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Mary Ann Pugh

Mary Ann Pugh was born in Sydney in 1812 and married Ralph Mills Clarke at Patersons Plains in 1828 at the age of 16.[1] It is not known if Ann (her preferred name) and Ralph resided in the hut on the west bank of the Paterson River at Patersons Plains that Ralph had occupied since the early 1820s. In the mid 1830s they lived at Tocal where Ralph was employed as superintendent.

In 1841 Ann was widowed with two young sons when Ralph was killed by a falling tree at Tocal. On 7 February 1846 at the age of 34 Ann married James Clements, a ticket-of-leave man employed at Tocal. Ann and James' three children were born at Tocal over the next few years - James in 1848, Emma in 1851 and Alfred in 1853. The family then moved to their own farm at nearby Webbers Creek where Ann and husband James lived for the rest of their lives.[2][3]

Ann died on 5 July 1882 and is buried in St Paul's Cemetery at Paterson.

Notes and references

1. Index to the NSW Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages, V1828786 12/1828 and V18284442 3B/1828.

2. Clements, Pauline. Burials in St. Paul's Church Cemetery Paterson, Part One 1839-1900. Paterson: Paterson Historical Society, 1996.

3. Clements, Pauline. The Clements-Paterson Connection. Paterson: Paterson Historical Society, 1994.