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Margaret Pavljuk
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 8:18 am:   

I am a decendant of William and hannah Singleton who came to Aus 1792, as Convicts. Have only recently found this town was names after a family member, But wanting to know more about the Singleton family. Is this couple in the Singleton Cemetery? And would like to hear from other Singleton down lines. William had a daughter Hannah, and this is my connection.
Margaret Pavljuk
Jodie Midson
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 1:23 pm:   


I am new to the family history thing but I am a descendant of George Benjamin Lloyd, grandson of Benjamin Singleton - the town founder - and great grandson of William and Hannah. I have literally only just begun to research this but probably the most interesting thing I have turned up so far is a copy of the transcript of the trial that sent William to Australia - if you have not got this yet I would be happy to send it on - just let me know.
jodie midson
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 1:34 pm:   

Hey Margaret,

you'll never guess, I have just been reading and I found out that William is buried in a graveyard at "Glenridding" in the Singleton area - no mention of Hannah though. Apparently the property is accessible from the road and the public is free to enter the graveyard to take photos etc...
Edna Ellis
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 3:44 pm:   

Hi Margaret,
I am doing some research on my 3xgr grandmother Sarah Bellamy and discovered her brother James Zadock Bellamy married Hannah Sinleton, sister to Benjamin Singleton. Hannah was born at Mulgrave Place, not sure where that is. James and Hannah married 1818 at St John's Church Parramatta and had 14 children. Hannah died 1869 and is buried at St Paul's Church of England, Castle Hill. They were farmers.I have names and birth dates of all their children if you are interested, plus alittle history of their lives at Castle Hill.
Edna Ellis.
Margaret Pavljuk
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 6:05 am:   

Hi I would love anything! This is my mums family, and she only learnt she was related a few years ago, so we have nothing! are you able to email me at home? or im in the white pages under Pavljuk Adelaide. im interested in the bellamy line also
Dennis Momotaro
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 9:54 pm:   

Hi Margeret,
I am a decendent of William & Hannah Singleton and would very much like some information about my great great great grandfather *Carl R. Heine*. Carl was the son of Mary Ann Russell [Sarah SINGLETON3, Benjamin SINGLETON2, William SINGLETON1] and Charles Robert Heine. Not much is known about him except that he came from Australia in the Wailing ships I think. He came here [Marshall Islands] and setteled. I don't know much about him, but I don't think he went back home [Australia] after that. It is kind of a mystery. Alot of my great/grandparents have names of his brothers, sisters, family members, etc. over here. Names such as, Claude, Constance, Mary, Bourne, etc. are just a few. So, I just want to know if he is a mystery to you, as he is to us? Anyways, I just wanted to ask that question.

I researched this stuffs on the net for our familie's website and found these sites if it would be helpful to anyone here. W. Singleton [Convict] B. Singleton

Dennis Momotaro Jr.

PS: If you'd like to visit our website its at
Katharine Kennedy
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2005 - 1:03 pm:   

Hello everyone,

I see there are lots of Singleton descendants out there. My line is from Ann Maria SINGLETON the daughter of William and Hannah SINGLETON. Ann Maria married William CLARKE who was also a convict, and neighbour on the Hawkesbury.

I have some information on the Singletons and Clarke's and look forward to hearing from anyone who is related!!

Katharine Kennedy
Vickie Shears
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 8:20 am:   

Hi Katharine
I too am a descendant of William & Hannah. my line is from their youngest daughter Elizabeth who had a child whilst still young and unmarried. her name was Eve and she married my gg grandfather James Matthews who was also a convict.Please email me if you are still interested in exchanging info on the family.
My name is Vickie and I look forward to hearing from you
Leanne Doorey
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 8:58 am:   

Hi All, I'm new to family history and am just finding out lots of little pieces of the puzzle. I too am a descendant of William & Hannah from their daughter Hannah who married James Zadock Bellamy.
I look forward to hearing from others about the family.
Vickie Shears
Posted on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 12:52 pm:   

seeking contact with any descendants of William & Hannah Singleton.researching the family tree and would like to add as many branches as possible. please also note change of email address for those who have already made contact.
Donna Wenban
Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 3:42 pm:   

I am a descendant of James Bellamy and Hannah Singleton..
I believe it goes down like this:
James Bellamy and Hannah Singleton had a daughter Mary Anne (b.1825 d.1912), who married a man called James Shields (b.1813). They then had a son also called James (b.1845) who married a woman called Maria Mobbs, they had a son called Mark Shields (b.1879 Pennant Hills d.1949) who married Maude Donman. They had a daughter Lily (b.1898 Carlingford d.1981) who married Leonard Shalson, they then had a daughter named Daphne who is my Grandmother. Daphne married Eric Wenban and had a son Eric Jr, my father. We all still live in the Hills area.
Just thought id post it and maybe shed some light for others?
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 2:18 pm:   

I am a descendant of Richard and Sarah Ann Singleton. Richard was born in England 1834 and came to Australia around 1850, He was a free man, however his uncle William Singleton was a convict.From what I understand Uncle Benjamin Singleton conveiced his nephew Richard to come to this new great land of Australia.

So from Richard Sarah Cates came my Great Grandmother Rebeca Singleton, and she married Robert Albert Rowe. They had two children in Australia Nellie Rosalind Rowe and Albert Rowe. Albert passed away of a childhood illness.
The family moved to San Francisco after the 1906 Earth Quake. In 1907 Dorthy Rowe was born in San Francisco. Nellie married John Lyon and Dorthy married James McGee. Nellie had one child Elizabeth Jean Lyon born in San Francisco, CA USA July 28, 1926 She married William Edward Fox. These are my parents I am Roselind (Lynn) jane Fox. And I married Michael Cummins Hastings.
We have two childres Gavin Edward Hastings and Gwendolyn Rose Hastings.Gavin -b. Jan 12 1974 Missoila, Montana. USA. Gwen b. Dec 26 1984 Missoula, Montana. USA

My Aunt Dorthy's children are James, Kathleen, Richard, Sharon, and Barbra.

I have not been able to contact my great aunt's family. However they all lived in Fresco, California. USA for many years
Richard Edward
Posted on Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 9:05 pm:   

This is in reply to a messege posted by Rosalind
Jane Fox on April 26,2006.
My name is Richard Edward McGee son of Dorothy Rowe and James A. McGee. I think I am someone you might be looking for. I was born in Fresno, California and now live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Please contact me at

I know your mother as Billy Jean and spent the last months of my Grandmoher's life in Windsor, California with your Grandmother Nellie. I don't know how you found out about us but I would like to know one thing-do you have a copy of the family book?
Renee Nelson
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 6:50 pm:   

Hi All,

What a great discussion.

My name is Renee Nelson and I am the granddaughter of Roy Graham Shields (g-grandson of James and Mary Ann, through Samuel, then Roy Stanley). I have only found the family two years ago due to my grandparents divorce when my father was very little.

I am extreemly interested in this line of the family and love talking to other relatives about it. I live in Cairns now so I cant get the cemeteries etc but am happy to share any info I have with others.

It seems that there are so many of us that we should try to arrange a get together.

Anyway feel free to email me at any time I will get back to you asap I promise.

robert shields
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 7:11 pm:   


I too come from the Murty Shields/Elizabeth Morris and Hannah Singleton/James Bellamy combo. My son Patrick is a 7th generation Shields born in Australia -are there others?
Happy for contact
Gail Macqueen
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 12:39 am:   

I am seeking information on the descendants of Sarah Singleton (daughter of Benjamin Singleton and Mary Jane Sharling) and Bourn Russell. After Sarah's death in 1852, what happened to their chldren? Bourn remarried in 1856 and went to Eden as harbour master in 1860, but it seems none of the children went with him.

My interest stems from the fact that I am descended from Bourn Russell's youngest brother, Frank.

