I would like to make contact with the Australian descendants of John & Catherine O'Dea, some of whom are listed below.
John O'Dea was born in Co. Clare, Ireland c. 1812 and was an agricultural labourer. He had a brother Matthew. John married Catherine Leyden, my great grandaunt, born c.1815 in Kilfenora, Co. Clare, the daughter of Patrick Leyden, my great great grandfather, (1761-1832) and sister of James Leyden (1819-1882), Mary Leyden Lynch(1811-1891), Jane Leyden Comber (1823-1889) & Honor Leyden Russell (d. 1898).
John & Catherine O'Dea lived in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare and they and their 4 children - John(born 1836), James(born 1838), Mary(born 1842, later a dressmaker) and Michael(16 September 1848 - 22 July 1916, later a school teacher) emigrated to Adelaide on the barque "Constance" from London & Plymouth, England on 19 August 1849 and arrived on 5 November 1849. At one stage they lived in Lowe Street, Adelaide. Two further children were born in Adelaide - Norah, later a dressmaker and Jane born on 16 May 1851, later "kept school".
Michael Leyden O'Dea married another teacher, Florence Mary Henzell (1859-1948) and they had 3 boys - Gerald Michael O'Dea (1883-1949), Justin Leyden O'Dea (1885-1955) and Julian Clare O'Dea (1886-1963).
Gerald Michael O'Dea married Erika Edith Weidenbach (1888-1942) and lived in Adelaide. They had 3 daughters - Rosemary Erica (1913-1991 married John James Duncan), Janet (born 1919 died 6 months) and Juliet Mary (born 1920 married Robert Wyndham Clampett).
Justin Leyden O'Dea married Meta Augusta Weidenbach (1886-1969) and they had a daughter Patricia (1913-1998) in Adelaide (married David Hugh LeMessurier).
Julian Clare O'Dea married Kathleen Meta Townsend (1890-1962) and settled in Western Australia. They had 5 children - Dorothy Clare (1912-1989), Terence Clare (1918-1994), Geoffrey Clare (1918-1994), Peter Clare (1931-1979) and Barbara Clare (1933-1962).
Dorothy Clare O'Dea married Roy Roach (d.1979) and had 3 children - Esther Diana(1948), Kingsley Roy(1950) and Shelley Juliet(1954).
Terence Clare O'Dea married Joyse Helene Howse(1924) and they had 2 children - Rodney Simon(1958) and Helene Catherine(1955).
Geoffrey Clare O'Dea married Phyllis Clare Bradford(1922) and they had 3 children Sandra Clare(1945 - married Anderson), Michael Geoffrey(1946 married Dempster) and Anthony Justin (or Tony - 1951).
Tony O'Dea lives or lived at 93 Leeds Street, Dianella, Western Australia but as the email address I have for him is 10 years old, he may not have received my recent emails giving him family information which he sought on genealogy.com. If you know him, please ask him to contact me at the email address below.
Again, if you are related to any of the people listed above, please contact me.
I would also like information on what happened to Michael Leyden O'Dea's (1848-1916) siblings once of Adelaide ie John O'Dea (born 1836), James O'Dea (born 1838), Mary O'Dea (born 1842), Norah O'Dea and Jane O'Dea (born 16 May 1851 in Adelaide).