I am in wa and I am looking for any hints to
John O'Mara convicted at Longford in 1850. He left for WA in 1853 on the convict ship PHOebe Dunbar which I beleive sailed out of Dublin.
His mother was possibly Margaret (nee Flynn).
Would love a clue as to how to start finding out who he was.
I don't have any info for you but just to say my name is John O'Meara and I am from Longford and as far back as I can trace my family have lived in Longford and I do not know of any other O'Meara's/O'Mara's in d county. If you find any more info I would really appreciate you sharing it and similarly if I can find out anything will post it here.
Thanks and happy new year.
Thanks John, I only know he was convicted at longford in 1850 and sentenced to ten years. He did not arrive in WA until 1853 so probably in prison.
It is possible his mum was Margaret (nee Flynn)and his father was possibly John. He called his eldest son William and second son John and first daughter Margaret.
It is interesting you spell your name O'Meara. John was illiterate and when he arrives in the colony he can't spell so the records say Mara and Marra. His first son is registered as William Marra then later they all change to O'Mara.
It is therefore quite possible his name was O'Meara.