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This is a list of my maternal ancestors. Also, forgive me as I try out different wordpress themes today.
My Maternal Grandmothers Ancestors
- My Grandmother
- Catherine Gladys Dilworth –(1900-1980)
- My Great Grandparents:
- Charles Patrick Dilworth (1861-1946) & Margaret McCormick (c1862-1932)
- My Great Great Grandparents
- Joseph Dilworth (c1807-1887) & Mary Quirk – (1832-1911)
- Dennis McCormick (c1815-1890 ) & Mary Fitzgerald (c1832-1905)
- My Great Great Great Grandparents (the ones that I know)
- John Dilworth & Ruth King (Tyrone Ireland)
- John Fitzgerald & Johanna (or Hanorah) O’Shaunnessey (Limerick, Ireland)
- Patrick & Catherine McCormick (or McCormack)
- John Quirk (1802-c1858, Kilkenny Ireland) and Catherine Slattery(c1811 -1891)
- My Great Great Great Grandparents (the ones that I know)
- James Quirke & Alice Reid (Tipperrary & St Johns Well Kilkenny, Ireland)
My Maternal Grandfather’s Ancestors
- My Grandfather
- Herbert William Baker (1903-1958)
- My Great Grandparents
- Alfred Baker (1866-1909) and Ellen Mathews (1881-1966)
- My Great Great Grandparents
- William George Baker (c1836-1881) and Susan Baldwin (c1842-1921)
- George Mathews (c1842 – no known death has been recorded) & Ellen Shoulders (1856-1921)
- My Great Great Great Grandparents
- Samuel Baker & Sarah King (Boxford, Suffolk)
- John Baldwin (1806 – Bures St Mary Suffolk –died 1871 -) & Sarah Reason (died: 1856)
- John Shoulders (c1816 Aylesbury Buckinghamshire-died1858) – other spelling of Surname is Shouler or Showler – & Mary ann Hanratty , alias Ryan – (c1835-1909)
- My Great Great Great Great Grandparents
- Arthur Hanratty alias Robert Johnston, alias Robert Hanratty, (c1807-?) & Ellen Moran both of Monaghan, Ireland
Area’s they were born, lived or died
|Surname||Places in the England or Ireland||Places in Australia|
|Baker||Bures St Mary, Sudbury, Boxford, Suffolk||Boggabri New South Wales,Narrabri, New South Wales|
|Baldwin||Bures St Mary, SuffolkAssington, Suffolk||Boggabri, New South Wales|
|Dilworth||Tyrone, Ireland||Newtown, New South WalesMaitland, New South WalesBoggabri, New South Wales|
|Mary QuirkQuirke||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, IrelandTipperary, Ireland||Newtown, New South Wales, Boggabri, New South Wales|
|Catherine Slattery||Tiperrary, Ireland||Newtown, New South Wales|
|Dennis McCormick/McCormack||Greenock, Scotland (though believe Dennis to have been born in Armagh Ireland) he was tried in Greenock, but his convict indent says he was from Armagh Ireland||Greta, Branxton,Maitland, New South Wales|
|Mary Fitzgerald||Stonehoyle, Limerick , Ireland||As above|
|Mathews||Prospect, New South Wales,Bundarra, New South WalesLaura Station,Bundarra, New South WalesBoggabri, New South Wales|
|Shoulders/Showler/Shouler||Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire||Armidale, New South Wales|
|Hanratty, Henratty||Armagh, IrelandTried in Monaghan, Ireland||Various places throughout New South Wales|
The original idea for this originated from Shelly from the Twigs of Yore. I have been trying to decide which ancestor to choose and which document too choose as there are a few I could have chosen, I have decided though to dicuss my earliest known free immigrant ancestor, Joseph Dilworth. I do have 5 direct ancestors who arrived as convicts between 1827 and 1839 but the details of these ancestors only came to light in the last few years, whereas the information I have had on Joseph, I obtained almost 20 years ago, when I first began my family history. I’ll be writing about my convict heritage in another post sometime soon.
Joseph Dilworth who was born around 1807 Killyman, Tyrone, Ireland. Jospeh arrived in New South Wales, with his first wife Elizabeth and son Josias Wilison on board the ship Wilson on the 7th January 1842. I am descended through Joseph’s second marriage to Mary Quirk, and they married in March 1857, 3 months after Elizabeth died in 1856. I suspect that Joseph married quickly and only wanted a mother to his fiive children from his first marriage. Joseph & Mary went onto have 6 children, before seperating about 1870 when Mary began a relationship and had 3 children with Michael Melvyton.
