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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1842 - 1921 (78 years)
||Catherine DEHONEY  |
- Sometimes spelled Dehony, Dohony or Dohoney
- Possible birth details: Catherine christened on 4th March 1842 at Gortnnahoe Parish in Tipperary, Ireland, with parents John Doheney and Bridgett Hickey and Godparents Philip Cormack and Jenny Doheney.
DOUBTS: We need to consider whether this birth is consistent with the records of her migration, marriage and death.
* Place: There is no doubt that she was from Tipperary because this is confirmed by the Fitzjames passenger list and her death certificate.
* Father: The marriage record has her father as William (not John).
* Birth date: 1842 is consistent with her wedding in 1859 when her age was recorded as 18 years (not 17) but her death certificate has her 80 years old when she died in 1919 - ie born about 1839 (not 1842) and her age when migrating in 1855 as 20 (not 13).
* Analyis: The different father's names are crucial but the year of birth is less clear. Her age at her wedding as either 17 or 18 is not remarkable, but we cannot rely on the estimations of her age in the passenger manifest and death certificate. The issue is her age when she migrated. The record of her age on the passenger list is probably wrong - she could not have been 19 yrs on the ship but 18 at her wedding four years later). If she was 18 years old at her wedding, she would have been 14 years, or turning 15, when she boarded the Fitzjames. Or if she had have been born in 1842, she would have been only 13 years old. How likely is it that she was 13, 14 or 15 years old on the ship? This seems too young for a single girl travelling without her parents. For example, on the Fitzjames, among the 185 single girls/women (without parents) there were no 13 year olds, two 14 year olds, one 15 yrs, and two 16 yr olds. For the 67 single boys/men, there were none 13 yrs, two 14 yrs, none 15 yrs, and one 16 years old. On the other hand, maybe she was travelling with other passengers she knew - she did not have any brothers or sisters with her, but there could have been cousins or friends. There was one other family from Tipperary, and 21 of other girls (no boys) from there.
Conclusion: The 1842 birth might make her too young (at 13 years old) to migrate without her parents, and crucially, her wedding record indicates that her father's name was William, not John. The significance of all this is not so much whether the year is correct, but it is most important to get the correct name for her father because, unless we are certain of this, we cannot build the family tree back to earlier generations.
(This note by Don Gordon in June 2021)
|Cause of death
||Senility & arterisclerois  |
||Dressmaker  |
||Strathalbyn SA 
|Alfred Place Strathalbyn SA |
|Catherine was living in Russell St after her daughter's (Sarah's) marriage in 1878 and had still been there when she died as an 80 year old.|
(This note by Don Gordon in June 2021)
||5 Feb 1921
||Strathalbyn SA 
- Death certificate:
* 5th Feb 1921
* Catherine Thompson, F, 80 years (ie born c1841)
* Widow of the late Geo Thompson
* Residence, Russell Street Strathalbyn
* Birth Tipperary, Ireland
* 64 years in Australia (ie migrated c1857 - actually 1855)
* Age at marriage 20 years (ie married c1861 - actually 1859)
* Children living 1M & 2F; children dead 2M & 0F
* Cause of death senility/arterisclerois
* Place of death Russell Street residence of informant
* Informant Geo H Thompson
* Registration: #4221, James H Kennedy, Strathalbyn.
(Source: Warren McLean's 'Narratives', p 11) 
||Christina and Donald McLean
||26 Jun 2021 |
||George James THOMPSON, b. 5 Apr 1841, Mt Barker SA , d. 3 Feb 1944, Mt Barker SA (Age 102 years) |
||2 Aug 1859
||Adelaide SA 
|Children of marriage
||Catherine's death certificate indicates that she had had five children and that, by the time of her death in about 1921, two boys had died and one boy and two girls were still living. The two living girls would have been Mary and Sarah. The one boy living would have been George. One of the boys who had died would have been William. We know nothing about the other boy who had died (no name or date of birth). |
(This note by Don Gordon in June 2021) 
||Catherine had a sister, Margaret at Hope Valley and it is likely that she went to her for help with the delivery and her older child. |
| ||1. Mary THOMPSON, b. 30 May 1860, Strathalbyn SA |
| ||2. Sarah THOMPSON, b. 3 Sep 1861, Gawler SA , d. 6 Aug 1937, Adelaide SA (Age 75 years) |
| ||3. William THOMPSON, b. 30 Aug 1863, Strathalbyn SA , d. 12 May 1864, Strathalbyn SA (Age 0 years) |
| ||4. George THOMPSON, b. 1 Jun 1865, Strathalbyn SA |
||5 Jun 2021 08:05:11 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||WW - George Thompson & Catherine Dohoney - marriage on 2nd Aug 1859 in Adelaide|
Place of wedding: St Patrick Adelaide
Groom: aged 19, born 1840, son of George Thompson
Bride: aged 18 yrs, born 1841, daughter of William Dohoney
||Catherine Dehoney - passenger on Fitzjames in 1855|
The 'Fitzjames' sailed from London 16th September 1855 & Southampton 3rd October 1855, arrived at Port Adelaide on 31st December 1855. It was under Captain MJ Hamilton.
There were 429 emigrants - 177 family members (including parents & children), 67 single men & 185 single women (mostly domestic servants).
Page 7 of the list has Catherine with the surname spelt Doherty, domestic servant from Tipperary, aged 19 years (in fact she was probably 14 or 15 years old).
- [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .
- [S-250] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - 'Narratives - Douglas Hamilton McLean' in the Library directory on Don Gordon's computer, Page 11.
- [S-250] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - 'Narratives - Douglas Hamilton McLean' in the Library directory on Don Gordon's computer, Page 14.
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Apr 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
Groom Surname: THOMPSON Groom Given Names: George Bride Surname: DOHONEY Bride Given Names: Catherine Marriage Date: 02-Aug-1859
Marriage Place: St Patrick Adelaide Groom Age: 19 Groom Marital Status: N Groom Father: George THOMPSON Bride Age: 18 Bride Marital Status: N Bride Father: William DOHONEY District: Adelaide