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Our McAlpin Family

I am grateful for the information my cousin, the late June McAlpin Phillips has supplied, particularly on her ancestor, William Glas McAlpin, and for the help given by cousin Craig McAlpin, descendant of William's brother Peter McAlpin. Help was also given by my aunt, the late Elsa Clark, who supplied information on our ancestor, Catherine McAlpin, and thanks also to Mel Lowth who gave me McAlpin and Eather information.

Peter McAlpin was born in the Scottish village of Killen, in Perthshire. He was one of twelve children born to Peter McAlpin and Katherine nee Mclean. Peter was born in 1768. Other children were: Donald, Margaret, John, Donald, John, Alpin, Katherine, Duncan, Katherine and Elizabeth. It was the custom in those days to re-name a child the same name as one who previously died so we assume that was also the case here.

Peter joined the army and married his future wife, Elizabeth Elton, in 1798 at the Garrison Church , Cape of Good Hope. They eventually came to Australia in 1812 on the "General Graham", with three of the four children that were to be born to them...a fourth child, Catherine, being added to the family in 1814, by which time Peter and his family were settled in the Hawkesbury region of Sydney.

Four children were born to them, three at Stirling in Scotland:

Peter purchased land in the Richmond and Windsor area, where he operated a blacksmith business. On 15th November, 1817, at the age of 39, Elizabeth Elton died, leaving Peter with four young children. Sarah was only 12, Peter 8, William Glas just over 7 and baby Catherine only 3. Elizabeth was buried in the grounds of the new St Matthews Church at Windsor on 17 November, 1817.

Needing help to care for his young family, Peter was assigned, from the Female Factory compound at Parramatta, Eleanor Blake, a convict woman. Eleanor had arrived on the "Broxbornebury" on 28 July 1814.

Eleanor and Peter were married on 7th March, 1820. In 1818 Peter had received a grant of 2 acres in the town of Richmond. This land was situated on the corner of Francis and West Market Streets, Richmond, and there Peter built a house with a blacksmith's shop, where he lived until his death on 23rd February, 1850 Eleanor died in July of that same year).
Below are the details of the marriages and offspring of Peter and Elizabeth's four children.

Peter McAlpin & Elizabeth Harrison
Peter McAlpin, born 1809, married Elizabeth Cole, nee Harrison, at Maitland in 1835. Elizabeth was a convict who had come out on the "Sovereign" in 1829. Prior to her marriage to Peter she had married Amos Cole and bore him two children, Amos and Harriett.

Peter and Elizabeth had one son, Henry Richard Cloweth McAlpin b. 1841 Muswellbrook.

HENRY McALPIN married LAURA WIGRAM 1861 at Windeyer, NSW.

Issue of Henry McAlpin & Laura Wigram

Laura McAlpin nee Wigram died 14th July, 1883 at Armidale and Henry re-married 17th August 1887 at Pyrmont in Sydney, to LOUISA H.IVENS.

Issue of Henry McAlpin & Louisa Ivens

William Glas McAlpin and Susannah Onus

These two friends from childhood, were married on 2nd January, 1833 at Castlereagh, NSW. Susannah, born 1815, was the daughter of Joseph Onus and Ann Eather. Ann was a sister to Thomas Eather who married Sarah McAlpin, sister of William Glas McAlpin.

Issue of William Glas and Susannah:

There are a number of occasions where the lines of Clark, Roser, McAlpin and Eather are interwoven. One such occasion occurs above, with Mary McAlpin, the daughter of William Glas McAlpin, marrying Edward Roser. Ann Roser, Edward's sister, married Charles Clark, who was the son of Catherine McAlpin, sister to William Glas McAlpin.

Catherine McAlpin & William Clark

William and Catherine were married 16th June 1832 at Richmond, NSW. Their issue was:

For more information on Charles Clark, go to the CHARLES CLARK HISTORY PAGE or for more information on his wife, Ann, go to the ROSER FAMILY HISTORY PAGE

Sarah McAlpin & Thomas Eather

Sarah and Thomas were married 24th August, 1824 at Windsor NSW
Their issue :



Here is a list of Eather and McAlpin connections who are willing to be contacted.

Craig McAlpin

Julie Hendry

Peter Moore


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