On this page: The immigrants, Dennis McEVOY and Ann Jane CARSON who arrived separately in SA in 1840 & married 1843, and their children.

1.6 Edward, 1.7 Robert, 1.8 Daniel and 1.9 Francis have no known descendants and so all their details are on this page.

Find a name and it will link to the appropriate web page. Women are listed by maiden name.

Catherine 1.1 John 1.2 William 1.3 Dennis 1.4: 2nd generation, children of Dennis and Jane with extended families
Joseph 1.5 and family 2nd generation, 5th child of Dennis and Jane, my McEvoy great grandparents with extended families
Fred 1.5.1 and family 3rd generation, 1st child of Joseph and Eliza, my McEvoy grandparents with descendants

The whole McEvoy family as known is listed in these 5 web pages based on Bob Munro's book and other information received, but I've focussed on my own line by having separate pages for Joseph 1.5 and Frederick McEvoy 1.5.1 and descendants. Only the McEvoy descendants (of whatever name) are followed because you have to have some kind of cut off point or it is never ending. My main aim is to list ALL the descendants.

This is an amazing 485 page account of the descendants of Dennis McEvoy and Jane (Ann Jane) Carson and the starting point for information on these pages. It is illustrated with many old and new photos.

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Dennis McEVOY
Catherine McEvoy HENRY, Dennis's sister, New Zealand
Margaret McEvoy KILBRIDE Dennis's sister in Ireland
CARSONS Dennis's wife's family
9 Children/ in brief.
Catherine, John, William, Dennis & Joseph (in brief) Edward, Robert, Daniel, Francis (in full)


Dennis (Denis) McEvoy, an agricultural labourer, embarkation no, 7111, aged 28 years, came out to Australia from Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland, arriving at Pt Adelaide on 17th June, 1840 aboard the Charles Kerr, accompanied by his sister Catherine McEvoy, a dairymaid aged 20, embarkation no. 4264. Their agent was RJ Lang, Esq. Rumour has it that another sister was set to accompany Dennis but changed her mind and Catherine took her place. It is thought they were half English on their mother's side. The Charles Kerr left London on March 6th, 1840 and travelled via Gravesend. There were 216 passengers with Captain Harford Arnold.

We know nothing about the life of Denis and Catherine before they came to Australia or even where they came from, though it is assumed it was County Laois, then called Queen's County.


Catherine McEvoy, (pictured at right), born 1820 married another Irish immigrant, Thomas Henry, son of John Henry and Ann Murphy born in County Meath, Ireland in 1812, on 6-7-1841, only a year after she arrived in Australia, and in March, 1842, moved to New Zealand. The Henry family bible states that Catherine was the daughter of Patrick McEvoy and Mary Bowes (best guess-this surname is almost unreadable) of Queen's County, Ireland. Catherine and Thomas were married in Adelaide by William Benson, the same priest who later married Dennis and Ann. They had 7 children: Mary, John, Thomas, Catherine, Ann, Margaret and James Francis. Thomas died 9-9-1890 and Catherine on 9-10-1895. Thomas and Catherine Henry are buried in Mangapai Cemetery, 150 Kms north of Auckland together with their son, John Henry. Photos courtesy Pete Steer. There are a number of other family graves nearby.

Below are death notices for Catherine McEvoy Henry and her daughters, Margaret and Catherine

SNELL - On December 12, at her late residence, Maungakaramea, Catherine, wife of William C. Snell and second daughter of Thomas Henry, Ruakaka, aged 34 years.
NZ Herald 21-12-1881

HENRY - On Wednesday, October 9, at the residence of her son-in-law (James Sloane) Ruakaka, Catherine, relict of the late Thomas Henry; aged 75 years. R.I.P.
Auckland Star 11-10-1895

HENRY - On July 17, 1919, at a private hospital. Auckland, Margaret (Maggie), youngest daughter of the late Thomas Henry, formerly of Belle Vue, Ruakaka, near Whangarei. Private interment. No flowers.
Auckland Star 18-7-1919

Here is a letter supplied by Keith Sloane of New Zealand, written to Catherine McEvoy Henry. Some words in this letter are not decipherable. There are no paragraphs and some errors in punctuation and spelling but I thought it best to reproduce the letter as faithfully as possible. It is beautifully written and most evocative of life lived closely in the shadow of death. The picture shows the 1902 wedding of Mary Neville, to Henry Sloane, grandson of Catherine and Thomas Henry in New Zealand. Mary Henry married James Sloane in 1865 and both are seated at front on the right.

Athy County Kildare Ireland
January 3rd, 1858.

