Patrick Duffy, 17861854 (aged 67 years)

Name
Patrick /Duffy/
Given names
Patrick
Surname
Duffy
Birth September 17, 1786
Note: Patrick's place and date of birth are taken from his military records. Calry is a civil parish which includes the eastern part of the town of Sligo, in County Sligo, Ireland.
Occupation
Soldier
August 17, 1805 (aged 18 years)
Note: Patrick was a labourer until he enlisted in the Br…

Patrick was a labourer until he enlisted in the British Army 3rd Regiment of Foot (known as the Buffs) for unlimited service at Sligo on 14 Sep 1805, aged 19. He served as a private for 5 years, 203 days, as a Corporal for 6 years 37 days, and as a Sergeant for 10 years 197 days.

After his enlistment, Patrick went to the Isle of Wight and then to Bexhill, Sussex where he joined the 1st Battalion of the Buffs on 17 Mar 1806. The regiment then marched to Liverpool and crossed to Dublin early in 1807.

Private Duffy was granted forulough and rejoined his unit early in March and was reportedly posted to the Grenadier Company. The company then marched to Cork and embarked on transports on 22 Sep 1807 and remained on board until the ships departed in December for Madiera, where they landed on Christmas Eve. After some action, the Grenadier Company departed Spain for England in mid Jan 1809.

MarriageBridget ConlanView this family
about 1810 (aged 23 years)
Text:

It may be assumed that she married Patrick in the town of Sligo, Ireland in 1810 while he was on leave from his regiment.

There exists a burial of Jane Duffey, a soldier's child, recorded in Salehurst, Sussex, on 4 Jan 1810. Patrick had joined his regiment in 1806 at Bexhill, not far from Salehurst. This entry possibly refers to their first child.

Oral family history tells the tale of Patrick being wounded in France and of a local girl dressing his wounds and nursing him to health, and so they married. Bridget was indeed in France with him during the battle of Aire when he was wounded on 2 Mar 1814 and the death certificate of their second son records that he was born in France. She may well have been a 'local girl' but her maiden name strongly suggests that she was from Calry, Sligo, Ireland, and not France.

Occupation
Soldier
between 1811 and 1818 (aged 31 years)
Note: After his marriage, Patrick went to Spain again wi…

After his marriage, Patrick went to Spain again with the regiment to fight in the Peninsular War and was described as a brave soldier. He was wounded by a musket ball in the left thigh at Albuera, Spain in 16 May 1811 in a particularly fierce battle led by Marshal Beresford against Marshal Soult.

He was also wounded in the right thigh by a musket ball at 'Hillette, France' on 2 Mar 1814. This action was known as the 'combat of Aire' in the south eastern region of France and occurred during Wellignton's pursuits of Marshal Soult during the closing stages of the Peninsular War. Records of the battle and local ordinance maps show the battle to have occurred at 'Houriellet', transcribed as 'Hillette' in the despatches to London.

Patrick, then a corporal, had his wife with him during the whole of the campaign and their second son was born in France in 1814. Another son, John Francis, according to his obituary in 1894, claimed that he had been born off the coast of France in 1818.

Immigration November 22, 1822 (aged 36 years)
Note: Patrick embarked at Deptford, Kent, England on 15 Jul 1822 and sailed on the ship 'Eliza' on the 20th. He and his family arrived in Sydney on 22 Nov 1822.
Occupation
District Constable
July 1828 (aged 41 years)
Note: On 31 Jun 1828 Patrick was appointed Superintendent of the convict barrack at Parramatta. He was instructed to 'immediately report yourself'. On 21 Jul the Government Gazette reported that he was to be appointed Constable at Parramatta in the room of John Murphy, deceased.
Note: In 1824 he was detached to Liverpool and then to Hobart. In August 1825 he was back in Sydney. Patrick was discharged in Sydney on 24 Nov 1827 on the order of Lt General Ralph Darling 'being worn out for length of service'. He had served for over 22 years. On discharge he was about 42 years old.
Census November 1828 (aged 42 years)
Text:

