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RULE, John

The details on this headstone tell the tragedy, heartbreak and hardships the early pioneers faced.

Imagine being these parents!

  • John married Mary DEEGAN 19th August 1854 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Sydney
  • Sarah born 1855, died 26th June 1856, aged 11 months
  • Catherine born 1857, died 4th January 1858, aged 1 year
  • John born 1858, died 22nd June 1859, aged 15 months
  • Patrick born 1859, died 22nd August 1860, aged 1 year
  • Mary Ann born 1861, died 18th February 1863 aged 2 years
  • Henry born 1863, die 23rd June 1864, aged 9 months
  • Bernard born 1862, die 29th May 1865, aged 3 years
  • Joseph Daniel born 1871, died 28th April 1872, aged 11 months

Father John died 29th May 1885

There were 3 other children:

  • Martha born 1865, married George LINDON 1884 aged 19, died 1891, aged 26 years
  • Francis born 1866
  • William P. born 1868, died 1915, aged 47
  • 8 of the 11 children did not survive infancy

DEATH CERTIFICATE OF CATHERINE

Cause of death: teething
Length of illness: 21 days
Date last seen by doctor: about 4 days previous to death

DEATH CERTIFICATE OF JOHN

Cause of death: Apoplexy
Length of illness: Sudden
Date last seen by doctor: After Death
Inquest: unnecessary

Mary RULE nee DEEGAN died 1905, aged in her 70’s

Sources: National Library of Australia – Trove

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