Richard Maher and Nano McGrath

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from Thurles Tipperary to Maitland NSW -
Richard Maher born about 1819 according to his shipping records, however his baptism
took place on 18th May 1821 in Thurles Tipperary, parents
James Maher and Patience
Grace. Richard arrived on the Livingston in August 1841. According to his shipping records
he was a farm labourer. Brother
Daniel Maher was also on board the Livingston. Probable
half brother of
Jeremiah Maher [parents James and Catherine] who arrived on David
McIvor in 1854, under the name James Maher.

Nano/Hannah/Hanorah McGrath arrived on the Livingstone in August 1841 aged 20
under the protection of Richard Maher [Marr]. She was the daughter of
William and Ellen
McGrath
of Thurles, her father was deceased.


Marriage:
V18421368 92/1842  MAHER  RICHARD  MCGRATH  HONORIA  LD  
V1842579 130/1842  MAHER  RICHARD  MAGRATH  HONORIA  LD  

Children: According to his headstone, Richard left 5 sons [James, Richard, John,
Daniel, ??] and 3 daughters [Mary, Ellen and Catherine]. The following births have
been identified.

MAHER  MARY A  V18432775 133/1843  Possible marriage - 2430/1864  WRIGHT  
THOMAS
 MAHER  MARIANNE  MAITLAND Also 2485/1864  WRIGHT  THOMAS  MAHER  
MARIANNE  MORPETH

MAHER  JANES  [James?]  V18441100 121A/1844  Born 1844 at Cooly Camp, son of
Richard Maher and Honora McGrath. Occupation Post and Station Master. Spouse 1.
Catherine Donnelly. Spouse 2. Theresa Becker. See Pioneer Register for details of
descendants [Free Settler or Felon website] Of Glennies Creek

MAHER  MARGARET  V18452527 62/1845  Died February  1845 aged 2 months [Twin?]

MAHAR [sic] ELLEN  RICHARD  HANNORA  [Twin?] V18452528 62/1845

MAHER  CATHERINE  V18481896 65/1848  

MAHER  RICHARD V1851676 68/1851  

MAHER  JOHN [John P] V18531103 70/1853 Fourth son of late Richard Maher married
Elizabeth Agnes Lawlor.

Daniel Maher: 1855 1st September baptism at East Maitland
MAHER Daniel son of 'Daniel
Maher and Honorah McGrath [Family Search - not found on NSW BDM]


Maitland Mercury 28th August 1856:
Richard Maher was charged with a breach of the same act, by Jeremiah Maher. Mr.
O'Meagher appeared for the defence. The information set forth stated that on tho 1st of
March, 1855, Jeremiah Maher had hired under a verbal agreement, to serve Richard Maher
as a general servant, at the rate of 15s. a week. He had at first hired for sixteen weeks, and
afterwards for a year. The second agreement was at the rate of £30 a year and his rations. At
the end of sixteen weeks, he was discharged, and his demand for wages due was refused.
He now claimed the sum of £17 17s. 4d. It afterwards appeared that when the complainant
first came to defendant's place, he was told that he should have the wages of a man.
Another man was employed at 10s. per week. He had the use of a house, and shared the
milk of a cow with another servant who lived with him. From his statement, which was very
confused, and given in a tone scarcely audible, it seemed that he had served Richard Maher
during three several periods, the first of sixteen weeks, and the second of twelve weeks, at
15s. per week ; the third, commencing in March last, at £30 per annum, with rations. He
had received £18 6d during the time. He admitted having   been ill for a fortnight. His wife
had received a sovereign. He had had three hundredweight of flour, 90lbs of beef, a further
quantity of flour, the milk of a cow, with other articles during the time. — Richard Maher
being sworn, stated in defence that
Jeremiah was his step-brother; that about eighteen
months ago, when he came to the colony,
he had been allowed to stay at his place at
Hinton, and to run bills, had been furnished with the milk of a cow, worth two shillings a
day, besides flour, corn, &c. ; that he had not made the agreements referred to in 1855 ;
that he had refused to work ; and that now he was indebted to him, rather to an other-
wise. James Sewell said that all the agreement made between the parties was made by him.
Through his representations Richard Maher had consented to allow Jeremiah to stay and
look after his place, and had promised to give him fifteen shillings a week ; but no mention
of rations was made. The value received by the complainant, in cash and otherwise, was said
to amount to about £40. The case was dismissed.

Publican's License: Richard Maher was granted publican's licence on several occasions.
The first appears to be in 1854, Richard Maher of Hinton in the district of Maitland was
granted a license for his home under the sign Farmer's Glory. Laurence Johnson and
Patrick Newman gave surety. In 1856 he was granted a license for The Wool Team.
James
Sourly and Daniel Murphy gave surety.

Maitland Mercury 3rd April 1862:
KNOCKING DOWN A WIFE WITH A FRYINGPAN.— Richard Maher was charged, before the
bench at Morpeth, on Thursday, with violently assaulting his wife and threatening to take
her life. Constable Crawford said he had apprehended prisoner by virtue of a warrant, on
the previous day. Honorah Maher deposed that the prisoner, her husband, had for some
time past given way to drinking habits, in consequence of which his conduct had become
very violent towards her. On the 17th March he had compelled herself and all the children
to stay out all night, and threatened to murder them it they came in. He was so much in
drink at the time that he was not in his senses. On Saturday week he assaulted her, and
knocked her down with a frying pan, and was constantly in the habit of threatening her life.
He was in the " horrors" on Tuesday, when he was very violent, and again threatened her
life. She was in daily bodily fear of him, and desired that he should be restrained by law.
She had no complaint against him while he was sober.—The bench ordered prisoner to find
sureties of the peace himself in £100, and two sureties in £50 each ; in default, to be
imprisoned for three months.


Deaths:  Richard, son of James and Patience G, died at Morpeth in 1862 ref 4722/1862see
headstone below.

Probable death for Nano is 8834/1893  MAHER  HANORAH  WILLIAM  ELLEN  WEST
MAITLAND
Maitland Mercury dated 13th July 1893:
FUNERAL.  THE FRIENDS of MR. JOHN MAHER are Respectfully Invited to ATTEND THE
FUNERAL of his Deceased MOTHER  (MRS. RICHARD MAHER). The Procession will leave
her daughter's (Mrs. Thos. Wright's) residence, The Oaks, East Maitland Road, TO-
MORROW (FRIDAY), at Two o'clock. 4112