William Rixon and Ann Hoare

William Rixon

William Rixon was born October 17, 1802 in Sydney, the eldest son of convicts James Rixon and Amelia Goodwin. His early years were spent in the Windsor district, where his father worked initially as a member of the NSW Corps making farm implements, and then as a farmer and labourer. His father died when William was only nine years old, though his mother later remarried.

In 1821, William Rixon was granted 60 acres of land at Campbelltown, but quickly exchanged it for 10 acres of land, nearby, which had already been cleared.

He married Ann Hoare on January 23, 1826 when Ann was only 14 years old.

Ann Hoare

She was the daughter of John Hoare and Elizabeth Love.

Their Early Married Life

A report in The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824-1848), Saturday 27 May 1826, page 3 notes that at Liverpool Court…

William Rixon, appeared to answer to a summons requiring ‘him to ‘ well and truly answer make” unto certain matters touching and concerning one Charles Walton. It appeared in evidence, that Walton was in defendant’s employment, and have occasion to leave, requested a settlement for the frormer, which being had, it was found that a balance yet remained owing, to Watson, of 3 months wages, and 5s, which the latter had lent to the former. All this was admitted by the defendant, who, notwithstanding, attempted to put in a set-off of 1s, 6d per week, plaintiff having been victualled at the table of the defendant; but this the bench refused to allow, and recommended defendant to pay up his legal balance, and by that means save the trouble and expense of it being covered in a civil way at the Court of Requests.

In their first few years of marriage they lived at the Field of Mars before moving to the Campbelltown Districts of Airds and Appin where they began to farm with the assistance of convict labour . By 1830, on their 10-acre property at Campbelltown they had 20 head of cattle and a team of bullocks. It was then that William applied for a further land grant of 50 acres adjoining his existing land. However, he was ruled ineligible, perhaps on the grounds of the earlier allocation.

Hotel Life

Around the time of the birth of their daughter Sarah in November 1839, William and Ann moved to Spring Creek where they managed “The Stringy Bark Inn” a property owned by William’s brother, Benjamin.

William also had other hotel interests in the area, as the author Mick Roberts has observed…

The popularity of coach travel meant the need for a wayside inn along the road between Appin and Wollongong.

William Rixon licensed The Travellers Rest along the old coach road, between Mount Keira and Appin at the Wollongong court house during 1842. The location was known as ‘Stringy Bark’ or on some maps as ‘Lachlan Forest’. Licensing records state Rixon’s inn was located 18 miles (29 kilomtres) from Wollongong and 10 miles (17 kilomtres) from Appin. The license was described as a “wine and beer license” and not a “publican’s License” which indicates the inn was merely a refreshment stop for travellers and offered no accommodation.

Documents reveal the inn was under construction along the Appin to Mt Keira Road in May 1839. However, no records of the inn receiving a license can be found for another three years.

Lady Franklin reveals in her journal, while travelling from Appin to Wollongong and crossing the Cataract River, that she ascended the other side of Broughton’s Pass, and seen a hut and stable “where a man and horses for mail are”. She states the coach’s horses were changed there, while further along the track, the horses were stationed at a clearing where an inn was under construction. This building was no doubt The Travellers Rest and although Rixon moved onto another public house later that year, the inn probably continued in operation for several years as an unlicensed wayside stop for coaches and travellers until 1848 when Mt Keira was replaced by Rixon’s Pass at Woonona as the preferred mail route over the escarpment.

William Rixon became the licensee of the Union Revived Hotel at Appin later in 1842. The sandstone inn, still in existence as a private home, is located opposite Saint Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, on the main road through Appin village. Appin had two licensed inns at this time – the Union Revived Hotel and the Bourke Hotel – both had been in existence since 1826. Appin was the first large settlement reached after leaving Wollongong for Sydney.

The Appin Inn, later renamed the Union Revived and licensed for a while by one of my ancestors, William Rixon
The Appin Inn, later renamed the Union Revived and licensed for a while by one of my ancestors, William Rixon

According to the NSW State Records Office, the following records apply..

