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DUNN - from Hackney, London ?- convict to Australia

Charles Dunn born Abt. 1805. Baptised at St John-At-Hackney.

Father's name Charles also, mother unknown although we suspect may be Esther (two sons had daughters named Esther).

Charles' (1805)brothers George, Henry, John, Nicodemus (sometimes Nicholas)& Joseph, all baptised at St John-At-Hackney.

Charles a bit of a rogue, involved in petty theft with brothers Nicodemus and Joseph, eventually transported to NSW, Australia (as were N & J). Charles was imprisoned on the hulk York, but transported on Midas 2 (1827). Trial notes can be found at Old Bailey records site.

When in colony, Charles & Nicodemus both became Ginger Beer Brewers. Charles had children with Mary Ann (have not yet found a marriage) Charles (9 March 1837), Esther (15 November 1838), Lucy (22 March 1841) and Mary Ann (7 March 1843). The children were baptised at St Philips in Sydney.

Charles & Mary Ann lived in the area now known as The Rocks, in Sydney's centre.

Charles died 13 March 1865 in Darlinghurst Gaol, Sydney after yet another conviction.


Robert Heather m Elizabeth Wennington
Thomas 'Eather' m Elizabeth Lee (both English Convicts)
Rachel Eather m John Norris (son of convict & domestic convict)
Susannah Norris m Isaac Cook

Thomas Heather, from Kent, came to Australia as convict in Second Fleet - Neptune. Terrible conditions. Name changed to Eather after Australian arrival. Married Elizabeth 1791 in NSW.

Their children included my Rachel, James, Charles, Peter, thomas, Charlotte & Ann. Well known in Hawkesbury area.

Books have been written about family.

Please contact if related; would love to share more info :)

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Edward Grimes married Mary McMullen, daughter of William & Louisa McMullen, somewhere in British Isles.

They emigrated to Australia around 1823, when their daughter Charlotte Grimes was born at sea.

Charlotte married John Evans [son of Robert & Sinah Evans, from Llangynog, Montgomeryshire, Wales] in 1845, in Dubbo, NSW. Their children included John, Sinah, Richard, Edward, Ellen, Daniel, Henry & George.

I am descended from Ellen Evans (b 16 November 1859) & her husband Alfred Henry Hall.

1 comment(s), latest 8 years, 10 months ago

James John Wotton & Hannah Stokes' descendants AUSTRALIA

As mentioned in my prev post, "James John Wotton born in Adelaide, SA on 22 Dec 1848. He marries Harriet Hannah Stokes on 14 Apr 1873 at Residence of James Stokes, Currency Creek, South Australia. They move all around Australia, and end up settling in QLD. Their children include Esther, James John (Jnr), Augusta Ann, Ellen Hester, Alfred Harold, Robert Richard, Margaret Susan, Harriet Ethel and Edith May. James John (Snr) died 28 Feb 1941 in Roma, QLD".

More on the children of James and Hannah:

* Esther was born in 1871 in Currency Creek, South Australia.

* James John Wotton (Jnr) was born on 23 Apr 1874 in Currency Creek, SA. He married Annie Jane Cochrane in 26 Jan 1898 in Walgett, NSW. Their children were Alfred Llewellyn, Annie Pearl, James Charles, Lulu May (Lu), Margaret Ellen (Nell), Ethel Hannah (Ett), Augusta Harriet (Gus), Robert Carr (Bob)& Ada Emily. James John died on 16 Dec 1956 in Toowoomba, QLD.

* Augusta Ann Wotton was born in 1875 in Natimuk, Victoria.

* Ellen Hester Wotton was born in 1876 in Natimuk, Victoria.

* Alfred Harold Wotton was born in 1878 in Natimuk, Victoria.

* Robert Richard Wotton was born in 1880 in Kiata, Victoria. He died on the 22 Sep 1967 in Roma, QLD.

* Margaret Susan Wotton was born in 1882 in Nhill, Victoria. She married the brother of sister in law, Annie, who was Thomas Albert Cochrane, on the 19 Feb 1908 in QLD. Their children were Thomas James, Robert Henry and Margaret Ada.

* Harriet Ethel Wotton was born in 1889 in Swan Hill, Victoria.

* Edith May Wotton was born in 1892 in Parkes, New South Wales.

Jewitt / Jewett of Durham, England

Looking for Jewitt descendants.

John Jewitt m ?
Thomas Jewet / Jewitt (b Abt. 1825) m Sarah Talbot on 18 Jun 1844
Isabella Jewitt (b 10 Sep 1844) m William Blakey

As far as I know all of Durham. Can be found on the census returns of the time.

Charles and Helena also children of Thomas and Sarah Jewitt.

4 comment(s), latest 2 years, 11 months ago

John Morrisson (m Esther Dunn); Morrissey?

John Morrisson (possibly Morrissey) was born in Gosport, Hampshire, UK, on 27 May 1830. He was baptised under the name Morrissey, parents Ellen Sullivan and Matthew Morrissey (coastguard). Parents names listed as 'Morrisson' on his death cert.

Other children include Sylvester (also coastguard), Isabella & Ellen.

John came to Australia, family myth says he deserted from a ship but I have not found any proof to support this.

He married Esther Dunn, daughter of Charles and Mary Ann, on 5 September 1855, Scots Presbyterian Church, Sydney, NSW.

Children (many!) include Sylvester Charles, Ellen, Isabella, Esther, James, Lucy, Matilda, Margaret, William, Joseph, Martin, Leo, Frederick (my line), Sydney, & John.