The earliest document that I have is the copy of the shipping record from the Index to Bounty Immigrants Arriving in N.S.W., Australia, 1828-1842. I’ve had this for about 20 years when I printed it off, from the microfilm at the local library. Back when I first began tracing my family history, all of my research was done at my local library, scouring microfiche, micofilms, books and indexes, which took a lot of time do unlike now. You can now view the indexes to the Bounty Immigrants arriving in NSW as well as the original image on line for free at Family Search.
The information provided was:
Principal’s Name: Joseph Dilworth Estimated birth year: 1818 Age in years: 24 Native place of Principal: Killyman, Tyrone, Father’s name: John Mother’s name: Ruth Spouse’s name: Elizabeth Dilworth Native place of spouse: Tullaniskan, Tyrone, Spouse’s Father’s name: John Ditty Spouse’s Mother’s name: Nancy Ship: Wilson Date of arrival: 07 Jan 1842.
Have a good Australia Day everyone…
I am sitting here wondering if I should get excited or just stay calm. I’m wondering if after 20 odd years, I’ve actually found when my ancestor John Shoulders arrived in NSW.
All the information that I know up today, was that he married Mary Ryan (Ryan is on the marriage certificate but actual maiden name was Hanratty), in 1851 at Armidale.
John & Mary had 4 children, of who the youngest Ellen Shoulders was my GG Grandmother. According to her birth certificate in 1856, John was aged ‘40’ and had been born in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire.
John died in May 1858 at Hernani, New South Wales. His death certificate stated that he was 42 and had been in the colony for 26 years, making his arrival to be about 1832 and therefore making his age to be about 16 when he arrived. I’ve never been able to find what ship he arrived. With his age and the year of arrival, I always wondered, was he a convict?
A few weeks ago I requested a research service from the Buckinghamshire Family History Society to provide a list of all the baptism’s, burials & marriages for the surname of Shoulders, spanning from 1750-1850 across Buckinghamshire, using all possible variant spellings, including Shouldar, Showler, Shouler, Shouldar. With this, there were a few possibilities with baptisms in Aylesbury ranging from 1804 to 1816.
I then did a search on the NSW State Record Online Index for John, using a number of different variant spellings, which I had not considered doing before.
This is what I find:
- SHOWLER John Countess of Harcourt 1828 33/758 Ticket of Leave [4/4090; Reel 920] District: Inverary; Tried: Bucks QS
- SHOWLER John Countess of Harcourt 1828 40/0846 15 May 1840 Certificate of Freedom [4/4358; Reel 1006] TL 33/758
I then checked the UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 Record for John Showler and find that he was tried at Aylesbury Buckinghamshire on the 15th January 1828 for stealing bacon, and pork. Another record shows that John was 21 and that he is listed as being in custody before and of ‘bad character’. His NSW convict indent in 1828 though shows that he was only 20. He arrived in April 1828 but does not appear in the NSW 1828 Census.
From checking the baptism records a John Showler, the closest possible baptism is one that is recorded in 1804 to parents James & Esther both of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Despite this John Showler being about 10 years older than John Shoulders, could he actually be John Shoulders? There are no records of John Shoulders prior to his marriage in 1851 in NSW or any of the other Australian states and apart from the TOL and CF that John Showler received in 1840, there appears so far to be no other record of John Showler in NSW. I note that at this present time I am in no way confirming that John Showler is John Shoulders but just putting it out there that MAYBE they might be the one and the same. So if you are connected to the Shouler/Showler family in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, let me know and maybe we might be able to confirm the connection. I am the type of person who will not confirm a connection until I have positive proof.
I also note that a Thomas Showler, also arrived in 1832 on board the Georgina. On his convict indent, it states that he had a cousin John Showler living in the colony for 3 years.
