Generation 7

                                                            BURROWS, Thomas
                                                            CHANTLER (CHANDLER), Unknown
                                                            COOPER, Robert
                                                            DICKENSON (DICKISON), Mary
                                                            DOCWRA, Jacaminea
                                                            EGGLETON (EAGLETON), William
                                                            FULTON, John Williamson
                                                            GORDON, Anne
                                                            JARMAN, Unknown
                                                            KEMP, Unknown
                                                            KING, Mariah (Moriah)
                                                            MATTHEWS, Unknown
                                                            POTTINGER, Eldred Curwen
                                                            STARR, Thomas
                                                            UNKNOWN (‘Beebee Poll’)
                                                            WILLMOTT, Stoughton


F7: BURROWS, Thomas                                 B:
                                                                                M:                   Sarah Unknown
                                                                                Comments: Of Great Chishall, Essex. Jarman researcher Celia Sheppard
                                                                                (nee Jarman) records his Christian name as ‘James’ and his wife as ‘Ann

M7: UNKNOWN, Sarah                                  B:
                                                                                M:                   Thomas Burrows
                                                                                Comments: recorded by Jarman family researcher Celia Sheppard as ‘Ann’
                                                                                Unknown (with her husband’s Christian name recorded as ‘James’).


                                                                                M:                   Unknown

M7: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                            M:                    Unknown Chantler (Chandler)


F7: COOPER, Robert                                        B:
                                                                                M:                    Ellen Unknown

                                                                                Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper, a member of the 1/73 Regiment, arrived ‘free’ in Sydney on the ship ‘Ann’, 27-2-1810. He was accompanied by his wife, Ellen Unknown, and three young daughters, Faith (Generation 6), Ann, and Hannah (who was to marry Joseph Booth in 1821, at age 18). 

M7: UNKNOWN, Ellen                               B:
                                                                                M:                   Robert Cooper

EGGLETON, Elizabeth

F7: EGGLETON (EAGLETON), William       B: c1756. Probably in Kingston, Herefordshire.

                                                                                                    Arrival in NSW: 26-1-1788 on ‘Alexander’ (First Fleet).
                                                            M: 17-2-1788, St Philip’s, Mary Dickenson (Dickison).
                                                                                D: c 1828, possibly at Bargo, NSW.
                                                                       Siblings: none known; however, Sarah Egleton is recorded as having wed
                                                                                Samuel Pope, 26-12-1779, St Saviour’s, Southwark (actually, ‘St Saviour  
                                                                                and St Mary Overie’, the last word being the Saxon word for ‘over water’;
                                                                                this was the church – now a cathedral -- at the southern end of London  
                                                                                Bridge); possibly William’s sister and source of his first daughter’s name.
 William Eggleton (Eagleton).

The birthplace of William Eggleton is reputed to have been both ‘Kingston Ham, Herefordshire’ (in western England, adjoining Wales), and ‘Kingston-upon-Thames’ and ‘Southwark’ (both part of Greater London); since he was tried at Kingston-upon-Thames following his arrest -- at which time his place of residence was the Parish of St Saviour’s, Southwark, where several other ‘Egglestons’ (or, alternatively, ‘Egleton’ and ‘Iggulden’) are recorded – it is possible that the two separate references to ‘Kingston’ are merely a confusion of place-names (the ‘Iggulden’ entry refers to Sarah, born 30-7-1759 and baptised at St Saviour’s: possibly William’s sister and the same Sarah Egleton who married Samuel Pope in this church on 26-12-1779).
While his birthplace may be in doubt, the details of William’s arrest, trial, conviction, and subsequent transportation are all well-documented. Nicknamed ‘Bones’, he was arrested (with companion James Spencer) and charged with breaking into the house of Edward Warren (12-1-1786) and stealing a padlocked box containing clothing valued at five pounds. Committed for trial on 23-1-1786, he was tried by Sir Henry Gould Knt, and Sir William Ashurst Knt, in the Surrey Lent Assizes which commenced 22-3-1786, found not guilty of breaking and entering but guilty of stealing, and sentenced on Thursday morning, March 23, the sentence being transportation for “seven years beyond the sea”.

First received on the ‘Ceres’ hulk, he was delivered to ‘Alexander’ (6-1-1787), and subsequently transported to New South Wales, arriving on January 26, 1788. Following an exhortation from Governor Phillip for convicts in relationships to marry, he and Mary Dickenson became the fifteenth couple to wed in the new colony, the marriage taking place (along with several others) on 17-2-1788 (the register recording Mary’s name as ‘Dickison’). Their first child, Sarah, was baptised on Christmas Day the same year (see report on Sarah’s life in Generation 6).

The practice of rewarding law-abiding convicts with land grants worked well in the case of William and Mary, who took good advantage of the opportunities offered. They received, first (1791, although not gazetted until 1793), a sixty-acre land grant at Prospect which William named ‘Eggleton’s Endeavour’ (‘Eggleton Street’ in the Blacktown area still exists today); in 1794, they leased seven acres at Petersham, and subsequently held land at Concord.

While Mary did not survive into the new century (dying in August, 1799, shortly before William took up an appointment from the Governor to check the quality and quantity of grain supplied to the Government Stores in Sydney and adjacent areas), William went on to hold 80 acres at Field of Mars, in the Ryde area (1802, the same year as he was given a grant at Camden, which, it seems, was not taken up), and to become a juror in 1826. From around 1806, he resided at times with Sophia Browne, who was classed as his wife in 1814. The 1822 muster records him as employed by Robert Lack (Generation 6) at Liverpool; by the following Muster (1823-5) he was a landowner in Campbelltown, where his property is today marked by ‘Eggleton Park’, and where a nearby street bears his name (Robert Lack, to become his son-in-law in 1826, had also moved to Campbelltown by the time of this muster; Elizabeth Eggleton -- recorded as Elizabeth Frazier -- is listed as Robert’s housekeeper).

William died -- probably at East Bargo, the site of his final land grant, made on 30-6-1823 -- around 1828; the location of his grave has not been determined, although Helen Paternoster (nee Eggleton) discovered traces of a homestead on the property in the early 1990s.

