Archive for the ‘Quirke’ Category

When I was searching the immigration lists for my 2nd Great Grandmother’s arrival to New South Wales in 1853, I discovered from the shipping record that she had an Uncle Peter already living in the colony. From this I was able to establish other connections and arrivals.

The family arrived in the following order:

  1.  James Quirk arrived in New South Wales on board the Ship Victoria, on the 2nd September 1849. He was aged 25, read, farm labourer and Roman Catholic. Parents: Peter and Catherine, living St Johns Well.
  2. Margaret Quirk arrived in New South Wales on board the Ship Victoria, along with her brother, on the 2nd September 1849. She was 21, Roman Catholic, could neither read nor write. Parents Peter and Catherine
  3. Peter Quirke, his wife Mary and children arrived on the ship Neptune on the 18th February 1852
    • Peter Quirke, age 48, farm labourer, St Johns Kilkenny, Parents, James & Ellis Quirk, both dead. Roman Catholic, can read and write. A son James was living in Surry Hills and a daughter Margaret working (unable to read). Paid 13pds for self and family
    • Mary Quirke, age 38, dairy woman, St Johns Kilkenny, Parents Thomas & Mary Connelly both dead, Roman Catholic, neither read nor write. A 1st cousin Pat Heffernan (?) residing somewhere in Sydney
    • Michael, age 20, Ploughman, St Johns Well *shipping record says ‘father and mother on board’. It’s noted though that Michael’s mother was Catherine, Peter’s first wife. Catherine died around 1831-1832.
    • Thomas, age 18, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • John, age 15, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • Nicholas, age 13, Farm Labourer, St Johns Well
    • Peter, age 10, St Johns Well
    • Mary, age 3 ½ , St Johns Well
  4. Patrick Quirke arrived in New South Wales on board the David McIver on the 23rd December 1854, aged 19, Kilkenny County, Kilkenny, Parents John and Catherine, father dead, mother living Kilkenny, Roman Catholic, neither read or write. An Uncle Peter Quirk, farm labourer, living Pitt Street
  5. Mary Quirke arrived in New South Wales on board the Athenian, 15th December 1853.She was aged 21, could Read, roman catholic, here parents were listed as John and Catherine, father dead, mother living and she had an Uncle Peter living in Sydney. (source: Reel 2137, [4/4791]; Reel 2464, [4/4928])
  6. Catherine Quirk (nee Slattery), with her two daughters and nephew arrived on board the ship Matoaka 22nd January 1857.
    • Catherine Quirk, age 46, housekeeper, Clomnel, County Tipperary. Parents, Patrick & Mary both dead, Roman Catholic, neither read nor write. A son and daughter, Patrick and Mary, living Sydne
    • Margaret, 17, St Johns Kilkenny, John and Catherine, father dead, mother on board        Roman Catholic, neither read nor write.
    • Catherine, 15, St Johns Kilkenny, John and Catherine, father dead, mother on board, Roman Catholic
    • James Quirk, age 5, Nephew to Catherine. St John’s Well Kilkenny, parents; Nicholas and Margaret residing in Sydney. Roman Catholic. * I have not been able to find when Nicholas & Margaret arrived in NSW but as the shipping record for James, indicates his parents were already living in Sydney prior to 1857, I suspect their arrival to be around 1852-1853, probably leaving baby James shortly after his birth.
  7.  Thomas Quirk, his wife and daughter, arrived on the Nile, in 4 May 1861 and had arrived from England, where they had been living.
    • Thomas, age 39, St Johns Kilkenny, Read and Write
    • Johanna, age 37, St Johns Kilkenny, Read and Write
    • Maryann, age 14, Liverpool, Lancaster, Read and Write

Mary Quirke was my 2nd Great Grandmother. She was baptised on the 12 Aug 1832 at Johns Well, St Johns, Kilkenny Ireland to John Quirk and Catherine Slattery.

