(parents of Joan Gaffey):
Draper-shopkeeper brewer (c1830-1840)
Ellen FRANK (no details )
Hannorah QUIN (Nov 1813 -
Catherine QUIN (May 1818-)
Allen James QUIN (Dec 1819-)
Mary QUIN (Oct 15 1820-)
Margaret QUIN (1825-)
Line of Descent to Joan Gaffey
Patrick, who lived and worked in the
southern Ireland county of Cork during the first half of the 19th
century, has been variously described as a shopkeeper, a draper, or a
brewer - indeed, it's possible he was all three.
Whatever his business was, he probably didn't conduct it from his
home, a modest terrace house at No. 12
Broad street, Charleville, (known in Gaelic as Rath Luirc), in the far north of Cork near the
county border with
Patrick married Ellen Frank, and
the couple had at least six children, five girls
and one son. But by 1840, Patrick
was a widower,
and it's probable Ellen had died at least a year earlier.
Three of his teenage children,
including his only son Allen, 19, a carpenter, headed for a new life in
Australia. Allen’s sisters,
Mary, 18, and 14-year-old Margaret, traveled under the wing of their
aunt, Ann Frank. Another three
daughters, Hannorah, Catherine and Ellen, weren't long in following, and
by 1841, all six had arrived in Australia.
difficult to imagine how hard the life would have been which drove the
young Quin brother and sisters to the other side of the world away from
their father and other family members.
One writer of the time gave this heart wrenching description of the
scene as the emigrant ships left Cork.
stood in the month of June on the quay at Cork to see some emigrants
embark in one of the steamers for Falmouth, on the way to Australia. The
band of exiles amounted to two hundred, and an immense crowd had gathered
to bid them a long and last adieu. The scene was touching to a degree; it
was impossible to witness it without heart-pain and tears. Mothers hung
upon the necks of their athletic sons; young girls clung to elder sisters;
fathers – old white-headed men – fell on their knees, with arms
uplifted to heaven, imploring the protecting care of the Almighty on their
din, the noise, the turmoil, the people pressing and rolling in vast
masses towards the place of embarkation like the waves of the troubled
sea, there were many such sad episodes. Men, old men too, embracing each
other and crying like children. Several
passed bearing most carefully little relics of their homes – the branch
of a favourite hawthorn tree, whose sweet blossoms and green leaves were
already withered, or a bunch of meadowsweet….
"It is impossible
to describe the final parting. Shrieks and prayers, blessings and
“ 'Bate the brains out of the big drum, or ye’ll not stifle the women’s cries,' said one of the sailors to the drummer..."
However, Patrick wasn’t left entirely alone in Charleville.
Rathgoggan Parish valuation, carried out after 1848, showed that he shared
his home with Margaret Bearny (see below). The Broad Street site consisted of a house and a small
garden at the rear that Patrick and Margaret rented from their landlord, Roger M’Donald, at an annual rental of £6.
Unfortunately for our 21st century curiosity, the
relationship between Patrick and Margaret isn’t known.
Sadly, details of Patrick's later life, even when he died, aren't yet known.
Number 12, Broad Street Charleville, County Cork, occupied in the 1850s by my great-great-great-grandfather, Patrick Quin, and Margaret Bearny.
A neighbouring house (No. 18) was
described by a local real estate agent as "A
townhouse a short distance from the Main Street, with Entrance Hall, Living room, Kitchen, Bathroom with shower, with two bedrooms
upstairs”. Presumably, in the terrace row, Patrick’s house would
have been similar.
entry in the Griffith Valuation of the Parish of Rathgoggan (1848),
showing the entry for Patrick Quin and Margaret Bearny, at no 12 Broad
Street, Charleville (Rath Luirc)
 NSW Death Certificate of Patrick's daughter Ellen Hyde described her father as a draper, while the immigration records of his children, Allen, Catherine, Mary, Ellen and Margaret when they migrated to Australia 1839-1841, variously recorded brewer and shopkeeper (Archives Office of NSW. Index to Immigration Deposit Journals, 1853-1900).
 Griffith Valuation Index. County: Cork Parish: Rathgoggan PLU: Kilmallock
 It was noted on the shipping records into Australia in January, 1841, that Catherine Quin's mother was dead.
 Hall, S.C. Mrs, Ireland, from the Act of Union, 1800, to the Death of Parnell, 1891 ; Reprint 1979 by Garland Pub., New York of the 1838 ed. published by H. Colburn, London.