DENNIS and ANN JANE McEVOY FAMILY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

This page: 1.6 Edward, 1.7 Robert, 1.8 Daniel and 1.9 Francis have no known current descendants. All their details are on this page.

OTHER PAGES: Immigrants; Catherine, John, William, Dennis; Joseph; Fred (3rd generation); Family Index

THE CHILDREN of DENNIS and JANE McEVOY

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

    OTHER PAGES: Immigrants; Catherine, John, William, Dennis; Joseph; Fred (3rd generation); Family Index


    CASES, STARRS and CARSONS

    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.


    CATHERINE

    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
    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
    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
    MR. JAMES QUINN
    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).


    JOHN

    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

    WILLIAM

    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

    DENNIS

    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

    1.5
    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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    EDWARD

    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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    ROBERT

    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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    DANIEL

    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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    FRANCIS

    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 12-11-2021