Kearns, John Thomas (1843-1921)


John was born abt1843 at Annan, Ireland, to parents Thomas Kearns and Judith Doyle. He was baptised on 16 May 1843 at Rathvilly, Ireland, in the Catholic Church

He married Jane Davis (1843-1923)  in the summer of 1869 at Luton, Bedfordshire. Records identify four children.

  • Frederick Clifford (1870-1908)       
  • John Vincent (1875-1901)
  • Theophilus Sydney (1878-1902) – died in South Africa
  • Sarah Ethel (1882-1919)

John died on 10 June 1921 at Malvern, Stonnington City, Victoria, Australia.


  • 1865 Luton
  • 1866 High Wycombe
  • 1867 Wickhambrook
  • 1870 Braintree
  • 1871 Ryde
  • 1872 Geelong – Australia
  • 1873 Kyneton
  • 1874 Castlemaine
  • 1876 Melbourne II
  • 1879 Creswick
  • 1883 Norwood
  • 1888 Geelong
  • 1892 Melbourne III
  • 1896 Bendigo
  • 1899 Melbourne IV
  • 1902 disappears


W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • I do research for Outback Graves – outbackgraves. org and we are just in the process of putting in plaques at Menzies, WA, where Sarah Jane and Frederick Clifford Kearns are buried. Their plaques will be processed in 2025, unless the family wish to get in touch and I can arrange these earlier.

    By Glennis McDonald (01/02/2024)
  • Additional to last comment, Bertha Janet Kearns died in 1942. There is another sister called Gertie. I believe this is her born in Creswick. The extract is from birth, death marriages Victoria, Australia.

    Family name: KEARNS
    Given name(s): Frances Gertrude
    Event: births
    Mother’s name / Spouse’s name: , Jane
    Mother’s family name at birth: DAVIS
    Father’s name: , John Thomas
    Place of birth: CRES
    Place of death:
    Spouse at Death:
    Age at Death:
    Reg. year: 1881
    Reg. number: 1914/1881

    By Andrena Zavetchanos (29/10/2023)
  • Bertha Janet Kearns was born in Kyneton in 1873. Died 1943. Married in Frankston 26 December 1904. Her residence was the Methodist parsonage Frankston where her father rev John Thomas Kearns was minister.

    By Andrena Zavetchanos (29/10/2023)

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