The Trinham Family

Descendants of John Trinham , alias John Trenholm

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1 John (Trenholm) Trinham b. C1781 Windsor, Nova Scotia (1851 Census) d. C1858 Nearly 80 years, Gt. Yarmouth Norfolk (Records of birth & death not found)

m. 7-Oct-1800 Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Elizabeth King (As recorded by James Samuel Trinham) b. 1-May-1777 Caister next Yarmouth, Norfolk, England d. 8-Apr-1869 Yarmouth (East Suffolk Gazette And Beccles And Bungay Weekly News 20 April 1869 Page 5, column 5) This makes her birth year between April 1775 and April 1776 if the reporting is accurate.


Note 1: John 1841 Census for Caister gives birth as ‘I’ for Ireland, but 1851 Census gives his birth as "Winsor N Alifas America" and age as 70, making the date 1781. Joined HMS in Halifax at age 14 thereby in 1795 Elizabeth: 1851 Census for Caister gives Elizabeth Trinham, Wife (of John), Married 75 B. Norfolk, Caister, Baptism is St Nicholas Great Yarmouth and is in IGI There is record of a birth with no father, Elizabeth King to Elizabeth King in Great Yarmouth 13-Apr-1797 IGI Film 7028214 (Batch) P25 Other than the name no connection is implied.


Note 2: The IGI records a John Trinham marrying Elizabeth Key at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth on 7 October 1800. Be sure to read this added information in Elizabeth Key Also that of John Trunham and Elizabeth Key The marriage and ship’s crew records and events are reasonably certain, but more work needs to be done to determine the correct name of this lady (King, Key, or Hey), and only then can we confidently look for her true family.


Note 3: National Archive War Office 97 Records,

"Reference", "WO 97/770/115", Title Or Scope (This record is now accessible on line): JOHN TRUNHAM’ Born: CASTER, Norfolk Served in 63rd Foot Regiment Discharged aged about 37 due to a kick to the arm by a horse. Description: five foot eight inches tall, grey eyes, light brown hair and of florid complexion. My note: If age 37 at discharge, 1815 calculates b. C1778 +/- 2 years. Which shows 2-4 years older than 1851 Census. This is in keeping with the navy records. He possibly did not know his actual age.


Note 4: John Trennan served in HMS Hussar and HMS Veteran from 9-JUN-1796 when he was liberated from a French prison (ship) La Prevayante in the New Brunswick area and volunteered for service in the Hussar. He gave his age as 20. He transferred to the Veteran 25-Aug-1796 where he remained until records cease in 1802. He gave his home town as New Brunswick and also Halifax. (Taken from the ships muster rolls and logs at PRO Kew.)

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2 John Trinham b. 5-Sep-1801 Caister near Yarmouth, Norfolk, England d. 15-Jan-1860 Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK, The Workhouse.

m. 4-Mar-1833 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. Mary Elizabeth Elmy b. 1812 Southwold, Suffolk, England. (JST Memoirs) C1816, 1841 Census. d. 2-Mar-1850 Row 55 Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, England [Cert 247/1850]


Note 1: John. Cause of death Atrophia (Defined as wasting or debility, lack of will to live as his world fell apart with the death of first wife and lack of concern or ability by the second. His second wife & mother lived in Yarmouth but he died in the Workhouse. Sea History 1845 S 65/108 191|821|48 645|12|46 821|108| 6|46. 3571/08 6457. Height 5ft 8in, Complexion Fair, Hair Light, Eyes Blue, Marks none, First went to sea as a boy 1829, Can Write, No RN or Foreign service, When unemployed resides South Wold. Issued at South Wold 28 June 1845. Ticketed at age 44.


Note 2: Mary (Nee Elmy) Trinham. Died of Puerperal Fever at age 38 years, 3 1/2 days after delivery. Present at the death was Sarah Trinham, who lived at Row 42 Gt Yarmouth Nfk. Had 5 brothers and one older sister. JST Memoirs.


Note 3: The 1841 Census for Great Yarmouth St.Nicholas Norfolk Nth District 02 shows that the family were living between Nelson Yard and Kemp’s Building Denes., Mary, 25 b. Nfk (Actually Sfk), George, 3, b. Nfk, James, 13 days, b. Nfk, John, 7 b. Nfk, Thomas, 1 b. Nfk.


3 John George Trinham b. 26-Mar-1834 Lowestoft, Suffolk, England d. 21-Sep-1913 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC bur. Berwick Cemetery Old Church of England section Register/Grave 206.


Note 1: See Migration of John George and Mary Trinham for ship and passage detail.


