A DNA match has been confirmed through daughter Bridget
Michael Maher was born about 1821 in Thurles Tipperary, son of Dennis Maher and Bridget [Davy?] of Brittas according to details given at the time of his immigration. His burial record suggests he was older having been born about 1808. It is possible he lied about his age at the time of his immigration. Probable baptism 22nd September 1808, Thurles, son of Dennis Maher farmer of Brittas and Biddy Davy, sponsors James Maher and Ann Davy
Ann Callanan was born about 1829, daughter of Connor and Mary Callanan/Callaghan according to details give at the time of her immigration.
Marriage: Michael Maher married Ann Callanan on 19th February 1844 at Thurles. Witnesses Pierce Maher and Johanna Callanan.
Children: Baptisms as per National Library Ireland Catholic Baptism database.
George Maher: listed as a son in shipping records however baptised May 1841 son of John Maher and Ellen Grace at Thurles? Died 1908. Married twice according to obit. Married 1) Johanna Davy 1861 and 2) Jessie Louisa Davey 1892. Details confirmed in Obit. A butcher.
Bridget Maher: baptised 3rd February 1845 Thurles. Married Patrick McBriarty 1869, Maitland. Died Christmas day 1886 from heart disease [Maitland Mercury]A DNA match has been confirmed to this family line.
Cornelius Maher: baptised 27th November 1846, Thurles. Died 1912 West Maitland. Married twice.
Mary Maher: 1849. Died 1877 Morpeth?, daughter of Michael and Ann [NSW BDM]
Dennis Maher: baptised 7th May 1852, Thurles. Died 1919?
Johanna Maher born about 1855
Children: born in Australia as per NSW BDM Index
MAHER JEREMIAH 8534/1858 Maitland. Died 1858 ref 4109 Maitland
MAHER MICHAEL 9591/1859 Morpeth
MAHER ANASTATIA 9626/1861 MORPETH
MAHER ELIZABETH 10162/1863 MORPETH
MAHER JEREMIAH 10925/1866 MORPETH
Immigration: Michael Maher aged 35 per Bermondsey 1856 plus wife Ann Callinan and children - brother at Dunmore. Deposit paid by brother Jeremiah Maher.
Children on board Bermondsay 1856 and their approximate dates of birth as per shipping records.
George born 1843
Bridget born 1845.
Cornelius born 1847.
Mary born 1849.
Dennis born 1851.
Johanna born 1855
Michael Maher, son of Denis and Bridget died 1896 at Morpeth. Buried Campbells Hill.
Ann died 2nd December 1901 aged 78. Buried Campbells Hill.