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James Kessey1,1

b. 18 June 1858, d. 14 August 1944
James Kessey, circa 1941

Detailed biography

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Family Surname

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Birth

James Kessey was born on 18 June 1858 at Burnt Flat in Bathurst. The surname on the birth certificate is spelt KASEY.2,1,3

Parents

FatherJohn Kessey (b. 1836, d. 18 March 1902)
MotherMary Ann Hanrahan (b. August 1828, d. 16 August 1907)

Family life

James Kessey and Mary Jane Press were married on 22 April 1890 at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockley.4,5,6,7 He and Mary Jane Press were divorced on 14 August 1915 in NSW. The divorce was numbered 298 of 1914. They remarried each other nine years later.5 He remarried Mary Jane Press on 3 January 1923 in Dubbo, New South Wales. The marriage was carried out according to the rites of the Church of England even though both were Catholic8

Children with Mary Jane Press (b. 24 October 1867, d. 5 March 1951)

DaughterMary Grace Kessey+ (b. 1891, d. 14 October 1941)
SonJames Harold Alexander ("Harold") Kessey+ (b. 1893, d. 10 November 1957)
DaughterBeatrice Susan ("Beat") Kessey+ (b. 1895, d. 5 March 1951)
DaughterEmily Bernadette Kessey+ (b. 1896)
DaughterPhilomena E Kessey+ (b. 1898)
SonJoseph Aloysius ("Joe") Kessey+ (b. 1899, d. 1970)
SonJohn Horace Press Kessey+ (b. 1902, d. 1974)
SonHalvar Roy Kessey+ (b. 1 April 1905, d. 11 December 1981)
DaughterJean Alice Columbia Kessey+ (b. 1907)
SonHilton David Kessey+ (b. 1909, d. 1977)

Working life

  • On 23 February 1882 James Kessey was a grazier at Conditional Purchase 19 of 1882 in Black Springs.9
  • On 22 April 1890 James Kessey was a farmer at Hillsborough in Black Springs.5
  • On 24 October 1891 James Kessey was a mail contractor in Brewongle. His tender of 49 pounds for the Brewongle and O'Connell mail service was accepted.10
  • On 11 January 1893 James Kessey was a granted a hotel license at the Railway Hotel in Brewongle.11,12
  • On 21 February 1894 James Kessey was a mail contractor in Brewongle. His tender of 49 pounds for the Brewongle and O'Connell mail service on six days per week was accepted. He also tendered successfully at 29/15/- for the twice-weekly O'Connell, Wiseman's Creek and Essington mail service.13
  • On 24 June 1895 James Kessey was a publican at the Railway Hotel in Brewongle.14
  • On 22 March 1898 James Kessey was a farmer supplying forage to the Police Force in both Hartley Vale and Lithgow.15
  • On 18 August 1899 James Kessey was a publican in Mount David.16
  • On 1 April 1905 James Kessey was a hotelkeeper in Mount David.4
  • On 12 September 1909 James Kessey was an auctioneer in Mount David. Kessey and Felthouse placed an advertisement in the National Advocate for a "Fat & Store Stick Sale". Items to be offered on Saturday Dec 11 at 1 o├žlock included bullocks, cattle, calves, a bull, horses, ewes, mixed sheep and a good bullock wagon, cheap. Similar advertisements were placed In Oct 1909, Feb 1910 and Jun 1910.17
  • In 1913 James Kessey was an innkeeper in Mount David.18
  • He was retired on 3 January 1923 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.8
  • On 21 February 1923 James Kessey was a publican at the Oxford Hotel in Bourke.19
  • In 1924 James Kessey was a publican at the Oxford Hotel in Bourke.20
  • On 29 October 1928 James Kessey was a retired hotelkeeper.21
  • On 14 August 1944 James Kessey was a retired hotelkeeper in Bourke.7

