Mary Jane Best was born 15 August 1851 in Dural, New South Wales, Australia to Thomas Samuel Best (1822-1893) and Mary Ann Tuckwell (1824-1901) and died 1 May 1915 Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Daniel Purdy Horwood (c1850-1946) August 1878 in St Judes, Dural, New South Wales, Australia.


Offspring of Daniel Purdy Horwood (c1850-1946) and Mary Jane Best
Name Birth Death Joined with
Arthur Raymond Horwood (c1879-c1965)
William Charles Horwood (c1880-c1880)
Albert Edward Horwood (c1882-c1959)
Thomas Samuel Horwood (c1884-c1954)
Mary J Horwood (c1886-c1890)
Lizzie Mildred Horwood (c1888-1976)
Alice M Horwood (c1890-c1911)
Daniel Purdy Horwood (c1893-c1957)
Doris Emily Horwood (c1895)



We regret to have to record this week the death of Mrs. Horwood, wife of Mr. Daniel P. Horwood, of the Cross Roads, Baulkham Hills, which sad event, occurred on Saturday morning last. Mrs. Horwood, who was in her 64th year at the time of her death, was originally Miss Mary J. Best. She was sister of the present Hornsby councillor, Mr. Harry Best. She was married in August, 1878, at St.Jude's Church, Dural, by the Rev. J. T. Scheicher, then C.E. minister of Castle Hill and the adjoining districts. She leaves six children (three having predeceased her)—Messrs. Arthur, Albert, Thomas and Daniel Horwood, and two daughters, Mrs. C. Williams and Miss Doris Horwood. The funeral, which was largely attended by representatives of all the Hills districts, moved, from the deceased lady's late residence to the Church of England cemetery, Castle Hill, on sunday arternoon. The Rev. W. J. Roberts conducted the service at the Castle Hill Anglican Church before the interment, and gave a very sympathetic address. The number of district residents desirous of being present at the solemn proceedings here could not be accommodated within the sacred edifice. Several of the deceased lady's favorite hymns were sung before the coffin was removed from the old village church to the God's acre close by. Mrs Jenner presided at the organ during the service. The Rev. Mr. Roberts concluded the burial service of the church at the graveside. The deceased lady will be mourned by a large number of friends and neighbours, apart from those of the residents of the district associated directly with the family, for she possessed a very kindly heart and a most amiable disposition. The greatest sympathy is expressed with the bereaved husband and the others of' the family, notwithstanding that Mrs. Horwood had been an invalid for a considerable time, and for weeks past it had been plain that recovery in her case was hopeless.

The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 8 May 1915, page 6


Some researchers have married her to Harley John Addison (1844-1926), husband of her first cousin once removed Mary Best (1851-1927).

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