Jane Catherine Marsden (1808 - 1885)

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Birthplace: Hull, Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
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About Jane Catherine Marsden

Published in the "Windsor and Richmond Gazette" of Friday 27 July 1928:

"CHAPLAIN SAMUEL MARSDEN AND HIS FIVE FAMOUS DAUGHTERS BY GEO. G. REEVE (For the 'Windsor and Richmond Gazette') CHAPTER III.

THE stress of early days has gone, So, too, has many a stalwart saint, Who worked that outposts might be won, 'Neath southern stars and tropic sun, Who worked till death and did not faint.

The fourth daughter of Rev. Samuel Marsden and his wife was born at Hull, Yorkshire, while her mother, who had accompanied the chaplain was visiting England. This daughter, who received the name of Jane Catherine Marsden, was born on the 7th December, 1808. When about 22 years of age (approx. year 1830) she married her father's cousin's son. His name was Mr. Thomas Marsden, a prosperous merchant and the principal of Marsden and Flower, the well-known Sydney firm of the thirties of last century. I may here state that Messrs Thomas and Samuel Marsden were both engaged in business in the old Hawkesbury town of Windsor. Mr. Samuel Marsden, whose wife was also named Mrs. Elizabeth Marsden, was a master tanner, and remained at Windsor until his death. His brother, Thomas, branched off to Sydney, where his business interests were very large, in conjunction with Mr. Flower. The firm was well-known as wool shippers and of primary products.

Mr. Thomas Marsden, and his wife, Jane Catherine (nee Marsden) had a family of four children — two sons and two daughters. The two youngest, a boy and girl named respectively Samuel Thomas and Catherine Elizabeth, died as infants, at Parramatta. They were interred in the Rev. Marsden vault at St. John's cemetery. The eldest and surviving son was named Samuel Edward Marsden. He was born at O'Connell, near Bathurst, in the year 1832. In the vicinity of the first-named town, Merchant Marsden had a land grant holding which he used for pastoral purposes and farming. It is a notable fact, that this eldest son became, in due time, the first Bishop of Bathurst, at which city he was installed on the 5th May, 1870. Bishop S. E. Mars den, M.A., had married while in the Old Land an English lady named Miss McLaren. He was tile first Australian to be consecrated for service in an Australian diocese. He resigned the See of Bathurst in 1885, after 15 years tenure of office, and accom panied by his wife and sister, returned to England, where he died in October, 1912. Mrs. S. E. Marsden (nee McLaren) predeceased her husband at Clifton, in Gloucestershire, during the year 1885, shortly after her return to England.

At this juncture' a few words should be written about the Windsor Marsdens as a family. As before stated those gentlemen were cousins in the paternal descent line to the Reverend Chaplain Samuel Marsden. Some writers have given forth the idea that the three Windsor Marsdens were nephews of Chaplain Marsden, but I have been assured that such is not true.

The first of the Windsor Marsdens— Mr William Marsden -- was a free, private soldier. On, the 12th April, 1798, he received a farm grant of 25 acres at Mulgrave Place. That place, which was situated not very far from South Creek, at Windsor, was named 'Marsden Farm.' I hold the idea, that the property with the water frontage on South Creek, (where Anschau's Tannery now stands), was the actual site, years later, of Master Tanner Samuel Marsden's extensive tanning pits and tannery at Windsor. The third brother of the Windsor Marsdens was Mr. Thomas Marsden, who was engaged as a storekeeper, in the old town, before remov ing his business interests to Sydney. Master Tanner Samuel Marsden's daughter, Miss Harriet Marsden, became the second and Australian ancestress of the Horderns, of Palace Emporium fame, she being married at St. Matthew's Church, Windsor, to Mr Anthony Hordem (H.) on July 17, 1841. So it will be seen that the Windsor Marsdens have been associated with the old town since 1798, when, it was only four years of age (founded 1794).

Rev. Samuel Marsden had a farm grant of 140 acres conveyed; to him on October 19, 1831. It was called the 'Creek Farm,' and was situated on South Creek. That particular farm's area came right up to the western side of Macquarie-street, Windsor, and was undoubtedly farmed for several years preceding the date of its actual grant : to the Chaplain. The 'Creek Farm' was the scene of the experiments with the cross breeding of merino sheep with other breeds of not such a fine quality wool, and of sheep being experimented with for the production of a large, body and carcase for mutton. The and on which the Methodist Chapel and school hall stands in Macquarie-street, Windsor, was presented to the Wesleyans from the 140 acres area of Rev. Marsden, about the year 1817. It is curious to relate the fact that three, of the Marsdens had wives bearing the Christian name of Elizabeth, viz., Rev. S. Marsden, his son Charles Simeon Marsden, and Master Tanner Samuel Marsden, of Windsor. There may be more (?) with the Christian prefix name. All the foregoing Mrs. Elizabeth Marsdens had in their own names large farm or pastoral purposes area land grants, all within a radius of 7 to 8 miles from Windsor, and if one depended om the plans, alone as listed we could never at this date say which Elizabeth to whom the areas were made as grants.