My dear Sister,
I have received your most welcome letter and was rejoiced to hear of you and all your family being in the enjoyment of good health. My own health has been very delicate for some time past, and indeed I cannot say I am improving; but Catherine is getting on well after recovering from a tedious and lingering illness, which I thought would prove fatal, but happily she is now in a fair way of recovery, and I trust will soon be quite well again. The other children are all well. But Bryan you would not know him now, if you saw him, he is no longer the strong healthy man that you knew him; he is very much changed and very delicate. Mary and her family are well, also Anne and family, and send their love to you. I have had a letter from Denis, a day or two after I received yours, himself and family were quite well at that time. And he also asked me most particularly to send him your address. He said he thought you must have changed your place of residence as he wrote to you several times and received no answer. I have not heard from Edward (best guess by Keith Sloane, as of 19-7-2019) this long time indeed I'm beginning to think I shall never hear from him again I don't know his address.

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I now beg to return you my sincere thanks, for my sisters as well as for myself, for your kind present, which was one we neither expected, nor deserved, and which you were kind enough to leave at my disposal. But you may rest assured my dear sister that I will dispose of it in such a manner, as I think you would approve of, and my poor Mother would wish if she lived. Bryan desired me most particularly to present to you and to Mr. Henry, his sincere thanks for your great kindness, which he says he never can or never will forget...Indeed we can never thank you sufficiently, and particularly Mr. Henry, who never saw us nor never knew us. This country is in a sad state at present, no business doing, the shop-keepers and trades-men are perfectly idle walking through the streets, banks failing and bringing ruin on hundreds of poor families, the most respectable houses failing in business; all these things have occured so frequently of late that people cease to wonder at them. The tide of emigration has (started) again there are great numbers going to Australia. During the last three or four years this country improved very much, and commerce was in a most flourishing state. So that I'm entirely at a loss to know how to account for the recent dullness. Doubtless the war with India has contributed to it in a great measure. It gave me great pleasure to read Mary's letter for I judge from it that she must be a sensible, good-natured child and I'm sure it must

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be a great pleasure and blessing to you to possess such a child. And it is to me a great consolation to know that we have children, who though living so far apart will still correspond with each other when perhaps we no longer exist. Aunt Bridget and all the family send their love to you, they are all quite well. I'm sure you must think it great neglect on my part for not answering your letter sooner, but at the time I received your letter, Bryan was lying dangerously ill of inflamation of the bowls, this was the third attack of it that he has had; his life was dispaired of by Doctors Hereen(?) and Kinsey, and he received the last rites of the church and was prepared for death; but thank God he is recovering and able to be up though he still continues very delicate. And that was the reason I delayed not wishing to write untill he would be better, myself and the children were round him while he continued bad expecting every breath he drew to be his last. Denis mentioned in his letter that he purchased a new farm, for which he gave 3 hundred pounds and he is getting on very well, he has 7 children. I wrote to him this week and sent him your address his address is, Port Gawler Adeliade South Australia. Bryan and the children join me in love to you Mr H. and the children.

I remain dear Catherine
your affectionate sister
Margaret Kilbride.


Margaret McEvoy, the only other proven and known sibling of Dennis McEvoy, apart from Catherine, married Bryan Kilbride at the Athy parish church on 4 February, 1838. Bryan Kilbride, a tailor, died on 16 January, 1874 aged 76 years at Duke Street in Athy (pictured) from chronic bronchitis. Margaret was present at his death. Margaret died suddenly of natural causes at Duke Street on 20 September, 1876 aged 66. This would mean she was born in 1810 and aged 28 years when she married Bryan in 1838.

As far as we know, Bryan and Margaret Kilbride had 6 children whose baptism dates (usually close to the birth) are shown:
Mary 10-02-1839, Thomas 02-05-1841, Margaret 11-06-1843, Felix (birth 24-5-1845) 01-06-1845, Catherine 04-07-1847 and Anne 15-07-1849. Bryan Kilbride is called Bryan 3 times and Bernard 3 times in the register, which might mean that his name was Bernard Bryan but he was usually called Bryan, since Margaret calls him Bryan.

In the 1911 census, Felix Kilbride aged 65, master tailor, is recorded as living at Duke Street Athy with his wife of 26 years, Mary Kilbride nee Murphy 55, his son Bernard 23, a teacher, daughter Annie 17 and son Felix 15, both scholars. They have had a total of 9 children born living of whom only 5 are still alive. Living with the family is Felix senior's sister, Margaret Kilbride, aged 67, single and a seamstress. All members of the household can read and write and are Roman Catholic.

Felix Kilbride emigrated to the US in 1914. In the census of 1920 the family are at Cook, Illinois. Living with Felix and Mary are Joseph, 30, Annie, 26 and Felix 24. Felix died 1-1-1937 at Northfield, Cook County, Illinois aged 91, occupation merchant tailor. His wife, Mary Kilbride was born 24-12-1855 in ireland and died at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois on 23-4-1923 aged 68 years.


