Edward Field1

M, #818, b. 16 September 1797, d. 7 December 1846
FatherEdward Field2 b. c 1769, d. 21 Jan 1826
MotherElizabeth Mitchell2 b. 20 Mar 1769, d. 24 Jun 1837
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited5 May 2022
Birth*16 September 1797 Parramatta, NSW, Australia3 
Baptism24 December 1797 Parramatta, NSW, Australia;
Edward Field Son of Edward Field & Sarah Mitchell was Born Sepr. 16. 1797 and Christened Decemr. 24th. 1797
Resgistered Decr. 24. 1797 by me Saml. Marsden3 
Grant*1814 NSW, Australia;
List of Names of Free Settlers and other Free Persons permitted to become Settlers, who are to receive Grants of Land in 1814
No.: 40
Name: Edwd Field junr
Present Residence: Nepean
By Whom recommended: No of Acres: 60
Remarks: Born in the Colony4 
Marriage*6 October 1817 Christ Church, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
Solemnization of Marriage by Banns between Edward Field and
Maria Strickling and married by me at Castlereagh this day
Henry Fulton
Edward Field (his mark)
Maria Stricklan (her mark)
James Portsmouth (his mark)
Mary Colletts (her mark)
;Bride=Maria Collits5 
Grant17 August 1819 NSW, Australia;
Appn. 9703
110 Acres
Unto Edward Field, Junior, His Heirs and Assigns To have and To hold For Ever. One Hundred and ten Acres of Land, lying Situate in the District of Melville. Bounded on the South by a West line of forty chains fifty links (Commencing on the Eastern Creek at George Smith’s South West Corner) On the West by a North line of Nineteen chains fifty links West nine Chains ten links to the Western Branch of the Eastern Creek, by that Creek to Martin’s Farm. On the North by that Creek. Conditioned not to Sell or Alienate the same for the space of Five Years from the Date hereof, and to Cultivate Twenty Acres within the said Period, and reserving to Government the right of making a Public Road through the same, and also reserving for the use of the Crown such Timber as may be deemed fit for Naval Purposes.
Quit Rent Two Shillings.
In Testimony this 17th Day of August 1819
(Signed) “L. Macquarie”.
Witnessed by,
H P Antill
Jno Riley6 
Muster 1822*1822 Windsor, NSW, Australia;
Field Edward Jr,, came free,, Scarboro,,, Son of E Field Senr Land Holder Windsor
Maria Colletts,, came free,, Minerva,,, Wife of E Field Jr Windsor
Field Elijan, 4, born colony,,,,, Children of Maria Collett Windsor
Field Eliza, 3, born colony,,,,, Children of Maria Collett Windsor
Field Lydia, 1, born colony,,,,, Children of Maria Collett Windsor;Wife=Maria Collits, Daughter=Elizabeth Field, Daughter=Eliza Field, Daughter=Lydia Field7 
Correspondence*1824 Evan, NSW, Australia;
Recd 5 Augt 1824.
To His Excellency Sir Thomas Brisbane K.C.B Captain General and Commander in Chief in and Over His Majesty's territory of New South Wales & its Dependencies.
The Memorial of Edward Field Junr of Evan
Most Respectfully Sheweth
That your Excellency’s Memost was born in this Colony, is married and has a family of nine children, that Memost has continued to support a Good character, and through the pursuits of honest industry, maintained his family in a comfortable manner, that Memost is possessed of sixty head of cattle and from the confined limits of his farm, unable to procure them pasturage, that wishing to establish on a more extensive scale in order to make some future provision for his large family.
Your Excy’s Memost therefore most respectfully solicits your Excy to be graciously pleased to Consider Memost as worthy of enjoying the privileges of a free Emigrant and Grant him such a number of acres of Land, as Your Excellency in Your Goodness, may Deem meet. And Your Memost as in Duty bound will ever Pray
Edward Field Junr
I know Memorialist to be a very honest, industrious, sober character
Henry Fulton
Jn MacHenry4 
Correspondence25 August 1824 Evan, NSW, Australia;
Jno. Goulburn Esq. J.P.
