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16. Thomas TREACY (John , 'unknown' , 'unknown' ) was born in possibly about 8 Nov 1821 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened in possibly 8 Nov 1821 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 24 Dec 1895 in Murgasty, Co. Tipperary.

Although it is known that Thomas was born in Soloheadbeg to a father named John Treacy and a a mother named Mary, we are unable to say for definite that he was a son of John Treacy and Mary Looby who married in February 1818. If he was indeed a son of John Treacy and Mary Looby, then he was born in November 1821 because a record of his baptism (on 8 November 1821) has been located (sponsors were John Hanley and Winifred Connors). Unfortunately this birth date does not tie in with the age given on his marriage record from February 1873, which looks like 37 (indicating he was born around 1835), but the age on the record is difficult to make out and could also be deciphered 50 or 51 (indicating he was born around 1822 - a nice fit with the baptismal record). However, Thomas's death record (December 1895) gives his age at 54, indicating he was born around 1841.

It is known for certain that our Thomas had a brother named Denis. Unfortunately no baptismal record for a Denis Treacy born in Soloheadbeg to a father named John and a mother named Mary was located.

At the time of his marriage, in 1873, Thomas's occupation was a farmer (according to his marriage record). At the time of the birth of his son, Thomas, in 1881, he was the superintendant of a coal yard (according to the birth record); at the time of the birth of his son Edmund in 1875 he was a shopkeeper; and at the time of his death in 1895 he was a labourer.

Thomas died of 'Cystitis (3-4 months)" and "Asthenia".

Interestingly, among the all the sponsors at the baptism of Thomas and Mary's children, there is not a single Treacy; the sponsors are mostly Carews. The reason for this is possibly the dispute that had arisen between Thomas and his (probably) only surviving brother, Denis, over their mother's will. See the notes above for Thomas's mother, Mary, for more details.

Thomas married Mary CAREY, daughter of Edmond CAREW and Mary HANLEY, on 25 Feb 1873 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. Mary was born about 29 Apr 1851 in possibly Newtown, Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 29 Apr 1851 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. She died on 30 Sep 1929 in County Hospital, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Sponsors at Mary's baptism were Michael Carey and Margaret Hanley. Mary's surname appears as "Keary' in the baptismal register.

Mary was about 30 years younger than her husband, Thomas.

At the time of the 1911 census, Mary, by then widowed, was living with her son Martin in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary where Martin was working as manager of the gasworks. When he was appointed manager of the gasworks in Wicklow town and later Fermoy, Co. Cork Mary seems to have gone with him as an extract from the 1851 census dated 31 March 1920 (census was possibly checked to verify Mary's pension eligibility) gives her address in 1920 as "c/o M. J. Treacy, Gasworks, Fermoy".

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Thomas and Mary were Edmond Hanley and Catherine Carew.

Thomas and Mary had the following children.

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John TREACY was born on 4 Dec 1873 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 5 Dec 1873 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died before 1 Nov 1874 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael Looby and Catherine Carey.

Because a second John was born a year later, we assume that this John died shortly after birth.
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John TREACY was born about 30 Oct 1874 in Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 1 Nov 1874 in Tipperary.

Sponsors at John's baptism were Michael Looby and Catherine Carey.

There does not seem to be any recollection of John as an adult. He may have died as a child.
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Edmund TREACY was born on 6 Nov 1875 in Meeting St., Tipperary, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 8 Nov 1875 in Tipperary, Co. Tipperary. He died in probably April 1906 in probably San Francisco.

Sponsors at Edmund's baptism were Edmund Carey and Margaret O'Dwyer.

Edmund emigrated to the United States as a young man. Ellis Island records were checked but nothing that definitely related to this Edmund was found.

