AN EARLY BIRTH AT PORT PHILLIP


Charles Naylor was born 10 April 1837 at Port Phillip but you won't find his name in any of the early church records for the new settlement.

He was the son of Corporal John Naylor, of the 4th (The King's Own) Regiment of Foot (yes the same regiment as William Buckley and William Lonsdale). Cpl. Naylor, who was born c1811 in Great Horton, Yorkshire, England had married Ann Caffrey (born c1819 in Belfast, Ireland) at St. Phillip's, Sydney on 18 July 1836.

Two days after the birth his father was called as a witness at the inquest post mortem of a fellow soldier. Historical Records of Victoria (Volume 1) records his testimony: "I am a corporal in the 4th Regiment belonging to the detachment stationed here. On the evening of the seventh instant Private William Kirby of the same regiment was missing. I have never seen him since, until about half an hour ago when I was told his body had been found in the river opposite the town. I went there and on examining the body I ascertained and am quite positive it was the body of the above mentioned Will Kirby."

Shortly thereafter the family returned to Sydney on the Revenue Cutter "Prince George". They later went to Belgaum, India ( where the next son Isaac was born c1840); Secunderabad, India ( where a daughter, Elizabeth was born c1842); Kamptee, India ( where the next son, John, was born c1846 ) and then back to England where a further son, William George was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and baptised 7 April 1850 at St Thomas, Portsmouth.

By the time of the 1851 census they were all living at Granby Barracks, Devonport in the census place of Stoke Damerel, Devonshire, England.

And Charlie Naylor's birth record? It appears in the Registers of St. Phillip's, Sydney. Charles, born 10 April 1837 and baptised 25 June 1837, the son of John Naylor, Lance/Sergeant in the 4th Regiment and his wife Anne. Abode Sydney.

Contributed by Alexander Romanov-Hughes ( PPPG Member No: 52 )


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