Further details on William Eggleton, including an alleged copy of his signature, can be found at http://fmpro.uow.edu.au/FirstFleet/details.aspx?-recid=32855



M7: DICKENSON (DICKISON), Mary         B:  c 1761 (Southwark, UK)

                                                            M: 17-2-1788, St Philips Church of England, Sydney Cove, William
                                                                                                                                                                                    Eggleton (Eagleton)
                                                            D: August, 1799
Mary Dickenson (Dickison)

Living in the same neighbourhood (Southwark, England) as her husband-to-be, William Eggleton (it has, therefore, been suggested that they may have been acquainted before their arrival at Sydney Cove on 26-1-1788, with the First Fleet) Mary Dickenson, giving her occupation as ‘barrow woman’, was arrested after being seen (22-11-1786, shortly after 5 p.m.) fleeing the shop of Richard Marks (Fishmonger’s Alley, St Saviour), from where she had stolen eleven waistcoats (while the dwelling was occupied, as she disturbed the housekeeper, Elizabeth Martin, who yelled “Stop, thief!” as she fled from the rear wood yard, resulting in her apprehension by a bystander, John Hall, of 20 Redcross Street). Arraigned (23-11-1786) by Thomas Waterhouse, convicted (8-1-1787) at Southwark Quarter Sessions, and sentenced to seven years’ transportation “to parts beyond the seas”, Mary was first held at Gravesend Prison, before being ultimately delivered (31-1-1787) to ‘Lady Penrhyn’, on which she travelled to Sydney, NSW, arriving 26-1-1788 (‘Lady Penrhyn’, least-seaworthy of the eleven ships, was the last to make port).

Her acquaintanceship with fellow-Southwarkian William Eggleton either established or renewed upon arrival, Mary became the new colony’s fifteenth bride (her name recorded as ‘Dickison’), marrying William at St Philip’s Church  in a joint ceremony organised (17-2-1788) by order of Arthur Phillip. Their first child, Sarah, was baptised on Christmas Day of the same year, and the marriage subsequently produced William (who died in infancy), William (born 1793, a year after the death of the previous William), and, finally, Elizabeth (Generation 6), husband of Robert Lack (Elizabeth and Robert’s youngest daughter, Elizabeth Mary, would become the wife of John Eggleton, son of Elizabeth Eggleton’s elder brother, William).

Mary Dickenson lived only eleven years in the colony, but in that time she and William had become respected landowners, with holdings in Prospect, Petersham, and Concord. She died in Sydney in August, 1799; her date of burial (in the Old Sydney Burial Ground, where Sydney Town Hall now stands) is 25-8-1799.

Further information on Mary Dickenson (Dickison), including an alleged copy of her signature, can be found at http://fmpro.uow.edu.au/FirstFleet/details.aspx?-recid=32834



F7: FULTON, John Williamson                    B: 5-10-1769, Lisburn.

                                                                                M: (i)            ‘Beebee Poll’ (Indian or anglo-Indian wife or mistress, mother
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of Eliza).
                                                                              (ii)            Anne Robertson, widow of Captain John Hunt, Bengal Army.
                                                                                D: 2-1-1830 (4, Upper Harley St, West, London)

                                                                                John Williamson Fulton.

The family of John Williamson Fulton has been thoroughly researched to the 17th century, when his great grandfather, Robert Fulton, left England for Jamaica. The family is mainly associated with Lisburn, Ireland, the retirement choice of Robert’s son, Richard (born c 1678) after a career as a cavalry officer in the army of William III; Richard’s second son, John Fulton (usually referred to as ‘Of Calcutta’), was John Williamson’s father.

Joining his father in Calcutta in 1788 (confirmed in the Bengal Kalendar of 1792), John Williamson Fulton, the third son, entered into business with partners Mackintosh (the brother-in-law of his second wife) and McClintock, marrying an Indian or anglo-Indian woman referred to in his will (held in the India Office library) as ‘Beebee Poll’. She was, possibly, his mistress rather than his wife; however, the term ‘beebee’ usually designates a wife, and since the three children -- Eliza (Generation 6, also mentioned in the will), Joseph, and Francis Graham -- from this marriage were accepted by the family in Ireland, the probability is that she was, in fact, a legal spouse (‘Poll’ being, possibly, a contraction of ‘Polly’).

While “a book-keeper in the office to the Accountant of the Board of Revenue”, Bengal, John Williamson Fulton was the author of British Indian Bookkeeping: a new system of double entry, exemplified in a variety of compendious methods, published in Bengal in 1799 (a later London edition was published in 1800).

John Williamson Fulton married (a second time, after the death of ‘Beebee Poll’) Ann Robertson, widow of Captain Hunt of the Bengal Army, who had died 27-5-1845; this marriage produced two sons (John Williamson and Joseph Hennessy) and five daughters: Eleanor Sophia, Anne (who died in infancy in 1808), Anne (born the year following the death of her sister), Mary Chronne, and Charlotta Hayes).

Appointed High Sheriff (1816), John Williamson Fulton eventually left India and returned (1820) with a substantial fortune to London, where he lived (at no. 4, Upper Harley Street) until his death in 1830. His eldest child, Eliza -- bearing the same first name as John Williamson’s sister, Eliza Overend Fulton (1771-1819), with whom she is sometimes confused -- remained in India, having married (7-6-1814) Lt. Thomas Pottinger, widower (his first wife had been Charlotte Moore), in Calcutta. This marriage is reported in the Belfast Newsletter (10-1-1815).

John Williamson Fulton’s grandson, Edmund Fulton, later said of him, “He was an advanced liberal in politics with highly developed Irish sympathies, but his views would not now be at all acceptable in the neighbourhood of Belfast, where the people are nearly all conservatives and strong Anti-Gladstonians”.

John Williamson Fulton was also a patron of the Irish Harp Society, for whom, according to the Lixburn Historical Society (http://www.lisburn.com/books/historical_society/volume10/volume10-3.html) he raised “substantial funds… before his death in 1830”.

