Bridget Welsh, 18171889 (aged 72 years)

Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
Name
Bridget Welsh
Given names
Bridget
Surname
Welsh
Married name
Bridget Fowler
Married name
Bridget Grimwood
Birth 1817 20
Marriage of a parentFelix O'HareBridget MurrayView this family
June 29, 1818 (aged 1 year)
Address: St. John's Church
Text:

The New South Wales BDM marriage record shows no other detail apart from their names and that of the church.

Text:

Bridget Murray age 28, per Canada, in the factory Felix Hare age 30, Servant to Mr Caddy, per Fanny Event Date: 2 Mar 1818

Citation details:

No 605

Text:

Felix Hare, prisoner age 30, per Fanny of the parish of Parramatta and Bridget Murrey, prisoner age 28 per Canada of ditto were married in this church by banns this 29th day of June 1818 by me Samuel Marsden Both Felix and Bridget made their X marks in the register in the presence of Henry Armstrong who made his X mark and Mary Walsh who signed the register

Birth of a half-brotherJohn O'Hare
1819 (aged 2 years)

Birth of a half-brotherThomas O'Hare
1821 (aged 4 years)

Census 1822 (aged 5 years)
Citation details:

1822 muster

Text:

On the 1822 Muster, Felix O'Harra is shown as being a 'free by servitude' ex convict ship "Fanny", seven years sentence, landowner of Parramatta, together with three children all 'BC' (born in the colony), one 5 years old, the second age not specified and the third one year old. While the children's names are not shown, given the ages, they are most likely to be Bridget Welsh and John and Thomas Hare. Bridget, Felix's wife, is shown under her maiden name, free by servitude, ex 'Canada', seven years sentence, wife of F. O'Harra, and living at Parramatta.

Christening of a half-brotherFelix O'Hare
1823 (aged 6 years)
Marriage of a parentWilliam PurnellBridget MurrayView this family
June 1823 (aged 6 years)

Text:

Bridget and William co-habited and did not marry. Bridget was already married to Felix O'Hare. Bridget's husband Felix was serving time in gaol between June to 15 August 1823 and this is likely to be the period for the commencement of co-habitation between William and Bridget.

Residence August 14, 1823 (aged 6 years)
Note: Her mother Bridget petitioned the government to place her in the Female Orphan School stating that she herself was ill in hospital, and that her husband Felix was in gaol. This document is the only one that mentions that her father was James L. A. Welsh. Bridget was released from the Orphan Institution on 6 Dec 1823.
Birth of a half-brotherFelix O'Hare
1823 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a half-sisterMary Purnell
1825 (aged 8 years)
Text:

Name: Mary Purnell Birth Date: 1825 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1825 Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Pritchett Welsh Volume Number: V18257117 IB

Birth of a half-sisterSarah Purnell
October 18, 1826 (aged 9 years)
Address: Marson's Farm
Text:

Name: Sarah Purnell Birth Date: 1826 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1826 Registration Place: Cobbitty, Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh Volume Number: V1826464 II

Text:

Name: Sarah Purnell Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 18 Oct 1826 Baptism Date: 15 Apr 1827 Baptism Place: Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1826 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh FHL Film Number: 993950

Christening of a half-sisterSarah Purnell
April 15, 1827 (aged 10 years)
Source: unknown
Text:

The baptism record shows that William was a labourer living on Marson's Farm, District of Cooke. Mother shown as Bridget Welsh. The delay between birth and baptism was probably because William was in goal.

Text:

Name: Sarah Purnell Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 18 Oct 1826 Baptism Date: 15 Apr 1827 Baptism Place: Narellan, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1826 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: William Purnell Mother: Bridget Welsh FHL Film Number: 993950

Census 1828 (aged 11 years)
Text:

The 1828 muster records 'B. Welsh' aged 11, BI (born in colony) female OI (Orphan Institution), Parramatta.

