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John Pilmore COLLITS

Male 1803 - 1886  (83 years)


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  • Name John Pilmore COLLITS  [1
    Born 08 Feb 1803  Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 11 Aug 1805  Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 02 Jun 1886  Myall Park, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 05 Jun 1886  Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Anglican Section (Unmarked)
    Notes 
    • Took up land in Canowindra, on the Bangaroo station, the original settlers in this area..

      NOTES FROM "OUR FAMILY ROOTS" by Lorna Hawkins & Gai Rimmer

      John Pilmore spent his early years in the Castlereagh area where Pierce and Mary lived at Birds Eye Corner. In 1824 he was still at Castlereagh working his father's farm, whilst his mother and father had moved to the Hartley District.
      In 1839 John was granted 150 acres at the Vale of Clwydd (Hartley). John and Hannah later moved further afield to the Canowindra area.
      Hannah is said to be the first white woman at Canowindra. They were the first to hold Bangaroo Station, however, they were driven off Bangaroo by natives, and the following was made up about them -

      "With spears and womeras, and boomerangs too,
      They hunted poor Johnny from Bangaroo,
      And Hannah and Bridget and children, too,
      Were forced to flee from Bangaroo"

      It would appear that John and his family returned to Hartley, no doubt due to their trouble on Bangaroo and also his mother Mary, passed away in 1841 followed by Pierce in 1848.
      Pierce, in his will dated 1st August 1841, left to John "two farms of 150 acres, each situated in the County of Cook...these farms adjoin and are bounded on the North by Mt. York Farm on the East and South by Mountain range and on the West by James Morris' farm and are now in the occupation of my son John Collits". Mt. York farm was left to his brother James.
      They eventually settled at Back Creek near Cowra and John died at Myall Park near Forbes in 1886 at the age of 83 years from Senile Decay 10 days. In his will he left everything to his daughter Esther Young, who was a widow at the time.

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      From Field Family Newsletter Edition 29

      Extracts taken from Forbes Advocate by Elizabeth Mc Rae.. 1968

      John Collits had two sons Pierce and John, and one daughter Esther, who married James Young and they had a hotel at Bandon in the days when Sir Frederick Potting and Inspector Stephenson had charge of the police force in this part of the State. The Young’s employed Ben hall as a stable boy long before he took to the roads, and Mrs. Young’s brother Pierce Collits, as recounted in the Sydney Morning Herald at the time of his death had cause to bless the day he came in friendly contact with Ben.

      There were two Pierce Collits residing in the Forbes District for many years, the one who is now buried on his old property at the Sand Hills, near Forbes, and Pierce Collits, a cousin who managed Bundabura Station for the Stricklands, and who had his home in Lachlan Street , Forbes, in an old house which stood for many years near Dr. Vout’s surgery and home is now located.

      Contrary to general belief, the bushrangers were not always on the best of terms with the big cattle station owners and managers, and it was not always possible for them to take or exchange a horse when in dire need of one. That sort of thing was generally winked at, but when a thoroughbred race horse was taken from Bundaburra on one occasion Pierce Collits’s manager, reported the loss to the police. That fact in time came to the knowledge of the bushrangers, and Pierce Collits, then living with his sister at Bandon Hotel, nearly paid with his life for having the same name as the Bundaburra Station manager. He was riding a horse belonging to Mrs. Young and had been below Forbes. There was no Fitzgerald’s Bridge in existence then, and the river crossing was at Finn’s about 4 miles below town, where the stream mostly consisted of pools.
      Saying His Last Prayers
      Pierce Collits had ridden to near the spot where the South Condobolin Road is bisected by the road leading to Salisbury. he encountered some of the bushrangers , and then Dan Morgan, a somewhat bloodthirsty member of the gang, learnt the name of the lone rider, he put him down on his knees saying his last prayers, while he menaced him with a large colt revolver. The timely arrival of Ben Hall, who explained the delusion Morgan was under undoubtedly spared Collits, for it was an unforgivable crime in the eyes of the bushrangers for anyone to assist the police in hunting them down. Morgan then wanted to take the horse, but Hall knew it was Mrs. Young’s and again stepped in and prevented Collits being left stranded on the roadside.

      This Pierce Collits married Elizabeth Jones and they has 13 children most of whom grew up in the district.
      (Mrs. Elizabeth Mc Rae (nee Collits) was one of the daughters. She lived most of her life at “WyWorrie” Ferry Street, Forbes.
    Person ID I640  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father Pierce COLLITS,   b. 1765, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1848, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary HARDWICK,   b. 24 Dec 1769, Kilkenny, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1841, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 15 Nov 1795  St Dunstanes, Stepney, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F182  Group Sheet

    Family Hannah LEES,   b. 25 Jun 1804, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1874, Back Creek, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1822  Christ Church, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. Maria COLLITS,   b. Abt 1824, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1888, Walgett, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     2. Mary COLLITS,   b. 08 Dec 1826, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Mar 1851, Mt York, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     3. Susannah COLLITS,   b. 05 May 1829, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1856, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     4. Jane COLLITS,   b. 24 Jun 1831, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1847, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     5. Esther COLLITS,   b. 10 Oct 1833, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1912, Bedgerabong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Sarah COLLITS,   b. 30 Aug 1836, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1874, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     7. Pierce COLLITS,   b. 13 Mar 1840, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1914, Sand Hills, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     8. John COLLITS,   b. 25 May 1842, Mt York, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1881, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F280  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S500] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Ancestry Family Tree.

    2. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Parramatta, NSW, V1803459 148

    3. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Forbes, NSW, 1886-9496

    4. [S363] Collits history book.

    5. [S513] Pallot's Marriage Index for England: 1780 - 1837, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2001;).

    6. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    7. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      V18222871 3B