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James Quirk was baptised on the 15 February 1824 at St John’s Kilkenny to Peter Quirk and Catherine Ryan. Sponsors were Thomas Quirk and Ann Ryan.

In 1849, James and his younger sister Margaret left Ireland and arrived in New South Wales on the ship ‘Victoria’ and arrived on the 3rd September 1849.

James spent some time on the gold fields in Bendigo Victoria before coming back to Sydney where he married Mary McMahon on the 7 Mar 1859 at St Mary’s Sydney.

I do not have any information on the children as yet, nor have I found when James died.

Though I have found references to the deaths of three children to a James & Mary Quirk from Cooks River, all in the space of 2 weeks:

Peter Quirk – at his residence at Cooks River, father James Quirk, aged 8, 25/5/1868

Catherine Quirk at the 159 Dowling Street Woolloomooloo, 8th June and on the 10th, Helena, aged 6 years and QUIRK—June 8th, at No. 159, Dowling-street, Woolloomooloo, Catherine, aged 2 years and 7 months ; and on the 10th, Helena, aged 6 years and 5 months, the beloved children of James and Mary Quirk, of Cook’s River.

My 2x great grandmother was Mary Fitzgerald. Mary arrived in New South Wales on board the ship Maria in 1850. She was one of approx. 250 Irish Famine Orphans who had also arrived on the Maria.

I have a copy of the book, Barefoot and Pregnant? Irish Famine Orphans in Australia and it lists Mary on the index as being 18 and was was from Stonehoyle, Limerick. Her parents were John and Johanna. Her mother was living at Stonehoyle and she was Roman Catholic.

There is no Stonehoyle in Limerick but there is a Stonehall. So my guess is Stonehall in the parish of Kilcorcoran is the parish that Mary was born in. Kilcorcoran was in the Rathkeale Poor Law Union

On the 10th August 1850, she was sent to Maitland. (source: Immigration Correspondence 501659, NSW State Records)

Around 1851, she married Dennis McCormack. There is no trace of the marriage in the NSW Birth Death Marriage Indexes.

I believe Mary lead a simple life, though hard at times, in particular when her first born son William died after falling into a fire. You can read about William’s story here.

Mary died on the 6th July 1905 at Cessnock and is buried at the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Branxton. A few years ago, I did go to the cemetery but could find no trace of her grave.

From her death certificate, her parents are listed as John Fitzgerald and Hanorah O’Shaunnessy. Her name is also recorded as Mary Ann Agnes. I am in two minds about her mother’s first name. The shipping records says Johanna, her death certificate says Hanorah. Mary did name her second eldest daughter Honorah, so I can’t help but think it’s more likely Honorah or something similar.

I previously tried to find Mary’s baptism on Roots Ireland to no avail. This week though I had another look and found the following:

Name:    Margaret Fitzgerald             Date of Birth:        01-Mar-1830Parish/District:     KILCORNAN & STONEHALLCounty   Co. LimerickDenomination:     Roman Catholic

Father:   John Fitzgerald     Mother: Margaret Shaughnessy

 

I also found the below for a Maria Fitzgerald, with the mother’s surname also being Shaughnessy

Name:    Maria Fitzgerald   Date of Birth:        26-Feb-1826Address:                                Parish/District:     KILCORNAN & STONEHALLGender:                 Unknown               County   Co. Limerick

Denomination:     Roman Catholic

Father:   John Fitzgerald     Mother: Elizabeth Shaughnessy

 

Also, another for a John Fitzgerald, also with the mother’s surname of Shaughnessy

Name:    John Fitzgerald     Date of Birth:        04-May-1831Address:                                Parish/District:     KILCORNAN & STONEHALLGender:                 Unknown               County   Co. LimerickDenomination:     Roman Catholic

Father:   John Fitzgerald     Mother: Ellen Shaughnessy

 

Could they all be related? With a name of John Fitzgerald, there is a possibility that there was more than one in the parish at the same so maybe two different families or could this be the same family but the mother’s first name recorded incorrectly? I have not been able to find a marriage between a John Fitzgerald to either a Margaret, Elizabeth, Johanna or Honorah Shaughnessy.

Further reading:

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Rathkeale/

http://www.countylimerickgenealogy.com/content/limerickplupage.html

 

 

Nicholas James Quirk was baptised on the 05-May-1839 at St John’s Well Kilkenny to Peter and Mary Quirk.

In 1852, Nicholas arrived in New South Wales, on board the ship, Neptune, along with his parents and siblings.

Nicholas died on the 13 Oct 1921 and is buried at the Molong Cemetery.

