Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Matthew SULLIVAN

Name
Matthew SULLIVAN
Given names
Matthew
Surname
SULLIVAN
Birthyes

MarriageElizabeth View this family
yes

Birth of a son
#1
Matthew Bartholomew SULLIVAN
about 1838
Marriage of a childMatthew Bartholomew SULLIVANMary HORSEYView this family
Type: Religious marriage
January 28, 1863
Address: Scots Church Presbyterian
Text:

Robert Horsey was born on the 25th of October, 1860 at the Randwick Benevolent Asylum. His mother was Mary Horsey, aged 23, born in England. The birth certificate is marked "Illegitimate" across the sections where the father's name and marriage details would normally go. I have obtained a copy of the certificate from NSW BDM (Ref 1860/002108) and would be happy to send a copy to you if you would like one. As a matter of interest, there is also a listing in BDM for William Horsey with the next reference number, and then a death certificate for the same day. So it seems Mary had twins and only one survived. It seems Robert was left at the asylum as an orphan, or "abandoned child" as they were known. I also have a copy of Mary's shipping/immigration records showing that she arrived in Sydney in 1856 on board the Winifred. This document shows her father as Robert Horsey (after whom she named her son) and her mother as Elizabeth Owen. I could not stop myself from chasing up Mary's life after that, and she married Matthew Sullivan in 1863 and lived happily ever after! The marriage certificate lists her parents the same as on the shipping records. You may be aware that Robert's death certificate shows his father as Robert Horsey and his mother as Mary, with maiden name unknown, but this is incorrect as the surname Horsey is that of Mary.

Citation details: 87/1863 SULLIVAN MATTHEW HORSEY MARY SYDNEY
Note: Married by John Dunmore Lang.
Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary
Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary

Note: Scanned image of photo copy of certificate provided by Trish Cation.

Birth of a grandson
#1
James SULLIVAN
about 1864
Citation details: 623/1864 SULLIVAN JAMES MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a grandson
#2
Matthew SULLIVAN
about 1867
Citation details: 2375/1867 SULLIVAN MATTHEW MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Ellen SULLIVAN
about 1869
Citation details: 2656/1869 SULLIVAN ELLEN MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a granddaughter
#4
Elizabeth A SULLIVAN
about 1872
Citation details: 854/1872 SULLIVAN ELIZABETH A MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a granddaughter
#5
Emily SULLIVAN
about 1876
Citation details: 2345/1876 SULLIVAN EMILY MATTHEW MARY SYDNEY
Birth of a grandson
#6
William SULLIVAN
about 1880
Citation details: 499/1880 SULLIVAN WILLIAM MATTHEW B MARY SYDNEY
Marriage of a grandchildMatthew SULLIVANEliza Jane IKINView this family
about 1887
Citation details: 460/1887 SULLIVAN MATTHEW IKIN ELIZA JANE SYDNEY
Death of a sonMatthew Bartholomew SULLIVAN
about 1897
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 3875/1897 SULLIVAN MATTHEW B MATTHEW UNKNOWN ASHFIELD
Occupation
Labourer

Deathyes

OccupationMarriage Certificate - Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary
SourceMarriage Certificate - Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary
Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary
Sullivan, Robert and Horsey, Mary

Note: Scanned image of photo copy of certificate provided by Trish Cation.

Type: Certificate