Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yvonne Camillus YOUNGER (1927-2017)

My grandmother Yvonne Camillus YOUNGER formerly BORDER nee QUINANE passed away a few months ago (1927-2017). I travelled home to Australia for the funeral, held in Charlestown, NSW (a suburb of Newcastle) - the funeral was held on my parent's wedding anniversary, in the Church they were also married in.

Her death notice was placed in the Newcastle Herald:
YOUNGER YVONNE CAMILLAS Late of Charlestown Formerly of Sydney Aged 91 years Dearly loved wife of DAVID (dec'd). Former loving wife of JOHN BORDER (dec'd). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of JILL and DES O'CONNOR, CLARE and ANDREW HALL, MARGARET and DAVID PERROTT. Loving Nana to her eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and loved sister, sister-in-law and aunt of the QUINANE, BORDER and YOUNGER families. Relatives and friends of YVONNE are warmly invited to attend her funeral to be held at St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Milson Street Charlestown this WEDNESDAY morning 26th April 2017, Funeral Mass commencing at 10am. A private cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Alzheimers Australia at Forever In Our Hearts

Two things to post. One is that a pile of photos were put together that i'll post up here.

But first, my aunt Jill delivered the eulogy at the funeral, which I've summarized in the 3rd person here:

Yvonne Camillas Quinane was born on 20th January, 1926 at Watson's Bay. Her parents were Patrick Joseph and Irene Therese.

The Quinane family came from Tipperary in Ireland and Mum's grandfather was born in Ballarat just prior to the Eureka Stockade in 1854. The family's tent was damaged by soldiers searching for the rebel miners. Yvonne's father was an original Gallipoli Anzac who was physically (with the loss of one eye) and emotionally scarred by the War.

Yvonne was the fourth of five children, Joan, Fred & Phil preceding her, and Kevin following. They were brought up in a Catholic home, full of Labor politics. Her father was Doc Evatt's Campaign Director.

The family moved into a new brick home at Sans Souci when Mum was 6 months old. They had wonderful neighbours - on Empire Day, they had great cracker nights, the Carnigan boys would guard the bonfire so it would not be lit until the big night arrived.

Yvonne attended St. Finbar's Primary School, Sans Souci and then St. Patrick's School, Kogarah. In Yvonne's school days the Depression occurred and she went to school one day and because a child did not have any shoes, she gave hers away, and came home bare-footed. She, with all her family spent many blissful hours at the beach and she was a very powerful swimmer.

When she finished her education, she went to work at David Jones in 1941 in the dress-making department. She enjoyed her work and stayed there until the war was over. Yvonne met John (known as Jack) Border at a dance at Watson's Bay in 1946, they loved to go to dances especially at the Trocadero. They married in 1947 and had 2 daughters, Jill and Clare. Sadly they had a very short time together and Dad passed away in March, 1953 from acute leukemia. The next few years were a difficult time, Yvonne was only 27 with 2 little girls to raise, Jill was 4 and Clare was just 5 months old. Her family at that time were a great support.

They lived at Ramsgate and Yvonne worked at the Post Office there and in 1956 they moved to Earlwood and Yvonne went to work at the Maritime Services Board as a statistical clerk. She overloaded a boat and was sent to see a Mr. David Younger, and as he always said from that day on he was always fixing her problems. They married in 1957, and a daughter Margaret was born in 1959. Yvonne gave up work and worked at the school tuck shop and played tennis. Dad gained a promotion and we moved to Newcastle in 1966, living in Kahiba. Yvonne and David joined Kahiba Bowling Club and made many good friends - Yvonne really enjoyed her bowls. She served as Treasurer from 1974-1977 and Secretary for 2 years and was also a Selector.

In 1985, David had a massive heart attack and at 59 Yvonne was widowed again. She was always very strong and made the best of everything.

Yvonne learned to play bridge and played cards with friends on a Saturday afternoon for over 20 years. She joined Probus and was Honorary President of the War Widow's Guild in Newcastle from 1996 to 2000. Yvonne and her daughter Jill marched proudly on Anzac Day down Hunter Street to Civic Park for years, representing her two husbands, her father and uncles - all war veterans.

Yvonne travelled extensively overseas many times, seeing so many countries - some many times. Daughters Clare and Jill accompanied her on a QE2 cruise. Yvonne always loved a joke, and a bet on the horses, and playing Lotto and Keno.

In March 2006, Yvonne was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease, and they family thanks everyone who were on that journey with Yvonne. Thank you to the staff at Amaroo Nursing Home for their devotion and dedication for making Yvonne's time so comfortable with both gentleness and kindness.

Yvonne was a loving grand-mother, having 8 children and 13 great-grand-children. Yvonne will live in our hearts forever.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Conlon Pottery of Glebe - over 100 years later

A few years back, I wrote a short article about Michael Conlon and his family for the Glebe Society newsletter - this supplements the less-well constructed posts here on the blog. They have a section called 'Who Lived in Your Street?' and the article can be found here:

At the end of that article I wrote "I would very much like to track down an example of Michael’s pottery – be it brick, tile or bottle.  If anyone is aware of one please contact me at".

I have two Conlon bottles (picture below), each with the distinctive stamping:

Conlon & Co
Broughton St

A great summary of his POTTERY work was published in Ford, Geoff & National Museum of Australian Pottery 1995,  Australian pottery : the first 100 years, Salt Glaze Press, Wodonga, Vic, pp. 69-70, and I transcribed the relevant section here:
There are a range of POTTERY products described as being produced by Conlon, including Closet Pans and Traps, Chimney Pots, Gingerbeer Bottles, Fancy Garden Tiles, Paving Tiles, Bricks - but it is not clear which of these products, and would not, have been stamped. There is no mention of NON-POTTERY products.

While work has really gotten in the way of this blog (and I'm sorry if I haven't responded to emails), I have had TWO contacts since that article from people, and I wanted to share to the blogosphere what they kindly shared with me.

What really surprised me about these contacts, is that both relate to metal sewer/pipe covers spotted on footpaths, rather than actual pottery-based products (bricks, tiles, etc).

The first find came to me from Helen Randerson, a long-term Glebe resident and history researcher. Helen indicated she'd seen this pipe cover on on the footpath in Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont. The cover was certainly there a few years ago, and probably still is. Helen indicated it is quite small, maybe 13 or14 cm in diameter.