From the Molong Express and Western District Advertiser dated 15th October 1921 we find the below:

Obituary – Nicholas Quirk

Nicholas Quirk, of Edward Street, Molong, at the ripe age of 81 years, from senility and heart failure. The deceased gentleman was born at Kilkenny, Ireland, and arrived in Australia in February, 1852, by the ship ” Neptune.”

Some 50 years ago Mr. Quirk came to the Molong district, where he successfully followed agricultural and pastoral pursuits until 1902, when he retired, and took up his residence in town. Up till a very few years ago he was particularly hale and hearty, and very few people would believe he was the age the register discloses.

The remains were interred in the R.C. portion of the Molong cemetery, Rev. Father Lawler officiating at the graveside, where many old friends had assembled to pay the last tokens of respect. The deceased gentleman married twice, and his second wife survives him. To the widow and his two sons, Messrs James Quirk (Burrendong) and Nicholas Quirk (Boomey) general sympathy will be extended by a wide circle of friends

I don’t have much on this family. I have searched Trove, Ancestry, Sydney Archives to name just a few, but have not found any reference to Elizabeth, Joseph or their son Joseph after 1870.

Elizabeth Dilworth was born 17 October 1845 to Joseph & Elizabeth Dilworth (nee Ditty) married James Shaw on the 20th November 1869 at Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (source: NSW Marriage Certificate). Elizabeth was baptised on the same date as her sister – Amelia Dilworth (born 20th October 1847 and known in later records as Emma) in January 1848 at St Lawrence Church, Sydney.

The only child that I have been able to find for James and Elizabeth is

Joseph Henry Shaw – born 20/1/1870 at Glebe Street, Glebe. His father is listed as James Shaw – shipwright – aged 29 and his mother – Elizabeth Dilworth – aged 25. Joseph was born only 2 months after James & Elizabeth were married.

The informant on his birth, was his mother Elizabeth, living at Glebe Street, Glebe. I have found no information on James Shaw’s birth or the names of his parents. I have also not being able to find a death for James Shaw or Elizabeth Shaw.

There is also a birth for a Thomas Dilworth in 1866 to a Eliza Dilworth. I do expect Eliza to be the same Elizabeth as the one who married James Shaw above. Thomas also died in 1866.

Registration Number  Last Name  Given Name(s)  Father’s Given Name(s)  Mother’s Given Name(s)  District 
1693/1866 DILWORTH THOMAS J   ELIZA SYDNEY

 

Registration Number  Last Name  Given Name(s)  Father’s Given Name(s)  Mother’s Given Name(s)  District 
1889/1866 DILWORTH THOMAS J   ELIZA GLEBE

 

Joseph TAMAN, son of Thomas TAMAN (1689- ) and Ann JONES (1689- ), was born in 1728 in Buckinghamshire, England. He married Elizabeth KIRBY in 1748 (approx.) in Buckinghamshire. He died on 25 January 1801 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. He was buried on 25 January 1801 in St Mary, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England.

Elizabeth KIRBY was born on 13 March 1728 in Buckinghamshire. She and Joseph TAMAN had the following children:

 

  1. Mary TAMAN (1749- ).   Mary was born in April 1749 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 16 April 1749 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
  2. William TAMAN (1750-1791).   William was born on 4 August 1750 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 19 August 1750 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire He died on 30 January 1791 in Aylesbury. He was buried on 30 January 1791 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
  3. Charlotte TAMAN (1753- ).   Charlotte was born on 5 April 1753 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 29 April 1753 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
  4. Diana TAMAN (1754- ).   Diana was born on 29 December 1754 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 5 January 1755 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
  5. John TAMAN (1757-1843?).   John was born on 12 February 1757 in Aylesbury.1,2,3 He was baptised on 5 May 1757 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire2 He married Hannah MILLER on 21 April 1782 in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, England. In 1841 he was resident in St Aldgate, Oxfordshire, England. He died in 1843 (approx.) in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
  6. Thomas TAMAN (1759- ).   Thomas was born on 5 February 1759 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 14 February 1759 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire
  7. Keziah TAMAN (1761-1843).   Keziah was born on 13 February 1761 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 15 February 1761 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire She died on 13 December 1843 in Aylesbury. She was buried on 13 December 1843 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire She married William PORTER on 21 May 1779 in St Mary
  8. Elizabeth TAMAN (1763- ).   Elizabeth was born on 2 January 1763 in Aylesbury.2 She was baptised on 5 January 1763 in St Mary
  9. Ann TAMAN (1765- ).   Ann was born on 16 October 1765 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 3 November 1765 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire

This blog is about the Wise or Wiseman family from Aylesbury Buckinghamshire.

One of My 5x Great Grandmothers was Elizabeth Wiseman and she was born on the 28 January 1741. She was baptised at St Mary’s Aylesbury on the 5th April 1741.

