The Irish Bomfords

Chapter XVII

The Last of Oliver’s & Laurence’s Branches also the Unplaced Bomfords  1836 - 1899


Part A - The Last of Oliver’s & Laurence’s Branches

17.1  The Children of William of Delgany

17.2  Leases of Cushenstown & Surrounds  1803-1810

17.2.1  Marriage Settlement – Thomas Bomford & Rebecca Eyre   19th October 1807

17.2.2  Thomas’ Brothers and Sisters

17.2.3  Leases - Delgany  1808-1815

17.2.4  Marriage Settlement - Edith Bomford and Richard Jeffares  17th October 1815

17.2.5  Marriage - Margaret Helen Bomford & John Johnson Hunt  1791

17.2.6  Marriage of Elizabeth Bomford and John Cooper

17.2.7  Summary of William’s Marriages and Children

17.2.8  The Inheritance of Cushenstown etc

Part B - The Unplaced Bomfords 1836 - 1899 (see also 9.2.4)

17.3.1  Marriage of Elizabeth Bomford and John Cooper

17.3.2  Jane Bomford’s Two Marriages

17.3.4  Mrs A Bomford Kelly

17.4.1  Launcelot Richard Bomford

17.4.2  Launcelot Richard Bomford the Younger

17.4.3  Wilson Bomford

17.4.4  Edward Bomford

17.4.5  Sarah Bomford & her Sons  After 1835

17.5  Four Bomfords Shoemakers of Dublin

17.5.1  Laurence Bomford & his wife Elizabeth Cheevers   31st May 1796

17.5.2  William Bomford & his wife Ann Jordan  21st September 1803

17.5.3  William Bomford the Younger & his wife Jane

17.5.4  William’s wife Jane Marries William Daly  4th August 1854

17.5.5  Thomas Bomford, Shoemaker

17.5.6  William Benjamin Bomford of Mullingar

17.5.7  Speculation

17.8  The Bomfords of Trim  1771-1837

17.8.1  Edward Bomford marries Margaret Plunket   1798

17.8.2  William Bomford Assigns a Trim House   16th January 1837

17.8.3  Introducing the Emigration to Tasmania  1833

17.8.4  Isaac Bomford of Tasmania  1800 - 1886

17.8.5  Peter Isaac Bomford  1834 - 1910

17.8.6  Doctor John Bede Bomford  1836 - 1901

17.8.7  Francis Edward Bomford  1840 - 1916

17.8.8  Rachel Mary Bomford  1849 - 1939

17.9  The Bomfords of Dirpatrick  1729-75

17.9.1  The Bomfords of Agher Parish  1808-18

17.9.2  Speculation

17.10.1  John Bomford marries Anne Smyth   1713

17.10.2  Edmund Bomford

17.10.3  Frances Bomford marries Thomas Raper

17.10.4  Rebecca Bomford marries John Douglas

17.10.5  Death of John Bomford  1813

17.10.6  Louisa Bomford  1870 - 1872

17.10.7  William Bomford  1878 - 1892

17.10.8  Rev William John Bomford  1863 – 1875

17.10.9  Oliver Bomford of Tourane, Sligo

17.10.10  Death of George Bomford, 15th May 1879

17.10.11  William Bomford and family arrive in New South Wales 19 February 1848

17.10.12  NSW Birth Death and Marriage Records

17.10.13 William Bomford of Summerhill, married 1839

17.11 The Dublin Census, 1911

17.11.0 The Bomford-Bruntons or Brunton-Bomfords

17.11.1 John Bomford

17.11.2 Victoria Adela Bomford

17.11.3 Anne Bomford

17.11.4 James Bomford

17.11.5 Nicholas Bomford

17.11.6  Elizabeth Bomford

17.11.7 Dublin Parish Records

17.11.8 Henry Bomford

17.12  Summary of Unplaced Bomfords

This chapter is in two parts, largely because these two branches of the family are soon to die out leaving many loose ends.

Part A.  The last documents, mostly concerning the land around Cushenstown and Delgany, which concern Oliver’s family and which we can tie in to the family tree.

Part B.  Many Bomfords have appeared who cannot be placed. Most of these are likely to belong to the families of Oliver or Laurence but there is not sufficient evidence to connect them. This part of the chapter concerns those Bomfords who probably belong to the family because of their name, occupation or some other clue, but there are insufficient facts to be definite. And at 17.11, Bomfords found in the 1911 census and in parish records who have yet to be placed.

Part A - The Last of Oliver’s & Laurence’s Branches

17.1       The Children of William of Delgany

It will be remembered that William (son of Thomas, son of Oliver) retired, settled at Delgany with his second wife, Margaret Helen Watson (ML 24th January 1769) (13.5.5), and left his land around Cushenstown to the children of his first wife Charity (Ryder). These children had sued him for their ‘rights’ (13.6) under the will of their grandfather, Thomas of Cushenstown and Clounstown (1703 - 1757). William’s eldest son Thomas (c1759 - l827) would have inherited all the land under normal circumstances but, owing to the settlement, the estate was left very short of cash. No land was sold but Thomas and his “three living sisters” on the death of their father in 1803, around January, leased much of it jointly. This batch of leases was made after his death and some are very similar to those previously made by William. However these leases work out at nearly 1200 statute acres with a total rent of about £745 and, if we accept the previous total acreage in 1800 of 1,634 acres, then Thomas was left with a little over 400 acres to farm himself.

It would appear that Thomas lived at Crossmacoole but moved back to Cushenstown House around 1810 or a little earlier. Thomas died in 1827 without children and the land was split up and passed to his married sisters; eventually in 1857 the land was partitioned and handed over to the grand-children of the sisters, the Brunton, Hinde, Keogh and Vallentine families (17.2.7).

