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
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.

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.
Census 1828 (aged 11 years)
Text:

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

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

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)

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.

MarriageRobert GrimwoodView this family
June 21, 1862 (aged 45 years)
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
Purnell, Sarah (1826-1902)
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.