William  Whitfield

William Whitfield (1812 - 1897)

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William Whitfield
Born in Drumgoon Parish, Cootehill, Cavan County Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in St Andrews Church Sydney N.S.W Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in By the waters of Port Jackson at Rushcutters Bay ( Suicide )map
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Whitfield-680 created 29 Jan 2014 | Last modified
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Biography

William was born in 1812. William Whitfield ... He passed away in 1897. [1]

  • Birth

1812 16 Mar Drumgoon Parish, Cootehill, Cavan County Ireland.

  • Arrival:

William Whitfield in the New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849

New South Wales, Australia.

See attached doc attached to father Jacob. William and siblings, and Mother Mary Whitfield nee Gowrie, wife of Jacob. Mentioned traveling with father Jacob Whitfield.

Name: William Whitfield Vessel: Baring Province: New South Wales Title: General muster Year(s): 1822

Source Citation Class: HO 10; Piece: 36 Source Information Ancestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 [database on-line].

  • Occupation - Carpenter.
  • Marriage.

Marriage to Caroline Philadelphia WEST 1836 20 Jun Age: 24 St Andrews Church Sydney.

Name: William Whitfield Spouse Name: Caroline P West Marriage Date: 1936 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1836 Volume Number: V

Source Information Ancestry.com. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

  • Residence :

See attached document..source. Name: William Whitfield Birth Year: abt 1812 Admission or Discharge Date: 7 Mar 1896 Admission or Discharge Place: New South Wales, Australia Age: 84 Asylum: Government Asylums for the Infirm and Destitute Title: Register of Inmates Nov 1894-Jun 1896

Source Information Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Hospital & Asylum Records, 1840-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.


  • Death

1897 11 Oct Age: 85 By the waters of Port Jackson at Rushcutters Bay Asphyxia by drowning which was his own act. Verdict at Inquest held a;By the waters of Port Jackson at Rushcutters Bay N.S.W Australia.

  • Buried - Buried C of E Rockwood. N.S.W Australia.
  • Inquest:

See attached docs.

Name: William Whitfield Birth Year: abt 1811 Birth Place: Ireland Death Year: Abt 1897 Death Place: In The Waters of Port Jackson At Rush Cutter's Bay Inquest Date: 12 Oct 1897 Inquest Place: Sydney Age: 86

New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1821-1937

Source Citation State Archives NSW; Series: 2225; Item: 7936; Roll: 343 Source Information Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1821-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.

      • From Sydney Morning Herald 12 October 1897

"FOUND DROWNED IN RUSHCUTTERS BAY Yesterday afternoon a man named Alfred Fare, employed on the yacht Isaiah, in Rushcutters Bay, found the dead body of an unknown man floating in the water of the bay. The body was taken first to Vipond's Boatshed, and then to the North City Morgue. It is that of a man of from 45 to 70 years of age, 5ft. 9in. high, with grizzled hair, full beard and moustache. A calico band tied across his back and attached to both wrists seems to indicate a determined suicide. A soft felt hat, a walking stick, and a pair of lace-up shoes were found on the bank. The clothes worn by the deceased were grey tweed trousers, with blue striped braces attached, a striped woollen shirt, white flannel undershirt, and brown merino socks. A purse containing 1shilling and 1 and 1/2 d was found in one of the pockets of the trousers."

      • From Sydney Morning Herald 13 October 1897

"SUICIDE IN RUSHCUTTERS BAY

On Wednesday last an old man named William Whitfield, 85, was convicted at the Water Police Court of attempted suicide. He stated then that he was tired of life, and had made a wound in his leg that he might bleed to death. The magistrate ordered him to be shut up in the cells for an hour, and in due course he was discharged. A body was discovered in Rushcutter Bay on Monday afternoon, and it was yesterday identified as that of Whitfield. The fact that his hands were tied behind his back, with a piece of calico, went to show that he was determined to end the life of which he had become so tired. The circumstances surrounding his death were yesterday the subject of an inquest at the Lloyd Hotel, George and Argyle Streets by the City Coroner (Mr J.C Woore, JP) and a verdict of suicide was the result of the jury's deliberation."

Sources.

Source Citation State Archives NSW; Series: 1394; Item: 2/772; Roll: 1783 Source Information Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Coroners' Inquests, 1821-1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Original data: New South Wales Government. Registers of Coroners’ Inquests and Magisterial Inquiries, 1834–1942 (microfilm, NRS 343, rolls 2921–2925, 2225, 2763–2769). State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. New South Wales Government. Sydney City Coroner: Registers of Inquests and Inquiries, 1862–1926 (microfilm, NRS 1783, rolls 1391–1396). State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. New South Wales Government. Reports of Inquests, 1796–1824 (microfilm, NRS 2232, rolls 2232, 2233). State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia. © the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales and is used under licence with the permission of the State Records Authority. The State of New South Wales gives no warranty regarding the data's accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose.

Source Information Ancestry.com. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.

Source Citation State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia; Registers of Bodies Received, 1881-1904; Series: 1796; Reel: 2234 Source Information Ancestry.com. Sydney, Australia, Morgue Registers of Bodies, 1881-1908 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Registers of Bodies Received and Examined. State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia



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William Whitfield - Inquest Death.
William Whitfield - Inquest Death.

William Whitfield -Death cert.
William Whitfield -Death cert.

Sydney, Australia, Morgue Registers of Bodies, 1881-1908 forWilliam Whitfield
 Sydney, Australia, Morgue Registers of Bodies, 1881-1908 forWilliam Whitfield

William Whitfield - News snip.
William Whitfield - News snip.

Residence.
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Collaboration

On 26 May 2017 at 06:28 GMT Graeme Rose wrote:

Whitfield-1433 and Whitfield-680 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife.

On 15 May 2017 at 04:22 GMT Sandra (Bailey) Green wrote:

Stuart ..you can not have two profiles for the same people. You have a merge pending. If you do not know how to do this ask your WikiTree Mentor

Privacy Level 60 William Whitfield (Whitfield-680) and Privacy Level 60 William Whitfield (Whitfield-1433) Compare compare Initiated by Anonymous Green. See changes. If Whitfield-680 and Whitfield-1433 are ready to be merged, merge them. If they are different people, reject the match. Last updated 2017-05-14 08:29:20.

On 10 Jun 2015 at 09:23 GMT Sandra (Bailey) Green wrote:

After reading the paper work for his residence at Government Asylums for the Infirm and Destitute in 1. I now can understand why he took his own life at 85.

A sad situation. I wonder where his family are ? and why he was not taken in by a family member. Terrible in every way.

On 18 Jan 2015 at 07:57 GMT Sandra (Bailey) Green wrote:

I would love to know how my 85 year old 3rd great grandfather tied his own hands behind his back ?

I could imagine someone more supple and younger being able to do this ? - but at 85 who uses a walking stick ?

See Morgue Registers attached to this profile for William Whitfield.



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