O'Brien Family from Scariff County Clare:Information about Patrick McQuillan
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Patrick McQuillan (b. 1818, d. 19 September 1881)Patrick McQuillan (son of Phillip McQuillen(an) and Catherine Ingleby) was born 1818 in County Cavan Ireland, and died 19 September 1881 in Minyip Victoria No.8300 (Kewell East).He married Mary Brady on 1 November 1846 in County Cavan Ireland, daughter of Unknown and Unknown.
Notes for Patrick McQuillan:
Patrick McQuillen was listed as a farmer but was almost certainly a tenant farmer on a larger propertyowned by an English landlord .Family oral history has it that the Mcquillen's were forced to leave Antrimin the late part of the 1790's or else deny their religion. So they gave up their lands and moved across the border to Cavan Some part of the family stayed behind denied their religion and kept the land.Accordingto oral family history the two parts of the family split andhad no further contact with each other.There is a further family oral history that the Mcquillens became tenant farmers of an English Landlord Major Thomas Burrows of 38th Regiment of Foot Light Horse.Patrick was born in the Big House in Cavan, however I was informed by an Irish Historian In Cavan that what would have happened was that the mother would probably have been having a difficult birth and as the Irish had no access to doctors (only midwives if they were lucky) then she would have been accommodated in an outhouse or shed up near the Big House, called Stradone House, also The Castle. It was burned down by the I.R.A. 29 June 1921.It has also been suggested in the oral history that this was the period when the spelling of McQuillen/McQuillan occurred The McQuillens again fell foul of the law when they were tenant farmers by helping starving Irish people by giving them food from the farm but as they were only tenant farmers and the farm was owned by an English landlord they were to be arrested by the English apparantly, as our oral story goes, under thc confusion of a Muster they boarded a ship just ahead of the English constabulary and escaped to Australia. Eventually all the McQuillens who crossed into Cavan from Antrim all ended up in Australia. Patrick and Mary McQuillen arrived in Adelaide South Australia in 1847( There is also story that they arrived in Portland Port Phillip 1847) .The children,Bridget,Thomas, Maryann, Jas were born in Adelaide(biographical index of South Australia 1856, Volume 3). In the Biographical Index of South Australia1838-1885 Vol. 3 there are a number of other McQuillans listed. They came across to Victoria overland by packhorse.The children Bridget and Tom were very small and were carried in pack bags.There is an old graveyard behind Pat Hogan's Inn In Laragh where there is a McQuillen tomb.Patrick's death isregistered on the Victorian Register No.8300. He was 63 years old when he died in 1881 in Minyip, Victoria.Cause of death was given disease of stomach and liver.Patrickwas born in the parish of Laragh, County Cavan. This is a parish adjacent to Stradone, a town 13 miles north of Ballyjamesduff and eight miles east of Cavan Town. He was born in 1818.His occupation was given as farmer.Informant on the Death Certicate was Henry Collins.
More About Patrick McQuillan:
Date born 2: 1818, County Cavan Ireland.
Burial: Unknown, Dunmunkle Public Cemetry, Dunmunkle Shire Co of Boring.
More About Patrick McQuillan and Mary Brady:
Marriage: 1 November 1846, County Cavan Ireland.
Children of Patrick McQuillan and Mary Brady are:
- +Bridget McQuillan, b. 22 July 1850, Prospect Village Adelaide, d. 8 June 1922, Coonamble New South Wales.
- +Thomas McQuillan, b. 17 November 1851, Adelaide, d. 13 November 1943, Narrandera.
- +Mary Ann McQuillan, b. 1853, Adelaide, d. date unknown.
- +James McQuillan, b. 1854, Adelaide, d. date unknown.
- Alice McQuillan, b. 1857, Ararat, Victoria, d. 13 April 1868, Ararat, Victoria.
- Elizabeth McQuillan, b. 5 May 1858, Cathcart via Aratat, d. 2 May 1868, Ararat, Victoria.
- +John "Digger" McQuillan, b. 9 June 1860, Cathcart via Aratat, d. 27 September 1956, Temora.
- +Margaret Jane McQuillan, b. 8 April 1862, Cathcart via Ararat, d. 26 September 1943, Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.