PARRAMATTA IN THE NLA NEWSPAPERS PT 2

REFER TO ANN AND JOHN CURTIS

 

JOHN WAS GRANTED LAND ON 17 DECEMBER 1809 BY GOVERNOR PATTERSON. LATER CANCELLED AND THEN RE-GRANTED BY MCARTHUR IN 1810.

SOME MORE BACKGROUND NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA ARTICLES REFERRING TO PARRAMATTA OF THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY.

YEAR FAMILY NEWS NATIONAL LIBRARY HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ARTICLES OF THE TIME
1809

 

On 17th December  1809 JOHN CURTIS was notified that Lt Gov Patterson had granted him land at Parramatta.

January 14, 1809.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article627664

THE Lieutenant Governor has been pleased to appoint Mr. James Larra to be Vendue Master to the District of Parramatta. By Command of His Honor the Lieutenant Governor, Alexander Riley, Secretary. Head Quarters, Sydney, Jan, 14, 1809.

1810

JOHN CURTIS wrote a memorial to Gov Macquarie seeking confirmation of the grant. ( sm folio pp 4 1810 NSW Colonial Sec in letters and memorials 1810 AK NO 80 REEL 1066 AONSW

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article627901

The Sydney Gazette and… Sunday 14 January 1810, page 1.

SOME OF THE OFFICERS WHO HELD OFFICE BEFORE THE LATE GOVERNOR WAS ARRESTED ARE RE-INSTATED TO THEIR POSITIONS INC REV FULTON.
SEE JOHN CURTIS

1811

 

Ann  too was proving to be a marvellous help and mother and on Wed 3rd July 1811 gave birth to their third son PETER.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628206

Clear orders from the Governor regarding illegal brewing of beer and spirits in Sydney and in the out-settlements which included PARRAMATTA. A list of names of people granted licences. Ann Moran is not listed here but in later years is issued with a brewing licence.

1812

During March 1812 there were again heavy rains and the Hawkesbury rose 12 feet over its banks. Flood years seemed to stir John’s spirit for on 7th December he further petitioned the Governor , this time for a free pardon which was granted

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628476

A property was listed for sale as follows

TO be SOLD by Private Contract, a very desirable FARM on the Road to Parramatta, from which it is scarcely a mile distant, known by the Name of Rafferty’s Farm, and now occupied by Mr. Edwards, The above is beyond dispute one of the most enviable Farms of its extent in the Colony, containing about 80 acres, and having a neat, commodious, agreeable, and substantial Dwelling-house near the high road, with every Appurtenance that can tend to convenience and accommodation, with Possession next July.- For particulars application is requested to Mrs. Walker,  at the End of Cumberland street, towards Dawe’s Battery.

1813

As cattle were always straying through the burial grounds  behind St Johns Church Parramatta, an appeal for funds towards enclosing the grounds was made, to which JOHN CURTIS subscribed ( Sydney Gazette Jan 1813).

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628632

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 13 February 1813, page 4.

An iron grey horse had also strayed – from Smith’s Paddock, at the PARK GATE near PARRAMATTA. The owner JAMES WRIGHT offered a 20 shillings reward.

1814

ANN MORAN and JOHN CURTIS MARRY
Catherine ( Kitty ) is born.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628939

The trial and tale of a sordid murder at the Turnpike at Parramatta. A story of RAGGED RASCALS and COARSE WOMEN. Of HOOLAGHAN and SUITAR. Of a yellow  handkerchief and a piece of lead worn in an ear.

1815  

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article629070

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 7 October 1815, page 2.

The second Thursday of March meant that the half-yearly fair was to be held in PARRAMATTA and it was expected that it would be well attended.

IN addition there is an account of a fatal trip to the Shoal Haven and of the party sent to look for missing men. 

1816    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2176963

The patronesses of the FEMALE ORPHAN INSTITUTION are named.
Mrs Wylde , Mrs Molle, Mrs Hannibal MacArthur and Mrs Macquarie.

