D’Arcy Wentworth (III) (c.1793–1861)

Major D’ARCY WENTWORTH was the son of D’ARCY WENTWORTH (II) and CATHERINE CROWLEY. He was born on Norfolk Island and given the name DORSET CROWLEY WENTWORTH.  At the age of six, following his mother’s death, D’ARCY WENTWORTH (II) changed his son’s name from DORSET CROWLEY WENTWORTH to D’ARCY WENTWORTH. Regarding the portrait below, no one is sure exactly which member of the WENTWORTH family this is, only that it is a male member of the family and was painted c.1840s–1850s; previously suggested candidates for the sitter include WILLIAM CHARLES WENTWORTH, D’ARCY WENTWORTH (III), or WILLIAM CHARLES’s son, also called D’ARCY WENTWORTH (1848–1922). The last candidate does not make sense if the portrait was indeed dated correctly, as the image depicts a man in his thirties or forties.

Burial Location

  • WENTWORTH family vault, Section 2, Row J, No. 3, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta.

Names

  • Birth name: DORSET CROWLEY WENTWORTH
  • Alternate: Lieutenant D’ARCY WENTWORTH
  • Alternate: Major D’ARCY WENTWORTH

Relationships

  • Child of D’ARCY WENTWORTH (II)
  • Child of CATHERINE CROWLEY
  • Brother of WILLIAM CHARLES WENTWORTH
  • Brother of MATTHEW WENTWORTH
  • Brother of MARTHA WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of GEORGE WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of MARTHA WENTWORTH (later REDDALL)
  • Half-brother of SOPHIA WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of ROBERT CHARLES WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of CHARLES JOHN WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of MARY ANN WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of KATHERINE WENTWORTH
  • Half-brother of CHARLES D’ARCY WENTWORTH

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# Born in colony

# Norfolk Island

# Burial Year: 1861

# Grave: marked