Gail Macqueen
Meg Coulter
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 5:38 pm:   

Goodafternoon everyone! I am also connected via Murty Shields/Elizabeth Morris and Hannah Singleton/James Bellamy. Other family names (just a few) are Grono, Perry, Mobbs, Bowerman (have not researched this name yet). I have not been successful in finding much about Murty's Irish background.
Vanessa Marr
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 1:25 pm:   

Hello, my name is Vanessa Marr (nee Bellamy) I am a descendant of the Bellamy's from Pennant Hills NSW. William Bellamy (convict) m. Ann Faye 1797 Parramatta. Son James Zadock Bellamy b. 1798 m. Hannah Singleton 1818 and m. Martha Martin 1871. I have been researching my family tree connections for 4 years now and would love to share and gain more information with others.
GENERATION 7 (Convict) William Bellamy
b. 1772 Holburn St Andrew London
England and Convict) Ann Faye
b.1754 Dublin Ireland
GENERATION 6 James Zadock Bellamy and Hannah
Singleton m. 1.
m. 2. Martha Martin Spencer
GENERATION 5 James Bellamy and Hester
Williamson m. 1.
m. 2. Susannah Bowerman
GENERATION 4 George Bellamy and Mary Ann Reed
m. 1. m. 2. Ada Louise Rootes (nee
GENERATION 3 George Bellamy and Mary Young
Burleigh Brown
GENERATION 2 Graeme Bellamy and Susan McDermott
GENERATION 1 Vanessa Bellamy and Justin Marr


GENERATION 7 (Convict) William Singleton b. 1752
Cheshire England and Came Free
with Hannah Parkinson b. England
GENERATION 6 Hannah Singleton (sister to
Benjamin Singleton explorer) and
James Zadock Bellamy m. 1.
m. 2. Martha Martin Spencer
GENERATION 5 James Bellamy and Hester
Williamson m. 1.
m. 2. Susannah Bowerman
GENERATION 4 George Bellamy and Mary Ann Reed
m. 1.
m. 2. Ada Louise Rootes (nee
GENERATION 3 George Bellamy and Mary Young
Burleigh Brown
GENERATION 2 Graeme Bellamy and Susan McDermott
GENERATION 1 Vanessa Bellamy and Justin Marr


GENERATION 7 Alexander Williamson b. 1799
Belfast Ireland d. 7/9/1882 Bell
River, Wellington NSW and
Elizabeth Mobbs b. 6/9/1819
Pennant Hills NSW d. 5/12/1891 NSW
GENERATION 5 James Bellamy and Hester Williamson m. 1.
m. 2. Susannah Bowerman
GENERATION 4 George Bellamy and Mary Ann Reed
m. 1.
m. 2. Ada Louise Rootes (nee
GENERATION 3 George Bellamy and Mary Young
Burleigh Brown
GENERATION 2 Graeme Bellamy and Susan McDermott
GENERATION 1 Vanessa Bellamy and Justin Marr


GENERATION 10 William Snr Mobbs b. 1762
Middlesex England d. 25/9/1839
Parramatta NSW and Ann Grover
Smith?) b. 1761 Brentwood,
Middlesex England d. 20/7/1850
Parramatta NSW.
GENERATION 9 Issac Mobbs and Ann Tomlinson
GENERATION 8 Issac Mobbs and Ann Bellamy
GENERATION 7 George Sonter and Ann Lousia Mobbs
GENERATION 6 Henry J T Bevan and Eva Evelyn
GENERATION 5 William Joseph Larter and Tressie
Mary Louise Bevan
GENERATION 4 William Joseph Larter and Ada
Louise Rootes (nee Larter) m. 1.
m. 2. George Bellamy
GENERATION 3 George Bellamy and Mary Young
Burleigh Brown
GENERATION 2 Graeme Bellamy and Susan McDermott
GENERATION 1 Vanessa Bellamy and Justin Marr

I happy to answer any enquiries.
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:02 am:   

Hi there,
I'm a desendant of the Singleton Family also. From Susannah Singleton (Benjamin's sister) down the Hibbert and Gardner line. My email addy is
If anyone has any info they are willing to pass on I would be very grateful
Renee Nelson
Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 8:53 pm:   

Hi all,

I am back again. I have a bit of info on the Bowerman/Thomas line and you will find that this is one of the oldest ausie lines. Mary Bowerman/Thomas (nee Partridge) was the daughter of two first fleeters Mary and Richard Partridge who was also known and Rice the left handed floger (I have some excert of books with info on him). I have ged coms of this info which if you would like I am happy to post you a disk of along with any photos I have.

If anyone would like to please email me, I am on facebook as well if anyone is a facebook fan.

Love to all relos

Renee Nelson
Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 12:11 am:   

I am researching my family the Sonter family my dad was Samuel William Sonter his parents were Esther Williams and William SOnter he had three brothers Edward, Robert and Johnny, however, I think Johnny and Robert had other names like cecil and something else and they used there middle names and two sisters Thelma and Kathy.
Audrey M. Grinsell
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 9:16 am:   

I am researching the Clark family as regards the marriage of two Clark brothers namely Samuel b. 1844 Bulga who wed Margaret Duckworth in 1865 NSW and William Henry Clark b 22 may 1835 Patricks Plains who wed Mary Duckworth in 1856 NSW. Would appreciate contact with anyone who can help.
Sandra Ticehurst
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2008 - 1:38 pm:   

I am researching Murtaugh Shields who had a son James Shields with Elizabeth Morris. My mother's grandfather was Samuel Shields who had a dairy farm at West Pennant Hills. I am interested in any information I can obtain, as well I am willilng to provide the information I have on the Shields line.
Mother Serenity Grace
Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 3:34 pm:   

Hello Family,

I come from William and Hannah Singleton too. Don't know a lot about the Singleton family only there are a multitude of ancestors, wow. Our modern connection is through the Tutt family. I am interested in knowing about pre convict history and our connection to Singleton in England and that history of William Singleton, in connection to landholding, nobility and the church. If anyone could help me that would be great. My email address is:


Mother Serenity Grace
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 9:24 pm:   

Hi im jorden, im 14
im probably related to most of you =)
Im a direct descendant of Ann Maria Singleton and William Clark.
Does anyone have any information on William Singletons' parents?

Loretta Percival
Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 12:30 pm:   

Hi, I'm related to John Singleton who married Jane Rotton. Their daughter Mariah married Henry De Boos and their daughter Ida Mary is my father's mother. My father was born in 1908 BUT was given to Louisa Eliza Nelson and was raised as John Nelson. He changed his name by Deed Poll in 1939 from De Boos to Nelson. He had a brother Walter (different father) born 1906 who was raised by the Gosbee family and is known as Walter Gosbee. I'd like help with John Singleton please.
Helen Thompson
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 4:36 pm:   

I too am a descendant of William Singleton and Hannah Parkinson (through their daughter Sarah Maria Singleton and Thomas Sibrey). Any information on William Singleton's and Hannah Parkinson's parents (and earlier ancestors), and Thomas Sibrey (the name became Sibraa in later generations) would be most gratefully received.
Rhonda Ware
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 10:44 pm:   

Hi, I am a direct descendant of Murtagh SHIELDS and Elizabeth MORRIS who had one son, James SHIELDS born 1813 who married Maryanne BELLAMY and had 12 children. One of James and Maryanne's children was Samuel SHIELDS b 1857 who married Bertha Matilda BOWERMAN and had 15 children. One of Samuel and Bertha's children was my grandfather, Roy Stanley SHIELDS. If you can help with family info please contact.
Mother Serenity Grace Abraham
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 8:36 am:   

Hello Cousin Helen,

I am starting to look at the History of William Singleton pre Australian Arrival. Will share what I find out. On the Family Singleton Crest it has ties to the messengers (heralding) and military to the Crown and have the sign they were efficient, had speed of flight, so could have been archers. They had land and were lords of the manor of Singleton Hall. Usually with family crests relate to what the family achieved back at the time.I already have a little of the history from the coat of arms info, that I am willing to share. But hope to have more of the story of the Singleton family.

