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Sarah WILLIAMS (1796-1830)

Sarah WILLIAMS,1 daughter of James WILLIAMS (1760?-1820) and Rachael WATKINS (1760?-1840), was born in 1796 in Sydney, NSW. While Sarah's father is often said to be James Williams, it isn't clear whether he actually was but he did raise her.2,3 Her relationship to John is Paternal Great (x3) Grandmother.

Sarah married Stephen PARTRIDGE on 2 September 1816 at St Phillip's Church of England in Sydney.4,5,6,7 In an undated historical feature press release by the Port Macquarie Historical Society, Stephen is reported as fathering the first white baby born in Port Macquarie. If the article is correct then of course Sarah was the mother. The birth of their son James occurred on 4 February 1822.8 In 1828 Sarah was a milk retailer . Presumably she was also the dairymaid.9

she died (aged 34) on 27 April 1830 in Port Macquarie, NSW.10,11,12,13 She was buried on 29 April 1830 in Port Macquarie. She was buried from St Thomas' Church of England by Rev John Cross.2,5,6

 

Thomas Partridge (b. 17 May 1817) and Stephen Partridge (b. 24 May 1817) were twins born seven days apart to Stephen Partridge and Sarah Partridge (nee Williams). However they were baptised four months apart, Stephen on 2 June 1817 and Thomas on 5 October 1817. Under normal circumstances one would expect them to have been baptised at the same time. Although no record of his death has been found, it is suspected that Stephen either died some time between his birth and his baptism, presuming he actually was alive when born. Being the second born child in what may have been a difficult labour **, he was possibly in a very poor condition at the time of birth. His baptism at only nine days old compared to his brother's four months later, is seen as a probable indication of a crisis which may have been his death.

** [Enquiries with a midwife suggest that a labour of between five and seven days which is what is suggested by the birth dates, is probably unlikely, even in 1817. What has been suggested as more likely, is for there to have been dual conceptions three or four days apart with the subsequent births some days apart. This sort of event while not common is also not that rare].

When Stephen's parents departed to help establish the new penal settlement at Port Macquarie (21 March 1821), Stephen was not with them. They only had Thomas and his later born sister Jane. Some years later when making a compensation claim, his father noted in that claim " ... I have seven children ..."; if Stephen was still alive, this statement would have noted eight children. Both of these facts point toward Stephen having died before the family left Sydney. Accordingly, Stephen has been recorded as dying about 2 June 1817.

Thomas' baptism was carried out under the name Thomas with no second name. However later records show him as Thomas Stephen. Is this a case where the parents decided to append the second name Stephen in honour of his twin brother's memory? While it can never be known for certain, it's a pleasant thought even if it isn't the case.14

 

Stephen PARTRIDGE6 was the son of Thomas PARTRIDGE (1770-1832) and Jane OSMOND (1770?- ). He and Sarah WILLIAMS had the following children:

 

Thomas PARTRIDGE (1817-1879?)

Stephen PARTRIDGE (1817-1817?)

Jane PARTRIDGE (1819- )

James PARTRIDGE (1822- )

Joseph PARTRIDGE (1823-1898)

Susannah PARTRIDGE (1825-1891)

Rachel Frances PARTRIDGE (1827-1828)

Stephen William PARTRIDGE (1829-1918)

Citations

1{S0199}, Internet : General. http://genealogy.wikia.com/wiki/Sarah_Williams_%28c1796-1830%29. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0289} Gwendoline Griffin and Ronald Howell, Book : "Port Macquarie The Winding Sheet" (Port Macquarie Historical Society, PO Box 82, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia 2444). Page 62. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3{S0730}, Internet (Familypedia) : WILLIAMS, James (1159) (http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/James_Williams_%28c1760-1820%29). Cit. Date: 11 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0288}, Port Macquarie Historical Society. Page 1. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General (http://www.greenaus.com/aus-norfolk-is/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0199}, Internet : General. http://genealogy.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Partridge_%281793-1878%29. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
7{S0199}, Internet : General. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~latijan/8322.htm (Text From Source : St Phillips C Of E, Sydney). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
8{S0288}, Port Macquarie Historical Society. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
9{S0289} Gwendoline Griffin and Ronald Howell, Book : "Port Macquarie The Winding Sheet" (Port Macquarie Historical Society, PO Box 82, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia 2444). Page 237. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "A child, Mary Ann CALLAGHAN came to his house to purchase some milk which Mrs PARTRIDGE is in the habit of selling"
10{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : V1830431 14/1830. Note on Index "Age 35"
11{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General (http://www.greenaus.com/aus-norfolk-is/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "d. 27 Apr 1831; bur.29 Apr 1831"
12{S0199}, Internet : General. http://genealogy.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Partridge_%281793-1878%29. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "d. 29 Apr 1830"
13{S0199}, Internet : General. http://eu-es.facebook.com/wall.php?id=2211397015&page=3&hash=6311e7466a4c2d4d2a743.... Cit. Date: 14 November 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Rod Partridge from the University of Sydney claims Sarah died in childbirth. The evidence for this statement is unknown. At pesent no birth record for this child has been found"
14{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: 27 August 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

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