The second contact came recently from Adrian Pokorny. He found an identical item on Cleveland Street in Surry Hills. This item is slightly more beaten, and reveals that they both have/had a small vent hole in the center, either to facilitate gas release, or to facilitate removal of the cover, or both. Adrian also provided a map with the location!!


I want to thank Helen and Adrian both - I had no idea of this particular Conlon item. Both are identical, made of metal, and presumably the 'S' is for 'Sewer'. While metal-based products such as 'grates' are advertised by CONLON in the Sydney Morning Herald, there is no indication I can find that Michael Conlon's pottery included a foundry for producing such items. The would be necessary as part of fulfilling contracts for drain pipes, and may have been produced elsewhere under order.

Helen also raised the concept of whether these items can be heritage listed - either with the City of Sydney, or possibly Sydney Water if they hold jurisdiction over the item. I'll follow up!

AND if anyone finds any Conlon-stamped items, please let me know and I'll add to the post.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A History of Rowland Edwards - Part 2

The SECOND biography I'm transcribing here I found via a search engine, and comes from a magazine called 'Generation', the Quarterly Journal of the Genealogical Society of Queensland (, September 1981, Vol 4, No. 1. 

As with the previous post (, the name of Christine Webb appears - in this case credited as the author. I have not had contact with Christine Webb but she clearly did a tremendous amount of work on Rowland. The information on Edward Ewer is this article is incomplete.

Quarterly Journal of the Genealogical Society of Queensland 
September 1981, Vol 4, No. 1. 
The Rowland Edwards Story

Rowland Edwards was born in Shropshire (Salop) and was apprehended in Shrewsbury, Parish of Wellington in 1789, for suspicion of stealing a black gelding, saddle and bridle. As horse-stealer was a capital offence in the 18th Century, he was sentenced to death. However, he was reprieved and sentenced to transportation for 14 years, this was later commuted to 7 years.

He was on board the "Admiral Barrington" which left England in March 1791 with 300 convicts, whose miserable situation was deplorable beyond description: thirty six were to die on the voyage out which took approximately seven months.

They arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in July 1791 and mutton was obtained but greens were few and only the ship's crew shared these. On the 18th August they set sail again for New South Wales and the passage was in very heavy seas and gales with lightning and thunder for days and nights on end. When severely pinched with hunger the convicts supplemented their meagre rations with damaged bread that was for the hogs and poultry. They were so exhausted  with hunger and thirst they could hardly stand alone. They arrived on Sunday 16th October 1791 at 2 p.m. and the next day 100 of the emaciated convicts were sent to the Kings Hospital suffering from scurvy.

Rowland Edwards was assigned to Rosehill were he laboured till 1796. In April 1798 he was granted 25 acres which he cleared and grew wheat and maize and he also acquired 28 hogs to which he was indebted to the crown for £14.19.3. On 3rd August 1804 at St Johns Church of England, Parramatta, he was married to Jane Fletcher by Rev. H. Fulton. 

Jane Fletcher was baptised on June 1786 at Orleton Church, Herefordshire, being the youngest child of Richard and Tabitha (Lloyd) Fletcher. At the age of 15 she murdered her new born male child and was sentenced to transportation for life, after being reprieved from being hung. Her mother Tabitha  was imprisoned for six months for comforting and maintaining her daughter after the offence.

Jane arrived in the Colony on the "Experiment" in June 1804 after the ship sailed into a violent gale in the Bay of Biscay and had to limp back to Cowes, England to repair damage during which time several deaths occurred and twenty-one prisoners were sick.

Rowland was granted 80 acres by Lt. Gov. Paterson at Richmond Hill, on 14th December 1809, which he named "Clarendon Farm". Due to the corrupt rebel government of the time this land grant was surrendered to the Crown (Forveaux) 1st March 1810, but it was later regranted under Macquarie's rule on 18th October 1811. He gained his Certificate of Freedom on 1st February 1811. A notice appeared in the Gazette in November 1812 stating - 7 acres of wheat were for sale by auction. Other notices appeared of his registration of a firearm and letters awaiting collection July 1808 and 1816. In December 1809 he was a signatory to the Hawkesbury Settlers Address. Notices appeared on 3rd September 1809 with his intentions to sell wheat and in March 1810 he had contracts to see rabbits.

His future seemed more 'rosy' but was short-lived as on the 28th May 1814 on a journey home from Sydney, travelling with his cart and two bullocks, he stayed overnight at the Parramatta Toll Gate Inn (Governor Macquarie established a Toll Bar in 1810 and every traveller paid a fee to enter Parramatta from the north, most profits went to the upkeep of orphans at Parramatta. The Toll Gates were removed to North Parramatta in 1826). He complained of being weary from his journey and went to bed early after supper, but he was awoken at 11.30 pm from cries of help from Mr Main who ran the Inn. Rowland and another man Jenkins came to his aid to find three masked and armed bushrangers. A musket was fired and Jenkins fell down dead, Rowland received mortal wounds and died four hours later but not before he suffered in agony and cried out to God to spare hum for the sake of his poor children.

He left five children under nine years. Rowland and Jane's issue were: Mary born 1805: Ann born 1808: Elizabeth born 1810: Catherine born 1811: one sone born May 1813 named John Rowland. All were born in the Colony (Richmond) and were all baptised at St Peter's, Richmond in 1814, two months after their father's death.

In 1820 Rowland's widow married John Allen and in January, 1821 their issue Jane was baptised.

Life was not easy and Rowland's children were sent to the Orphanage at Parramatta. Another notice appeared in the Gazette in August 1820 that Rowland was granted more land (a trifle late). In October 1825 a paragraph appeared in the paper notifying all claimants on his estate to do so.

In 1827 Edward Ewer applied to the Orphanage for permission to marry Ann Edwards and he was also appointed her brother and sister's legal Guardian. He was a grocer of George St. Parramatta. He arrived as a convict on the Mary II on 23 January, 1822 and was transported for life after his trial in the Berkshire Assizes in February 1820. His description was 26 years; 5'3"; fair and freckled; grey eyes. He was granted a free pardon in January 1842. Edward and Ann's issue were Edward Baptised October 1827; Harriet Jane, April 1829 and Emma Elizabeth B. November 1830 all at St John's, Parramatta,

Another notice appeared in the Gazette dated 8th September, 1825 cautioning all persons to return property belonging to Rowland Edward's children; whereas his widow and in conjunction with her second husband made away with a considerable quantity of cattle, furniture and personal effects.