1817  

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2177429

THIS PRESENT SEASON OF SCARCITY.

A calamitous season of floods leads to Government Orders regarding rations. Details are set out in the article.

PARRAMATTA THROUGH THE NLA NEWSPAPERS

JOHN CURTIS AND ANN MORAN WERE GRANTED LAND IN PARRAMATTA IN 1809 .

THE EVENTS OF THE CURTIS ERA WERE REPORTED IN THE SYDNEY GAZETTE – NOW THANKFULLY ONLINE. FOLLOW THE LINKS TO THE WORLD OF THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY OUT AT PARRAMATTA.

 

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Saturday 2 April 1803, page article625496-3-001

EVERY Person throughout the Colony, professing the Roman Catholick Religion, is to attend at Government House, Parramatta, on Wednesday the 20th of April Inst. at ten o’clock in the forenoon ; previous to which, those residing about Sydney are to give their names, places of abode, &c. to the  Rev. Mr. Dixon ; to the Magistrate’s Clerk at Parramatta ; and to Thomas Arndell, Esq, at Hawkesbury. By Command of His Excellency W. N. Chapman, Sec. Government House, April 12, 1803.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625514

 

REGULATIONS TO BE APLIED TO REV DIXON AND ALL CATHOLIC  OBSERVANCES.inc police being stationed at all services.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625535

 

 

( John Curtis and Ann Moran )

With other ROMAN CATHOLIC members of the community, JOHN CURTIS signed a petition to J T  BIGGE for a ROMAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL when Bigges came out to the Colony to investigate and report on how it was going. ( 20 Feb 1820 Bigges Report app p 3943).

 

 

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625496

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 2 April 1803, page 1.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625427 THE INSURGENTS AT CASTLE HILL
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625475

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 26 March 1803, page 4

EXECUTIONS RESULTING FROM CASTLE HILL UPRISING.

SOME CURTIS DESCENDANTS

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JOYCE BELL IN 1948                     A FLOCK OF READYS                                    AT TWEEDMOUTH AVE ROSEBERY

JOHN CURTIS    JOHN CURTIS is the home person    0
ELIZABETH CURTIS    ELIZABETH CURTIS is a daughter of JOHN CURTIS    1
ANN MORAN    ANN MORAN is the wife of JOHN CURTIS    1
PETER MARK READY    PETER MARK READY is a grandson of JOHN CURTIS    2
THOMAS HOGAN    THOMAS HOGAN is a son-in-law of JOHN CURTIS (the husband of his daughter)    2
JOHN READY    JOHN READY is a son-in-law of JOHN CURTIS (the husband of his daughter)    2

PETER ( GEORGE) READY    PETER ( GEORGE) READY is a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    3
CATHERINE READY    CATHERINE READY is a great-granddaughter of JOHN CURTIS    3
ELIZABETH READY    ELIZABETH READY is a great-granddaughter of JOHN CURTIS    3
SARAH ANN READY    SARAH ANN READY is a great-granddaughter of JOHN CURTIS    3
SARAH ANN BENSON    SARAH ANN BENSON is the wife of a grandson of JOHN CURTIS    3
JOHANNAH CAVANAGH    JOHANNAH CAVANAGH is an in-law of JOHN CURTIS    3

JESSIE SARAH READY    JESSIE SARAH READY is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (4 generations; great-great-granddaughter)    4
JULIA JACKSON    JULIA JACKSON is the wife of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    4
THOMAS BENSON    THOMAS BENSON is an in-law of a daughter of JOHN CURTIS    4
HANNAH HUTCHINS    HANNAH HUTCHINS is an in-law of a daughter of JOHN CURTIS    4
GEORGE MOORE JNR    GEORGE MOORE JNR is the husband of the wife of a grandson of JOHN CURTIS    4
FRANCIS PRENDERGAST    FRANCIS PRENDERGAST is the husband of an in-law of JOHN CURTIS    4