Even the Lands Department offi cers in Sydney have, been puzzled over the similarity, of surnames, to say nothing about Christian names of the three ladies. I shall return to the subject again when writing of the old home of 'Toby' Ryan's people, at the back of Riverstone— the place once known and spoken of with so much affection by the late. Mr. J. T. Ryan, as 'Tumble Down Barn- (now included in the running or grazing area, of the Riverstone Meat Company). It may here be stated that that farm or property was an original grant to Mrs. Elizabeth Marsden (nee Brabyn), wife of Mr Charles S. Marsden, of 'Mamre,' St. Marys. The once fine estate of , 'Wilmington' with its orchard and vineyard and cattle for dairying purposes, and cheese and buttery making, was almost the next property to 'Tumble Down Barn' house, and the original holder or lessee was the founder of the Bathurst McPhil lamys, previous to the occupancy of the place by the parents of the late Mr. J. T. Ryan.

To return to Merchant Thomas Marsden, who married Miss Jane Marsden, that gentleman died at his O'Connell farm at the early, age of 31 years, and is said by some western writers' to have been buried at the Church of England burial ground there; but I hold the opinion that after Merchant Marsden's death his body was brought to the Rev. Marsden vault at Parramatta for in terment with the rest of the several members of that family. Mrs. Jane Catherine Marsden and her two surviving children inherited the properties and great wealth acquired by her husband during his lifetime. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Marsden took the surviving children to England to be educated, the son for the Anglican Church. Mrs. J . C . Marsden resided in Great Britain for a period of 28 years, only returning to New South Wales, at the time her son, Bishop S. E . Marsden, received his ordination ap pointment to the See of Bathurst. The Bishop's mother stayed in the Bathurst dis trict for the remainder of her life. It was there that she died, and on the stone erected over her place of burial at Kelso churchyard on; the eastern side of the Wambool River at Bathurst, the inscription reads: —

In Memory' of (Mrs) JANE CATHERINE MARSDEN widow of Thomas Marsden, of Sydney, Merchant;, daughter of Rev Samuel Marsden, principal Chaplain of New South Wales. Fell asleep at Bathurst May 10, 1885.

The tablet to the memory of her husband, affixed on the Rev. Marsden's vault, reads: —

'To the Memory of THOMAS MARSDEN who departed this life the 11th August, 1837. Aged 31 years.

I am unable to state definitely whether Mr Merchant Marsden was interred at O'Connell churchyard, or whether he was interred at the Parramatta vault, because many people have such an indefinite way of saying or writing things historical, especially those relating to where individuals are actually buried. (Similar instances can be quoted of this in connection with many Hawkesbury burial places. Before concluding anent the families of the Windsor Mr. Samuel Marsden, I may say that a son of the Master Tanner Samuel Marsden, who was born in the year 1830, at Windsor, and whose name was Mr. James Edward Marsden, was postmaster at Kelso village for many years. He was a brother to Mrs. Harriet Hordern, wife of Mr. Anthony Hordern (II). This gentle man, who was consequently a cousin to Bi shop Marsden, lies also at Kelso churchyard. He died on April 20, 1887, aged 57 years, and his wife, who was also a Mrs. Elizabeth Marsden, died on the 4th August, 1909, aged 79 years.

It is remarkable, also, that during the year 1885 three of the Rev. Marsden's daughters died, viz., Mary, Jane, and Anne Marsden, each having attained goodly ages, and having left sons and daughters who contributed largely to meritorious service and progress in the various spheres of life in this Commonwealth and abroad.

Since writing the account of Rev. S. Marsden's. second daughter, Elizabeth Marsden, who became the wife of Rev H H Bobart, M. A., I have obtained from the announcement files of a Sydney daily newspaper of the period, under the death and funeral headings, the following advts:—

DEATH BOBART.— November 24, 1879 at her residence, 456 Victoria-street Darlinghurst, Sydney, ELIZABETH MARY, widow of the late Rev. H. H. Bobart, of Parramatta, and second daughter of the late Rev Samuel Marsden.

        

FUNERAL The funeral of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Bobart will take place at Parramatta this afternoon (November 25, 1879), at half past one o'clock to the Railway Terminus, thence by train to Parramatta, at 2.30 p.m. I trust that some of Mrs. Elizabeth Bo- bart's grandchildren will, at no distant date, inscribe the date of their ancestress' death, alongside the tablet commemorating the Rev. H. H. Bobart so as to be in uniformity with her four sisters, daughters of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, whose burial places are so inscribed. Such memorial dates are ab solutely essential to historical writers who seek the facts of old time happenings. (To be Continued)"

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Jane Marsden's Timeline

1808
December 7, 1808
Hull, Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
1832
1832
Age 23
O'Connell, NSW, Australia
1833
1833
Age 24
NSW, Australia
1835
1835
Age 26
New South Wales, Australia
1837
1837
Age 28
New South Wales, Australia
1885
May 10, 1885
Age 76
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
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Kelso, New South Wales, Australia