William Garner was born 1809 in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom and died 31 October 1868 Yass, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Mary Ann McCann (c1815-1857) 1845 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.
William Garner had arrived in Sydney as a convict aboard the Mellish on 18 April 1829. He had been convicted at Lancaster, Liverpool Borough Quarter Sessions for a term of 14 years on 28 July 1828. His offence was not recorded on his convict records.
William's convict records state that he was a brickmaker by trade, 5'8 3/4" tall (174.6cm), with a ruddy much freckled comlexion, brown hair and brown eyes. He also had tatoos and scars. He was granted a certificate of freedon on 24 July 1844. This record also records that he went to Goulburn on 1 August.
William is shown in records as either William Garner or Gardiner, Gardener or Gardner.
William Garner, according to court papers from January 1863, began living in Goulburn with Jane Kelly in June or July 1857 before his wife Mary Ann McCann died in November 1857 after being terminally ill with cancer for 6 months. Jane had fallen pregnant with their first child in mid-August 1857 while she had continued to work in the service of Rev John Watson. It can only be assumed that William Garner had set up 2 households, one for his wife Mary Ann and their children, and one for Jane and her baby Martha. When William Garner's wife Mary Ann died on 3 November 1857 William Garner played the part of the grieving husband placing an appropriate death notice in the newspaper and paying for a head-stone for Mary Ann's grave with a inscription lamenting her loss.
William Garner was sued for maintenance for his daughter Ann Jane Digby in January 1863. At this time he learnt that his daughter Cecilia Digby had died during the previous month. His next daughter by Jane Kelly, another Cecilia Digby, was born after this court action.
In the 1867 Directory William is listed as a splitter of Tarlo, about 20 kilometres north-east of Goulburn. Other records are that he was a carrier with 2 teams of oxen.
|Offspring of William Garner and Mary Ann McCann (c1815-1857)|
|Susan Garner (1846-1867)||1846 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||6 April 1867 Goulburn, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|Catherine Garner (1850-1862)||16 January 1850 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||18 October 1862 Tarlo, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|John Garner (1852-1928)||6 August 1852 Tarlo, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||29 February 1928 Whitton, New South Wales, Australia||Mary Ann James|
|William H Garner (c1853-1854)||1853 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||1854 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|Matilda Garner (1856-1865)||2 November 1856 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||11 August 1865 Cooma, New South Wales, Australia|
|Offspring of William Garner and Jane Kelly (c1830-1872)|
|Ann Jane Digby (1858-1943)||12 May 1858 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||1943 Bronte, New South Wales, Australia||John Poulter (1855-1936)|
|William Digby Garner (1860-1861)||28 November 1860 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||19 April 1861 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|Cecilia Digby (1862-1862)||20 March 1862 Tarlo, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||30 December 1862 Sydney Benevolent Asylum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Cecilia Digby (1863-1864)||7 April 1863 Sydney Benevolent Asylum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||14 April 1864 Sydney Benevolent Asylum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|