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James Ramsay 1845-1910


James Ramsay, was born 21 Oct 1845 at the 'Berries', Athlone, Ireland. His father was the James 1809-1875 the son of William Ramsay and Janet White. His mother was Rose Mannion.

He emigrated from Plymouth on 7th November 1862 on the “Lobelia” arriving at Sydney 14th February 1863.  He paid £5 for his passage. His object was to go to his Uncle Thomas Ramsay's place at Kempsey. Little is known of his activities whilst there, but apparently he travelled quite widely and made acquaintances in other towns. As a result in 1876, at Armidale, he married Ellen Sullivan born 12th Sept 1849 in Whittingham NSW, (The daughter of Patrick and Ellen Sullivan). James and Ellen lived at Vegetable Creek, Emmaville where he was shown in the records as being a grazier. Ellen Ramsay died in 1910 at Emmaville NSW. James Ramsay also died in 1910 on 14 Aug. Both are buried in that town.

Regrettably very little detailed knowledge is available on this section of the Ramsay Clan, although there were near relations in Queensland and others not far distant in NSW. There does not appear to be much contact between these families..

Following are the only located records of the descendants of James Ramsay. Regrettably attempts to obtain direct contact with members of this family and thus obtain additional information have been unsuccessful.

James and Ellen had nine children:

i   Patrick Ramsay b. 1877.

James Mannion Ramsay b. 1879, Armidale NSW, d. 2 Apr 1940,

Inverell, buried: Apr 1940, Inverell NSW.

ii       Catherine Rosanna Ramsay b.1880.

Ellen H Ramsay b.1882.

Thomas Ramsay b. 1883. Emmaville NSW.

John Eugene Ramsay b. 1887, Emmaville NSW, d. 15 July 1916,

France, buried: France.  a member of the Australian Army.

William David Ramsay b. 1890, Emmaville NSW, m. 1918, in Inverell

NSW to Clarice A Hartley.

Bridget Ramsay b. 1892, Emmaville NSW.

Mary I Ramsay b. 1895, Emmaville NSW

Next Generation information available

i  Patrick Ramsay b. 1877, Armidale NSW, m. 1902, in Emmaville NSW to Kezia Augusta Hall, b. 1884, Tenterfield NSW, (daughter of Joseph A. Hall and Elizabeth) d. 27 Aug 1970, Inverell NSW.


Children of Patrick & Kezia Ramsay

Mary Ramsay b. 1902, Warialda NSW.

Myra M Ramsay b. 1906, Inverell NSW, m. 1932, in Inverell NSW,

Clarence R Hamel.

James Joseph Ramsay b. 1908, Inverell NSW, m. 1938, in Inverell,

NSW, Hilda May Johnstone.

Patrick Ramsay b. 1910, Emmaville NSW.

Gertrude Ann Ramsay b. 1911, Emmaville NSW, m. 1938, in Inverell,

NSW to Charles Nathan O'Brien.

Angela Ramsay b. 1913, Emmaville NSW.

Monica J Ramsay b. 1915, Emmaville NSW, m. 1934, in Warialda,

NSW, Charles J E Holzigal.

Laura Imelda Ramsay b. 1916, Forbes NSW, m. 1939, in Nth

Sydney NSW, George Canberra Sheedy.

Ruth Ramsay b. 1918, Emmaville NSW.

ii  Catherine Rosanna Ramsay b. 1880, Uralla NSW, m. 1910, in Inverell

Thomas A Sullivan.

Children of Catherine & Thomas Sullivan

Clare L Sullivan b. 1911, Glen Innes, NSW.

Leister J Sullivan b. 1912, Inverell NSW.

Helen H Sullivan b. 1916, Forbes NSW.

Ealeen E Sullivan b. 1918, Emmaville NSW.

iii  Ellen H Ramsay  b. 1882, Uralla NSW, m. 1915, in Inverell NSW to

William L O'Brien.

Children of Ellen & William O’Brien

John J O'Brien b. 1916, Forbes NSW.

Bernard R O'Brien b. 1917, Inverell NSW.


