THE 1788 – 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

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

William Eckford snr

Born: c.1765, Irvine, Scotland*
Arrived Sydney: 12 Jun 1801##
Vessel: Earl Cornwallis###
Status: CF###
Married: ?Mary Horrell
Occupation: Pilot
Died: 1 Dec 1833, East Maitland*
Buried: 3 Dec 1833, East Maitland*
Father: John Eckford*
Mother: Janet Black*

Profile:
Before the Macquarie era William & Mary were the parents of:
John c.1801
Elizabeth 1803
Henry 1805
Jane 1807
William 1808

During the Macquarie era he was the father of:
James 1812
Joseph 1814
Peter 1817
Mary Anne 1820

On 30 November 1813 there was a commutation warrant & William’s death sentence was commuted. On 27 October 1815 he was suggested for the position of pilot at Newcastle. He was out for the search for the “Cossar” in December 1818 & in March 1819 was sent to recover the “Cossar”. In April 1819 he returned to Sydney on the “Cossar” & on 11 May 1819 was rewarded for his part in the recovery. In November 1821 he sent a petition for the mitigation of his sentence.###

After the Macquarie era there are several entries re land & crops between 1823 & 1824, also a Memorial on 9 January 1824###

1822 Muster: William Eckford, CF, CP, Cornwallis, CS, Life, Newcastle

1823,24,25 Muster: William Eckford, CF, Earl Cornwallis 1801, Pilot, Newcastle

1828 Census: William Eckford, a63, CP, Protestant, Earl Cornwallis 1801, living at Newcastle with Mary, Joseph a14 & Peter a12
Also – William Eckford, a60, CF, Protestant, living at Newcastle with John a27, William a22, James a19

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
*A Register of Pioneer Families – vol.2 – The 1788-1820 Pioneer Association Inc 1995