Was my Great Grandmother a Warburton?

The following story is from Ann Wills in Australia. It gives the evidence for Ann’s great grandmother being a Warburton, and daughter of a Church of Ireland minister, and asks for help in proving it. Such a minister would suggest he was either from the Garryhinch or Mongon clans.

Thank you, Ray, for giving me the opportunity. A birth certificate issued to me in Dublin in 1989,  shows that my maternal grandmother, Winefred Dodd was born on eighth July 1867 in Johnstown, Rathmore, Naas, County Kildare. Her father was John Dodd of Johnstown, whose occupation was listed as  Post Master, and her mother was shown as  Margaret Dodd, formerly Kinsella. The birth was registered on 13th August 1867.

While only the name  Margaret is given in Winefred’s birth certificate, in her marriage certificate in Bowen, North Queensland, Australia in 1895 Winefred gives her mother’s name  as Marguerite Warburton. H—–  —-

Winefred believed her mother to be Marguerite Warburton, the daughter of the Reverend John Warburton, a Church of Ireland Minister. The story Winefred told her 4 daughters was that  her mother allegedly ran off with someone of lowly station and was disowned by her family.

The story passed down through the family was that Marguerite’s maid “Nurse” or “Nanny” went with Marguerite when she parted company with her family. Even though the husband was the Post Master in Johnstown, they were poor and having an extra person to care for put extra strains on the budget. However, a brother, a doctor, kept in touch with his sister Marguerite and it is believed he was the Good Samaritan who helped pay for Winefred’s ‘education, at a Dublin school – with a name like Malvern Street Model School. As an older child, she boarded there Monday to Friday.

At one time, Winefred fell into a river and nearly drowned. According to Winefred, her mother worked all night to resuscitate her daughter and Winefred recovered. Winefred said that her mother had gained her knowledge on resuscitation because her doctor brother used to nearly drown cats experimentally, and then Marguerite would help him to resuscitate them in medical experiments.

Nanny told Winefred, when they were in the park, that certain other children there ‘are your cousins’ but no acknowledgement of their relationship occurred.

Winefred’s father died when she was quite young and her mother assumed the duties of post mistress.

Winefred was an only child and decided to emigrate to Australia. In preparation for that trip, a Christian missionary Miss Colley (wwhether Irish or English I do not know) schooled the girls in preparation for their future life. She and Winefred corresponded until Winefred’s death in 1926 when my mother continued it until I presume Miss Colley died.

Winefred sailed from London for Australia in 1889 in the “Taroba”. The entry on her arrival, taken from our local museum records, lists her as Winefred Dodd. 19, free settler, Protestant, single, female, able to read and write. Five years later, she met teamster and carrier John Guild and they married and had four daughters.

I present these flimsy ‘strands in the wind’ just in case they connect with anything which may lead to a resolution. I’ve on occasion tried to have research done about Winefred’s antecedents but that Kinsella name in her birth certificate has all stumped. So its over to you and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, however flimsy, to ‘present my case.’

Regards, Ann Wills

Below are 3 photos of Winefred, one of her as a young woman with her horse “Pony” taken in North Queensland circa 1890, the others of Winefred taken in 1914, which she gave to my mother, her third daughter, Annie Marguerite.

Scan Winefred Guild3

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