RIXON William Union Revived, The Appin, Campbelltown 1843 30 June 0503 [4/75]* Reel 5058
RIXON William Union Revived, The Appin, Campbelltown 1844 29 June 0482 [4/76]* Reel 5059
RIXON William Hope Inn Campbelltown 1847 29 June 0520 [4/81]* Reel 5061
RIXON Anne Hope Inn Campbelltown 1848 30 June 0617 [4/83]* Reel 5062

Death of William Rixon

William Rixon died on May 28, 1847 (V1847827 32B/1847) at Campbelltown and is buried beside his mother, Amelia Burrows at St Peter’s Church of England.

With thanks to Leanne Rae, here is a recent photograph (February 2008) of William’s headstone.

Ann’s Other Marriages

After William’s death, Ann married twice more. On June 11, 1848, she married Owen Dunlaghan who died in January 1851.

A year later, on January 24, 1852, Ann married William Henry Phibbs with whom she had one child, William Jordan Phibbs. He was the licensee of the “Golden Fleece” on Castlereagh Street.

The Sydney Morning Herald of April 17, 1855 reports

Andrew Ryan, William Potter, Joseph Coquelin and William Henry Phibbs, licensed publicans,were each fined 5s., with a like sum for costs, for having allowed their lamps to go out between sunset and sunrise.

The Sydney Morning Herald of Wed 22 Apr 1857 reports.

William Henry Phibbs, licensed victualler, was convicted of having kept open house for tho sale of liquors on Good Friday Î and was sentenced to paya
penalty of 20s. with 3J. G I. costs.

On page 8 of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 26 January 1863, there’s a listing by Phibbs which says…

I, the undersigned, herby caution the public not to give credit to my wife ANN PHIBBS, as I will not be answerable for any debts she may contract after this dote. W. H. PHIBBS, Castlereagh Street, Sydnoy. January 24th, 1863.

William Henry Phibbs died on November 24, 1863, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.

On the 24th instant, at his late residence, 446 Castlereagh-street South, William Henry Phibbs, aged 60 years, after a long and painful illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude.

Elizabeth Hore and Ann Phibbs photo from 1865 thanks to Elizabeth Friederich
Elizabeth Hore and Ann Phibbs photo from 1865 thanks to Elizabeth Friederich

Death of Ann Hoare

In 1882, Ann lived at 362 Castlereagh Street, Sydney on the east side between Goulburn and Campbell Street. Ann died at “Adderborough”, 19 Denison St Woollahra, Sydney on August 8, 1895 and is buried at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Waverly.

Her death was reported in a number of publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Tuesday 10 September 1895, page 1

“PHIBBS – September 8, at her residence, Adderborough, 19 Denison Street, Woollahra,Mrs. Ann Phibbs, aged 94 years”

And the Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 18 September 1882, page 1

“RIXON.—September 13, at the residence of her sister, Ann Phibbs, 362, Castlereagh-street, Elizabeth, relict of the late James Rixon, Bega, aged 67 years. Bega papers please copy.”

The Daily Telegraph of September 10, 1895 reported

THE Friends of the lato Mrs. ANN PHIBBS are kindly Invited to attend her Funeral;
to move from her late residence. Adderbor-eugh, ;19 Deoison-st, Woollahra, THIS (Tues-.day) AFTERNOON, at quarter to 3 o’clock, to Waverley Cemetery. CIIAS. KINSELA
and COMPANY,’ Undertakers, George-st., Ox-fofd-st, »and Darllnghurst. Telephone 993.

Had she lived a little longer, she would have inherited one thousands pounds from her younger brother, as she was named in his will.

TO my sister Ann Phibbs widow of William Jordan Phibbs the sum of one thousand pounds but if my said sister shall predecease me I BEQUEATH the said sum of one thousand pounds to her son William Jordan Phibbs TO my nephew the said William Jordan Phibbs the sum of one thousand pounds.

