John – born Muswellbrook (presumably) on 23 Dec 1850 and married Emily Annie Australia Oldfield on 18 March 1874 at Murrurundi. They had one child “Albert George” on the 3rd July 1874 but sadly he died just a few months later on 15 Dec 1874. John then died a very premature death a couple of months later on 28 February 1875 from an apparent obstruction of the bowel.
Edward Brown was born at Murrurundi on 20 July 1852.
This Edward Brown married Eliza Hicks at “Doughboy Hollow” on the 15 August 1874
William James was born in 1855, married Elizabeth Sarah Smith on 4 Jan 1877 and had 7 children, 3 of whom died young. He died 5 July 1918 and both he and are Elizabeth are buried in marked graves at Murrurundi. He has living descendents.
Robert was born 10 May 1857 and died 17 Nov 1928. He married Emma Kensell in 1880 and they had 6 children, two of whom died young and a third killed in France in 1917. He has living descendents.
"Vincent is believed to have been born around 1866 but it is understood his birth records were destroyed. He's thought to have been alive in 1882 but no further record is known of him, although he may be “Vincent Bruce” who died on 3 July 1900 in Queensland.
Mary Annie was born on 1 November 1861 and married Leonard Horner Bond in Paddington, Sydney on 13 April 1882. She died in Sydney on the 19th July 1919. The writer is a living descendent.
Harriet Isabella was born on 11 November 1863 but died just short of her 4th birthday on 27 October 1867 after being gored by a cow and suffering severe head injuries.
(Miriam) Lydia – Like Vincent, birth records cannot be found for her but her birth date is believed to be around 1868. She married a Frederick John Wilson in 1886 in Murrurundi but later lived in Sydney and they had at least 5 children, one who is believed to have died in 1917 during the war. It is assumed she has living descendents.
Alexander was born on 28 October 1870 and married Eleanor Annie Oxley in 1893. They had 2 children. He died on April 5 1930 at Cooma but usually resided in Redfern, Sydney. He has living descendents.
Ada Jennet was born on Sept 17 1873 and died 20 Feb 1875.
After its arrival in VDL (Tasmania), Edward stayed with the “4th” and it is believed shortly sailed on to their headquarters in Parramatta. The “4th” was quite instrumental in establishing law and order throughout the new Australian colonies with members spending time in Hobart Town, Port Phillip Settlement (Melbourne), Swan River Settlement (Perth) and of course Sydney where they were based. By 1837 however they were called to Madras in India and Edward was transferred to the 80th regiment on the 1st August 1837. He served with the 80th as a Mounted Private until 30 June 1844 where he was again transferred; this time to the colonial government’s 11th regiment. He was posted to Maitland NSW on 1 August 1848 under Troop Order 16 and finally discharged as being medically unfit for military service on March 31 1850. He had spent 21 years and 35 days serving Monarch and country.
It was probably around the time of his posting to Maitland when he met and then married Emma I. Clark(e) on October 1 1849 at St Andrews Church in Muswellbrook. Emma would still have been a teenager. Emma is believed to have been born around 1833 (but possibly as early as 1829) either in Aberdeen or “at sea” but no records can be found for her.
Upon his discharge from the army he had already organised himself another job and was appointed “roving constable” at Murrurundi on the first of January 1850. He is listed as a “Lock-up keeper” by the birth of his first child John in late 1850. John is thought to have been born in Muswellbrook but the family settled and had the rest of their children in Murrurundi where Edward is listed as a “freeholder” in 1857.
Edward spent a brief time as a “coal and tin miner” in the early 1850’s according to baptism records for Edward Brown (junior). This was probably more a hobby as he appears to have been the roving constable of the district. He was officially appointed constable in the colonial NSW police force in June 1855. In his record he is described as 5’ 9” hazel eyes, grey hair and of ruddy complexion with an active and intelligent appearance.
After 15 year’s service he retired on 15 November 1870 on 3/- per diem and died in Murrurundi on 27 August 1880. He probably spent the last 10 years of his life assisting his sons (particularly William and Edward) who were thought to have had property in and around Murrurundi.
After a life devoted primarily to child rearing, Emma died a somewhat premature and painful death on the 17 August 1882. She shares a headstone with her first born daughter Mary Annie at the Rookwood cemetery in Sydney, so the two were obviously close.
William Clark married Mary Mavour or Mavin Emma's Parents married 13.1.1827 Cullen, Scotland and Had four children
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