George's father, John was born in Colchester, Essex, UK, in 1796. The marriage register says he is of All Saints parish there is, however, no trace of him in that parish. But there are other John’s in neighbouring parishes, so the search continues.
John was a mariner and appears in the seamen’s register, with a reference to him as a mate on the ship ‘Hope’, sailing between Colchester and northern England in 1842. His work would explain his absence in most of the Census listings, but he was in the 1871 census and died 15 October 1872 at Wivenhoe.
He married his first wife, Susannah Warren at St Mary the Virgin Church of England, Wivenhoe, Essex, on 12 October 1818. Susanna(h), was born in Wivenhoe 24 July 1798 and died in Wivenhoe on 4 September 1832. Susannah's parents were also born and married in Wivenhoe.
John and Susannah Studd's Children
.All the children were born in Wivenhoe and are listed in the parish
John's second wife was a widow, Sarah Munson (whose
maiden name was probably Sadler).
William Sadler: born 16 December 1833
- buried 13 October 1838
Victoria's father was James, a farrier, born around 1811 in Essex or Middlesex, and his parents were James and Hannah. Her mother was Elizabeth Sarah Davy, born around 1810 at Long Acre, St Martin-Le-Grand, London, and her parents were William Davy and Sarah (nee Hopkins), who married at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster.
James and Elizabeth were married at St George Church of England, Bloomsbury, London, on 10 February 1828. Their children were all baptised at St Andrew’s Holborn and listed in the parish register.
The family was in the 1841 census as living at Princes St, Whitechapel, but were not there in the 1851 census.
The rest of the family emigrated on the ‘Calliope’. On arrival in Melbourne in May 1853, James found work as a farrier. Selina and Victoria were employed by William Cole, of 156 King St Melbourne for 25 pounds per month.
James Spurgeon ‘died from the poisonous effects of Laudanum taken
by himself under temporary insanity’ on 21 August 1863 (Melbourne
Coroner’s Inquest ) and is buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery.
Elizabeth married secondly John Day, aged 29, on the 25th January 1864.
I have not found any other information about her.
Elizabeth Sarah: born 19 Jan 1830.
The family was listed as living at Little Grays Inn Lane. She married
William Robinson (born 1817) and this family is listed in the 1881 census
as living at 9 Guildford St, St Pancras, London. Their children were Elizabeth
(b.1852), Catherine (b. 1858). Fanny (b.1860), Eleanor (b.1864), Jessie
(b.1867), Warwick (b.1868).
Victoria Isabella: born 11 July 1837