Australia / 1822 - 1924
I present here a fine summary by Suzie Woodhams of the Cavan Soden
branch under Robert Dawson which emigrated there in 1833. Suzanne
Woodhams has done a great job in cataloguing the Family Tree from then.
See below -
[Source: Suzanne Woodham, Queensland, Australia, 2015]
Robert Dawson Soden and his wife Mary Francis Mortimer , married in Ireland in 1862 and migrated to Queensland arriving 2nd July 1863. They arrived on the Cairngorm ship and are listed as assisted immigrants.His father is recorded as Charles Henry Soden and his mother as Letitia Kellett. I strongly suspect he is a descendant of the Soden family of Cavan CountyTheir first child Kate was born in Ireland on the 7/4/1863. Robert and Mary had 10 children in total and they were both successful farmers in the Mt Beppo District. According to Robert Dawson Soden death Certificate he was born on the 27/10/1837 died on the 3/1/1905. His father is recorded as Charles Henry Soden and his mother as Letitia Kellett. I strongly suspect he is a descendent of the Soden family of Cavan County.Born Ireland 27/10/1837 Fort William Virginia (inscribed on head stone) died 3/1/1905. Robert and Mary were a pioneering farming family in the Mt Beppo district near Brisbane Queensland.[Source: Roslyn McCarthy, great great granddaughter who still farms in the area. January, 2016]Thomas Soden and Margaret Soden,nee Purdue arrived with 3 of their children in Australia aboard the Adam Lodge in February,1840. Thomas was the first Governor of the Bathurst gaol,a post he held for 23 years without any leave. He commenced work on June 4,1840. During his 2 years at the gaol he bought a half share in a property at Dennis Island,George?s Plains which he called Athlone.
(The Gate to Bathurst Gaol,Tasmania,Australia
Thomas was among the petitioners requesting a village at Peppers Creek.
Before the church was built at Dennis Island,services were held at Athlone.
A death for a Thomas Soden died 1852 aged 72 at Hill End Bathurst,making his year of birth approximately 1780. He is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Section,Dennis Island,New South Wales,Australia.
Margaret Purdue is in all probability the Purdue mentioned in the Grove Abstracts,National
Archives , Dublin (Transcribed faithfully)
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