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Michael MCNAMARA (1831?-1919)

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Mary Commins

Michael MCNAMARA,1 son of Bartholomew MCNAMARA (1791?-1856) and Bridget LENEHAN (1788-1873), was born in 1831 (calculated) in Clare, Ireland. Shipping records indicate his native place as Lisdrumlandna, Clare.2,3,4,5 His relationship to Ellen is Maternal Great (x1) Grandfather.

Michael migrated from Plymouth, Devonshire to Port Jackson Sydney, NSW arriving on 14 August 1851. He travelled to Australia with his parents and siblings on the ship "Sarah" which left c. May 1851. They settled in the Queanbeyan NSW district.6,7 In 1851 he was a labourer .6 In 1851 he was able to read and write.6 In 1856 Michael was a lessee farmer in Woden, NSW (now ACT).8 In 1861 he possessed 45 acres of land in Burra Creek, NSW. He had purchased it in the pre-emptive sale that year. This land was to become known as Walkers Flat during the McNamaras' tenure. Walkers Flat was named after Michael's brother-in-law, John Walker who had married his sister Anne on 14 April 1857. Possibly Walker had occupied the land prior to the sale.9 He married Mary COMMINS in 1861 at the BDM District in Queanbeyan, NSW.10,11

they lived in Germantown, NSW. They may not have stayed there very long before moving the the Queanbeyan NSW district.12

he died (aged 88) on 25 June 1919 at Walkers Flat in Burra, NSW.13,14,15,16,17,18 He was buried on 26 June 1919 in Grave 8 of the Catholic section of the general cemetery in Michelago, NSW.14,18,19,20

 

In his writings about A Family Affair, Michael's grandson Jack McNmaara commented about him "When man reaches financial success in any sphere of activity, he is wont to boast and hearken back to the days when he was less fortunate. We all like to be self made men. It would be natural therefore, for Grandpa to look back to early privation in Ireland and compare it with some sense of pride in becoming a successful grazier, something which was hitherto, a foreign occupation to him. He successfully pioneered on virgin land in a foreign country where contact was occasionally with civilization per horse and sulky. So much then for his personal satisfaction, but he went further inasmuch as he helped, encouraged and created the potential for my father and uncle, who too worked hard and succeeded on the same old property. Grandpa was a stockily built man, forthright of speech and a man of action. When his temper would get the better of his calm, he would express himself adequately in his native (Gaelic) language. He was as tough as nails and was nicknamed Red Michael, because of his fine red beard.".21

 

He was generally known as "Red Mick" because of his flaming red beard and possibly also to distinguish him from his grandfather sometimes known as "Black Mick".22

 

Mary COMMINS1,22,23,24 was the daughter of Michael COMMINS (1806-1891) and Mary CONROY (1809-1891). She and Michael MCNAMARA 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{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.
2{S0469}, Certificate - Death : McNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032). Custom Id: NSW 3147 / 1856. Cit. Date: 5 August 2011. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Children of Marriage : Michael 25 Years"
Calculated age is 1831
3{S0157}, Cemetery List : Michelago, Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia (http://www.interment.net/data/aus/nsw/southerntablelands/michelago/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: McNamara, Michael, d. 26 Jun 1919, age : 93 yrs, s/o Bartholomew & Bridget, bur. Catholic section
Birth date calculation based on age at death (1825/26)
4{S0311}, Shipping Records 1851 "Sarah". Custom Id: SR Reels 2136, 2142. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Questionable.
5{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: Questionable.
Birth date given as 1832
6{S0311}, Shipping Records 1851 "Sarah". Custom Id: SR Reels 2136, 2142. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
7{S0282}, Internet (IGI - International Genealogical Index) : General (Family Search : http://www.familysearch.org/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Search on Bridget Lenehan
8{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: "Bartholomew joined the Irish community at Woden and both he and his son Michael, were listed as lessee farmers there on the 1856 electoral roll"
9{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: - "... purchased 75 acres on Burra Creek at the Pre-emptive sale in 1861"
- "This land was to become known as Walkers Flat for the whole period the McNamaras retained ownership"
- "The name Walkers Flat derives from his brother-in-law, John Walker, who had married Anne McNamara on 14th April, 1857, and was Richard Moore's competitor for the Warm Corner block. It is probable that Walker had occupied the area before the sale."
10{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.
11{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.
12{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."
13{S0537}, Bible : Deaths : family of McNAMARA, Michael "Red Mick" (0030) and Mary (nee COMMINS) (0029). Cit. Date: 1 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Death records in the McNamara Bible

14{S0581}, Headstone : McNAMARA, Michael (0030) and Mary (nee COMMINS) (0029). Cit. Date: 30 April 2012. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Michael and Mary McNamara's headstone in Michelago cemetery

15{S0157}, Cemetery List : Michelago, Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia (http://www.interment.net/data/aus/nsw/southerntablelands/michelago/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009.
Text From Source: McNamara, Michael, d. 26 Jun 1919, age : 93 yrs, s/o Bartholomew & Bridget, bur. Catholic section
16{S0328}, Internet (Monaro Pioneers) : General. http://www.monaropioneers.com/McNamara-Michael.htm. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "26 June 1919"
17{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: "26 June 1919"
18{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 McNamara died at Walkers Flat on 26th June, 1919 at the age of 93. He rests beside his wife in the Michelago Cemetery."
19{S0157}, Cemetery List : Michelago, Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia (http://www.interment.net/data/aus/nsw/southerntablelands/michelago/). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: McNamara, Michael, d. 26 Jun 1919, age : 93 yrs, s/o Bartholomew & Bridget, bur. Catholic section
20{S0328}, Internet (Monaro Pioneers) : General. http://www.monaropioneers.com/McNamara-Michael.htm. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
21{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.
22{S0008}, Interview : TINSON, nee MCNAMARA, Johanna "Nellie" (0113). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
23{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.
24{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.

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Updated : 23 Mar 2014