In 1829 Edward Ewer wrote a letter to his Excellency requesting permission to apprehend bushrangers as many illegally at large persons who are runaways from road and iron gangs come into his shop and commit daring robberies and that by doing so he should be rewarded accordingly. In the 1850's Ann Ewer (Edwards) was mentioned in a dispute of the Tattersalls Inn, Parramatta over property ownership between the Presbyterian Church and a William Aird, which resulted in Ann "squatting" there for some time.

Little else is known of the other children or their descendants, John Edwards was mentioned in 1848 as a Pioneer on the Hawkesbury, and Elizabeth married Matthew Webb in 1836 at Windsor.

The story of Matthew Webb will appear in the December journal.
Christine Webb, Ipswich.

A History of Rowland Edwards - Part 1

I was reviewing some documents and came across two separate biographies of Rowland Edwards. 

The FIRST I'm transcribing here is of unknown source, but clearly from a published book and sent to me by Lynne Dickson quite a few years ago as part of a pile of documents on the Edwards family. The book is clearly a list of biographies - possibly of early settlers in the Hawkesbury district.

The biography editorializes somewhere (particularly with regard to Jane Fletcher's character, and her 'respectable' family in Hereford). I would dearly like to read the memorial to Macquarie referred to.

Pages 109-110:

Edwards, Rowland 1763?-1814

For horse-stealing (his degree of guilt perhaps in question in view of the reduced sentence): Welling, Shropshire 1789 (death to 14 years) 7 years: Admiral Barrington 1791.

His time expired. Edwards bough the low-lying 25 acres of Endeavour Farm on Freeman's Reach. In 1802 it was fully cultivated and running 28 pigs; his household of four included convict servants, but no wife, for Jane Fletcher (X) (1786-1832; Hereford 1803 (death) life: Experiment 1804) was yet to arrive.

They were married by the Reverend Fulton three months after Jane's landing, with her shipmate Martha Pearl (soon herself to marry farmer Devlin) making her mark as witness. The other, a more competent penman, was the now flourishing Henry Baldwin who had shared the miseries of the bridegroom's voyage. If Rowland's enterprise was of smaller scale than Baldwin's, Jane had nevertheless made a good match, one she had not cared to jeopardise perhaps by confessing the unhappy story of her past. How as the 15-year-old daughter of a respectable Hereford family she had killed her new-born bastard child, and had been reprieved for its murder.

These sad events seem to have affected Jane, making her a less than ideal wife and mother, and Rowland felt deeply protective towards his children. His farming too was not without its problems. With neighbours Baker and Faithfull he survived a bid by George Crossley in 1804 to oust them; but the floods of 1809 robbed him of practically all he owned. An appeal to Paterson brought some relief in the form of an 80-acre grant on the high lands beyond Clarendon. He was installed there by September, but creditors were clamouring for his horse, his cart, his pigs. In 1812 they demanded his growing wheat. As he told Macquarie, in seeking confirmation of the grant in 1810, he was 'struggling against the Vicissitudes of Fortune all his Life time.'

His four little girls were joined by a baby brother in May 1813; just after his first birthday his father was murdered. Again unlucky, Rowland had chosen the night of the hold-up to pull un with his bullock-cart to sleep at the Parramatta toll-house. Lying bleeding on the floor he begged toll-keeper Main to go for help that he 'may be saved for the sake of his poor children'. He died that same night.

Shortly after Rowland's death Jane had the children baptised, but soon afterwards married local farmer John Allen (1770-1826; Surrey 1808, life: Anne 1810. CP 1816). There were more children and the floods perhaps left the Allens impoverished. By 1825, Jane's second daughter Ann, and probably the other Edwards children, were in the Parramatta orphanage, whence Parramatta grocer Edward Ewer (transported for life 1820; pardoned 1842) married Ann and took the others under his protective wing as legal guardian. There was apparently some difficulty with Jane over the children's inheritance of the Edwards farm, which must finally have been amicably resolved. They thought well enough of her to bestow the name of Jane on some of their own offspring. One family branch nurtured by the kindly grocer is today active in prisoner rehabilitation work in a way that their ill-fated Edwards ancestor would surely have approved.

Children of Rowland Edwards and Jane (Fletcher)
Mary 1805
Ann 1808 m. 1825 Edward Ewer
Elizabeth 1810
Chatherine 1811 d.?
John Rowland

Sources: Research of Christine Webb (including details from County Records Office Abbey Foregate, Hereford Journal 23.3.1803, 4.5.1803 and Hereford church records); 1800 muster; expiree settlers 1802; memorials 1810; SG 3.9.1809; 28.11.1812, 4.6.1814; 29.6.1814; 23.7.1814; 8.9.1825.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Edith Bessie HODGE, formerly WEBBER, nee JEFFERY (1886-1944)

My last post was about the second wife of my ancestry Sebastian HODGE (1833-1889). This post is about the second wife of his son, my great great grandfather Walter Herbert HODGE (1871-1956). There is some biographical information on Walter, including a photo of him, here:

In that post, I noted that Walter's first wife Grace (nee SMITH) died in 1934 'at a private hospital, Vaucluse' (SMH 5 Mar 1934), buried at Waverley cemetery. 

The same year, Walter married Edith Bessie WEBBER. I actually believe that Walter and Grace were separated prior to her death. Firstly, the multiple death notices for Grace in the SMH don't mention Walter at all (but do mention her daughter, and extended family). Secondly, the electoral rolls for 1933 (year prior to Grace's death) show her living with her daughter and son-in-law at Bondi, while Walter was living in Darlinghurst, with the same address as Edith as early as 1931

NSW Electoral Roll 1930, East Sydney, Darlinghurst
Hodge, Walter Herbert, 7 Challis Flats, Victoria St, valuer, M
Webber, Edith Bessie, Challis Flats,  Victoria St, home duties, F

1933 Electoral Roll, NSW, Wentworth, Bondi North
646 Border, Samuel Arthur, 20 Glasgow Avenue, Bondi, Grocer, M
647 Border, Eileen Helen, 20 Glasgow Avenue, Bondi, home duties, F

3478 Hodge, Grace, 20 Glasgow Avenue, Bondi, home duties, F

So. Tracking down Edith's past was not easy initially, but her marriage certificate revealed a great deal (and confirmed they lived at the same address).

Place of Birth: SYDNEY NSW
Occupation: VALUER
Age: 62
Status: WIDOW
Place of Birth: KENT ENGLAND
Age: 48
Occupation: BUILDER
Religion: MARRIAGE ACT NO 15 OF 1899

Working back from this I constructed her life. 

