Sarah Collits1

F, #1032, b. 10 September 1797, d. 18 May 1867
FatherPierce Collits2 b. c 1769, d. 19 Sep 1848
MotherMary Hardwick2 b. 24 Dec 1769, d. 4 Aug 1841
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited24 Feb 2015
Birth*10 September 1797 Sweedland Court, London2 
Baptism15 October 1797 St Botolph Without Aldgate, London;
Sarah Collits Daur of Pierce & Mary Born 10 Sepr Sweetland Court3 
(Passenger) Transportation14 December 1801 "Minorca", Port Jackson, NSW, Australia;Convict=Pierce Collits, Passenger=Mary Hardwick4 
Married Name9 September 1816 Watkins5 
Marriage*9 September 1816 Castlereagh Church, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;John Watkins & Sarah Collitts;Groom=John Watkins5 
Birth of Son8 August 1817 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;Principal=James Watkins6 
Birth of Daughter6 June 1819 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;Principal=Mary Ann Watkins6 
Birth of Daughter14 March 1821 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;Principal=Maria Watkins6 
News-Arct*15 February 1822 "The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
NOTICE. -Whereas my Wife, Sarah Watkins, has left her home without any cause or provocation whatever, and that in a most outrageous manner, this is to caution all Persons against Crediting her, as I will not be responsible for any Debt or Debts she so contracted. John Watkins.;Principal=John Watkins7 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1823 Principal=Ann Scott 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1824 Principal=Elizabeth Scott 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1824 Principal=Sophia Scott 
Correspondence*6 September 1824 Evan, NSW, Australia;
To His Excellency Sir Thomas Most Brisbane K.C.B. Captain General & Governor in Chief in and over His Majestys Territory of New South Wales & its Dependencies
The Memorial of Sarah Watkins of Evan
Most Respectfully Sheweth
That your Excellency’s Memorialist is a native of this Colony, daughter of Pearce Colletts of Cox’s River, that Memost. is married to a native, and has a family of six children, for which, she obtains a maintenance by the cultivation of a rented Farm, which she occupies in the District of Evan. That being eagerly desirous of obtaining a Farm from Government th[roug]h your Excellency’s goodness whereon she could establish herself and family, she never having any indulgence from Govt. is imbolden through a sense of your Excy’s goodness to approach you as a supplicant praying to be deemed worthy of a share of your Excy’s kind indulgence
Memorialist therefore most Respectfully solicits your Excy to be graciously pleased to give Memost. a Grant of Land
Memost. as in duty bound will ever Pray
Sarah Watkins
Jn MacHenry Residt Magt
Henry Fulton - Clergyman8 
Muster 1825*1825 Evan, NSW, Australia;
Watkins Sarah,, came free, Minerva, 1800,, Wife of Jno Watkins Evan
Watkins Ann, 8, born colony,,,, Daughr of Jno Watkins Evan
Watkins Maria, 4, born colony,,,, Daughr of Jno Watkins Evan
Watkins James, 2, born colony,,,, Son of Jno Watkins Evan;Witness=James Watkins, Witness=Maria Watkins, Witness=Mary Ann Watkins9 
(Witness) Note25 January 1825 NSW, Australia;The Certificate of Michael Scott of Grace for a Ticket of Leave
We hereby Certify that Michael Scott who came by the Ship Prince Regent which arrived in the year One thousand eight hundred and twentyone has not been convicted of any Crime or misdemeanor in the Colony but is to our certain belief, a sober, honest, and industious character having served faithfully Sarah Watkins residing in the District of Evan, from the 19th day of January 1821 to the 25th day of January 1825
Jullian Henry Resident Magistrate
Henry Fulton Clergyman of the District
Sarah Watkins Mistress;Principal=Michael Scott8 
Birth of Son11 October 1826 Evan, NSW, Australia;Principal=Michael Scott10 
(Sister) Census 18281828 Colletts Farm, Nepean, NSW, Australia;Joseph Colletts, 20, BC, Protestant,,,, Blacksmith
Sarah Watkins, 30, BC,,,, Housekeeper
Ann Watkins, 6, BC
Elizabeth Scott, 4, BC,,,, Twin to Sophia
Sophia Scott, 4, BC,,, Twin to Elizabeth
Michael Scott, 2, BC
William Hawthorn, 40, FS,, Martha, 1818,, Labourer

