|Sarah Collits - Watkins Scott|
Sarah was born in England in1797 and come out with Pierce and
Mary and her sister. She married John Watkins on 9 September 1816
and they had 3 children.
John Watkins held a responsible position as the Constable and Pound-keeper on the South Creek and Western Road, while her father, Pierce Collits, was the Constable, Pound-keeper, and Inspector of Cattle for Slaughter,on the River Nepean.
Just prior to the birth of her daughter Maria, Michael Scott arrived in the household in January 1821. She then took up with Michael Scott who had arrived in 1821 and was applied to Sarah as a convict. She was to bear to him 9 children - the first being in 1823. John was rightly outraged and placed the following advertisement.
Friday 15 February 1822
Michael Scott was Irish and a Roman Catholic. In the 1822 muster
he was listed as a Government Servant, Employer J Colletts.
She married him on 1 January 1846 after John Watkins died in 1844. at the Vale of Clwyd, Michael was listby then as a Farmer,
(Witness) Note25 January 1825 NSW, Australia,
The Certificate of Michael Scott of Grace for a Ticket of Leave
Hi Ticket of Leave was revoked "Taken away by the Penrith Bench
the holder having been Convicted of Pig Stealing for which he was
Sentenced to have his term of transportation extended two years on the
20 June 1826 and torn up the 24th of the same month". He
did not obtain his Certificate of Freedom till April 1829.
In the 1828 Census the records reveals Joseph Collits was
the Head of the Household , Sarah was living there with 4 children,
Michael was not to be seen, being returned to Government service for pig
stealing! The other children are residing at Mount York with their grandparents, as
well as her husband John Watkins. Interesting relationships in those
The Census for 1828 Colletts Farm, Nepean, NSW, Australia, Joseph Colletts, 20, BC, Protestant,,,, Blacksmith
The Farm was then advertised for sale in 1829, so the family moved.
Joseph went to........?? and Sarah and the children went to ????.
Edward Field Senr had died on 21 January, 1826.so Edward Field who had married Maria Strickland (nee Collits) 6.10.1817 at Castlereagh. She died on 21st September 1829 aged 33 years and was buried at Castlereagh. Edward and Maria had 7 children and she had 3 children to Phillip Strickland, bring the total to 10 at the time of her death.
His eldest son Edward Field (b: 16.9.1798) was operating an Inn at Castlereagh. The Parish Register states: Edward Field, Innkeeper of Castlereagh, buried 9th December 1846.
The 1828 census records Edward as holding property totalling 150 acres, 100 of which were cleared and 66 acres cultivated. He owned 19 horses, 130 head of cattle and 260 sheep, and employed five labourers. The 120 acres held by Edward on the River Lett at Hartley Vale must have been acquired after the census. Similarly his inn, the Blacksmith's Arms, on the Nepean.
But when he sat down to make his will early in 1846, the only property he had to dispose of was 80 acres adjacent to his father's first grant on the Nepean. In fact, part of his holdings may have included a portion of his father's property. There is no mention of an inn, although his will describes him as a licensed victualler and grazier.
The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824-1848), Tuesday 26 June 1838
|Edward Field in 1822, was recorded as a landowner in the Castlereagh area with 40 acres, about 28 acres sown in wheat, maize, peas, beans, potatoes, orchard and garden with 40 bushels of maize held in store. Livestock included 2 horses, 2 cattle and 25 pigs, reflecting a modest level of prosperity. His fortunes continued to improve when in August 1824, he petitioned the Governor for additional land to keep his two horses and an increasing herd of cattle. He was supplying the Government with potatoes.|
In the Districts of Evan and Castlereagh,-Pierce Collits, Constable, Pound-keeper, and Inspector of Cattle for Slaughter, on the River Nepean, near Castlereagh.
John Watkins, Constable and Pound-keeper on the South Creek and Western Road.
Mr. Strange, of Emu Plains, The Mountaineer Inn, rejected ; fr Evans, of the Eiu Inn, Eiuu 1'lnina, ejected !
Mr Thomas Huilley of tlio Australian nn. successful s
Mr George Turner, to keep tho A-d llyron Hotel, on Lapstono Hill, tho pro. erty of Mr T. A. Salmon, of Tin- Rose Inn, 'einitli, successful ! Mr , n new applicant, unsuccessful