Ann Phibbs grave at Waverley Cemetery
Ann Phibbs grave at Waverley Cemetery


* Elizabeth Rixon was born April 5, 1830 (V18309775 1C/1830) and (V1830418 14/1830) at Airds near Campbelltown, NSW. She died November 18, 1856 at Camden.

* Amelia Ann Rixon was born 1832 at Airds, near Campbeltown, NSW. With thanks to Terry Hore and Leonie Manson, I think we can pretty much confirm that she married George Augustus Sheffield (and in the words of Terry)…

Amelia married John Sweatman in 1859 at Paramatta, Sydney the year after George Augustus Sheffield died. The couple had 7 children:- James Jones born 1860 @ Campbelltown, NSW. Elizabeth Ann born 1862 @ Twofold Bay, Eden, NSW. George Jones in 1865@ Brisbane, Qld. Robert Henry in 1869 @ Brisbane, Qld. Sydney Jordan in 1871 @ Ballarat, Vic. Charles Herbert in 1873 @ Sandhurst, Bendigo, Vic. Arthur Ernest born in 1876 @ Sandhurst, Bendigo, Vic. Amelia Ann Sweatman died in 1917 aged 89yrs at Ascot Vale, Victoria.

* John William was born April 10, 1835 (V1835657 19/1835) at Airds, near Campbelltown, NSW. With thanks to researcher, Judy Roberts, the following brief biography is available….

John William married at St Matthews [Reg.No.1200], Albury on 17th September 1859 to Elizabeth Wyse Smith born June 1842 in NSW. (V1842 1507 26A) and died on the 12th April 1931, aged 88 years 10 months, buried at Albury. She was the daughter of Matthew Smith and Elizabeth Finlayson (nee Douglas) who was also mother of Jessie Finlayson who married Andrew Hore. William Rixon had married John Hore’s sister, Ann. Both families came from the south of Sydney around the Campbelltown area. Their son, John William Rixon, left Airds as a young man to go to Cumberoona to help his maternal uncle Andrew Hore, brother of John Hore (jnr), with the cattle run he had leased there. Here, John William Rixon met and married Elizabeth Wyse Smith who, at the time, was living nearby at Bowna. John and Elizabeth Rixon were still living at Cumberoona when their second child, Andrew, was born. He was probably named after Andrew Hore. Their fourth child Anna was also registered as being born on that property. All told John and Elizabeth had fifteen children, some of which are listed as being born in Albury, so possibly they were still living with their relatives at Cumberoona then also. After working for Andrew Hore, his maternal uncle, on his leased cattle run, John bought his own cattle run at a tiny place called Granya. As his family grew the older children moved on but the property remained with the family until after Elizabeth’s death in 1931. Anecdotal evidence claims that they lived on that property for some years before moving to a new endeavour about six miles west of Albury opposite ‘Delaware’ and known as ‘Griffiths’. Ossie Rixon, grandson of John and Elizabeth was of the opinion they had purchased the property. John suffered a heart attack while at ‘Griffiths’ and died 23rd November 1904, aged 69 years.

* Martha Rixon was born on August 31, 1837 (V1837940 21/1837) at Airds near Campbelltown, NSW. She died on December 1, 1839 at Spring Creek, near Wollongong, NSW.

* Sarah Rixon was born November 1, 1839 at Airds, near Campbelltown, NSW She died on August 9, 1924 at Eden, NSW (15883/1924)

* Mary Rixon was born and died on February 13, 1842 at Stringy Bark Mountain Road, Appin NSW.

* Thomas Rixon was born January 31, 1843 (V1843 1132 27A) in Stringy Bark Mountain Road, Appin, NSW (V18431132 27A/1843). in 1867 Thomas married the eldest child of James Laing and Isabella McLean, Jane Ann Laing, aged 21, at her parent’s place at Towamba. near Eden, NSW (BDM 1867/1990). Thomas Rixon died October 20, 1901 at Bondi, Wyndham (13419/1901)

* Robert Andrew Rixon was born August 18, 1847 at Stringy Bark Mountain Road, Appin NSW. He married Mary Josephine Kennedy on June 17, 1878 in St. Bridget’s Church, Albury NSW (2114/1878). He died in 1918 at Albury, NSW (6525/1918)

Notes & References:

* William Rixon was christened on December 19, 1802 in St Phillips Anglican Sydney, although this was not the church currently in existence. The parish was established in 1802, however the foundation stone for St Philip’s Church was laid in mid 1848 with the church being consecrated by Bishop Fredric Barker in 1856.