- SHOWLER Thomas Georgiana 1831 38/1157 Ticket of Leave [4/4121; Reel 930] District: Goulburn; Born: Bucks; Trade: Ploughs; Tried: Bucks QS
- SHOWLER Thomas Georgiana 1831 49/0225 11 May 1849 Certificate of Freedom [4/4412; Reel 1026] TL 39/1157
I’ve also found reference to a James Shoulder born Aylesbury, who had served in the 11th Dragoons. From checking James’ military record on Find My Past, James had enlisted in 1817 and was discharged in 1838. He is in the 1841 census and living at Aylesbury, also in the household is a Mary Showler (45), Thomas Wheeler (20) and Joseph Freman (10). The next census I find James is in the 1871 census and he is living at Chelsea London with his wife Elizabeth (60) and with two children Henry (20) and Sophia (19). From checking and comparing the baptism records for Aylesbury, it appears James’s parents were Thomas & Mary or Maria and is ‘possibly’ the brother to Thomas Showler, the convict who arrived here in 1832, as his parents appear to have been Thomas & Maryann.
Samuel King, as mentioned in my previous post, was married to Sarah King on the 18th May 1831. As I explained in both of the above posts, I concluded that William Baker was the son of Samuel & Sarah Baker, because all records here say that William’s parents were ‘Samuel & Sarah’ but also because the parents of William’s brother in law – James Rice, (Samuel Rice & Mary King) had been married at the same place and date as Samuel and Sarah King.
Unfortunately I am no closer to finding William’s birth, but since writing my last post on this, I have been in contact with a connection in England that is a descendant of Henry Baker (born 1824, Boxford, Suffolk). Henry was the younger of Samuel Baker. Samuel and another brother John (born 1813), had been sentenced to transportation for ‘life’ in 1835 for sheep stealing. They were tried at the Suffolk Quarter Sessions in January 1835 and arrived on the ship ‘England’ in September 1835.
Samuel’s convict indent:
- Samuel Baker
- Age 25
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Status: Married
- Children: 1 Male, 1 Female
- Former Conviction: 2 years
- Height: 5 Foot 4
- Blue Eyes
- Brown Hair
- Ruddy Skin
- Sentence: Life
Other: Mouth Small, Scar upper, Tattoos: Sun, Flower Pot, two diamonds, anchor, SBSS 1833 on lower left arm. Ring fourth finger of left hand
It is confirmed that Samuel & Sarah had, a daughter named Sarah, who was baptised in December 1834, but there is no record of any other children being born to the couple. I also note that Samuel’s previous conviction was for 2 years, which from what I’ve been advised Samuel was tried and convicted in the summer of 1832 for larceny. This leads us to think the male child listed above in the indent would have been born either before marriage or sometime in 1831.
If the male child as indicated on Samuel’s convict indent, is not William, then who was he and when was he born? Also does this mean that Samuel & Sarah had a third child, being William born after Samuel left England?
If the male child was William George Baker, then this means he was born before Sarah, in at least 1832, but this does not coincide with the ages that William gives on the various documents found here in NSW.
Also, why aren’t Sarah and her children in the UK census? I have checked the 1841 & 1851 census for Suffolk but can find no record of them. Did Sarah remarry, considering that there was no possible way for Samuel to return? We know that from the shipping record for when William arrived in NSW in 1865, his mother Sarah is living in Woolwich Kent so that means that Sarah did not join her husband.
More questions than answers right now, but I do still think that Samuel & Sarah are William’s parents considering the connection between the Baker, Rice & King families but trying to find his baptism record and where he is in the 1841, 1851 & 1861 census, is frustrating, to say the least.
I will be undertaking further research on Samuel Baker, the convict to see where he went to once he arrived here. Did he remarry, did he have other children and when did he die, will a fluke occur and will his death certificate indicate the names of all of his children? Or will this remain one of those puzzles that we can only guess at, making assumptions based on what information we can find on the available records?
I’ve wanted to delve more into my UK ancestry for some time and if I wanted to continue I had to at least think about how I was going to do that, So on Thursday, I signed up for the premium monthly subscription through the www.ancestry.co.uk (which is where my original account was set up). So there, I did it even though I was hesitant about hitting the submit button.
Anyway, I digress from the original topic of this post. Please be with me, as this is a long post, but I just had to write down my research and notes as I went along over the last couple of days. Hope it’s not too confusing and overall the end should show some true findings on the Baldwin, Baker, King and Rice Families connections in Suffolk, England. The sites I used were as follows:
Whilst searching for information on my ancestor, William George Baker (c1836-1881) and his wife Susan Baldwin (1842-1920), I saw that a number of trees had Susan’s parents different to what I had.