Ann Jane Carson born 17-4-1824, Milecross Newtownards, N Ireland, near Belfast, died 22-8-1920, arrived in Australia on 1st October, 1840, aboard the Mary Dugdale with her family. She was the daughter of John Carson and Mary (Wells) Carson and was one of 4 children including Matilda Carson born 1826 died 16 Jan, 1908, Robert Johnson Carson born c. 1828 died 11-11-1913 and Johnson Carson born c.1833 died c.1897. The family is said to have come from Milecross Newtownards in Northern Ireland, near Belfast.

Mary Carson was born Mary Wells c.1789. Her death notice appeared in the South Australian Advertiser on Monday, January 29, 1883:

CARSON.-On the 23rd January, at Native Point, district of Port Gawler, Mary, the wife of John Carson, sen, aged 94. Arrived in the colony in 1840.

She is buried at Two Wells Cemetery under the name Mary Carsons.

John Carson born c. 1789 was a wheelwright and a farmer in Australia and died aged 96 or 98 years on 28-3-1887 at Pinery Point, District of Gawler and is buried at Two Wells Cemetery. The local history association has now marked his grave and many others with a cement cross and plaque, for which the family sincerely thank them.


To get an idea of life at this time, you can browse online newspapers and magazines from the National Library of Australia


Dennis married Ann Jane Carson, usually known as Jane, pictured at left, born 17-4-1824, Ireland, on 25th April, 1843 in Adelaide. They were employed by Mr Angus McLean at first but bought land at Dry Creek, 20 miles from Adelaide. Some details (not necessarily correct) of their early life were given in an obituary about their daughter Catherine, on her death.

The first six children were born at Dry Creek but they then moved to the hundred of Port Gawler to live near the Gawler River at Lewiston close to Two Wells in 1854. They paid 300 pounds for the property. The last two children were born at Port Gawler.

Dennis McEvoy and 4 other men, including Johnson Carson, are mentioned as members of a committee to prepare plans and costs for the erection of a building for educational purposes in March 1855 on Page 136 Life around the Light and in Two Wells Then and Now by Bet Williams. At right is a plaque for the Lewiston School. The Adelaide Almanack, (on micro fiche) Town and Country Directory, Guide to SA for 1863 and 1865 by Josiah Boothby, lists Dennis "McIvoy" as a farmer, Section 163, Reeves Plains.

The following article comes from The Adelaide Chronicle, April 26th, 1919 on page 36, columns D and E.

Mrs Plunkett, who completed her 95th year on April 17, came to South Australia in the "Mary Dugdale" in 1840 with her parents (the late Mr and Mrs John Carson).

She was born in Ireland on Easter Sunday morning, April 17, 1824. She was married to Mr Dennis McEvoy by Father Benson at North Adelaide in 1843, and settled on a small piece of land at Dry Creek. There were few horses or cattle here then, and the cultivation even of a few acres was difficult. She bought two cows from the South Australian Company and often she walked across Gilles Plains with her butter to Adelaide.

Her husband secured a team of bullocks and carted ore from Burra to Port Adelaide. There were many natives about, but she stayed alone, as they were friendly and harmless. It took nine days to do the trip via Port Adelaide to Burra . There was a camping ground where Salisbury stands and she would always tell when her husband would be home by the notes of his bullock bell.

They moved from Dry Creek to Gawler River, then named Lewiston, in 1854. The land was hard to break up and not very good. Mr McEvoy met with an accident which caused his death in 1865, and his widow was left with a young family. This was the first red rust year in the state, and many crops were valueless.

She married Mr Luke Plunkett some years later (on 7-2-1873, 8-9 years later) and he died in 1901, (so they were together for 28 years) She says the day of the wooden plough and sickle were the happiest days. She has 43 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. The youngest and oldest of the five generations are living. Mrs Plunkett, who lives in Balaklava, can still thread a needle and do a little sewing.

The picture above comes from a compilation of photos "SA Pioneers arriving 1836 to 1845" in the state library and 14K is labelled McEvoy, so it is likely that this is Jane McEvoy nee Carson. Whether she qualified as a pioneer I am not sure, as a librarian recently told me dismissively that if they weren't pioneers they were probably emigrant laborers. I'm presuming that you can start as an emigrant laborer and become a pioneer. The picture of Grandma Plunkett, at right, was supplied by Frances Mysior who acquired it from a friend at Victor Harbor.

The Advertiser June 25, 1901, page 4
PLUNKETT: On the 19th June, at Gawler Plains, Luke Plunkett, aged 74 years. R.I.P.

The Adelaide Chronicle September 4, 1920, page 27
PLUNKETT: On the 22nd August, at North Adelaide, Ann Jane, the beloved wife of the late Luke Plunkett, aged 96 years. A colonist of 80 years. Dearly beloved and highly respected by a large circle of friends. R.I.P.

