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I am descended from John Harmon born in Rathdrum, Wicklow in 1818 and immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 1842.

He had three siblings, all born around Rathdrum and according to Parish Records were born:

Lawrence;  17 Apr 1823

Mary;          17 Apr 1825

Bridget;       03 Feb 1828

Their parents were Thomas Harmon and Bridget Beahan.

Family lore says we are related to John, Laurence and Nicholas Harmon of 1798 Rebellion fame.

I am looking for any information about John's siblings.


Doug Harman


Sunday 27th December 2020, 09:53AM

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  • Doug:

    I assume the family was RC. I located one possible lead for Bridget.

    On the subscription site Roots Ireland, there is a February 23, 1851 marriage in Rathdrum RC church for a Bridget Harman of Ballydowling to Michael Cromeen also of Ballydowling.

    I did not see a Mary Harmon/Harman marriage in Rathdrum and no marriage anywhere in Wicklow for a Lawrence Harmon/Harman.

    Lawrence Harmon was not listed in the Griffiths Valuation of 1854 in Co. Wicklow.

    I also did not see any good leads for death records for Mary or Lawerence.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 27th December 2020, 02:50PM
  • A number of trees on Ancestry have Bridget Harmon born Nov 1818 in Rathdrum to Thomas & Bridget.  She is recorded as married to a Lucy Doyle in Dublin 2nd May 1841. She lived in Copse, Saint Mary, Jamaica before dying in Adelaide, South Australia on 26.6.1899.

    Another batch of trees has her born 1828 or 1831 with father Thomas Harman born 1806. She married William Nicholls in Adelaide SA on 7th June 1869 before dying in SA in 1902. Some have her living in Oregon, USA for a while before dying in SA in 1911.

    Trees on Ancestry come with a strong health warning. Many have inaccurate information. The one common theme that these trees do share is that Bridget died in Australia.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 27th December 2020, 07:29PM