I am told that Edmund probably died in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as he was living there at the time and nothing more was heard from him after the event. However, we have no documented evidence to prove this. Note that the Edmund Treacy who died in California on 7 October 1911, and who had brothers named John and Timothy, and who is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in San Mateo, California, is NOT our Edmund. Treacy researchers may be interested to know that John, Timothy and Edmund were born in Co. Limerick in the 1850s/1860s and Timothy became a State Senator.
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Timothy (Timmy) Joseph TREACY was born about 16 Jul 1878 in Church St., Tipperary. He was christened on 16 Jul 1878 in Tipperary. He died on 28 Nov 1930 in Lisnabrinnia, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan. He was buried on 30 Nov 1930 in Ballinacree Cemetery, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan.

Sponsors at Timmy's baptism were were John Casey and Johanna Casey (should "Casey" read "Carey"?).

It appears Timmy became a Christian Brother as there is a 22-year-old Co. Tipperary-born brother named Timothy Treacy listed in the 1901 census with three other brothers at Railway Road, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. All four are teachers. It seems Timmy had moved to London by 1911. No record could be located for him in the Irish census of that year but in the 1911 UK census there is a 31-year-old Tipperary-born school teacher named Timothy Joseph Treacy (although our Timmy would have been 32 years of age at the time) listed as a boarder in the household of a Mr. John McGuinness and his Tipperary-born wife, Bridget, of 9 St. Kilda Road in West Ealing.

Timmy did not remain a Christian Brother for very long as he appears to have been living in Co. Wicklow in 1918 as a layman. Notes from The Anglo-Celt newspaper mention that "Mr. T.J. Treacy", who had been giving woodworking courses in Co. Cavan, had sent a letter to the Cavan Technical Committee, "dated from Wicklow, where Mr. Treacy lived", stating that he was unable to attend a committee meeting on 13 July 1918 owing to a bout of influenza. Timmy's brother Martin was working in Wicklow at this time and it is possible that Timmy was living with Martin. Martin moved to Fermoy. Co. Cork in 1919 but we do not know if Timmy remained in Wicklow after that or moved permanently to Co. Cavan.

Later editions of The Anglo Celt tell us that Timmy continued giving woodworking courses in Co. Cavan until 1929, with classes in Belturbet in 1918 and 1919, Shercock in 1920, Cootehill in 1921, Ballinagh and Bunnoe in 1926 and Maghera in 1929. However, on 6 November 1929, he left a course he was teaching in Mountnugent and was put on sick leave. Timmy was suffering from depression and had been expected to return to work a year later when, sadly, on 28 November 1930, he took his own life. He had used a gun belonging to the owner of the Lisnabrinnia lodging house where he had been living for about a year and where the incident took place. According to the inquest report, Timmy had not been in good health for many months and had been spending a lot of time in bed. A Dr. Cassidy told the inquest "I have been attending deceased for the past twelve months. On my first visit I found he was suffering from influenza and subsequent to this he developed neurasthenia¹; I strongly advised him to go into a nursing home, but he refused". Later in his deposition Dr. Cassidy said "The reason why I urged deceased to go to a nursing home was that I dreaded he might do himself an injury".

Full details of the inquest (which incorrectly states that Timmy was a native of Wicklow) can be found on pages 1 and 3 of The Anglo-Celt of 6 December 1930.  

1. A term, no longer used, describing 'nervous exhaustion' with sufferers displaying both psychological and physical symptoms such as fatigue, neuralgia, anxiety, dizziness and depression. 'Bed rest cure' in a hospital was usually prescribed.
+ 39 M v Thomas Joseph TREACY was born on 13 Apr 1881. He died on 13 Apr 1969.
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Martin Joseph TREACY was born on 16 Nov 1883 in Murgasty Cottages, Murgasty, Co. Tipperary. He died on 19 Jan 1977 in Fermoy, Co. Cork. He was buried in Kilcrumper Old Cemetery, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Sponsors at Martin's baptism were Edmond Carew and Bridget Carew.

According to the 1901 census return for his mother's household in Murgasty, Co. Tipperary, Martin, aged 17, was a baker. By the time of the 1911 census he was a gasworks manager, living on The Quay, Carrick-on-Suir (presumably in the house that adjoined the gasworks on the Quay) with his widowed mother. In late 1914 Martin was promoted to manager of the gasworks in Wicklow and was replaced in Carrick by his elder brother Thomas.

