Eliza b.11/10/1827 - d. 7/2/1879

Eliza was born in Arlesford, Essex, England 11/10/1827 and died at Rocky River, N.S.W. 7/2/1879.
She married Richard Watson on 4/11/1844.

Eliza Watson, (nee Welham)

Eliza and Richard's son

Richard William Watson, 22/01/1852 - 13/03/1921

Their Children

Their Children:



Elizabeth Watson b. 12/8/1844, Benevolent Asyl. Sydney, N.S.W. d.16/9/1924


Ellen Eliza Watson b. 24/5/1846, Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. “Woodville” Uralla, N.S.W.


David Goodwin Watson b. 10/2/1849 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 21/6/1926 Summerhill, Ashfield, N.S.W.


Richard William Watson b.22/1/1852 Newcastle, N.S.W. - d. 13/3/1921 Rocky River, Uralla, N.S.W


Samuel J. Watson b. 15/3/1854 Newcastle, N.S.W. - d  22/1/1912 Hillgrove, N.S.W.


Sarah Ann Watson b 7/5/1856 Newcastle, N.S.W. – d. 18/2/1866 Rocky River, N.S.W.


William Watson b. 8/9/1858 Rocky River, N.S.W. – d. 7/8/1931 Emmaville, N.S.W.


Mary Ann Lily Watson b. 21/10/1860 Rocky River, N.S.W. – d. Charlestown, N.S.W.


James Welham Watson b. 12/3/1863 Rocky River, N.S.W. – d 1927 Wickham, N.S.W.


Eliza Goodwin Watson b. 28/4/1865 Rocky River, N.S.W. – d. 17/10/1902 Uralla, N.S.W.


Sarah Ann Watson b. 25/9/1870 Armidale, N.S.W. – d. Charlestown, N.S.W.

Richard Watson

It was reported in The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (27 February, 1869) that Richard Watson - a miner of Rocky River, was listed under Insolvency Proceedings with liabilities of Pds 125-2-7d and Assets of Pds10-0-0d

Welham - Watson descendant

Christine Harris (nee Watson), a descendant of Eliza and Richard Watson has a family tree on Ancestry.Com    https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/tree/118242104/recent  

Her Great Grandfather was David Goodwin Watson, her Grandfather was Bertram Fritzroy Maurice Watson, and her father Raymond Maurice Watson.

She has had her DNA tested and is interested in making contact with anyone from the family, particularly those who have also had DNA testing done.
Contact: christinenharris@gmail.com

Christine is looking to break down the brickwall that has withstood almost 40 years of research - Richard Watson.  When Richard married Eliza Welham in Sydney in 1844 he said that he was born in 1827 and in Liverpool (no indication of which of the many Liverpools around the world).  The 1827 date has led to many people matching him with the Richard Watson who was born in 1827 in Van Diemen's Land to Richard Watson (a 3rd fleet convict) and Hannah Williams (aka Hoddy) who was born on Norfolk Island to Isaac Williams and Rachel Hoddy, who were both convicts.  It would be a great achievement to either prove or disprove this relationship and DNA appears to be the only means available to us.  It would be an equally great achievement to disprove this connection once and for all through finding connections with another family line.


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Christine Harris | Reply 19.01.2020 16:59

Hi Jenny
The photo of Richard is actually of his son, Richard William Watson.
I know, because I fell into the same trap!

Tina | Reply 07.06.2016 13:21

Would you have any information or photos on my GG grandmother Sarah Watson b.1870?

Jenny Richardson 08.06.2016 16:39

Hi Tina,

Sorry, no photograph. I suggest you contact descendants of Eliza & Richard Watson who have their emails on this page or on my guestbook.

Tracy Linde | Reply 07.04.2015 21:17

Hi Everyone I am Richard Watson the 3rd g Grand Daughter I am able to fill in some blanks on my side if interested

Jenny Richardson 09.04.2015 11:07

Hi Tracey,
Any information and/or photographs would be very welcome as the only information I have is on this website.
Thanks a lot.
Jenny Richardson.

Judith Figucio | Reply 25.07.2014 01:08

Thank you Jenny I believe this photo is Richard Watson c 1827 my GG Grandfather. My Great grandfather was Samuel J Watson.However have had this questioned.

Tracy Linde 07.04.2015 21:21

Hi Judth Im Tracy GG father and my GG father are brothers do you have any photos of Richard William Alexander Watson and his family

Cath Rizzi (nee Carter) 31.10.2014 15:47

Hello, Judith I am direct descendant of Richard Watson who married Eliza Welham in 1844. Richard would be my GGG Grandfather.My email is: cathr1@hotmail.com.au

Jenny Richardson | Reply 22.07.2014 12:25

Thanks Judith for getting in touch. All photos received are from Samuel Welham's descendants and I take their ID at face value. I welcome any corrections to ID.

Judith | Reply 21.07.2014 23:50

Hi Jenny,
I have these same photos that were passed onto me by my cousin Tom Mace. Are you certain that this photo is of Richard Watson b. 1827?

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20.03 | 13:45

No worries. Regards

20.03 | 13:40

Hi Lee - Thanks very much for the additional information regarding Samuel and Eliza which I have added to their page on website>

20.03 | 08:11

Meant Eliza Goodwin

Only just found their burial records

20.03 | 08:09

Eliza Godwin's mother
Sarah Banham
BIRTH AUG 1780 • Raydon, Essex, England
DEATH JAN 1846 • Witham, Essex, England
Burial - 4 Jan 1846 • Inworth All Saints

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