* There is conflicting evidence about whether or not William Rixon built a windmill on the Appin Road. According to the Morawa District Historical Society. which has a web-page entitled, “WIND – POWERED FLOUR AND GRAIN MILLS IN AUSTRALIA”, William Rixon built a windmill. However, researcher, Ron Madden (see comment below), says William Rixon did not build the windmill, he leased it. Ron also says his brother, Thomas Rixon also first leased another windmill (on Wild’s grant), and then ending up buying it. The mill that Thomas leased and then bought became known as Rixon’s Mill..

* Mick Roberts has a terrific website about local pubs, which I’ve quoted to help fill in some of the details about William’s involvement as a publican.

* Note that Denison Street where Ann died was the original name for Holdsworth Street, which currently intersects with Jersey Road.

Sharing Around: Please feel free to copy any of the information on this page which may help you in your own research. My feeling is that family research is hard enough, without the need to constantly re-invent the wheel. It would be great, however, if you’d leave a comment below just to say “hi”.

65 Replies to “William Rixon and Ann Hoare”

  1. Hi! I just found your genealogy info and I thought you did a great job. I am a distant relative (as is half the Aussie population!!) through William Rixon and Ann Hoare’s son John William and Elizabeth Wyse Smith, your Thomas Rixon’s brother. I had a couple of questions for you and wondered if you were interested in emailing me.
    I hope to here from you soon,

  2. Lovely to hear from you. Yes, it seems everyone knows a Rixon. My boss’ uncle is a Rixon and I’ve recently employed someone called Rixon. descended from the triplets. And one of my previous boss’ was a Hoare! The world is too small. Please drop me a line.

  3. Please note that no member of the Rixon family actually built any windmills, full stop. William Rixon simply leased a windmill for a couple of years that was located close to James Rixon’s farm at Campbelltown, and their brother Thomas Rixon actually ended up purchasing another windmill near Campbelltown which became commonly known as Rixon’s mill. Thomas was unable to meet his mortgage requirements in 1868 and handed over his farm and windmill and the land that the windmill stood on to the Catholic Church with Archbishop Polding signing on behalf of the church. If anybody is in the good books with the Catholic Church, I would be very interested in learning the mill’s fate following its acquisition by the Catholic Church.

  4. Hi Ron, thank you very much for your contribution to this page.

    My reference for the comment was the Morawa District Historical Society. which has a web-page entitled, “WIND – POWERED FLOUR & GRAIN MILLS IN AUSTRALIA” on which they state

    “CAMPBELLTOWN – RIXON, William He built a flour mill on the Appin Road in 1838 [presumably a windmill].”

    “CAMPBELLTOWN – RIXON, Thomas Leased a post mill on John WILD’s grant on the Campbelltown – Appin road. Known to operate this in 1856. Thomas RIXON’s relationship to William RIXON and his mill is not known.”

    As they state, “The sources of the following material are varied but can be provided upon request”, I will write to them to clarify the source for their claim and report back.

    By the way Ron, I’m guessing from your email address you live in Wagga. I also lived there for about three years in the 1990s.


  5. I heard back from the group. One source they used for the page which was written a number of years ago was “Campbell Town The Bicentennial History – by – Carol LISTON [1988] ISBN 0 04 324015 1.”. Ron, what are your sources or will they be in the book you’re writing?

  6. Congratulations on an excellent website. A Rixon ran a small coaching inn at a place known as Stringy Bark, south of Appin in the early 1840s. Can anyone tell me any further information on the location of this inn. I am researching the history of the hotel industry for a book.

