Turnbull Clan Genealogy Collection

Catharine Sandiman

F, #77176, b. 27 June 1750
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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BirthCatharine Sandiman was born on 27 June 1750 in Dundee, Angus, ScotlandG.1
ChrCatharine Sandiman was christened on 28 June 1750 in Dundee, Angus, ScotlandG.1
MarriageJohn Turnbull and Catharine Sandiman were married on 11 February 1777 in Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandG.2

Family: John Turnbull (b. 1757, d. 25 November 1793)

SonHector Turnbull (b. 11 January 1777)
SonDavid Turnbull (b. 16 August 1793)

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XBZ7-CYW, Name Catharine Sandiman Gender Female Christening Date 28 Jun 1750 Christening Place DUNDEE,ANGUS,SCOTLAND Birth Date 27 Jun 1750 Father's Name David Sandiman Mother's Name Catharine Greenhill.
  2. [S2133] MyHeritage.com, Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910; https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-30229-1371729/catharine-sandeman-and-john-turnbull-in-scotland-marriages, Catharine Sandeman Marriage: Feb 11 1777 - Perth, Perth, Scotland Husband: John Turnbull.

David Turnbull

M, #77177, b. 16 August 1793
Last Edited22 September 2017

 

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FatherJohn Turnbull (b. 1757, d. 25 November 1793)
MotherCatharine Sandiman (b. 27 June 1750)

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BirthDavid Turnbull was born on 16 August 1793 in Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandG.
ChrDavid Turnbull was christened on 25 August 1793 in Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandG.

George Turnbull

M, #77178, b. 13 December 1769, d. 1769
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherUnknown Turnbull (b. say 1750)

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DeathGeorge Turnbull died in 1769 at age ~0 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG. is assumed to have died at or near birth
BirthGeorge Turnbull was born on 13 December 1769 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG. assumed to die at birth1

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KK-JXK, Name George Turnbull Gender Male Birth Date 13 Dec 1769 BirthplaceREDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name Turnbull.

David Sandiman

M, #77179
Last Edited22 September 2017

 

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Family: Catharine Greenhill

DaughterCatharine Sandiman+ (b. 27 June 1750)

Catharine Greenhill

F, #77180
Last Edited22 September 2017

 

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Family: David Sandiman

DaughterCatharine Sandiman+ (b. 27 June 1750)

Mary Turnbull

F, #77181, b. 1771, d. 1771
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherUnknown Turnbull (b. say 1750)

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BirthMary Turnbull was born in 1771 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1
ChrMary Turnbull was christened on 21 February 1771 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1
DeathMary Turnbull died in 1771 at age ~0 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG. is assumed to have died at or near birth

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KJ-CB3, Name Mary Turnbull Gender Female Christening Date 21 Feb 1771 Christening Place REDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name Turnbull.

Mary Turnbull

F, #77182, b. October 1775
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherUnknown Turnbull (b. say 1750)

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BirthMary Turnbull was born in October 1775 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.
ChrMary Turnbull was christened on 13 October 1775 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KJ-CB7, Name Mary Turnbull Gender Female Christening Date 13 Oct 1775 Christening Place REDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Birth Date Oct 1775 Father's Name Turnbull.

Agnas Turnbull

F, #77183, b. 20 July 1768
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherUnknown Turnbull (b. say 1750)

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BirthAgnas Turnbull was born on 20 July 1768 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1

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  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KK-99Q, Name Agnas Turnbull Gender Female Birth Date 20 Jul 1768 BirthplaceREDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name Turnbull.

William Turnbull

M, #77184, b. 1766
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherUnknown Turnbull (b. say 1750)

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BirthWilliam Turnbull was born in 1766 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1
ChrWilliam Turnbull was christened on 15 January 1766 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KK-T4K, Name William Turnbull Gender Male Christening Date 15 Jan 1766 Christening Place REDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name Turnbull.

