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Co. Monaghan News Australia, NSW &c.

Co. Monaghan Emigrants in New South Wales, Tasmania & Australia

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Principal Superintendent of Convicts – Sydney
The undermentioned prisoners having absconded from the individuals and employments set against their names respectively and some of them being at large with stolen certificates, and tickets of leave, all constables and others are hereby required and commanded to use their utmost exertions in apprehending and lodging them in safe custody. Any person harbouring or employing any of the said absentees, will be prosecuted as the law directs.

18 May 1822 – A. PEARSE, a convict, (No. 102) charged with divers misdemeanours, is 5ft. 3 1⁄4 ins. high, brown hair, hazel eyes, aged 30 years, a labourer, tried at Armagh in 1819, sentenced 7 years, arrived in this colony in the ship Castle Forbes in 1820, born in the county of Monaghan and is pock-pitted. (Police Office Hobart Town)

4 Oct. 1822 – J. McWADE, per Canada; aged 24; nat. of C. Monaghan; 5 ft. 6 in; dark eyes; black hair, fair ruddy complexion, pock marked from Mr BAYLEY’S clearing party.

22 Nov. 1822 – Owen M’KENNA per Prince Regent; aged 30 native of Monaghan; 5 ft. 4 in. high grey eyes sandy (?) ruddy complexion; govt. serv’t. to Mr. DOYLE.

3 Apr. 1823 – Bern. WOOD, Chapman, 20, Monaghan, 5 ft. 1, hazel eyes, br. hair, dark pale comp, Mr. CARTWRIGHT’S clearing party.

23 Apr. 1823 – Ber. MULLENS, Martha, 27, Monaghan, 5 ft. 61⁄2, haz. eyes, dark flax, hair, dark rud. comp. Emu Plains.

2 July 1823 – Thos. LUCAS, Guildford (3), 38, Co. Monaghan, 5 ft. 3 1⁄2, br. eyes. blk. hair, dark rud. comp. Emu Pls.

25 Mar. 1824 – Thomas CAMPBELL, Isabella (2), 29, Monaghan, 5 feet 4 3⁄4 inches, blue eyes, red hair, pale comp. Servant to Mr. H. PAUL.

27 May 1824 – Joseph GILLMORE, Dorothy, 26, Monaghan, five feet nine inches, blue eyes, flaxen hair, dark pale comp. Mr. ACRE’S clearing party.

25 Jan. 1825 – John LARAGY, Isabella 2, 23, Monaghan, 5 feet 3, grey eyes, light brown hair, freckled comp. Mr. M’KENZIE, Bathurst.

3 Mar. 1825 – William FINNEGAN, ship Isabella (3) 19, County Monaghan, 5 feet 4 in., grey eyes, dark red hair, red freckled comp. Miners’ gang, Hunter’s River, Newcastle.

10 Mar. 1825 Robert STOREY, per Countess Harcourt (1) 22, Monaghan, 5 feet 31⁄4 in., grey eyes, dark brown hair, fair freckled comp. Bathurst. Servant to Wm. LAWSON Esq. and James McNALLY, per Hadlow (2) 22, Monaghan, 5 feet 8 in., hazle eyes, brown hair, fair ruddy comp. Salmon’s clearing gang, Rooty Hill.

30 Jun. 1825 – Hugh CARROL, per Dorothy, 46, County Monaghan, 5 feet 8 in., blue eyes, black hair, dark ruddy complexion, from Salmon’s clearing party, Rooty Hill.

22 Sept. 1825 – John RUSSELL, ship Recovery (2) 22, County Monaghan, 5 feet 5 in., dark grey eyes, brown hair, brown complexion, town gang, Parramatta.

15 Jul. 1826 – William RILEY, ship Elizabeth, 33, County Monaghan, 5 feet 1 3⁄4 in., hazle eyes, black hair, dark ruddy comp. from Hyde Park barrack.

28 Oct. 1826 – Patrick CALLAGHAN, 5 feet 1 1⁄2 in., dark brown hair, dark hazel eyes, 30, labourer, tried at Carlisle, 14 years, per Somersetshire, to this Colony Woodlark, native of County Monaghan, absconded from the public work, May 1824 – reward £2.

