James Alexander Turnbull

Younger brother of our Great Great Great Grandfather

James Alexander Turnbull was born on 8 January 1822 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He came to New South Wales with his parents and youngest brother Archibald on the SS Macclesfield on 23 May 1833.

He married Sarah Richmond (nee Barnes - a widow) on 23 January 1843; St Lawrence Parish, Sydney, NSW. In some records she is recorded as Barron, in others Barnes. Sarah Barnes was born c 1822 in Parramatta, the daughter of two convicts, William Barnes and Anna Hewlett. More about them here.

In 1843 James was recorded as a shoemaker like many othere family members. In 1857 he was living in Bathurst Street Sydney.

Sarah died at Kingston (Newtown) Sydney 17 Apr 1865 aged about 43 from cancer of the womb. Her death certificate shows her father's name as Burns, a blacksmith.

James then married Mary Emily Talbott (nee Henry - another widow), daughter of James Henry and Mary Jenkins, on 29 June 1866; Sydney, NSW. She was born 23 May 1834, died 29 Jan 1893. At the time of their marriage she already had 6 children from her previous marriage. James and Mary moved to Melbourne about 1866 and he was employed as a boot rivetter at Emerald Hill in 1868. They moved back to Sydney about 1872 and settled in the Kogarah area.

James died on 4 June 1897 in Rookwood Asylum, Sydney, Australia, at age 75. It is not known where or when Mary died.

Family 1: Sarah Barnes

Family 2: Mary Emily Henry

Source: Turnbull Clan web site and "A Collateral of Blantyre - A History of the Turnbull Family" by Samuel J Turnbull 1989 (ISBN 0 7316 6513 9)

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