Settled in Bundaberg, QLD - Many of the family remain there. Spelling is alternatively Morrisson or Morrison, depending on the branch. Some on Sunshine Coast, QLD. My line moved a lot, but locations included Goondiwindi, Warwick, Brisbane.

John died 27 May 1912 in Bundaberg. He is buried in Bundaberg Cemetery, Queensland.

1 comment(s), latest 11 years, 2 months ago

McCurdy - AUSTRALIA & ?

Caroline Esther McCurdy born 1825 (V1825625 125/1825) in Parramatta, NSW.

Parents were James McCurdy & Rachel Richards.

Caroline Married William Hall, 11 March 1844, All Saints, Camden, NSW (393 Vol 29).

Children: Susannah, Rachel, Grace Teresa & Alfred Henry Hall.

9 comment(s), latest 3 years, 9 months ago

O'BRIEN - Tipperary, Ireland to NSW, Australia

Terence O'Brien was born in 1823, in Terryglass, Tipperary, Ireland [the son of Cornelius O'Brien & Kate (Catherine) Costello].

Terence (sometimes Terrans)went to America and married Mary Moylan there in 9 January 1853, Collinsville, Hartford, Connecticut.

They eventually joined Mary's family, who had emigrated to Australia earlier. Terence and Mary arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the 12 May 1855.

The family was centred mainly in the Maitland area of NSW (Hunter Valley). Terence and Mary lived at Bishop's Bridge.

Margaret, Catherine Mary [my line], Cornelius, Michael Thomas & James Francis O'Brien are their known children.

Terence was, amongst other things, a postmaster, shopkeeper and publican. He was also partially responsible for many public improvements in the local area.

Two years after his wife Mary (nee Moylan) died, he married Margaret Hogan. The children from his second marriage were John, Terrence, Annie, William, Frederick & Norma.

Terence's relative Michael O'Brien's family at Poggy/Poggi Station were amongst those killed by the Governor brothers, murders made infamous by the book Jimmy Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally.

Here are some obituaries for him (died 29 April 1900).

"Local and General Items

The late Mr Terence O'Brien - On the 5th of May, 1899, when the late Mr Terence O'Brien had a severe attack of illness he wrote the following brief sketch of his life in New South Wales, which was found by his family amongst his papers: - "I was born at Terrey Glase, county Tipperary, Ireland, 1823. I landed in Sydney 12 of May, 1855. I settled down at Bishop's Bridge 1858; got the post office in 1861; got spirit licence 1866; kept it to the commencement of the present Act, and colonial wine licence since. I was chairman of the local board of National Schools during the time the Council of Education existed. I was secretary and member of the Road Trust for road grants for the Maitland end of Wollombi Road for sixteen years; I got the telephone extended to Bishop's Bridge on the 7th April 1899; and I am quite willing to let those who knew me best say how I managed the above during my life time at Bishop's Bridge".

The funeral took place this afternoon and was largely attended. The body was brought to St. John's Cathedral in the morning. Prayers for the dead were recited, and at three o'clock the funeral started from the Cathedral to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Campbell's Hill where the Rev. Father McCormack officated." From Maitland Mercury, 1 May 1900

"Death of MR. TERENCE O'BRIEN. - We record with regret the death of Mr. Terence O'Brien, a well-known and highly respected resident of Bishop's Bridge, which sad event occured at his residence last evening at eleven o'clock. The deceased gentleman had been ailing for some time which an affection of the heart and other things, and for the last three or four months had been under the care of Dr. F. Liddell. His death was due to a general breaking up of the system, he having reached the good old age of seventy-seven. The late Mr O'Brien was a native of the county Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this colony about forty years ago. For the past thirty-five years or more he resided at Bishop's Bridge, where he kept a hotel and store for many years, and was also the local postmaster, as well as a member of the Road Trust.

In fact in all matters - social and political - Mr O'Brien paid a prominent part, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, because of the high moral principles that always actuated him in his conduct through life. He was twice married, and leaves a widow and family of nine children, all grown up. Mr J.F. O'Brien, grocer of West Maitland, is one of his sons. The body will be brought in to St. John's Cathedral to-morrow morning, and the funeral will leave the Cathedral at three o'clock in the afternoon for the Campbell's Hill cemetery."

From Maitland Mercury, 30 Apr 1900

OLIVER and BLAKEY Families of Sunderland, Durham, UK -> NSW

OLIVER and BLAKEY Families of Sunderland, Durham, UK -> NSW

George Oliver (Fitter) m Sarah Ellen Blakey (Spinster) on 23 Oct 1897 Registry Office, Sunderland, England. George's father also George (Moulder) - Sarah Ellen's father was William (Joiner). Witnesses were Hazard Stoddart and ? Stoddart.

George and Sarah Ellen migrated with their children to Australia on board Themistocles in Dec 1921.

One child, Matthew, stayed behind as he was already married and settled. I believe his son is also Matthew.

The other children were Isobel 'Sis', George 'Bill', Elizabeth, Nora, Harold, Winifred, Charles (Fred) & Ann (Nancy).

Looking for more info on both families pre 1921 in UK and post 1921 in Australia (Sydney, NSW). Would love to share info.

Isobel m Albert Thomas 'Tom' Graham
Bill m Janet Taylor (1) & Alma Leeming (2)
Elizabeth m John Richard White
Nora m Alfred Edward 'Bill' Clark
Harold m Vera A Harvey
Winifred m George Barker
Fred m Gwen ?
Nancy m ?