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Taffe, Taafe, Tafe of Maitland, Walcha, & Queensland 1827 forward

Journal by rtaffe

William TAFFE and Cecilia Jane TAFFE (nee EVERS) arrived in Sydney by separate convict carriers from Dublin in 1827 with children William (b.1825) and Richard (b.1826-7). The family eventually settled in Maitland, NSW but both parents died in Sydney. So it appears that both eventually left Maitland and went in their declining years at least to live in Sydney. Their son William (b.1825) m. Caroline Stewart, daughter of a Morpeth grocer, George Stewart and they had a large family which they raised in Maitland but by the 20th century most had dispersed to other parts of NSW.

The other children of William and Cecilia dispersed to New England area ((John b. 1842; Joseph b. 1831; Richard b.1826-7), SE Queensland (Thomas b. 1833); and Sydney (Winnifred b.1837, m. James Pickering; Rachel b.1839, m. William Pickering).

I am a fifth generation descendant of William and Cecilia stemming from one of the New England Taffe families (GG Grandfather was John Taffe (b.1842).

The family research has been concentrated on the TAFFE line but the branches spread out across a number of family names notably, PIPER (central coast of NSW), COOK and JOHNS (coal mining families in & around Newcastle, NSW), as well as CAMERON and BAKER in the Walcha area (New England, NSW).

I am particularly focussed on the arrival experience of each family line and have spent a lot of time over the past 25 years digging about in old newspapers, interviewing older family members etc.

The family name is spelt in a variety of ways (TAAFE, TAFE, TAAFFE) and anyone with those spellings may be intersted in contacting me - especially if your family history geography is near some of the locations located above.

I have a well-developed family tree and can send you a copy if you are interested.

I would be very happy to hear from others researching this family or other names related to it.

You can see most of what I have here:

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on 2009-02-21 21:53:28

rtaffe , from Wodonga, Victoria, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2009. is researching the following names: TAFFE, TAAFE, TAAFFE and 12 other(s).

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by wilbus on 2009-05-02 00:23:35

Hello rtaffe,

I have just started doing research on various family lines. William Taafe was my gg gfather and Joseph was my g grandfather. Jospeh's daughter Winifred married Frederick George Hunt and their daughter Eileen was my grandmother.

I was born at Maitland, grew up at Kilaben Bay (Lake Macquarie) and now live at Armidale.

I would love to receive a copy of the family tree.

by bailey1 on 2010-03-05 22:53:25

Hello rtaffe,

Jane Taaffe born at Walcha in 1869, the second daughter of John Taaffe and Elizabeth (nee wellard). I believe she is my Great granmother. Jane gave birth to seven children,her daughter Rachael Elizabeth Partridge was my grandmother.
My father Stanley was Rachael's first born.

I also would love a copy of your family tree. Regards Pam.

by Pickering on 2010-08-31 02:58:27

Dear rtaffe

I am also a descendant of Cecilia Taaffe. Her daughter Winifred married James Pickering. One of their children (John Sutherland Pickering) was my great grandfather.
The family story was always that Winifred was born in 1837 "coming in to sydney harbour". I wonder if this was to put people off the convict track back in the days when there was some shame attached. It is clear that Cecilia came in 1827 and I have yet to prove year of birth of Winifred.
I have a hand coloured photograph of Winifred Taaffe and James Pickering here in London!! My father came to London in 1958.
I am interested to find out which ships they came to Sydney on and any other info.

by eddieamber on 2010-09-26 02:03:38

Would love a copy of your family tree. My family is from Walcha and Grandfather was John Taffe. I have been doing some of my own research and have come up against a few stubbling blocks I'm most interested to see what you have! Regards karen Benjamin

by kbaylis on 2011-01-22 21:11:53

Hi rtaffe
i am the descendent of Jane Taaffe married to Joseph Thomas Partridge. There daughter Alice Isabella is my ggrandmother so Jane is my gggrandmother. i also would like to see a copy of what you have.

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