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Kealy Edward

Male 1797 - 1867  (70 years)


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  • Name Kealy Edward  [1
    Born 1797  Castle Durrow, Laois, Kilkenny, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Jul 1867  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Probate 7 Aug 1867  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Edward Kealy & Mary Lannan
      Edward Kealy & Mary Lannan

      [Summer Hill]

      Edward Kealy and Mary Lannan did very well as a result of their hard work, thrift and ability. They began their colonial experience as free Irish emigrant servants and ended up as prominent citizens and respected landowners. They arrived in New South Wales on the convict ship Mangles in 1822 as servants accompanying Timothy and Elizabeth Nowland. Edward and Mary were married in Newcastle (NSW) in 1824 by the Church of England chaplain the Rev. Middleton (probably the only available pastor at the time, as Edward and Mary were Catholics).

      The Nowlands were granted land between Tocal and Maitland, so as Nowland employees, Edward and Mary Kealy became residents of the lower Paterson district. Edward worked as Nowland's overseer but within a few years the Kealy's became farmers and landowners in their own right.

      In 1825 Edward Kealy applied for and was granted land which he took up in Maitland in 1829. He was ousted from this land just months later because it had also been promised, by mistake, to a Veteran soldier who had quickly taken possession.[1] In 1830, as compensation for the loss, Kealy was allowed to take up 200 acres (shown as portion 18 in the map below) on the Paterson River to the south west of James Adair's Creebank.

      By this time Edward and Mary had five children. Twins Eleanor and Catherine were born about 1824, Ann in 1825, William about 1827 and Edward in 1830.[2] The twins were baptised by Father Therry in 1827 (his first baptism, according to Kay Ingle, recorded in the Paterson Valley).

      Edward also owned blocks of 570 and 630 acres fronting the river, shown as portions 11 and 9 on the map below.[3] Edward and Mary named their land 'Summer Hill'. Their Summer Hill estate was upstream about 5 kilometres north west of the current village of Vacy (see map—land grants around Vacy). Edward also acquired other blocks of land in the district.

      In 1840 neighbours Edward Kealy at Summer Hill and Richard Clarke at Bird Hill (see map below) donated three acres between them, along their dividing fence, for a church and burial ground. The Catholic Church at Summer Hill was built on this land in 1840, as a simple structure with wooden slab walls and a shingle roof. It survived into the 20th century when a new church was built alongside it and opened in 1913.

      Edward Kealy was elected to the Paterson District Council in 1857 and re-elected in 1860. The Council was an early form of local government. Edward died in 1867 at the age of 70. Ann died in 1884 at the age of 86. They are buried together in the Summer Hill cemetery on the land they generously donated to the Church, and a momument marks their passing.
      Edward Kealy's Summer Hill land in Gresford and Houghton parishes [4]
    Person ID I7813  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 21 May 2016 

    Father Living 
    Mother Living 
    Family ID F2607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lannan Mary,   b. 1798, ,,Kilkenny, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1884, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 14 Aug 1824  St Phillips Church of England, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Kealy William,   b. 1827, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1906, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Kealy Edward,   b. 1829, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1873, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. Kealy Eleanor,   b. 1824, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Kealy Catherine,   b. 1824, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Kealy Ann,   b. 1825, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 May 2016 
    Family ID F2605  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1797 - Castle Durrow, Laois, Kilkenny, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Aug 1824 - St Phillips Church of England, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jul 1867 - ,,NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 7 Aug 1867 - ,,NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, User dianeralston45.

    2. [S37] Find my past, New South Wales Deaths 1788-1945 Transcription.

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      First name(s)
      Edward

      Last name
      Kealy

      Birth year
      1797

      Death year
      1867

      Registration year
      1867

      Age at death
      70Y

      Registration district
      Paterson

      State
      New South Wales

      Country
      Australia

      Father's first name(s)
      -


    3. [S2813] SRNSW, http://api.records.nsw.gov.au/items/232637.
      Edward Kealy Date of death 11 July 1867, Granted on 7 August 1867
      Item number:
      Series 1-7276
      Date range:
      unknown
      Descriptive note:
      Edward Kealy
      Date of death 11 July 1867, Granted on 7 August 1867
      Access direction:
      359
      Availability:
      Available

    4. [S13] WWW, http://www.patersonriver.com.au/people/kealyed.htm.