F, b. 15 February 1871, d. 14 August 1966
- Mary O'Grady was born on 15 February 1871 in Morgangarrel, New South Wales.
- She was the daughter of James O'Grady and Elizabeth Cotington.
- At the age of 19 years and 12 days, Mary O'Grady married William Peter Kelly on 27 February 1890 in New South Wales. Four children were born to them by 1896 - Mary at Goorimpa Station, Katherine at Kallara Station, Elizabeth and Rose Ann at Gooringa Station. Sometime after 1897, the family moved to Tiboola Station at Eulo in Queensland where Hilda was born. Their brother-in-law James Ryan and Mary's sister Rose Ann also lived on Tiboola Station.
- In 1902 the Kelly family were living in Thallon Street Crow's Nest. In July 1903 the family moved from Crow's Nest to Walter Benton's selection at Pinelands. William rebted the farm from Walter Benton, cancelling the arrangement in July 1904. In April 1904 the house burned down and a collection to help the family was started amongst the teamsters and farmers of the area.
While the family was waiting for a new house to be built they lived with Mary's sister Rose Ann and her husband James Ryan, and family in Benton's barn. The Ryan family had come to the area shortly before from western Queensland, possibly from Tibooburra Station.
- Mary O'Grady witnessed the burial of Katherine Kelly on 18 April 1903 in Crow's Nest Cemetery; Alfred and James King witnessed her burial.
- On 17 October 1904 William and Mary enrolled their children, Mary, May, Rose and Hilda in the Pinelands State school. The girls left the school in Sep 1906. The family moved to Cooyar where they had purchased a block of land.
- On 1 November 1920,her husband, William Peter Kelly died in Queensland. He had been working his bullock team the afternoon before when his whip became tangled in a wheel and he was run over by the wagon injuring his foot and the lower part of his body. He taken to Toowoomba by ambulance but died in hospital. After William's death Mary ran a boarding house and small shop at 3 McDowall St, Cooyar until she sold her home to her son in law Ernest Hurley. She continued to live with her immediate family of married daughters until her death.
- Mary O'Grady appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at Upper Cooyar. She carried out home duties.
- Mary O'Grady died on 14 August 1966 in Queensland at age 95.
- She was buried on 15 August 1966 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.
Children of Mary O'Grady and William Peter Kelly
Rose Ann O'Grady
F, b. 1877
- Rose Ann O'Grady was born in 1877 in Bygolonce (Station?), South Australia.
- She was the daughter of James O'Grady and Elizabeth Cotington.
- At the age of 20 years, Rose Ann O'Grady married John (James) Ryan on 19 October 1897 in Warra Murtie Station, New South Wales. Rose Ann was a 20 year old spinster, daughter of James O'Grady, a carrier and Eliza Cotington. Rose Ann, aged 20 was born in South Australia and was living with her parents.
John was a 33 year old bachelor, born Forbes and a general workman. He was the son of Michael Ryan, a farmer and Bridget O'Connor. Witness to the marriage were Robert Watt and Nora O'Grady [Warra Murtie is on the Wilcannia-Wanarring Road, 60 Km north east of White Cliffs]. Rose's sister Mary was married to William Kelly, a friend of James Ryan.
- In 1902 Rose Ann and John (James) moved from Tibooburra, NSW to the Crow's Nest area where James went to work for Francis Campbell at Beaconsfield. At the time William and Mary Kelly's house burnt down on Walter Benton's selection at Pinelands James and Rose Ann were living in the barn on the property. William and Mary Kelly lived in the house on the same selection having a lease agreement with the with Walter Benton.
After William and Mary's house burnt down a collection for them was started amongst the teamsters and selectors. Meantime William and Mary lived with the Ryan family in the barn until a new house could be built.
- Rose Ann O'Grady and John (James) Ryan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1905 living at Pinelands. John (shown on the roll as James) was a farmer.
- On 20 February 1905 JAMES RYAN CHARGED WITH MURDER.
POLICE COURT PROCEEDINGS. A REMAND FOR EIGHT DAYS.
Feeling at Crow's Nest reached its height yesterday morning when James Ryan was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Walter Benton at Pinelands. Ten days elapsed between the disappearance of Benton and the first report that he was missing. Benton was a settler for many years in this district. He was of small stature. Ryan, with his wife and four children, arrived in the district a couple of years ago from Tibooburra, in the Wilcannia district, with other western man.
