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NSW Marriage 491/1858 ROOK JAMES - DOWEY ISABELLA - SYDNEY * 21 Jun 1858

NSW Death 13117/1912 ROOK ISABELLA (DOWNEY) 75 YRS REDFERN REDFERN * 24 Jul 1912

The Sydney Morning Herald - Thu 25 Jul 1912 p.8
ROOK.-On July 24, at Redfern, Isabella, relict of the late James Rook, of Bristol, England, in her 76th year.

That's all I have for Isabella.
Isabella Downey
BIRTH JULY 1836 • Magheralinn, Armagh and Down, Ireland
DEATH 24 JULY 1912 • Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Daily Telegraph – 25 July 1912
On 24 July at Redfern, Isabella, relict of the late James Rook of Bristol England in her 79th year – presume James was from Bristol???

James Rook baptised 10 March 1833 St James’s Church Bristol Gloucester to John & Mary Rook – he died 24 May 1877 buried Rookwood Old Church Cemetery section J row 25 age 45
Thanks Val.

If the correct baptism for James then father as James on death reg is an error.
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Name: Isabella Downey[Isabel Downey]
Baptism Age: 0Event Type: Baptism
Birth Date: 1836
Baptism Date: 3 Jul 1836
Baptism Place: Magheralinn, Armagh and Down, Ireland
Residence Place: Dr?MParish Variants: Aughalee, Kilwarlin, Magheralin, Magheralin, Kilwarlin and Aughalee, Magheralinn, Moira and Aughalee, Moira
Diocese: Dromore
Father: James Downey
Mother: Sarah Brown
Thanks Ellie.

Magheralin is a village and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the main A3 road between Moira and Lurgan, beside the River Lagan.
James Rook
BIRTH ABT 1832 • Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
DEATH 24 MAY 1877 • Albion St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Father -John Rook ,Mother Mary
Thanks Ellie.

My family from
County Down - Townland: Ballynahinch/Ballinahinch - Civil Parish: Magheradrool - Poor Law Union/Civil Reg Dist: Downpatrick
James Rook
BIRTH ABT 1832 • Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
DEATH 24 MAY 1877 • Albion St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Father -John Rook ,Mother Mary

HI came across this thread while I was searching James Rook (from Australia). I puchased the wedding certificate - interesting. James's Mothers name is quoted as Maria Mitchell. James' daughter Oliva Maria Rook bears his mothers name.....Unless she went by Mary Maria, I'm not sure. James is quoted as being a Mariner.

Isabella's father is Robert and her mother Alice?


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Hello and welcome to the Forum.

Thanks for the certificate which I didn't have.

They are not buried in the same section of Rookwood.

A mariner becomes a draper.
He was also a member of the Temperance society. The Rose of Australia Division 2.

I can’t find Maria listed as a mother in Bristol for birth.

like the thread says… stumped by parentage! But it seems he came to Aus in about 1857 or so.
Maria Mitchell
Christening 18 August 1799
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
Parents Thos Mitchell, Hannah
There is a Maria and James rook in 1841 Sensis but no son James listed in Lancaster.

Isabella’s parentage doesn’t for with earlier thread either.
I am going to purchase a birth certificate for their first son William 1859 and see what it says. Birth cert for Thomas rook gives Bristol as James birth origin too.