John was born in 1826 and was 20yo when he arrived in Adelaide. John was buying and selling land south of Adelaide and it is believed he was renting land at Bull's Creek where he met and married Bridget Conlin (born 1830 Tipperary, Ireland), of Bull's Creek on 11th May 1850 at Mt. Barker. John and Bridget bought land at Bull's Creek in 1852, just 3kms from Bridget's parents. Bridget and John had 8 children; Catherine (1851), Ellen (1852), James (1854), John (1856), Bridget (1858), Michael (1860), Lawrence (1862), Patrick (1864).
John and Bridget settled in a small hut (still standing- see "Events" 2016) and eventually built a stone house as the children arrived. They built up the farm working mainly with cattle and horses but also an orchard and garden (an original apple tree still exists). Under considerable business and family pressures John was committed to an Asylum in 1864. Except for a short-lived escape in 1874 John remained in the Asylum until his death in 1878 and it is believed he is buried in a paupers grave West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide.
Bridget took control of the Bull's Creek property in 1879 and remained there with the children until 1887. In 1887 the family all moved to the Kaniva area of western Victoria. The family owned and sold a lot of land in western Victoria and it is assumed they farmed it and kept Bridget. The 3 youngest sons, Michael, Lawrence and Patrick, relocated to farms around Salisbury, SA between 1907 and 1911 and it is believed mother Bridget moved back to live with them around this time. Bridget died at Salisbury aged 93yo on 5th July 1923 and is buried in the Salisbury Catholic Cemetery.
Catherine was born in 1851 at Morphett Vale while the family lived at Bull's Creek. Catherine married Patrick Riordan (born 1846 Limerick, Ireland) at Maccclesfield in 1871. They had 8 children; Mary (1872), John (1873), Bridget (1875), James (1878), Margaret (1882), Ann (1884), Patrick (1886), Thomas (1894). It may be that Catherine and Patrick went to the Kaniva area in 1890 but returned to the Mt Barker area by 1909. Catherine died at Mt.Barker in 1913 and Patrick in 1909.
Ellen was born in 1851. Ellen married Frederick Johnson (born 1848) in 1878 and they moved to the Kaniva area between 1895 and 1897. They had 2 children; Frederick (1876), Mary Ann (1879). They lived their lives around Kaniva and Ellen died 4th November 1924 and Frederick died 1929.
James was born 20th October 1853 and went with the family to the Kaniva area around 1880. James married Louisa Russell (born 1879) in 1897 at Lillimur, Victoria. James and Louisa had 9 children; Hurtle (1897), Patrick (1901), Albert (1904), Clarence (1908), John (1909), Mary (1910), Irene (1912), Phyllis (1916), Lawrence (?). They lived their lives in western Victoria and James died in 1928 (buried in Ballarat) and Louisa died in 1957 (buried in Adelaide.
John was born 28th May 1856 and went with the family to the Kaniva area around 1880. John married Bertha Thiele (born 1874) in April 1896 and they had 4 children; Vera (1898), John (1900), Edmund (1903), Elfrieda (1906). John and Bertha moved to the Murray Bridge, SA area in 1897 but no information on what they did. John died in 1911 at Murray Bridge and Bertha died in 1945.
Bridget was born 18th May 1858 and initially went with the family to the Kaniva area around 1880. Bridget married James Hawkins (born 1856) in South Australia in 1889. They had 6 children; Ellen (1891), John (1893), James (?), Mary (1897), Lawrence (1900), Charles (1907). They had moved to Yarrick, Victoria by the birth of their first child and then to Grong Grong, Victoria by the birth of their 4th child. They were at Henty, NSW in 1907 for their 6th child and Bridget died in NSW in 1922 after James died in 1921.
Michael was born 6th May 1860 and moved with the family to Kaniva around 1880. Michael married (Anastasia) Bridget O'Loughlin (born 1871 Dunnstown, Vic) in 1893 at Lillimur, Vic. They had 8 children; Margaret (1894), John (1896), Stella (1898), Thomas (1900), Mark (1908), Grace (1910), Alma (1910), Mary (1918). Michael with his brothers Lawrence and Patrick farmed in western Victoria until 1911 when the family moved to farming at Salisbury, SA. Michael died at Salisbury in 1939 and Bridget died in 1966, both are buried in the Salisbury Catholic Cemetery.
Lawrence was born 20th May 1862 and moved with the family to Kaniva around 1880. Lawrence married Mary Roche (born 1881 in St. Georges, Qld) in 1912 at Lillimur, Vic. They had no children. Lawrence and Mary moved to Salisbury in 1907 and farmed in the area until 1923 when they retired to St. Peters, Adelaide. Lawrence died 1943 and Mary 1956 and both are buried in the Salisbury Catholic Cemetery.
Patrick was born 20th March 1864 and moved with the family to Kaniva around 1880. Patrick married (Alice) Maude Renney (born 1878 at Donald, Vic) and they had 5 children; Frederick (1900), Roy (1905), Percival (1907), Eileen (1910), Albert (1913). Patrick, with his brothers Michael and Lawrence, farmed in western Victoria until 1909 when Patrick and Maude moved to Salisbury. They farmed in Salisbury until 1939 and they retired in Salisbury. Patrick died in 1946 and Maude died in 1968, both buried in Salisbury.