Mary Ann McCann was NOT the convict who arrived from England aboard the "George Hibbert" in 1834. According to a NSW Gaol Description and Entrance Book for Darlinghurst Gaol for 1846 & 1847, Mary Ann McCann the convict who arrived on the "George Hibbert" in 1834 was born about 1818 in Manchester. She was again in gaol in 1856 and listed in the Police Gazette for 1858 as being discharged from Darlinghurst gaol.
Mary Ann MCCann was the wife of Private John Howarth of the 80th Regiment and arrived in New South Wales with her husband and and 2 young daughters in about 1838 (date of birth of first child born in New South Wales, and death record). Mary Ann had meet John Howarth when he had been stationed with the 80th regiment in Ireland in the period 1832-1834. They married in Northern Ireland before John Howarth was posted back to England in 1834.
- When her son James was christened in 1839 at Newcastle her husband John Howarth was listed as a private in the 80th Regiment.
- When her daughter Ameilia was christened in 1841 at Goulburn her husband John Howarth was listed as a private in the 80th Regiment.
When John Howarth died on 8 July 1844, Mary Ann was heavily pregnant with their next child. She gave birth to baby Elizabeth on 15 August 1844. Left with 5 young daughters to raise, Mary Ann remarried to William Garner in 1845 at Goulburn.
Details of Mary Ann's living children and their ages, her first and second marriages, and her tiime of arrival in New South Wales were all provided in her death registration by her husband William Garner.
Mary Ann's gravestone at Goulburn reads:
Mary Anne Garner
Died Nov. 3. 1857
Aged 42 years
Leaving a husband and nine
Children to lament their loss.
Remember me as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now soon you might be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
Buried in the same grave is her first husband John Howarth, and their son James.
Also buried in the same grave is William Garner aged 1 year, Mary Ann's infant son with her second husband William Garner. (That there was an infant son deceased is also noted on the birth registration of her daughter Matilda Garner.)
|Offspring of Mary Ann McCann and John Howarth (1810-1844)|
|Annie Howarth (c1834-)||1834 United Kingdom|
|Sarah Mary Howarth (c1836-1895)||1836 England||12 February 1895 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||Charles Sydney Fuller (-1909)|
|James Howarth (1839-1842)||7 January 1839 Hexham, New South Wales, Australia||July 1842 Towrang, New South Wales, Australia|
|Amelia Jane Howarth (1841-1900)||5 April 1841 Towrang, New South Wales, Australia||25 October 1900 Temora, New South Wales, Australia||James Daniel Selmes (1835-1914)|
|Mary Ann Howarth (1842-)||6 August 1842 Towrang, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||James Green (1832-1896) James Green (1832-1896) Richard Stewart|
|Elizabeth Howarth (1844-)||15 August 1844 Towrang, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||John Dougill (-1874) John Dougill (-1874) William Richard Woodman Gibbs|
|Offspring of Mary Ann McCann and William Garner (1809-1868)|
|Susan Garner (1846-1867)||1846 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||6 April 1867 Goulburn, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|Catherine Garner (1850-1862)||16 January 1850 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||18 October 1862 Tarlo, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|John Garner (1852-1928)||6 August 1852 Tarlo, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||29 February 1928 Whitton, New South Wales, Australia||Mary Ann James|
|William H Garner (c1853-1854)||1853 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||1854 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia|
|Matilda Garner (1856-1865)||2 November 1856 Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia||11 August 1865 Cooma, New South Wales, Australia|