So ended the last of Oliver’s branch of the family and their land. The land has been deleted from the Bomford register in 1827, the date of the death of Thomas Bomford.

17.2  Leases of Cushenstown & Surrounds  1803-1810

Leases by the only surviving children of William Bomford of Delgany, Co Wexford [Peter's original document says Wexford here, but all other references are to Wicklow], deceased, by Charity Ryder his first wife; these are:

Thomas Bomford of Crossmacole, Co Meath

Richard Hinde of Dublin and Charity Hinde (Bomford) his wife

Ann Brunton (Bomford) widow of Dublin

Benjamin Hinde of Anglesea, England, and Frances Hinde (Bomford) his wife.

They lease: -

1. 19th November 1803 to George Moss of Dunreigh, Co Meath, farmer, for a rent of £53.9.3 the land of Dunreigh and part of Cushentown containing 47 plantation acres (76 statute) (Book 560 Page 13 No 371924).

This deed ties in with that of 1791 (13.9.3) in which William leases 76 acres to George Moss at a rent of £54.6.2.

2. 19th November 1803 to James Gegarty the land of Crossmacole 5 plantation acres 7 statute for 31 years at a rent of £7.1.6.

3. 19th November 1803 to Edward Dowdell of Crossmacole, farmer of Co Meath the 76 plantation acres (123 statute) of Crossmacole and Cushenstown which he previously held for 31 years at a rent of £94.6.3 (Book 560 Page 15 No 371928).

4. 19th November 1803 to John Dowdall of Cushenstown, farmer, for £126.16.6 the lease of the house and lands of Cushenstown for 31 years at a rent of £180 (Book 560 Page 15 No 371927).

This deed probably ties in with that of 1784 (13.5.4) in which William leased the house and lands of Cushenstown to Patrick Dowdall for a similar rent of £180. Some of the Dowdalls in this area may be related, for instance John of Cushenstown may well be a son of Patrick of the 1784 lease, but the family was numerous even 150 years ago when there were at least six Dowdall families in the Baronies of Duleek and Skreen.

3rd May 1809. Thomas Bomford of Cushenstown leased to Patrick Dowdall of Ballynacdunn, Co Dublin, the land which John Dowdall leased, with a rent of £30 (Book 614 Page 19 No 417336).

12th September 1809. Thomas Bomford of Dublin leases to Andrew FitzGibbon of Dublin, Attorney at Law, that part of Cushenstown with John Dowdall as tenant for £50 (Book 609 Page 234 No 421189).

14th July 1810. This is very difficult to read, but it appears that Thomas Bomford of Cushenstown leases to Patrick Dowdall of Ballynacdum Co Dublin, some part of Cushenstown (Book 622 Page 377 No 429297).

5. 19th November 1803 to Edward Bagnall of Hawkinstown, Co Meath, the land of Cushenstown commonly called Portlester containing 54 plantation acres (87 statute) for 31 years (Book 558 Page 324 No 371897).

This lease ties in with that of 1762 (13.5.1) in which William Bomford leased 87 acres to Richard Bagnall at a rent of £36.15.4. Edward Bagnall must be the son of Richard, who died in 1773, and his wife Ann. Some time later Edward Bagnall, or his son another Edward, moved to Wellington Lodge near Trim and died there on 13th December 1838.

6. 19th November 1803 to Peter Leonard the lands of Kilmoon and part of Cushinstown containing 86 plantation acres (139 statute) for 31 years at a rent of £129.15.0 (Book 559 Page 39 No 371897).

13th April 1808. Richard Hinde of Dublin and Charity Hinde (Bomford) his wife lease to Peter Leonard of Kilmoon, farmer, for £l05.1.6½ plus £30 rent for the land of Kilmoon (Book 604 Page 14 No 410715).

According to the Upton Papers Richard Hinde died c1807. This deed implies that he died in 1808 but nothing has been changed.

7. 23rd November 1803 to Walter Boyle of Bunnan, Co Meath, farmer, part of Skreen and Crossmacoole containing 24 plantation acres (39 statute) for 31 years at a rent of £33.l5.4 (Book 560 Page 14 No 371925).

8. 23rd November 1803 to Laurence Caffrey of Cushenstown, farmer, for £21 the 18 plantation acres (29 statute) which he previously held for 31 years at a rent of £25.16.0 (Book 560 Page 14 No 371926).

9. 23rd November 1803 to Samuel Middleton, the land of Cushenstown and Kilmoon.

The details of this come from:

30th September 1806. Thomas Bomford of Sligo leases to William Yeates of Hayestown, Co Dublin, the land of Cushinstown and Kilmoon, which Samuel Middleton leased on 23rd November 1803, for £30.3.1 for the life of Thomas Bomford (Book 584 Page 128 No 396091).

10. 24th November 1803 to Rev John Madden (their cousin) of Meadesbrook, Co Meath, for £200 the lease of the land of Cushenstown containing 187 plantation acres (303 statute) for 31 years at a rent of £154.5.6 (Book 560 Page 12 No 371923).

This lease ties in with that of 1762 (13.5) in which William Bomford leases 303 acres to Robert Madden, John’s father, at the same rent.

11. Renewal of lease of Cushinstown dated 20 Nov 1809 recites agreement of 24 Nov 1803 between Thomas Bomford of Rosmacole, Co Meath, gent (1) Richard Hinde of the city of Dublin, gent and Charity Hinde aka Bomford his wife (2), Anne Brunton aka Bomford of the city of Dublin, widow (3), Benjamin Hinde, late of Beaumorris in the Island of Anglesea but now of Moore Street in the city of Dublin, gent and his wife Frances Hinde aka Bomford (4). Lives in the renewed lease, Benjamin and Thomas Hinde, two sons of the said Benjamin and Frances, Benjamin and Thomas eldest and second sons (Irwin Papers, National Library, GO MS 432, Leonard Riley email 20 Feb 2009).

