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Family: Edward SHORT / Charity GIBBS

m. 27 Jan 1795


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Early White Rock Settlers

The following item was published in Carillon Chimes, the journal of the Family History Group of Bathurst Inc. in December 1986.

I have tried to copy it exactly so hope I haven't introduced any typos.

By Lindsay McKellar (From "Carillon Chimes" No. 11)

When Nola Foster, Chris Stewart, and John Williams listed the names from the headstones in the White Rock cemetery did they pause and wonder - WHO WERE THESE PEOPLE ? FROM WHENCE DID THEY COME ?

This article is mainly about the SHORT family, and others who married into that family. I must thank other family members for much of the material contained in it. ?L.McK.)

By far the largest landowner at White Rock was John McPHILLAMY, and many of the settlers there, I believe were sharefarmers on his land.

We will begin this "SHORT" short story in Cornwall, ENGLAND. Edward SHORT married Charity GIBBS at Launceston, Cornwall 27/1/1705. Of their 5 known children, two boys and a daughter emigrated to Australia.

The first to leave her native land was Mary SHORT baptised 3/8/1800 and her husband Richard MUTTON, b.8/10/1797. They were married 24/9/1820 in Bodmin, CORNWALL, and came to Australia with their eldest son, William in 1827 on the "Elizabeth". Although they didn't live at White Rock they were at South Bathurst and also earlier in the O'Connell and Tarana District. They have many descendants in the Bathurst District today. They had 9 children:-

  • William b. 1822 d. 1880 married Charlotte WOODHAMS
  • Thomas C. W. b. 1827 d.1886 married (1) Isabella ARMSTRONG, (2) Sarah PIKE
  • Richard Edward b.1829 d.1896 married Mary MURPHY
  • Elizabeth Ann b.1833 d.1906 married George PALMER
  • John b.1834 d.1880 married Margaret STOREY
  • Mary SHORT b.1836 d.1916 married William DARGIN
  • Christopher b.1837 d.1912 married Eliza FROST
  • Edward Henry b.1839 d.? married (1) Ann PALMER, (2) Kate NORWOOD

I do not have any information about the ninth child, Elizabeth.

Richard MUTTON died in 1858 and his wife Mary in 1883. While living on the Vale Road ("GLENDOWER" ?") Mary was visited by the Ben Hall # in 1863.

It is interesting to note that Richard MUTTON'S sister Ann with her husband William WEBB, also came out to Australia and settled near Tarana.

The next child of Edward SHORT to migrate was Walter, who came as a single man in 1829. He married Elizabeth SPICER at Kelso 25/8/1836. They had 9 children - Leah, Charity, Edward, Thomas (married Bessie TREVENA), Walter, Rachel (married George TOWNSEND), John (married Eliza Lydia THOMAS), William (married Hetty ROBENS), Ebenezer (married Martha ANDERSON). Walter Snr died 27/8/1868, Elizabeth died 24/9/1883.

Samuel SHORT b.2/7/1802, 3rd child of Edward and Charity SHORT, married Agness ANDREWS in CORWALL in 1828. Agness was born in 1807 at St IVES in CORNWALL, and they arrived in Australia 23/12/1841 on "WILLIAM JARDINE", with 5 children. The youngest (Emma) was born on board the ship.

Samuel and Agness settled at White Rock, and both are buried there. Samuel d. 18/7/1882, Agness d.6/2/1885. They had 10 children:-