Edith Bessie JEFFERY was born in Sheldwich, Kent, England in 1886 (registered 1886 Faversham, 2a, 857) to George and Elizabeth nee COAST. George and Elizabeth appear to have had many children, and in the 1891 census George was listed as a 'horse steward and builder'. By 1911, Edith was a shop assistant in a drapery store in Deal, Kent. 

Also living in that town in 1911 was the widower Ambrose Webber (aged 44, born St Columb, Cornwall abt 1867), a photographer and grocer with many children. That year, they married (Sep 1911, Faversham, 2a, 2185), and in 1912 they emigrated for Australia, and settled in the Sydney suburb of Auburn. Ambrose rose to prominence in Auburn, lost 2 sons in the great war (which were covered in the Sydney newspapers). He became ill in the early 1920s, travelled briefly to England with Edith, and returned to NSW and died in 1923 (NSW Deaths 111/1923). He was buried in Rookwood Independent Cemetery (Zone F, C Independent, 647).

Cumberland Argus
18 Oct 1919

Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate
Saturday 27 January 1923

As mentioned in the obituary above, Edith and Ambrose had relocated to Rose Bay prior to his death, and she appears to have remained in those Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, marrying Walter. I can find no other specific reference to Edith in the newspapers, and Edith died in 1944 in the Northern suburb of Cremorne. She was cremated at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, listed as 'buried in accordance' - I am not sure what this means but wonder if it means '...with her wishes', which may be with her first husband in Rookwood.

I do not know where Walter Herbert Hodge was buried when he died in 1956, but perhaps he is there also. Time will tell.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What happened to Helena Emily MCBURNEY?

Helena Emily MCBURNEY is not an ancestor, but the second wife of my ancestor Sebastian HODGE (1833 - 1889 Sydney NSW, of whom I have written a great deal). Sebastian's wife Harriet nee SMITH died on 24 January 1888 at their hotel, the Commercial Hotel, on the corner of King St and Castlereagh St in Sydney (I have searched in vain for a photo of this hotel). Sebastian and Harriet had nine children from 1855 - 1874.

A year after his wife's death, Sebastian re-married, to a widower named Helena Emily McClelland.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 14 February 1889

HODGE - McCLELLAND - February 4, at St. Stephen's Church, Phillip-street, by the Rev. Dr. Steel, Sebastian Hodge, of King-street, Sydney, to Helena Emily McClelland, relict of the late Thomas McClelland.

They married on 4 Feb 1889 - the marriage certificate only reveals that Helen was a widow (no information on family). 10 weeks later, Sebastian HODGE died in the Commercial Hotel, apparently of nephritis and a carbuncle (perhaps the latter precipitated the former). As a result, Helena appears to have inherited her husband's estate (though she may have had independent assets). We know this because very shortly afterwards the Commercial Hotel was sold:

The Sydney Morning Herald
Friday 9 August 1889
Transfer of hotel license from Helena to J.E.Fallon

Then, three months later is the last record of Helena I can find:

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 28 November 1889

In this case J. A. G. D'Alpuget claimed from Helen Emily Hodge, administratrix in the estate of the late Sebastian Hodge, £100 commission on the sale of the Commercial Hotel, King-street. A verdict was given for the defendant, but his Honor granted a stay of proceedings.

But what happened to Helen after she married Sebastian? After this, I can find no mention in newspapers, no death record, no record of re-marriage. Nothing. I have searched and searched, with no sign of her fate. I have even searched in the US, NZ and UK.

So I looked back at her past, as her family connections may be useful for tracing her fate after 1889. For example, if a family member died in 1895, she may be mentioned on a death announcement.

Twenty years earlier, the NSW BDM shows the marriage of Thomas MCCLELLAND to Helena Emily MCBERNEY (336/1869), registered in Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald 
Sat 1 May 1869 
On the 2nd February, by special license, by the Rev. John M'Gibbon, M.A., LL.D., minister of the Presbyterian Church, Palmer-street, Woolloomooloo, THOMAS, fourth son of the late ROBERT McCLELLAND, Esq., Belfast, Ireland, to ELLEN, eldest daughter of JOHN McBURNEY, Esq., Thompson-street, Darlinghurst. No cards.

I can find no reference to children by their marriage. Thomas was born in Ireland abt 1841 and came to Australia with his parents Robert and Jane MCCLELLAND. He died in 1884:

The Sydney Morning Herald 
Sat 8 Nov 1884
THE FRIENDS of the late THOMAS McCLELLAND are respectfully informed that his Funeral will move from his, late residence. Point Piper-terrace. Point Piper-road. Woollahra, SUNDAY AFTERNOON, at 3 o'clook, for Waverley Cemetery. SHYING and CO.. Undertakers.

The Sydney Morning Herald 
Mon 8 Nov 1886
McCLELLAND. — In memoriam of my dearly loved husband, Thomas, who died at his residence, Point Piper-terrace, Point Piper-road, Woollahra, November 6, 1884.

There is a gap of several years between when Thomas died, and she married Sebastian. One of the confusions is that her name is listed as Helen, Helena, Ellen and Emily.

Ellen Emily (Helena) was baptized in 1848 in NSW to parents John and Eliza MCBURNEY. Her parents arrived in NSW on the 'Canton' that year, from County Armagh in Ireland. Helena was the eldest of at least six children. I am still working on the MCBURNEY family in Sydney, and would be excited to hear from descendants of the extended family.

In the meantime, the search for Helena's fate goes on.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The mystery of Stephen LEWIS (1826-1907) and his family, continued

It is impossible not to be swept up in trying to solve a genealogy mystery outside direct lineage. In most cases, I learn of the 'mystery' through contact from someone via this blog.

Stephen LEWIS and his family is a case in point ( Briefly, Stephen is the brother of my ancestor Harriet LEWIS (1836 - abt 1890). Based on blog entries I was contact by a descendant of Stephen.

Stephen himself has a mystery - he was born about 1826 in East Hendred, Berkshire, England, and died 14 Dec 1907 in Koorboora North Queensland. He arrived in Victoria (Aus) about 1853 (about the time of the gold rush in Victoria), and was apparently known as 'the Yank with the boy on his back'. Why 'the Yank'? Because his marriage and subsequent birth certificates of his children variously state that he was born in Niagara USA; New York USA; and Alabama. There is a small town in Genesee County, New York called Alabama, which is close to Niagara - it is possible there is a connection there.

