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William Henry Firman
William Henry Firman
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was born in 1815 Westbury,
Wiltshire England the son of James Sims and Phoebe Morris.
On 8th Feb. 1833 George confessed
to stealing 11 pieces of rope valued 4/ from Richard Wearing at Trowbridge. He
was employed as a Clothier and could read and write. George Sims was convicted
and tried on the 2nd March 1833 at Wiltshire Assizes. With a previous
conviction of 1 month he was sentenced to transportation for a term of 14 years.
Four months later he sailed from Portsmouth on board the ‘Aurora’ heading
for the Penal colony of New South Wales. The ‘Aurora’ arrived November 3rd
1833 after 122days at sea.
George was granted his Ticket of Leave on 20th
January 1840 on the condition he remain in the District of Queanbeyan. The
description of George Sims as recorded on his TOL was: Sandy Brown Hair, Hazel
eyes, 5ft 4/3 inches heigh, Ruddy and freckled complexion, Slight scar outer
corner of left eye, nose alittle cocked, eyebrows partially meeting, large scar
on palm of right hand.
In 1842 George applied to the Colonial
Secretary’s office for permission to marry Elizabeth Mullaly 27yo 'Margaret 3'
7 years Bond George Sims 26yo 'Aurora 1' 14years TOL Which was granted.
Elizabeth Mullaly was born in 1811 in County Kerry Ireland, the daughter of John
Mullaly and Mary breschard. While working
as a housemaid Elizabeth was convicted of ‘Vagrancy’ She was tried on July
17, 1839 in County Kerry,Ireland with a previous conviction of 3 months she was
sentenced to 7 years transportation. On the 30th April 1840 amongst
133 female convicts Elizabeth sailed from Dublin aboard the ‘Margaret’. The
journey took 109 days arriving at the settlement in August 1840. Her description
was recorded as 5ft 3" , Pale & freckled complexion, Dk brown hair,
hazel eyes, Nose cocked and 2 scars under right ear
George and Elizabeth married on 3rd
April 1842 at Bredbo
Witnessed by Lawrence Harnett & Daniel Driscoll
In order for George to find work and reside
outside the district of Queanbeyan a passport had to be granted.
applied for a ‘Passport’ in May 1842 allowing him to proceed to the
Murrumbidgee in the service of Mr George Mitchell for 12 months With his
Passport now expired he applied for another in June 1843 requesting to remain in
the service of Mr Cosgrove at Manero for 12 months.
George & Elizabeth had 10 children
JOHN SIMS, b. November 08, 1843,
m. ANNE CULLEN, 1862.
PHEBE SIMS, b. November 08, 1843,
GEORGE SIMS, b. April 11, 1845,
Baptism: November 24, 1843
m. RICHARD PHILLIPS, 1859.
d. January 02, 1871:
Burial: Old Adaminaby Cemetery
m. MARY A DUNN, 1873.
d. 1934; Burial: Tumut NSW
MARY ANN SIMS, b. January 14, 1847.
m. SAMUEL PHILLIPS 1865 St Patricks church Cooma
WILLIAM SIMS, b. December 25, 1847, Nimmitybelle.
MARY ANN SIMS, b. August 14, 1849,
m. GEORGE WALTER CULLEN, 1870, Cooma NSW.
d. February 09, 1925; Burial: Cooma Cemetery NSW
ELIZABETH(ELIZA)3 SIMS, b.
1850, Alum Creek, Cooma NSW;m. JAMES CHALKER, December 19, 1871, C/E
Christ Church Cooma NSW; d. August 04, 1939, Kameruka,Bega; Burial:
August 07, 1939, R/C Old Adaminaby Cemetery
ROSANNA SIMS, b. July 12, 1852, Mialla
m. THOMAS EURELL, 1874. d. 1926; Burial: Leeton Cemetery
JOSEPH SIMS, b. November 16, 1853,
Bolindra Creek;m. HANORAH BROSNAN, 1883.
HENRY SIMS, b. 1857; m. MARY A CAUSLEY,
The Electoral Rolls for the Monaro District
records the Sims family residing and owning numerous properties; Bolaro,
Bullambalong, Jones Plain, Cowra, Alum Creek, Dry Plain, Celey’s Creek.
