THE 1788 – 1820 PIONEER ASSOCIATION INC.

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

William Sherwin snr

Born: c.1763
Arrived Sydney: 14 Feb 1792
Vessel: Pitt
Status: CF
Married:
Occupation: Sergeant in the NSW Corps, Constable, Storekeeper###
Died: 29 March 1822### Parramatta
Buried:
Father:
Mother:

Profile:
Before the Macquarie era William came free on the ‘Pitt’ as sergeant in the NSW Corps. On 15 October 1795 he was on a list of all grants & leases of town allotments registered in the Colonial Secretary’s Office. On 12 March 1796 he purchased 60 acres of land at Norfolk Island from John Watts. He was on a list of all grants & leases of land on 12 November 1799 & 29 September 1809. In 1805 William was on a list of free settlers nominated as competent witnesses by Martin Mason. A grant to James Thomson on 1 January 1806 of 100 acres of land was purchased by William; subsequently surrendered in exchange for land of equal extent near his 400 acres in Parramatta District. On 6 August 1808 he was Chief Constable at Parramatta & on 113 October 1809 was foreman of the jury at an inquest at Kissing Point###

During the Macquarie era In 1810 William was a storekeeper at Parramatta when he sent a memorial. On 3 January 1810 he was on a list of persons holding civil & military employment in Sydney and adjacent settlements. On 5 April 1810 he was to be reproved for disrespect & insolence to Lieutenant Gunning. He was a signatory to a petition from Parramatta residents for the erection of a public pound on 17 July1810. On 2 February William was foreman of a jury at an inquest held at Parramatta. In 1815, 1816 & 1817 he held a publicans’ licence at Parramatta. In August & October 1819 he was a juror at 2 inquests held at Parramatta. On 25 January 1820 there was a Government & General order announcing his appointment as Chief Constable for Parramatta. On 15 February 1821 William headed a party of 6 constables & 8 members of the Royal Veteran Company on an expedition to capture bushrangers. On 16 January 1822 William was assistant at the Commissariat Stores at Windsor – he sent a memorial to exchange land at Parramatta with land at Windsor###

Not found in the 1822 Muster

William Sherwin died 1822, age 59 – St John’s CE, Parramatta – V1822 5364 2B

In the 1823,24,25 Muster William’s children were listed as:
William 21, Sarah 18, Elizabeth 16, Eliza 14, John 12, George 10, Thomas 8, Ellen 6 & Lucy 4

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
###Index to the Papers of the Colonial Secretary 1788- 1825 – Archives Authority of NSW 1989