Patrick Cronin was born in Dromcolliher, County Limerick about 1807 to Elizabeth Sweeny and James Cronan. Both Patrick’s parents were deceased in 1842 when he emigrated to Australia. He was able to read and write so possibly attended school in Ireland.
I assume Patrick married Catherine Sullivan in County Cork around 1827 as the eldest child who emigrated with them was born around that time. Catherine was born in County Cork to Johanna Fitzgerald and James Sullivan around 1810; both her parents were still alive when the couple emigrated to Australia in 1842. Their immigration documents indicate their children were born in County Cork and the family were Roman Catholic.
There were five children born in Ireland, James b1827, Elizabeth b1829 (you can read her story here), Mary Jane b1831 (Scott’s ancestor), John b1838 and Johanna b1839. The family emigrated to Australia in 1842 with their next son, Daniel, born on the voyage. The ship’s records show his name to be Sydney but the NSW BDM index shows they had changed their mind by the time his birth was registered in Australia. Their youngest child Julia was born in 1844.
Where did they settle?
Did they have the Surry Hills Hotel, Crown & Campbell Streets? Yes, & it was on the south eastern corner of the intersection.
Death Notice for James Cronin
The Sydney Morning Herald p4 Saturday 22 January 1859