Bridget (BURKE) and husband Michael Lyons arrived in Tasmania aboard the "Royal Soverign". Their daughter, Mary Ann, was born in Ireland just before their departure in 1842. The birth was listed as Shenagolden, Ireland, but a decendant checked the records and could not find her. Bridget and Michael left from Cork. Perhaps they were on their way to Cork from County Galway and she gave birth early. I thought the baptism would be recorded in Cork, but there as been no search for her there that I know of.
Michael LYONS was from Tynagh, County Galway, IR. His wife Bridget (BURKE) was said to be from East Galway. The death certificate of Mary Ann (BURKE) LYONS was recovered, but at that time the names of the parents were not listed on those records. That is a shame because her lineage is not documented.
My Mary (BURKE) KEARNS was born in Ireland in 1822. She is said to be a sister of Bridget. I cannot find her place of birth or the marriage in Ireland, or her parents names which would document their relationship. The death certificate of daughter, Bridget (KEARNS) KELLEY, who lived most of her life in Clinton, MA stated that her parents were from Westport, Co. Mayo. She married Patrick KEARNS in Ireland. Their first child, a daughter, Bridget was born in Ireland in 1845. The family emigrated to North America between 1845 and 1847 where their next child, Thomas, was born in Grafton, NH. I cannot find their passage, but assume they landed in Canada. There are lots of KEARNS in St. John.
Michael LYONS' son, Michael Henry LYONS was the father of Joseph Aloysius LYONS Who became the Prime Minister of Tasmania and then of Australia. Joseph died in 1939. He and his wife, Enid, has 13 children. There is a book of his lineage writen by a woman in Tasmania. Contact Frances Hudson, firstname.lastname@example.org
. She has that information. I forget the author's name - it is Susan ----.