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Further History - Eastaway



Maria Eastaway

Maria Eastaway

1 Cornwall Terrace today

1 Cornwall Terrace today
Maria Eastaway's brother Robert and family ran a lodging house here. Earlier it had been the home of John Childs Tax Assessor, listed as 'Gentry' in most early directories
Photo Newton Childs

The family can be traced back to the 1500's in the Ilfracombe area in Devon, see IGI

Our line:
Henry Eastaway 1702 m Grace Mules 1704
John Eastaway 1746 m Elizabeth Norman 1750
Robert Eastaway 1789 - 1865 m Joanna Lethaby 1788 - 1875
Robert was a Coastguard at St Just Penwith in 1841
'5. Brighton Terrace Robert Eastaway, Superannuated Coast-guard ' (Coulson's 1864)

Elizabeth Eastaway 1811 m John Hunt 1806 - 1884
Mary Eastaway 1812
Maria Eastaway* 1815 m John Childs 1808
'Childs Maria (Mrs.), lodging house, 15 South terrace' (1893 Kelly's)


Sarah Eastaway 1820

Henry Eastaway 1826 - 1895
Henry was a Boot Manufacturer employing 11 men at 20 Market Place Penzance
'Henry Eastaway, Boot and Shoe maker '(Coulson's Directory 1864)
'Eastaway Henry, boot & shoe maker, 20 Market place' (Kelly's 1883)

Robert Eastaway 1822 - 1900 m in 1848 Mary Stewart 1830 - ?
Robert was a Master Mariner - some children born in Australia
'Eastaway Robert (Mrs.), lodging house, 1 Cornwall terrace' (Kelly's 1883)

Mary's father Thomas Stewart ran a Business in Penzance
'Stewart Thomas North Street' Pigots Directory 1844
'Stewart Thomas, grocer, brazier & plumber, North street ' (1856 Kelly's)
'Stewart Thomas Matthews, 2 Cornwall terrace' (Private - 1883 Kelly's)
'Stewart Thomas Henry (established 1795), general ironmonger, practical plumber, brazier, gasfitter, electric, pneumatic & general bellhanger; electric & mechanical telephones fixed; sanitary & hot water engineer, metal worker &c. 8 Causeway head & Fore st. Marazion '(1893)

1883 Kelly's Directory
Eastaway Robert (Mrs.), lodging house, 1 Cornwall Terrace Eastaways Kelly's 1893
Maria Eastaway's father Robert was a Coastguard in 1841
Eastaway, Robert DEV c1791 1841 St Just CON Family: Johannah, c1791, DEV;
Henry, c1826, DEV.

Stewart's shop c 1890

Stewart's shop c 1890

Thomas Stewart Eastaway b.1856 Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia. 1861 census Penzance shows Thomas age 4 years. Possible marriage Mar 1880 Newmarket (3b 1178). Thomas Stewart Eastaway, possible brides were Jessie Barker and Ellen Sarah Pettit.
Edith Eastaway b. about 1853 Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia (1861 census).
1861 Penzance shows Edith 8 years old.
Edith died Jun 1861 Penzance (5c 219).
Looks like the family were in Australia for 2 or 3 years.
As Robert Eastaway was a Master Mariner, it is possible that he sailed a ship to Australia carrying some of the early settlers. South Australia for example was first colonised in 1836, so there would have been a lot of settlers streaming in from Great Britain to various parts of Australia. Remember also that there was a gold rush in Victoria (eastern state of Australia) during the 1850's and people from all over the world were sailing in to seek their fortune.
John Forrest (Australia)

Another branch of the family are presently in Australia today.
One branch that lived in Deptford went to India for a while. Margot

Thomas Matthews Stewart 1802 - 1886

Thomas Matthews Stewart 1802 - 1886
Above two images and story donated by John Forrest

Thomas Matthews Stewart was a businessman a Plumber & Master Tinman in Penzance
at the same time as John Childs
He died at 2 Cornwall Terrace.

The Stewart family legend (from the book by Mackenzie Stewart). In the late 1700s father James? and son ( Thomas ) Stewart travelled from Scotland ( possibly Perth/Perthshire ) to Plymouth to settle some shipping business. The business being concluded the father set off on his own to travel back home to Scotland. He never arrived back home - believed robbed and murdered on the journey. The son Thomas remained behind, but moved to Penzance where he married in 1800 (24.05.1800) a local girl Ann Matthews in Madron

Star of the East

Star of the East

My interest is through Robert and Mary’s Eastaway’s daughter, Bessie Winnifred Stewart ( Eastaway) Chambers, who was my husband’s grandmother

Robert and Mary Eastaway were passengers who emigrated to Australia for the Gold Rush on the clipper ‘Star of the East’ arriving in Melbourne on 22nd September carrying 250 passengers. However, although a mariner, he was not the captain. There is a reference to him being a local preacher for the Wesleyan Body and making sermons below deck in a diary of a passenger on the same passage.

Robert and Mary Eastaway had seven children, two were born in Australia, the rest in Penzance and all with the second name Stewart

Mary, born about 1852 never married and remained at Cornwall Terrace eventually running the boarding house
Edith, born about 1855 in Sandhurst,Victoria, Australia, died in June 1860 the same month as her baby sister Bessie
Thomas, born 1857 Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, married Ellen Sarah Pettit and was a grocer at Soham, Cambs
Bessie, born 1860 died aged 3 months in June the same year
Edith, born 1863, married William Linguard
Bessie Winnifred, born 1867, married John Beattie Chambers an Irish commercial traveler in the textile trade
Robert 1871 – 1872

It looks as if they lost all their money and this report concerning Robert Eastaway appeared in The London Gazette in December 1876

The Bankruptcy Act, 1869.

In the County Court of Cornwall, holden at Truro.

In the Matter of Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement

or Composition with Creditors, instituted by

Robert Eastaway, of Penzaiice, in the county of Cornwall,

Master Mariner.

NOTICE is hereby given,that a First General Meeting

of the creditors of the above-named person has been

summoned to be held at the offices of Messrs. Borlase,

Milton, and Borlase, Solicitors, 31, Clarence-street, Penzance,

Cornwall, on the 8th day of January, 1877, at eleven

o'clock in the forenoon precisely.—Dated this 20th. day of

December, 1876.


Clarence-street, Penzance, Solicitors for the said


In 1881 he appeared on the census with his family living at 1 Cornwall Terrace, Penzance as an unemployed mariner and in 1891 as a retired master mariner with his wife Mary, and unmarried daughter Mary, running the boarding house.

He died prior to 1901 census and his widow Mary and her daughters Mary and Edith Linguard were living there.

I hope this will be of interest Regards Jane Scott

Maria Childs' lodging house as it looks today

Maria Childs' lodging house as it looks today
Childs' Lodging House 1893
Photos Newton Childs