Archive for the ‘Quirke’ Category

Michael DOYLE married Mary RYAN on 13 October 1814 in St John’s, Kilkenny, Ireland. The marriage was witnessed by Richard Cashin and Judith Brenan.

Mary RYAN, was born in 1794 in Kilderry, Kilkenny, Ireland. She was baptised on 8 July 1794 in St Johns, Kilkenny, Ireland. She migrated to Sydney, Australia from Kilkenny, Ireland on 25 October 1857 aged 49 on board the Ship Boanerges. She died in 1876 in Molong, New South Wales, Australia.

Michael and Mary DOYLE had the following children:

  • Richard DOYLE (1815- ). Richard was born on 10 October 1815 in Gowran, Kilkenny, Ireland. He was baptised on 10 October 1815 in Gowran.
  • Nicholas DOYLE (1817- ). Nicholas was born on 12 October 1817 in Kilderry. He was baptised on 12 October 1817 in Kilderry, St John’s, Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • Mary DOYLE (1819-bef1824). Mary was born on 12 December 1819 in Kilderry. She was baptised on 12 December 1819 in Kilderry. She died before 1824 in Kilderry.
  • Bridget DOYLE (1823- ). Bridget was born on 30 March 1823 in Kilderry. She was baptised on 30 March 1823 in Kilderry.
  • Mary DOYLE (1825- ). Mary was born on 20 November 1825 in Kilderry. She was baptised on 20 November 1825 in Kilderry.
  • Anne DOYLE (1829- ). Anne was born on 4 June 1829 in Kilderry. She was baptised on 4 June 1829 in Kilderry.
  • John DOYLE (1832- ). John was born on 12 February 1832 in Kilderry. He was baptised on 12 February 1832 in Kilderry.
  • Catherine DOYLE (1835-1933). Catherine was born on 24 November 1835 in St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland. She was baptised on 24 November 1835 in St Johns Well. She married Thomas (2) QUIRK on 17 June 1856 in St Marys Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She died on 21 August 1933 in Molong. She was buried on 24 August 1933 in Molong.

 

Sources

  • “Marriage Doyle Michael Ryan Mary 1814″.
  • “Baptism Ryan Mary 1794″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Richard 1815″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Nicholas 1817″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Mary 1819″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Bridget 1823″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Mary 1825″.
  • “Baptism Doyle Anne 1829″.
  • “Baptism Doyle John 1832″.
  • “Doyle Catherine 1835″.
  • “Personal Notes – written by Thomas Quirk”.
  • “Death Notice Quirke Catherine 1933″.
  • “Burial Notice Quirk Catherine”.

Catherine Doyle was the daughter of Michael & Mary Doyle. From her obituary in the Catholic Freeman’s Journal dated 31 August 1933, she was baptised on the 24th November 1835.

Checking Roots Ireland I find the following:

Catherine Doyle

Baptism: 24 Nov 1835

Address: Rathduff

Parish: St John’s Kilkenny, Ireland

Father: Michael Doyle

Mother: Mary Ryan

Sponsor 1: James Ryan

Sponsor 2: Judith Nolan

You can read Catherine’s Obituary here: https://baker1865.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-25-obituary-catherine-quirk-nee-doyle/

 

 

 

 

 

From a document that I received many years ago, that was written by a Thomas Quirk in the late 1890’s, (1st Cousin to my 2x Great Grandmother), Thomas wrote that he had two aunts; one had married a large farmer ‘named Butler and the other an officer in the army.

Judith Quirk was baptised on the 15/08/1815 to James Quirk & Elizabeth Reed (though on Roots Ireland index, Elizabeth’s surname is listed as Teed). I would like to see what the original parish register says to see if it really does say Teed or Reed.

I have not worked out who Judith married yet. There are too many to choose from.

I am very much looking forward to the release of the Irish Catholic Parish Registers which go online on the 8th July 2015 (in Australia that would be more like 9th July) to see if I can see what the parish register says for Judith’s baptism for her mother’s surname and if I can possibly narrow down her marriage. I’m not sure if it will hold any more detail than what is on Roots Ireland.

From a document that I received many years ago, that was written by a Thomas Quirk in the late 1890’s, (1st Cousin to my 2x Great Grandmother), Thomas wrote that he had two aunts, one had married a large farmer ‘named Butler’. From looking at the baptism records, Mary Quirke was baptised to James & Elizabeth Reed on the 6 May 1811. I know this to be the correct one, as for many of James & Alice (or Ally) children, the mother’s name is listed as Ally, Alice, Elsie & Elizabeth but always with the same surname, though also spelt slightly different (Reid, Reed, Reade).

Michael Butler and Mary Quirk were married on the 3 Aug 1835 at St John’s, Kilkenny. Witnesses to the marriage were William Quirk and Mary Kelly. I assume that William was Mary’s older brother (born in 1803). Mary is my 3x great aunt. Her brother John (born 1800) being my 3 x great grandfather.

The following children are recorded on Roots Ireland born to Michael Butler and Mary Quirk

  1. Catherine Butler baptised 30/08/1835 at Mount Nugent, St John’s Kilkenny
  2. James Butler baptised 25/4/1837 at John’s Well, St John’s Kilkenny
  3. Edmund Butler baptised 1/6/1841 at Mount Nugent St John’s Kilkenny
  4. John Butler baptised 2/7/1843 at St Patrick’s Kilkenny
  5. Michael Butler baptised 8/8/1845 at St Patrick’s Kilkenny
  6. Tobias Butler baptised 23/6/1847 at Windgap Kilkenny
  7. Michael Butler baptised 26/7/1849 at Old Town, St John’s Kilkenny
  8. Mary Butler baptised 14/9/1851 at Maddoxtown, St John’s Kilkenny
  9. Thomas Butler baptised 17/12/1853 at Old Town, St John’s Kilkenny

In a previous post I wrote about James Quirk and his parents Nicholas & Margaret which is located here:

This week I received a copy of the death certificate of James’ mother Margaret. Margaret was aged 52 when she died of carcinoma of the uterus on the 8th January 1883. Her father’s surname was listed as ‘Tobin’ and his occupation, military service. Her mother’s surname was Healey.

I wanted to get her death certificate to see if there was any further information that could give an idea of when Nicholas & Margaret arrived in NSW. According to the certificate she had been in the colony of NSW for about 25 years. The death certificate also showed that Nicholas and Margaret had been married in Queen’s co Ireland.

In my previous post I wrote that the below shipping record was the only one that I could find that was a possibility. I now think that this is the correct shipping record for the couple as the native place for Margaret is the same as what is on her death certificate.

Ship: Caroline Middleton, Date of arrival: 29th September 1854, Place of arrival: Hobart, Tasmania

 Name Age Native Place
Nicholas Quirk 23 Kilkenny Ireland
Margaret Quirk 25 Queens County, Ireland
Thomas Quirk 3 Kilkenny Ireland
Anne Quirk Infant under 1 Kilkenny Ireland

I went on to Roots Ireland to see if I could find their marriage.

  • Date of marriage: 13 Nov 1846
  • Parish: Doonane County Co Laois
  • Nicholas Quirk and Margaret Tobin. Margaret’s address is listed as ‘Clonbrock’.
  • Witnesses were: John Alinson and Catherine Healy. Could Catherine be her mother or maybe a sister?

According to both death certificates for Nicholas and Margaret, the oldest child was Thomas. But looking at Roots Ireland, the baptism records show that James was the oldest.

Name: James Quirk

  • Date of Baptism: 21 June 1849
  • Address: Mt Nugent, Parish: St Johns
  • Father: Nicholas Quirk, Mother: Margaret Tobin

Name: Thomas Quirk

  • Date of Baptism: 26 Aug 1850
  • Address: Mt Nugent, Parish: St Johns
  • Father: Nicholas Quirk and Margaret Healy.
  • Witness: John Coogan and Catherine Healy.

Name: Marian Quirk

  • Date of Baptism: 30 Mar 1854
  • Address: Mt Nugent, Parish: St Johns
  • Father: Nicholas Quirk and Margaret Healy.

So Thomas and Marian (Ann) came to NSW with their parents. I still wonder why James was left behind and why the shipping record in 1857, says he was only 5. Was his age recorded incorrectly?

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. I know that Nicholas Quirke was baptised on the 19 Apr 1817 at St Johns Well Kilkenny. I have not found any record on Roots Ireland for the marriage between Nicholas and Margaret, but on Nicholas’s death certificate it had the following details:

Date of Death: 5/4/1896, Occupation: Retired Commission Agent

Place of marriage: Kilkenny, Age at marriage: 27 (this would make the year of marriage to be about 1844).

Spouse: Margaret Cogan (deceased)

Children: Thomas, Mary, James, Frank & Alice, with 1 child deceased. The deceased child I believe was Michael Quirk who died in 1856.

Registration Number Family Name Given Name(s) Father’s Given Name(s) Mother’s Given Name(s) District
1435/1856 QUIRK MICHAEL NICHOLAS MARGARET PADDINGTON

I have not been able to find when Nicholas and Margaret arrived in NSW. The only shipping record that comes close is the below.

Ship: Caroline Middleton, Date of arrival: 29th September 1854, Place of arrival: Hobart, Tasmania

 

Name Age Native Place
Nicholas Quirk 23 Kilkenny Ireland
Margaret Quirk 25 Queens County, Ireland
Thomas Quirk 3 Kilkenny Ireland
Anne Quirk Infant under 1 Kilkenny Ireland

 

So are the above my Nicholas and Margaret. Most of the information fits, except for the ages, and the name of the female child.

James Quirk the young child who arrived in NSW in 1857 with his Aunt. I received his death certificate yesterday and it appears he never married.

Date of death: 19 Jun 1925, Place: Quirindi Creek, Age: 75, Cause of death: Asphyxia from Drowning.

Father: Nicholas Quirk, Mother: Margaret Tobin, Born: Kilkenny Ireland

 

From looking at the inquest on Ancestry I find that it found that James ‘drowned through falling into the water whilst under the influence of alcohol’.

I also today found James’s baptism on Roots Ireland

Name: James Quirk

Date of Baptism: 21 June 1849

Address: Mt Nugent, Parish: St Johns

Father: Nicholas Quirk, Mother: Margaret Tobin

From the BDM records, I can see the death of Margaret is in 1883, but her father’s surname is listed as ‘Tobin’. Cogan and Tobin do sound familiar so maybe the information on Nicholas death was not sure of the name.

Next step is to obtain a copy of Margaret’s death certificate to see what information is there.

 

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 a few years ago and went to Mosman, where he resided with his wife and some of the members of his family.

He had been in delicate health for the past nine months, but the end came rather suddenly. The cause of death was heart failure. As had been mentioned, the late Mr. Quirk was a well-known figure in the early days of Wellington. He was the manager of the old flour mill near the Nanima falls when it was conducted by the Messrs Kater, and when the Messrs Ferguson Bros, built the old mill in Warne-street in 1876 he became their manager. After the death of Mr. D. A. Ferguson Mr. Quirk became one of the partners and a year or two later Mr. A. Ferguson sold his interest in the mill and the firm became Messrs. Quirk, McLeod and Co. until his retirement.

Quirk took a deep interest in municipal affairs and at the elections for the first Municipal Council in July, 1879, he was elected at the top of the poll. He remained a member of the Council for many years and was thrice Mayor. Upon the death of the late Mr. Ferguson, M.L.A., a by-election took place for this electorate and Mr.Quirk, who was a candidate, was defeated by Mr. T. H. York by a few votes. Parliament was dissolved almost immediately and another contest be- tween Mr. Quirk and Mr. York resulted in the return of the latter by a slightly increased majority. The late Mr.Quirk was held in high respect by all classes of the community and the older residents of the district remember with appreciation the great public service he rendered. He leaves a widow and grown up family, the members of which are as follows Mrs. Bourke, of Clif- ton, Mrs. E. O’Brien, of Mosman, Misses Lorrie and Lena Quirk, Mos- man, Mr. J. H. Quirk, of Wellington, Mr. J. J. Quirk, of Narrandera, Mr.  ThomasQuirk, of “Gladstone,” Bodangora, and two daughters who are nuns, one in Bathurst and the other in Dubbo. The remains of the deceased   were interred at the Gore Hill cemetery on Saturday, the Rev. Father O’Brien conducting the burial service. [The deceased was a brother of Mr. N.Quirk, of Molong. — Ed.]

Other Notices found on Thomas’ death are:

  1. Molong Argus – 11th December 1908
  2. The Catholic Press 17th December 1908
  3. Wellington Times 7th December 1908

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:

  1. James born 1824 – married Mary McMahon. He came to NSW in 1849 on board ‘Victoria’.
  2. Nicholas born 1825 – died young
  3. Margaret (1828-1915) – married George Fell in 1855. She came to NSW in 1849 on board ‘Victoria’.
  4. Michael (1832-1896) – married Margaret Carrigg in 1858. He came to NSW on board the ship ‘Neptune’ with his father, stepmother and young siblings.