Note 2: British Seamen’s Register BT113 243 gives little information, b. 26-Mar-1834 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, Height 5ft 5in, Issued at Yarmouth 12-Apr-1850, No 484904 No sea record given. James Samuel says he broke his indentures as a sail maker and sailed for Madras at this time as an under-sailmaker. There is a record listing the crew of a migrant ship “Sultana” of London which docked at Sydney NSW on or around 26th May 1855 and J G Trinham is listed as Sailmaker aged 28 (He was in fact 20).


m1. 1856 Gt. Yarmouth Norfolk, England (Anglican) Mary Jane Davey b. 1835 Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. d. 28-Mar-1863 Railway Place, Sandridge, Melbourne, Australia


Note : Cause of death Phthisis Pulmonalis (Consumption) for two years 1861-1863 contracted prior to or during the pregnancy of her third child Mary Jane Trinham. The child pre-deceased the mother, being b.-Feb-1862 and died 3-Sep-1862 whilst John and Mary were on the Launceston Gully area of Barker's Creek Diggings. The child died of Influenza and Congestive Bronchitis after two weeks. Things were hard on the diggings.

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4 John George Trinham b. 1857 Great Yarmouth Norfolk (Jun 4b21) d. 1857 Great Yarmouth (Jun 4b7)

4 Amelia Davey Trinham b. 22-July-1859 Sandridge, Melbourne d. 1863 Sandridge, Melbourne.

4 Mary Jane Trinham b.-Feb-1862 and died 3-Sep-1862 Launceston Gully area of Barker's Creek Diggings. Castlemaine Victoria

m2. 25-Jan-1865 Sandridge, Melbourne, Victoria, Aust. Eliza Perry b. 13-May-1840 Manchester, England d. 11-Dec-1913 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC

4 Amelia (Milly) Trinham b. 19-Dec-1865 Sandridge, Victoria, Australia d. 27-Dec-1939 Camberwell, Victoria, Australia

m. 1906 John Hooker Atkins b. 10-Mar-1873 Darkbonee, St Arnaud, Victoria, Aus d. 24-Jul-1951 44 Abbot St, Sandringham, Melbourne.

4 Eliza (Lyla) Trinham b. 16-Oct-1867 Sandridge, Melbourne, Victoria d. 1934 Elwood, Melbourne, Victoria

m. 1888 Melbourne John William Knapton b. 1863 East Collingwood, Melbourne d. 11-Jun-1954 Elwood 90/6282

5 Leslie William George Knapton b. 1889 Caulfield, Melbourne d. 14-May-1964.

m. 1914 No 22/31 Erin Sigred Agusta Berge

6 Frank Knapton

m. Winnie Rickard

7 Margaret Knapton

7 Judy Knapton

6 William (Bill) Knapton

7 William (Bill) Knapton

7 Barbara Knapton

m. Bill Blandy

7 Ann Knapton

m. Maver Greg

8 Dani Greg

8 Rebecca Greg

6 Betty Knapton

m. Arthur Gilligan

7 Janet Gilligan

m. Robert Bartlett

m. Harry Wadge

8 Matthew Bartlett

8 Debbie Bartlett

8 Ben Bartlett

8 Michelle Bartlertt

6 Nancy Knapton

m. Jack Rickard

5 Vera Knapton b. 1891 Caulfield, Melbourne d. 1972

5 William John Knapton [Killed in Action] b. 1893 Caulfield, Melbourne d. 26-Oct-1918 Ypres, France Died of multiple gunshot wounds one day after action on 11-Nov-1917

5 Ellen (Nell) Knapton b. 1895 Caulfield, Melbourne d. 4-Oct-1957

m. 1928 Jas Syder

5 Ethel Eliza Knapton b. 1897 Caulfield, Melbourne d. 15-Jul-1951 Elwood 54/7724

5 Alan Elmy Knapton b. 1898 d. 1994

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4 John George Trinham b. 1-Sep-1869 Sandridge, VIC d. 12-Sep-1928 Camberwell, VIC

m. 16-Nov-1900 St Peter's Anglican, East Melbourne VIC Mary Jane Martin b. 31-Oct-1871 Port Melbourne, VIC d. 1965 Geelong, VIC

5 Eileen Mary Trinham b. 5-Oct-1901 Beaconsfield, VIC d. 24-Oct-1990 Geelong, VIC

m. 1943 Milton White d. C1978

5 Annie Amelia Trinham b. 19-Mar-1903 Malvern, VIC d. 1981 Geelong, VIC

m. C1930 Herbert Rainer

5 John George Fraser Trinham b. 2-Apr-1905 Malvern, VIC d. 27-Jun-1988 Hawthorn VIC

m. 8-Mar-1933 Annie Bell Gargett b. 11-May-1905 St Arnaud VIC

4 Mary Jane (Polly) Trinham b. 26-Jun-1871 Sandridge, Melbourne, Australia

m. 1894 William Frederick Scott

                5Vera Scott

                     m. Garfield Arblaster

4 Thomas Perry Trinham b. 23-Sep-1873 Sandridge, Melbourne Victoria, Australia

m. 10-Oct-1900 at Emma's home, Pakenham, Vic. Congregational Emma Ludlow b. 22-Jul-1875 Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia d. 3-Sep-1931, dau. of William Ludlow & Jane Downton