Residence information

James Kessey lived in Brewongle, New South Wales, on 5 April 1891, census night. There was one other male in his household on census night.22 He and Mary Jane Press lived in Mount David, New South Wales, Australia, on 4 April 1901. The household consisted of 5 males (James, Harold, Joe and 2 guests) and 6 females (Mary Jane, Grace, Beat, Bern, Phil and 1 guest).23 He lived in Mount David, New South Wales, Australia, on 16 August 1907.24 He and Mary Jane Press lived at the Oxford Hotel in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, in 1930.25 He and Mary Jane Press lived at 13 Sturt Street in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, in 1936.26 He and Mary Jane Press lived at 13 Sturt Street in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, in 1937.27 He and Mary Jane Press lived at 13 Sturt Street in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, in 1943.28

Death

James Kessey died from thrombosis of meserteric vessels on 14 August 1944 at age 86 at District Hospital in Bourke.7,29 He was buried on 15 August 1944 at the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery in Bourke.7 He had his estate probated on 13 December 1946 in Bourke. His estate was valued at 5,441 pounds and consisted mainly of about 20 properties in Bourke, most of which were rented.30

Citations

  1. [S804] Ancestry.com, Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922
  2. [S453] Death Certificate, John Kessey, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1902 No 2534.
  3. [S337] Birth Certificate Vol 1858 No 4602, James Kessey, (30 June 1858), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  4. [S486] Birth Certificate Vol 1905 No 17192, Halvar Roy Kessey, (6 May 1905), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  5. [S402] Marriage Certificate, James Kessey and Mary Jane Press, 22 April 1890, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. No 4634 of 1890.
  6. [S466] "RR: Hanrahan-Hogan Descendants Chart", unknown author, Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  7. [S295] Death Certificate, James Kessey, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1944 No 328.
  8. [S604] Marriage Certificate, James Kessey and Mary Jane Kessey (Press), 23 Jan 1923, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1923/3952.
  9. [S401] Deed: Kessey - Moran Land Transfer, Land Titles Office of NSW, No 868 Book 423 CP.
  10. [S706] Successful tenderers, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Part of the "Today's Telegrams" column, 9 Jan 1893, p2.
  11. [S705] Application for transfer, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Part of the "Licensing Court" column, 9 Jan 1893, p3.
  12. [S707] Application for transfer; The power of mortgagees, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, Part of the "Licensing Court" column, 11 Jan 1893, pp 2-3.
  13. [S708] Mail contracts, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, 21 Feb 1894, p3.
  14. [S709] Licensing Court, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, 24 Jun 1895, p3.
  15. [S835] Forage Contract for Police, Government Gazette, NSW, 22 Mar 1898, p2399.
  16. [S710] Licensing Court, Bathurst and District Times, 18 Aug 1899.
  17. [S757] Kessey and Felthouse, National Advocate, 12 Sep 1909.
  18. [S761] All, 1913 Electoral Roll, Kingswood, Mount David, Archives Office of NSW.
  19. [S712] Oxford Hotel, The Western Herald, 21 Feb 1923, p2.
  20. [S812] Various, Sands' Directory (Sydney: John Sands Ltd, 1924) p1280.
  21. [S459] Marriage Certificate, Halvar Roy Kessey and Ena Ruby Murphy, 29 Oct 1928, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1928/19996.
  22. [S704] James Kessey, 5 Apr 1891 Census NSW, London, Brewongle, Public Record Office.
  23. [S711] James Kessey, 4 Apr 1901 Census NSW, Kingswood, Mount David, Archives Office of NSW.
  24. [S463] Death Certificate, Mary Ann Kessey, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1907 No 10401.
  25. [S713] Kessey, 1930 Electoral Roll, Kingswood, Bourke, Archives Office of NSW.
  26. [S721] Kessey, 1936 Electoral Roll, Kingswood, Bourke, Archives Office of NSW.
  27. [S722] Kessey, 1937 Electoral Roll, Kingswood, Bourke, Archives Office of NSW.
  28. [S723] Kessey, 1943 Electoral Roll, Kingswood, Bourke, Archives Office of NSW.
  29. [S1033] "RR: Bricks at dead of night - Essay by James Michael Fleming", circa 2009, James Michael Fleming (4 Currawang Street, Cammeray), to self; Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  30. [S729] James Kessey, Probate: Kessey, James NRS13660 27 7011 4-4-321091 (Probate), NSW Probate Office, Sydney.
Last Edited3 November 2018