Mrs Asbury, a widowed sister of Benton, lived with the family at Bald Hills, near the scene of the alleged crime. Her eldest son went on Sunday and asked Ryan if he had seen his uncle. Ryan said, "No," and also said he was anxious to know himself, as he had purchased a farm. The boy again questioned Ryan on Monday, and rreceiving a negative reply reported tho matter to the police.
Inquiry showed that Benton left Nelson' s house, Crow's Nest, where he had bean residing, on tho evening of February 4. He was going to Ryan's, and said he would not be long. He was then wearing dungaree trousers and Blucher boots, and was on horseback. Ryan admitted being in Benton's company on the night in question when he purchased the selection. One hundred and twenty-five notes were paid to Benton, but Ryan says he never saw deceased afterwards. Next day he found the horse in his paddock, the saddle being against a tree. Tho police found a new four furrow plough at this spot. Ryan used the horse and saddle for some days.
Detective Henderson, Constable Kingford, and a tracker arrived by Monday night's train. Sub-lnspector Malone, Detective Newman, Sergeant Poultey, and two trackers on Tuesday morning, riding from Murphy's Greek, Police from outside stations and Sub-Inspector Geraghty arrived on Tuesday night. On Wednesday attention was concentrated at the selection. A police camp was formed there. At 2.30 in the afternoon Geraghty and, tracker found the remains of a fierce fire in tho scrub on a selection in view of the house, and near a big fallen box tree, which was very dry. Timber had been conveyed to the spot, and piled over the fork of the tree and the large limbs. The ashes had been carefully swept and carried away. Forty yards distant the remains of'anothor fire were found, and nearly in a gully where a little work had been done in making a dam. The remains of several other fires were close by. Tho police collected the ashes and kept a pole. The remains were sent to Brisbane for analysis. Trousers' buttons and brass eyelcts from boots wore found amongst the ashes. Ryan moved about all Wednesday and Thursday, and offered no assistance, Yesterday morning the police considered them selvcs warranted in effecting his arrest with out waiting for the result of the analysis. Accused was lodged in Crow's Nest watch house. Ryan is of the bush type, of stalwart build, and fair complexion. His wife is also a typical western woman.
James Ryan appeared at the Crow's Nest Police court yesterday morning, charged with the wilful murder of Walter George Benton, when charged the accused did not make any reply.
Acting Sergeant Henderson gave evidence at the arrest of the accused on a charge of suspected murder of Benton. When arrested the accused said: "I knew you would have to do this; I expected it. The case is very black against me." Witness said to accused: "The grounds I have for your arrest are that there have been several articles found ¡n the life down the gully." Witness added.
The police found tho heel of a boot, riveted button, similar to buttons on the trousers worn by Benton on the 4th, and a piece of dungaree, the same material as the trousers Benton wore on the 4th; also boot strings, a pair of tweezers, apparently a knife, and a burnt collar stud." Accused said: "Can I ask you a Question?" Witness replied "Yes." Accused said: "Can you tell me if they found an arm. or a foot, or any part of Benton?" witness replied: "They found no arm or foot, but found a human bone or bones." About 9 O'clock on Saturday morning witness saw the defendant at the watch house, and said:
Ryan from information received since I charged you on suspicion of murder, I now charge you with the wilful murder of Walter Benton at Pinelands on the 4th February." The accused made no reply.
Accused was asked If he had any questions to ask and he said "Yes." Addressing witness he said: "What l said t0 you was 'What is it they have found?' "
Witness: ' Yes you said that , and followed up by asking if an arm or foot had been found.''
Accused: " I asked you first what they found, and you answered "The answer is not in evidence"
Witness said that no time had elapsed between asking of the two questions, which were as in his evidence. On the application of the police, the accused was remanded for eight days.
- Ryan's case was heard at the police court in Toowoomba where he was found guilty of the murder of Walter Benton by the jury "with a recommendation to mercy on account of no one seeing the murder done" and sentenced to be hanged by the neck. However Ryan's solicitor contended that as the body had not been found there was reason to believe there was only circumstantial evidence as to Benton's death. The Full Court upheld the original ruling stating there was enough evidence to convict Ryan. An appeal to the Supreme Court failed. James Ryan's death sentence was later commuted to penal servitude for life.
- James Ryan was initially incarserated and sent to St Helena island which closed in the 1930's. His place of death is not known. What become of Rose Ann and the children is not known. She removed the children from Pinelands school mid 1905.
F, b. circa 1880, d. 16 September 1963
Eliza J O'Hara
F, b. circa 1880
- Eliza J O'Hara was born circa 1880.
- Eliza J O'Hara married Reginald J Randall in 1901.
