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Orphan Number: 3309
Orphan: Catherine LYNAM
Mother:O'NEILL, Margaret
Father:LYNAM, William
Mother's ship:Duke of Cornwall
Father's ship:
Age when admitted:12yrs
Date admitted:15 Nov 1864
Date discharged:
Institution(s):Queens Orphan School
Discharged to:
Remarks: father in prison
References: SWD26/7, 27

This orphan has been claimed by: Catherine Lynam

3309 Catherine Lynam

The surname varied between Lynam/Lyman/Lincham

Catherine is one of three sisters listed at the Queens Orphan School, although they were not actually at the school. Both parents (William and Margaret Lynam -nee O'Neill - both convicts) were in prison at the time and from the records - The Governor approves an allowance of sixteen shillings a week to Francis Smith through the agency of the Warden of Fingal for the maintenance of the three children until their father is discharged from prison. By 1865 the family had moved to Westbury.

We had no knowledge of Catherine until we found her recorded at the Queen's Orphan School, as there is no birth registration.

Catherine supposedly married to John Gorman (no record) and this couple had six children while living at Forth, Westbury, Campbell Town and Launceston, one dying at 3 days old. By 1888 her 7th child was born and Catherine had reverted to her maiden name.

Catherine Lyman then married Alfred William PAUL in 1890 and that is where the trail ends.

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