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Matthew Cowie
Janet Hill
James Cowie
Janet Allan
(ca. 1779-1815)

Elisabeth Cowie **


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1. James Cadzow **

Elisabeth Cowie **

  • Born: 7 Jan 1800, Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
  • Christened: 7 Jan 1800, Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland
  • Marriage (1): James Cadzow ** poss 30 Sep 1817 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
  • Died: 21 Jul 1865, Armenian Gully, Saint Arnaud, Victoria, Australia at age 65
  • Buried: 23 Jul 1865, St Arnaud Cemetery, St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia

bullet   Cause of her death was Pleuritis Exhaustion 1 month.

bullet   Other names for Elisabeth were Elizabeth Cowie and Jessie Cowie.


bullet  General Notes:

The story of the Cadzows and their arrival in Australia is recounted in Craig's book - In the Shadow of Feathertop A History of the Lives and Legacy of George Jones and Margaret Hardie . You can read about it here: http://craig-fullerton.com/in-the-shadow-of-feathertop/

At the time of the 1841 Census she is recorded as living at Getside St, Hamilton, Scotland, as Mrs Cadzow. Her husband was not in the house on Census day (perhaps deceased). She was 40 years old, a Pirnwinder (one who spools cotton onto reels). Living with her were sons James, aged 20, a Cotton Hand Loom Weaver, John, aged 12, a Cotton Hand loom Weaver, and William aged 11, a Cotton Hand Loom Weaver.

At the time of the 1851 Census she was living at 7 Longridge St, Longridge, Whitburn. She was recorded as widowed, aged 50 and a Lace Tambourer, born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Living with her were her daughter Ann Cadzow, Unmarried, aged 27, a Lace Tambourer, born Hamilton, Lanarkshire, and son Thomas, unmarried, aged 25, an Iron Miner, born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.

She emigrated to Australia in April 1855 with her son William and his family, as Assisted Immigrants on the Frederick. On her shipping record she is recorded as Elizabeth Cowie, Domestic Servant, from Linlithgow, Scotland, Presbyterian, she could read, but not write, aged 53.

By August of 1855 her son William and his family had moved to the Forest Creek Goldfields near Castlemaine in Victoria joining the thousands of others seeking their fortune. Elisabeth remained behind in Brunswick in the employ of Mr D. Blythe as a servant, a fortuitous outcome arising from the fact that a recently employed servant was about to be married and move to the diggings with her new husband. She earned 14 pounds per year.

By the time of her death lived with her other son, John, in St Arnaud, Victoria, where she is buried. According to her Monumental Inscription she died at "Silver Mines", her Death Certificate records it as "Armenian Gully". The Silver Mines Reef was located 2.4 km north-north-west of St Arnaud, north of the Sebastopol/Rotten Reef workings, at Stuart Hill. The Silver Mines Reef at St Arnaud first became known in 1856. At one stage her grandaughter, Elizabeth's husband John was the Manager of that mine.

She is buried in the Presbyterian Section of the St Arnaud Cemetery in Victoria, Australia, Section 4, Grave 22 along with her son John and members of his family.

Her Death Certificate is interesting in that an "Ann Stedman Beveridge" is recorded last in the list of her children. Her name is enclosed in parenthesis and her age is hard to read but may be twenty something. Assuming she is Elisabeth's child (the parentheses might indicate Elisabeth was merely her guardian) she would have been born after the death of Elisabeth's husband James which may account for the surname being Beveridge. Interestingly, Elisabeth's son Michael had a daughter named Elizabeth Steadman Cadzow, and Michael's son James Mathew had a daughter named Helen Stedman Cadzow,and Elisabeths daughter Ann had a daughter named Elizabeth Ann Stedman Thatcher. Female maiden names are commonly used as middle names in this family vis. Crawford, Allan. The logical inference is that Steadman or Stedman is also connected through the female line somewhere in this family. Investigation reveals that Janet Allan, Elizabeth's mother may be descended from a Charles Allan and Elizabeth Steedman who married 23 Dec 1733. Whilst Charles & Elizabeth had two daughters named Janet (the first must have died young) the second one was born in 1736 and would be too old to be our Janet. However they also had a son, Francis, who had a daughter named Janet born 12 Jun 1785. this Janet would have been 15 1/2 years of age when Elisabeth was born, so is possibly our Janet. However, on Elisabeth's baptism record she is referred to as James' spouse and Elisabeth as their "lawful daughter" suggesting that they were married and the child was not illegitimate.

bullet  Medical Notes:

The informant on her Death Certificate was her son John McLean Cadzow.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

She worked as a Pirnwinder at the time of the Census in 1841 in Hamilton, Lanark, Scotland.

She worked as a Lace Tambourer at the time of the Census in 1851 in Longridge, Whitburn, , West Lothian, Scotland.

She worked as a Nurse according to her Death Certificate in 1865.

She resided at the time of the Census in 1841 in Getside St, Hamilton, , Lanark, Scotland.

She resided at the time of the Census in 1851 in 7 Longridge St, Longridge, Whitburn, , West Lothian, Scotland.

She emigrated to Victoria in Apr 1855.


Elisabeth married James Cadzow **, son of Michaell Kadzew and Anne Crawfurd, poss 30 Sep 1817 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. (James Cadzow ** was born on 31 Oct 1783 in Lanark, Lanark, Scotland, christened on 2 Nov 1783 in Lanark, Lanark, Scotland and died on 28 Nov 1834 in Scotland.)

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