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John Quiggin, as he was known, was the son of Philip Quiggin and Anne Kaneen (nee) and was born John B. Quiggin on February 8, 1820 at Ramsay, Isle of Man, England; christened on February 9, 1820 at Ramsey, Isle of Man. John was the eldest of seven children; his siblings being Ann born February 1822, Jane born December 1823, Ellen born March 1829, William born August 1830, Catharine born April 1831, Robert born November 1833 and Margeret born September 1838.  In Ramsey, in 1823, Philip Quiggin, John’s father, is listed in the “Pigott's Directory” as a boot and shoemaker. John’s father died prior to 1864 and Ann, his wife, died June 8, 1864 and was buried in St. Paul's Cemetery, London, Ontario; with her husband, Philip Quiggin.

Philip Quiggin, John’s father, was born May 11, 1795 at Kirk German, Isle of Man and Ann Killeen Kaneen, his mother, was born May 9, 1819, at Andreas, also  on the Isle of Man. They were married on May 9, 1819 at Andreas, Isle of Man. John’s father died in June 1864. John’s  grandparents were Phillip Quiggin and Anne Shimmin (nee) Quiggin.

John at the age of 19 left his native island for Liverpool, where he remained for a short time, eventually taking his departure for Canada; where he carried on business as a building contractor at Kingston, Canada on Lake Ontario. Some years later he moved further west, to London and Hamilton, near Niagara Falls, where he entered the milling business. Following the flow of population westward, he migrated to the United States and erected sawmills at Milwaukee and Chicago, Illinois on Lake Michigan.He also became a sawmill operator in St Louis, Missouri and married Hanna Vincent on January 21, 1850 at the St. George Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; the town in which she was born. John and Hanna had eight children;

1. George Alfred Quiggin born about 1850 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, died 5 Jan 1895 at Lunatic Asylum, Yarra Bend, Vicictoria, Australia, buried Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia.  

Charles Frederick Quiggin, born about 1855, St Louis, Missouri, died  15 Aug 1924, buried Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia.


Hanna Rosamund Quiggin, born about Abt 1857, St Louis, Missouri.

4. Edith Gertrude Quiggin, born about Abt 1863, Ballarat,  Victoria, Australis.
5. John Edwin Quiggin, born 21 Mar 1853, Ontario, Canada, died 12 Nov 1932, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, buried Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
6. Annie Quiggin, born 12 Apr 1865, Moray Street, Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia.

William Vincent Quiggin, born 27 Apr 1851, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, died 7 Sep 1926, Malvern, Victoria, Australia, buried 8 Sep 1926, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia.

8.    Albert Edward Quiggin, born 18 Jun 1860, St Louis, Missouri, died 7 Sep 1874, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, buried Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia.

John Edwin, John’s son, had two wives; Caroline Ellen Robertson who he married at St. Luke's Church in Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on March 9, 1881 and later divorced, and May Winifred Rutherford who he married on August 25, 1897 at High Street in Windsor, Victoria, Australia.

In 1858 John moved south to St Louis, on the Mississippi River, where he entered into the timber business on an extensive scale, and had much success with it until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Unfortunately, with the outbreak of war he met with a great loss, having his sawmill and entire stock of building material destroyed by fire. Not being discouraged, however, he took a partner, and they soon had new mills erected and the business was again in full swing.

When the War Between the States began, John Quiggin was registered as a civilian in the State of Missouri and served in the Confederate Army as a Private, in Company A, 25th Battalion Virginia Infantry, under the name John B. Quiggin; leaving the service at the same rank. Unfortunately, there is no record of his enlistment or discharge date; so we do not know what year he entered or left service. We do know, from descendants, that John after having had two narrow escapes from losing his life, sold his interest in the sawmill business to his partner at a great sacrifice and moved with his family back to Canada for safety; leaving his family at Port Hope. It is believed it was after that, that he enlisted; remaining in only until about 1863.   The 25th Infantry Regiment was organized during early 1861 and included the four companies of the 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry. Its members were raised in Upshur, Augusta, Highland, Bath, Pendleton, and Rockbridge counties, Virginia. The unit participated in General Lee's Cheat Mountain Campaign, September 12-15 1861, and Jackson's Valley operations before being assigned to General Early's, J.R. Jones', and W.Terry's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It took an active part in the campaigns of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, May 31-June 12, 1864, then fought with Early in the Shenandoah Valley and in various conflicts around Appomattox, April 9, 1865. This regiment reported 18 casualties at Camp Alleghany or Allegheny Mountain on December 13, 1861,  72 at Sitlington’s Hill  on May 8, 1862 and 29 at Cross Keys in Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign on June 8, 1862, and at Port Republic on June 9, 1862. It lost 1 killed and 24 wounded at Cedar Mountain in the Northern Virginia Campaign on August 9, 1862, had 3 killed and 20 wounded at Sharpsburg in the Maryland Campaign, September 16-18, 1862, and reported 1 killed and 13 wounded at Fredericksburg on December 11-15, 1862. Of the 280 engaged at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863,  twenty-five percent, or 72,  were disabled. Field officers included Colonels John C. Higginbotham, George A. Porterfield, and George H. Smith; Lieutenant Colonels Patrick B. Duffy, Jonathon M. Heck, Robert D. Lilley, and John A. Robinson; and Majors Wilson Harper, Albert G. Reger, and William T. Thompson.

