Jim's Genie Jottings

A history of the Fleming, Jolliffe, Kessey and Murphy families of New South Wales - and their forebears

Grady

Grady

Origin of the Grady surname

The Grady name was first found in the Irish counties of Munster, Limerick, Clare, Cavan and Galway. The family anciently called Bradigan and O'Bradigan are believed to have anglicised their name after the advent of the Strongbow invasion.

Spelling variations include: Grady, Brady, O'Grady, O'Brady, Braidy, Graidy, Bradie and many more.

Grady migration to Australia

Shortly after Governor Philip established the first European settlement in Australia, at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788, a child was born in Ireland who was destined to spend most of his life in that colony. Patrick Grady, born at Waterford, was the son of James Grady and Mary Riley. Nothing is known about his early life except that he grew up to become a farm labourer in Tipperary.

At the age of 18 he fell in love with a farmer's daughter who was three years his senior and they were married. His wife, Margaret, was the daughter of Timothy Whalan and Margaret Kelley. They had eight children, three of whom died as infants. The survivors were: Mary (c1807 - 1880), Ellen (c1812 - 1894), James (c1815 - 1887), Judith (c1816 - 1883) and Patrick (c1823 - 1892).

It is well known that the lives of Irish farm workers were incredibly difficult. Patrick was arrested in early 1822, aged 34, and tried at the Spring assizes in Waterford. He was found guilty and transported to Australia on a life sentence. When he embarked on the Brampton on 8 November 1822, he was described as 5' 3½", of sallow complexion with dark brown hair and grey eyes. He was one of 172 convicts that disembarked in Sydney five months later, along with a detachment of the third regiment.

Somehow Margaret Grady struggled on in Tipperary without her husband, but he wanted her and the children to be with him. Just over a year after his arrival in Australia, he arranged for Thomas and Samuel Hassall to write to the Colonial Secretary with a petition that his family be allowed to join him in Australia. Patrick had been assigned to Reverend Thomas Hassell as a convict servant and resided at Bathurst. The letter read:

Sir

Patrick Grady, who arrived by the Brampton Captn Moore in 1823 Sentence Life is anxious to have his wife & five children sent out to him & begs that you will have his case taken into consideration and if pofsible afford him the pleasure of once more beholding & comforting all that is now near & dear to him.

We believe him to be a steady honest and industrious character & think he would be able to support the said wife & family if here without any expence to Government. I have the honour to be

Your most obedient
humble servant
Thos & Saml Hafsall

The letter indicated that the family lived at New Castle Parish Clon(mell), County Tipperary, Ireland and listed his children as James, Patrick, Mary, Elenor and Jude.

This request was granted and the family embarked on the City of Edinburgh on 23 June 1828 and arrived at Sydney five months later. By November of that year, Patrick had been joined at Bathurst by his son James but his wife and remaining children remained in Sydney. The following year Ellen married Patrick Foran, a 31 year old convict serving a life sentence. Mary married 24 year old Samuel Rawson, also a convict serving a seven year sentence. Judith married Thomas Casey (later Kessey) in 1832 and James married Rose Donnelly in 1835.

Grady pedigree

Our Grady ancestors include the following people. Click on any name to access a computer-generated page of information about that person and a list of the information sources.

Notable Grady ancestors

Click on the name of any of the notable ancestors listed below to read a short biography that I have written about them.

Grady stories

The following Grady family stories are published on this website.

  • Criminal or Victim? – about John Kessey (c1836-1902), whose life was blighted by his upbringing as part of an extended Grady clan

Grady clan

The Grady clan descends from James Grady and his wife Mary Riley.

