Shaw McCracken Gross

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All these names are connected to my family descended from John Michael CROSSLAND and can be seen on the family tree link at:- Crossland Family Tree. I am searching for more information on all branches - please see my contact details below.

The WORLEDGE connection:- Jane Clarke WORLEDGE married John Michael CROSSLAND 1833 at All Souls St Marylebone London UK. They migrated to Australia on the barque "Slains Castle" with 7 surviving children. Go to the story of the "Slains Castle" Voyage to Australia 1850/51

Worledge, 2 generations of Samuel's, staymakers:- in London and Birmingham c1700-1800's. Origins unknown before this - probably London, Warwickshire or Worcestershire.

Whorwood, Phoebe, married Samuel WORLEDGE the elder in St George Hanover square in 1771:- probably born Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Parents Joseph and Mary nee Russon. Earliest known ancestor Richard  born 1660 probably in Worcestershire.

Pool, Sarah, married Samuel WORLEDGE the younger in St Ann's Soho in 1794. She was she born in London to Henry and Mary but where did they come from? Perhaps from around Warwickshire where the name POOL without an "e" is more common?

Russon, Mary, married Joseph WHORWOOD in Bromsgrove in 1747. Mary's mother was Sarah Russon

The SHAW connection:- Augusta Sophia SHAW married Henry Barker CROSSLAND at Willunga SA in 1865

Shaw, William, from Bexley, Kent, married Augusta WATT 26th February1844 in St Helier, on the island of Jersey. They, together with daughter Augusta and son Willoughby arrived in South Australia from Plymouth on 28th. July, 1851 aboard the ship "Omega". William was the ship's Schoolmaster and Augusta, the ship's Matron. William later became the Clerk of the Court at Willunga, SA. William's father was a surgeon in Bexley and later in Charlotte Street, London. Their earliest known ancestor is Roger Shaw bc. 1550 of Hulme Walfield & Gawsworth in Cheshire. Roger's second son married Katherine Warde who had inherited lands at Midgebrook, Cheshire (near Congleton) around 1630. William is descended from the Midgebrooke family and a more detailed biography of his life and that of others who are connected can be found at this page:- William Shaw Biography and other Shaw family history

Latham, Elizabeth, mother of William, from Bexley, Kent, married John SHAW in London in 1772.  Elizabeth's father, William, her uncle Thomas and John Shaw were surgeons in partnership in Bexley.  Her father came from Bradwall, Cheshire (near Sandbach) and their earliest known ancestor is John Latham of Bradwall or Sandbach c1620.

Wyburn/Wybourne & other variations.  Margrett married William LATHAM in Kent in 1746. The family had been property owners in Kent for many generations. The earliest known ancestor is Allen c1573.

Barrett  Anna married Samuel WYBURN a maltster in Bexley, Kent in 1727. Inherited property jointly with her sister from their brother Nicholas. Earliest known ancestor is their grandfather Nicholas Barrett born c1640 in Kent.

Judd  Elizabeth married Allen WYBOURNE in Kent in 1699. Earliest known ancestor Robert Judde born c 1550 in Kent.

Leigh  Elizabeth  of Chelsham in Surrey married Richard JUDD c 1681. Her father was Edward Leigh, gentleman

Watt, Augusta Sophia Willoughby married William SHAW of Bexley, Kent. Click on this link for more about her life:- William Shaw Biography.

Augusta's father, John Willoughby WATT, Lieutenant RN 1818 London, married Mary LORIOT in St Ann's Soho in 1820. Daughters Augusta  and Emily were born in Caen, Normandy, France although Augusta was baptised 1 year after her birth in London at St Ann's Soho. An unnamed daughter died at birth and Emily died aged 15 months.

Earliest known of John is when he joined the 54-gun Royal Navy ship "Calcutta" 20th February, 1804 in Port Jackson (Sydney, NSW) as a Boy 2nd. Class under Captain Daniel Woodriff. Aged just 14, he gave his place of birth as Portsmouth but no record has been found. On 26th. September, 1805 the "Calcutta" was captured by a French squadron near Scilly and John & the rest of the crew spent the next 8˝ years in French prisons. After his release he spent 5 months on the "Slaney" under Captain George Rose Sartorius, followed by just over 2 years on board the "Superb" commanded by Captain C. Ekins  at the end of which he was promoted to  Lieutenant. After that he went on to half-pay and moved with his wife and her father to Allemagne (now Fleury-sur-Orne) in Normandy, France just south of Caen. 3 daughters were born near Caen and John died there in October 1842. .