10 Sept. 1827 – SHERRY Peter, per Recovery, a weaver, 25, County Monaghan, 5 feet 4 1⁄2 in. grey eyes, dark brown hair, sallow freckled comp. from No. 23 road party.

26 Nov. 1827 – M’CLUSKEY Peter, ship Guilford, labourer, 35, County Monaghan, 5 feet 3 in., blue eyes, brown hair, dark sallow comp. from No. 1 Iron gang.

19 Dec. 1827 – LUCCAS Thomas, per Guilford (3), weaver, 40, County Monaghan, 5 feet 3 1⁄2, brown eyes, black hair, dark ruddy comp. from No. Iron gang.

7 Jan. 1828 – M’CABE Michael, per Cambridge, labourer, 19, Monaghan 5 feet 2 1⁄2 in., hazle eyes, sandy hair, fair freckled comp. from Mr. G. W. WHITFIELD and M’INTYRE John, ship Hooghley, reaper, 23, County Monaghan, 5 feet 3 1⁄2 in. grey eyes, brown hair, much freckled comp. from Messrs. BERRY and Co.

28 Jun. 1828 – CARROL Hugh, ship Dorothy, 46, County Monaghan, 5 feet 8 in., blue eyes, black hair, dark ruddy complexion, from Salmon’s clearing party, Rooty Hill and STOREY Robert, ship Countess Harcourt, 22, Monaghan, 5 feet 3 1⁄4 in., grey eyes, dark brown hair, fair freckled complexion, Bathurst station.

22 Oct. 1828 – SHERRY Peter, ship Recovery, 24, weaver, County Monaghan, 5 feet 4 (?) in., grey eyes, dark brown hair, sallow freckled comp. from No, 22 road gang.

20 Jan. 1829 – CONNOR John, ship Countess of Harcourt, 28, tailor, County of Monaghan, 5 feet 1⁄2, grey eyes, light blown hair, fresh pock-pitted comp., from Hyde Park barrack.

20 Oct. 1829 – McMAHON Hugh, per Isabella (1), 48, hawker, County of Monaghan, 5 feet 5 3⁄4 in., hazle eyes, black to grey hair, dark comp. from Michael JOYCE, Sydney.

2 Feb. 1830 M’FADDEN Edward, per Daphne, 32, butcher, County of Monaghan, 5 feet 1⁄2, dark eyes, sandy brown hair, fair freckled comp., from Mr. Richard HUNT, Parramatta and M’GEE Henry, per Castle Forbes, 47, tailor, Monaghan, 5 feet 2 in., blue eyes, dark flaxen hair, brown freckled comp., from Hyde Park barrack.

26 Dec. 1832 – McLEONARD John, No. 29-332, per Sophia, 24, farm servant, County Monaghan, 5 feet 6, hazel eyes, dark brown hair, dark ruddy and freckled comp. scar on right side of chin, from No. 9 road gang and Ann ROSS or MULLEN, per Brothers, 21, kitchen girl, Monaghan, 4 feet 1⁄2, blue eyes, dark brown hair, sallow freckled comp. small burn mark, from Female factory, 3d class, under Colonial sentence.

29 May 1833 – COYLE Patrick, 20, ship James Pattison, No. 30-121, labourer, County of Monaghan, 5 feet 7, red hair, hazel eyes, ruddy freckled comp. man and woman on right arm, since 10th instant.

26 Jun. 1833 – REILLEY Patrick, 33, per Larkins, No. 29-3016, Monaghan, pedlar, 5 feet 3⁄4, dark ruddy and freckled comp. black hair, hazel eyes, small scar left side of chin, since the 30th May.

11 Dec. 1833 – COYLE Patrick, No. 30-121, 23, per James Pattison, County Monaghan, labourer, 5 feet 7, hazel eyes, red hair, ruddy freckled comp, man and woman on right arm, from escort, since 29th November. Third time of absconding and SMITH Henry, per Waterloo (2) 31-761, 19, Monaghan, stable boy, 5 feet 5 1⁄2 pale freckled comp. brown hair, hazel eyes, death’s head and bones on right arm, from No. 5 road party, since June 15th.