Further information: Sir Theodore Hope (1903): The Fultons of Lisburn.

M7: UNKNOWN (‘Beebee Poll’)                B:
                                                                                M:           John Williamson Fulton

Unknown (‘Beebee Poll’)

‘Beebee Poll’ was the name by which John Williamson’s Anglo-Indian wife (or mistress) was referred in his will; researcher Hugh Casement mentions her (at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/INDIA/1999-09/0937335990, 14-9-1999), and she is also included in the biography of Eldred Pottinger (son, by his first wife, of her son-in-law) at http://www.ashbourne-derbyshire.co.uk/Herat.htm.

Eliza Fulton having been so unreservedly accepted by his family in Ireland, it has been suggested that Beebee Poll was a wife, and not merely a mistress, of John Williamson Fulton. In a discussion of the word ‘beebee’, Andrew Sellon (19-8-2005, at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/INDIA/2005-08/1124489054) notes that “Beebee (or Bebee) means no more than 'woman', or possibly 'Mrs'. In Swahili, in which a number of words from India are incorporated, it is 'bebe'.” Rabia Zafar adds: “Bibi is an alternative spelling - it is not a title nor a person's forename or surname. It is added when one speaks with respect - either when talking to or about a woman” (20-8-2005, at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/INDIA/2005-08/1124516789).

It has been suggested that ‘Poll’ is simply a diminutive of ‘Polly’. It could also be a corruption of the traditional Indian name, ‘Payal’ (Assamese for ‘anklet’).
JARMAN, Henry (Henery)

F7: JARMAN, Unknown                                 B:
                                                                                M:                    Unknown

M7: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:                    Unknown Jarman

KEMP, Charles

F7: KEMP, Unknown                                       B:
                                                                                M:                   Unknown

M7: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                            M:                   Unknown Kemp

LACK, Robert

F7: LACK, Unknown                                        B:

                                                                                M:                  Unknown

M7: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:                   Unknown Lack

F7: MATTHEWS, Unknown                         B:
                                                           M:                  Unknown

M7: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                            M:                   Unknown Matthews


F7: POTTINGER, Eldred Curwen               B:                  Mountpottinger

                                                                                M: 1779, Anne Gordon
                                                                                D: August, 1814

                                                                                Eldred Curwen Pottinger

Eldred Curwen Pottinger is a descendant, on his father’s side, of Thomas Pottinger, First Sovereign of Belfast; on his mother’s side, he is a descendant of William of Normandy.

Although little is known of his life, we know that five of his sons (including the most celebrated, Sir Henry Pottinger) were “shipped out to India, there to make their careers, and often to end their lives”(George Pottinger, 1997, Sir Henry Pottinger, First Governor of Hong Kong).

M7: GORDON, Anne                                   B:

                                                                                M: 1779, Eldred Curwen Pottinger
                                                                                D: November, 1819.

STARR, William

F7: STARR, Thomas                                          B: c 1770
                                                                                M:  17-10-1798, Jacaminea Docwra
                                                                                Comments: Witnesses at the wedding included Ann Starr, Peter Cupis,
                                                                                and Thomas Church. The families of Docwra and Starr were closely linked
                                                                                at this time: another daughter of Thomas and Jacaminea, Sarah Starr,
                                                                                married (18-6-1816) Thomas Docwra (two of their children -- Edward and
                                                                                Stephen  – emigrated to Australia). “Sarah Starr was baptised 7th July,
                                                                                1799 at Bassingbourne, Cambs., the daughter of Thomas Starr of
                                                                                Bassingbourne, and his wife Jacaminea(also nee Docwra). In fact
                                                                                Jacaminea (bap. 1772) was a daughter of John Docwra and Elizabeth Sell
                                                                                (m. 1776) of Bassingbourne. A son of the same John Docwra/Elizabeth Sell
                                                                                was William Docwra, who married Elizabeth Quy, at Bassingbourne
                                                                                (1793), and they had several children,one of whom was William Docwra
                                                                                (bap. 1798) who we are almost sure is the same William as married Sarah
                                                                                Starr in 1816. So it seems that Sarah Starr and William Docwra were 1st
                                                                                cousins.” (Anne Nichols, 21-10-2001, at
M7: DOCWRA, Jacaminea                             B: before 2-3-1772, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                M:  17-10-1798, Thomas Starr
                                        Comments: Daughter of John Docwra and Elizabeth Sell.
                                        Siblings: William (born before 6-3-1768); Charlotte (before 18-3-1770
before 9-3-1825); Elizabeth (born before 14-4-1771); John (before 17-6-1771-before 17-6-1771); John (born before 11-9-1774); Mary (born before 13-9-1778); Keziah (before 18-3-1781 before 14-4-1782). ‘Keziah’ is the Hebrew form of ‘Cassia’; other names in the Docwra family around this time include Abraham, Jacob, Jabez, Rachel, Rebecca, and Ruth.

WILLMOTT, Hannah (Anna)

F7: WILLMOTT, Stoughton                           B: 1768, Litlington, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                M: (i) 26-10-1790, Litlington, Cambridgeshire, Ann Sell
      (ii) 23-10-1797, Mariah (Moriah) King           
                                                                                D: September, 1842, Litlington, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                Comments: his son, William (christened 20-4-1805) married (19-11-1831)
                                                                                Mary Jarman (christened 12-4-1812), daughter of Thomas Jarman and
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Unknown.