Most of the trees I found, had Susan’s mother to be Sarah Munnings, one has Sarah (no surname) and another Sarah Chambers and most also have the same ’6′ children attached to them. There is a marriage in Dec 1825 between a John Baldwin & Sarah Munnings and from what I can see on the census records, John & Sarah Munnings had 6 children, one a Susan Baldwin born in 1845 in Suffolk, which is why there is some confusion. I do believe that this marriage and the associated children are not connected to my John & Sarah Baldwin. (The children were: John 1832, Charles 1836, Ann 1840, David 1843, Susan 1845 and Mary 1850).
I do think the following marriage between John & Sarah is the more likely marriage for my ancestors:
Parish Records Collection: 1538-2005
- Date: 26.11.1826
- Parish: Bures St Mary
- Place: Newtown
- County: Suffolk
- Source: Suffolk Marriage Index: 1813-1837 (FindMyPast)
I have not found a record for a marriage between a John Baldwin & Sarah Chambers.
Here is a list of information that I already had:
- Records in Australia show that Susan’s parents were John & Sarah Baldwin and she was from Bures, Suffolk and born around 1844.
- On the shipping record for when William George & Susan Baker arrived in NSW in 1865, William is listed as having an ‘Uncle George King’ already living at Bundarra. I’m yet to find any shipping record of a George King arriving here prior to 1865 but there is a George King living at Bundarra in 1872.
- On the marriage certificate of William & Susan in 1863, one of the witnesses is “MaryAnn Rice”.
- For William Baker, his parents were Samuel Baker & Sarah King. A marriage was found in 1831 at Boxford, Suffolk.
- I have a death certificate for a Sarah Baldwin died 4th June 1856 at Bures St Mary, Suffolk. She was 54 years and was the ‘wife of John Baldwin, agricultural labourer’. Now that I’m looking more into this, I did find another two deaths for “Sarah Baldwin’” in the same area of Suffolk, both in 1859. One in Sudbury (4a/285) and the other, Bury St Edmonds (4a/337). I’m thinking now that maybe the death in 1856 is not the death for my Sarah. I’m thinking the one in Sudbury is the more likely one. Sarah would have died after 1851 & before the 1861 census, as John is listed as a widower in 1861.
- I can find no record of John & Sarah in the 1841 UK Census
- John & Sarah appear in the 1851 UK census, along with two daughters:
- John Baldwin (46) Born Bures, Suffolk – listed as ‘Pensioner – Chelsea’
- Sarah Baldwin (47) Born Boxford, Suffolk
- Maryann (11) Born Bastead, Suffolk
- Susan (8) Born Stoke, Suffolk
- John appears in the 1861 UK census along with daughter Susan
- John Baldwin (55) Born Bures, Suffolk –listed as ‘Chelsea Pensioner’
- Susan (17), Born Stoke By Nayland, Suffolk
- In the 1871 UK Census, John Baldwin is shown as being a lodger with James & Mary Ann Rice at Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk and is 65, occupation is ‘Soldier – Pensioner’ and was born in Bures, St Mary.
John Baldwin died 28th June 1871 at Assington, Suffolk. He was 65 and his occupation is listed as ‘Chelsea Pensioner’. I found John’s military record over at FindMyPast the other night and even though it is a little hard to read he states he was 18 years old and was born at Bures, St Mary and enlisted on the 14th November 1825 and served until 1846, which is probably why John & Sarah are not in the 1841 UK census as he served in the East Indies for almost 12 years, though I’m not sure of the date he left & returned at this stage.
- James Rice married MaryAnn Baldwin in 1860 (4a/629) at Sudbury, Suffolk.
Further research on Ancestry and FamilySearch shows:
- James Rice christening information:
- Name: James Rice Gender: Male Birth Date: abt 1838
- Christening Date: 28 Jan 1838 Christening Place: Assington, Suffolk, England
- Father’s Name: Samuel Rice Mother’s Name: Mary
- James married Maryann Baldwin in 1860 at Suffolk
- A number of public trees have James’ parents as Samuel Rice & Mary King. On one particular tree, Mary King’s parents are listed as:
- John & Sarah King and they had the following children:
- George King (1809)
- Sarah King (1809) born Boxford, Suffolk
- Eliza King (1811)
- Mary Ann King (1812-1855)
- Phoebe King (1815)
- John & Sarah King and they had the following children:
I find the surname of King of interest here, seeing that William Baker had an Uncle George King already living in the colony, when he arrived in 1865. As yet, I have not found a shipping record that matches to this George King but I do think that this King family is related as Samuel Rice & Mary King were married on the same day in Boxford, Suffolk as Samuel Baker & Sarah King, the parents of William George Baker.
