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JOHN WHITFORD a convict was tried in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1826, age 24. Sentenced to Life and transported to Australia, he arrived at Port Jackson on 28 June, 1827 from Dublin per "Countess of Harcourt" (4); received his Ticket of Leave, John Whitford was given a grant of land at "Muttons Falls", Snakes Valley, Bathurst. In 1842 he was given permission to marry the 19 year old CATHERINE BLIGH who "came free" on "William Turner" 5 October, 1841 to Botany Bay.
They married at St. Michaels, Kelso, Near Bathurst, NSW. John Whitford received his Pardon No. 114 on 22 January, 1848, and were thereafter known as Whiteford. On his death in 1876 the property passed to his oldest surviving son
Thomas J. Whiteford.
The DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND CATHERINE BLIGH WHITEFORD can be found on the WHITEFORD FAMILY LINK on this page:
MORGAN JOSEPH THORNTON and JOHANNA HEFFERNAN
| MORGAN JOSEPH2 THORNTON (PATRICK1) was the son of PATRICK1 THORNTON and MARY HANNON : he was born in 1810 in Ballycurran, County Mayo, Ireland and died 10 August 1870 in "Square Range", Nimmitabel, NSW: He married JOHANNA HEFFERNAN on 18 June, 1836 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sydney, NSW; daughter of PATRICK and JOHANNA HEFFERNAN. JOHANNA HEFFERNAN was born in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland in 1822 and died 27 October 1897 in McLaughlin River, Nimmitabel, NSW.
MORGAN JOSEPH THORNTON was an Irish Convict who arrived in Sydney on 22nd February, 1831, aboard the "Edward" which had sailed from Cork in Ireland. MORGAN had been tried and convicted of assault on an abrasive rent collector, on 2nd January, 1830, and sentenced to 7 years in the Colony. MORGAN was given his Ticket of Leave on 7th April, 1835, and his Certificate of Freedom in 1837.
MORGAN and JOHANNA had special permission from the Governor to marry while he was still on his Ticket of Leave.
JOHANNA HEFFERNAN arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "James Pattison" on 7th February, 1836. JOHANNA was a free settler, and was 14 years of age, she married MORGAN THORNTON 4 months later.
MORGAN and JOHANNA THORNTON had seven surviving children and many others who did not survive, on Morgan's death certificate, there were eighteen children listed, and according to Johanna's there were fifteen.
The Headstone of JOHANNA THORNTON can be seen in the Pioneer Cemetery in Nimmitabel, her husband MORGAN JOSEPH THORNTON is buried nearby in an unmarked grave.
The DESCENDANTS of MORGAN JOSEPH and JOHANNA THORNTON can be found on the THORNTON FAMILY Link on this page.
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| Welcome to my Genealogy Pages. I have been researching my Family Tree for a few years now and find it a very exiting and compulsive hobby. I have been fortunate that a number of other very generous researchers have contributed much of the information on these pages and for this I am extremely grateful. They have helped me put many pieces of my jigsaw together.
Thanks to Ken Percival,(Patrick Joseph3 Thornton) who contacted my mother so many years ago and gave me my first interest in Genealogy, by sharing with me his vast knowledge of the Thornton Family, which he had researched himself long before the Internet. Thanks also to Don Herbert, Peter Thornton, David Smith and Mike Whiteford and Pattrick Mould and my Sims Family cousins, Kerry and Sharon for sharing their knowledge with me,
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|ENGLAND - IRELAND - AUSTRALIA
THE FIRST GENERATION
|GEORGE MAURICE SIMS and ELIZABETH MULLALY
| GEORGE MAURICE SIMS2 (JAMES1) was born in 1815 in Westbury, Wiltshire, England, and died on 1 July, 1911 in Peak View, Monaro Shire. He married (1)ELIZABETH MULLALY on 3 April, 1842 in Maneroo. She was born in 1811 in Castle Island, County Kerry, Ireland and died 18 January, 1877 in Bolero. He married (2) SUSAN JACKSON in 1878 in Cooma, NSW daughter of ROBERT JACKSON and ELIZABETH COUTTS. She was born in 1849 in Norfolk, England and died 4 April, 1925 in Victoria Street, Cooma, NSW
GEORGE MAURICE SIMS was tried and sentenced on 2 March, 1833 in Wiltshire Assizes, and was given 14 years after confessing to stealing 11 pieces of rope valued at 4/- from Richard Wearing at Trowbridge. He was 17 years of age, and arrived in Sydney on 3 November, 1835 on board "Aurora".
His occupation was noted as "Clothier", he was a Protestant and could read and write.
GEORGE MAURICE SIMS received a Ticket of Leave on 20 January, 1840, and allowed to remain in the district of Queenbeyan; He was then granted Passports to work in the service of Mr. George Mitchell of Murrumbidgee and Mr. Cosgrove at Maneroo both for 12 months.
In 1842 He was given permission to marry ELIZABETH MULLALY also a convict
The DESCENDANTS of GEORGE SIMS and ELIZABETH MULLALY can be found on the SIMS FAMILY LINK on this page.
|JOHN WHITFORD & CATHERINE BLIGH
|JAMES MARTIN & MATILDA HETHERINGTON|
|Descendants of WILLIAM WITT|