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George Iden of Woodchurch: convict and coachman to the Colonial Secretary

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Early years George Iden was baptised in Woodchurch, Kent on 16 August 1801, the son of William Iden and his wife Sally Gregory Holyer. (George’s brother Walter was the step father of Robert Caleb Jarvis who was transported for 10 years in 1845, the subject of another blog).   Arrest and trial On 2 September 1824 George was taken into custody at Newgate Prison, charged with …

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The Baker family: from Salehurst to Sydney

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SARAH DRURY 1796-1839  Sarah Drury is my 5 x great aunt and was the daughter of William and Mary Drury nee Iden. She was baptised in Rolvenden, Kent on 2 October 1796 [1] and was the fifth of William and Mary’s six children and their youngest daughter. In the 1841 census her father, brothers and all the surrounding households were agricultural labourers. On 4 January 1813 when she was 16 …

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William Thomas Harriott & Grace McHenry

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The first Harriott in our family to arrive in Australia was my 3x great grandfather William Thomas Harriott, born 1817 in Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland.  William was a free settler, arriving in Australia in 1842, on board the ship Margaret.  William was accompanied by his wife Grace McHenry, born 1817 in Northern Ireland.  They were married in Newington, England in 1841.  Once in Australia they settled in …

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