Descendants of William BERTRIDGE (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


2. Thomas BERTRIDGE (William ) died.

We know of Thomas's existence from the baptismal records of his children. While most of his children were baptised in the parish of Mohill, the child whom we believe to have been the eldest was baptised in the parish of Kiltoghert where our Bertridges lived. Given the Kiltoghert connection I am making the assumption that Thomas was a son of our William Bertridge.

Thomas married Catherine MAXWELL. Catherine died.

Given the gap between the births of their children listed below, Thomas and Catherine may well have had more children.

They had the following children.

  9 F i
Mary BERTRIDGE was born about 27 Jul 1835 in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 27 Jul 1835 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were William Butler and Anne Gaffey.

The FamilySearch website, www.familysearch.org, tells us that a Mary Bertridge, aged 19, was imprisoned in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1852 for "wilful trespass". No further details are provided but, despite the slight age discrepancy, it is possible that the prisioner referred to is our Mary above.
  10 M ii
John BERTRIDGE was born about 14 Jun 1840 in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 14 Jun 1840 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He died before Sep 1846.

Another John was born to Thomas and Catherine five years later, in 1846, indicating that this John died as a child.
  11 F iii
Margaret BERTRIDGE was born about 15 May 1845 in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 15 May 1845 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.
  12 M iv
John BERTRIDGE was born about 1 Sep 1846 in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 1 Sep 1846 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

Another John had been born to Thomas and Catherine in 1840, but the birth of this John indicates that the first John had died.

5. William BERTRIDGE (William ) was born about 1808 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. He died on 5 May 1888 in possibly Arnprior, Ontario.

Please see the notes above on William's older brother Robert for information on William's involvement in an abduction in 1836.

William, his first wife, Bridget, and their surviving children (it appears that at least two of their five children born in Ireland had died) emigrated to Canada between 1846 and 1848, living initially in Aylmer, Quebec (now in Ontario) where William worked as a gardener. At least five more children were born in Canada, where the family went by the name of Bartridge.

I have come across the followng information from the 1881 census for a Bartridge household in Carleton, Ontario (transcribed data only, actual image not available):

William Bartridge, aged 43, farmer, born Ireland, ethnic origin Scottish
Ann Bartridge, aged 45, born Ireland, ethnic origin Scottish
William Bartridge, aged 22, farm labourer, born Ontario, ethnic origin Scottish

Is this our Bartridge family? If so, the Scottish origin is interesting.

William married Bridget Ann MACDERMOTT in Ireland. Bridget was born in possibly between 1820 and 1822 in Ireland. She died in possibly between 1859 and 1871 in possibly Arnprior, Ontario.

They had the following children.

+ 13 F i Catherine BARTRIDGE was born about 23 Jan 1838. She died on 16 May 1899.
  14 F ii
Mary BARTRIDGE was born about 4 Sep 1839 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 4 Sep 1839 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died before 31 Dec 1845 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Mary's last name on her baptismal record is Bertige, which is probably synonymous with Bertridge. The baptismal record also shows Mary's mother's first name to be Bridget (it appears as Catherine or Anne on the baptismal records of some of her siblings).

It was difficult to decipher the names of the sponsors on Mary's baptismal record but they appear to be Michael Bertridge and Catherine McDermott.

Another Mary was born to William and Bridget (or Anne or Catherine) six years later, in 1845, indicating that this Mary died as a child.
  15 F iii
John BARTRIDGE was born about 21 Sep 1841 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 21 Sep 1841 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

John's baptismal record shows Catherine's mother's first name to be Anne (it appears as Bridget or Catherine on the baptismal records of her siblings).

Sponsors at John's baptism were William Bertridge and Susan Bertridge.

It appears John may have died as a child as he is not listed with his parents in the 1851 census of Canada.
  16 M iv
Robert BARTRIDGE was born about 16 Jul 1843 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 16 Jul 1843 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Robert's last name on her baptismal record is Bertredge, which is probably synonymous with Bertridge. The baptismal record also shows Robert's mother's first name to be Bridget (it appears as Catherine or Anne on the baptismal records of some of his siblings).

Sponsors at Robert's baptism were William Bertridge and Cisly (sic) McDermott.

