidate, is the Prince Albert which was a 3-masted, square-rigged ship, built by Westervelt & Mackey, in New York, in 1843, she was 884 tons; 158 ft 3 in x 35 ft x 21 ft 9 in (length x beam x depth of hold).

She sailed in the Red Swallowtail Line until she was abandoned at sea on 4th of January 1854.

The following is an account of the loss of the Prince Albert, taken from the New York Tribune for 1 February 1854, p. 5d:

By the arrival of the steamship ASIA [Cunard Line, Capt. Scott, from Liverpool 14th of January, arrived New York 31 January] we learn that the packet ship Prince Albert, Capt. [William King] Bradish, which sailed from this port December 6 [1853] for London, was fallen in with on the 4th of January [1854], in latitude 48 [degrees], longitude 15 [degrees], by the English bark Norfolk from Madras, the Prince Albert being in a disabled and almost sinking condition. The Captain of the Norfolk at once took off the passengers and crew of the Prince Albert, and on the 11th of the same month landed them safely at Queenstown, Cork, Ireland.

The Prince Albert was built in this City, nine years ago, and was at this time a splendid and favourite ship of nearly 900 tons, elegantly fitted up for passengers. The ship was valued at about $50,000 (at the present time,) and was fully insured, mainly in New York.

William Joseph Hugill's Marriage.

William Joseph Hugill married Elizabeth McDonald, born Clapton, London, on the 7th of January 1858, as is stated on the marriage certificate in the Minister's - Methodist Free Churches - residence, Ashby, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

William Joseph Hugill profession is stated as "Draper".

His bride's parents are stated as William John McDonald, deceased, and Mary Ann Lockwood.

The minister's name appears to be J. Thomas? McDonald, so we can assume that the minister was the bride’s father, or uncle!

We now see mentioned in newspapers. [BNA]

Aris's Birmingham Gazette - 12th April 1858

Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser - 14th April 1858

January 7, at Kildare, Australia, by the Rev. J. Townsend, William Joseph, eldest son of the late Rev.J.Hugill, D.D., Rector of Darlaston, in this county to Elizabeth, second daughter of the late W.J. M'Donald, Esq., of Hackney, Middlesex.

Marriage notice!

We now see in the marriage notices, that the uncle of the bride, William Joseph Hugill marries, Frances Elizabeth Mills, the second daughter of the late James Burgess Mills.

William Joseph Hugill's moved from
Leyburn to Stanthorpe.

William Joseph Hugill moved church from Leyburn to Stanthorpe, as reported in the Stanthorpe Brisbane Courier 7th May 1877, page 3.

William Joseph Hugill's mention in
Pugh's Almanac 1882.

William Joseph Hugill was mentioned in Pugh's Almanac, 1882, as a Minister of Religion, Church of England, for the parish of Stanthorpe.

William Joseph Hugill.

The only know photo of William Joseph Hugill.

Elizabeth Hugill nee McDonald.

The only know photo of Elizabeth Hugill nee McDonald.

Photo of S.S. Tasmania

S.S. Tasmania.

We can also see William Joseph Hugill and his wife mentioned on the passenger list of the S.S. Tasmania, as it travelled from Hobart to Sydney on 8th ? 1893. They travelled in the Saloon class, and were described as Rev. W & Mrs Hugill.

Four years later on Thursday the 29th July 1897, the S.S. Tasmania foundered off the Mahia Peninsula, near Gisborne, North Island New Zealand.

There were 148 persons on board when the ship was wrecked, all were evacuated safely, but not all the life boats made it safely to shore, and 11 persons drowned. The anchor was later recovered.

Photo of St Peter's Cathedral, Armidale

St Peter's Cathedral, Armidale.

Leanne has been in contact with the archivist Jean Newell at St Peter's Cathedral in Armidale New South Wales. This has enabled us to obtain information regarding Rev. William Hugill's life and times at St John's Church, Uralla, New South Wales. This information give us a fascinating glimpse into William's life in the clergy.

Burial records by William Hugill.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have burial records made by William Hugill.

Publication that mentions William Hugill.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have the publication - Seventy Years Parish Life (page 1)- that mentions William Hugill.

Publication that mentions William Hugill.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have the publication - Seventy Years Parish Life (page 2)- that mentions William Hugill.

Note - the photo of William Hugill in the publication!

Publication of William Hugill's life.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have the publication - The Life of William Hugill.

William Hugill's address he made in 1905.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have an address that William Hugill made in 1905.

William Hugill's report he made in 1906.

By kind permission of Jean Newell we have an report that William Hugill made in 1906.

William Joseph Hugill's death notice - Newspaper.

William Joseph Hugill died on Sunday the 24th May 1914.

The following appeared in The Mercury - Hobart - Tuesday 26 May 1914, page 1.

HUGILL. On Sunday, May 24, William Joseph (Canon of Armidale Cathedral) eldest son of the late Joseph Hugill. D.D. and brother of the late Henry Walker Hugill (formally Rector of Richmond and Rural Dean of East Tasmania), died at his residence, Uralla, NSW, aged 84.

Elizabeth Hugill [nee McDonald] Death Register.

William Joseph Hugill's wife, Elizabeth McDonald, died, aged 91, on Saturday the 26th January 1929, at Albert street, Mordialloc, [Mordialloc is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria].

Elizabeth's occupation was described as home duties. Elizabeth died of senility, and exhaustion, she had been ill for 3 months. The doctor who certified her death, ? Campbell, saw her last on Friday the 25th January 1929. It also stated that her mother's maiden name was Lock.

This event now ends the story of William Joseph Hugill's, and his wife Elizabeth McDonald, as they had no children, so we have to leave the story where it is.


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