THE 1788 – 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

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

William Rafter


Born: ?c.1779
Arrived Sydney:16 Feb 1813
Vessel: Archduke Charles
Status: Convict – 7 years
Married: Ann Entwistle, 1821, Sydney
Occupation: Hairdresser/Barber
Died: ?1853, Parramatta
Buried:
Father:
Mother:

Profile:
During the Macquarie era William Rafter was tried in Co Roscommon in1810 & received a sentence of seven years***
In 1820 he sent a Memorial to the Col Sec.### He was the father of Mary A 1820

After the Macquarie in February & March 1821 he sought permission to marry Ann Entwistle in the Catholic Church ###
William Rafter married Ann Entwistle at St Mary’s RC Church, Sydney – V1821 31 128
Their children were Richard 1825, John 1828

On 8 October 1823 & 12 July 1824 William sent Memorials to the Col Sec. On 18 September 1824 he was charged with assault – listed on the proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates at Parramatta###

1822 Muster: William Rafter, FBS, Archduke Charles, 7, Hairdresser, Parramatta with 3 unnamed children

1823,24,25 Muster: William Rafter, FS, Archduke Charles 1817, 7, Barber, Parramatta

1828 Census: William Rafter, a35, FS, Catholic, Archduke Charles 1813, Barber, at Parramatta with Ann & William a14, Maria a11, Mary A a7 & Richard a3, all BC

?William Rafter died 1853, a72, - St Patrick’s RC Church, Parramatta – V1853 66 119 & V1853 766 146

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
***Principal Supt of Convicts – Bound Indents( Fiche) - Archives Office of NSW