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Mary Ann Hanrahan

b. August 1828, d. 16 August 1907

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Mary Ann Hanrahan was born in August 1828 in South Creek.1,2,3,4,5


FatherPatrick Hanrahan, the Elder (b. 1784, d. 30 November 1858)
MotherCatherine Hogan (b. 1807, d. 19 September 1865)

Family life

John Kessey and Mary Ann Hanrahan were married on 27 August 1857 at Church of Saints Michael and John in Bathurst. Roman Catholic||2,1,6,3,7,5,8,9

Children with John Kessey (b. 1836, d. 18 March 1902)

SonJames Kessey+ (b. 18 June 1858, d. 14 August 1944)
SonPhilip Joseph Kessey+ (b. 1 October 1860, d. 17 November 1934)
SonJohn Michael Kessey (b. 13 January 1863, d. 7 May 1940)
SonThomas Kessey+ (b. 1865, d. 1 July 1939)
DaughterElizabeth Kessey+ (b. 1867, d. 1953)
DaughterEmily Kessey (b. 14 July 1870, d. 11 February 1876)
DaughterEthel M Kessey (b. about 1877, d. before 18 March 1902)

Residence information

Michael, John, Patrick, and Phillip, 's child, resided with, in Melville, NSW, in November 1828. and worked as a landholder. Catherine Hogan had left her three-month-old daughter (Mary Ann) at Melville and had travelled to Sutton Forest.10 Mary Ann Hanrahan lived at Hillsborough in Black Springs, NSW, in 1881.11 John Kessey and she lived at Hilsbury in Essington, NSW, on 5 April 1891. The residence housed 4 males and three females.12

Working life

  • On 16 August 1907 Mary Ann Hanrahan was a domestic duties in Black Springs.3


They was a benficiary of 's will on 19 April 1857. No 4338||||13 Mary Ann Hanrahan witnessed the probate of the estate of Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder, on 13 May 1859. ||estate valued at £400||Patrick's will specified that one sixth of his monies should go to Dennis, John, Patrick, Margaret Donnelly, Mary Ann Kessey and Ann Foran.
John was forgiven his debt of £15 while his other surviving sons who were close to him (Dennis, Patrick, Michael Burke and Phillip) and his son-in-law, James Donnelly, were left a fifth of the horse herd each. (One son, William Henry or James had predeceased him and another son James had always been associated with his first wife, Euphemia Young and her second partner Frederick Morgan.)
His wife, Catherine and unmarried daughters, Bridget and Sarah each recieved one or more specifically named horses (and their increase) and shared a third of his cattle.
Catherine was bequeathed the 30 acre farm, "Hillsbury", and its contents during her lifetime and it was then to go to Bridget. Bridget also got his bed and bedding.
In additon to the horses and cattle mentioned above, Sarah got 50 of the 105 acres at Black Springs (southern side of block) and 30 acres adjoining this land.
The other 55 acres at Black Springs went to Michael Burke. Phillip got 23 acres and one rood at "Swashfield". (While his other sons were not left land, Patrick had left them a sixth of his monies.)13 Died at age at age ~79 on 16 August 1907 in Black Springs, NSW. heart disease mitral regurgitation3,4 She was buried on 18 August 1907 at Roman Catholic Cemetery in Black Springs.3


There is a memorial to Mary Ann Hanrahan at White Springs Cemetery in Black Springs, NSW. Follow this link for information and images of her memorial.


  1. [S337] Birth Certificate Vol 1858 No 4602, James Kessey, (30 June 1858), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  2. [S336] Marriage Certificate, John Kessey and Mary Ann Hanrahan, 27 August 1857, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW. 1857/1385 (88.)
  3. [S463] Death Certificate, Mary Ann Kessey, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1907 No 10401.
  4. [S466] "RR: Hanrahan-Hogan Descendants Chart", unknown author; Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  5. [S781] Birth Certificate Vol 1860 No 5016, Philip Kessey, (30 June 1858), NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
  6. [S453] Death Certificate, John Kessey, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1902 No 2534.
  7. [S465] "RR: Hogan-McMahon Descendants Chart", unknown author; Fleming Family History Archive, Sydney.
  8. [S786] Kelaher v Eviston and Others, Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal, 14 Oct 1890, p2.
  9. [S801], Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950, Kessey-Hanrahan
  10. [S952] Patrick Hanrahan, Nov 1828 Census NSW, NSW, Melville, Archives Office.
  11. [S884] Various, Sands' Country Directory (Sydney: John Sands Ltd, 1881)
  12. [S787] John Kessey, 5 Apr 1891 Census NSW, NSW, Essington, Archives Office.
  13. [S339] Patrick Hanrahan will (19 Apr 1857), Will: Hanrahan, Patrick, Probate Office, NSW. Hereinafter cited as W: Hanrahan, Patrick.
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ContextCh forebears
Ch Kessey forebears
Hanrahan clan
Pedigree Hanrahan
Pedigree Kessey
Last Edited27 June 2022