Dennis senior died in a tragic accident on 25-7-1865 at Pt Gawler aged 60 years according to the certificates but aged 53 years if he really was 28 years old when he arrived in Australia. We presume he was actually 35 years old when he came to Australia. The 1840 South Australian Almanac states that money raised from the sale of land was to be used to pay free passage to the colony from Great Britain and Ireland for poor persons, "provided that they shall, as far as possible, be adult persons of the two sexes in equal proportions and not exceeding the age of thirty years."Cause of death was an injury to the spine. A death notice in The Register for Friday, August 4th, 1865 said,

McEVOY:On the 25th July, Denis McEvoy, Port Gawler, aged 60 years-a colonist of 25 years' standing, and regretted by a large circle of friends.

A news story about him in The South Australian Advertiser left, from Monday, August 7th, 1865 gives the sad circumstances of his death and says that he was buried in Gawler. The Supplement to The South Australian Weekly Chronicle of August 5th, 1865, on Page 328 (microfilm) contains exactly the same article.

Another similar article about the death appeared in The Register, right, on Monday, August 7th, 1865. The same article also appeared in The Observer of about the same date.

Pat Sheehan of Gawler, kindly consulted the parish register of St Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Gawler, and in February 1863 the Catholic priest from Gawler, Father Roe, left and after that the district was without a resident priest but attended by Adelaide clergy until 1866. Records of burials were not kept during this time although a note does say that all burials were in the existing council cemetery, which would be Pioneer Park, since Willaston Cemetery was not opened until 1866. The town council also seems to have been in disarray at the time. The investigation continues. Here is Dennis McEvoy's will

Ann then married Luke Plunkett, farmer, son of Thomas Plunkett, at St Patrick's Church, West Terrace, Adelaide on 7-2-1873. He was 34 years and she was 44 yrs. Patrick J. Corcoran was the officiating minister. She lived to 96 years of age and is buried as Ann Jane Plunkett in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, with her son, Dennis Matthew, and daughter in law, Ellen Jane McEvoy (nee Case). She was the widow of Luke Plunkett, labourer, who died 19-6-1901, aged 74, and is buried at the Willaston cemetery, and her usual place of residence was Balaklava.

Another obituary giving more details of Jane's life with Luke Plunkett appeared in the Balaklava Newspaper, The Wooroora Producer on September 2nd, 1920
Mrs Plunkett died at North Adelaide on August 22,1920. The deceased lady was born in Ireland on April 13,1824, and arrived in this colony with her parents, John and Mary Carson, in the ship Mary Dugdale in 1840. Mrs Plunkett was the eldest of the family, all of whom are now dead. Shortly after arriving she entered the employ of Mr Angus McLean as a domestic, where she married Mr Dennis McEvoy, who was also employed by Mr McLean, The couple were married at North Adelaide in 1843 by the Rev. Father Benson, and afterwards went to Dry Creek, where Mr McEvoy secured a small piece of land. They reared nine children, one daughter end eight sons, the eldest and youngest of whom are dead. In the year 1865 Mr McEvoy died at Gawler River to which place they removed in 1854. Mrs McEvoy moved to Grace Plains in 1869, when she disposed of her holding and went to live at Alma Plains where she married Mr Plunkett. On the Broughton Areas coming out she and her sons secured land, but being a dry part in those days, and one year proving a total failure in the crops, they were compelled to leave the Areas from where they proceeded to Boolereo Centre where they again took up land and remained there for a couple of years. As they were desirous of trying dairying and farming combined, they disposed of their land at Booleroo Centre, and secured some selected land at Pinda, near Hammond, where, with her son Robert she lived for over 20 years, until the great drought set in, and as they lost most of their stock through starvation, and funds getting very low they were compelled to leave the district. Their next move was to Gawler, in 1876, where Mr Plunkett died in 1901. After remaining there for 12 years Mrs Plunkett moved to Balaklava, where she and her son Robert, lived until May 21st of this year but owing to old age and other infirmities, and being a great sufferer she was compelled to seek medical attention and went to the North Adelaide hospital where she passed peacefully away to rest on the 22nd inst.

Two of her grandsons served in the late war, one being killed. She leaves one daughter and six sons, 43 grandchildren, 50 great and 4 great-great-grandchildren to mourn the sad loss. Mrs Plunkett was loved and highly respected by all, being of a kind and benevolent spirit.

And the Chronicle of 18-9-1920 said:
Mrs. Luke Plunkett, a pioneer, who arrived in South Australia in 1840, died recently in her 96th year. She was a native of Ireland, and came out with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Carson, in the ship Mary Dugdale. The trip occupied four months. Three years later Miss Carson married Mr. Dennis McEvoy, who died in 1865, and left nine children. Her second husband was Mr. Plunkett, who died 19 years ago. When living on a farm at Dry Creek she walked many times into Adelaide with her butter, and back home again. Mrs. Plunkett left a daughter, six sons, 43 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.