John Ramsay 1850-1919

John Ramsay, who was born in Athlone, Roscommon, Ireland in 1850, and who died in Queensland in 1919, was a son of James Ramsay  1809-1875 and wife Rose nee Mannion

John had a twin bother Thomas, who was thought to have migrated with another Brother to New York and may have lived at Boston, Massachusetts

John married Dundass Retchless who was born 20 September 1860 at Pine Mountain, and who died in 1940 at Emerald. She  was the daughter of Mr and Mrs G. Retchless. Dundass had a most interesting childhood travelling throughout Queensland to such places as Rockhampton and Gogango which was the terminus of the Central Railway line at that stage. As the rail line was extended they finally settled in Bogantungan where she resided until her marriage to John Ramsay on 15 May 1882.

The exact date or place of John's arrival in Australia has has not been located, this research  is still continuing.

John's Brother James had arrived in 1863 on the 'Lobelia' and listed his Uncle Thomas as his sponsor This James married in Armidale, Ellen Sullivan and lived in Emmaville NSW with their Family. (See Chapter James Ramsay 1845-1910)

On John's marriage certificate he was listed as labourer and initially he worked on railroad construction in central Queensland. John and Dundass travelled extensively throughout Queensland as John was a brakeman on the Queensland trains firstly working at Springsure. They then lived for a time at the Gap. They moved to Cairns and Camp Oven Creek where John was involved in the erection of the No 15 Tunnel. Travelling down to Gladstone they finally settled in Emerald where they spent the rest of their lives.

They had 10 children, 4 boys and 6 girls. Dundass was a midwife and became well known in Emerald. The street where the home stands is named Dundass Street in honour of John's wife and her magnificent work in this field. John died 19th May 1919, and Dundass 17th April 1940. William, one of John’s sons, built a house adjacent to his fathers in Emerald and it is interesting that both homes still stand to-day.

In her obituary Dundass Ramsay is described as follows:

‘Mrs Ramsay devoted her life to private nursing and gained a wonderful reputation in that sphere, what will prove more enduring is, a reputation for integrity, uprightness and humanity. Being of a lovable nature, there are few of the older families in the district who have not benefited from her kindness and cheerfulness in time of sickness, need or tribulation, often without recompense. She will always be remembered as a shining example of courage, truth and generosity and she was loved by all with whom she was associated. The street where she lived was name after her.

Mrs Ramsay in her capacity as maternity Nurse before the establishment of our present maternity Hospital was kindly and tireless. She installed a feeling of confidence in her many patients’.

The family of John and Dundass was:                                      Back to Top

John George                 b. 6th Feb 1883

Rose Ann                     b. 21st Sept 1884 d 9 Sept 1957 m Thos G Hatfield,

James Thomas              b. 4th Dec 1886    m 18 Oct. 1911 Rose Elliott,

Catherine                     b. 1890   m 2 July 1923  Thomas George Rogers,

William Joseph              b. 27 April 1892 m 20 Dec. 1916 Francis Hamilton b 1893 Blackall, d 1979

Robert (Bob)                 b. 30th July 1893

Elizabeth Margaret         b. 9th Dec 1894

Violet Valentine             b. 14th Feb 1897   m 6 Jan 1923 Phillip Thomas Shipton.

Ivy Dundass                  b. 19th July 1900 d 18 Sept 1901,

Charlotte Mary (Lottie)   b. 2nd May 1902  m. 9 June 1932 Alan James Duff.

John and Dundass had 28 grandchildren and many more great grandchildren.

Research still continuing.

William Joseph Ramsay 1892-1982

William Joseph was born Emerald, and died 1982 at Emerald at 90 years of age

In 1916 William married Francis Hamilton who was born in 1893 at Blackall and who died in 1979 at Emerald aged 86 years

William built a house adjacent to his fathers in Emerald and it is interesting that both homes still stand but somewhat changed from their original design.