M7: KING, Mariah (Moriah)                         B: c 1777, Litlington, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                M: 23-10-1797, Stoughton Willmott
                                                                                D: February, 1847, Litlington, Cambridgeshire

        Generation 8

                                                            ARBUCKLE, Alice
                                                            BURROWS, Unknown
                                                            COLLICE, Ann
                                                            COOPER, Unknown
                                                            CULLEDGE, Jane
                                                            CURWEN, Frances
                                                            DICKENSON, Edward
                                                            DOCWRA, John
                                                            EGGLETON (EAGLETON), Unknown
                                                            FULTON, John
                                                            GORDON, Robert
                                                            KING, Unknown
                                                            POTTINGER, Thomas
                                                            SELL, Elizabeth
                                                            SPENCER, Mary
                                                            STARR, Thomas
                                                            WADE, Anne
                                                            WILLMOTT, Stoughton


F8: BURROWS, Unknown                             B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

M8: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown Burrows

COOPER, Robert

F8: COOPER, Unknown                                  B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M8: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Cooper


F8: DICKENSON, Edward                               B:
                                                            M:               Mary Spencer
                                                            D: possibly December, 1769 (buried 21-12-1769, St Peter’s, Netherseal,
                                                            Comments: According to Linda Eggleton’s research, Edward and Mary
                                                                                (nee Spencer) were the parents of Mary Dickenson, First Fleeter; this
                                                                                information, however, is unverified.
M8: SPENCER, Mary                                        B:  Unknown (a ‘Mary Spencer’, daughter of John and Mary, was baptised
                                                                                      on 6-9-1742 at St Peter’s, Netherseal, Leicestershire, the site of the
                                                                                      later burial of Edward Dickenson; however, a further entry in the same
                                                                                      church lists a burial of John and Mary’s daughter on 20-9-1743; a
                                                                                      further Mary Spencer, daughter of John, was baptised at this same
                                                                                                                                                                                    church on 2-9-1744/45).
                                                            M:                Edward Dickenson
DOCWRA, Jacaminea

F8: DOCWRA, John                                          B: before 1-4-1745
                                                                                M: 1776, Elizabeth Sell, in Bassingbourne
                                                                                Comments: Siblings: Sarah (born before 16-1-1736); Mary (born before
                                                                                10-9-1738); Elizabeth (before 16-12-1739 – before 19-6-1741); Elizabeth
                                                                                (D.O.B. 13-3-1743); William (born before 22-11-1747); John (before 22-
                                                                                11-1747 – before 1-1-1748); William (born before 24-2-1750); Ann
                                                                                (before 27-11-1753 – before 5-12-1753); Thomas (before 26-3-1755 –
                                                                                                                                                                                    before 8-8-1755).

M8: SELL, Elizabeth                                          B:  7-7-1745
                                                                                M:  1776, John Docwra
                                                                                D: before 22-3-1782
                                                                                Comments: The records show two different Christening dates for
                                                                                Elizabeth Sell, three years apart, with father either Thomas Sell (and wife
                                                                                Ann Unknown) or (in Celia Sheppard’s research) John Sell (and wife Ann
                                                                                Phipps). Possibly two different Elizabeth Sells are referred to. This present
                                                                                research will allow for both ‘John’ and ‘Thomas’ as Christian names for
                                                                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth’s father.


                                                            M:                   Unknown

M8: UNKNOWN                                              B:
                                                                                M:                   Unknown Eggleton

FULTON, John Williamson

F8: FULTON, John                                            B: 1723 (or 1716), Belsize (Bellasize), near Lisburn. 
                                                                                M: 1750, Anne Wade
D: 26-7-1803, off Cape of Good Hope, on ‘Minerva East Indiaman’. Buried
                                                                                                    at St Helena Bay.
                                                                                John Fulton.

John Fulton was the first ‘Fulton of Lisburn’ (having given the name to the estate in Antrim after the nearby village); usually, however, he is referred to as ‘Of Calcutta’, where much of his life was spent.

The second, and youngest, son of Richard Fulton and Margaret Camac, John Fulton (born 1723) married (in 1750 or 1751) Anne Wade, daughter of Joseph and Ellen Wade of Clonebraney, Crossakiel, County Meath. They resided at Lisburn (John having named their estate after the nearby village) where their third son, John Williamson Fulton, was born in 1769.

In 1780, John (Senior) was appointed registrar of the Supreme Court of Calcutta, India, and proceeded to take up the post, being, however, shipwrecked en route and eventually arriving in 1782, only to learn that the position had been filled in the meantime. Undaunted, he turned his attention to the world of commerce, with such success that his son, John Williamson (Generation 7), joined him there in 1788.
Leaving his son in India (John Williamson would eventually return to London in 1820), John left Calcutta for England in April, 1803, on the Minerva East Indiaman; he died (26-7-1803) on board, while the ship was off the Cape of Good Hope. It was long thought that he was buried at St Helena, as letters have been found stating that such was the fact; more recent research has, however, indicated that his body was actually taken ashore for burial at St Helena Bay, a small military fort close to the Cape of Good Hope (which seems more likely, since St Helena was at at least three weeks sail from the Capeat the time of his death).
His Will, which was proved in The Supreme Court of Calcutta was dated 24th September 1801, and a Codicil dated 26th January 1803.  Petition for Probate was filed 10th April 1807 by Henry Burden Esq. of Old Court House Street, Merchant and one of the nominated executors (the others being Messieurs James Laird, Alexander Colvin, David Colvin, and Richard Fulton). Real and Personal Property was left to his son Joseph Fulton of Lisburn, to James Fulton of Lisburn, to Captain John Fulton son of James Fulton aforesaid, to his three daughters (Eleanor, Ann, and Eliza Fulton), to his sister Mary Ann Kenby, to his nephew Richard Fulton (son of James Fulton and brother of Robert Fulton, the American Engineer), to the four daughters of his deceased sister (Margaret Mc Aulay), and to Mrs Elizabeth Overend and her daughter Mrs Jane Morris.  His sons, Joseph and James, were residuary legatees. In the Codicil, property is left to his grandson Nicholas, third son of Joseph Fulton, and to Henry Fulton, fourth son of Joseph Fulton of Lisburn, with special provisions for their sisters (daughters of Joseph Fulton).                                                                                                                           
M8: WADE, Anne                                             B:
                                                                                M: 1750. John Fulton, of Lisburn, Antrim.