|Name: Samuel Baker Gender: MaleSpouse’s name: Sarah KingMarriage Date: 18 May 1831Marriage Place: Boxford, Suffolk, EnglandRecord source: Suffolk Marriage Index (1813-37) Data provider: Suffolk Family History Society||Name: Samuel Rice Gender: MaleSpouse’s name: Mary KingMarriage Date: 18 May 1831Marriage Place: Boxford, Suffolk, EnglandRecord source: Suffolk Marriage Index (1813-37) Data provider: Suffolk Family History Society|
So from these two marriages I conclude that:
- Sarah King (1809) & Mary King (1811) were sisters.
- William George Baker (bc1836) and James Rice (bc1837) were cousins and they married Susan & Maryann Baldwin who were sisters.
So in all, a rather productive few days of research on my UK ancestors. I’ll write more on the King and Rice connections another day.
My paternal GG grandfather was George Honey Harris.
- He was born in 1844 at Guernsey, Channel Islands United Kingdom and died in 1932 at Encounter Bay South Australia.
- His middle name was also spelt ‘Honney’ in some records.
- His parents were: Pierre George Harris (1805-1877) and Adelina Bienvenu (1813-1877).
- George arrived in South Australia with his parents after 1851
The following notice appears in the The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858-1889) Thursday 18 April 1878 for the marrige between George Harris and Rose Ann Hurst
“HARRIS—HURST.—On the 3rd April, at Truro, by Rey. W. H. Newbould, George Honey Harris, Station Manager Overland Corner, to Rose Ann, second daughter of Mr. John Hurst, of Truro”.
Overland Corner, is 16 km from Barmera on the Morgan Road and was a convenient watering place and camp site for the overlanders and drovers operating between New South Wales and the colony based on Adelaide in the early years of the 1800s. It was also the stopping place for paddle steamers and coach passengers on the Adelaide to Wentworth route.
On the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldy cemetery index, I have found a record for a death of a George Honey Harris in 1932. The SA BDM index has his date of death as the 27th April 1932 at Encounter Bay SA.
RoseAnn Harris nee Hurst died at Morgan South Australian on the 27th September 1890.
They had the following children that I am aware of:
- Daisy Edith Harris (born 1879-1932) – my Great Grandmother – who married Richard Mitchell
- George Herbert Hurst Harris (born 1881 ANG:265/369 )
- George Harry Webster Harris (born 1885 ang:351/371)
- Charles Howard Churchward Harris (born 1886 – died 1969)
- Violet Harris (born 1890 – Died 1891)
I did it again. I decided today that I would record some of my ‘notes’ and other items that I have found recently into my Legacy Database. But once again, I got side tracked…..
Firstly, I was recording an event against my ancestor Dennis McCormack into the legacy database and I wanted the actual link to the Trove website to include. So because I didn’t have it, I did another search. That’s when I first got side-tracked. I found an article I had not seen before in relation to William McCormack, the eldest son of Dennis & Mary McCormack, which related to his death in 1878. He died of burns to his body and there was an investigation into how William was treated at Maitland Hospital prior to his death. Interesting reading: Maitland Mercury Article – William McCormack
Then I started back into inputting more information into my Legacy database and for the last couple of days, I’ve been working on my ‘Quirke’ Surname and once again, instead of concentrating on what it is that I should be doing, I somehow, ended up at http://www.connorsgenealogy.com/Kilkenny/ and found the following:
County Kilkenny Tithe Applotments 1827 St Johns Civil Parish Kilkenny Poor Law Union
Gowran & Shillelogher Baronies and Kilkenny City
- Quirke John 30 3 Radestown Cramer
- Quirke William 302 45 Gardens at Michael’s lane
The John Quirke above, could be my ancestor, but there were a number of ‘Quirke’s living in the Kilkenny area during the same time.
So far, I have not gone back to the pile of things to input into the database, because then I whilst as some of you know, when you start to get sidetracked, other ideas get into your head and think, maybe I’ll try this search or that search and whilst I was searching, I ended up at Origin’s Network and I have in the past ignored any links to subscribe but today I decided to subscribe for 72 hours full access for £8.00. So far the £8.00 is worth it, as I have found a bit of information, some of which is below. Some I know are definitely my ancestors, some others maybe, but I I will keep for later reference.