What is important about the acheivements of the past those come through the blood line and become ingrained in the family throughout the generations. They were land holders in England and then Australia and other places.

It is really quite interesting.
Mother Serenity Grace Abraham
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 9:58 am:   

I have some links to but the message won't allow for me to write them.
The original Singleton home, which is now called Chingle House and there is a photo of it. It is one of the most haunted houses in England.

Built by Sir Adam de Singleton in 1260, he was a knight.The house can be found in Wikepedia, but also there is another site that has a good picture of the house.

Found also a geneology site for the Singletons in UK at genforum.

If u would like the links please email me,

there is a lot of information at the forum, for pre Australian History there. And there is a connection there to the Singletons in USA region as well. And also connection to our relatives in UK and the history after William and Hanah moved to Australia.

What an interesting family we have.

carole anne maitland
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 3:58 pm:   

my connection to the Singleton family is from the sister of benjamin, sarah maria, who had a defacto relationship with edward hipwell (aka reynolds)(she was married to thomas siberry) their daughter elizabeth reynolds married john honnery, who had henry honnery m.mary janson,their son charles irwin baldwin honnery m.ada howard, their daughter henrietta may honnery m.frank gilbert hill, their daughter ellen may hill married milton herd and were my parents.
Joanna Williams
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 6:57 pm:   

I too am related to William Singleton who is buried at Whittingham Cemetery. Hannah apparently died on 17 Adugust 1813 aged 56 in Parramatta Lunatic Asylum of "senility and mental decay" William's son Joseph is who I am descended from married Anges Neil in 1829 at Glendon Hunter River. Children of Joseph were Elijah, Elizabeth and Annabella. Any more information on Joseph??
Lesley Porter
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 - 12:29 pm:   

Hi Joanna,
I am decsended from william & Hannah, then their daughter,Hannah,& this is the first I have heard anything about Hannah's death. Do you have any verification of this & if so, are you willing to share? I'll try & copy some info on Joseph for you.
Joseph was brought before the bench of magistrates & charged with having in his possession, 1 gallon of spirits, distilled in the Colony & with having distilled the same. He pleaded guilty & because of his youth & having given up the apparatus when demanded, the bench unanimously recommended his case to the clemency of the Governor (Sydney Gazette 24.4.1813).
Joseph opened the Cross Keys Inn on 21st April 1840
Children are:Frederick,1830. Elijah 25/09/1831. James 1833. Annabella 1837. Alfred 22/03/1842
Lesley Porter
Daralyn Stephens
Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 12:01 pm:   

Hi! I am a direct descendant of Murty SHIELDS and Elizabeth MORRIS. I have researched their convict history as well as my family have lived in West Pennant Hills for 6 generations. Would love to pass this information on to family members
Margaret Pavljuk
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 4:19 pm:   

Im so happy to see many are checking out the heritage, Keep going, I belong to Genes re-united uk site and finding cousins of sorts that way.(not much history or links in England though)have a new email
singleton in subject line.
marg im in Adelaide
Renee Nelson
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 9:14 pm:   

hi guys

an update: if anyone would like any info that I have you can email me on

I have info on Shields, Bellamy, Bowerman, Partridge, Sonter, Martin, Thomas, Morris, Singleton, Greenwood etc

Love Ren
Robert Shields
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 10:58 pm:   

Has anyone managed to get any info on Murty Shields life and family in Ireland? Any evidence of the family he left behind? There is a great chapter on him in a book written by the Kenwell family(James Shields' half siblings)
Patricia Bannerman
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 9:51 pm:   

Robert Shields Iam so pleased to find such a great site full of info.Iam the daughter of Alfred Mark Shields (dec)
that lived in Nambucca Heads 5 girls and 2 boys.From the line of Murty Shields.Iam going to visit Ireland on the 10 th Sept.Hoping to find any of Murty's decendants.interested in the book by Kenwell family.Read the Convict Ships by Charles Bateson Sydney 177 Ship Anne the first convict ship to reach Port Jackson in 1801.interesting.Hello to my Dads descendants in Carlingford.All his sisters were named after a flower.P.B.
Patricia Bannerman
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:21 pm:   

to Daralyn Stephens.I am a direct descendant of Murty Shields and Elizabeth Morris.So no doubt you are my relative. I went to the gathering at Dural in the 80's And have a lot of info as Iam going to Ireland in Sept.I would like to find more about Murty's family left behind in Ireland.
My father was named Alfred Mark (cobber)Shields
Meg Coulter
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 12:46 pm:   

Message to Patricia Bannerman. Hi - I'm a direct decendant of Murtagh & Elizabeth via my grandfather, Belmore Shields b. 1874 - son of James Shields b.1845 & Maria Mobbs b. 1849. You mentioned some of your ancestors being named after flowers...well, my mother,Ruby Gladys Drew (nee Shields b.1894, mentioned this in one of her stories about her family! Re your trip to Ireland. I would be extremely interested to learn the results of your investigation. I managed to find (via the internet) some information - however, I'm not sure if it is correct. Murtagh could have been from County Leix/Laois (aka Queens County) which is just North from Kilkenny where he was convicted.
Daphne Zhu
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 1:34 am:   

Greetings All,
I am a decendant of James Zadock Bellamy and Hannah Singleton through Zaddock Bellamy and Miriam Sarah Moore's son James Bellamy who married first Anastasia Byrnes then Annie Cook.My mother was Annie's second child Alma.Any info would be appreciated,particularly regarding the ancestry of Ann Faye or more recently Annie Cook or her first child Daphne .
Regards Daphne Zhu.
Daphne Zhu
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2008 - 2:27 pm:   

Calling Edna Ellis 24/1/2004,
Love to have any info regarding James Zadock Bellamy and Hannah Singleton.
Regards Daphne
Edna Ellis
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2008 - 3:14 pm:   

Hi Daphne,

I have sent you an email message.

Daphme Zhu
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 3:18 pm:   

Hi All,
Does anyone know anything about James Bellamy 10/8/1859 son of James and Esther Williamson?
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 10:10 pm:   

I understand that Thomas Siberry married Sarah
Singleton,1811,St.Matthews Church of England,Windsor,NSW.Anyone know how they got on ?
Any sign of Charles Sibery'who was sent out in the Third Fleet ,1791,for seven years.
Deb Russell
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008 - 10:33 pm:   

Hello to all the relations!
I am the (according to my family tree) the 5th great grandaughter of William Singleton. The connection is through his daughter Ann Maria Singleton who married William Clarke (another convict). Any information down this line would be gratefully received.
Stephen Singleton
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 7:51 am:   

My name is Stephen Singleton, I live in the United States, I'm guessing I am a direct descendent through this line, the surename of all the men in my family for as far back as even my grandmother can remeber has been Singleton, I'm trying very hard to find who was one of the first Singletons in America, If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
Richard Nixon
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2008 - 10:20 am:   

Posted by Richard Nixon on Saturday, October 04, 2008 - 2:37 am:

My name is Richard Nixon. I am a descendent of Hannah Singleton who
married Patrick Campbell. Hannah is the daughter of Benjamin and Mary
Singleton, and the grand-daughter of William and Hannah Singleton.
Mary was born Mary Jane Sharling. I am researching both the Singleton
history prior to William's arrival in Australia, and also the Sharling
connection. The Sharling connection appears to be very sparse. Any
information or assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Email address lost through a spam clean up.
Richard- if you go back to this post can you send me your email address again and I'll repost it.
Richard Nixon
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 7:15 am:   

"Lost" email address attached
Gina Pinkas
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 8:23 pm:   