His arrival has not been verified in records, but in Maryborough (Vic) Hospital Admission records, Stephen Lewis who indicates that he was 40 years old and single on 9th March, 1867. He was Church of England a miner. He had been in the colony for 13 years (arrived about 1854) after arriving on the ship “Charlotte”. His port of embarkation was Liverpool. According to the “Argus” newspaper, the “Charlotte” arrived in Melbourne from Liverpool on 30th November, 1853. It was a cargo vessel carrying 10,000 bricks, 5 tons of hay,12 bales of cotton etc. No passengers were mentioned.

In Australia, Stephen married, and the family appears to have lived in poverty on goldfields. Ultimately his wife and a child died, and he made his way towards Queensland with a son, mining in various places and possibly following the rushes (the post on Stephen linked above outlines his movements).

There is a second mystery though that had not been as well addressed:

Stephen married Jane MCCARTNEY on 15 May 1856 in Buninyong Victoria Australia. She was the daughter of David MCCARTNEY and Mary nee MCDORNAN, and born abt 1834 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland. She died in Victoria, but it is not known when.

So what is the mystery? Well, like Stephen, the arrival of Jane in Victoria could not be identified. Furthermore, the family stories were that Jane and a daughter died prior to Stephen LEWIS and son heading towards Queensland. No death records for mother (Jane LEWIS) or daughter have been found.

I was contacted recently by Kath, letting me know that Jane had a sister also in the Buninyong area:

"I believe {Jane} to be the sister of my great grandmother Annie Elizabeth McCartney who married Nathaniel McGrath in Buninyong. Annie’s death certificate says her father was David McCartney and her mother was Jane Dorman. Annie died at age 43 years.... I came across the records of the Ballarat Benevolent Asylum ( Mary Lewis appears twice, once in 1863 and once in 1865. She is described as destitute. Her parents names are there, David and Jane McCartney."

David and Jane McCartney were Jane's stated parents when she married Stephen LEWIS. Kath also sent me the death certificate of Annie, which confirms the details:

Knowing that Jane and Annie were sisters, both born in Belfast and with parents David McCartney and Jane McDornan (or variation) makes re-searching for possible immigration more straightforward. While I had not seen anything categorical, it is stated in several genealogy fora that the parents David and Jane McCartney also came to Australia. So I searched for immigration records in Victoria, and full newspapers searching, without any luck.

So I cast my search more broadly, and checked NSW Immigration Records. 

Finally I found that the McCartney family arrived in 1850 on the 'Oriental'. The arrival records indicate that David and Jane had FOUR children on arrival, and the spelling of the surname is part of the reason they were so difficult to find:

Oriental, 1850, NSW Assisted immigration
1. Macartney David, 38, labourer, born Cumber Londonderry, parents Henry and Elizabeth both dead, Roman Catholic, reads/writes
2. Macartney Jane, 36, farm servant, born Belfast Antrim, parents David and Bridget McDormin mother living at Belfast, C of E, reads/writes
3. Macartney Mary, 16, house servant, born Belfast Antrim, Roman Catholic, reads/writes
4. Macartney Ann, 13, born Cumber Londonderry, Roman Catholic, reads
5. Macartney Jane, 6, born Belfast Antrim, Roman Catholic, reads
6. Macartney David, 3, born Belfast Antrim, Roman Catholic, neither

Interesting points here are that their children were born in both Cumber and Belfast, so clearly there was some movement of the family. The father David was Catholic, while the mother Jane was Church of England - the children were raised Catholic.

So baed on this, it appears that the family arrived in Sydney, and made their way to Victorian goldfields in a fairly timely manner (at least their daughters Mary and Ann did). In 1856 Mary married there, and Ann (Annie) in 1859.

I have not been able to identify any events yet for parents David and Jane (despite now knowing their parents names which in theory would help with death indexes), nor for their children Jane and David.

I hope that this post may help in finding a solution to what happened to the rest of the McCartney family. While we know that Annie died in 1882 (death certificate above), we do not know where and when exactly Mary died. The last certain reference to Mary in records is that in late 1865 Mary spent time in the Ballarat Benevolent Society, where she stated she was a housekeeper living in Warrenheip.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The children of Sebastian HODGE (1833-1889) - version 2

This post is an update to the post I wrote on the children of Sebastian HODGE (1833-1889) (

Sebastian was born in 1833 'off the Isle of Zante in the Meditteranean' according to his death certificate, the son of William HODGE of the 11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, and Mary Ann GUTRIDGE. When the 11th arrived in Australia (mainly in 1845), so too did Sebastian, and as a young boy of 16 he joined the 11th himself, stationed in Sydney and a member of the regimental band. He married Harriet SMITH in 1855 at Scots Church in Sydney. Harriet's father was also a member of the regiment, and her mother was the daughter of a member of the regiment.

Sebastian and Harriet had nine children, first in Australia, then after sailing in 1857 in England and Ireland while still with the 11th. Sebastian then left the 11th in 1861 and the family returned to Australia on the 'Tiptree' (arriving 3 Jan 1863).

With this background accomplished, this article is not about Sebastian and Harriet or their accomplishments in Sydney. Instead in focuses on their nine children. I'd like to identify the burial place of each child with a view to identifying headstones. Part of the reason for undertaking this project is that, despite the many offspring produced, I'm not in contact with any descendants of Sebastian and Harriet, and would like to unearth some.

Please contact me to add info on any of the following:

1. William Sebastian 'Bass' HODGE (1855-1942). Born in NSW (Sydney). Sailed to England with his parents and appears in the 1861 England census with his family, in Portsmouth in the list of the 11th Regiment. Returned to Australia with his family in 1863 (one of 'three children'), and married Isabel Carrisa ROGERS, 'Isabel Carrisa, only child of the late Captain William Rogers, of H.M. 47th Regiment' (SMH 13 Mar 1882) at St James', Sydney, on 27 Feb 1882. They had only one child, Richard Hamilton HODGE (1883-1899) who died 'suddenly, at Colombo Plains, Urana, N.S.Wales' (SMH 5 Apr 1899, NSW BDM 6535/1942). Numerous articles in Sydney papers point to his career as a musician ('Professor of Music), including bankruptcy proceedings in 1887. In 1887, Isabella and William were in court for divorce. Several articles relating to the divorce proceedings indicate that the legal process bankrupted Bass - "The action was for judicial separation from the husband on the grounds of cruelty, the respondent being an hotelkeeper at Hurstville" (SMH 2 Mar 1887) - he sold the license to the Hurstville Hotel that same year.

