McAuliffe Family

I have not spent very much time researching this family as yet. My maternal great grandmother Johanna McCauliffe was born on the 17th Dec 1862 at Oatlands. She was the third child of Jeremiah McCauliffe and Bridget Beahan who I believe were Irish immingrants.

Johanna McAuliffe

My great-grandfather John Peter Ewart was a farmer in the Lower Midlands area of Tasmania. He married Johanna Grieve (nee MacCauliffe) on 10th September 1887 in a house at 15 Williamson St., Hobart. The witnesses at the wedding were Ted McAuliffe and Margaret Newlove (nee McAuliffe, Johanna's sister). They were both aged above 21 and John's occupation was listed as a farmer.

Johanna had previously been married to John Grieve (21st Dec, 1880 in Hobart) They had three children before John Grieve died on 11 October 1885 in Hobart, aged 41. These children were, John born 19 Dec 1881 at Richmond, Mary Ethel born 15 Dec 1883 at Ringarooma and Bridget Clair born7 August 1885 in Richmond. East of Colebrook there was a place called Grieves Hill and according to the Nomenclature Board, John Grieves owned 49 acres of land there.

I have not been able to find any record of Johanna after her marriage to John Ewart. I believe she was still alive in 1898 as she is mentioned in her father Jeremiah's will. John married again in 1908 so this is a decade later. Where did Johanna go???

Jeremiah McAuliffe

married Bridget Beahan on 23 April 1857 at Westbury. Other children (besides Johanna) of this marriage were twins Margaret and Sarah, sons Jeremiah and William and Johanna Honora.

Margaret was a witness at her sister Johanna's second marriage to John Ewart.
Margaret married Walter Wallace Newlove on 8 November 1885 in Hobart and Sarah married William Dooley in Launceston on 25 April 1887.

I believe Johanna also had a brother called Ted, (maybe Jeremiah's nickname) as a man of this name was witness to her marriage also. I think that Johanna's parents were Irish immigrants and I will follow any leads here in the future. Bridget's maiden name has been spelled in many ways on the various certificates I have gathered. This sometimes occurs when a person has a very broad accent and is not easily understood by the registrar. The names at various times have been Baian, Beahan, Besey and Bahan. They probably sound the same when spoken with an Irish voice.

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