After leaving the military and the war behind him, John made a tour through Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and is said to have gone to New York and from there took steamer for San Francisco, crossing the Isthmus of Panama. He afterwards left for Vancouver Island, where he took the management of a large Oregon saw milling business. Not thinking the place suitable to rear a young family in, as there were only two white women on the island at the time, he decided to try his fortune in Australia, and left Vancouver on December 26, 1863; sailing aboard the "Thos W. House" with his wife and children and a cargo of timber bound for Sydney, Australia via Cape Horn. The trip often delayed as the ship was forced to often run and hide from roaming Pirates. After visiting Tasmania he finally settled down in Melbourne and started in business as a shipping and commission agent; getting a large connection, principally with Tasmania.

Success accompanied his efforts, and eventually he became the owner of a number of sailing vessels, and agent for many more. But the extraordinary rapid progress made in the improvements in steamships soon enabled them to compete successfully with the sailing vessels. John, foreseeing what was coming, disposed of his shipping interest, but still continued to carry on the timber and commission business from his office on Flinders Street in Melbourne.

The Quiggins also had a large land-holding and homestead in Wynyard, Tasmania. In 1876 John visited the Goulburn Valley and thoroughly explored the red gum forests along the river from McCoy's Bridge up to Nagambie. He was so impressed with their extent and value that he at once decided to erect a number of sawmills. The first and most extensive he built was in Mooroopna; at a cost of about 1000 pounds. He hurried the erection of this mill, anticipating that the Goulburn Valley railway was soon to be constructed, but the general election of 1877 and the consequent change in the Government altered matters. The Berry Ministry changed the route from the west to the east side of the river, thereby necessitating a new survey, and a delay of a full 2 years; resulting in a serious loss.

In 1878 John erected sawmills at Toolamba and Murchison, and later at Kialla, Arcadia, Cooma and Coomboona; besides a second one at Murchison. With these mills he cut almost the whole requirement of the timber required in the construction of the railway from Nagambie to Shepparton; besides that for many other lines throughout the colony. In addition, for seven years John was a successful tenderer to the Victorian Railway Commissioners. In 1878 there was started a branch of his timber business on Wyndham Street in Shepparton on an allotment of land on which the public buildings now stand, and which he leased from the late Mr Geo. North. In 1880 Mr. Welchman took management of that branch, which he conducted successfully.

John’s son, John Edwin, managed 14 of his father's saw mills in the Goulburn Valley. The timber was cut & floated down to the mills in Mooroopna, Telamba, Echua and Shepparton. John Edwin worked 14 hours or more a day driving around the hills in a buggy, and one consignment of timber was used to pave the streets of London. John Quiggin and his sons were awarded 1st prize in the Melbourne World Exhibition of 1883; for having the best Red Gum Slab. The original block to be entered in the exhibition for the show was cut actually by Ned Kelly's cousin, but he requested that John Quiggin, let him have it as a headstone for his grave. John allowed him to keep it, but only if Ned Kelly's cousin procured another tree just as good. It was the 2nd timber acquired that was entered and won the prize.

It was also once reported to John Edwin that ‘Ned Kelly’ had been harbored from the law one night at one of the Quiggin sawmills. At the request of the townspeople of Mooroopna John Edwin Quiggin laid the water supply into the town of Mooroopna and laid the foundation stone to the dam. John Edwin was also the 1st Chairman of Directors of the company that opened up Brown coal mining. At his request, the Commission of Railways had a line laid to Morwell. John Edwin was also a partner in the firm of Johnston & Dunston, that won 1st prize for the manufacture of candles at the Melbourne World Exhibition. John Edwin married Caroline Ellen Robertson at St. Lukes Church in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia on March 9, 1881; and later divorced her in 1897. On August 25, 1897 John Edwin married May Winifred Rutherfurd in High St, Windsor, Victoria, Australia. Together they had 5 sons.

