BiographyRebecca Frances Taber was born 16 December 1830 in Menangle, New South Wales, Australia to James Taber (1798-1872) and Charlotte McAllister (1810-1840) and died 23 December 1902 in Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Henry Ashcroft (1827-1896) 27 April 1847 in Menangle, New South Wales, Australia.
A very old resident of this district, in the person of Mrs. Henry Ashcroft, senior, passed over to the great majority on Tuesday, 23rd instant. Deceased had been suffering for about three weeks from a severe attack of diarrhoea, but seemed to recover, and on the 15th December gathered a few of her more intimate friends together to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of her birthday, and her friends say they never saw her in better spirits. However, a few days later she became suddenly prostrated, and Dr. Cox, of Forbes, was immediately summoned, but that gentleman held out no hope of her recovery, and she gradually sank and passed peacefully away on the day above stated. The deceased lady was born at Menangle, near Campbelltown, and was a daughter of the late James Taber. She married Henry Ashcroft in the year 1848, and they lived for many years at Menangle. Coming to Cudal they were pioneer settlers of the Mandagery where they lived for 20 years, afterwards removing to Forbes, where her husband died some six years ago. Since then she has lived with her son at Eugowra. Deceased was the mother of 12 children, 10 of whom survive her, all being present during her illness except one, who was unable to attend. Five of her children reside in this district, viz., Mrs. W. Dean, of Gregra, Mrs. W. Jenkins, Mrs. C. McLean and Messrs. H. and W. Ashcroft, of Cudal. Her remains were conveyed to Forbes on Christmas Eve and interred by the side of her husband and daughter in the Church of England portion of the cemetery, a large number of relatives and friends being present to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed lady.