8 Jul. 1835 – M’CANNA Michael, ship Roslyn Castle (2), 33-302, 28, County Monaghan, farm servant, 5 feet 1⁄4 inches, sallow comp., brown hair, grey eyes, two scars above left elbow from scrofula, from R. C. LETHBRIDGE, Georgiana, since June 15th.

12 Apr. 1837 – JOHNSTON Mary, ship Southworth (2), 32-269, 24, County Monaghan, country work, 5 feet 1⁄2 inch, sallow and little pock-pitted comp., brown hair, light grey eyes, scar over inner corner of right eyebrow, from Female factory, Parramatta, since April.

14 Jun. 1837 – COYLE Patrick, alias ROYLE, ship Lady Kennaway, 35-922, 26, County Monaghan, soldier and farm laborer, 5 feet 9 1⁄2 inches, ruddy and pock-pitted comp., brown hair, grey eyes, scar over right eyebrow, scar inside little finger of left band, scar knuckle of same, from T. C. BATTLEY, Sydney, since June 8th.

11 Mar. 1840 – WARD Patrick, Roslin Castle, 30, Monaghan, farm servant, 5 feet 5 inches, ruddy freckled comp., red hair, grey eyes, scar ball of left thumb, arms freckled, from Jonathan WARNER, Lake Macquarie, since 5th of March.

25 Mar. 1840 – ARMSTRONG Mary, Margaret (2), 31, Monaghan, country servant, 5 feet 1⁄2 inches, dark ruddy and freckled comp. brown hair, hazel eyes, scar upper part of nose, arms and hands freckled, scar heel of right hand, scar left thumb, from John BUTLER, Sydney, since 21st instant.

16 Jan 1841 – MAGUIRK Peter, John (2), 37, Monaghan, carter &c., 5 feet 10 1⁄2 inches and upwards, dark ruddy and freckled comp., brown hair, hazel eyes, raised mole top of right eye, dark mole right side of cheek, cut along outside of left thumb.

above notices transcribed & extracted by Teena from the New South Wales Government Gazette, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser.

Births, Marriages & Deaths

21 Jun. 1839 – Death

On the 26th May, Francis LEY Esq. of Glenalbin, Paterson’s River and formerly of Leysborough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, after a tedious illness, aged 70 years, much and deeply regretted by his family.

29 Aug. 1840 – Married

By special license, at their residence, Davey street, Hobart Town on Thursday, 6th instant, by the Very Reverend J. J. Therry, Mr. John Thomas BARRITT to Margaret, youngest daughter of Michael CONOLLY Esq., Co. Monaghan, Ireland, and sister of the late Reverend P. CONOLLY.

27 Mar. 1841 – Married

In Sydney on the 25th instant by special license by the Rev. Dr. Lang; Dugald N. NIEL Esq., commander of the ship Glenswilly to Miss Anne ROSS, of St. Andrews in Scotland and lately of the County of Monaghan in the North of Ireland.

3 Jul. 1846 – Died

Yesterday the 2nd instant, much regretted, at his residence, Horbury Terrace, Sydney, John COYLE Esq., C.C. a native of Monaghan, Ireland and late of Liverpool, in the 42nd year of his age.

19 Aug. 1846 – Died

We feel much regret in having to announce the death (on the 2nd ult. in Sydney) of Mr John COYLE, a Member of the Council of that city (in which he had resided 9 years) and Churchwarden of St. Patrick’s. Mr COYLE was a much respected member of the Roman Catholic church and not only enjoyed the friendship of Bishop MURPHY, to whom he paid a parting visit, before he sailed from Adelaide on his mission to Europe; but contemplated again meeting the Bishop here on his return and settling himself under his pastoral care, in this colony. But in the inscrutable dispensations of providence, Mr COYLE has been finally removed from this life, after a few days’ illness, in the 43rd year of his age. Deceased was a native of Monaghan, Ireland, but resided several years in Liverpool, prior to his emigration thence to New South Wales. To his native land he was warmly attached and to the religion of his forefathers, most zealously so. After a solemn High Mass, in St. Mary’s Cathedral, the remains were removed thence to their final resting place.