Robert is listed, aged 8, with his parents and siblings in the 1851 census of Canada. The family was living in Aylmer, Quebec at the time. Unfortunately nothing more is known of Robert after this point.
  17 F v
Mary BERTRIDGE was born about 31 Dec 1845 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 31 Dec 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She died in probably before 10 Oct 1852 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
  18 F vi
Elizabeth Anne BARTRIDGE was born on 10 Jun 1848 in Aylmer, Quebec. She was christened on 11 Jun 1848 in Missions d'Aylmer Registre, Quebec.

Unfortunately there is no further information available on Elizabeth.
  19 F vii
Cecelia BARTRIDGE was born about 1850 in probably Aylmer, Quebec.

Unfortunately we have no further information on Cecelia.
+ 20 F viii Mary Jane BARTRIDGE was born on 10 Oct 1852. She died on 25 Nov 1942.
+ 21 F ix Theresa BARTRIDGE was born about 1857. She died on 4 Jun 1942.
  22 M x
William Augustin BARTRIDGE was born on 1 Feb 1859 in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec.

Unfortunately we have no further information on William.

William also married Mary KEEFE (caution: not verified) on 30 Sep 1873 in Arnprior, Ontario. Mary was born on 13 Nov 1840 in Ireland.

Mary emigrated to Canada in 1856.

Marriage Notes:

It is believed that there were no children from this marriage.

8. Mary BERTRIDGE (William ) was born about 1815 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. She died in probably 18 May 1853 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Witnesses to the marriage of Mary and her husband, John, were Michael Tanzy and Margaret Lenahan. Mary and John appear to have inherited Mary's father's land.

The Leitrim Genealogy Centre found a death record for a Mrs. John Morahan from Cloonfead, Kiltoghert who died 18 May 1853. Because there is no such place as Cloonfead in Kiltoghert, the Centre suspects that it is actually Cloonfeacle. Therefore it is being assumed that the record relates to our Mary. No age was given.

Mary married John MORAHAN, son of 'unknown' MORAHAN and 'UNKNOWN', on 24 Mar 1836 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. John was born about 1813 in Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. He died on 25 Aug 1896 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

It is not known where exactly John was born but it seems he was not a native of the townland of Cloonfeacle (in the parish of Kiltoghert) where he eventually ran his farm. The Tithe Applotment Books, compiled for Co. Leitrim in 1833, do not list any Morahan householders in Cloonfeacle, but by 1856 when Griffith's Valuation was carried out for Kiltoghert, John was farming in Cloonfeacle. He may well have come from the parish of Kiltoghert as there is an entry in the Irish Linen Board's 1796 list of flax growers for a James Moraghan (Moraghan is synonymous with Morahan) who grew flax in Kiltoghert. Could James have been related to John? And according to Griffith's Valuation, carried out for Co. Leitrim in 1856 and 1857, there were a number of other Morahans in Co. Leitrim at that time, all of them living in Kiltoghert, John being the only Morahan in the townland of Cloonfeacle.    

It has been suggested that John may have been born in Co. Roscommon or had family connections in the county. This could well be true; although John had died by the time of the 1901 census, if one looks at the returns of the six Morahan households in Co. Leitrim at the time of the census, it can be seen that five of the six heads of household give their place of birth as Co. Roscommon (John's son, Owen, being the exception), and five of the six heads of household, including Owen, had wives who were born in Co. Roscommon. Furthermore I am told that many Morahan and Moraghan families in the area have roots in the Boyle/Cootehall region of Co. Roscommon (less than 12 miles from Cloonfeacle).

It is possible John was born in 1816 as a John Morahan, son of a Dominic Morahan and Mary Killelea, was baptised on on 27 April 1816 in Killukin, Co. Roscommon. However I have no proof that this John was our John above.

