Thomas George **
- Born: 12 Jul 1803, Riccarton, Ayr, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Margaret Wyllie ** on 16 Feb 1824 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland
- Died: 8 Nov 1878, Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia at age 75
- Buried: 16 Nov 1878, Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of his death was Old Age 9 months.
Another name for Thomas was McGeorge.
The family arrived on the Andromache on the 31st August 1837. The Andromache was a small barque, built in Scarborough in 1824, and owned by Tebbut & Co of the Port of London. A wonderful account of the journey of the Andromache to Australia has been published by Denise Burton (editor): Diary of Mary Martha Stack 11 July 1837 - 28 October 1837. (ISBN 9780987510846 firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Mr George Rankin sponsored Thomas and his family and paid the bounty for the family to emigrate. Thomas is listed as a native of Ayr, 30 years old and a shoemaker. Religion is Presbyterian. Children listed are Thomas 13 years, Margaret 7, Samuel 4, Dougald (sic) 2 and Sophia Jane, born at Sea.
John, Mary Ann, Emily and James are all registered as surname "George"; Eliza Lee was registered as McGeorge so the family must have changed their name to McGeorge sometime around 1847-1848.
Thomas and his wife are apparently buried in the Carcoar Cemetery, but I have not been able to find their graves there (I have not yet made enquiries of the cemetery trust to see if they have records). A grave does exist there for their son Thomas, who died in Wilcannia in 1867. There is a bit of empty space near this grave that may perhaps be the resting place of his parents.
His parent's names are not recorded on his death certificate but he is recorded as born in Scotland. His age is recorded as 78 years on this document which would place his birth year at 1800.
Transcription of Thomas George's Will
Will of Thomas McGeorge
This is the last will and Testament of me Thomas McGeorge of Carcoar in the Colony of New South Wales Bootmaker. I give devise and bequeath all the real and personal Estate of what nature or kind soever of which I shall die seized or possessed unto my dear wife Margaret McGeorge for the term of her natural life for her own use and benefit but not to be disposed of by her in any way whatever by sale or otherwise And after her death then I desire that the whole of my said real and personal Estate shall be sold and after payment of all her just debts and any debt or debts due or owing upon the said real and personal Estate and after payment also of her funeral expenses the balance of the moneys then being in hand from the said Sale after all such deductions as aforesaid shall be equally divided between my children Margaret Widow of William Ralph late of Kings Plains, Samuel McGeorge now of Abercrombie River, Dugald Wylie of Hay, John of Lower Darling River, Mary Ann Coombes, wife of Charles Howarth of Carcoar, Emily Morrison wife of William Hausard of Orange, James of Carcoar and Eliza Lee wife of Robert Howarth of near Orange But if my said wife should pre decease me then I direct the said Sale upon the terms and subject to the provisions aforesaid I appoint William Edward Tolhurst of Carcoar the sole Executor of this my Will and revoking all other Wills I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight.
Signed and acknowledged by Thomas McGeorge the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have here unto subscribed our names as Witnesses (the words "Widow" "Lee" and "William" in the twenty second , twenty nineth and thirty third lines respectively from the top having been struck through, altered or underlined)
_________________E.S.H. Forth (?) _______________E. Stammers
22nd October 1879 This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and Testament of Thomas McGeorge late of Carcoar, Bootmaker deceased was granted to Edward Tolhurst the Executor named in said Will Testator died 8th November 1878
Noted events in his life were:
• He resided at the time of his marriage in 1824 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland.
• He emigrated into Sydney on the ship "Andromache". on 31 Oct 1837.
• He had a residence on 22 Aug 1844 in Three Brothers, near Hobby's Yards near, Blayney, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Shoemaker at the time of his son, Thomas' birth on 26 Jul 1826 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland.
• He worked as a Shoemaker when he emigrated to Australia in 1837, at the time of Emily's baptism, 1844, and at the time of his death in 1878.
• He worked as a Shoemaker at the time of his son Dougal's marriage on 7 Feb 1861.
• He worked as a Bootmaker according to daughter Margaret's death certificate.
• He worked as a Farmer according to son Dougal's Death Certificte.
• He worked as a Shoemaker at the time of his death on 8 Nov 1878 in Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Bootmaker according to daughter Emily's Death Cert.
Thomas married Margaret Wyllie **, daughter of John Wylie and Mary Campbell, on 16 Feb 1824 in Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland. (Margaret Wyllie ** was born on 12 Mar 1804 in Scotland, died on 29 Jan 1882 in Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 30 Jan 1882 in Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of her death was Natural Decay 12 days.