Isabella died in 1934, buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Botany (location ADD - Anglican FM DD - Grave 102). Her death index and burial entry and given as HODGE - it is not clear whether the divorce was not proceeded with, or if Isabella chose to retain her married name after divorce. The SMH death notice (1 Aug 1934) confuses matters as it states "HODGE-The Friends of Mr W HODGE and FAMILY are kindly requested to attend the Funeral of his dearly beloved WIFE and their MOTHER Isabella..." - suggesting more children.

In 1914 an article indicated that William had opened a studio that overlooked Hyde Park (Sunday Times 21 Jun 1914). During World War 1 Bass wrote a patriotic song entitled 'She Who Gives Her Son' that was widely reported in Australian newspapers - the cover of the published sheet music (held by the National Library of Australia, shown below) indicates it was 'sung with immense success throughout Australia by Tilly Dunbar'. The Australian National Archives holds two references for Copyright for W Bass Hodge for musical works. The first, titled “Daughter of the Empire”, was registered 17/3/1922 and the second, “Musical Letter Card ” was registered 28/1/1924. The Sydney Morning Herald of 4 Feb 1926 notes that 'Mr. W. Bass Hodge, the well-known Sydney musician, has received a certificate and medal from the British Empire Exhibition authorities for his exhibit at the exhibition of his song, "Daughter of the Empire," and a music educational letter card.'

A 1916 article in 'The Newsletter' (15 Jan 1916) noted that William, who had recently turned 60, "was born in the Victoria Barracks when it was quite a young building. His father was Sebastian Hodge, who was in the band that, with the 11th Regiment, was the first to occupy the barracks. He was, as an infant, taken with the regiment to England in a sailing ship, but brought back in the early sixties by his parents. He was a William-street and Grammar School boy, and became a professor of music, being at one time organist at Penrith music master at Oaklands, Mittagong. As a capable musician and a good colonist he is known the State over, and is an interesting link between the present and the past."

Like his father, Bass was a Mason. Electoral rolls show he lived in various places in 'West Sydney' and Darlinghurst. William died in 1942 - there is probate. A funeral notice (but not death notice) appears in the Sydney Morning Herald (18 Apr 1942), placed by Masonic United Service Lodge No. 24, indicating a grave-side funeral at the Methodist Cemetery at Rookwood - separate from Isabella.  The independent cemeteries index at Rookwood indicates that he is buried there (Section 5B Grave 0000210), but my father Andrew HALL visited the cemetery in May 2014 and could find no headstone at the plot.

2. Mary A LITTLE nee HODGE (1858-1906). Born/baptised in Hougham, Kent (England)  in March 1958 and appears in the 1861 England census with her family, in Portsmouth in the list of the 11th Regiment. Arrived in Australia with her family in 1863 (one of 'three children'), and married Henry Walter LITTLE (b. Tyrone, Ireland, died 1920 registered Redfern NSW) at St James' church on 6 Mar 1878 (SMH 16 Mar 1878). They had three children all born in Sydney, though the family appears to have lived in Redfern later:
a. Florence Maude (1879-1964), married Julius AGRATI in 1932.
b. Harriet May (1881-1929), married Albert G EDWARDS in 1907 at St. Barnabas' Church.
c. Henry S (1884-1927), married Mabel TOWNSEND in 1918.
Mary died at the Prince Alfred Hospital (now Royal) on 4 Jan 1906 (SMH 6 Jan 1906) and was buried at the C of E section of Rookwood cemetery (Area : AN, Section : 05, Number : 0000342). It is assumed she converted to Catholicism at some point, as her daughter Harriet also marred in the Catholic church the following year. Her death announcement indicated she would  be buried at the Necropolis (Catholic) but her burial was actually in the C of E section. Mary's husband Henry died in 1920, and he was buried in the same plot as his wife.
My father Andrew HALL visited the grave site in 2013 (grave 0000342), and found a grassed area with NO HEADSTONE. The actual plot was adjacent to a roadway and may have suffered damage as a result.

3. Sebastian HODGE (1861-1866). Born Curragh Camp, Ireland (according to regimental birth index), and did not appear on the 1861 census with his family as he was born later in the year when the 11th Regiment was stationed there. Returned to Australia with the family in 1863 (one of 'three children'). Died on 2 Jul 1866 (NSW BDM 805/1866). According to the death certificate, Sebastian died at a residence on Stanley St where his father worked for the Grammar School. The cause of death is not clear, but had been apparent for 18 months suggesting a chronic illness. According to the death certificate, Sebastian was buried at Camperdown Cemetery (now much reduced in size). Burial records are held by the Australian Society of Genealogists.

4. Philip Ernest HODGE (1863-1937). Born in Sydney after the family returned there (1847/1863), at their residence on Stanley Street. By 1891 he was in Queensland, where he married Mary Ellen MCKENNEY (abt 1867-1916), where he had moved as an employee of the Bank of New South Wales, becoming a bank manager. They had five children, all born in that State:
a. June Ellenor HODGE (1892-?), fate unknown
b. Lucy HODGE (1892-1969), married Louis Wilson John HOEY in 1921 in Qld.
c. Clarice HODGE (1897-?), fate unknown.
d. Phyllis Mary HODGE (1905-1924), buried Bowen Qld cemetery.
e. Mildred Ernestine HODGE (1907-?), fate unknown.
Mary died in 1916, and has a headstone at Bowen cemetery. Philip died in 1937 at Bowen Qld, and is probably buried at that cemetery also. An obituary published in the Townsville Daily Bulletin (21 Jul 1937) summarizes his career: "One of Bowen's oldest and most respected citizens, Mr. Philip E Hodge, passed away on Tuesday morning. Deceased had been confined to his bed for over two years and his end, though deeply regretted, was a happy release. The late Mr. Hodge was for 24 years manager of the local Bank to New South Wales, and until the time of his retirement, he was President of the Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, of the School of Arts till the time of his death, of the Kennedy Hospital for several years and the Bowen Turf Club for some years and many other Institutions. He took an active part in the opening of the Bowen coalfields, the formation of the Bowen Harbor Board, etc. Before going to Bowen he was tor many years in Charters' Towers and then in Cooktown and Georgetown as manager of the Bank of New South Wales and In each town he filled many honorable positions."

