Private Patrick Humphries (c 1767.......1846.)

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surnames73rd Regiment 
  • Born : Circa 1762
  • Where Born : Dublin
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 1793
  • Ship Arrived on : Boddingtons
  • Rank attained : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 14 March 1801...
  • Where Enlisted : Sydney
  • Transferred 73 Regiment 24 April 1810
  • Date of Discharge : 1823 aged 54
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 28 August 1846 
  • Where Died / Buried : Kincumber/ Brisbane Waters
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name :Catherine McMahon nee Mooney
  • Born :
  • Where Born : Wicklow, Ireland
  • Occupation :Soldiers wife
  • Date Arrived : 11 January 1800 
  • Ship Arrived on : ‘Minerva’with her husband, a soldier in the NSW Corps, and two infant children - Catherine’s husband, Pte Terence McMahon had drowned in Sydney Harbour on 7 September 1801
  • Date Married :28 February 1802
  • Where Married:
  • Died :
  • Where Died / Buried :
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • Descendants
    This information kindly supplied by Morgan Hawthorne

    Further information can be obtained from   Peter Mayberry;

    Area Settled :
    Children :
    Children of Catherine McMahon nee Mooney Pte Terence McMahon
    Francis (c1797-?),
    Elizabeth (1799-1837),
    John (1801-1850).
    Children of Patrick Humphries and Catherine McMahon nee Mooney
    Thomas 1803-1860,
    Michael 1805-1881,
    Catherine 1807-1838,
    George 1810-1863,
    Ann 1812-1890,
    David 1815-1885.
    History & Achievements :

    Patrick was tried in Dublin, Ireland, in 1791 and sentenced to 7 years transportation.

     He came to the New South Wales colony on the Convict Transport Boddingtons which was a 331 ton vessel, built in 1781. It sailed from Cork on 15 February 1793, and took 173 days to complete the journey. The Boddingtons arrived in Sydney on 7 August 1793. Of the 125 male and 20 female convicts embarked, only one male convict died on the voyage. The master was Robert Chalmers and the surgeon Richard Kent.

    NSW Corps records show Patrick having joined the corps in 1801 on detachment to Captain Prentice. He was one of 14% of the corps recruited locally. During his military career, Patrick remained a private soldier. 

    It seems that Patrick, like Terence McMahon, had been posted to Watson’s Bay fishing village on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour close to its entrance - The village had been in existence since 1792 to provide food for the colony’s hospital. The village became home for Patrick, though his activities with the military and later farming, over the years, tended to cause him to often be away from Catherine and the children. Catherine was to spend most of her life at Watson’s Bay, and all of Patrick’s children, four sons and two daughters, appear to have been born there.

     The 1806 Muster tells of Catherine Humphries having arrived on the Minerva, her condition being FBS (Free By Servitude versus her true status CF [Came Free]); and under ‘With Whom Lives’: “Soldier Parramatta”, which fits with Pte Patrick Humphries’ posting at the time.

    Patrick, still a private soldier, on 24 April 1810 transferred to the 73rd Regiment. He was one of 447 the NSW Corps who chose to stay in New South Wales when the regiment was recalled, and one of 265 who transferred to the 73rd Regiment. Not long after, Patrick was pensioned off - for in 1810 he went to the Central Coast to start a farm with his eldest son Thomas, with whom he seemed to be particularly close, apparently taking advantage of the entitlement available to discharged soldiers of a land grants of 25 to 30 acres, along with provisions, tools and two convict laborers. Presumably the property was an easy boat trip from Watson’s Bay (The Heads)?

     The 1811 Muster, that seemed to overlook Patrick, acknowledges his wife Catherine’s existence but noticeably omits the name of the ship on which she came.

     The 1814 Muster states the following for Catherine Humphreys: free, Minerva, veterans wife, 8 children and “On” government stores. This accords with Catherine’s three children by Terence McMahon and five by Patrick.

     In 1823 Patrick was granted 100 acres at Brisbane Waters/Kinkumber by Governor Brisbane.

     In 18?? Patrick sold the Brisbane Waters/Kinkumber property to his son Thomas who gave 3 acres to the Catholic Church. Thomas also gave money and labor to help with the building of the Holy Cross Church on the land.

     The NSW 1825 Muster lists Patrick as a pensioner who ‘came free’ on the Boddingtons in 1798. However, the Boddingtons arrived in the colony in 1793.

     The 1828 Census shows Patrick as “Humphrey Humphreys” CF (Came Free) and his age is also given as 40 years ­ suggesting his common name at Watson’s Bay being Humphrey? Catherine Humphries is said to have arrived on the Minerva 1800, and being 40 years old and living at Watson’s Bay with her husband and daughter Ann aged 16 years. Also, Patrick’s son, David Humphries (BC) then 13 years old, is shown as part of the David Brown (his wife, Catherine’s son-in-law) household at Pitt Town, Caddai Creek - David Brown employing and feeding his wife’s half brother.

     Patrick (Patt) Humphries was buried on 28 August 1846 at Kincumber/ Brisbane Waters, Parish of East Gosford. The parish record states: his age as ‘92’, though the consensus is that he was closer to 81 years old. The name of the ship he came on “could not be ascertained”, that he was a “Farmer” by profession, and his abode was “The Heads” near Sydney, ie Watson’s Bay.

    Patrick Humphries

     In Ireland
    Alias: Humphreys          Irish Rebel:          Religion:
    Marital status:
    Born: 1774      
    Tried: 1791      Dublin City         Sentence: 7    Former convictions:
    Ship: Boddingtons (1793)
    Crime: Stealing lead sheet
    Remarks: Soldier Private NSW Corps Crime Details available
    In Australia
    Spouse: m 1802 Windsor Catherine McMain (McMahon widow d 1857)
    Died: 1846   Holy Cross Kincumber South
    1801 Muster:     1806 Muster:     1811 Muster:
    1814 Muster:     1817 Muster:     1825 Muster:     1828 Census:
    Hardy - Early Hawkesbury Settlers:
    Browning - St. Peters Richmond: The Early People and Burials 1791 - 1855:
    Hawkesbury FHG - The Hawkesbury Pioneer Register:
    Sheedy, Sidney - Manuscript in Mitchell Library MSS 1337:
    McClelland - Convicts Pioneers & Immigrant History of Australia Bk 11 Vol 5:
    Smee & Selkirk Provis - Pioneer Register Vol 1:
    Smee & Selkirk Provis - Pioneer Register Vol 2:
    Silver - Vinegar Hill:
    Reece - Irish Convict Lives:
    Reece - Origins of Irish Transportation:
    Donohoe - Catholics of NSW: p226
    Robson - Convict Settlers of Australia:
    Whitaker - Unfinished Revolution:
    Hall - A Desperate Set of Villains:
    Hall - A Nimble Fingered Tribe: p76
    Hall - Of Infamous Character: p97-99
    Parramatta Pioneer Register:
    Rudé - Protest & Punishment:
    National Archives of Ireland - Transportation Database:
    Name: Marie Riley
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