Mary Ann Colbert

(21 January 1874 - 28 March 1878)
     Mary Ann Colbert was born on 21 January 1874 in Haddon, Victoria. She was the daughter of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan.
     Mary died on 28 March 1878 in Haddon, Victoria, aged 4. She was buried on 30 March 1878 in Smythesdale, Victoria.

Ellen Colbert

(19 July 1876 - 22 February 1938)
     Ellen Colbert was also known as Ellen Mary in records. She was commonly known as Nell. She was born on 19 July 1876 in Haddon, Victoria. She was the daughter of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan.
     Ellen Colbert and Charles Patrick Colbert were placed in an orphanage on 9 June 1886 in Ballarat, Victoria. Ellen, Edward, Charles & Michael were placed in the Ballarat Orphanage on 9 June 1886, following their mother's death on 11 May 1886. Edward was described as a splitter, Roman Catholic, born county Cork, Ireland, who arrived in the colony in 1857 and paid 5/- a week for each of the children. Ellen, Charles & Michael left the orphanage on 3 March 1892 on their father's application, Ellen & Charles were described as gone to Ballarat, whereas Michael went to Gippsland.
     In Edward Colbert's will dated 23 September 1898 in Leongatha, Victoria, Ellen Colbert was named as heir; This is the last will of Edward Colbert of Leongatha farmer I revoke all former wills and appoint Hugh McCartin of Leongatha auctioneer & Thomas Hyne of Leongatha farmer, executors and trustees of this my last will
I devise and bequeath the whole of my real and personal estate unto the said executors and trustees upon the trusts following To pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and if necessary for this purpose to mortgage my real estate. To permit my sons Michael and Charles to reside on cultivate farm and manage my real estate for their use and profit (and for this purpose the said Michael and Charles are to have the use of my plant furniture stock and everything now in use upon or .. in or about my farm) until the younger of them attains the age of 21 years or if the younger should die before attaining that age then till eth other of them attains that age. Upon the younger of the said sons attaining the age of 21 years, I direct my said executors and trustees to convey my said real estate to my said sons Michael and Charles as tenants in common and to transfer to them absolutely my personal estate
I direct my said executors to pay the following legacies following as soon as convenient after the younger of my said sons attaining the age of 21 years and for the purpose of paying the same they may mortgage or otherwise charge my real estate
To my son John one hundred pounds
To each of Johns's two children now living £25
To my daughter Ellen £20
To my son Edward £5
I direct my executors to pay as soon after my death as convenient two sums of £2/10/- each for masses for the repose of my soul, one sum to the abbot of Melleray co. Waterford Ireland, the other sum to Father Galivan now or lately stationed at Gisborne Vic. I further direct my executors to spend a sum not exceeding £50 in erecting a tombstone to my memory in the cemetery at Leongatha. Signed & dated 23 Sep 1898 - Edwd Colbert, witnessed by Edward Hurst accountant & Chas Hyne salesman, both of Leongatha.

     Ellen Colbert married John James Egan on 23 April 1902 in St Laurence RC church, Leongatha, Victoria.
     Ellen and John were registered as Charles Colbert Egan, farmer with Ellen Mary, home duties, John Edward, labourer, John James farmer at Koorooman East, Victoria, on the 1934 electoral roll.
     Ellen died The Argus reported on 24 Feb 1938: On the 22nd February, at St Mary's
private hospital, Leongatha, Ellen Mary, loving mother of Mary, Michael, Ena (Mrs R Anderson), Kathleen (Mrs F. W, Anderson), John, Charles, Edward (deceased), and Nancy, aged
80 years;
and; ... (Nell) dearly loved wife of John James, devoted mother of Mary, Michael, Eleanore (Mrs R Anderson), Kathleen (Mrs Fred Anderson), John, Charels, Edward (deceased) and Nancy, loved grandmohter of Brian , Margaret, Marlene and little Johnny. on 22 February 1938 in Leongatha, Victoria, aged 61. She was buried in Leongatha. In loving memory of our beloved parents and brother / Ellen 22 Feb 1938, Edward 28 Oct 1931 / John 28 June 1947. Charles Egan 24 Dec 1973 aged 62. We have a photo of the memorial inscription.

Children of Ellen Colbert and John James Egan

John James Egan

(circa 1865 - 28 June 1947)
     John James Egan was commonly known as Jack. He was born circa 1865 in Kilmore, Victoria.
     John James Egan married Ellen Colbert, daughter of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan, on 23 April 1902 in St Laurence RC church, Leongatha, Victoria.
     John and Ellen were registered as Charles Colbert Egan, farmer with Ellen Mary, home duties, John Edward, labourer, John James farmer at Koorooman East, Victoria, on the 1934 electoral roll.
     John died on 28 June 1947 in Leongatha, Victoria. He was buried in Leongatha.

Children of John James Egan and Ellen Colbert