Jeremiah "Darby" Smith

Jeremiah "Darby" Smith 1819

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Migrated to/Born in Australia

My great-great grandfather, Jeremiah Smith, known as Darby Smith, was born in Ballinasloe, Galway, c. 1818-1822. While he could neither read nor write, he was a blacksmith (…) He married Honorah McKeogh (1823-1891) at some time before their arrival in Australia in 1841. The couple came out to Australia on the "John Renwick", "imported" by Nicholas James & Co. Darby was a skilled tradesman. Honorah's occupation was that of a laundress.

The couple settled in Carcoar, New South Wales, which was then something of a boom town. Initially, Darby was an employee, but he soon established his own businesses, including blacksmith's forges and a hotel, the Australian Arms in Carcoar. He was very active in the community, helping to fund the building of the Catholic Church.

He and Honorah had 9 children, all of whom were born in Carcoar.

  • Margaret M Smith, 1842–1916
  • Bridget Smith, 1842–1933
  • John Joseph Smith, 1846–1922
  • Mary Jane Smith, 1847–?
  • Thomas Joseph Smith, 1849–1926
  • Honorah Smith, 1852–?
  • Annie Mary Smith, 1853–1916
  • Jeremiah E Smith, 1854–1859
  • James Joseph Smith,1858–1938

Very sadly, Honorah passed away from influenza on 4 November 1891.

Darby passed away on 11 June 1915. He had continued to work as a blacksmith well into his nineties.


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Date of Birth 1st Jan 1819 (circa)
Date of Death 11th Jun 1915 VIEW SOURCE

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