G4 2 Ellen Bice (nee Henwood)

This article is about Ellen Henwood, a grand-daughter of Timothy Sullivan and daughter of Ellen Henwood, Timothy's daughter. This Ellen Henwood married William Bice in 1891.

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G4     TS/EWH/ ELLEN BICE (nee HENWOOD) (1868 - 1951)

Ellen Henwood was born at Smythesdale Victoria in 1868 to parents John Daniel Henwood and wife Ellen (nee Sullivan). She had three older siblings, Elizabeth, John (1) and Julia, and two younger siblings Mary Jane and John(2). Only Julia, Ellen and Mary Jane survived into adulthood No record of her schooling has been found.

Ellen, a dressmaker, aged 22, married William Charles Bice, a millwright, aged 24 born in Moonta, at the Henwood residence at Gibson St in Bowden on 27/05/1891. Henry B Bice, William’s brother, who was a blacksmith from Exeter near Port Adelaide, witnessed the marriage, together with Mary Henwood, Ellen’s younger sister.(1)

The Bices

The Bices were from St Blazey in Cornwall. Henry Bice, the youngest of 12 sons, was born at St Blazey

 in December 1830. He married Emma Bant at St Teath, Cornwall in October 1856.They emigrated to South Australia, arriving on the “Ocean Chief” in April 1864, and immediately headed for Moonta. At Moonta, Henry played a significant role in development and operation of the mines. The Bices had a strong association with the Methodist church, stemming from some early associations with John Wesley when Wesley was first in Cornwall. Emma Bice died in Moonta aged 74 in 1907, with Henry also dying in Moonta aged 89 in 1920. (16/12)

William Charles Bice was born in Moonta in September 1866. He was apparently very high spirited and resented the discipline of his strict Methodist father. One report recalls that as a young lad he refused to kneel when saying the Lords Prayer, so the minister made him kneel between his legs. William reacted by biting the minister on the leg and racing out of the church. He left home at an early age and went to live with his relatives in Adelaide. He married Ellen Henwood in 1891. (Bice Family History courtesy SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society)

William and Ellen Bice settled in at Thomas St Croydon, A daughter, Nelly Irene was born on 15/03/1892, at Kilkenny, with father William a “millwright”.  The informant was Mary Henwood, aunt. No South Australian records of other births have been found.

On 13/04/1910 William Charles Bice of Thomas St North Croydon, fitter, appeared as a witness in the notorious “Maslin” divorce case that scandalised Adelaide Society.

William and his family remained at West Croydon until after daughter Nelly’s wedding in 1917, by which time William is now an “engineer”.

Around 1918 William and Ellen moved to West Australia, where he was involved in building the first flour mills. Then, around 1929 they returned to Adelaide due to William’s ill health, settling at Franklin Tce, West Croydon. William was then employed as an engineer at the Islington rail workshops.

William Charles Bice, retired engineer, died at age 69 on 03/12/1935 at 30 Franklin Terrace West Croydon, issue one female living one female deceased. Ellen Bice, his widow, aged 83, died on 23/06/1951 at her residence at 65 Euston St West Croydon. Both are buried together at the Cheltenham Cemetery