John Turnbull

M, #77185, b. 1757, d. 25 November 1793
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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BirthJohn Turnbull was born in 1757 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1
ChrJohn Turnbull was christened on 12 October 1757 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1
MarriageJohn Turnbull and Catharine Sandiman were married on 11 February 1777 in Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandG.2
DeathJohn Turnbull died on 25 November 1793 at age ~36 in ScotlandG.

Family: Catharine Sandiman (b. 27 June 1750)

SonHector Turnbull (b. 11 January 1777)
SonDavid Turnbull (b. 16 August 1793)

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1KK-LHD, Name John Turnbull Gender Male Christening Date 12 Oct 1757 Christening Place REDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name Hector Turnbull.
  2. [S2133] MyHeritage.com, Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910; https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-30229-1371729/catharine-sandeman-and-john-turnbull-in-scotland-marriages, Catharine Sandeman Marriage: Feb 11 1777 - Perth, Perth, Scotland Husband: John Turnbull.

Hector Turnbull

M, #77186, b. 11 January 1777
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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FatherJohn Turnbull (b. 1757, d. 25 November 1793)
MotherCatharine Sandiman (b. 27 June 1750)

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BirthHector Turnbull was born on 11 January 1777 in Redgorton, Perth, ScotlandG.1

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X1K2-RX3, Name Hector Turnbull Gender Male Birth Date 11 Jan 1777 BirthplaceREDGORTON,PERTH,SCOTLAND Father's Name John Turnbull.

Hector Turnbull

M, #77187
Last Edited23 September 2017

 

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SonUnknown Turnbull+ (b. say 1750)
SonJohn Turnbull+ (b. 1757, d. 25 November 1793)

Elizabeth Douglass

F, #77188, b. 8 February 1796, d. 25 January 1877
Last Edited6 October 2017

 

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FatherWilliam Douglass, I (b. 1757, d. 27 November 1838)
MotherMary Graves (d. 1796)

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BirthElizabeth Douglass was born on 8 February 1796 in Hawkesbury, New South Wales, AustraliaG.
MarriageDaniel Edward Jurd and Elizabeth Douglass were married in 1812.
DeathElizabeth Douglass died on 25 January 1877 at age 80 in St Albans, New South Wales, AustraliaG.

Daniel Edward Jurd

M, #77189
Last Edited6 October 2017

 

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MarriageDaniel Edward Jurd and Elizabeth Douglass were married in 1812.

Family: Elizabeth Douglass (b. 8 February 1796, d. 25 January 1877)

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ImmigrationDaniel Edward Jurd immigrated in 1802 to AustraliaG. a convict on the "Perseus"

Ann Peat

F, #77190
Last Edited6 October 2017

 

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MarriageWilliam (George) Douglass and Ann Peat were married about 1808 in AustraliaG.

Family: William (George) Douglass (b. about 1768, d. 14 November 1852)

SonWilliam Douglass, II+ (b. 10 June 1809, d. 5 May 1877)

James Douglass

M, #77192, b. 1848
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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BirthJames Douglass was born in 1848 in Ontario, CanadaG.

Isabella Douglass

F, #77193, b. 14 March 1854
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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BirthIsabella Douglass was born on 14 March 1854 in Ontario, CanadaG.

John S. Douglass

M, #77194, b. 4 April 1856
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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BirthJohn S. Douglass was born on 4 April 1856 in Ontario, CanadaG.

Douglas Taylor Turnbull

M, #77195, b. 6 January 1895, d. 1972
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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FatherJohn Turnbull (b. 1861)
MotherAnn Robson Douglas (b. 1859, d. 19 February 1897)

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BirthDouglas Taylor Turnbull was born on 6 January 1895 in Lobo, Middlesex South, Ontario, CanadaG.1
MarriageDouglas Taylor Turnbull and Harriet Grace Risley were married in 1918 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandG.2
DeathDouglas Taylor Turnbull died in 1972 at age ~77 in Birmingham, Alabama, USAG.3

Family: Harriet Grace Risley (b. 21 March 1891, d. 8 July 1939)