19 Jun. 1850 – Died

On Wednesday 16th January at the residence of her brother, the Very Rev. Dean Bellew, P. P., Monaghan, Ireland, aged 74 years, Alice, relict of the late Mr. Phillip McMANUS and mother of Mr. T. B. McMANUS, one of the state prisoners.

21 May 1853 – Married

By special license, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, on the 19th instant by the Rev. J. E. Gourbeillon, Mr. William STEPHENS, native of Scarborough, Yorkshire, only son of the late Mr. Matthew STEPHENS, County of Monaghan, Ireland to Grace Mary Parker CHORLEY, the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Richard CHORLEY, of Liverpool, England.

27 Sept. 1853 – Married

By special license, at Melbourne by the Reverend Samuel Corrie, Scots Church, South Melbourne, Mr. William KERR son of Mr. Thomas KERR, Monaghan to Frances, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert KERR, late of Waringstown, County Down, Ireland

11 Jan. 1854 – Died

On the 9th inst., at the residence of his brother, Lonsdale street west, William, eldest son of Mr. James LITTLE, Milltown, County Monaghan, Ireland, deservedly regretted by all who knew him.

30 Dec. 1854 – Married

By special license on Thursday 28th December by the Rev. Dr. Lang, at the Scots Church, Church hill, Miss Anne HEASTY, of Monaghan, Ireland to George WARREN of Devonshire England.

Advertisements & News

12 Apr. 1834

No. 152. By Richard JONES, Member of the Legislative Council, Esquire and Edward JONES, merchant, both resident at Hunter street, Sydney, in trust for Eliza, the wife of Francis LEY, late Leysborough, of the county of Monaghan, in the kingdom of Ireland, gentleman, to 2,560 acres of land, promised by Governor Darling to Joshua William WRIGHT on the 18th October, 1831, described as follows- situate in the county of Durham, parish unnamed; bounded on the east by Patterson’s River; on the west by Lamb’s Valley Creek; on the north by the section line 1 mile south of Gibbs and on the south by a line to include the quantity.

26 Feb. 1835 Extraordinary Circumstance

An inquest was held on Monday at Dromond, parish of Killaney, Louth, on Bryan MARTIN, who was killed there between 5 and 6 o’clock on that morning, under the following extraordinary circumstances. Denis MARTIN, a respectable farmer on the estate of Sir Augustus FORSTER bart. and
a relative of the deceased, has a daughter, Mary KELLEDAY, who holds about 12 acres of ground at Shanra in the county of Monaghan, under the Marquis of Bath and is a widow without a family, She had been forcibly carried away at night, about 3weeks ago, by a savage mob, who broke into the house for the purpose of compelling her to marry one James SHORT. Her father, assisted by several friends, rescued and brought her back a few hours after. He complained of this outrage to Mr. MITCHELL, a Monaghan magistrate, who gave him permission to keep fire-arms to protect himself and daughter from further attacks. Saturday he brought his daughter home to Dromond and the deceased, who was a single man, slept there on Sunday night in the kitchen with Peter CAMPBELL, servant to the widow, and a boy of 10 years of age. A case of loaded pistols (one of them bad, that went off at half-cock) was left on the kitchen table.

CAMPBELL rose early and returned to his mistress’s farm and when Denis MARTIN got up he found the deceased smoking at the kitchen fire and the pistols on the table as before. Denis went to look under the dresser for a horse-shoe to send with his son to the forge and Bryan KING, one of his labourers, came in at the same time to look for a reaping-hook, also under the dresser. While they were stooping they heard the report of a pistol and the kitchen was filled with smoke and on turning round they saw the deceased on the floor, 5 or 6 builds were lodged in his breast and he died in about 15 minutes. They both swore that neither had handled the pistols, nor did they see the deceased do so; neither could they account for the shot. KING believed the pistol went off by itself and none of them saw it for a considerate time after, when it was found discharged on the table or on a stool near it. The deceased said, “I am done” and never spoke after. The
jury found that the deceased came by his death from a pistol shot, but could not say who fired it and found a demand of 5s. against the pistol. – Drogheda Journal

28 May 1840 Notice

The undersigned having lost his certificate of freedom, hereby cautions all constables and others from molesting him.