I am decended from the Singleton's via James and Hannah Bellamy, their son Joseph, his son Lewis, his son Ronald and then me Georgina nee Bellamy. My parents still live on part of the original Bellamy grant in West Pennant Hills. It is interesting how many convict family descendants remained in the WPH Valley until quite recently. On the Singleton side, has anyone visited William or Hannah's graves?
Daphne Zhu
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:49 pm:   

Hello All,
I was originally given information that my family were decended from Zadock Bellamy.This turned out to be wrong.This is the correct linage
William Bellamy and Ann Faye
James Bellamy and Hannah Singleton
James Bellamy and Esther Williamson
James Bellamy and Annie Cooke
I am still looking for information on Annie so far all I have are her parents William Cooke occupation sea captain and Mary Jane Hinde.Do these names mean anything to anyone?
Gary Russell
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 11:33 pm:   

I am a descendant of William & Hannah's granddaughter Sarah Reynolds & Ralph Turnbull. I have only just realized the connection with the Singleton family and the city of the same name. Very interesting, the more one digs, the more one finds.
Helen Thompson
Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 9:27 pm:   

Hi everyone
Re: William Singleton and Hannah Parkinson.
William Singleton was charged at the Old Bailey in London on 8 Jun 1791 with feloniously stealing 27 yards of calico. His court proceedings can be viewed on the Old Bailey website wwwoldbaileyonlineorg
He was transported to Australia for 7 years, arriving on the Pitt on 14 Feb 1792. His wife Hannah and 2 sons came free on the same ship. she was not a convict, and was one of 7 free women on board.
Hannah Parkinson was the daughter of William Parkinson and Mary Thorpe from Manchester, Lancashire, England, a descendant of John Parkinson, born 1585. Hannah's ancestors on both lines back several generations are on several family trees on ancestrycouk website and the wwwrootswebcom website [insert full stops].
She died on 19 Aug 1813 at Wilberforce, NSW.
I am descended through their daughter Sarah Maria Singleton, who married Thomas Siberry, and their son Joseph Sibraa and Esther Lord.
Has anyone been able to find out anything about William Singleton's parents?
Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 12:51 am:   

I have been doing a lot of research on the Sonter Family, who are related by blood or marriage to Bowerman, Randell, Martin, SHields, Mobbs, Midson, Ray and many other families in the Parramatta area. Many of these families are directly related to Afro-American convicts from the first fleet and later.
Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 9:36 pm:   

looking for information about sarah maria singleton and thomas sibrey.
am researching decentants of joseph sibraa and ester lord.
Roma Waldron
Posted on Monday, January 05, 2009 - 2:23 pm:   

Hi all my cousins of the Singleton Family.
I have a lot of info on William Singleton and Hannah nee Parkinson. Also William Clarke who married their daughter Anna Maria Singleton.
I am willing to share all I have with anyone.
I am the gg grandaughter of William & Hannah.
Please email me if interested
Roma Waldron
Michelle Witheyman-Crump
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 7:52 pm:   

Hi Singleton Family members.

I have very recently discovered that my son is the 6th Great Grandson of William Singleton and Hannah Parkinson. He is descended down the Hibbert, Gardner and Kannar line. Brendan's great great grandmother was Doris Irene Kannar.

I am very envious of all his convict ancestors, as I have none. Yesterday we ordered the convict pardons for Joseph Hibbert and John Gardner from the NSW Records Office.

Does anyone know if William Singleton had a ticket of leave or pardon?

I would like to thank all the Singleton Family members who have shared their family trees on the web and - Thank You. You have helped me find so much information - but I still like to thoroughly search the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages registry office to verify the dates etc.

I would love copies of any photographs of the above families - am happy to pay.

I am also happy to pass on any information that I have, although as a newcomer, I may not have much to offer.

Kind regards

Michelle Witheyman-Crump
Russell Edwards
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 10:43 am:   

My name is Russell Edwards, I am also a descendant of Sarah Singleton and Bourn Russell who had a daughter named Mary Ann Russell who was married to Charles Robert Heine. Through this union one of their sons whose name was Carl R. Heine who came to the Marshall Islands on a whaling ship from Australia working for Burns Philip Co. He married to Marshall wife and was converted to the christian faith and later on became a missionary under the American Board for Foreigh Mission. He had 2 sons and 7 daughters. I am one of his grandsons. I guess I am wondering has anybody outthere knows about Rev. Carl R. Heine.


Russell Edwards, Marshall Islands
Daphne Zhu
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:23 am:   

Hi Everyone,
Still seeking living relatives of the Cooke Family.My grandmother Annie Cooke who married James Bellamy son of James Bellamy and Esther Williamson in Sydney on the 12/9/1914 was one of 10 children of William Cooke Master Mariner and Mary Jane Hinds.They lived at 6 Riley St, Woolloomooloo.
The other children were William b 1870, Esther b 1872, Mary Jane b 1874, Arthur b 1879 d 1925, David b 1880, Lizzie b 1884 d 1962, Emmeline d1874,John d 1883, Unknown male
If you are descended from any of these I would love to hear from you.
William Cooke's parents were David Cooke born in Scotland and Mary Ann Shaw born in Liverpool their other children were John,Esther,Jane, David and Sarah all their children were born in Liverpool UK.
You can contact me at
Glynn Kane
Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 11:54 am:   

i am a descendant of William and hannah Singleton through their daughter Sarah Maria and her relationship with edward Reynolds. Then thru Elizabeth Reynolds and and Charles Jones then on thru James Jones and Ruth Riley. From there I have a fairly complete family tree, but know nothing of Ruth Riley's parents etc. From this site I have found the other line to William S. contact on
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 6:03 am:   

Anything on Siberys,Siberrys,Sibreys,Sibraas or other would be appreciated.
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 8:32 pm:   

i am desendants to hannah and william as well and n.sibery of above thomas sibraa we are not sure if that is the spelling or its sibrey but we would like some info on how we are related on singleton family tree
Geoff Pickles
Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 2:30 pm:   

An article in the Sydney Daily Mirror, some years ago told the story of Ben Singleton, son of William. It was titled "Son of Lag Blazes Trail to Hunter Valley". He led an expedition in theory led by John Howe and received a land grant where Singleton now stands. My grandmother Elsie Maud Lloyd was the direct descendent and remembered her great grannie, Mary Singleton.
Peter Shields
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 8:40 pm:   

Hi everyone,

my name is Peter Shields and i am a direct desendant of Murtagh Shields and Elizabeth Morris. I am also a desendant on James Zadoc Bellamy!
Murtagh was my 4x Gr Grandfather.
I have only just started looking for Murty on the net and am surprised at his family in Ireland.
To Robert Shields, any information that you can share would be great, via my daughter Rebecca Shields at

We have lived in the Hornsby and Hills district since Murtagh's time, obviously we dont get around much!!

thanks in advance
Peter Shields
rhonda ware
Posted on Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 10:39 pm:   

Hi all,
My name is Rhonda Ware and I am a direct descendant of Murty Shields and Elizabeth Morris. James born 1813 is buried in Kay Street cemetery at Carlingford as is his wife Mary Ann Shields nee Bellamy and their son Samuel Shields and his wife Bertha Matilda Shields nee Bowerman. Contact me via gmail if directions required. rhondaware at gmail
Posted on Friday, July 03, 2009 - 3:46 am:   

Rev. Carl R. Heine was taken to Imiej by the Japanese during WWII and was never to be seen again so I heard.
Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 9:14 pm:   

My name is Samuel Charles Hodgkinson (b. 1975) and I am a direct descendant of James Zadock and Hannah Bellamy on my mother's side, which makes me an 8th generation Australian.

My particular family line branched off when Jane Bellamy (b. 1871, daughter of James Bellamy and Esther Williamson) married Henry William Healey, originally of Buckinghamshire (b. 1867) in 1892.

His daughter Eva Jessie Healey (my maternal grandmother, b. 1900) grew up in Beecroft, Sydney with about 9 other siblings and she married a man by the name of William Henry Piper (b. 1890) (not the Pipers of Point Piper, however) in Sydney and moved to the Central Coast in the 1920s where most of my mother's extended family now live.

