Our Weatherstone Family starts in the UK with Adam Weatherstone ( abt 1769  Edinburgh- 1853 Stepney), who married Elizabeth Butts (1785 Birmingham Warwickshire – 1854 – daughter of Richard Butts and Sarah) – about 1809. A detailed family tree can be read here. See also a story by the family detective on Adam Weatherstone – 1.

Our Macintyre Adams Weatherstone-Dougherty Family is descended from Ann (Nancy) Weatherstone, the second child and eldest daughter of Samuel George Weatherstone (references for Samuel ) (Genweb – Clarence Valley ) and his wife Letitia nee Dougherty a free settler from Londonderry, Derry County, Ireland.  I had always believed that the Adams Family were very Protestant,  and then a strong Irish Catholic ancestry emerged ? Intriguing ?

Adam’s and Elizabeth’s children included :

  • John Adam Weatherstone b. 10.5.1811, Stepney, Middlesex
  • Elizabeth Weatherstone, b. 29-11-1812 in Stepney, Middlesex
  • Mary Weatherstone.- was she also transported to Australia ?
  • James Weatherstone, b. 13-12-1816 in Stepney, London – some suggestion he might have been the James Weatherstone transported to Australia but seems too young as that one was in his 20’s at conviction in 1829 ?
  • Samuel George Weatherstone, b. 20-03-1819 in Ratcliff, London – Sentenced to be Transported for Life in 1837 – married  Letitia Dougherty from Ireland – See also a story by the Family Detective on Samuel Weatherstone – 2. Note I’ve had DNA testing done which showed suggested matches to other descendants of Samuel.
  • Sarah Weatherstone, b. 01-07-1821 in Stepney, London.  1834 Trial For Larceny – Acquitted &  then in 1838 Central Criminal Court – Trial For Larceny By Servant – Sentenced 7 or 10 Years, Transportation – arrived on “The Planter” – see FamilyDetective Weatherstone links (3, 4, 5). My 2017 DNA results also indicated matches with descendants of Sarah – which also tends to support the hypothesis that Samuel and Sarah were related.

  • Dinah Weatherstone (b. 1826 Stepney Essex – 1877 ) aged 15 is listed in the 1841 English Census living with Adam and Elizabeth Weatherstone  in Stepney Essex. Possibly married John Everingham (1820 – 1904)
  • Thomas Onions Weatherstone, b. 01-03-1824 in Stepney, London

The Claim a Convict website indicates that the convicts called Weatherstone were as follows :

  • Thomas Weatherstone – transported in 1816 on the William Bensley – his age  does not seem to align with the ages of the children of Adam Weatherstone and Elizabeth Butts
  • John Weatherston – transported in 1830 on Royal Admiral I –  more on the Weatherstone convict named John Weatherstone – 6,  7. Additionally a Ketch of the Hawkesbury named the John Weatherstone went missing in 1861more. However he does not appear to be related to our Weatherstone’s.
  • James Weatherstone – transported in 1831 on the Red Rover –  was he the other Weatherstone brother said to have been transported who was mentioned in Caro’s Family Chronicles article ? But that James Weatherstone was reported to have been born in 1806 not 1816? However that convict was in his early 20’s when he was transported in 1831 whereas Adam and Elizabeth’s son would only have been in his mid teens at the time of this conviction ?Or did he die at Shoreditch in 1894 ? James Weatherstone born in London does not show up in  an examination of English Census results from 1841 to 1891 which tends to suggests that he could have been transported to Australia on the Red Rover in 1831? That James Weatherstone appears not to have been a model prisoner and was possibly re-transported to Van Diemans Land ?
  • Mary Weatherstone – transported in 1836 on the Henry Wellesley I
  • Samuel Weatherstone – transported in 1838 on Earl Grey II – my 3 x great grandfather
  • Sarah Weatherstone – transported in 1839 on the Planter – as indicated above, my DNA results suggest matches with her descendants


Samuel, Adam and John Weatherstone were all listed on the electoral roll for Grafton for 1880. Samuel is listed as a Carrier, in 1872 Greville’s list for Grafton, along with his then son – in – law Charles Adams, Carrier. Burials of Samual, wife Letitia and daughter Mary are given in Richmond River Historical Society’s Listing.

Samuel Weatherstone’s  & wife Letitia’s children were as follows :

  • Adam Weatherstone, b. 11-10-1848 in Clarence River – see Gravestone at South Grafton General Cemetery
  • Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone, b. 1850 in Grafton, Clarence River Region – married Charles Adams
  • Mary Weatherstone, b. 04-11-1852 in Clarence River
  • John Weatherstone, b. 14-04-1854 in Richmond River
  • unnamed Weatherstone, b. 30-05-1857 in Chambigne, ~14 miles from Sth Grafton*.   on Newton Boyd Rd.
  • Sarah Weatherstone, b. 30-05-1857 in Chambigne, Grafton
  • Samuel George Weatherstone, b. 16-04-1863 in Sth Grafton – see Gravestone at South Grafton General Cemetery

My husband David uncovered that Arthur James Adams’ was the eldest son of Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone and her husband, Charles Adams reportedly from the USA. Previously it had been believed that Arthur James had been born in America – but in fact it was his father Charles, who was born in America in 1941,  but we don’t know where exactly, nor when he came to Australia.

