John Ibbett (Also spelt Ibbert and Ibbott) was born in 1765. He was baptised on 14 Jun 1765 in Ecclesfield, York, England. This record spells his surname as “Ibbert” and lists his father as John, however, older records exist for John “Ibbott” indicating that the name as likely misspelled for two generations before being spelled correctly by John’s children in Tasmania.
The Ibbott family name origins are well documented on the house of names website: https://www.houseofnames.com/ibbott-family-crest.
John had been previously widowed before meeting Hannah Pirkis. I am uncertain of Hannah’s origins at this time, however, her birth date has been narrowed down to sometime between 1788-1792. On documents where her age has been given, her age does not coincide with a single year. Hannah was illiterate and it is possible that her maiden name may have been misspelled from a more common name such as “Perkins”, thus making her origins more difficult to track.
John and Hannah were living in the Capital City of London, where she gave birth to their first son, John Mears Ibbott on 03 Mar 1813 at Aldersgate, London, England.
(Ref: FHL microfilm 816,009)
John (50) and Hannah were married at the St. Botolph Church, Aldgate, London on 28 Jan 1816. The Church is of of the Church of England Denomination and still stands to this day on the junction of Houndsditch and Aldgate High Streets. The church history has been discussed on this website: http://www.botolph.org.uk/history-of-the-building/
(Ref p29 #86; FHL microfilm 380,125 & p 247 n 1221; FHL microfilm 380,130)
Hannah gave birth to their second son, George Pirkis Ibbott on 03 Apr 1817 at the Old Artillary Ground, Spitalfields, London and their third son, James Ahern Ibbott in 1823 in England. The middle names of their sons are all unusual names and because “Pirkis” is Hannah’s maiden name, that leads me to believe that “Mears” and “Ahern” are most likely family names from previous generations but this has not yet been proven.
Ref: FHL film 816009
John also had a daughter in England, who was named Hannah. As she was several years older (married in 1826), she was most likely the daughter of John’s first wife but this is yet to be determined from official records.
In 1825, the family of four set sail aboard “The Elizabeth” arriving in Van Dieman’s Land after an 100 day journey.
Also, there is an article where the passengers on the voyage thank the Captain, Thomas Collins, for a pleasant voyage.
The family initially settled in the Old Beach region, just north of the Derwent River and Hobart. John became the Licensee of the “Three Archers Hotel” at Old Beach and was also listed as the Victualler of “The Old Black Boy” at Cove Hill near Bridgewater.
John and his family moved north to the country side in late 1832- early 1833 where John and his sons became farmers.
John was granted land at Bothwell, Van Dieman’s Land in Feb-March 1839, which he appropriately named “Ibbott Vale.”
John died from ‘a complicated disease’ on 20 Jan 1841. His death record is for the Brighton district but it is likely that he was further north, and possibly at his home when he died due to rural areas not having available registrars.
Ibbott-Vale was left to John senior’s eldest son, John Mears Ibbott after his death and remained in the family for several generations.
At this time, the cemetery location for John Ibbott is not known.
Hannah (53?) remarried a family associate, George Worthy (52) in the house of James Ibbott at Old Beach on 24 Oct 1845. George was a former convict and had previously been in business with her son, John Mears Ibbott, representing people in court.
Hannah (75?) died on 25 Jan 1863 of natural causes. She was buried at the Old Beach Methodist Church Cemetery (located at 37 Briggs Road, Gagebrook). George went on to live to 91 years old and he died on the 06 Dec 1880. George was buried at the Methodist Church Cemetery with his late wife.
TO BE ADDED
Contributors and Acknowledgements:
S. Goodhew; Jun 22 2017; For providing information in regards to Hannah Ibbott and George Worthy.
M. Topfer; Jul 2017; For providing a scan of the original immigration paper.
J. Edwards, I grew up in North-West Tasmania in the 1990s and I have a passion for learning about history and how it ties to my family. Roughly half of my family is from New South Wales, and the other half is from Tasmania, which makes this all the more interesting for me. Stay tuned, as I plan on writing short biographies on all of my known Australian ancestors (Great-Grandparents and beyond).
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