10,000 More Records Added to the Society’s Early Irish BMD Indexes

A further 10,000 records have been added to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes. This brings the total number of names across the three databases to 384,000.

In this tranche of data, one particularly unusual source yielded details for the births of 41 girls who had been apprenticed out from the Celbridge Charter School, Co. Kildare. Their details appeared on a list of statistics for the school covering the period 1810 to 1818, submitted to the Chief Secretary’s Office, Dublin Castle, in December 1818. During that period 266 girls had been resident at the school, of which 130 were still resident, 63 had been transplanted (presumably transported overseas), 21 had been returned to their parents, 7 had died, 2 had eloped, and 2 had been sent to the workhouse.

St Mary’s Church of Ireland parish church is now a restuarant and bar called The Church. It is where William H. Williams and Eliza Chevalier married in February 1810.

Unfortunately, only the 41 girls apprenticed were named.  The detail given for each girl is name, age, name of master or mistress to whom they were apprenticed, and date of indenture and the trade. The various trades the girls were put to include servant, fancy dress maker, stay maker and mantua maker (a maker of women’s clothing). In addition, remarks were noted on each girl’s progress. For instance, Celia Murray, born about 1796, was indentured to Mr Thomas Watts as a servant in July 1811. By December 1818 it was noted that she had “served her time well“. Another girl, Agnes Tinkler, the first to be named on the list, was also born about 1796. She was indentured as a servant to a Mrs Kerchover in January 1811 and by December 1818 it was noted that she had received her “marriage portion“, thus one can assume that by then she was married.

For two of the girls, sisters, quite a lot of information can be extrapolated from the list. They are Elizabeth Chevolier (sic), born about 1805, and her younger sister, Eleanor, born about 1806. Curiously, they are recorded as having been indentured as “fancy dress makers” to their mother “Mrs Williams” in March 1816. However, by December 1818 they are noted as having “gone to France with their uncle“. Assumedly, their mother had been a widow who had married again and perhaps this was the reason the two girls were placed in the Charter School. The IGRS Marriage Index provided the first clue with an entry for a marriage that had taken place in Dublin between a Mr W. Williams and the “Widow Chevalier from Capel Street, Dublin”, noted in an edition of the Hibernian Magazine dated February 1810. Following up on this clue in the digitised church records at irishgenealogy.ie, a very brief record of marriage was found for William Henry Williams and Eliza Chevalier at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Dublin, on 11th February 1810, by consistorial licence. The NAI reference to the original list of girls at the Celbridge Charter School is CSO/RP/1819/227.

Another source drawn from in this update is the Registry of Deeds. In a deed dated 1776 recording the details of a marriage settlement for a couple of clearly modest means, the dowry was recited as one dark bay horse, five years old, one two year old filly, and, on death of the bride’s father, £5 and one third of his 78 acre holding and stock. Another marriage settlement, for Philip Lynch and Margaret Linnane, was registered in 1776, but the union had been solemnised 36 years earlier in 1740!

Why not check out the resource for yourself? Access to the marriage index is completely free to all, and the birth and death indexes allow free name searches for non-members: https://www.irishancestors.ie/early-irish-indexes/

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