Family: Jonathan Griffiths / Eleanor McDonald (F0037)  [1



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  • Jonathan GriffithsFather | Male
    Jonathan Griffiths

    Born  04 Mar 1773  Stone, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  14 Mar 1773  All Saints Church, Stone, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Nov 1839  Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married     
    Type  Partners 
    Other Spouse  Ann Grant | F2098 
    Married  03 Aug 1834  St Johns Church, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Thomas Griffiths | F1972 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sarah Withers | F1972 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Eleanor McDonald

    Born  1770  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  01 Mar 1831  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    St Peters Church of England Cemetary, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father   
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    Child 1 | Male
    + Thomas Griffiths

    Born  10 Oct 1797  South Creek, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  7 Aug 1798  St John's, Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 Jun 1826  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Mary Brown | F1973 
    Married  02 Aug 1815  Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Female
    + Sarah Griffiths

    Born  1798  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  26 Dec 1870  "Terricks", Launceston, Tasmainia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  George Plummer | F1974 (License) 
    Married  9 Jan 1816  Christ Church, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    John GriffithsChild 3 | Male
    + John Griffiths

    Born  23 Aug 1801  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  02 Jan 1881  Launceston, Tasmainia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Elizabeth Burnett | F1975 (Banns) 
    Married  27 Jul 1824  George Town, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Driver Martha Ann | F3593 
    Married  15 Nov 1840  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Maria Lane Windeatt | F3594 
    Married  12 Dec 1857  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    + W. Griffiths

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Elizabeth Thorley | F1977 
    Married     

    Child 5 | Female
    + E. Griffiths

    Born     
    Died     
    Buried     
    Spouse  Thomas Parnell | F1978 
    Married     

    Child 6 | Female
    + Mary Griffiths

    Born  30 May 1804  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 Jan1874  Mt Thorley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Phillip Thorley | F1979 
    Married  05 Feb 1821  Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 7 | Female
    + Ann Griffiths

    Born  07 Jul 1806  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  29 Sep 1811  St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  23 Jun 1863  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Robert Potts | F0036 
    Married  23 Dec 1822  St Matthews Church, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 8 | Male
    James Griffiths

    Born  21 Feb 1808  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  1808  St Matthews Church of England, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
    Buried     

    Child 9 | Male
    Henry Griffiths

    Born  16 May 1812  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Aug 1889  Launceston, Tasmainia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  14 Aug 1889   

  • Notes 
    • Jonathan Griffiths and Eleanor McDonald met each other at Norfolk Island. Both had been transported to Australian and sentence to 7 years. Jonathan Griffiths arrived on the second fleet in 1790. Eleanor McDonald arrived in Australia one year later.
    • Eleanor is recorded in the earliest documents as "Elinor" and later as "Eleanor". She will be referred to as Eleanor.
      Eleanor McDonald was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1770. Of her early life or family nothing is known. On 27 October, 1790 Eleanor is recorded as being sentenced at the Quarter Sessions (Court) at the Tholsel, Dublin. The record states:-
      "found guilty of stealing a metal watch, chain and locket - value six guineas - the property of Thomas Dalton. Sentenced to be transported".
      A copy of the record is attached. The record is written in "olde English" - where the letter "f" stands for the letter "s". Some of the sentences of other persons that can be made out on the record, make for interesting comparisons.
      Eleanor left Ireland from the Cove of Cork as a convict aboard the "Queen" ("Queen Anne" in some records) and arrived at Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) on 26 September, 1791, as part of what has been historically designated as the Third Fleet.
      A complete list of prisoners aboard "Queen" from Dublin and other counties is attached. The list shows
      McDonald, Eleanor
      Age:- 20 years
      Date of Trial:- October, 1790
      Sentence:- 7 years

      The Transport "Queen" was the first convict transport that sailed direct from Ireland to New South Wales and comprised 133 men, 22 Women and 1 boy aged 11 years.
      A Copy of the "Queen" indent (list) of prisoners showing Elinor McDonald, is attached.
      Eleanor was also sent to Norfolk Island where she arrived on 223 April, 1792. The first recorded association with Jonathon Griffiths as a "family" was there and a record noted in "Norfolk Island - The People and their Families - 1788-1813" is attached. Eleanor served the balance of here sentence at Norfolk Island.

    Married:
    • Jonathan and Eleanor met at Norfolk Island Penal Colony, but never married.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] A history of the Potts Family, Geoffrey William Potts (Reliability: 2).


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