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I am researching the family of Margaret Purcell who was born about 1831 in the Parish of St John's, County Kilkenny. At this time the family were living at Johns Well.

Margaret's parents were William Purcell (labourer) and Mary Whelan. William and Mary were married on 7 February 1831. At the time of their marriage they lived at Sandfordscourt.

Margaret migrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney on The Bloomer on 26 July 1853. She apparently emigrated when her father remarried as she did not get on with her stepmother. On the ship's indent, she was described as aged twenty-one and a farm servant from Newpark.

In 1855 Margaret had saved enough money to bring her brother Thomas to Australia. He arrived on 17 May 1855 on The Matoaka.

Any information about this family would be very welcome.

Thanks

Elaine

 

Elaine M

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 02:46AM

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  • Elaine:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I searched Roots Ireland and found a transcription of Margaret's baptismal record and also a record for a sister Anne in 1835 in St. Canice's. They were living in New Park where she left in 1855.

    The 1849 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for St. Canice's parish showed a William Purcell on Flood St. This may be your ancestor or another William Purcell.

    Roger McDonnell

    Name:Margaret PurcellDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:07-Sep-1831Address:Johns WellParish/District:ST. JOHN'SGender:FemaleCountyCo. Kilkenny
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:William PurcellMother:Mary WhelanOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Mathew Corcoran Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Judith Ryan 

    Name:Anne PurcellDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:03-Jun-1835Address:New ParkParish/District:ST. CANICE'SGender:FemaleCountyCo. Kilkenny
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:William PurcellMother:Mary WhelanOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Patt Moore Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Betty Healy 

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 15th March 2017, 06:28PM
  • Hi Roger,

    Thank you for your help - that gives me a bit more information.

    Elaine

    Elaine M

    Wednesday 15th March 2017, 08:30PM