Re: [TSL] John Watson Merchant Seaman The Black Ball Line
"MargM" <> on 04/09/2013

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From: "Janette Stewart" <>
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Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 11:02 PM
Subject: [TSL] John Watson Merchant Seaman The Black Ball Line

> Hi, I am trying to find information on John Watson born about
> 1818, who left
> England at about the age of 13, apprenticed as an engineer in
> about 1831.
>Becoming weary of the
> sea, he ended up coming to Sydney in about 1848.
 Hi Janette

> I can find no record of his arrival in Sydney - family stories
> tell that
> after arriving in Sydney, he went to work for Sir Joshua Bell
> at a property
> called 'Jimbour' in QLD. This makes some sense, as he named one
> of his
> houses in Balmain,' Jimbour'. Also named his other properties ,
> 'Lincoln'
> and' Gainsborough' and 'Grimsby' -making me think that he was
> born in
> Grimsby/Gainsborough.

According to his grave marker at Waverly Cemetery he was a native
of Lincolnshire

> Ended up owning the Bald Rock Ferry business in Sydney, which
> later formed
> into the company, known as John Watson & Co.

 The NSW Probate index via State Records Archives Investigator
has him recorded as John Cohn WATSON ref # 19077 series 3 ,
probate granted 4 Nov 1889

Waverly has John Colin WATSON ?

Do you have copy of his death cert ? Does it give clue to length
of time resident ?

 He married in 1853 St Marys RC Sydney . When did Honora NUGENT
arrive here ?

> Could anyone advise how I could find names/lists of
> .         Merchant  apprentices in about 1831 in England
> .         Merchant Service seaman in New York
> .         Merchant seaman in the U.S. Black Ball line.

 Sorry cant help with merchant seaman records
> I'm assuming he must have jumped ship when he arrived in
> Australia?

Not a good move to assume anything with this hobby !


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