Amy Simpson, 1876

Name
Amy Simpson
Given names
Amy
Surname
Simpson
Birth 1876 56 48
Death of a motherMary Ann Search
1877 (aged 1 year)
Text:
5750/1877 	SIMPSON	MARY	DANIEL	MARY	HARTLEY
Death of a fatherJohn Simpson
1894 (aged 18 years)
Text:
7344/1894 	SIMPSON	JOHN	JOHN	SARAH	LITHGOW
Death of a maternal grandmotherMary Ann Freebody
1899 (aged 23 years)
Citation details:

Windsor and Richmond Gazette Sat 28 Oct 1899 p. 6

Text:

Obituary. MRS. MARY ANN SEARCH. Another of the links which bind us to the irrevocable past has been snapped, for Death has taken one who for close upon a century has lived in the Hawkesbury district, and who has been a familiar figure to each succeeding generation. Regarding the exact age of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Search, who died at Besworth-street, Richmond, at 6 a.m. on Saturday last, there are conflicting statements. According to her own testimony she was born at Cornwallis on Boxing Day in the year 1799. Thus, at the time of her death she would be in her 100th year. Her surviving relatives also claim that she has passed her 99th year, and presumably their impressions were received from the old lady herself, who in 1897 informed a reporter from this office that she was born in the year given above. But there is reason to believe she was born two years later. The Rev. J. Howell Price, rector of St. peter's Richmond, is in possession of definite information which throws some light on the subject of her age. He states that the late Mrs. Search was 97 in December last, and this version may be accepted as authentic. But there is no question that she was a native of the Hawkesbury. She knew all about Windsor and Richmond, and, possessing a retentive memory, some of the stirring incidents of the early settlement of the Hawkesbury were, up to within a few months of her death, as fresh upon her mind as though they occurred but twelve months ago. For many years the deceased had lived in Richmond with her unmarried daughter Charlotte. Six months ago Mrs. Search was a hale and hearty woman, and in full possession of all her faculties. A little later there appeared premonitions of a general collapse, and she gradually became weaker until life ebbed away. According to her own statement, she married at the age of 20. She survived her husband some 50 years. Of the issue of the marriage little is known concerning the majority. Among her long list of direct descendants are 4 daughters and one son: Mrs. Stranger (who was twice married and is better known in Richmond as Mrs. Kelly), born January 16, 1823; Daniel Search (born in 1830); Charlotte Search (born December 4, 1834); Annie Search born 1838; Mary Ann Search (date of birth not known). The relatives present at the funeral were Miss Charlotte Search, Mrs. Douglass of Sydney and a grand-niece from Windsor (a daughter of the late Mr. William Holland). The burial took place on Monday afternoon. At the graveside a short address touching upon the life of the deceased was delivered by The Rev. J. Howell price, rural dean. The remains were interred beside those of a niece, this spot having been chosen by the deceased as her last resting place. Before she became bed-ridden Mrs. Search was in the habit of making frequent visits to the cemetery, and often pointed out to friends the piece of ground where she intended that she should be buried. The funeral was attended by a number of townspeople, and Mr. Arthur Price carried out the arrangements... The following reference to the late Mrs. Search appeared in the GAZETTE Christmas issue of 1897:- "Mrs. Search was born at Cornwallis, near Windsor, on December 26th, 1799. Her maiden name was Freebody, her father Simon Freebody, being the owner of land adjoining Mr J. Upton's farm at Cornwallis. He died at the age of 103, his remains being interred in St. Matthew's Church of England cemetery. The husband of Mrs Search was named Daniel; he was a native of England, and married at the age of 21 (his bride being 20), but at 50 died in Sydney Hospital from the effects of a critical operation. He was a carpenter by trade, and did most of the joining work in connection with St Matthews (Windsor) and St Peter's (Richmond), residing on land then owned by him, and now the site of the Windsor Wesleyan Sunday-school. mrs. Search witnessed the funeral of Mr. Andrew J. Thompson J.P., a prominent Windsor figure in the early part of this century, and a close friend of Governor Macquarie's. Though she has gone far beyond the limits of three score and ten, which we are assured is a very reasonable age to attain, Mrs. Search is much more active that the average woman of 50, and her mind is even more vigorous than her body. Strange incidents the old lady witnessed in the early days - when British soldiers occupied Windsor Barracks, and men in broad arrow-marked garments formed a large proportion of the population; when traffic between the Hawkesbury and the Metropolis was carried in by teams; when the horrors of "the System" were perpetrated day after day with such unerring regularity that even the soft hearted amongst the people began to grow callous and indifferent. Mrs. Search was the mother of 14 children; two of her family are married, and are living in NSW, whilst a third, a single daughter, aged 62, is residing with her at her residence in Bosworth-street, Richmond. The whereabouts of the fourth, Mr. Ham Search (or Freebody, which is the name he is known by) was disclosed through the medium of a paragraph which appeared in the Gazette some considerable time since, and which was copied by a number of provincial papers - eventually finding its way into a Victorian journal, where it caught the eye of the gentleman named. He immediately wrote to his mother, and acquainted her of the fact that he was still in the land of the living, being a farmer in a good way of business at Sale (Victoria). Mrs. Search's descendants are legion, and comprise an almost unlimited number of grand-children, great grand-children, great-great grand-children, and great-great-great grand-children. She reads with ease, and oftentimes without the aid of spectacles, sews readily, and walks to the old St. peter's on Sundays to take part in the service".

Death of a brotherHenry Stephen Simpson
1909 (aged 33 years)
Text:
1986/1909 	SIMPSON	HENRY S	JOHN	MARY	LITHGOW
Death of a brotherDaniel Simpson
1921 (aged 45 years)
Text:
1423/1921 	SIMPSON	DANIEL	JOHN	MARY	PORTLAND
Death

Family with parents
father
18191894
Birth: December 13, 1819 39 22Penrith, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1894Lithgow, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18281877
Birth: 1828 26 27Richmond, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1877Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1848Penrith, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
0 months
elder sister
1847
Birth: 1847 27 19New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
elder brother
1848
Birth: 1848 28 20New South Wales, Australia
Death:
9 years
elder brother
18561921
Birth: 1856 36 28Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1921Portland, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
1858
Birth: 1858 38 30Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
elder brother
18601909
Birth: 1860 40 32Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1909Lithgow, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
1862
Birth: 1862 42 34Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
4 years
elder sister
1865
Birth: 1865 45 37Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
elder brother
1866
Birth: 1866 46 38Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
4 years
elder brother
1869
Birth: 1869 49 41Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
elder sister
1871
Birth: 1871 51 43Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
elder brother
1873
Birth: 1873 53 45Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
4 years
herself
1876
Birth: 1876 56 48Hartley, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Death: