Ancestors of Hannah MELLOR
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Joseph? MELLOR
(Abt 1783-1855)
Margaret "Peggy" THORNTON
(Abt 1786-1853)


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1. Joshua FISHER

2. William JOHNS


  • Born: Feb 24, 1807, Yorkshire England 1 4
  • Marriage (1): Joshua FISHER on Dec 25, 1830 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England 1 2
  • Marriage (2): William JOHNS on Jul 11, 1851 in Adelaide, SA 3
  • Died: Sep 23, 1880, Glanville, SA at age 73 1 5

bullet  General Notes:

25/SPT/1880 Advertiser Saturday P.6 Col.4

Inquest on Mrs Johns

The city coroner held an inquest at the Port Admiral Hotel, Port Adelaide, on Friday morning, September, 24, on the body of Mrs Hannah Johns, widow, who was killed on the previous day by being run over by an engine at Glanville. Mr. H. W. Thompson was foreman of the jury, Mr. T. Roberts assistant locomotive engineer, was present on behalf of the Government. Nancy Turner, widow and sister to the desceased (sic), said on Thursday afternoon she was walking towards the station at Glanville with Mrs Johns, intending to proceed to the Semaphore. They were close to the line and within a very short distance of the platform, when some shouting from the engine driver of a train coming up behind them was heard. This seemed to startle desceased, as she did not appear to know what to do and instead of moving away walked straight in front of the engine and was immediately run over. Dr. McIntosh was at once sent for and arrived in a few minutes, but desceased died almost directly. Did not think there was any blame attached to the engine driver. Desceased was 74 years of age, and was a little deaf, but did not recollect on which side. Her eye sight was also bad, and she was feeble on her limbs. Just before the accident asked desceased to be quick so as not to miss the train.

Thomas Morris, engine driver, said he was driving the 2.30 train from Port Adelaide to the Semaphore on Thursday afternoon. On nearing Glanville Station saw desceased and Mrs Turner crossing the street towards it. As the train approached the platform they came up nearer to the rails, apparently taking no notice of the engine bell which was sounding at the time. When they were about 5 or 6 yards from the train called out to them, when they immediately made a sudden swerve on to the rails. The engine then struck desceased down. Was inclined to think that the step of the engine caught on her clothes and dragged her underneath, though did not actually see the occurrence. Was just pulling up the train into the station. Only the engine and one of the carriages passed over her, as on seeing desceased fall at once brought the engine to a stand. In answer to the foreman witness said he was standing on the side of the engine nearest to the two ladies, and desceased was on the inner side - By the Coroner - At the time of the accident the train was moving at the rate of about 4 miles per hour.

William Heslop, master mariner, of Glanville, an eye witness of the catastrophe, said that after the engine driver called out desceased seemed to step on something and "roll towards the train." Saw the footboard of the front carriage strike her in the back and she fell down under the carriage. The train was pulled up quickly and the body was taken up. Only the first carriage passed over her. Helped to lift desceased up and take her to the Hotel adjacent. Considered the engine driver called out in plenty of time to allow the ladies to move out of the way. John Tregerthenshort, clerk in charge of the train, deposed to drawing the desceased from under the train and sending for the Doctor. The accident happened 5 or 6 yards on the Port side of the Glanville Station.

Dr. Mackintosh said he was called to see desceased at Glanville just after the accident. She was lying on the roadside, supported by Mr. Deslandes. She was pulseless though breathing convulsively. on examination found her left leg severed at the knee and the other leg badly lacerated. She had also other severe injuries. Desceased died about three minutes after he had arrived. The cause of death was a shock to the system, the result of the injuries received. In answer to the foreman, witness said a very deaf person in the position desceased then was would not be able to tell from which side a sound came.

Henry Hollick, guard of the train, corroborated Mr. Short's evidence. Mr John Deslandes here asked the coroner to allow him to say some thing. He wished to point out that any one going towards the station at Glanville might very easily in a hurry walk close enough to the line to be caught by the steps. Mr. Roberts wished to answer Mr. Deslandes, but the coroner said he could not allow
a discussion to take place.

The coroner in summing up pointed out that the evidence showed that the engine bell was ringing at the time, and the engine driver did all he could to warn desceased away. There did not appear to be any blame attachable to any one. Considering the large amount of traffic on the Port & Semaphore line the number
of accidents was very few, which reflected credit on the way in which the line was worked.

A verdict of "accidental death" was returned. The jury expressed the opinion that there was no blame to be attached to the engine driver or the officials connected with the train.

25/SPT/1880 Advertiser Saturday P.5 Col.2

An inquest on the body of Mrs Johns, who was run over by the train on Thursday afternoon September 23rd, was held at the Port Admiral Hotel, Port Adelaide, by the city Coroner on Friday. Mr W. H. Thompson was foreman of the jury who returned a verdict of "accidental death" adding that no-one was to blame for the occurrence.