Birth of a half-brotherStephen Purnell
about 1829 (aged 12 years)
Occupation
Domestic
1830 (aged 13 years)

Note: At about 13 years of age, Bridget was assigned to Mr. P. Weiss, a missionary, for domestic service.
Occupation
Inmate
1830 (aged 13 years)
Note:

Agency:Female Orphan School Bridget's mother petitioned the government to have Bridget released into her mother's custody, claiming that she was then in a better situation and able to care for her daughter. By that time, her mother had had three children (John (11), Thomas (9) and Felix (7)) by Felix Hare, and three children by William Purnell (Mary (5), Sarah (4) and Stephen (1)).

It is not known where or with whom her mother was living at the time. We do know however, that her mother spent from the 20 Dec 1831 until 20 July 1837 in gaol for drunken assault.

MarriageDaniel FowlerView this family
October 21, 1835 (aged 18 years)
Shared note: Her marriage certificate did not list the names of her mother and father. Throughout her life Bridget would deny any knowledge of who her mother and father were on any official document she was required to fill out.
Birth of a daughterRachel Fowler
February 4, 1837 (aged 20 years)
Text:

Name: Rachel Fowler Birth Date: 1837 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1837 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Volume Number: V183775 21

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Name: Rachel Fowler Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 4 Feb 1837 Baptism Date: 5 Mar 1837 Baptism Place: St Philips, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1837 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993952

Birth of a daughterJane Fowler
June 19, 1839 (aged 22 years)
Text:

Name: Jane Fowler Birth Date: 1839 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1839 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Volume Number: V1839177 23A

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Name: Jane Fowler Gender: Female Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 19 Jun 1839 Baptism Date: 18 Aug 1839 Baptism Place: St. Philip Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1839 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993952

Birth of a sonFrederick Fowler
December 15, 1841 (aged 24 years)
Text:

Born 15 Dec 1841 and baptised 5 Jan 1842 Frederick son of Daniel and Bridget Fowler a boatman of Ermington H.H. Bobart officiating minister

Birth of a daughterEmily Fowler
1844 (aged 27 years)
Text:

Name: Emily Fowler Birth Date: 1844 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1844 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Volume Number: V1844270 35

Birth of a sonGeorge Fowler
May 27, 1846 (aged 29 years)
Text:

V1846269 35/1846 FOWLER GEORGE DANIEL BRIDGET

Text:

Name: George Fowler Event Type: Baptism Birth Date: 27 May 1846 Baptism Date: 24 Nov 1850 Baptism Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Parish as it Appears: Saint Andrew Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Fowler

Birth of a daughterClara Fowler
July 2, 1848 (aged 31 years)
Text:

Name: Clara Fowler Event Type: Baptism Birth Date: 2 Jul 1848 Baptism Date: 24 Nov 1850 Baptism Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Parish as it Appears: Saint Andrew Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Fowler

Birth of a daughterAmy G. Fowler
1851 (aged 34 years)
Text:

Name: Amy G Fowler Birth Date: 1851 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1851 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Volume Number: V1851227 150

Death of a motherBridget Murray
January 2, 1852 (aged 35 years)
Text:

This is possibly our Bridget's death date, but under column for Ship Name it had Native (i.e. born in the Colony).

Text:

Name: Bridget Hare Death Date: 1852 Death Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1852 Registration Place: Mulgoa, Penrith, New South Wales Volume Number: V18521236 118

Marriage of a childWilliam J WilliamsRachel FowlerView this family
1853 (aged 36 years)
Birth of a daughterMiriam Fowler
November 21, 1854 (aged 37 years)
Text:

Name: Daniel Fowler Gender: Male Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 21 Nov 1854 Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1855 Baptism Place: Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993966

Birth of a sonDaniel Fowler
November 21, 1854 (aged 37 years)
Text:

When Daniel's father (Daniel Snr) died in 1855, his mother Bridget distributed her children to various people around Sydney. Bridget re-married in 1862 to Robert Grimwood, and he died in 1863.

