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Moshers Scavenger Hunt...Everyone Welcome To Join In
« on: Tuesday 04 May 10 11:30 BST (UK) »

Welcome to this weeks Scavenger Hunt........  This one is rather intriguing to say the least.   :D

Good Luck and Good Hunting

Barbara

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When I first started my family research, I already had a copy of my great great  grandparents marriage certificate.  They were John Murphy (born Sydney, 19 June 1834) & Mary McNerty (born Kilrush, age given at marriage 21 – name probably s/be McInerney). They were married at Tambo, Victoria, Australia on 30 Sept 1859.

John’s parents were listed as James & Catherine Murphy. 

We (myself and other descendants) have since tracked Catherine pretty well.  She came to Australia with a convict mother, Mary Kelliher/Callaghan/Callagher arriving 1817 on the “Canada”.  Mary married Samuel Higgins and Vardy Sheehan.

Catherine married Phillip Smith in 1832 and had one daughter Susan.

She then had 8 children with James Murphy as follows:

John -  1834 Sydney (baptised 10 Sep 1834 St Mary’s Cathedral)
Catherine - 1835 NSW (d1836)
Catherine - 3 Sept 1836 Appin NSW
Bridget – 1841 Greendale NSW
Margaret – 1841
Anastatia – 1847 Petersham NSW
Michael – 23 Jan 1852 Lachlan District, NSW
James – 9 Jan 1853 Cowra NSW (d1859)

I have quite a lot of information on all children.

There does not seem to be a marriage between Catherine & James. 

What I do NOT have is anything on James Murphy, the father of these children!   James “disappears” around 1853, and Catherine marries again to John Walters in 1853 and had a further 3 children Elizabeth, Joseph & Susannah.

I have ordered a few baptism certificates for the children (John & James – first & last) but no further details are given on parents than names. 

There is a Murphy family on the 1841 census that MAY be them – at TOWN: Bringelly Cumberland, DISTRICT: Patrick Plains-Port Phillip.

Phillip Smith remarried in 1834, so I am not sure why Catherine did not marry James (if she didn’t that is).

The Murphy children and Catherine herself all end up in the Omeo area of Victoria, where she dies on 29 July 1877.

Where did James come from?  And where did he go?  He probably died and was buried without it being reported – maybe in the goldfields. 

There are a few James Murphy possibilities for Catherine’s James.  There were quite a few convicts of this name.  I suspect it may be one of the 2 that were on the “Lonach” in 1825 – only because one was stationed with William Cox in Windsor which was where Catherine married Phillip Smith.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to find which James it was, and where he came from?
Onley/Only/Olney In Islington.<br />Wallwork In Bolton and Walkden<br />Lamb In Bolton and Ireland<br />Grundy In Bolton<br />Blackledge In Bolton<br />Osbaldeston  ?? ??<br />Barnett in Islington<br />Binyon in Islington
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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 04 May 10 12:03 BST (UK) »
Oh I am so excited!  I really hope you can help me with this!  Any q's please ask as I may have more that I have forgotten.

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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 04 May 10 15:00 BST (UK) »
OK, well I am off to bed, so won't be able to respond to the influx of posts until tomorrow am now (GMT +8 hours).

(fingers crossed...)

Mosher ???



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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 04 May 10 15:15 BST (UK) »
Well this is going to be a challenge..  But one thought is that he was already married .. so couldnt marry her.
Or maybe just a man who couldnt be tied down.. there were a lot of them about..
Dont know where to suggest looking...
but will browse a little if I can.. later.
xin

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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 04 May 10 23:49 BST (UK) »
Oh dear... this is a bit sad.  :'(

Thanks xin.  My first thought was that he was already married but then Catherine was also.  If he was a convict, didn't they let them remarry knowing they wouldn't see their families again, and that it was good for the settlement?

He stuck around for a long time - almost 20 years of children anyway.

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 05 May 10 04:52 BST (UK) »
It is a bit dire when nearly the only posts on your own scanevger hunt are from yourself, but i am bumping this up!  ;D I am sure someone will take up the challenge!  We can't just let James go, can we?  He needs a decent background like everyone else.  ;)

So... anyone???  I can just keep responding to myself, I guess... I do have lovely conversations with my other personalities. ::)

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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 05 May 10 07:38 BST (UK) »
I will join you in your private conversations, cos I am peeping at the records, but getting nowhere.. I have ordered the time machine for 4.30 pm is that ok with you.

 ;D ;D ;D

xin

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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 05 May 10 08:02 BST (UK) »
Cool!  Will you pick me up?  Do I need to pack anything other than toothbrush and change of undies?

 ;D  :P

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 05 May 10 08:10 BST (UK) »
Doubt it -- seems like it carries anything thats needed.

 ;D ;D

off on the search now.
xin