1: There are 139 Quirke’s listed in the Griffiths’ Valuations for Kilkenny, of which some I already know are connected to mine (considering GV can be viewed for free on Griifth’s Valuation I’ll check on the full list another time)
2: A total of 18 Quirke’s are listed on the Tithe Defaulters, 1831 – of which the following 3 I know are my ancestors.
- Quirk James farmer Mt Nugent
- Quirk Peter farmer Mt Nugent
- Quirk John farmer Mt Nugen
3: The following are listed Electoral Registers for Ireland 1832-38
- James Dilworth - Tyrone Dungannon. (I have a Joseph Dilworth & a John Dilworth from Tyrone. Joseph came to NSW in 1842)
- John Fitzgerald – Limerick – 1838 – Freemen admitted since 1831
- John Fitzgerald, Limerick – 1837 – Voters & Excise Licences (the father of my Mary Fitzgerald who was born in Stonehall, Limerick was a ‘John Fitzgerald’).]
- A total of 18 ‘Quirke’s are listed but none of them are in Kilkenny.
Just got to get back to that recording and filing of that information that I have found, but it’s so much more fun searching for stuff then actually inputting into the database, once I have found it.
Oh the joys…
I have now discovered after reading the update by Chris over at Scottish Genes that there is an advanced search function where you can search for baptisms if you know the names of both parents. The advanced search is used when you click on the particular county that you are interested in, such as Kilkenny.
I did another search this morning for the children of John Quirke & Catherine Slattery. The number of hits was 5, of which I had already purchased one (which yesterday to view cost me €5.00). To view the other 4 hits, the cost was discounted to only €12.00, which means it only cost €3.00 per record instead of €5.00. Pity I didn’t realise this yesterday when I was searching.
One thing though is that I found another child born to John & Catherine Quirk. I was only aware that they had 4 children, all of whom immigrated to New South Wales during the 1850’s, along with their mother Catherine. The baptism record for ‘Ally Quirke’ shows her baptism to be on the 20th July 1835 at St John’s Well Kilkenny. I did a quick look and found neither a death nor a marriage for Ally within Kilkenny. I’ve also just checked the NSW State Records website to see if maybe she had come to NSW but not listed there either. So I wonder what happened to her. Did she die in childhood? Did she marry in Ireland and then immigrant? Maybe she went to America with some of her Aunts or Uncles? From the transcript of the ‘life and times of Thomas Quirke’, he wrote that “My paternal Uncles and Aunts were all well educated. Some died young, and others emigrated to America”.
The baptism records that I got today are great in that they show some possible clues to some family.
- On the Baptism record for Margaret Quirk (1838), sponsor 1 is Michael Quirk
- On the Baptism record for Mary Quirk (1832), sponsor 1 is William Quirk
- Also, of interest is that On the Baptism record for Catherine Quirk (1841), sponsor 1 is James Millet (the quirk family acted as agents for the landlord named Millet at Mount Nugent Estate)
I only know the names of four of the male children of James & Alice Quirke, 3 of which immigrated to NSW (Peter, Nicholas & Thomas) and John my GGG Grandfather, who died sometime prior 1850 in Kilkenny. I’ll be looking forward to when I can also do a parent search in Tipperary, as James & Alice were married in Tipperary around 1798 (haven’t found the marriage yet). When I did a search within Kilkenny, I only got a hit for 3 baptisms, which I’m yet to purchase.
The name comes from the Gaelic “O’Cuirc”, another form is “O’Coirce”. In Galway, the name also took the form “Oates,” to distinguish between branches of families. Quirke in Gaelic sounds like the word for Oates in Gaelic. It was common for parish registers to have a person’s records include both spellings of Quirke and Quirk, if an unrelated person such as a neighbour was sent to register the birth, the name was not always spelled correctly.
James and Alice Quirke were married around 1796 at Tipperary, Ireland and soon after moved to Mount Nugent, St Johns Well, Kilkenny Ireland. Their children were:
Nicholas Quirke (details unknown)
They also had another 6 males and 2 females, of which details of their names are unknown . A few years ago, a distant cousin that I was in contact with, sent me a copy of a document that was written by Thomas Quirke (b:1834-d:1908) In this document Thomas writes about his life and experiences but the most interesting thing was that he wrote about his parents and grandparents.