17.2.1  Marriage Settlement – Thomas Bomford & Rebecca Eyre   19th October 1807

One year’s rent of Cushenstown to be given to Stratford Eyre of Sligo Town in trust for Rebecca Bomford (Eyre), wife of Thomas Bomford and sister to Stratford Eyre, should Thomas Bomford of Cushinstown die before Rebecca (Book 597 Page 155 No 405221).

In the lease of September 1806 (17.2, 9) Thomas is ‘of Sligo’ and, since he is already married in this settlement, so it is fairly safe to assume that the marriage took place in Sligo in either 1806 or 1807, but probably in 1806. No marriage licence has been found.

“One year’s rent of Cushinstown” must mean the land Thomas held on his own and not the land he held jointly with his three sisters. As I suggested in 17.1 this totalled about 400 acres so the settlement amounted to about £400.

The last time Thomas Bomford is mentioned in the documents is in 1810 (17.2 d) when he is ‘of Cushenstown’ again. It is quite likely that the married couple returned to Cushenstown House and lived there until Thomas died. The house (and land) had been leased to John Dowdall in 1803 for £80 but in 1809, when the lease to John Dowdall was re-organised, the rent became £30 and so, much land and most likely the house as well must have been returned to Thomas.

Thomas died on 26th May 1821, aged about 68, and his wife Rebecca died on 1st May 1837 according to the Upton Papers, however the prerogative wills state “Rebecca Bomford, alias Eyre, of Sligo Town, died 1840,” so 1840 may be the probate date, and it looks as though that, after Thomas died, Rebecca returned to Sligo to her brother Stratford Eyre. They had no children.

Stratford Eyre is an unusual name so the following entry from the Trinity College register must be an antecedant, perhaps grand-father, of this Stratford and Rebecca.

“Stratford Eyre entered 8th May 1716 aged 16, son of Samuel Eyre, born at Ballynockan, King’s Co.”

He became Governor of Galway and died in Dublin in 1768 (probate); Betham gives his wife’s name as Mary-Anne.

17.2.2  Thomas’ Brothers and Sisters

Thomas and his brothers and sisters were introduced in 13.6, but much has happened since then. Most of the information comes from the Upton Papers.

1. Charity was born about 1755 and married Richard Hinde before 1783 and probably about 1780. They lived in Dublin and had one child, Sarah Hinde, who married (17.2.7). Richard died intestate at the end of 1808. Charity then married secondly, in her 50s, Alexander Plunket about whom nothing is known (but see 17.8.1 for more Plunkets). Charity died in August 1827 when she was about 70.

2. Ann, born about 1757, married Francis Brunton in 1782 probably in September. They lived in Dublin and had three children (17.2.7). Francis died before November 1803 but Ann lived on and died soon after 1st May 1830 (Upton Papers) aged over 70.

3. Thomas Bomford (c1759 - 1827).

4. Upton does not mention the un-named second son, born c1761. The only reason we know he existed is because William was the third son (13.9.5). He must have ‘died young’.

5. Frances Amelia, born 1763 and married Benjamin Hinde before 1783. They lived in Dublin though the lease of Cushenstown of 1803 places them in Anglesey, Wales. They had three sons and three daughters but I have only been able to trace one son, probably the eldest, who was born in 1783 and also named Benjamin Hinde (17.2.7). Benjamin Hinde the elder died in 1825 (Upton), Frances lived on and was “buried at St Paul’s Church, Dublin, 18th September 1844, aged 81” (Upton). The latter gives us the only firm birth date of these children. Another son was Richard Hinde, Irwin's mother's uncle (Irwin papers: Leonard Riley email 20 Feb 2009, 7.1.1).

6. William, born c1764 the year his mother died, was not one of the surviving children of the 1803 deeds (17.2) so he must have died before them, but after 1795 because he was mentioned that year in 13.9.5.

17.2.3  Leases - Delgany  1808-1815

William, the father of Thomas Bomford and the sisters of Cushenstown married a second time in January 1769 and moved to Delgany about 1790.  He died in 1803. His second wife was Margaret Helen Watson (13.6).

Lease - Delgany  20th February 1808

Margaret Helen Bomford of Bormount, Co Wexford, widow, leases to Thomas Jackson of Dublin, bookseller, part of the lands of Delgany, 15 plantation acres (24 statute) at a rent of £68.5.0 for the lives of:

Benjamin Keightly

John Keightly and

Richard ..?? (illegible)

(Book 608 Page 220 No 416089)

The original lease of October 1790 (13.8) consisted of 55 statute acres and the third life was Richard Fox. Even though the third life of this deed is illegible, it cannot be a short name like Fox, but it might be Jessop; Alice Jessop married Thomas Bomford of Clounstown and so was a sister-in-law to Margaret Helen; Richard Jessop could be a relation or even an unknown nephew.

Bormount is a townland just outside Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. records it as:

Townland: Borrmount

Acres: 348

Barony: Bantry

Parish: Clonmore

Poor Law Union: Enniscorthy

Leases - Delgany  2nd July 1810

John Bomford of Delgany, Co Wicklow, gentleman, for £284 leased to John Reddy of Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, the lands of Delgany in his actual possession containing 34 plantation acres (55 statute) and the dwelling house, bounded on the east by the road from Belview to Delgany, and by the 7 plantation acres lately leased by John Bomford to William Murray, shoemaker, for 29 years at a rent of £81.6.8.  (Book 628 Page 460 No 432855)

There are two leases here, the 34 and the 7 plantation acres, so Delgany is now 66 statute acres.

