Thursday, December 15, 2016

Patrick McGahey b 1802

Patrick came to Australia on the 3rd Fleet aboard the ship Sir Godfrey Webster as part of the 3rd fleet.

He appears to have been born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1802, and was a peddler in Ireland.  His convict Indent stats he had little education and was tried in Mayo on 24th March 1825, sentenced to 7 years transportation.  He was 5ft 3in in height, with a ruddy complexion and brown eyes and hair, with a scar over his left eye.  He is stated to have a quiet disposition.

Convict Indent.

Elizabeth Rimes and Patrick McGahy were given permission to marry in 1827, just a year after Patrick arrived in Sydney, there was 28 years difference in their ages.  The 1828 census has them living in Portland Head, NSW AUS as farmers. 

In 1832 Patrick was given his Certificate of Freedom, having served his 7 years.

Certif of Freedom.

Just before Elizabeth died in 1841 they were living with Elizabeth's son Mathew James Everingham on his farm in Wrights Retreat, Windsor, NSW, AUS.

After this nothing is known for certain of Patrick McGahey, he does not appear to be listed in any Australian Death Record.  However - did he return to Ireland?  There is a Belfast Newsletter death notice of 7th April, 1878 which fits Patricks birth date as well as follows:

- April 5 at Mill Street Ballymeen, Mr Patrick McGahey, aged 72 years.  
His remains will be removed for internment at Greenhill
 tomorrow (Wed) morning at 10 O'clock

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