Hudson at Murtoa -- Past Links Revealed

Irish Ancestry

The earliest record I have is a William LONGMORE (LON/3/William) who married Mary, maiden name unknown, who gave birth to Robert LONGMORE around 1791 in the county of Antrim in Ireland. Robert LONGMORE and Elizabeth McMICHAEL, both from Ballylough, married at the Bushmill's Presbyterian Church on the 20th of November 1823. Elizabeth was a daughter of Hugh McMICHAEL and his wife Alice. They had a productive marriage with many offspring, including Mary Ann LONGMORE who was born on the 15th of October 1826. According to the Bushmill's Presbyterian Register in the Parish of Portland Head, Mary was christened with her sister (Margaret Jane) on the 5th of December 1826.

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The 10 member, LONGMORE family sailed to Australia as assisted immigrants, aboard the Herald and arrived at Port Jackson (NSW) on the 10th of January 1844. On the 3rd of June 1845, Mary married Joseph WATHEN at Pitt Town, near Sydney. They farmed near Sydney for a while, before moving to Victoria round 1850. A daughter Ellen WATHEN was born near Geelong on the 18th of December 1854. Mary died at Minyup in Victoria, on the 23rd of January 1902.
McGINN. The earliest name I have for a McGINN ancestor is John McGINN, (McG/4/John), a boot and shoemaker who married Bridget. They had a son, Bernard McGINN, who was born around 1807 in the County of Cork, in Ireland. Bernard a boot & shoemaker, when aged 28, married Ellen (NOONAN, NUNHAN or similar) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Buttevant on 25 February 1835. Bernard and Ellen sailed to Tasmania around 1836, where they had 7 children. William ~ 1838, Bernard ~ 1840 on Flinders Island, Ann ~ 1844, Thomas ~ 1846 at Brisbane Street in Launceston, Kate ~ 1850, Cornelius ~ 1852 and James ~ 1854. 1854 was a busy year. In January, the family sailed from Launceston to Melbourne aboard the Black Swan. James was born in Victoria, although no record has been found. Bernard (the father, aged 47) died, of Dysentery near Castlemaine on the 30th of December. His death certificate stated he was a labourer, late of H. M. 51st Regiment.

A more unexpected death occurred in the family in 1869, when Bernard, the 29 year old son, hanged himself by a rope from a tree at Armstrong, on the 18th of November. He was buried the following day at the Great Western Cemetery. Also on the 19th, an Inquest was held into Bernard McGinn's death. The Coroner found that "Bernard McGinn hanged himself at Armstrong near Ararat on the night of Wednesday last when in a state of temporary insanity caused by drinking."

Thomas McGINN, a miner, married Ellen Ann WATHEN at the Ararat Catholic Church on the 7th of January 1870. They had 12 children, including Ellen Ann McGINN (my great grandmother) who was born at Armstrong on the 8th of May 1871. During his life Thomas had many jobs apart from gold mining. He also described himself as a labourer, stoker and baker. Thomas died at Murrumbeena on the 10th of June 1921 and was buried at Horsham on the 12th. His wife Ellen died at a private hospital in Sunshine on the 15th of May 1936 and was buried next to her husband on the 18th.