Bridgett McGann from Ballinafad, Sligo c1793-1861

According to the 1851C she was born "Sligo Ballinafad" and was given as 58. 1841C gives her age as 45, but ages on this census are rounded down to the nearest 5. 1861C gives her age as 66, and the same month she dies, age given as 65 on dc & 68 in Bocking Cemetery records!. . Thus suspect her birth was 1793-4. Nothing else is known of her prior to her marriage to Samuel Parchment in October, 1815 in Roscommon. Samuel was stationed in Roscommon with the East Essex Militia.

Ballinafad is approx.50 miles due north of Roscommon and 25 miles south of Sligo. Ballinafad only have baptisms from 1803

Did find a baptism for Brigidam Mc Gan in 1794 on IGI - but this was given as in Drum Roscommon, and this near Athlone, way south of Roscommon, so unlikely to be her!

Map needed.

"I hereby certify that Samuel Parchment of the East Essex militia was married to
Bridgett McGann in the parish church of Roscommon on the 24th day of October 1815 according to the rites and ceremonies of the united church of Ireland"

Was she therefore a protestant/presbyterian herself?

From 1815 onwards her life is covered on Samuel Parchment, 1788, page.

27/04/1861. Bridget Parchment dies, Union Workhouse Bocking, aged 65, Wife of Samuel Parchment, Hawker of Fruit, Dropsy-2months. Death registered by Susan Weavers, present at the Death, Union Workhouse Bocking. Have d.c.DP1.


1/5/1861. She is buried in Bocking cemetery :

Bridget Parchment, Age 68 Years, Buried on the 1st May 1861, in Plot Number 6 Section B3 R1,
 in our[ Braintree Council's]  Bocking Cemetery.  
This age more likely to be correct than the Workhouse records.   

   17/07/1861. Samuel Parchment dies .Bradford Street, Bocking, aged 73, Hawker of Confectionary, Disease of Heart - 3 months. Death registered by Elizabeth King, Bradford Street, Bocking. Have d.c.DP2

Samuel Parchment, Age 73 Years, Buried on the 22nd July 1861, in Plot Number 7 Section B3 R1,
 in our Bocking Cemetery. This is the plot next to his wife's.
Braintree Council have no record as to whether anyone bought the plots or whether they were common plots.
 No headstones  likely. Info;May 2011. 

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