Descendants of MCGOVERN


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Three of her daughters Margaret, Catherine and Alice arrived in Australia on 13 February 1841 on the ship 'Jane Gifford'.  They were Roman Catholics from Tipperary.  Their mother was Norah McGovern, a widow and their father was dead.

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4. Catherine MCGOVERAN

Catherine McGovern arrived in Sydney, Australia on Saturday 13 February 1841 with her two older sisters, Alice and Margaret on board the ship, Jane Gifford.  The Jane Gifford was mastered by George Mason and with M. Charles Gorden as surgeon superintendent, left Plymouth on 2 October 1840 with general cargo, one cabin passenger, 250 bounty immigrants and 26 crew.

Catherine could not read or write. She was also described as being in a very good state of bodily health, strength and probable usefulness. [SR film 2134 and AO film 1329].  

The three McGovern girls are in the list of Immigrant British Subjects sent to the Colony of NSW by Mr John Marshall of London in pursuance of an authority granted to his agent the Messrs.[Reel 2134] Walkers of Sydney by the Colonial Secretary dated 26 August 1839 and who arrived at Sydney by the ship Jane Gifford in 13 February 1841.[Also on reel 1329]

Catherine was described as a housemaid, a Roman Catholic from Tipperary and was 20 years old.  Her mother, Norah McGovern, was a widow.

It has been confirmed that the above Catherine McGovern was Lindsay Nimo's wife, as when Margaret McGovern married John Shin in 1846, Lindsay Nimo was a witness. Also Alice's husband, Hassen Dean, was the witness at Catherine and Lindsay Nimo's wedding.

The Jane Gifford was a barque of 558 tons built in 1840 which made its maiden voyage the same year under Captain George Mason.  It left Plymouth, England for Sydney NSW on 2 October 1840 with 257 immigrants arriving on 13 February 1841.  It is likely that Catherine McGovern and her sisters sailed from Cork to Plymouth on the "Lee" and boarded the "Jane Gifford". They were migrating under the Bounty Immigration Scheme.

The spelling of Catherine's surname seemed to change to McGoveran.

Catherine McGoveran married Lindsay Nimo on 6 July 1842.
Marriage: NSW BDM V18423655 74B/1842 and V18421462 76/1842. Lindsay Nimo, a widower of Sydney and Catherine McGoveran of Sydney, a spinster were married on 6 July 1842 at St Andrew's Church (Presbyterian) Sydney.  The witnesses were Hassen Dean and Anne Brown.
(Note - Hassan Dean was Catherine's elder sister, Alice's husband)

Lindsay Nimo and Catherine's marriage may not have been smooth as on Friday 23 September 1842 an add appears in the Sydney Morning Herald:
CATHERINE NIMO, formerly Catherine M'Garvin (sic), my wife, having absconded from her home, the public are hereby cautioned against harbouring her, or giving her credit, as I will not be answerable for the same.
September 22."

Over the next six years Lindsay and Catherine had four children: John, Elizabeth, Charles and Mary Ann.  Charles died as an infant.

Catherine Nemo was a witness to a Sydney Wedding on 23 February 1850 together with James Long for the marriage of John McCann and Ann Moore.

Catherine died on 17 July 1850, aged 31 leaving the three living children and Lindsay.

Death: NSW BDM V18502397 102/1850  Catherine McGoveran or Nemo, Sydney, buried 19 Jul 1850, 31 years, St Andrew's Scots Church, Presbyterian
              V1850532  105/1850  Catherine McGouvin or Nemo, 31 years, buried 19 Jul 1850, St Andrew's Scots Church

Catherine was originally buried in the Sydney Burial Ground.

In 1901 John Nimmo, of Polding St, Drummoyne made application to re-bury from Sydney Burial Ground to the Field of Mars Presbyterian Plot 663-5 the following:
Charles Nimo who died 17 August 1829
Mary Ann Nimmo who died 29 September 1829
Catherine Nimo who died 17 July 1850
Lindsay Nimo who died 13 December 1864

Both Catherine and Lindsay are now buried Field of Mars Presbyterian Section in Grave  No. 663

The grave transcription reads:
"To the Memory of Catherine Nimo who departed this life 17th July 1850 aged 31 years leaving a husband and 3 children to lament their loss. Also Lindsay Nimo husband of the above who died 13th Dec 1864 aged 82 years. Also John Nimo son of the above who departed this life 23rd June 1920 aged 78 years. Erected by his loving sister M.A. Llewellyn."

M.A. Llewellyn was Mary Ann Nimmo, Catherine's last child.

(Note: John, Elizabeth and Mary Anne would still have been living in 1850)

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