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Looking for Edward Miller + Biddy Sheridan [Sherden] of Moonee Ponds

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Biddy [Bridget] Sheridan arrived in OZ on the Orphan Ship Derwent circa 1849.
She travelled with her supposedly sister Fanny [Frances Sheridan].
I do not think that they were sisters, Biddy Sheridan married Edward Miller,they probably thought it better to travel as sisters!!
Sheridan Biddy 15 Glen, Cavan NA RC Empl. John Daly, Moonee Ponds, ?6, 2 yrs, apprentice. Married Edward Miller in 1851, farmer, Moonee Ponds, Edgecombe and Malmsbury, 6 children. She died by drowning 25 Feb 1863, buried Kyneton. Kyneton Guardian 28 Feb. 1863.
I have not been able to trace any of her children and have drawn a blank with the
Kyneton Guardian re her death. She may not even be part of 'my' family tree if she isn't Fanny's sister, but Fanny is just as much of a problem even though we have a large family of descendant Walshams of hers who live in NZ.
Fanny Sheridan married Joseph Walsham - as Fanny Carson
Name: Joseph Walsham
Sex: Male
Father: Joseph Walsham
Mother: Ann Holmes

Individual Facts
Birth 30 Oct 1817 in Ranby
Census 1881 in Not on 1881 census born abt 1817 anywhere in UK
Death 28 Sep 1903 in Dunedin NZ

1. Frances (Fanny) Carson
Marriage 3 Aug 1850
Children Mary Ann Walsham (b 1851)
Rebecca Walsham (b 1854)
Elizabeth Walsham (b 1855)
Jane Walsham (b 1860)
William Walsham (b 1862)
Josephine Walsham (b 1867)
Nora Jane Walsham (b 1871)
Alice Walsham (b 1874)
Name: Frances (Fanny) CARSON
Sex: Female

Individual Facts
Birth abt 1833 in Downpatrick Ireland
Death 11 Jun 1896 in Dunedin NZ

1. Joseph WALSHAM
Marriage 3 Aug 1850
Children Mary Ann WALSHAM (b 1851)
Rebecca WALSHAM (b 1854)
Elizabeth WALSHAM (b 1855)
Jane WALSHAM (b 1860)
William WALSHAM (b 1862)
Josephine WALSHAM (b 1867)
Nora Jane WALSHAM (b 1871)
Alice WALSHAM (b 1874

We do have more information on Fanny, but Biddy is certainly a problem.

Regards to all, and special thanks to Tonkin of Family Circles.Roy Walsham

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on 2011-09-11 08:49:02

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by tonkin on 2011-09-13 08:53:57

I'm not having much luck with your Edward MILLER and Bridget SHERIDAN.

I can confirm Edward and Bridget were married in 1851.

The only extra I can give you regarding Bridget's death in 1863 is her age was recorded as 28 years. Her birth place was given as Ireland, and her father was named as Bernard SHERIDAN. Her mother was not named.

Edward and Bridget's children were:

Born: 1852 Essendon, Victoria.
Died: ?

Born: 1852 Moonee Ponds.
Died: ?

Mary Ann
Born: 1854 Moonee Ponds.
Died: 1855 aged 1 year. Death place not recorded.

Born: 1858 Edgecombe, Victoria.
Died: ?

Edmund Jackson
Born: 1860 Malmsbury, Victoria.
Died: ?

Born: 1862 Malmsbury, Victoria.
Died: 1863 aged 5 months. Death place not recorded.

I have searched the death records a few times and have only located the deaths for Mary and Harriet.

I came across a possible marriage for Elizabeth in 1896 to Richard Herbert WEBB, but I have not been able to locate any children for them, and I have not been able to locate the deaths for this Elizabeth and Richard, so they may have left Victoria after they were married.

Please keep in mind I said "possible marriage" for Elizabeth. Nothing has been confirmed.

I will keep looking and will let you know if I find any further details.

by Wallyw on 2014-06-16 09:39:22

Hi Tonkin,

Sorry I haven't acknowledged your response, ill health, mine & computer, have not helped.

Thank you for your help, I come back to Bridget [[Biddy], infrequently, she is not soul destroying, more of a niggle.

Best regards,

Wally Walsham

by ambatch on 2015-06-12 05:51:23

Sorry I have no info on Biddy Sheridan but am a descendent of Fanny and Joseph Walsham. Their daughter Elizabeth Blanche Walsham was my Great Grandmother. I have recently requested help in finding Fanny on a Facebook page here in NZ and a link supplied by a group member got me to this stage. I would love to know more about Fanny's family in Ireland. I know she was born in Downpatrick and her father was John Carson, her mother Mary Sheridan. I have not confirmed this. On reading a book called." Irish Woman in Colonial Australia" mention was made of the Cavan Four - four women who were sent from Ireland for murder. One was Mary Sheridan. In workhouse records from County Down , Bridget Sheridan was noted as coming from Cavan. Fanny was in the workhouse at this time too. John Sheridan is noted as being the husband of Mary Sheridan, also a convict sent to Australia. I wonder if there is connections here. I just don't know where to go next to discover more. If you have contacts in New Zealand for Joseph Walsham I would love to contact them.

by TConnelly on 2020-11-17 05:46:40

Hi All

This will most likely be far too late; but if you ever come back to this site you may find the following helpful. Unfortunately not much more to add yet can at least confirm some details.

I found both Fanny and Biddy Sheridan via https://irishfaminememorial.org/details-page/?pdb=7229

They were both on the ship Derwent reaching Melbourne on 25/2/1850.

Biddy Sheridan was my Great, Great, Great Grandmother.
Her daughter Elizabeth Miller was my GG Grandmother.

I've heard through a relative the following;

Bridget Sheridan
Born: 1835
Possibly spent time at the Enniskillen workhouse
Died: Green Hill (near Kyneton) 25/2/1863
Drowned in a well.

The irish famine memorial site has her details as from Glen, Cavan
Married Edward Miller from Farm Hill? / Moonee Ponds? in 1852 (Essendon)
I do not know anything further of Edward Miller.
Thomas - Born 1852
Mary Ann - Born 1854 Died 1855
Margaret - Born 1856
Elizabeth - Born 1858 (GG Grandmother)
Edwin - Born 1860
Bridget Harriet - Born 1862 Died 1863

Elizabeth Miller married William O'Rourke in 1881
Two children;
Mary Anne O'Rourke (my Great Grandmother) - Born 1882 Died 1971
Margaret Jane O'Rourke - Born 1884 Died 1924

Elizabeth died from rheumatic fever on 7/11/1893
Buried in Nathalia, Victoria

Thank you for your post/s they were very informative. Good luck with any future searches.

Kind regards
Ms T Connelly

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