My mother married a Hodgkinson (free settlers, mid-19thC from Northern England). Not sure if I'm related to either Clement or William Oswald, if at all.

My father's family worked cattle in both Queensland and NSW, and were (and still are to some degree) based in the Northern Rivers district of NSW around Bellingen and Glen Innes.

If someone would like to get in touch for research purposes, I'm more than happy to correspond.

You can contact me via samhodgkinson at gmail.
Sandra Anne Morrah
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 8:44 am:   

My name is Sandra Morrah, I am researching my Pennant Hills families, namely Randall, Martin, Aiken, Reynolds. All these are connected to the Singleton,Bowerman, Bellamy families. I would especially like to hear from Kim who posted a message way back on Sun Nov 2008. I am also a direct descendant of John Randall and Mary Butler. Along with John Aiken who married Frances Randall the daughter of John Randall.
Jade Hazell
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:42 am:   

Hannah Singleton is buried in St Paul's Carlingford, NSW alongside her husband James Zodak Bellamy.
Richard Hagarty
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:18 pm:   

Hi Jade

There are quite a few from this bloodline in St Paul's. Unfortunately I haven't been able to locate St Paul's in Parramatta.

I have only tried once though. I have managed to locate Mary Butler's grave with John Butler's FF plaque, Ann Toy (technically isn't one of us, but more like a step mom), and Alice Bowerman (my GG Grandmother)

If anyone wants information on the Bowerman bloodline, I am happy to assist with what I have (inc photos)
Gina Bellamy
Posted on Monday, April 05, 2010 - 4:48 pm:   


I am descended from James and Hannah (nee Singleton) Bellamy as well as John and Mary Randall and John and Mary (nee Randall)Martin all through my father Ron Bellamy

Renee Nelson
Posted on Sunday, May 02, 2010 - 12:06 am:   

Hi all,

just an update from my previous information. i know some of you have contacted me in the past so this is a good way to advise of anything i have found.

I have recently purchased a copy of the Hornsby Pioneers which has quite a bit on the shields, bellamys and singleton families. It is out of print and I was very lucky to purchase a copy second hand from the Hornsby Family History Society but it was well worth it.

I would suggest anyone interested look for it in their local library.

As usual if anyone wants to contact me I am on

Sue Franklin
Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 6:28 pm:   

Hello All
I am a decendant of Bourn Russell Jnr. His daughter Jane married Robert W Hughes in Eden in 1880. One of their daughters, Amy Vida Pomeroy Wood (nee Hughes) is my Grandmother.
I am looking for any information about the name "Pomeroy" & where it fits into the picture. Also any information about the Hughes family would be appreciated.
I am very new at this game and I am looking for general information in addition to B,D,& M data.
If anyone has any information it would be most appreciated. You can post it here or to my email


Sue Franklin
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 1:42 pm:   

My father John de Boos was born in April 1908 to Ida Mary De Boos. His father is not mentioned on the birth certificate. I found he had a brother Walter born in 1906 also without a father's name on his birth certificate.Unfortunately neither knew about the other. Ida didn't marry until she was 68. My father was raised as John Nelson and his brother as Walter Gosbee. She gave them both away though neither were officially adopted by their respective families. Ida is the daughter of Henry de Boos and Mariah Singleton. I would really like to meet family of Ida. Are you out there?
Louise Robinson
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 11:17 pm:   

Hi, I've only just discovered that I am a decendent of William Singleton/Hannah Parkinson. They had a daughter Hannah Singleton who married James Zadock Bellamy. They then had a daughter Ann Bellamy who Married Isaac Mobbs. Their daughter Adeline married Charles Dorman who had a daughter Amy Dorman. She married Henry Perry who had a son Frederick George Perry, who is my great grandfather. If anyone has any stories or photo's, and your willing to share these with me,I'd love to hear from you. Please email me
Peter Morris
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 3:04 pm:   

I descend from both Bellamy sons, John and James. John had a son James and James had a daughter, Ann and they married. After James was killed Ann returned to the area and married Issac Mobbs. Good family detail can be found in 'Pioneers of Hornsby Shire.
Barbara Cameron-Smith
Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 7:56 pm:   

My family descends from William Bellamy (1791 arrival) and his son James Bellamy who married Hannah Singleton (1875). Our genes feed into the Smiths of Pennant Hills and the Readfords, Halls, Camerons, Martins Davis' and Russels, to name a few.
Mark Rice
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 - 7:31 pm:   

James Zaddock Bellamy & Hanna Singleton are my 3rd great grandparents. Their daughter Elizabeth Bellamy, married Robert Gallard. Other names are Crawford-Gallard & Rice.
Emma Clark
Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 9:41 pm:   

Hi, I'm also descended from the singleton family. Both my grandparents on one side had Singleton ancestors. My surname comes from a direct line to William Clark who married who married Ann Marie Singleton. On my grandmothers side Hannah Singleton and James Bellamy are also my ancestors.
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:00 am:   

I am a Decendent of william bellamy

most of you start at james zardock bellamy from what i see,

he had a son with hannah called Joseph, and his son Silas, and that goes to my G Grandfather, if anyone wants any infomation i am willing to share what i have
Email: c08308733 at
carol tubbs
Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 4:21 pm:   

I am a descendant of Joseph SINGLETON and Annie Marie SINGLETON (nee Bartley b. 1844)of Northern Ireland. They had at least 13 children but I only know details on about 5 of them so would be interested to hear from other branches of the family.

Sue King
Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 8:40 pm:   

Hi everyone - shall we call each other cousins??? I haven't been doing this for very long, but have started to amass a bit of info. I am also related to the Bellamy/Singleton clan. Mine goes like this:
James Zadock Bellamy married Hannah Singleton. Their 2nd daughter Susannah Bellamy (1821-1890) married James Smith. Their eldest son James Smith (1843-1910) married Rosetta Mary Readford. Their 3rd daughter Ada Susannah Smith (1875-1958 - I am named after her) married her cousin Arnold Robert Icely Smith, who then went on to have my grandfather Ross Vickers Smith who married Betty Williams with the result that my mother was born Beverley Ann Smith.
alecia singleton
Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 3:33 am:   

hi everyone im alecia singleton i don't know much about my decendants but i would like to
Mark Stanley Shields
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 - 10:52 am:   

I'm new to this family tree caper. My name is Mark shields, I'm descended from George Shields (convict)my great great great grandfather who married Jane Holmes in 1819. James Bellamy who married Hannah singleton in 1818 had a daughter Mary Anne who married George's son James in 1844. They had a son George who married Rebecca Clark in 1878.Rebecca's parents were John Clark and Rebecca Mcmullen who married in 1841. Their parents were William Clark and Anna Maria Singleton m 1810 and George Mcmullen and Catherine Carr (kerr) who had married in Ireland in 1794 and came to Australia as indentured workers with their 4 children. As you can see by this, of the 8 great grandparents of my grandfather Henry Shields, son of george Shields and Rebecca Clark: Hannah Singleton and Anna Maria Singleton were sisters. My Grandfather Henry Shields married Philadelphia Friend in 1907. My Grandmother's lineage can be traced back to the pioneering Bush brothers who came to Australia as free settlers in 1804. The Bush connection links me to the famous Bush family in the USA. My father Stanley married Beryl Vaughan in 1956 and the Vaughan Family were pioneering Murrumbidgee Irrigation area farmers in the early 1900's. I'm still only scratching the surface here but I would like some images or photographs of my early descendants if they can be obtained. Regards...Mark Shields
Mark Stanley Shields
Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:52 pm:   

Hello Again,

I almost got it right, I am not from the the George Shields - Jane Holmes line after all. I am descended from the Murty Shields - Elizabeth Morris/Dalton/Kentwell line of the family. George shields also had a son James but James was convicted and transported to Tasmania and died in Mornington in Victoria. From my research anyone from this line could have had a surname of Kentwell if Elizabeth had chosen not to tell James 24 years later that Murty Shields was his father. I am very interested to find out any more info.
Sandra Feltham
Posted on Monday, May 02, 2011 - 11:46 pm:   

Hi all
Yes, yet another descendant of William and Hannah Singleton through Benjamin Singleton m. Mary Jane Sherland/ Sharling. Their daughter Sarah m. Bourne Russell .... and it is Bourne who I would like to know more about. Sarah Jane Russell m. Joshua Head
Robyn Robinson
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:16 am:   

to Sandra Feltham

I have some information on the Bourn Russell line
which I would be happy to share. Please post your Email address so we can exchange information. I am a decendant of Bourn Russell through his daughter Mary Ann who married Charles Robert Heine
Mark Stanley Shields
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 10:39 am:   

This whole family history thing becomes very infectious. Many thanks to the people who have corresponded with me so far.