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, "Ontario Births, 1869-1912," database with images; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMWM-5V5, Name Douglas Taylor Turnbull Event Type Birth Event Date 06 Jan 1895 Event Place Lobo, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Gender Male Father's NameJohn Turnbull Mother's Name Annie Douglas Certificate Number 19125.
  2. [S2132] FamilySearch, England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26JB-YPK, Name Harriett G Risley Event Type Marriage Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec Registration Year 1918 Registration District Hemel Hempstead County Hertfordshire Event Place Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England Spouse Name (available after 1911) Turnbull Volume 3A Page 1929 Line Number 72 Harriett G Risley probably married one of the following people Name Douglas T Turnbull.
  3. [S2132] FamilySearch, Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNB8-MM9, Name Douglas Taylor Turnbull
    Event Date 14 Jan 1973
    Event Place Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
    Gender Male
    Age (Original) 78y
    Birth Year (Estimated) 1895
    Spouse's Name Elizabeth J. Turnbull
    Father's Name John Turnbull
    Mother's Name Ann Douglas.

Harriet Grace Risley

F, #77196, b. 21 March 1891, d. 8 July 1939
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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BirthHarriet Grace Risley was born on 21 March 1891 in Leyton, Essex, EnglandG.
ChrHarriet Grace Risley was christened on 3 May 1891 in Leyton, Essex, EnglandG.1
MarriageDouglas Taylor Turnbull and Harriet Grace Risley were married in 1918 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, EnglandG.2
DeathHarriet Grace Risley died on 8 July 1939 at age 48 in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United StatesG.3

Family: Douglas Taylor Turnbull (b. 6 January 1895, d. 1972)

Citations

  1. [S2132] FamilySearch, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J7KC-HMB, Name Harriet Grace Risley Residence Place Leyton, Essex, England Gender Female Christening Date 03 May 1891 Christening Date (Original) 03 May 1891 Christening Place Leyton, Essex, England Father's Name Thomas Risley Mother's Name Ada.
  2. [S2132] FamilySearch, England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26JB-YPK, Name Harriett G Risley Event Type Marriage Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec Registration Year 1918 Registration District Hemel Hempstead County Hertfordshire Event Place Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England Spouse Name (available after 1911) Turnbull Volume 3A Page 1929 Line Number 72 Harriett G Risley probably married one of the following people Name Douglas T Turnbull.
  3. [S2132] FamilySearch, Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDY7-GT9, Name Mrs. Grace H. Turnbull Event Date 08 Jul 1939 Event Place Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama Gender Female Age (Original) 47y 3m 17d Birth Year (Estimated) 1892 Spouse's Name D.T. Turnbull Father's Name Thomas Risley Mother's Name Margaret Risley.

Thomas (Canada) Douglas

M, #77197, b. circa 1780
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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BirthThomas (Canada) Douglas was born circa 1780 in Richmond, Surrey, EnglandG.
UnionThomas (Canada) Douglas had a relationship with Sarah Pearce in 1804 in AustraliaG.1

Family: Sarah Pearce (b. circa 1780, d. 1851)

SonPhilip Douglas (b. 1805, d. 7 August 1828)
DaughterMaria Douglas (b. 1808)
DaughterAnn Douglas (b. 4 August 1810, d. 18 March 1811)
SonJoseph Douglas (b. 1 April 1812)
DaughterCharlotte Douglas (b. 2 April 1814)
DaughterSarah Douglas (b. 1 April 1816)
SonHenry Douglas (b. 2 July 1819)
SonIsaac Douglas (b. 1 February 1821)
SonWilliam Douglas (b. October 1824, d. 1825)

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ImmigrationThomas (Canada) Douglas immigrated in 1801 to Windsor, New South Wales, AustraliaG.1
AnecdoteThomas Douglas of Richmond was a convict who arrived on the "Canada" in 1801. He does not appear to have married in the colony but lived with another convict Sarah Pearce from around 1804 until her death in 1851. Sarah Pearce was born c1780 and was transported in 1801.
Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce settled in the Windsor district c1805 and in Richmond c1815 where they remained until their deaths in the 1850's. Sarah was the mother of twelve children, the first three being born to various men, and the final nine to Thomas "Canada" Douglas.1