Who were the Quirke’s who came to Australia
Many of the Quirke Family came out to Australia between 1849 & 1865. Of which my GGG Grandmother, Mary Quirk was one, who had arrived on the ship Athenian in 1853.
|First Name||Birth Date||Native Place||Ship Name||Arrival Date||Reel Numbers||Comments|
|Margaret Quirk||Abt 1828||Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Victoria||2nd Sep 1849||Reel 2136, Reel 2460, [4/4915]||Sister to James|
|James Quirk||Abt 1824||Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Victoria||2nd Sep 1849||Brother to Margaret|
|Peter Quirk||Abt 1798||St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852||Reel 2136; Reel 2463, [4/4926]||Father to Margaret & James above|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1814||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852||Wife of Peter Quirke, maiden name Connon|
|Michael Quirk||Abt 1832||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852|
|John Quirk||Abt 1835||Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852|
|Mary Quik||Abt 1849||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Nicholas Quirk||Abt 1839||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Thomas Quirk||Abt 1834||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Peter Quirk||Abt 1842||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1831||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Athenian||15 Dec 1853||An Uncle Peter Quirk living in Sydney|
|Patrick Quirk||Abt 1835||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||David McIver||18 Dec 1854||Reel 2137; Reel 2466, [4/4937]||Sister Mary living in Sydney|
|Catherine Quirk||Abt 1811||Tipperary, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857||Reel 2138; Reel 2476, [4/4970]||Mother of Mary Quirke & Patrick, maiden name Slattery|
|Margaret Quirk||Abt 1840||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857|
|Catherine Quirk||Abt 1842||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857|
|Thomas Quirk||Abt 1821||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Nile||4 May 1861||Reel 2139, [4/4796]||Brother to Peter Quirk|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1846||Lancaster, Lancashire, England||Nile||4 May 1861|
|Johanna Quirk||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Nile||4 May 1861||Mother of Mary Quirke & Wife of Thomas Quirke|
A searchable index of the NSW Assistant Immigrants is available on the NSW State Records website. You can also scroll through the digital copies of the Bounty Immigrants lists, 1838-96, ship by ship. These digital copies are the Agents Lists and the reels numbers range between 2134 & 2137. More detailed shipping lists can be found on the reels that begin with 24 and these can be found at your local library or at the NSW State Records. These show more detail such as names of parents and comments such as ‘Uncle Peter Quirk, living in Sydney’.
1847 – 1864 Griffith’s Valuation
James Quirke acted as a landlord for a man named Millet at Mount Nugent. After James died his son John was appointed Agent for the landlord and held the position until he was accidentally killed by being crushed between a gate post and a vehicle.
Lessor: James Millet
Townland: MountNugent – Lower
Nicholas Quirle – Land. – Total net value of Land : £3.
Peter Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £18.5
William Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £13.10
Townland: MountNugent – Upper
Nicholas Quirke – Land. – Total net value of Land : £4
Catherine Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £3.5 – cannot be sure, but I think this Catherine is possibly the wife of John Quirke (who died prior to 1850).
Nicholas Quirke – House, Office &Land. – Total net value of Land : £21
One of my GG grandmothers, was Susan Baldwin. She was around 1844 in Suffolk England to John & Sarah Baldwin. Susan married William George Baker in 1863 at Woolwich Kent England.
William and Susan immigrated to New South Wales in1865 with their eldest son William. They had a total of 8 children.
- William George (1864-1942)
- Alfred (1866-1909)
- Sarah (1868 – death date not known)
- Albert Samuel (1870-1950)
- Susan (1872-1899)
- Emma (1874-1876)
- Ernest (1876-1943
- May (1879-1945)
Susan’s father was John Baldwin and he was born around 1805 in Suffolk and died in Sudbury Road, St Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England on the 28th June 1871.
Susan’s mother was Sarah (either Reason or Chambers – this is yet to be confirmed) and Sarah was born around 1804 in Boxford, Suffolk and died in Sudbury Road, St Marys Bures, Suffolk on the 4th June 1856.
Susan’s first husband William Baker died in Boggabri on the 1st December 1881. Susan married again in Henry Thearle in 1883 and they had 3 children.
- Violet (1883-1955)
- Henry (1885-1928)
- Isabella (1887-1974)
Susan died at Boggabri on the 31st March 1920 and is buried in the Church of England Cemetery at Boggabri.