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John Herring Boughton - Tillimby

James Adair John Boughton Edward Collison Close  - Green Hills George Cobb Edward Gostsyck Cory Gilbert Cory John Cory william cummings Andrew Dixon Robert Corum Dillon Leslie Duguid William Dun William Evans George Frankland William Hicks Beresford Hudson William Innes Richard Jones James Kelly Andrew Lang - Dunmore Robert Lethbridge Alexander Livingstone James McClymont Thomas McDougall George Muir Find out more about Maitland Timothy Nowlan Henry Dixon Owen - Aberglasslyn Richard Pritchett James Phillips James Read (Reid) George Shaw Rutherford Walter Scott Gentleman John Smith John Galt Smith Hugh Torrance John Tucker Susannah Matilda Ward Susannah Matilda Ward William Charles Wentworth John Wighton Gorge Williams Caleb and Felix Wilson Marie Steamer at Paterson

John Herring Boughton/a> was a solicitor. He was the second son of George Boughton, esq., of Reed House, Hatherleigh, Devon, and grandson of the Rev. George Boughton, Rector of that parish.

He arrived in Australia on the
Fame in September 1822. Also on board were his future wife Charlotte Maria Westbrook and James Cann, also from Devon, who was to be employed as Boughton's overseer.

John Herring Boughton and Charlotte Westbrook were married in Sydney on 21st October 1822

John Boughton came with recommendations from Lord Bathurst and was granted 2000 acres of land and assigned six convicts to work his estate. He was supplied from the Government stores for six months and was issued cows from the government herd. Land was selected at Paterson which he named 'Tillimby', and it was here he established his home.

The land was located just north of of where Paterson stands today and as can be seen on the map, adjoined Susannah Matilda Ward's property 'Cintra'.

Among the first convicts who worked on the Tillimby estate were: William Winney per Larkins; William Price per John Barry; Richard Nott per Ocean 1818; John Mole per General Hewitt, James McEntegart per Daphne and William Wall per General Stewart and Thomas Powers per Earl St. Vincent.

In 1823 John Boughton also received an allotment of land in Newcastle.

In 1825 several of John Boughton's assigned servants absconded to the bush. Bushrangers known as Jacob's Irish Brigade were active in the district and it was thought that the absconders had joined the gang.

The men were identified as Henry Sears and Isaac Deane who both arrived on the Asia in 1825, Bernard Padden per Hooghley and John Chapman per Mangles, mostly they were a bad lot who would be in trouble over and over again in the coming years. John Boughton bravely joined in the pursuit party and the Australian reported on 4th August 1825:

The bushrangers were traced by a party of natives, to a brush above Mr. Cory senior's farm at Paterson's Plains; and a party of soldiers stationed there, accompanied by three constables immediately went in pursuit of them. Messrs. Frankland, Boughton and Edward Cory are also with the soldiers; and it is to be hoped their efforts will be attended with success.

John and Charlotte Boughton with their nephew returned to Australia on the Sir William Wallace in 1832 after several years absence in England and in 1833 he was granted almost 150 acres of land at Lake Macquarie later known as Bolton Point. A further 450 acres was purchased at Lake Macquarie near Swansea in 1834 where he established a saltworks and where some of his assigned servants were employed.

Although he travelled to Lake Macquarie each fortnight, the area became an outpost for cattle thieves and absconders and after a complaint from the authorities, Boughton closed the saltworks. As a member of the Stock Protection Society at the Hunter he was very keen to stamp out cattle stealing.

Boughton's overseer, James Cann who had accompanied him on the Fame, was granted 60 acres of land in 1824 although he remained employed as overseer at Tillimby until at least 1828. Cann married Mary Chapman, widow of William Chapman in 1829. Mary had been employed by the Boughtons as a house servant. James Cann died in 1834.

In 1831, James Cann had perhaps left the estate to work his own land as Tillimby was being managed by William Locksdale.

Later Dr. Isaac Scott Nind ex surgeon of the 57th Regiment occupied a small area of the Tillimby estate. Here he had his residence and a small hospital he kept for the convenience of the settlers to send their Government men to when sick.

John H. Boughton drowned in an accident on Lake Macquarie in 1854.

The land was purchased by Abraham Nivison in 1859. A road was proposed through the estate in February of that year.

Notes & Links:

Australian Almanac 1831.....


Settlers on Map 2

James Adair Robert Lethbridge
Samuel Adair Alexander Livingstone
George Adair James McClymont
John Boughton Thomas McDougall
Edward Collison Close George Muir
George Cobb Timothy Nowlan
Edward Cory Henry Dixon Owen
Gilbert Cory Richard Charles Pritchett
John Cory James Phillips
William Cummings James Read
Robert Corum Dillon George Shaw Rutherford
Leslie Duguid Walter Scott
William Dun Gentleman John Smith
William Evans John Galt Smith
George Frankland   
Standish Lawrence Harris John Tucker
William Hicks Susannah Matilda Ward
Beresford Hudson William Charles Wentworth
William Innes  
Richard Jones George Williams
James Kelly Caleb & Felix Wilson
James Thomas Lamb  
Andrew Lang Thomas White Melville Winder





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