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Hannah O'Donnell

  • Born: 11 Oct 1811, Parramatta, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 3
  • Christened: 23 Oct 1814, Parramatta, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 4
  • Married: 3 Sep 1832, St. Phillip's, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1 2
  • Died: 18 Aug 1886, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia 5

  General Notes:

Compiler's 3 x great grandmother

   Research Notes:

Some secondary sources indicate that Hannah O'Donnell was born in the year 1814 - the year in which she was baptised. However, all other evidence points to the year 1811 as her birthyear... including the T.D. Mutch Index, the order of daughters in the Probate of Hugh O'Donnell (Hannah being the second); Hannah's stated age on her death certificate.

To wit from the Probate of her father Hugh O'Donnell (No. 1233, Series 1):

…I have no reason to be satisfied with the conduct of my son-in-law John Healy the husband of my second daughter Hannah. I hereby declare and it is to be clearly understood as my wish and intention that he shall never enjoy any part of my second daughter Hannah's portion but that it is to be entirely for her sole and separate use and benefit and that he shall have no part power to sell or let the same or any part thereof or to occupy or live therein without the consent of said Hannah and in case of my said daughter Hannah dying before her said husband, or before any of her children shall attain the age of twenty-one years, then and in such case her portion is to be held in trust for the benefit of her children by her brother Hugh O'Donnell.


SIR, - Observing an advertisement in the "Sydney Gazette", signed "JOHN HEALY, Jun", cautioning the Public not to credit his wife (my daughter) on his account; - I beg to remark, that it is not likely much credit would be given to the wife of a journeyman tradesman. The advertisement is only intended to hurt my feelings, and to intrude a family dispute on the notice of the Public.
I shall not follow Mr. John Healy's example further, than by observing that the treatment my daughter experienced was shameful. A trumpery charge was invented against her (on a mere dispute with her mother-in-law), and she was sent to the watch-house by her husband, where she must have remained all nights, had not her situation by mere accident reached the ears of her brothers at that time, she was suckling an infant only six months old, and herself of the formidable age of 19!
This was the first instance of any one of my family having been, for a moment in any place of confinement, which I believe is not the case with Mr. John Healy's.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant
Smith Street Parramatta
March 17th 1834" 6

   Marriage Information:

Hannah married John Hely, son of John Hely and Lucretia May, on 3 Sep 1832 in St. Phillip's, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 1 2. (John Hely was born about 1809 in Dublin, Ireland, died on 7 Sep 1887 in Woodbine Cottage, Drummond St., Nth Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 5 7 and was buried on 8 Sep 1887 in General Cemetery, Melbourne.)

   Marriage Notes:

John Hely of this Parish, shipwright, a Bachelor, and Hannah O'Donnell of this Parish, a Spinster

Married by Banns with consent of Parents

William Cowper, chaplain

Witnesses: John O'Donall, Mary Ann Hely


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), No. 973/Vol. 16.

2 Marriage Certificate, in possession of the compiler.

3 T.D. Mutch Index.

4 Certificate of Baptism, Vol. 1, no. 3437, in possession of the compiler.

5 Death Certificate, in possession of the compiler.

6 The Sydney Monitor, Friday, 28 Mar 1834.

7 Victoria BDM (deaths), Schedule D - 28 Vict. No. 268, No. 151 of 1887.

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