There were nine children, one daughter first, followed by 8 sons. Of those, Edward (6th child) and Robert McEvoy (7th child), did not marry. Daniel McEvoy (8th child) had 5 children but there seem to be no descendants from that family-2 children died young and 3 daughters appear not to have married. Francis (9th child) had 4 children, one of whom, Harrold, died at Gallipoli but the other children also appear to have had no issue. This means that of Dennis and Ann Jane Carson's 9 children, only the first 5, Catherine, John, William, Joseph and Dennis (twins) have current descendants.
  • 1.1 Catherine Mary (Kitty) McEvoy born Dry Creek, 1844 to 19-8-1928
  • 1.2 John Peter McEvoy born Dry Creek, 1-4-1845 to 30-6-1898
  • 1.3 William Andrew McEvoy born Dry Creek, 4-8-1847 to 20-7-1921
  • 1.4 Dennis Matthew McEvoy born Dry Creek, 31-1-1850 to 26-1-1935
  • 1.5 Joseph Michael McEvoy born Dry Creek, 31-1-1850 to 29-7-1930
  • 1.6 Edward McEvoy born Dry Creek, 30-6-1852 to 3-7-1939
  • 1.7 Robert McEvoy born Dry Creek, 8-3-1855 to 6-10-1931
  • 1.8 Daniel Mathew McEvoy born Port Gawler, 19-6-1859 to 9-2-1947
  • 1.9 Francis McEvoy born Port Gawler 18-6-1862 to 14-6-1910


    Three of the McEvoy boys, 1.3 William Andrew McEvoy, 1.4 Dennis Matthew McEvoy and 1.5 Joseph Michael McEvoy, married 3 Case daughters, Catherine Lucy Case (Mahony), Ellen Jane Case and Eliza Ann Case, who were the children of Emanual and Jane Case (nee Starr/s).
    1.1.1 Mary Jane Quinn, daughter of 1.1 Catherine McEvoy, their sister, married a Case, Emanuel William, known as William Case, while 1.1.7 Patrick Dennis Quinn, Catherine's 7th child, married another Ellen Jane Case.

    Emanual migrated to SA in 1838 aboard the Canton, 2 years earlier than the McEvoys and Carsons. Emanual Case was born around 13-11-1815, the son of John and Hester Case. They lived in Corscombe, Dorset, England. There was one other son, Nathaniel who died on 15-1-1829 aged 14 years. In the 1841 census of South Australia Emanuel was listed as living in district B south of Adelaide. He was married on 6-11-1844 by Father Michael Ryan who had arrived in South Australia just that day, and died 1-8-1898 at Coonatto, SA, aged 82 years and is buried at Hammond.

    Jane Starr was the daughter of Peter and Catherine Starr of Little Para who arrived aboard the Dauntless on 10-7-1840 with children Jane, Ann, Catherine, Francis and Ellen, sailing from Greenock, Scotland. Jane was born 1821-1823 at Fintona, County Tyrone, Ireland. She died at her residence 'Coonatoo', SA on 25-5-1893 and is also believed to be buried at Hammond.

    It is probably about time (Oct 2019) a piece of family history, completely unknown to me and to all the family I know until about 5 years ago, was revealed. This is relevant to all the descendants of 1.3 William Andrew McEvoy, 1.4 Dennis McEvoy and 1.5 Joseph Michael McEvoy. It came to light during TROVE searches for information on the Starr family. GGG grandfather Peter Starr, father of Jane Starr who married Emanual Case and had 3 daughters who married 3 McEvoy sons, was the Peter Starr aged 60 who killed his 24 year old servant, William Simpson Lawless aka William Simpson McGregor with a rusty bayonet in a drunken fight at the Starr home on 12th November, 1861. There were several Peter Starrs around at the time and the spelling of the surname was inconsistent, but location of the crime and witness names prove it to be our relative. Peter Starr was released from prison after only 3 years at the request of the governor, but apparently this was quite common if families drew up petitions and were without the breadwinner. Not all of our ancestors were as respectable or as good as we may like to think, though the family seems to have been keen church goers.

    According to The McPharlin Family history, Matilda Carson, sister of Ann Carson married John McPharlin. Their son, John, had a house, Lysander, built "by two local lads both under 30 years of age named McEvoy." These lads were obviously also nephews of Matilda living in the same area near Two Wells. In fact, there is now a McPharlin Road very near the area where the McEvoy family lived.

    The Directory of SA, 1876, lists the McEvoy brothers as farmers, Broughton Extension and Dennis McEvoy as a farmer, Grace Plains. The directory of 1881 lists the McEvoy brothers as farmers at Booleroo, Dennis as still at Grace Plains and Joseph as a farmer at Tarcowie.