Name James SULLIVAN Native Place, County Monaghan, Trade, laborer; year of birth 1793; height, 5 feet 1⁄4 inches; complexion, ruddy, hair, brown, eyes, hazel; ship, Waterloo (2); sentence, 7 years.

26 Nov. 1840 Clogher Diocesan Seminary

The first stone of this establishment was laid at Monaghan on Wednesday, by the Right Rev. Dr. KERNAN, Roman Catholic Bishop of the diocese. The concourse of people on the occasion was enormous, amounting to several thousands. The Rev. BOGHE, who is appointed superintendent of the building, read the document containing the date of the foundation stone and accompanied the perusal with a few appropriate remarks. He then announced the list of subscriptions from the clergy of the diocese. At the head of the list stood a bequest of £3,500 by the late Right Rev. Dr. MURPHY, which was followed by £500 from the Right Rev. Dr. KERNAN, and £400 from the Rev. Dean BELLEW.

After the list was concluded, his lordship read the prayers prescribed by the ritual for the occasion, and proceeded to lay the first stone. Underneath it were placed one of each of the current coins of the realm, several ancient coins of different countries and a copy of the date, &c., of the foundation. When the stone was laid he gave the episcopal benediction and the immense assembly dispersed in the most peaceable and orderly manner. It is but simple justice to express our warmest approbation at the conduct of that liberal, patriotic and munificent young nobleman, Lord Cremorne who, in addition to his many other acts of great kindness to the Roman Catholic body, has given a lease for ever of the site for the seminary. At 4 o’clock his lordship, with a great number of the principal clerical and lay gentlemen who attended at the laying of the first stone, sat down to a sumptuous dinner in the Westminster Arms Hotel. His lordship presided and the vice chair was ably filled by the Rev. D. BOYLAN P. P. of Maheracloon. The dinner and dessert were excellent and the cuisine did very great credit to Mrs. CURRAN. The large room was neatly ornamented with festoons of flowers; immediately behind the chair was a crown, with the letters “V” and “A” and underneath were the words “Lord Cremorne and the resident Liberal Landlords of Ireland.” The party was the most numerous and respectable that we recollect to have seen in Ulster, except the Newry dinner to Mr. O’CONNELL. And there were several highly respectable Protestant gentlemen present.

15 Dec. 1840 – Letters detained at the General Post Office, in consequence of the set postage required thereon not having been paid: M’COURT James, Steam Hill Cottage, Monaghan, Ireland

20 Feb. 1841 (extract from an article titled ‘Orohoo’- The Fairy Man)

An honest man named John M’KINSTREY, who resided near Maheraveely, in the County Monaghan, was once compelled to leave his warm bed in “the witching time of night” on a certain pressing occasion and ride post haste for a worthy dame whose assistance was indispensable. While returning with the “howdy” safely stowed on an ample pillion behind, he heard the strokes of an axe reverberating through a neighbouring wood and voices in conversation. Curiosity prompted him to draw up and listen, when he distinctly heard the question asked “What are you doing tonight?” and to his dismay the answer was responded “I’m making a wife for Jack M’KINSTREY” “Faith,” said Jack, “you’ll make no wife for me, my man. I’ll do very well with the one I have and giving his good beast the spur, regardless of the neck bones, or outcry of his freight, he never drew rein until he had his better half clasped in his arms, where he held her in a death’s grasp, until the crisis was over and thus baulked the fairies.