Colonial Secretary

District of Evan
Augt. 25th 1824
In reply to your Letter of the 15th instant, I have the honor to acquaint you, that nine years ago I obtained a Grant of 60 acres of Land from Governor Macquarie, about which period, I married the widow of the late Philip Strickland, (a Constable who died of a Gunshot wound he received while in the execution of his duty) who had also obtained a Grant of 50 acres for the benefit of her three infant children; which Governor Macquarie was pleased, in consequence of our marriage, to include in my Grant and which is the whole of the land I have obtained from Government.
I have the honor to be
Sir, Your most Obedient Humble Servant
Edward Field Junior4 
Death of Father21 January 1826 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;Principal=Edward Field8 
Census 1828*1828 Evan, NSW, Australia;Edward Field, 31, Born in the colony, Protestant, Farmer
Maria Field, 32, Came Free, "Minorca" 1801, Protestant
Elizabeth Field, 10
Eliza Field, 9
Lydia Field, 7
Frances Field, 5
James Field, 3
Lucy A Field, 2
Edward Field, 6m;Wife=Maria Collits, Daughter=Elizabeth Field, Daughter=Eliza Field, Daughter=Lydia Field, Daughter=Frances Field, Son=James Field, Daughter=Lucy Ann Field, Son=Edward Field9 
News-Arct2 June 1829 "The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser", NSW, Australia;
To be Sold by Private Contract, a valuable Farm, on the Banks of the Nepean, in the District of Evan, known by the Name of Collitts' Farm, consisting of 50 Acres of excellent Land, all stumped and fenced, with a capital substantial weather-boarded and shingled dwelling, kitchen, and stores detached, granary, stabling, piggery, barn, huts, &c. &c. &c. well worth attention, as a valuable acquisition to a newly arrived family. For further information, apply to Mr. Pierce Collitts, Mount York. The Premises can be viewed at any time, by applying to Mr. Edward Field, resident on the same.
May 26th, 1829.;Principal=Pierce Collits10 
Death of SpouseSeptember 1829 Evan, NSW, Australia;Principal=Maria Collits11 
News-Arct8 October 1830 "The Australian", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Sydney, 10th Sept. 1830.
To the Editor of THE AUSTRALIAN, MR. EDITOR, A few leisure days on hand. I ventured a ride to Penrith and its vicinity. Having passed through Parramatta, we got on the western road, leading to Penrith, where we arrived about two o'clock, and put up at the "King's head." I threw myself on the sofa and began to read your interesting paper, which had been handed to me by the landlord.— To surprise me the more agreeably, my friend Mr. G—, came in as dinner was announced— and feeling similarly disposed with myself, he readily acquiesced with my proposal, to join me in discussing some of the substantial fare, which decorated the board before us. Our repast consisted of a brace of roast ducks - a boiled leg of mutton, and a pair of fowls—with abundance of vegetables and good wine, and porter, succeeded by some delicious pastry. I must not forget the zeal and attention to our comfort and convenience, evinced by the worthy host and hostess. Dinner over, I suggested to my friend, a walk to the Emu Ferry on the Nepean river, about a mile further on.
We visited in succession the Police Office, Post Office and Gaol. I found the Western road extremely good. We discovered other pendent insignia, denoting the existence of an inn kept by Mr. C. W—n, a relative I am told, of Mr. J— , in Sydney. My attention was attracted to a variety, of building materials, which with a newly erected brick Stable and granary, upon an extensive scale, induced me to conjecture that it was the intention of "mine host," to improve his accommodations, which surmise was afterwards confirmed.
From where we now stood we could observe the Nepean River beneath us, about 150 yards broad —and the punt was plying to and fro. On the opposite side we beheld spacious plains of Emu, and to our left were pointed out to us, several buildings, as the Govt. House, —the Theatre, —the Camp, &c. &c. Having so far satisfied our curiosity, we returned to the "King's head." 