5 Thomas Raymond Ludlow Trinham b. 15-Apr-1902 Malvern, Victoria.

m. Lydia Matilda Hudd b. 22-Jun-1909

5 Eliza (Lila) Trinham b. 1903 Beaconsfield, Victoria. d. 1904

5 Reginald Trinham b. 26-Oct-1904 Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria, Australia d. 25-Jun-1965 Echuca Hospital, Victoria. Australia Royal Air Force Record #127538 Enlisted Surrey Hills 5-Mar-1943 Rank Leading Aircraftsman Discharged 8-Nov-1943 (Illness disability)

m. 1-Sep-1930 North Carlton Baptist, Victoria, Aust. Dorothy Annie Healey b. 9-Dec-1907 Northcote, Victoria, Australia d. 19-May-1981 Repat Hospital Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

5 Frederick Cameron Trinham b. 17-Nov-1906 Beaconsfield, Victoria. d. 23-Nov-1999 Box Hill, Victoria. Service Record Australian Army #VX20750 Enlisted 17-Jun-1940 Caulfield, Rank Warrant Officer Class 22/11 Field Regiment Discharged 27-Oct-1943.

m. 19-Oct-1935 Elsie Naismith b. 1-Jul-1911

5 Ruth Elsie Trinham b. 3-Aug-1908 Tatura, Victoria. d. 23-Jun-1986

m. 3-Sep-1933 Gordon Alfred Chapman b. 19-Jan-1909

5 Edna Perry Trinham b. 22-Nov-1910 Kerang, Victoria. d. 19-Dec-2001 Macleod, Victoria

m. 27-Jul-1935 Henry Wilbur Lewis b. 26-Jan-1913 d.

5 Dulcie Louisa Trinham b. 17-Jan-1913 Kerang, Victoria d.16-Jan-2007, Melbourne Vic.

m. 5-Sep-1935 Dudley Melbourne Burt b. 24-May-1909 d. 04-Apr-1994 Canberra, Australia

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3 George Elmy Trinham [Memoirs JST] b. 30-Jun-1837 Lowestoft, Suffolk England d. 1861 Lost at Sea, Mate of the 'Chance' out of Hull.

m. Mary Ann = George Elmy Trinham b. C1856 Kingston Upon Hull, York

4 Ann Maria Trinham [b. 9d/162] b. 28-Dec-1856 Holy Trinity, Kingston Upon Hull, Eng. d. Oct-Dec 1856 Kingston Upon Hull

3 Thomas William Elmy Trinham b. 1840 Great Yarmouth, England d. 1843 Great Yarmouth, England.


Note: Thomas William Elmy Trinham is recorded as b. xiii 367Jan-Mar 1840 and as dying 1843, Vol 13, Page 267.

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3 James Samuel Trinham b. 26-May-1841 Nelson Square, Great Yarmouth d. 1927 Norton, England

m. 1861 Yarm Elizabeth Ann Foster b. 1841 Yarm Yorkshire, England. d. 1925 Norton.


Notes: James Samuel Trinham and Elizabeth Ann Foster.


4 Mary Jane Trinham b.1863 Stockton ( 10a/81 December Qtr) d. 1864 March Qtr (Parentage Unsure. May be George Elmy Trinham older brother, and wife, Mary Ann)

4 James Samuel Trinham b. 27-Sep-1866 Providence Terr. Stockton on Tees, Engld d. 25-Aug-1947.


Note: Died of Angina Pectoria and Thrombosis. Refer Biography in Catholic Who's Who Year Book 1908-35, also Who's Who in Engineering 1920/21.


m. 3-Aug-1904 Coatbridge, Glasgow, Scotland Frances Kennedy d. 25-Sep-1941

5 Mary Trinham b. 1905 d. 1905 Stillborn Infant

5 Mary Agnes Trinham b. 20-May-1906

m. Alfred John Howell

5 Frances Louisa Trinham b. 12-Jul-1907

m. Clement Francis Brooke-Harle

5 Joseph Edward Luke Trinham b. 18-Oct-1908 d. 1983

m. 3-Jan-1946 Wallessey Eileen G Duggan

5 James Gerrard Trinham b. 4-Feb-1910 d. 1958

5 Jack Trinham b. Jan-1911 d. 1996

m. Joy King b. 1914 Hereford d. 04-Dec-1999 Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK

5 Celia Katherine Trinham b. Jan-1912 d. 18-Jan-1917 Died of what was thought to be a mild stomach ailment.

5 Edith Trinham b. Sep-1913

m. Alan Round

5 Clare Rose Trinham b. Aug-1914

m. Clement Francis Joseph Brook-Harte

4 Edith Trinham b.-Sep-1870 Stockton on Tees, England: Index

m. Mr Breary (1893.01.03, Brearey, Arthur William (24), , Trinham, Edith (22) Stockton St James 1868-1910, from


Note: Married and migrated to Canada, later returned to England just prior to WW 1


4 Louisa Trinham b. Sept 1872 Stockton on Tees, England

4 Arthur Trinham [13396] b. Sep-1873 Stockton on Tees, England d. 13-Nov-1931 Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.


