Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew (nee KETCH) twinkle NEW FAMILY LINES UNEARTHED
John PETER Scotland twinkle WHEN DID HE DIE?
James PETER b. Scotland d. Lewisham NSW twinkle A WONDERFUL BREAKTHROUGH - SEE BELOW

She was born approx. 1816, and baptised 08 Nov 1816 in Titchfield, Hampshire, England to William Ketch and Jane nee Parham (see below) Descendants of: William Ketch 1 William Ketch b. _____ d. pre 1855 m. Jane Parham b. Southwick, Hampshire, England m. 2 Aug 1813 2 Elizabeth Ketch b. __ __ 1816 bap. 08 Nov 1816 m. John Bartholomew b. __ __ 1814, and baptised 09 Oct 1814 Titchfield, Hampshire, England d. 30 May 1852 East Place, Southampton, England. m. 01 Feb 1836 Parish of Titchfield, Southampton She arrived Australia aboard “Queen of England” in 1855 with daughters Elizabeth Ann (17), Augusta Sarah (15) and son John Thomas (13) 3 Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew b. 1 Oct 1837 d. 7 Nov 1882 Glebe, NSW m. James Peter m. 8 Nov 1859 b. 18 Oct 1830 d. 24 Jul 1918 Lewisham, NSW 3 Augusta Sarah Bartholomew b. __ __ 1839 bap. 5 Dec 1841 d. 8 Jan 1880 m. Joseph Guyatt m. 4 Apl 1859 in Sydney, NSW 3 John Thomas Bartholomew b.10 Jun 1841 bap. 05 Dec 1841 d. 19 Jul 1902 Rockhampton, Qld. m. Johanna Nolan m. 20 Aug 1864 in Rockhampton, Qld. d. 06 Jun 1882 m. Margaret Willmot 1883 Queensland 3 Edwin James Bartholomew b. c1843 bap. 9 Jul 1843 d. c. 1844 3 George Edward Bartholomew b. c1845 bap. 29 Jun 1845 d. c. May 1848 3 William Henry Bartholomew b. c1848 bap. 12 Jan 1848 d. c. Jan 1848
  • A death certificate is held for Elizabeth Ann BARTHOLOMEW died 16/5/1889 aged 75 in Newington Asylum.
  • Occupation - pauper.
  • Parents not known.
  • Where born - Ireland (NOTE: differs from above - b. Hampshire....) However on the original certificate which is almost illegible, there is a "?" beside the word "Ireland" and it could just as easily be "England"
  • There is no further information on the certificate.
  • The age is approximately correct.

    NSW State Archives hold records for Newington Asylum, but these records begin a a few years after 1889. A check by one of the staff showed that there are no records at all relating to anything to do with Elizabeth Bartholomew.

By the time of this death - 1889 - both of Elizabeth's daughters had already died, and her son John Thomas Bartholomew was living in Rockhampton, Qld.
Comprehensive searches have been done in NSW, Vic., and Qld. for a re-marriage or a death with none to be found, and I now feel, in the absence of any information to the contrary, this is most probably “our” Elizabeth Bartholomew. If someone else “out there” is related to this same person and knows anymore, I would be only too pleased to hear from you.

Elizabeth BARTHOLOMEW (nee Ketch) was my 3rd Great Grandmother.
Are there any more of her descendants wondering what happened to her?

  • James Gallagher was born approximately 1839. Possibly Manchester, but then again, maybe in Ireland? When and where?
  • His father was James Gallagher, his mother - Amelia nee Walmsley.
  • No record of his birth or baptism has been found.
  • He married Eleanor Bent in Manchester Cathedral in October 1859.
  • They had 8 children - born 1860, 1862, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1869, 1870 and 1873.
  • James Gallagher came to Australia - but how and when?
  • Date of birth for his youngest child (born in England) was March 1873.
  • His wife Eleanor and their 8 children left England in September 1875 and arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in February 1876.
  • A 9th child, John Thompson Gallagher was born to James and Eleanor in October 1877.
  • The above events create a window of time in which James Gallagher could have left England and travelled to Australia.
  • But to date, no trace of his departure from England or arrival in Australia, has been found.

    I would really love to solve the mysteries surrounding James Gallagher - my 2nd great grandfather.


(click on link above to access the new information on Donald McDonald and Harriet Harbour)
Finally, finally, finally........
New information has surfaced from the deep, dark past and we now know some of the background to Donald McDonald.

Y - E - S...!!!!

What we also know now is that Donald and Harriet (nee Harber) McDonald were the people who raised a son by the name of William who was born approx. 1856. We know Donald was William's father's name - but not the name of his mother - so if this is a different William to the child born to Donald McDonald and Elizabeth Clifton (click here for suggested scenario) then at this stage we don't have any birth/baptism details on him.

  • If you happen to know anything of a Donald McDonald who had a son William around 1855 - I would love to hear from you.

  • If the Donald McDonald who fathered William with Elizabeth Ann Clifton is the same man who married Harriet Harbour in 1842 and raised a large family in Sydney, then we have found our separate family line. (see McDonald-Harber link above).

    And we're still working on finding fellow researchers to add to the picture.....


    He married Janet BOYD on 28 Mar 1828 in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland. He was a seaman, or sailor. When his wife Janet died in November 1846 (buried Airth Churchyard, Stirlingshire) she was shown to be widow of the late John Peter, seaman.


    But we don't know where or when he was born, or where and when he died..????


    He was born 18 Oct 1830 Kincardine, Parish of Tulliallen, Perthshire, Scotland and died 24 Jul 1918, residence 3 Fred Street Lewisham NSW.

    He married Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew 8 Nov 1859 in Scots Presbyterian Church, Sydney.

    WE NOW KNOW......

    NEW INFORMATION FEBRUARY 2011 - TROVE, Australian Historical Newspaper website:

    From Obituary - Sydney Morning Herald article Saturday 27 July 1918 states DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST

    Mr. James Peter, who arrived in Sydney nearly 70 years ago, died recently at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Herbert Parker, of Lilian, Fred street, Lewisham, at the age of 88 years. He landed in Sydney In 1849 and came out in the barque "Lord Stanley", Captain Robert Peter, his uncle, being in command. He was a cousin of Captain James Peter, of Mort's Dock and Engineering Company who for many years was employed by the firm of Miller and Harrison, of Druitt-street, Sydney, but retired Into private life 28 years ago.

    The only tiny bit of information we managed to unearth during our stay in Cambuslang (near Glasgow) - Entry in Lloyds Register for 1849 at Mitchell Library, Glasgow states the barque was built N. Brns in 1841, Owners were Mitches'n, the port it belonged to was London.


    If any of the above rings a bell - please send me an e-mail:

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