Ellen O'Donnell

#922, (circa 1806-11 January 1865)
FatherMichael O'Donnell1 (c 1775-b 12 Feb 1842)
MotherEliza (?)1 (c 1775-a 12 Feb 1842)
     (For a brief history and context on the Holmes family - which this person is an extended member of - see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Ellen O'Donnell may have been born circa 1806 at Kilmallock, County Limerick. Her date of birth is unsure as in 1865 her death notice had her at age 65 (or born about 1800).2,3 She was the daughter of Michael O'Donnell and Eliza (?).1

She married William Hyde Holmes, son of Robert Holmes and Elizabeth (?), between 1814 and 1817 at Limerick.4 Ellen and William Hyde Holmes became the parents of their first child, Charlotte Holmes circa 1830 at Ireland.5 Ellen and William Hyde Holmes may have become the parents of their second daughter Albina Hyde Holmes circa 1832 at Ireland.5 Ellen and William Hyde Holmes became the parents of their third daughter Frances Hyde Holmes circa 1834 at Ireland. Ellen and William Hyde Holmes became the parents of Jane Holmes circa 1837 at Ireland.1

Ellen and her husband William emmigrated with their nine biological and adopted children (and a man who was to later marry one of their daughters ) from Liverpool on 27 October 1841 on the 'Champion.1,6,7,8' After a voyage of 108 days Ellen and her husband William arrived at Sydney on 12 February 1842 with their large family. During the voyage 5 sailors committed mutiny but were eventually released by the Attorney General.1,6,7,8

When she and her husband emigrated they came with five daughters and one son which they had adopted. It is possible that these children were closely related to them.1 She presumably lived with her spouse William at Princes Street in The Rocks, in Sydney, in 1843. It is not clear that the entry refers to this family, but is a reasonable speculation given that Bridget and her husband claimed to live in this same street ten years later.9 Ellen and William lived in January 1851 at Sydney. in Macquarie street.10 Ellen and William lived in May 1862 at Parramatta, New South Wales.11

On Tuesday, 1 September 1863 their daughter Maria married Henry Hugh Hill, the widow of their deceased daughter Bridget. The wedding between a widow and his deceased wife's sister may have been a practical arrangement, but it was regarded by many as deeply morally suspect within the Church of England.

Her husband William died 1 July 1864 at the aproximate age of 70, leaving her a widow.

Ellen died on 11 January 1865 at 132 Bourke Street, in Sydney. The cause of death was listed as vomiting.3,12

Children of Ellen O'Donnell and William Hyde Holmes

Children
Last Edited5 Oct 2013

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
c 1806Birth-CANKilmallock, County Limerick2,3
1
1814-1817MarriageLimerick4
1851ResidenceSydney10
1862ResidenceParramatta, New South Wales11
1865Death132 Bourke Street, in Sydney3,12
ChartsMike Hill - ancestors
Descendents of Robert Holmes

Citations

  1. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion", arr. 12th Feb. 1842.
  2. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW.
  3. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Deaths - 12 Jan 1865, p.1.
  4. [S1] NSW Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1865 No. 0046.
  5. [S272] Assisted Immigrants to NSW, Archives Office of NSW "Champion" arr. 12 Feb. 1842.
  6. [S327] Webpage My Early Pioneers and Their Lives (http://www.frankmurray.com.au) http://www.frankmurray.com.au/?page_id=787
  7. [S344] Australasian Chronicle, 1842 'Shipping Intelligence.', Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839-1843), 15 February, p. 3, viewed 20 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31735058
  8. [S344] Australasian Chronicle, 1842 'News and Rumors of the Day', Australasian Chronicle (Sydney, NSW : 1839-1843), 3 March p. 3, viewed 20 February, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4232218
  9. [S640] New South Wales, Australia Historical Electoral Rolls, 1842-1843, Civilian Roll for Gipps Ward, in the City of Sydney, for the year 1842-43.
  10. [S271] Parish Registers - Parish of St. James, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vol.37A No.51.
  11. [S265] Victoria, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1862 No.3526.
  12. [S2] NSW Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1865 No. 46.
  13. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Family Notices, 25 Jan 1851 p.5.