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James RIDEOUT (1842-1915)

James RIDEOUT,1 son of James RIDEOUT (1801?-1878) and Caroline BENNETT (1801-1872), was born on 23 January 1842 in Menangle, NSW.2,3 He was baptised on 4 February 1842 in Menangle.3 He was a labourer, sawyer, farmer and casual carrier . James initially was a labourer and then a farmer at Pumpkin Hills. He owned a horse team and did some carrying work. He is reputed to have carried some of the flagstones for the floor of St John's Church at Camden. Later he was a sawyer at his pit-sawmill at Werombi.3,4

James married Catherine MURRAY on 6 December 1861 in Camden, NSW. A story told about their marriage was that 'one day they decided to marry, so they drove a wagon into Camden, were married and drove home again'.3 From 1878 to 1893 he resided in Pumpkin Hills, NSW. He farmed there with his brother John.1

During James and Catherine's married life, they moved between the Camden and Mulgoa districts. he and Catherine MURRAY lived in Paddy's Swamp, Werombi. They obtained two adjacent blocks of land there, one block in 1859 which had a small slab hut with a bark roof in which they lived and the other in 1861 making a total of approximately 110 acres. In 1869 James and Catherine were living with James' parents at Mulgoa Forest, NSW with four of their children and they probably remained there until about 1877. After having another four to six children there, they moved to Rockbarton (south of Oakdale) in 1878 after James senior died. They lived there for about a year before going to The Oaks district. They lived the rest of their lives there, residing at Pumpkin Hills and Back Creek. (These two areas are close together and may have been two names for the same property).4,5

James and Catherine had fifteen children, eight of whom married and had families. Four of their children did not marry and two died in infancy. Their third daughter, Caroline, became a governess to the Bushels Tea family and travelled with them to England, stopping at India and Africa on the way. The family lost contact with her.4

James died (aged 73) on 5 December 1915 in The Oaks, NSW.4 He was buried in December 1915 in St Matthew's Churchyard in The Oaks.4

 

A story associated with James is that he would drive his wagon to the hotel at Oakdale some evenings to have a drink of rum. At the end of the evening, the publican would assist James into the seat of his wagon and start the horse in the right direction. The horse knew the way home.6

Citations

1{S0211} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1993), Book : "History of our BENNETT Family of Tollard Royal, Wiltshire with descendants at Camden and Muswellbrook". Page 19. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: 1 August 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : V1842 1209 26A/1842
3{S0211} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1993), Book : "History of our BENNETT Family of Tollard Royal, Wiltshire with descendants at Camden and Muswellbrook". Page 19, 23 - 25. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0219}, Researcher : HANN, Maggie re RIDEOUT, TICKNER (Site : http://ticknerdescendants.yuku.com/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0211} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1993), Book : "History of our BENNETT Family of Tollard Royal, Wiltshire with descendants at Camden and Muswellbrook". Page 20, 25. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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6{S0211} Compiled by Max LAIDLEY (1993), Book : "History of our BENNETT Family of Tollard Royal, Wiltshire with descendants at Camden and Muswellbrook". Page 25. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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