Annie Margaret Kathleen O'Leary
F, b. 30 December 1912, d. 10 June 1987
- Annie Margaret Kathleen O'Leary was born on 30 December 1912 in Kynuna.
- At the age of 19 years, Annie Margaret Kathleen O'Leary married George Vaschina, son of Johann Vaschina and Martha Wilhemine Tegge, in 1932 in Queensland.
- Annie Margaret Kathleen O'Leary died on 10 June 1987 in Nambour at age 74.
Audley Cornelius O'Leary
M, b. 13 November 1909, d. 1978
- Audley Cornelius O'Leary was born on 13 November 1909 in New South Wales, Australia.
- He was the son of Timothy Vincent O'Leary and May French.
- At the age of 30 years, Audley Cornelius O'Leary married Edith Mona Hayes, daughter of Michael Hayes and Edith C Jamison, in 1940 in Parramatta, New South Wales.
- Audley Cornelius O'Leary enlisted in the Military between 1940 and 1942 in Sydney. His service number was 14188 and he listed his next of kin as Edith O'Leary. He gave his place of birth as Tenterfield and date of birth as 13 November 1909.
- In 1970,his wife, Edith Mona Hayes died in Sutherland, New South Wales.
- Audley Cornelius O'Leary died in 1978 in New South Wales.
M, b. circa 1860
- Daniel O'Leary was born circa 1860.
- Daniel O'Leary married Rebecca Boston in 1884 in New South Wales.
John D(aniel) O'Leary
M, b. 1914, d. 1930
Mavis Elizabeth O'Leary
F, b. 1911, d. 1962
- Mavis Elizabeth O'Leary was born in 1911 in New South Wales, Australia.
- She was the daughter of Timothy Vincent O'Leary and May French.
- At the age of 31 years, Mavis Elizabeth O'Leary married Cecil Thomas Dawes, son of William Patrick Dawes and Isabella Amy Unknown, in 1942 in New South Wales.
- Mavis Elizabeth O'Leary died in 1962 in New South Wales.
Nellie P O'Leary
F, b. 1912
Timothy Basil O'Leary
M, b. 1915
- Timothy Basil O'Leary was born in 1915 in New South Wales, Australia. Not sure if this is correct birth. Another Timothy Basil O'Leary, father Timothy, was born at Garah (north of Moree) in 1923.
- He was the son of Timothy Vincent O'Leary and May French.
- Timothy Basil O'Leary enlisted in the Military between 1939 and 1942 in New South Wales. His service number was 71328 and he listed his next of kin as Timothy O'Leary. He gave his place of birth as Garah, NSW and date of birth as 23 September 1923.
Timothy Vincent O'Leary
M, b. 1888, d. 1962
- Timothy Vincent O'Leary was born in 1888 in New South Wales.
- He was the son of Daniel O'Leary and Rebecca Boston.
- At the age of 21 years, Timothy Vincent O'Leary married May French, daughter of John French and Elizabeth Ann Bailey, on 13 May 1909 in New South Wales, Australia. The wedding was reported in the Catholic Press - " O'LEARY-- FRENCH. A pretty wedding took place at St. Mary's Church, Tenterfield, on Wednesday, 5th inst., when Mr, T. O'Leary, second son of Mr. D, O'Leary, and Miss May French, eldest daughter of Mr. J. French, were mar ried by the Rev. Father Clancy. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a handsome bridal gown of ivory Japanese silk, made semi-Empire. The bodice opened over a vest of rick silk embossed insertion and folds richly trimmed with silk emboss ed lace to match; the tight-fitting sleeves were ruckled from shoulder to wrist, finish ed with rows of French knots. The plain trained skirt had deep padded hem, being outlined with a single row of Fronch knots. A silk embroidered tulle veil and coronet of orange blossoms completed a very dainty costume. The bride also carried a lovely bridal bouquet of white roses, chrysanthe mums and asparagus fern. She was attend ed by three bridesmaids — Miss Violet French (chief), Miss Nelly O'Leary and Miss Gladys Baker. Each wore pretty gold brooches, gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. J. O 'Leary (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. After the ceremony the guests adjourned to the residence of the bride's parents, where a breakfast had been prepared. Mr. and Mrs. O 'Leary left by the evening train, en route to Sydney,on their honeymoon."
- Timothy Vincent O'Leary died in 1962 in Marrickville, New South Wales.
F, b. 1841, d. 30 July 1904
- Mary O'Mara was born in 1841 in County Tipperary, Ireland. She was the daughter of Hugh O'Mara and Catherine Cormick.
