Saturday, November 23, 2013

James Gough book

This book covers his life in NSW in detail from his arrival in 1813; his colonial crime; work at the Parramatta Lumberyard and Old Government House; marriage and children with Ann Cain; the Old Supreme Courthouse, Sydney; patronage from William Cox at Sydney and Windsor; managing the White Hart inn; work on the church schools at the Hawkesbury (including his original tenders); the Berrima Jail fiasco with John Richards; life at Sutton Forest with Mary Allen (nee Sherwin) and their children; a brief stay at Cockatoo Island and an Absolute Pardon in 1842. Evidence given by Gough in a number of NSW court records provides contemporary information and confirms his business relationships with William Cox, and Dr. William Sherwin. Intriguing details of his English ancestry not previously known are also revealed after a chance discovery in an old newspaper of a legacy.

208 pages; 16 pages of illustrations containing 29 images, (including photos inside the roof of the Old Supreme Courthouse, a collection of 19th century tools, and a letter from James Gough); bios of family members; 313 reference sources.


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Price: $35 includes postage within Australia; $35 + $15 postage to New Zealand 
Other international locations: please contact me for details 

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Welcome to all recent visitors from New Zealand! Yes, James Gough was the elder brother of John Gough. Their UK story is included in the book. 

*** This book is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the author. This particularly applies to copying information or images to the internet.***

Comments about the book:

J.P. ...''A wonderful book. New information for all Gough family researchers. Very well researched. What an achievement. I didn't want to put it down.''

L.Mc ... ''I am impressed by how much research must have gone into writing this. You have  done a great job.''

R.H. ..."The coloured photos are fantastic!"

N.P. ... "I appreciate greatly all the time and effort you have put into this book. It is an excellent resource.'' 

S.O. ... "I found the UK details very interesting."

F.S. ... "I loved reading about Gough's family origins in England - it all adds a special twist to his story!'' 

 J.P. ...  "Congratulations on such a wonderful book. You have done a great job and I am so grateful to have all these interesting details."

M.S. ... "This book has been well researched and has a number of surprises to be found. Marion has published other historical books, great if you want true facts for your family.''

Saturday, October 19, 2013

James Gough Family Tree

James Gough had 10 surviving children and 74 known grandchildren. How many can claim to be part of the Gough Family tree today? 

The following names are all linked to this family and appear in the James Gough book.

Baldwin of Windsor:  
Phoebe married Dio Baldwin, son of Henry & Elizabeth Baldwin and they had 10 children.
Billingsley of Cootamundra:
Sarah married John William Billingley, the son of William & Caroline Billingsley and had 8 children.
Dundas of Hobart
John married Agnes Dundass. 
Eather of Windsor:
After her separation from James Gough, Ann Cain lived with Charles Eather and they had 6 children.

Forrester of Richmond:
Louise married George Forrester, the son of Henry & Lucy Forrester, and grandson of First Fleeter, Robert Forrester. They had 4 children.
Horsley of Gundagai:
After her separation from George Sewell, Eliza lived with Richard Frederick Horsley. They had 3 children.
Johnson of Sutton Forest:
Thomas married Catherine Johnson, daughter of James and Margaret Johnson. They had 7 children.
Roberts of Windsor:
Mary married Edward Roberts, the son of First Fleeter William Roberts & his wife Kezia. They had 12 children.
Robinson of Windsor:
Alexander married Jane Robinson, daughter of Richard and Mary Robinson. They had 5 children. 
Sewell of Sutton Forest:
Eliza married John Sewell and they had 3 children.
Sherwin of Parramatta: 
Mary was James Gough's second partner, and they had 5 children. She was the daughter of William Sherwin and Mary Duggan. 
South of Sydney
Elizabeth married Richard South and they had one child. 
Walker of Windsor:
Alexander's second wife was Elizabeth Walker and they had 10 children. She was the daughter of William and Mary Walker. 
Ward of Wilberforce:
James married Amelia Ward, daughter of Michael and Sophia Ward. They had 11 children.

Monday, October 14, 2013

14 October 1813

Today marks 200 years since the convicts from the Earl Spencer were finally landed at Sydney Cove. The ship had arrived on the 9 October and five days later the men were mustered in the presence of Governor Lachlan Macquarie prior to their distribution. The Sydney Gazette reported that they were:


...a healthy set of men, and appeared thoroughly sensible of the kind treatment they experienced from Captain Mitchell and his Officers during the passage.


With other skilled tradesmen from the ship, James Gough was selected to be employed at the Sydney Lumberyard, located on the corner of George and Bridge Streets. After only three months there he was appointed the Overseer of Carpenters on 22 January 1814.


*** STOP PRESS ***

Next month, the book James Gough, a very industrious man, will be published and available to purchase. Please contact me to be added to the list to receive notification and full details.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A day in the life of a convict


Look for the entry for James Gough here


Next Saturday 13 July from 10am to 3pm,  join in the fun at the 'Redcoats & Convicts' day at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney.  Enquires: 8239 2211

Sunday, May 5, 2013

201 years ago...

 On 13 May 1812, James Gough was tried at the Old Bailey Courthouse, London and originally sentenced to death. Fortunately for all his later descendants this sentence was reduced to transportation for life instead...

Finalising images to be included in my James Gough book now that the story is completed. Do you have any photos of his children? Belongings? Buildings? Tools? If so please let me know. 

There will be several historical images from the archives included in the book and a number of on site photos of buildings that are linked to Gough. Unfortunately most have been demolished but some details remain in existing buildings such as St Matthew's Church at Windsor.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

On the run...

On 1 April 1815, the Sydney Gazette published the following description concerning James Gough. It was noted that he had absented himself from his place of employment and that all constables were strictly required to use their utmost to apprehend him and return him to custody.

James Goff or Gough, Joiner, age 25 years, native of London, 5 feet 10 ½ inches high, ruddy complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, tried at the Old Bailey, London in 1812, and sentenced to transportation for life. Came in the Earl Spencer transport in 1813

On 6 May, Gough surrendered to the Superintendent of Convicts at Sydney and was later returned to the Parramatta Lumberyard and placed in an iron gang.