Daniel was a convict who had arrived on the ship Martha in 1818. He was sentenced to transportation for life for burglary. Daniel reoffended several times and, along with his son Thomas McGuirk (1826-1884) and son-in-law Patrick Grady (1822-1892) were charged with bushranging with firearms in 1846. Daniel was transported to Van Diemens Land in 1846 for 7 years. He left Honora with 10 children, although 2 daughters had married. The eldest Ann had been murdered and she had three children, which no doubt were being looked after by Honora. Honora's youngest chld was only 3 years old. Daniel returned to NSW after his sentence had expired and he died in 1867. Honora died one month later.