|About Jonathan Griffiths Australian Heritage
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PASS WORD - to see names of living people is griffo PLEASE NOTE THIS SITE IS IN CONSTRUCTION PHASE-IF YOUR NAME APPEARS AND YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF THIS SITE PLEASE NOTIFY WEB MASTER AND IT WILL BE REMOVED Welcome to the story of the Griffiths Family of Richmond NSW, Launceston, Tasmania and Port Fairy, Victoria. This site is dedicated to the memory of Jonathan Griffiths 1773-1839 and his wife Eleanor MacDonald / MacDaniel 1770- 1831, both transported to Australia and who by work and perseverance secured prosperity for their children. This site is for your use to store and share information on our family. Jonathans early life was that of an orphan in England, transported as a convict youth on the 2nd fleet he made the most of the opportunities in his new country and went on to become a very rich merchant (reported to be the richest man in northern Tasmania) when he was in his 50's and then ironically was buried in an unmarked grave at Port Fairy Victoria in 1839. We wonder what Jonathan would have thought if he knew the legacy he created with many thousands of people descending from him. I am sure he would be very proud as records show family was very important to him. During his lifetime Jonathan had made provision for his children with assignments of land and financial assistance. As the law of primogeniture was prevalent at that time it would appear that Jonathan's estate would devolve to the eldest living son John. Many people have researched the family over the years, John Chilstone was one that worked diligently during the 1980's & 1990's I thank him for passing this information to be used on this site also Peter Achurch for giving me a start with Ged file also the help I have received from Marie Griffiths and Karen Mus. As time permits this site will be updated with the stories and information we have but if you have anything to add or old photo etc please contact me for a pass word also let us know if you find any mistakes.