In 1841 Philip Lamothe Snell Chauncy (my 3rd great grandfather) married Miss Charlotte Kemmis. They had arrived in South Australia together aboard the Dumfries on 11 October 1839. Charlotte Kemmis was accompanying her half-brother and his family.
|COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE. (1839, October 19). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), p. 3. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27440911|
In his memoirs of his second wife, Philip Chauncy summarised his first marriage:
I will now advert to my own history from the time I left England in June, 1839. I landed from the good ship Dumfries, at Glenelg in South Australia, in the following October ; was married to Miss Charlotte Kemmis in Adelaide, on the 16th March, 1841, and removed to Fremantle, Western Australia, in the beginning of the following month. … [Chauncy was appointed as assistant surveyor and went to live at Guildford] … Six years had passed away, and on the 11th day of February, 1847, I was plunged into my first grief by the death of my much loved wife, who was the daughter of an Irish clergyman of the Church of England and a true Christian. I was overwhelmed by an agony of grief, and obtained six months leave of absence … (Chauncy, Philip Lamothe Snell (1976). Memoirs of Mrs Poole and Mrs Chauncy. Lowden, Kilmore, Vic, page 28)
The marriage of Philip Chauncy and Charlotte Kemmis was announced with the minimum of detail in the South Australian of 19 March 1841:
Married. – On Tuesday the 16th March, at Trinity Church, by the Rev. C. B. Howard, Philip Chauncy, Esq., to Miss C. Kemmis. (Family Notices. (1841, March 19). Southern Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1838 – 1844), p. 2. Retrieved August 24, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71614295)
Charlotte Chauncy was buried in East Perth cemetery. Her age was given as 31; she was born about 1816.
|Gravestone of Charlotte Chauncy in East Perth cemetery. Image retrieved from Australian Cemeteries Index austcemindex.com|
Both Philip Chauncy and Henry Kemmis, Charlotte’s half-brother, included an account of the voyage of the Dumfries in their memoirs which are held in the State Library of Victoria.
The memoir of Henry Kemmis (State Library of Victoria MS 11774 Kemmis, Henry & Macintyre, J. Keith. The wreck of the Loch Ard (1889). Copy of notes made by Henry Kemmis.) has a section on the voyage of the Dumfries. It does not mention that his sister was with him, nor does it make mention of Philip Chauncy as a fellow passenger. Although he discusses his parents and his mother’s death, Henry Kemmis does not mention his father’s
remarriage mistress nor his half-siblings.
The notes for Philip Chauncy’s memoir also held by the State Library of Victoria (MS 9287 Chauncy, Philip Lamothe Snell (1839). Papers.) also include details of the voyage. Chauncy’s comments indicate that he did not care for Henry Kemmis or his wife but found Henry Kemmis’s sister Charlotte good company. Charlotte was stated to be sharing a cabin with a child of her brother.
Henry Kemmis does not name his sisters in his memoir but does discuss his father. Philip Chauncy never named his wife’s father but did say she was the sister of Henry Kemmis. The father of Henry Kemmis, the Reverend Thomas Kemmis of Brockley Park, left a will, and in it he names Mary Humphrys “who has lived with me several years and by whom I have two children namely Charlotte & Edward”. He also names his children Arthur, Henry and Mary as residual legatees and his brother Henry Kemmis as executor.