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#AprilAtoZChallenge – B: Boyle Family

April 2, 2017

B is for the Boyle family

PATRICK BOYLE arrived in Melbourne, Australia from Donegal, Ireland, with his family in 1857. They sailed from Liverpool on the ship ‘Pomona’ on 26 Febuary 1857.

Travelling with Patrick was his wife, MARGARET McCLINTOCK and daughters, Ellen, Anne and Margaret. Also travelling with the family was Patrick’s mother ANN GALLAGHER. Ann was the wife of DANIEL BOYLE and was a widow.

Patrick very quickly settled into a life of farming on the Honeysuckle Creek, just outside Violet Town and became a successful farmer and respected member of the local community.

In 1860 Margaret gave birth to a fourth daughter, MARY JANE. Margaret passed away in 1862, at the age of 35.

Patrick married MARIA CHUTE, in 1866 and they had seven children between the years of 1867 and 1879 – Hanora, James, Thomas, Theresa, Francis, Maria and Catherine.

In 1871 tragedy struck the family, when Patrick’s eldest daughter Ellen was murdered by her husband RICHARD CHUTE.  Richard was the brother of Patrick’s second wife Maria.

At the time of her death, Ellen was age 18 years old and mother to two boys, John, almost two years old, and a newborn just two weeks old. I have posted previously about the murder of Ellen Boyle

Patrick died in September 1891, age 63 and is buried in a family plot at the  Violet Town cemetery. Buried with Patrick is his first wife Margaret, his second wife Maria and his daughter Ellen.


  1. Poor Ellen Boyle. Life worked out well for some of our forebears but there were many heartbreaking stories in every community. All the best for the rest of the A-Z challenge. Your blog is delivered to my Feedly and I always find your stories interesting.

  2. Very moved to read this post and your previous one on Ellen Boyle. Hard to imagine her traveling all that way only to have her life cut short. Will be stopping back during the A to Z Challenge to read more.

  3. It seems a lot of people died at an early age back then, such a shame. What a terrible thing to happen to Ellen Boyle.

    Plucking Of My Heartstrings

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