The emigration of John and Rebecca Maris from Linton, Cambridgeshire




In 1840, John's great great grand uncle John Maris emigrated to Australia with his family. This page outlines the voyage and provides links to several generations of Maris descendants "down under".

The Family

John MARIS was the second son of John MARIS and Catherine COCKERTON. He was born in Linton in 1810. Between 1833 and 1840 his occupation is recorded variously as Collarmaker, Labourer and Shepherd. In 1831 he married Rebecca COTTAGE (Nee HAYWARD) in Linton. Rebecca was born in West Wratting in 1807 the daughter of Benjamin HAYWARD and Martha MARSH. She was first married to William COTTAGE in 1827, but he died four years later. Three children - Matilda, Charles and Sarah Ann - were born to John and Rebecca before they set out for Australia in 1840.

The Voyage

Rebecca was two months pregnant with their fourth child when the family boarded the sailing ship "Susan" on 12 December 1840. She was only 572 tons - just one main deck with a small upper deck at the back for the captain, surgeon and people who paid well for the privilege. Other passengers lived, slept and ate their meals on the deck below. The ship "Susan" took 103 days to complete the journey. There were no persons put into quarantine and no births reported. There were 123 males and 92 females on board - 33 of them were children. Divine service was performed each night and a school was set up for the children.

The Arrival

A notice would have been printed in the newspaper that the ship "Susan" would be arriving in Sydney Cove on 25 March 1841 and a representative of Nicholas James & Company - the agent who had the authority to bring bounty immigrants to work in Australia - would be there to see that the families found their way to the allotted place of work. John worked at "Five Dock Farm" at first, which is now known as Drummoyne. The family stayed around that area until they left for the goldfields in the mid 1850's. Five children were born to Rebecca in Australia before John's death in 1852. Rebecca died at Tambaroora in 1892 having outlived four husbands and four of her eight children.



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