ROSE INN - 1872 -Edward Field Innkeeper


.The first wedding held at Rose Inn was when Edward Field aged 21  married  Mary Ann Annesley aged 16 in 1849.

 Twenty years later Edward  took over running the inn from Thomas Markwell as Licensee in 1870 to 1873.

baby Arthur. Older children were Edward aged 16, James aged 18 and Elizabeth aged 20.

Edward Field was the third in line to carry the name and was a grandson of Edward Field  Snr who first held land in the Hartley Valley. The Fields landholdings was quite extensive  with 3 generations owning land.  The Annesley’s lived across the  road from Rose Inn.  Edwards brother John also married  in the Annesley family when he married Isabella Annesley

When he took over the running of Rose Inn Edward and Mary Ann had 6 young children, Martha aged 3, Lucy aged 5,  Pierce aged 8, Joseph aged 11, Mary Ann aged  13, and a  3 month old


Mary Anne Annesley was born on 12th January 1833 the daughter of James Annesley who came out as a convict on the ship Dorothy in 1820.  John Annesley or Ansley came from Country Meath In Ireland.  He was convicted at Dublin City in July 1819 and sentenced to 7 years transportation.  His description is recorded in the ships indent as height 5ft 2in, fair complexion, black hair and hazel eyes.  Mary Anne’s mother was Elizabeth Quinn born in Colony about 1810 daughter of Joseph Quinn who came out as a Private in the NSW Corps on the  Earl Cornwallis  in 1801 and was discharged in 1802.  Joseph Quinn was married to Elizabeth Boardman who also came out as a  convict on the same ship.

Mary Anne married Edward at the Rose Inn on 25th June 1849 and lived in Hartley Vale and their first child  Elizabeth born on 25th October 1850 at Hartley Vale whre they lived till they became the occupants at the Rose Inn in 1870 until Mary Anne died of meningitis on the 17th August 1876.  Mary and Edward had had 13 children up till 30th July 1873 when their last child Sophia Jane was born. Sophie was just  3 years old when her mother died.


After a few years it was obvious that the Rose Inn was trading poorly due to the impact of the trains coming into extensive use  and Edward entered into voluntary bankruptcy in February 1873.  His liabilities were £357.14.10 and his assets £169.2.0. with  the major creditor in the matter being warehouseman Christopher Newtown of Sydney. Edwards creditors were paid in full and the Estate was released by the Court in June 1873.


To meet his liabilities 50 acres of his land  which he had purchased from the Crown in about 1856 was sold as well as his livestock.  He was allowed to retain 2 acres of land, some fowls, farming implements and furniture etc with which he could continue as a farmer as which he stated was his intention. 


When Mary Ann died in 1876 Elizabeth her eldest Elizabeth daughter was 26 years old and had been married for 2 years to Thomas Weir, with her older boys  being 18 and 16.


But there was still 6 young children under the age of 13 to care for, so Edward married Bridget  Perkins in 1890 and they had two more children. Twenty years later Edward died on 22nd December  1896 aged 68 and was buried at Mt York and his estate was worth just £84 after his failed venture at Inn keeping and was buried at Mount York  and his place of residence was given at Butlers Creek.


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