Mary Downey- James Muldoon
Arrived on "Ship Woodman 1822"
Descendant - Linda Mulquinn
Mary Downey born 1799 in County Down Ireland
The earliest record found so far for Mary was a prison record from Kilmainham Prison, Dublin in 1822 where Mary is shown as Age 23 years. Mary was processed as a prisoner on the 03-August 1822 although her offence is shown only as:
CONVICT FROM THE COUNTY DOWN. Mary was transported to the ship Woodman by schooner the Mary of London.
On board the ship Woodman Surgeon Superintendent George Fairfowl wrote: “On 24 August 1822 the ship sailed from the River and on the 13 September 1822 we anchored in the Cove of Cork. We remained here until 22 December 1822, when a small miserable schooner, the Mary of London brought us from Dublin 22 free passengers and 47 female convicts. They had suffered severely during the passage of five or six days.
The weather was cold and stormy they had no beds the straw they slept on was scanty and wet and they were badly clothed.
On 23 December 1822 the Woodman received from Cork Depot, 24 free women and children and 43 female convicts. We were now detained, waiting for the necessary papers from the Secretary of State's Office, until 25 January 1823 when we finally sailed. “
Mary is the first patient treated by George Fairfowl on board the Woodman in Cork Harbour 22 December 1822, he remarked “Short stature and sallow complexion. Led a dissolute life. Sudden stop of catamenia on the way from Dublin”
On 20 August 1824 - Mary Downey gaol description book before D'Arcy Wentworth comments: Mrs Innes having no further occasion for her services. Discharged to the factory 24 August 1824.
Aug 13-Sep 4 1825 her soon to be husband James Muldoon is on a pay list of constables employed at Parramatta. The convict muster of 1825 shows James’ ticket of leave had been granted and he was a housekeeper in Parramatta Sydney.
On 17 March 1825 – Mary gave birth to Elizabeth Muldoon - born Parramatta (Factory?)
23 March 1826 - Mary Downey - gaol entrance book from General Sessions court Sydney - refusing to work and disobedience to her mistress - to the 3rd class factory 25 March 1826
COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE, APRIL 4, 1826. THE GOVERNOR has been pleased to approve of the following Alterations in the Police of the Colony: Parramatta, James Muldoon, dismissed for improper Conduct at the Female Factory.
Permission to marry on 4 May 1826, Reverend Hill, Sydney: James Muldoon, 51, Canada , 7 years. Free and Mary Downey, 29, Woodman, seven years, bond.
20 August 1828 - witnesses in court case for the defence. Mary Muldoon testimony: I am a married woman, and my husband lives at Mr. Palmer's estate of Hambledon Farm at Vinegar Hill; I know where Michael O'Brien lives, and remember mending a pair of (sic)trowsers that had been torn by a dog; I know that all the doors were open, but I do not know into what bed-room I went, but there could not have been any persons there without my knowing it.
James Muldoon testimony: I recollect being at Michael O'Brien's on the day when Wilks was torn by a dog; I was there about 11 o'clock in the morning, and stopped there until I went home in the evening; I saw nothing extraordinary about the house, and I do not think it possible for any person to have been there without my knowing it; my wife mended the (sic) trowsers of Wilks.
November 1828 Census shows them living at Wilberforce, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia: Muldoone, James, 50, free by servitude, Canada, 1795, 7 years, Catholic, tailor, Wilberforce; Muldoone, Mary, 30, free by servitude, Woodman, 1822, Catholic; Muldoone, Elizabeth, 3, born in the colony.
Court matter re: John Connor, for larceny from the person Mary Muldoon, at Wilberforce, on the 1 April last—Not Guilty.
5 March 1829 - Mary Downey - certificate of freedom
1832 - Patrick Muldoon born at Prospect
1837 - Catherine Muldoon born at Parramatta
1841 Census return: Parish of Prospect, District of Parramatta In wooden house there were 917 inhabitants – businesses surround them so possibly on the main street.
1841 - Elizabeth Muldoon, age 16 years, marries Hugh Doyle Bathurst (Kelso)
Painting courtesy of Grant Family, see link above.
1841 – James age 66 years; Mary age 46 years; Patrick age 9 years and Catherine age 4 years move to Hartley area possibly living (squatting) on John Grant’s farm (Moyne Farm) on the Cox River Hartley. Hugh Doyle (son-in-law) was a servant to John Grant, the first emancipated settler in Hartley.
John Grant moved regularly between Hartley and his other farm at Canowindra
2 May 1847 – James Muldoon dies at Hartley-Lowther (gravestone says 31 April 1847 – 83 years cause unknown. Buried at Hartley Roman Catholic Cemetery. Minister informant Slattery
6 June 1848 – Mary Muldoon advertises in paper for horse with markings ‘JM’ : TWO POUNDS REWARD – Stolen or strayed from Cox's River, Hartley, about the middle of last April, a bald faced chestnut mare, about five years old, two hind feet white, with silver mane and tail, white spot near udder, and branded J M on near shoulder, with a horse foal by her side, unbounded, same colour as dam. If stolen, a reward of £2 will be paid on conviction of the thief; and if strayed, the sum of £1 will be paid on their delivery to the undersigned at Lowther, MARY MULDOON, Hartley June 6
1849 - Mary Muldoon marries Thomas Hines at Hartley
24 March 1855 – Patrick Muldoon, age 23 years, of Lowther (son of James Muldoon and Mary Downey) marries Anne Jane MacKillope of Upper Run at St Bernard’s Hartley
In the Sydney Morning Herald - Tuesday 24 May 1859 – on page 4 is the end to Mary’s story:
FATAL ACCIDENT - An accident of a most distressing nature (writes a correspondent) occurred in the neighbourhood of Hartley, yesterday, the 18th instant, the particulars of which are as follow: A Mrs Hynes, of Lowther, was proceeding home from the above-named township in a horse-dray, and when opposite the dwelling of Mr Mac Dermot, Glenroy, the vehicle capsised, one of the iron guards in its inverted descent falling with much force upon the neck of the prostrate woman. She expired almost instantaneously, her features presenting a bloated and livid appearance from the pressure of the dray. The ill-fated suffered was accompanied by her husband, at the time of the fatal catastrophe – The Bathurst Times. Also from the Empire (Sydney) Tuesday 24 May 1959 on page 2 adds: The body was conveyed home to Lowther, where an inquest has been held to-day by the Coroner of the district Thomas Browne, Esquire PM, and a verdict returned in accordance with the melancholy fact.
Quote on headstone at Hartley.
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