5. John Albert HODGE (1865-1892). Born in Sydney, and died in 1892. His tragic death at 27 was described in the Sydney Morning Herald (28 Jun 1892): "ACCIDENTALLY KILLED. The circumstances of the death of a carter named Hodge, who died in the Sydney Hospital on Saturday night, formed the subject of an inquest held yesterday afternoon by the City Coroner in his court at Chancerry Square. It appears that on Thursday evening last deceased, who was in the employ of a butcher named Thomas Josslyn, was driving a cart along Bourke-street, Surry Hills, when the horse, becoming frightened, bolted, and Hodge was thrown from his seat from the jerk caused by passing over a drain. The cart-wheel passed over one of his legs and he received severe injuries to his head. He was picked up unconscious, and remained so till his death.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death." His funeral announcement stated that he was buried at Waverley cemetery, but no details of the burial have yet been uncovered.

6. Harriet Emma Mary HODGE (1869-1941). Born in Sydney in 1869, she married Robert William LENEHAN (of Cook's River) at St Ignatius' Chapel, Riverview (SMH 16 Mar 1889) the month before her father died. Lenehan was a solicitor and military man (probably much to Harriet's father's satisfaction and was commanding officer of the Bushveldt Carbineers at the time of the infamous court martial of four men including `Breaker' Morant in 1902. In fact, LENEHAN was one of those tried, and he was found guilty and reprimanded - two were shot. Upon return to Australia, this led to a period where Robert was not eligible for a military pension, and he has an entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography ( that outlines these difficulties.

They had at least seven children, registered in the Ryde and Hunter's Hill areas of Sydney:
a. Robert Eric LENEHAN (1890-1916), died in Sydney after serving in Gallipoli with the AIF.
b. Marie Gladys LENEHAN (1892-1972), married John L MARONEY in 1917 in Sydney.
c. Maurice J LENEHAN (1895-?), fate not known.
d. Marcia Elizabeth LENEHAN (1897-1970), did not marry.
e. Pretoria Sarah LENEHAN (? - 1967). Probably named for being conceived in South Africa during the Boer War - suggests the family was based there.
f. Jospeh L LENEHAN (1902-?), fate not known.
g. Roger I LENEHAN (1905-?), fate not known.

He was named in a divorce case as respondent (implying he was having an affair) in 1917, for which he was forced to pay the costs and he lost his military command, which rendered him bankrupt in 1918, and at the time of that court case was living with his mother, and Harriet was living with an aunt (Newcastle Sun 30 May 1918). Robert died in 1922 of a cirrhotic liver. Harriet died in 1941, 'of Badham Avenue Mosman widow of the late Colonel R W Lenehan'. She is buried at Field of Mars Catholic Cemetery, Ryde (Section E, Grave 1) with her son Eric.  Her husband is adjacent (Grave 3).

7. Thomas Reid HODGE (1869-1930). Born in Sydney 1869,  named after his father's uncle Thomas Reed HODGE (1818 Barnstaple, Devon - 1882 London) a coach-trimmer who moved to London where he married Caroline MADDEN in 1846 and had multiple children. The subject of this post, Thomas Reid lived in the Edgecliff area of Sydney in the 1920s according to electoral rolls, with the profession of carpenter. Newspaper articles indicate he was also an Alderman on Paddington Council. In 1907 he married Margaret TEAPE. I cannot identify Margaret's origins, but she died in December 1928 and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Waverley (SMH 24 Dec 1928). I have not identified any issue from this marriage.

In 1930, Thomas is registered as marrying Ada Victoria WEINERT (7289/1930), however in December that year he died at the Coast Hospital (primarily dealing with infectious diseases). The NSW Coroner's Inquest entries (available on indicate that Thomas died of "heart failure, whilst under an anesthetic, open ether, for a surgical operation - ether was properly administered". He is buried at the Eastern Suburbs Cemetery (GA - General FM A - Grave 205), i.e., NOT with his first wife Margaret. Ada PEDLER had been previously married to Jno WEINERT in Victoria in 1906, however while living in in 1923 WA she abandoned her husband and twin sons, and divorce was granted in 1928. After Thomas' death she returned to WA, married George GLENDENNING in 1935 and died in Perth in 1958, interred at Karrakatta Cemetery.

8. Walter Herbert HODGE (1871-1956). My ancestor, and last of the siblings to survive. Born in Sydney in 1871. He was a valuer and auctioneer by trade, and married Grace SMITH (1870-1934) in 1897 at St John's Church, Darlinghurst. They had two children:
a. Eileen Helen HODGE (1900-1947), married Samuel Litson BORDER at St John's Church, Darlinghurst in 1922 (see picture).
b. Annie Victoria HODGE (1902-1904). Born at 383 Liverpool St Darlinghurst (SMH 20 Aug 1902), died at the same residence aged 2 years 4 months (17 Dec 1904). Buried at Waverley cemetery, no headstone identified yet.

Walter lived in the Paddington and Eastern Suburbs area till the 1940s, then moved to Cremorne, then Clovelly for the last few years of his life. Grace died in 1934 'at a private hospital, Vaucluse' (SMH 5 Mar 1934), buried at Waverley cemetery. After her death, Walter married Edith Bessie WEBBER the same year. She was born Edith Bessie JEFFERY in Sheldwich, Kent, England in abt 1886 to George and Elizabeth nee COAST. She married a widower, Ambrose WEBBER in 1911 - he was 20 years her senior. They emigrated to Australia in 1912 where Ambrose established a successful business, including as a auctioneer, in Auburn NSW (a suburb of Sydney). Ambrose rose to prominence in Auburn, lost 2 sons in the great war, then became ill in the early 1920s and died in 1923. Edith died in 1944. She was cremated at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, listed as 'buried in accordance' - I am not sure what this means.

Walter died 7 Apr 1956, aged 84 (SMH 9 Apr 1956), with no surviving children, but with four grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. This is the only photo I am aware of, on the wedding day of his daughter Eileen. It is assumed that he is buried at Waverley, but no burial/headstone has been identified.

9. Sydney Sebastian HODGE (1874-1928). Born in Sydney, 1874. I've found little about him - he is shown as a 'Groom' - a horse stable hand - in the 1903 Electoral Roll, living at 68 Hunter St Sydney. His death was registered in 1928 in Orange, NSW (21411/1928). The death certificate reveals he died on 16 Dec 1928 at the Orange District Hospital, was still a 'groom' by trade, and had not been married (or had children). He was buried at the Church of England Cemetery at Orange but I have not yet determined whether or not he had a headstone (it seems unlikely). An advert placed in the Sydney Morning Herald the following year states 'HODGE -In memory of my brother Sid who departed this life December 16 1928. After life's fitful fever he sleeps well -Macbeth. Inserted by his loving brother Thomas Reid Hodge' (SMH 16 Dec 1929).