Note: Arthur Left Unsigned Will, Lived at Tresco near Swan Hill, Victoria.


m. 1879 Annie Buttery [23820] b. 1876 Stockton on Tees, England d. 17-Dec-1950 Swan Hill,

Annie: Cause of death Carcinoma of Stomach Place of Residence 1950, Lake Boga, Victoria.


Note: There is a record of a Mrs A Trinham and her two daughters Miss M and Miss W Trinham who were passengers on RMS Turakins Steamship: 10,960 tons under Captain: Commander V. C. White-Parsons which left London for New Zealand on 4 July 1912. This is probably their migration.


5 Olive Trinham b. Stockton1898: Index Jun Quarter 10a92, d. 1901 age 3 Index: Sep Quarter Hartlepool 10a80.

5 Harold Trinham b. Stockton 1900: Index March Quarter 10a97, d. 1901 age 1 Index: Sep Quarter Hartlepool 10a81.

5 John Trinham b Stockton 1901: Index Sept Quarter 10a63, d. Stockton age 0 1901: Index Dec Quarter 10a38.

5 Mary Francis Trinham b. 1904 Stockton on Tees, England

m. 13-Oct-1923 South Yarra, Victoria James Redmond Fitz Richard Barry b. C1895 Kings County, Ireland. F. FitzRichard Barry. m. Francis Catherine White.

5 Winifred Trinham b.Stockton 1907 England: Index June Quarter 10a49.

5 James Arthur Trinham [Hospital Letter] d. 11-Oct-1931 Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia.


Note: Cause of death, 'Bacterial Endocarditis', Hospital Records


5 John Howard Trinham [Hospital Letter] d. 31-Jul-1931 Swan Hill, Victoria Australia.


Note: Cause of Death 'Rheumatic Fever' Hospital Records.


4 Minnie Trinham b.-Mar-1876 Stockton on Tees

4 Dot Trinham

4 Jo Trinham

4 Son of James Samuel (Snr) Trinham b. 1878 Stockton, England

3 Mary Elizabeth Trinham [b. 13m/415] b. Jan-Mar 1844 Blything, (Southwold,) Suffolk.


Note: There is a record of an Elizabeth Trinham Est dob 1848 Suffolk being recorded in the US 1930 Census when she would have been age 86. No next of kin recorded.

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3 Thomas William Trinham b. 1846 (Mutford), Gorleston, England ( 13j/495)

m. 8-Dec-1867 St Nicholas, Great Yarmouth, England Louisa Ducker [445] b. 1840.

                           Notes on: Thomas William Trinham & Louisa Ducker.


3 Samuel Edward Trinham [b. 13m/289] b. 1850 Great Yarmouth, England d. 1850 Great Yarmouth, England at birth.

2 George Trinham d. Shipwrecked North Sea Coast. Frozen to the rigging

3 John Scott Trinham d. March Quarter, Newcastle on Tine Vol 25 Page 282.

                Note: Unknown but this is the only place where the register entry can logically fit.


2 Samuel Trinham b. 11-Mar-1810 Caister near Yarmouth, Norfolk d. 1898 age 87 Loddon Norfolk Index 4b177

m. 38-Jan-1828 Norfolk, England Sarah Dow b. 1809 Houghton, Suffolk d. 1893 Stockton on Tees.


Note 1: Masters Register (BT115 11 PRO UK) shows B. Caister Nfk 11/Mar or May 1810 Ticketed age 35, Capacity Mariner, Ht 5ft 4in, Hair Flaxen, Complexion fair, Eyes blue, Marks None, First went to sea as an apprentice 1824, Navy No, Foreign service No, When Unemployed Yarmouth, Issued Yarmouth 1-Sep-1845 Service 1845 S, 802|108, 12|45, 410|??, ??|??, 414|108, 6|45 (?=Illegible) 1846 S, 802|110, 6|46 B, 414|100, 6|46 B, 414|100 12|46 For interpretation of Numbers see the "My Ancestor was a Merchant Seaman" book.


Note 2: The 1841 Census lists Samuel and Sarah as living in Row 44, Great Yarmouth Nth District 09 and gives his occupation as a Beachman. He was 30 and Sarah was 30.

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