Margaret McCabe1

F, #832, b. 4 February 1830, d. 9 June 1916
FatherStephen McCabe2 b. 1807, d. 23 Jul 1881
MotherMargaret Reilly2 b. 1806, d. 17 Sep 1877
Relationship2nd great-grandmother of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited8 Apr 2022
Baptism*4 February 1830 Clonkeefy, Castlerahan, Cavan, Ireland;
Name: Margaret MacAbe
Baptised: 04 Feb 1830
Address: Clonkeefy
Parish: Castlerahan
County: Cavan
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Father: Stephen MacAbe
Mother: Margaret Reilly
Sponsors: Cornelius Cavenagh & Judith Reilly3 
(Passenger) Immigration18 December 1849 "Success", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Margaret McCabe, 40, Laundress, of Castledryan Cavan, parent Hugh & Patrick? both dead, Roman Catholic, neither read nor write, Husband Stephen McCabe per ship "Blenheim" tried at Cavan living at Yass
Margaret McCabe, 20, Needlewoman, Castledryan? Cavan,, Roman Catholic, read
James McCabe, 15, Shoemaker, Castledryan? Cavan,, Roman Catholic, read

;Passenger=Margaret Reilly4
"Success" at Circular Quay 1891
Married Name27 July 1859 Franks5 
Marriage*27 July 1859 Presbyterian Church, Albury, NSW, Australia;James Frau?, bachelor, labourer, Albury
Margaret Battersby, spinster, servant, Albury
Witnesses William Smith & Catherine Callaghan;Groom=James Franks5 
Death of Spouse8 January 1866 Albury, NSW, Australia;James Franks, age 40, Farmer
Gastritis, Exhaustion
Born Jersey, Isle of France, 14 years in Australia
Father unknown, mother unknown
Married Margaret McCabe, Albury, 1859
Children James, Charles, Thomas living, Catherine Eliza living, 1 male deceased
Informant Margaret Franks, wife, Albury
Burial 09/01/1866, Albury, Cornelius Tuomey, Roman Catholic, witnesses James Kelly & John Peard;Principal=James Franks6 
Marriage*1867 Chiltern, VIC, Australia;Groom=James Augustus Pike7 
Death of Mother17 September 1877 Pudman Creek, NSW, Australia;
Name: Margaret Macabe
Date of Death: 17/9/1877
Place: Pudman Creek, District of Burrowa NSW
Sex: Female
Age: 71
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Co Cavan Ireland
Time in Aust Colonies: 25 years NSW

Father: Luke Riley
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Catherine Farrell

Place of Marriage: Co Cavan Ireland
Age at Marriage: 20
Name of Spouse: Stephen Macabe
Children of Marriage: 2 females living, 3 males, 2 females deceased
Informant: Mary McEncroe, daughter, Pudman

Cause of Death: General Debility from old age (natural causes)
Length of Illness: 4 days
Medical Attendant: Nil
Date Last Seen:

Date of Burial: 19/09/1877
Place of Burial: Burrowa
Minister & Religion: Father Long, C.C.
Undertaker: W Keating
Witnesses: John O'Hehir, Valentine O'Hehir;Principal=Margaret Reilly2 
Death of Father23 July 1881 Pudman Creek, nr (Burrowa) Boorowa, NSW, Australia;
Name: Stephen McCabe
Date of Death: 23/7/1881
Place: Pudman Creek, District of Burrowa NSW
Occupation: Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 84
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Co Cavan Ireland
Time in Aust Colonies: 42 years in NSW

Father: Francis McCabe
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Mary Farrell

Place of Marriage: Ireland
Age at marriage: 20
Name of Spouse: Margaret Kelly
Children of Marriage: 2 females living, 3 males, 2 females deceased
Informant: Mary McEncroe, daughter, Pudman

Cause of Death: Paralysis
Length of Illness: 3 years
Medical Attendant: Nil
Date Last Seen:

Date of Burial: 25/7/1881
Place of Burial: Burrowa
Minister & Religion: Father Ling, Catholic Church
Undertaker: W Keating
Witnesses: J O'Hehir, S Woodcock;Principal=Stephen McCabe6 
Death of Spouse30 July 1897 Parkes, NSW, Australia;
Name: James Pike
Date of Death: 30 July 1897
Place of Death: Parkes
Occupation: Storekeeper
Sex: Male
Age: 63 years
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Parramatta NSW
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: Theodore Pike
Occupation: Bootmaker
Mother: Not known

Place of Marriage: Chiltern VIC Age at Marriage: 33
Name of Spouse: Margaret Franks
Children of Marriage: Arthur F 27, Sarah M 23, 1 male deceased
Informant: Arthur F Pike, son, Hillsdale

Cause of Death: Pneumonia, Asthma
Length of Illness: 12 days
Medical Attendant: H Oswin Jobuson
Date Last Seen: 30 July 1897

Date of Burial: 31 July 1897
Place of Burial: Church of England Cemetery Trundle
Minister & Religion: F G Neild
Undertaker: Richard Shaw
Witnesses: L Simmons, H T Harmer;Principal=James Augustus Pike8 
Death*9 June 1916 Park Street, Trundle, NSW, Australia;
Name: Margaret Pike
Date of Death: 9/6/1916
Place of Death: Park Street Trundle, Goobang Shire, District of Condobolin NSW
Occupation: Domestic duties
Age: 89
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: County Clare, Ireland
Time in Aust Colonies: 77 years in NSW

