Greetings to all the O'Deas in Australia particularly those with a connection to Adelaide from 1849 onwards.
Are any of you related to or know anything about Catherine O'Dea (nee Leyden) who was born in Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland, and emigrated to Adelaide in 1849 just after the Great Famine. She married an O'Dea and probably emigrated with her husband. They may have settled in Adelaide and had a family.
If you are related to her, then we are possibly distant cousins.
Catherine's brother James (who lived at 2 Main Street, Kilfenora) was my great grandfather and he married Eliza Maloney - they had 14 children, one of whom was my grandfather James (born March 1859 and died in Kilkee, Co. Clare in Feb 1938 - owner of a draper's shop). Another grand uncle, Patrick (born 1853), had a draper's shop "Barry & Leyden " in Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
The other children of James & Eliza Leyden were Mary (born 1844), Patrick (no 1 born 1845), John (born 1847), twins Ann & Margaret (born 1848), Catherine/Kate (born 1851), Eliza (born 1855), Michael (born 1857 - went to USA) Joseph (born 1860), Francis (born 1861), Jane (born 1863) and Honor(a)(born 1865).
Catherine's sister Jane married Edward Comber from Ennistymon, Co. Clare and they had 14 children. Their grandchild Jane Comber (daughter of Thomas Comber)was my father's 2nd cousin and she went on to marry Tommy Sexton fron Fintra More, Spanish Point/Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare who, by coincidence, was my mother's uncle.
Catherine's father was Patrick Leyden, also from Kilfenora, born c. 1781 and died 3 Dec 1832 - he is buried in Kilfenora graveyard.
That is all I know of Catherine O'Dea but I have more information on the Leydens & the Combers which I would be glad to share.
Please e-mail me if you have any information on Catherine.