JACK BELL    JACK BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (5 generations; great-great-great-grandson)    5
JOYCE BELL    JOYCE BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
BETTY BELL    BETTY BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
JEAN BELL    JEAN BELL is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (5 generations; great-great-great-granddaughter)    5
WILLIAM ALLEN BELL    WILLIAM ALLEN BELL is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS    5
WILLIAM BELU JACKSON    WILLIAM BELU JACKSON is the father-in-law of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5
ELIZABETH JOHNSON    ELIZABETH JOHNSON is the mother-in-law of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5
WILLIAM JACKSON    WILLIAM JACKSON is a brother-in-law of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5
SARAH A JACKSON    SARAH A JACKSON is a sister-in-law of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5
JACKSON    JACKSON is a sister-in-law of a great-grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5
HENRY SAMUELS    HENRY SAMUELS is the step-father of the wife of a grandson of JOHN CURTIS    5

JON SANDERS    JON SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
ROSS CARTER    ROSS CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
KEITH DUIST CARTER    KEITH DUIST CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-grandson)    6
JANINE CARTER    JANINE CARTER is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
SUSAN SANDERS    SUSAN SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
LYNNE SANDERS    LYNNE SANDERS is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
CHERYL BURTON    CHERYL BURTON is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (6 generations; great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    6
WILLIAM DUIST CARTER    WILLIAM DUIST CARTER is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS    6
ALFRED ROY BURTON    ALFRED ROY BURTON is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS    6
BRUCE SANDERS    BRUCE SANDERS is the husband of a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS    6

BENJAMIN POMROY    BENJAMIN POMROY is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-grandson)    7
JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE    JIM ROBERT BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-grandson)    7
KATI BRAITHWAITE    KATI BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    7
JOSEFINE DEWBERRY    JOSEFINE DEWBERRY is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    7
CASSANDRA POMROY    CASSANDRA POMROY is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (7 generations; great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    7

MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE    MADELINE POPPY BRAITHWAITE is a direct descendant of JOHN CURTIS (8 generations; great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter)    8

APOLOGIES TO THOSE I HAVENT YET INSTALLED. or those WHO WISH TO BE UNINSTALLED.

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LYNNE JOY SUE SANDERS WITH JESSIE BELL. READYS AT A WATERFALL.            JACK JOY JEAN JESSIE BELL AT ROSEBERY.

ANN MORAN CURTIS : FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF JOHN

 

ANN MORAN CURTIS : FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF JOHN

FROM PHIL READY’S READY OR NOT.

In his will JOHN CURTIS left everything to ANN in trust for his children, ELIZABETH, JAMES, JOHN, PETER and CATHERINE.

Ann having an equal portion in the rest. To his married daughter ELIZABETH READY he also left 10 head of cattle.

This left 26 head of cattle and 2 mares, a certain house in the township of PARRAMATTA , and a 30 acre farm along the SYDNEY ROAD which he had bought from JAMES WRIGHT. These were to be divided as evenly as possible between ANN and the children but if ANN were to remarry ad the childrens’ shares become endangered , then his friends, JOHN LACEY and THOMAS GARTY were to become the guardians of his children’s property until they were able to look after their own interests. Witnesses to his signature were JOHN LACEY, THOMAS GARTY and his son-in-law JOHN READY.

Two months after John’s death, a letter came from J MEEHAN ordering him to remove his herds etc from his land at TOONGABBIE as it was now required by the Government. ( NSW COL SEC in letters p 14 reel 2167 ) .