Loriot, August(e):- father of Mary, he lived in London c1780 - 1820 and had 3 brothers in London c1802. One of 12 children, he was born in Caen in 1755, and later married Mary Eaton in London. They are known to have had 4 children, August, Charles, Sophia and Mary.  Auguste snr. returned to France c 1820 to live with his daughter, Mary, and died in Allemagne (now Fleury-sur-Orne) in 1831. See my LORIOT web page.

Eaton, Mary:- mother of Mary Georgiana, her father's name was probably Benjamin, lived in London c1700 - 1800's. Married August(e) LORIOT in St George Hanover Square in 1782. 

Le Bachelé (Bachelet), Le Senecal, Massard, Houssaye, Guerard, Ballet:- :- ancestors of Auguste LORIOT. Lived in Caen, Tournebu, St Germain Langot and Orglandes, Normandy. See my LORIOT webpage.

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The McCRACKEN connection:- Augusta CROSSLAND married John McCracken in Adelaide in 1905. They had 2 children, Lucie and Gordon. The McCracken family is now included in the family tree at Crossland Family Tree

McCracken, John:- arrived in Australia 1860's or 70's from Belfast, Ireland. Earliest known of John is his arrival in South Australia in Jan 1865 as an able-seaman on the barque, Woodbine, which was carrying coal from Newcastle, NSW. He was not among the crew of the Woodbine when she arrived in Sydney from UK in August 1864 so must have signed on in either the Otago, NZ, or in Newcastle. At Port Adelaide in 1866 he signed on to a coastal ship, the Ellen Lewis, bound for Adam Bay, Northern Territory. The Ellen Lewis unloaded provisions for the failing settlement and following disagreements among the crew and residents instead of going on to Timor to pick up ponies for South Australia as originally planned she was reported heading for Singapore and Petropavlovski in Russia. She is not reported in Australian waters again until 1870 when John McCracken was not listed among the crew. He was next heard of in 1874 when he married his first wife on the West Coast of South Australia where he was working as a shepherd/bushman. Local gossip had it that he had jumped ship there but when that happened and whether he ever made it to NT in 1866 is still a mystery.

Recent DNA test matches to a North American family indicate that John's mother or grandmother may have been a Miss Boyd from Northern Ireland. Another very close Y-DNA result with a genetic distance of 1 is to a family descended from James and Joshua McCracken who migrated to Pennsylvania, USA c1753. They left from Londonderry, Northern Ireland and are thought to have come from that area.


The GROSS connection:- Lucie McCRACKEN married Edmund William GROSS in Colton, SA in 1924. They had 4 children of which I am one. The Gross family is now included in the family tree at Crossland Family Tree

Gross, Charles Bassett:- Edmund's grandfather, arrived in South Australia from Cornwall in early 1850's. His earliest known ancestor is Samuel GROSS of Mullion, Cornwall, who was born c.1655. The family may have come from Suffolk and/or Norfolk before that*. He married Mary Julia WARN who was born  on board ship on the way from Cornwall to South Australia.

Thomas, Lucinda Maud married Edmund Joseph Bassett GROSS, son of Charles Bassett and father of Edmund William GROSS in Adelaide, Sth Australia. Her parents were Richard Thomas & Mary Wallis of Ballarat, Victoria. Richard was born near Illogan, Cornwall, son of Richard THOMAS of Perranzabuloe and Mary CURNOW of St Ives, Cornwall.

(Extensive research on the GROSS & THOMAS families has been done by Bruce Bennett of Melbourne and the late Harold Gross of Thailand and more of their information can be found on the WikiTree website).

*Despite DNA testing and posting results on several sites there are very few Y-DNA matches to the Gross family, one at a genetic distance of 3 and the rest at 4 but among those there are several with Nordic heritage. By contrast we have many DNA matches to the THOMAS family and their ancestors.

These pages prepared by Diana Comley.

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