My g-grandparents, Michael & Elizabeth(nee Maguire)Connor (later changed to O'Connor)departed Liverpool England on 23 April 1864 aboard the ship "Morning Light" arriving in Melbourne Australia on 26 July 1864. Accompanying Michael & Elizabeth on the voyage to Australia were Elizabeth's sister, Margaret aged
18, and a Michael Donovan, aged 23. They were met by Margaret and
Elizabeth's brothers, James and John who had arrived on the "Tasmania" in 1858.
Michael was the youngest of three sons of Michael and Mary (nee Casey)Connor.
From baptismal records kindly provided to me by the Dun na Si Heritage Centre in Moate, he was baptised in the Parish of Tubber & Rosemount on 3 June 1833 (Sponsors - Patrick Cuff and Catherine Lynham). His two older brothers, also baptised in the Parish of Tubber and Rosemount, were Patrick, baptised on 16 October 1825 (Sponsors - Edward Casey and Catherine Kelly).,
and George, born about August 1828 1833 (Sponsors - Owen Harrington and Ellen Gaunor).
He married Elizabeth Maguire on 7 August 1863 in the Parish of Tubber & Rosemount. "Sponsors" are recorded as Thomas Gorry and Mary Tiernan.
Elizabeth was the seventh daughter of Michael Maguire and Catherine (nee O'Connor). She was born in Ballinderry, Moate and baptised on 24 January 1841 in the Parish of Tubber and Rosemount. She died on 17 June 1888 in Garvoc, Victoria, Australia.
Elizabeth's siblings, their baptism dates and sponsor's names were:
Thomas, 19 April 1826 -
Patrick Connor and Bridget Maguire
Anne, 20 March 1830 -
John Maguire and Mary Connor,
John, 24 February 1832 -
Michael Feerock and Bridget Connor,
Michael, on 6 June 1834 -
Michael Connor and Anne Carrol,
Catherine, on 29 May 1836 -
John Maguire and Elizabeth Connor
James, on. 30 June 1838 -
John Daly and Judith Kelly,
Margaret Mary on 9 February
1844 - Brian Carroll and Anne Maguire, and
Thomas on 21 September 1845 -
John Maguire and Judith Kelly.
Children of Michael & Elizabeth (all born after their arrival in Australia) were:
Thomas Bernard born Kyneton Victoria Australia 13 December 1864
(registered as Connor)m Mary Anne McCarthy
Michael Joseph born Yangery Victoria 14 April 1866 (registered as O'Connor)m Elizabeth Marian Clancey
Mary Ann born Tower Hill Victoria 1867
m. Robert Harty
Catherine (registered as Connor) b Kyneton Victoria 1869 m John Dennis Clancey
George b Tower Hill Victoria 1970 m (1) Harriet Kelly and (2)Catherine Kelly.
John b Tower Hill Victoria 1872 m Mary Farrell d 1 Dec 1951
Margaret b Yarpturk Victoria 1873 m John Toleman
Anne b Yarpturk Victoria 1878 d 3 Sept 1892 (Tubercolosis)