One would expect this lease to be granted by Margaret Helen Bomford but since it is granted by John Bomford one can only suppose that the land was in trust to John; perhaps he was a trustee for the marriage settlement of Margaret Helen that is missing. If this is so then John Bomford would be William’s brother, the merchant of Dublin, and this becomes the last mention of him in the documents and places his death as ‘after 1810’. He leased Killincarrick in 1780 and Upper Rathdowns in 1795 (14.11.1), which together with Delgany is near Greystones in Co Wicklow.

On 23 March 2001 Bill Riley and his daughter Wendy visited the Rev Nigel Naugh, rector for the Parish of Delgany, Co Wicklow to check for the presence of Bomfords in that Parish. They found:

(Leonard Riley email 13 Jan 2009). 

John of Bray, Co Wicklow, who died in 1813 had not been placed: see 17.10.5.  John who married Mary Barrington is John of Delgany (14.11).

17.2.4  Marriage Settlement - Edith Bomford and Richard Jeffares  17th October 1815

Margaret Helen Bomford, mother of Edith Bomford, in her will of 1st Sept 1813, left the lands of Ballynaslon (must be Ballynaslowe) 81 statute acres and Delgany, both in Co Wicklow in the Barony of Rathdown, to her two daughters, Edith Bomford and Ann Carthy (Bomford).

A marriage is about to take place between Edith Bomford, spinster of Wexford Town, and Richard Jeffares of Broadway, Co Wexford.

Now Edith Bomford places her lands (half of the above) in trust into the hands of: 

John Cooper of Birch Grove, Co Wexford,

and Henry Cooper of Wexford Town  (Book 708 Page 213 No 484948)

This is another deed which adds much to the family tree. Since Edith has the land, Margaret Helen her mother must have died between making her will, 1st September 1813, and this settlement; probably in 1814 to allow for a period of mourning before her daughter marries.

The elder daughter, Ann, must have married Mr Carthy before the will of 1813 (if she is named as Ann Cathy in the 1815 deed in reference to the 1813 will) so it seems the reference to the two daughters cannot be to two unmarried daughters.  There appear to be two other daughters, not named in the will:  Helen Margaret Bomford (17.2.5) and Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford (17.3.1).  It is very unlikely that there was a living son because he would have inherited the land.

The marriage licence of Edith and Richard Jeffares was dated October 1815 according to the bonds prerogative, and this agrees with the date of the settlement.

There appears to be no direct tie between these Coopers of Co Wexford and those of Co Westmeath who inter-married with the North-Bomfords (16.2.1).

17.2.5  Marriage - Margaret Helen Bomford & John Johnson Hunt  1791

The Diocese of Meath and the bonds prerogative give the following marriage licence “Margaret Helen Bomford and John J Hunt 1791.”

This must be a second Margaret Helen because William Bomford and his wife Margaret Helen were both alive in 1791. However more clues are given in the Hibernian Magazine “John Johnson Hunt married in 1791 Margaret Helen Bomford, daughter of (..left blank..) late of Cushenstown, Co Meath, now of Cumberland Street, Dublin.”

Even though the father’s name has been omitted it must be William because only he was ‘late of Cushenstown, now of Cumberland Street’. Therefore he and Margaret Helen had another daughter who was given the same name as her mother and who married John Johnson Hunt in 1791. Because of her marriage date, and as she appears to be named after her mother, Margaret Helen is probably the eldest daughter.

17.2.6  Marriage of Elizabeth Bomford and John Cooper

The deed of 17.2.4 of 1815 records two trustees to the marriage settlement of Edith Bomford and Richard Jeffares: “John Cooper of Birch Grove, Co Wexford and Henry Cooper of Wexford Town”.

The following marriage settlement concerns the marriage of Elizabeth Bomford:

Marriage Settlement  16th May 1807

Parsons Frayne of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and Danby Jaffers of St John’s, City of Wexford, receive Ballyhedge in trust for Elizabeth Bomford, spinster, when she marries John Cooper, only brother to Henry Cooper of Ballyhedge, Co Wexford, for an annuity of £60 on John Cooper’s death.  (Book 597 Page 525 No 408168)


Book 313 page 526 Reg #210155 Birch - Cooper dated 21 November 1776 addresses "Henry Cooper of Ballyeage in Co of Wexford, farmer".  Book 728 page 571 Reg 497306 Birchgrove 2 June 1818 and 25 March 1818 refers to "Lands of Ballyhogue known as Knocklastine" (Leonard Riley email 31 Dec 2008).

John Cooper is the 'only brother' of Henry Cooper of Ballyhedge in this 1807 settlement, most probably a younger brother. According to the Prerogative Wills Henry Cooper died in 1810 in the Town of Wexford, so the Henry Cooper of Wexford Town in Edith Bomford’s settlement of 1815 (17.2.4) may not be the same Henry: they might be father and son.

There is also a record of this marriage in the Parish records of Killuren, Co Wexford (Leonard Riley email 14 Jan 2009):

"18 May 1807 John Cooper of Birchgrove Parish of Killuren to Eliz Bumford of Booramount Parish Clonmore"

Sheila Perino (email 8 Sep 2007) has found a family tree which shows an Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford m John Cooper d 1842 in Co Wexford, and had issue, a daughter, Ellen Emily Cooper.  Emily Cooper was born on 19th February 1811 (or 1814: see below) in Birch Grove, Co Wexford, died on 27th September 1861 in Georgetown, DC, married William Narcissus Lyster, had issue and moved to the USA.  Information on Elizabeth came from grave markers at Horetown Churchyard, Co Wexford.