Next morning, I resolved to have a look at the settlement of Emu, and having ordered the horses, I wished my friend "good day," and proceeded on my little tour. We again took the road to the ferry for about three quarters of a mile, and then turned off towards the right along a kind of bye road. My attendant informed me that I was now on Capt. M—'s farm, of which Mr. McH—y is the lessee. Proceeding along the same bye road, for about half a mile, I found myself' entering the estate formerly granted to Mr. Chapman, and lately purchased by Mr. McH—y. Here appeared a rapid progress of improvement, fencing, felling and clearing "by Arson," ploughing &c. I am told Mr. McH has let a great proportion of this Estate in small farms, varying from 30 to 40 acres, with a lease of 14 years. The income from such tenantry, it is supposed will amount to 1,360l. annually. Several of these tenants are native Youths, who unable to procure land, have had recourse to the alternative of becoming Mr. McH's feudatories. About half a mile from the south side line boundary of this property, Mr. McH. has erected a water mill on the Nepean river. It is not yet completed, but from what I have heard, and the information given at the mill, besides my own personal observation, I would consider the arrangementents [sic] and mechanical part especially to be of the first order, if indeed Mr. McH. by to a nicety of improvement, in the mechanical construction, does not render the attempt unsuccessful, I discovered as I proceeded, that the banks of the Nepean, forming the settlement, had been populated by settlers for many years. The crops looked highly promising. Little attention I perceive, is paid to the comfort or durability of their habitations or out buildings —most of them presenting a wretched, tattered, and dilapidated appearance. In this remark, I speak as relates to the generality of those I have seen, —there were, notwithstanding few, of a more encouraging aspect.
I had now arrived at a spot which my servant informed me, is called "Bird's Eye Corner," where the river from running westerly, takes a northerly direction. "Whose little cottage is this James," I asked my servant as we approached it.—"This belongs to Mr. Pierce Collett of the "Golden Fleece -Mount York," he replied, at present occupied by Mr. Edward Field, his son in law,— but his poor wife dying about a year ago, leaving (though a young woman) a very numerous family— he finds it necessary to "take another" to himself, and I believe he is about asking the fair hand of Miss — "Old Parson — s daughter— he is an industrious, respectable young man, Sir, I assure you."—" You seem to know all about the matter James" I said— but where is Jacksons' Water mill you promised to show me?" O' sir, we have just passed it —but we can if you like, go to it through Mr. Field's yard; he will have no objection." I agreed to my servant's proposal and followed him for about a quarter of a mile, through several shifting pounds until we arrived at the mill. The late rains had caused the water in the river to rise, so as at prevent the mill's working. It is a compact little wooden building, and I undersand [sic] the proprietor has a considerable income therefrom. I staid but a few minutes at the mill, and then retraced my way into the road again. 
At Mr. Field's back gate I found a high road, running north and south. I was informed that this was the north and south communicating between Richmond and Evan; and the road by which we were to proceed. Riding onward, the first object was a wooden building, over the door of which, facing the road, I perceived a aintedp [sic] board with the following inscription: "Prepare to meet thy God !'' I was not a little struck at this memento mori, and enquired of James, to what purpose the building was designed; he told me that it was a Missionary Chapel, commonly called "Lee's Chapel," that he believed it was used at present as a public school house, where Mr. John Pringle taught the "first rudiments." On the left, opposite, resides Mr. Jackson, the proprietor of the mill I have just mentioned; and about one hundred yards lower down, on the same side, is a public house kept by John Blackman. On the right, as we approached Blackman's, the eye was entertained with extensive fields of some thousands of acres of cleared and cultivated land, belonging to Mr. Samuel T--rr--, extending to the bottom of the highland hills, and on the top, were conspicuous— the elegant little cottage residence or Mr. Fraser, Clerk of the Court of Magistracy; the parsonage house, occupied by the Rev. H. Fulton; and finally, Mount Pleasant, the Rev. H. Fulton ; and finally, Mount Pleasant, the rural seat of the wealthy proprietor of the vast lowlands beneath. For a mile further on, on the left hand side of the road, the lands are occupied for the most part by Mr. Terry's tenantry.