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
  • Duplicate
Patrick Grady
(b. 1788, d. 1866)
Margaret Whalan
(b. 1785, d. 1857)
Mary Grady
(b. 1807, d. 1880)
Samuel Rawson
(b. 1795, d. 1865)
Maria Rawson
(b. 1830, d. 1905)
John Gibbons
(b. 1830, d. 1868)
Mary Gibbons
(b. 1851)
John Gibbons
(b. 1853)
James Gibbons
(b. 1865)
Daniel McPhee
(b. 1830)
John Rawson
(b. 1832, d. 1899)
Bridget Costello
(b. 1834, d. 1853)
Mary A. Bagnall
(b. 1835, d. 1908)
Martin Rawson
(b. 1857)
James Rawson
(b. 1865)
Nora Rawson
(b. 1867)
Thomas Rawson
(b. 1871)
Samuel Rawson
(b. 1873)
Martin Rawson
(b. 1834)
Samuel Rawson
(b. 1836)
Samuel Rawson
(b. 1869)
James Rawson
(b. 1882)
William Rawson
(b. 1838, d. 1906)
Sophia Clarke
(b. 1844, d. 1929)
Samuel Rawson
(b. 1874)
James Rawson
(b. 1876)
Jesser
(b. 1880)
Margaret Rawson
(b. 1840, d. 1841)
James Rawson
(b. 1841, d. 1885)
Ellen Enright
(b. 1841)
Mary Rawson
(b. 1870)
James Rawson
(b. 1872)
Margaret Rawson
(b. 1844, d. 1879)
William Costello
(b. 1840, d. 1898)
Unnamed Costello
(b. 1864, d. 1864)
Sarah Rawson
(b. 1845, d. 1873)
George Draper
(b. 1840)
George Draper
(b. 1867)
Samuel Draper
(b. 1870)
Alfred Draper
(b. 1871)
James Draper
(b. 1873)
Johanna Rawson
(b. 1848, d. 1874)
Unknown Murray
(b. 1866, d. 1866)
Samuel Murray
(b. 1874)
Bridget Rawson
(b. 1851, d. 1903)
Thomas Murray
(b. 1850)
Unnamed Slattery
(b. 1885, d. 1885)
Daniel Cook
(b. 1850)
Elenor Grady
(b. 1812, d. 1894)
Patrick Foran
(b. 1797, d. 1861)
Thomas Wilcox
(b. 1861)
Mary Foran
(b. 1832)
George Lewis
(b. 1827, d. 1899)
George Lewis
(b. 1859)
James Lewis
(b. 1860)
Jane M. Lewis
(b. 1861)
Philip Lewis
(b. 1863)
Richard Lewis
(b. 1865)
Joseph Lewis
(b. 1867)
Mary Lewis
(b. 1871)
John Lewis
(b. 1876)
Patrick J. Foran
(b. 1834, d. 1888)
Ann B. Hanrahan
(b. 1833, d. 1914)
Phillip J. Foran
(b. 1856, d. 1926)
Emily Foran
(b. 1876)
Johannah Foran
(b. 1837, d. 1916)
John Murphy
(b. Abt 1840, d. 1929)
Mary Murphy
(b. ca. 1863, d. 1916)
John Murphy
(b. 1865)
Daniel Murphy
(b. 1877, d. 1955)
Helen Murphy
(b. 1879)
Hannah Murphy
(b. 1884)
Henry Murphy
(b. 1889)
Michael Foran
(b. 1839, d. 1872)
John Foran
(b. 1841, d. 1841)
Cornelius Foran
(b. 1842, d. 1908)
May A. Costello
(b. 1850, d. 1934)
Michael Foran
(b. 1879)
Helen Foran
(b. 1880)
Mary A. Foran
(b. 1886)
John J. Foran
(b. 1846, d. 1923)
Catherine English
(b. 1853, d. 1931)
Michael Foran
(b. 1877)
Patrick Foran
(b. 1877)
Mary A. Foran
(b. 1878)
Phillip Foran
(b. 1883)
James Foran
(b. 1885)
John Foran
(b. 1885)
Alice Foran
(b. 1886)
Ellen Foran
(b. 1895)
Joseph Foran
(b. 1899)
Phillip Foran
(b. 1849, d. 1938)
