Descendants of Catherine REYNOLDS (caution: not verified) (to contribute information, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com)

Second Generation


4. Thomas BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) (Catherine ) 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.

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Mary BERTRIDGE was born about 27 Jul 1835 in probably Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, 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.
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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 in probably as a child.

Another John was born to Thomas and Catherine five years later, in 1846, indicating that this John died as a child.
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Margaret BERTRIDGE was born about 15 May 1845 in probably Mohill, Co. Leitrim. She was christened on 15 May 1845 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.
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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 (Catherine ) was born about 1813 in possibly Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon. He died in possibly 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.

It is possible that William, his wife and young family emigrated to Canada in the mid-1840s. Patricia Scott from Ontario, Canada, a great-great-granddaughter of a William Bartridge (sic), has written to say that her Bartridge great-great-grandfather and his wife, Bridget A. McDermott, both Irish-born, settled in what is now modern Ontario with two children, Catherine (born abt 1840) and Robert (born abt 1843). Although Patricia doesn't have a county of origin for her ancestors and although my William appears to have had four rather than two living children by the time the Bartridges went to Canada, the rarity in Ireland of the Bertridge surname and its variants, along with the fact that Patricia's William married a Bridget A. MacDermott (it is thought that ours may have married a Bridget or Anne or Catherine MacDermott) and the fact that both Patricia's William and our William had children named Catherine and Robert around the same time, make me think the two families might well be the same.

If this is indeed the case, here is a summary of the information Patricia has kindly provided on her Bartridge family:

Her great-great-grandfather William Bartridge was, based on his age given on his death certificate, born in 1809 (whereas ours is believed to have been born about 1813) and Bridget, his wife, was born between 1820 and 1822. After their arrival in Canada they lived in Aylmer, Quebec (now in Ontario) where it is known that William was working as a gardener in 1851. He and Bridget had five more children in Canada: Elizabeth Anne, Cecilia, Mary Jane, Theresa and William Augustin.

I have added much of Patricia's information to the website, with cautions until a connection with Co. Leitrim is established. Patricia has many more details on her family, and Bartridge/Bertridge researchers are very welcome to contact her with information or enquiries at kellypscott@yahoo.com. And if anyone can help with proof of a Leitrim connection to the family I would be delighted if you would email me at Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com.

Note: Based on Patricia's information, I searched the Canadian census collection on the FamilySearch website for Bartridges and came across the followng information from 1881 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

It is unlikely that William Bartridge senior from the census is our William as his age and that of his wife do not fit in at all with those of our William and Briget/Anne/Catherine (although the age of the younger William ties in perfectly with that of our William and Bridget/Ann/Catherine's son William who was born in February 1859). Furthermore our William was widowered by 1971 and, although he remarried, his second wife's name was Mary, not Ann. However, if the William from the census is in fact our William, then the Scottish origin is interesting.

William married Bridget/Anne/Catherine MACDERMOTT (caution: not verified). Bridget/Anne/Catherine was born in possibly between 1820 and 1822 in Ireland. She died in possibly between 1859 and 1871 in possibly Arnprior, Ontario.

The first five children listed below were born to a William Bertridge (or Bertige) and a Bridget or Anne or Catherine MacDermott and baptised in Kiltoghert between 1838 and 1845. Given the Kiltoghert connection it is likely that it was our William who married Miss MacDermott and had these children. The second five children were born in Ontario, Canada to a William Bartridge (sic) and a Bridget A. McDermott, both from Ireland. I think it very likely that these children are those of our William Bertridge, or at least the William Bertridge from Kiltoghert who was married to Bridget/Anne/Catherine McDermott. Because I have no proof that Bridget/Anne/Catherine McDermott above was our William's wife or that the children listed below were his children, I have added the cautions.

If the children listed below are indeed those of our William, then the family went by the name of BARTRIDGE rather than Bertridge in Canada.

They had the following children.

+ 13 F i Catherine BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) was born about 23 Jan 1838. She died on 16 May 1899.
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Mary BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.

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.
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John BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.
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Robert BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.
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Mary BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.

Mary's last name on her baptismal record is Bertidge, 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).

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were John Morahan and Mary Bertridge.

Another Mary had been born to William and Bridget (or Anne or Catherine) in 1839, but the birth of Mary above indicates that the first Mary had died. It is possible that Mary above too died as a child as it appears that a Mary Jane was born to her parents about eight years later.
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Elizabeth Anne BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.
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Cecelia BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) was born about 1850 in probably Aylmer, Quebec.

Unfortunately we have no further information on Cecelia.
+ 20 F viii Mary Jane BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) was born about 1853.
+ 21 F ix Theresa BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) was born about 1857. She died on 4 Jun 1942.
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William Augustin BERTRIDGE (caution: not verified) 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.

6. Mary BERTRIDGE (Catherine ) was born in Abt 1810s 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 on 24 Mar 1836 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. John was born in Abt 1810s in probably Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. He died on 25 Aug 1896 in Cloonfeacle, Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

It is not known where 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).

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 three other Morahan families 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.

Two brothers from another family, James and John Morahan (born around the 1870s, possibly in the townland of Cloonmaan in Co. Leitrim, near Carrick-on-Shannon) were boat builders in Carrick-on-Shannon. Their father, John, was also a boat builder and had four other children that we know of: a Mrs. McDonnell in San Francisco, Catherine Harvey, Patrick and Charles.      