Mr. Single's cottage now began to heave in sight, and being slightly acquainted with that gentleman, I resolved to give him a call on my "maiden tour" to this part of the country. I had heard much of Mr. S's establishment, and of the rich quality of the soil on his estate. It was satisfactory to find the description, in fact, too faintly drawn. Having alighted at his cottage door, I was welcomed with every generous demonstration, and received throughout, the most hospitable kindness from both Mr. and Mrs. S, I indulged myself with a regular survey of his farm, his barns, granaries, stabling, and offices of every description, erected in the most substantial and uniform manner, The whole of his cultivated land, amounting to upwards two hundred and fifty acres, is all divided into paddocks by five-rail fences, contain - from ten to fifty acres, agreeable to his judgement of necessity and propriety. He has forty acres of the finest growing wheat, barley, and peas I ever witnessed. The potatoes he produced of this year's growth, were of the largest size and best quality I have seen. And then, there is such a stud of well-bred horses,— and his entire chesnut [sic] horse by "Chilton." Sties full of fat pigs,— and a poultry yard, diversified with every species "after its kind.' It were needless to extend the various sources from which this gentleman derives contentment, happiness, and affluence.
I forgot, however, to observe that Mr. S. has a full view of "Regent Ville," and the windmill lately erected by the wealthy proprietor, from the verandah of his cottage. It is Mr. S's. intention shortly, to erect a spacious building upon the high lands, above his present residence, whence the view will be extensive, grand, and picturesque; and will immediately overlook his present establishment; from whence, he may look down upon the soil, that assisted by his industry and exertion, has rendered him independent. My hospitable host assured me, there was little worth seeing further down the settlement; and I agreed, at his suggestion to return to the "King's Head," by way of Castlereagh, over the high lands, by which means I should describe a circular kind of course on my return. About two miles from Mr. Single's, the building occupied as the Castlereagh Church was pointed out to me, on my left,— a neat looking edifice, but enveloped in a forest. A little farther on, on the right, I passed close by the front of Mr. Fraser's cottage, before-mentionede [sic] as seen from the low ground ; it forcibly brough [sic], to my recollection, a country villa in India, belonging to Captain Points,, an intimate friend of mine. I must not forget the garden— which appeared to contain about four acres, and was, though evidently in its infancy, truly superb— and described with much taste. The Parsonage was neat,— " Mount Pleasant" succeeded, and was the last "left behind," until I arrived at the "King's Head," rather fatigued, but much gratified with my day's excursion.
I omitted to mention, that as I approached the Inn this evening, the august person of the venerable chief constable presented itself, returning to his antique villa, demurely sitting in a gig.— No doubt cogitating for the public safety.
I went to bed early— arose— breakfasted— and wishing my landlord and lady a good morning, began to retrograde to the metropolis;- where I arrived about, 4 o'clock the same evening; and where I am at present, dictating them new memoranda, for your service, if you think them fitting.
Your's truly,
P. S. I forgot to mention, that while at Penrith and Evan, I heard serious and public complaints about the roads leading front the settlement into the Western Road; there being no practicable passage thence, for the market carts at present. The Government should assuredly listen to a representation of this matter, and afford those industrious farmers some free outlet to the main road.
P. P.12 
Marriage*18 October 1830 Christ Church, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
Edward Field, free, of the parish of Castlereagh
Esther Lees, free, of the parish of Castlereagh
by banns
Witnesses Thomas Higgins of Sydney & Sophia Higgins of Sydney
;Bride=Esther Lees13 
News-Arct*10 June 1837 "The Sydney Gazette", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Court of Claims
Notice is hereby given, that the following Claims for Deeds of Grant of Lands and Town Allotments will be ready for that purpose, under the Act of Council & William IV., No. 21, at the expiration of two months from this date; before which day any Caveat or Counter-claim must be entered at this Office, Due notice will be given of the days appointed for the hearings.