Citations

  1. [S2164] Carol Baxter - The History Detective, Thomas Canada Douglas ; http://www.carolbaxter.com/douglas-controversy.html, Thomas Douglas of Richmond was a convict who arrived on the Canada in 1801. He does not appear to have married in the colony but lived with another convict Sarah Pearce from around 1804 until her death in 1851. Sarah Pearce was born c1780 and was transported per Nile in 1801.
    The original thesis included copious details about the family of Thomas “Canada” Douglas and Sarah Pearce, however it is now unnecessary to provide most of this analysis as information has since been found which provides conclusive evidence of a connection between Thomas BC Douglas, Philip Douglas and another sibling, and therefore between Thomas BC Douglas and Thomas Canada Douglas. If more information is required, the original thesis at the Society of Australian Genealogists can be examined.
    Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce settled in the Windsor district c1805 and in Richmond c1815 where they remained until their deaths in the 1850's. Sarah was the mother of twelve children, the first three being born to various men, and the final nine to Thomas Canada Douglas. Details of these children are as follows:

    1. John was born in the late 1790's and arrived with his mother per Nile in 1801. He apparently used the surnames Pearce/Pierce and Douglass at will, and in court records and the 1828 Census is recorded as John Pearce alias Douglas.

    2. Thomas was born 15 December 1802 to Sarah Pearce and baptised at St Philip’s Sydney on 18 April 1803. The baptism entry recorded his father as Thomas Reynolds, however this man appears to have been a convict who arrived in 1802 aboard the Atlas only two months before the child was born. As Thomas Reynolds could not have conceived the child it appears likely that an unknown man conceived the child and that Sarah Pearce was living with Thomas Reynolds at the time of his birth or baptism. Sarah appears to have had little if anything to do with Thomas Reynolds from 1804 onwards (Thomas Atlas Reynolds lived with Mary Nuttle from around 1805 onwards and named a son born in 1811 Thomas). Evidence will show that Sarah's son Thomas (born 1802) was Thomas BC Douglas.

    3. Elizabeth was born on 15 July 1804 in Sydney. Her baptism records that she was the daughter of Reynold and Sarah Douglas however no such couple existed. Elizabeth appears to have been conceived while Sarah Pearce was living with Thomas Reynolds and born while Sarah was living with Thomas Douglas, hence the confusion with names. Elizabeth died on 17 September 1804 as a result of being eaten by a pig and was buried on 18 September 1804. The Sydney Gazette reported her death and in so doing confirms her connection with Sarah Pearce and also confirms the existence of the two older children as it notes that "the mother on returning home with the little creature in her arms, placed it on the bed that she might herself go in search of two other children". [NB. This story has generated the title for the recent publication Pig Eats Baby!]

    4. Philip bn c1804-1809 and discussed above. His marriage entry was witnessed by Maria (below).

    5. Maria was born between 1805 and 1809 to Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce. Her parentage is confirmed by duplicate entries in the 1823/4/5 Muster List. Under the surname Douglas, Maria was recorded as 15 years of age, born in the colony, and the daughter of Thomas Douglas of Richmond. Under Pearce she was recorded as 16 years of age, born in the colony, and the daughter of Sarah Pearce and Thomas Douglas of Richmond; she was also linked with a number of later children. Most of the references for Maria suggest that she was born c1808.