The missing link is Murty Shields Irish family history; all of my efforts have drawn a blank at this point. I will be going overseas at some point and would love to research this history when i'm over there. Any information would be valuable to me.

regards...Mark Shields
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 12:25 pm:   

The line I am researching is
William Bellamy & Ann Fay
Sarah Bellamy & Henry Clack/Clarke
Jane Clarke & William Buckley
Abraham Buckley & Sarah Evangeline Dinsdale
Lucie Ettie Maude Buckley & Thomas Albert Field 2
Edna Sylvia Field & Norman Joseph Johnson

Beryl Whatson
Joanne Smith
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 2:56 pm:   

I am yet another descendent of Murtagh Shields and Elizabeth Morris. Has anyone tracked any info about Murty other than the scant conviction details? Anyone come down through the Joseph Henry Shieds and Sarah Sonter line?
Wendy Woodford
Posted on Monday, January 09, 2012 - 10:42 am:   

Hello every one,
I am a descendent of Murtagh Shields who was a convict convicted 1798, Kilkenny, Ireland. His crime was Stealing a horse he had a wife and 6 children (unable to clarify this). The convict transport "Ann1" set sail from Cork on the 26/6/1800, the voyage took about 8months, arriving in Port Jackson, NSW 21/2/1801.
My mothers name was June Woodford (nee Shields, she was the daughter of Wallace William Shields, and he was the son of Ernest Haywood Shields, and he is the eldest son of Samuel Shields, and he is the son of James Shields, AND he is the son of Murtagh Shields.
My name is Wendy Woodford descendant of Murtagh Shields.
craig shiel
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 3:01 pm:   

Hi to all the Murtagh Shields descendants. I am Craig Shiel, descendant of Murtagh's Irish family. His real name was Shiel. It was changed by the English when he was transported as he could not read or write. Three of his great grand children came to Australia around 1875. I am a descendant of one of them, Francis Shiel. I have loads of the Irish family history. Please contact on:
Wendy Woodford
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 2:23 am:   

Here is my email address: for any further correspondence

Wendy Woodford
Wendy Woodford
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 2:58 am:   

A good book for all Bellamy, Singleton & Shields family's is "The settlers of West Pennant Hills Valley 1799 Onward" Author: Gwen Millhouse Publishers: Hills District Historical Society
Cost: $15.00 (according to HDHS web site)
Happy Hunting and searching :-)

Wendy Woodford (Shields Line)
Wendy Woodford
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 12:02 pm:   

Murtagh Shields
(Aka Murty, Murtey, Murdoch, Marty, & Martin, Sheills, Sheel, Shields, Shealds, Shiels, & Shales.)
The first to live in Australia was Murtagh Shields he arrived at Port Jackson, NSW Via the convict transport Ann 1 on the 21st February 1801. He was convicted in Kilkenny, County Cork, Ireland in 1798, of stealing a horse and a loaf of bread, he was held at Kilkenny gaol 1799, where he petitioned the Governor of Ireland for clemency. Protesting his innocence & that he had a wife, six children and aged parents, all living in poverty. His petition was denied and he was sentenced to transportation in 1800, to the colony of NSW. They set sail from County Cork, on the convict transport Ann 1 on the 26th of June 1800. The voyage taking almost 8 months travelled via Rio De Janerio & the Cape of Good Hope, during the voyage a mutiny took place but was quelled by Captain and crew.
1801 - Anne (aka Luz St Anna)
Departed: 26 Jun 1800 - Cork, Ireland
Arrived: 21 Feb 1801 - Sydney, NSW
Master: Captain James Stewart
Particulars: Convict ship; 384t and 12 guns; possibly built in France or Spain; originally named Luz St Anne or Luz St Anna; 42 crew plus prisoner guards; travelled via Rio and the Cape of Good Hope; total voyage took 240 days (presumably poor weather hampered the ship's progress in the final leg of the journey, because passage to Rio had been very swift.
Notes: Carried 24 female and 127 male convicts (one of whom was James Byrne). On 29 July, three weeks sailing from Rio, a short-lived mutiny took place which resulted in three wounded prisoners, the execution by firing squad of a ring-leader (the only prisoner to have been executed in this manner aboard a convict ship) and the flogging of another.

References: Bateson, Charles. The Convict Ships: 1781-1868. Glasgow: Brown, Son & Ferguson, 1959.

1801-1812: Murtagh worked at a factory, then as a stockman for Mr Jamieson. Muster 1806 (included on tape for 1822 census) “Murtoch Shales” employed by Government of Parramatta. 1812 petitioned Governor Lachlan Macquarie for mitigation of sentence dated 21st December 1812. The Governor granted a conditional pardon effective 1813.
On the 15th February 1813, a son James Henry Shields was born in Dural, Greater Sydney, NSW, to Murtagh and Elizabeth Morris. James Henry Shields was christened on the 30th December 1837 he was 24 years old.

Muster 1814, Murty Shields, Ann 1, Free, on stores, labourer in Windsor, Richmond Castlereagh area.

1820: Murtagh’s name appears on a list of those applying for a land grant. 1st June 1820 Murty Shields of Prospect petitioned Governor Macquarie to grant him land for a farm stating he has never been granted land. Murtaugh’s petition was supported by Rev George Middleton officiating chaplain of Parramatta, the hand written notation down the side of the document “40 acres”, 31st March 1821, a list of applicants for land grants shows Governor Macquarie ordered that Murt Shields residing at prospect be promised 40 acres of land area unspecified. No further information was found from 1792-1865.

NSW general census August 1822: Murty Sheal, in the employ of J. Jamieson of Argyle County.

1825: Murtaugh Shiels, in the employ of Mr Rose of Argyle County, Murtaugh’s son James does not appear on the 1825 muster, he may have been raised by his mother, as she was the one who had him baptised .

1828: census Murtaugh’s name does not appear on the census due to a number of reasons many persons were missed.

8th July 1835 aged 75 years old Murdoch Sheel died at Liverpool General Hospital, Buried at St Luke’s Liverpool.
(Murty was the only one to arrive on the Anne or Ann with a name anything like his so we presume this is our Murty).

Elizabeth Morris
Elizabeth Morris was another West Country girl, baptised at Bisley, Gloucestershire on 31 January 1777. She spent her brief childhood in Bristol and, when only ten, was tried but acquitted of a felony. Two years later she was not so lucky and convicted with two men, John Clements and John Rossiter of grand larceny. When still only twelve years old she was sentenced to seven years transportation in Bristol on 5 April 1790. Elizabeth arrived in New South Wales with the Third Fleet on the Mary Ann, an old French ship of 298 tons, with 149 other women on 6 July 1791.