Children of William and Frances Ramsay

Frances Gloria Dundass Ramsay      b.1 Aug 1917,

Coral Ivy Ramsay                           b. 7 July 1919,

William Desmond Ramsay (Des)      b. 19 July 1921 d. 2001

Malcolm Ramsay                            b. 1930.

Malcolm married in 1955 Judith Ryder b Southport

Family of Malcolm & Judith Ramsay

Karen Ramsay,  Susan Ramsay, Lauren Ramsay,  Donna Ramsay,  Guy Ramsay


John Ramsay 1811-1878

 John was born 25 May 1811 at The Berries via Athlone, Roscommon, Ireland. He was the son of William Ramsay and Janet White. He was baptized at Kiltoom and went to Elie, Fifeshire, Scotland where he met Margaret Lun Lyall born 16 June 1815. She was the daughter of David Lyall and Elizabeth White. They were married in Ireland on 3 December 1839 and immigrated to Australia as free settlers in 1840.

Copy of Marriage Certificate

At Elie, 2nd December 1839

It is hereby certified that John Ramsay in the Parish of Kiltoom, County of Roscommon, Ireland; and Margaret Lyall of this parish have been three times proclaimed in the parish church here in order to be marry, and that no objections have been offered.

Roger Kilgour, Session Clerk

I hereby certify that the above-named persons were married before me this third day of December 1839.

Geo Milligan, Minister of Elie

John and Margaret arrived in Australia in on 30th August 1840 on the 'Mary Ann'. Before John came to NSW, his services had been secured as a Farm Manager for a period of twelve months. He found on his arrival that his position was on the estate of Mr. Chas Boydell, on the Hunter River, and also part of his duty was to act as overseer to a number of convicts. This was something he had not anticipated and the duty was disagreeable to him.

A small house was provided for him to live in, but it was strictly stipulated that no windows were to be left open, unless a person was in the room at the time.   This was on account of the frequency of thefts in the unsettled state of the Colony in those days. If a window was left open and unattended, the inmates were left very censurable and accountable for the losses sustained thereby.

On one occasion an altercation arose between several convicts and Mr. Ramsay was ordered to take a man to Maitland to be flogged. He objected to this on the grounds that he did not think the man was the originator of the trouble but on the whole was a well-behaved and decent person and also that to take men to be flogged was something he could not do.

He was threatened with instant dismissal on the grounds of refusing to do his duty but said he preferred that to taking a man to be subjected to the brutal punishment which was used in those days. The matter was passed over and he left as soon as he had fulfilled his 12 months contract for which he had been bound.

Some years later, when residing on the Manning, a man came along carrying a carpetbag and enquired for him. Catherine and her Sister greeted him. It was the convict whom he refused to take to Maitland. He had come especially to thank John for his kindness of long ago and had brought his benefactor two pairs of boots, the work of his own hands, a practical expression of his gratitude.

It is said Mr. Ramsay was exceptionally careful of his choice of friends and companions, but he corresponded with this man for many years afterwards, which showed that he regarded him a worthy person.

After leaving Mr. Chas Boydell, John rented a farm from George McKay of 'Melbee' near Dungog on the Allyn River.  While working this property the aboriginals were rather troublesome in that they were constantly stealing the pumpkins, which were grown for personal use and for sale. John made a 'pumpkin ghost' by cutting it to resemble a man's head. This they placed on a pole and inserted a lighted candle in it. It is reported that the ruse was eminently successful for next day there was not an aboriginal anywhere near the farm. John went north to the Manning River in 1856 and selected 62 acres of land at Dingo Creek the deeds of which were not granted by the Government until 1877.

He stayed some months, felled a lot of scrub and returned to Dungog. Packing up all their good and chattels, and accompanied by his nephew, William (the son of Robert), the family made their way to the northern part of NSW arriving 9th March 1857 on the upper Manning River. Robert, John's brother, had established his family in Western Australia some years earlier and his son William, at the age of 16 years, accompanied his Uncle Thomas, who had called in at Fremantle on his way to Sydney. Over the years William was to become an integral part of the Eastern Ramsay Clan.

