Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Sarah “Sally” McGILVRAYAge: 36 years18221858

Name
Sarah “Sally” McGILVRAY
Given names
Sarah
Surname
McGILVRAY
Married name
Sarah GRIFFITHS
Nickname
Sally
Also known as
Sarah McGILLAVRAY
Also known as
Sarah McGILLIVRAY
Birth calculated 1822 32 31
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.

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Note: The birth certificate for her daughter, Margaret, includes the information that Sarah was 26 years of age at the time of the birth in 1857 and that Sarah was born in Scotland. This would have Sarah born in 1831. Clearly, dates do not work out. This would mean that Sarah was only 10 years of age at the time of the birth of her son John MISSINGHAM. Also, it would mean that she was only 12 years of age when she married James. The age at death for Sarah in her Death Certificate is 36. This would have her born about 1822. Which does fit better with the other relevant dates. The immigration record for Sally includes the information that she was 18 years of age at the time of her embarkation on board the 'George Fife'. This also means that she was born about 1822.
Birth of a brotherAlexander McGILVRAY
about 1825 (Age 3 years)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 581
Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
Birth of a brotherDugald McGILVRAY
calculated 1827 (Age 5 years)
Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
Note: The immigration record for Dugald includes the information that he was 12 years of age at the time of his embarkation on board the 'George Fife'.
Immigration January 23, 1840 (Age 18 years)
Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.

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Note: Arrived on board the 'George Fife' with her parents and siblings.
Birth of a son
#1
John MISSINGHAM
September 15, 1841 (Age 19 years)

Missingham - John - Baptism Certificate
Missingham - John - Baptism Certificate

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Note: The entry in the Presbyterian register has a note across this entry - Illegitimate.
Death of a brotherJohn McGILVRAY
about 1841 (Age 19 years)
Citation details: Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
Text:

Name: John Mc Gilvray Death Date: 1841 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1841 Registration Place: Black Creek, Bulwarra, Cloden, East Maitland, Hinton, Hunter District, Maitland, Morpeth, West Maitland, New South Wales Volume Number: V18411367 25B

Baptism of a sonJohn MISSINGHAM
November 21, 1841 (Age 19 years)
Missingham - John - Baptism Certificate
Missingham - John - Baptism Certificate

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Birth of a son
#2
John GRIFFITHS
calculated 1843 (Age 21 years)
Address: "Facy"
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Griffis - Annie Siley and John
Griffis - Annie Siley and John

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Death Certificate - Griffis - John
Death Certificate - Griffis - John

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Birth Certificate - Griffis - Dugal
Birth Certificate - Griffis - Dugal

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Note: John was 32 years of age at the time of the birth of his son, Dugal, in 1875. The headstone for John is inscribed that he was 78 years of age at the time of his death in 1921. This age at death is also included in his Death Certificate.
Religious marriageJames GRIFFITHSView this family
December 12, 1844 (Age 22 years)
Address: By William Ross - Minister Saint Ann's Presbyterian Church
Citation details: 19 January 2011.
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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Note: Michael Bruin advises that the year of their marriage was 1944. The birth certificate of their daughter, Margaret, includes the information, that James and Sarah were married on 12 December 1943.
Saint Ann's Prebyterian Church, Paterson
Saint Ann's Prebyterian Church, Paterson

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Birth of a daughter
#3
Elizabeth GRIFFITHS
calculated 1845 (Age 23 years)

Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Coote - John and Elizabeth
Coote - John and Elizabeth

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Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Note: The headstone for Elizabeth is inscribed that she was 77 years of age at the time of her death in 1922.
Birth of a daughter
#4
Sarah GRIFFITHS
March 27, 1847 (Age 25 years)
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Citation details: V1847278 49/1847 GRIFFITHS SARAH JAMES SARAH
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Birth of a son
#5
James GRIFFITHS
June 15, 1848 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: V18481180 49/1848 GRIFFITHS JAMES JAMES SARAH
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Death of a sonJames GRIFFITHS
September 30, 1848 (Age 26 years)

Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Note: I cannot find any relevant registration in NSW for the death of James.
Birth of a son
#6
Alexander GRIFFITHS
June 24, 1851 (Age 29 years)

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 601
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858."

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 14757/1923 GRIFFITHS ALEXANDER 72 YEARS WINGHAM WINGHAM
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Note: The year of Alexander's birth has been calculated on the statement from his death Index entry where …
Marriage of a siblingAlexander McGILVRAYLouisa STACEView this family
Type: Religious marriage
November 11, 1851 (Age 29 years)
Address: "Dunmore" By Rev. William Purves
Citation details: V1851332 80/1851 MCGILVRAY ALEXANDER STACE LOUISA PC
Text:

The PC in the reference indicates a Presbyterian marriage in the Hunter Valley at places such as Derbie, Hunter District, Maitland, Morpeth, Paterson and Singleton.