F8: GORDON, Robert, Esq.                           B:                Florida Manor, County Down.
                                                                                M: 1755, Alice Arbuckle
                                                                                D: 1797

                                                                                Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon (‘of Florida’) probably built the Florida Manor house (part of a 17th-century estate which included the townlands of Ballybunden, Drumreagh, part of Kilmood, Ballygraffen, Lisbarnet, Ballyminstragh, Raffery, Ravera and Tullynagee), situated about 2 kilometres north-west of the village of Killinchy, in County Down (Florida Manor was later described by author Sir Charles Edward Bainbridge Brett, as a ‘rather mysterious house’). In the year of his marriage (to the widow of Thomas Whyte), Robert signed a memorandum of agreement (still extant) in favour of Hugh Agnew, a brickmaker, for ‘fifty thousand bricks or any greater number...’ dated 1775, probably for the construction of the house, on the occasion of the marriage (described as ‘fortuitous’, as Alice was ‘niece and heiress-in-law to David Crawford of Florida Manor’; the Gordons had hitherto been wine and spirit merchants, but Robert and Alice’s son, David, went on to establish Gordon and Company bankers, which later became Belfast Banking Company).

Florida Manor remained a possession of the Gordon family until its sale in 1910.

The Public Records of Northern Ireland holds, under the title The Gordon Papers (November, 2007, http://www.proni.gov.uk/introduction_gordon_d4204-2.pdf) “correspondence of Robert Gordon during the latter half of the eighteenth century (which) reveals a litigious streak apparent from a constant run of disputes over bog boundaries with landlords such as Sir John Blackwood of Ballyleidy (Clandeboye) whose estate adjoined Florida Manor.” (page 8)

M8: ARBUCKLE, Alice                                      B:
                                                                                M: (i)            Thomas Whyte (left her a widow)
       (ii) 1755, Robert Gordon.
                                                                                Comments: heiress to the Crawfords of Crawfordsburn.
KING, Mariah (Moriah)

F8: KING, Unknown                                                            B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

M8: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown King

POTTINGER, Eldred Curwen

F8: POTTINGER, Thomas                               B: c 1731, St Michael, Workington.
                                                                                M: 29-10-1752, St Michael’s, Workington, Cumberland: Frances Curwen.

                                                                                Thomas Pottinger

Thomas Pottinger was living at Mount Pottinger, County Down, in 1749, as is evidenced by “an advertisement in the Newsletter of that year, letting a farm of fifteen acres in Ballymacarrett to James Biggar for thirteen pounds thirteen shillings per annum for a very long term” (Benn, George (1877): A History of the Town of Belfast, Vol II, p. 170).

Thomas was High Sheriff of Belfast, 1759 (list of sheriffs published in Newry and Louth Advertiser, 10/08/1857). His “place of business was likely 111 High Street, near the present Pottinger's Entry” (Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 8, at http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/ulster-archaeological-society/ulster-journal-of-archaeology-volume-8-ala/page-19-ulster-journal-of-archaeology-volume-8-ala.shtml).

M8: CURWEN, Frances                                  B: Baptised 5-4-1732, Workington, Cumberland.
                                                                                M: 29-10-1752, Workington. (Thomas Pottinger)
                                                                                D: March, 1823, Bath, England
Siblings: Jane (died 27-4-1762); Isabella (born 1727); Julian (baptised 22-
                                                                                Frances Curwen

The marriage of Thomas Pottinger to Frances Curwen joined the Pottinger line with one of the oldest and most distinguished families in England, able to trace their ancestors back to both Scottish and Anglo-Saxon royalty. Direct lines to Cedric, first King of the West Saxons, who landed in England from Saxony in 494, and to Alpin, King of the Dalriad Scots (died 834) have been published, although this research does not include the findings. The Curwen line back to William of Normandy (‘the Conqueror’, Generation 30) is, however, shown by this research.

Frances Curwen’s sister, Jane, also joined the Curwen line with the Christian family, whose most famous member, Fletcher Christian (of the mutiny on the Bounty), was the nephew (brother’s son) of Jane’s husband, John Christian, whom she married on 28-9-1745. John’s brother, Charles Christian (1729-1768), married Ann Dixon (1730-1820), and their son, Fletcher, was born on September 23, 1764, twelve years after the marriage of Frances Curwen to Thomas Pottinger. Fletcher Christian ‘married’ Maimiti Mauatua in Tahiti (c1788), and died at Pitcairn Island on 3-10-1793.

The son of John Christian and Jane Curwen, John (12-7-1756 – 13-12-1829), who was eight years older than his notorious cousin, married twice: his first marriage, on 10-9-1775, to Margaret Taubman, took place three years before he was appointed guardian to his cousin, thirteen-year-old Isabella Curwen (2-10-1765 – 21-4-1820) upon the death of her father, Henry Curwen of Workington Hall, who had left her his entire estates. John subsequently married Isabella, taking the name and arms of Curwen, and was, subsequently, known as John Christian Curwen, a Whig Member of Parliament who achieved prominence as a leader in the fields of social welfare and agriculture).

John Christian Curwen and Isabella Curwen have a further connection to the Pottinger family. Their son, Henry Curwen (5-12-1783 -16-10-1860) married Jane Stanley, and this union produced Henry Curwen (9-11-1812-26-8-1894), husband of Dora Goldie; Henry and Dora’s son, Sir Henry Curwen (1845-1892), a novelist whose works include Lady Bluebeard, became (in 1890) editor of the Times of India. Following his death (at sea, on the P.& O. Steamship ‘Ravenna’), a commemorative plaque was erected, in his memory, in Mumbai, at St Thomas’s Cathedral, the same church in which is erected a monument to Major Eldred Pottinger, C.B., of the Bombay Regiment of Artillery, hero of the Afghan campaign and half-brother to Lionel Henry Pottinger (Generation 5).