  7. Hi Mick, thanks for your post and kind comment. I had a look at your site and am happy to return the compliment. I know that William Rixon held the license for “The Union Revived” at Appin and that he was publican of the “Hope Inn” at Campbelltown, but I’m not sure if he was the Rixon who ran the pub at Stringy Bark. Mind you, it could be the case, since three of their children were born there between 1842 and 1847. James

  8. Hi James,

    I came to your web page by googling Benjamin Rixon. I am not related, but am currently living on property that was originally granted to him in 1856 in Mount Kembla/American Creek/Windy Gully. I am trying to find out if he lived on this land, built a house on it, or leased it. I know he built the Anglican Church in Mt Kembla and I think also Cordeaux Road.

    Thanks for your time.

  9. Hi Georgina, the best source for info about Benjamin Rixon is the Joye Walsh book “More A Forest Than A Family Tree”.

    The key pieces of information from that are…

    * In the 1841 census his address was Crown Street, Wollongong and his brother, William lived in a house he owned at Spring Creek, Figtree.

    * From 1847, the baptisms of his children record him as living at Spring Creek, probably the house William had lived in.

    * During the 1850s, William owned a dairy on the Dapto Road.

    * There’s an extensive account of his involvement in locating a man who became in the bush, for which he was widely lauded. This describes where Benjamin was living and working in the time, so it may provide a guide for you about the property, with specific mentions of the Cordeaux River and Moran’s Farm.

    * There’s also an extensive mention of the naming of Rixon’s Road.

    I probably can’t be any further help, since I don’t know where exactly the land was. So I’d recommend the book by Joye, pages 77-88 which really go into detail about Benjamin’s life. It was self-published a few years ago and I’m sure there must be a copy in one of your local libraries.

    Hope this helps,


  10. hi all Rixon’s
    i did not realize they were so many.
    Very interesting.

    1. Benjamin,

      You need to read Joye Walsh’s book More a Forrest than a Family Tree to see how many rixons there were.

      William is my great grandfather and I an the so of Agnus Joan Rixon othe eldest daughter of Jphn Rixon, Williams son.


  11. I.m a Rixon. my grandfather, David had 9 children and my dad, Edward or Ted as he was known was the 6th one. There are Only two of them left. Patrick & Ann.As far as I know they were all born & raised in Camberwell, London. I reckon I must have approx 30 cousins.

  12. Rixon Researchers

    Has anybody else researching this family come across an Amelia Ann Sweatman who died in 1917 aged 89yrs at Ascot Vale, Victoria.

    Could she be the same person others think died in 1898 @ Granville, Sydney as I feel she is?

    Can somebody tell me what is on the 1898 death entry to confirm my thoughts are wrong? If she is not the same person, has anybody got any clues as to who she really is?

    The Victorian death entry shows her as having parent of Wm Wrixon & Ann Hoare.

    This person married John Sweatman in 1859 @ Paramatta, Sydney the year after George Augustus Sheffield died and the couple had 7 children:- James Jones born 1860 @ Campbelltown, NSW. Elizabeth Ann born 1862 @ Twofold Bay, Eden, NSW. George Jones in 1865@ Brisbane, Qld. Robert Henry in 1869 @ Brisbane, Qld. Sydney Jordan in 1871 @ Ballarat, Vic. Charles Herbert in 1873 @ Sandhurst, Bendigo, Vic. Arthur Ernest born in 1876 @ Sandhurst, Bendigo, Vic.


  13. A great site.
    It caught my eye as I am decended from Rudd, Mahony & Sweeney – other early residents in Appin/Campbelltown.
    James, in respect to Carol Liston’s book “Campbelltown Bicentenary History” there is an inaccurate entry concerning John Rudd’s purchase of “Maryfields”. She has the property being given to John Rudd by Fr. Therry which is wrong.
    The trouble with History is that it is “his story”.

    1. I am looking to contact Walter Randal who left the post re his ancestors Rudd, Mahony and Sweeney. I have these names in my own tree and I am seeking information if anyone can help.
      Paul Bech

  14. Terry – I’ve checked the death record online and the 1898 entry records the death of Amelia Sweetman, with the parents listed as unknown. I think I’m with you on this one Terry, but can anyone else help to clarify this?

