James Samuel Thorley

Male 1823 - 1873  (49 years)


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  • Name James Samuel Thorley 
    Born 28 Oct 1823  Mount Thorley Homestead, Patricks Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    • PATRICK PLAINS

      The name Saint Patrick?s Plains was bestowed upon the area possibly by John Howe, the leader of the party which first reached it in 1819 and 1820. Howe?s first expedition crossed the mountains from Windsor and arrived at the river (he didn?t then know it was the Hunter) near the present-day Jerry?s Plains. The following year with a larger group, he used a modified and somewhat easier route, and on 15th March 1820 arrived at the river downstream at Whittingham, close to the present site of Singleton.
      The original name was soon shortened to Patrick Plains. Initially this name covered a very large area ? from the foothills of the range between the Hawkesbury and Hunter Rivers to the south, Maitland (then called Wallis Plains) to the east down river, and spread out into unknown country to the north and west. Districts as far afield as Scone (Invermein) and Merriwa (Gummun Plains) were included.
      Other names which were used in early settlement days were Wollombi Brook and Cockfighters Creek for the areas bordering this stream. Hunters River was the name for the area along the River, not only in the Patrick Plains area but for the whole length of the valley. And Goulburn River applied to the land along this tributary. By the early 1840 many settlements and villages had developed and were named, some officially and other informally. Names the early settlers had given to their grants were frequently adopted for a wider area.
      The first town, designated Whittingham by the authorities, never developed. Settlers preferred Benjamin Singleton?s chosen site where he had built his inn beside the ford. This early village had the advantage of being a good resting place for travellers and horses or bullocks before tackling the river crossing to proceed up the valley. When the first post office was set up the name Darlington was allotted to the town, but this has only persisted in a small part of what developed into the town of Singleton. By 1836 Benjamin Singleton was offering housing allotments for sale.
      In 1843 a district Council of Patrick Plains was set up, and this defined the districts as covering a more compact area than in the 1820s. It still began in the range between the Hawkesbury and Hunter Rivers in the south, and the range at the head of Fal Brook in the north; Black Creek (Branxton) to the east and Jerry?s Plains to the west. These boundaries remain. When, however, the Municipality of Singleton and the Shire of Patrick Plains amalgamated in 1975. The name Singleton was retained and Patrick Plains discarded. As time goes on less and less people remember the old name, so the Family History Society of Singleton Inc decided to keep the name alive, at least in a small way. Thus our journal became ?The Patrick Plains Gazette?.
    Gender Male 
    Census Nov 1828  New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census of the Colony of New South Wales was taken in November 1828  
    1828 Census of the Colony of New South Wales, - Philip and Mary Thorley and family.
    1828 Census of the Colony of New South Wales, - Philip and Mary Thorley and family.
    1828 Census of the colony of New South Wales was taken in November 1828 and shows Philip, Mary and their three children, James, William and Elizabeth. They appear on pages 555 and 556
    Died 29 Mar 1873  Mount Thorley, Patricks Plains, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I9539  Tucker Family Tree | The Descendants of Jonathon Griffiths
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2015 

    Father Phillip Thorley,   b. 04 Aug 1799, Sydney Cove, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1883, Mount Thorley Homestead, Patricks Plains, Singleton, New Southj Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Mary Griffiths,   b. 30 May 1804, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan1874, Mt Thorley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 05 Feb 1821  Church of England, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1979  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Forbes Galvin,   b. 1824, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1896, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1855  St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Singleton New South Wales Australia
    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Singleton New South Wales Australia
    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Singleton New South Wales Australia
    Children 
     1. Phillip James Thorley,   b. 26 Oct 1856, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1884, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     2. Mary Jane Thorley,   b. 26 Oct 1856, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1909, Kelso, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +3. Issachar Thorley,   b. 03 Sep 1858, Mount Thorley Homestead, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1940, 19 Bourke St, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Reuben Thorley,   b. 21 Sep 1860, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1930, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +5. Ezbon Thorley,   b. 17 Jun 1862, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Aug 1941, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +6. Almanda Rebecca Thorley,   b. 08 Jul 1864, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1947, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. George Luke Thorley,   b. 08 Feb 1867, Mount Thorley Homestead, Singleton, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1949, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     8. Sarai Rachel Thorley,   b. 21 Apr 1869, Mount Thorley, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1963, Waitara, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     9. Rhoda Susannah Thorley,   b. 17 May 1871, Mount Thorley, Patricks Plans, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1951, Waitara, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F3006  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Oct 1823 - Mount Thorley Homestead, Patricks Plains, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Census of the Colony of New South Wales was taken in November 1828 - Nov 1828 - New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Dec 1855 - St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Mar 1873 - Mount Thorley, Patricks Plains, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1823.
      Surname Thorley, Given Names James, Sex Male, Event Birth, Index Year 1823, Father Philip, Mother Mary, Denomination Church of England, Parish Richmond,Volume Number V18239881 1C
      The birth is also registered under V1823562 14 and V1823131 157.
      Note the above record was obtained from Early Church records by the New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages and could reflect either the birth christen or both.

    2. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1873.
      Surname Thorley, Given Names James S, Sex Male, Event Death, Index Year 1873, Father Phillip, Mother Mary, Registration Place Patricks Plains, Registration year 1873, Registration Number 6367

    3. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1821.
      Surname Griffiths, Given Names Mary, Sex Female, Event Marriage, Index Year 1821, Spouse Surname Thorley, Spouse Given Names Phillip, Spouse Sex Male, Denomination Church of England, Parish Richmond, Volume Number V18212695 3B,Registration Year 1821
      The Marriage was also registered V182143 156 and V1821154 156

    4. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1855.
      Surname Thorley, Given Names James, Sex Male, Event Marriage, Index Year 1855, Spouse Surname Crossin, Spouse Given Names Jane, Spouse Sex Female, Denomination Presbyterian, Parish Denbie; Hunter District; Maitland; Morpeth; Paterson, Singleton, Volume Reference V1855458 82, Registration Year 1855
      Note: I was supplied the information that Jane's Surname was Galvin but the details of the Marriage list her Surname as Crossin. I will leave both details as they are until I can get confirmation on what her Birth Surname was. I will have to hunt down her passage records from Scotland to Australia to confirm.


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