Name: William DAVERN 1
Birth: ABT. 1831 in Anacarty, Ireland 2
Death: 5 OCT 1890 in Te Kopuru, NZ 3 of Disease of the Heart-Frederick Norton(March 1887)
Burial: 8 OCT 1890 Symonds Str, NZ
Immigration: 7 MAR 1854 left Cowes, England
Event: Ship and Arrival 26 JUN 1854 Auckland, NZ “Egmont”
Event: Army BET. 7 JUN 1852 – 31 AUG 1857 58th Regt. No 2776
Occupation: 1890 Sawmill Hand
Event: Issue 1890 m 30 28 25 22 F 32 26 21 19
Emigration: NZ 32 years
Reference Number: 22
ADDR: Te Kopuru
Medical Information: Cardiac Mitral- 31/2 years
The family from which we are descended was originally called
O’Dvibhdabhoireann. It was first anglicised phonetically as
O’Duvdoren and later shortened to O’Davoren.
The sept was settled in County Clare in the Burren. In
the medieval period the stone fort of Cahermcnaughten
was a well known school where literature and language
was taught. In the 17th century Cahermcnaughten
became known as O’Davorens town. Davern is now
more common than Davoren but apparently in the irish
brogue the pronunciation still sounded like Davoren.
Hence on the birth certificates of Williams children their
surname is spelt Davorin. The recording clerks wrote the
name as it was pronounced.
The family history of the Davern side of the family has so far
been traced to the early 1800s. William Davern married
Catherine Taylor approximately 1820-21, and lived in Tipperary
in the parish of Anacarty. William and Catherine had 5
daughters and 5 sons between 1822 and 1844.Their sixth child
destined to be our ancestor was William, baptised on 6 April
1831 at Donohill, Tipperary. No more information on this family
is known until William entered the army.
William enlisted with the 58th regiment on 7 June 1852
at Jersey as private 2776. His records state his age as
20, but according to his baptismal date, he was 21. It was
around this time that William married Elizabeth Catherine Mara,
daughter of Jeremiah O’Mara. Elizabeth was born in Tipperary.
While in Jersey they had a son, Thomas who died as a baby in 1852.
The couple embarked at Cowes on 7 March 1854 and sailed
to New Zealand on board the “Egmont”, arriving in Auckland on the
26 June 1854. A month out from New Zealand their daughter
Catherine was born.
The family settled at Albert Barracks in Auckland. Unfortunately
Catherine had convulsions and died on 6 July 1854 aged 2 months.
William, their second child was born approximately September 1856,
but died on 2 Jan 1858 aged 2 years 4 months from water on the brain.
William senior signed the death certificate with an X, proving that he was
unable to write.
On 31 August 1857, William received discharge from the army
by purchase. William and Elizabeth then moved to Panmure
where they were blessed with 8 more children. After 1871, the
family moved up to Northern Wairoa settling in Te Kopuru
where they found employment in the mills.
Elizabeth was well known as a midwife in both Te Kopuru and Aratapu.
The fashion was to have a “Granny Davern” knot after birth.
On 5 October 1890 William died in Te Kopuru from heart disease, after
suffering for 3 years, aged 59. He had worked as a millhand. He was buried
with his children, Catherine and William at the Symonds St cemetery.
Elizabeth was to survive William until 15 May 1906, when she died of
a stroke aged 76. Elizabeth was buried at Mt Wesley in Dargaville. There is
no headstone to her memory.
William and Catherine had the following children:
MARY JOSEPHINE,(1858-1930) married William Ringrose. They lived
around Toka Toka Dargaville area. They had eleven children.
WILLIAM,(1859-1910) was a millhand and married Katherine Thomas.
William died of a heart attack and was buried at Mt Wesley.
His descendants are presumably in Auckland.
JEREMIAH,(1860-1908) married Sarah Jane Smith. Jeremiah was a
milkhand and was married in Te Kopuru. 2 of his grandchildren lived
in Thames and Paeroa.
CATHERINE VINCENT,(1863-?) married a Greek, John Moros. They had
2 children, Angelika, who married into the Gabriel family, and George.
MICHAEL,(1864-1939) married Annie Ellis at Tom Smiths house in 1899
in Te Kopuru.The couple moved to Ponsonby, then St Heliers. In 1910
they separated, Michael moving to Devonport with the children. He
is buried at ONeills Point cemetery.
JAMES PATRICK,(1867-1902) was a millhand, working at Aratapu. He died
of pneumonia and was buried at Mt Wesley along with Thomas Fernandez
and James Edgar Smith. Did not marry.
ELIZABETH ALICE,(1869-1939) married Thomas Fernandez.They had
10 children 5 of whom died in childhood. Descendants live in Auckland.
MARGARET,(1871-1941) married Thomas Smith of Whangaroa.
They had 12 children, including twin girls. The family remained
in Te Kopuru until the mills closed after the war, moving
to Horotiu, Putaruru, then finally to the mill at Ngongotaha near
Rotorua. They returned to Auckland before 1940 and stayed
with one of their daughters in Remuera. Tom died of a
heart attack, and Margaret died at St Josephs hospital in
Ponsonby in 1941. Descendants live in Northland and Auckland.