  15. Hi James,
    Both my mother and father come from James Rixon, thanks to your site and research and Joye Walsh’s research I have two direct lines done. At 70 years old my father asked me to help him find his birth mother as he was adopted. This is where we came across the Rixon line on which was a familiar name John Moses Sheffield who I had previously researched and was my mothers GGF. Mum from James son William, dad from Benjamin.So mum and dad are 5th cousins and we would never had known if we hadnt done the adoption search and found your site. Genealogy is amazing.

    1. Hi Jane
      It would be great if you could touch base with me so I can keep you in touch with the planned Rixon Family Gathering next year in Windsor. You have a double reason for being involved!
      I am also a Benjamin descendant.
      Joye Rixon Walsh joye_walsh@yahoo.com

  16. Hi
    I too am a Rixon descendant. Yes, the Amelia Sweatman who died in Victoria was the daughter of William Rixon and Ann Hoare and married to George Augustus Sheffield , they had 5 children the youngest William Aaron, only 18 mths when George died. He doesn’t seem to have moved south with the family, I have William’s marriage and his history from then on but does any one have any knowledge of him before then? I have Joye Walsh’s book, but until we had contact, Joye had little information about him. Regards Leonie

  17. hi saw all of the wonderful genealogy you have done and was wondering if you know much about matthew smith and elizabeth douglass/finlayson. my husband is a ggggrandson of george charles smith bro to elizabeth wyse smith . keep up the good work and if I can assist in any way with some of the info that I have you are more than welcome kindest regards meryle maxwell

    1. Hello Meryle, my name is David and you may be the person who was looking for Alan Sandbrook back in 1999. If that is you I can help you, regards, David.

    2. Hello Meryle

      I may be able to help you re Matthew Smith. William Smith, younger brother of George Charles Smith was my mother’s grandfather, ie my great grandfather. There are a number of descendants from different branches of the Smith/Hore family connection that I have been corresponding with over the past few years.
      Keep up the good work on your site James. It’s a great help

  18. James, I am trying to do the same as you. We are trying to find our late grandfather as mum was adopted, he may be a Smith from Bega and somewhere on that line there is a Rixon but our’s is hard as he told our mother his name was Ernest Howard but we found out he changed his name to Smith. My best friend is a “Hoare” and she comes from Culcairn near Albury area.

        1. Hi Eunice, I’m glad you were able to find the information you were after. 12 year olds are amazing. So technically good with finding things. Will pass on any information from anyone else which comes in. Good luck with your grandfather’s research. Cheers, James.

      1. Hi James. Time had passed. William Ernest Smith aka William Howard aka Ernest Howard is buried in unmarked grave. He died aged 84 in 1975. Wesburn Cemetery, Victoria.

  19. Hello again, there are a few Rixon’s in Sandra Florance book “The Howard Families of Bega 1800-2000”. Sandra is based in Bega Historical Society. And, Harold James Howard, b 1897 married Mary Agnes O’Brien, 1923 in Bega.

  20. Hi James,
    I’m so happy I found your website it is a mine of information and has filled in some missing links in one family thread. I am related through William Rixon – John William – Charles Henry- Stella Maude – Keith Alexander

  21. Hi James Like the others I too have stumbled over your site on a search. My search was on the history of Rixons Pass. My interest is in Private William Keith Rixon and his familty roots prior to his death at Gallipoli. The Ben Rixon in your story above is his line. Any stories you have on that line would be most welcome. Cheers Dan

    1. Dear Dan,

      If you get a cpoy of Joye Walsh’s More a Forrest than a Family Tree you will pick up William, born 8th December, 1890 at Murrurundi NSW and died on the 2nd May, Killed at Gallipoli (page 114)

      On page 166 there is a photo of William and his resting place in Gallopoli.

      Hope this helps, can send you scanned copies if you like or introduce you to Joye.

