New website and just setting it up in my spare time, more to come

I have made this website to aid my research into my family tree. Hopefully people tracing some of the same surnames will happen upon this site and we can share information, I am in contact with a lot of people regarding genealogy and not always from the same family so even if we are not related I might be able to point you in the right direction – just ask (Contact Me) or use links at the bottom of the page to search surnames.

David Barron Family

My name is David Barron and I live in Queensland, Australia. I have three children and seven grandchildren. I am very interested in tracing my family tree and would appreciate any information, suggestions or help on family tree or websites. If I can assist you in any way with information, please contact us

With help from family members and friends, we have traced a great deal of information on some branches – Archdall, Barron, Downey, Sallaway, Herron and Nicol. I am still researching and therefore always wanting more information.


I have information coming on this side of the family. My grandfather (on my mothers side) Roy Sallaway was actually an Archdall. His mothers name was Sallaway. This side of my family has bank managers to clergy. I will update soon.


James and Mary Barron

James Barron was born in 1809 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, his father, John, was 30 and his mother, Charlotte, was 30. He married Mary Foot on 2 March 1847 in Mulgoa, New South Wales. They had four children during their marriage. He died in 1884 in New South Wales having lived a long life of 75 years. 

James was convicted of a crime (most likely theft) on the 14th July 1835 at Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. He was sentenced to transportation, duration of 7 years. He was transported on the Norfolk 5 on the 27th October 1836 arriving in New South Wales in 1837. 

Mary was convicted for stealing a shawl on 5th July 1838 Sussex, England. She was given a life sentence and transported to Australia. She was transported on the Planter 2 arriving in New South Wales 13th March 1839 were she was sent to the goal in Berrima, New South Wales, Australia. We have obtained a copy of the Permission to Marry for James and Mary.

James and Mary married in 1847 they had 4 children. 

1. James b 1842 d 1897, married Rosey Egan

2. William b 1842 d 1920, married Hannah Wooden (My great, great, grandfather)

3. Walter b 1846 d 1930, married Emmeline Mary “Emily” Hughes

4. Emma b 1851 d 1918, married Peter McDonald

There seems to be a little conjecture around which James Barron is my relation. There were a few James Barron’s transported to Australia in the time frame.

James Barron transported on the Norfolk in 1837, he was born approximately 1809.

There is a Permission to marry and also a marriage index for a James Barron and Mary Foot in 1847. The permission to marry shows that James was transported on the Norfolk and was born approximately 1810 and Mary was transported on the Planter.

 James Barron transported on the Lord Melville in 1837, he was born approximately 1800. The permission to marry for James and Mary does not appear to match up with birth date or ship.

As always with this research, nothing is set in concrete and I may have come up with the wrong conclusion. Any assistance or information would be very much appreciated.

William & Hannah

William Barron married Hannah Wooden in Shoalhaven in 1865 and lived in Burrier, NSW and had 15 children. They were educated at Burrier school which was adjacent to their home, where the old post office is still standing.

William and Hannah’s Family –

1. Mary Jane b 1866 d 1898, married George Green,

2. Anne Elizabeth b 1868 d 1948, married John Albert Hanson,

3. William Alfred b 1869 d 1931.

4. James Benjamin (Jim) Barron b 1971 d 1952, married Jane Ingo Minnikin

5. Louisa Phyllis b 1872 d 1961, married James Grady,

6. Walter Henry b 1874 d 1875,

7. John Henry (Jack) b 1875 d 1922, married Stella Boney

8. Sarah Sands b 1876 d 1918

9. Herbert Walter b 1877 d 1930, married Barbara Jane Abernathy,

10. Georgina b 1879 d 1918, married Edward Tritton,

11. Charles Arthur b 1880 d 1962, married Ada Keiza Watts,

12. Ethel Flora Hannah b 1882 d 1969, married Hamilton Culgin,

13. Louis Myrtle (Bert) b 1884 d 1956, married Eleanor Thompson, (My Great Grandfather)

14. Joseph Ernest b 1885 d 1920,

Louis Myrtle (Bert) & Eleanor Thompson

Lewis Myrtle (Bert) Barron was thirteenth child of William and Hannah born on 11 November 1884 in Burrier, New South Wales, his father, William, was 41 and his mother, Hannah, was 38. He married Eleanor Thompson in 1912 in Parramatta, New South Wales. They had one child during their marriage. He died on 26 May 1956 in Nowra, New South Wales, at the age of 71, and was buried there.

They only had one child being Milton Lewis (Bluey) Barron born in Nowra, NSW, Australia in 1914 and dying in Muttaburra Qld, Australia in 1969. He married Lillian Hannah Herron in Nowra in 1936 and had two sons, Maxwell Barron (born 1937 in Nowra and dying 2002 in Deception Bay, Qld) and John Barron (my father). He separated from Lillian and moved to Muttaburra, Qld and had three more children to second wife. His occupation was a mechanic.


Second child of William & Hannah b 18/11/1868 in Burrier NSW. I am now in contact with this branch of the family and hopefully some more information will become available including some stories about Grassy Gully Gold mine, the family fued, the naming of places in the Shoalhaven Area after our family (Hanson Hill, Mount Barron, Barron Flats etc) and I even hear a whisper about Ned Kelly.

James Benjamin (Jim) Barron

Fourth child of William & Hannah b 18/2/1871 in Burrier, NSW and died 1952. After leaving school he went to Junee to work as a stockman and eventually became head drover. On his return to Burrier, he found gold in the Grassy Gully (I am yet to find out all the details on this or the family feud that followed). From accounts that I have read so far, he was a great horseman and extremely active, keen on jumping, running and boxing, as well as breaking in horses.

I am now in contact with someone from the Minnikin side who may be able to shed some more light.


Seventh child of William & Hannah, born 2/5/1874. He lived in Nowra and Burrier till he had problems with the law. He had to face trial on perjury, so he skipped away to North Queensland where he became a stagecoach driver of great renown. It was said he was a well-set-up man with a fiery temper, enormous strength and great horsemanship.

Jack apparently married an aboriginal lady in St Lawrence, Qld and had 3 children –  Topsy Francis, Stanley and Percy.

He was ultimately shot at point blank range by a drink crazed man at Bowen River Hotel.   

Any assistance in tracing family any further would be greatly appreciated.


My grandmother’s mothers side are the Nevell’s. There is a lot of great information about this side dating back to the 1400’s including a story about Elizabeth Nevell nee Vincent and 5 bushrangers who had held up her house at Kelso NSW.

Any assistance in tracing family any further would be greatly appreciated.

Other Surnames

This Section more so than the rest is “works in progress”.  I think all family tree research (and personal genealogical web sites) are always being upraded.  This is a basic idea of some of the information I have. If you would like to see more please contact me.