Michael O'Dea

M, b. June 15, 1823, d. July 13, 1876
Father*John O'Dea b. 1798
Mother*Penelope Meagher b. 1803
     Michael O'Dea was born on June 15, 1823 in Milltown in the Parish of Aglishcormick, County Limerick. Godparents were Daniel and Winifred Ryan.1 He was the son of John O'Dea and Penelope Meagher. Michael O'Dea married Mary Purtell, daughter of Michael Purtell and Mary _____, on June 1, 1848 in Bowning, New South Wales.2,3 Michael O'Dea died on July 13, 1876 in Cloverfield, Moyne Shire, Victoria, at age 53. The probate record which was processed in Melbourne on August 24, 1876, indicates that Michael's residence was at Cloverfield.4,5 He was buried in Tower Hill Cemetery, Koroit, Moyne Shire, Victoria.5
     He immigrated on July 31, 1844 to New South Wales. Michael and Mary Purtel immigrated to Australia on the same ship (St. Vincent). Michael was a bounty emigrant onboard the St Vincent. His immighration record states that he was a farm Labourer aged 20, from New Palace, Co Limerick, and both parents deceased. It says he "Has a sister in the Colony married to a man named Lynch." The householders certifying character were from Caherconlish. His employer in Ireland was named as Thomas Dea.6

According to the Lynch family research, Michael followed his sister Bridget O'Dea Lynch to Australia. Carroll family research finds that Michael arrived in Sydney and it is thought that he then went to The Gap near Yass in New South Wales. He married Mary Purtell in 1848 at Bowning, New South Wales. Michael left for the 1849 Californian Gold Rush. He returned to Yass in New South Wales before travelling south to join his sister Bridget in the Tower Hill district in southwest Victoria. He was a tenant farmer on the Rutledge's "Farnham survey" at Look Out Hill. Michael acquired the Crossley property, Cloverfield, in 1852. He travelled to Ballarat after this date in search of gold and was thought to be at the Eureka Rebellion in 1853. The Eureka Encyclopaedia (Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, 2004) records that he returned to Crossley and became a member of the Belfast District Road’s Board from 1858 until 1861. In 1861 he sold his stock and farming equipment after purchasing the Carleton Inn, Killarney, though he retained the land. Records show that he was licencee of the Inn from 1861.

He left a will on August 24, 1876 in Cloverfield, Moyne Shire, Victoria. In his will, Michael leaves his estate to his daughter Mary Linehan with the provision that she "provide for my Wife, Mary O'Dea, with all she may require during her lifetime."7

Children of Michael O'Dea and Mary Purtell

ChartsPater Familias O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
John (Michael) O'Dea Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited12 Feb 2021

Citations

  1. [S162] Roots Ireland, online http://www.rootsireland.ie, https://rootsireland.ie/ifhf/view_detail.php
  2. [S676] Australia Marriages, 1810-1980, online https://www.familysearch.org, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTZJ-WLN : 28 January 2020), Michael Odea, 1848.
  3. [S678] Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950, online Ancestry.com.
  4. [S679] Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989, online https://www.familysearch.org, Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591.
  5. [S214] Find a Grave, online http://www.findagrave.com, (accessed 11 February 2021), memorial page for Michael O'Dea (1824–13 Jul 1876), Find a Grave Memorial no. 214969628, citing Tower Hill Cemetery, Koroit, Moyne Shire, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by woowoo (contributor 49949980).
  6. [S684] All New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896, online https://www.ancestry.com, State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Wage agreements and entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships (Agent's Immigrant Lists); Series: 5315; Reel: 2454, and State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons on bounty ships (Agent's Immigrant Lists); Series: 5316; Reel: 2135; Item: [4/4785].
  7. [S685] Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009, online https://www.ancestry.com, Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Victoria; Victorian Wills, Probate and Administration Records 1841-1925; Series: VPRS 7591.