Category Archives: Surnames

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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52 Ancestors in 52 weeks #21 – Nicholas Quirke – 1839-1921

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 …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #16 – Sarah Baker

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 …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #15 – William Mathews – Boggabri

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 …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12b Emily Mathews: David Cooper & Bert Talbot

Emily Matthews (born 1892), Married David Henry Cooper in 1910 and Bert Talbot in 1919 Going through my information on the children of George Thomas Mathews and Ellen Shoulders, I noticed that I didn’t have the death details for 3 of their children being Maryann (born 1890), William (born 1887) and Emily (born 1892). Maryann’s …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12 John William Wilson and Mary Ann Mathews

John William Wilson and Mary Ann Mathews Going through my information on the children of George Thomas Mathews and Ellen Shoulders, I noticed that I didn’t have the death details for 3 of their children being Maryann (born 1890), William (born 1887) and Emily (born 1892). You ca read about my search for Emily here. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #11 James Matthews – accidently shot

Yesterday as I was writing my post on George Thomas Matthews, I was rechecking some of the birth & death certificates of his children. One of them James Matthews died in 1914. His cause of death was accidentally shot and that a verdict was held at Muswellbrook on 31/12/1914. This morning I thought I would …

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