    1.1 Catherine Mary (Kitty) McEvoy born 1844 at Dry Creek, attended Ardtornish School, died 19-8-1928 buried Jamestown Cemetery married James Francis Quinn born c.1842 in County Clare, Ireland, died 9-6-1929 Pt Pirie, buried Jamestown, on 20-2-1865 at St Patrick's Church, Adelaide. A check of the passenger lists shows 6 Quinns arriving aboard the Nugget on April 3rd, 1858- Daniel 26 of Clare, and the rest from Galway, John aged 26, Thomas aged 24 and James aged 17, labourers, and Bridget 19 and Mary 21, both listed as servants. This does not correspond with the information listed in the obituary below, but obituary information was often wrong!
    There is a belief in the family that Jim Quinn was related to Ned Kelly's mother, a Quinn, and that Ned Kelly spent some time on the run from the police in a hut near Jamestown. Jim met Catherine at Pt Gawler. Later they moved to Mannanarie and to Booleroo Centre and then to
    Hammond where they farmed successfully until a big drought in 1897. They moved to Wirrabarra and finally to Jamestown, 9 surviving children:
    • 1.1.1 Mary Jane Quinn (Case) born 11-11-1865 died 4-8-1948
    • 1.1.2 Susan Frances Quinn (Gregory) born 12-10-1867 died 25-12-1914
    • 1.1.3 Catherine Alice Quinn (McQuillan) born 1-11-1869 died 13-6-1956
    • 1.1.4 *John Quinn born 5-2-1872 died 12-2-1936
    • 1.1.5 *Thomas Joseph Quinn born 5-2-1872 died 10-8-1949
    • 1.1.6 James Francis Quinn born 20-7-1873 died 26-7-1968
    • 1.1.7 Patrick Dennis Quinn born 1879 died 1-7-1948
    • 1.1.8 Ellen Bridget Quinn (Phillis) born 1-1-1882 died 17-6-1932
    • 1.1.9 Robert Edward Quinn born 8-12-1886 died 16-4-1971
    This article appeared in The Adelaide Chonicle on September 8, 1928, page 22. There are a number of mistakes in dates and spelling, but I present it as per the article. It contains excellent information about where they lived in the early years.

    Mrs. Quinn, wife of Mr. James Quinn, died on Sunday, August 26, aged 85 years. Mrs. Quinn claimed to be one of the oldest living residents born in this state. She was born at Dry Creek in 1843, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. McAvoy. Her father arrived from Ireland in 1839, and her mother in 1840, by the sailing ship Mary Dagdale. Mrs. Quinn's parents were employed by Mr. Angus McLean, and were married in Adelaide in 1842. After their marriage they secured a small holding about a mile and a half from where the stockyards now stand, where Mrs. Quinn was born. When of school-going age she attended Artormish school. When she was 13 years of age her parents left Dry Creek and went to live near Gawler River, afterwards called Lewiston, where she finished her education she married Mr. James Quinn in 1864, and lived in the Port Gawler district for a few years, and then went to the Light River. Later they moved to Mannanarie, but, having only a small holding, they secured land in the hundred of Booleroo. This land was heavy and difficult to work with limited capital, so they moved to Hammond and farmed with success for a few years until the big drought from 1892 to 1896 forced them to leave. They went to Belalie, then to Wirrabara, and finally settled in Jamestown. There was a family of four daughters and five sons. A daughter (Mrs. Gregory) and a son (Mr. John Quinn) died. The husband (Mr. James Quinn) is still alive and has reached the age of 89 years. The surviving family are Mrs. W. Case, Peterborough; Mrs. H. McQuillan, Jamestown; Mrs. L. R. Phillis, Port Pirie; Messrs. Thomas Quinn, Malpas; James Quinn, Oodnadatta; Patrick Quinn, Yongala; and Robert Quinn, Wirrabara. There are 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

    In the previous edition of The Adelaide Chonicle of September 1, 1928, page 20, there was also a small obituary about Catherine Quinn:

    Mrs Quinn, wife of Mr. James Quinn, who died recently at Jamestown, at the age of 85, was one of the oldest native born South Australians. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McAvoy, who migrated from Ireland, and were married in Adelaide in 1842. Mrs Quinn was married in 1864. Mr Quinn survives at the age of 89 with the following family Mesdames W. Case, Peterborough; H. McQuillan, Jamestown; L. R. Phillis, Port Pirie; and Messrs. Thomas Quinn, Malpas; James Quinn, Oodnadatta; Patrick Quinn, Yongala; and Robert Quinn, Wirrabara.