Case No 94 - Edward Field, junior, of Penrith, Eighty acres, County of Cook, parish unnamed, at the Vale of Clwyd
This land was promised on the 9th March, 1821 by Governor Macquarie, to Edward Field, senior now deceased, the father of the claimant. Edward Field, junior, claims not only as having purchased from his father in his life-time, but likewise as devisee

Case No 95 - Edward Field, junior, of Penrith Fifty acres, in the County of Cook, parish unnamed at the Vale Clwyd
This land was promised on the 9th March, 1825 by Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane to James Porchmoth, decreased; for whom, it is alleged, claimant purchased

By direction of the Commissioners, John Thompson, Secretary, Commissioners of Claims Office, Bent-street, June 2, 183714 
Death of Mother24 June 1837 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;age 67;Principal=Elizabeth Mitchell15 
License*29 May 1840 Sydney, NSW, Australia;
No. 35
Revenue Branch, Colonial Treasury,
Sydney, 29 May 1840.
License to Fermented and Spirituous Liquors, issued in Favor of Edwd Field for the House known by the sign of Blacksmith Arms at Penrith
Amount of Duty Received £30
Certificate of the above-mentioned
being a fit Person to keep a Public House, granted by
R Lethbridge
Ed Brown
Geo Druitt
Justices of the Peace
Assembled at Penrith
on the 21 Day of April16 
Death*7 December 1846 Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
age 49, Innkeeper, abode Castlereagh17 
Burial*9 December 1846 Castlereagh Anglican Cemetery, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia;
Edward Field headstone
Probate12 April 1865 NSW, Australia;
No. 6363.
In the name of God Amen I Edward Field of the District of Evan in the County of Cumberland in the County of New South Wales Licensed Victualler and Grazier being of sound mind and memory do hereby make this my last Will and Testament Imprimis I will that my body be decently buried and all my debts and burial expenses paid with regard to my temporal estate both real and personal I will that it be disposed of in the following manner Videlicet I am siezed and possessed of a farm of 50 acres of land whereon I now reside situate in the District of Evan in the County aforesaid bounded on the east by the North and South Government Road on the South by Colliss’ Farm on the north by William Fields farm and on the west by the River I will that at my death it become the property of my present wife Esther Field if she survive me during her life for the support and maintenance of her self and my younger children viz John – Thomas – Eliza – Pearce – Josiah and Henry Field during their minority together with all the working oxen horses milking cattle and farming implements that may be on my said farm of fifty acres at my death But in case of my present wife’s decease prior to my death the aforesaid farm cattle and farming implements are still left for the maintenance and support of my aforesaid six children during their minority but either at my wife’s death if she survive me or on my youngest son Henry Field coming of age I will that the farm Cattle farming implements aforesaid be sold by my Executors and the proceeds to be divided equally amongst my aforesaid six children by my present wife Secondly I will and bequeath to my son James Field the house and ten acres of land adjoining now occupied by my son in law Joseph Stanton situate in the District of Evan and County of Cumberland bounded on the west by the north and South Government Road on the east by the Creek on the north by Bowman’s land and on the south by other property of mine to have and to hold the same for ever conditioned however on his steady and prudent behaviour to the satisfaction of my Executors otherwise should he fail in this respect the land is to be resumed at the discretion of my Executors and sold the proceeds to be be divided equally amongst my younger children as aforesaid by my present marriage thirdly I will and bequeath to my daughter Francis the wife of John Stanton ten acres of land adjoining that bequeathed to my son James field on the south side thereof together with a frontage of three rods adjoining the Government Road from the Wesleyan Chapel Southerly and Easterly running one rod below Henry Gormans back fence