1893/C9216 Violet Watson Grant born 29 Dec 1893
James probably married to Sarah Watson (born Kildare, Ireland in about 1860) probably in Ireland. Sarah's funeral notice says it was in Ireland. They had 4 children, 2 of whom survived childhood.
James worked as a bacon curer/trimmer or butcher, and appears to have lived round Brisbane until about 1922 when he and his wife moved to Sydney to live with their newly married daughter Violet.
1919 Electoral Roll for the district of Lilley, Nundah, Qld gives the following adults. Lilley is now a suburb of Brisbane, about 5 miles north of the city centre, and about 60 miles from where his brother Richard had settled at Toowoomba
1919 Violet Watson Grant marries Francis Z Clift in Queensland in Brisbane area on 30 Dec 1920/B24266. The family must have moved to Sydney soon after the wedding, as their first child was born in Sydney.The following appear to be their children
1933 Her mother dies, and is living at Violet's house at that time at 25 Park St, Clovelly, Sydney
Her father James dies, also living with her at 25 Park Street
1951 Sydney Morning Herald 01.02.1951, p.20 Clift, Francis Zephania - [d. 31.01.1951], at his residence, 25 Park St., Clovelly, ... husband of Violet Watson Clift & ... father of Gladys, Nerida, Beryl & Douglas, father-in-law of John, Keith & Harold & grandfather of Peter, Laurence & Barry. ... friends of Francis Zephania Clift are invited to attend his funeral, to leave the Lugar Brae Church, Leichardt St., Waverley, this Thursday [morning], for Randwick Cemetery.
Randwick General Cemetery monumental inscriptions, p.207 Methodist Sec. F, Plot 56. Francis Zephania Clift / d. 31.01.1951 / my husband, our father Violet Watson Clift/ d. 21.07.1960 / our mother
1960 Death notice for Violet Watson Clift (nee Grant) wife of Francis Zephania Clift from Sydney Morning Herald July 23 1960. Violet Watson Clift (nee Grant) ref 19008/1960 in Sydney District. 23.07.1960, p.80 Clift, Violet Watson - [d. 21.07.1960], of 25 Park St., Clovelly, widow of ... Francis Zephania Clift& ... mother & mother-in-law of Gladys & Ray, Nerida & Keith, Beryl & Harold, Douglas & Doreen, ... nana of Laurence, Jennifer, Barry, Diane, & Donna, aged 67 years. Clift - ... friends of ... Violet Watson Clift, of 25 Park St., Clovelly, are invited to attend her funeral, to leave the [chapel], Taylor Sq., Darlinghurst, [this Saturday morning] for Randwick Cemetery.
1960-1980 electoral roll - Phillip/Clovelly: Keith Frederick Searle, cost clerk,
& Nerida Violet Searle, home duties of 25 Park St., Randwick
1984 electoral roll- Dobell/Budgewoi: Keith Frederick Searle & Nerida Violet Searle, home duties of 131 Birdwood Dr., Bluehaven
1988-2008 - electoral roll- Keith Frederick Searle and Nerida Violet Searle of 131 Birdwood Dr., Bluehaven, 2262
1960 electoral roll- Barton/Kogarah Doreen Frances Clift , typist, & Douglas
Charles Clift, grocer's assistant of 964 King Georges Rd., Blakehurst/Hurstville
1984 electoral roll - Barton/Hurstville South: Doreen Frances Clift , typist, & Douglas Charles Clift, grocer's assistant of 964 King Georges Rd., Blakehurst/Hurstville South
1988-2008: Doreen Frances Clift & Douglas Charles Clift of 964 King Georges Rd., Hurstville South, Blakehurst, 2221
1970 Phillip/Clovelly: Laurence Edward Searle of 25 Park St., Randwick, clerk
1988-2008: Laurence Edward Searle & Adrienne Denise Searle of 67 Martin Crs., Milperra, 2214
1980-1984 Barton/Hurstville South: Donna Maree Clift of 964 King Georges Rd., Hurstville South / clerk
1984 Barton/Hurstville South: Darren Grant Clift of 964 King Georges Rd.,
Hurstville South / process worker
1988-2008: Darren Grant Clift of 964 King Georges Rd., Hurstville South, Blakehurst, 222
1989 Death notice for Gladys Dorothy TILLETT (nee CLIFT) wife of Raymond TILLETT, daughter of Francis Zephania CLIFT and Violet Watson GRANT from Sydney Morning Herald July 3 1989.
James Grant her father