Text:

Name: Daniel Fowler Gender: Male Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 21 Nov 1854 Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1855 Baptism Place: Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993966

Text:

Name: Daniel Fowler Gender: Male Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 21 Nov 1854 Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1855 Baptism Place: Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia Residence Date: 1854 Residence Place: New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993966

Christening of a daughterMiriam Fowler
January 7, 1855 (aged 38 years)
Text:

Name: Daniel Fowler Gender: Male Baptism Age: 0 Birth Date: 21 Nov 1854 Baptism Date: 7 Jan 1855 Baptism Place: Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget FHL Film Number: 993966

Death of a husbandDaniel Fowler
December 7, 1855 (aged 38 years)
Text:

V18551832 43A/1855 FOWLER DANIEL AGE 50

Birth of a daughterAmy Gertrude Fowler
May 30, 1856 (aged 39 years)
Text:

Born 30 May 1856 and baptised 3 Aug 1856 Amy Gertrude daughter of Daniel and Bridget Fowler (father dead), a labourer of Newington

Birth of a childFowler
1856 (aged 39 years)
Text:

Name: Fowler Birth Date: 1856 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1856 Registration Place: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Father: Daniel Fowler Mother: Bridget Registration Number: 6550

Marriage of a childWilliam Foster DindJane FowlerView this family
1858 (aged 41 years)
Marriage of a childJoseph CollinsRachel FowlerView this family
1861 (aged 44 years)
MarriageRobert GrimwoodView this family
June 21, 1862 (aged 45 years)
Death of a husbandRobert Grimwood
September 1, 1863 (aged 46 years)
Text:

1091/1863 GRIMWOOD ROBERT AGE 49 YEARS DIED SYDNEY SYDNEY

Citation details:

Sydney Morning Herald Wed 2 Sep 1863 p. 1

Text:

On the 1st instant, at his residence, Pyrmont, Mr. Robert Grimwood, one of the oldest and most respected of captains out of the port, in the 49th year of his age

Burial of a husbandRobert Grimwood
September 2, 1863 (aged 46 years)
Citation details:

p. 107

Text:

Robert GRIMWOOD died 27th [sic] September 1863 aged 47 years

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Sydney Morning Herald Fri 4 Sep 1863 p. 4

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Captain Robert Grimwood, late of the schooner Emma, for many years in the employ of Mr George Coleson, was buried on Wednesday last. He had been engaged for many years in the cedar trade and was one of the first to open the navigation of the rivers from the neighbourhoods of which cedar is obtained. The deceased was held in great respect, and his remains were followed to their last resting-place by the principal owners and masters of vessels in the coasting trade.

Marriage of a childJohn SharkeyEmily FowlerView this family
October 20, 1866 (aged 49 years)
Text:

1254/1866 SHARKEY JOHN FOWLER EMILY ST LEONARDS

Citation details:

Empire (Sydney) Tue 23 Oct 1866 p. 1

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SHARKEY - FOWLER. - By special licence, at Diad's Hotel, North shore, on Saturday, 20th instant, by the Rev. Dr. Lang M.P., Mr. John Sharkey, of Riley-street South, Surry Hills, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Emily, daughter of the late Mr. Daniel Fowler, farmer, Parramatta River, a native of the colony.

Marriage of a childFrederick FowlerElizabeth BozierView this family
July 14, 1868 (aged 51 years)
Text:

Name: Frederick Fowler Spouse Name: Elizabeth Bozier Marriage Date: 14 Jul 1868 Marriage Place: Queensland Registration Place: Queensland Registration Year: 1868 Registration Number: B002430 Page Number: 4937

Marriage of a childGeorge FowlerEsther WoodView this family
July 5, 1875 (aged 58 years)
Text:

2573/1875 FOWLER GEORGE WOODS ESTHER GOULBURN

Citation details:

2573/1875

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Married 5 Jul 1875 at Goulburn George Fowler a draper of Sydney, a bachelor born Sydney age 27, son of Daniel Fowler and Mary Pernell Esther Woods born Crookwell NSW a spinster, age 20 daughter of Henry Woods and Elizabeth Stephenson John Penman officiating minister according to the rites of the Primitive Methodist Church Witnesses Anthony Stephenson and Maria Stephenson The consent of Elizabeth Woods, mother of Esther Woods was given, the said Esther Woods being under marriageable age.