20 Acres cleared and cultivated
12 cattle and 2 horses;Head=Joseph Collits11 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1830 Principal=Ellen Scott 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1831 Principal=Georgina Scott 
Birth of Soncirca 1832 Penrith, NSW, Australia;Principal=Joseph Scott1 
Birth of Sonafter 1832 Principal=William Scott 
Birth of Daughter6 June 1840 Vale of Clwyd, NSW, Australia;daughter of Michael & Sarah Scott, Vale of Clwyd, Farmer, Wesleyan Methodist;Principal=Sarah Scott6 
Death of Mother4 August 1841 Hartley, NSW, Australia;Principal=Mary Hardwick2 
Death of Spouse19 June 1844 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=John Watkins12 
(Beneficiary) Will5 September 1845 NSW, Australia;
In the name of God Amen I Pierce Collits of Mount York County of Cook Colony of New South Wales being of sound memory and understanding do hereby revoke all Wills Codicils and other Testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and do publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament dated this fifth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and forty five in manner and form following that is to say I nominate and appoint my sons John Collits of Mount York James Collits of same place and Joseph Collits of Mount Victoria all of County Cook District of Hartley Colony aforesaid Executors of this my Will
First I give and devise absolutely and for ever to my son John Collits two of one hundred and fifty acres each situated in the county of Cook aforesaid one of which was granted to me by Sir Thomas Brisbane and the other by Sir Ralph Darling these farms adjoin and are bounded on the north by Mount York farm on the east and south by mountain range and on the west by James Morris’s and are now in the occupation of my son John Collits aforesaid (Pierce Collits) Second I give and devise absolutely and for ever to my son James Collits a farm at Mount York in the County of Cook Colony aforesaid containing two hundred acres together with all buildings erected thereon this farm was granted to me by Governor Macquarie and is bounded on the north by the River Lett east by Crown lands south by a grant of one hundred and fifty acres made to me by Governor Darling and west by Robert Marlins grant. It is now in the occupation of my son James Collits aforesaid Third I give and devise absolutely and for ever to my son Joseph Collits a farm of two hundred acres at Mount Victoria County Cook Colony aforesaid this farm was granted to me by Sir Thomas Brisbane and is bounded on the north by Crown lands east and south by mountain range and west by Bathurst road It is now in the occupation of my son Joseph Collits aforesaid Fourth I give and devise three hundred and seventeen acres County of Georgiana Colony aforesaid granted to me by Governor Darling bounded on the north east and south by Crown Lands and on the west by the Belubula River to my Son William Collits for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease to the use of his first and other sons according (Pierce Collits) to priority of birth and the heirs male of his or their bodies and in default of such issue to the use of my son James Collits for and during his life and after his decease to the use of his first and other sons according to priority of birth and the heirs male of his or their bodies Fifth I direct the Executors to divide into five equal portions with all convenient speed after my decease all my horned cattle and I give and bequeath one portion of the cattle so divided unto each of my daughters whose names are as follows viz Sarah Watkins Frances Fell, Sophia Morris, Amelia Skeene And I give and bequeath the remaining one portion of the said cattle to the children of my deceased daughter Maria Field to be divided equally amongst them share and share alike their names are as follows viz Elizabeth Stanton Lydia Jones Frances Stanton Lucy Anne Rutledge James Field Edward Field Sixth All my horse stock and the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever not otherwise disposed of by this my Will I direct my Executors as soon as convenient may be after my decease to make sale and dispose and convert into money and out of the proceeds I direct (Pierce Collits) in the firstplace that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid with all convenient speed and the balance of the said sale I give and bequeath to my children John Collits James Collits Joseph Collits William Collits Sarah Watkins Frances Fell Sophia Morris and Amelia Skene to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike. I declare that my Executors shall be only answerable for their respective wilful defaults and that they may reimburse themselves all costs and expenses in and relative to this my Will. And it is my desire that my Station on the Lachlan River names Cuddower should be appropriated for depasturing the horned cattle of such of my above named daughters as choose to place them there and I direct my executors to transfer the said Station with all its appurtenances to my son-in-law Thomas Morris for that purpose having the utmost reliance in his good faith that he will execute the trust reposed in him to the best advantage for all concerned (Pierce Collits) I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament written on five sheets of paper set my hand and seal that is to say my hand to the first four sheets and my hand and seal to this fifth and last sheet the day and year first above written Pierce Collits
