Mary Salmon - Name Analysis

Mary Salmon has certainly been an interesting person to trace, it has taken many years to sort through the fact from the fiction. Part of the problem in finding details about Mary has been trying to determine what her maiden name actually was. And the addition of "Jemima" to her name certainly didn't help.

According to her death certificate, her father's name was Alfred Austin. This appears to be one of the many "stories" that have been perpetuated about Mary. Her death certificate also states that she spent some time in Queensland and Tasmania. Whilst I have found evidence of her being in Queensland (her daughter Lillian was born there about 1869), I have not found any evidence of her having lived in Tasmania.

Mary's maiden name provided on the birth certificates of her Elliott children was variations on Salmon/Solomon/Sillilome. Her maiden name on the birth certificates of her Watson children was Austin. This appeared to be supported by Thomas Elliott's death certificate, on which Mary's maiden name was given as Mary Jemima Austin Salamay. Evidence has now been found that when Mary married Jonathan, Edward Elliott was still alive. It appears that Mary may have changed some details about her past when she married Jonathan, to hide the fact that she was still legally married. Mary was the informant on Jonathan Watson's death certificate, she gave her maiden name as Salmone. The table below details analysis of Mary's names.

Date

Source

Name Provided

Birth Place

Age

Informant

1836

Baptism certificate - Mary Salmon

Mary Salmon

Dublin Ireland

0

Parish Priest

1843

Workhouse entry papers

Mary Salmon

Dublin Ireland

8

Rose Salmon

1848

Workhouse entry papers

Mary Salmon

Dublin Ireland

13

Mary Salmon

1850

Shipping papers

Mary Salmon

Dublin Ireland

14

Mary Salmon

1851

NSW Enquiry

Mary Salmon

Not given

-

1852

Court case

Mary Salmon

Not given

-

Mary Salmon

1856

Birth certificate - Abigail Elliott

Mary Jemima Sililomon

Yorkshire England

22

Edward Elliott

1858

Birth certificate - Jemima Mary Elliott

Jemima Mary Selman

Yorkshire England

23

Frederick Ferrier - Shopkeeper

1859

Birth certificate - William Edward Elliott

Jemima Simman

Leeds England

25

Edward Elliott

1861

Birth certificate - Martha Elliott

Jemima Mary Salomone

Dublin Ireland

27

Jemima Elliott

1865

Birth certificate - Samuel Elliott

Jemima Selemone

Dublin Ireland

32

Jemima Elliott

1868

Birth certificate - Thomas Elliott

Jemima Sillilome

Dublin Ireland

37

Jemima Elliott

1872

Birth certificate - Elizabeth Hannah Elliott

Jemima Mary Solomon

Ireland

42

Edward Elliott

1873

Marriage certificate - Jemima Elliott

Maiden name not given

Not given

-

Jemima Elliott

1874

Birth certificate - Francis Jonathan Watson

Jemima Austin

England

44

Jemima Watson

1877

Birth certificate - Robert Watson

Jemima Austin

London

46

Jonathan Watson

1879

Birth certificate - Arthur Richard Watson

Jemima Mary Austin

London

49

Jonathan Watson

1893

Marriage certificate - Elizabeth Hannah Elliott

Not given

Not given

-

Elizabeth Elliott

1896

Marriage certificate - Lillian Lavnia Elliott

Mary Austin

Not given

-

Lillian Elliott

1900

Death certificate - Jonathan Watson

Jemimah Mary Salmone

Not given

-

Jemimah Mary Watson

1904

Death certificate - Jemima Mary Watson

Jemima Austin

Not known

75

Francis Jonathan Watson

1906

Marriage certificate - Robert Watson

Jemima Mary Watson

Not given

-

Robert Watson

1907

Marriage certificate - Arthur Roland Rodric Watson

Jemima Mary Austin

Not given

-

Arthur Watson

1907

Marriage certificate - Francis Jonathan Watson

Jemima Mary Austin

Not given

-

Francis Watson

1910

Marriage certificate - Thomas Walter Elliott

Jemima Austin

Not given

-

Thomas Elliott

1936

Death certificate - Robert Watson

Jemima Mary Austin

Not given

-

Arthur Roland Watson (son)

1938

Death certificate - Arthur Richard Watson

Jemima Mary Austin

Not given

-

F J Watson (son)

1944

Death certificate - Francis Jonathan Watson

Unknown

Not given

-

Irene Le Earl

1944

Death certificate - Thomas Elliott

Jemima Mary Austin Salamay

Not given

-

Robert McEnallay

1953

Death certificate - Elizabeth Thomas

Jemima Mary Solmon

Not given

-

John Thomas

1953

Death certificate - Lillian Lavinia Brooke

Not known

Not given

-

Herbert Brooke