We know from The Irish Times editions of 21 and 28 October 1916 that Martin saved a boy from drowning during his time in Wicklow: "Mr Martin Tracey (sic), gas manager, Wicklow, saved the life of a boy named Robert Culbert, Strand street, Wicklow... Mr. Tracey jumped in and brought him ashore in an unconscious condition."

It is known that Martin's brother Timmy was living in Wicklow in 1918, which makes me think that Timmy may have been living with Martin (and probably their mother) as the Treacy family appears to have had no other Wicklow connections. In 1919 Martin was transferred to Fermoy, Co. Cork as manager of the gasworks there. It appears he lived in Fermoy (in Duntahane) for the rest of his life.

       
Martin married Catherine FOGARTY, daughter of James FOGARTY, on 17 Jun 1919 in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. Catherine was born about 1885 in Portlaw, Co. Waterford. She died on 5 Jan 1964 in Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Catherine was matron of a workhouse or hospital (presumably in Fermoy).

Martin and Catherine, who lived in Duntahane, Fermoy, had no children.

Marriage Notes:

Martin and Catherine's marriage certificate gives an address of Carrick-on-Suir for Catherine and Wicklow for Martin.

20. Denis TREACY (John , 'unknown' , 'unknown' ) was born in between about 1831 and 1848 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He died on 19 Mar 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary from bronco-pneumonia. He was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

It has not been possible to determine Denis's date of birth. According to his marriage record he was 45 when he married in February 1894, indicating he was born around 1848. However, according to the death register he was 67 when he died in March 1899, showing he was born around 1831. This is a big difference. Because ages on marriage records (where given) are regarded as being generally more accurate than those on death records (as ages on death records in those days were sometimes based on how old someone looked in old age or during their final illness), it would seem more likely that Denis was born around 1848. However, in 1848 his mother Mary would have been about 50 years of age. Therefore I have to say for now that Denis was born between about 1831 and 1848.

Following his mother's death in 1865, a dispute arose between Denis and his (probably) only surviving brother, Thomas, over her will. See the notes above for Denis's mother, Mary, for more details.  

Denis died of pneumonia aged 67.

Denis married Bridget ALLIS, daughter of James ALLIS and Catherine STAPLETON, on 5 Feb 1894 in Anacarty, Cappagh, Co. Tipperary. Bridget was born about 1863 in probably Hollyford, Co. Tipperary. She died on 14 Jun 1941 in Lackenacreena House, Hollyford, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in Kilfeacle Cemetery, Co. Tipperary.

Bridget was from Hollyford, Co. Tipperary. She was widowed young, only about five years into her marriage to Denis. She died at the home of her brother James, having outlived Denis by about 40 years and her only child, Sean, by about 20.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage were, according to the civil record, Denis Ryan of Soloheadbeg and Mary Josephine Ryan of Hollyford. However, the church record tells us the witnesses were Timothy [what looks like] Hannairsby and Mary Ryan.

Denis and Bridget had the following children.

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John (Seán) J. TREACY was born on 14 Feb 1895 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 16 Feb 1895 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 14 Oct 1920 in Talbot St., Dublin. He was buried on 18 Oct 1920 in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Seán's baptism were Michael Allis and Kate Allis. He was an only child. After his father died when he was only four, he and his mother moved from Soloheadbeg to Hollyford where his mother had grown up. They returned to Soloheadbeg when Seán was about 11. From an early age, Seán had nationalist leanings, and in his teens he joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood which later evolved into the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

From 'My Fight for Irish Freedom', the memoir of Dan Breen, an IRA comrade of Seán's and later a politician, we have the following description of Seán's physical appearance: "He had been delicate during his boyhood because of his fast rate of growth. He was almost a six-footer, slightly stooped in carriage. He weighed about twelve stone, and in an emergency manifested the strength of a lion; this was chiefly due to his amazing will-power. His movements were brisk, as if he were in a constant hurry. His hair was of very fine texture like spun-silk, almost mouse-coloured. He was short-sighted and wore glasses". And in an account of Seán's life that he provided to the Bureau of Military History in 1958, Dan writes at length about Seán's intellect, saying he "had never met anyone whose thinking powers were greater than Treacy's"; he describes Seán as "an inquisitive man" and as someone with "vision [to whom] nothing was impossible".

