Ernest Rutter Mewburn was born at Malton, Yorkshire in 1858, the only son of James Mewburn and Eliza Rutter, and a great grandson of Henry Mewburn, 1730, butcher of Sunderland and of the Eston line. He was therefore distantly related to the Danby Mewburns.
Ernest became a sailor. He married Catherine Kidd in Liverpool in 1876 and had four children there all of whom died young.
He was recorded in the 1881 England census but then took himself off to Australia, though his exact arrival is unrecorded. In 1888 he married Annie Gould at Maitland West, NSW but she died the following year. A year further on, still at Maitland West, he married Sarah Connelley.
Back in England, though, Catherine Kidd remained alive until 1927 and there is no sign of a divorce. Perhaps this was a case of a sailor following nautical tradition.
In Australia, Ernest had a further eight children with Sarah Connelly and two of them maintained the Mewburn line into yet another generation. The four in England had all died before the first Australian birth.
Ernest Rutter Mewburn descendants in Australia
Details of this line are scrappy as information from New South Wales is not very readily available on-line.
Harold Ernest Mewburn 1891-1958
Harold was born in 1891 at Maitland West, New South Wales and died in 1958 at Newcastle, New South Wales. He married Myrtle May Hassall, daughter of Edward Hassall and Emma, in 1915 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales. She died in 1978.
Harold and Myrtle had the following children:
Allan Ernest Mewburn aft 1915-1952
Allan 'Croak' Mewburn was born sometime after 1915 and died on the 19th December 1952 at Newcastle, New South Wales. He married Avis, whose surname has not been found, before 1943. She died after 1980.
Details of his death, wife and daughter come from memorial items in the Newcastle Morning Herald, 19 Dec 1953, p. 2. Some family links have not been reconciled so may not be for this Allan Ernest.
He does appear with Avis, a poultry dresser, in electoral rolls from 1943.
Shirley F Mewburn aft 1915-1933
Shirley was born after 1915. She died in 1933 at Lambton, New South Wales.
Gordon Mewburn aft 1915-1921
Gordon Mewburn was born after 1915 in Australia. He died in 1921 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales.
Percy Mewburn 1893-1893
An infant death. Percy was born in 1893 at Maitland West, New South Wales and died in 1893 at West Maitland.
William Arthur Mewburn 1894-1964
William was born in 1894 at Maitland West, New South Wales. He died in 1964 at Newcastle, New South Wales.
Henry Christopher Mewburn 1895-1958
Henry Christopher was born in 1895 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales. He died in 1958 at Parramatta, New South Wales. He married Maribel Agnes Guerin, daughter of Cecilia, in 1938 at Granville, New South Wales. She died in 1979 in New South Wales.
Henry Christopher’s death notice in Sydney Morning Herald described him as late of Granville.
Gordon Reed Mewburn 1898-1953
Gordon Reed was born in 1898 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales. He died on 12 May 1953 at Newcastle, New South Wales. He married Henrietta E Gould in 1924 at Singleton, New South Wales.
His death date is from the memorial notice of 12th May 1954, p.2 in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate.
Gordon and Henrietta had the following children:
Ernest Reed Mewburn 1927-2011
Ernest Reed was born on 10 Jun 1927 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales. He died about July 2011 at Malvern, Victoria.
William G Mewburn ?-1933
William’s birth is not known. He died in 1933 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales.
Nothing is currently known about him.
Annie Victoria Mewburn 1901-1969
Annie Victoria was born in 1901 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales and died in 1969 at Singleton, New South Wales. She married George W Vickers in 1932 at Newcastle, New South Wales.
Eva Alexandria Mewburn 1905-1995
Eva Alexandria was born in 1905 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales. She died in 1995. She married Cecil J FORD in 1926 at Newcastle, New South Wales.
Emily S Mewburn 1911-?
Emily was born in 1911 at Muswellbrook, New South Wales.