She was born in Bantry, her father was Patrick Desmond a lawyer and her mother Esther Jagoe. On her mother’s side she may have been a grandchild of John Jagoe, Fish Merchant and later Inspector, his wife was O’Connor. His mother was one of the Young fishing family in Bantry probably since at least 1600.   Through them he probably owned the store where the present Maritime  Hotel in Bantry s built.His father’s line were from Dunmanway.

 

He was writing to the Chief Secretary in Dublin Castle in 1825 supporting non denominational education. His son John a barrister and possible an uncle of Anna Maria was fighting for evicted tenants in Bantry in 1843.

 

 

Her uncle John Jago BL may have emigrated to Australia in the 1850s.  Her sister emigrtaed and married in Australia

From the Australian dictionary of National Biography:

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/desmond-anna-maria-5962