31 Mar. 1842 Curious Relic of Antiquity

An underground house was discovered last week near the old road leading from Newbliss to Monaghan and about 3 miles from the latter town and from its perfect state of preservation, formed a most curious relic of antiquity. A man who lately got possession oi the farm upon which it is situated, went to remove an unsightly hillock in a small meadow close to his house. This little field had been reclaimed a few years ago, after the turf had been cut off it, and from it to the small lake of Keselin (about 300 yards below it) was, in the memory of an old man living near it, one continued heath moor, with several spades deep of turf under it; and he had seen 7 spits of turf cut off the hillock which formed the roof of the house. The outer wall is 46 feet by about 16. Outside the entrance is a semi-circular courtyard; the base of the wall surrounding it, as well as that of all the other walls, is composed of large rough stones, some of them several tons weight, standing on their ends, something like those of Stonehenge. The entrance divided the semi-circular wall into two equal segments and was formed with 2 larger stones than the others, sufficiently apart to admit a man with ease. Inside the entrance was an oval apartment, about 12 feet by 8, which was arched over from within about four feet of the base. The arch was composed of flat stones of different sizes, so carefully selected and fitted that the point of a penknife could scarcely be inserted between them. Each stone projected about a quarter of an inch from the underneath one, until they met at the top of the roof, which was about 6 feet from the ground. Opposite the entrance, at the other end of the room, was a similar entrance into a lobby, which led straight to the other extremity of the building and off which were 6 other apartments, all square, and built and roofed in the same manner as the first oval one. The 2 standing stones forming the entrance from this latter room into the corridor stood somewhat narrower than those of the principle entrance and were rubbed and worn at one particular part, as if it were from the weapons of the inhabitants, returning from their hunting or plundering excursions. The whole of the floor inside was flagged with slabs of the same stone and the outside of the roof covered with the same material, which is the most remarkable circumstance connected with it, as the nearest freestone quarry is on Carronmore mountain, in Fermanagh, about 20 miles from this place and the stone there does not cleave into slabs and is of quite a different grain, the former exactly resembling the Scotch sandstone found along the Clyde. Some maintain that this antique piece of architecture must be antideluvian; but from the circumstance of the interior having been found perfectly clean, with the exception of the juice of the hog-stuff covering it having trickled down the walls, and from the number of what are called in the south of Ireland ‘follah foeah’ (deer fire), it may be concluded that this edifice has been the abode of hunters and that the turf-mould was first excavated in order to build upon it and then laid back again for the purpose of concealment. Many of his neighbours say that the owner of the ground, who has dug up part of the house, found some great curiosities in it, but he himself denies it, with the exception of a large slab of sand-stone, with some characters scratched upon it and one of his children let it fall and broke it. Belfast Newsletter

29 Mar. 1845 Monument

A monument has been erected in Kensall green cemetery, in commemoration of Major General Sir Robert BARTLEY 49th, whose death took place while on board the Great Liverpool steamer, returning from China to England, at the termination of the war. Major General BARTLEY was a native of the County of Monaghan. For 18 years he was Colonel of the 49th Regiment. He expired after 38 years service, at the age of 54. The monument to Sir Robert BARTLEY has been erected by the widow.

8 Nov. 1845 Veteran Awarded

A veteran soldier has been selected by his Grace the Duke of Wellington as “the bravest of the brave” in the desperate combat at Waterloo, in order to profit by the generous offer of the Rev. Mr. NORCROSS, rector of Framlingham to confer a pension, during life, upon the soldier most distinguished in the brigade of guards on that glorious day. After the most minute enquiry carried on by Sir John BYNG’s directions, the laurel was awarded to an Irishman, John GRAHAM, a native of Cloona, County of Monaghan. (light company of the 2nd battalion Coldstream Guards)

6 Dec. 1845 Notice to Constables and Others.

The undersigned, Patrick WOODS having lost his certificate of freedom, on the 2nd Dec. 1845, all parties are hereby cautioned not to molest him on that account. – description.
Name, Patrick WOODS
Ship, Roslyn Castle
Age, 27 years
Sentence,7 years
Where from, county of Monaghan, Ireland
Occupation, laborer
Height, 4 feet 11 inches
Complexion, sallow
Hair, brown
Eyes, hazel
Marks, none
Patrick WOODS (his mark)