  • Jane SHORT b.1826 married Robert BURDEN who was born 23/8/1825. He was a native of NOTTINGHAMSHIRE and came to Australia via NEW YORK in 1852. He settled at "Southwell", WHITE ROCK. Jane and Robert had 9 children, most of which died at a young age and are buried at WHITE ROCK.
  • Mary SHORT b.14/4/1829 (CORNWALL) married Henry PLEFFER 31/10/1850. Henry who was born PFEFFER 15/1/1817 was convicted of stealing a handkerchief in 1831 when he was 14 years old. He was known as PLEFFER at his trial and this name was to remain with him and his family. He was sentenced to 7 years transportation and arrived in Sydney 3/8/1833 on the "WATERLOO". Henry settled at White Rock and was a respected citizen, being the first Sunday School Superintendant at the Methodist Church there. Henry and Mary Pleffer had 12 children, four of which are buried at White Rock. Henry, Mary and another daughter, Charity are buried at Rookwood.
  • John Andrew SHORT b.19/11/1831 (CORNWALL) married Ann Selina SLOGGETT, also born in Cornwall 13/3/1831. Ann Selina arrived in Australia with her parents Thomas SLOGGETT and Catherine Jenkin SLOGGETT (nee SLEEP) on the "Argyll" 1/4/1839. John and Ann had no children. After Ann's death 31/10/1896, John married Elizabeth TOWNSEND and they had 1 daughter, Marjoried. After John's death on 17/4/1918, Elizabeth married again.
  • Phillipa Karnick SHORT b.9/4/1837 married Richard SLOGGETT 1/11/1855. Richard b.31/3/1833 LAUNCESTON, CORNWALL was a brother of Ann Selina. Richard and Phillipa had 10 children before Phillipa?s death 25/1/1877. Richard then married Sarah Ann THOMPSON. They had one son William Henry b.&d. 1880. Sarah Ann SLOGGETT also died in 1880.
  • Emma SHORT who was born on the trip to Australia died in 1842.
  • Charity Gibbs SHORT b.3/6/1843 married 27/8/1863 at Samuel Short's residence to Aubrey De Vere HUNT. Aubrey De Vere was a native of BURFORD GLOUCESTERSHIRE. He came to Australia about 1850, and farmed on land owned by William STEWART of Mt PLEASANT. Charity and Aubrey settled at "RUNNYMEDE"on the HEN AND CHICKENS ROAD. They are buried at WHITE ROCK with some of their children.
  • Walter Samuel SHORT b.12/6/1845 d.22/11/1920 never married.
  • William Husband SHORT b.8/7/1847 married 29/8/1870 Mary Eliza JOHNSON b.15/1/1842. Mary Eliza was the 2nd child of John JOHNSON b.1814 and Amelia OLDHAM b.1815 both natives of LANCASHIRE. They were married at PRESCOTT, LANCASHIRE 7/8/1838. They arrived in Australia 21/4/1840 on the "CLYDE", with their eldest son, John Jnr. John JOHNSON'S farm was at "BURNT FLAT", on the opposite side of the River to the Church. He collected the greater part of the money for the erection of the church, and gave a donation of 10 pounds. John McPHILLAMY Snr also donated 10 pounds. John JOHNSON Snr died 4/5/1878, and his wife Amelia d.21/1/1892. They had 10 children.
    • William and Mary SHORT had 1 son Walter Richard who died in 1877 and 4 daughters.
    • The second daughter Margaret Amelia, married John Frederick GUNNING, a member of another White Rock family, and he died 5/11/1930.
    • The youngest daughter, Sarah Susannah SHORT married Robert Edric GORDON, and she died in 1957, and is buried at White Rock.
    William Husband SHORT d. 15/9/1884. After his death Mary Eliza SHORT married Richard SLOGGETT (4/3/1886). She became his 3rd wife. She was postmistress at White Rock from 16/7/1881 until she died 8/2/1917. Richard SLOGGETT died 25/9/1902. Mary's sister Amelia JOHNSON b.19/12/1847, married Fergus McGARRY. He died of injuries tragically received, when he stepped into the drum of a threshing machine, which he mistook for the grain box. Mary's youngest brother, William JOHNSON b. 20/10/1858, d.18/6/1940, and his wife Harriet CHAPMAN, d.11/11/1915 are both buried at WHITE ROCK.
  • Samuel and Agness SHORT had 2 other children who died in infancy.

If you have been following all this closely, then hopefully you will remember that we have been looking at the history of the children of Edward SHORT. When his wife Charity died, Edward married Elizabeth KNIGHT, 16/8/1831 at STOKE DAMERAL, DEVON. They had 1 daughter, Jane SHORT, b. 1833.

Jane also decided to come to Australia. It is not known when she arrived, but she married Thomas STARR 23/10/1856, at Mrs Pleffers property, Vale Rd BATHURST. Thomas, who had been married previously, was born in HALLINGTON, SUSSEX, in 1820/22. Thomas and Jane lived at White Rock and had 5 children. Thomas carted the material for the Church when it was built, and was an original trustee. He died 10/2/1902 and is buried at Bathurst.

I would also like to briefly mention another associated family. Two brothers Phillip b.1807 and Robert GUNNING b.1805 came to Australia as convicts from NELKSHAM, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND. Phillip arrived on the "PHOENIX" 14/7/1828, and obtained his Ticket of Leave in 1842. He married Ann CARDWELL at WINDSOR 1852. Phillip whose occupation was Shepherd bought two 5 acre blocks at White Rock in an area SE from the Church, which was designated for a township. Phillip and Ann had 7 children. Phillip who died 10/9/1862 is buried at KELSO. Robert GUNNING arrived in Australia 9/7/1829. He purchased 63 acres of land on the Western side of the River, near the junction of the Fish and Campbell's Rivers 22/2/1869. Robert married Harriet GILLIT 28/8/1845. They had no children, and Robert died in 1883, Hariett in 1887.

Owner/SourceFamily History Group of Bathurst Inc.
DateDec 1986
PlaceSource Publication: Carillon Chimes
Linked toFamily: GUNNING/CARDWELL (F0321); Family: MUTTON/SHORT (F0025); Family: SHORT/KNIGHT (F0023); Family: SHORT/GIBBS (F0022); Family: SHORT/ANDREWS (F0026); Family: SHORT/SPICER (F0028)

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