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Honora Smith nee McGrath/Regan and John Regan

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Regan Report 1 Apr 2013 21:15

HI All,

I hope your help to find information the death, birth place and whereabouts of Honora Smith nee McGrath/Regan who was defacto or married to John Regan with two children Mary Anne Regan born in 28th March 1841 and John Regan Jnr born in 15th March 1843 in Yass, NSW Australia.1840 approx. After John Regan's death unknown dated, Honora remarried to George Smith died in 3rd July 1878 at Burrows Hills, NSW with other three children in Yass, NSW on 4th August 1845.
I have diffcuilt find the details of Honora and John Regan. My tree struck after Mary Anne Regan and John Jnr lines.


Robyne Oliver nee Regan


Vicci Report 1 Apr 2013 22:17

according to a tree on ancestry Honroa was a convict from ireland

certificate of freedom
Name: Honora McGrath
Birth Year: 1806
Native Place: Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland
Certificate Date: 1 Apr 1834
Arrival Year: 1822
Vessel: Elizabeth

convict indents
Name: Honora McGrath
Age: 22
Date of Conviction: 31 Mar 1827
Place of Conviction: Tipperary
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1805
Vessel: Elizabeth (4)
Port of Arrival: Sydney
Date of Arrival: 1828

this record says she had one child, husband Thomas McGrath
crime stealing LACE


Vicci Report 1 Apr 2013 22:25

application to marry

refused - reason - husband Thomas convicted and arrival expected

Name: Honora McGrath
Age: 24
Birth Year: Abt 1804
Spouse: John Long
Request Status: Refused
Date of Permission/Refusal: 2 May 1828


Cynthia Report 2 Apr 2013 13:38

Hello Regan and welcome to the Community boards.

It seems as though you may have quite a few family connections on this site. If you put Honora's name into the Search all Trees box (click on Search above), you will see what I mean.

You can contact the tree owners if you so wish. Cx


Regan Report 2 Apr 2013 14:33


Thanks for an information of Honora McGrath, I have seen them before, one thing is reason how connected to John Regan SNR, No records of marriage certificate for Honora McGrath and John Regan in Australia.
I have doubt if Honora was defacto to John Regan SNR? When they meet in the vessel or Australia. Honora may leave her husband Thomas McGrath for John Regan SNR.
Note: their daughter Mary Anne has no records birth of certificate in Australia, If Mary Anne was daughter to Thomas McGrath instead John Regan SNR?
Honora and John Regan SNR have other child name John Jnr; I have John Jnr’s copy death of certificate in Australia.
I am not sure which of your information with connected to our Honora McGrath.

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Apr 2013 01:03

Could John have changed his name? Or this could be a transcription error...there were certainly John GEARYs who were convicts - some changed their surname to escape the stigma.

V1837660 128/1837 GEARY JOHN / MAGRATH HONORA / LD (Roman Catholic Sydney, St Mary's)


Regan Report 3 Apr 2013 11:43

Hi Cherilyn,

You could be right John change his name to John Geary also John Ryan too. I was told my ancestors could be Ryan instead Regan.

I probably will purchase death cerfiticate of John Geary to find his children to see compare mine.

I almost give up on Honora and John Regan SNR, I have searched them since 2005. Really difficult find the information.