ANN had received a grant of 100 acres at PARRAMATTA ( Vol 18 p 169) and was leasing two small blocks nearby one of 36 perches ( Vol 16 pp 339 and one of 38 perches Vol 16 p 231 ) In 1822 she is reported as supplying yeast for the prisoner’s barracks at PARRAMATTA (A 766 p 2 ML)

As ANN’S brewing licence had expired although her eyesight had been damaged in an accident she went to SYDNEY on 5 MARCH 1822 to renew the licence. Upon her return she found that her brewery with most of its stock had been destroyed by fire. There was always the danger of this happening for at that time there were only wood fires for cooking or oil lamps for lighting. The fire was put out with the help of several people and in the 14th March Edition of the AUSTRALIAN Ann thanked them for their help. At the same time she circulated a petition for help from the local populace to get started in business again so that she could feed her children. ( petition to the people of SYDNEY from ANN CURTIS )

The 16 October 1822 edition of the SYDNEY GAZETTE carried an advertisement from Ann advertising that she was leaving the Colony but in November that year a court case COOPER V CURTIS took place with the verdict being found in favour of COOPER.

On the 10 November 1822, J T CAMPBELL placed a notice in the SYDNEY GAZETTE,

Pursuant to levy I will cause to be set up and sold. one Cow and calf, 1 pig,a small quantity of sugar and sundry household items of furniture . I will further sell by auction at my office in HUNTER STREET at 12 noon the defendant CURTIS’ right, title and interest in and to the house wherein she now resides situated near the Turnpike gate at PARRAMATTA on the road leading to WINDSOR being on a corner of the road leading to the ORPHAN SCHOOL.

On Tuesday 25 November 1823 JOHN CURTIS’ request for land was granted ( too late for JOHN ) : 80 acres at PILGRIM HILL, LIBERTY PLAINS. (Bk p 4 D 225 ) . The following year 1824 on page 4 of the 19th February Edition of the SYDNEY GAZETTE Ann’s home was again advertised for sale and she moved to the 30 acre farm on SYDNEY ROAD where in 1826 she was listed as  property owner ( Wentworth Papers A 767 p39).

As soon as he was old enough PETER CURTIS was apprenticed as a BUTCHER to WILLIAM SHARP in HUNTER ST SYDNEY and on 5 DECEMEBER 1828 gave sworn evidence for SHARP when SHARP was accused of dishonesty. Apparently Sharp was unable to read and signed a document read out to him by one BENJAMIN KIRKBY purported to be an agreement to lease a house which Kirkby was about to take from one MERRITH. it later turned out that what Kirkby had really tricked Sharp into signing was a bill of exchange for 50 pounds and it was only because of PETER being there at the time that he was able to appear as a witness for SHARP.

By 1828 John and Ann Curtis’ eldest son JAMES had reached the age of 22 and had met and courted MARY PARSONS born in the Colony in 1811. During the year they were joined in marriage and set up home together.

When the Census was taken in November of 1828, there were only 15 year old Catherine, Ann and 72 year old JOHN BRYAN left living at the SYDNEY ROAD property. Bryan had arrived on Sat 15 Feb 1806 aboard the TELLICHERRY and was working as a labourer for ANN.

(This census shows ANN as arriving on the ATLAS but careful research shows that none of the three Anns who arrived aboard that ship married a CURTIS. AS THE ATLAS and HERCULES had left the same port on the same day sailing most of the way together it is reasonable to assume that a mistake has been made in the entry.)

1829 saw the birth of a son JOHN HENRY to JAMES and MARY CURTIS and to ELIZABETH READY who had given birth to a daughter in 1826, a son- PETER MARK READY.

WHAT part if any ANN played in the events that shook the family in 1829-30 is not known but one day in 1830 her son-in-law JOHN READY arrived at her farm with some cattle which were branded JC on their rumps . These beasts he left at the farm and departed. The next day they were removed by the Police. Later JEREMIAH DALEY who lived at the farm testified that JOHN READY was the one who brought them there.

Two years later on 6 October at the age of 60, ANN died and was buried at the SYDNEY BURIAL GROUND, at that time where central Railway Station now stands. About 73 years after ANN’S burial, when the land was required to build the Railway Station and tracks her remains were transferred to the PIONEER SECTION of BOTANY CEMETERY where her headstone still stands today among those of numerous well known early settlers. 

