Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in Australia

Emigrated to Australia on the ship Silver Eagle.Port of arrival was Maryborough, Queensland.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1859  
Date of Death 1st Jun 1906  


  • My great grandmother Catherine Ryan was a sister of Bridget Ryan,Catherine married Thomas Williams in 1864 and they lived in Cloughjordan and had 13 children , 3 of whom died in infancy

    Paddy Williams, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Monday 31st May 2021, 12:40AM
  • Hello Paddy - My great grandmother, Bridget Ryan was the daughter of Thomas Ryan  and Hanora Shanahan and born in 1859. Does this tie in with your great grandmother's details?

    Tony Arnold

    Monday 31st May 2021, 02:29AM
  • Hello Tony

    My great great grandparents were Thomas Ryan and Hanora Shanahan from Toomevara.My great grandmother Catherine was born around 1842 and she had 4 brothers Timothy(1845) Patrick (1848) James (1854) Thomas (1857)  and a sister Bridget and possibly another sister Nora.Bridget was a sponsor for three of Catherine's children.I am not sure of Bridgets year of birth as the Toomevara Catholic records are incomplete.

    Thomas Ryan was known as Thomas Ryan " Nailer"  to distinguish him from the many other Ryans in the locality.Thomas or Tommy as he was better known made nails in his forge in Toomevara and hence his nickname was " Nailer".Tommy resisted the big eviction in 1849 when over 500 people were evicted in Toomevara and he was not evicted.Tommy found some legal flaw in the eviction notice and became famous for standing up to Wilson the land agent who initiated the evictions.

    Tony it looks like  we are third cousins.If you send me an email at i can give you a lot more information on our ancestors.

    I live in Cloughjordan which is about 6 miles from Toomevara



    Paddy Williams, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Monday 31st May 2021, 09:04AM
  • Tony

    After resisting the attempts by Wilson to evict him in May 1849 another attempt was made in July 1849 to evict  Tommy Ryan ( Nailer). John Donohue was working for Wilson and he served an ejectment notice on Tommy in July 1849 .However Tommy again thwarted this attempt.Wilson and Donohue tried again in February 1850 to evict Tommy and seved him with an eviction notice again .This time they were also trying to evict the families that had erected huts in Tommy's garden.Several families who were evicted in May 1849 had with Tommy's permission set up huts in Tommy's garden which was about a quarter of an acre in size.

    The following families were still in Tommy's garden in February 1850 ; Daniel Brislane,wife and 6 children; James Glenane,wife and children; Edward McMahon wife and children ;Michael Boyle ; Margaret Mann widow and child ;Mary Sheppard widow and child ; Catherine Burke widow and children ; Michael Grace wife and children ; John Delaney ;Daniel Shanahan ; Michael Trassy wife and step -son ;Mary Mackey widow and children and Denis McCarthy. I presume all the above people were evicted from the garden but again Taommy was not evicted because of some flaw in the ejectment papers.

      Meanwhile some of the people evicted in May 1849 were living in huts on the street in Toomevara and against the wall of the church. On the 20th February 1850 Donohue organised a  group of around 30 people , some of whom were drunk.   to tumble the huts of the unfortunate occupants.It appears that the hut tumblers could not legally interfere with the huts in Tommy's garden as they were on private property


    Paddy Williams, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Monday 7th June 2021, 12:07PM

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