- She immigrated to Moreton Bay on 14 November 1853. She and her family arrived on the Caroline. Her father Hugh was a 32 year old agricultural labourer from Tipperary, Catherine was 36, Mary and Berndard 12, and Johanna 10. They were Church of Roma and the surname was recorded as MARA.
- At the age of 18 years, Mary O'Mara married Patrick Skelly on 16 June 1859 in Queensland.
- Mary O'Mara and Patrick Skelly appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Crow's Nest. Patrick was listed as a farmer and Mary carried out home duties. Their son Bernard, a farmer and his wife Elizabeth also lived at Crow's Nest as did Patrick Jospeh, a labourer.
- Mary O'Mara died on 30 July 1904 in "Rock Vale", Crow's Nest.
- She was buried on 2 August 1904 in Crow's Nest Cemetery.
Children of Mary O'Mara and Patrick Skelly
- Bernard Michael Skelly+ b. 16 April 1860, d. 8 July 1945
- Jane Mary Skelly+ b. 3 June 1862, d. 25 August 1945
- Hugh Jospeh Skelly b. 27 February 1864, d. 2 January 1886
- Michael Skelly b. 28 August 1866, d. 27 December 1866
- Sister Catherine Mary (Kate) Skelly b. 21 May 1868, d. 12 March 1931
- Mary Rose Skelly b. 18 November 1871, d. May 1910
- Johanna Josephine Skelly b. 7 November 1872, d. 5 June 1951
- Sister Ellen Mary Skelly b. 18 November 1874, d. 15 July 1949
- Patrick Joseph Hugh Skelly+ b. 2 February 1877, d. 22 October 1948
- Cecilia Bridget Skelly+ b. 20 April 1879, d. 1924
- Honoria (Nora) Skelly+ b. 14 March 1881, d. 21 June 1949
- Margaret Skelly+ b. 20 December 1884, d. 31 December 1966
F, b. 1859, d. 12 December 1899
- Sarah O'Neil was born in 1859.
- She was the daughter of Henry Ewers and Priscilla Clarke.
- At the age of 40 years, Sarah O'Neil married William Death, son of Enoch Death and Maria Cooper, in 1899 in Queensland.
- Sarah O'Neil died on 12 December 1899 in Queensland.
- She was buried on 13 December 1899 in Toowoomba & Drayton Cemetery. CEOLD1-010-0014.
Annie Olive O'Neill
F, b. 1883, d. 15 October 1975
- Annie Olive O'Neill was born in 1883 in New South Wales. Her burial details state she was only 84 at the time of her death, not 92.
- She was the daughter of Patrick J O'Neill and Annie Mary Casey.
- Annie Olive O'Neill appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1934 living at Commomwealth Hotel, Crows Nest. She carried out home duties. Her brother Roy, a licensed victualler and his wife Catherine also lived at the hotel.
- She appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1937 living at Commomwealth Hotel, Crows Nest. She carried out home duties.
- At the age of 56 years, Annie Olive O'Neill married Ronald Theodore Hedrick on 29 May 1939 in Queensland.
- Annie Olive O'Neill and Ronald Theodore Hedrick appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Thallon Street, Crows Nest. Ronald was a labourer. Annie's mother lived with them.
- Between 1960 and 1968 Ronald and Annie conducted a fruit and vegetable shop from their home next to the Co-op grocery store in Thallon Street.
- Annie Olive O'Neill and Ronald Theodore Hedrick appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1963 living at Thallon Street, Crows Nest. Ronald was a labourer.
- Annie Olive O'Neill died on 15 October 1975 in Queensland.
- She was buried on 16 October 1975 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery.
Eugene L O'Neill
M, b. circa 1900
- Charts: Descendants of William Crawford.
Margaret Mary O'Neill
F, b. circa 1875
F, b. circa 1810
- Mary O'Neill was born circa 1810.
- Mary O'Neill married Timothy Leane circa 1835.
Patrick J O'Neill
M, b. 1847, d. 24 November 1911
- Patrick J O'Neill was born in 1847.
- At the age of 33 years, Patrick J O'Neill married Annie Mary Casey in 1880 in New South Wales. They had a number of children: Ethel Maud 1881-1964, Olive Annie 1883, Victor 1885-1929, Gladys Ivy 1887, Lyall John 1889-1965, Ita & Bede 1891-1975, Patrick 1893-1894, John 1894-1930, Roy 1895, Leonora 1896, Cecila 1897, Eileen 1898, Cyril Francis 1899-1947, Rita 1905 and Marie(Mary) 1905-1915 twins, Clare 1907, Patrick 1909-1909.
