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Catherine Elizabeth MEWBURN

Female Abt 1797 - 1872  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Catherine Elizabeth MEWBURN 
    Born Abt 1797  Demerara, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1841  Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 01 Nov 1872  Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I1661  Mewburn
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2017 

    Father Thomas MEWBURN,   b. Abt Sep 1768, Bolton on Swale, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1839, Cummings Lodge Pln, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Johanna Feuilliteau DE BRUYN,   b. Abt 1771,   d. 03 Feb 1838, Cummings Lodge Pln, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 07 Jun 1796  Demerara, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alexander MACALISTER,   b. Abt 1794, Strathaird, Isle of Skye, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1865, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 07 May 1819  Demerara, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Thomas Mewburn MACALISTER,   b. 27 Jun 1820, Demerara, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1859, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)  [natural]
     2. Anne MACALISTER,   b. Abt 1834,   d. 08 Dec 1855, North Shore, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years)  [natural]
     3. Lachlan Norman MACALISTER,   b. Abt 1836,   d. 09 Mar 1878, Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)  [natural]
     4. Alexander MACALISTER,   b. 09 Sep 1828, Demerara, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1870, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
     5. Matthew MACALISTER,   b. Abt 1840, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1917, Kew, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)  [natural]
     6. William Garnett MACALISTER,   b. Abt 1839, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1865, Wago, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A Clan MacFarlane website has a good deal of information about Catherine though the sources quoted are only Ancestry family trees, so of uncertain reliability. The site is at: www.clanmacfarlanegenealogy.info/genealogy/TNGWebsite/getperson.php?personID=I81193&tree=CC

      Notes on the site are:
      Born 1797, died 1872, age 75. Mothers maiden name Johanna Feuilleteau De-Bruyn 1771 to 3/2/1838 (67 yrs), married 17/6/1796, age 25, Thomas Mewburn, member of the Scottish Assemby Church, age 28 (born approx 1768, died 15/4/1839, age 71 yrs) of Plantation Cumings Lodge, Demerara, Brit Guyana. They had 2 children: 1. Anne 1799-1861, and 2. Catherine Elizabeth 1797-1872. On Catherine's death certificate here in Australia in 1872, her maiden name is mis-spelt as De-Berg and De-Brugh, which makes things difficult, but is typical of mis-spellings in those days. After she married surgeon Alexander MacAlister on the 7/5/1819 they had a family of 11, 8 born in Demerara, and the last three born back in Glasgow, Scotland in 1839, 40 and 41, so sometime in the late mid to late 1830s the MacAlisters returned to Scotland. This would be because: 1. old Alexander MacAlister Esq of "Strathaird", Isle of Skye died in 1832 so surgeon Alexander being the eldest male child of Janette, old Alexander's surviving daughter and only child left of his 1st marriage, he presumed he would be next in line to inherit "Strathaird" as the estate was entailed and could only pass to the next senior male heir of the body. 2. Evidently there were sugar cane plantation riots in Demerara the mid 1830s and the family may have packed up and left because of that trouble.
      Then sometime in the mid 1850s most of the family came out to Sydney, Australia. A confusing entry on Catherine Mewburn's certificate states that she spent 19 years in Vic, which coincide with the disappearance of surgeon Alexander off the NSW Medical Register in 1862/63 resulting in Catherine Mewburn coming to Victoria to live with her son Dr Alexander at Garnett Cottage, Bairnsdale.

  • Sources 
    1. [S242] Census returns. 1841. Scotland, (Name: National Records of Scotland; Location: Edinburgh, Scotland;), 06 Jun 1841, Gorbals, Lanarkshire. GROS data 644/02 030/00 007.

      "94 Gt Portland St
      Alexr. Macalister, 45, surgeon, not born in county
      Catheran Macalister, 40, not born in county
      Alexr. Macalister, 12, not born in county
      Anne Macalister, 10, not born in county
      Lachlan Macalister, 6, not born in county
      Wm, G, Macalister, 3, born in county
      Matthew Macalister, 1, born in county
      Flora McFadyen, 35, F.S. , not born in county
      Janet Crawford, 20, F.S., born in county"

    2. [S267] Guyana/British Guiana Genealogical Society website, (Name: Guyana/British Guiana Genealogical Society;), Vital Newspaper Notices in Australian Newspapers.

      "Gippsland Times, 02 Nov 1872
      On the 1st November, at Garnett Cottage, Sale, in the 76th year of her age, Catherine, relict of Alexander Macalister, surgeon"

    3. [S94] Deaths index (CR) Australia. Collection: All Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, Utah, USA; Date: 2010;), 1872. Victoria. Reg. No. 10341.

      "Catherine Macalister; age 75;
      father: Neubune[sic] Thomas;
      mother: Johanna Debrugh[sic]"

    4. [S255] British Guiana Colonists Index, Begbie, Tikwis, (Location: www.vc.id.au/tb/bgcolonists.html; Date: 2008;), Section M.

      "MACALISTER, Alexander
      Born: 1790, Glasnakille, Isle of Skye, Scotland
      Married: MEWBURN, Catherine Elizabeth: 7 MAY 1819, Banns of Matrimony"