Mary Droney and John Canham
Mary Droney was about 1845 in Limerick according to details given at the time of her
marriage. Her parents are recorded as being Patrick Droney and Ellen Houlihan. Her earlier
shipping records record her as being was born about 1840 daughter of Pat[rick] and Mary.
Mary came to Australia in 1865 aboard the St Hilda with her cousin William Houlihan. Her
deposit was paid for by her cousin Ellen Houlihan, William's sister, who had arrived a year
earlier. Mary is described as being 25 years old, a dairymaid whose native place is Fedamore.
She is Roman Catholic and cannot read or write. Her parents are recorded as deceased. I have
collected information on possible Droney family connections in Limerick HERE
John Canham was born in 1832 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, son of William Canham and
Sarah Taylor. He had an older brother William born 1830. By the 1841 census, both John and
William are in the Cambridgeshire work house. The 1851 census shows John and William
residing with Thomas and Emma Foreman. John is an apprentice blacksmith. William is a
journeyman tailor. John came to Australia aboard the Bengal, arriving in February 1855. The
ships indent records John as being Roman Catholic and being able to read and write. His
occupation is Engine Smith. His parents are recorded as being deceased.
First Marriage: John Canham married Margaret Deely in 1856 ref 187/1856 CANHAM JOHN
DEELY MARGARET SYDNEY
600/1857 CANHAM AGNES M JOHN MARGARET SYDNEY
4311/1859 4311 VOL 142B CANHAM CATHERINE JOHN MARGARET
1974/1861 CANHAM JOHN JOHN MARGARET SYDNEY
3134/1864 CANHAM THOMAS JOHN MARGARET REDFERN. Died 2113/1864 CANHAM
THOMAS JOHN MARGARET REDFERN
3405/1865 CANHAM MARY A JOHN MARGARET REDFERN. Died 1993/1866 CANHAM
MARY A JOHN MARGARET REDFERN
Death: Margaret died in 1866 ref 1962/1866 CANHAM MARGARET THOMAS CATHERINE
Second Marriage: John Canham, a widower aged 35, blacksmith married Mary Droney,
spinster aged 21 [sic] at St Mary's Cathedral Sydney on 13th October 1866 [ref 837] Witnesses
were George jaques, Mary Carroll and Thomas Keatinge[sic]
Their Children were:
Margaret E Canham born 1867 Sydney [ref
William Canham, born 1868, Sydney
Richard Canham born 1870, Sydney, died 1886, Sydney
Johanna Canham born 1873 Sydney
1864: John Canham, blacksmith, Middle Street, Sydney
1865: John Canham, blacksmith, 305 Castlereagh street, Sydney
1867: John Canham, blacksmith 21 Riley Street, Sydney.
1871: John Canham, blacksmith 311-312 Castlereagh Street.
Deaths: John Canham aged 44 died Sydney in 1876 ref 1470/1876 CANHAM JOHN AGE 44
YEARS DIED SYDNEY SYDNEY
Mary Canham aged 70 died Sydney ref 107/1913. Her burial details at Rookwood give her
date of burial as 23 Mar 1912 SEC*M2*N**1304
Will: John Canham's will [FMP] leaves his estate to his wife Mary.
William Canham and Sarah
Marriage: A possible marriage is in 1815 at St Andrew the Great William Canham and Sarah
Their Children Were:
William Canham baptised St Andrew the Less, Cambridge 1830 - abobe Garden of Eden.
Parents William and Sarah [Camb FHS online databases]
John Canham, baptised St Andrew the Less, Cambridge, 1832 - abode, Adam and Eve Street.
Parents Sarah only is listed.
Richard Canham baptised 1824 Ditton Fen. Parents William and Sarah.
William H Canham, baptised 1826 Ditton Fen. Parents William and Sarah. Died 1826, Ditton
Mary Canham, baptised 1828, Ditton Fen - abode Cambridge. Parents William and Sarah
Sarah Canham, baptised 1827 Ditton fen - abode Cambridge. Parents William and Sarah.
Death: A possible death for William is 1832 -abode Barnwell in the parish of Ditton Fen [Fen
Ditton] [Cams FHS online indexes] OR aged 33 abode, 1829, Blucher Row Parish St Andrew