A question arises as to whether Elizabeth Bomford might be a sister of Edith and Ann, the two daughters of Margaret Helen Watson and William Bomford named in Margaret's will.  It seems likely that the John Cooper who married Elizabeth is John Cooper the trustee of Edith's settlement, which that suggests that Elizabeth is another daughter of William Bomford and Margaret Helen Watson. However, the mother’s will of September 1813 left her land ‘to her two daughters’, Edith and Ann (17.2.4).  That might have been her two unmarried daughters, as Elizabeth was married by then, but it looks as if Edith's marriage settlement refers to the will naming Ann as Ann Cathy otherwise Bomford, meaning she was already married.  The will does not refer to Margaret Helen Bomford, who seems to have been their first born (17.2.5), so there is a bit of a mystery there: why were two daughters mentioned and two not?  Alternatively, Elizabeth may have been a daughter of William’s brother John Bomford and his second wife Mary Ann (Barrington) (14.11); John Bomford was involved with Delgany around 1810 (17.2.3).  One bit of evidence which suggests that Elizabeth was related to Margaret Helen Watson is that we know from the Parish record that when she was married in 1807 Elizabeth was of 'Booramount, Parish Clonmore'.  We also know that when Margaret Helen Watson leased Delgany in 1808, she was of Bormount, Co Wexford (17.2.3).   Both of these places appear to be the townland of Borrmount, Parish of Clonmore, near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (17.2.3).  That both women were of Booramount/Bormount, assuming they are the same place, suggests they were living together, which points to a relationship, most likely but not necessarily, mother and daughter.  Further, John Cooper and Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford named their second born Margaret Helen Cooper, which may well be after Elizabeth's mother.  While this is circumstantial evidence, there seems to be sufficient of it to place Elizabeth as a daughter of William Bomford and Margaret Helen Watson.  If she is not their daughter she must be a very close relative. 

Bill Riley (Leonard Riley emails 29 & 31 Dec 2008, 1 Jan 2009) says that his grandfather's sister, Madeline Ophelia Porter, had a small locket which was said to contain samples of hair from her 'four great grandmothers - Blair - Watson - Bomfort [sic] & Cooper, the last being my Grandfather Cooper's mother' (photo 1).  A second piece of paper with the locket says 'Eliz Bliar [sic] b 1683 d 22 Sep 1737' and 'G Grandmother Dorothea Cooper neé Bumford [sic] born about 1769' (photo 2).  Bill says the handwriting is Madeline's.

Bill also provided the following outline of the Cooper family (and has a lot more), which has been supplemented as indicated:

1a Henry Cooper, b 15 July 1771 (family bible: Rymer Cooper email 14 Jan 2009) 'only brother' of John (marriage settlement, above)

1b John Cooper, b 25 Jul 1772 at Drinagh, d 1842 (see above), married 18 May 1807 Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford d 3 May 1863, and had issue (family bible: Rymer Cooper email 14 Jan 2009)

2a Dorothy Cooper, b 27 Dec 1808, d 5 Jul 1878 aged 70, married 11 Feb 1833 Arthur Craven Barlow of Sanderscourt, Mount Anna, Co Wexford (Bronwyn Langridge email 15 Sep 2008), as his second wife (his first marriage was to Susannah Jeffares in c 1807) and had issue including

3a Dora Barlow or Dorothy Barlow

3b Elizabeth Anne Barlow, b 1835

3c John Francis Barlow, b 10 Aug 1838, m Selina Eustace Colclough

2b Margaret Helen Cooper, b 1 Jan 1811, m Rev James Gordon

2c Henry Cooper, b 15 Jul 1812, d 22 Jan 1893, m 2 Aug 1833 Jane Sarah Lamprey, baptized 6 Sep 1812, d 16 Jun 1865, daughter of Joseph Lamprey and Sidney Marie Higgenbotham, and had issue

3a Elizabeth Amelia Cooper, b 12 Nov 1850 at Drinagh, m James Henry Porter and had issue

4a James Henry Porter, m Elma Mona Sanders

4b Madeline Ophelia Porter, b 26 May 1882, Birmingham, England

3b Sidney Marie Cooper

2d Eleanor Cooper or Ellen Emily Cooper, b 19 Feb 1814, m Rev William Narcissus Lyster

2e William Cooper, b 30 Jan 1816, m Eleanor Frances Nolan

2f John Cooper, b 26 Mar 1821, d 13 Jan 1867 aged 47 at Drinagh, m Jan 1846 Elizabeth Jeffares of New Ross 'spinster daughter of the said Joseph Jeffares'(Leonard Riley emails 28 Sep 2008, 14 Jan 2009) (so she is not a daughter of Edith Bomford and Richard Jeffares (17.2.4 ), though may be related more distantly) and had issue (family bible: Rymer Cooper email 14 Jan 2009)

3a Harry Joseph Cooper b 20 Jan 1848 and had issue

3b John Richard Cooper b 8 Jun 1853

3c William Alexander Cooper b 23 Oc 1855

1c Dorothy Cooper, b 29 Dec 1773 (family bible: Rymer Cooper email 14 Jan 2009)

There are some inconsistencies between the tree and the locket papers.  The second paper with the locket clearly says that great grandmother Cooper was Dorothea Cooper, neé Bumford, which is inconsistent with her being Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford as per the marriage licence and the gravestone and newspaper entry recorded in the following paragraph.  The great grandmothers in the Porter side of Madeline Porter's family are not known.  But in the tree her grandfather Cooper is thought to have married a Lamprey, daughter of a Higgenbotham, so Higginbotham should be one of the great grandmothers named in the locket.  Watson is thought to be Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford's mother's maiden name, but she is one generation too far back to be the great grandmother Watson of the locket.  Possibly the great grandmother relationship is wrong for some of the names in the locket: one suggestion is that they are in fact mother (Elizabeth Amelia Cooper), grandmother (Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford), great grandmother (Margaret Helen Watson) and great great grandmother ('Eliz Blair b 1683 d 22 Sep 1737', suggesting that she was Margaret Helen Watson's mother: but she is a decade or two too early for that; at 13.6.3 it is speculated that Margaret's mother was an Ann Watson).  It has also been suggested that Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford may have been known as Dorothy, but as there was already a Dorothy in her husband's family and there is no other evidence for it, that seems unlikely.  At this stage we can only speculate.

