Myles Staunton – Mary Clarke
Myles Staunton was born at Eyrecourt, County Galway, Ireland in 1826, the son of Peter Staunton, farmer and Catherine Dwon, [Divine?]. His daughter Margaret Staunton was to marry Michael Lane, Junior.
Peter and Catherine Staunton had at least three boys, who all came to Victoria.
Myles Staunton, born 1826, married Mary Clarke and who was to farm at Koroit.
Michael Staunton, born 1836, married Mary Boland in Eyrecourt, County Galway. He and his wife and son farmed at Warrong, near Kirkstall. They died in 1877 in the Warrong tragedy.
James Staunton, born 1836, married Mary Gleeson (nee Loughnane) in1868, was a boundary rider and lived in Penshurst. He died in 1884. Click here for family tree.
The name Staunton often becomes Stanton in the family history.
Eyrecourt is a small
village in the south east of Co.
Galway that was founded by Royal
Charter and grew up around the
castle built there by John Eyre a soldier of Cromwell
who after the Parliamentary war went to Ireland "to put down an uprising" and he
paid his army with the spoils of that action.
The Eyre family were granted large tracts of land in East Galway in the 17th Century. The Eyres dispossessed the OMaddens who were the local chieftains in the area.
The Irish name for Eyrecourt is Dun an Ochta, the Parish of Eyrecourt consists of four separate localities Eyrecourt, Clonfert, Esker and Meelick. In the past, there were two separate Parishes, Clonfert and Dun an Ochta; these were redefined in the last century creating the Parish of Eyrecourt.
We are not certain as to what Civil Parish, which was the group of townlands they belonged to, but it was either Donanaghta or Clonfert, in the Barony of Longford.
The Poor Law Union they belonged to was Portumna.
Ireland was divided into four provinces and Eyrecourt was in the province of Connaught.
Whilst the vessel in which they came to Australia is not known, it would have been around 1857 and they began farming at Koroit not long after.
The only road in the 1850s was the main road from Warrnambool to Belfast (Port Fairy), the rest were simply bush tracks made from bullock drays. Koroit was first surveyed in 1857 but it was some years before it was established.
The 1870 rate book, which was the first list of ratepayers in the Borough of Koroit, showed Miles Staunton as owning a house and 30 acres of land.
The informant was his son Michael James Staunton who stated that Myles had lived 45 years in Victoria..
His obituary in the Warrnambool Standard stated,
Our Koroit correspondent writes -:
The funeral of the late Mr. Miles Staunton took place on Saturday and not withstanding the inclement weather it was largely attended. The funeral service at the Tower Hill Cemetery conducted by the Rev. M. Jones. Mr. Staunton was one of the old residents of this district, he having been engaged in agricultural pursuits here for many years and his valuable property "Rose Vale" is very well known. He was a native of County Clare, Ireland and arrived in this district 44 years ago; he success as a farmer is very well known. During last week, Mr. Staunton had a violent attack of bronchitis to which he succumbed in a few days, to the great regret of his friends, by whom he was highly respected. He leaves a widow, three daughters and a son.
The Koroit Sentinal stated on 30th July 1898 that Myles Staunton came to the district in 1854 and bought one of the holdings of Mr. Kells farm at Crossley.
Mary Staunton died February 9th, 1915 aged 82 years at Stauntons Lane, Koroit, Victoria.
The informant was her son in law, Michael Downey of Koroit who stated she had lived 54 years in Victoria.
A notice appeared in the Koroit Sentinal newspaper -:
On the 9th February at her residence Koroit, Mary, relic of the late Miles Staunton.
Refer photograph of Mary Staunton.
He left in trust for his wife Mary Staunton and his daughter Catherine Staunton for the rest of their lives known as the homestead and Russells paddock, with dwellings, stock and machinery.
On the death of his wife then this was to pass to Catherine.
That piece of land containing 17 acres being the two lower paddocks he left to his daughter Mary Jane Staunton.
The16 acres of land on the Tower Hill lake he left to his daughter Margaret Staunton.
That piece of land comprising 130 acres, stock and improvements in the parish of Warrong known as the Bush Paddock to his wife Mary Staunton and on her death to his daughters Mary Jane and Margaret Staunton.
- Mary Clarke
|PETER STAUNTON - CATHERINE DIVINE?||JOHN CLARKE - JANE ROSENGRAVE|
|MYLES STAUNTON b1823 d08/07/1898||MARY CLARKE b1833 d09/02/1915|
|m Elizabeth Lumsden 1902||m Andrew Kell 1907||m Michael Downey||m Michael Francis Lane|
m Andy Cruet
m Gus Harrington
m Bill Rundall
m Tom Broderick
m Joe Broderick
Aileen m Cox
Myles Staunton was born at Eyrecourt, County Galway, Ireland in 1826, the son of Peter Staunton, farmer. The Stauntons' appeared to have been blacksmiths bt trade and there are still Staunton families in the village of Eyrecourt today.
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