Formerly a flourishing Thormond Sect, the O’Davorens have
now dwindled to small numbers but are still found in Clare and
the adjoining county of Tipperary. They are described as formerly a
learned Brehon family seated at Lisdoonvarna, where they had a
literary and legal school, among the pupils of which was
Duald MacFirbis, the most distinguished of that celebrated of Irish Antiquities
The Four Masters record the death in 1364 of Gillananaev
O’Duibhdabhoireann-so the name was originally spelt-chief brethren of
Corcomroe: it was first anglicised as O’Duvdaren and later shortened to
O’Davoren.The “Wars of Torlough” mention Coradh mic Dhabhoirenn i.e
Davorens weir near Corofin, in 1317. The O’Davorens had a mortuary chapel
in the now vanished church of Noughaval in north County Clare.
Griffiths Index, Co. Tipperary, shows:-
Davern G11 T Kilnannanagh L Barony
” G4 T Clanwilliam ”
” G T Middlethird ”
” G T Slievardagh ”
Davoren T Clanwilliam ”
” T Middlethird ”
G is the number of times the name appears in Griffiths.
T indicates a mention in the Tithe Applotment Rolls of c1820.
While both Anacarty & Donohill are shown on todays maps could only
locate Donohill on the ‘fiche as it was a Parish in the 1850’s.
The Handbook on Irish Genealogy advises:-
Annacarty Parish registers [Catholic] commenced 1821. No C.Of I.
Parish listed. Could be a change of name, or a different Barony
& thus not, as yet, located on the ‘fiche.
No mention of Donohill in the Catholic or C. of I. Parish BDM
commencement date listings. But found on the ‘fiche!
Parish of Donohill. Kilnanannanagh Lower Barony.
Townland Occupier Lessee Use Area Valuation
‘Ballybrack’ Jeremiah Davern Simon Breen H & L 4-3-15 L2-0-0
‘Graffin’ Patrick Devern James Black H & L 15-1-12 L9-15-0
‘Newtown North’ Margaret Davern Stephen Navin Land 1-2-26 L1-0-0
” ” ” ” H & Y —— L1-0-0
‘Rossacrow’ Thaddens Davern Edward Bagwel Land 4-0-14 L3-0-0
Michael ” ” ” ” 0-3-22 L0-15-0
” ” ” ” ” 1-3-7 L1-15-0
” ” ” ” H & G 0-0-12 L0-11-0
James ” ” ” H & L 1-1-38 L0-10-0
Sarah ” ” ” H & L 21-1-38 L13-0-0
Timothy ” ” ” H & L 11-2-36 L8-0-0
H = House[s] L = Land G = Garden Y = Yard
Went through the complete Parish to find these. Really need a
Townland name for a faster & better search. Edward Bagwell,
Esq., was the local squire owning numerous properties. A letter to
‘The Proprietor, ‘Rossacrow’, Donohill
Parish, Co. Tipperary, may elicit an interesting reply?
‘IRISH FAMILIES’ by Edward MacLysaght has data on O’Davoren, P112,
Arms Plate VII. There is a tie in to Davern in the precis.
From Auckland Library Records
According to the late 1950’s tombstone transcriptions William Davern died 5
October 1890 aged 59 years and his children Catherine Mary Davern died 10
July 1854 aged 2 months and William Davern died 2 January 1858 aged 2 years.
The tombstone was erected by William’s wife Elizabeth. The St Benedict’s
register has W. Davern buried in October 1890 aged 59 years. The Town
Clerk’s file 162/59 of 24/8/1959 at Auckland City Council Archives has
Elizabeth Catherine Jury (nee Davern and a grandchild of William) add that
he was formerly in the 58th Regiment and buried in the Catholic section.
Another grand-daughter Mrs Gabriel died in 1958. The St Patrick’s register
has Catherine Daverin buried 7 July 1854 aged 8 weeks, a child of William
and Elizabeth Daverin.
Father: William DAVERN b: ABT. 1790 in Anacarty, Ireland
Mother: Catherine TAYLOR b: ABT. 1800 in Anacarty, Ireland
Marriage 1 Elizabeth Catherine MARA b: ABT. 1830 in Tipperary, Ireland
Married: ABT. 1849 in Jersey, Channel Islands
Marriage fact: 5 OCT 1890 in Te Kopuru, NZ
Marriage Ending Status: Death of one spouse
Thomas DAVERN b: ABT. 1852 in Jersey
Catherine Mary DAVERN b: 2 MAY 1854 in At Sea
William DAVERN b: 21 SEP 1856 in Auckland, NZ
Mary Josephine DAVERN b: 13 MAY 1858 in Panmure, NZ
William DAVERN b: 1859 in Auckland, NZ
Jeremiah DAVERN b: ABT. 1860 in Panmure, NZ
Catherine Vincent DAVERN b: ABT. 1863 in Panmure, NZ
Michael John DAVERN b: 14 OCT 1865 in Panmure, NZ
James Patrick DAVERN b: 1867 in Panmure, NZ
Elizabeth DAVERN b: 1869 in Panmure, NZ
Margaret DAVERN b: 25 JUN 1871 in Panmure, NZ
Title: 58th Regiment Army Index (Hugh Hughes)
Page: 58th Regt. No 2776-7 June 1852-31 Aug 1857
Title: Parish Church Anacarty, Tipperary, Ireland
Publication: Xeroxed Copy
Note: V Good
Note: Anacarty, Ireland
Media: Church Record
Text: Church Records
Title: NZ Births Deaths and Marriages
Author: Registrar General
Note: PO Box 11115, Wellington, NZ
Media: Civil Registry