John GOW (aka John GOLLEDGE) is often confused with another John GOLLEDGE who was in the colony at the same time.
The other John GOLLEDGE was born 2 May, 1802 in Calcutta, India, the son of Isaac GOLLEDGE and Ann Baptista De Rozondra. John arrived in Sydney aboard the ship, 'Saracen' having called at Hobart on 25 April 1820. He resided for a time in Ultimo, where on the 21 Dec 1820 he lodged a memorial to Governor Macquarie requesting land and other assistance. The memorial indicates that John was on his way to Calcutta where he had 'considerable land Property and in cash 4000 vested in the East India Company Funds devised to him by his father.' He had been drawing interest from this investment, but could not touch the principal until he turned 21.
According to the 1822 Muster, John was an employee of Edward Riley. John was also granted 861 acres of land by Governor Macquarie on 9 Jul 1822. This land was bounded on one side by Edward Riley's 3030 acre property. It was here that John met Elizabeth REYNOLDS, another employee of Riley.
Less than a year later, in March 1823 John boarded the Princess Charlotte en route to Calcutta, India. According to the Sydney Gazette, John left the colony, six months before the birth of his son, John. The reason for his departure has not been discovered. As his land grant was not forfeited, it would indicate he intended to return, but there is no evidence that re-entered the colony. John may have died shortly after his arrival in Calcutta. In his will made before leaving Sydney, he mentions Elizabeth Reynolds of Sydney was pregnant by him, and also leaves bequests to Isaac (brother) Frances (sister)
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