In August 1917, Seán was arrested and spent two months in jail. The following year he was rearrested and spent four months in jail. Then on 21 January 1919, along with other members of the IRA's Third Tipperary Brigade, including Dan Breen, Seán took part in the Soloheadbeg ambush in which three members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who were escorting a transportation of explosives, were waylaid and shot dead. This was the first military incident of the War of Independence.

Seán and the others who took part in the ambush now had a price on their heads, and Seán Hogan, one of those involved, was captured shortly afterwards. In May 1919 at Knocklong railway station in Co. Limerick, in a successful attempt by Seán Treacy and others to free Seán Hogan as he was being transferred to jail, Seán Treacy was shot in the neck and seriously wounded. He recovered, and throughout the latter half of 1919 and most of 1920 he led attacks against the British in Dublin and Co. Tipperary. But on 14 October 1920 in Dublin, following a raid by British forces on the Republican Outfitters shop at 94 Talbot St., where Seán was meeting with IRA comrades, he was shot and killed on the street as he fled the shop. He was 25 years of age. A small plaque above the door of the shop marks the location of the Republican Outfitters. Seán is remembered each year on the anniversary of his death at a commemoration ceremony in Kilfeacle where he is buried.

I have read that at the time of his death Sean was engaged to a May Quigley, but I have no further information on May.

23. Thomas TREACY (Nicholas , 'unknown' , 'unknown' ) was born about 6 Mar 1842 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 6 Mar 1842 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 16 Feb 1914 in probably Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Thomas's christening were Thomas Keogh and Catherine Phelan.

Among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of Thomas Treacy and Mary McGrath were Johanna, Patrick and Denis Treacy, indicating they may have been siblings or cousins of Thomas.

Thomas married Mary MCGRATH on 4 Feb 1872 in Tipperary. Mary was born about 1844 in Co. Tipperary. She died on 3 Feb 1938 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary.

According to the 1911 census, Thomas and Mary had 14 children, only four of whom were alive in 1911. The four would have been Nicholas, Jeremiah (who is not listed in the 1911 census return), Anne and Thomas. Jeremiah would die in 1916 aged only 37 and Thomas in 1912 aged only 24. Nicholas lived to be 83.

Among the sponsors at the baptisms of the children of Mary McGrath and Thomas Treacy were Thomas, Catherine and Jeremiah McGrath, indicating they may have been siblings of Mary.

Note: Margaret McGrath, who is researching the McGrath family of Soloheadbeg, has a Mary McGrath in her family tree who would have been born around the same time as our Mary above. Could Margaret's Mary and ours be the same person? The only other information that Margaret has is that her Mary's parents were Margaret Crosse and James McGrath.

John R. McGrath, a grandnephew of Mary, daughter of James McGrath and Margaret Crosse, tells me that Mary was born at the Kyle Dairy in Soloheadbeg on 19 February 1843. This land was owned by John Maher Esq. and worked by the McGrath, Crosse, Ryan and Quirke families. Mary's siblings included Johanna (born in 1839), another Johanna (1841), Elizabeth (1845), Margaret (1846), Maurice (1848) and James (1853). Apparently several members of the McGrath family moved to Cork city to work for the national railway company. For example, Mary's brother Maurice (who was John's grandfather) became a train driver.

Marriage Notes:

The marriage of Thomas and Mary was witnessed by Bridget Butler.

Thomas and Mary had the following children.

