Joseph Jewell and Mary Ann Jewell

There is little doubt in my mind that Joseph and Edwin were fairly successful in their mining activities, and if not exactly rich, were fairly well off at the time of Josephs marriage to Mary Ann. The house built by Edwin and his status within the community would surely point to them making a substantial amount out of their prospecting efforts.

It must have been very hard for Joseph to have lost all his gold, and then had to return penniless and live in the community where his younger brother enjoyed the fruits of his labors. No doubt Edwin would have helped Joseph to get by until he found work but it cannot have been easy.

We do know that Mary Ann as very successful in her lecture tours, traveling round giving accounts of the shipwreck and survival on the Auckland Islands. Dressing up in her sealskin outfit to add impact to her story.

It is said that she earned as much as 600 Pounds for giving lectures and posing for photographs in her sealskin clothes.

As for Joseph he obtained work on the railway and ended up as stationmaster at Trafalgar, in Victoria. This would have been a busy line at the time when he was there as it was part of the link to the goldfields, with a great deal of through traffic.

Mary wanted to have children but (probably due to the hardships suffered on the Auckland Islands.) was barren, So it was agreed and arranged to obtain a baby from a baby farm. These were common in Australia at that time. They did not ,as today, adopt a child. They actually chose the potential mother and Joseph fathered the child with her. The mother chosen was Jane Minchinton. The baby Mary Constance Jewell was born in 1883.


                                         Mary Constance Jewell later Phillips

There has been a lot of debate in the UK about Mary Constance, due to the fact that Mary Ann's death certificate shown "No Issue". But of course under the a/m circumstances - that is so. The proof that this is fact is borne out by Mary Constance's death certificate, which shows Joseph as the father and Minchinton as the mother.


Constance - Death Certificate 

Mary Constance Death Certificate 

This is borne out by the fact that Mary Ann Jewell appears on Mary Constance's Marriage Certificate as Guardian. Joseph by this time was deceased. See below.




                          Mary Constance Jewell later Phillips Marriage Certificate



 Trafalgar Railway Station


This is not the last time that Joseph was in the news concerning the Auckland Islands as you will see later.

Patrick Caughey Newcastle. Co Down.

Shortly after the rescue Patrick returned to Ireland, where he started an Insurance business. which he continued till retirement. He was locally known for his story telling, as Mr Fagan his nephew and local building contractor recalls: "He used to accompany him and his men on foot to building sites. On the journey he would always strike up with some of his stories, recalling either the wreck of the General Grant, his experiences in the gold fields or his life in general in Australia, and of the hardships he often encountered"


Patrick Caughey (Bearded) with some of his uncle's workers 

 It is said that Patrick Caughey kept a diary which later passed to his brother John who was a baker living in New York. USA. Where his descendants still live. 

What a great book that would be to read! 

William Murdoch Sanguily (Garrite)      Havana. Cuba.

In most publications William the youngest of the survivors (and youngest of the crew), is listed as coming from Boston the home of the 'General Grant'.

In fact he came from a very old and distinguished family who's origin was in France.

 The family moved to Haiti and later to Cuba. William was born in 1844 in Havana

William and his brothers were orphaned very young and were raised by their respective godparents. William's godparents sent their children to the United States to be educated. He was recorded as living in Boston in 1862/63.

His two younger brothers Julio and Manuel stayed in Cuba and served in the military where they rose to the rank of General, both became prominent politicians. The family name was Sanguily Garrite but William dropped the Garrite on arrival in the USA.

Brigadier Julio Sanguily Garrite                                              General Manuel Sanguily Garrite


William Sanguily Garrite

The family left Cuba in 1959, during the Castro era and settled in the United States

Rescate de Sanguily

A very famous picture exists from the family's struggle in Cuba it is painted by the Cuban master artist Menocal titled "The saving of Sanguily"

I understand refers to Julio.

After the Enquiry into the wreck of the General Grant, William the youngest of the survivors, returned to Boston in the United States where he is reported to have worked as clerk in a dry goods store.

The next we hear of him is in 1872 when he married Sarah Agnes Dawes on the 8th July in San Francisco.

Sarah is listed as being born in 1845 at Castlereagh. New South Wales. Australia. (If she returned to the USA with him I do not know.

Sarah was the daughter of William Daws and Alice Randall of New South Wales.

William and Sarah returned to Australia some time later and we find them in Woolloomooloo. Sydney. Australia. Here their first child Alice Magaret Sanguily is born in 1880.

1885 was a sad year for the family - they had twin daughters Mable and Maude. They are lised as being burried the same year in Rookwood Cemetry Sydney.

In 1887 they had a son Rollins Henry Winthrop Sanguily.

William Died on 6th May 1909. At that time he was living in Judge Street Sydney. He was buried on the 8th May in Rookwood Cemetary Sydney.

Sarah died on 26th February 1926 in Sydney Hospital. She was burried in Rookwood Cemetary on 27th May.

Note: I now have a picture of William who although quite old in the picture has the very distinctive feature of his brothers

David McClelland

David was born in Ayr. Ayrshire. Scotland in 1807. The only reference I can find for him is his listing in the 1861 census. Here he is living with his wife Janet also born in Ayr in 1807. They are both aged 54.

Their addess at this time is 198 Main Street. Anderson. Glasgow. Lanarkshire.

David was at this time working as a ship's Rigger in the Glasgow shipyards.

David died on 3rd September 1867 and was the only survivor of the shipwreck to die on the Island.

His widow Janet (64) appears in the 1871 census living at:

62 Meikland Street. Govan. Partick. Lanarkshire. Living with her are her two grand daughters

Janet Blain17 and Maria Blain 15, both are listed as silk twisters.

She at least had family around her following her sad loss.