2 May 1846 – Fasting

In the townland of Emy, near Emy Mills, county Monaghan, a man named M’KENNA, who was bred to the baking business, had been in America and for some time past has been working in Monaghan and around that quarter, has become imbecile and refuses all sustenance. My informant says that his brother, to whom he was speaking a few days ago, reckoned 36 days that he had seen him without food, except a little drink which he took the first few days of his illness; that he was weakening down very fast, but still obstinately refused nourishment of every kind. It appears that the man, on reading the bible, met with a passage in the book of psalms that pointed out the lost state of the sinner in the most express terms. His conscience became alarmed, the horrors of impending ruin and everlasting destruction haunted his imagination so much that he resolved upon what he imagined a great meritorious act as a peace offering to his offended creator. He determined most absolutely to abstain from food of every kind for 40 days. For the first few days he drank a little water, which he gave up. His friends, becoming alarmed at his manner and refusal of every sort of food had him conveyed to Monaghan gaol; there, against the man’s will, they forced a little milk into his stomach, which it immediately threw off and finding that they could make nothing of him and looking upon him as an obstinate fool, they turned him out to his friends, with whom he has remained quiet and passive, persisting in refusing to take any sustenance until the day before yesterday, being the 46th day for him to fast, when he was prevailed upon to take a little coddled apple and a spoonful of whey.- Armagh Chronicle

21 Dec. 1847 Notice

Should this meet the eye of John ELLIOTT who was transported at the lent assizes in the County of Cavan Ireland, in the year 1836 and now supposed to be in New South Wales, he is requested to communicate with Michael Huson Stevens, Esquire, Solicitor. 105, Steven’s Green South Dublin or with R. E.SCOTT Esquire J.P., SCOTT’S House, near Clunes, County of Monaghan or with T. W. COOTE Esquire, Banker. Coote Hill; as his uncle, James ELLIOTT, Farmer and Grazier, of Auchadrumsee, County of Monaghan, departed this life on the 11th day of June, in the present year.

18 Jan. 1849 – Dreadful Occurrence

The following dreadful occurrence is reported from the county of Monaghan – On Sunday, the 27 th ult., R. Lamartine GRASON Esq. and his lady, to whom he was married on the 22nd of May were taking a drive in a pony phaeton, in the direction of Rosmore Park, when the two ponies took flight and bounded over a bridge that crosses the Ulster Canal and fell into the canal, about 120 feet deep, killing Mr and Mrs GRASON and Miss A. GRAHAM sister in law to the unfortunate young gentleman. Mrs GRASON was pregnant. Mr GRASON has left no relative to inherit his large property about £18,000 per annum.

19 Jan. 1850 (re: illness emigrants on the ship Constance)

A very unusual amount of sickness and mortality took place on board the ships ‘Constance and Himalaya’. Twenty persons died on board the ‘Constance’ during the voyage, and three more a few days after her arrival; twenty-one deaths occurred on board the Himalaya. A board, composed of the harbour master, the health officer and myself, was appointed to enquire into the sickness on board the ‘Constance’. It was represented by the surgeon superintendent that the emigrants, who were chiefly Irish, and many of them from one estate in the county of Monaghan, were in a very emaciated condition from poverty and disease when they embarked at Plymouth; and in consequence, low fever and dysentery prevailed to a fearful extent during the whole voyage. It appeared to the board, after a careful investigation, that the surgeon had done all in his power to check the progress of disease; but had found it extremely difficult to enforce the observance of cleanliness from the dirty habits of the people and their reduced condition, which rendered them almost unequal to the smallest exertions for their own welfare. Eleven persons who were ill of fever when the ship arrived were landed and received into the depot at the port and as soon as they could bear removal, were sent to the general hospital in Adelaide. Thirty-two persons being convalescent, or of the families of those sent to the hospital, were received into the depot in Adelaide, and sixteen persons who were taken ill after landing and for whom there was no room in the hospital, were attended at their lodgings by the Colonial surgeon. Many others have since been attacked with fever and several have died and, in consequence, a great increase has been made to the number of persons receiving relief from the Government. The Board for Relief of the destitute have made a special report on the subject.

