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A brick wall knocked down!

Happy dancing as I have had a great night.  Three of our four grandchildren are sleeping over and we have had a lovely time with them as usual. They are all sound asleep now so I was doing some genealogy and knocked down one of my brick walls.  My 4th Great Grandmother Ellen didn’t die in Ireland as I had thought, she died in 1881 in Gundagai and Trove has the story.  DNA has already confirmed that My 3rd Great Grandfather John Pierse was the brother of Winifred Pierse who married William Carrigg, proving some researchers wrong!  My Great Great Grandmother Ellen Battye née Pierse actually got married at her Aunts house according to her marriage certificate so I knew some researchers were wrong when they claimed no relationship between Winifred and John! Ancestry ThruLines sent me to another tree that had Ellen marrying a Daniel Shoughron/Shoughran and dying in Gundagai in 1881 but had no sources or details.  I couldn’t find a death registration for her but a Trove search got me more information and confirmed everything.

NEWS OF THE WEEK (1881, April 22). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from

On Saturday morning last an elderly woman named Ellen Shaugharoo, mother of Mrs. Carrigg, of this town, dropped dead in the street between the vicarage and Mr. Ethersey’s residence.  Her remains were removed to Mr. Wm. Carroll’s, where they were immediately examined by Drs. MCKillop and Ogg, who pronounced life to be extinct.  An inquest was subsequently held at the Criterion Hotel by Mr. C.W. Weekes, coroner, when Dr. Ogg deposed that death was the result of natural causes, and the jury found a verdict to that effect.

ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1881, April 29). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 2464. Retrieved from

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

In the will of Ellen Shoughron, late of Adjonbilley, in the Colony of New South Wales, widow, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication of this notice, application will be made to this Honorable Court in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the abovenamed Ellen Shoughron, deceased, may be granted to John Pierse, of Darbalard, in the Colony of New South Wales, farmer, son of the said deceased, and sole executor in the said will named.- 
Dated this 28th day of April, A.D. 1881.

Proctor for the said Executors,

By his Agent,- 
73, Castlereagh-Street, Sydney.

6s. 6d.

I eventually found her death registration as well:

Registration number
Father's Given Name(s)
Mother's Given Name(s)

Source:  Death Registrations,  NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  Retrieved from

Thank goodness for wildcard searches 😉

I have so many more questions about her now, a lot of great research resources to look into and a long weekend to do it in!


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