for herself and her heirs and assigns for ever Fourthly I will and bequeath to my daughter Lydia the wife of John Jones ten acres of land more or less whereon he now resides adjoining that bequeathed to my daughter Francis Stanton with the above piece or portion of land deducted therefrom and bequeathed to my Daughter Francis Stanton on the road side adjoining the Wesleyan Chapel as above described in the bequest to have and to hold the same her heirs or assigns for ever Fifthly I will and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Ann wife of James Rutledge one quarter of an acre of land from the farm of 50 acres first above spoken of and my will thereupon declared whereon I have built her a house on the south side of my present residence which I leave to herself and her children but not to be alienable or at the disposal of herself or her husband And I do hereby bind my daughter Lucy Ann Rutledge and her husband James Rutledge in consideration of the foregoing bequest not to leave the said house and parcel of land “inless” to any other than a person of good character and reputation at the judgement of my Executors Sixthly I will and devise that all my horses and horned cattle that I may be possessed of at my death be sold upon my decease or as soon after as may be reasonably practicable and that the proceeds thereof together with the proceeds of all debts due to me at my death be applied Firstly to the payment of all my lawful debts and the residue if any be placed at interest by my Executors in good mortgaged security for the support of the younger portion of my family viz my six children above named by my present marriage until my wife’s death if she survive me and until the youngest of my aforesaid six children Henry Field come of age whereupon the whole sum is to be resumed by my Executors and divided equally between my aforesaid six youngest children And I do hereby nominate and appoint Mr. James Colletts of Mount York and Mr. Joseph Colletts of Mount York and Mr. William Field of Evan to be the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty six – 1846 – Edw Field – (L.S)
Signed sealed and Published and Declared by the within named Testator Edward Field as his last Will and Testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the said Testator and of each other – Jno. W. Fulton – Henry Gorman – Matthew Pickering
12th April 1865 This day upon Petition Probate of the last Will and testament of Edward Field deceased was granted to Joseph Collits one of the Executors in the said will named leave being reserved to James Collits another Executor to come in and prove and William Field also an Executor in the said will named having died on the 24th day of October 1846. Goods sworn at £200 Testator died 7th day of September 1846 Probate dated the same day as granted18 

Family 1

Maria Collits b. 1 Sep 1796, d. Sep 1829

Family 2

Esther Lees b. 12 Jan 1812, d. 26 Jul 1875


  1. [S96] NSW Birth V1835444 19/1835 - Eliza Field.
  2. [S114] NSW Birth V1797663 1A/1797 - Edward Field.
  3. [S1579] St John's Parramatta Parish Registers.
  4. [S1233] Colonial Secretary Correspondence, 1788-1825.
  5. [S1792] Castlereagh Christ Church marriages 1815-1857, Edward Field & Maria Stricklan 1817.
  6. [S1620] NSW Land & Property Information.
  7. [S1619] 1822 Muster for NSW Australia.
  8. [S48] Lees Family Reunion.
  9. [S1235] 1828 Census for NSW Australia.
  10. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Tuesday, June 2, 1829.
  11. [S1223] NSW Deaths 1788-1975.
  12. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/, The Australian, Friday, October 8, 1830.
  13. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1830135 14/1830 Edward Field & Esther Lees.
  14. [S1470] NLA Australian Newspapers (Trove), online http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/
  15. [S1313] From A Distant Field.
  16. [S1617] NSW Certificates for Publicans' Licenses, 1830-1849, 1853-1860, online www.ancestry.com, Edward Field 1840.
  17. [S1570] NSW Early Church Records 1788-1855, V1846739 31B/1846 Edward Field.
  18. [S1635] Findmypast NSW Will Books 1800-1952, online http://www.findmypast.com/, Edward Field 1865.
  19. [S1220] NSW Baptisms 1788-1855.
  20. [S129] NSW Death 4301/1868 - Henry Field.