Source: Email message
Citation details:

Dillon, Laraine, "Scan George marriage Cert" email message to Marion Purnell 4 Oct 2016

Text:

George had an excellent education and was a Journalist and Teacher. My father said he was a Don at a university but I have never proved that fact. I reckon Mary Purnell (his aunt) bought him up.....so he recognised her as his mother.

Marriage of a childGeorge McDonaldClara FowlerView this family
October 24, 1876 (aged 59 years)
Address: The Garrison Church
Death of a half-brotherJohn O'Hare
after 1876 (aged 59 years)

Note: The death certificate of John's father, Felix, dated 4 Jun 1976 states that John was alive at that time.
Death of a half-brotherThomas O'Hare
after 1876 (aged 59 years)

Note: The death certificate of John's father, Felix, dated 4 Jun 1976 states that Thomas was alive at that time.
Death of a half-sisterMary Purnell
January 12, 1878 (aged 61 years)
Cause: Cancer of stomach
Citation details:

Evening News Mon 14 Jan 1878 p. 2

Text:

BOYD-January 12, at the residence of her son-in-law (Mr. John N. Wallace), 5 Albert Terrace Bellevue-street, Albion Estate. Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. James E.Boyd, Lane Cove, aged 52 years.

Burial of a half-sisterMary Purnell
January 14, 1878 (aged 61 years)
Source: unknown
Text:

Mary was not a Catholic at the time of her marriage but after her death in 1878 at the age of 53, she was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Petersham Cemetery and her remains were re-interred in the ''Lewisham Section" of Rookwood Cemetery when the extensions were made to Lewisham Hospital.

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Mary Elizabeth Boyd BIRTH unknown DEATH 12 Jan 1878 BURIAL Rookwood Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria Rookwood, Cumberland Council, New South Wales, Australia PLOT M2 sect 13 LEW Plot 444 MEMORIAL ID 148968603

Citation details:

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Mon 14 Jan 1878 Page 8

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FUNERALS. THE FRIENDS of Mr. JAMES E. BOYD, of Lane Cove, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved WIFE, Mary; to move from the resi- dence of her Son-in-Law, Mr. John Wallace, No. 5, Albert- terrace, Bellevue-street, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Catholic Cemetery, Petersham. J. and G. SHYING and CO., 719, George-street.

THE FRIENDS of Messrs. JAMES and THOMAS WILLIAM BOYD are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved MOTHER, Mary; to move from their Brother-in-law's residence, 5, Albert- terrace, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Petersham. J. and G. SHYING and CO., 120, Oxford-street.

THE FRIENDS of Mr. JOHN WALLACE are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved MOTHER-IN-LAW, the late Mrs. Mary Boyd ; to move from his residence, 5, Albert-terrace, Bellevue- street, off Albion-street, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 2 o'clock, for Petersham Cemetery.

THE FRIENDS of Mr. MATTHEW QUINLAN are requested to attend the Funeral of his MOTHER-IN- LAW, Mrs. Mary Boyd ; to move from No. 5, Albert- terrace, Bellevue-street, Albion Estate, THIS AFTER- NOON, at 2.30, for Petersham Cemetery.