The third Morahan family was that of Charles Moraghan, a tenant farmer from Cloonmaan who married Elizabeth Corrighan (also spelled Currigan). They had 10 children:
John, baptised 17 August 1838 (could John possibly be the boat builder and father of boat builders James and John above?)
Catherine, baptised 9 July 1840
Mary, baptised 22 August 1841
Bernard (Barney), baptised 15 September 1843
Margaret, baptised 2 November 1845
Cornelius, baptised 27 November 1847
Patrick, baptised 6 February 1850
Michael, baptised 5 November 1851
Elizabeth, baptised 26 May 1853
Peter, baptised 17 February 1856

It is thought that some of the sons of Charles and Elizabeth, including Barney, may at some point have served with the Metropolitan Police in London. Barney married Mary Clancy from Curries, Co. Roscommon on 18 February 1878 in Cloonfad in the parish of Aughrim, Co. Roscommon. They had one son, Joseph Patrick. Mary died on 21 December 1885 aged only 34. In 1882, when Joseph was eight, he and his father emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Christchurch. Barney remarried, and it is believed that his second wife, who may have been related to his first wife, emigrated to New Zealand at the same same time as Barney. There were no children from the second marriage. Thanks go to Peter Morahan in New Zealand, a great-grandson of Barney for providing all the above information on the descendants of Charles Moraghan and Elizabeth Corrighan. Other details on this family are available on Peter's website, www.morahan.co.nz

I have also been given information on other Morahan families in Co. Roscommon whose details are worth noting as it is a possibility that they too might be connected to our Cloonfeacle Morahans. One family is being researched by Loree Muldowney in California whose Muldowney great-grandfather's sister Bridget married a Eugene Moraghan. Loree thinks Eugene's father may have been Thomas Morahan from the townland of Moigh near Cootehall. Bridget's father was probably John Muldowney of Moigh. Known children of Bridget and Eugene are Thomas (baptised 10 December 1843, baptismal sponsors Thomas Moraghan and Maria Moraghan, probably died before 24 February 1852), John (baptised 22 December 1844, sponsors John Muldowney and Maria Moraghan), Patrick (baptised 3 February 1847, sponsors Eugene Doyle and Ellenor Boyde), Timothy (baptised 30 December 1848, sponsors John Lynch and Bridget Lynch), Mary (baptised 1 April 1849, sponsors John Moraghan and Bridget Muldowney), another Thomas (baptised 24 February 1852, sponsors Michael Brennan and Maria Salmon), Ann (baptised 22 June 1856, sponsors Timothy Muldowney and Mrs. Moraghan), Bridget (baptised 11 February 1858, sponsors John Moran and Bridget Murry) and Joanna (baptised 26 August 1860, sponsors Patrick Moraghan and Joanna O’Hara). All the children were baptised in Ardcarne (Cootehall). Unfortunately nothing is known of the family after 1860.

Muldowney researchers might be interested to know that Bridget's brothers John and Thomas emigrated to Sandusky, Ohio, while another brother, Timothy, stayed in Cootehall where he ran grocery/bakery in what is now the Watersplash pub. And for researchers of the Cootehall Morahans, Loree found a Tithe Applotment record (1823-1837) for an Owen (interchangeable with Eugene) Moraghan in Foxhill, which is adjacent to Moigh and Cootehall. In Griffith's Valuation (1847-1864) she found two Owen Moraghans, one in Annaghmona and one in Cleaheen, both in Tumna parish which is near Cootehall.

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.

Note: Morahan is an unusual surname in Ireland but is not uncommon in Connaught. It comes from the Irish 'Ó Murcháin' of which there were two septs, one in Offaly and one in Leitrim. The name is sometimes spelled 'Moraghan', or shortened to 'Moran'.

They had the following children.

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John MORAHAN was born in Aug 1840. He was christened on 9 Aug 1840 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at John's baptism were William Bertridge and Mary Foley. I can find no definite reference to John as an adult. As the eldest son it is surprising that he did not get the farm. Did he die young? Did he emigrate? There is no John Morahan listed in the 1901 census for Co. Leitrim, although there are a couple of Co. Roscommon entries for a John Morahan, one of whom was aged 62 and a "boat and car builder" from nearby Carrick-on-Shannon. But there is no evidence to link this John to our John.
+ 24 M ii Owen MORAHAN was born in Dec 1842. He died on 3 Feb 1928.
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Michael MORAHAN was born in Jan 1845. He was christened on 17 Jan 1845 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Michael's baptism were William Bertridge and Bridget (surname illegible). I can find no further information on Michael - there is no Michael Morahan listed in the 1901 census for either Co. Leitrim or Co. Roscommon. However, I did come across a reference to a marriage in 1872 of a Michael Morahan from Grange, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim to a Brigid Hunt.
+ 26 F iv Bridget (Biddy) MORAHAN was born in Jul 1847. She died after 2 Apr 1911.
  27 F v
Mary MORAHAN was born in May 1850. She was christened on 12 May 1850 in Kiltoghert, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were William Bertridge and Catherine Meehan.

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