Margaret McKone (nee Heavey)


I have been researching the HEAVEY family who migrated from Ireland to Otago, New Zealand about 1875.  Recently I found there was another family member, Margaret, born about 1859 in Mullingar, Westmeath.

In 1882 Margaret Heavey married Michael McKone, born about 1858 in Ballyconnell, Cavan, Ireland.  Michael was a labourer in County Cavan when at the age of 18 he migrated to New Zealand as an assisted passenger aboard the “Loch Awe” on 6 April 1974.  After arriving in Auckland, Michael  worked his way south and settled near Oamaru, North Otago. He was employed as a labourer with the New Zealand Refrigeration Company and was put in charge of the company’s water races at Awamoko, north of Oamaru.

Margaret and Michael had 16 children. Margaret died in 1902 at Awamoko, and was buried in Oamaru. To date I have traced 338 descendants and 131 spouses of descendants. If you can provide additional information please get in touch.

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