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John Beresford (1753 - 1821)

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Mr John Beresford
Born in Ticknall, Derbyshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Alton,Stafford, Englandmap
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Died in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Mar 2017
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Categories: Free Settlers | Migrants from England to Australia | First Fleet | Prince of Wales 1788 | Norfolk Island Penal Colony.

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John Beresford, son of John Beresford and Ann Holland was born in 1753 in Derbyshire, England.

Marine first fleet, Prince of Wales, pioneer Norfolk Island. Land grant Glenorchy

John and Hannah Barrisford were born in England about 1753 and probably married sometime before they left for Botany Bay N.S.W on 13th May 1787. It is very likely John and Hannah had been married for a few years before as they were aged about 34 by the time they left. If that is so it is also quite strange that they didn't have children or at least did not take any along with them to Australia. Hannah may have been born about 1762.

By Aug 1787 the first fleet had arrived in Rio De Janeiro and also on 15th aug 1787 John received 50 lashes for the offence of drunken abuse, and perhaps John learnt a good lesson as evidenced by his responsible and civic minded behaviour in his later years. The Barrisford's and 1480 others arrived first in Botany Bay about 21st where the ships lay at anchor while governor Phillip and captain Hunter took a small party to look into Port Jackson When they returned on the 23rd a decision was made to move into the harbour, where they arrived by the evening of the 26th jan 1788. When all the convicts had been landed by the 7th Feb a proclamation was read with Sydney Cove established as the new town. There the Beresfords remained for 3 1/2 years helping to establish the new settlement. A son Joseph was born during this time and christened on the 14th June 1789. Mary was christened on the 8th sept 1790 both in St Phillips Church.

Posted 02 Dec 2015 by bjnrvnew

John Berrisford a Private Marine in His Majesty’s Service arrived on the First Fleet in 1788. He was accompanied by his wife Hannah. Two children were born in NSW before they went to NI, where they had another 3 children. Departing for VDL on the City of Edinburgh in 1808. Both John and his son Joseph were granted 140 acres each of land in the Glenorchy district (now known as Berriedale Bay) In 1809 John’s land was recorded as 121 acres with 3 acres of wheat, 2 sheep and 4 swine. All the family were victualled by the government.

Joseph Berrisford still resided on his 140 acres in 1809 having 1 acre of wheat and a ½ of barley, along with 1 sheep, 1 goat and 2 swine. Both he and his wife were on stores. By 1819 John was still on his 100 acres with 15 under wheat, 1 barley, 1 beans, and 1 in potatoes. 25 sheep and 15 bushels of grain in hand. He and his wife were off the stores. Joseph was doing very well he had 151 acres, 8 in wheat, ½ in beans and potatoes. His stock had grown to 30 sheep and 150 sheep and 20 bushels in grain, both had one government servant each. John died in September 1821 aged 68. Hannah died in December 1842.

Marine John Beresford from Alton in Hampshire, was a Marine Private in the 41st (Portsmouth) Company. Sunday 13 May 1787 he sailed out of Portsmouth in HMS Sirius on a long hazardous journey to the unexplored continent of Australia. 1,300 men, women and children survived an arduous eight months at sea to arrive in Botany Bay, where HMS Sirius hoisted the Union Flag on 26 January 1788. Later, after leaving the Navy, he and his wife set off to start a farm on Norfolk Island far out in the Pacific. A few year later, when Tasmania was discovered, the government evacuated Norfolk Island, so John and his family were moved to Hobart, Tasmania. He is buried at Hobart Cathedral.


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On 3 Aug 2017 at 01:14 GMT Kathleen (Watson) Cobcroft wrote:

Berresford-31 and Beresford-380 appear to represent the same person because: Seem to be the same First Fleet marine. Sources seem to have his name as Beresford with one R.

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