Individual Record 2178

Name}   Catt, Hannah Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race}   Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Fam 11 Oct 1818 Place} Northiam, Sussex, England
Marr.: Date} Fam 24 Feb 1838 Place} Rye, Kent Sussex, England   (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 30 Apr 1838 Place} at sea on the ship Amelia Thomson*
Burial: Date} Cir   1 May 1838 Place} at sea
  Grave Marker} No
Source 1} 1168=IGI/AncstFile
Source 2} 1169=Marriage rec
Source 3} 1156=Passenger ls
Source 4} 1154=Family history
Source 5} 1170=Family history
Source 6} 1171=Family history
Source 7}  
Source 8}  
Source 9}  
Source 10} 
Parents: } Stephen Catt (#1) & Elizabeth Blackman
   Relationship No.} 651
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Servant
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church} Protestant
Spouses:    First} Packham, Henry
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  *I found that primary evidence (i.e., images of Hannah's original marriage index) and the ship's passenger list) clearly indicates Hannah died childless at age 19½ on 30 Apr 1838 during a voyage, with her new husband, from England to Sydney, Australia, on the sailing ship Amelia Thomson.

However, many family histories submitted to report her death date as 13 Apr 1838, some report her death place as Thompson, Windham, Connecticut, USA, and two report her death place as Sea, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia.  I believe these family histories are erroneous because:
  • Hannah's death date is clearly 30 April on two different pages of Amelia Thomson's passenger list.
  • Sources have been neither given nor found to support the alledged death place of Connecticut, USA.
  • It is possible than the ship Amelia Thomson did stop at Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia, during its voyage to New South Wales; however, sources have been neither given nor found to support that possibility.

Two problems do exist with Hannah's entries in Amelia Thomson's passenger list:  Hannah and her husband's surname was recorded as Peckham — rather than Packham, and Hannah's age was recorded as 21 — rather than 19.  I consider these two discrepancies to be minor.  Family lore does report that Hannah's husband, Henry Packham, did arrive in New South Wales, Australia, in July 1838 following his wife's death during the voyage, and did live there until his death.

Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}              or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Typhus
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated}  4 Oct 2009
Date Created}   1 Oct 2009
Copyright © 2009 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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