The journey north was an arduous one with bullock and dray. There was continuous rain, no roads and no bridges.  They had spare horses and also had to drive their cattle along with them. When the Family reached Kimbriki the river was so swollen that they were unable to cross. For some weeks during which they experienced great kindness from the Murray Family, they had to camp on the riverbank. When they at last, reached their future home six weeks had elapsed since the commencement of the journey. It was such obstacles as this that the grand pioneering families of this district bravely faced and overcame.

An interesting sidelight was that whilst waiting at the river, for the flood to subside. Mrs. Ramsay found difficulty in baking bread in the camp oven, owing to the incessant rain and the wood being wet. A passer-by advised her to toss some river stones on the fire, spread them with damper cake and bake. During the process some stones exploded with great force and the children nearby narrowly escaped injury. The mother was then told that she has chosen the wrong kind of stones and was shown which ones to take, but she decided in future to keep to the camp oven.

During this eventful journey they had a serious accident near the upper reaches of the Manning River when the dray containing John, an infant who had hurt himself previously, overturned in a creek but luckily no one was injured. When the family shouted out to John who was under the dray in the water, he replied that he was unhurt and to their amusement called out that the puppy he had been nursing was well also. It was a terrible experience but fortunately a Mr. Abbott came along and with his aid, the dray was put back on its wheels, when it was found the boy had escaped injury. With all the contents replaced in the dray they continued on their journey. They finally settled on what is now known as Ramsay Creek, which is a tributary of Dingo Creek, which flows into the Manning River.                                                                          

The Children of John  & Margaret Ramsay

Elizabeth Lyall b. born 30 Apr 1842 Paterson River NSW d 13 Oct 1862 Wingham NSW, buried in Wingham Cemetery.

Janet b. 6 Feb 1844 Allyn River d 5 June 1908 Dingo Creek. She married Henry Cross b. 1837 in the U.K. They were both buried in Wingham where Henry was a farmer. They had 11 children of which 7 were female. Practically all members of this family lived and worked on the Manning River, mainly in Wingham. (See chapter Janet Ramsay Cross 1844-1908.)

Margaret Jane b. 7 July 1846 Allyn River d 5 Dec 1863 Wingham NSW.

Catherine b. 29 Jan 1849 Melbee near Dungog d 23 Aug 1932. On 14 Sept. 1868 married John McLeod b.1831 Isle of Skye, Scotland d.30 Oct. 1885. They had 9 children (one of whom was adopted) of which 5 were males.  John was a farmer at 'Dunvegan', Mondrook on the Manning River. All their family remained on the Manning River, mainly Taree. (See chapter Catherine McLeod (nee Ramsay) 1849-1932)

John b. 7 Apr 1852 Paterson River d 3 Nov 1926 Grafton married his cousin Hannah Isabella Kellion b. 1852 d. 1921. In 1925 he married Isabella Gillies b.1874 d. 1944. John had a very extensive family and many descendants who have been one of the major players in the Ramsay’s on the NSW north coast. (See chapter John Ramsay 1852-1926.)

David b. 25 May 1956 Paterson River d 14 Oct 1879 Wingham another early death.

Helen b. 18 Oct. 1858 Wingham d 16 Apr 1930 in Taree. On 26 Oct 1878 she married her first cousin, Thomas Ramsay b.28 May 1858 d.27 Aug 1935 in 1878. Thomas was the son of the Thomas Ramsay who came out from Ireland and thus the Grandson of William and Janet. They had 11 children of which 7 were males. This was another extensive Ramsay family that was also located mainly on the north coast of NSW, particularly in the earlier periods. (See chapter Thomas Ramsay 1858-1938)

John Ramsay's family upon reaching the Manning River, immediately entered into the tremendous task of clearing scrub and timber on 'Lang Green' (meaning Old Orchard), which was the name of the house property, for primary production purposes. Floods, particularly the terrible ones in 1860's, washed away crops of maize from time to time but they persevered together as a family and with the help of all the children survived at a time when there were no Governmental agencies to assist in any form. Later his son John and his family moved to better land at Cedar Party Creek where he commenced farming again. Other members of this family also moved to other areas in the vicinity.