Death March 23, 1889 (aged 72 years)
Cause of death: Breast Cancer
Family with parents
father
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: before 1817
-6 years
elder brother
1810
Birth: about 1810 13Ireland?
Death:
8 years
herself
Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
18171889
Birth: 1817 20Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 23, 1889Camperdown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Felix O'Hare
step-father
17941876
Birth: about 1794Armagh, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: June 4, 1876Camden, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 29, 1818Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
half-brother
3 years
half-brother
18211876
Birth: 1821 27 24
Death: after 1876
3 years
half-brother
18231907
Birth: 1823 29 26Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 25, 1907The Oaks, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with William Purnell
step-father
Purnell, William ( 1795-1871)
17951871
Birth: January 26, 1795 30 32Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 6, 1871Lane Cove, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17971852
Birth: about 1797Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Death: January 2, 1852Emu Plains, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 1823
3 years
half-sister
18251878
Birth: 1825 29 28Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 12, 1878Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
half-sister
18261902
Birth: October 18, 1826 31 29Cobbitty, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 31, 1902Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
half-brother
Purnell, Stephen (1829-1912)
18291912
Birth: about 1829 33 32New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 16, 1912Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Daniel Fowler
husband
18081855
Birth: about 1808
Death: December 7, 1855Hunters Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
herself
Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
18171889
Birth: 1817 20Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 23, 1889Camperdown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: October 21, 1835Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
16 months
daughter
18371912
Birth: February 4, 1837 29 20Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1912St Leonards, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18391885
Birth: June 19, 1839 31 22Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 22, 1885North Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
18411901
Birth: December 15, 1841 33 24Ermington, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 6, 1901Queensland, Australia
3 years
daughter
18441870
Birth: 1844 36 27Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1870St Leonards, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
Fowler, George (1846-1926)
18461925
Birth: May 27, 1846 38 29New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1925Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
Fowler, Clara (1848-1925) holding child
18481925
Birth: July 2, 1848 40 31Ermington, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1925Gunnedah, North West Slopes and Plains, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
daughter
1851
Birth: 1851 43 34Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
4 years
daughter
1854
Birth: November 21, 1854 46 37New South Wales, Australia
Death:
0 months
son
18541923
Birth: November 21, 1854 46 37Hunters Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 23, 1923Ararat, Victoria, Australia
19 months
daughter
18561859
Birth: May 30, 1856 48 39Newington, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1859Ryde, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
7 months
child
1856
Birth: 1856 48 39Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
Family with Robert Grimwood
husband
18161863
Birth: about 1816
Death: September 1, 1863Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
herself
Welsh, Bridget (abt 1817-1889)
18171889
Birth: 1817 20Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 23, 1889Camperdown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: June 21, 1862Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Daniel Fowler + Mary Gunny
husband
18081855
Birth: about 1808
Death: December 7, 1855Hunters Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
partner’s partner
18151867
Birth: about 1815Ireland
Death: 1867
Marriage
Marriage: about 1832
3 years
step-son
18351895
Birth: May 9, 1835 27 20
Death: January 6, 1895Young, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
CensusAncestry.com. New South Wales and Tasmania, Australia Convict Musters, 1806-1849 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Citation details:

1822 muster

Text:

On the 1822 Muster, Felix O'Harra is shown as being a 'free by servitude' ex convict ship "Fanny", seven years sentence, landowner of Parramatta, together with three children all 'BC' (born in the colony), one 5 years old, the second age not specified and the third one year old. While the children's names are not shown, given the ages, they are most likely to be Bridget Welsh and John and Thomas Hare. Bridget, Felix's wife, is shown under her maiden name, free by servitude, ex 'Canada', seven years sentence, wife of F. O'Harra, and living at Parramatta.

CensusAncestry.com. 1828 New South Wales, Australia Census (TNA Copy) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Text:

The 1828 muster records 'B. Welsh' aged 11, BI (born in colony) female OI (Orphan Institution), Parramatta.

SourcePickford, Vera. Email to Marion Purnell Feb 13 2008
Residence

Her mother Bridget petitioned the government to place her in the Female Orphan School stating that she herself was ill in hospital, and that her husband Felix was in gaol. This document is the only one that mentions that her father was James L. A. Welsh. Bridget was released from the Orphan Institution on 6 Dec 1823.

Occupation

At about 13 years of age, Bridget was assigned to Mr. P. Weiss, a missionary, for domestic service.

Occupation

Agency:Female Orphan School Bridget's mother petitioned the government to have Bridget released into her mother's custody, claiming that she was then in a better situation and able to care for her daughter. By that time, her mother had had three children (John (11), Thomas (9) and Felix (7)) by Felix Hare, and three children by William Purnell (Mary (5), Sarah (4) and Stephen (1)).

It is not known where or with whom her mother was living at the time. We do know however, that her mother spent from the 20 Dec 1831 until 20 July 1837 in gaol for drunken assault.

MarriageView

Her marriage certificate did not list the names of her mother and father. Throughout her life Bridget would deny any knowledge of who her mother and father were on any official document she was required to fill out.