- Patrick J O'Neill was buried on 24 November 1911 in Toowong Cemetery. He was buried with a Matthew Casey, who was interred on 17 Jul 1908, aged 80 years, perhaps Annie's father.
- Patrick J O'Neill died on 24 November 1911 in Queensland.
M, b. 1895
- Roy O'Neill was born in 1895 in New South Wales.
- He was the son of Patrick J O'Neill and Annie Mary Casey.
- At the age of 26 years, Roy O'Neill married Janet Catherine McKenzie in 1921 in Queensland.
- Roy O'Neill and Janet Catherine McKenzie appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Commomwealth Hotel, Crows Nest. Roy was a licensed victualler and Janet carried out home duties.
William Thomas (Nuggett) O'Neill
M, b. 16 December 1889, d. 24 November 1969
- William Thomas (Nuggett) O'Neill was born on 16 December 1889 in Manilla, NSW.
- At the age of 24 years, 11 months and 8 days, William Thomas (Nuggett) O'Neill married Mary Elizabeth Patch, daughter of Thomas Joseph Patch and Elizabeth Connors, on 24 November 1914 in Queensland. Walter was a timber worker and worked at the Koralgin mill.
- On 11 May 1960,his wife, Mary Elizabeth Patch died in NSW at age 68.
- William Thomas (Nuggett) O'Neill died on 24 November 1969 in NSW at age 79.
- He was buried in NSW.
F, b. circa 1860
- Mary O'Shea was born circa 1860.
- Mary O'Shea married Patrick Brosnan circa 1890.
Bridget Helena O'Sullivan
F, b. 1872, d. 1953
- Bridget Helena O'Sullivan was born in 1872 in Queensland.
- She was the daughter of Jeremiah James O'Sullivan and Bridget Hogan.
- Bridget Helena O'Sullivan and Mary May O'Sullivan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1913 and 1915 living at Creek Street, Crow's Nest. They carried out home duties.
- On 20 May 1916 The following article appeared in the Brisbane Courier:- "Archbishop Duhig has purchased three acres of land adjoining the present church (our Crows Nest correspondent wired yesterday), being the property of Miss O’Sullivan, Messers Fred Williams, L D Ward, and Dr Harlins. The residence on Mr Williams land will be used as a Presbytery, Miss O’Sullivan’s property as a Convent and the present church as a school, and a new and commodious church will be erected.
The site is very valuable, being in the centre of Crows Nest.
Archbishop Duhig’s three days mission was very well attended.
His Grace returned to Brisbane to-day". - Either Bridget or Mary owned the land mentioned.
- Bridget Helena O'Sullivan died in 1953 in Queensland.
Catherine Bridget O'Sullivan
F, b. 1882, d. 1885
M, b. circa 1860
- David O'Sullivan was born circa 1860.
- David O'Sullivan married Mary Schultz circa 1880.
Edward Patrick O'Sullivan
M, b. 1876, d. 1959
- Edward Patrick O'Sullivan was born in 1876 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Thomas O'Sullivan and Bridget Garvey.
- In 1901 his name appeared in the Queensland Post Office Directory. He was a contractor living at Thornville. His brother James was a farmer and William a contractor at Thornville and father Thomas a farmer. Sisters Maragaret and Minnie (Mary Ann?) were selectors.
- Edward Patrick O'Sullivan and James Joseph O'Sullivan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. They were both farmers as was their brother William.
- Edward Patrick O'Sullivan died in 1959 in Queensland.
Elizabeth Honor O'Sullivan
F, b. 1887, d. 1911
F, b. 1885
M, b. 1877, d. 1972
James Joseph O'Sullivan
M, b. 1880, d. 1947
- James Joseph O'Sullivan was born in 1880 in Queensland.
- He was the son of Thomas O'Sullivan and Bridget Garvey.
- In 1901 his name appeared in the Queensland Post Office Directory. He was a farmer living at Thornville. His brother Edward was a farmer at Thornville and father Thomas a farmer. William was a contractor. Sisters Maragaret and Minnie (Mary Ann?) were selectors.
- James Joseph O'Sullivan and Edward Patrick O'Sullivan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. They were both farmers as was their brother William.
- James Joseph O'Sullivan and William O'Sullivan appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Thornville. They were farmers.
- James Joseph O'Sullivan appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1913 and 1915 living at Mountain Camp N. James was a farmer.
- At the age of 36 years, James Joseph O'Sullivan married Ann Horan in 1916 in Queensland.
- James Joseph O'Sullivan died in 1947 in Queensland.