Submitted by Laurel McMiles from replies to researchers for T2P prior to 1991
“Look for PRE 1900 Pioneer Register Newcastle and Lower Hunter Region. Thomas Huxley 2nd supposedly died Jerrys Plains 1851, however there is no documentation to prove this.
AREAS around JERRY PLAINS:
Singleton Patrick Plains
1806: Is it possible that Thomas 2nd may have been a twin? as the report in the Sydney Gazette Sunday 7th Dec 1806 re the death of child doesn’t state whether male or female.
1828 Thomas 2nd was farming 80 acres of land at Lower Portland Rd., was the owner of 35 head of horned cattle 2 horses 20 pigs and every implement for the purpose of agriculture.
1828 Census listed Thomas 2nd and Mary’s family as :
Thomas 3rd b. 13th Dec 1823
Richard b. 9th Nov 1825
Mary Ann b. 1827
Sophia b. 1855
later on there was
William 1832 D. 1847
Elizabeth (Betsy) 1835
Eliza Jane 1843
Emma Maria 1842 D. 1844
John Henry 1845 D. 1857
Edward Prosper 1848
Thomas Huxley 2nd Died 1898 according to notes by Nance P Richards of the Narrabri Historical Society dated 20 March 1990. She wrote the following in response to a request from the addressee:
Dear Mrs. Selby,
Thank you for your letter of 16.3.90. Yes, I am the person who researched the Huxleys in Narrabri, though I am not a descendant (my husband is connected to James Bligh Ridge but that is just a coincidence). I became interested that the family were the first in Narrabri to live on land they owned, and I researched them through the Pioneer Register and various local records, through the newspaper and various contacts. He became one of several First Fleeters here. We have no record of Thomas Huxley 11′s death or burial place or indeed any Huxley. We have a display on the Greyhound Inn and the Huxleys in our Old Goal Heritage Centre.
I enclose some notes:
Mrs A Huxley
152 Kennedy Drive
Port Macquarie 2444
contracted in 1988
Not a direct descendant, but Mrs H is descended from Ann Forbes she told me.
113 Tully St
She told me no one has found the resting place of Thomas, born 12.4.01 or his son Charles born 1.11.1835 who had a son Charles, and who owned the Cheshire Pub at Jerry’s Plains, a cattle station at Inverell and a share of a Mt. Isa Mine.
Also Doug Huxley and I have corresponded with him.
Mr. John Huxley
2 Shadforth St
is another person I contacted and he is a step-relation to Mr. Charles Hedley and Miss Pat Hedley of Narrabri. As far as I know they are the nearest descendants living in Narrabri – there are no Huxleys, though there is a Huxley St.
TOWN BLOCKS: On the 1860 map of Narrabri, (when the blocks were first auctioned in nearby Wee Waa) 20 blocks of land – suitable sizes for homes were sold to Thomas Huxley, others in A, (Ann?) C, (Charles?) and E.P. Huxley names, they owned the Greyhound Inn and a large part of the town.
FARM LAND: On the Parish map for the Parish of MOLLEE dated 1897 there is the name E.P. Huxley on a block of country on BOHENA CREEK which flows in the Narrabri area. This E.P. Huxley left only 7 daughters his 3 sons died. He is listed in the Church of England Births in Narrabri in 1877 as a butcher, in 1887 as a hotel-keeper at Cooma Narrabri. In 1893 as a grazier in the Narrabri area. We have a letter in the 1891 Council Letter Book asking permission to add to the Royal Hotel and erect a verandah, Edward Guest Town Clerk, approving it. He obviously did well.
BANK: An entry in Commercial Bank records:- Thomas Huxley Publican, Greyhound account. It is marked in pencil. “Removed to the Sir Thomas Mitchell at Tarriaro, a lodging house, not licensed, a little out of Narrabri.” His account is marked ‘No accommodation – not a shilling to call his own’ which suggests that alcohol became a problem. Account closed in 1869. His brother Richard took over the Greyhound and sold it to C. Eather. ( I have not published this Bank reference as I am not a member of the family and it seems harsh, but I leave it to your sense of taste in the matter.) Perhaps he died penniless, his grave is not marked. I regret the haste of this letter, If I can help you further, please ask, there is no fee to you, and I wish your reunion every success. Should you think fit to give us the book to display in the Old Goal Heritage ( a local museum run by the Historical Society) we would be immensely proud and pleased.
1811 Muster listed a JOHN HUXLEY as arriving on ‘ADMIRAL GAMBIER’ as a convict – convicted 7 yrs – tried Warwick (ref: 2995 Res NSW PRO N2442 AO 2312)
Check: Wee Waa area for Thomas 2nd death as it has been reported that he was still alive when his daughter Eliza Jane married William JOHN at Wee Waa on 9th June 1862.