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A Kiwi Abroad, 22 April 2002
Arlington Cemetery, Washington, DC
David Alexander born about 1778 was listed in the County Antrim Agricultural Census 1803 living on the townland of Lisnagunogue near the Giantís Causeway, Northern Ireland.† The Tithe Books 1824 for Lisnagunogue again show David's name. He married Martha Kelso and the family farm at Lisnagunogue remained in Alexander family hands until the mid 1950s. Family members are buried in the cemetery attached to the Church of Ireland at Dunseverick, County Antrim.† David's grandson James arrived at Dunedin, New Zealand, on 21 April 1879 on board "Westland". He settled at Green Island and married a fellow passenger from the "Westland" Sarah McClelland of Bushmills, County Antrim. Joseph's half-brothers twins David and Daniel arrived in Dunedin in 1879 and 1873 respectively.
William Connor born about 1819 and his wife Mary (nee Cox) resided at Glackstown in the Parish of Killulagh, Co Westmeath, Ireland. The couple's children were christened in the Church of Ireland at Drumcree in County Westmeath.†† Second son Thomas married Naomi Eleanor Critchley on 24 April 1882 in St Peterís Church of Ireland, Dublin.†† At that date the Connor family were living at Clonlost, Balrath, Co Westmeath.† William and Naomi immigrated to Australia shortly after their marriage arriving in Victoria on "Garonne" in 1882. Thomas spent a short time working as a foot constable for the South Australian Police however following the death of daughter Mary in 1883 and fearing for the health of younger sister Naomi the couple moved across the Tasman to the cooler climate of New Zealand. They settled at Brighton, near Dunedin where they owned and operated a boarding house called "Brighton House". Thomas also worked a smithy at the top end of Queen Street, Brighton. His sister-in-law Sarah Ellen Connor (nee Lewis) arrived in Dunedin about 1925 with her two children Emily Louisa and William Francis following the death of her husband Francis on 22 July 1918 in County Westmeath, Ireland.
The Critchley family of Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland is documented from 1762 and the headstone of William 1762-1833 lies within the walls of St Paulís Church of Ireland in the town.† In the following generation the family married into the Judd family with its impressive pedigree dating back to 1300. William's grand daughter Naomi Eleanor Critchley married Thomas Connor, of County Westmeath in 1882 (see Connor Surname). Naomi's sister Sarah formerly a nurse in Queen Victoria's household on the Isle of Wight arrived in Dunedin in 1896.
John Doolaghty born about 1800 Co Clare, married Bridget Glynn in the Roman Catholic Church, Newmarket-on-Fergus County Clare, Ireland. Following their marriage John and Bridget resided on the townland of Corebeg, near Ennis. Baptismal records for the couple's children appear in the registers of the Doora Roman Catholic Church. On 10 July 1882 the couple's son John aged 44 years met his death on a County Clare Road. This tragedy was well documented in the local newspapers of the day.† Following Johnís untimely death his widow Elizabeth (nee O'Connor) and her seven children left Ireland for Dunedin, New Zealand, where Elizabeth had cousins who had immigrated previously. The family stepped ashore at Port Chalmers on 2 June 1883 following a steerage voyage on "Indian Empire". On 26 February 1867 Michael Delahunty (Doolaghty) arrived in New York on board "Tarifa". He was a brother to John who died in 1882.
A number of New Zealand Delahunty family members have visited Ennis from the 1970s seeking further information on their links and enjoying holidays and following the ancestry trail in other parts of Ireland.† I am particularly grateful to my brother Peter who began researching our Doolaghty/Delahunty line.† Little did he realise the history he would uncover for future generations.†
On Easter Saturday 30 March 2002 third cousins James Richard Delahunty (USA branch) and the page author (New Zealand branch) met at Charlotte International Airport, South Carolina, USA.††† A wonderful family reunion was held in Charlotte and I am indebted to Richard and his family for making this meeting possible.† We are fortunate to have keen genealogists in both countries and our branches linked via the Internet.††††
Please search my index under Delahunty and Doolaghty.
Samuel Harris and his family are listed in the 1841 UK Census living at 15 Langley Place, off Commercial† Road in the East End of London. Samuel was a fishmonger and his son Lewis came to New Zealand about 1870 and became President of the Arrow Goldminersí Association. His gold claim was named Whitechapel after his birthplace in England and the name can still be seen near Arrowtown to this day. In 1872 Lewis married Elizabeth Gibbs from Southampton, England.†
This family of Menlo, County Galway, Ireland is well documented in the Parish Registers of the Roman Catholic Church, Castlegar, with our earliest located ancestor Thomas Haly (Healy) born about 1802, Co Galway. His grand daughter Catherine arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand on board "Otago" accompanied by her parents Patrick and Ellen (nee Lawless) and two siblings.† Brother Patrick was born on board the vessel on 16 July 1874.† Sibling John aged 2 years died on board "Otago" 4 August 1874 just a few days before the family arrived in Dunedin.† The Healys settled at Naseby, Central Otago, where Patrick was in charge of the water-race for the gold mining operations. Children John, Mary and Michael were born in New Zealand. Catherine (also known as Kate) married Michael Delahunty in St Josephís Roman Catholic Cathedral, Dunedin in 1901.
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