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George Wilson and Marian Brock

George Wilson is the tenth and youngest child of James Wilson and Catherine Boak. George's birth is reported to have occurred on 12 December 1803 in Uphall, West Lothian, Scotland.1 This event is not recorded on either Scotland's People or the International Genealogical Index.2 George is however an acknowledged child of James and Catherine Wilson due to the overwhelming evidence of later documentation.

At some point in the early 1830s George began a relationship with Marian Brock. Marian was born on 10 March 1799 in Kirkliston, Scotland, the daughter of Henry Brock and Margaret Marshall.3

  • 1. Rackham, Margaret, Family Group Sheets, "Wilson Descendants," Book 2, Page 3.
  • 2. Rackham, Margaret, Family Group Sheets, "Wilson Descendants," Book 2, Page 3. Scotland's People is "a partnership between General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon enabled by brightsolid". The International Genealogical Index is "An official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
  • 3. Norman, Don: Some Notes on George Wilson Snr., His Ancestors and Descendants; Privately Published, 1989

William Rayner, Sophia Cullen and Mary Meaney

William Rayner was born on 19 August 1792 on Norfolk Island, the eldest son of William Rayner and Elizabeth Goldsmith, by the admission of his father some 40 odd years later to the Society of Friends in Hobart.1 When William was four his father abandoned the Island for Sydney, and ultimately Newcastle. His mother Elizabeth, as Louis Daniel's puts it, moved in with their neighbour Robert Jones, who farmed alongside the Rayners on the slopes of Mt. Pitt...2 William was baptised on 20 May 1804 on Norfolk Island by Rev. H. Fulton as William Jones, using the surname of his step-father, but there can be little doubt that William was the son of William Rayner given his later usage of the name and his association with his birth family in Van Diemen's Land.3

  • 1. Minutes of Hobart Town Monthly Meeting of Friends: University Special Collections; University of Tasmania; Sandy Bay, Tasmania S.1. A.1. 1833-1857
  • 2. Daniels, Lou: The Rayner Family; Privately Published; 1999
  • 3. TAHO Rayner Correspondance Folder

New South Wales and Norfolk Island

The Scarborough sailed from England on 19 January 1790 for New South Wales as part of the notorious second fleet. The other ships were the Royal Navy storeship HMS Guardian, the storeship Justinian, and the privately chartered transports Lady Juliana, Neptune, and Surprize. The voyage was notorious because of the conditions suffered by the prisoners, and the subsequent horrific death rate. The transport of convicts for the second fleet was managed by private contractors, Camden, Calvert and King. 1,006 convicts embarked on three of the ships, mostly young men and teenage boys, and only 60% were still alive after eight months of arrival in Sydney. More than a quarter died on the voyage out. This contrasts with the death rate on the First Fleet of only 2.8%. It caused a huge scandal in Britain once the news of the voyage reached England in 1791, but no satisfaction was ever gained, despite a media campaign and the bringing to trial of the worst of the sadistic ship's captains, Donald Trail.1

  • 1. Flynn, M 2001, The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790, Library of Australian History, Sydney.

Thomas Gray and Mary McGuire

Thomas Gray was born about 1808 in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.1 Leinster is one of four provinces in Ireland.

The number of provinces and their delimitation fluctuated until 1610 when they were permanently set by the English administration of James I. The provinces of Ireland no longer serve administrative or political purposes, but function as historical and cultural entities.2

Thomas’ parents are not known at this point, although his death notice included some interesting family relationships which will be followed up in due course. Thomas Patrick Gray, as he was styled, married Mary McGuire on 19 June 1825 in St. Michaels and Johns in the city of Dublin.3 Mary was born about 1810 in Dublin, but nothing further is known as Mary’s origins either.

Lydia Harnett and Henry Webb

Friday, 27 July.
Sarah Ann Smith, complained of Constable Rogers having assaulted her, under the following circumstances : - It appeared that a daring burglary had been lately committed, at the house of Doctor Fowler, in Macquarie street, out of which a quantity of jewellery was stolen and a warrant obtained to search the house of Mr. Henry Webb, who lives in the neighbourhood, but at which place, no stolen property was found. Rogers, who executed the warrant, observing the complainant leaving Mr. Webb's house, followed her, and requested to know what she had with her, and examined a parcel she had in her hand, and, also a pair of bracelets she had on her arm, and then allowed her to depart. A summons was granted for Rogers' appearance, to answer the charge. 1