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Mary Groves

Female Abt 1758 - Abt 1798  (~ 40 years)


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  • Name Mary Groves 
    Born Abt 1758  Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Abt 1798  NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27502  My Genealogy

    Family William Douglas,   b. Bef 7 Jun 1763, Lincolnshire, London, Englan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1838, St Alban's, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 1st June 1788  St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney Cove, Port Jackson Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William George Douglas,   b. 1768, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1852, Wilberforce Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Elizabeth Douglas,   b. 8 Feb 1796, Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1877, St Albans, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. John Douglas,   b. 9 Apr 1793,   d. St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney Cove, Port Jackson (in the grounds of) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph Douglas,   b. 8 Feb 1796,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Possibly more children Douglas
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F66930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mary's family came from Colsterworth, England

      Mary Groves was tried on Tuesday the 9th of July 1785 at Lincoln, she was charged with stealing "one yellow canvas bag containing 13 guineas and some silver, the property of Edward Cooper". Mary was found guilty and was sentenced to transportation for seven years. She had no occupation recorded.

      The 'Prince of Wales' sailed from Portsmouth, England, with Mary Groves on board on Sunday the 13th of May 1787. Mary was about thirty years old when she arrived at Sydney Cove on Saturday the 25th of January 1788.

      William Douglas and Mary Groves married with the consent of Arthur Phillip, Governor. On Sunday 1st June 1788 Mary Groves and William Douglas were married by the colony's Chaplain Reverend Johnson, at St Phillip's Church of England, Sydney Cove, Port Jackson - William Rowe and Stephen Barnes witnessed their marriage which was one of the first June weddings in Australia.

      Died Abt. 1798 in Sydney or Hawkesbury? NSW, Australia

      It is highly debatable how many children William Douglas and Mary Groves had; the number is hotly contested. The Hawkesbury Pioneer Register had named seven; they were George, John, Elizabeth b.1796, James b.1797, Thomas b.1804, William b.10th of June 1809 and Sarah b.1810. Described as "The Douglas Controversy" it appears totally unlikely that James, Thomas, William and Sarah were the offspring of Mary Groves and William Douglas.

      Other researchers report that First Fleeters William DOUGLAS and Mary GROVES married in Sydney on 1 June 1788 and that their children included William George DOUGLAS or DOUGLASS, who, on 14 Nov 1814, had a daughter Mary Ann DOUGLASS with Mary Ann CROSS.