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James CANTWELL married (1) Mary Ann KILROY and (2) Bridget Ellen BENSON

Journal by allycat

James CANTWELL born 7 Oct 1854 Dagworth, NSW Australia to parents: Patrick CANTWELL 1827-1875 and Suzannah MCCROHON 1836-1918.

More about James Cantwell:
He was the eldest brother of my great grandfather Lawrence Martin CANTWELL.
Birth: NSW BDM Birth Registration No. V18542225 71/1854 Parents names: Patrick & Susan CANTWELL
Death: NSW BDM Death Registration No. 18775/1923 Parents names: Patrick & Susana CANTWELL

Religion: Roman Catholic. Occupation: Labourer

Information source: Rootsweb World Connect Project - Johnstone Family Tree

James CANTWELL was baptised at West Maitland, NSW, Australia on 22 October 1854. His parents were Patrick CANTWELL and Susan MACROON (sic) of Dagworth, NSW, Australia. The baptism was performed by J.T. LYNCH, Roman Catholic. James CANTWELL was 64 years of age at the time of the death of his mother Susannah McCROHON on 24 November 1918. James CANTWELL died at 20 Denison Street, Hamilton, NSW, Australia on 3 October 1923. He was a labourer, aged 68 years. The cause of death was given as pneumonia and heart failure after an illness lasting four days. Death was certified by Dr Wick [?] Bourke, who saw James CANTWELL on the day of his death. The informant was J.L. Cantwell, son, of Hamilton, NSW, Australia. James CANTWELL's parents were Patrick CANTWELL, farmer, and Susana McCROHAN [sic].

James CANTWELL was born at Dagworth, NSW, Australia. When he was 21 years of age, he married Mary Ann KILROY at Branxton, NSW, Australia. They had three children, two females who died before his death, and a son, Patrick, who was 42 when James CANTWELL died.

When he was 30 years of age, James CANTWELL married Bridget Ellen BENSON at Singleton, NSW, Australia. They had seven children, all living at the time of his death. They were: Thomas (37 years), James (35), Bridget M (33), Catherine (29), Emily J (27), John L (24) and Alice A (21). James CANTWELL was buried at Sandgate Roman Catholic Cemetery on 4 october, 1923. The undertaker was Thomas Moore, the priest was J. MARSHALL (Roman Catholic) and witnesses were John HEUCHAN and A.J. BUCK.

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allycat , from sunny Queensland, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2006. is researching the following names: VOSS, DENNER, DINNER and 610 other(s).

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by sommerled on 2009-02-20 15:40:50

Bridget Carroll (b. 1810 Ireland) had three mariages, first to James Ryan, then to John Carroll and finally John Slade. She was was the mother of Elizabeth Carroll who married Francis Larney in 1866. Francis and Elizabeth's daughter, Catherine Ellen Larney, married Patrick John Cantwell in 1901.

Bridget Carroll died 30th July 1888 in Mitchell's Flat, Singleton, at the age of 78 years.

Informant at her death was Bridget Hipwell, her daughter (from first marriage) living near Singleton.

Witnesses at her burial were Joseph Schubert and James Cantwell.

I assume that this witness is your James Cantwell.

by allycat on 2009-02-20 16:26:46

Dear Sommerled, Hi. Any pieces of information are more than welcome and add to the greater knowledge of interconnected families within the tree.

It's highly likely that the witness to Bridget Slade's burial was James Cantwell my Great Great Uncle.

Thank you for sharing.

by sommerled on 2009-02-21 20:19:06

Dear Alison

From your other Journal, Thomas BENSON born abt 1840 place unknown, married in 1863 at Maitland NSW to Catherine RYAN. Their daughter Bridget Ellen BENSON born 1869 Patricks Plain NSW
married James CANTWELL.

Is this the Catherine Ryan born in NSW in 1842 (parents James Ryan and Bridget Ryan (nee Dwyer))

If so, then this tree is indeed very interconnected.