 Children of John Edwin Quiggin and Caroline Ellen Robertson are: Edwein Vincent J.A. b. December 13, 1881, Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia, d. March 3, 1951; Albert Stanley b. December 18, 1882, North Carlton, Victoria, Australia, d. February 16, 1967; John Charles Fairfield b. November 10, 1884, Fairfield Park, Alph, Victoria, Australia, d. November 2, 1959; William Vincent  b. September 21, 1886, St Kilda, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, d. September 7, 1926, Malvern, Victoria, Australia; Marguerite Iris b. April 7, 1888, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, d. date unknown.

Sometime, near the commencement of World War I John Edwin, May Winifred & their children moved to Newcastle, New south Wales where John Edwin became a commercial agent for various manufacturers; selling to both the wholesale and retail trade. He also had a store in Bolton St, Newcastle, N.S.W., which had a residence above it in which the family of his 2nd marriage lived until they bought their house on Able St. in Newcastle. John Edwin and May Winifred later bought a house on Able St. in Mayfield West; where their sons, Arthur Vincent, Wilfred Charles L., Clarence Edwin and Laurence Rutherfurd grew up. John Edwin was 60 years old when Laurence Rutherfurd was born. John Edwin and Caroline Ellen Robertson were divorced in 1897. During World War I he supplied facemasks to prevent the spread of influenza. John Edwin died in his Bolton St. residence on 12/11/1932, and was buried in Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia.

Around 1880 the Shepparton and Melbourne businesses were transferred to John's sons, who carried them on under the style of the Quiggin Brothers. Then in 1880, John removed all his sawmills to Gippsland, where he carried on an extensive business up to the time of his death. John never engaged in public life appearing to have quite an aversion to politics. He was generous and benevolent in the highest sense, and the hungry or distressed was said to have never left his door unsatisfied. He was a firm believer in the Christian religion, especially so during the later period of his life. He evinced much earnestness in making his "calling and elected sure". Well educated, and with a mind stored with a varied fund of knowledge, John was a companion of the most interesting kind, and his loss was keenly felt by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

John Quiggin died at Hawthorn, Victoria on November 25, 1893, of a paralytic stroke, while living on Power Street in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia; leaving a widow, three sons and two daughters. He was buried on November 27, 1893 in the Booroondara Cemetery at Kew, Victoria. His grave is situated in the Boroondara Cemetery, Independent section 'A', number 60, Kew, Victoria; Death registration number 17220. Hanna lived on, on Manningtree Road in Hawthorne, Victoria until March 2, 1907, when she too died; and was buried two days later in the cemetery with her husband.

His four sided headstone reads:-

In Loving Memory of John QUIGGIN born at Ramsay Isle of Man 8 Feb 1820 died at Hawthorn 25 Nov 1893

In affect remembrance of Albert Edward beloved son of John & Hannah QtJIGGIN born at St Louis USA 18 June  1860 died 7 September 1874.

also Hannah. QUIGGIN  born in Kingston Canada 1825 died 2 Mar 1907 in her 82nd year

also Charles QUIGGIN son of above died 15 Aug 1924 69 years


Mark O'Donnell, Descendant

Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Victoria, Australia

Brian Lawson

Carole Carine,

Catherine M. Shaw, Boroondara cemetery, Kew

Clive Callow, New Zealand

Commander Gary Ayres, SCV

Digger - Pioneer Index. Victoria 1836-1888

Douglas, Isle of Man, UK

Emmett Taylor, SUVCW

Indexes to Births Deaths and Marriages in Victoria

International Genealogical Index

International Genealogical Index, marriage records

IOM General Registry, Ramsey Parish Register

Mark O'Donnell, Descendant

National Archives, Film Number M382 roll 45

“Pigott's Directory of Ramsey”,  1823

Quiggin Baptismal Registry

Ray Nagel, Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans

Registery of Deeds, Isle of Man

Sonia Tyler-Davies Bowmaker

State Archives of Victoria

Sue Killen, Personal Secretary to the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man,

Tim C. Davis, Texas

Virginia Infantry, 25th Regiment, Regimental History


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