George Henry Griffiths, 18671942 (aged 74 years)

Griffiths, George Henry (1867-1942)
Name
George Henry Griffiths
Given names
George Henry
Surname
Griffiths
Birth August 14, 1867 27 29
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Born at 206 Cumberland Street to George Henry Griffiths a mariner age 26 born Plymouth England and Sarah Maxwell age 27 born Ireland

Birth of a brotherWilliam Griffiths
January 3, 1870 (aged 2 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam Griffiths
January 8, 1870 (aged 2 years) Age: 5 days
Cause: Spinal convulsions 2 days
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Died at 115 George Street age 5 days. Father described as George Griffiths a dealer

Burial of a brotherWilliam Griffiths
January 9, 1870 (aged 2 years)

Cemetery: Necropolis
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Father George Griffiths was the witness at the burial

Death of a brotherGriffiths
before November 25, 1870 (aged 3 years)

Birth of a brotherRichard Griffiths
November 25, 1870 (aged 3 years)
Note: Richard's father, George, was described as a dealer, aged 36 born Plymouth, and Sarah his mother was 36 from Fermanagh Ireland.
Birth of a brotherGriffiths
before 1874 (aged 6 years)

Death of a brotherGriffiths
before 1874 (aged 6 years)

Birth of a sisterSarah Ann Griffiths
April 9, 1874 (aged 6 years)
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Born at 115 George Street Sydney. 115 George Street was part of the first hospital complex serving the early colony. The second brick ward/store was erected on this site. After the hospital moved in 1816 the land remained vacant. William Charles divided his Town grant of 1842 into three lots. The northern lot (No 111) remained vacant till 1845, when a single storey timber and shingle house and shop was built and tenanted for various commercial uses until its demolition in 1861. In 1841 a two storey brick walled and shingle roofed shop and dwelling (No 113) was erected, which was also demolished in 1861. The southern lot (No 115) was first built on in 1832, with a two storey brick walled and shingled roofed house and shop with outhouses, which was replaced in 1862. In 1862, Elizabeth Charles (William's wife) replaced the existing buildings with new three storey brick walled slate roofed shops and dwellings on all three lots, and they continued to be tenanted by various small business uses. The Charles family retained ownership of the original grant until 1900 when it was resumed by the New South Wales Government under the Observatory Hill Resumption Act. During 1920 the land granted to William Charles was cleared of buildings, and by the end of that year two new shop frontages were erected to replace the three previous ones. The site has significant research potential as an archaeological resource, the underfloor deposits appear to remain undisturbed from the demolition of the 1862 buildings. Evidence may still exist which has the potential to inform about previous developments on the site including the 1862 building and even structures erected or land use before this on the site.

Residence 1876 (aged 8 years)

Note: Family oral history has it that after George's mother Sarah died when George was about 1, and after his father died (although we don't know exactly when that was) he went to live with a family who had an orchard in Dural.
Marriage of a parentGeorge GriffithsMary Elizabeth Ann FrancisView this family
about 1876 (aged 8 years)
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The informant on the death registration of George Richard Griffiths registered 18 Nov 1878 was Mary Griffiths, described as 'wife', of 115 Lower George Street. No marriage certificate can be located. I tend to believe that Mary, her husband probably having died, was George's partner/housekeeper. He had young children to care for and support. In addition, George's funeral notice in SMH gave no mention of a wife.

Death of a motherSarah Ann Maxwell
March 26, 1876 (aged 8 years)
Address: 115 George Street Sydney New South Wales, Australia
Cause: Typhous fever 2 weeks
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Died at 115 George Street age 38 years, daughter of William Maxwell a farmer and Annie. She was born in Ireland and had been in NSW 11 years.

Burial of a motherSarah Ann Maxwell
March 27, 1876 (aged 8 years)
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Buried at Necropolis

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Anglican Section E. Grave 0000257

Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Gravesites for George Henry (Richard) Griffiths and Sarah (nee Maxwell)', email message to Marion Purnell Oct 25 2011

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No headstone extant. Photo taken of grassy patch under which grave No 257 is located.

Death of a fatherGeorge Griffiths
November 17, 1878 (aged 11 years)
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2059/1878 GRIFFITHS GEORGE R RICHARD SARAH SYDNEY

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  • Died at 115 Lower George Street
  • George Richard Griffiths age 43
  • cause of death : typhoid fever 11 days
  • parents: Richard Griffiths occupation unknown and Sarah Rickerts
  • Informant: Mary Griffiths, wife 115 Lower George Street
  • Where born and how long in colony: England, 13 years in colony
  • Place of marriage, age and to whom: --- 1) Sydney to Sarah Maxwell --- 2) Sydney age 41 to Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis -- Children of marriage: ----1) 2 males and one female living 4 dead. ----2) 2 males and 2 females living
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I believe the children of marriage 2) to be the step-children of George Richard Griffiths.

Burial of a fatherGeorge Griffiths
November 18, 1878 (aged 11 years)
Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nov 1878

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THE FRIENDS of the late Mr GEORGE RICHARD GRIFFITHS are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral; to move from his late residence No. 115 Lower George-street. THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at a quarter before 2 o'clock for the Necropolis.

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Anglican section E grave 0000257

Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Mon 18 Nob 1878 p. 8

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THE FRIENDS of Mr. WILLIAM FRANCIS COOPER are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved BROTHER-IN-LAW George Richard Griffiths, to move from 155 Lower George Street ...

Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Gravesites for George Henry (Richard) Griffiths and Sarah (nee Maxwell)', email message to Marion Purnell Oct 25 2011

Text:

No headstone extant. Photo taken of grassy patch under which grave No 257 is located.

