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Rayment Family History

Charles Ebenezer RAYMENT was born on 15 Oct 1857 at Newington, Surrey, England. His parents were Joseph Rayment and Susannah Foley. Charles arrived in Australia as an 18-year-old sailor in the 1870s. Apparently he swam ashore on an uninhabited part of the South Australian coast after his ship had been wrecked. He is said to have been without food for days when he came across an animal trough and was found by fencers. He married Julia Ann Smith at Hookina Creek in South Australia on 31 Jan 1881 when Charles was aged 23 and Julia was 15. Julia's father was Andrew Smith. They travelled up the inland to South East Queensland. In 1884, Charles' father Joseph, sister Martha Amy, brother William Henry and family (wife Maria & their children) arrived in Rockhampton on the ship S.S. Almora. They travelled west to Jundah and met up with Charles and Julia and went tank-sinking. Joseph returned to England in 1888 as he had other children and grandchildren in London.

Charles and Julia's children were Susan (1882), Bertie James (1883), Ellen Mary (1885), Elizabeth Anne (1888), Adelaide Julia (1889), Charles Andrew (1891), Walter Henry (1892). Places in Queensland where the family lived included Isisford (1883), Arrilalah (1886), Isisford (1888), Jundah (1899) and Stonehenge (1903).

Following Charles & Julia's epic journey with horses and drays from Sth Aust up to western Qld their first child, Susan, was born while they were fencing / yard building at "Warbreccan" near Stonehenge on the Thompson River. At first the baby was thriving but then became desperately ill. Charles & Julia set off with her in a buckboard, but 1882 had been wet and the river was impassable. Susan died while they waited to cross and she was buried there and then. Her grave is still obvious today.

Bertie James married Phoebe Eves in Longreach in 1906.

Ellen Mary married Alfred NELMS in Rockhampton on 7 June 1911.

Walter married Agnes Dobbs in 1914 and he is buried in Rockhampton.

Charles Andrew married Marion Burton in 1924. Some of their children and grandchildren live around Winton in outback Queensland.