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Sarah BRIDGE (1849-1908)

Sarah BRIDGE1 [891] was born on 10 December 1849 in Mangrove Creek, NSW.1 Sarah BRIDGE's parents were James PURVEY and Sarah WOODBURY (b. 1 Mar 1819 Lower Portland Head NSW; d. 16 Jun 1904 in Leets Vale, NSW) They also had a son James BRIDGE. Sarah WOODBURY's husband was Joseph BRIDGE (b. 20 Jul 1814 Parramatta NSW; d. 24 Nov 1891 Wollombi, NSW; bur. L6 Wollombi Cemetery NSW). The story goes that Joseph had a bullock team and went away working. Whenever he came home, Sarah was always (?) pregnant to another man. However, Joseph kept all the children and gave them the family name BRIDGE. He did the same with the children Sarah had with Edward CROFT (a son, Edward) and John FERGUSON (a daughter, Agnes).2,3

Sarah married John SAXBY [882] on 15 May 1866 in Durham, NSW.4

John and Sarah had 7 children :

- Sarah SAXBY (b.1866 Dungog NSW)

- John SAXBY (b.1868 Dungog NSW)

- James SAXBY (b.1870 Dungog NSW)

- Henry SAXBY (b.1872 Dungog NSW)

- Ann SAXBY (b.1874 Dungog NSW)

- Edward SAXBY (b.1878 Port Stephens NSW)

- John SAXBY (b.1881 Copeland NSW).4

Sarah died (aged 58) on 10 February 1908 in Dungog, NSW.1 She was buried on 11 February 1908 in Dungog.1


John SAXBY1 [882] was the son of Robert SAXBY (bef1807-1886) [874] and Mary Ann REEVES (1807?-1886) [875].


John and Sarah are reported to have gone from Underbank to the Bowman River area in about 1880. John's brother Edward, with his wife Rebecca, went with them. They earned their living as cedar cutters.5


1{S0187}, Internet (Cawthorn) re SAXBY (R Cawthorn : Site : http: // longer valid).htm). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0238}, Researcher : General. Custom Id: SUB027. Cit. Date: 30 June 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Researcher Jennifer Burgess [[(]]
"Joseph Bridge was married to Sarah Woodbury now called Sarah Bridge. Sarah had 2 children with James Purvey, the son was baptised James with James Purvey listed as father but he became James Bridge because as the story goes, Joseph Bridge had a bullock team and went away working, when he came home Sarah was always pregnant to another man but Joseph kept the children and named them Bridge, He did the same with the children Sarah had with Edward Craft as well, the boys name was Edward and when he got married he married as Edward Bridge. makes it difficult for people searching for the truth. I have put the Bridge Burley marriage register on the Hunter Valley Genealogy forum photo site, you could look at that there"
3{S0331}, Internet (WCP) General. The Beney-Miller, & extended families, Tree. Cit. Date: 19 August 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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4{S0528}, Internet ( : Families of Richmond /Batts/Jones/White/Everingham (Site no longer available). Cit. Date: 26 March 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0338}, Lost Source. Cit. Date: 19 August 2009. Assessment: Questionable.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen


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Updated : 14 Mar 2016