For a long time, it seemed, that compared to some other parts of the Waters family, that we knew so much less about the Amos branch. However with Trove’s digitisation of newspapers by the National Library of Australia, may have finally unlocked some of the secrets.
Alice Waters, daughter of Charles Waters and Mary Robinson, married Angus Matthew Amos in 1889 in Collarenebri. Angus was one of the children of Edinburgh-born Robert Amos abt 1822 – 1906 Erskinville) and Euphemia Munro, from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Robert and Euphemia had married in the Hunter Valley, before Robert selected land at Woodford Island near Grafton. Robert Amos mysteriously disappeared without a trace during a visit to family connection in Erskineville. Their children are believed to have included :
- Jessie Wilson Amos ( – 1945)
- Margaret Amos (1857 – 1921)
- Catherine Elizabeth Amos (1859 – 1942)
- Sarah Ann Amos (1862 – 1926)
- Robert Amos (1864 – 1961 Parramatta)
- Male Amos (1866 – )
- Male Amos (1868 – )
- Samuel Amos (1870 – 1943)
- Angus Matthew Amos (1870 Woodford Island – 1947 Beresfield West Mayfield)
- Euphemia Christina Amos (1872 – )
- Mary Ann Amos (1875 – 1941)
- Florence Alexandria Amos (1877 – )
- Dorothy Amos
- Charles A Amos ( – 1916)
The family of Alice Waters and Angus Matthew Amos are believed to have included –
1. Angus Matthew Amos b. about 1870 in the Woodford Island Grafton area m. 1889 Narrabri d. 1947 Beresfield West Maitland (Farmer aged 76 years) – m. Alice Waters b. ??-??-1870 Walgett d. 1918 . Angus MatthewAmos may have lived at Rappville and Yamba in the 1930’s with various of his children. He had been a Telegraph and Post Master, as well as Electoral Returning Officer, at various locations in NSW.
2. Alfred Robert Amos b. 1890 Singleton d. 1930 Maclean – his 1930 obituary indicates that he was the 39 year old son of Angus Amos, formerly of Woodford Island – 1. There was no mention of a widow, nor of any children (1, ). He is listed in the 1913 electoral rolls as a farmer living with his parents, Angus and Alice Amos at Woodford Leigh and then he is listed on the 1930 electoral roll as a labourer at Woodford Dale – but there is no mention of a wife. It appears that he did not marry.
2. Angus Charles “Tommy” Amos b. 1892 Lawrence d. 1965 Maclean – Chatsworth Island – enlisted in WW1 in 1916 at Lismore – his father was given Next of Kin and was living at Harwood – served with 25th Battalion in France – returned invalided to Australia in 1917
2. Euphemia M Amos b. 1905 m. Ronald T Green m. 1927 Lismore
2. Elsie M Amos b. 1908 m. Henry R Murray m. 1933 Casino (Rappville)
2. Alma Margaret Amos b. 1911 m. Jeffery W Pascoe m. 1934 Maitland East
2. Florence Jessie Amos ( – 1946) – mentioned in 1918 at time of her mother’s death?
Just to add to the mystery and complications …. There had been some suggestion that Alfred Amos son of Angus and Alice Amos had married in 1912 in Gulgong to Elizabeth Muriel “Bessie” Smith ( d. 1936 Millthorpe – 1), daughter of Charles Oscar and Isabella Smith.
Note – Bessie’s obituary indicates that there were 5 children and that her husband was still alive at the time of her 1936 death, which is inconsistent with a death of Angus and Alice Amos’ son Alfred Amos in 1930 – 1.
Also a Walter J Amos is mentioned in the wedding of Alfred’s daughter Kathleen M “Norma” Amos to Leslie T Kingham – 3. And also it appears that a Walter J Amos was born in 1887 to Arthur and Emily J Amos – and that this Walter had a brother Alfred born in 1884 in Carcoar and who died in 1970 in Blayney. Their parents were Arthur and Emily Amos. So the question is – were there two different Alfred Amos ? And in fact there was also an Alfred Amos of Coffs Harbour who married to an Eliza
3. Kathleen M (or Norma) Amos b. 1914 Wellington d 1994 m. 1938 Blayney (2,) to Leslie T Kingham b 1909 Milthorpe d. 2002 Canowindra
3. John Carl Amos b. 1916 Molong d 1997 Lane Cove m. 1939 Blayney Leila Lovda Willis b. 1913 Orange d. 2011 Millthorpe
3. Unnamed Amos b. 1936 ? – d. 1936 Millthorpe
On the consideration of the above evidence I have come to the conclusion that the Alfred Amos, who married Elizabeth Smith ( – 1936), was not the Alfred Amos (1890 – 1930) son of Alice Waters and Angus Amos.