John Pilmore Collits1

M, #5108, b. 8 February 1803, d. 2 June 1886
FatherPierce Collits2 b. c 1769, d. 19 Sep 1848
MotherMary Hardwick2 b. 24 Dec 1769, d. 4 Aug 1841
Relationship4th great-uncle of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited9 Aug 2018
Birth*8 February 1803 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia1 
Baptism11 August 1805 Hawkesbury, NSW, Australia;
John Pilmore Collett Daughter [sic] of Pearce & Mary Colletts was Born Febr 8th 1803 and Christened Augt 11th 1805 at Hawkesbury
Registered November 2nd 1805 by me Samuel Marsden1 
Marriage*28 January 1822 Christ Church, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
January 28th 1822 Solemnization of Marriage between John Collitts and Hannah Lees both Free and Married at Castlereagh Church this Day by me
Henry Fulton
John Collitts (his mark)
Hannah Lees (her mark)
Witnesses
John Lees
Frances Collitts (her mark);Bride=Hannah Lees3 
Birth of Daughter8 December 1826 Evan, NSW, Australia;Principal=Mary Collits4 
Birth of Daughter5 May 1829 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;Principal=Susannah Collits5 
Birth of Daughtercirca 1830 NSW, Australia;Principal=Maria Collits6 
Birth of Daughter24 June 1831 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Jane Collits7 
Birth of Daughter10 October 1833 Belubula, NSW, Australia;Principal=Esther Collits4 
Birth of Daughter30 August 1836 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Sarah Collits5 
Birth of Son13 March 1840 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Pierce Collits4 
Death of Mother4 August 1841 Hartley, NSW, Australia;Principal=Mary Hardwick8 
Birth of Son25 May 1842 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=John Collits4 
(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 Collits9 
Death of Father19 September 1848 Mount York, NSW, Australia;Principal=Pierce Collits 
Death of Spouse26 December 1874 Back Creek, near Cowra, NSW, Australia;Hannah Collits, age 71, Asthma, 5 months
Father Field, Farmer
Mother Mary Stevens or Stephens
born Penrith NSW
Married Penrith NSW, John Collits
Children of marriage Maria 44, Esther 41, Pierce 34, John 32 living; 5 deceased; 1 male, 4 females
Informant Pierce Collits, son of deceased, Back Creek
Buried 27/12/1874, Cowra Cemetery;Principal=Hannah Lees6 
Death*2 June 1886 "Myall Park", near Forbes, NSW, Australia;John Collits, age 87, Selector, senile decay, 10 days
Father Pierce Collits, Grazier
Mother unknown
born Penrith NSW
Married Hannah Lees, 19, Penrith NSW
Children of marriage Esther 51, Pearce 46, John 43 living, 3 girls deceased
Informant Pierce Collits, son, Forbes
Buried 5/6/1886, Forbes
Minister Rev E Dunstan, Church of England
Witnesses John Young & Richd Stone6 

Family

Hannah Lees b. 25 Jun 1804, d. 26 Dec 1874
Children

Citations

  1. [S1579] St Johns Parramatta Parish Registers.
  2. [S1332] Lisa Spry.
  3. [S1479] Microfilm of the Marriage of Christ Church Castlereagh, 1826-1863.
  4. [S1220] NSW Baptisms 1788-1855.
  5. [S1448] Castlereagh Christ Church baptisms 1826-1875.
  6. [S1317] Death Certificate transcript.
  7. [S1448] Castlereagh Christ Church baptisms 1826-1875, Jane Colletts 1832.
  8. [S171] Rhonda Bassett.
  9. [S201] Will.
  10. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes.