Tuesday, August 7, 2012

M is for Marrows, Matthews, McAllister, McCarthy, McMahon and Mulhall - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 13

Image from Gould Genealogy & History News
This is my contribution to Week 13 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is M.

M is for...Marrows
Marrows is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Maria Chambers (c1789-1867).
Maria Marrows, of the parish of Rand, married Thomas Chambers, of the parish of Repham (Reepham?), by Banns, on 9 March 1812 at Rand, Lincolnshire, England by J.C. Younge, curate of Walesby. The witnesses to the marriage were Francis Liversidge and John Marrows.
Thomas and Maria had at least nine children: Charlotte, John, Mary Ann, Harriet, Anne, Elizabeth, Jane, George (my 2 x Great Grandfather) and William. The children were baptised at RandBarlings and LangworthBracebridge Heath and Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire

At the time of the 1841 Census Thomas Chambers, an agricultural labourer, Maria Chambers and their children William, George, Jane and Elizabeth, were living at Bracebridge Heath, LincolnshireIn the 1851 Census farmer Thomas Chambers, Maria Chambers, daughter Jane Chambers and grandchildren George Chambers (aged 12) and Jane Nickleson (aged 3) were living at Letby House, Flaxton, Yorkshire. The place of birth for all of these people was given as Lincolnshire. 

Thomas Chambers died on 4 October 1858 at 21 Rasen Lane, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, aged 65 years. The informant listed on Thomas' death certificate was Mary Nuttall of 7 Good Lane, Lincoln. At the time of the 1861 Census, the widowed Maria, a needlewoman aged 72 years, and her daughter Jane (aged 30), were living at 7 Nash Square, Lincoln (I could not find Nash Square on a modern map. If anyone knows where this place is/was, I would appreciate it if you could leave a comment on this post. Thanks.) Maria's birthplace was given on the Census as Middle Rasen, LincolnshireShe died on 26 June 1867 at 3 Good Lane, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Her age was given as 79 on her death certificate. The informant listed on the certificate was Maria Cropper of 32 Newport, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. I still have a lot of research to complete regarding my Marrows family. (See also C is for Chambers)

M is for...Matthews
Matthews is the maiden surname of my 6 x Great Grandmother, Amelia Heading (1729-1808). Amelia was baptised in 1729 in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire, England, the daughter of William Matthews (1690-1747) and Mary (nee Hunsdon). William (b1690) was the son of William and Elizabeth (nee Gascoigne) Matthews. Amelia Matthews (1729-1808) married John Heading in 1747 at Denchworth, Berkshire. Amelia died at Denchworth in 1808. I have more information on the Matthews family but I still have to organise the information. (See also H is for Heading)

M is for...McAllister
McAllister is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Mary Breen. Very little verified information is known about Mary or her family. All that I know is that she was the wife of Hugh Breen, and the mother of my 3 x Great Grandfather, Owen Breen (c1800-1875) and his brother Patrick Breen (c1798-1883) of Aghadavoyle, County Armagh, Ireland. The family story, handed down from Mary's grandson Michael O'Brien (c1833-1925) is that Sam McAllister, who died at the battle of Derrynamuck, County Wicklow in 1799 (helping Michael Dwyer to escape), was a brother/close relative of Mary (see also The Ballad of Michael Dwyer on the Dwyer Clan web site, and Dwyer McAllister Cottage photograph on Flickr). Sam was thought to have come from County Antrim so it is probable that my McAllister's originate there. (See also B is for Breen)

M is for...McCarthy
My earliest known McCarthy ancestors are James McCarthy and Mary Duggan (see D is for Duggan). Their son John McCarthy (1806-1870) was my 3 x Great Grandfather. John McCarthy married Honora 
Tangney in 1832 in the Catholic parish of Firies, County Kerry, Ireland. Their children were: James, John, Jeremiah, Dennis, Patrick, Mary and Michael. It is believed that James, Jeremiah, Dennis and Mary died as infants. John (1835-1885) immigrated to Victoria, Australia on the 'Lighning' in 1862. Patrick (c1843-1925) immigrated to Victoria in 1863 on the 'Champion of the Seas'. John McCarthy Snr (1806-1870), his wife Honora (nee Tangney) (c1806-1873) and son Michael McCarthy (1851-?), along with Patrick's wife Ellen McCarthy (nee O'Sullivan) (1841-1925) and Ellen's infant son John (1864-1936), immigrated to Victoria in 1866 on the 'White Star'.

The McCarthy's lived at Heathcote, Victoria and were involved in gold mining, farm labouring, wood cutting, blacksmithing and road work. Both John Snr and Honora McCarthy died at Heathcote. Patrick and Ellen McCarthy lived in Heathcote and Lancefield and had 10 children. It is not known what became of Michael McCarthy.

My 2 x Great Grandfather, John McCarthy (1835-1885) married Catherine Mannix (1842-1917) at St Francis' Catholic Church, Melbourne in 1864. John and Catherine had nine children: Honora (Nora, Mrs Murphy), Mary Ann (Mrs Ryan), Patrick (Paddy, my Great Grandfather), John (Johnny), Margaret (Mag, Mrs Travers), Michael (Mick), James (Jim), Edward (Ted) and Denis (Din). John (b1835) died at Heathcote in 1885 several hours after he was kicked by draught horse. To support her family, Catherine worked from home as a seamstress making shirts for Christie's General Merchants in Heathcote. Catherine died at Heathcote in 1917. 

M is also for Mannix which I will cover in a later Family History Through the Alphabet post. 

M is for...McMahon
McMahon is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Ann Hehir. Ann was the wife of Timothy (Thaddeus) Hehir, a farmer of Killow, Clareabbey, County Clare, Ireland, and the mother of my 2 x Great Grandmother, Susan Hehir (c1833-1921). It is believed that Ann Hehir (nee McMahon) died in the 1840s during the Great famine. Nothing more is known about her family or relatives. (See also H is for Hehir)

M is for...Mulhall
Mulhall is the maiden surname of my 2 x Great Grandmother, Mary Joyce (1844-1923). Mary Mulhall was baptised in 1844 in the Catholic parish of Tubberclaire, County Westmeath, Ireland, the daughter of Matthew Mulhall and Margaret (nee Coghlan). 

There are only three Mulhall's in County Westmeath in the
 Griffiths Primary Valuations: Matthew Mulhall of Lissakillen South (parish of Bunown), John Mulhall of Boyanagh (parish of Kilcleagh) and Robert Mulhall of Killogeenaghan (parish of Kilcleagh). My unverified theory at the moment is that these Mulhall's were brothers and Matthew of Lissakillen South was probably Mary's father. Mary's siblings who immigrated to Australia included Catherine (Kate) (1848-1894) (see my Waitangi Day 2011 post for more about Kate), Ann (1851-1885) who married William Hayes at Echuca in 1876, and a brother, 'M. Mulhall', who was the informant of Kate's death in 1894 and was listed on her death certificate as 'M. Mulhall, Brother, S. Melbourne' (South Melbourne). Irish records also indicate that Matthew and Margaret (nee Coghlan) had at least one other child, named John Mulhall (b1856). (See also J is for Joyce and C is for Coghlan)

M is also for...much more research and organising that I need to do.

(Sources available on request)
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  1. Replies
    1. Yes, I was expecting to have to write a lot this week I (even though I found a way to use one of my M names under another letter). I think I will be up for a lot of writing when I get to the letter P too!

  2. Nash Square Lincoln was near 35 Newport Lincoln


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