Sarah Mary WEAVERS, ,of Westward Cottage,Ryde

Female 1800 - 1872  (72 years)


Personal Information

  • Name Sarah Mary WEAVERS 
    Suffix ,of Westward Cottage,Ryde 
    Born 29 Mar 1800  Kissing Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 May 1872  Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Sarah was part of a remarkable pioneering family whose members variously survived the hardships and privations of apprehension, trial, transportation, shipwreck, 'native attack", harsh conditions, disease, infant mortality and the tragic loss of many of its members in an isolated settlement.

      Westward Cottage,built close to St Anne's Church for Grannie Sarah Watts ("Sally" Weaver / Wicks / Watts) as her preferred place of retirement, it remained associated with her and her family despite the fact she never occupied it.The building demonstrates the contribution of worker's to the life of Ryde Village in the mid to late 19th Century. Its use as a house for stonemasons, council worker's and as a laundry is evocative of the social fabric and order prevailing through the end of the 19th Century and into the 20th. It was associated with the descendants of Granny Watts, particularly with her sons Robert and George Wicks and Henry Watts, its owner who bequeathed it to his daughter Jessie Taylor through her to Lennie Taylor in an unbroken line for 125 years. It connects the families' descendants with their pioneering origins as descendants of the Weavers / Porters in the person of Mary Porter (ne้ Hutchinson), Richard Porter and James Weavers her first husband..


      Born to James Weavers and Mary Hutchinson in 1800 she was raised as part of the blended family of Mary and Richard Porter following the tragic deaths of their respective spouses,Ann Hutchinson and James Weavers who were buried within one day of each other in 1805.

      Sarah survived to earn the respect of Ryde as "friend, nurse, midwife, spiritual advisor and business woman" and her coffin was carried in relays by the men of the district from her cottage in North Road to her funeral service at St Anne's.

      Though not occupied by family members until the early 1920s when it was slightly enlarged, the house remained with descendants of Sarah Watts until 1976 when it was sold to the Halvorsens who added further additional rooms and renovated the house retaining the majority of its original fabric. Following its identification for demolition by the RTA in the early 1990s, The Ryde District Historical Society was instrumental in its advocacy for Westward as the last surviving worker's cottage in the Ryde Village precinct.

      Ref:Westward Cottage, Ryde - Cons. Management Plan , Colin Israel - Heritage Solutions - 9 July 2007

    Person ID I10181  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2013 

    Father James WEAVERS, ,Transported Convict,of Kissing Point,   b. 1752, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1805, Kissing Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann HUTCHINSON, ,Transported Convict,   b. 23 May 1765, Holborn, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1850, Kissing Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1792  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Robert WICKS-WEEKES, ,Transported Convict,   b. 8 Jun 1775, Stoke Fleming, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1837, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1817  St Phillips Church of England, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann E. WICKS,   b. 5 Apr 1818, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Robert WICKS,   b. 6 Sep 1820, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1901, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Charlotte WICKS-WEEKES,   b. 25 Sep 1822, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1902, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. George William WICKS, ,Mayor of Ryde(1876),   b. 1824,   d. 22 Jan 1898, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Elizabeth Jane WICKS,   b. 17 Mar 1827, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F4247  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William WATTS,   b. 1798,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Sep 1838  Church of England, Field of Mars, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ryde district was originally known as Field of Mars.
    Children 
     1. Henry William WATTS, ,Mayor of Ryde 1886-1887,   b. 1843, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F4288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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