Catherine died sometime around 1832.

Peter Quirke, remarried again to Mary Conoran in St Johns Kilkenny in 1833. Their eldest son , Thomas Quirk was born around 1835.

Thomas married Catherine Doyle on the 17th June 1856 at St Marys Catherdal, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Thomas and Catherine knew each other as children in Kilkenny. Catherine had arrived in NSW on the 20th January 1855 on board the ship ‘Ebba Brahe’. She was listed as aged 19 and was from Kilderry, Kilkenny, Ireland. Her parents were listed as Michael & Mary.

Catherine Doyle’s parents were Michael Doyle and Mary Ryan.

Mary Ryan was the sister to Catherine Ryan who had married Peter Quirk in 1833.

I have not found when Mary Ryan married Michael Doyle but Mary arrived in NSW on board the ship ‘Boanerges’ on the 26th October 1857. She lived with her daughter Catherine and husband Thomas Quirk until she died in Molong in December 1876. She is buried at the The General Cemetery at Molong.

Catherine Quirk nee Doyle died on the 21 Aug 1933 and is also buried at the general cemetery at Molong. You can read her obituary here.

The late Mrs C Quirk

Other posts relating to the Quirk family in NSW and Kilkenny:

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 ThomasQuirk, whom she had known in Ireland.

Thomas Quirk died at 73 years of age, 25 years ago. Mr. J. J. Quirk, who was the sixth of a family of 10 children, was born at Boomey, near Molong, where his parents owned a property called ‘Maryland.’ Afterwards Mr. Quirk, sen., acquired properties known as ‘Gladstone,’ Wellington, and ‘Baltimore,’ near Dubbo; and for many years carried on the business of flour milling at Caloula, near Orange, and at Wellington, in association with Mr. Cater, father of the late H. E. Cater, M.L.C, with Ferguson Brothers, and finally on his own account.

One son of the late Mrs. Quirk (Mr. Peter Quirk) is dead, as also is the eldest daughter (Mrs. I. W. Bourke). Three sons survive J. H. Quirk, solicitor, Wellington; J. J. Quirk, of Narandera; and Mr. Tom Quirk, of Gladstone, Wellington; five daughters, Sisters Lawrence, of the Convent of Mercy, Bathurst; and Assissium, of the Convent of Mercy, Narromine; Mrs. E. O’Brien, Mrs. J. Merrick, and Miss Connie Quirk, all of Mosman.

The late Mrs. Quirk was a lady of the most extraordinary energy and retained all her mental faculties right to the end of her life; and her bodily health only began to fail three or four years ago. Very few, people are alive to-day who had as much knowledge of conditions in Australia in the old pioneering days, and not many individuals contributed more liberally in individual effort to the development of Australia. Mrs. Quirk was very widely known in Sydney and throughout the western part of the State, and her funeral to the Gore Hill Cemetery was very largely attended. Dr. Doyle, for many years President of St. Kieran’s Ecclesiastical College, Kilkenny, was a nephew of deceased. The mourners at the funeral were Messrs. J. H., T. F. and J. J. Quirk (sons), the last named being of Narandera, Mesdames E. O’Brien and J. Merrick and Miss L. M. Quirk, (daughters), Mr. A, Merrick (son-in law), Mesdames J. H. and T. F. Quirk (daughters-in-law). Messrs. T. F. and J. P. Bourke, T. E., P. F., and J. P. O’Brien., Misses Mary G. Bourke, Mollie O’Brien, Moya and Helen Merrick, and Masters Maurice and Tom Merrick (grandchildren).

Source: Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 – 1953)

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 some time on the gold fields in Bendigo Victoria before coming back to Sydney where he married Mary McMahon on the 7 Mar 1859 at St Mary’s Sydney.

I do not have any information on the children as yet, nor have I found when James died.

Though I have found references to the deaths of three children to a James & Mary Quirk from Cooks River, all in the space of 2 weeks:

Peter Quirk – at his residence at Cooks River, father James Quirk, aged 8, 25/5/1868

Catherine Quirk at the 159 Dowling Street Woolloomooloo, 8th June and on the 10th, Helena, aged 6 years and QUIRK—June 8th, at No. 159, Dowling-street, Woolloomooloo, Catherine, aged 2 years and 7 months ; and on the 10th, Helena, aged 6 years and 5 months, the beloved children of James and Mary Quirk, of Cook’s River.