Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of John Frederick Cobcroft

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24. Thomas Cobcroft

On the 24th instant, at his father's residence, Wilberforce, Thomas, seventh son of Mr. R. W. Cobcroft, after a painful illness of eight years, which he bore with Christian fortitude.
Source: The SMH 25 Sep 1860

4. John Frederick Cobcroft

John Cobcroft and Richard Cobcroft were indicted for stealing two gold rings, and  ten one pound notes, in the dwelling-house of R Sephton, at Richmond, on the 29th of January last. The prisoncrs were acquitted, their being, no case to get to the Jury.

Source: The Sydney Monitor 25 May 1833


Cobcroft, jun. district constable of Wilberforce and District of Philip, was sitting at his door, he observed three stout able fellows up the road leading by his dwelling. Armed with a pistol, and concealed from their view, he deliberately and directly threw himself in their way, he interrogated them; they endeavoured to deceive him, but he having a perfect knowledge of the adjoining districts, was not to be cajoled. He instantly desired them to stand ; they used threats, he presented the pistol they decamped and he followed them - they separated - he snapped the pistol at one, but the priming only flashed in the pan; and a spring bayonet, on the end of his pistol, was his next and only dependance. He pursued another of them (John Ball per ship Prince Regent), and with difficulty overtook him; this prisoner was daring, and would not surrender, vehemently using the most horrid threats. Cobcroft attacked him - the prisoner was determined - they wrestled together some minutes - both fell; the prisoner wrested the pistol from the Constable, and uttering the most awful imprecations, made seven or eight stabs at his body, but which were warded off; and one stab only entered the palm of his right hand, without doing any serious injury. The constable was in imminent danger of his life; while they were thus fighting together on the ground, the prisoner being the most powerful man, and with advantage of arms, a third person, Patrick McManus, a prisoner of the Crown, luckily came up, struck the prisoner a blow with a stick, and thus, as may be truly said, providentially prevented the perpetration of murder. Cobcroft handcuffed the prisoner to McManus, who is his assigned servant, lodged him in the Windsor gaol, a. distance of four miles, gave evidence against him in the Court the same day, immediately returned to his duty, and searched after the others who had escaped, scourged that part of his district in the direction they had taken - heard tidings of one of them, who had by that time crossed the Hawkesbury river - continued his exertions, and in a few hours came up with, captured, and lodged in Windsor gaol, a second of the three runaways viz. John Newman, per the ship Speke

Source: The Monitor 16 Apr 1828


John Cobcroft against John Smith and Thomas Rane - The complainant in this case had taken upon himself to confine the two defendants in the watch-house, on the most simple charges ever brought before a Court, the former person for having used some cutting language to him, not within the meaning of Lord Ellenborough's Act; although meaning the vanity of the plaintiff; and the latter for having attempted to take hold of, and see, what o'clock it was by his companion's watch, when in custody, so that forsooth, the latter person was charged with attempting to steal a watch, and both were lodged in the watch-house; and the watch was made prisoner also. A pistol was also fired to intimidate the prisoners, and threats were used on the occasion. Complainant's witness proved the firing off the pistol, and a threat that he (complainant) would fire at Smith if he would not stop. Mrs. Ann Leeson, gave some appropriate testimony, bearing reference to friends being at her house at the races, held at Wilberforce on that day. After a patient hearing, the complaint was dismissed. If the parties most aggrieved, did not think proper to complain, it is nothing to any one - they had the opportunity if they thought well, without invitation; at any rate, the complainant will be wise not to be so overbearing in future.
Source: The Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser 10 oct 1827

42. Matilda Jane Cobcroft


We regret to announce the death of Miss Matilda Cobcroft, of Iona, South Singleton, the sad event taking place in Sydney on Thursday last. The deceased lady was a daughter of the late Mr. John Cobcroft, of Charlton, one of the pioneers of this district, and sister to Miss Emma Cobcroft, of Iona, South Singleton, and to Mrs. Crockett, in the Muswellbrook district. She was highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities, being of a most charitable disposition. She took an active interest in Church matters, having been a devoted adherent of the Church of England. She was also connected with the Ladies' Relief Society and other charitable organisations, and her loss will be greatly felt by the poor of the district.
Source: The Maitland Daily Mercury 22 Feb 1901

7. Susannah Cobcroft

Death registered as McManis

9. George Cobcroft

ACCIDENT.—We are sorry to record that our respected friend Mr. George Cobcroft sen. of Wilberforce met with a serious accident on Thursday last. We learn that he was assisting in taking the rope off a cow, when the beast fell on and struck Mr. Cobcroft on the leg above the ankle joint. Dr Selkirk was called in and did what he could for the sufferer who we are sorry to say is suffering great pain having had a bad night.
Source: The Australian, Windsor, Richmond and Hawkesbury Advertiser 16 May 1874

