kelmark on FamilyTreeCircles - journals

kelmark on Family Tree Circles

sort: Date Alphabetical
view: full | list

Journals and Posts

McCurdy - AUSTRALIA & ?

Caroline Esther McCurdy born 1825 (V1825625 125/1825) in Parramatta, NSW.

Parents were James McCurdy & Rachel Richards.

Caroline Married William Hall, 11 March 1844, All Saints, Camden, NSW (393 Vol 29).

Children: Susannah, Rachel, Grace Teresa & Alfred Henry Hall.

9 comment(s), latest 3 years, 9 months ago


Thomas Cagney was born Abt. 1780. He married Margaret Brown. Curiously, his family were from the same town (Newmarket, Cork) as his daughter Mary's future husband, in the Colony, James Houlahan.

Their children: James, Michael, Mary, Thomas & Dennis

Thomas was transported to Australia on the Eliza II as a convict. His crime? Burgalry. His ship departed from Cork 19 Jul, Arrived 8 Nov 1827.

His wife Margaret and daughter Mary applied to join him in Australia and were granted free passage on the Roslin/Roslyn Castle. His sons Michael and Thomas also did this, arriving on the convict ship Surrey in 1836.

This information can be found on the National Archives of Ireland website.

He had a Ticket of Leave issued (36/1033). Thomas recieved a Pardon on 1 Feb 1845 [4/4446] 781 - 085. You can find details of these on the NSW Records website.

Thomas died December 1850 at Patrick's Plain, NSW.

The family is mentioned in the book Mines, Wines & People, which I believe is available for purchase from the Cessnock Library. You might find it in your local borrowing library as well. Also mentioned are associated families: Houlahan, Smith, Bowcock, Harris.

Please note "Thomas Cagney" in the book who is supposed to be a convict is in fact the son of the convict, Thomas, who came free on the Surrey.

1 comment(s), latest 4 years, 4 months ago

BOWCOCK - England, Ireland & Australia

James Bowcock was born in 1805 in Haworth (York), England. He was in the military as "Seaman & Soldier" before he deserted.

His trial took place in Cork, Ireland in 1829. Later that year he was transported as a convict to Australia, arriving on Larkins (2) on 12 Dec.

Upon arrival in Sydney, he was assigned to John Grono of Pitt Town. He was granted his Ticket of Leave in 1834; and later earnt his Certificate of Freedom, granted on 11 Apr 1836.

He married Catherine Crowley on 2 June 1835 in Pitt Town, NSW. Their children included Timothy (b 4 April 1836), Mary, Susannah (b 25 December 1838) & William.

Mary & William's spouses unknown; but Timothy married Mary Houlahan (daughter of another convict) in Maitland West in 1855. Their children: Johanna, Daniel Joseph, Timothy, James, William, Mary, Edward, John, Ellen, Patrick, Celia & Margaret.

Susannah married Richard Harris in Oakville, Whittingham, Wollombi, NSW on 17 May 1854. Their children: John Thomas, Maria, Catherine, Charlotte, William James, Richard, Benjamin George, Mary Jane, Susannah & Emily Harriet.

James Bowcock died in 30 November 1882, in West Maitland, NSW. My information says he was buried in the Catholic Cemetery, West Maitland, NSW; this conflicts with info on convict records that says he was Protestant. Could be misinformation, an assumption or maybe he later converted...who knows.

The family is mentioned in the book Mines, Wines & People, which I believe is available for purchase from the Cessnock Library. You might find it in your local borrowing library as well. Also mentioned are associated families: Houlahan, Smith, Cagney, Harris.

O'BRIEN - Tipperary, Ireland to NSW, Australia

Terence O'Brien was born in 1823, in Terryglass, Tipperary, Ireland [the son of Cornelius O'Brien & Kate (Catherine) Costello].

Terence (sometimes Terrans)went to America and married Mary Moylan there in 9 January 1853, Collinsville, Hartford, Connecticut.

They eventually joined Mary's family, who had emigrated to Australia earlier. Terence and Mary arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the 12 May 1855.

The family was centred mainly in the Maitland area of NSW (Hunter Valley). Terence and Mary lived at Bishop's Bridge.

Margaret, Catherine Mary [my line], Cornelius, Michael Thomas & James Francis O'Brien are their known children.

Terence was, amongst other things, a postmaster, shopkeeper and publican. He was also partially responsible for many public improvements in the local area.

Two years after his wife Mary (nee Moylan) died, he married Margaret Hogan. The children from his second marriage were John, Terrence, Annie, William, Frederick & Norma.

Terence's relative Michael O'Brien's family at Poggy/Poggi Station were amongst those killed by the Governor brothers, murders made infamous by the book Jimmy Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally.

Here are some obituaries for him (died 29 April 1900).

"Local and General Items

The late Mr Terence O'Brien - On the 5th of May, 1899, when the late Mr Terence O'Brien had a severe attack of illness he wrote the following brief sketch of his life in New South Wales, which was found by his family amongst his papers: - "I was born at Terrey Glase, county Tipperary, Ireland, 1823. I landed in Sydney 12 of May, 1855. I settled down at Bishop's Bridge 1858; got the post office in 1861; got spirit licence 1866; kept it to the commencement of the present Act, and colonial wine licence since. I was chairman of the local board of National Schools during the time the Council of Education existed. I was secretary and member of the Road Trust for road grants for the Maitland end of Wollombi Road for sixteen years; I got the telephone extended to Bishop's Bridge on the 7th April 1899; and I am quite willing to let those who knew me best say how I managed the above during my life time at Bishop's Bridge".