STARR, Thomas

F8: STARR, Thomas                                          B: 9-2-1745, Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                M: 11-10-1762, Ann Collice
                                                                                Comments: occupation: labourer

M8: COLLICE, Ann                                            B: c 1745
                                                                                M: 11-10-1762, Thomas Starr
                                                                                D: 29-1-1796, Bassingbourn, Royston, Cambridgeshire

UNKNOWN (‘Beebee’ Poll)

F8: UNKNOWN                                                 B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown

M8: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown

WILLMOTT, Stoughton

F8: WILLMOTT, Stoughton                           B: c 1741, Harlton, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                M: 14-2-1766, Harlton, Cambridgeshire,Jane Culledge
                                                                                D: 26-12-1787

M8: CULLEDGE, Jane                                      B: c 1741
                                                                                M: 14-2-1766, Harlton, Cambridgeshire, Stoughton Willmott
                                                                                D: c 5-7-1800

Generation 9

                                                            ARBUCKLE, James
                                                            BARRAVES (BARRAUES), Sarah
                                                            CAMAC, Margaret
COLLICE, Unknown
CURWEN, Eldred
FULTON, Richard
GORDON, Unknown
SELL, John (or Thomas)
SPENCER, Unknown
STARR, Thomas
WADE, Joseph


F9: ARBUCKLE, James                                     B: 1700
                                                                                M:            Anne Crawford
                                                                                D: 1734

                                                                                James Arbuckle

A James Arbuckle, believed born in County Down, is listed in the Ulster Dictionary of Biography, and may well be the James Arbuckle of County Down who married Anne Crawford (another James Arbuckle, a customs collector from Donaghadee, participated in the 1798 rebellion in County Down, but it is likely that this James Arbuckle would be too young to have a daughter marrying in 1755 and a wife who died in 1765).

James Arbuckle qualified as a doctor of medicine in Glasgow, after which he became a teacher, poet and essayist, and ran the Dublin Weekly Journal. He published two collections of poetry, Snuff (1717) and Glotta (1721), and an essay on Swift, Momus Mistaken.

M9: CRAWFORD, Anne                                  B:
                                                                                M:            James Arbuckle
                                                                                D: December, 1765
                                                                                Comments: of parish of Kilmood, County Down. “Daughter of John
                                                                                Crawford and niece and heiress of David Crawford of Florida”, Public
                                                                                Record of Northern Ireland: The Gordon Papers, D4202, p. 4, November,
                                                                                2007 (http://www.proni.gov.uk/introduction_gordon_d4204-2.pdf )


F9: COLLICE, Unknown                                  B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Collice


F9: CULLEDGE, Unknown                              B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown

M9: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Culledge

CURWEN, Frances

F9: CURWEN, Eldred                                       B: 11-4-1692

                                                                                M: c 1726, Julian Clenmore (Clenmoe), of Cornwall                   

                                                                                Comments:  Of Sella Park and Workington. MP for Cockermouth 1738-41.
                                                                                D: Buried 25-1-1745/6

                                                                                Eldred Curwen

Eldred Curwen, of Sella Park, and Workington, M.P. Cockermouth 1738-41….made his will 13 October, 1745; buried at Workington 25 January following; married Julian Clenmoe, of Cornwall; she buried with her husband 20 July, 1759, having had 2 sons and 5 daughters” (The royal lineage of our noble and gentle families. Together with their paternal ancestry, 1893, www.archive.org/stream/royallineageofou02fost/royallineageofou02fost_djvu.txt)

(The youngest son – Eldred, born 1736, died in infancy, 12-4-1738).

“Eldred, the next surviving son of Darcy, who was born April 11th, 1672, succeeded to the property. He was member for Cockermouth 7 Geo. H. He married Julian, daughter of (Unknown) Clenmoe, of Cornwall. He was buried at Workington, January 26th, 1745, and his wife, July 20th, 1759” (William Jackson, c 1866, Publications, at http://www.archive.org/stream/publications05cumb/publications05cumb_djvu.txt)

M9: CLENMORE (CLENMOE), Julian        B: c 1692, Cornwall.
                                                                                M: c 1726, Eldred Curwen of Sella Park.
                                                                                D: Buried 20-7-1759.


                                                                                M:                    Unknown

M9: UNKNOWN                                               B:
                                                                                M:                  Unknown Dickenson


F9: DOCWRA, John                                          B: before 17-10-1705
                                                                                M: 22-8-1735, Sarah Barraves (Barraues) at Duxford St John, Duxford,
                                                                                Comments: Siblings: Francis (before 27-9-1702 – before 8-12-1782);
                                                                                Thomas (bef. 19-9-1708 – bef. 7-8-1709); Anne (born bef. 24-9-1710).

John Docwra

The following information on the life of John Docwra is provided by Docwra researcher Lois Willis, and extracted from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~loiswillis/a9.html:

“A letter in the possession of Lois Willis, sent to her great aunt Annie Lade, nee Docwra, mentions John Docwra and Sarah Barraues, although Lois and Annie’s relationship to them is not mentioned. The Docwra Surname Database and IGI shows that John Docwra and Sarah Barraues (Barraves) were married at Duxford St John (Cambridgeshire) in 1735, John was listed as being ‘of Bassingbourn’, born about 1710, and there are several entries on the Bassingbourn Parish Registers with parents John and Sarah from 1736, including two Johns, the first baptised 1745, the second baptised 1747, and a burial of a John in 1748.

The Bassingbourn Parish Registers show a John Docwra baptised 14 Oct 1705, son of Francis & Sussan. This would probably be Francis Docwra and Susanna Searle.

The IGI shows a Francis Docwra born around 1676 in Bassingbourn, buried 17 Mar 1740 in Bassingbourn, son of James Docwra and Ellen Fisher.”

 M9: BARRAVES (BARRAUES), Sarah        B: c 1718
                                                                                M: 22-8-1735, John Docwra, at Duxford St John, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
                                                                                Comments: date of birth generally recorded as 1710 or 1714, but, given
                                                                                the dates of birth of her children, this would seem too early.


F9: FULTON, Richard                                       B: c 1678
                                                                                M: c 1718, Margaret Camac, sister of John Camac,
                                                                                     Kilfallert, near Maralin, County Down.

                                                                                Richard Fulton
Richard Fulton became a cavalry officer in the army of William III. 

