I am in few weeks behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and hopefully I will be able to catch up next week. This week was St Patrick’s day and I thought I would write about my first two possible Irish Ancestors who arrived in New South Wales as convicts. My 3x Great Grandmother, Mary Hanratty (alias Ryan) married John Shoulders on the 21st January 1851 at Armidale. Mary’s name on the marriage was listed as Mary Jane Ryan and had been given consent to marry by R G Massie, Esqr Guardian appointed under Act 2. Vic.No.13. As she was given consent to marry, this leads me to think she was under the age of 21 and based on her age listed on her children’s birth and her death certificate, she was likely to be born around 1836.
I have not been able to find Mary’s birth but when she died in 1909 her death certificate showed that her father was ‘Arthur Hanratty’. Her mother’s name is not listed. Arthur Hanratty married Ellen Hanratty in 1834 in New South Wales. Robert or Arthur Hanratty per Mangles 5 to Ellen Hanratty per Edward were joined together in wedlock by me this 19th day of September 1834 at Sydney. From checking the convict indents for Robert & Ellen, they were both tried at Monaghan, Ireland on the 7th August 1827. Robert was convicted of pick pocketing and Ellen for stealing money. Robert’s surname in the Convict index’s shows it as being Hauratly. In the convict marriage index’s, it shows that Ellen’s name was Eleanor Hanratty alias Moran.
Convict Indent for Robert is as follows:
- Robert Hauratty alias Johnston (ref fiche 669 075 398 4/4013)
- Arrived: 2nd June 1828 (note: not listed in the 1828 census) per Mangles 5
- Native Place: Armagh Ireland
- Trader: Carter
- Offence: Picking Pockets
- Where Tried: Monaghan Ireland
- When: 7th August 1827
- Received a certificate of Freedom 16/8/1834
Convict indent for Elleanor Hanratty alias Moran
- Age 24 – catholic
- Arrived per Edward
- Where Tried: Monaghan Ireland
- When: 7th August 1827 (note: Tried on the same date as Robert above)
- Offence: Stole money
Now I cannot be certain if this Robert/Arthur Hanratty alias Johnston and Elenaor Hanratty alias Moran are Mary’s Parents but I think possibly they were. I have done a search for birth for Mary in NSW between 1830-1840, under all possible surnames (Ryan, Hanratty, Johnston and Moran), but to no luck. Both Arthur and Ellen spent a considerable time getting themselves into trouble. You can read more about Arthur here & here In 1849 Helen/Ellen Moran or Hanretty married a James Dicky. She was listed as a widow (though no death for Arthur/Robert has been found). Ellen died in 1864, her age listed as being 50 and was living at Branxton NSW. The informant on the death was James Thomson, coroner. An inquest had been held on the 30/3/1864 at Branxton. Verdict: Died by Being Suffocated in the mud and shallow water accelerated by Drunkenness. Variant spellings of the surname Hanratty, that I have come across so far: Hanratty, Hauratty, Heneratty, Henratty, Hayralty, Henritty, Handratty, Handrathy, Hanrathy, Henrighty, Hanretty, Nauratty. My Next post will be more about Ellen Moran and what I can find about her movements between her marriage to Arthur in 1834 and her death in 1864.