Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell <jaznjjj@gmail.com>

11:12 (7 hours ago)

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Hello, I am endeavouring to trace a John Bell in my extended family’s family history. There are so many John Bells on record that finding him is a daunting prospect. Another researcher indicated that the family of James and Margaret Bell was worth having a look at. But a quick look at your site looks like it is a highly unlikely that your John and our John are the same.

I believe in throwing my net wide in the hope of catching something so I’ll just leave you a brief outline in case something stands out. John Bell married Sarah Richards in October 1878. They had two children, Walter John in 1879 and David in 1881. The mother, Sarah, in 1882 was committed to the mental institution at Stockton and she lived there until her death in 1913. Oral history says that John had a liaison and family with another woman. We have no other knowledge of John Bell before the marriage, or subsequent to his children being born and his wife’s commitment. You can see that the marriage certificate is almost useless, though I have located some information about the two witnesses to the marriage.

Not expecting any miracles, but if something does ring a “Bell” would be delighted to hear about it.

Regards
Jennifer

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The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Saturday 5 June 1830, page 3

The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 – 1838), Wednesday 19 May 1830, page 4

ready 1The Sydney Monitor (NSW 1828 - 1838), Wednesday 19 May 1830, page 4

The Sydney Monitor (NSW : 1828 - 1838), Saturday 5 June 1830, page 3

The marriage of John Ready to Elizabeth Curtis was bigamous – see TROVE “The Sydney Monitor” Saturday 5 June 1830.

Betty Apr 4, 10:58 am

An update on Elizabeth Curtis

The marriage of John Ready to Elizabeth Curtis was bigamous – see TROVE “The Sydney Monitor” Saturday 5 June 1830.

Elizabeth married Thomas Hogan at St Mary’s Ch, Sydney on 10 June 1831. She had at least six children with Thomas Hogan, not including Peter Mark Ready who was most likely the child mentioned by Johanna Ready/Pendergast as belonging to another man. Thomas Hogan died in January 1839 in Bathurst. (Think descendants should really have been Hogan in answer to Phil’s “Ready or Not”)

Elizabeth next married James Quinn at St Mary’s Ch, Sydney in 1840. James Quinn died 28 July 1841.

Elizabeth’s final marriage took place in 1847 at Parramatta to Michael O’Brien, he died 18 August 1862 in Parramatta.

She died on 11 September 1867 at Parramatta and was buried in the Parramatta Roman Catholic cemetery on 13 September 1867.

 

Many thanks Betty for these details.