BiographyJane Mary Cox was born circa 1846 in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia to James Cox (1801-1891) and Anne McKeone (1825-1915) and died 18 November 1941 in Gloucester, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Joseph Albert Atkins (1846-1931) 29 August 1868 in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia.
A grand old pioneer of the Williams River, Mrs. Jane Atkins, passed away at the residence of her eldest son, Mr. J. J. Atkins, of Forbesdale, near Gloucester, on Tuesday last. Deceased went from Dungog some 18 months go to Forbesdale.
The mortal remains were interred in the Dungog cemetery on Wednesday alongside those of her partner in life, the late Joseph Atkins.
The late Mrs. Atkins was in her 96th year. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cox and was born on the Kerripit River, Gloucester district. Her father was in charge of sheep on Kerripit, which was one of the A. A. Company's out-stations.
She was married at Main Creek to Joseph Atkins in 1868. After marriage, they settled on Canningalla estate, where they pioneered in the virgin brush of those rich flats. For about 35 years they toiled there, rearing a large family of twelve sons and daughters. They then came to Dungog, where they opened a boarding house at the cross-roads to Stroud and Fosterton. Ten years later Mr. and Mrs. Atkins retired. In July, 1931, Joseph Atkins died, honoured, and most highly esteemed for his grand work as a churchman, a townsman, a sporting man and a family man.
Mr. and Mrs. Atkins were very proud of their children. At the time of Mr. Atkins' death the descendants numbered 12 children, 88 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.
That was ten years ago, and to-day the great grandchildren total well over 100. This is indeed unique, and the more so because the name of Atins has always been an honoured one.
The late Mrs. Atkins had a sweet nature and was loved by all.
The members of the family are as follows: J. J. (Forbesdale) , Mrs. Alice Ruse (Newcastle), Herbert (deceased), Mrs. Maude Marsh (Newcastle), Robert (Main Creek), Albert (Nelson's Plains), Mrs. Elizabeth Moore (deceased), Mrs. Ethel Webb (Sydney), Mrs. Enos Newton (Dungog), Stanley (deceased), James (Sydney), and Alfred (Sydney).
Brothers and sisters are as follows: Robert (Main Creek), Samuel (Gloucester), John (Queensland), Mrs. Kitty Atkins (Dungog), and Mrs. John Taylor (Gloucester). Those deceased are Mrs. James Levey (Bandon Grove), Mrs. M. Moylan (Monkerai), Mrs. Mary Anne Walker (Main Creek), Mrs. Sophia Hunt and Mrs. Elizabeth Ikin.
A service was held in Christ Church, the Rector, Rev. A. W. Moore, presiding. A fitting reference was made in the church find at the graveside to the grand life of deceased.
Namesakes of Jane Mary Cox (c1846-1941)