Thomas Griffiths[1, 2]

Male 1797 - 1826  (28 years)


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  • Name Thomas Griffiths  [2
    Born 10 Oct 1797  South Creek, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 7 Aug 1798  St John's, Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Baptism - Thomas Griffiths
    Baptism - Thomas Griffiths
    Thomas Griffiths born 10 October 1797, baptised 7 August 1798, St John's, Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. Father John Griffiths, Mother Eleanor McDonald.
    Gender Male 
    Cause of Death 11 Jun 1826  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Accidental Death, caused by a fall during a horse race. 
    Died 11 Jun 1826  Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Accidental Death - Thomas Griffiths
    Accidental Death - Thomas Griffiths
    Thomas Griffiths died as the result of a fall from his horse during a horse race.
    The Accidental Death of Thomas Griffiths
    The Accidental Death of Thomas Griffiths
    Thomas Griffiths fell from his horse during a Horse Race, at Richmond. The accident happened about 6pm on 10th of June 1826 and he died the next morning at about 8am 11th June 1826.
    Notes 
    • Thomas Griffiths, the eldest son of Jonathon andEleanor had remained in possession of the farm originally purchased from James Kirby. Thomas I died in 1826 as a result of a fall while riding in a horse race. His widow Mary was only 21 at the time and she was left with three young sons: Thomas, Mathias and Jonathan. She eventually remarried an assigned convict, Thomas Waterford, but she too died in 1829. The three grandsons were taken by their grandparents to Tasmania where they lived at Freshwater Point. Following the death of Eleanor in 1831 they were in the care of Robert Eather, who was in Tasmania and later back at Richmond. Thomas II had married one of the Eather girls. Elizabeth Eather and he were later to run the farm. But he then became a publican and purchased a hotel in Sydney, the `Richmond Inn`. The farmhouse, which had originally been built by Jonathan Griffiths, burnt down in the early 1900`s and the property was sold.
    Person ID I6355  Tucker Family Tree | The Descendants of Jonathon Griffiths
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2017 

    Father Jonathan Griffiths,   b. 04 Mar 1773, Stone, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1839, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Eleanor McDonald,   b. 1770, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1831, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married
    • Jonathan and Eleanor met at Norfolk Island Penal Colony, but never married.
    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.
    Family ID F0037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Brown 
    Married 02 Aug 1815  Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Griffiths,   b. 09 Jun 1820, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1856, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +2. M. Griffiths
     3. J. Griffiths
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F1973  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Oct 1797 - South Creek, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 02 Aug 1815 - Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCause of Death - Accidental Death, caused by a fall during a horse race. - 11 Jun 1826 - Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jun 1826 - Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Jonathon Griffiths Australian Heritage, John Griffiths.

    2. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 227 Vol 148/1798 (Reliability: 3), 7 Aug 1798.
      See attached copy of Baptism Certificate of Thomas Griffiths.

    3. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government, 227 Vol: 148/1798 (Reliability: 3), 7 Aug 1798.
      Thomas Griffiths born 10th October 1797, Baptised 7th August 1798, St John's, Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. Father John Griffiths, Mother Eleanor McDonald.

    4. [S450] The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Newspaper, 3 (Reliability: 3), 24 Jun 1826.
      Thomas Griffiths died 11th June 1826 as the result of a fall during a horse race. This article was published in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser Newspaper, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Saturday, 24th June 1826, page 3

    5. [S451] The Australian Newspaper (Sydney, NSW 1824-1848), 3 (Reliability: 3), 21 Jun 1826.
      See attached newspaper article reporting the death of Thomas Griffiths


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