    6. Ann born 4 August 1810, baptised Windsor, died 1811.

    7. Joseph born 1 April 1812, baptised Windsor.

    8. Charlotte born 2 April 1814, baptised Windsor.[9]

    9. Sarah born 1 April 1816, Richmond, baptised Richmond

    10. Henry born 2 Jly 1819, Richmond; baptised Richmond

    11. Isaac born 1 February 1821, Richmond; baptised Richmond

    12. William born October l824; died 1825 Richmond

    Information has been found which provides confirmation of the link between Sarah Pearce's eldest sons, John, Thomas and Philip. On 1 July 1809 the records of the Colonial Secretary include three consecutive entries which record that John Pearse, Thomas Douglas and Philip Douglas received rations from the Hawkesbury stores.[10] They were placed on half-rations (indicating that they were children) by order of the Lt. Governor, presumably as a result of the Hawkesbury floods in June 1809. These three children were undoubtedly Sarah Pearce's three eldest living children; the daughter Maria was probably still being breast-fed at this time, and was therefore not in need of the same quantity of food. It is interesting to note that Sarah's eldest son was listed with the surname Pearse while the other two were named Douglas. These were the surnames they used in later life.
    These three half-brothers appeared before the courts on a number of occasions in the 1820's charged with a variety of crimes committed in the Richmond/Windsor area. In 1822 the case of "The King vs John Pearce and Philip Douglass Free" recorded that John and Philip were "charged with taking down the fence of William Cox Esq. of Clarendon and turning into his paddock seven head of cattle".[11] John appeared before the courts again in 1826 charged as "John Pearce alias Douglass" although he was described in the proceedings as "Douglass".[12] He was again referred to as “John Pearce alias Douglas” when he was convicted in 1828 and transported to Moreton Bay.[13] John's half-brother Philip was convicted of another crime in 1827 and died while a prisoner in Sydney a short time later.[14]
    The 1822 Muster also reveals that Thomas BC Douglas was "in gaol for trial" at that time. Court records reveal that Thomas Douglass (free) was committed for trial in August 1822 on the charge of "stealing a cow" in Richmond.[15] Interestingly, the proceedings described him as Thomas Douglass Jnr, which strongly indicates a relationship with Thomas Douglass Snr, that is Thomas Canada Douglas. Furthermore, the apparent link between Thomas BC Douglas and the family of Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce is supported by the fact that Thomas gave six of his children names from that family: Thomas, Maria, Phillip, Sarah, Joseph and Charlotte (although admittedly the first and last were also the names of Thomas and his wife Charlotte).
    The various connections noted in the above records between John Pearce alias Douglas, Thomas BC Douglas, Philip Douglas and Maria Douglas, and the connections recorded between Maria Douglas and the family of Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce, combined with the fact that all were living in Richmond throughout this period whereas William Alexander Douglas was living in Sydney, indicate beyond a shadow of doubt that Thomas BC Douglass was a member of the family of Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce. Presumably Thomas BC Douglass adopted his stepfather's surname as he was only a toddler when his mother established a relationship with Thomas“Canada”Douglas.

Sarah Pearce

F, #77198, b. circa 1780, d. 1851
Last Edited23 October 2017

 

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BirthSarah Pearce was born circa 1780 in EnglandG.
UnionSarah Pearce had a relationship with Unknown circa 1798 in EnglandG.
UnionSarah Pearce had a relationship with Thomas (Canada) Douglas in 1804 in AustraliaG.1
DeathSarah Pearce died in 1851 in New South Wales, AustraliaG.

Family 1: Unknown

SonJohn Pearce alias Douglas (b. circa 1798)
SonThomas ("BC") Douglas (b. 15 December 1802)
DaughterElizabeth Douglas (b. 15 July 1804)

Family 2: Thomas (Canada) Douglas (b. circa 1780)

SonPhilip Douglas (b. 1805, d. 7 August 1828)
DaughterMaria Douglas (b. 1808)
DaughterAnn Douglas (b. 4 August 1810, d. 18 March 1811)
SonJoseph Douglas (b. 1 April 1812)
DaughterCharlotte Douglas (b. 2 April 1814)
DaughterSarah Douglas (b. 1 April 1816)
SonHenry Douglas (b. 2 July 1819)
SonIsaac Douglas (b. 1 February 1821)
SonWilliam Douglas (b. October 1824, d. 1825)