    The Adelaide Chronicle, June 20, 1929, page 53
    A well-known resident of Jamestown, Mr. James Quinn, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. L. Phillis, of Port Pirie, last week, after a short illness. He was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1840, and with three brothers and four sisters, of whom he was the youngest, came to this State in the ship Nugget in 1854. At an early age he went to work on Inchequin station near Clare, for Mr. John Gleeson, and was later employed in the Port Gawler district, where he was married to Miss Catherine Dennis (they meant McEvoy) in 1864. After a few years he went to the Light River district. Later Mr. Quinn moved to Mannanarie, taking up a small holding, and then to Hammond, where he farmed with success for a few years. He was forced to leave during the big drought of 1892 to 1896. He then went to Wirrabara and finally settled in Jamestown. In 1887 Mr Quinn joined in the gold rush to the Teetulpa fields. There was a family of five sons and four daughters, but one daughter, (Mrs. Gregory) and a son (Mr. John Quinn) died. Mrs. Quinnn died last August. The surviving members of the family are:- Mrs. W. Case, Peterborough, Mrs. H. McQuillan (Jamestown), Mrs. L. R. Phillis (Port Pirie), Messrs. T. Quinn (Malpas), James Quinn (Oodnadatta), Patrick Quinn (Yongala), and R. Quinn (Wirrabara).


    1.2 John (Peter) McEvoy born 1-4-1845 at Dry Creek died 30-6-1898 married Mary Anne Hallion born c.1843, at St Peter and Paul Cathedral, Gawler on 23-4-1866. According to the Marriage Registry, John, 21, was the eldest son of the late Dennis McEvoy of Port Gawler and Mary, 23, was the youngest daughter of the late Mr John Hallion, formerly of Kildare, Ireland. John and Mary lived at Lower Wakefield, Alma Plains, Salter Springs and Clare, 10 children:
    • 1.2.1 John William McEvoy born 4-2-1867 died 19-2-1915
    • 1.2.2 Henry McEvoy born 1869 died 8-2-1950
    • 1.2.3 James Thomas McEvoy born 4-1-1871 died 7-2-1872
    • 1.2.4 Joseph Michael McEvoy born 10-10-1872 died 23-12-1931
    • 1.2.5 Robert Patrick McEvoy born 25-3-1875 died 7-10-1966
    • 1.2.6 Marcella Agnes McEvoy (Webb) born 24-3-1877 died 6-1-1962
    • 1.2.7 Catherine Jane McEvoy born 21-1-1879 died 2-1-1966
    • 1.2.8 Dennis Leo McEvoy born 3-4-1881 died 18-8-18881
    • 1.2.9 Mary Clare McEvoy born 2-8-1882 died 1964
    • 1.2.10 Margaret Anne Rose McEvoy born 22-8-1885 died 1972


    1.3 William Andrew McEvoy born 4-8-1847 at Dry Creek died 20-7-1921 buried Burra, married Catherine Lucy Mahony nee Case (father Emanuel Case) born 6-5-1849, died 6-6-1934, buried Sevenhills, a widow, at the Catholic Church, Kadina on 1-12-1876
    William was a stone mason and taught his sons to build, 8 children:
    • 1.3.1 William Francis McEvoy born 7-9-1876 died 19-5-1968
    • 1.3.2 Bernard Patrick McEvoy born 11-2-1879 died 27-4-1966
    • 1.3.3 Arthur McEvoy born 20-1-1881 died 24-1-1881
    • 1.3.4 Mary Ellen McEvoy (McMahon) born 19-5-1882 died 15-6-1954
    • 1.3.5 Arthur Thomas McEvoy born 11-3-1884 died 27-7-1972
    • 1.3.6 Catherine Agnes McEvoy (Walsh) born 13-1-1886 died 7-10-1968
    • 1.3.7 Anastasia Grace McEvoy born 24-4-1888 died 16-1-1967
    • 1.3.8 Martin Dennis McEvoy born 6-1-1891 died 28-6-1960


    1.4 Dennis Matthew McEvoy born 31-1-1850 at Dry Creek died 26-1-1935 married Ellen Jane Case (father Emanuel Case) born 23-2-1862 at Gawler Hills, died 18-7-1934, on 6-1-1884 at St Raphael Church, Carrieton, farmed at Bute (listed in the 1903 PO directory in the alphabetical directory as a farmer, Bute), Balaklava
    8 children:
    • 1.4.1 Ellen Edith McEvoy born 28-12-1884 died 20-1-1885
    • 1.4.2 Herbert Denis McEvoy born 25-3-1886 died 9-5-1938
    • 1.4.3 Olive Cecilia McEvoy born 12-1-1888 died 7-7-1969
    • 1.4.4 Madeline Rose McEvoy born 16-1-1891 died 9-1-1952
    • 1.4.5 Raphael James McEvoy born 19-11-1892 died 21-3-1972
    • 1.4.6 Laura Jane McEvoy born 26-3-1895 died 17-7-1964
    • 1.4.7 Vincent Anthony McEvoy born 30-8-1897 died 19-8-1963
    • 1.4.8 Kathleen Philomena McEvoy born 22-6-1901 died 4-8-1969