 

2. JOHN CURTIS MARRIED 1814 TO ANN  MORAN

1 1803 ELIZABETH MARRIED 1820 TO JOHN READY
2 1806 JAMES MARRIED 1828 TO MARY PARSONS
3 1807 JOHN  
4 1811 PETER MARRIED 1842 TO ADELA AUSTIN
5 1814 CATHERINE MARRIED 1833 TO GEORGE ECCLESTON

JAMES CURTIS became a very successful cabinetmaker, upholsterer and UNDERTAKER carrying on his business in HUNTER STREET , SYDNEY and several times having to move into larger premises. After the death of his wife MARY in 1848, JAMES with a family of 7 children to care for remarried , his wife being ELLEN SWEENEY.

CATHERINE continued to live at the SYDNEY ROAD property until she married GEORGE ECCLESTON who had arrived in NSW as a soldier and was later a founding member of the NSW MOUNTED POLICE.

Very little is know of JOHN CURTIS JNR and although there is an interesting story of a JOHN CURTIS who was executed in 1828 for stealing a cow at BRINGELLY belonging to W C WENTWORTH, the account does not appear to tie up with our JOHN whom I believe was in the MOLONGOLO PLAINS AREA where he advertised in 1844 for three lost horses which had strayed. It was to this general area that PETER CURTIS and GEORGE ECCLESTON moved after their respective marriages with George setting up his cattle station BLACKFOREST near COOMA and PETER running a very successful cattle and butchering business there . The last known of JOHN JNR was at DIAMOND CREEK in VICTORIA . After that there were too many JOHN CURTIS’ to distinguish one from another.

PETER CURTIS raised a family of four girls and one son  and lived until 1885 , his wife ADELAIDE, having died in 1875 at the age of 52. 

CATHERINE and GEORGE ECCLESTON had a family of two boys and eight girls. both George and Catherine died in 1882. George on the 18 May and Catherine on 22 September at the age of 62.

THE NSW BEGINNINGS ARE WITH JOHN CURTIS AND ANN MORAN.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article626806

No person whatever is to pass through or

into the Town of Parramatta, either by

night or day, with a musket , who has not

the Magistrate’s permission for that purpose.

By Command of His Excellency,

G. Blaxcell Acting Sec.

June 7, 1805

JOHN AND ANN PART 2. PARRAMATTA

FROM PHIL READY’S READY OR NOT.

KING’S successor WILLIAM BLIGH had even more trouble with MACARTHUR and the NSW CORPS as he was more interested in discipline than seeing the officers get rich for he well remembered the mutiny of his crew on the BOUNTY. So while JOHN and ANN  worked hard to build a future for their family which had grown to five with the birth of two sons, JAMES and JOHN, friction was building up between BLIGH and MACARTHUR.

The smaller settlers and emancipists  whom the Corps despised, backed BLIGH as he tried to bring the Corps under control and stop them abusing the privileges they had squeezed from his predecessors. On Friday 1st January 1808 as evidence of their backing they penned an address of loyalty to him , which JOHN CURTIS also signed.

Unfortunately, under the threat of financial ruin along with other signatories, John was forced to retract and sign another in favour of MAJOR JOHNSTON when MCARTHUR and the more influential settlers , feeling threatened by Bligh, persuaded Johnston to depose BLIGH and assume command himself ( Banks papers. vol 622 captan bligh and nsw corps 1906 1811 p 301).

As no provision had been made for settlers by the English Government when setting up the prison Colony, there was a great shortage of coins at this period so coins from other nationalities were put into use and IOUS and PROMISSORY NOTES came into circulation. John Curtis was unfortunate enough to lose one of these promissary notes and during March 1809 advertised in the papers for its return. ( Check the details on  https://lynnesheritage.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/st-johns-church-parramatta-john-curtis-and-ann-moran/. They read a little differently with access to NLA ).