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WitnessSarah Pearce was a witness. Thomas Douglas of Richmond was a convict who arrived on the "Canada" in 1801. He does not appear to have married in the colony but lived with another convict Sarah Pearce from around 1804 until her death in 1851. Sarah Pearce was born c1780 and was transported in 1801.
Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce settled in the Windsor district c1805 and in Richmond c1815 where they remained until their deaths in the 1850's. Sarah was the mother of twelve children, the first three being born to various men, and the final nine to Thomas "Canada" Douglas.1

Citations

  1. [S2164] Carol Baxter - The History Detective, Thomas Canada Douglas ; http://www.carolbaxter.com/douglas-controversy.html, Thomas Douglas of Richmond was a convict who arrived on the Canada in 1801. He does not appear to have married in the colony but lived with another convict Sarah Pearce from around 1804 until her death in 1851. Sarah Pearce was born c1780 and was transported per Nile in 1801.
    The original thesis included copious details about the family of Thomas “Canada” Douglas and Sarah Pearce, however it is now unnecessary to provide most of this analysis as information has since been found which provides conclusive evidence of a connection between Thomas BC Douglas, Philip Douglas and another sibling, and therefore between Thomas BC Douglas and Thomas Canada Douglas. If more information is required, the original thesis at the Society of Australian Genealogists can be examined.
    Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce settled in the Windsor district c1805 and in Richmond c1815 where they remained until their deaths in the 1850's. Sarah was the mother of twelve children, the first three being born to various men, and the final nine to Thomas Canada Douglas. Details of these children are as follows:

    1. John was born in the late 1790's and arrived with his mother per Nile in 1801. He apparently used the surnames Pearce/Pierce and Douglass at will, and in court records and the 1828 Census is recorded as John Pearce alias Douglas.

    2. Thomas was born 15 December 1802 to Sarah Pearce and baptised at St Philip’s Sydney on 18 April 1803. The baptism entry recorded his father as Thomas Reynolds, however this man appears to have been a convict who arrived in 1802 aboard the Atlas only two months before the child was born. As Thomas Reynolds could not have conceived the child it appears likely that an unknown man conceived the child and that Sarah Pearce was living with Thomas Reynolds at the time of his birth or baptism. Sarah appears to have had little if anything to do with Thomas Reynolds from 1804 onwards (Thomas Atlas Reynolds lived with Mary Nuttle from around 1805 onwards and named a son born in 1811 Thomas). Evidence will show that Sarah's son Thomas (born 1802) was Thomas BC Douglas.

    3. Elizabeth was born on 15 July 1804 in Sydney. Her baptism records that she was the daughter of Reynold and Sarah Douglas however no such couple existed. Elizabeth appears to have been conceived while Sarah Pearce was living with Thomas Reynolds and born while Sarah was living with Thomas Douglas, hence the confusion with names. Elizabeth died on 17 September 1804 as a result of being eaten by a pig and was buried on 18 September 1804. The Sydney Gazette reported her death and in so doing confirms her connection with Sarah Pearce and also confirms the existence of the two older children as it notes that "the mother on returning home with the little creature in her arms, placed it on the bed that she might herself go in search of two other children". [NB. This story has generated the title for the recent publication Pig Eats Baby!]

    4. Philip bn c1804-1809 and discussed above. His marriage entry was witnessed by Maria (below).

    5. Maria was born between 1805 and 1809 to Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce. Her parentage is confirmed by duplicate entries in the 1823/4/5 Muster List. Under the surname Douglas, Maria was recorded as 15 years of age, born in the colony, and the daughter of Thomas Douglas of Richmond. Under Pearce she was recorded as 16 years of age, born in the colony, and the daughter of Sarah Pearce and Thomas Douglas of Richmond; she was also linked with a number of later children. Most of the references for Maria suggest that she was born c1808.

