Susanna Faithfull and family

Mary’s eldest daughter Susanna married William Faithfull at St John’s Parramatta on 21st November 1804.

William Faithfull had arrived in the colony as a private with the New South Wales Corps in 1792, aged around 18. In 1795 he was involved in the notorious incident of ‘Boston’s Pig’, where under orders from his superior officer Thomas Laycock (also a family relation) he shot a prime pig that was trespassing and was subsequently sued by the pig’s owner.

Faithfull resigned from the corps in 1799 to farm the land of Colonel Foveaux. He signed his marriage licence with an X, which implies he was illiterate.

William Faithfull (portrait in the National Museum of Australia)

Susanna and William had four children: William Pitt, Robert, Alice and George. They lived on rented land  next to Mary and Thomas at the Hawkesbury.

Susanna died in 1820 aged 46. In 1827 her eldest son William Pitt Faithfull was granted 1280 acres near Goulburn and founded the sheep station that became known as Springfield. The property stayed in the family for well over 100 years and was farmed by descendant Jim Maple-Brown until he retired a few years ago.

Springfield, with Jim and Pam Maple-Brown

The story of Springfield is told in Springfield, Story of a Sheep Station, by Peter Taylor, 1987.

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Descendants of the Faithfull family, 2009

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