In the Mount Jerome Cemetery near Dublin city, in sub #80-184, Number 5157, Bill Riley (Leonard Riley email 29 Dec 2008) found an inscription for Elizabeth, Relic of the Late John Cooper, Esq of Drinagh. A death notice appeared in the Tuesday, 5 May 1863 Irish  Times: Cooper - 3 May, at Muchrosterrace, Duthfield Avenue, Elizabeth, Relic of the late John Cooper, Esq of Drinagh, Co Wexford. Also buried in the same plot and reflected on the same headstone were Dora (Dorothy) who died 5 July 1878 aged 70, relic of the late Arthur Craven Barlow, and her daughter Dora Barlow.  Bill suggests Dorothy Cooper, Elizabeth Bomford, Bessie Barlow and Henry Theodore Barlow all appear to be buried in the same grave.

There is another Cooper family marriage, which may fit here, but of the next generation: see 17.3.2.

17.2.7  Summary of William’s Marriages and Children

William of Cushenstown and c1782 of Cumberland Street, Dublin, and c1790 of Delgany, Co Wicklow. Born c173l, married firstly Charity Ryder of Digges Street, Dublin, 22nd March 1754 (ML) (7.17). She died March 1764 having had six children: 

1. Charity Bomford, born c1755, married firstly before 1783 Richard Hinde of Dublin, who died intestate 1808. Their only child:

a. Sarah Hinde married 1828 (settlement 28th April) William Loftus Keogh and had two boys:

i. Thomas Keogh

ii. Richard Keogh

Upton records that Thomas and Richard came of age in 1856, so it seems likely they were twins, born in 1835.

William Loftus Keogh had an older son, William Edward Keogh, who in 1845 at St. Mary's church in Dublin married Mary Ann Brunton, who was a grand-daughter of Ann Bomford and Francis Brunton (2, below) (Anne Robinson email 29 Jun 2012)

Charity Bomford married secondly Alexander Plunket and died August 1827.

2. Ann Bomford, born c1757, married in September 1782 Francis Brunton of Dublin. She died soon after 7th May 1830 (Upton papers) and he before November 1803 having had:

a. William Brunton, a carver and gilder, married Ellen (maiden name unknown) and died 10th May 1851.  The Upton papers record: 'William Brunton made his will 23 April 1852.  Seven children Francis Brunton, William Brunton, Olivia Henry Brunton [elsewhere shown as Oliver Henry Brunton], Mary Anne Keogh aka Brunton, wife of William Edward Keogh, Harriet Sweeny aka Brunton, wife of Alexander Sweeny, Charity Hart aka Brunton, wife of Thomas Hart and Ellen Brunton. the younger.  William Brunton died 10th May 1851 leaving wife Ellen and seven children surviving.'  (Perhaps the will was proved rather than made in 1852?; or perhaps 1852 should be 1851?).  In the parish records we find:

i. Mary Ann Brunton, b 1824 or before: she was of age when she married William Edward Keogh (see above) on 22 Dec 1845 and had issue: Mary Anne Keogh born on 11 Oct 1846; Elinor Keogh b 19 Sep 1848; William Henry Keogh b 13 May 1850; William Keogh b 9 Sep 1851; Harriet Keogh b 17 Aug 1853; Sarah Ellen Keogh b 2 Jun 1855; Frederick Keogh b 17 Nov 1857 (father recorded as Edward Keogh)

ii. Harriet Brunton, b c1825, married Alexander Sweeny on 5 May 1844 and had issue: Alexander Sweeny baptised 18 Apr 1845 who m Elizabeth Hyland on 8 Jan 1868; and Philp Sweeny baptised 9 Jan 1854; the Upton papers (dated 1857 or shortly thereafter) tells us she had 'lately died' and her interests in the inheritance (17.2.8) vested in Francis Brunton

iii. Charity Brunton, b 1826, m Thomas Hart, picture frame maker, on 27 Sep 1852 and had a son, William Cornelius Hart b 4 Sep 1853; the Upton papers (dated 1857 or shortly thereafter) tell us she had 'lately died' and her intertests in the inheritance (17.2.8) vested in Francis Brunton

iv. Francis Brunton, b 1828, m(1) Alicia Bermingham on 22 Apr 1854 and had issue: Frederick Brunton b 4 May 1857 and Mary Anne Brunton b 16 Dec 1858; Francis m(2) on 7 Feb 1876 Mary Anne McGee, a widow, nee Mary Anne Archer

v. Elinor Brunton, b 1830, m Laurence Gilligan on 25 Nov 1857, and had issue: Ellen Bridget Gilligan or Ellen Mary Gilligan, b 29 Jul 1860 (she had both COI and RC baptisms); William Laurence Gilligan, b 1862; Harriet Gilligan, b 1864

vi. Willliam Brunton, b 1839 or later: he was a minor when he married Mary Whelan on 29 Jan 1860.  English census records show him as Frederick W Brunton or William Brunton.  The 1881 census records that he was living in Liverpool with family Frederick aged 17, Margaret aged 14 (she and the younger children were born in Liverpool), William aged 10, Harriet aged 6, Mary aged 3 and John aged 11 months (Michael Robertson email 13 Feb 2013).  Parish records show they also had a daughter Mary Brunton b 1860; and a son William Thomas Brunton b 1861.  The Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958 records a William Thomas Brunton b 1861, aged 3, death registered 1864 in Dublin South.