    6. Ann born 4 August 1810, baptised Windsor, died 1811.

    7. Joseph born 1 April 1812, baptised Windsor.

    8. Charlotte born 2 April 1814, baptised Windsor.[9]

    9. Sarah born 1 April 1816, Richmond, baptised Richmond

    10. Henry born 2 Jly 1819, Richmond; baptised Richmond

    11. Isaac born 1 February 1821, Richmond; baptised Richmond

    12. William born October l824; died 1825 Richmond

    Information has been found which provides confirmation of the link between Sarah Pearce's eldest sons, John, Thomas and Philip. On 1 July 1809 the records of the Colonial Secretary include three consecutive entries which record that John Pearse, Thomas Douglas and Philip Douglas received rations from the Hawkesbury stores.[10] They were placed on half-rations (indicating that they were children) by order of the Lt. Governor, presumably as a result of the Hawkesbury floods in June 1809. These three children were undoubtedly Sarah Pearce's three eldest living children; the daughter Maria was probably still being breast-fed at this time, and was therefore not in need of the same quantity of food. It is interesting to note that Sarah's eldest son was listed with the surname Pearse while the other two were named Douglas. These were the surnames they used in later life.
    These three half-brothers appeared before the courts on a number of occasions in the 1820's charged with a variety of crimes committed in the Richmond/Windsor area. In 1822 the case of "The King vs John Pearce and Philip Douglass Free" recorded that John and Philip were "charged with taking down the fence of William Cox Esq. of Clarendon and turning into his paddock seven head of cattle".[11] John appeared before the courts again in 1826 charged as "John Pearce alias Douglass" although he was described in the proceedings as "Douglass".[12] He was again referred to as “John Pearce alias Douglas” when he was convicted in 1828 and transported to Moreton Bay.[13] John's half-brother Philip was convicted of another crime in 1827 and died while a prisoner in Sydney a short time later.[14]
    The 1822 Muster also reveals that Thomas BC Douglas was "in gaol for trial" at that time. Court records reveal that Thomas Douglass (free) was committed for trial in August 1822 on the charge of "stealing a cow" in Richmond.[15] Interestingly, the proceedings described him as Thomas Douglass Jnr, which strongly indicates a relationship with Thomas Douglass Snr, that is Thomas Canada Douglas. Furthermore, the apparent link between Thomas BC Douglas and the family of Thomas Canada Douglas and Sarah Pearce is supported by the fact that Thomas gave six of his children names from that family: Thomas, Maria, Phillip, Sarah, Joseph and Charlotte (although admittedly the first and last were also the names of Thomas and his wife Charlotte).
    The various connections noted in the above records between John Pearce alias Douglas, Thomas BC Douglas, Philip Douglas and Maria Douglas, and the connections recorded between Maria Douglas and the family of Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce, combined with the fact that all were living in Richmond throughout this period whereas William Alexander Douglas was living in Sydney, indicate beyond a shadow of doubt that Thomas BC Douglass was a member of the family of Thomas Douglas and Sarah Pearce. Presumably Thomas BC Douglass adopted his stepfather's surname as he was only a toddler when his mother established a relationship with Thomas“Canada”Douglas.

John Pearce alias Douglas

M, #77199, b. circa 1798
Last Edited7 October 2017

 

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FatherUnknown
MotherSarah Pearce (b. circa 1780, d. 1851)

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BirthJohn Pearce alias Douglas was born circa 1798 in EnglandG. John was born in the late 1790's and arrived with his mother per Nile in 1801. He apparently used the surnames Pearce/Pierce and Douglass at will, and in court records and the 1828 Census is recorded as John Pearce alias Douglas.1

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  1. [S2164] Carol Baxter - The History Detective, Thomas Canada Douglas ; http://www.carolbaxter.com/douglas-controversy.html, 1. John was born in the late 1790's and arrived with his mother per Nile in 1801. He apparently used the surnames Pearce/Pierce and Douglass at will, and in court records and the 1828 Census is recorded as John Pearce alias Douglas.

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UnionUnknown had a relationship with Sarah Pearce circa 1798 in EnglandG.

Family: Sarah Pearce (b. circa 1780, d. 1851)

SonJohn Pearce alias Douglas (b. circa 1798)
SonThomas ("BC") Douglas (b. 15 December 1802)
DaughterElizabeth Douglas (b. 15 July 1804)