To be honest I had never heard much of the Weatherstone – Dougherty connections of our Macintyre Adams Family until my husband David began digging in libraries in Sydney from around 1997.

Back to Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone’s parents : Samuel George Weatherstone was a convict who had been  tried at the Old Bailey in 1837 – sentenced to Transportation for Life 3/7/1837 at Central Criminal Courts age 19 for housebreaking. His appearance was  described at 5’2.5″, light brown hair & grey eyes. There was a blog post written about his conviction on Caro’s Family Chronicles in 2011 – see also Old British News 120. Interestingly the news article in  Caro’s article mentions a brother of Samuel’s had already been transported for life

He was transported on the Early Grey in 1838. In the Colonies, he was assigned to Dr Dobie, and was a member of Dr Dobie’s  party which travelled overland to the Clarence River, arriving at Ramornie on 16 June 1840 (via Trove Northern Star Lismore May 20 1936). This was the first overland journey from Maitland, and took 5 months & 11 days. (via Trove – Clarence and Richmond Examiner – New England Advertiser June 12 1886)

Samuel gained his Ticket of Leave, #46/974, on 19/8/1846, which was on recommendation from the Clarence River Bench 24/6/1846. Subsequently he obtained a Conditional  Pardon, #51/192, on 1/5/1851. He lived for well over another 30 years in the Colonies, and became a Pioneer in the Clarence River area. He died in 1887 and his probate notice was published in 1888.

He married Letitia Dougherty, on 27-01-1849 in the Roman Catholic Church at Grafton on the Clarence River, Grafton. Letitia had been born in 1825 in Daysart, Londonderry, County Derry , Ireland. She was the daughter of John Docherty and his wife Nancy).  Letitia had signed agreement to be a domestic servant of John Bryan, Parramatta St, Sydney for 12 months for the pay of 10 pounds p.a. She was listed as Protestant, of Londonderry, and that she could read but not write, and had arrived on the “Herald” in January 1844 under the protection of Hugh & Jane Do(u)gherty, from County Derry and also Protestants, who signed an agreement with Arthur Blaxland of “Gainimon Plains”  to work as domestic servants.  Her death notice stated that she was a native of Londonderry Garvach (Garvagh ?) Tamory Moor Ireland. In later years prior to her death, there is a mention of   Public drunkeness  – more in Letitia’s somewhat colourful story.

And in 1848 at the time of the birth of Samuel and Letitia’s  first child, Adam, it is believed Samuel had a position at “Yulgilbar” Station owned by the Ogilvie family.  Samuel was listed as being a stockman in 1857.

When free selection became available in the 1860’s Samuel selected “Chandos” on the north bank of the Orara River, midway between Rushford road and the Old Glen Innes road.  When the land grants survey was taken in 1885 an S Weatherstone had a holding at “Camley Moor” South Grafton of 309 acres with 1 horse & 75 cattle. “Chandos” was originally an Aboriginal camping ground and this fact caused occasional trouble for the family. In one attack by Aborigines, a hand was thrust through the doorway of the homestead only to have it severed by one of the defenders. Samuel held grazing rights to the land extending from the Bawden Bridge to South Grafton, known as “Waterloo” Station, which he stocked with cattle. It  was the centre for the Weatherstone family, but today only a few posts remain on the hillside where the homestead once stood. It is understood that “Chandos” became well known for its Piebald horses. See Samuel’s Gravestone at South Grafton General Cemetery

The youngest of Samuel and Letitia’s three sons, also named Samuel George Weatherstone, acquired Portions 41 & 49 across the river from Thomas Conroy in 1889.

Letitia Dougherty nee Weatherstone died on 24-04-1890 in Cowan St, South Grafton, – see her death notice . She was buried 26-04-1890 in South Grafton Cemetery – Gravestone.  

