Margaret Brown

#250, (14 May 1818-22 May 1874)
FatherJohn Brown (c 1790-)
MotherMargaret Miller (c 1790-1887)
ChartsBrown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors
Four generations
Last Edited7 Mar 2019

Short Biography

     Margaret was born in Stirling in 1818, the daughter of a farm labourer.

At the age of 20 she and her family emigrated to Australia and apparently she lived in the town of Parramatta, just out of Sydney.

Within two years of arriving she had met and married a Scottish carpenter and boat builder by the name of Donald Nicholson, and they were to have eleven children together over the next 19 years.

Margaret and Donald moved to Balmain where her family were living, but within a few years had moved to the growing town of Yass. they stayed in the district before moving to Forbes, and then finally to the town of Parkes at about the age of 52.

Her last couple of years saw one of her daughters have two illigitimate children, and a number of her children marry.

At the age of 56 she fell out of a spring cart, but never fully recovered, dying unexpectedly 3 weeks later.
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Margaret was born on Thursday, 14 May 1818 at Stirling.1,2,3 She was the daughter of John Brown and Margaret Miller.

At the age of 20 Margaret emigrated from Liverpool on 28 February 1839 on the 'Heber' with her parents and siblings. The ship embarked with 178 emmigrants. The family was brought out by Donald McIntyre of Invermein, one of a number of private Scottish emigrant operators who had settled in Australia - he brought out 57 emigrants on the 'Heber', nearly all country people from the Highlands; shepherds and labourers and their families.4,5,6 After a voyage of nearly 6 months Margaret arrived at Botany Bay on 27 July 1839 with her parents and siblings. The ship's first port of call had been the Cape of Good Hope, where they embarked a further two passengers. They left the Cape on the 28th of May 1839. The trip was not without tragedy; 5 children died on the voyage.4,7

Margaret lived in March 1841 at Parramatta, New South Wales. Donald, her future husband was also residing in Parramatta at this time. He was to remain a carpenter and joiner for all of his working life.8

She married Donald Nicholson, son of Donald Nicholson and Mary Margaret MacDougall, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Free Presbyterian Church in Pitt Street on Friday, 19 March 1841 at Sydney. She was 22 and her husband Donald was 29. After their marriage Donald and Margaret lived in Parramatta at least until the start of the new year.. Witnesses to the wedding were Thomas MacKenzie.8 Margaret, aged 23 and Donald Nicholson, aged 29 became the parents of Malcom Nicholson on Thursday, 30 December 1841 at Parramatta, NSW.9 Margaret's child Malcom received his baptism at St. John's on Sunday, 2 January 1842 at Parramatta, New South Wales. Presbyterian. This seems to be the first baptism of the year in the church.10 Margaret, aged 24 and Donald Nicholson, aged 31 became the parents of James Brown Nicholson on Friday, 5 May 1843 at St. Andrew's Scots Presbyterian Church, in Sydney.11

Within two years of their marriage, Donald and Margaret's growing family had moved to Balmain. Also in Balmain were Margaret's family and their growing families.12 Margaret and Donald lived in 1844 at at Waterview Bay in the Sydney suburb of Balmain. Waterview Bay (now called Mort Bay) is an area of Balmain where a few boat builders had established small businesses along the waterfront. There is a Nicholson Street, leading down to the edge of this bay in East Balmain that has been there since the 1880's at least.12 Margaret's child Donald received his baptism on Wednesday, 5 August 1846 at Sydney.13

Another two years found them in the Yass district at Archibald MacCallum's "Good-Hope" homestead. They became close to this family in some way, naming their daughter Susannah after the MacCallums recently died teenage daughter (and later Susannah was to also name her children after this family too).14 Margaret's child John received his baptism at Bungonia on Tuesday, 30 May 1848 at Goulburn, New South Wales. i.14

Margaret and Donald lived in June 1850 at the NSW country town of Bowning, New South Wales. Margaret's child Susannah received her baptism on Sunday, 16 June 1850 at Yass, New South Wales.15 Margaret's child Mary received her baptism on Sunday, 10 October 1852 at Yass, New South Wales. She was baptised in a Presbyterian ceremony.16 Margaret and Donald lived in October 1852 at Yass, New South Wales.

