THE 1788 – 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

THE PEOPLE IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LACHLAN AND ELIZABETH MACQUARIE

Thomas Best snr


Born: c.1798
Arrived Sydney:
Vessel:
Status: BC
Married: ?Mary Becket, 1818, Parramatta
Occupation:
Died: ?1874, Yass
Buried:
Father: George Best
Mother: Martha Chamberlain

Profile:
Before the Macquarie era Thomas, the son of George & Martha was baptized at St John’s CE, Parramatta - V1799 817 1A & V1799 253 148

?During the Macquarie era, on 16 January1816 Thomas, born in the Colony, was on a list of persons to receive land grants in 1816. On 5 March 1821 he was on a list of persons for whom grants of land had been handed over to the Surveyor General for delivery, with amount of fees to be charged###

Thomas married Mary Becket at St John’s CE, Parramatta – V1818 2137 3A & V1818 821 147B
Their children were:
Hester/Esther 1818
Mary A 1820

?After the Macquarie era their children were Thomas S, George, Peter, Sarah, Elizabeth, Sophia & Henry S
Not found in the 1822 Muster

Thomas sent a memorial in October 1824 & on 25 October 1825 he was on a list of persons liable to serve as jurors at Parramatta or Liverpool###

1823,24,25 Muster: Best, Thomas, BC, Landholder, Parramatta

1828 Census: Thomas Best, 30, BC, Protestant, Settler, Best’s Farm, Dural, Castle Hill, living with Mary, Esther 10, Mary Ann 8, Thomas 7 & George 5
?Thomas Best, son of George & Martha died 1874, regd Yass – 1874 8581

Researched & submitted by Association member F O’Donnell

References:
NSW Pioneer Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes
General Muster and Land and Stock Muster of NSW. 1822 – ABGR - 1988
General Muster List of New South Wales – 1823, 1824, 1825 – ABGR - 1999
Census of New South Wales 1828 – Sainty & Johnson, eds – 2008(cd)
###Index to the Papers of the Colonial Secretary 1788- 1825 – Archives Authority of NSW 1989