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Looking for info on James McGee circa 1802 Kilsaren Ireland - 19 July 1853 New Zealand

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James was on the Ship Rattlesnake arriving in Russell i think in 1838 in his company were his wife Anne (nee McCartney)1808-april 1889 3 sons Joseph (my line)1831-1901, Richard 1835-1916 and Owen-Curran 1837-1920. They traveled to an area that was named Auckland on their arrival. They were on the ship Anna Watson that arrived 3 days after the ship the Platina. The very first settlers in those two ships in Auckland harbour.
I would love to have more info on James and his sons. I cannot find anything on Owen Curran McGee just that he had a large family. I would love some more photos. I only have one Of Richard and his bride that was taken in Australia at some stage.

Surnames: MCCARTNEY MCGEE
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by anniec Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-11-12 17:40:52

I am 53 have been doing family research for about 10yrs now off and on. I work as a caregiver working with the elderly. I have an beautiful 18 yr old daughter. I love scrap booking and got into this so i could hopefully find other photos of ancestors. I have been very successful at this and now have 2 large family albums of both parents lines. There is only a few i would like to get.

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by ngairedith on 2011-11-12 19:11:34

have you read the journals of Felton Mathew (1801-1848), the First Surveyor-General of New Zealand? (also of Australia)
James McGee is mentioned in one of them as an early settler of the Bay of Islands and may have more info for you

this is a list of the Title Pages to the Journals:
the Founding of New Zealand

by ngairedith on 2011-11-12 19:48:20

I can only find one son at this time for Owen Curran McGEE & Mary KEATING, that was John McGee who was born 24 February 1864 in Otahuhu, Auckland

Mary was a daughter of John KEATING (1798-1861) who was born in Tuam, Galway and died in Sydney, NSW and Mary LARKIN (1808-1896) who was born in Galway, Ireland and died in Sydney BSW

Owen & Mary married 16 April 1863 in Sydney. Maybe they had most of their large family over there and only had John in Auckland


Owen was:
* 'BIG' in the horse racing circles in NZ having his own stables

* in 1877 he (and a number of others) were instrumental in forming the Auckland Agricultural and Pstoral Association

* in 1978 he went to court against the Auckland Jockey Club trying to recover 2,500 damages as compensation for them having disqualifed him, his son and the horse 'Falcon' from the turf for 2 years

* he stood for local elections in Manukau, Otahuhu etc

* was nominated for the Otahuhu School Committee in 1891 so presumably his children attended that school

by anniec on 2011-11-13 00:21:26

Thanks for that i will look for the info on that author.James and his sons farmed around Mangaroi which i think is now Mangere. He died by falling off his horse and knocked out face down in the swamp. His death is recorded in the book the first 500 inquests in NZ.After that i believe the sons went a bit to the drink and gambling. I started this to do a heritage album and i have been very successful with all of my family lines except this one.I would love some info on where they came from in Ireland but cant find proof of there births of wedding between James and Anne.
I know Owen is buried in Otahuhu he had eight children, James , Mary, Mathew and Alice, John Richard , Willy died at seven months. Owen died 83
I have an Adelia Rose died15 5 1951 aged 74yrs, and a Marie Louise died 20,3,1952 buiried in Otahuhu cemetery with notes saying daughters of Owen and Mary Mcgee the women never married.
The 1978 Owen must have been a descendant of one of his children. Thanks for your help. Annette

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