Catherine Rayson

24 April 1774–17 November 1839 (Age 65)
Bedworth, Warwickshire, England

The Life of Catherine

When Catherine Rayson was born on 24 April 1774, in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, her father, Thomas Rayson, was 29 and her mother, Sarah Bennett, was 30. She married Thomas Clarkson on 18 August 1794, in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 17 November 1839, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 65, and was buried in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Clarkson
Catherine Rayson
Marriage: 18 August 1794
Catherine Clarkson
Hannah Clarkson
John Clarkson
Mountfort Clarkson
Sarah Clarkson
Thomas Clarkson
Mountfort Clarkson
Ann Clarkson
Mary Jane Clarkson

Spouse and Children

18 August 1794
Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Sarah Bennett




    John Rayson/Rason


    James Rayson


    Elizabeth Rayson



World Events (7)

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 1

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 13

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Age 27

Lieutenant John Murray lands at a bay he names Port Phillip.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Ray .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Catherine Rayson, "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944"
  • Catherine Rayson, "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944"
  • Catherine in entry for Mountfort Clarkson, "England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1535-1984"

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