John’s wife Margaret Lun Lyall, originally from Scotland, died at ‘Lang Green’ in 1870 at the age of 55 years and is buried in Wingham cemetery. John Ramsay died in 1878 at the age of 67 years and was also buried in Wingham Cemetery. The inscription on the burial stone reads

‘Sacred to the memory of John Ramsay, native of Athlone, Ireland, who departed this life on 28th August 1878, aged 67 years.

Also of his wife Margaret Ramsay his beloved wife, who departed this life on 20th October 1870, aged 55 years, also of their children Elizabeth Ramsay who died 15th Oct 1862 aged 20 years. David Ramsay who died 1879 aged 23 years.'

So ends the history of one of the three intrepid sons of William and Janet Ramsay. These sons with their wives and sometimes children, very early in the history of Australia, and with extremely limited knowledge of that country, made their way across boundless seas to establish a new life for themselves in the Colonies


JANET CROSS (Nee RAMSAY) 1844-1908                                        


Janet Ramsay was the daughter of John Ramsay and Margaret Lun Lyall and she was born on a farm her father had rented near Dungog on the Allyn River, where John had undertaken agriculture. Later as we know the family made the trek to the upper reaches of the Manning River where her father John had selected a property on Dingo Creek. Janet was very young when this long and arduous journey was undertaken so she learnt very early in life the problems of survival in an unfriendly country. Janet was brought up on this farmland and experienced all the basic problems of surviving in a new country in a new location without the benefits of anything but the basic necessities.

Janet was the second eldest of John's family. She was only a young girl when the major floods swept through the valley and she had to help her mother tremendously in the management of the house and the preparation of the meals for the rest of the family. Thus she was well prepared, when married, to take her place as a mother on farmland and manage all the problems which most certainly arose during those times.

She was only 18 years old when she married Henry Cross who had come to Australia from England with his parents and who had also settled on the Manning River.  She had 11 children and practically all the family and their descendants have remained in the Manning Valley and mainly in the Wingham Township. Some of these have been farmers and others in a variety of businesses.


JANET  CROSS (Nee Ramsay) 1844-1908 & Family Tree


Janet Ramsay xe "Ramsay, Janet" b. 6 Feb 1844, Allyn River NSW, (daughter of John Ramsay xe "Ramsay, John" and Margaret Lun Lyallxe "Lyall, Margaret Lun") m. 1862, in Dingo Creek Manning River NSW, Henry Crossxe "Cross, Henry", b. 1837, Wincanton, Somersetshire UK, (son of James Crossxe "Cross, James" and Ann Janesxe "Janes, Ann") d. 2 Mar 1923, Wingham NSW, buried: Wingham Cemetery, NSW.  Janet died 5 June 1908, Dingo Creek Manning River NSW, buried: 7 June 1908, Wingham Cemetery, NSW.

Children of Janet & Henry Cross

i           Janet Ramsay Cross xe  "Cross, Janet  Ramsay"    b. 1860.

ii          Elizabeth Cross xe   "Cross, Elizabeth" b. 5 Mar 1863.

iii         Ann Cross  xe   "Cross, Ann" b. 27 July 1864.

iv         John J Cross xe   "Cross, John J"                 b. 1867.

Margaret Lyall Cross xe   "Cross, Margaret Lyall" b. 11 Mar 1870, Manning River NSW, d. 21 Apr 1890, Manning River NSW, Killed car accident.

Catherine M Cross xe   "Cross, Catherine M" b. 1872, Manning River NSW, m. 1899, in Taree NSW, Albert John Northamxe "Northam, Albert John", b. 1883, Wingham NSW, (son of John Northam xe "Northam, John" and Margaret Isabella Murray xe "Murray, Margaret Isabella") d. 1942, Taree NSW.  Catherine died 1934, Taree NSW.

v          Lillian Emma Cross xe  "Cross, Lillian Emma"     b. 1874.

vi         Henry George Cross xe  "Cross, Henry George" b. 1877.

