Once again Bill Bainbridge to the rescue with this information.
JAMES BELL ,28, from Gallowsgate , Glasgow , Scotland transported for housebreaking. Tried in Glasgow. 7 years. Arrived on the YORK on 7-2-1831. Assigned to Paterson River.
Certificate of freedom – 9.8.1838
WILHELMINA MCLEOD emigrated from Sutherland Shire Scotland, with her mother JANET MACKAY , two sisters and a brother on the JAMES MORGAN arriving Sydney 11-2-1839. The family moved to the Hunter.
James and Wilhelmina married on 29-9-1840 at the Scots Church Paterson.
My thanks to Bill Bainbridge at Tweed Historical Society for the following information.
James widow, Wilhelmina Bell (b 1820) did not remarry. She died in 1903 under the name Bell as a widow. She was 83. She was the daughter of William McLeod and Janey McKay. She died on the 2nd March 1903. She married James Bell at age 17 years at Maitland.
At the time of her death her children were:
Mary (Laurie) 57
Wilhelmina (Dinsey) 56
Margaret (McEachran) 50
Elizabeth (Walker) 48
Christina (Quirk) 47
Given the spacing of the children, there would be no reason to suppose that John was other than the natural child.
Norman was born in 1845. Registered. Presbyterian Parish of Denbie V 1845513 162. So I guess John was born in 1847. Like you I can find no record of his birth.
We hold varying levels of information on the Dinseys, Quirks, Lauries (Not much), McEachrans and the McLeods.
Bill Bainbridge from Tweed has sent me the followi suggestions :
It was not uncommon in those days for families to foster children of friends where the natural kids parents had died or had had accidents. We have one case here on the Tweed with the Boyd family also circa 1850, and any number later on.
It would be unlikely that there would be formal adoptions and records at this time.
1. I take it that there are records of birth for Elizabeth and that they were not twins?
2. Depending on the month she was born it could give you an idea whether it was true whether John was born in 1850 or not, if they were separate births.
3. That he was born on a boat coming to Australia
4. That he was older than you think and born overseas.
Do you know where the Bell’s came from and when?
My great great grand father was from Devonshire England
William ? Sanders Married Mary Ann Skivings in Exeter
Elizabeth Grace born /10/1850 in Horsley
Harriet Frances born /7/1852 in Yarrabindi
William George born /2/1854 ” ”
Frederick John /10/1855 in Flattorini island
Charles Henry born /1/1860 in Austral Edan
Alfred Sivert born /1/1861 in Fattorini Island
Ernest Albert born /12/1862 in Macleay river
Mary Ann born /11/1864 in Flattorini Island
Walter Thomas born /3/1867 in Kinchela
Agnes Jane born /7/1869 in ” ”
Edred James born /10/1870 in ” ”
Sara Ellen born /1/1872 in ” ”
Christopher George born /7/1873 in ” ”
REFER TO JESTERECCA ON FAMILY TREE CIRCLES
ELIZABETH CRAIG. PARENTS THOMAS CRAIG AND MARTHA NEE JULLIAN
BORN IN WEST KEMPSEY 8/4/1883
LUCY J’s PARENTS ARE HERE LISTED AS JOHN AND ELIZABETH. TO BE VERIFIED
I AM THE Great Great Great Great Granddaughter of Susannah Kerswell and John Sanders.