Annie Agnes Cheeseman (1878-1944) and
George James Cowl (1872-1952)

(last updated 6 April 2011)

According to the 'Oallclose3' Family Tree on Ancestry.com, George was the youngest son of William Cowl (1831-1911) and Hannah Maria Dickenson (1833-1901), who were married at Launceston in Tasmania in 1852, and had ten children in addition to George: William Thomas, Isaac Robinson, Sarah Jane, Alfred, Walter, Esther Maria, Robert Ilis, Hannah Maria, John, Almira Elizabeth and Mona Elizabeth Cowl (see also the Cowl Family Tree on Ancestry.com). The Australian electoral rolls show that Annie Agnes and George lived all of their married lives in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton (Annie died there in 1944 and George in 1952). They also had three girls there:

1. Esther Christina Cowl (1900-69) who married Albert Henry William Houston (1895-1971) in Melbourne in around 1920. According to the 'Mcconachy/Sampson Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, Albert's parents were Charles Thomas Houston (1868-1937) and Lydia Marion Stewart (1874-1946). His military record in the Australian Archives shows that Albert enlisted in the First AIF on 11 June 1915 and was allocated to the 6th Reinforcements for the 5th/6th Battalion. He was then 19 years old and working as a painter. His NOK was initially Mrs L. M. Houston of Hampton and then his aunt Mrs L. Robertson of Johannesburg. Albert sailed from Australia on 25 June 1915 and served initially in Egypt and then in France with the 8th Field Ambulance and the 'K' Supply Column. During this time he suffered from various minor ailments and was hospitalised on a number of occasions. In 1918 he transferred into the Australian Army Service Corps and served in France as a driver in the 1st Australian Motor Transport Company until 17 March 1919. He returned to Australia on the ZEALANDIA on 28 June 1919 and was discharged from the Army on 28 August 1919.

After the war Albert spent a short time at the Central Flying School at Laverton before working as an accounts clerk in the Victorian Railways. The electoral rolls and other sources show that Esther and Albert lived in the Melbourne suburbs of Parkville and Deepdene after their marriage and had three children (and at least six grandchildren) we know of: 1) Nancy Marion Houston who married Robert William Carr; 2) George William Houston who married Mavis Victoria Kidby; and 3) Evelyn May Houston who married Alfred Ernest Humphries.

2. Linda May Cowl. Born at Carlton in 1908, Linda and her husband, Clarence Raymond Clifton, a house painter, lived at 30 Mills Street in Sandringham (the home of Linda's parents) from after their marriage until at least the time of the 1954 election. They had at least one son we are aware of, Donald Elliott Clifton.

3. Nona Alice Cowl. Born at the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 1917, Nona seems to have been twice married, first to Jack Griffiths Marsden who, according to the Marsden Family Tree on Ancestry.com, was born in Lancashire in England, the son of Elias Marsden and Hilda Griffiths, with whom Nona had three children, and second to Joseph Thomas Daly with whom she had at least one son.

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