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McGeehan

Heather Harrison (View posts)
Posted: 5 Sep 2003 12:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGeehan
Our earliest Australian McGeehan is Edward Nicholas McGeehan who married Jane Jemima Hicks at Beechworth, 1858. His marriage certificate says born New York 18 Mar, 1832 to Edward McGeehan and Ellen Reid but we have failed to substantiate this. Family lore has E.N. working variously as clerk, miner and cooper & his father Edward as trained for priesthood but not ordained, then travelling to US, becoming Episcopalian and marrying Ellen. Any connections in US or Australia welcome.

Re: McGeehan

Anthony McGeehan (View posts)
Posted: 23 Oct 2003 8:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Heather,
A number of people I've spoken to have hit the same wall in trying to trace Edward Nicholas. He supposedly travelled to California in 1849 and then kept heading westward to NSW in 1852. My dad (his grandson) was born 7 years after his death but has heard tales of the old man's 'Yankee' accent from his siblings.
Other tales I've heard are that there was a falling out between Edward Nicholas and his parents and that he may even have changed his name to avoid being tracked down. (purely speculation). I imagine that as a struggling gold miner he would have arrived in Australia as a steerage passenger so there seems t be no existing record of his entering the colonies.

Re: McGeehan

Heather Harrison (View posts)
Posted: 24 Oct 2003 11:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGeehan Hicks
Anthony, Great to hear from you. My father Len was also a grand-son of this elusive `American` who we’ve had such difficulty tracing. Dad died 2001 aged 90; 3 of his 8 siblings survive, close to the family home.

It was so easy to find Jane Jemima Hicks & her siblings’ arrival on the Petrel and I’ve even come across a US descendant of her stepbrother ... Laycock -one went to US from Australia c1870s.

But Edward Nicholas McGeehan’s origins remains a mystery. I have requested his naturalisation doc. - due next week - but doubt it will reveal anything new. I’m keen to verify the source of his reported arrival in Sydney from San Francisco via Rio on the Abyssinnia. Do you have any ideas?

I can send you a few bits of background I’ve found. Just wish I’d started this search when living within cooee of Melbourne LDS library rather than after making a `seachange` to rural Tasmania. Regards HH
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