Mary Tobin1

(circa 1818 - 1856)

Personal details

Birth

     She was born circa 1818 in IrelandG.2 She was the daughter of Thomas Tobin and Mary Lahy.2,3 She was born circa 1819.4 As of 6 January 1841 her married name was Howard.2

Death

     She died on 12 December 1856 in Auburn Vale, Bundarra, AustraliaG. The official cause of death was brutally murdered by "a Chinaman named Filley".2,5,6

Family life

Marriage

     She married Thomas Howard on 6 January 1841 in St Philip's Church, Sydney, AustraliaG.2,5,7,8

Children of Mary Tobin and Thomas Howard

Life event details

Involvement in crime

  • She was tried for feloniously killing sheep in Tried by Hon. Baron Pennefeather, IrelandG, on 24 June 1836. She was found guilty and sentenced to transportation for life.5,1,4,8
  • On 4 August 1837 in IrelandG Mary Tobin was described as 5' 0" tall; dark eyes; dark hair; fair complexion.4
  • On 25 December 1837 in Sydney, AustraliaG, Mary Tobin was described as 4'11 1/2" tall; ruddy and much freckled; dark brown hai; dark hazel eyes; eyebrows partially meeting; mark of a burn on left jaw; scar inside lower left arm.4
  • She and Isaac Kemp applied to marry on 3 December 1838 in Bathurst, AustraliaG. The application was approved but the marriage never went ahead.1,9
  • She and Isaac Kemp applied to marry on 22 December 1838 in Bathurst, AustraliaG. The application was approved but the marriage never went ahead.10
  • She was granted a ticket of leave on 9 April 1846 in Woolloomoolloo. She was to live with her husband Thomas Howard of Woolloomoolloo.8
  • On 12 December 1856, Mary, Martin and Sarah (aged ) were victims of Filley (?) who was described as "a Chinaman" in Auburn Vale, Byron, AustraliaG. Mary was killed by multiple stab wounds and her body was brutally mutilated. Martin suffered a major stab wound to his side, but survived. Sarah was badly beaten and stabbed, but survived..5,6,11

Migration

  • She emigrated aboard SS Sir Charles Forbes on 4 August 1837 from IrelandG.4,8
  • She immigrated aboard SS Sir Charles Forbes on 25 December 1837.5,1,4

Census, occupation and residence information

  • On 24 June 1836 Mary Tobin was occupied as a a country servant while living at IrelandG.4
  • In December 1856 Mary Tobin and Thomas Howard lived in Auburn Vale, Byron, AustraliaG. They lived in a tiny hut, later described as a gunyah by Mr Borthwick..12

Remaining events

  • Mary wrote to Earl Musgrave was the Governor General of Ireland 23 September 1836 to petition for clemency - to commute sentence to any period of imprisonment.5
  • She and Thomas Howard applied to marry on 11 December 1840 in Sydney, AustraliaG.13
  • She and Thomas Howard applied to marry on 22 December 1840 in Sydey, AustraliaG.14

Resources

Citations

  1. [S216] Research Report, Isaac Kemp, Lorraine Voigt, 29 Jan 1991, Fleming Family History Archive held by Jim Fleming, A19910129.
  2. [S332] Research Report, Mary Tonin, Leeane Godfrey, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Tobin-189, 22 Jun 2013, Wikitree, WikiTree.
  3. [S344] Mary Tobin, Arrival Indents, SS Sir Charles Forbes, 1837, Archives Office of NSW.
  4. [S343] Mary Tobin, Departure Indents SS Sir Charles Forbes, 1837, Archives Office of NSW.
  5. [S333] Research Report, Mary Tobin, Peter Page, 7 Jul 2004, Fleming Family History Archive held by Jim Fleming.
  6. [S354] Newspaper article, Murder by a Chinaman, The Moreton Bay Courier, 10 Jan 1857, Australian National Library.
  7. [S351] St Philip's Church Register Marriage Record for Thomas Howard and Mary Tobin, Number 167, Volume 1841, NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 6 Jan 1841.
  8. [S349] Ticket of Leave Butt, Mary Howard nee Tobin, Colonial Secretary, 9 Apr 1846, NSW State Archives, Archives Office of NSW.
  9. [S346] Permission to Marry, Isaac Kemp to Mary Tobin, NSW Archives, 3 Dec 1838.
  10. [S345] Permission to Marry, Isaac Kemp to Mary Tobin, NSW Archives, 22 Dec 1838.
  11. [S352] Published Government Document: Police Gazette, Reports of Crime, Mary Howard nee Tobin, 8 Jan 1857, Victoria Police Commissioner, Archives Office of NSW,.
  12. [S353] Newspaper article, Murder at Auburn Vale, New England, The Maitland Mercury, 3 Jan 1857, Australian National Library.
  13. [S348] Permission to Marry, Thomas Howard to Mary Tobin, NSW Archives, 11 Dec 1840.
  14. [S347] Permission to Marry, Thomas Howard and Mary Tobin, NSW Archives, 22 Dec 1840.

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