Johanna Elizabeth O'Sullivan
- Born: 13 Mar 1853, Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia
- Christened: 10 Apr 1853, Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): William Boyd on 29 Apr 1877 in St Stephens Church, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia
- Marriage (2): James Joseph Monaghan on 27 Feb 1924 in Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 7 Nov 1927, Private Hospital, Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia at age 74
- Buried: 8 Nov 1927, Coolamon Cemetery, Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia
Cause of her death was Cerebral Haemmorhage/Cardiac Failure.
Another name for Johanna was Elizabeth Johanna Monaghan.
Johanna obviously established a relationship and built a life with James Monahan by 1882/3 after her husband, William Boyd, was sent to prison in 1881. (Refer to his page for details of the circumstances). It is not known whether something specific occurred regarding Boyd to facilitate her eventual marriage to Monaghan in 1924, when she was almost 70 years old. Perhaps Johanna had to wait until Boyd died before she could formally marry James Monaghan. Certainly, Johanna is recorded as a "Widow" on her marriage certificate, and her name as Johanna Boyd. However no evidence of Boyd's death has yet been found, and it may be that Johanna proceeded on the basis that Boyd might be, or probably was dead, and perhaps found a sympathetic ear from the family priest, Rev. Gahan who married them. Indeed, a William Boyd did die in Sydney one week before her wedding to James. This was definitely not the same William Boyd (see notes under his entry) but perhaps a newspaper death notice about William Boyd's death was sufficient "evidence" for the Rev. Gahan? Their wedding was a Roman Catholic ceremony held in the Church at Coolamon. Witnesses were Mary Magdalene O'Mara and Mary La Merci Bullock. Perhaps underscoring the clandestine nature of the ceremony, these witnesses were both Josephite nuns, rather than family or friends, and the ceremony was performed on a Wednesday. (Mary Magdalene O'Mara eventually became the Mother-General of the Sisters of St. Joseph a position she held when she died in 1951).
The officiating priest, Rev Gahan, was the same one who officiated at her funeral just a few years later.
It is interesting that James' Death Certificate (1932) records that he married Johanna at aged 33 (so in 1881) in Tungamah, Victoria. His son Arthur was the informant and it is probable that this was the story provided to the children to disguise the fact that they were born out of wedlock. It also suggests that the children were perhaps not aware of the marriage that took place in 1924. All of the children, including those fathered by William Boyd are listed as children of their marriage on the death certificate. However, on Johanna's death certificate (1927), for which son Edward was the Informant, the 1st marriage to William Boyd is correctly recorded, as are the children born from that marriage - named as George, 48 and Daisie, 46. The second marriage to James Monaghan is duly recorded along with the children's names with the eldest being Margaret at 42. However, it is recorded that Johanna was 30 years old when she entered her 2nd marriage, not 70 as she actually was. That was 43 years prior to her death, James and Johanna's oldest child, Margaret, was 42 years old, so it was a neat "little white lie" to avoid any latent concerns about illegitimacy for their Catholic children.
Johanna's Obituary from an unidentified newspaper
As briefly reported in our last issue the death occurred on Monday morning of last week, of Mrs.Johanna Monaghan, at the age of 73. The deceased lady was the wife of Mr. James Monaghan, who with his late wife were old and respected residents of the Rannock district, having moved into Coolamon last year. The deceased had been a resident of the district for 20 years and was highly respected by all who knew her. She suffered a paralytic stroke on November 1st, and never regained consciousness, passing peacefully away at the Coolamon private hospital. She is survived by a sorrowing husband and a grown-up family of three sons and three daughters - Messrs. George (Melbourne), Edward (Wagga) and Archie (Coolamon); Mrs. A McMillan (Mulwala); Mrs. M. E. O'Brien (Coolamon) and Mrs. E. T, Bruest. (Bectric).
The funeral took place on Tuesday of last week, the remains being interred in the Catholic portion of the Coolamon cemetery. The Rev. Father Cahan officiated at the graveside, the chief mourners being the husband, sons and daughter of the above mentions. There was a large attendance of friends from Coolamon, Rannock and other portions of the district. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. Budge.-
Johanna married William Boyd, son of William Boyd and Wilhelmina Loftus, on 29 Apr 1877 in St Stephens Church, Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia. (William Boyd was born circa 1851 in Kilkenny, Ireland.)
It was a Church of England ceremony. One of the Witnesses was William Sullivan, probably the Bride's brother. The second witness name is indecipherable.
Johanna next married James Joseph Monaghan, son of Edward Monaghan and Mary McGrath, on 27 Feb 1924 in Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia. (James Joseph Monaghan was born in 1848 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, died on 14 Sep 1932 in Wallace St, Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 16 Sep 1932 in Coolamon Cemetery, Coolamon, New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of his death was Broncho-pneumonia 12 days/ Toxaemia & Myocarditis 4 days.