Not only did Bridget Carroll's grand-daughter from her second marriage, Catherine Ellen Larney, marry James Cantwell's son Patrick (from James's first marriage to Mary Ann Kilroy) but Bridget's grand-daughter from her first marriage, Bridget E Benson, appears to have married Patrick's father, James Cantwell. (I do not use Bridget Slade as she was buried as Bridget Carroll - it is assumed the marriage to Slade was not successful).

Does this match your records?

Best wishes


by allycat on 2009-02-21 21:43:44

Dear Nel,

Hi. I had a look at my PAF (Personal Ancestral File) where I store my GEDCOM file in my hard-drive and without bdm certs it is hard to confirm without 100% accuracy that it is one and the same Catherine Ryan. But there is a very high probability. I just never thought about it before.

I have a Catherine RYAN born 1842 Mulgoa, no parents names provided to me as yet, who married 1863 Maitland NSW to Thomas BENSON. (Details confirmed by BENSON/RYAN descendants).

I have found various overlapping occurrences in my tree that if you are not careful you can get lost.

There are quite a few BENSON descendants with whom, I am in contact with, would no doubt like more details expanded on this branch if you would be so kind. We have our tree at Geni.com, and to join us there, you would need to be invited electronically via your personal email address. It's a great site and has an extensive privacy policy - free too.

Q.Who were your ancestors.


by sommerled on 2009-02-22 03:52:31

Hi Alison

I did not know anything about the Bensons until this morning, when I received details from Bridget Dwyer's (Carroll's) death certificate and investigated all of the children listed.

Bridget Dwyer was born in Tipperary, Ireland abt. 1810. She and her first husband James Ryan were married in Tipperary in 1829. They had a daughter by the name of Julia in 1832.

In 1841 they emigrated to Australia aboard the 'Ayreshire'. (Julia is listed as 'Judy' on the ship's record, so until I received information from Bridget's death certificate this morning, I did not know her daughter's name was actually Julia).

Back to Bridget's marriage to James Ryan. I found the births of two children in NSW BDM:


The children are confirmed on Bridget's death certificate:
Julia aged 55
Catherine age 45
Bridget age 44
female deceased

I found an 1847 marriage for Julia Ryan and Matthew Maher in NSW BDM this morning. It is only while typing this comment that I notice that Matthew Maher was a witness at John Carroll and Bridget Ryan's marriage:

Marriage Certificate John Carroll and Bridget Ryan, both hold Communion with the Roman Catholic church; both of Paterson were joined together in wedlock by J.T. Lynch of Maitland, minister of the Roman Catholic Church on 20th September, 1848 at West Maitland, in the presence of witnesses Matthew Maher, Anne Cluff.

Catherine Ryan married Thomas Benson.

The third daughter Bridget married George Henry Hipwell. (Bridget Hipwell is the daughter who was the informant at Bridget Carroll's burial, where James Cantwell was the witness - the other witness was Joseph Schubert - I just found a Joseph Schubert married to Elizabeth M Benson in 1884 at Patrick's Plain in NSW BDM). Bridget Hipwell had a son, James Alexander HIPWELL. He married Sarah Therese Thomas in 1889. Sarah's brother is Charles A Thomas. Charles married Ann Elizabeth Larney (Catherine Ellen Larney's sister).

Will contact you by comment in the near future.

Best wishes

by Jules68 on 2009-02-22 21:00:28

Hi Nel

My name is Julie MACKINNON (nee ELLEVSEN) and I am the granddaughter of Gordon Thomas BENSON son of John BENSON and Esther PEGLER. I have been in contact with Alison CANTWELL for quite some time. She mentioned to me that you may have some certs that would be of interest. Would you mind giving me some more information on them.

Best regards

by Deb2330 on 2010-09-11 01:47:51

I am the great great granddaughter of Julia Ryan and Matthew Maher, Bridget Carroll is buried in an unmarked grave in Queen Street Roman Catholic Cemetery in Singleton. i unearthed this piece of information today.
My great grandmother was Catherine Cecilia Maher and she married George landers. Their daughter Alice mary was my grandmother and she died of a tropical diease in Singleton in 1926 leaving behind my grand father Clarence AynsleY Woods, And three son Harold Kelvin and my dad Clarence.

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