Father: Stephen McCabe
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Margaret O'Reily

Place of Marriage 1: Not known
Age at Marriage 1: 18
Name of Spouse 1: James Franks
Children of Marriage 1: John 60, James 57, Katherine 51 living, 3 males, 1 female deceased
Place of Marriage 2: Chiltern Victoria
Age of Marriage 2: 40
Name of Spouse 2: James Pike
Children of Marriage 2: Sarah M 42 living, 2 males deceased
Informant: Sarah Margaret Harmer, daughter, Park Street, Trundle, Witness: W D Olliver

Cause of Death: 1. Endocarditis 2. Bronchitis
Length of Illness: 1. 3 weeks 2. years
Medical Attendant: T D Bertram
Date Last Seen: 8/6/1916

Date of Burial: 10/6/1916
Place of Burial: Roman Catholic Portion of General Cemetery Trundle
Minister & Religion: J A Dunn, Roman Catholic
Undertaker: W D Olliver
Witnesses: G R Guy, D E Bews2 
Burial*10 June 1916 Roman Catholic section, General Cemetery, Trundle, NSW, Australia2 
News-Arct*12 June 1916 "The Leader", Orange, NSW, Australia;
Passing of Pioneers.
There 'crossed the bar' at Trundle, on Friday, Mrs. Pike, one of the first settlers in that rich wheat, district, and an old lady (she was nearing the nineties) who held the respect of the whole countryside. She was formerly the owner of Gobondry station, and leaves a large line of descendants, all of whom are comfortably situated throughout the district. A son, the late Arthur Pike, a former Orange resident, died here about two years ago from typhoid fever. The notorious bushranger, Ben Hall, was a former partner in the Gobondry property, before it came into the hands of the Pike family.9 
Obituary16 June 1916 "The Forbes Advocate", Forbes, NSW, Australia;
It is our sad duty to report the death of one of the oldest residents of the Trundle district, in the person of Mrs Jos. Pike. The poor old lady passed quietly away on Friday, 9th inst., at the ripe age of 89. The deceased had had indifferent health for some years, and had been totally blind for the last 8 or 9 years. Born in the County of Westmead Ireland, she came to Australia, and landed in Sydney at the age of 12, in the year 1839. She went to Burrowa, where she resided for some years. At the age of 18 she was married to Jas. Franks, and lived at Albury for some time. Of this marriage there were four sons and two daughters, they being John, Jas., Louis, Tom, and Katherine (now Mrs H. O'Bryan, of Hillsdale). Some years after the death of her first husband, she married Jas. Pike, and they lived at Widgewa station for some six years, when they moved to Gobondery station, where they resided for about 25 years. While at Gobondery, her second husband died, and left her with three childern from the second marriage—Stephen, Arthur, and Margaret. Of these three, only Margaret, now Mrs H. Harmer, of Trundle, is alive. The deceased lady was very well known and highly respected throughout the district, being perhaps one of the earliest pioneers in those parts. One of the old time sort that was not afraid to go back hundreds of miles from the rail, when there was no such luxury as a car to travel by.
The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Saturday last, the body being buried in the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery. The Rev. Father Dunne officiated at the graveside. To the sorrowing relatives we extend our sympathy.10 
Obituary23 June 1916 "Trundle Star", Trundle, NSW, Australia;
Mrs Jos. Pike died at the residence of Mrs Harmer last week, aged 89. She was born in the county of Westmead in Ireland, and came to Australia and landed in Sydney aged 12 in 1839, after which she went to Burrowa.
At the age of 18 she married James Franks and they went to live in Albury. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters - Louis, Tom, Jas & John, Katheline (now Mrs O'Bryan), of Hillside.
Some years after the death of her first husband, she married Jas. Pike. They lived at Widgewa station for 6 years, and then moved to Gobondery station where they stayed for 25 years. There her second husband died and left her 3 children from the second marriage - Athur, Stephen and Margaret. Only Margaret (now Mrs H Harmer of Trundle) is alive. Her body was buried last Saturday in the Roman Catholic section.11 

Family 1

James Franks d. 8 Jan 1866

Family 2

James Augustus Pike b. 20 Dec 1835, d. 30 Jul 1897


  1. [S89] NSW Birth 8718/1874 - Sarah Margaret Pike.
  2. [S1294] NSW Death Registration Transcription.
  3. [S1577] Roots Ireland, online, baptism Margaret MacAbe 1830.
  4. [S1301] NSW Immigration Boards List.
  5. [S1428] Marriage Certificate transcript.
  6. [S1317] Death Certificate transcript.
  7. [S175] Scott Shaw's Family Tree.
  8. [S14] Death Certificate, James Pike 1897.
  9. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, "The Leader", Monday, June 12, 1916.
  10. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, The Forbes Advocate, Friday, June 16, 1916.
  11. [S1325] Trundle Star.
  12. [S1394] Birth Certificate - full transcript.
  13. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, 4675/1865 Catherine E Frank.
  14. [S651] NSW BDM Indexes, Arthur Pike 6965/1870.
  15. [S1304] NSW Birth Certificate.