On his retirement -- prior to his marriage, which produced four children: James (who migrated to Pennsylvania circa 1752), Mary Ann, Margaret, and John (Generation 8) -- Richard settled in Belsize (Lisburn) on the estates of the Seymour family.

                         The Fultons of Pennsylvania.

The most famous of the Pennsylvania Fultons is undoubtedly Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat, who was born (14-11-1765) in Little Britain Township, Pennsylvania. His father (also Robert Fulton, according to most research) had emigrated (around 1734), with his own father (variously recorded as ‘Alexander Fulton’ and ‘William Fulton’) and several brothers (David and John are two of the names often mentioned by researchers) from County Kilkenny, Ireland, when still a very young man.

While Kilkenny, in south-eastern Ireland, is not close to Lisburn (which is in the north-west), there seems little doubt that the Fultons of Kilkenny were, in fact, a branch of the Fultons of Lisburn; family researcher Richard S. Fulton (RichardFulton@hotmail.com) notes that “the landlords of the entire area around Lisburn and Dirriaghy in NW County Down and SE County Antrim, Northern Ireland, were the Lord Conway Family. The Conway family also had lands in the Kilkenny area as researched by Trevor Fulton. See his link: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~jennings/trevor/conway.htm.  It is possible that a William Fulton of the early Lisburn group ended up in Kilkenny due to these Conway connections….I think there was a Fulton Family in Kilkenny, who had origins in Lisburn and had moved to Kilkenny likely around 1698 in connection with the linen industry”.

The exact connection between James Fulton -- brother of John (Generation 8) – who migrated to Pennsylvania c 1752 or 1753, and the inventor of the steamboat is unclear. Since several other members of the Fulton family chose to migrate to the same area in Pennsylvania (other research shows brothers John, Robert, Hugh and Andrew with their father, who is unnamed), it seems clear that the idea of a new start in Pennsylvania was readily accepted by members of the Fulton family in Ireland.

Trevor Fulton (Killultagh@aol.com), who has posited a very close connection between ‘Steamboat Robert Fulton’ and Richard Fulton (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/FULTON/2000-08/0966781055), notes that “the entry in the 1891 ‘Colonial Gentry’ for John Fulton lists Richard son of Rev Robert of Jamaica as having lived in Ireland, served in the army of William III in 1690, married in about 1718 and had two sons :- “1. James of Little Britain, Lancaster, Penn. b. about 1720 emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1752 where he died about 1768 having issue by Margaret his wife two sons 1. Richard..... and 2. Robert b.1765 at Little Britain, Penn. was first an artist and then turned his attention to chemical studies and is believed to have been the famous American engineer, the founder of Practical Steam navigation in America and d. 1815 leaving issue”.  I make no claim to the authenticity of this entry except to say that it originated from a Fulton born in 1827, who can only have learned of the earlier history of the Lisburn family from the previous generation or even that of his grandparents for he was born in India (where his father worked) and then retired to New Zealand. The information would therefore have been from someone who was contemporary with Steamboat Robert.”

M9: CAMAC, Margaret             B: c 1683
                                                            M: c 1718    Richard Fulton

Margaret Camac

There is some dispute regarding the biography of Margaret Camac; one research (alafl@adelphia.net, tracing the ancestors of George Andrew Ackermann) has her as born circa 1670, and marrying (2-2-1690), not Richard Fulton, but John Fulton (as his second wife, the first being Margaret English/Inglish, whom he is recorded as having married 18-12-1677). However, this record then confuses the two Margarets by saying that Margaret Camac’s 1670 birth “would only make her 7 years old at time of marriage”, when in fact the 1677 marriage was to the other Margaret.

This present research will accept the alternative (and much more comprehensive) genealogy put forward by Rob Fulton, of Dunedin (New Zealand), on September 7, 1894.

GORDON, Robert

F9: GORDON, Unknown                                B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

 M9: UNKNOWN                         B:
                                                                                M:               Unknown Gordon


F9: POTTINGER, Joseph, R.N.                      B:
                                                                                M:             Mary Dunlop
M9: DUNLOP, Mary                                                            B:
                                                                                M:              Joseph Pottinger, R.N.

                                                                          Mary  Dunlop

Mary Dunlop was, according to George Pottinger (Henry Pottinger: First Governor of Hong Kong, p. 3) “the daughter of Lady Mary Dunlop, daughter of the sixth Earl of Dundonald and thus related to the second Marquis of Montrose”; i.e. Joseph’s wife was the granddaughter of the 6th Earl of Dundonald, Thomas Cochrane (1702-29-5-1737). Yet the date of birth of her son, Thomas (Generation 8) – who would, if this interpretation of the data were accepted, be the great-grandson of Thomas Cochrane -- is reliably recorded as 1731, less than thirty years after the 6th Earl’s birth. Clearly the generally-accepted reading is in error, and we must look at alternative theories for any relationship between the Pottinger family and the Cochranes.

In fact, a further connection between the two families is posited: researchers into the Sinclair(e) family of Belfast record that Thomas Sinclair(e) (1719-1798) “married, in 1753, Esther Eccles, daughter of Thomas Pottinger of Belfast (by his wife, Lady Grisetta, daughter of the sixth Earl of Dundonald)”.  Notwithstanding the difficulties in identifying this Thomas Pottinger – only one marriage, to Frances Curwen, on 29-10-1752, is recorded for Joseph’s son, Thomas – the dates are still problematic, as a wedding of Thomas Cochrane’s granddaughter forty years after his birth would necessitate marriages for himself and his descendants at around thirteen years of age.

The only other Thomas Pottinger in the records is Joseph’s father, Thomas (Generation 10), who was married c 1685, and died in 1715; while little is known of his wife (‘Unknown Eccles’), not only are the dates quite incompatible, but this would make Esther Eccles and Joseph Pottinger siblings, and both Joseph and his wife grandchildren of the 6th earl of Dundonald.

