So my great-great-grandfather William Whitfield (1812-1897) settled in the Picton area of NSW — mentioned in the previous posts — around 1845, having married Caroline Philadelphia West in Sydney in 1836. They had many children, of whom my great-grandfather William Joseph John Whitfield (1836-1925) was one. Warning: you will see a few cemeteries in this post, starting with the first video, of a church I have certainly been to — for funerals in the 1950s.
And here are William and Caroline:
William’s father Jacob was a convict. This year marks the bicentennial of his departure from Ireland aboard the convict ship Isabella — November 1821 in fact. The ship arrived in Port Jackson in March 1822. Read about the ship and the journey here.
William joined his father — but as a free settler — at the age of 14 in 1826. Came via Cape Horn too: read the details in 5a — William made it–or I wouldn’t be blogging, would I? He had been born in Cootehill, Parish of Drumgoon, County Cavan, Ireland. I wonder if later Picton reminded him of the old country? I wonder if I heard him what accent he would have had? So here is your next cemetery:
William and Caroline had many children, as did William’s son William Joseph John — 14 for William, 12 for WJJ. Among WJJ’s children was my grandfather Thomas Daniel Sweeney Whitfield (#4) and the grandfather of Tahmoor photographer James Whitfield I have come to know on Facebook, George Robert Whitfield (#8). The oldest sister of these was Susan Caroline Whitfield (#2 1862-1954) who married Jonathan McInnes (1859-1948).
Which brings me to the next centennial to consider: this lovely lady.
I shared that on Facebook yesterday after seeing it on the Wollondilly Historical Page. Here is what I (and they) wrote. Me first:
Whitfields — this is a must read!
So here is a Whitfield relative who has cracked the ton! And I can vouch for her being an amazing woman and a fount of family history. I was privileged to have met Lilian at Stanwell Park in 2014. She recalled my father as a bronzed beach god — from her memories of Shellharbour in the late 1920s!
“At Stanwell Park yesterday. She had a shopping trolley of Whitfield family pics, photos and documents going back to the 1830s! Amazing stuff! The four hours I could spend didn’t do it justice. Lilian Lee. 90+ and sharp as… She has been a TAFE teacher in her time. Recalled I met her father and mother too sometime around 60+ years back and he gave me a ride in his buggy.”
She really was just wonderful. And I am sure you can see the intelligence and humour in her face. She had at 90+ walked up the hill to Stanwell Park Station to meet me — and it is quite a climb.
When she was a little girl she saw William Joseph John Whitfield (b. 1836), the son of William Whitfield, in his turn the son of Jacob Whitfield, the convict who arrived in Sydney from Ireland in 1822. When you contemplate that….
Now the Wollondilly Historical Page:
Lilian Lee of Gunnedah is today celebrating her 100th Birthday (10.2.2021)
Lilian May Graham was born on 10.2.1921 at Lidcombe N.S.W. her Parents being Ruby Ruth (nee McInnes) & Stan Graham. Lilian’s Grandparents were Susan (nee Whitfield) & Jonathan McInnes.
Lilian married Raymond Lee on 24th October 1942.Their children were Alan (Sadly was killed in accident at 37 leaving 3 children and a wife.), Graham & Jennifer.Lilian has eight grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren and looking forward to the arrival of another two.
Lilian is still a dedicated member of the Gunnedah Country Women’s Association where she held various positions such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, International Officer, Cultural Officer, Land and Cookery Officer. She volunteered in other capacities, such as Art Gallery attendant, Bible Shop attendant, and Treasurer at the Uniting Church.
Lilian taught as a TAFE teacher teaching Secretarial Skills and was a Secretary at the Roads & Traffic Authority. On 30th November 2020 Lilian Lee was granted Life Membership to the Country Women’s Association for thirty years of dedicated service. The Citation that was prepared for her Life Membership described Lilian as an “immensely popular member, well-respected by our younger members and our more mature members alike.”
Lilian often inspires and advises others to reach their potential and is instrumental in making a beneficial difference in many people’s lives.
Photograph of Lilian May Lee. (3.2.2021)Information & photograph courtesy of Jennifer Lee-Robins & Whitfield family files.
See my April 2014 post To Stanwell Park: 1. What follows is an extract from that post:
….See this obituary:
McINNES.—February 8 at his residence Spion Kop, Picton, Jonathan McInnes dearly beloved husband of Susan, loved father of William, Annie,(Mrs. Gorrick), Susan ( Mrs.Todd deceased),and Ruby ( Mrs. S Graham), and brother of L. and A. McInnes, aged 86 years.
Their youngest, Ruby McInnes (b.1893), married Stan Graham, the one who I now seem to recall giving me – and my sister? – a ride in the buggy he still kept at his then home in Lidcombe, NSW. They are Lilian Lee’s parents.
Lilian Lee on the left
Lilian had an amazing photo of William Whitfield — born 16 Mar 1812 , Parish of Drumgoon, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Ireland, arrived on the “Thames” from Cork via Brazil and Cape Horn, age 14, married Caroline Philadelphia West 1836, died Sydney 1897….
Lilian had a number of town plans and maps clarifying exactly where the Whitfields were in Picton/Myrtle Creek/Tahmoor/Bargo in the 19th and early 20th centuries, something I had rather puzzled over on my page About the Whitfields: from convict days. The family is still well represented in that part of the world, though I don’t know them any more.