Signed Sealed and declared by the said Pierce Collits the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses hereto this fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five Heyward Atkins, Michael J Finn, George Davies
This is a Codicil to the within last Will and testament of me Pierce Collits and which Will bears date 5th September 1845 Whereas an agreement bearing date the first day of August 1841 I gave possession of all my sheep to my sons John Collits James Collits and Joseph Collits And whereas reference is made is said agreement to my last Will and Testament in respect of said sheep I hereby declare the said sheep to have been given absolutely and for ever without any reservation to my said sons John Collits James Collits and Joseph Collits under the agreement of 1st day of August 1841 and therefore form no part of any personal effects upon death. I make this Codicil to remove any doubts that may arise as to my intention in respect in respect to the agreement of 1st Augt 1841 Pierce Collits
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of George Jarvis William Hiscock his mark Heyward Atkins. This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me Pearce [sic] Collits of Mount York County of Cook Colony of New South Wales being of sound memory and understanding and which Will bears date fifth day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty five Whereas I have by my said Will given and devised three hundred and seventeen acres of land on the Belubula County of Georgiana Colony aforesaid to my son William Collits for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease to the use of his first and other sons according to priority of birth and the heirs male of his or their bodies And in default of such issue to my son James Collits for and during his life and after his decease to the use of his first and other sons according to priority of birth and the heirs male of his or their bodies Now I hereby declare this to be a Codicil to my said Will and do hereby revoke the said gift devise and bequest as to the said Wiliam Collits and the heirs made of his body and instead thereof I do hereby give devise and bequeath absolutely and for ever to my son James Collits aforesaid the said three hundred and seventeen acres of land County of Georgiana Colony of New South Wales aforesaid granted to me by Governor Darling bounded on the north east and south by Crown lands and on the west by the Belubula River Pierce Collits
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of – on the third October one thousand eight hundred and forty seven Heyward Atkins William Peacock John Ledger.
Bathurst in the Colony of New South Wales
On the Twenty eighth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven George Colquhoun of Bathurst in the Colony of New South Wales Gentleman being duly sworn maketh oath and saith as follows I have examined the writing contained on this and in the preceding page or parchment with the original Will of Pierce Collits and the Codicil thereto dated respectively the fifth day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty five, (the first Codicil leaving no date) and the third day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty seven of which it purports to be a copy and it is a true copy of the same
Sworn by the Deponent on the day first above mentioned at Bathurst aforesaid Before me Geo Colquhoun
J M Richards;Principal=Pierce Collits13 
Marriage*1 January 1846 Hartley, NSW, Australia;Michael Scott, Roman Catholic, of Coalpit Vale
Sarah Watkins, of Coalpit Vale
Witnesses Charles Fell & Frances Fell;Groom=Michael Scott5 
Married Name1 January 1846 Scott5 
Death of Father19 September 1848 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Pierce Collits 
Death of SonMarch 1849 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Michael Scott14 
Death of Son5 October 1853 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=James Watkins12 
(Witness) Birth25 February 1860 Coalpit Swamp, Hartley, NSW, Australia;
Name: Lauristina Cunningham (name registered after birth)
Sex of Child: Female
Date of Birth: 25th February 1860
Place of Birth: Coalpit Swamp

