James St John married Mary Darling nee Oates at St Marys Cathedral Sydney on 16 Jan 1854 at St Marys Cathedral, Sydney. He stated he was a member of the Catholic Church, his abode was Sydney and apparently signed his name (she made her mark X, as did the witnesses). Their ages were not noted or parents names etc.
Three years later in 1857 a son(unnamed at birth) was born at Liverpool Rd Irishtown NSW. The birth certificate states the father as James St John was a labourer aged 50yrs born Ireland.The mother is Mary, formerly Oats late Darling, 47years born County of Roscommon Ireland.
Just recently I took a punt, and paid for the birth certificate of Emma Matilda ST JOHN. The child was born 1882 at Spring Valley? near Boorowa / Burrowa Rye Park NSW(very hard to read) her father is James Walter ST JOHN labourer aged 26 years born at Cooks River NSW. When I read that, I was convinced this was the missing male child born 1857 and not the James St John who arrived per "Kate" in 1852 aged 25yrs from Mullinahone Tipperary Ireland. I thought that James would have been fairly old to have married in 1882??? but it now seems this is my missing ST JOHN child. The mother Mary Ann NOAKES is supposedly aged 24yrs of Pudman Creek. The only Mary NOAKES I could find was born to Silas and Susan? NOAKES in 1866 at Binalong NSW and would have only been 16yrs old at the birth.Mrs Noakes (her mother?) was the witness.
I also have a death cert for James ST JOHN aged 81 yrs dated 1877 (the age is right for him to be the father of James Walter) his father is stated as John ST JOHN of Ireland and he was buried at the Catholic Cemetery Yass. The informant is stated as Anne ST JOHN his wife. The certificate states they were married when he was 50yrs at Yass to Anne REILLY. I could find no evidence of this marriage. She stated he left no issue?
His lawful wife Mary Darling ST JOHN died near her three children from her first marriage at Colombo (now Bemboka) NSW in 1886 registered as Mary DARLING. As someone told me recently "not all marriages are made in heaven", so perhaps they had long parted company and assumed new identities.
Hoping someone knows something of this family and makes contact.
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