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Query by McCrea

Looking for Mary Furlong arrived Australia on convict ship Canada
Married George Davis married second time James Parsons

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on 2013-03-13 20:21:10

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by tonkin on 2013-03-14 01:28:42

This appears to be your Mary.

Tried Dublin City 1815.
Sentenced to seven years transportation.
Arrived Port Jackson 1817 aged 20 years. (Born circa 1797)

Married (1) George DAVIS 1819 St Phillips C of E Church, Sydney.

Married (2) James PARSONS 1826 St Phillips C of E Church, Sydney.

Possible death for Mary PARSONS is 1842, Sydney, New South Wales.
Age: 45 years. (Born circa 1797)

Death needs to be confirmed.

by McCrea on 2013-03-14 02:04:23

thanks so much, certainly appears to be Mary. I need to confirm any children born to Mary and George Davis. I am a descendant of James Davis born 1818 ..father George, mother unknown. I have been working my way through all the George Davis' and George who arrived on the ship Elizabeth to Australia in 1816 appears most likely at this time. Hard to identify the death of this George Davis, so many possibilities.

by tonkin on 2013-03-14 04:59:14

Forgot to mention Mary arrived on the "Canada" in 1817.
Just wanted to confirm the name of the ship for you.

by McCrea on 2013-03-14 19:51:04

Thankyou Tonkin, I seem to have most of the early information on George Davis and Mary Furlong, though I dont know how old George Davis was and what both he and Mary were convicted of....not having much luck on confirming any children. The only James Davis I can find with a father George is the son of George Davis and Mary Lawrence. This James is buried in a family cemetery at Gounyan Creek. My James William Davis is buried at Dubbo in 1893 aged 75..his wife Jane Ellen (NEE Morgan)is also buried at Dubbo. Early church records have little information ! I will send for the death cert you think may be a possibility for Mary and hope it lists something other that a death. I dont know where to start with the death of George. I didnt know the name Davis was so common. Again thankyou for your interest.

by tonkin on 2013-03-15 21:43:09

Their convict records should give you their conviction details, and a lot more.

by McCrea on 2013-03-15 22:22:36

I have a long list of look ups for when next I am able to get to a research facility. I live a long way from any library or archives and dont subscribe to any
genealogy sites. I will keep ploding and hopefully unravel Mary and George and maybe find any children.
Thankyou tonkin

by janilye on 2013-03-17 09:17:13

I'm away at the moment but perhaps the following will help you in your search:

I can tell you with absolute certainty the George Davis who married Mary Furlong did, according to the Colonial Secretary arrived on the 'Elizabeth'on the 5 October 1816. Disembarked on the 11 October 1816 and was sent to Liverpool for distribution. George Davis was 23 at the time, occupation, Waterman, his native place Chiswick. He was Convicted at Middlesex on the 21 June 1815. Comparing this George Davis, (against the other 4 of that time) and Mary Furlong both applied for permission to marry on the 2 to 5 August 1819 which was granted. This particular George Davis seems to have dropped out of sight. No further records i.e tickets of leave or pardons. a reference to a George Davis absconding in 1820 but as I have not researched this it could be anyone.
As far as the George Davis who married Mary Lawrence this is him:-
Full name, George Cooper Davis
Born 1788 at Dorest, England.
a convict, Arrived 9th October 1813.on the 'Earl Spencer'.
Married: Mary Ann Lawrence, nee Butt on the 3rd February 1818 at St Phillip's, Sydney, N.S.W. She had been born in Dorset, England in 1786 and died in Yass, NSW in 1889. She was the daughter of John BUTT 1769-1861 and Elizabeth BROWN 1780-1844.
George Cooper Davis died 6th December 1867 at "Gounyan", Yass, N.S.W.
Buried: 8th December 1867 at "Gounyan", Yass, N.S.W.
They had the following children:
Hannah born abt.1814 at Parramatta, NSW. Hannah was the daughter of Mary Lawrence and was adopted by George Cooper Davis. died Hannah Wright in Yass in 1880.
George born 10 August 1817 at Sydney, NSW. m. Mary Ann BIRD 1816-1894 died 16 Nov. 1899 "Gounyan" Yass
James born 10 August 1819 at Sydney, NSW. died 18 Feb. 1899, Yass
Elizabeth born c1823.
William born 27 February 1826 at South Creek, St. Marys, NSW died 1903 in Yass.
Thomas born 7th February 1829 at Gounyan, Yass, NSW. died 1871, Yass
State Archives Convict Records.
A Register of Pioneer Families, Volume 1, Page 116.
and nsw.bd&m = 3965/1899 DAVIS JAMES GEORGE MARY YASS
And to discount another George Davis who died in Sydney in 1828 he was 35 and arrived on the 'Speke'
Are you certain your James William Davis 1818-1893 was born in NSW?

by janilye on 2013-03-17 10:51:45

Here's a report of the Inquest of the Mary Parsons that died age 45 in 1842.
No mention of family.
14 September 1842.
Inquest was held at Duncan's public house, " The Labour in Vain," Sussex-street, on the body of a woman named Mary Parsons, who had on the dav preceding her death, been quarrelling with one of her neighbours, named Elizabeth Morrissy, when the latter struck her, and was afterwards taken to the Police Office, for drunkenness. A report having got into circulation that the blow had caused death, a post mortem examination of the body took place, by Surgeon Russell, who having certified that death was the result of intemperance, a verdict to that effect was recorded, on which the woman Morrissy was returned to Gaol, to complete her sentence for

by McCrea on 2013-03-19 02:42:38

Hi Janilye,
Thanks so much for the information. On James William Davis death certificate (15-12-1893)it states he was born in Sydney and married in Parramatta. His marriage record
20-7-1840 is for St Johns Church at Parramatta, he married Jane Morgan. On his death cert it states his father as George and that George was a publican. Mother unknown. He was aged 75 at death and married at 32.
I am looking at the 1828 census again and going through the musters also but this time looking at all the James Davis' that were children with a hope of finding him. Maybe he was raised by someone else if he was the child of Mary Furlong and George Davis. With Mary marrying a second time George may have died, or being a convict he may not have been able to keep a child ? Maybe I have got the wrong George !! very possible.They may not have had children.
Again thank you for your help.

by janilye on 2013-03-19 04:38:06

The George Davis who married Mary Lawrence kept 'The Sawyer's Arms" at Gounyan, Yass.I think his son George took over.
Then at the same time, this is the 1850s, there was a George Davis who kept 'The Bark Huts Inn' on Liverpool Road, Sydney. It means this George Davis was alive in the 1850s, and by that time Mary Furlong had remarried.
Since James William was born to George in c.1818. Your answers if there are any, are going to be with The Colonial Secretary which came before NSW State Records

by McCrea on 2013-03-19 22:13:53

Thanks Janilye, I will add it to my list of look ups when next I visit the Archives.
Thanks for all your help

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