24/SPT/1880, Advertiser Friday P.5 Col.4

A fatal accident occurred on the Port & Semaphore railway on Thursday afternoon, September 23, to Mrs Hannah Johns, a lady 74 years of age. It appears that the 2.40 p.m. train from Port Adelaide to the Semaphore was approaching Glanville Station, when the engineer observed two ladies (Mrs Johns and her sister Mrs Turner) walking towards the platform close to the tails. He called out to them and motioned them to move out of the way, but through some cause or other Mrs Johns, who was on the inner side, instead of going from the line stepped right on to it and was immediately knocked down by the engine and run over, the wheel passing over one of her legs and side. THE UNFORTUNATE lady was at once picked up, and Dr. Mackintosh was in atten­dance in a few minutes but his services were of no avail as Mrs Johns died almost immediately. It seems the deceased had
plenty of time to move out of the way, as when the engine driver called out the train was some 10 or 15 yards from the station and she was run over when within 3 yards of the platform. More over, the train was going very slowly at the time, as it was just moving in to the station. Mrs Johns was a very old colonist having arrived in S.A. in 1838 in the ship Pestonjee Romanjee which brought out Colonel Gawler. Three years after her arrival her first husband Mr Fisher, died, and sometime afterwards she married a Mr William Johns, who died only three months ago. Mrs Johns was a woman of stirling qualities and did an immense amount of good in a quiet way, visiting the sick and dispensing charity to the poor in her district, by whom she will be much lamented. She was a member of the Draper Memorial Church, and took a prominent part in all its affairs. She leaves two children. The Hon. Joseph Fisher M.L.C and Mrs Garsed of Kapunda. Several
of her brothers and sisters are now living in the Colony, amongst whom are Mrs Brock, Mrs Turner, Mrs Lavin of Port Adelaide and Semaphore, and Mr Miller of Adelaide. on the day of her death, deceased who lived at North Adelaide, was on a visit to her friends at the Port & Semaphore and intended attending the Rev. S. Green's lecture in the evening. She was present at the opening of the new dock at Port Adelaide on September 20th. The desceased will be buried in the West Terrace Cemetery at noon on Saturday next. The city coroner was at Port Adelaide on Thursday making enquiries into the accident, and an inquest will be held this morning.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

• Immigration, Oct 12, 1838, Adelaide, SA. 1 Arrived Adelaide, SA 1838 on "Pestonjee Bomanjee" 12/13 October 1838
Holdfast Bay & Pt Adelaide (departed London)
Joseph FISHER [1,7,18];
Elizabeth FISHER [1,7(also G H MURRAY)];
Note: No Joshua or Hannah listed, and no Sarah listed


Hannah married Joshua FISHER on Dec 25, 1830 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.1 2 (Joshua FISHER was born circa 1809 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England and died on Sep 3, 1841 in Adelaide, SA 6.) The cause of his death was consumption.


Hannah next married William JOHNS on Jul 11, 1851 in Adelaide, SA.3 (William JOHNS was born circa 1797 and died on Jun 19, 1880 in Adelaide, SA 7.)



1 Jenny Turner, email 17 June 2002.

2 IGI Online, M007492. Joshua FISHER
Sex: M
Marriage(s): Spouse: Hannah MELLOR
Marriage: 25 Dec 1830 Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Source Information:
Batch number: Dates Source Call No. Type Printout Call No. Type
M007492 1813-1837 0990599-0990603 Film 6909609 Film.

3 South Australian Marriages, Registrations 1842-1916, Book/Page: 10/41. Groom: JOHNS
Given names: William
Given names: Hannah
Date: 1851-07-11
Groom Age: FL
Status: W
Groom's Father: [unrecorded]
Bride Age: FL
Status: W
Bride's Father: [unrecorded]
Place: Res of Mrs H Fisher Adelaide
District: Ade
Book/Page: 10/41.

4 Violet E. Turner, Our Family (March 1967), p. 1.

5 South Australian Deaths Registrations 1842 to 1915, Book: 105 Page: 419. Surname: JOHNS
Given Names: Hannah
Date: 1880-09-23
Sex: F
Age: 74y
Status: W
Relative: William JOHNS (DH)
Relative 2:
Residence: Adelaide
Death Place: Glanville
District Code: PtA
Symbol: S
Book: 105 Page: 419.

6 Butler, Reg and Phillips, Alan, Register Personal Notices (Gould Books 1989), p. 220.

7 South Australian Deaths Registrations 1842 to 1915, Book: 103 Page: 375. Surname: JOHNS
Given Names: William
Date: 1880-06-19
Sex: M
Age: 83y
Status: N
Relative: (not recorded)
Relative 2:
Residence: Adelaide
Death Place: Adelaide
District Code: Ade
Book: 103 Page: 375


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