- a family often confused with my own Martin and Mary -
Martin Maher was born about 1810 Tipperary, Ireland. Probably the son of Thomas Maher and Bridget Ryan [as per brother Patrick's shipping records and possible fraudulent shipping record for Martin - see below]
Mary Leahy/Lahy was born about 1814. Possible parents Tim Lahy and Bridget Flanagan [as per immigration below]
Marriage: Martin Maher and Mary Lahy [indexed as Cahy at FMP] were married on 18th February 1838 at the parish church Ballycahill and Holy Cross, Tipperary Ireland. Witnesses were Michael Carroll and Thomas Shanahan
Thomas Meagher [sic] baptised 31st March 1839 at Clonoulty Parish Tipperary son of Martin Meagher and Mary Lahy of Marlow/n?, sponsors Anthony Ryan and Margaret Meagher. Married Alice Duggan/Duggen 2466/1865 Maitland. Mentioned in fathers will.
John Meagher [sic] baptised 20th May 1841 son of Martin Meagher[sic] and Mary Lahy of Marlow, sponsors John Murphy and Margaret Murphy. Died 1872 aged 28. Buried Hiland Crescent Cemetery.
Margaret Maher: born and died in 1842 according to other researchers. May have died before baptism. No record found.
Bridget Maher baptised 12th October 1844, Clonoulty Parish daughter of Martin Maher and Mary Lahy of Gortnaskehy, sponsors William Gouly and Mary Ryan. Married William Walsh 2659/1871 WALSH WILLIAM MAHER BRIDGET MAITLAND . Mentioned in fathers will.
Julia/Judith Maher baptised 6th February 1847 at Clonoulty parish, Judith daughter of Martin Maher and Mary Lahy of Marlow, sponsor Catherine Ryan. Died 13th July 1859 at Woodville, district of Morpeth. Cause of death was apoplexy which she had suffered for one day. No doctor was present and an inquest was held [not available Ancestry as yet- year not transcribed 7/15] Informant was Patrick Casey, farmer Woodville and a neighbour plus Mary Maher, mother. Both made their mark. Buried in Hiland Crescent cemetery. See newspaper report below.
Thadeus Maher twin? baptised 18th March 1849 at Clonoutly parish parents Martin Maher and Mary Lahy of Marlow sponsor Catherine Reilly
Patrick Maher twin? baptised 18th March 1849 at Clonoutly parish parents Martin Maher and Mary Lahy of Marlow sponsor Judith Connors
Catherine Maher baptised 28th May 1851 daughter of Martin Maher and Mary Lahy of Marlow, sponsor Judith Connors. Married James Gooley in 1875 at Maitland ref 3014/1875. Mentioned in fathers will. James Gooley arrived on the Peerless in 1866, son of James and Mary/Marg. Had a sister Bridget already in the colony. Deposit paid by William Nelligan, husband of his aunt Sara nee Gooley. James was the publican of the Alma Hotel in Maitland. James Gooley died in 1882 and Catherine married again to John Proudfoot in 1885 1279/1885 PROUDFOOT JOHN GOOLEY CATHERINE SYDNEY
Immigration: No record found to date but arrived about 1851 according to daughter Julia's death certificate. My unconfirmed theory is that Martin and Mary arrived on the Earl Grey in 1851 as James Gooley aged 37 and wife Margaret aged 34 of Cashel Tipperary. Children John 16, Thomas 14, Bridget 10, Judith 8 and Catherine an infant were also on board. 'James' gives his parents as Thomas and Bridget who are both dead. 'Margaret's' parents are recorded as being Tim Lahy and Bridget Flanagan of Thurles both dead. 'James' claims a brother Patrick Maher and cousin Margaret Lynch in Sydney [this would be Patrick MAHER who arrived in 1841 aboard the Cadet, parents Thomas and Bridget; and Margaret Lynch nee Maher who arrived in 1841 aboard the United Kingdom. Margaret Maher married Patrick Lynch on 3rd March 1840 at Clonoulty, witnesses Patrick Maher and Catherine Ryan - of Marlow] To further support this theory, Bridget Gooley, daughter of James and Margaret arrived in NSW aboard the Ida in 1864 and James Gooley, son of James and Margaret arrived aboard the Peerless in 1866. He claims his parents are still alive and living at Dundrum. This James Gooley would later marry Catherine Maher, daughter of Martin Maher. A third man named James Gooley aged 26 arrived aboard the Aloe in 1857 with his deposit paid for by Patrick Maher. This James Gooley claims his wife Margaret is already in the colony. I have been unable to identify him as yet. Fellow researchers please note - this theory is UNCONFIRMED and I would not recommend including in your own research until further investigation is made.Further information about the Gooley families can be found HERE
Maitland Mercury dated 13th March 1888: DESTROYING PROPERTY.- Thomas Maher charged Bridget Walsh with having on the 6th March at Lorn, maliciously destroyed four pumpkin vines his property, of the value of 1 pound Defendant pleaded not guilty ; Mr. Solling appeared for prosecutor. The case was mirthful and mournful. Complainant and defendant are brother and sister and occupy adjoining farms at Lorn.
Martin Maher died in 1884 ref: 10728/1884 MAHER MARTIN THOMAS UNKNOWN FURLONG WEST MAITLAND Maitland Mercury dated 20th December 1884: DIED.—In loving remembrance of our dear father, Martin Maher, who died at his residence, Lorn, 16th December, 1884, aged 74 years, R.I.P.
Mary Maher died 1885 ref 11561/1885 MAHER MARY UNKNOWN LAHY DIED WEST MAITLAND WEST MAITLAND Maitland Mecury dated 8th September 1885: THE Friends of MR. THOMAS MAHER are respectfully invited to ATTEND the FUNERAL of his DECEASED MOTHER : To move from his Residence, Lorn, to East Maitland Cemetery, THIS DAY (TUESDAY), at Half-past Two o'clock p.m.
Below: Headstone of John and Julia Maher, Hiland Crescent cemetery