Photo Person: Armagh County - Barrett, Lydia Rosecleer

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File contributed by: Irene Schaffer October 16, 2009,
2:17 am


Source:             Irene Schaffer, Great Grandaughter
Name:               Lydia Rosecleer Barrett

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Lydia Rosecleer was my grandmother, she was the daughter of
Mary Jane Cooke and Joseph Barrett. Mary Jane was born in
Cloncarrish Armagh on 17 March 1853, one of four children to
James Cooke, weaver and Martha Conn. James Cooke was
the son of William Cooke and Susan.

Mary Jane Cooke sailed on the Winsor Castle for Australia in
1876 ages 23 years.  On arrival she lived at Kangaroo Point
suburb of Brisbane in Queensland. She first lived with
Alexander McKinstry and had three children to him. After his
death she married Joseph Barrett from Devon England in 1885.

Additional Comments:
I do not know why Mary Jane left her home and family in
Ireland, sailing more than halfway around the world by
herself. Many thousands of young men and women looked to
other countries to start a new life, Mary Jane being one of