THOMAS SANDERS/SAUNDERS WAS TRANSPORTED ON THE MATILDA IN THE 3rd FLEET AND APPEARS TO BE THE BROTHER OF WILLIAM SANDERS/SAUNDERS WHO MARRIED SARAH STARK. IT SEEMS THAT WILLIAM SANDERS AND MARY ANN SKIVINGS WENT TO HIS HOME AT APPIN BEFORE MOVING TO THE MACLEAY. ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH THE 3rd FLEET ARE :
BEDFORD CONVICTS—1789 LENT ASSIZES
by Rhonda Cole
AN e-book in the GUTENBERG PROJECT. LETTERS OF RACHEL HENNING featuring some from Elladale Cottage which Jan Maurice tells me was the home of Agnes Jane Sanders and her husband CHW Charles Henry William Taylor and their 7 children.
RACHEL HENNING Also writes from TAUNTON in Devon which is also SANDERS country. Her letters provide a vivid contemporary pictorial of 19th Century Australian life.
Note also that on the Papers of the Sanders when they arrived in Sydney per VICTORIA on 2 Sep 1849 it states that neither had any relations in the Colony. Was Thomas Sanders a relative or not ? Did they choose to hide the convict connection ? How did Agnes and CHW come to live in ELLADALE cottage ?
My Grandmother Agnes Jane was born 9-7-1869 and married 25-11-1891 Nth Sydney Charles Henry William Taylor “Bill” [we call him CHW] Agnes died 6-8-1951 in Queensland and is buried with her daughter Ellie Gridley in Lutwyche Cemetery CHW died 1931 in Liverpool Hospital and is buried in St Marks Cemetery Appin. When Sarah Ellen Kitching nee Sanders died 15 Feb 1946 in her Obituary Agnes is listed as the only surviving member of the original Sanders family.
William and Mary Ann weren’t the first Sanders to arrive in Australia another member of the family Thomas Sanders a convict arrived 1-8-1791 with the 3rd Fleet on the Matilda born 16-8-1766 died 3-9-1846 buried St Johns Cemetery Parramatta he owned a property at Prospect. Thomas was the brother of William born 1770 who married Sarah Stark 8-10-1790. I’d say this is the property William and Mary Ann stayed when they first arrived and their first child Elizabeth was born before they went north. Agnes and husband had 7 children they settled in Appin NSW and lived in Elladale Cottage [still there today] and in 1912 purchased the property and when CHW died in 1931 Agnes continued to live there until she went to live with her son in Campbelltown and the property was sold in 1946. When Agnes was in her 80s she went to live in Queensland where her three daughters were living and died in 1951.
She and CHW had 4 girls one died in 1922 and 3 boys William Harold, a Army Officer who died in NZ, Lionel who had a hard life but liked the drink died in 1972 and my father Barrington Walter born 1908-1973 a musician we lived in Parramatta.
Thanks to Jan and Barry Maurice who have contacted me from WA.
That’s GRANDMA SANDERS – LUCY JANE HURRELL – seated at the front right. I am not sure at this time about the Aunts but I shall ask around.
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