      David Herbert (son of Agnus Joan Rixon)

  22. Hi – descendant of William Henry Phibbs

    Did William Rixon and Ann Phibbs have 8 or 9 children? One website has a “Mary Ann” born in 1845 (between Thomas and Robert)

    1. Hi Jim

      According to the NSW BDM, these are the Rixon babies from 1844 to 1846, and there’s no listing there. That, of course, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, and there may have been a “Mary Ann”.

      V18451654 30A/1845 RIXON ELLEN Father: BENJAMIN Mother: MARGARET

      V18461734 32/1846 RIXON BENJAMIN Father: JAMES Mother: ELIZABETH

      V18451652 30A/1845 RIXON THOMAS Father: THOMAS Mother: ANNE

      V18462147 31A/1846 RIXON WILLIAM Father: JOHN Mther: MARY E

      1. there is a wealth of information on the rixons in the monaro pioneers website. for those who have ancestry from the mount kemble/american creek/dapto area there was a book produced years ago by the marceaux family called “all but one went home”. there is a copy in the national library. it traces the marceaux connection back to canada. john marceaux married ellen rixon who was a daughter of ben and ellen.
        apparently american creek was named after john even though he was canadian. hope that helps someone out.

    2. Hi Jim

      According to my info [which came originally from a Society of Genealogist researcher] there were 9 children with Mary Ann at number 8. She was born 8th May 1845 at String Bark Mountain Road, Appin.
      If you look on the Monaro Pioneers website you can find details of her 3 marriages and children. The first husband died from an accidental gunshot wound, her second husband was the brother of Jessie Finlayson who married Ann Hoare’s younger brother Andrew.
      Hope this helps

  23. Thank you for all the info on the Rixon’s. I am a distant relative through Benjamin. My Dad had no knowledge of any of this info. His Grandmother was Amy E Rixon and he had a little info but had no idea of the history of his family on his Mum’s side.

    1. I am very appreciative that my daughter Berlinda has researched our family history on my mums side.. I hold the original marriage certificate for Amy Emaline Rixon and Sydney Charles Lockwood which shows details of their parents also. I did not realise the historical significance of the document. I have forwarded this to Berlinda as the names are difficult to read.but will no doubt make sense when viewed with her research. I worked for many years for Crompton Parkinson at Campbelltown which owned 256 acres of land on the western side of Campbelltown Railway station. Part of this is now Blair Athol Estate. There was a Rixon working there, no doubt a distant relation.

      1. Hi Graham
        I just left this same post for Berlinda.
        It would be great if you and/or your daughter could make contact re the Rixon family connections.
        There is to be a Second Rixon Family gathering next year at Windsor – for all descendants of James & Amelia.
        I too am a Benjamin descendant.

        1. Hi Joye
          Thanks for your comment. Have only today visited the web page again and was pleasantly surprised to read your reply. will follow up with Berlinda who is currently on holidays and make arrangements to contact you.

          Kind regards


          1. May have found James’s baptism, the son of Eliz Rikson?Hikson? 2 January, 1774 in Ilkeston. Check it out at Family Search.org film number 004172615 and image 922. Pamela

            1. I doubt this is “our” James. Children were usually baptised soon after birth, so “our” James was probably born before 19 March 1770, if he really was 22 when he was charged 19 March 1792. Joye

              1. Hmmm..I am not so sure. James’s death certificate says he was 36 when he died 7 April, 1811. Let you do the math.
                There are often a couple of years discrepancy with ages of our ancestors.

    2. Hi Belinda
      It would be great if you and/or your dad could make contact re the Rixon family connections. T
      here is to be a Second Rixon Family gathering next year at Windsor – for all descendants of James & Amelia.
      I too am a Benjamin descendant.

  24. Hi James,
    Thank you as you have added some more to my research.
    I am descended from William Rixon an Ann Hoare and their daughter Sarah. 1839.
    Ha, I live in Canada now.

  25. I am looking for family of a Mrs Rixon who settled in 1890’s at Cumble near Baradine in NSW. Does anyone know anything about the Rixon family at Cumble Station?

