Pierce Butler baptised 27th February 1827 at Ballingarry Tipperary, son of Matthew Butler and Margaret Dwyer. Sponors ? Poor? and Mary Donnell. He is the brother of Ellen Butler who married Daniel Maher.
Immigration to Australia: No record of immigration can be found under the name Pierce Butler but after much research I think I have solved the mystery. This is my theory: In 1841 the Grant family arrived in NSW aboard the Jane Gifford. The family consisted on James aged 38 of Moyaliffe Tipperary, son of John Grant and Johanna Maher, his wife Margaret nee Dwyer aged 36 also of Moyaliffe, daughter of Pierce Dwyer and Ann [Anastasia] Mockler and children Ellen aged 17, Pierce aged 14 and James aged 13. Also on board were four of Margaret nee Dwyer's siblings, Patrick, John, Catherine and Johanna. I could find no records in Ireland for the marriage of James Grant to Margaret Dwyer, nor could I find any record of Baptisms for the three children. However, there is a marriage in NSW the same year as their arrival for James Grant and Margaret Butler. I believe the woman named Margaret Grant nee Dwyer is the widow of Matthew Butler and the children, Ellen, Pierce and James are the Butler children using the grant name. James Grant and Margaret Butler, nee Dwyer married once they arrived in Sydney. When Ellen Butler married Daniel Maher in 1845 the witnesses are James Grant and Margaret Grant. Comments are welcome
Anastasia Graham: baptised 10th July 1831 daughter of Edmund Graham and Ellen Ryan of Ballingarry Tipperary, sponsors Philip Ryan and Mary Graham. [Indexed as Anthony at FMP] Arrived unknown but her brother Patrick and sister Margaret arrived in 1859 aboard the Abyssinian. Another brother Edward arrived in 1863 aboard the John Temperley
Marriage:Pierce Butler, a bachelor aged 27 born Tipperary Ireland, son of Matthew Butler and Margaret Dwyer married Anastasia Graham aged 21 born Tipperary ireland daughter of E Grahma and Ellen Ryan on 12th April 1856 at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Pierce's usual residence was Maitland, Anastasia's was 23 Market Street Sydney. Witnesses were Daniel Maher and Edmund McEnernie Ref 112/1856 BUTLER PIERCE GRAHAM ANASTALIA SYDNEY
9578/1859 BUTLER MATTHEW PIERCE ANASTATIA MORPETH Unavailable
10141/1862 BUTLER ELLEN PIERCE ANASTATIA MORPETH Unavailable
10454/1865 BUTLER MARY PIERCE ANASTASIA MAITLAND Unavailable
13342/1869 BUTLER EDMUND PIERCE ANASTASIA MAITLAND Unavailable
11721/1867 BUTLER MARY PIERCE ANASTASIA MAITLAND Unavailable
450/1873 BUTLER JAMES JOSEPH PIERCE ANASTASIA SYDNEY Unavailable
14580/1875 BUTLER JOHN PIERCE ANASTATIA MORPETH Unavailable
8088/1857 BUTLER MARGARET M PIERCE ANASTASIA MAITLAND Unavailable
Publican's License issued to Pierce Butler in 1858 for the 'Settlers Arms' sureties given by Daniel Maher [his brother in law]
Pierce Butler buried 21st January 1886 at Morpeth Cemetery. According to his headstone he was born 17th February 1929.
Anastasia Butler buried 18th May 1904 aged 72 at Morpeth.
NOTE: There was another man named Pierce Butler residing in the Goulburn area around the same time.