Sarah Anderson

Grahame Thom

What happened to Sarah Anderson?

The one piece of data not found is the death details for Sarah Anderson. Her early background in Sydney is given in the stories of Thomas and Sarah Anderson, and their son Thomas, click on link below. The following information has been put together in an attempt to follow her life in Sydney. If anyone can assist in establishing her date of death, or add any other information about Sarah’s life, I would be most pleased to hear from you.

Partners of Sarah Anderson

Her first partner was Thomas Andrews/Anderson in Oxford, England.

Her second partner was Bryan Overend in Sydney up to around 1810

Her third partner was John Anderson in Sydney.

Her fourth partner was John Curran in Sydney.

And to top it off she had children to all four.

Then there is a chance she had another partner named ........ Oliver between John Anderson and John Curran.

The following extracts are critical to following Sarah’s life.

1822 Muster (Book)

Entry A05196 Curran, Sarah, CF Alexander, widow, Sydney
Entry A05197 Curran, Thomas, age 18, CF, Alexander, child of widow Curran, Sydney
Entry A05198 Curran, Sarah, age 7, BC, child of widow Curran, Sydney
Entry A05199 Curran, Mary Ann, age 2, BC, child of widow Curran, Sydney

Comment - The only Sarah who came free on the Alexander with a son Thomas, was Sarah Anderson, (see my article on the ship Alexander) so I am satisfied that the first two above are Sarah Anderson widow and mother of Thomas, my ancestor.  There was no female named Sarah Curran/Currant, or a child named Thomas Curran/Currant, convict or free, on the ship Alexander in 1806.  The Society of Australian Genealogist CD listing all known convicts between 1788 and 1812, showing ship, year, and sentence, does not list a Sarah Curran/Currant, see next muster.  There is no Sarah Anderson in the 1822 Muster, but I need to say that some people were not recorded in the Muster for various reasons.

In the 1822 Muster, two entries before the group above is

Entry A05194 Curran, John, age 10, BC, Orphan, Orphan School, Sydney

I am reasonably satisfied this is another child of John and Sarah Anderson.  The NSW BDM online index has a baptism for a John Anderson in 1811, father Thomas, mother Sarah.  My guess is that Thomas is a mistake and the father is John, see next sentence.  The NSW BDM online index has a Sarah Anderson, father John, mother Sarah, baptised in 1815.  Then there is a burial of a John Anderson, aged 55, in 1816.  One problem is that there are a number of John Andersons listed in this muster, maybe she simply left John.  Re Orphan School, a child in the school does not necessarily mean parents are deceased, although one parent could be deceased, or that the parents could not look after the child.

The NSW BDM online index has the baptism of a Mary Ann Curran in 1820, father John Curran, mother Sarah.  The index also has the burial of a John Curran in 1820 aged 66 years.

Now it gets even more confusing.

In the NSW BDM online index is the following marriage (two entries)

V1817256 7/1817 John CURRANT to SARAH OLIVER CA

What does this mean?  I dont know.

1823/24/25 Musters (Book)

This is one listing compiled at the time from all three musters.  This means that there can be three entries for the same person and the introduction to the Musters identifies some.  But generally there is supposed to be only one entry for one person.  The entry does not identify a particular year.  The entries are in the order as compiled at the time, so sequence can be important.  Age appears to be given for children only.  So what do we find re Anderson and Curran.

Entry 10415 John Anderson, age 11, BC, Orphan School, Liverpool
Entry 10427 Sarah Anderson, age 8, BC, Female Orphan School, Parramatta
Entry 10428 Mary Ann Anderson, age 5, BC daughter of Susan Anderson, Sydney  (suspect it should be Sarah, not Susan)
Entry 10429 William Anderson, no age, BC, Apprentice Reuben Uther, Sydney
Entry 10446 Sarah Anderson, no age, CF, ship Alexander, 1806, Housekeeper, Sydney
Entry 17782 John  Curran, age 12, BC, Orphan School, Liverpool
Entry 17766 Sarah Curran, FS, Alexander, 1806, 7 years, Resident, Campbelltown
Entry 17767 Thomas Curran, AP, Alexander, 1806, Life, Left the Colony

No adult John Curran/Curren/Currant listed.  No other Curran/Curren/Currant listed at Campbelltown.

There is no entry for an appropriate Thomas Anderson.  As I said above there were no convicts named Sarah Curran or Thomas Curran on the Alexander in 1806.

There appears to be nothing relevant under Oliver.

1828 Census (Book)

There is no relevant entry for Sarah Anderson/Curran/Currant etc
There is no relevant entry for William Anderson

John Currant. age 17, BC, Protestant, Apprentice, master Chas. Gregory, Tailor, Castlereagh Sty, Sydney
Sarah Currins, age 14, BC, Protestant, Lodger, at Geog Peat, Kent St, Sydney

There is no relevant entry for Mary Ann Curran/Anderson

From the NSW BDM Index online there are quite a few marriages of a Mary A Anderson or Curran during 1835 to 1860.

So still no death for Sarah Anderson.  Maybe after 1823 she took up with another man and used his name?

Extracted from the original parish entries on the NSW State Records microfilms

Births Sarah Anderson 1A/3513/1815 and 7/398/1815
born 17 Jan 1815 parents John and Sarah Anderson
baptised 19 Feb 1815, St Philips Church, Sydney

Deaths John Anderson 2B/3923/1817 and 7/691/1817
died 30 Dec 1817
buried 31 Dec 1817 aged 7 days, St Philips Church, Sydney

Deaths John Anderson 2B/3540/1816
bur 28 Feb 1816, St Matthews, Windsor
of Pitt Town aged 55 years

Births Mary A Curran 1B/5133/1820 and 8/203/1820
born 2 May 1820, parents John and Sarah Curran
baptised 28 May 1820, St Philips, Sydney

Deaths John Curran 2B/4631/1820 and 8/264/1820
died 8 April 1820 aged 66 years, Free
buried 10 April 1820 St Philips Sydney

Marriages Sarah Currant/William Gunn 73A/227/1832
Sarah, spinster aged 17 years, signed with her mark
William bachelor aged 31 years signed
9 Feb 1832 St Philips, Sydney, consent of those concerned
witness J C McDougal and John ????


The family of George and Mary Ann Lewis (the children are grandchildren of Sarah Anderson)

1.  MARY ANN CURRAN was born 2 May 1820 in Sydney, and died 16 February 1906 in Bega N S W age 87 years.  She married GEORGE LEWIS 28 August 1843 in Mount Cooper S/E.  He was born 1811 in Maidstone Kent England.

Children of MARY CURRAN and GEORGE LEWIS are:
i. GEORGE LEWIS, b. 6 October 1845, Greenland.
Baptised 21 April 1850 father's occupation shown as stockman
Baptised a second time on 24 June 1852

ii. RICHARD LEWIS, b. 10 October 1846, Greenland.
baptised 21 April 1850 father's occupation shown as Stockman

iii. CHARLES LEWIS, b. 21 April 1850, Greenland.
baptised 21 April 1850 father's occupation shown as Stockman

iv. CHARLOTTE LEWIS, b. 1 May 1851, Burlingate.
baptised 24 June 1852 father's occupation shown as Labourer

v. HARRIET LEWIS, b. 4 January 1852, Greenland.
baptised 13 January 1852 father's occupation shown as Labourer  St Thomas Cooma

vi. EDWARD LEWIS, b. 30 April 1853, Burlingate.
baptised 1 June 1853 father's occupation shown as Labourer

vii. HENRY LEWIS, b. 29 August 1854, Nimitybelle.
baptised 16 June 1855 father's occupation shown as Labourer

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