Confusing the issue still further is the list (from Debrett’s Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1820) of known children of the sixth Earl: William (who became the 7th Earl), Katherine (married William Wood), Basil (died 6-9-1748), Mary (died unmarried, also on 6-9-1748), and Charlotte (buried 10-5-1740). Grisetta is mentioned by only a few researchers, and no corroboration is offered; moreover, if, as the records quite-specifically state, Mary died unmarried, the use of the name ‘Dunlop’ for her daughter is difficult to explain (it was not uncommon for two children of the same parents to have the same Christian name, usually in the case of the first bearer of the name dying in infancy or childhood; however, if the date of death of ‘unmarried Mary” is correctly reported as eleven years after the death of her father – and, moreover, on the same day as her brother, which suggests some kind of misadventure – then this circumstance is clearly unable to apply in this instance).

In  A genealogic and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire, author John Bernard Burke advances an alternative theory which, while not explaining the relationsship between the Pottingers and Lady Grisetta and Esther Eccles, at least solves the difficulties associated with ‘unmarried Mary’ and the date of birth of Mary Dunlop’s supposed grandfather: Mary was the daughter of “Lady Mary Dunlop, sister of Thomas, 6th Earl of Dundonald, who was son of William Cochrane” (under this reading, ‘unmarried Mary’ could well have been named after her aunt, a fairly common occurrence).

‘William Cochrane’, Thomas Cochrane’s father, is not the 5th Earl of Dundonald (who, nonetheless, was also William Cochrane (born 1708), great-grandson of William Cochrane and Lady Catherine Kennedy, who succeeded to the title of Earl at age about twelve on 5-6-1720 and died (17-1-1724), still unmarried,  less than four years later). The William Cochrane who is the father of the 6th Earl was a distant cousin of the 5th Earl:  the son of William Cochrane and Lady Catherine Kennedy, and husband of Lady Grizel Graham, the daughter of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose.

This William Cochrane died in August, 1717; his children, in addition to Thomas, the 6th Earl, are recorded (www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/british/cc4aq/cochrane02.htm) as Catherine (married David Smythe, sies 19-03-1772); Isabella (married John Ogilvy of Balbegno, died 21-12-1770); Grizel (married John Cochrane of Ferguslie, died 12-09-1753); William (born April, 1688, died young); Anne (died 6-05-1756); and Christian (died 6-01-1778).

While there is no mention of a daughter ‘Mary’ (except on the website www.infused-solutions.com/rdemo2/index.php%3Fm%3Dfamily%26id%3DI1786+%22grizel+graham%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au, which includes her name without any details of birth or death), or of marriage to a Dunlop, her omission from the records seems less crucial than an entry which specifically states that the supposed-mother of Mary Dunlop died unmarried, which remains a major hurdle in attempts to assign Mary Dunlop as the granddaughter of the 6th Earl. Since the date of death of William Cochrane, husband of Lady Grizel Graham, is well within the bounds of possibility for a man whose granddaughter was to take a husband born soon after 1685 (the date of the marriage of Thomas Pottinger (Generation 10) and Unknown Eccles), the theory that Mary’s mother was a sister to the 6th Earl (making Mary Dunlop his niece rather than his granddaughter) seems a more-likely  scenario, and will be adopted for the purposes of this research.

William Cochrane’s great-grandfather (the grandfather of the William who married Catherine Kennedy) was Sir Alexander Blair (later Cochrane), who married Elizabeth Cochrane and died before 07-1641. Alexander and Elizabeth had nine children: John, Sir William (who became the 1st Earl), Alexander, Hugh, Sir Bryce, Uchtred, Gavin, and Elizabeth, and, finally, Grizel Cochrane (born c 1615), who is recorded as being the wife of Thomas Dunlop of Househill. It is possible that Mary Dunlop’s mother, Lady Mary Dunlop, is a product of this union.

As for Thomas Pottinger and Grisetta Cochrane, the only remaining conclusion would seem to be that they are part of an associated branch of the Pottinger family and do not form part of this genealogy.

SELL, Elizabeth

F9: SELL, John (or Thomas)                           B: 16-7-1710
                                                                                M:              Ann Phipps
                                                                                D: c 1763
                                                                                Comments: Celia Sheppard’s research identifies Elizabeth Sell’s father as
                                                                                ‘John’, born 16-7-1710. The records also show an Elizabeth Sell (or
                                                                                possibly two, since two christening dates three years apart are recorded)
                                                                                as daughter of Thomas Sell, husband of Ann (with no surname recorded).
                                                                                Lois Willis writes, of Thomas Sell, son of Thomas (Generation 10),
                                                                                “Thomas and Anne's son Thomas married Rebecah Cook in 1730/31. She
died in 1736/37, so it was probably this Thomas who married Mary  Wood” (www.loiswillis.com/getperson.php?personID=I760&tree=2) This present research will follow Celia Sheppard’s interpretation.
M9: PHIPPS, Ann                                              B: 18-8-1717
                                                                                M:              John (or Thomas) Sell


F9: SPENCER, Unknown                              B:
                                                                                M:                Unknown

M9: UNKNOWN                           B:
                                                                                M:                Unknown Spencer

STARR, Thomas

F9: STARR, Thomas                                          B: April, 1696
                                                                                M: 2-10-1726, Wendy-cum-Shingay, Mary Waldock

M9: WALDOCK, Mary                                     B:
                                                                                M: 2-10-1726, Wendy-cum-Shingay, Thomas Starr

WADE, Anne

F9: WADE, Joseph                                            B:
                                                            M:                  Ellen Unknown
                                                                                Comments: of Clonebraney, Crossakiel, County Meath.

M9: UNKNOWN, Ellen                                   B:
                                                                                M:                     Joseph Wade
                                                                                Comments: Ellen Wade’s watch, along with her daughter Anne’s portrait,
                                                                                are in the possession of the Hon. Edmund M.H. Fulton, of Braidjule.

WILLMOTT, Stoughton                

F9: WILLMOTT, James                                    B: 9-8-1693
                                                                                M: 8-10-1719, Mary Parker
                                                                                D: 13-7-1779

M9: PARKER, Mary                                          B: c 1696
                                                                                M: 8-10-1719, James Willmott


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