Jean Heather Giles 857
- Born: 28 Oct 1914, Salvation Army Home, Newcastle, NSW Australia 403
- Partnership (1): James Brice
- Marriage (2): Loftus Dolph Bonnick on 9 Nov 1933 in Brisbane, Queensland Australia
- Marriage (3): Joseph Alphonsus Fenwick on 24 Dec 1960 408,857
- Partnership (4): Staff Willis in 1947
- Marriage (5): Dolph Bonnick after 1947
- Died: 17 Nov 2003, Newcastle, NSW Australia at age 89 403
Another name for Jean was Aileen Ireland.856
Paul Shurte notes:
Jean Heather Giles, (my Aunt) born October 28, 1914 in Salvation Army Home, reg. at Wickham Ref 42378, New Castle, New South Wales, Australia; died November 17, 2003 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; daughter of Molly but stepchild of Fred Dawson. Fred assumed full responsibility of Heather however Molly had difficulty because of her conscious.
During her life she met first James Brice approximately May or April 1930 in Casino, New South Wales, Australia while at the movie-pictures. He was born 1898 in Casino, New South Wales, Australia and a resident of Guyra, with James she had one child she named Noel - Brice was a police constable in Casino, NSW.
She met and married (2) Loftus Dolph Bonnick November 09, 1933 in Queensland, Australia. He was born about 1911 in Queensland, Australia and with him she is believed to have had five children which he would not let her take care of or keep when he made her leave.
She met and married (3) Joseph Fenwick 1946 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Joseph was a Taxicab driver and helped Jean get on her feet while she restarted her life after Loftus tossed her out. Joseph expected nothing in return as he was Catholic and Jean had been married before but as time went by she married him anyway, but only in the courts/state system. Jean had with her two children that she had from another relationship when she met Dolph Bonnick and this was (4) Staff Willis about 1947 in Queensland, Australia. Staff was an American Service man that was absent without authorization. The relationship was very rocky until he was caught and transported back to America camp in handcuffs. Jean had two children with him while they hid out in the bush and once Staff Willis was returned to America he told her he didn't want anything to do with her and her brats. Dolph Bonnick married Jean regardless and she had more children with him but he refused to include these children in any family affairs - they were social outcast so Jean left Dolph Bonnick with the two children and Bonnick would not allow the other children to go with her. He threatened to kill her and her bastard whelps if she tried to come back.
Amber Stubbings notes:
My mum Kay Edith Ireland was born in Brisbane 7/02/48. Jean purportedly registered under the name of Aileen Ireland, which is the woman I knew as my grandmother. There was a court case about two years later when someone tried to undo the 'adoption' as it obviously was not a legal one. I don't know any more than that except that my mum thought it may have been an American trying to gain custody. The adoption then was made legal and all papers and information buried away. We did not even begin searching for Jean until my grandmother passed in 1994. We found some siblings scattered through the Harvey bay and maryborough area. Alas they too never knew what happened to Jean and could not help us. Everyone was under the assumption that she had followed a soldier to the USA.
I was born in 1968, my father was an American I have never met. I was also born in Brisbane.
Robyn Shaw writes:
Paul Knight is the son of Kenneth Russell Knight and Margaret Aline Bonnick. Her mother was Jean, so I was told. Jean's father was Joseph. AND that was about it.
Paul was put into a home in NSW as his sister Karen died in 1967 at Newcastle and she was only 4. He said that broke up his family and he was put into a home. He had a younger brother but said he hardly knew him as he was in the home by then. I asked him the other day where was this brother and he had no idea if he was alive or dead.
The family has always been fragmented, and Paul does have a 'wife' in NSW, who he is either divorced from, or just away from, and his mother is still there as well. They don't have a close relationship but contact each other now and again and say hello. Paul's daughter has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair, and I have suggested to him many times that he go to see her, but he is on a pension of some sort and never seems to have the cash to do this.
Now I have always been searching for his family to give him a bit of closure, and have tried to find a Jean Bonnick, not a Jean Giles. He said she had a half brother called Giles, well that was his last name.
Then she had a full brother called Rick....I guess Richard, who died recently.
Robyn later added:
She was adopted by Aileen and Ernest Ireland in Brisbane.
She left there and went back home and met a James Brice, no idea who he is, and in 1931 had a son Noel James. He married and had a family, and only died last year at Goondiwindi.
His daughter is Diane who married Ray Wirth and they live in Toowoomba.
Another daughter is Kay who was also adopted by the same family, the Irelands.
After she had Noel in 1931, Jean met and married Loftus Bonnick/Bonique and all other spellings.
They eventually went around Hervey Bay to live.
They had quite a few kids but seems that did not work out, so she left Bonnick and went back to Irelands and met there a fellow from the usa army who was awl, and had, so family folk lore says, two children with him.
Left army man, kids I think went into homes of some sort, and Jean went back home again and got involved with James Fenwick. She married him, nsw bmd index, but she was still married to Bonnic They divorced in 1954 I think....nsw state records show.k.
Noted events in her life were:
• connection. 856 The connection between Amber Stubbings and myself is as follows:
Amber Stubbings (1968)
Her mother is . . .
Kay Ireland (1948)
Her mother was Jean Giles (1914) but was adopted out to Ernest and Aileen Ireland
Her mother was Mary Giles (1895) who married Frederick Dawson (1892)
His father was Thomas Dawson (1860)
His father was Thomas Dawson (1825)
His father was Thomas Dawson (1801) who married Elizabeth Hare (1800)
Her father was Ellis Hare (1778)
His father was Ellis Hare (1740) & he also had Elizabeth Hare (1765) who married William Godfrey (1763)
They had Sarah Godfrey (1790) who married William Enersby (1791)
They had Thomas Endersby (1822) who married Rebecca Lockey (1821)
Her father was Joseph Lockey (1782)
His father was Thomas Lockey (1748) & he also had Elizabeth Lockey (1773) who married John Godfrey (1772)
They had George Godfrey (1798) who married Elizabeth Huckle (1801)
Her father was Joseph Huckle (1766)
His father was James Huckle (1724) & he also had Henry Huckle (1761)
He had Anna Huckle (1787) who married George Larkinson (1789)
They had George Larkinson (1817)
He had Frederick Larkinson (1865)
He had Winthrop Larkinson (1889)
He had Dulcie Larkinson (1926) who married Colin Davies (1925)
They had me Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
Jean had a relationship with James Brice. (James Brice was born in 1898 in Casino, NSW Australia 403.)
Jean next married Loftus Dolph Bonnick on 9 Nov 1933 in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. (Loftus Dolph Bonnick was born on 4 Dec 1915 in Brisbane, Queensland Australia 403 and died on 12 Dec 1982 in Harvey Bay, Queensland Australia 408.)
Jean next married Joseph Alphonsus Fenwick on 24 Dec 1960 408.,857 (Joseph Alphonsus Fenwick was born in 1914 and died on 26 Sep 1978 in Newcastle, NSW Australia 408.)
Jean had a relationship with Staff Willis in 1947. (Staff Willis was born circa 1910.)
Jean next married Dolph Bonnick after 1947. (Dolph Bonnick was born circa 1910.)