James David Ramsay Cross xe  "Cross, James David Ramsay" b. 1879, Manning River NSW, m. (1) 1904, in Sydney NSW, Maude E O'Keeffexe "O'Keeffe, Maude E", m. (2) 1933, in Taree NSW, Caroline J Stewartxe "Stewart, Caroline J".  James died 1944, Taree NSW.

vii        Adelaide E Cross xe  "Cross, Adelaide E"         b. 1882.

Cecil T Crossxe "Cross, Cecil T"  b. 1885, Taree NSW, m. 1908, in Wingham NSW, Sophia J Gleesonxe "Gleeson, Sophia J", b. 1884, Wingham NSW, (daughter of Jeremiah Gleeson xe "Gleeson, Jeremiah" and Charlotte Greenaway xe "Greenaway, Charlotte"). Cecil died 24 Aug 1939, Taree NSW.

Second Generation

i           Janet Ramsay Cross xe "Cross, Janet  Ramsay" (Jess)b. 1860, Manning River NSW,  m. 1879, in Manning River NSW, Valentine Weberxe "Weber, Valentine", b. Manning River NSW, (son of George Weberxe "Weber, George" and Lilaxe "Lila") d. 1913, Taree NSW. Janet died 1938, Taree.

Children of Janet & Valentine Weber

Vincent Henry Weber xe "Weber, Vincent Henry"  b. 1880, Manning River NSW, m. 1923, in Taree NSW,   Elizabeth A Williamsxe "Williams, Elizabeth A".

Julia May Weber xe "Weber, Julia May"         b. 1881, Wingham NSW, d. 1885, Taree NSW.

Janet Maud Weber xe "Weber, Janet Maud"    b. 1883, Wingham NSW, m. 1909, in Sydney NSW, Charles W Gibsonxe "Gibson, Charles W".

Lloyd J Weberxe "Weber, Lloyd J"         b. 1884, Wingham NSW, m. 1911, in Cowra, Elizabeth M Finnxe "Finn, Elizabeth M".

Louisa A Weberxe "Weber, Louisa A"          b. 1886, Taree NSW.

Valentine M Weber xe "Weber, Valentine M" b. 1889, Taree m. 1911, in Nowra NSW, Helen F Checkxe "Check, Helen F".

ii          Elizabeth Cross xe "Cross, Elizabeth" (Eve)b. 5 Mar 1863, Manning River NSW, m. 1892, in Taree NSW, Cornelius Longhurstxe "Longhurst, Cornelius", b. 1857, Penrith NSW, (son of Henry Longhurstxe "Longhurst, Henry" and Ann Wholohanxe "Wholohan, Ann") d. 1942, Camden NSW.  Elizabeth died 15 Aug 1934, Wingham NSW, buried: Aug 1934, Wingham Cemetery, NSW.

Children of Elizabeth & Cornelius Longhurst

Francis W  Cross-Longhurst xe "Longhurst, Francis W  Cross-" b. 1886, Taree NSW, m. 1909, in Wingham NSW, Lily M Wallxe "Wall, Lily M".  Francis buried: Wingham Cemetery, NSW.

Ethel May Cross xe "Cross, Ethel May"  b. 11 Mar 1889, Taree NSW, m. 1921, in Taree NSW, Edwin Joseph Robinsonxe "Robinson, Edwin Joseph", b. 1891, Taree  NSW, (son of John Robinsonxe "Robinson, John" and Ellen Jane Perrettxe "Perrett, Ellen JANE")  Ethel buried: Wingham Cemetery, NSW  fostered by Aunt. Lived as a family member with Aunt Catherine McLeod died 15 Aug 1961.

Mabel E Longhurst xe " Longhurst, Mabel E" b. 1892, Taree, m. 1914, in Sydney Stephen J Nolanxe "Nolan, Stephen J".

