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George MEREDEN

Male 1819 - 1885  (65 years)


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  • Name George MEREDEN 
    Born 10 Oct 1819  Pudds Croft, Bovingdon,HRT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jan 1885  Launceston, TASMANIA, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1146  Merredew
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 

    Father John MERRIDEN,   b. C1782, Bovingdon, HRT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1855, Bovingdon, HRT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Sarah CHAMKIN,   b. C1785, BDF Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 4 Jan 1810  Flamstead, HRT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F613  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne BLAIR,   b. C1840,   d. 26 Aug 1878, White Hills, Tasmania. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1861  Launceston, TASMANIA, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Mary Jane MERRINGTON,   b. C1858,   d. 1936, Camberwell, Melbourne, VIC. AUS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     2. George MERRINGTON,   b. 21 Aug 1862, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1885, Launceston, TASMANIA, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     3. Sarah MERRINGTON,   b. 21 Sep 1863, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John MERRINGTON,   b. 14 Dec 1865, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Maria Euphemia MERRINGTON,   b. 31 Aug 1867, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth MERRINGTON,   b. 10 May 1869, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. male MERRINGTON,   b. 21 Sep 1869, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Edward MERRINGTON,   b. 3 Aug 1872, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Mary MERRINGTON,   b. 27 Jul 1874, Morven, Tasmania, AUS Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He and his brother Edward were transported to Tasmania see brother's notes.
      Baptism also shown on IGI at Latimer, Bucks same date.
      All children used the name Merrington and George used Merrington from 1841.
      Notes from Pat Ward Nov 2002
      1819 Baptised George Mereden of Puds Cross, father labourer.
      1841 Apr 8 'Edward (19) and George (20) Merrington and John Hall - 7 years transportation for stealing 5 bushels of barley worth 1 stirling from John Saunders of St Michaels'. Place:Studham, Beds (residence?) (Liberty of St Albans Sessions book LSB6)
      Notes from trial record Mar 17 & 24 - On Tuesday 16 March at 4 am William Walker and Cornelius Wintle were on duty in
      Crouchfield when they heard some persons walking along the road. William Walker hid in the hedge. When they turned their lights upon the persons they recognised them as John Hall, George and Edward Merrington of Hemel Hempstead who threw down three sacks of barley and ran away. The sacks were taken to the house of William Tayler, Inspector of Police. John Saunders, a farmer of Westwick Row, noticed at 12 past 5 that his barn had been broken into and a sack of barley was missing. He took some of the barley to Bury Mill End to see if any barley of that description had been brought there, when he learned that the Police had taken some persons. He identified the barley at William Tayler's house as being the same 'Chevalier' barley that had been stolen.
      John Hall was taken to the House of Correction in Berkhamsted, where Charles Moore, keeper, overheard a conversation between John Hall and another prisoner, Brickland. John Hall told Brickland that he had got a 'load' and that he would be tried in St Albans as it had come from Westwick Row.
      John Saunders received 40 for giving evidence. William Walker, Cornelius Wintle, William Tayler and Charles Moore received 20 each.
      1841 Apr, George Merrington no. 6787 was taken from St Albans Gaol to the 'Justitia' hulk (but not the same hulk as older brother William in 1834) on the Thames at Woolwich where he stayed until Sep 1842 when he was taken to board the 'Duchess of Northumberland' [HO9/13 Convicts Prisons and Hulks. Registers and Letter Books 1802-49].
      1842 With his brother Edward, George was transported to Van Dieman's Land [Tasmania] on the convict ship 'Duchess of
      Northumberland', embarked 16 Sept 1842 , departed from Sheerness, Kent, on 2 Oct 1842, arrived Van Dieman's Land 18 Jan 1843 (see convict records - mentions a sister Dorcas).
      Edward and George were transported during the 'Probation System' in Tasmania which meant that convicts were put into gangs to work for as long as their original sentence.
      1848 Last comment on convict record. Presumably he was set free in 1848 after serving his 7 years.
      1856 July 24th, Electoral Roll, Evandale, George Merrington.
      1861 George, a farmer, married Anne Blair, a spinster, in Launceston, Tasmania.
      1861 Sep 1st, Electoral Roll, Morven Tasmania, George Merrington, abode White Hills, qualification - freehold estate, particulars of qualification - White Hills, Land.
      1862-1874 George and Anne Blair had 9 children in Morven.
      1885 George's death was registered in Launceston. He died aged 63, a farmer, death caused by accidental capsize of vehicle. The informant was his son George of White Hills who made his mark. The death was registered on 2 Feb 1885.
      'Launceston Examiner', Monday Feb 2 1885: 'FATAL ACCIDENT - An accident, which unfortunately was attended with fatal results, happened on Saturday afternoon to Mr. Geo Merrington, a small farmer, residing at the White Hills. It would appear that Mr. Merrington was returning home from Launceston, where he had been making some purchases, when the sad occurrence took place, although no one witnessed the affair. The unfortunate man was discovered by Mr. Gordon and a friend who were driving along the road, lying near the entrance to the Killafaddy Farm, on the St Leonards-road, about half a mile beyond Hobler's Bridge. The cart was overturned, and the deceased was lying under the shaft, while the horse was also lying partly across the unfortunate man, and in its plunges to free itself from the cart, it had pressed the deceased against the fence. Mr. Gordon and his friend promptly removed Mr. Merrington from his terrible position. He was then sensible, and spoke a few words, but died very shortly after. Dr. Murphy, who was passing near by at the time, attended the deceased, but found life extinct, the whole of his ribs across his chest being broken and pressed in upon the lungs, causing suffocation and death. It would appear that Mr. Locke also saw the deceased shortly before the accident slide off the cart he was driving, but saw him jump up again and drive on. The deceased was a widower, leaves a large family behind him. The body was removed to the St. Leonards Hotel, but no inquest will be held as the Doctor has given a certificate as to the
      cause of death.'
      George was buried on 7 Apr 1885 in Launceston Cypress St Cemetery. Age adult (only person in the grave). [Tombstone and
      Memorial Transcriptions of Tasmania].

  • Sources 
    1. [S1312] Patricia Ward, Patricia Ward email, (Nov 2002).

    2. [S1243] John Merriden,, John Merriden, (1996).