My Coventry family has proven the most difficult to trace. Most researchers seem to think that my Great Great Grandfather, James Henry Coventry, was the grandson of convict William Coventry. However, no link has been absolutely proven and some think he was the son of William James Coventry and others think he was the son of John Coventry.

James Henry Coventry married Priscilla Bourn, the daughter of emigrants Thomas and Elizabeth Bourn attracted to Van Diemen’s Land’s coal mining industry.

My Great Grandmother, Mabel Anderson, was the grand-daughter of immigrants James Anderson and Margaret (nee Band) from Fife in Scotland. James and Margaret arrived at Launceston aboard the Montmorency on 29th August 1855.  Her Clarke grandparents were also free migrants.  William Clarke and Ruth Kitchen migrated to Van Diemen’s Land aboard the Northumberland in 1853.

See my Coventry family tree in more detail at – starting with my Grandmother, Iris Coventry