It occurs to me that there were no male descendants of Sebastian and Harriet, though surely there are many descendants with the surnames listed above, such as EDWARDS, AGRATI, LENEHAN, BORDER (my line), MARONEY, etc.

The next step is to try and get insight into hedastones that may exist at the Eastern Suburbs Cemetery.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Catherine Conlon, found.

My ancestry Patrick Conlon came to Australia as a member of the 50th Regiment of Foot in 1833. He was from Kinvara, Galway and brought his family with him; there is no direct record of the family on arrival (unless muster records list it), but the NSW 1841 census states that two girls aged 7-14 born overseas lived in the home - two daughters of Patrick and Catherine CONLON.

Given the absence of Irish church records, I'd been unable to find any record of the names of the daughters who arrived in Australia with the Conlon family. I'd also had no luck finding their fate based on NSW BDM searches, but knew there were children unaccounted for.

But I had been contacted by several CONLON descendants thanks to this blog. More than one of these told me that they had been told that "several sisters are reputed to have left NSW for 'America' together", some were possibly born in Ireland, others after arrival in NSW. Another comment I have is specifically that the sister Elizabeth CONLON "married USA Johnston, Alice told Dad that the girls married miners who ended up as timber merchants.". Well, there is no documentary evidence of Elizabeth in NSW, and she was likely born in Ireland!

But despite trawling US census records and various random BDM indexes (US registrations were not organized, and were/are regulated on a county and state basis in a fairly ad-hoc way), I found nothing. Nothing.

Till finally I found a death notice published in the Sydney Morning Herald while searching Trove ( giving a clue to the name and fate of a daughter:

Sydney Morning Herald
6th January 1862
On the 13th October, at San Francisco, Catherine, the beloved wife of James Phillips, aged 28, and fourth daughter of Patrick Conlon, of Parramatta-street, Sydney, after a long and painful illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude. Galway papers please copy.

So this is full of information. First, San Francisco as a destination makes sense given the discovery of gold the subsequent goldrush around 1849 - many people travelled from the Australian colonies to the US seeking their fortune. We learn that Catherine was the 4th daughter of Patrick, was born about 1834, and she had married James Phillips. If she was born in 1833 then she would have been born on a ship or in NSW, but no record of her baptism can be found - given that the family were Catholic where records were poor, this is not surprising.

Adding to my frustration in following up on this lead, it transpires that all San Francisco civil records were destroyed in the fire of 1906, so no luck there. Furthermore, there's an excellent site that has digitized CA newspapers (, but again I can find no marriage, birth or death announcements related to Caroline and James, or any other Conlon/Conlan that might have an Australian connection. I followed up on several leads with no luck, but a fellow Conlon descendant put out a request on rootschat ( that yielded some answers.

First, the Burial Registry for Calvary (Catholic) Cemetery shows the burial of Catherine Philip, born in Sydney, married, died 14 Oct 1861, at St. Mary's Hospital, aged 27 years, cause of death Pthisis (usually tuberculosis).

No headstone exists, as this cemetery was resumed in the 1930s/40s to make way for development. As part of this process graves were excavated and remains transferred to Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma (nearby in SF). As part of this, a card was recorded with details for each.

Of note is that 2 family members were buried in the plot (bottom right corner). Unfortunately the site index does not allow for cross-referencing to other graves ( and family names don't link to anything obvious.

And so there it is, Catherine's fate, but still so much to learn. When did the sisters sail to California? What was the sister Elizabeth's fate? Were there any other sisters in the US? What happened to the widower James Philip/Phillips? Lots to do! Hopefully this post is a good launch-off point.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Finding Malachy (or Malachi) Conlon/Conlan/Connellan of Kinvara, Galway

At the limits of my family tree for the CONLON line is Malachi Conlon, and his wife Mary O'Brien. I know of them thanks to the death certificate of Patrick CONLON (1793-1870). Patrick came to Australia with his own family as a member of the 50th Regiment of Foot in the early 1830s, and stayed. Patrick's death notice in the SMH stated him to have lived at 52 Parramatta Street, and be a native of 'Kinvara, Galway, Ireland'.

So then, all I know about Malachi CONLON and Mary nee O'BRIEN is that they lived in Kinvara, Galway, Ireland, and I can infer based on family behaviour in NSW that Malachi and Mary were likely Catholic. There are Catholic registers for Irish parishes available at the National Library of Ireland (, and very little else available for digging into records back in Ireland.

Looking at the Kinvara parish entry coverage on the NLI site, they effectively begin just before Patrick and family reached Australia (1833). It notes that microfilm 02442/14 contains a 'list of inhabitants showing Christmas dues 1834, Easter dues 1835', and reading through the list I found, scratched out, Malachy Conlan listed as being of 'Cahernamadra', which in modern times is written as 'Carrownamaddra', and lies less than a mile west of the town of Kinvarra, and all within the parish.

While burial records do not appear to have survived for Kinvarra, it is possible that Malachy was crossed about because he either died, or moved to another part of the parish.

The son Patrick Conlon was born about 1793; this is inferred from his stated age of 77 at death in 1870, and may be incorrect (I suspect he was actually younger). It would be useful to see the 50th Regiment of Foot records as it may reveal Patrick's true age. At any rate, this would mean that Malachi was born in 1770 at the latest, meaning he was 54 or older when the list was made in the parish records.

One other occurrence of Malachy in the records is the Griffith's valuation records for Galway of 1856-ish ( There is listed a Malachy Connellan in Kinvarra, a house on land of nearly 4 acres, the house being of slightly below-average value for the area (and presumably quality).

It might appear that this Malachy would be too old, BUT in the 1867 civil registration indexes, the death of a Malachy Conlan is recorded, registered in Gort (the registration district that captures Kinvara). His age was recorded as 85, making him born about 1782 (Returns Quarter 2, Returns Volume No 9, Returns Page No 207). It would be quite remarkable, but it's possible this is the death of Malachy Conlon/Conlan/Connellan ; I hope to track down the certificate, but in the meantime I hope this post catches someone else's interest.

Also, there is another CONLON connection in the records (including the same list of inhabitants shown above); though not one I've been able to prove that the family maintained. In the parish records and assisted immigration records to NSW is the family of a John Conlan of Kinvara, many of whom came to Australia in the late 1850s (after the potato famine).