Elizabeth’s parents were Richard & Mary WISEMAN, Labourer.

Elizabeth married George Shouler on 7 Feb 1762 at St Mary’s Aylesbury 1762. The witness to their marriage was George Vickers and Isaac Wheeler.

From looking at the Aylesbury St Mary Parish registers, the only marriage that fits for Richard and Mary is:

Richard WISE of Aylesbury, Labourer & Mary WALTON of Aylesbury and they were married on the 13 Jan 1729. My guess is these are Mary’s parents.

A Richard Wise, alias Wiseman, labourer was buried on the 18 May 1753

A Mary Wise, widow was buried on the 2 July 1782

The other children of Richard and Mary Wise were:

  • Hester Wise born 18 Jan 1730 baptised 25 Jan 1730
  • Ann Wise born 19 Jan 1732 baptised 23 Jan 1732
  • Mary Wise born 21 Aug 1735 baptised 22 Aug 1735
  • William Wise born 15 Dec 1743 baptised 25 Dec 1743

Source for all baptisms, marriages and deaths listed above is the : Aylesbury St Mary Parish Registers 1565-1901

Edward SHOWLER, son of Thomas SHOULDER (1670?-1750) and Sarah BUTLER (1676?-1747), was born on 9 May 1704 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. He was christened on 14 May 1704 in St Mary, Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England. He married Sarah GHOST on 5 June 1734 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England

Sarah GHOST was born in 1704 (approx.) in Aylesbury. She died on 10 January 1768 in Aylesbury. She was buried on 10 January 1768 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England

Edward SHOULER (1735- ).   Edward was born on 8 December 1735 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 14 December 1735 in St Mary.

  1. George SHOWLER (1738-1817).   George was born on 25 March 1738 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 26 March 1738 in St Mary. He married Elizabeth WISEMAN on 7 February 1762 in Aylesbury. He died on 10 June 1817 in Aylesbury. He was buried on 10 June 1817 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  2. Daniel SHOULER (1740- ). Daniel was born on 10 August 1740 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 17 August 1740 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  3. Mary SHOULER (1743- ). Mary was born on 25 May 1743 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 29 May 1743 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  4. Sarah SHOULER (1745- ). Sarah was born on 11 December 1745 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 15 December 1745 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  5. Ann SHOULER (1748-1748).   Ann was born on 16 March 1748 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 27 March 1748 in St Mary. She died on 15 May 1748 in Aylesbury. She was buried on 15 May 1748 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  6. Ann SHOULER (1749-1769).   Ann was born on 26 July 1749 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 2 August 1749 in St Mary. She died on 9 May 1769 in Aylesbury. She was buried on 9 May 1769 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  7. Elizabeth SHOULER (1753-1753).   Elizabeth was born on 11 August 1753 in Aylesbury. She was baptised on 23 August 1753 in St Mary. She died on 30 December 1753 in Aylesbury. She was buried on 30 December 1753 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England
  8. Thomas SHOULER (1755-1829).   Thomas was born on 6 January 1755 in Aylesbury. He was baptised on 19 January 1755 in St Mary. He died on 10 March 1829 in Aylesbury. He was buried on 10 March 1829 in St Mary Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, England

Source for all baptisms, marriages and deaths listed above is the : Aylesbury St Mary Parish Registers 1565-1901

My Great Great Aunt was Sarah Baker. She was born on the 27th July 1868 to William George Baker and Susan Baldwin.

Sarah married twice, firstly to Richard Loughrey on the 29th August 1888 at Boggabri New South Wales. She was given consent to marry by her mother as she was under the age of 21.

From the records, Susan’s life was full of tragedy. Two of her children from her first marriage died young and her husband Richard died on the 22nd July 1893 at Boggabri. The coroner’s report showed that Richard had drowned accidentally. The report from the Australian Town and Country Journal of the 5th August stated that:

“The body of Richard Loughrey, who was drowned on Saturday, July 22, crossing Barber’s Lagoon, near Boggabri, while in a flooded state, was recovered last week by the police after three days’ search”

Richard and Sarah had the following children all born at Boggabri:

  1. Sarah Jane born 1889
  2. Susan born 1890 and died 1890
  3. Emma Elizabeth born 1891 and died 30 January 1934 at the Private Hospital Malvern Victoria
    1. Emma married James Richard Blyth in 1926 at Mosman NSW
  4. Richard Clarence born November 1892 and died 1908 at Boggabri.

Sarah married for the second time to John Watson on the 5th April 1896 at Boggabri.

Sarah and John had children, of who were all born at Boggabri:

  1. Walter Watson born 1896 and died 1946
  2. Jessie Watson born 1898
  3. Jack Watson born 1903
  4. Wallace Watson born 1907

 

Whilst searching through the WW1 military file of her son Walter Watson, Sarah’s address in 1940 was 63 Abbotsford Road, Homebush.