We don't know what she did when she arrived but it seems likely that the women were taken by boat to Parramatta were they undertook domestic work for groups of male convicts.
12 February 1793: the fifteen year old Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Hannah, with the father being John Dalton, another young convict.
Dalton arrived on the Albermarle in October 1791 and was perhaps unlucky to find himself in this predicament. A youth had stolen a shawl and, to avoid apprehension, had passed it to Dalton and his friend John Lear. The pair may have been suspected of being minor street villains and as a result Dalton, who was only eleven and Lear thirteen were convicted and transported for seven years. The boys spent four months on a prison hulk before boarding the Albermarle and it was understandable that John and Elizabeth should welcome friendly relationship when the system threw them together at Parramatta in 1792. Elizabeth Morris was about fifteen at this time. We don't know what happened to Dalton but when he finished his sentence he left for Norfolk Island as a crewman on the Salamander and it seems that he continued a life at sea. Hannah was 21 months old when John left; her mother not yet eighteen.

4 January 1796: Mother and daughter were still together when Elizabeth married William Kentwell (also referred to as Cantwell) at St. John's Parramatta. At 35 he was almost twice her age and had recently completed his sentence. William was born in London on 23 March 1761 and had been baptised in the St Marylebone Church in London on 29 Sept. 1765. He lived in St. Giles Cripplegate near Covent Garden. At 22 he was transported for seven years for stealing 'with force of arms' two linen handkerchiefs valued at two shillings and goods and chattels of 'other persons unknown'. William spent almost three years in prison or “in the hulks” before he was loaded onto the Admiral Barrington for his voyage to New South Wales.

16 October 1791 he arrived it seems probable that William was sent to the Toongabbie camp and was converted from city life to farming.

The Surveyor-General's notebook for 1796 details a 60-acre block at Toongabbie for William Kentwell. Governor Phillip's policy was to allocate 30 acres for 'worthy' convicts at the expiry of their sentence. Twenty further acres were given for a spouse and ten acres for each child so Elizabeth and Hannah allowed the Kentwell grant to be double that given to a single man. Their grant is situated near the present Pendle Hill Railway Station around the intersection of Binalong and Darcy Roads. William's father was also called William, and his mother was Anne. William II and Elizabeth continued the tradition and first child was baptised William Cody at St. John's on 24 November 1799.

The 1800 muster of the colony recorded William Kentwell as being “free” and farming 15 cleared acres of land at Toongabbie. The farm received rations for a man woman and two children (William III and Hannah). The Kentwell’s were neighbours of Thomas Williams and Ann Davis.

The 1805 muster records William and Elizabeth as being married and having one female child born before marriage (Hannah), and another (Charlotte) along with two boys born after marriage (William and John, born 29 Feb. 1804). Although there is no precise record we can calculate that Charlotte was born sometime in 1802.
In 1805 the settlers of the district selected William as one of the Trustees of the Prospect Common. The Common was 9345 acres and used for common pasturing by settlers and those holding leases.

By 1806 William owned 75 acres and was assigned a convict servant - Lawrence Kirwan. He was now a prosperous small farmer and a member of an association of like-minded emancipists known as the Association of Hawkesbury Settlers. When Governor Bligh arrived in 1806 the Association nailed their colours to the mast and sent the Governor an address of welcome and further letters of support. When the MacArthur forces unseated Bligh and took control of the colony the Association members were at the mercy of the clique of exclusives and members of the NSW Corps. The couple had 2 more daughters Maria, in 1806, and Harriet in 1809.

August 1809: William Kentwell, and seven others, drowned in the Hawkesbury/Nepean River near Windsor during a flood. It seems that he was returning home after purchasing horses for the Government when the accident happened. Elizabeth, now 31, was left with six children, the youngest being just a few months old. Three weeks after she was widowed, on 23rd August 1809, Elizabeth took seven-year-old Charlotte to the Female Orphan Institution. She continued to run the farm with the help of Hannah and the two boys and, a little while later, an Irish convict called Murtagh (Murty) Shields who had a wife and six children at home in Kilkenny. Shields had been tried for horse stealing and transported for life in 1800. (He may have been assigned to the Kentwell's in place of Kirwan.)

15th February 1813: Elizabeth gave birth to her seventh child a boy James Henry Shields at Toongabbie, NSW. Twenty four years later she took him to be baptised at St. John's Parramatta, NSW on the 30th December 1837 she revealed that Murty was his father.
By 1814 Murty Shields had moved on and Elizabeth had formed a relationship with another convict, 21 year old Thomas Thompkins.
He was born in Northampton but moved to London and obtained a position in the household of William Strong Esq. in Russell Square. He was eventually promoted to Upper-Footman in 1812 but succumbed to temptation and left Strong's house in February 1812 and took some of his employer's silver plates with him to his lodgings across the river at 8 Blackfriars Rd. Southwark. When he attempted to pawn the silver he was caught and convicted at the Old Bailey a fortnight later. He was sentenced to death but as his previous employer stated that he had 'always behaved with the greatest deportment (and) was of good character', he was commuted to transportation for life.

He was 5'7" tall of fair ruddy complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes and when he arrived in Sydney in June 1813 on the Fortune 2 was sent to the lumberyard in Parramatta. He remained at this work until 13 December 1817 when he obtained a Ticket-of-Leave on the recommendation of William Jewell and Rev. Samuel Marsden. Jewell, who ran the yard, said Thomas was 'sober, honest and industrious' and Marsden judged him an 'honest and industrious man being of very good character'.
So Elizabeth, now 40, seems to have found another good man and she married Thomas Thompkins at St. John's 6 August 1815. In a reversal of the situation of her first marriage she was almost twice the age of her groom. The bride's eldest daughter, now Mrs Hannah Beckett, was a witness.
Elizabeth’s first child with Thomas, Henry Thomas, was born at Toongabbie a year later but this happy event was overshadowed when her eldest son, the sixteen year-old William Cody Kentwell, was killed by natives at Wilberforce around the same time. The second child of Elizabeth and Thomas, Sarah T, was born two years later in October 1817. D'Arcy Wentworth, one of the Macarthur clique, forced Elizabeth off at least some of William's land in 1815. She received a bull and two cows as part payment for the land. But in May 1820 when her son John Kentwell applied for a land grant he said he was living with his widowed mother at Toongabbie. His grant of 100 acres, of which fourteen were cultivated, adjoined the western boundary of the land of Thomas Ashford. He owned 2 horses and eight cows. He had married Elizabeth James in 1824 and their daughter Elizabeth Jane was born the next year.

Watson records Thomas Thompkins as obtaining a conditional pardon in November 1825 but the 1828? Census records Elizabeth as being aged 50 and Thomas, 34 and still on ticket-of-leave. Her younger children were 13 and 11 and her others were now living separately as adults.
In 1822, despite his status, Thomas had bought 50 acres originally granted to Patrick Silk at Castle Hill. He next bought the adjacent 40 acres from Thomas Ashford in 1823 and became a neighbour of John and Elizabeth Kentwell.
The 1828 Census recorded him as being a landowner at Baulkam Hills with 90 acres. Twenty-six acres were cleared and cultivated and he owned 3 horses and 19 cows; he also had the services of two convict servants.

Thomas Tompkins became seriously ill and sold his farm. In July 1829 John Pye paid £200 for the 90 acres. Two days after Christmas of that year Thomas died aged thirty-eight and was buried in St John's Churchyard. Elizabeth became a widow for the second time at age fifty-nine and still had the fourteen year-old Henry and twelve year-old Sarah to raise.
Elizabeth lived on for another twenty-three years and remained at Castle Hill where at least four of her children still lived. She died in 1852 aged seventy-five and was buried at St John's Parramatta. She had been twice married in the Church and had borne twelve children with four fathers.