The funeral took place this afternoon and was largely attended. The body was brought to St. John's Cathedral in the morning. Prayers for the dead were recited, and at three o'clock the funeral started from the Cathedral to the Roman Catholic cemetery at Campbell's Hill where the Rev. Father McCormack officated." From Maitland Mercury, 1 May 1900

"Death of MR. TERENCE O'BRIEN. - We record with regret the death of Mr. Terence O'Brien, a well-known and highly respected resident of Bishop's Bridge, which sad event occured at his residence last evening at eleven o'clock. The deceased gentleman had been ailing for some time which an affection of the heart and other things, and for the last three or four months had been under the care of Dr. F. Liddell. His death was due to a general breaking up of the system, he having reached the good old age of seventy-seven. The late Mr O'Brien was a native of the county Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this colony about forty years ago. For the past thirty-five years or more he resided at Bishop's Bridge, where he kept a hotel and store for many years, and was also the local postmaster, as well as a member of the Road Trust.

In fact in all matters - social and political - Mr O'Brien paid a prominent part, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, because of the high moral principles that always actuated him in his conduct through life. He was twice married, and leaves a widow and family of nine children, all grown up. Mr J.F. O'Brien, grocer of West Maitland, is one of his sons. The body will be brought in to St. John's Cathedral to-morrow morning, and the funeral will leave the Cathedral at three o'clock in the afternoon for the Campbell's Hill cemetery."

From Maitland Mercury, 30 Apr 1900


Edward Grimes married Mary McMullen, daughter of William & Louisa McMullen, somewhere in British Isles.

They emigrated to Australia around 1823, when their daughter Charlotte Grimes was born at sea.

Charlotte married John Evans [son of Robert & Sinah Evans, from Llangynog, Montgomeryshire, Wales] in 1845, in Dubbo, NSW. Their children included John, Sinah, Richard, Edward, Ellen, Daniel, Henry & George.

I am descended from Ellen Evans (b 16 November 1859) & her husband Alfred Henry Hall.

1 comment(s), latest 8 years, 10 months ago

BILTOFT - Denmark to Australia

9 comment(s), latest 6 years ago

COCHRANE -> Co Cavan, IRE -> Australia

Robert Cochrane, b Abt. 1829, was the son of James & Mary Cochrane. On 22 April 1848, he married Frances Pattie/Patty, daughter of Edward & Mary Patty, at the Church of Ireland in Bailiesborough, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

They emigrated to Australia on the ship Digby, in 1849 (reel 2135, 2459 State Records NSW). Their son Edward James/James Edward was born 16 October 1849 in Mulgoa, Cumberland, NSW (NSW Birth Cert Reg No V18491127 34A/1849).

James Edward/Edward James Cochrane was baptised 25th November 1849 at Parish of Mulgoa, County of Cumberland. His Father Robert's 'Profession or Calling' was listed as a Labourer on baptismal records and their usual place of abode was Mulgoa. He married Hannah Pittman, and I am descended from their daughter, Annie Jane in 1875 at Tamworth, NSW.

Robert & Fanny also had a son, John, born 8th April 1854 and baptised 25th July 1854 - Presbyterian, District of Bathurst. Their usual abode was listed as O'Connell Plains & Robert's occupation as Farmer on baptismal records.

WHITE (2) - Maitland area, NSW, Australia

Different White family from the other one I am researching.

Esther May White was the daughter of Bertrand Charles White (b 7 January 1873, West Maitland - parents Charles White & Annie Upward) & Violet Vera Vida Owens (b 19 August 1887, Barcaldine, QLD - parents John Owens & Eliza Helm).

Bertrand & Violet married in 1914.

Their children (Esther's brothers & sisters) include Queen, Joe, Ivy (Ruth), Joy, Alf, Bernard Coyne, & Charles Bertram.

Some of their children are still living, so their dates have not been given.

Would love to make contact with relatives or researchers.

4 comment(s), latest 5 years, 2 months ago

BLAKEY - Sunderland, Durham, England

Sarah Ellen BLAKEY was born 05 Feb 1878 in 4 Woodbine Street East, Sunderland, Durham, England.

Her parents were William Blakey (b 15 Jul 1844 - 24 Market Place, Durham) & Isabella Jewitt / Jewett (b 10 Sep 1844 - 6 Silver Street, Durham). William was a Joiner. Most of the family is born (and died) in Durham.

Known siblings included Robert, Charles, Emily Maud, Ann and Hellena.

Sarah Ellen's Blakey line goes from

William Blakey m Jane Grieve
John Blakey m Elizabeth Westwick
Anthony Blakey m Dorothy Hall
William Blakey m Isabella Jewitt
Sarah Ellen Blakey

William Blakey & family were found in 1891 census at Bishop Wearmouth.

She married George Oliver 23 October 1897, Registry Office, Sunderland, England. Their children included Matthew (10 January 1898?), Isabel (Cis/Sis), George W (Bill), Elizabeth (1 July 1903), Nora, Harold, Winnifred (Wynne), Charles (Fred?)& Ann (Nancy).

In 1921, the Oliver family, except for Matthew, whom was already married and settled with Maggie, migrated en masse to Australia aboard the Themistocles. They settled in Sydney, NSW.

Looking for other Blakey and/or Oliver descendants in UK and Australia to share research and photos.