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Catherine MURRAY (1841-1916)

Catherine MURRAY1 was born on 12 August 1841 at the Parish of Oaks and Stonequarry in The Oaks, NSW.2 She was baptised on 7 March 1842 at the Parish of Oaks and Stonequarry in The Oaks.3

Catherine's parents were William MURRAY and Sarah TULLEY. She was their third child. William had arrived from Paisley, Scotland as a free settler in 1836. Sarah arrived from Belfast, Ireland in the same year on 14 December as a convict on the ship "Pyramus". She was convicted of stealing some cotton. She was tried at County Antrim, Ireland and was sentence to seven years transportation. At the time of her conviction, she was described at 5'3" tall, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and a brown complexion. She had a wart on the right side of her nose, a scar over her right eyebrow and a scar on her left thumb. Her sister, Eliza TULLY, also a convict, made the voyage on the same ship. William and Sarah married in Sydney in 1838 and had seven children (including Catherine).2,4

Catherine married James RIDEOUT 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'.5

During James and Catherine's married life, they moved between the Camden and Mulgoa districts. they 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).4,6

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

Catherine died (aged 75) on 1 October 1916 in The Oaks. The cause was pneumonia. Catherine travelled to Sydney to farewell her youngest son, Allen, who was embarking for World War I. While she was there she caught a chill, which later developed into pneumonia.4 She was buried in October 1916 in St Matthew's churchyard in The Oaks.4

 

James RIDEOUT1 was the son of James RIDEOUT (1801?-1878) and Caroline BENNETT (1801-1872).

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{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.
3{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.
She was baptised with the name Catharine not Catherine which is what she used
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 19, 23 - 25. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{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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Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014