MarriageMargaret McCrohanView this family
April 17, 1897 (aged 29 years) Husband: 28 Wife: 21
Address: Congregational Church
Note: George was described as a bachelor aged 28, born in Sydney and living at Parramatta. Margaret was described as a spinster and general servant aged 21 born at Parramatta and living at Balmain.
Birth of a daughterEdith May Griffiths
May 28, 1899 (aged 31 years)
Address: Albert Street
Birth of a sonCharles Arthur Griffiths
April 8, 1910 (aged 42 years)
Address: Parramatta New South Wales Australia
Occupation
Butcher
April 8, 1911 (aged 43 years)

Note: Noted on the birth certificate of his son Charles Arthur.
Birth of a sonEdward George Griffiths
December 15, 1911 (aged 44 years)
Citation details:

Scan of birth certificate

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No 1912/008312 15 Dec 1911 Ross Street Parramatta Father George Henry Griffiths a butcher age 44 born Sydney Married 17 Apr 1897 at Parramatta, Margaret McCrohan age 36 born Tamworth Issue: Edith M 12, Charles A. 1 living none, deceased Informant: Margaret Griffiths, mother of Ross Street Parramatta Witness: Nurse Knight Registered 23 Jan 1912 Parramatta

Census 1936 (aged 68 years)
Note: George was described as a slaughterman.
Occupation
Retired slaughterman
October 29, 1938 (aged 71 years)

Note: Noted on marriage certificate of his son Charles Arthur.
Death April 13, 1942 (aged 74 years) Age: 74
Cause of death: Lubar Pneumonia
Shared note: George was described as a Slaughterman. Certified by A.B. Erby 13 April 1942. Informant J. Griffith son, 39 Muree Ave Wentworthville.
Burial April 14, 1942 (1 day after death)
Address: Prospect New South Wales Australia
Shared note:

Headstone reads: In Loving Memory of OUR DEAR PARENTS GEORGE H GRIFFITHS died 13th April 1942 aged 74 years MARGARET GRIFFITHS died 23rd Apr 1944 aged 67 years

Family with parents
father
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18381876
Birth: about 1838Irvinestown, Fermanagh, Ireland
Death: March 26, 1876Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: February 23, 1866Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
twin brother
18671870
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before November 25, 1870
0 months
twin sister
18671867
Birth: before August 14, 1867 27 29
Death: before August 14, 1867
0 months
himself
Griffiths, George Henry (1867-1942)
18671942
Birth: August 14, 1867 27 29Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1942Wentworthville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
18701870
Birth: January 3, 1870 30 32
Death: January 8, 1870Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
younger brother
18701945
Birth: November 25, 1870 30 32Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 27, 1945Mosman, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
Griffiths, Sarah Ann (1874-1961)
18741961
Birth: April 9, 1874 34 36Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 21, 1961Tamworth, North West Slopes and Plains, New South Wales, Australia
9 months
younger brother
Father’s family with Mary Elizabeth Ann Francis
father
18401878
Birth: about 1840Plymouth, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 17, 1878Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
step-mother
Marriage
Marriage: about 1876Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Margaret McCrohan
himself
Griffiths, George Henry (1867-1942)
18671942
Birth: August 14, 1867 27 29Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1942Wentworthville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
McCrohan, Margaret (1874-1944)
18741944
Birth: December 15, 1874 40New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 23, 1944Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 17, 1897Balmain North, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
Griffiths, Edith May (1899-1966)
18991966
Birth: May 28, 1899 31 24Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 21, 1966Wellington, New Zealand
11 years
son
Griffiths, Charles Arthur (1910-1999)
19101999
Birth: April 8, 1910 42 35Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 20, 1999Westmead, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
son
Griffiths, Edward George (1911-1986)
19111986
Birth: December 15, 1911 44 37Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 31, 1986Merrylands, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+ Margaret McCrohan
partner’s partner
wife
McCrohan, Margaret (1874-1944)
18741944
Birth: December 15, 1874 40New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 23, 1944Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage:
step-son
Grifffiths, Jack (1896-1965)
18961965
Birth: June 22, 1896 21Harris Park, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 2, 1965Wentworthville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthDocument - Birth Certificate
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Born at 206 Cumberland Street to George Henry Griffiths a mariner age 26 born Plymouth England and Sarah Maxwell age 27 born Ireland

ResidenceEmail - Stantiall, John - Jun 2008
MarriageEmail - Stantiall, John - Jun 2008
MarriageEmail - Griffiths, Rob Jul 2008
MarriageDocument - Marriage Certificate
CensusWebsite - New South Wales Electoral Role 1936
DeathDocument - Death Certificate
Residence

Family oral history has it that after George's mother Sarah died when George was about 1, and after his father died (although we don't know exactly when that was) he went to live with a family who had an orchard in Dural.

Marriage

George was described as a bachelor aged 28, born in Sydney and living at Parramatta. Margaret was described as a spinster and general servant aged 21 born at Parramatta and living at Balmain.

Occupation

Noted on the birth certificate of his son Charles Arthur.

Census

George was described as a slaughterman.

Occupation

Noted on marriage certificate of his son Charles Arthur.

DeathView

George was described as a Slaughterman. Certified by A.B. Erby 13 April 1942. Informant J. Griffith son, 39 Muree Ave Wentworthville.

BurialView

Headstone reads: In Loving Memory of OUR DEAR PARENTS GEORGE H GRIFFITHS died 13th April 1942 aged 74 years MARGARET GRIFFITHS died 23rd Apr 1944 aged 67 years

Shared note

BURI: CEME St Bartholomew's Anglican Church Cemetery