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Michael Mcgrath

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Michael Mcgrath
Aliases: none
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1773
Occupation: Labourer
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 59 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Irish rebel
Convicted at: Kilkenny, Ireland
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Boyd
Departure date: 10th March, 1809
Arrival date: 14th August, 1809
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 63 other convicts

References

Primary source: New South Wales Burial Certificate no 794 Vol 118 'Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol2' James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stories'
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Sue Barber on 9th January, 2014 wrote:

He came on the ship “Boyd”. It is not listed above

D Wong on 9th January, 2014 wrote:

Michael McGrath was 36 years old and his native place was Waterford.

19/5/1812: Married Elizabeth Sommerville (1796-1868) the twin of Phillis and the daughters of convict, James Sommerville (Surprise 1794) and his wife Ann.
They married in a double ceremony when both girls were 16.  Phillis married James Dorsey/Darcey.

Elizabeth and Michael had about 7 children (reports differ from 5-7).

Elizabeth later co-habitated with John Frazer then James Ward.

5/8/1820: Syd. Gaz: Michael in the company of Thomas Ward alias Thomas Ford, was transported for life for the burglary of the dwelling house of Mrs Ann Robinson, on the Parramatta Road and stealing sundry property.

Phillis Darcey (his sister-in-law) was indicted for receiving the same, but was acquitted.

Colonial Secretary Papers:
MCGRATH, Michael. Per “Boyd”, 1809; husband of Elizabeth McGrath of Concord

1820 Jun 15-Aug 5 To be transported to Newcastle for life. In reports of prisoners tried at Court of Criminal Jurisdiction (Reel 6023; X820 p.15)

1820 Sep 22 On list of prisoners transported to Newcastle per “Elizabeth Henrietta” (Reel 6007; 4/3502 p.272)

1822 Feb 27 To be removed to Port Macquarie having given himself up under the proclamation of Sir Thomas Brisbane (Reel 6008; 4/3504A p.498)

1822 Feb 27 On lists of convict runaways removed to Port Macquarie per “Newcastle” (Reel 6009, 4/3505 p.232; Reel 6019, 4/3864 pp.350-1

1822 May 10: His son Thomas admitted to the Male Orphan School (Fiche 3307; 4/7208 pp.7-8)

1822: Elizabeth petitioned for 3 daughters and son Thomas to be admitted to the Orphan Institutions.

1832: TOL Port Macquarie
1/7/1839: Recommended for a CP

1852: Michael died of unspecified causes at Port Macquarie.

Denis Pember on 6th February, 2016 wrote:

Sainty & Johnson; 1828 Census of New South Wales:
[Ref M0698 - page 250] McGrath, Michael (no age given), Boyd, Life, at Port Macquarie.
No sign of Elizabeth in the census although two of the sons, Michael 9 and John 7 are recorded at the Cabramatta, male orphanage.

Dianne Read on 31st December, 2016 wrote:

Buried on the 12th January 1852

Burial Certificate provides the following details-
Name: Michael McGrath
Abode: Benevolent Asylum
Age: 74 years
Quality or Profession: Labourer
Ship’s Name: “Boyd”
When died: -
When Buried: 12th January, 1852
Where ceremony performed: Parish of St.James, County of Cumberland
By whom the ceremony was performed: Rev. D. M. O. Connell

Copy from a Register of Roman Catholic Burials

iain Frazier on 15th November, 2019 wrote:

Michael (Free by Servitude after 1813) & Elizabeth (Somerville)‘s children are:-
1.Mary Ann (McGrath/Megrath) was born in 1812 & baptised St Johns Parramatta in 1815 age3.
2.Margaret (McGrath/Megrath) was born in 1813 & baptised St Johns Parramatta in 1815 age2.
3.Thomas James (McGrath/Megrath) was born in 1815 & baptised that year at St Johns Parramatta with his siblings.  He died in 1882 age66.
4.Ann (McGrath) was born about 1817 & baptised about 1819 at St Phillips Sydney.  She died in 1904 age86?.
5.Michael (McGrath) was born in 1818 & baptised in 1819 at St Phillips Sydney.  She died in 1887 age68.
Michael (McGrath) also appears to have had another child with Ann (???). 
In 1826 Elizabeth put John, Ann & Michael (McGrath) into Cabramatta Orphan school.

Convict Changes History

Sue Barber on 9th January, 2014 made the following changes:

convicted at, term years, voyage, source, firstname, surname, alias1, alias2, alias3, alias4, date of birth 1773, date of death 0000, gender, occupation, crime

D Wong on 9th January, 2014 made the following changes:

term 7 years, voyage, source, date of death 1852

Dianne Read on 31st December, 2016 made the following changes:

source: New South Wales Burial Certificate no 794 Vol 118 (prev. http://members.pcug.org.au/~ppmay/convicts.htm), date of death: 0000 (prev. 1852)

iain Frazier on 15th November, 2019 made the following changes:

source: New South Wales Burial Certificate no 794 Vol 118 'Hawkesbury Pioneer Register Vol2' James Smee in 'Births & Baptisms Marriages & Defacto Relationships Deaths & Burials New South Wales 1788-1830' Bronwyn Quint 'Arrows of Hope-Selected Convict Stor

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