I have not found Sarah’s death nor can I find her located in the NSW Electoral Rolls.

I have been trying to find information on William Matthews. He was born to George Thomas Matthews and Ellen Shoulders at Moseley Village, Narrabri, on the 10th November 1887. William was the brother of my Great Great Grandmother Ellen Matthews. You can read other posts, I have written on the Mathews families here:

I have no other information on William. I have searched the NSW BDM marriage records and can find no record of William after his birth.

Though I did find the following death on the QLD Historical death indexes and find the below:

1963     C4184   William            Matthews         George             Ellen Beazley

Could this be William? Even though the surname of Beazley for the mother is not his mother’s maiden surname, Beazley is though the surname of Ellen’s step-farther.
Ellen Shoulder’s mother was Mary Hanratty who married twice, firstly to John Shoulders in 1851 and secondly to Edward Beasley in 1858.

I need to decide whether to purchase a copy of the death certificate at $28 or not. Unfortunately the historical death image at $20 is not available for purchase.

I post this, in the hope that maybe one someone researching William will be able to fill in the gaps.

My great uncle Wallace Baker enlisted in WW1 and both joined the 34th Battalion. Wallace was not alone when he joined, Walter McGuire also from Boggabri and my grandmother’s first cousin also joined the 34th Battalion.

Wallace was born in March 1897 to Alfred Baker & Ellen Matthews.

Wallace Baker

  • Service Number: 9
  • Rank: Private
  • Roll title: 34 Infantry Battalion (May 1916)
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Date of embarkation: 2 May 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Ship embarked on: HMAT Hororata A20

Wallace was almost 19 years old when he enlisted on the 10th December 1915. He was a labourer and his next of kin was his mother Ellen Baker. From his service record, it’s noted that in November 1916, he proceed to France and in December 1916 he was detached for duty to Div Headquarters in France. He re-joined the unit on the 8th October 1917 and 4 days later was wounded in action with a GSW to his face and mouth.

From what little information I know about the Western Front battles and from doing a quick search, I think Wallace was wounded at Passchendaele

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The First Battle of Passchendaele took place on 12 October 1917 in the Ypres Salient area of the Western Front, west of Passchendaele village, during the Third Battle of Ypres in World War I. The Allied plan to capture Passchendaele village was based on inaccurate information about the result of the previous attack of 9 October, as the period of rainy weather continued. The attack took ground in the north but early gains around Passchendaele were mostly lost to German counter-attacks. The battle was a German defensive success, although costly to both sides”.

He was sent to Stratford Mil Hospital in England where he remained until he was discharged from hospital on the 14th November. Wallace re-joined his unit on the 6th January 1918. There is nothing in his service record between January and November of 1918, where he is admitted to hospital on the 6th November with influenza.

He returned to Australia on board the ship Borda on the 28th June 1919.

Wallace returned to live in Boggabri and married Myrtle Irene Ohara at Gunnedah in 1922. I do not know if they had any children. Looking at the New South Wales Electoral Rolls on Ancestry, I can find Wallace and Myrtle living at Lynn Street Boggabri in 1930 and in 1933 they are living at Hunter Street Wickham, near Newcastle.

I can find Myrtle living in Gunnedah in 1936 but Wallace appears to still be living in the Newcastle area. In 1936 he is living at Maitland Street, Tighes Hill, in 1937 and again in 1943, he is living at 52 Laman Street, Newcastle.

Wallace died at the Prince of Wales Hospital 16th September 1943 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

 

The battle honours of the 34th Battalion are:

Messines, 1917, Ypres, 1917, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Somme, 1918, Avre, Amiens, Albert, 1918, Mont St. Quentin, Hindenburg Line, St. Quentin Canal, France and Flanders, 1916-18 (source: 34th Battalion).

The battalion was formed in January 1916 during an expansion of the AIF that took place after the Gallipoli campaign.[1] Assigned to the 9th Brigade of the Australian 3rd Division,[2] the majority of the battalion’s personnel were volunteers that came from Maitland, New South Wales – many of whom had been coal miners – and as a result the unit became known as “Maitland’s Own”. Its initial recruits, though, came from north-west New South Wales, having marched from Walgett.[2] After initial training, the 34th Battalion, with an authorised strength of 1,023 men,[3] embarked in Sydney and sailed to Europe where the 3rd Division concentrated in the United Kingdom to undertake further training prior to joining the other four divisions of the AIF that had been transferred from Egypt in mid-1916” (Source: Wikipedia)

Other Sources used: 34th Battalion, AIF Project, 34th Battalion Wikipedia , National Archive Australia