James Henry Shields
James Henry Shields was born 15th February 1813, married Mary Ann Bellamy on the 19th October 1844 at St Ann’s Church of England Hunters Hill NSW.
Mary Ann was born on the 9th August 1825 at Pennant Hills, NSW.
They went on to be prominent owners of Orchard land on Aiken’s Rd; West Pennant Hills James was employed as a carpenter & a Shingle-splitter.
James & Mary Ann had 11 children, 8 boys and 3 girls, who all married into well known families producing thousands of descendants for Murtagh Shields there is more information on all of their children, but our immediate relative is Samuel Shields

Samuel Shields
Samuel Shields Born 6 April 1857 married Bertha Matilda Bowerman (approx in 1882), she was born 9 Sep 1858, died 23 Nov 1923 at Age: 65 they had 15 children 8 boys and 6 girls their names were Emily, Clarrice, Hilda, Rosine, Olive, Ernest Shields, Percival Shields, Roy Shields, Horace Shields, Wilton Shields, Bertha, Herbert Shields, Bruce Shields, Walter Shields, & Fredrick Shields. Our immediate relative is Ernest Shields.

Ernest Haywood Shields
Ernest Haywood Shields was born 1879; in Parramatta, NSW he married Ethel Bridget Maher who was born in 1884, in Central Cumberland, NSW.
Ernest was the eldest son of Samuel & Bertha
Ethel was the eldest daughter of Edward James Maher & Dorcas Mobbs. She had 2 sisters and 4 brothers Millie, Annie, Thomas, William, Charles & Bernard. Her father died when she was 13 years old of a shunting accident, at Clyde, NSW. Leaving Ethel to help her mother raise the 6 other children.
Ernest eventually died in 1945 at Hornsby, NSW, he was 66 years old Ethel eventually died in 1959 at the age of 75, at Ryde, NSW.
Ernest & Ethel had 9 children; Rupert, Malcom, Wallace, Effie, Jean G (aka Gwenie), Ronald, Jack, Nancy & Gordon.
Rupert: was born 1906 & died at the age of 6 months of Diphtheria, he was buried at Carlingford Cemetery.
Malcom: was born 12th June 1907 he died at the age of 26 years of age from Gangrene, he is also buried at Carlingford Cemetery with Rupert.
Wallace: was born 15th September 1909, he married Hilda Carmen Nowlan in 1932 Hilda was born 1912 she was the only daughter of Josephine Dunks & Jack Nowlan
She had 2 brothers whose names were Harold & Jack. Wallace and Hilda had 8 children: Raymond John, Wallace II (aka Bubby), June, Faye, Dawn, Gail, Leonie & Rhonda. Sadly, Hilda passed away in 1975 after one of her own daughters June passed away a couple of months earlier also in 1975.
Raymond John: was born 1931, he married Shirley Ann Bulger, they had 2 girls

Does this help anyone ?

Kind Regards
Wendy Woodford -
Wendy Woodford
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 1:01 pm:   

Hi extended Family,

I am trying to track down the Book by the Kenwell Family if I can but it would be great to have the Name of the book and even the Author if possible. So I can get any info on Murty Shields that I can "the more the better" I say :-)

I have purchased the book on the Hornsby Pioneers for $26.00 as I am trying to put a book together myself for the Murtagh Shields family here in Australia, I would also love info on him and his family from Ireland my email address is:
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2012 - 5:20 pm:   

My Singletons came from Barbour Co., Alabama via South Carolina but I cannot, for sure, link them to the known Singletons from there. My known Singleton ancestor was Joseph Modica Singleton, born c1820 in SC., but emigrated to Alabama. Anyone out there that can point me in the right directions?
Rhonda Ware
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 9:44 pm:   

James Kentwell Shields

When Elizabeth Kentwell and Murty Shields had James in 1813 he was named James Kentwell.

The birth was registered as both James Huntwell, parents Merty and Elizabeth and also James Frentwell, parents Marty and Elizabeth when the registers were typed up due to difficulty reading the handwritten registers.
Source "The Kentwell Chronicle" - book about the Kentwell family history.

When James was at Menangle school in 1827, he used the named James Cantwell Shields and he was then living with his father, Murty Shields.
That same year in 1827, aged 14 he was baptised James Shields at St Johns Church, Parramatta and from then on he never used the name Kentwell again.

Rhonda Ware
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 11:55 am:   

Thank you Robyn Robinson for providing information and pictures of Carl R. Heine's folks.

Russell Edwards
Marshall Islands
gayleen maurice
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm:   

hi I'm interested in the Herd/Shaw family. I want to know if Milton Herd who married Ellen May Singleton?, is a relative of my great grandmother Mercy Ellen Herd who married John Lindsey Shaw (from bruinswick, Victoria, Australia). I have a wonderful file on the Shaw side but nothing of the Herds that are connecting to me.
chreyl singleton
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 8:55 pm:   

has anyone info on john singleton born cheshire uk .(my father) married twice, died 1972/3 .. his father named william a surveyor uk trafford pk..i would like to know if my fathers siblings had children(cousins to me)and my of his sisters lived salford uk....
karen hanna
Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 4:48 pm:   

i am related to singleton roses and turnbull any info would be great thanks Karen
cheryl singleton
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:39 pm:   

my grandfather william singleton born 1864 cheshire uk..his son john singleton born1902 cheshire is my father who died 1973 in worcester buried in an unmarked grave worcester. has anyone information of the church he is buried in.? ( uk )
heather king
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:17 pm:   

hi my grandparents minnie clarke 1897-1943 and levi basil hall 1891-1957 were cousins.minnie father was john clarke born 1875 levi mother was susanne hall born 1855 not sure of their deaths date relate to william clarke and anna maria singleton i know william clarke was buried at windsor church of england there no headstone
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 2:57 pm:   

Am trying to contact Sue King who posted to this site in 2011. Could she please contact me regarding her research. My email is
Chris Wynn
Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 - 9:59 pm:   

Hi everyone. I have done quite a bit of research over the years on the descendants of Bourn Russell & Jane Mackreth. What I have found is most people's research stops at Bourn Russell. I have done a whole lot more on the family of both Jane Mackreth and her Sister Susannah, who married Matthew Stewart in Singleton, because their Sister Elizabeth Mackreth, who did not come to Australia, was my 3rd Great Grandmother. This makes Bourn Russell (the first Harbourmaster and Pilot at Eden from 1860) my first cousin 4 x removed, and just about everyone else posting on here a cousin. Happy to share information.
cheryl singleton
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 - 8:07 am:   

am trying to trace present day ancestors of singletons....decendants william singleton born 1864 cheshire who married caroline wright..they had 7 chrildren..william alfred=elsie=nellie=john born 26/4/1902=polly=evelyn=ernest singleton in 1911 they all lived trafford park manchester uk...john singleton is my father...
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2017 - 9:40 pm:   

Hi All,
Just Wow, havnt seen this site for years. And its great to see so many messages.
I hope our decendants can find all this one day.
I havnt done anything on Singleton for years. Been in other trees i belong in. But there is exciting stuff out there.
I think its the Singleton tree that goes back to Royal lines. i thought id saved the web site, but couldnt find it to share here.

Cheryl Singleton, most of this is Australian Singleton's But im sure we connect up some how in England. Dosnt appear we have to put emails in our messages. Just click on the names and the email is there. Might be better to have it a bit hidden from the spiders on the web. :-) Im Also on facebook, but please message me with the friend request. or i wont add you. Bye. Margaret
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2018 - 6:41 pm:   

HI there, looking on any information regarding George Edwards Born 1853, married 1884 to Ellen Kermode b1854, they lived in the Greenlands, Singleton. My husband is a descendant of their son William Herbert Edwards.
Regards Teri
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2018 - 7:59 pm:   

Hi Teriann, this is great!! After George died in 1887 Ellen remarried to James Andrews in 1892. I have information and quite a few unidentified photos of Kermode / Edwards / Andrews.

My email is:

regards, Roy Andrews and also forum owner.
Linda Singleton Jeter
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2018 - 1:11 pm:   

I am trying to found out inf on David Green Singleton which is my grandfather, He used to tell me there were five Singleton brothers that came over I think from England. He lived in Youngstown Fl Did the Singleton come from England or Ireland?

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