In case there is a connection between John's family and the other five Morahan families from the Co. Leitrim census returns, here are their details (with county of birth being Leitrim unless otherwise specified):

TOWNLAND / PARISH / HEAD / OCCUPATION / OTHER OCCUPANTS (family members only; servants, etc. not included):

Drumod town / Annaduff / Peter (35) / publican/widower (b. Co. Roscommon) / Francis (7), Peter (6), Margaret (sister, 21, b. Co. Roscommon)

Sranadarragh / Drumreilly / Owen (32) / tea dealer (b. Co. Roscommon) / Maryann (32), Charles (9), Mary Agnes (8), Lily (6), Annie (5), Caroline (4), May (2), Eugene (1 month)

Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Thomas (50) / coach builder (b. Co. Roscommon) / Nora (44, b. Co. Roscommon), Mary Elizabeth (20), Delia (18),             Nora (16), Kathleen (13), Bernard (11), Anna(9), Thomas (6), Bridget McDonough (70, mother-in-law, b. Co. Roscommon)

Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Patrick (27) / printer (unmarried, b. Co. Roscommon) / Owen (20, b. Co. Roscommon, brother perhaps?)

Carrick-on-Shannon town / Kiltoghert / Timothy (58) / RIC pensioner (b. Co. Roscommon) / Thomas (23, b. Co. Mayo), Edward (19), Timothy (15), Joseph (13, b. Co. Roscommon), Patrick (11, b. Co. Cavan), Bertram (8 months)

Getting back to the life of John above, it has been discovered he was involved in an abduction in his youth. On the night of 7 April 1836, eight men, including John and brothers Robert and William Bertridge (who were John's brothers-in-law) forced their way into the house of a Mrs. Hanley who was a widow and lived in the townland of Pullymaughel (also spelled Pollnamoghil) in the parish of Aughrim, Co. Roscommon, a few miles south-west of Cloonfeacle, and kidnapped Mrs. Hanley's daughter Catherine. The police were quickly contacted, Catherine was rescued, and John and the Bertridges were arrested and sentenced to death but were subsequently granted a 'free pardon', possibly due to the influence of the Bertridges. The reason for the abduction is unclear, but such abductions were not uncommon in the late 18th / early 19th century. For information on the practice of abduction in Ireland at that time, and for further details on this particular abduction, please refer to the notes for Robert Bertridge.  

According to John's death certificate, he was 72 years old when he died in 1896 (his son, Owen, was present at his death), which means he was born about 1824, which cannot be the case as he married in 1836. The age of the John Morahan who was tried for the abduction was 23 in 1836 so it is more likely that our John was born about 1813.

Through this website I have received information on another Morahan family from the Carrick-on-Shannon area. I am unable to make a connection between them and our Morahans, but just in case there is a link, here are their details:

Brothers Joseph and Thomas Morahan, whose father's name was Bernard, were born around the middle of the 19th century and both worked as coach builders in Carrick-on-Shannon. Joseph married Mary Rutledge in 1879 and later settled in Co. Sligo, and Thomas married Nora McDonough in 1880. It is known that Thomas and Nora had nine children: Mary Elizabeth, Delia, Norella, Kathleen, Bernard (Sonny), Anna, Thomas, Addy and Gertie.

Another family of Roscommon Morahans included a John Morahan (1833-1885) who moved with his family to Leeds in England where he lived for 10 years before emigrating to the United States in 1853. It is not known what parish in Roscommon John was from but it is known his mother's surname was Kelly. If you think you are connected to this family please get in touch with John S. Morahan, a great-great-grandson of John's, who lives in Baltimore, Maryland and who can be contacted at johnmorahan@hotmail.com.

They had the following children.

+ 23 M i John MORAHAN was born about 7 Aug 1840. He died on 21 Sep 1911.
+ 24 M ii Owen MORAHAN was born about 10 Dec 1842. He died on 3 Feb 1928.
  25 M iii
Michael MORAHAN was born about 15 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He was christened on 17 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. He died on 6 Apr 1901 in Queensland, Australia.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were William Bertridge and Bridget [what looks like] McAweeney.

Michael emigrated to Australia at the age of 18. He and his wife, Bridget, along with his brother John, arrived in Brisbane on 28 May 1863. We do not know if Michael and Bridget had any children.
       
Michael married Bridget HUNT. Bridget died.
+ 26 F iv Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN was born about 15 Jul 1847.
  27 F v
Mary MORAHAN was born about 10 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 12 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were William Bertridge and Catherine Morahan. Unfortunately we have no other information on Mary.

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