Samuel Sheens1

M, #185, b. 13 May 1873, d. 15 February 1911
FatherHenry Sheens1 b. 30 Nov 1844, d. 6 Jul 1921
MotherEmma Byrnes1 b. 25 Sep 1849, d. 26 Dec 1927
Relationship2nd great-uncle of Timothy George Sheens
Last Edited17 Feb 2015
Birth*13 May 1873 Castlereagh, NSW;
Name: Samuel Sheens
Sex of Child: Male
Date of Birth: 31st May 1873
Place of Birth: Castlereagh

Father: Henry Sheens
Occupation: Farmer
Birthplace: England
Age: 27

Date of Marriage: 14th June 1872
Place of Marriage: Castlereagh

Previous Issue: 1 Boy living

Mother: Emma formerly Byrnes
Birthplace: Castlereagh
Age: 22

Informant: Henry Sheens (his mark), father, Castlreagh
Witness: Mrs Collits, Mrs Byrnes1,2 
Baptism1 July 1873 Penrith Circuit, NSW;
son of Henry & Emma Sheens, Farmer of Castlereagh
Minister S G Middleton, Methodist3 
Death*15 February 1911 Nepean River, Castlereagh, NSW4,5 
Article21 February 1911 "The Sydney Morning Herald", NSW;
PENRITH, Monday.
A sad case of drowning occurred in the Nepean River on Wednesday last, by which Mr. Samuel Sheens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sheens, of Castlereagh, aged 36 years, lost his life. He attempted to swim the river, and his brother watched him for a time till he got out of sight. After some time his brother became alarmed and went for assistance. A party was soon organised, and early on Saturday morning, about two miles from where Sheens went in, his body was found caught in a fallen tree.6 
Article*25 February 1911 "The Gazette", NSW;
Samuel Sheens, son of ex-Alderman Sheens, of Castlereagh, while crossing the Nepean River, about four miles from Penrith on the 15th inst, was drowned. He was swimming across after cattle, and had almost reached the opposite bank when the current took him round the bend of the river which is about 200 yards wide. The water was running very strongly, with a rise of over 6ft, on account of heavy rain. That was the last seen of him. Deceased was a nephew of Mr Charles Sheens of Windsor. The body was found on Saturday morning by deceased's brother and a man named Dennis, about five miles down the river from where he sank.7 
Headstone* Methodist Cemetery, Castlereagh, NSW;
In Loving Memory of
Samuel Sheens
Died 15th Feby 1911
Aged 37 years
Also Henry Sheens
Died 28th Dec 1906
Aged 25 years
Also Edith Sheens
Died 22nd Feby 1908
Aged 15 years
At Rest
Also Henry Sheens
Died 6th July 1921
Aged 76 years
Also Emma Sheens
Died 26th Dec 1927
Aged 76 years
Also Robert Sheens
Died 19th Dec 1942
Aged 47 years
;Principal=Henry Sheens8
Headstone Samuel, Henry, Edith, Henry, Emma, Robert Sheens


  1. [S41] NSW Wesleyan Baptism Registers, 1788-1855 ",17076/1873 Samuel Sheens."
  2. [S111] NSW Birth Certificate, 17076/1873 Samuel Sheens.
  3. [S199] NSW Penrith Methodist Baptism Registers, 1860-1964 ",17076/1873 Samuel Sheens."
  4. [S11] NSW Death Index, 2906/1911 Samuel Sheens.
  5. [S36] Maria Quigley Sheens - Our Family Tree.
  6. [S192] The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, February 21, 1911.
  7. [S343] Windsor and Richmond Gazette.
  8. [S175] Monumental inscription Castlereagh Methodist Cemetery (Old Castlereagh Road, Castlereagh).