Infant son of JOHN TARLINGTON, died 28 December, though what year is unclear as 18– is all that can be deciphered from his headstone. He died at two months of age. He appears to have been the issue of JOHN’s second marriage, to MARGARET DUGGAN née JONES, as the General Muster of 1814, taken in October, notes that JOHN and MARGARET had 2 children, both off stores. The first of those two children would have been JOHN’s stepson, WILLIAM DUGGAN, MARGARET’s son with her first husband. WILLIAM was thereafter known as WILLIAM DUGGAN TARLINGTON. The date of the 1814 muster in October would work with the recorded age at death of JOHN R. TARLINGTON, being “2 months.” On the other hand, the second child “off stores” in 1814 could have been JOHN’s daughter MARY TARLINGTON (b. 1800) from his first marriage to CATHERINE JACKSON. MARY would marry the following year, in April 1815. So there is still a possibility that the infant JOHN R. TARLINGTON was in fact CATHERINE’s baby, not MARGARET’s. Another point in support of this latter theory, is that JOHN R. TARLINGTON’s grave is next to CATHERINE’s, whereas MARGARET’s is on the other side of CATHERINE.
- Section 1, Row O, No. 11, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta
Abstract: Our story begins at the graves bearing the name ‘Tarlinton’ [sic] at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta in Burramattagal Country. John, the Tarlingtons’ pater familias, was an Englishman and a ‘cutler’ by trade, who arrived with the Third Fleet per Matilda (1791) with a sentence of seven years transportation for ‘breaking into the warehouse of John Bardwell’ in Sheffield, England, in 1787, with accomplice and fellow cutler Joshua Godbehere, ‘and stealing from thence divers [sic] articles.’ In another section of the cemetery, two of John’s infant children rest alongside the first two of his three convict wives: Catherine Jackson per Kitty (1792) and Margaret Duggan née Jones per Experiment I (1804). But, this is not to be another story about a settler family, though a couple of them do figure highly in all that follows. For, this is really the tale of ‘Little Jemmy’ and ‘Little George,’ and what happened to them after they visited Tarlington Farm one Sunday morn in late February 1798. Read more>>
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