Duffy, Patrick, 42, came free, Elisa, 1822, Catholic, district constable, Barren Ridge, Field of Mars Duffy, Bridget, 41, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, William, 17, came free, Elisas, 1822 Duffy, Peter, 14, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, John, 11, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, Esther, 6, born in the colony Duffy, Patrick, 4, born in the colony

Property
'Inglewood'
between 1830 and 1840 (aged 53 years)
Note: On 3 Feb 1830, Patrick signed a long petition to t…

On 3 Feb 1830, Patrick signed a long petition to the Governor applying for a grant of land. He stated that he had been left in New South Wales when the Buffs went to India, on the recommendation of Colonel Stewart. He had been 'discharged in consequence of ...length of service and large family...was a non commissioned officer in the Buffs nearly 18 years during which time and the whole of his service Petitioner maintained an unblemished character' and '...is now labouring under veyr sever attacks of Rheumatism and other bodily debilities occasioned by the fatigues and wounds indured during the peninsula campaign...'

One hundred acres were granted and Patrick began to clear the land. A dispute arose with neighbours who claimed that portions of the land had been allocated to them. After the Surveyor General admitted an eror had been made, Patrick was authorised to select another plot on 6 Sep 1831 and this time, took possession of 100 acres at Couth Colah (now (2009) Thornleigh.

On 23 Sep 1832, James Milson, who held land near Duffy, wrote to the Surveyor General concerning the making of the road 'Duffy's Lane'...'since that time a complaint had been made by Patrick Duffy ond one Sweeney, holding a ticket of leave, that the road which was originallly marked out by Mr Abbott is inconvenient to them and insist on having a new line on road...as these persons are every day threatening and interrupting my men in their work. I shall feel obliged to your finally settling the point of dispute'. The road along the top of the ridge was then marked and confirmed. It exists today (2009) as Duffy Avenue, Thornleigh, running from Pennant Hills Road to Westleigh.

Edward Muldowney per Earl Grey, which arrived on 31 Dec 1836, was assigned to Patrick and recorded with him a year later.

It was not until 30 Nov 1839 that a notice appeared in the Government Gazette announcing that deeds for the frant would be issued to Patrick and asking if any other party had any claim. Patrick's son Peter Joseph wrote and claimed that his father had given him 14 acres, but Patrick wrote that he wanted the Deed for the whole property, which he had called 'Inglewood', issued in his name alone. This was done on 13 May 1840.

Census 1841 (aged 54 years)
Note: Patrick's three eldest sons had by this time left home, but each is recorded in his own right as a householder living nearby, probably on portions of their father's original grant.
Death April 11, 1854 (aged 67 years)
Note: The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 Apr 1854 recorded…

The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 Apr 1854 recorded the deaths of 'Major General William Stewart late Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Buffs, aged 85, died 8 April 1854' and 'At his residence, Pennant Hills on the 11th inst. in the 68th year of hisa ge, Patrick Duffy, late Sergeant of His Majesty's 3rd Buffs and father of P.J. Duffy of the firm Duffy and Mitchell, Timber Dealers, leaving a large family to deplore their loss'.

He had died only 7 weeks after his wife Bridget.

Burial
Text:

Buried at St Patrick's:

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Sacred to the memory of BRIDGET DUFFY the wife of PATRICK DUFFY who departed this life 18th February 1854 aged 67 years Also of PATRICK DUFFY husband of the above who departed this life 11th April 1854 aged 68 years May they rest in peace Also ELIZA STANTON died 26th Aug.st 1880 aged 52 years R.I.P.

Family with Bridget Conlan
himself
17861854
Birth: September 17, 1786Calry, Sligo, Ireland
Death: April 11, 1854Pennant Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
17881854
Birth: about 1788Ireland
Death: February 18, 1854Pennant Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1810m Sligo, Connacht, Ireland
2 years
son
18111885
Birth: 1811 24 23Portugal
Death: July 6, 1885Redfern, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
18141878
Birth: 1814 27 26England, united Kingdom
Death: November 8, 1878Ultimo, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
son
Duffy, John Francis (1817-1894)
18171894
Birth: 1817 30 29The high Seas
Death: 1894Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
6 years
daughter
18231841
Birth: May 2, 1823 36 35Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 4, 1841Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
son
18251897
Birth: February 9, 1825 38 37Hobart, South East, Tasmania, Australia
Death: June 12, 1897St Leonards, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
18281880
Birth: December 8, 1828 42 40Field of Mars, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 26, 1880Thornleigh, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18301864
Birth: 1830 43 42New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1864Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
BirthSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
OccupationHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
OccupationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
MarriageSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
Text:

It may be assumed that she married Patrick in the town of Sligo, Ireland in 1810 while he was on leave from his regiment.

There exists a burial of Jane Duffey, a soldier's child, recorded in Salehurst, Sussex, on 4 Jan 1810. Patrick had joined his regiment in 1806 at Bexhill, not far from Salehurst. This entry possibly refers to their first child.

Oral family history tells the tale of Patrick being wounded in France and of a local girl dressing his wounds and nursing him to health, and so they married. Bridget was indeed in France with him during the battle of Aire when he was wounded on 2 Mar 1814 and the death certificate of their second son records that he was born in France. She may well have been a 'local girl' but her maiden name strongly suggests that she was from Calry, Sligo, Ireland, and not France.

OccupationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
ImmigrationHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
ImmigrationSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
OccupationHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
CensusAncestry.com. 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Text:

Duffy, Patrick, 42, came free, Elisa, 1822, Catholic, district constable, Barren Ridge, Field of Mars Duffy, Bridget, 41, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, William, 17, came free, Elisas, 1822 Duffy, Peter, 14, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, John, 11, came free, Elisa, 1822 Duffy, Esther, 6, born in the colony Duffy, Patrick, 4, born in the colony

PropertyHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
PropertySpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
CensusMicroform of manuscript - 1841 census householders' returns 1841
DeathSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
BurialHornsby Shire Historical Society (comp). Pioneers of Hornsby Shire, 1788-1906 : a history / compiled by the Research Committee of the Hornsby Shire Historical Society. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1979
BurialSpurway, John, ed. Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record. Series 1, 1788-1841, with series 2 supplement, 1842-1899. Sydney: A.B.G.R., 1992
BurialRobinson, Lynne. 'adding more to your site', email message to Marion Purnell Jan 05 2011
Text:

Buried at St Patrick's:

Gloria in Excelsis Deo Sacred to the memory of BRIDGET DUFFY the wife of PATRICK DUFFY who departed this life 18th February 1854 aged 67 years Also of PATRICK DUFFY husband of the above who departed this life 11th April 1854 aged 68 years May they rest in peace Also ELIZA STANTON died 26th Aug.st 1880 aged 52 years R.I.P.

Birth

Patrick's place and date of birth are taken from his military records. Calry is a civil parish which includes the eastern part of the town of Sligo, in County Sligo, Ireland.

Occupation

Patrick was a labourer until he enlisted in the British Army 3rd Regiment of Foot (known as the Buffs) for unlimited service at Sligo on 14 Sep 1805, aged 19. He served as a private for 5 years, 203 days, as a Corporal for 6 years 37 days, and as a Sergeant for 10 years 197 days.

After his enlistment, Patrick went to the Isle of Wight and then to Bexhill, Sussex where he joined the 1st Battalion of the Buffs on 17 Mar 1806. The regiment then marched to Liverpool and crossed to Dublin early in 1807.

Private Duffy was granted forulough and rejoined his unit early in March and was reportedly posted to the Grenadier Company. The company then marched to Cork and embarked on transports on 22 Sep 1807 and remained on board until the ships departed in December for Madiera, where they landed on Christmas Eve. After some action, the Grenadier Company departed Spain for England in mid Jan 1809.

Occupation

After his marriage, Patrick went to Spain again with the regiment to fight in the Peninsular War and was described as a brave soldier. He was wounded by a musket ball in the left thigh at Albuera, Spain in 16 May 1811 in a particularly fierce battle led by Marshal Beresford against Marshal Soult.

He was also wounded in the right thigh by a musket ball at 'Hillette, France' on 2 Mar 1814. This action was known as the 'combat of Aire' in the south eastern region of France and occurred during Wellignton's pursuits of Marshal Soult during the closing stages of the Peninsular War. Records of the battle and local ordinance maps show the battle to have occurred at 'Houriellet', transcribed as 'Hillette' in the despatches to London.

Patrick, then a corporal, had his wife with him during the whole of the campaign and their second son was born in France in 1814. Another son, John Francis, according to his obituary in 1894, claimed that he had been born off the coast of France in 1818.

Immigration

Patrick embarked at Deptford, Kent, England on 15 Jul 1822 and sailed on the ship 'Eliza' on the 20th. He and his family arrived in Sydney on 22 Nov 1822.

Occupation

On 31 Jun 1828 Patrick was appointed Superintendent of the convict barrack at Parramatta. He was instructed to 'immediately report yourself'. On 21 Jul the Government Gazette reported that he was to be appointed Constable at Parramatta in the room of John Murphy, deceased.

Occupation

In 1824 he was detached to Liverpool and then to Hobart. In August 1825 he was back in Sydney. Patrick was discharged in Sydney on 24 Nov 1827 on the order of Lt General Ralph Darling 'being worn out for length of service'. He had served for over 22 years. On discharge he was about 42 years old.

Property

On 3 Feb 1830, Patrick signed a long petition to the Governor applying for a grant of land. He stated that he had been left in New South Wales when the Buffs went to India, on the recommendation of Colonel Stewart. He had been 'discharged in consequence of ...length of service and large family...was a non commissioned officer in the Buffs nearly 18 years during which time and the whole of his service Petitioner maintained an unblemished character' and '...is now labouring under veyr sever attacks of Rheumatism and other bodily debilities occasioned by the fatigues and wounds indured during the peninsula campaign...'

One hundred acres were granted and Patrick began to clear the land. A dispute arose with neighbours who claimed that portions of the land had been allocated to them. After the Surveyor General admitted an eror had been made, Patrick was authorised to select another plot on 6 Sep 1831 and this time, took possession of 100 acres at Couth Colah (now (2009) Thornleigh.

On 23 Sep 1832, James Milson, who held land near Duffy, wrote to the Surveyor General concerning the making of the road 'Duffy's Lane'...'since that time a complaint had been made by Patrick Duffy ond one Sweeney, holding a ticket of leave, that the road which was originallly marked out by Mr Abbott is inconvenient to them and insist on having a new line on road...as these persons are every day threatening and interrupting my men in their work. I shall feel obliged to your finally settling the point of dispute'. The road along the top of the ridge was then marked and confirmed. It exists today (2009) as Duffy Avenue, Thornleigh, running from Pennant Hills Road to Westleigh.

Edward Muldowney per Earl Grey, which arrived on 31 Dec 1836, was assigned to Patrick and recorded with him a year later.

It was not until 30 Nov 1839 that a notice appeared in the Government Gazette announcing that deeds for the frant would be issued to Patrick and asking if any other party had any claim. Patrick's son Peter Joseph wrote and claimed that his father had given him 14 acres, but Patrick wrote that he wanted the Deed for the whole property, which he had called 'Inglewood', issued in his name alone. This was done on 13 May 1840.

Census

Patrick's three eldest sons had by this time left home, but each is recorded in his own right as a householder living nearby, probably on portions of their father's original grant.

Death

The Sydney Morning Herald of 13 Apr 1854 recorded the deaths of 'Major General William Stewart late Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Buffs, aged 85, died 8 April 1854' and 'At his residence, Pennant Hills on the 11th inst. in the 68th year of hisa ge, Patrick Duffy, late Sergeant of His Majesty's 3rd Buffs and father of P.J. Duffy of the firm Duffy and Mitchell, Timber Dealers, leaving a large family to deplore their loss'.

He had died only 7 weeks after his wife Bridget.