24 Aug. 1850

In the Matter of the Estate of Margaret GRIFFITH and Rachel A. GRIFFITH
“The above estate was composed of a portion of the lands of Fastry, County Monaghan, containing 80a. 0r. 25p., statute measure and is offered for sale, subject only to a head rent in perpetuity of £12 8s. 9d. About 27 acres of the lands are at present unset and are estimated to be of the annual value of £27. The remainder is in the possession of four tenants who hold from year to year at a moderate rent, amounting to £48 4s. 41⁄2d., and when all are let the lands now offered for sale will probably produce a well paid profit rent of £62 15s. 8d. Mr John NOLAN was declared the purchaser at £810.

16 Nov. 1850 A Centenarian

At the petty sessions of Monaghan lately, a man aged 116 years, named Cormac DUFFY, was examined as a witness. He walked into town from his residence, a distance of nearly 4 miles and gave his testimony with great distinctness. He walked with the “Hearts of Oak” sometime about the middle of the last century and lived as a labourer and caretaker with one employer for 67 years. – Monaghan Standard

8 Feb. 1851 – Intestate Accounts

Return of all moneys paid, received and invested in the Savings Bank, in respect of all estates of deceased persons placed under the charge of the Curator of Intestate estates, for the six months ending 31 st Dec. 1850

Peter BOYLAN Hindley street, Adelaide, BallyBay, Co. Monaghan Ireland, money paid, 2s. l1⁄2 d., money received, nil.

Published in pursuance of the directions of Ordinance No. 12, 1848, section 13, “For the better preservation and management of the Estates of Deceased persons in certain cases. John Hance, Curator of Intestate Estates.

5 Apr. 1852 – Murder

Mr. Thomas D. BATESON of the county Monaghan was barbarously murdered near Castleblaney early in December. He was returning from the inspection of a model farm, where a large number of labourers and tradesmen are employed, when he was waylaid by several persons armed with firearms and bludgeons. A boy, who witnessed the savage attack, states that one of them fired and then 3 of them rushed forward and beat him dreadfully with pistols and sticks, the unfortunate gentleman struggling hard and rising on his legs 3 times during the conflict; that he was found in a state of insensibility on the road, shockingly mangled, a portion of his brain protruding from a fracture. He was removed to Rule’s Hotel, at Castleblaney, but never became conscious before his death.

19 Mar. 1853

James BASHFORD Esq, for many years magistrate in the county of Monaghan, has emigrated to Australia, having obtained a lucrative appointment under government in that colony. Mr. BASHFORD was an upright magistrate and a good neighbour. He has left his native country with the highest recommendations from some of the principal persons in the country.

27 Jun. 1853 – Notice

Should this meet the eye of Mrs BLAIR County Monaghan, her friend, Margaret BURNS County Tyrone, Ireland, would feel obliged by her leaving her address at the office of this paper

13 Jun. 1854 – Notice

William and Sarah MOTH, who sailed from Liverpool, February 1853, per ship Eager Bower, will find their sister, Elizabeth COCHRAN, by writing to her, care of Mr. Cashmore, Collins Street East Melbourne

21 Oct. 1854 – Two men Killing Each Other in a Fight

On Saturday night week, 2 men of the names of FORDE and DUFFY were found lying on the ground, in the town of Ballibay County Monaghan, Ireland, both of them severely wounded in the abdomen, apparently with a knife. It was the fair of Ballibay on Saturday and the general belief is that, the men, who had been together at a public house, had quarrelled on leaving it and stabbed each other. They both died of their wounds.

15 Jun. 1855 The Murder of Mr. BATESON

At Monaghan on Saturday, two men, named William M’ARDLE and Edward MAGENNIS were tried for the third time on a charge of having conspired to murder Mr. BATESON who was assassinated on the 4th December 1851. In 1854, three men, Neil QUIN, Bryant GRANT and Patrick COONEY, were found guilty of being concerned in the murder and executed. On each of the previous occasions on which the present prisoners were tried, the jury were unable to agree upon a verdict, and at this third trial, they were
locked up from Saturday to Monday without refreshments. On Monday, they were discharged by Judge JACKSON and Sir Thomas STAPLES, on behalf of the crown, consented to the liberation of the prisoners, on condition of their entering into recognizances to appear when called on.

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