  26. My late husband was William Henry Rixon a descendant of William, I would like to purchase a copy of Joye’s book for my son, – that is if there is one available- I have a copy that belonged to Bill. Can you help with an email address for Joye Please?

  27. Thank you James, I have now received the book from Joye, your help is much appreciated

  28. Hello I am not a Rixon family member, I am trying to find a Isabella Rixon who married a David James, their son Henry James died in 1902 from the effects of afterdamp from the Mount Kembla mine explosion, Any help will be greatly received. A most interesting site, a lot of effort has gone into adding the information, appreciate it

    1. I am also interested in Henry James who died following the effects of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster of 1902 and in particular whether there are any links of his mother Isabella Rixon to Benjamin Rixon. I am not a Rixon descendant, however my father’s first cousin married a daughter of Norman James, who was a descendant of Julia James nee Rixon daughter of Benjamin Rixon.

      1. This Henry James is still a puzzle.
        I find it difficult to understand the details on his Marriage Certificate. The bride’s father had to give consent to the marriage, and was a witness, but the bride’s mother’s maiden name is unknown – written as a dash!! Surely he knew the name of his wife!
        The hand writing on the copy I have seen is not that of the participants – it is all written by J. Watson, Registrar General in 1966, with a statement saying “Particulars in Columns 5, 7 & 10 were obtained from Church Register, no. 2091”.
        My thought is that the details could be incorrect. I tried to locate that Church Register without success.
        There is no marriage recorded between David James and Isabella Rixon and as yet no Reg for Henry James born c1869.
        Maybe one day, this mystery will be solved.

        1. hi Joye
          thanks for your reply and if you haven’t been able to get to the bottom of this conundrum then I doubt anyone else will have much luck.
          I am also President of the Black Diamond District Heritage Centre Museum at Bulli Railway Station East and I have been working towards an exhibition on the history of Rixons Pass as the first road to the Northern Illawarra from up the mountain for April 2021 and of course it will include Benjamin Rixon and his family. I never expected to find the Rixon’s in my family tree albeit via the marriage of my father’s first cousin to a Rixon descendant.
          Kerrie Anne Christian

          1. Hi Kerrie
            I just sent a copy of the chapter about Benjamin Rixon from my book More a Forest than a Family Tree [to Sue] to use in the exhibition if needed. Contact came from another Rixon connection. Good luck with the Exhibition.

  29. I have a distant connection to the Rixon family through my family line “Organ”, Emily Organ married James Rixon at Wollongong in 1853. However my interest today comes from another of my ancestors William Manns who in 1850 was living on Rixon’s land grant – 60 Acres at Airds – are you able to give an exact location for this grant – I have not been able to pinpoint it, many thanks Gail

    1. Hi Gail.
      The best I can do is point you to an old map which shows the location in relation to other land grants and is between Old Menangle Rd and Appin Road, north west of Woodland Rd.
      On current Google maps, look at Rixon Hill Reserve, then go north towards Fieldhouse Park, Ambervale which we believe is the approximate location. That is where we held the Rixon Gathering in 1998.
      I presume you have seen the advertisement of “Rixon’s Grant” for sale – Wed 30 Oct 1850 and again in November 1850. It is described as “now occupied by William Mann”. Hope that helps.

      1. Thank you so much Joye, I will have a look, William Manns was a convict who was assigned to a Sydney lawyer as a groom, in 1836 he applied to marry Mary Turner an Irish girl who came free and worked for the same lawyer, the application states that the lawyer has agreed to keep them on until Williams sentence expires but a few months later they are having their first child baptised at Campbelltown, and although they were at Campbelltown for some years this is the first indication I have of where they lived at Campbelltown. Their son Henry/Harry was hanged in 1863 and the family were living in the Gundagai area at that time but still had strong ties to Campbelltown as many of the residents supported the petition to have the sentence of death overturned, and his mother organised to have his body returned to her and Henry is buried at Campbelltown – for me it is wonderful to be able to pinpoint their location, thank you very much

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