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Julia COTTERDOWN (1812?-1889)

Julia COTTERDOWN1 was born in 1812 (calculated) in Bantry Bay, Cork. Various researchers record her as being born in 1818 but she arrived as a convict in 1834, aged 22 years; giving a birthdate of c.1812. This anomaly is still to be resolved.2 Her parents may have been John COTTERDOWN and Margaret BOLTON.3,4,5,6 Julia was a follower of the Catholic faith .4 She was a nurse maid .4 She was convicted on 14 February 1833 at Middlesex Gaol Delivery** in Middlesex (pre-1888), England. She was convicted of stealing clothes.4,7,8

Julia was sentenced to 7 years.

she migrated from Portsmith, England to Sydney, NSW arriving in September 1833. She was transported to Australia under the name Julia Cotler Down on board the "Buffalo" which departed on 4 May 1833.7,8,9,10 She was able to read.4 On 5 October 1833 Julia was assigned to Port Macquarie Bench and after arrival there, that Bench assigned her to Stephen Partridge . Julia was assigned to him as a nursemaid which contravened the law which forbade single female convicts being assigned to single men.11,12

Julia married Stephen PARTRIDGE on 18 March 1834 at St Thomas Church of England in Port Macquarie, NSW. In 1833 the Reverend John Cross applied to the Colonial Secretary on behalf of Stephen requesting permission for him to be married to Julia. The Colonial Secretary rebuked them asking for an explanation on why a female servant could be assigned to a widower. Nevertheless their banns were posted on 13 November 1833.1,13,14,15,16

An obituary published on 12 September 1878 in the Sydney Evening News for her husband Stephen, indicates that after he died, she she was destitute and indicated that the Government may have been approached to provide a pension for her. It's not known whether such approach was made or if it was whether or not it was successful.17

Julia died (aged 77) on 26 May 1889 in Port Macquarie.1,9,18,19 She was buried on 28 May 1889 in St Thomas Cemetery which is now known as the Historic Pioneer cemetery in Port Macquarie. She and Stephen shared the same tomb which survived until the late twentieth century when it was destroyed by vandals.20,21,22

 

* Gaol Delivery (GD) is defined by dictionary.net as "..... an authority conferred upon judges and others included in it, for trying and delivering every prisoner in gaol when the judges, upon their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict. [Eng.]".

 

APPENDIX

A petition requesting formal recognition of The Historic Cemetery in Port Macquarie was worded as follows :

Port Macquarie

November 28th 1857

To The Surveyor-General

Sir,

We the undersigned Heads of Families and Members of the Church of England, residing in and around the Township of Port Macquarie beg to state that: We have never found the Burying Ground adjacent to the town, and known as the Church of England Burying Ground in any way objectionable; and further beg that it may be alienated for the purposes for which it is at present allowed, that so it may be preserved from the desecration which has befallen other unalienated Burying Grounds in the Colony

We are Sir your Obedient Servants

It was signed by 85 individuals including Stephen Partridge; Julia Partridge; John W Partridge; Susannah Partridge.23

 

Stephen PARTRIDGE1 was the son of Thomas PARTRIDGE (1770-1832) and Jane OSMOND (1770?- ). He and Julia COTTERDOWN had the following children:

 

John William PARTRIDGE (1835-1884)

Richard Stephen PARTRIDGE (1836-1881)

Margaret Marion PARTRIDGE (1838-1842)

Sarah Julia PARTRIDGE (1839- )

Ann Caroline PARTRIDGE (1842-1901)

Margaret Marion Susannah PARTRIDGE (1844- )