Father: Joseph Scott
Occupation: Grazier
Birthplace: Penrith NSW
Age: 27

Date of Marriage: 1852
Place of Marriage: Hartley NSW

Mother: Eliza Field
Birthplace: Penrith NSW
Age: 24

Previous Issue: 4 females living

Informant: Eliza Scott, mother, Coalpit Swamp
Present at Birth: Mrs Sarah Scott;Principal=Lauristina Scott15 
Death of Son12 February 1863 "Cadow", 30 miles from Forbes, NSW, Australia;age 32, Colonial fever
Father Michael Scott, Farmer
Mother Unknown
Informant Edward Jones, Cadow
Buried 13 February, Cadow
Born Penrith
Marriage Esther Mitchell, 7 children - 4 boys & 3 girls;Principal=William Scott16 
Death of Daughter17 March 1863 Lambert Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia;age 40, wife of a labourer, bilious fever
born NSW
Father Michael Scott, farmer
Mother Sarah Collets
Married John Coffey, age 20, Hartley NSW
Children of marriage Ellen 18, Catherine 16, John 14, Patrick 8, Michael 5 living; 4 boys, 1 girl dead
Informant John Coffey, widower, Lambert Street, Bathurst
Buried 19/3/1863, Bathurst, Minister Thomas L Leonard, Roman Catholic;Principal=Ann Scott17 
Death of Daughter18 March 1863 "Cadow", near Forbes, NSW, Australia;Elizabeth Jones, age 39 years, Colonial Fever, 3 weeks
Father Michael Scott, Farmer
Mother Sarah formerly Collet
Informant Arthur T Wilkinson, Squatter, Bundaburra, Lachlan River
Buried 19/3/1863, Cadow, Lachlan River
Witnesses William Yeo, Josiah Strickland, Robert Wilson
born Nepean New South Walles
Maried Carcoar NSW, 26 years, Edward Jones
5 males and 5 females living;Principal=Elizabeth Scott16 
Death*18 May 1867 "Uar", Forbes, NSW, Australia;
Name: Sarah Scott
Date of Death: 18/05/1867
Place: Uar, Forbes, NSW
Occupation: Nil
Sex: Female
Age: 70
Place of Birth: England
Time in Aust. Colonies: 64 years in NSW

Father: Pearce Collits
Occupation: Farmer and Grazier
Mother: Mary Harwick

Place of Marriage: Penrith NSW
Age at Marriage: 20
Name of Spouse: Michael Scott
Children of Marriage: 1 Boy, 4 Girls, Living; 3 Boys, 4 Girls Deceased
Informant: John Green, Uar, Son-in-law of the deceased

Cause of Death: Pneumonia and Old Age
Length of Illness: 1 month
Medical Attendant: Dr C. W. Morgan
Date Last Seen: 18/05/1867

Date of Burial: 20/05/1867
Place of Burial: Cadow, Lachlan River
Minister & Religion: None
Undertaker: J. S. Toler
Witnesses: Joseph King, Michael Kegan16 
Burial*20 May 1867 "Cadow", Forbes, NSW, Australia16 

Family 1

John Watkins b. 4 Apr 1793, d. 19 Jun 1844
Children

Family 2

Michael Scott b. 1800, d. 1 Jun 1875
Children

Citations

  1. [S132] NSW Death 6053/1875 - Joseph Scott.
  2. [S171] Rhonda Bassett.
  3. [S1529] London, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, online www.ancestry.com.
  4. [S1222] Convicts to Australia.
  5. [S1219] NSW Marriages 1788-1857.
  6. [S1220] NSW Baptisms 1788-1855.
  7. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Friday, February 15, 1822.
  8. [S1233] Colonial Secretary Correspondence, 1788-1825.
  9. [S1469] 1825 Muster for NSW Australia.
  10. [S1464] Unknown title.
  11. [S1235] 1828 Census for NSW Australia.
  12. [S1419] Our past Blue mountaineers, vol 1, cemetery transcitions.
  13. [S201] Will.
  14. [S1223] NSW Deaths 1788-1975.
  15. [S1304] NSW Birth Certificate.
  16. [S14] Death Certificate.
  17. [S1317] Death Certificate transcript.
  18. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes.