Darrough (abt 1850 - 1937)
is the son of Richard Darrough and Margaret McTaggart.
His exact date and place of birth are unknown, however his death
and marriage certificates put his date of birth at approximate 1850
in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Little is known
about John's movements prior to his marriage in 1882. However again
based on his death certificate, it is estimated that he arrived
in Australia in about 1868.
Some time between
his arrival in Australia, and 1882, he made his way to Dubbo. In
Dubbo he met and married Clara Jones (AKA Julia
Ann Jones). The couple were married on 13th September 1882 at the
Catholic Presbytery, Dubbo. They were married by John Dunne, and
the wedding was witnessed by Annie O'Brien and William Fanning.
Clara is the
third child and eldest daughter of David Jones and Julia.
She was born in 1862 in Campbelltown, NSW, but her birth was registered
in 1863. At birth she was named Julia Ann Jones, but interestingly
on her death certificate she is recorded as both Julia Ann and Clara,
however on her marriage certificate she is noted as Clara Jones,
and was working as a servant in Dubbo.
At the time
of his marriage he was a labourer living at the Railway Extension
near Dubbo. The railway from Sydney reached Dubbo in 1881. After
that, Dubbo became a railway hub for the north and west bound railways,
so it is most likely that John was working on the next stage of
Margaret had 9 children :
Joseph Darrough - born April 21 1883. Married Margaret
Darrough - born 1885. Died as an infant
Darrough - born 1886.
O Darrough - born 1888. Married Reta Fletcher
in 1928 in Kyogle, NSW
Darrough - born 1890.
Darrough - born 1892. Married Felix Darragh
Darrough - born 1895. Married Francis L Kelly
B Darrough - born 1896. Married Christian C Ehlefeldt
Darrough - born 1899.
By the time
their first child was born (7 months after their wedding) the family
was living in Lismore. It was here all of their remain children
Little is known
about the family, or how John made a living, however their 5th daughter
- Clara - became a Catholic nun - Sister Mary Isadore - so it is
highly likely that the family was quite religous.
The family are
varyingly known as Darragh, Darrough or Dorrough, and it appears
that may have some connection with the other major Darragh family
in the Northern Rivers - that of Felix Darragh. The family certainly
shared childrens names and at one point intermarry.
John died on
August 16 1937, in the Condong Ranges near Murwillumbah, NSW. He
was buried on August 18 1936 at the Bray St Cemetary in Murwillumbah,
for another 22 years after John's death. Again little is known about
where she lived during this time, however it is likely she resided
with one of her children. She died on 10 January 1959 in Murwillumbah,
NSW and like her husbane is buried in the Bray St Cemetary, Murwillumbah,