Jane Hungerford was born c.1829, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Ireland, the daughter of Thomas John Hungerford of Rose Bank, Co. Cork, Ireland, and his wife Catherine (‘Kate’), formerly Masters. Her parents were married in 1824, Co. Cork, Ireland.
After her father’s death, Jane and her mother Kate travelled to Victoria, sailing from Gravesend on 22 May 1857 aboard the Suffolk, and arriving in Melbourne on 20 August 1857, giving their ages as 20 and 47. Jane married Gustavus Helsham, 30 November 1860, Christ Church, South Yarra, Vic. Born in 1840 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, he had arrived in Melbourne in November 1858 aboard the Resolute. Jane and Gustavus lived briefly in New South Wales, before returning to England.
They had three children. In 1871 Jane was living at 20 Bessborough Street, Westminster, England, with her children and her mother, listed on the census as Charlotte Hungerford. In 1881 the family was living at Wiggenhall, Norfolk, England, where Gustavus was a landed proprietor and Justice of the Peace, although Jane was absent on census night. Gustavus was Lord of the manor of Fitton.
Jane Hungerford Helsham died 5 July 1884, aged 55, Norfolk, England.
Kate Hungerford (Jane’s mother) had died on 20 February 1880. The ‘Freeman’s Journal’ (Dublin) for 25 February 1880, records the death of Catherine Hungerford as follows: ‘HUNGERFORD – Feb. 20, at Beacondale-road, Gipsy-hill, the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Helsham, of St Mary’s Hill, King’s Lynn, Catherine, widow of J. J. Hungerford (sic), Esq., of Rose Bank, Co. Cork, Ireland, grandson of the late Colonel Hungerford, of Cahirmore’.
Captain Thomas Hungerford of Rathbarry (SH1)
m. 1640 Mary (May) White
Thomas Hungerford of Cahirmore (SH4)
m. 1684 Frances Synge
Thomas Hungerford of Cahirmore (SH8)
m. 1724 Barbara Townshend
Thomas Hungerford of Cahirmore (SH15)
m. 1756 Sarah Boisseau
John Hungerford (SH21)
m. 1792 Anna Blair
Thomas John Hungerford (SH35)
m. 1824 Catherine Masters
S.v Jane Hungerford (SH35a)
m. 1860 Gustavus Helsham