George was from Lincolnshire. We can trace back George’s birth from various official documents in his lifetime, and it brings us back to the baptism of an illegitimate child. He recorded his father’s name as Matthew at his wedding, and at his death the name Matthew was apparently written and then crossed out, replaced by someone with the name Amos. In all cases, it was implied that George’s parents were both Rossingtons, or in other words that he had his surname from his father. This was almost certainly not the case, as we can search for the unusual name Matthew Rossington in British censuses and find no-one of a suitable age.
The life of George's mother Martha Rossington can on the other hand be traced. She had several illegitimate children before marrying later in life. Here is a short summary of the events that can be traced so far in Martha Rossington’s life…
27 July 1806 Martha baptised at Spalding. Daughter of William and Susanna Rossington nee Potterton. This William Rossington can be fitted into the main tree of Rossingtons which some researchers have worked on. It is felt by some researchers, such as Doug Rossington, that the surname comes not from Rossington near Doncaster, but from Roston near Ashbourne in Derbyshire (Roschintun or Roschintone in the Domesday Book).
abt Feb 1834. Martha got pregnant with George.
June 1834. Martha stopped working for Thomas Chambers (3½ months pregnant).
3 Nov 1834. Settlement Examination – Martha removed from Dogdyke to South Kyme. Again, these were the “poor laws” at work.
18 Nov 1834. Martha’s third child, George was born. (Date is only from his death certificate in Australia. English birth registrations start in 1837.)
14 December 1834. George baptised at South Kyme. (On the same day, one John and Mary Sharp of South Kyme had a daughter baptised.)
Martha and George were in Horncastle with the Lincoln family – Martha as a nurse, George was at first entered as a lodger, but someone crossed the word out. There is also a 15 year old male servant named Jeffrey Would.
Jane "Rosington" was with the John Jaques' family in Swineshead, her sister's relatives.
Mary Ann Rossington herself was in Boston Workhouse, 8 years old.
Martha was in Kirkstead with new (and first) husband John Topler, and John's children, John (10) Mary (6) and William (4).
Jane Housley née Rossington, 21 years old born Swineshead, was with her new husband John Housley, an agricultural labourer born Leak, on Sleaford Road in Swineshead.
Mary Ann Rossington was working for the Buckley family in Boston, an 18 year old general servant, born Dogdyke.
George is probably "George Roddlington" a 16 year old farm servant in the large household of William Lambert in Wrangle, Lincolnshire, and recorded as born in Kirkstead, which is in the general area of Ballinghay. This person does not appear in any other records, and indeed neither does the Roddlington surname at all, so is presumably a misspelling of a similar name.
Jane Housley 31 and born in Swinshead, is with her husband John Musson Housley, 30 year old farm labourer born in Leake, in North End, Swinshead. They have children there, all born in Swinshead: Ted 9, Maria 8, John 5, Samuel 3, and James 10 months.
Mary Ann appears to be a 28 year old laundress, born Lincolnshire, living in St Pancras, London. With her is a daughter, Alice Rossington, an 8 year old scholar, born Lincolnshire. (There is a birth registration in 3rd qtr 1852 in Boston for an Alice Rossington. Sadly there is also a death registration for her in the first quarter of 1868: 1b/36 in St Pancras, 15 years old Alice Rosington.) The residence in 1861 appears to be called "Garden cottage".
George appears to be George Rosington, 24 years old, an agricultural laborourer, residing in Barmston, Yorkshire with the Jackson family.
21 February 1864. George marries Jane Francis in St Mary Newington, within the London sprawl. George was an "excavator" living in crowded Manor Place.
31 Jul 1864. George and Jane arrived in Brisbane, Australia on the “Queen of the South”. They traveled from Queensland to Sydney on the ship "Yarra Yarra" arriving in Sydney 7 June 1866.
1866. It seems George Rossington and Mrs Rossington traveled from Brisbane to Sydney on the Yarra Yarra.
Mr. Ed. Higgens (for Hill, Clarke, and Co.) subsequently submitted Mr. Geo. Glover's highly-improved farm of 79 acres, situated on the Hunter, at Aberdeen. The bidding started at £10 per acre, and gradually mounted to £15, at which price it was knocked down to Mr. George Rossington, of Moonan Brook.
The Maitland Daily Mercury ,Mon 17 Aug 1903 Page 4 SINGLETON QUARTER SESSIONS. George was a witness, and described then as a dairy man of Aberdeen.
NSW BDM death 3320/1910 registered at Scone and showing parents Amos and Martha
George is the subject of a webpage made by her great great grandson Andrew Lancaster. This includes detailed explanation of sources.