Stephen McCabe1

M, #880, b. 1807, d. 23 July 1881
FatherFrancis McCabe1
MotherMary Farrell1
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited24 Apr 2021
Note* Castlerahan, Cavan, Ireland;
The 1821 Census records for Castlerahan, Cavan have survived. There is only one Stephen McCabe recorded in the census living with his brother Patrick in Clonkeffy:
Patrick McCabe,, 32, Farmer
Stephen McCabe,, 27, Labourer
This would make Stephen much older than 32 when convicted in 1839, but does align more closely with being 84 at his death in 18812 
Birth*1807 Cavan, Ireland1 
Marriage* Cavan, Ireland;Bride=Margaret Reilly3 
News-Arct9 May 1838 "The Dublin Evening Mail", Dublin, Ireland;
COUNTY WESTMEATH.—OUTRAGE.—On Tuesday last, the fair day of Mountnugent, as a respectable and well conducted Protestant named Stephen Strong, was returning to his residence, he was violently and murderously assaulted by some thirty savages, who knocked him down, stoned, and cast him into a ditch, where, with diabolical ferocity, they seemed determined on the utter destruction of their unoffending victim. One of his legs was frightfully fractured, and his head received several severe cuts, one of which laid bare the bone; and all of this occurred about the early hour of five o’clock, p.m., to an individual offering no offence. Nor did any one who witnessed the melancholy transaction humanely come forward to afford assistance.4 
News-Arct*12 March 1839 "The Newry Telegraph", Newry, Armagh, Ireland;
Cavan, Thursday, March 7, 1839.
The following is the state of the Calendar: —
John Connell, charged with the murder of his wife, Jane Connell;
Daniel Maguire and Judy Dolan, with the murder of James Dolan, (the husband of Judy);
Henry Murphy, with having committed perjury;
Nich. Brady, with attacking and dragging out of his dwelling-house, and beating, in a cruel manner, Michael Smith;
Brian Reilly, with having committed a rape on the body of Kitty Duffy;
Phillip and Michael Donohoe, with having administered unlawful oaths, and robbery of £1. 10s.;
Fras. Maguire, for presenting a gun at Head- Constable John Armstrong, whilst endeavouring to arrest him on suspicion of firing at the Rev. Marcus Beresford;
John Brady, for having fired at said Mr. Beresford, with intent to take his life;
Edward Cusack and Jos. Martin, for a rape on Betty Hart;
William Burrowes, for having a stolen cow in his possession, the property of Abraham Bradley;
Daniel and Phillip McEntee, for having forged a promissory note;
James Donegan, for the murder of his wife, Mary Donegan, at Shercock;
Patrick Dent, for firing a pistol at John Traynor, with intent to take his life, which shot wounded Hugh McCullen;
Patrick, John, and Peter Flannagan, for assaulting James Williamson, of which wound he has since died;
Edward, John, and Pat. Malone, for the murder of John Drum;
Phillip O’Reilly, for the robbery of John Masterson’s watch;
Michael Fitzpatrick, for a rape on Daphne McCabe;
James Dunlop and William Stephens, for coining;
Phillip Fitzpatrick and Robert Mahon, for the murder of Patrick Reilly;
James Brady and Terence Rudden, for being accessary to the shooting at the Rev. Mr. Beresford;
John Robinson, for bigamy;
Patrick Keegan, Stephen Williamson, Patrick and John Faughner, Patrick Cronan and Patrick Alvany, for the robbing of fire-arms;
Patrick Quillan and John Whitton, for the murder of Patrick Reilly;
Henry McEnree, for assaulting Phil. Reilly, so as to endanger his life;
Michael Connor and John McDermot, for robbing Patrick Maguire;
Bernard Kennedy, for a rape on Eleanor Boyle;
Patrick Lee, for a violent assault on Rose McCabe;
Thomas and John Donohoe, for robbery of arms;
M. Reilly, for cow stealing;
A. Elwood, for issuing base coin;
Bernard Mallon, for perjury;
James Carroll, for horse stealing;
Peter McEtee, cow stealing;
Samuel Reilly, stealing a mare;
Phillip Patrick and Michael Donoghoe, burglary;
Bridget Heery, personal robbery;
John and James Hamilton, violently assaulting; Patrick Cullen,
Stephen McCabe, violent assault on Stephen Strong;
Nathaniel McMullen, for the murder of Bessy McMullen;
Thomas Ballard, for robbery of a dwelling-house;
John Fitzsimons, for swearing twice on a testament that he would take the life of Pierce Morton, Esq.;
Patrick McMahon, burglary and assault,
Francis Smith and Christopher Ward, murder of Phil. Carrolan, at Aralefour, near Bailieborough;
John Smith, for passing base coin;
Owen Daly, rape on the body of Anne Weldon;
Patrick Heslin, sheep stealing;
Ed. Reilly, robbery of arms;
James Ennis, snapping a gun at Ellen and Rernard Reilly;
Susan Streton, cow stealing;
Patrick Gallagher, embezzling £126 from Francis Kelly;
James Hare, robbery of fire-arms;
Frank and Owen Reilly, and Thomas Smith, Whiteboyism;
Bernard McCabe, murder of Michael Smith, at Lismageril; and
Thomas Brady, for coining.5 
Conviction*26 March 1839 Cavan, Ireland;
Stephen McCabe, age 32, Aggravated assault, transportation 7 years6 
Gaol*2 May 1839 Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, Ireland;
No.: 2029
Name: Stephen McCabe
County: Cavan
Crime: Aggravated Assault
Sentence: 7 years
When Tried: 26th March 1839
By Whom Tried:
Age: 32
Height: 5ft 6in
Eyes: Grey
Hair: L Brown
Complex: Fair
When Committed: 2nd May 1839
How disposed of: Blenheim 15th May 1839