    Joseph Michael (twin to 1.4 Dennis Matthew) born 31-1-1850 died 29-7-1930 married Eliza Ann Bridget Case on 21-8-1877 at St Martin's Church, Redhill. Their information is found in more detail on this page, 8 surviving children:
    • 1.5.1 Frederick Joseph McEvoy born 2-12-1880 died 25-1-1962
    • 1.5.2 Rose Ellen McEvoy born 18-9-1882 died 9-10-1953
    • 1.5.3 Alexander Dennis McEvoy born 22-3-1884 died 2-11-1951
    • 1.5.4 Anne Laura McEvoy born 25-3-1886 died 28-1-1968
    • 1.5.5 Jessie Florence McEvoy born 1-10-1887 died 9-9-1951
    • 1.5.6 Edwin Robert McEvoy born 19-9-1889 died 14-6-1963
    • 1.5.7 Amelia (Milly) Agnes McEvoy born 3-4-1892 died 9-3-1966
    • 1.5.8 Charles Joseph McEvoy born 11-2-1900 died 17-10-1970
    On left: Some of the descendants of Joseph Michael McEvoy at Jan 6th, 2008 Reunion
    On right: The school house at Muttabee near Hammond where some of Joseph's children began school. Sadly deteriorating.

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    1.6 Edward (Ted, Ned) McEvoy, born 30-6-1852 Dry Creek, god parents were James Sullivan and Anne Plunkett died 4-7-1939, not married. "A wanderer but respectable." Buried in an unmarked grave, position 57, at Sevenhill Cemetery.
    It is interesting to note that Edward and Robert had no descendants, but neither did the remaining 2 brothers, Daniel and Francis, whose 9 children either died young or did not marry.

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    1.7 Robert McEvoy, born 8-3-1855 at Dry Creek, died 6-10-1931 Jamestown, not married. Farmed at Bute with brothers Frank, Daniel and Dennis but after the death of Luke Plunkett, his mother's second husband, he moved to Balaklava and worked as a mason until his mother died in 1920, when he returned to Jamestown. He is buried at Jamestown.

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    1.8 Daniel Mathias McEvoy (pictured left) born 19-6-1859 Gawler, occupation blacksmith and stonemason, res Gawler and Sevenhill, died 9-2-1947 aged 87, in Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide buried Sevenhill, married Louisa Mary Gordon Cormack, daughter of James Cormack (1815-1894) and Elizabeth Avery (1815-1902), born 13-4-1860 in High Street, MacDuff, Scotland died 31-5-1945 aged 85 years, on 29-12-1878 at St Aloysius Church, Sevenhill.
    Daniel is listed in 1903 PO directory as a blacksmith of Penwortham (near Clare and Sevenhill). Both buried at St Aloysius Cemetery, Sevenhill. 5 children born when Louisa was aged 20 to 34 years, but it seems there are no living descendants:

    Louisa and family (details here) arrived aboard the Atalanta on April 16, 1866. Also listed are John Cormack, Ann Cormack, David Cormack, James Cormack, Elizabeth Cormack, William Cormack, Mary Cormack and Sam Cormack among the Scottish passengers.

    Louisa's sister, Mary Cormack, born in Banff Scotland in 1857, married Martin Dobeli, a Swiss immigrant who came to Australia on the Northern Monarch. They had children in South Australia and later moved to Melbourne, Victoria. Mary died in Melbourne in March, 1927 but there are many Cormacks in Victoria. Other Cormacks in Canada are also researching the family.

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    1.9 Francis McEvoy born 18-6-1862 in Lewiston, SA, occupation mason, builder, farm labourer, died suddenly 14-6-1910 aged nearly 48 years, buried Balaklava, married Johanna Louise Zilm (Also shown as Hanna Louise, Louise, Louisa, Luise Hanna) born 12-10-1864 Nain SA, daughter of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Zilm and Johanne Luise Urbasch, at Willochra on 8-11-84. Res, Wiltunga nr Bute, Carrieton, Balaklava. The family moved to Carrieton in about 1890 and Frank worked there as a builder. Information about the family may be found in The Zilms at Nain. There were 4 children born to Hannah between the ages of 21 and 38 years, but no living descendants: After Frank McEvoy died suddenly, possibly of appendicitis, Louisa married Patrick Sullivan born 1873, died 1915, on 29-12-1912 at the Lutheran parsonage, Wakefield St, Adelaide. She was 48 and he was 39. Louisa died on 27-1-1940 aged 75 years. Frank and Johanna are buried at Balaklava.

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    Many thanks to John Kilmartin (sadly missed, died October, 2009) for researching most of the family information. I have also added details from 'A Wee Deoch and Doris, The Family of Doris Amy Munro nee McEvoy' by Robert J. Munro (with thanks), some from the internet taken on trust and from a sheet of information I have which was written in 1976 by Allan McEvoy, born 1902. Please email me with details of any mistakes you find.
    Updated 20-5-2021