|1796 in England.|
|2 May 1796 at Bridgerule, Devon, England.|
|16 October 1870 at Springfield, NSW, of "heart disease".|
|18 October 1870 at Byng, NSW.|
|James Lane (1752-1842)|
|Johanna Brimacombe (bpt.1754-1820)|
|William Tom (1791-1883) on 31 December 1817 at St. Cleather Parish (3 miles from Blisland)|
|Mary Tom (1818-1912)|
|John Tom (1820-1895)|
|James Tom (1822-1898)|
|William Tom jnr (1823-1904)|
|Thomas Tom (1825-1900)|
|Henry Tom (1827-1896)|
|Nicholas Tom (1829-1888)|
|Charles Tom (1831-1904)|
|Emma Fletcher Tom (1833-1872)|
|Helen Wesley Tom (1833-1916)|
|Selina Jane Jones Tom (1835-1929)|
|Wesley Tom (1837-1898)|
|Annie Tom (1840-1872)|
|Ann arrived in Australia with husband and family in November 1823 having left England in Betty Ann which was wrecked near Tasmania and completing the journey in Jupiter. Gave birth to William jnr on the way. They lived in several places but settled in |
Springfieldfor some 20 years.
Ann’s twin sister Johanna (1796-1868) also settled in the Byng area. She had married Nicholas Thomas Bray in Cornwall in 1809.
Mrs. William Tom senior, my grandmother, was a sister to Mr. W. Lane and must have been a splendid type of woman and wife. Assisted by convict women, she made the whole of the cloth used by her family and servants, from the wool of the sheep on Springfield. She made cheese, butter and cured bacon and hams for the family. In appearance she was quite pretty, with rosy cheeks, and English looking. She loved her Native Land much more than Australia, and once when speaking of the foliage of trees remarked,
Several years ago Ron and I visited the Toms at Chentin Grange. They pointed out the grave of one of the brothers [I am pretty sure it was James] on a lovely hillside across the valley, overlooking the homestead and property he had founded. We were both very impressed with the harmonious way the family of several brothers was able to work the property together. Each had a particular area of expertise and was in charge of that aspect. The whole family held regular meetings to set the general direction they would follow. I felt proud to be related to them, though only distantly.
Mrs. William Tom died in her seventy-fourth year, at Springfield, in 1870. It is most remarkable how death kept away from the Tom family for many years. The late Mrs. Tom lived in three different homes during her long life, for upwards of twenty years in each, without a single death occurring in the house. Springfield, at the Cornish Settlement, was one of the houses, and it was in the year 1868 that the first death took place under the same roof where she resided, and this was an infant named Horace Wesley, son of her daughter Emma, the wife of the late Thomas G. Webb.