I'm looking for information regarding Hugh Joss or Joss Hew. He was born in Amoy China in 1832. He had a child Anna Maria Joss born in 1868 to Bridget Murray. They are reported to have been lodginghouse keepers in James St Toowoomba in 1868.
Hi Kem4264. My great grandmother was Annie Maria Joss of Toowoomba. I have her father recorded as Hugh Joss and her mother as Bridget Murray, but I have no information about them. Annie married William Snell (born 1864) in 1892 at Redfern NSW. One of their children was Sidney William Snell, my paternal grandfather, and Jeffrey William Snell was my father. I have Annie recorded as born in 1879 in Toowoomba, but the date you give sounds more likely. I believe that William, and perhaps Annie too, were bootmakers. If you have any other information about the Joss family I would be very grateful, and if I come across anything I will pass it on.
have only just seen your post- better late than never! My great grandparents were William Snell and Annie Maria too. My paternal grandfather was Walter (Sidney's brother), Lindsay is my Dad. Yes my understanding is they were bootmakers. I have Annie's birth and marriage certificates. Would be happy to share any information that I have with you.
Hi again 😀 With the help of a friend in Toowoomba and the Historical Society there I have discovered that Hugh Joss owned a couple of cottages in James Street, Toowoomba and was selling both in late 1883, apparently leaving Toowoomba in December 1883. I am guessing at this stage that he and his family went to Sydney. Annie would have been 15. William Snell Snr was a blacksmith and died in 1881. His eldest son, Frederick, took over the business. Frederick was born before they left England and William was next, born in Laidley, Queensland before they moved to Toowoomba. So at the time Hugh Joss was leaving Toowoomba, William Snell Snr had already died and Fred had taken over the blacksmiths shop. I'm thinking that William Jnr perhaps stayed in Toowoomba for a while, but then left for Sydney to join Annie there. Will keep investigating.