Agnes Cash
(b. 1850)
John W. Foran
(b. 1886)
Mary K. Foran
(b. 1896)
Lucy J. Foran
(b. 1901)
Judith Grady
(b. 1815, d. 1883)
Thomas Cassey
(b. 1794, d. 1882)
Thomas Kessey
(b. 1833, d. 1903)
Sarah A. Grose
(b. 1838, d. 1889)
MaryAnne Kessey
(b. 1859, d. 1900)
Charles Graham
(b. Abt 1855)
?
Louisa Kessey
(b. 1861, d. 1927)
Thomas Gardiner
(b. Abt 1858, d. 1888)
William Thomson
(b. 1861, d. 1919)
William T. Kessey
(b. 1863, d. 1943)
Emily T. Kessey
(b. 1872, d. 1872)
Eva M. Kessey
(b. 1876, d. 1877)
John Kessey
(b. 1836, d. 1902)
Mary A. Hanrahan
(b. 1828, d. 1907)
James Kessey
(b. 1858, d. 1944)
Mary J. Press
(b. 1867, d. 1951)
Philip J. Kessey
(b. 1860, d. 1934)
Elizabeth O'Neill
(b. ca. 1865, d. 1907)
Rose Williams
(b. 1865, d. 1955)
John M. Kessey
(b. 1863, d. 1940)
Thomas Kessey
(b. 1865, d. 1939)
Elizabeth Kessey
(b. 1867, d. 1953)
Emily Kessey
(b. 1870, d. 1876)
Ethel M. Kessey
(b. Abt 1877, d. Bef 1902)
James Kessey
(b. 1840, d. 1927)
Mary J. Pendergrass
(b. 1853, d. 1923)
Harold A. Kessey
(b. 1873, d. 1880)
Beatrice B. Kessey
(b. 1874, d. 1941)
Ernest H. Gunning
(b. 1869, d. 1957)
Arthur Kessey
(b. 1876, d. 1877)
David Barry
(b. 1875)
Leslie T. B. Kessey
(b. 1880, d. 1880)
Sydney S. Kessey
(b. 1881, d. 1952)
Vincent A. Kessey
(b. 1884, d. 1886)
Ivy C. Kessey
(b. 1886, d. 1886)
Amelda Kessey
(b. 1888)
Ernest G. Kessey
(b. 1889, d. 1966)
Amelia M. Slater
(b. 1894, d. 1960)
Mabel A. Kessey
(b. 1892, d. 1964)
Hugh Lewis
(b. 1895)
Olive Kessey
(b. 1896)
Ann Kessey
(b. 1841)
Elizabeth J. Budge
(b. 1860, d. 1903)
Mark Lauff
(b. 1860)
Mary A. Budge
(b. 1861)
William J. Budge
(b. 1862, d. 1866)
Emily Budge
(b. 1867)
Unnamed Budge
(b. 1869, d. 1869)
Mary A. Budge
(b. 1871)
Ada Budge
(b. 1872)
Anne Budge
(b. 1875)
Henry Budge
(b. 1878)
James Budge
(b. 1881)
Mary-Ann Kessey
(b. 1842, d. 1897)
John Moriarty
(b. 1840)
Mary Moriarty
(b. 1867)
Ernest Moriarty
(b. 1877, d. 1885)
Unnamed Moriarty
(b. 1879, d. 1879)
Louisa Moriarty
(b. 1881, d. 1883)
Agnes Moriarty
(b. 1883, d. 1883)
Margaret Kessey
(b. 1845, d. 1923)
George Haines
(b. 1840, d. 1919)
Alice J. Haines
(b. 1879, d. 1961)
Edgar F. Wade
(b. 1875)
Minnie Haines
(b. 1885)
Julia Kessey
(b. 1847, d. 1901)
George J. Gunning
(b. 1845, d. 1931)
Ernest H. Gunning
(b. 1869, d. 1957)
Beatrice B. Kessey
(b. 1874, d. 1941)
Elizabeth J. Gunning
(b. 1871, d. 1938)
Daniel J. Reedy
(b. 1861, d. 1956)
Julia Gunning
(b. 1876, d. 1876)
Robert P. Gunning
(b. 1885, d. 1958)
Letitia M. McNab
(b. 1881, d. 1951)
Elizabeth Kessey
(b. 1849, d. 1932)
Ellen Kessey
(b. 1851, d. 1852)
William S. Kessey
(b. 1853, d. 1928)
Arthur W. Kessey
