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74th Regiment Highlanders
Mrs Hamilton formerly Farmer requests assistance
NameFARMER – John
Regiment (s)74th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1788
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th February 1840 / 18 years 2 months / Fort William Cavan Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fresh / Blue / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 3 years 9 months
Length of Service21 years 192 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 27th August 1861 /
No place given Inquiry Aberdeen Scotland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Chatham Kent England
Pension Districts1861 Chatham
1865 Tilbury
1865-1866 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
26th May 1865 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RACEHORSE 10th August 1865
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Rossleay Monaghan Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
COWDEN/CAWTON Elizabeth Adela
b 1831 Ireland (1861 Scottish Census)
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeJane bap 21st September 1852, Residence Barrack St, Kinsale – Diocese Cork and Ross
M COWAN James 9th November 1870 Brides’s mother’s residence Port Adelaide South Australia (Jean Farmer)
D 2nd May 1874 Semaphore RD Pt. Adelaide South Australia
Samuel b 8 March 1854 bap Chatham, St Michael the Archangel
M WILLIS Mary Elizabeth 16th March 1875 Manse Port Adelaide South Australia
2nd M KNOWLES Henriette 10th September 1894 Port Adelaide South Australia
D 18th September 1918 Alberton Pt. Adelaide South Australia
Father / Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Marriage of wifeHAMILTON Frank
1867 Fremantle WA
3rd Marriage of wifeENOCKSON Albert
21st September 1868 Port Adelaide
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 2 March 1866 page 2 Death of John Farmer
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st February 1866 Fremantle Western Australia
Skinner Street Cemetery Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
5th February 1881 (Royal) Adelaide Hospital, residence Port Pirie. (Enockson)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index:
1841 Pte John Farmer 1788 Located Waterford Depot 17 May 1841 embarked for Service Corps
1851 Pte John Farmer 1788 stationed at Fermoy and Cork and at sea
1861 Pte John Farmer located Aberdeen, Scotland
Discharge: Completion of 21 years service
In the 1861 Census John Farmer and his family are living at 59 East North Street in Aberdeen. John is age 38 and working as a shore labourer, his wife Elizabeth was age 30 and children Janes is 9 and Samuel 8. Samuel was born England while John, Elizabeth and Jane were born in Ireland.
19th December 1865 Captain Finnerty reported that Pensioner farmer had been missing from his home since the morning of the 18th. PC Armstrong set out to search for him and found him at Lefroy’s farm.
On 17 February 1866 he was again missing from home and a search was instigated. On the 21st February Corporal Ryan and a native located his body about 12-13 miles from Fremantle returning with his body.
On 25 February 1866 Captain Finnerty wrote to the Resident Magistrate requesting financial assistance for Mrs Farmer and her two children to tide her over until she received from England an insurance payout on her husband’s life for seventy five pounds. She was allowed one shilling per day for two months providing the insurance money was not received before that time.
Shortly after Elizabeth married Frank Hamilton in 1867 he was the mate on the Emma when it was lost with all hands in February 1867.
After the loss of her second husband on the Emma Mrs Hamilton formerly Farmer requested assistance until she was able to support herself and children as a midwife, six pence per day was granted for two months.
After the death of her 2nd husband Elizabeth Adelia (sic) Hamilton, widow, married a third time to Albert ENOCKSON at Port Adelaide on 21st September 1868. Her father was recorded as Samuel Alexander LOWLER.
She was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital on 24th January 1881, age 47, religion Presbyterian, living Port Pirie, born Scotland and had been 25 years in the Colony and had arrived on the Rockhorse (sic). She died 5th February 1881.