Maria McGinnis


One of the best and most loveable old natives of the Hawkesbury, in the person of Mrs. Maria Cobcroft, relict of the late George Cobcroft, passed away at Wilberforce on the 5th instant, after a short illness. The deceased was 86 years of age, and had spent the whole of her life in the Hawkesbury district, living some time at Colo, and for a lengthy period at Wilberforce. She leaves a numerous line of descendants, including eight sons and daughters, 54 grand-children, and 17 great grand-children. The late Mr. George Cobcroft died some 20 years ago. The name of the late Mrs. Cobcroft was synonymous with all that was good and praiseworthy, and perhaps no family is more respected in this district than the Cobcroft family. They have been associated with the Hawkesbury from its earliest settlement, and it is a name that is known and venerated throughout New South Wales. The subject of this notice was one of the finest characters in the district, and go where you will you hear the same story: "She was a grand old soul, and will be missed by scores whom she has befriended and helped." And so she was, and died as she lived—an honest, charitable, Christian woman. There was none of the namby-pamby sort of religion in her; she made no outward show of her good works, nor sought praise for what she did. She cared not what people thought of her, and never offended her own conscience in order to gain popular approbation. Her life was a grand example to all, and those who knew the bright-spirited, big-hearted, benevolent woman loved her best. She has been laid to rest, and though she had been permitted to live beyond the allotted span, general regret is expressed at her death. She had a family of nine, one of whom (the late Mrs Andrew Stephens) pre-deceased her. Those living are : Mrs. Paul Bushell, Mrs. John Turnbull (Wilberforce), Mrs. W. J. Farlow (Freeman's Reach), Mrs. F. E. Barker (Moorbank, Liverpool), Mrs. George B. Johnston (Wilberforce), Miss Maria Cobcroft (who has always lived at home, and was deeply attached to her mother) and Messrs. Samuel and John Cobcroft, of Wilberforce. All of these are well-known throughout tbe district, and are worthy descendants of the good woman. The burial took place on Wednesday afternoon of last week, and a very large concourse of people assembled to show their respect for the deceased and her living relations. Messrs. G. Nicholls, J.P., G. Greentree, J.P., F. Stubbs, and T.Bowd acted as pall-bearers. The cortege proceeded to the pretty Church on the hill, and a service was conducted therein by the rector, Rev. W. S. Newton, M.A. Miss L. E. Buttsworth played the "Dead March" as the mourners entered the Church, and again as they came out. Tbe minister took occasion to refer to the beautiful life that had just closed, and to her noble and self-denying character, putting her Christian life forward as an example for all. He then announced that the departed lady had expressly asked that her favorite hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus," should be sung at her funeral, and the choir rendered it with feeling. The last sad rites were performed at the graveside by the rector, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. W. Dunstan, of Windsor.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 17 Oct 1903

71. Maria Cobcroft

ONE of the Hawkesbury's oldest and most respected identities, Miss Maria Cobcroft, passed away at Wilberforce on the 8th instant, at the ripe age of 87 years. A native of Colo, the deceased was a daughter of the late George and Maria Cobcroft, who were among our earliest pioneers. The late Miss Cobcroft, who had been ill for about three months prior to her demise, had lived at Wilberforce practically all her life. Mr. John Benjamin Cobcroft (Wilberforce) is a brother, and Mrs. C. A. Farlow (Windsor) and Mrs. George Johnston (Wilberforce) are sisters of the deceased. The remains were interred in the Church of England cemetery, Wilberforce, on Friday.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 16 Mar 1934

72. John Benjamin Cobcroft

There passed away at the Hawkesbury District Hospital on Thursday of last week, one of Wilberforce's old and widely-esteemed identities, Mr. John Benjamin Cobcroft, aged 95 years. Born at Colo, in 1848, he came to Wilberforce at the age of eight, residing there for the remainder of his long life, following farming pursuits, and recognised as a good honest, hard worker. Being possessed of a wonderful memory, the late Mr. Cobcroft could recount the early events of the district with marvellous accuracy — especially those big floods which occurred so frequently in his young days. The subject of this notice was a single man, son of one of the oldest pioneering families of this country, his parents being the late George and Maria Cobcroft. One of a large family of nine girls and four boys, he is survived by one sister, Mrs Kate Farlow, of Freeman's Reach, and numerous nephews and nieces, by whom, with his host of old district friends, he will be sadly missed. And so passes another of those old pioneering folk whose ranks are be coming so sadly thinned. The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England cemetery at Wilberforce, after a service in St. John's Church, at which the Rev. H. H. Davison officiated. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr. Chandler, of Windsor.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 18 Aug 1943

12. Enoch Cobcroft

OUR SINGLETON LETTER. (From our Representatives.)


The death is announced of Mr. Enoch Cobcroft, of Charlton, Singleton, and one of the oldest and best known residents in the Hunter River district. During the fifties Mr. Cobcroft was the landlord of the Hunter River Hotel, East Maitland, and it was anticipated by many that the railway to Newcastle would make the old Government township an important centre. Mr. Cobcroft, on that assumption, went largely into building speculations, which did not turn out as profitable as expected. Subsequently he moved to Singleton district, where he purchased the Sunnyside Estate, at Broke, and carried on the breeding of superior horses and cattle there for many years. He also acted for several years as Forest Ranger for this district, but advancing years compelled him to relinquish the public service, although he followed farming pursuits near Singleton until a few years ago, when he removed to Sydney and spent his remaining days with his daughter, Mrs. Moriarty. He had a large family, his son Enoch being Government surveyor in the southern district; one of his daughters married Justice G.B. Simpson, and another daughter married Mr. Moriarty, the barrister. Mr. Cobcroft was an excellent shot, and an allround sportsman. For more than half a century he bred pointer dogs, that were highly valued in the State. Deceased was aged 87 years and eight months.
Source: The Maitland Daily Mercury 11 Jan 1905

James Moriarty