Thomas / Parker Family Stories

This page has been created so I can share family tree stories I have found during my research. I hope you enjoy them and pass them on to the next generation.

We must remember when reading these stories, that we live in very different times than our forebears did.

How the Parker Family arrived in Australia.

Convicts transported: John Snr. Ambrose, John Jnr., William and Thomas PARKER.

On 9th April, 1834 a 14 year old lad by the name of William Parker, was tried at the Quarter Session at Lancaster, U.K, and convicted for stealing. He was sentenced to 14 years transportation. On 8th October 1835 William arrived at Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on board the Aurora with 30 other convicts.

William’s convict indents, https://stors.tas.gov.au/NI/1424354 stated that his father was John a weaver, NP (native place – Burnley, Lancashire). His siblings were Nelson, Ambrose, John, James, Thomas, Smith, Maria and Ann. There was no mention of his mother so it is possible she had died.

On further investigations I found that William’s father, John and two siblings, John & Ambrose, along with another band named John Boxhall, had broken into a factory and stole 8 rolls of cotton. They were tried and convicted at the Quarter Session, Lancashire and John (the younger) https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/parker/john-the-younger/22681, Ambrose https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/parker/ambrose/24480 & John Broxhall all received a 14 year sentence and John (the elder) https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/parker/john-the-elder/9568 was sentenced seven years. All were transported. John the Elder arrived in NSW on board “Mary Ann” in 1835, John (the younger) and his brother Ambrose arrived onboard “John Barry” also in 1835.

In 1839, the youngest sibling, Thomas Parker https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/parker/thomas/37010 was transported to Van Diemen’s Land for stealing a handkerchief.

If you click on the links in the above paragraphs you will find further information about John Snr. Ambrose, John, William and Thomas.

According to the NSW Government Gazette, published on Tuesday January 10, 1843, page 51 John (the younger) received his ticket of leave at Carcoar, NSW. He was now a free man aged about 28 years. In January 1850 John married Ann Smith at Presbyterian Church at Carcoar. In October 1850 John, their first child was born. He was baptised at the Presbyterian Church at Carcoar. (NSW BDM Rego No: V1850 159 51). Then came Jane in 1854, Maria 1855, Thomas 1856 and William 1858. Sadly, Ann and the children lost their breadwinner on 17 April 1859 at Morongla Creek, Cowra. The youngest, William, was just 4 months old and the oldest, John, just 8 years old.

In 1861 Ann married George Sampson. (NSW BDM Rego No: 1861/1605). This union produced nine more children between 1861 and 1883. Ann must have been a healthy woman and she did not lose one child in infancy. Very rare for that era!

I have not been able to find much information about William, apart from him spending time in the notorious Port Arthur. Thomas eventually made his way over to NSW and found his brother Ambrose. They both worked on ‘Jerula’, a property owned by George Campbell. I found hospital records for both of them and also death certificates. (Ambrose Parker NSWBDM Rego No: 1860/04663) (Thomas Parker NSW BDM Rego No: 1886/08039) They were both buried on the property. I believe there are on headstones and that many of the graves may have been washed away due to flood.

Their father, John Snr., died in 1852 at Reidsdale, NSW (NSW BDM Rego No: V1852 1232 38B).