James McAleer's family.
Owen, wife Anne & children James, Cormack & John arrived Botany Bay 23rd October 1841 on ship “New York Packet”
His death cert from a tree has: Owen McAleer age 73 yrs
Died 25 May 1882 – buried 27th May Goulburn – born Ireland in Colony 41 years, married Ireland to Anne Taylor at age 23.
Children on death cert:
James 47, Cormack 45, John 43, looks like a Thomas 33, Charles 31, Hugh 29, Rose Ann 27, living 2 males & 2 females dec.
Immigration docs describe Owen as 31 years (b 1809-10 ), occupation farm lab, could read but not write, health very good and a native of Keeran Fermanagh Ireland – Keeran is about 12 miles to Omagh where many McAleers are recorded is living. His Parents were Cormack & Roseanna nee Keon were dec,
Anne McAleer nee Taylor described as 28 yrs b 1812-13, occupation a spinner – couldn’t read or write, health good and native of Drumkeerin Fermanagh Ireland. Parents James & Catherine both living in parish of possible Drummully – spelling hard to match with known parishes.
They had 3 young children, James 6 yrs, Cormack 5 yrs and John 7 mths, their next child Catherine was born in Campelltown in 1843, the Owen at Mummel in 1845 – Mummel is 16 miles north of Goulburn. Then Thomas was born 1847, William 1849, Charles 1850, Hugh 1852 and Roseann 1855.
1859 - Owen’s brother, Cormack & wife Elizabeth nee Harkin arrived with their son Cormack Joseph McAleer 2 yrs on ship “Palmyra” & shortly after Cormack’s arrival Owen opened the Rockfield Inn, a wayside pub at Mummel from 7 Jan 1860 to 1874 when the doors closed. Bushranger Ben Hall & gang called in around 1864, apparently Ben Hall gave Owen’s son Charles who was 14 at the time & minded their horses, a corkscrew which is still in the possession of his descendants today.