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McCurdy/Richards search

I am hoping someone can assist me in finding information about my early ancestor James McCurdy; apparently claimed to be a convict on the ship "Tottenham" 1818, but there is no record of him aboard this ship and no convict indents can be found. he died at Berrima NSW Australia buried August 2 1844 aged 44 therefore asssume birth yr to be about 1800 not certain he was English; and his wife Rachel a transported convict aboard the "Lord Wellington" 1820 she came as Rachel Richards. She applied to the governor for permission to marry one John Haslam and then James McCurdy - James claimed on this document to have come free to the colony but on everthing else states he was a convict. Rachel died aged 72 (1873) at Lane Cove Rd NSW Australia. Her father stated to be Richard Williams (we guess that his Surname was first then christian name), mother unknown. We believe Rachels place of birth was Birmingham England, death certificate states she had been in the colony 52 yrs. If anyone could help me with either James McCurdy or Rachel Richards UK background I would be most appreciative as I have come to a 'double brick wall!' where they are concerned and can go no further back with the English ancestry until I solve this problem :( thank you in anticipation. Sharon

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