The earliest of my Gillam ancestors to arrive in Tasmania, then Van Diemen’s Land, was convicted smuggler, Thomas Gilham. He had been a member of a gang known as the Aldington Gang which operated on the Kent coast in the early nineteenth century. He was convicted alongside Richard Higgins, who also appears in this tree, and a number of other gang members, in 1827.
In 1823, Thomas Gilham married Frances Furner at Bilsington Parish Church. Two years after Thomas was transported to Van Diemen’s Land, Frances and her children sailed aboard the Harmony to join him. Thomas and Frances’ son, Joseph Gillam, was my Great Great Great Grandfather. He married Eliza Soden at Launceston in 1853. The had a son, Thomas, in 1874.
Thomas married Christina Elizabeth Winch in 1874. She was the daughter of convicts Samuel Winch and Janet Robertson. Thomas and Christina’s son Joseph Israel Gillam was to marry Ethel Robinson at Oatlands in 1901. Interestingly, Ethel was the Great Granddaughter of one of Thomas Gilham’s smuggling companions, Richard Foord Higgins.
See my Gillam family tree in more detail at Ancestry.com.au – starting with Joseph Gillam