+ 42 M i Nicholas TREACY was born about 20 Sep 1875. He died on 26 Apr 1959.
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Jeremiah Joseph TREACY was born about 22 Mar 1877 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 22 Mar 1877 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 13 May 1916 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Jermiah's baptism were Terence O'Connor and Catherine McGrath.

Jeremiah died at the age of 39 from "probably heart disease".
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Margaret TREACY was born on 1 Aug 1879 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 2 Aug 1879 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. She died on 10 Dec 1899 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Margaret's baptism were Jeremiah McGrath and Brigid O'Connor.

Margaret died of gastroenteritis aged just 20. Her death record tells us she worked as a saleswoman.
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Anne (Annie) TREACY was born about 1 Nov 1882 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. She was christened on 1 Nov 1882 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. She died after 11 Nov 1940.

Sponsors at Annie's baptism were Patrick Treacy and Johanna English.

Annie and her husband, Malachy, who lived in Lacken, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary, had no children.

       
Anne married Malachy RYAN, son of Thomas RYAN, on 22 Feb 1922 in Solohead Church, Co. Tipperary. Malachy was born about 1876 in probably Lacken, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary. He died on 11 Nov 1940 in Lacken, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, Tipperary.

Malachy was from Lacken, Kilshane, Co. Tipperary.

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Thomas F. TREACY was born on 4 Feb 1888 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 5 Feb 1888 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 12 Apr 1912 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Thomas's baptism were John O'Dwyer and Bridget Keogh.

Thomas died at the age of 24 of "probably phthisis" (tuberculosis) He is described on his death certificate as a grocer's assistant.
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Patrick TREACY was born on 24 May 1891 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was christened on 28 May 1891 in Solohead, Co. Tipperary. He died on 2 Jul 1910 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary. He was buried in Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Sponsors at Patrick's baptism were Denis Treacy and Honora O'Connor.

Patrick died of pneumonia at the age of 19.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.
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'unknown' TREACY was born in Co. Tipperary. 'unknown' died before 2 Apr 1911.

26. John TREACY (John , 'unknown' , 'unknown' ) was born about 1831 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. He died in probably Argentina.

John and his wife, Kate, emigrated to Argentina with their children, probably towards the very end of the 19th century. Tens of thousands of Irish emigrated to Argentina throughout the 19th and in the early part of the 20th centuries seeking a better life, although several thousand returned to Ireland or moved on to the United States or Australia. John and Kate themselves, along with their son Thomas, appear to have stayed in Argentina, while their remaining children (that we know of) left Argentina for the United States or returned to Ireland.

John married Catherine (Kate) HOURIGAN on 13 Nov 1861 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. Catherine was born about 1845 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. She died in probably Argentina.

Given the gaps between the births of the children mentioned below, Kate and John may have had more children than those listed.

They had the following children.

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Thomas TREACY was born about 12 Feb 1863 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 14 Feb 1863 in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. He died in 1930s in Argentina.
+ 57 M ii Patrick (Pat) TREACY was born about 3 Mar 1865. He died in 1940.
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John TREACY was born about 8 May 1868 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 10 May 1868 in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.
+ 59 F iv Catherine TREACY was born on 20 Jul 1871. She died on 9 Jul 1928.
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William TREACY was born about 11 Mar 1876 in Nicker, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. He was christened on 13 Mar 1876 in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.
+ 61 F vi Johanna TREACY was born about 28 Sep 1880. She died in 1938.

34. Mary O'BRIEN (Ellen REAL , Mary Margaret TREACY , 'unknown' ) was born about 1839 in Rodus, Emly, Co. Tipperary. She died in 1906 in New Zealand.

Mary married William RYAN. William was born about 1840 in Co. Tipperary. He died in 1910 in New Zealand.

They had the following children.

+ 62 F i Ellen Mary RYAN was born in 1871. She died in 1935.
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Bridget Mary RYAN was born in 1877 in Lawrence, New Zealand. She died in 1943 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
       
Bridget married Robert Francis FULCHER. Robert was born in 1879 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He died in 1954 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

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