Category Archives: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #31 Lavina Dilworth – what happened to you?

My 2x Great Grand father Joseph Dilworth and his 1st wife, Eliza Ditty, had a daughter named Lavina Dilworth. She was born on the 4th May 1851 and was baptised at Saint Lawrence, Sydney on the 28th June 1851. I have looked everywhere for Lavina. I’ve checked Trove, New South Wales, Victoria and QLD Marriage …

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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #30 James Quirk 1849-1925 Kilkenny to New South Wales

In 1857, my GGG grandmother Catherine Quirk, nee Slattery arrived in NSW with her two daughters and a nephew, James, who was listed on the shipping record as aged 5. His parents were listed as Nicholas and Margaret, residing in Sydney. I’ve always wondered why Nicholas and Margaret left their young son behind in Ireland. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #29 Ellen Hanratty Convict, a life of drunkness and larceny

My 4x Great Grandmother was possibly Ellen Hanratty or Mohan who was born in Monaghan Ireland. Her age is shown on various records which gives her birth to between 1802 and 1812. I have not found the birth of my 3 x great grandmother, Mary Hanratty but Mary’s death certificate listed her father as Arthur …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #28 Joseph Dilworth – Bathurst Gaol

My Great Great Grandfather Joseph Dilworth, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour at Bathurst Gaol in January 1861 for stealing from a dray. He was discharged in March 1862. From reading the details from the Bathurst Quarter Sessions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4834055), Joseph and his wife, Mary were living in huts and tents, as described by the …

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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #27 Elizabeth Dilworth and James Shaw

In a recent post I wrote, that I did not have much information on the Family of Eliza Dilworth and her husband James. Yesterday, I was laying on the lounge, watching an old episode of Who Do you Think you are (Australia) and I had my iPAD with me. I decided to search Trove for …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #26 Thomas Quirk 1835 -1908 Obituary

Molong Express 12th December 1908 The death occurred at Mosman on Friday of Mr. Thomas Quirk, for many years a resident of Wellington (says the “Times”) and took an active part in many of the incidents that marked the early history of the district. The   deceased gentleman, who was 73 yearsof age, left Wellington …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #24: Doyle, Ryan, Quirk connection Kilkenny Ireland

Catherine Ryan was born in Kilkenny Ireland around 1800. She married Peter Quirk on the 26th August 1823 at Kilkenny. Witnesses to the marriage were Denis Ryan and Bridget Holohan. Peter and Catherine had 4 children, of whom were: James born 1824 – married Mary McMahon. He came to NSW in 1849 on board ‘Victoria’. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #25 Obituary Catherine Quirk nee Doyle

OBITUARY  MRS. C. QUIRK CatherineQuirk, the mother of Mr J. J. Quirk, solicitor, died at Mosman, Sydney, on Monday, 21st inst. Mrs. Quirk was born at John’s Well, County Tipperary, Ireland, on 24th November, 1835, She came to Australia as a girl of fifteen, and when nineteen was married at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, to …

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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #23 James Quirk (born 1824) Kilkenny Ireland

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 …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #22 – Mary Fitzgerald 1832-1905

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 …

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