1st of my MASTERS Family to arrive in the Colony.
My MASTERS family originated in parishes around the Pilton area of Somerset, UK. In September 1840 they boarded the ship "ALFRED" at Plymouth in September of 1840 and set sail on the 7th September bound for Australia arriving on the 19th January 1841 after a 3 week stop-over for supplies at Capetown.
James' wife, Maria, gave birth not long before arriving in Sydney. Sadly both Maria and the new baby boy died which meant that mother and son had to be buried at sea. An Autopsy showed that it wasn't the birth that caused her to die, the official cause was inflammation of the Bowels.
The family first settled at South Creek or what is now known as St Mary's in the Penrith, NSW. area which was lumped under the name of the Hawkesbury District in those early years. In later years they lived in the Parramatta area, where James worked as a Trader. What he traded in I have no idea.
Each of the children eventually married and raised families of their own. The Children & their spouses are;
Elizabeth 1830-1904; married convict Samuel PROCTOR 1809- 1885.
WILLIAM 1832-1909 married Sarah BEECROFT 1837-1865, married  Fanny THOMPSON nee ANDREWS b 1836-1919
James Stephen 1839-1924 married Sarah Ann BRIDGE 1843-1920
Aaron 1838-1895 married Elizabeth MIZEN 1846-1913
Francis 1839-1906 married Mary BEECROFT 1841-1882, married  Mary CAMERON b ?-?
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