Markham of Chesterfield
Ancestors and Descendants of John Markham
1804 - 1876
||2 Nov 1804
||Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
||15 Jul 2018 |
||William Wylly, b. Abt 1755, North Carolina, USA , d. Jan 1828, Devon Co, England |
||Matilda Martha Mathews, b. 1765-1770, Flatbush, Kings Co, New York, USA , d. Yes, date unknown |
- Margaret Caroline Wylly was born 1804 in Nassau, Bahamas, the daughter of William Wylly and Matilda (or Martha) Mathews. She probably grew up at the Wylly family home outside of Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. It is known that some of her brothers were educated in England, and it seems possible that Margaret and her sisters also spent time there.
Margaret Wylly was married to John Stafford, but the date and place of the marriage has not been located. It seems likely that they were married in England, and may have lived there for a time before removing to the area around Melbourne, Australia in the 1830s. No clear references have been found to John Stafford?s ancestry, but he may be the John Stafford who was christened in January 1804 at St Paul?s Church in Bristol, Gloucester, England ? son of William Stafford and Flower Hill. More work is needed to prove or disprove this possibility.
According to his son, Edward Stafford, John Stafford received an appointment to His Majesties Customs Service in 1835, and this may be the point at which the Stafford family settled in the New South Wales colony. Another record indicates that, ?Mr. Stafford was appointed tide surveyor at Williams Town in May, 1839.? The primary family home seems to have been at Williams Town, and notations of three of their children are found in the St James (Anglican) Church records at Williamstown -
Edward Randall Scott Stafford, christened 17 April 1838.
Maria Anna Christiana Stafford, christened 28 Nov 1839.
Arthur Alexander Stafford, buried 1 July 1844, 9 days.
Researchers generally identify three further children for John Stafford and Margaret Wylly ? John William Stafford, George Henry Stafford, and Ellen M Stafford.
A few records below related to John Stafford and Margaret Wylly.
The Insolvent Estate of John Stafford, of Melbourne District of Port Phillip. NOTICE is hereby given, that the plan of distribution of available assets in the above Estate, lies at the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates, at the Supreme Court House, Melbourne, for the inspection of the Creditors thereof, and that any Creditor or other person interested therein, objecting to the confirmation thereof, must lodge a caveat, stating the grounds of such objection at the said Office of the Chief Commissioner, within one month from the date hereof. Dated this 15th day of September, 1843.
[source] New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, Australia); 26 September 1843.
John Stafford died 1848 in the Port Phillip District of New South Wales.
Deaths. - Margaret Caroline Stafford, native of Providence Island, North America, of paralysis and gradual decay, aged 71.
[source] The Argus (Melbourne, Australia); 1 September 1876.
Notes for Margaret C Wylly; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.