vii. Henry Brunton, b 1843

b. Harriet Brunton, firstly married Mr Cazalet, they had no children. Secondly married c1830 William Fetherston, they had no children. Thirdly married James Vallentine. (Upton papers)

c. Frances Brunton died unmarried.  Upton papers record (in 1857 or sometime thereafter): '7 May 1830  Deed of appointment by Anne Brunton to her children William B., Harriett B. (then Harriett Cazalet aka Harriett Vallentine) and Frances Brunton then a lunatic.  Frances died since without becoming sane.  Anne Brunton died shortly after execution of deed.  Harriett Cazalet, soon after death of Anne married Wm Fetherston, who soon after died, Harriett since married James Vallentine party hereto.'

3. Thomas Bomford of Cushenstown and of Crossmacoole, Co Meath, born c1759, married c1806 Rebecca Eyre sister of Stratford Eyre of Sligo. He died 26th May 1827 and she died 7th May 1837. They had no children.

4. Son, born c1761, probably ‘died young’.

5. Frances Amelia Bomford, born 1763, married before 1783 Benjamin Hinde of Dublin, later (1803) of Anglesey, Wales. 'My mother once told me that her grandmother Frances Amelia Bomford was married in her 16th year' (i.e. in 1778: Upton/Irwin papers, National Library, GO MS 433: Leonard Riley email 20 Feb 2009). He died 1825 and she in September 1844 aged 81; she was buried at St Paul’s Church, Dublin, on 18th September 1844. They had three sons and three daughters, including:

a. Benjamin Hinde of Tarbert, Co Kerry, and 11 Hardwicke Street, Dublin, attorney and land agent, Freeman of Dublin in 1830, born 1783, married 19th April 1813 Ann Elizabeth Standish, 3rd daughter of Rev Richard Standish of Frankfort. She was born 1790 and died 1868. He was buried at St Paul’s Church, Dublin, 20th December 1844, aged 61. Their eldest son was:

i. Richard Hinde of Shannon Lodge, Glin, Co Kerry, land agent, born 1814, married 1861 Jane Bridget Henn, daughter of Poole Henn of Paradise Hill, Co Clare, born 1834.  He died 10th May 1869 and she died 6th January 1915 having had 2 sons and 2 daughters.  Abstract of will of Richard Hinde of Shannon Lawn, Co Limerick dated 3 May 1869:  £20 per annum each to sisters Jane and Anna Hinde and sister-in-law Sarah Henn. £50 to Sarah Henn. Cushinstown to wife Jane Hinde for her life and on her death to surviving children share and share alike.  All other property to wife in trust for children to be divided share and share alike when they marry with mother’s consent or attain age of 21 years.  Testator died 10 May 1869.  Letter of adm with will annexed granted to Jane Hinde 19 June 1869 (Upton/Irwin papers, National Library, GO MS 432: Leonard Riley email 20 Feb 2009).

ii. Jane Hinde.  Named in her brother's will.

iii. Anna Hinde.  Named in her brother's will.

b. Richard Hinde, the uncle of Sir Arthur Irwin's mother, Frances Elizabeth Hinde, who was a granddaughter of Frances Amelia Bomford (Irwin Papers: 7.1.1).

6. William Bomford, born c1764, died between 1795 and 1803.

William married secondly, in January 1769, Margaret Helen Watson, spinster, of South Carolina then of the Parish of St Bridget, Dublin (and later, as a widow, of Bormount Co Wicklow). He died January 1803 (cf 13.10) and she died in 1814 (will 1st September 1813, referring to 'two daughters'). They had issue:

7. Margaret Helen Bomford, born c1770, married 1791 John Johnson Hunt.

8. Ann Bomford, born c1773, married Mr Carthy before 1813.

9. Edith Bomford, born c1776, married October 1815 Richard Jeffares of Broadway, Co Wexford.

10. Elizabeth Huchinson Bomford, died 1863, married  in 1807 John Cooper of Birch Grove, Co Wexford and had issue (17.2.6).

17.2.8  The Inheritance of Cushenstown etc

When William’s eldest son Thomas died in 1827 the lands of Cushenstown, Kilmoon, Bodman (Boadmain), Portlester, Crossmacoole and Dunreigh were written off as a Bomford property in this history. However the lands were passed to William’s three daughters, Charity Hinde, Ann Brunton and Frances Amelia Hinde, or their descendants. In 1857 or shortly thereafter the land was legally partitioned among their surviving grandchildren (Upton papers).

Charity Hinde’s share went to her two grandchildren Thomas and Richard Keogh.

Ann Brunton’s share was split between her grandchildren, the children of her eldest son William Brunton, and James Vallentine who was the third husband of her daughter Harriet.

Frances Amelia Hinde’s share went to her grandson Richard Hinde. Richard died in 1869 and left his share to his widow, Jane Bridget (Henn) for her life. Jane died in 1915 but before that she sold her share of the land to the Land Commission.

(For an explanation see Leonard Riley emails 20 & 19 Feb 2009: extracts from two books of handwritten notes in the manuscript department of the National Library in Dublin (GO MS 432 and GO MS 433 - Upton/Irwin Papers), reciting case history leading to a settlement (c 1857) of a long running dispute over inheritance of the lease of 27 Mar 1719 by which Hercules Rowley of Summerhill leased to Oliver Bomford of Cushenstown, Co Meath lands of Cushinstown & part of Kilwoon 418 acres plantation measure, Bodermain(?) 69 acres, Baronies of Skreen and Duleek, Co Meath for the lives of Oliver Bomford and his sons Thomas and Arthur Bomford with covenant for perpetual renewal rent 205 pounds, renewal fine 50 pounds (2.11).  The lease of 27 March 1719 was last renewed (prior to the 1857 settlement) on 16 Jan 1846, for the lives of Thomas Hinde, G.W.F.C., son of Duke of Cambridge, and the Prince of Wales).