Citations

1{S0199}, Internet : General. http://genealogy.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Partridge_%281793-1878%29. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0199}, Internet : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
1) http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~latijan/8329.htm
2) Lesley UEBEL's Claim a Convict site : http://users.bigpond.net.au/convicts/page22.html
3{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.
Text From Source: "Father : John; Mother : Margaret"
Registration no : 10319 / 1889
4{S0494}, Convict Indents of NSW State Records : COTTERDOWN, Julia (1144). Custom Id: 535-33. Cit. Date: 28 January 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
5{S0199}, Internet : General. http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=asharpham&id=I6856. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Questionable.
Alan Sharpham on Ancestry records her parents as John Cotterdown and Margaret Bolton. The source is unknown.
6{S0270}, Mailing List (Rootsweb) : General (Rootsweb : http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/). SHAMROCK-L : http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SHAMROCK/1999-09/0937816591. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Unreliable.
Text From Source: "Julia, daughter of John and Margaret Bolton, County Cork (Bantry Bay) about 1810. Susan Morton, Canberra, Australia"
The source and reliability of this information is unknown and is believed to be incorrect
7{S0216}, Internet (ancestry.com). Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868. Cit. Date: 28 January 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Westminster Gaol Delivery : 14 February 1833 : 7 Years
ancestry.com has transcribed the name incorrectly as Julia COTLER DOWN
8{S0199}, Internet : General. Lesley UEBEL's Claim a Convict site : http://users.bigpond.net.au/convicts/page22.html. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
9{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.
10{S0609}, Internet (Trove) - General. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/59941139?searchTerm=buffalo%201833&searchLimit.... Cit. Date: 15 August 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Mr Thomas Gill ...... arrived at Albany with Sir Richard Spencer the first Government Resident of the locality, in H.M.S. Buffalo, on September 13, 1833"
The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929)
Monday 5 January 1903 Next Page 4. As the boat was in Western Australia on 13 September 1833, it is reasonable to give a Sydney arrival date of September 1833
11{S0288}, Port Macquarie Historical Society. Page 5. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
12{S0216}, Internet (ancestry.com). New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Settler and Convict Lists, 1787-1834. Cit. Date: 28 January 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Port Macquarie Bench for Distribution"
ancestry.com has transcribed the name incorrectly as Julia COTLER DOWN
13{S0615}, Certificate - Marriage : PARTRIDGE, Stephen (1141) and COTTERDOWN, Julia (1144). Cit. Date: 6 September 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
14{S0065}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Marriages (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Marriages Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
(1) Registration nos : V18341323 18 / 1834 and V183430 44B / 1834. District CK which is St Thomas C of E.
(2) Julia is registered as Julia C DOWN
15{S0288}, Port Macquarie Historical Society. Page 5. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
From the Booklet : Stephen Partridge; 1793 - 1878; Soldier - Settler by the Society
16{S0455}, Book : "Port Macquarie; A History to 1850" (Edited by Frank Rogers; Illustrations by Ruth Edwards.
First Published 1982 for Hastings District Historical Society, PO Box 82, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia 2444 by
Child & Henry Publishing Pty Ltd, 27 King Rd, Hornsby, NSW, Australia 2077
National Library of Australia Cataloguing in Publication data ISBN 0 86777 176 3.
994.4'202). Page 166. Cit. Date: 28 April 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Also in the year 1833, Mr [John] Cross made application to the Colonial Secretary on behalf of Mr. Stephen Partridge, requesting that Partridge be given permission to marry his assigned servant. [Magistrate] Mr Sullivan, rebuked by the Colonial Secretary, was asked to explain why a female servant could be assigned to a widower. The banns of marriage between Stephen Partridge and his assigned servant, Julia Cotterdown, were posted at Port Macquarie on 13 November 1833."
17{S0813}, Newspaper : Sydney Evening News - PARTRIDGE, Stephen (1141). Cit. Date: 23 August 2014. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Stephen Partridge's obituary in the Sydney Evening News, 12 Sep 1878

18{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 : 10319 / 1889
19{S0199}, Internet : General. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~latijan/8329.htm. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
20{S0586}, Headstone : Tomb of PARTRIDGE, Stephen (1141) and PARTRIDGE (nee COTTERDOWN), Julia (1144). Cit. Date: 1 May 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Stephen and Julia's tomb in the Historic Pioneer Cemetery. It was destroyed by vandals c.2010

21{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: 28 April 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
On a visit to Port Macquarie, John established that the tomb had been destroyed by vandals when he visited the Historic Cemetery and Port Macquarie Historical Society
22{S0258}, Mailing List Summary (Norfolk Island Ancestors & their Families) : General (http://www.greenaus.com/aus-norfolk-is/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Unreliable.
Text From Source: "General Cemetery, Church of England Section"
The cemetery recorded is wrong
23{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 379. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

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Updated : 23 August 2014