Sarah I Longhurst xe  "Longhurst, Sarah I"                b.1894, Taree, m. 1911, in Wingham, Albert E Williamsxe "Williams, Albert E".

iii Ann Cross xe   "Cross, Ann" b. 27 July 1864, Manning River NSW, m. 1889, in Wingham NSW, Richard Henry Worthingxe "Worthing, Richard Henry", b. 16 Nov 1840, West Pennant Hills NSW, (son of Richard Worthingxe "Worthing, Richard" and Hannah Wrightxe "Wright, Hannah") d. 8 Aug 1905, Manning River NSW, Bungay Cem. Upper Manning NSW.  Ann died 14 Sept 1939, Wingham NSW.


Children of Ann & Richard Worthing

Lenora Agnes Worthingxe "Worthing, Lenora Agnes" b. 21 Apr 1889, Taree NSW, m. 20 July 1909, in Wingham NSW, William  Joseph O'Toolexe "O'Toole, William  Joseph", b. 1882, QLD, (son of Patrick Joseph  O'Toolexe "O'Toole, Patrick Joseph" and Alice  Redmondxe "Redmond, Alice") d. 1940, QLD.  Lenora died 15 July 1936, Goulburn           NSW, buried: Goulburn Cemetery NSW.

Margaret Lyall Worthingxe "Worthing, Margaret Lyall"  b. 19 Sept 1891, Taree NSW, m. 15 Jun 1910, in Wingham NSW, Richard Alexander Clerkexe "Clerke, Richard Alexander",  b. 1885.

George William Worthing  xe  "Worthing, George William" b. 6 May 1893, Taree NSW, m. 26 Mar 1919, in  Wingham NSW, Milicent MARY Moorexe "Moore, Milicent MARY". George died 1964.

Vida Janet Worthing xe  "Worthing, Vida Janet" b. 8 May 1895, Wingham NSW, m. 1916, in Petersham  NSW, Edward James Watkinsxe "Watkins, Edward James", b. 1886,   Vida died 9 Aug 1963, Hamilton NZ.

Valentine Manning Worthing xe  "Worthing, Valentine Manning"      b. 7 Aug 1896, Taree NSW, m. 1923, in Wingham NSW, Mary Cathleen Fitzgibbonsxe "Fitzgibbons, Mary Cathleen",(Kate) b. 1900,  Valentine died 2 Nov 1954, Wingham

Henry Clifton Worthing xe  "Worthing, Henry Clifton"      b. 24 Aug 1899, Taree NSW, m. 6 Jan 1926, in Wingham NSW, Pearl Greenxe "Green, Pearl". Henry died 28 Apr 1966.

Camelia Lillian Worthingxe "Worthing, Camelia Lillian"        b. 10 Feb 1902, Wingham NSW, m. 10 July 1922, in Leichhardt NSW, John Edward Scottxe "Scott, John Edward", b. 1896, Vaucluse NSW, (son of John H Scottxe "Scott, John H" and Sarah xe "A, Sarah" Camelia died 20 May 1979.

Alma Isabella Worthingxe "Worthing, Alma  Isobella" (Annie) b. 27 May 1905, Wingham NSW, m.12 Dec   1930, in Taree NSW, George R Findleyxe "Findley, George R".

iv    John J Crossxe "Cross, John J" b. 1867, Manning River NSW, m. 1895, in Taree NSW, Mary Annn Wallisxe "Wallis, Mary Ann".

Children of John & Mary Cross

Margaret L  Crossxe "Cross, Margaret L" b. 1896, Taree NSW.

Daisy M Crossxe "Cross, Daisy M" b. 1898, Taree NSW, m. 1919, in Wingham, Robert M Moirxe "Moir, Robert M".

v   Lillian Emma Cross xe  "Cross, Lillian Emma" b. 1874, Manning River NSW, m. 1902, in Sydney, Arthur Alfred Gaddeexe "Gaddee, Arthur Alfred", (son of Alfred Gaddee xe " Gaddee, Alfred" and Katherinexe "Katherine") d. 1939, Redfern NSW.

