The History of the Family of Drury

Robert William Hughes1823

Robert William Hughes
Given names
Robert William
Birth October 23, 1823
Baptism February 22, 1824 (Age 3 months)
Address: St Phillip
Birth of a daughter
Mary Ann Hughes
August 30, 1845 (Age 21 years)
Note: Birth could be 30 June 1845
Birth of a son
Edward John Hughes
May 25, 1847 (Age 23 years)
Not marriedMary Ann PatrickView this family
1847 (Age 23 years)

Paternity claim about 1848 (Age 24 years)

Baptism of a daughterMary Ann Hughes
January 1, 1848 (Age 24 years)
Baptism of a sonEdward John Hughes
January 1, 1848 (Age 24 years)
Marriage of a childThomas J JacksonMary Ann HughesView this family
August 29, 1861 (Age 37 years)
Marriage of a childEdward John HughesCatherine Jane McNabbView this family
June 9, 1870 (Age 46 years)
Address: St Pauls, Cleveland St
Note: witnesses: James Daniel Chambers & Mary Josephine [Wanon?]
Death of a daughterMary Ann Hughes
1876 (Age 52 years)
Address: Paddington
Death of a sisterSophia Hughes
1877 (Age 53 years)
Marriage of a childEdward John HughesMary Agnes PrendergastView this family
April 29, 1885 (Age 61 years)
Address: Christ Church
Note: Note on certificate: The consent of Edward Reeve Esq was given to the marriage of Mary Prendergast w…
Death of a sonEdward John Hughes
1921 (Age 97 years)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: August 6, 1822Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 months
elder sister
22 months
Family with Mary Ann Patrick - View this family
Not married: 1847
-16 months
21 months
Thomas Francis Futcher + Mary Ann Patrick - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: January 27, 1849Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
8 years
3 years
Alfred Bentley + Mary Ann Patrick - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: 1859Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

Paternity claim

Paternity claim by Robert W Hughes

Letter to the New South Wales Attorney General on the Paternity plea of Robert William Hughes

Sir, we have the honour to request your advice upon the following case. One Robert Hughes a sawyer has laid a complaint before us against one Thomas GAMESTER a sawyer and one Mary Patrick, the former for forcibly taking from him his natural son named Edward John Hughes an infant under two years of age and aiding and abetting the latter [the mother of the said child] in detaining and maintaining possession of the said infant and praying that it might be restores to him.

The parties appeared upon a summons this day to answer the charge:- being desirous of settling the matter amicably we recommended the mother Mary Patrick to give up the child to its father, Robert Hughes, but she declined doing so and expressed the willingness to support it.- By the 21 seciton [sic] 9 Geo 4. Cap31 the forcibly taking and detaining a child, under ten years of age, from its parents is declared a felony [the father of any illegitimate child being made an exception and not liable to prosecution even in taking such child from the possession of its mother &c. - In the case the mother having expressed her determination to keep possession of the child we feel at a loss how to act;- by advising the father to take the child, a breach of the peace would in all likelihood take place, and we are not aware that we possess any power of assisting the father in obtaining forcible possession of the infant in question.

It appears that Robert Hughes and Mary Patrick have lived together in this district for three of [sic] four years as man and wife and in January 1847 had two children Christened at the Church by the Episcopal Clergyman as appears by the book produced at the police office, purporting to be the register of the parish - about a fortnight ago Mary Patrick left Hughes taking the children with her and on the following Sunday the names of Thomas Gamester and Mary Patrick were called in church and they are about to be married. We have adjourned the case in order that we might have the benefit of your advice in the matter which we beg you will favor us with.

We have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient servants A Osborne JP Boyd Horsburgh JP

The honorable The Attorney General &c &c &c