Margaret's child Charles received his baptism on Sunday, 18 February 1855 at Yass, New South Wales.17 Margaret's child Frances received her baptism on Saturday, 21 March 1857 at Yass, New South Wales. It is unusual that she was baptised as Church of England - the other children of Donald & Margaret were baptised as Presbyterians.18 They remained in this district, later at Bowning.19 Margaret and Donald lived in January 1859 at Limestone Creek, in the district of Yass, New South Wales.20

Her father died 13 February 1863 at the approximate age of 73. Margaret was aged 44 when this happened. Margaret and Donald lived in October 1865 at South Lead, in Forbes, New South Wales. Donald and Margaret were to remain residents of the town for at least three years.21

Margaret, as the mother of the bride, along with Donald attended Margaret Nicholson and Hugh Joseph Sutherland's wedding at the house of Donald Nicholson on Tuesday, 31 October 1865 at Forbes, New South Wales.. Hugh was a wheelwright from Scotland.22

Margaret provided information for the birth of Frederick Hilton William Nicholson, on 13 October 1870 at Forbes, New South Wales, at the age of 52. This first child of Susannah's, born when she was 20, was illegitimate - the father's name was not stated on the birth certificate. Her mother Margaret was present at the birth.23 Margaret Brown and Donald Nicholson moved with their younger children to Bushman's Lead, New South Wales, in 1871. They made the move just after gold had been discovered, when the town 'consisted of a butcher's shop, a bakery and a few houses which the hardy pioneers had constructed from the timber around them.24,25' By the middle of 1871, Donald and Margaret's son Donald had moved to Sydney, and had there married Annie Smyth in a Church of England ceremony. Two months later another son, James, married Lydia Hosnell in Bathurst in a Roman Catholic ceremony.26,27 Margaret and Donald lived in September 1872 at Bushman's Lead, New South Wales.24 Margaret, as the mother of the bride, along with Donald attended Mary Jane Nicholson and Henry Olliver's wedding at her father's house on Sunday, 8 September 1872 at Bushman's Lead, New South Wales.24 In early may she suferred an accident whilst riding in a spring cart.28

Margaret died on 22 May 1874 at Parkes, New South Wales, at age 56 of heart disease.29 Margaret's death would have been about the time that their daughter Susannah found out she was pregnant again - and still unmarried. Her body was interred at Goobang Creek cemetery on 24 May 1874 at Parkes, New South Wales.29

Margaret was written about in an obituary: on 30 May 1874:
"An old and respected resident, the wife of Donald Nicholson, died on Friday night. She was buried vesterday [May 24]. There was a very large funeral. She met with an accident some three weeks since, while out riding in a spring cart, from which she never completely rallied; but nothing serious was anticipated till a day or so before she died."28

Family

Donald Nicholson (12 Jan 1812-3 Nov 1899)
Children

Citations

  1. [S50] Margaret Brown, "Heber."
  2. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1859 No.14301.
  3. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857 No.12375.
  4. [S590] The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1839 '[No heading].', The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), 30 July, p. 2, viewed 1 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page693767
  5. [S613] Michael Watt, Descendents of Daniel Brown, April 2013, New Zealand (Tim Hill's collection, \namesBrown) p.9-10.
  6. [S615] The Colonist, Sydney, NSW, 1839 'Shipping Intelligence.', The Colonist (Sydney, NSW : 1835 - 1840), 31 July, p. 2, viewed 12 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31723492
  7. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW the 'Heber' 27 Jul 1839.
  8. [S21] Parish Registers for Scot's Church Sydney, 1788-1856 Vol. 75 entry 932.
  9. [S65] Parish Registers for St. John's Parramatta, 1788-1856 Vol.47, No.2154 (1841).
  10. [S65] Parish Registers for St. John's Parramatta, 1788-1856 Vol.47, No.14301 (1842).
  11. [S21] Parish Registers for Scot's Church Sydney, 1788-1856 Vol. 45 Entry 635.
  12. [S208] City of Sydney Directory (Francis Low),Sydney, NSW (various dates), 1844-1845.
  13. [S245] Parish Registers for Sydney, 1788-1856 Vol. 45 entry 900.
  14. [S209] Parish Registers for Goulburn, 1788-1856 1848 Vol. 49 No. 948.
  15. [S248] Parish Registers for Yass, 1788- 1856 Vol. 50 entry 1231.
  16. [S248] Parish Registers for Yass, 1788- 1856 Vol. 51 entry 1305.
  17. [S251] Parish Registers for the County of King, 1788 to 1856 Vol. 56 entry 2385.
  18. [S248] Parish Registers for Yass, 1788- 1856 Vol. 155 entry 2114.
  19. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857 No. 12375.
  20. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1859 No. 14301.
  21. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1865 No.2533.
  22. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1865 No. 2533.
  23. [S1] New South Wales, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1870 No. 9613.
  24. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1872 No.2094.
  25. [S644] The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, New South Wales, Australia, 1934 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser (NSW : 1876 - 1948), 8 October, p. 3, viewed 3 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112820901
  26. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1871 No. 637.
  27. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1871 No. 1637.
  28. [S593] The Australian Town and Country Journal (New South Wales), Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, 1874 'PARKES.', Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), 30 May, p. 34, viewed 16 March, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70475005
  29. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1874 No. 4743.
  30. [S65] Parish Registers for St. John's Parramatta, 1788-1856 Vol 47 No. 2154 1842 (H36).