Children of Lillian & Arthur Gaddee

Janet L Gaddee xe  "Gaddee, Janet L"

vi Henry George Cross xe  "Cross, Henry George" b. 1877, Manning River NSW, m. 1908, in Taree NSW, Kathleen Reillyxe "Reilly, Kathleen".  Henry died 24 Aug 1940, Wingham NSW.

Children of Henry & Kathleen Cross

Janet L Cross xe  "Cross, Janet L"

vii        Adelaide E Cross xe  "Cross, Adelaide E" (Nell or Helen) b. 1882, Wingham NSW, m. 1909, in Sydney NSW, Henry Savagexe "Savage, Henry".

Children of Adelaide & Henry Savage

Madge Savage xe  "Savage, Madge"


Catherine McLeod (nee Ramsay) 1849-1932                              


Catherine Ramsay xe "Ramsay, Catherine" was born on 29 Jan 1849, at Melbee, near Dungog, NSW. She was the daughter of John Ramsay xe "Ramsay, John" and Margaret Lun Lyall.xe "Lyall, Margaret Lun" At the age of 7 years she accompanied her parents to Dingo Creek on the Manning River where her father had purchased a virgin block of land. Her girlhood was spent on the Dingo Creek and the friendships she then formed with the Robinsons, Gibsons, Jacksons, Lyons, Campbells and Wallaces endured throughout her life.

In 1868 Catherine married John McLeod, of Dunvegan. After marriage she went to Dunvegan, where she lived for 63 years.

Following is an extract from a letter written by Mrs. Archie Cameron (nee Christina McLeod) to Mrs. John Ramsay dated September 9th 1868.

'Dear Mrs. Ramsay, I cannot allow this day to pass without writing a few lines as I believe it is the wedding day of your dear daughter Catherine. I need not tell you how delighted I was to hear that she was to be my sister -in-law.

I was so overjoyed that I ran off with the letter before it was half read to tell my dear Husband the good news. I don't think it was love for dear Catherine itself that made me glad, for I remember little of her. But that little was pleasant. But it was the pleasing thought of my dear Brother being connected with you and your family that made me so happy.

My dear Mrs. Ramsay, you need not fear to give your child over to John. I know a great deal of his kind and loving nature. He has a kind and affectionate heart and one that has been so kind and attentive to his dear mother cannot fail to make a good husband…..'

Dunvegan was on the Manning River not far from Tinonee. When the youngest of the seven children was two years old her husband died, leaving the young widow to rear the family, which she did with the courage that was typical of our pioneer woman.  It was a hard struggle, but she faced it bravely and reared a family who were a credit to her. There were years of floods and depression, of prolonged sickness in the family and heavy losses in many ways. But she persevered through it all and proved the strength of her mind and body.

It is reported that despite her own family cares she always found time to lend assistance to her neighbors. There was scarcely a family in the locality that did not seek her aid in the time of sickness and trouble. The late Mrs. McLeod was a woman of deep religious principles and throughout her life was involved with the Church.

It is recorded that on one occasion the daughter of the local Medical Practitioner Dr Dean feel into the river. Mrs. McLeod without hesitation jumped and saved the little girl from drowning. Dr Dean was most impressed with this action and when a Black Snake bit Mrs. McLeod he treated her without payment of any kind. When Dr Dean moved to Grafton, Mrs. McLeod bought his 'iron bed' the first one ever seen on the Manning. It is reported that many of the Scottish people regarded it with aversion, as it seemed to them most out of place for a man to sleep on an iron bed. Within the McLeod family it was affectionately termed 'the incubator' as many of that family first saw the light of day from that bed.

Big hearted, charitable and earnest in all her actions, her death severed yet another link with the fast diminishing band of grand people who settled on the Manning in the early days.   She was the last of her generation of the Ramsay and McLeod Families.

When she died the funeral moved from the Dunvegan Church at 1 PM on Wednesday for the Bight Cemetery. The services at the church and graveside were conducted by Revs S P Stewart, H S Parsons, and H W Ramsay. The Rev S P Stewart in an eloquent address at the graveside said that he had found the late Mrs. McLeod to be most charitable in her judgement of others. She always emphasized virtues and passed over little blemishes in character.





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