Name: Mary Quirk      Date of Baptism/Birth:          12-Aug-1832

Address:          Johns Well       Parish/District:           ST. JOHN’S

County            Co. Kilkenny                Denomination:           Roman Catholic

Father:            John Quirk       Mother:          Catherine Slattery

Informant 1:   William Quirk  Informant 2:   Mary Quirk

Mary arrived in New South Wales on board the Athenian 15th December 1853 (source: Reel 2137, [4/4791]; Reel 2464, [4/4928]). She was aged 21, could Read, roman catholic, here parents were listed as John and Catherine, father dead, mother living and she had an Uncle Peter living in Sydney

On the 10th March 1857, Mary married Joseph Dilworth, a widower who had 6 young children. His first wife Elizabeth had died in December 1856.

Mary and Joseph had 6 children of their own:

  • William (1857-1877)
  • Lizzie (1859-1937): married Walter Rodd
  • Charles Patrick (1861-1946): married Margaret McCormack * my great grandparents
  • John James (1865-1929): married Maria Donnelly
  • Ruth Catherine (1866-1939): married John Rice Smith. On their marriage certificate, her name is listed as Catherine Margaret. Her Birth is registered as Ruth Catherine.
  • Maryann Margaret (1868-1939): married Francis McGuire. On her death certificate her name is listed as Margaret Catherine. Her birth certificate though shows her name as Maryann Margaret. Her marriage certificate says her name was Margaret and she was given consent to marry by her mother.

It appears that by about 1870, Mary had begun a new relationship with Michael Melvyton (1844-1925). Mary and Michael had 3 children:

  • Charlotte (1872-1950): married John McGinnity
  • Maryann (1873-1925): married James Bennett
  • Michael (1875-?): married Ada Sophia Curtin

Mary and Michael did not marry until 29th December 1887 at Gunnedah. On the marriage, Mary used her maiden name of Quirk.

Mary died on the 10th November 1911 at Boggabri. She is buried with Mary Catherine Dilworth who died 23rd October 1919. Her parents were Michael & Winifred. I have not been able to establish what the relationship is between the two.



I have been having a look at the Assessment Books & Sand’s Directories for Newtown for my ancestors Joseph Dilworth, Mary Quirk (later Dilworth) and Mary’s mother’ Catherine Quirk (nee Slattery).  The assessment books are located here: http://www.sydneyarchives.info/rate-books and the Sand’s Directories are located here: http://www.sydneyarchives.info/sands-directories

I was checking to see where Joseph was living in the early 1860’s as in 1857 he sold a property in Australia Street Newtown, as detailed in a previous post.

Joseph does not appear in any of the Sand’s directories for Newtown, but from the assessment books for 1863 Joseph is listed in Horden Street Newtown (O’Connell Ward) and alongside him, Mrs C Quirk (which I believe to be Catherine Quirk – mother of Mary Dilworth, nee Quirk).

Below is a list of the Sand’s Directories and where they were living.  Joseph & Mary had moved out of the area by 1866 (a daughter was born at Cox’s Creek) and Joseph died in 1877. Mary appears to have come back by 1883. She had started a relationship with Michael Milverton by the beginning of 1871, as they had 3 children in the early 1870’s.  Mary & Michael did not marry until 1887.

From looking at the list below, it’s a bit hard to work out why Catherine Quirk was not listed in all of the directories as she appears in 1873 and then does not appear again until 1880, though still living at the same address. Catherine arrived in NSW in 1857 from Kilkenny Ireland, along with daughters Catherine & Margaret. Catherine died in 1891  and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.

  

Year Name & Address Comments
1863 Mrs Dilworth – Susan Street  I’d say this is Mary Dilworth – nee Quirk
1873 Quirk, Catherine Slattery, laundress – Susan Street, Camperdown & Newtown – West Side Interesting that Catherine’s maiden name was included.
1880  Quirk, Catherine – Susan Street West Side  
1883  Quirk, Mrs. Mary – Enmore road-North side Not sure who this is:  Though Mary Dilworth (nee Quirk) did use her maiden name when she married Michael Melverton in 1887.
1884  24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side  
1885  24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side  
1886  24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side  
1887  24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side  
1889  24 Quirk Mrs. Susan Street – South Side  

 

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

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.