Elizabeth Sims died on 18th January
1877 at Bolairo
Cause of Death: Old Age aged 66 years
Burial: January 21, 1877, Old Adaminaby Cemetery
Informant on death certificate: George Sims,husband of Bolairo
Witnesses at Burial : Alexander Barrett & George Barrett
A year later George Sims married Susan Blyton
nee Jackson in Cooma
SUSAN JACKSON was born 1849 in Norfolk, England
She came to Australia with her family on the ship 'Beejapore' arriving on 9th
Robert Jackson 32yo Bricklayer f. Simon living
in Methwold m. Susan dead
Elizabeth 32yo f.Thomas living in Northwold m.Mary dead
Elizabeth 18m died on voyage
Mary 2m born on voyage
Paid 5 pound 10 shillings for self & family
Susan's mother Elizabeth died 21st Feb 1853 as
a result of a street accident in Sydney. Mary died 2nd March 1853 a week or so
Robert Jackson later married Amelia Fillingham
and moved to Queanbeyan
Robert died 4 Aug 1899 Amelia died 1902
Susan’s first 2 children were born before she
married and are registered under her maiden name Jackson with the father
ELIZABETH JACKSON b. 1870 Cooma
ANNIE JACKSON b. 1872.
Susan married William Blyton in 1872 at Cooma
MARY BLYTON, b. 1873. Penrose Valley,
Arable m. CHARLES
ARNOLD ALCOCK 1895 Maffra
ELIZA BLYTON, b. 1875.
ROBERT BLYTON, b. 1877, Jillamatong
m. MAUDE ADELAIDE CALDWELL, 1906. Jerangle
Notes for WILLIAM BLYTON:
On March 26 William aged 16 and Thomas Redfern
were committed for trial on the charge of "feloniously burglariously
breaking open the dwelling house of John Parkins of Mansfield, and stealing one
pound note, eight shillings in silver & ten shillings in copper two bottles
of rum, one bottle of Gin & some bottles of wine also a quantity of sugar,
tea, tobacco and candles
Tried - Nottingham Azzizes July 29, 1819
Age - 18 years old
Sentence - Life
Ship - Mangles 1820
William Blyton 'Mangles' 25yo Government servant
Stockman at Mrs Jemima Jenkins Bombaloon Airds
Permission to marry
William blyton 'Mangles' 1820 29yo Life (TOL)
Elizabeth smith BC 18yo FREE
1831 Clergy-Reddall Campbelltown
William Blyton and Elizabeth Smith had 11 children.
The family worked on several runs on the south-western side of Monaro, mainly
doing leather work.
Elizabeth died in 1870 [information on Elizabeth’s family in folder]
William married Susan Jackson., they lived at
Eagle Vale. William owned the Horse and Jockey Inn in Commissioner St Cooma.
William died in 1877 as a result of an accident.
Burial: September 09, 1877, Christ Church Cemetery Cooma
George Sims now in his sixties fathered 5 more children with his new wife Susan
PHOEBE SIMS, b. 1878;
m. WILLIAM H OWERS, 1905.
MAUDE E SIMS, b. 1881
m. MARK DYBALL, 1902. d. 1911
ELIZABETH SIMS, b. 1884;
m. (1) ALBERT WESCHE; m. (2) WALTER M TOZER, 1902.
MILY SIMS, b. 1886;
m. EDWARD J QUIGG, 1905.
RACHEL SIMS, b. 1889;
m. JOHN H HERLIHY, 1914.
George Sims died on July 1st
1911 at Peak View, Monaro Shire
Cause of Death: Senile Decay aged 96 years
Burial: July 04, 1911, R/C Rose Valley Cemetery
Informant on death certificate: Susan Sims,wife of Pretty Tree Flat, Peak View
Witnesses at Burial : Patrick Ryan & W E Lloyd
PERKINS PAPERS (page 2512.m.s.936/7 item 2
Monaro District 1901-1918
Death: July 1st 1911; George Sims at home of
Robert Blyton, Pretty Tree Flat, aged 96years. Was a native of Burnima??
England. Came to Aust. in 1830 at age 15??Lived since in various parts of
Monaro. Lived at Celeys Creek for past 20 years. and for last 14 years at Peak
View. was twice married, leaves family of 16, - 11 by first wife and 5 by
second, and numerous Grandchildren. He was a farmer & Grazier at Alum Creek
and then at Myalla & owned some property in the town of Cooma. He claimed to
be the oldest inhabitant of the Monaro District. He could read and Write without
spectacles. Buried at Umeralla.
Susan Sims died on 4th April
1925 at Victoria St Cooma
Cause of Death: Myocardial Degeneration aged 76 years
Burial: April 06, 1925, C/E Christ Church Cemetery Cooma NSW
Informant on death Certificate :Rachel Herlihy,daughter of Victoria St,Cooma
Witnesses at Burial : George Blyton & John Herlihy
Information above contributed by Kerrie Fitzpatrick email@example.com