Henry GRAY from Shanmullagh,Co.Fermanagh Ireland
Henry GRAY (1806-1894) his parents were John GRAY and Mary HEATHERINGTON.
Henry married Maria WALMSLEY Born 15th May 1815 Etonclaw,Co, Fermanagh,Northern Ireland. Maria died 2 April Fountaindale Jamberoo NSW.Maria was the daughter of Edward WALMSLEY and Margaret ELLIOTT
Henry and Maria arrived in Australia on the"Wilson" 7th January 1842.
The GRAYS in Ireland were tennant farmers, a proud people who wanted to better themselves. There was not much of a future in Ireland,with large families, famine and political unrest of the era.
Henry and his wife settled in the Kiama district with their three first born children. Margaret 1835, Jane 1837 Maria 1841 all born in Ardess,Co,Fermanagh.
They settled in the Kiama district living at "Spring Hill" Saddleback,
where Henry was the original owner of three adjacent farms, being Portions 105.106 and 107 (Parish map of Kiama County of Camden)Portion
107,53 acres was called "Saddleback"; The adjoining Portion 106acres was called "Mount Joy", and the remaining Portion,105 covered 65 acres making a combined total of 164 adjoining acres on either side of the Saddleback road, down to Kiama.
The family also lived at "Omega retreat" Gerringong, and then in 1854 at Hawthorn Glen, Jamberoo.
Henry and Maria had nine more children, William Henry 1844,Sophia Ann
1846,Elizabeth 1848,Emma "Emily"1850,John James 1851,Hugh Edward 1856,Isabella Rachel1857,Lucinda1858,Matilda1862.
Henry and his brothe George collected voluntary contributions of two hundred pounds for the first Church of England church Gerringong.In
1856 a timber and slab church was built in Fern Street, Gerringong to accommodate two hundred people. This church was later burnt down.
Henry and Maria lived in the Jamberoo district for the rest of their lives and are buried in Kiama cemetery.