John Simmons and Catherine Tobin

1-Convict John Simmons was born in 1770 in Reading, Berkshire, England and died on 15 Nov 1847 in Launceston, Tasmania at age 77. John married convict Catherine Tobin on 1 Jan 1821 in Launceston, Tasmania. Catherine was born in 1787 in Skibereen, Cork, Ireland. They had three children: Annie, Thomas and Elizabeth.

2-Annie Simmons was born on 19 Apr 1820 in Cressy, Tasmania and died on 24 Nov 1900 in Sheffield, Tasmania at age 80. Annie married William Keep on 16 Mar 1836 in Launceston, Tasmania. William was born in 1809 in Henley, Oxford, England and died on 23 Oct 1846 in Longford, Tasmania at age 37. They arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1840's and settled at Longford.  A second son, Henry Keep, was born 17 Jan 1845 and William Keep on 12 Jul 1847.  The father died before the birth of his third son and this child was given his name. As young men, Charles and Henry Keep married Carey sisters who also had grown up in Longford.  Charles Keep married Jane Carey, born in 1841 on 28 April 1858 at Deloraine.  Henry Keep married Sarah Carey born 1846 at the Skelbrook Chapel, Sassafras. When a bullock cart track was formed over The Badgers about 1870 and the Nook district opened up the two Keep families, with several other families from the Sassafras Green River area moved across to pioneer this new district. They settled on land opposite the now HEC Control Centre but their houses were back off the road, not far from the Nook Falls. 

Annie and William had five children: Charles, Annie Eliza, John, Henry and William.

3-Charles Keep was born on 19 Oct 1836 in Longford, Tasmania and died on 1 Nov 1918 in Sheffield at age 82. Charles married Jane Carey, daughter of Charles Carey and Eliza Cattle, in 1858 in Deloraine, Tasmania. Jane was born in 1842 in Port Sorell and died on 29 Oct 1884 in Port Dalrymple at age 42. In 1844 Charles and Jane keep all their children returned home to discover that their home and all they persist had burned to the ground and they moved to South Spreyton. They had ten children:

4-William Henry Keep 1860 - 1943

4-John Joseph Keep 1861 - 1863

4-Sarah Elizabeth Keep 1863 - 1863

4-Alice Jane Keep 1864 - 1938

4-George Charles Keep 1866 - 1883

4-Hannah Eliza Keep 1866 - 1918

4-John Thomas Keep 1868 - 1928

4-Alfred Ernest Keep 1870 - 1952

4-Eliza Ann Keep 1872 - 1948

4-Joseph Edward Keep 1876 - 1895

4-William Henry Keep was born on 1 Mar 1860 in Deloraine, Tasmania and died on 10 Jul 1943 in Latrobe at age 83. William married Clara Jane Butler, daughter of George Butler and Sarah Jarman, on 31 Jan 1884 in Sheffield. Clara was born on 28 May 1865 in Port Sorell and died on 6 Dec 1932 in Spreyton at age 67. They had eleven children:

5-George Charles  1884 - 1966

5-Jane Keep 1886 - 1928

5-Hilda Keep 22 Aug 1887 - 1971

5-Ernest Henry Keep 1889 - 1973

5-Grace Melvina Keep 1891 - 1956

5-Elsie May Keep 1893 - 1973

5-Emily Selina Keep 1895 - 1966

5-Ethel Magdalene Keep 1898 - 1940

5-Leonard Joseph Keep 1900 - 1991

5-Brida Evelyne Keep 1903 - 1981

5-Olive Pearl Keep 1904 - 1989

5-Hilda Keep was born on 22 Aug 1887 in Port Sorell.

5-Grace Melvina Keep was born on 9 Apr 1891 in Sheffield and died on 11 Mar 1956 in Devonport at age 64. Grace married Edwin Leslie Bennett, son of Thomas Bennett and Sarah Cocker, on 4 Oct 1914 in South Spreyton. Edwin was born on 18 Jun 1883 in Port Sorell, died on 15 Jan 1978 in Devonport at age 94, and was buried in 1978 in Devonport. They had two children: Joyce Lesley and Loris. The family continues here.

4-Alfred Ernest Keep was born on 17 Apr 1870 in Port Sorell and died on 29 Jun 1852 in Devonport at age -17. Alfred married Matilda Grace Kendle, daughter of Joseph Kendle and Sarah Ann Cox, on 12 Apr 1892 in Sheffield. Matilda was born on 26 May 1872 in Port Sorell and died on 19 Feb 1957 in Devonport at age 84. They had eleven children:

5-Charles Joseph Keep 1892 - 1973

5-Amy May Olive Keep 1894 - 1934

5-Ernest Norman Keep 1896 - 1982

5-Sefton George Keep 1898 - 1991

5-Matilda Sylvia Keep 1902 - 1903

5-Eric Alfred Keep 1903 - 1975

5-Vanda Lily Keep 1905 - 2001

5-Percy Raymond Keep 1907 - 1995

5-Laurence Arthur Keep 1909 - 1993

5-Bertie Allen Keep 1912 - 1912

5-Rosie Eileen Keep 1913 - 1997

5-Vanda Lily Keep was born on 28 Sep 1905 in Fernie Rise, South Spreyton, Tasmania, died on 26 Aug 2001 in Smithton at age 95, and was buried on 28 Aug 2001 in Devonport. Vanda married Lenthorne William Ashdown, son of Albert Clarence Ashdown and Sarah May Appleby, on 14 May 1930 in Fernie Rise, South Spreyton, Tasmania. Lenthorne was born on 14 Apr 1907 in Chudleigh, Tasmania, died on 6 Sep 1952 in Devonport at age 45, and was buried in Devonport. They had four children: Athol Clarence, Percy, Ellen and Chloris. The family continues here

3-Annie Eliza Keep was christened on 4 Aug 1839 in Longford, Tasmania.

3-John Keep was born on 3 Jun 1842 in Evandale, Tasmania and died on 27 Oct 1917 in Sheffield at age 75.

3-Henry Keep was born on 17 Jan 1845 and died on 11 Jan 1921 at age 75. Henry married Sarah Carey, daughter of Charles Carey and Eliza Cattle, on 22 Mar 1865 in Port Sorell. Sarah was born on 7 Jan 1846 in Longford and died on 23 Apr 1908 in Nook, Tasmania at age 62. Henry and Sarah lived at Nook all their lives Henry was a member of the Tarleton Road Trust and was successfully elected to the first Kentish Council in 1908. They had four children:

4-Hannah Keep, married Albert Butler.

4-William Keep, never married.

4- Ethel Keep, married Edwin Spurr. Moved to Victoria.

4- Burt Keep, married Olive Daw. He was killed at train crossing in 1952.

3-William Keep was christened on 12 Jul 1847 in Longford, Tasmania and died on 13 Dec 1931 in Latrobe, Tasmania at age 84.

2-Thomas Simmons was born on 6 Jun 1820 in Launceston, Tasmania.

2-Elizabeth Simmons was born on 11 Nov 1823 in Launceston, Tasmania and died on 24 Sep 1864 in Deloraine, Tasmania at age 40. Elizabeth married George Smith. George was born on 12 Jul 1821 in Launceston, Tasmania.