Transported*27 September 1839 "Blenheim", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
List of 200 Male convicts, by the Ship Blenheim, John Grey, Master; Surgeon-Superintendent, William McDowell, arrived from Ireland, 27th September, 1839
Standing No. of Convict: 39-1112
Indent No.: 103
Name: McCabe, Stephen
Age: 30
Education: None
Religion: Roman Catholic
Single, Married or Widower: Married
Children: 1 male, 4 females
Native Place: County Cavan
Trade or Calling: Laborer
Offence: Aggravated assault
Where Tried: Cavan
When Tried: 26 March, 1839
Sentence: 7 years
Former Convictions: None
Height: 5' 5 3/4"
Complexion: Pale and pockpitted
Color of Hair: Light mixed with grey
Color of Eyes: Grey
Particular Marks, Scars, or Remarks: Mole right cheek, mole under left ear
Certificate of Freedom 46/8428 
News-Arct28 September 1839 "The Australian", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Shipping Intelligence.
SEPTEMBER 27. — The Blenheim, Gray, master, with 200 male prisoners, left Kingstown May 19. Passengers — Adjutant Macgregor, 28th Regiment, Ensign Kirley, 51st Regiment, Surgeon Superintendent, W. Macdowell, Esq., R. N.9 
Ticket of leave*12 December 1843 Yass, NSW, Australia;
No. 43/2834
Prisoner's No. 39/1112
Name. Stephen McCabe
Ship. Blenheim 3
Master. Grey
Year. 1839
Native Place.
Trade or Calling.
Place of Trial. Cavan
Date of Trial. 26th March 1839
Sentence. Seven years
Year of Birth.
General Remarks.

Allowed to remain in the District of Yass
On recommendation of Yass Bench
Dated August 184310 
Note*15 May 1845 Arkstone Forest, Burrowa, near Yass, NSW, Australia;
Petition of Stephen McCabe per Ship Blenheim
To His Excellency Sir George Gipps , Knight, Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over the Territory of New South Wales and Vice Admiral of the same.
The Petition of Stephen McCabe Most Humbly sheweth:
that your Petitioner was tried at Cavan 26 March 1839, Convict for Seven Years - and arrived per Ship Blenheim, Grey, Master in the Year 1839.
That your Petitioner received his ticket of leave dated 12 December 1843 for the District of Yass, which he still enjoys.
That your Petitioner has a Wife and family residing at Dunowen, near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland - whom he wishes to come out, having it in his power to provide for them.
That your Petitioner has received a letter from his wife Margaret McCabe stating her wish to come out with the family, and that a Petition to that effect was sent by her to His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from whom an answer was received stating that the Lord Lieutenant had not the power to send them out unless the Governor of the Colony were (sic) the Convict was, recommended the indulgence be granted.
That your Petitioner humbly intreats (sic) Your Excellency will be pleased to grant him the requisite Recommendation to the Lord Lieutenant, that the Petitioners Wife and family may be sent out, and Your humble petitioner will, as in duty bound, for ever pray.
Stephen McCabe in the employ of Mr John James Howell

The Petitioner Stephen McCabe has been known to me since his arrival in the Colony, and is still in my employ. I beg leave to recommend him to the favourable Consideration of Your Excellency as an industrious, sober, careful Man Capable of maintaining his Wife and family.
J J Howell

