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Mary Ann WATKINS

Female 1843 - 1932  (88 years)


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  • Name Mary Ann WATKINS 
    Born 31 Jul 1843  Mt Clarence, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 Jul 1932  8 Frederick Street, Petersham, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia, Anglican Section 3 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Field Family Newsletter 29
      Sydney Morning Herald 1932
      held by Elizabeth McRae (nee Collits)

      The Collits Family - Passing of the Pioneers by Herbert J. Rumsey, FSG.

      In a recent S.M. Herald there appeared a notice of the death of Mary, relict of the late Pierce Collits, at Petersham, aged 91 years, and on the next day that of Elizabeth, relict of the late Pierce Collits at Forbes, aged 80 years.

      These two widows , who died within a couple of days of one another, were the widows of two Pierce Collits, who were cousins, and both grandsons of Pierce Collits and Mary his wife, who were amongst our very first pioneers.

      The first Pierce Collits came out in the Minorca in 1801. Up to about 1816 his signature may be seen as a witness to marriages in the old Castlereagh register in the Mitchell Library. It is said that Collits had crossed the mountains before the real discoverers of the track, and he was one of those who helped Captain Cox to form the road in 1815-1816. Before 1828 he had established a hotel at Mount York, 81 miles from Sydney where there was a post-office under his charge before 1834. Oxley the surveyor, in 1826 gives the height at “Vale of Clwyd, near Collits Inn” as 2642 feet. When the new road was made to Bathurst via Hartley, this inn was left on a by-road, and was closed.

      Collits, however, was not ruined by the loss of business at his hotel, for he had sent his sons out as pioneers of the Belubula and Lachlan. Right ahead of all the settlements they formed stations on all the choice and well watered spots from Canowindra to Cadow.

      Only a couple of weeks ago I discovered in a small station cemetery on the Belubula, near Canowindra, the grave of one of his stockmen. Thomas Higgins, (who was married to Sophia Field, Edwards Field’s daughter Nos. 5 and 6 of the Field Newsletter has more about Thomas Higgins) a former George Street hotelkeeper, who had gone west with Collits, and had been killed by accident in 1839.

      Mitchell, the surveyor, tells in his diary of meeting James Collits (son of old Pierce, and father of one of his cousins) on March 28th 1836, with an aboriginal. The pair has been 70 miles down the river from Grudgery, near Forbes, where Mitchell met them searching for water and grass for their stock. He says that Collits told him that but for the help of the blackfellow he would have died for want of water.

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      Deaths - COLLITS

      July 22nd 1932 at her residence 8 Frederick Street, Petersham, Mart Collits, relict of the late Pierce Collits in her 90th year.

      Funerals Collits - the relatives and friends of the late Mrs. Mary Collits are kindly invited to attend her funeral to leave her late residence, 8 Frederick Street, Petersham , tomorrow Saturday morning at 10 o’clock for C. of E. cemetery Rookwood, section 3. By road.
      Motor funeral. Wood Coffill Ltd.
    Person ID I915  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father James WATKINS,   b. 08 Aug 1817, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1853, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jane MORRIS,   b. 04 Mar 1824, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1900, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 31 Jul 1839  Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet

    Family Pierce COLLITS,   b. 14 Mar 1842, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1928, Petersham, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1865  Billabong Creek, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Forbes C.P.S. Marriages

      172/65 29/8/1865 Billabong. P. Collets bachelor, squatter, Bandon and Mary Watkins, spinster of Billabong were married at Billabong according to the Rites of the Church of England in the presence of Thomas Morris and Sophia Morris.

      Before moving to Petersham to live it is understood that Pierce and Mary Collits kept a hotel at Bandon. (Mrs. Rutter)

      Mary Watkins’s mother (nee Jane Morris) was daughter of James Morris and Sarah (nee Mitchell) Morris
    Children 
     1. Sophia Jane COLLITS,   b. 06 Nov 1865, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1947, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Amanda Maria COLLITS,   b. 08 Jul 1868, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1948, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Joseph James COLLITS,   b. 03 May 1870, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     4. Maude Mary COLLITS,   b. 31 Jul 1872, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1874, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     5. Ruth Gertrude COLLITS,   b. 21 Aug 1874, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1874, Vine Cottage, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Lydia Fanny COLLITS,   b. 21 Feb 1876, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1877, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     7. Albert Edwin COLLITS,   b. 12 Aug 1877, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1877, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Herbert Edwin COLLITS,   b. 12 Aug 1877, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1877, Bogabagil Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Walter William COLLITS,   b. 25 Jun 1879, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1963, 1 Eden Street, Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     10. Ernest Steven COLLITS,   b. 09 Sep 1881, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951, Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     11. Stella Gloria COLLITS,   b. 09 Sep 1881, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1944, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     12. Clarence COLLITS,   b. 1882, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1965, Yass, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     13. Elizabeth COLLITS,   b. 1884, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     14. Thomas COLLITS,   b. 1886, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F285  Group Sheet

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

    2. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages, 12637/1932, Petersham, NSW.

    3. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1865-2530, Billabong Creek, NSW.