I am trying to locate information regarding my great-grandmother who died on 21/4/1939, aged about 61 years.  She was buried as Mary Potter (having been married to James George Henry Potter in 1916).  However she was buried at Karrakatta Cemetry with 3 of her children and Paul Albert Delakonny (father of the 3 deceased children) with whom she lived for about 12 years prior to her marriage to Potter. Before living with Delakonny, she was first married to Alfred John Rainforth. The marriage certificate dates her marriage to Rainforth as being on 10 June 1986 and records her name as Mary Annie Cellars, however she had several known aliases during her lifetime and it is unknown that if this was even her real name as records have indicated that it could have been Chellin or Cellin.  Family stories say that she migrated (?) from Mauritius to South Australia when she was about 9 years old but no record can be found in the name of Cellars, Chellin or Cellin.  

Other known aliases include:

Mary Delakonny

Mary De la coney

Mary Paul

May or Mary Potter

Family stories advise that she was also sometimes called Marie.

She had 2 children, a son and  a daughter, with Rainforth.  Family stories have it that Rainforth deserted her and died in SA about 1907, however I have not been able to verify this. She had 4 more children with Delakonny, 1 son and 3 daughters, however only 1 daughter survived past the age of 4. She then had 2 more children with Potter, both sons.

If anyone knows any more about my great grandmother, I would very much like to hear from them.

Thank you.

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Comment by Sylvia on September 14, 2017 at 1:07

"As Mariann seems to have disappeared after her children were born, I wonder who looked after the children - could Fanny possibly have been their foster mother or even stepmother"

Mirian's youngest daughter (Agnes b 1870  S Quarter in POPLAR UNION) can be found in 1881 with her uncle Albert Steel and aunt Louisa ("Rainsforth").

Comment by Sylvia on September 14, 2017 at 1:47

I don't think Sarah Ann Everett ever married William Martin Rainforth!

Sarah is mentioned under her married name Norton on the 1891 and 1901 census. Her children Mary Ann,  Eliza, Maud and Ellen Louise can all be found on the 1891 census, the 2 youngest under Rainforth. In 1901 Maud and Ellen have the surname Norton again. Sarah and William Martin might have had a relationship together (maybe he'd even fathered some of her kids), but this isn't spelled out anywhere.

Via the GRO:

Name: NORTON, ELLEN  LOUISA                   

Mother's Maiden Surname: EVERETT

GRO Reference: 1888  S Quarter in GREENWICH  Volume 01D  Page 963

(Ellen's baptism mentions that her fathers name was Charles Norton)


Comment by Sylvia on September 14, 2017 at 21:31

Sigh … What a family  … Sarah Everett/Norton seems to be complicated as well. I was missing a lot of data until I saw her listed above Martin in the 1881 census.

The family surname seems to have been “Thorrington” to start with (This explains the later version “Shorrington”). This information made finding her original marriage a lot easier:

Jun 1862 Lexden (Essex):  Charles Thorrington X Sarah Ann Everitt …


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