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Catherine Hancock (nee Byrnes)
As Catherine was married at Southgate,
near Grafton, I thought her family may have been from
that locality. I decided to attempt to search cemeteries
near Grafton for any Byrnes family members. I was clutching
at straws & hoping for clues. It was on reinspection
of the marriage certificate that I noticed two peculiarities.
The marriage had taken place at "Leesonvale",
Southgate & one of the witnesses was Mary Leeson.
The other odd factor was that the second witness was
Arthur Burns. I remembered teasing Mum about her family's
inability to spell their own name, with regard to Burns
Point & wondered if there was a connection.
Jane's first husband (Thomas Byrnes) had died in the year of Catherine's birth. Thomas links back to a Byrnes convict, Peter Hibbs (First Fleet Mariner & much more), a Second Fleet convict (Mary Pardoe) & a soldiar (Benjamin West).
Great Granny Hancock's family tree turned out to be one of the most exciting I have traced. Allen Maunder's book "Sailing On ... The Hibbs Line" includes an extensive amount of information on the Byrnes & Hibbs families. The discovery of my link to Thomas Byrnes has solved one of the mysteries not covered in the book.
If anyone has an interest in the Hancock or Byrnes family please feel free to contact: Donna Williams