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 577 and 581
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: Saturday 15 November 1851, page 3
McGilvray - Alexander and Stace - Louisa
McGilvray - Alexander and Stace - Louisa

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Birth of a son
#7
James Alfred GRIFFITHS
July 1, 1853 (Age 31 years)

Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Citation details: V1853506 52/1853 GRIFFITHS JAMES JAMES SARAH
Text:

There is also this reference:

V18531346 70/1853 GRIPPIS JAMES JAMES SARAH

Birth of a daughter
#8
Mary GRIFFITHS
June 14, 1855 (Age 33 years)
Publication: Family history records held and maintained by Lyn Jobson
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary

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Baptism of a daughterMary GRIFFITHS
August 19, 1855 (Age 33 years)
Address: Residence of parents
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary
Baptism Certificate - Griffiths - Mary

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Birth of a daughter
#9
Margaret GRIFFITHS
May 6, 1857 (Age 35 years)
Address: Tilimby
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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Death of a husbandJames GRIFFITHS
December 25, 1858 (on the date of death) Age: 34?
Address: Paterson River
Cause: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 4962/1858 GRIFFITHS JAMES AGE 36 YEARS DIED PATERSON PATERSON
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Note: There is a disparity between the age at death of this James and the age at the time James was convicted and transported to Australia. There is some doubt whether this is the same James.

Tillimby - Griffiths - James and family
Tillimby - Griffiths - James and family

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Death of a daughterMargaret GRIFFITHS
December 25, 1858 (on the date of death)
Address: Paterson River
Cause: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c. *Note on H Tatt, He and his wife Rhoda took John and James in and raised them,I have photos of these two in later years These two boys later changed their surname to GRIFFIS."

Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3.
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Death December 25, 1858 (Age 36 years)
Address: Paterson River
Cause of death: Drowned
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3.
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Inquest
By G G Cory J.P. to find drowned accidently
about December 27, 1858 (2 days after death)
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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Burial December 27, 1858 (2 days after death)
Cemetery: Saint Paul's Church of England
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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Citation details: 2 March 2013
Saint Paul's Church of England, Paterson.
Saint Paul's Church of England, Paterson.

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Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage:
elder sister
Mary McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1814 24 23Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: about 1898Queensland, Australia
1 year
elder brother
Lachlan McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1814 24 23Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death:
2 years
elder brother
John McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1815 25 24Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: about 1841New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
Donald McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1817 27 26Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death:
3 years
elder sister
Anne McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1819 29 28Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death:
4 years
herself
4 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Dugald McGILVRAY
Birth: calculated 1827 37 36Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: March 22, 1861Wingham, , New South Wales, Australia
Family with William MISSINGHAM - View this family
husband
herself
son
Family with James GRIFFITHS - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: December 12, 1844Paterson, , New South Wales, Australia
-11 months
son
3 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
Sarah GRIFFITHS
Birth: March 27, 1847 31 25New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1866Manning River District (Taree), , New South Wales, Australia
15 months
son
3 years
son
2 years
son
23 months
daughter
23 months
daughter
Margaret GRIFFITHS
Birth: May 6, 1857 41 35Paterson River, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 25, 1858Paterson, , New South Wales, Australia

BirthBirth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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BirthMarriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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BirthDeath Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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BirthWeb Site - ancestry.com.au
Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.

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ImmigrationWeb Site - ancestry.com.au
Citation details: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.
McGillivray - Sally - Arrived on board the 'George Fife'.

Note: Downloaded from ancestry.com.au.

MarriageEmails - Michael Bruin
Citation details: 19 January 2011.
Text:

In part:

"James Griffiths, convicted for stealing,7 yrs transport.abt 1840. Native of london.

James Griffiths b.1822,married Sarah McGilvray 12 Dec 1844 Scots Church Paterson.Witness:Alexander McGilvray & Neil Gillies. James and Sarah had Issue: John M. Hannah Tattersall 1867 Elizabeth Sarah James Alfred m Louisa Tattersall Alexander m Elizabeth J Northam 1872 James A Mary Margaret b1857 d.1858"

MarriageBirth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret
Birth Certificate - Griffiths - Margaret

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MarriageMarriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah
Marriage Certificate - Griffiths - James and McGilvray - Sarah

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DeathEmails - Michael Bruin
Citation details: 19 January 2011
Text:

In part:

"25 Dec 1858. James, wife Sarah and Baby Margaret were drowned in the Paterson River. *Neil Gillies and Henry Tattersall made failed attempt to save them,these two men recovered the bodies. (Tattersall is writers direct x/s grandfather.) The coroner commended Tattersall for his bravery. Alex.McGilvray was witness to Sarah/s burial. Henry Tattersall was the informant on Sarah.s d/c."

DeathNewspaper - The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser
Publication: Newspaper NSW : 1843 - 1893
Citation details: 1 January 1859, page 3.
DeathDeath Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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DeathMemorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret
Memorial Plaque - Griffiths - James, Sarah and Margaret

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InquestDeath Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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BurialDeath Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah
Death Certificate - Griffiths - Sarah

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BurialEmails - Lyn Jobson
Citation details: 2 March 2013