Leaving Lt Gov Patterson in charge McArthur and Johnston made the mistake of going to England to explain their actions to the English Government which was not amused by the way they had deposed BLIGH. Major Johnston was casheered and John McArthur exiled from the Colony for 8 years.

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On 17th December  1809 JOHN CURTIS was notified that Lt Gov Patterson had granted him land at Parramatta. Eleven Days later Lachlan Macquarie Bligh’s replacement arrived and within a few weeks had assessed the situation and cancelled everything that had been done officially since Johnston had deposed Bligh ; all land grants, appointments and trials. It had been decided that the NSW CORPS was to become one of the ordinary regiments of the British Army and sent home.

With staggering speed Macquarie started to clean up the mess he had inherited for he found the population continually threatened with starvation, the buildings decaying and the morals of most of the population in the lowest state of debasement whilst religious worship seemed to be in a state of almost total neglect. Arrival of the grain ship MARIAN a fortnight after Macquaries arrival followed by a mild autumn and bounteous spring partly relieved the problem of feeding the starving community and Macquarie was able to concentrate on other matters needing his attention.

Cancellation of all land grants made during the rebel’s rule meant that JOHN CURTIS too lost the land granted to him by Lt Col Gov Patterson so he wrote a memorial to Gov Macquarie seeking confirmation of the grant. ( sm folio pp 4 1810 NSW Colonial Sec in letters and memorials 1810 AK NO 80 REEL 1066 AONSW). Macquarie as was his way when dealing with those he considered worthy emancipists acquiesced.

The skills John was  acquiring in the Colony coupled with those he had learned as an accountant in England were coming in handy and life was improving steadily for he appears to have been able to use some of the Government Land at the dairy for his own cattle. Ann  too was proving to be a marvellous help and mother and on Wed 3rd July 1811 gave birth to their third son PETER. This was ANN’s 4th child but John’s 16th, two of his English children had died before he left England leaving 5 sons and 5 daughters there.

During March 1812 there were again heavy rains and the Hawkesbury rose 12 feet over its banks. Flood years seemed to stir John’s spirit for on 7th December he further petitioned the Governor , this time for a free pardon which was granted. (NSW COL SEC IN LETTERS Petitions mitigating sentences 1811 – 1812 pp 110-111 reels 1227 and 612 ) (register of pardons and tickets of leave Vol 1 p 183 Col Sec papers COD ML ).

As cattle were always straying through the burial grounds  behind St Johns Church Parramatta, an appeal for funds towards enclosing the grounds was made, to which JOHN CURTIS subscribed ( Sydney Gazette Jan 1813).

On Tuesday 16 August 1814 in a ceremony at St Johns Church at Parramatta witnessed by Chistopher Grogan and Margaret Neale , JOHN CURTIS and ANN MORAN were married. This ceremony was followed by the baptism of 3 year old PETER and his baby sister CATHERINE ( Kitty) born on 7th June that year ( 1814) . A muster taken at this time lists JOHN, ANN and these 2 children as still being supplied from Govt Stores whilst the other 3 children were not.

The CURTIS children grew as the years passed with all helping out on the farm as they became able . Elizabeth blossomed into a young woman and JOHN READY  who lived nearby became interested in  her.  In 1829 when ELIZABETH was 17 and JOHN READY was 30 they were married.

With other ROMAN CATHOLIC members of the community, JOHN CURTIS signed a petition to J T  BIGGE for a ROMAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL when Bigges came out to the Colony to investigate and report on how it was going. ( 20 Feb 1820 Bigges Report app p 3943).

Because of John’s advanced age,( he was now 72), ANN CURTIS set up business for herself. On 21 April 1821 she paid into the POLICE FUND for 6 months brewing licence and a retailing licence ( Wenworth Papers dip 228).

Almost six months later on Wed 12 September 1821 , John Curtis died and was laid to rest in the BURIAL GROUND behind ST JOHNS CHURCH PARRAMATTA.