Response: Inform him that I have no longer the means of procuring Passage for the Wives & Families of Convicts to the Colony
G G June 14 184511 
Cert-Freedom*3 September 1846 Yass, NSW, Australia;
No. 46/842
Date. 3 September 1846
Prisoner's No. 39/1112
Name. Stephen McCabe
Ship. Blenheim 3
Master. Grey
Year. 1839
Native Place. County Cavan
Trade or Calling. Laborer
Place of Trial. Cavan
Date of Trial. 26 March 1839
Sentence. Seven yrs
Year of Birth. 1809
Height. 5 feet 5 3/4 Inches
Complexion. Pale and pock pitted
Hair. Light mixed with grey
Eyes. Grey
General Remarks. Mole on the right cheek another under the left ear12 
Note4 November 1847 Arkstone Forest, near Yass, NSW, Australia;
Application for Wife and Family (form)
I, Stephen McCabe per Ship Blenheim beg respectfully to request that my wife and children may be provided with a passage to this Colony.
I am at present following the occupation of Farm Servant in the Service of Mrs Lucy Howell at Arkstone Forest.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obediant Servant
Stephen McCabe his mark

Wife's Maiden Name, Margaret Riley
Present Residence, Old Castle
County, Meath
Town or Parish, &c, Old Castle

Mary McCabe, 26
Catherine McCabe, 23
Margaret McCabe, 20
James McCabe, 17
Bridget McCabe, 14

Persons to whom applicant's family are known:
Edward Plunkett, Esq, Dun Owen, Co Cavan near Old Castle

We hereby certify that Stephen McCabe is a well conducted man, and that he has the means of supporting his family
Lucy Howell
C C Wildath

Eligible & recommended 29 Nov 184711 
Land20 November 1868 Sydney, NSW, Australia;
VICTORIA, By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and so forth:—
TO ALL to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:—
Whereas on the Eighteenth day of February in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty-two Stephen McCabe of Burrowa in Our said Colony, became, under and by virtue of the 13th section of the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1861, the Purchaser by Conditional Sale without Competition of the Parcel of Land hereinafter described: And whereas the said Stephen McCabe hath duly paid into the Office of the Colonial Treasurer of the said Colony, the sum of one Hundred Pounds Sterling, being the Purchase Money payable by him for the said Lands: And whereas the said Stephen McCabe hath made the declaration required by the 18th section of the said Act, and the Minister for the time-being charged with the administration of the public lands is satisfied that the said Stephen McCabe hath done all things required by law to be done by him, to entitle him the said Stephen McCabe to a grant of the fee simple of the said Lands, subject to the Reservations hereinafter contained…..
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In Testimony Whereof, We have caused this Our Grant to be Sealed with the Seal of Our Said Colony.
WINESS Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Cousin and Councillor, Somerset Richard, Earl of Belmore, Our Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Our Colony of New South Wales, of Government House, Sydney, in New South Wales aforesaid, this Twentieth day of November in the Thirty second Year of Our Reign; and in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty eight
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Death of Spouse17 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 Reilly3 
Will*6 March 1879 Burrowa, NSW, Australia;
This is the last Will and Testament of me Stephen McCabe of Pudman Creek near Burrowa in the Colony of New South Wales Settler. I hereby revoke all testamentary writings heretofore executed by me After payment of all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever to my daughter - Mary McEncroe the wife of Peter McEncroe of Pudman Creek aforesaid Settler to be for her own sole and separate use free from the debts control or engagements of her present or any future husband with whom she may intermarry I appoint my said daughter Mary McEncroe Executrix and Isaac Stevenson of Burrowa aforesaid Executor of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this Sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine
Signed by the said Stephen McCabe of Pudman Creek aforesaid (by affixing his mark hereto) as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting Witnesses and we certify the same was read over and explained to him and he appeared to us to thoroughly understand the nature and effect hereof
Harold O'Brien
I Peterson
Stephen McCabe his mark;Exec-Beneficiary=Mary McEncroe14 
Death*23 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 Woodcock1 


Margaret Reilly b. 1806, d. 17 Sep 1877


  1. [S1317] Death Certificate transcript.
  2. [S1627] 1821 Irish Census.
  3. [S1294] NSW Death Registration Transcription.
  4. [S1726] Findmypast Irish newspapers, online, The Dublin Evening Mail, May 9, 1838.
  5. [S1726] Findmypast Irish newspapers, online, The Newry Telegraph, March 12, 1839.
  6. [S1315] National Archives of Ireland.
  7. [S1554] Findmypast Ireland, online, Dublin Kilmainham Prison General Register 1836-1840.
  8. [S1316] Convict Idents.
  9. [S1565] Trove digitised newspapers, online, The Australian, Saturday, September 28, 1839.
  10. [S1342] Ticket of Leave Butts.
  11. [S1429] Colonial Secretary Index to letters sent re convicts, 1826-1855.
  12. [S1398] Certificate of Freedom.
  13. [S1838] NSW Land Registry Services, online, Stephen McCabe 1868.
  14. [S379] Probate records.
  15. [S1300] NSW Immigration Agents List.
  16. [S1301] NSW Immigration Boards List.