(b. 1875, d. 1875)
Henrietta Cole
(b. 1855, d. 1906)
William H. Kessey
(b. 1879, d. 1881)
Unnamed Kessey
(b. 1880, d. 1880)
George B. Kessey
(b. 1881, d. 1922)
Henrietta W. Kessey
(b. 1883, d. 1969)
Myrtle R. Kessey
(b. 1890, d. 1974)
?
Mabel G. Kessey
(b. 1892, d. 1980)
Mary A. Cole
(b. 1870)
Victor Kessey
(b. 1909, d. 1979)
Ella R. Ablett
(b. 1911, d. 1967)
Samuel Ward
(b. 1855, d. 1885)
Eva M. Ward
(b. 1881)
Edith L. Ward
(b. 1882)
Jane Kessey
(b. 1859, d. 1942)
Herbert J. Smith
(b. 1875, d. 1955)
Phoebe L. Agnew
(b. 1877, d. 1952)
Ethel M. McNamara
(b. 1880, d. 1881)
N Sutton
(b. 1880)
Jane McNamara
(b. 1887)
James Grady
(b. 1815, d. 1887)
Rose M. Donnelly
(b. 1818, d. 1904)
Judith Grady
(b. 1837, d. 1905)
Eugene H. Parker
(b. 1831, d. 1924)
Thomas Parker
(b. 1861)
Ann Parker
(b. 1863)
Rose Parker
(b. 1867)
James Parker
(b. 1872)
John Parker
(b. 1874)
John Grady
(b. 1838, d. 1925)
Mary McQuirk
(b. 1830, d. 1925)
James Grady
(b. 1861)
Annie Grady
(b. 1863)
Daniel Grady
(b. 1865)
Patrick Grady
(b. 1866)
Michael Grady
(b. 1869)
Rose Grady
(b. 1871)
Henry Grady
(b. 1872)
Mary Grady
(b. 1874)
Thomas Grady
(b. 1877)
Timothy Grady
(b. 1879)
Bernard Grady
(b. 1881)
William Grady
(b. 1884)
Francis Grady
(b. 1885)
James Grady
(b. 1840, d. 1871)
Lucy Cash
(b. 1845)
Rose M. Grady
(b. 1866)
Patrick Grady
(b. 1842)
Lucy Cash
(b. 1845)
John J. Grady
(b. 1876)
Elena Grady
(b. 1883)
Joseph Grady
(b. 1885)
Anne Grady
(b. 1845, d. 1859)
Henry Grady
(b. 1847)
Ellen Bell
(b. 1850)
Ann E. Grady
(b. 1883)
William Grady
(b. 1849, d. 1927)
Michael Grady
(b. 1852, d. 1860)
Timothy Grady
(b. 1854, d. 1860)
William J. Gorman
(b. 1855, d. 1888)
James Gorman
(b. 1879)
Mary Gorman
(b. 1880)
Thomas Grady
(b. 1859)
Timothy Grady
(b. 1860, d. 1943)
Patrick Grady
(b. 1816, d. 1892)
Catherine McQuirk
(b. 1824, d. 1884)
Patrick Grady
(b. 1844)
Eliza Badley
(b. 1842)
Mary A. Grady
(b. 1870)
Amelia Grady
(b. 1877)
John W. Grady
(b. 1880)
Julia M. Grady
(b. 1845, d. 1918)
John P. Carey
(b. 1844, d. 1895)
Lila C. Carey
(b. 1895)
Daniel Grady
(b. 1848)
Ellen Grady
(b. 1853, d. 1887)
Unnamed Grimwood
(b. 1879, d. 1879)
Thomas Grady
(b. 1855)
Mary H. Grady
(b. 1857)
Mary J. Grady
(b. 1860)
William Quinn
(b. 1860)
Mary C. Quinn
(b. 1884)
Luke T. Quinn
(b. 1886)
Ellen Quinn
(b. 1888)
Rose Quinn
(b. 1890)
Annie Quinn
(b. 1891)
Rosetta M. Grady
(b. 1865, d. 1960)
Frank York
(b. 1860, d. 1891)
Ida York
(b. 1884)
Ethel U. York
(b. 1890)
Muriel Power
(b. 1893)
John A. Power
(b. 1899)
Mary Power
(b. 1904)
John P. Grady
(b. 1868, d. 1870)
  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
  • Duplicate