Ann Elizabeth Bowden 1811 1883 m William Overall 1817 1881
William Henry Bowden 1809 1882 m Janet Anderson d1835 Catherine Clark 1809 - 1895
Matthew Sargent Bowden 1806 1829 aged 21 and is described as a butcher,
After Mathew died, Maria had another son in 1821. Father unknown.
. Thomas Bowden 1821 1862 m Surah Ann Bradshaw
2. · Matthew Bowden (1838-1919)
3. · Catherine Bowden (1840-1930)
4. · Maria Bowden (1842-1939)
5. · John Clark Bowden (1844-1924)
6. · Anne Elizabeth Bowden (1847-1936)
7. · Christina(Tina) Bowden (1850-1928)
8. · Janet(Jessie) Bowden (1852-1951)
9. · Huie Nicolson Bowden (1854-1928)
10. · Alexander McNaughton Bowden (1857-1939)
Thomas William Bowden (1851-)
William Thomas Bowden (1853-1911) m Isabella Elizabeth Turner 1847 d 1907
Frederick James Bowden (1855-1929) m Louisa Emily Shelverton 1858 - 1925
Alfred John Bowden (1857-1858)
Isobella Mary Bowden (1860-1950) m John Thomas Stanley Bradshaw 1858 - 1886
Alfred Henry Edward Bowden (1862-1932) m Mary Dentith 1864
HMS Cadmus was sent from Hobart on 16 March to find the Ripple and from her crew learn the exact whereabouts of the Acacia. A search party on board the warship, however, had little difficulty in locating the wreck, which was spread along about three miles of the beach south of the Mainwaring Inlet. They also found the remains of five skeletons which were returned to Hobart and buried following a large public funeral on 20 March. Although the exact circumstances of the wreck could never be determined, it was presumed that Acacia had been driven inshore by the heavy gales then prevalent. There was no sign of the cargo, which being heavy green wood would have sunk with the hull, although the remains of the latter soon broke up and drifted ashore.
Acacia, ON 57515, was a barque of 225/200 tons, 118.0’ x 24.0’ x 12.0’, built at Hobart by John Ross in 1871, and was registered at Hobart in the names of Robert Rex and Thomas Herbert.
Death of John Thomas Stanley Bradshaw - A Train Driver
Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), Saturday 17 August 1918, page 8
(c) Irene Schaffer
He is said soon to have become an inspector of stock. In 1813 he was pardoned and by 1815 was living at Port Dalrymple, where his house was robbed by bushrangers. He managed sheep for Robert Campbell and owned a flock jointly with Edward Lord, arrangements which testify to his ability. By October 1818 he had moved to the site of his later estate, Pleasant Banks, at Evandale on the South Esk River, then sometimes known as Gibson's River, and became the first settler in that locality. In 1819 he married Elizabeth Nichols. In 1821 Governor Lachlan Macquarie stayed at his house, 'a most comfortable one indeed', on his way to Port Dalrymple and again coming back, and when he fixed on the site for a township on the Esk, fourteen miles from Launceston, he named it Perth, after Gibson's birthplace.
By 1828 Gibson held 7300 acres (2954 ha) of land, of which he had purchased 6500 (2630 ha) , and had 400 (162 ha) under tillage. He had spent £2200 on buildings, and owned 1500 head of cattle and 4000 sheep. He became notable for his success as a pastoralist, a livestock breeder and a horticulturist, but at this time both Lieutenant-Governor (Sir) George Arthur and the land commissioners spoke somewhat slightingly of his character. Slowly he lived down official prejudices and won approval by his success as a farmer, his benevolence and his piety.
He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church at Evandale in the 1840s, and put up the minister at Pleasant Banks until a manse was built. He died at Pleasant Banks on 15 April 1858, leaving seven sons and three daughters, of whom John, the eldest, succeeded to Pleasant Banks.
P. L. Brown (ed), Clyde Company Papers, vols 2-3 (Lond, 1952-58)
L. Macquarie, Journals of His Tours in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, 1810-1822 (Syd, 1956)
‘Pleasant Banks’, Papers and Proceedings (Tasmanian Historical Research Association), vol 12, no 1, Oct 1964, pp 33-35
manuscript catalogue under D. Gibson (State Library of New South Wales)
"He actually did steal some jewellery, but certain members of the family are convinced that he just shot a cow that happened to be wandering onto some of his boss's property," Mr Gibson said.
"After he was freed, he became a very successful farmer and lived in the Launceston area, and many of his descendants are still here."
In 1818, David Gibson and his wife Elizabeth established a farm called Pleasant Banks in Tasmania's Northern Midlands. I've been reading about the buildings for 50 years and I'm finally seeing them.
Governor Lachlan Macquarie is said to have stayed with the couple and named the nearby township of Perth after Gibson's Scottish birthplace, Perthshire. Norm Gibson believes one of the former convict's seven sons is his great-great-grandfather.
He started researching the relationship 40 years ago with the hope of joining a Sydney-based club for descendants of Australasian pioneers. "To join that club, I had to prove that my ascendants went back to a certain period," he said.
But he could only trace his family history as far back as his great-grandfather, William David Gibson.
"He has always said that he was a descendant of David Gibson and that he came from Tasmania," Mr Gibson said. "But it's been impossible to find a birth certificate of my great-grandfather. It's pretty certain that he was born on the wrong side of the bedsheets - he was illegitimate."
He has now met several and has collected DNA in the form of saliva samples from two men who might be his fourth cousins. They were both eager to help out but warned him that other members of the family might not be as welcoming.
"They did say maybe some might have a little bit of reluctance to acknowledge the fact that their relative was originally a convict, and that one of the family might have slipped up," he said.
The saliva samples will be sent away for testing and compared with Mr Gibson's.
Even if the result is positive, it would not offer conclusive proof that the men are related.
"They can say it's very likely, or most likely," he said. "And that's as best I can hope for."
A new clue was uncovered during a visit to David Gibson's home town of Evandale.
Local historical records include a marriage certificate for Norm Gibson's great-grandfather, William. It suggests that William's father could be the convict's second son, David Gibson Junior.
"It says his father was David Gibson, and his mother was Ellen Lynn, but we don't know who Ellen Lynn is," Mr Gibson said. "That is the missing bit that I'm looking for."
Jenny Carter from the Evandale Historical Society said it was not surprising that there were gaps in the records. "Those sort of files are never ever complete, but we have had researchers who've done quite a bit of work on that file," she said.
"The property Pleasant Banks where David was, that was one of the very early properties in the area, so it's quite significant to the growth of Evandale."
The sprawling farm on the banks of the South Esk River has been owned by several families since the Gibsons.
Pleasant Banks' current owner Lisa Manley met Mr Gibson during his visit. "We've met several people over the two years that we've been here, from the Nichols, Gibson and Foster families, and it's amazing actually," Ms Manley said.
"It's wonderful to think that they can come back to a magnificent home like this and appreciate the lives that their ancestors led." Mr Gibson was impressed by the property's stately brick and bluestone homestead, built by convicts in 1838.
"I have been led to believe that the original homestead was burnt down, and someone told me this was the party house. Some place for a party, isn't it?"
It could take several weeks for the DNA results to bring Mr Gibson some closure, or to open up a whole new avenue for his research.