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Mary COMMINS (1837?-1913)

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Mary Commins

Mary COMMINS,1,2,3,4 daughter of Michael COMMINS (1806-1891) and Mary CONROY (1809-1891), was born in 1837 (approx.) in Clare, Ireland.4 Her relationship to Ellen is Maternal Great (x1) Grandmother.

Mary migrated from Burren, Clare to Sydney, NSW arriving on 28 June 1850. She came to Australia with her parents on the ship "Lloyds" which is estimated to have left about February 1850. The family settled in the Michelago district.5,6 The shipping documents indicate her place of origin as Cross Gleg, Co. Tyrone Ireland.7 Mary married Michael MCNAMARA in 1861 at the BDM District in Queanbeyan, NSW.8,9

they lived in Germantown, NSW. They may not have stayed there very long before moving the the Queanbeyan NSW district.10

she died (aged 76) on 15 May 1913 in Michelago, NSW.4,11,12,13 She was buried in May 1913 in Grave 8 of the Catholic section of the general gemetery in Michelago.11,14

 

She is known to have smoked a clay pipe.15

 

COMMINS and CUMMINS are different spellings of the family name.

 

Michael MCNAMARA4 was the son of Bartholomew MCNAMARA (1791?-1856) and Bridget LENEHAN (1788-1873). He and Mary COMMINS had the following children:

 

Patrick MCNAMARA (1862-1865)

Bridget Mary MCNAMARA (1864-1939)

John MCNAMARA (1866-1881)

Bartholomew MCNAMARA (1868-1886)

Michael MCNAMARA (1870-1886)

Thomas Patrick MCNAMARA (1872-1945)

William MCNAMARA (1874-1954)

Mary MCNAMARA (1876-1964)

Catherine Ann MCNAMARA (1878- ) (known as 'Kate')

Ellen MCNAMARA (1882-1950)

Citations

1{S0008}, Interview : TINSON, nee MCNAMARA, Johanna "Nellie" (0113). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0116}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re MCNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032) and LENEHAN, Bridget (0031) and Descendants (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3{S0114}, Internet (WCP) COWDERY, Edwina : re MCNAMARA (The site has been removed from Rootsweb's World Connect Project). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0125}, Internet (WCP) COWDERY, Edwina : re COMMINS, Michael (0278) and CONROY, Mary (0279) and Descendants (The site has been removed from Rootsweb's World Connect Project). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0224}, Shipping Records 1850 "Lloyds". Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
6{S0122}, Internet (First Families 2001) re COMMINS and CONROY (Submitted by Michael Commins : http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10421/20041220/www.firstfamilies2001.net.au/firstfamily5040....). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
7{S0224}, Shipping Records 1850 "Lloyds". Cit. Date: 30 August 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
8{S0065}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Marriages (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Marriages Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
9{S0101}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re GRADY and HAYES (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
10{S0108} John Thomas Michael (Jack) MCNAMARA, Manuscripts : "A Family Affair" and Other Assorted Essays by MCNAMARA, John 'Jack' (0118) (See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owenjones/biogind/mcnamara/mcnamara_john...). Cit. Date: 9 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "I do not know where my Grandparents disembarked upon reaching Australia, but I know that they eventually settled in a place called Germantown.
As the name implies, many Germans settled and took up land there. I do not think that my Grandparents remained there too long before going to Queanbeyan. The little I know about Germantown was passed on to me by my father . For many years I was not concerned about Germantown, and it was not until I made a tour down south I bothered to enquire. At the time I was camped in a caravan park in Albury when I engaged in a conversation with a chap. "I see you've got a fiddle", he said. He told me that he played the piano accordion and went and brought it. He also got a sugar bag of beer and we had a musical night. I asked him where Germantown was. "There's no Germantown", he said. He then told me that they changed the name to Holbrook. This change of name took place during war one in 1914, he told me. This change of name measured the hatred then of the name "german" and all things savouring of German. I well remember one of the popular slogans during war one which ran "The only good German is a dead one".
Despite all this hatred, my grandpa insisted that they were good farmers and good neighbours. One can easily appreciate the hardship now and the heartbreak, that these people had to endure through the hatred and futility of war."
11{S0471} Author : John Moore and/or Bruce Moore , Book Extract : "BURRA, County of Murray" Pages 26 - 28 (Published 1981). Cit. Date: 11 August 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Red Michael's wife, the former Mary Cummins, died on 15th May, 1913 and was buried at Michelago."
12{S0116}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re MCNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032) and LENEHAN, Bridget (0031) and Descendants (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Died 1913"
13{S0581}, Headstone : McNAMARA, Michael (0030) and Mary (nee COMMINS) (0029). Cit. Date: 30 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Michael and Mary McNamara's headstone in Michelago cemetery

14{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.monaropioneers.com/McNamara-Michael.htm. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
15{S0108} John Thomas Michael (Jack) MCNAMARA, Manuscripts : "A Family Affair" and Other Assorted Essays by MCNAMARA, John 'Jack' (0118) (See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owenjones/biogind/mcnamara/mcnamara_john...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Updated : 23 August 2014