Samuel and Letitia Weatherstone’s daughter Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone, was born in 1850 in Grafton in the Clarence River Region. She married Charles Adams, in 1867  at the Church of England in Grafton. Charles was believed to have been born in 1841 in USA, and his occupation was described as Taxi Cab Proprietor /Carrier- see Grevilles 1872 list for South Grafton. It seems that Charles may have mistreated  Anne (Nancy) according to evidence tendered before the courts and she left him for a William Burrows. Her partner, William Burrows, was born in about 1844 in Twofold Bay, Bombala, and his occupation was described as Farmer/Carrier.The saga seems quite colourful to say the least. And some years later in 1887 Anne’s brothers Samuel Jnr and John Weatherstone were found guilty in Grafton Court of assaulting a Chinaman, Ah Soon – refer Trove. It would be only several months before John Weatherstone died aged 33 years, following a timber accident – see his Gravestone at South Grafton General Cemetery

The children that Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone had with Charles Adams and William Burrows were as follows :

  • Letitia J Adams born in 1867 in Grafton
  • Arthur James Adams born in 1868 in Grafton
  • Unnamed Adams born in 1869 in Grafton
  • Charles William Adams born 23-07-1873 Wharf St, South Grafton
  • Alfred Clarence Adams born 09-04-1877 Orara, District of Grafton – note named as an Adams but was in fact the son of William Burrows
  • Alice Ann Burrows  born 07-07-1883 in Ryan St, Sth Grafton
  • James Richard Burrows born 11-05-1886 in Ryan St, Sth Grafton.
  • Ivy Elizabeth Burrows born 05-10-1891 in Ryan St, Sth Grafton
  • Emily E Burrows born 1894 in Moree

Anne (Nancy) would be accused of larceny and before the courts on a number of occasions :  .

Her partner William was also found guilty of horse stealing in Oct 1875. The horse belonged to Charles Adams, and was given to William by Nancy as she was leaving Charles.  And on 26/4/1884  William Burrows pleaded guilty to a complaint lodged by the attendance officer of not sending his child, of the age of 10 years, to school, according to the provisions of the Public Schools Act, the child not being of the proscribed age, or educated up to the proper standard. William  pleaded guilty, but said he was Ignorant of tho Act and that the boy was then being sent to school. The Bench fined defendant ?, with 2s 6d costs.

Anne (Nancy) Adams/Burrows nee Weatherstone died 20-01-1941 in Grey St, Glen Innes and is buried in Church of England Cemetery, Glen Innes –  see Gravestone. Her occupation was given as Carrier.  Her Death Certificate has her son Arthur James Adams still living and 1 male child deceased. The Informant was M Burrows, her Daughter-in-law, who lived at 87 Bourke St, Glen Innes. The Death Certificate gives a 1873/75 as her marriage date to William, however no record of marriage dates has been found – so perhaps it remained a de facto situation. William Burrows died in 1927 and is buried with his partner Anne Nancy (Weatherstone). And in 1890 she had still called herself Nancy Adams on her mother’s death notice.  

Arthur James Adams was  the eldest son of Anne (Nancy) Adams,  and married Matilda Waters in 1893 at Collarenebri. Arthur and  and Matilda were to have 10 children who all lived to adulthood – and well over 30 grandchildren. Their 10 children wre as follows  :

  • Mary Ethel May Adams b. 09-02-1894 Collarenerbri
  • Lily Florence Adams b. ??-??-1895 Collarenerbri
  • Leslie Charles Adams b. ??-??-1897 Collarenabri
  •  Ivy Elizabeth Adams  b. 03-03-1901 Sandy Flat/Tenterfield
  • Arthur James “Dick” Adams b. ??-??-1904
  •  Letitia (Tess) Maud Adams b. ??-??-1906 Moree
  • Dorothy Jean Adams b. ??-??-1908 Emmaville
  • Mabel Isobel “Mid” Adams b. ??-??-1910 Moree
  • Frederick J aka ”E  (Ted)” Adams b. ??-??-1913
  • William Charles “Gidgee” Adams b. 1914

Tragedy in 1924 struck when the horse pulling Matilda‘s sulky bolted, and Matilda fell under the wheel, breaking her back. She died a week later. Daughter Tess had been in the sulky as well, and was also injured – in hospital months apparently. Arthur was left with his 10 children. Some were already adults but quite a few were very young – plus he and Matilda had been caring for at least one  or two of their grandchildren, following the death of the grandchildren’s mother, Lily, in 1916.

When I found that Arthur’s mother, Anne (Nancy) was still alive in Glen Innes, she only died in 1941, I had been perplexed as to why she had not been called into assist her son Arthur James Adams,  after Matilda’s death.However Arthur had instead summoned his eldest daughter, Mary Ethel May Adams, to come back to Boggabilla from Tweed Heads, where she had settled, so that she could look after her younger siblings, and at least one of their children.

So it was indeed a mystery as to why Anne was not called in to help her son, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And then my husband David uncovered the information that the marriage between Charles and Anne Adams seemed to have had some issues. Subsequently Anne had left with William Burrows, with whom she had further children. So it is unclear how much contact Arthur had with either of his parents. However at least one of Arthur’s  daughters, Ivy Elizabeth (b 1901), seems to have been named after his half sister Ivy Elizabeth Burrows (b 1891). So this suggests on-going contact for a period of time at least.

The remainder of our Adams part of the Weatherstone Family is on the Adams Family Page. And more details on the Weatherstone Family Tree can be found here.


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