Part ‘B’   The Unplaced Bomfords   (see also 9.2.4)


17.3.1  Marriage of Elizabeth Bomford and John Cooper

See 17.2.6.

17.3.2  Jane Bomford’s Two Marriages

The Diocese of Meath and the marriage licence bonds prerogative record, “1841 John Cooper and Jane Bomford.”

A further entry from the Diocese of Dublin records (ML page 353), “1848 Jane Bomford, alias Cooper, and Edward Cuttle.”

Jane Cuttle Bomford, widow, died on 3 November 1910 and was buried in Brooklyn, New York, on 6 November 1910. The record states that she was aged 92, so b c1818 in Ireland, daughter of John Bomford and Jane Broma, both parents born in Ireland. Edward Cuttle d 22 October 1885 and was buried in Brooklyn, New York. They had issue, starting in 1842 (i.e. well before the 1848 marriage licence) with George C Cuttle b in Ireland. Second child has the names Frances Cooper 'Fanny' Cuttle Nugent, b 30 Oct 1847 in Ireland, first married Stephen Price (1880 census may have more information) and buried in Brooklyn, New York: an interesting conjunction of Cooper and Cuttle surnames: maybe Cooper died some time between 1841 and 1848 and his children took on the Cuttle surname when their mother remarried. The fourth child was Edward Cuttle (jr), b July 1850 in New York, d 28 December 1907, buried Brooklyn, New York, who married and had issue.

There is little to go on here. There are too many John Bomfords, and no other reference to Jane Broma or similar. So this Jane Bomford must remain unplaced.

John Cooper may well belong to the Wexford Coopers above (17.2.6), except that that John married Elizabeth Jeffares in 1846 so if he married Jane in 1841 (when he was 20) their marriage was shortlived and each subsequently remarried (which would have been unusual).  Another possibility that John Cooper is the eldest son of Jane (Bomford) and Duke Cooper who married in 1785 (16.2).  That John Cooper would have been about 55 in 1841 when Jane married.

17.3.3 Mary Bomford and Her Three Daughters

See 12.1.2.

17.3.4  Mrs A Bomford Kelly

From the Cause Papers in the Four Courts:

“A... Bomford, widow, was wife of Dennis Kelly, his will 1794.”

The Christian name is illegible but it is a long name like Arabella.

To have a Christian name of ‘Bomford’ indicates that her mother was a Bomford; this leads us to Esther Bomford who married John Kelly in 1756 and, although there was no previous indication that Esther had any children, here is a possibility. Paragraph 8.8 summarises this family and it also records a Denis Kelly of Loughrea, Co Galway, whose will was dated 1789. All this fits together quite well but there is no confirmation that Esther Kelly had a daughter named ‘A Bomford Kelly’ who married (her cousin?) Dennis Kelly who died between 1789 and 1794.

17.4.1  Launcelot Richard Bomford

Much has been found about Launcelot and his family, but we do not know who his father was and so cannot place him definitely. However I suspect the father was William Bomford, son of Laurence Bomford and Jane (Smith) (12.2.4). Before dealing with the details, here is his family tree.

Links to 17.4.2, 17.4.3, 17.4.4, 17.4.5

Although Launcelot the younger is written first in the Almanacks, the order of the children is taken from the lease of 1851 (17.4.5), which Wilson signed, and so was the eldest.

Launcelot Richard Bomford the Elder

Launcelot’s first appearance was as a party to a deed of 3rd June 1795, from (Book 496 Page 523 No 320377) and which is of no other interest to us. He would not have been party to a deed as a minor so he was born before 1774. In 1796 he was the third party to another deed (National Library of Ireland, D'Arcy of Hyde Park Papers, 1720-2001, page 19, MS 44,512 /5: deed making tenant to the praecipe and leading the uses of recovery [a form of common recovery] between John Nugent and Peter Smith (1st part), Robert Weir (2nd part) and Lancelot Richard Bomford (3rd part) of the fee farm rent of £35 on lands of Anneskenane [MS 44,511 /1], with copy of same and copy of recovery, 3 items, 15 Nov 1796). Then in 1803 he witnessed Laurence Bomford’s lease of Ballyowen (12.2.7) when he was ‘of Dublin, Attorney at Law’. This led me to Watson’s Almanack where he first appeared in 1801 as an Attorney and Solicitor of the King’s Bench Common Pleas, and of the Exchequer; in 1811 he also became ‘Solicitor in Chancery’. According to ‘The Estabishment of Ireland’ Part VII, in 1809 he was “Magistrates Office, District No 6, First Clerk, Laun R Bomford, £140.0.0 Annual Salary.”

The Almanack also records his address; he lived first in:

Actually he leased No 8 in December 1809 so moved there in 1810. The house had just been built.

In October 1800 he married Sarah Wigellsworth. The marriage licence was granted by the Diocese of Dublin on page 9 of 1800. Betham gives more information: “Bomford, Richard of City of Dublin, Gent, Attorney at Law, and Sarah Wigellsworth of the Parish of Grange Gorman, spinster, 6th October 1800.”

It is not known exactly when Launcelot died but he appeared in all the Almanacks until 1831 when he was not listed as an attorney, so he must have retired then. However his name continued as the occupier of No 8 Hardwicke Street until 1835. In 1836 ‘Mrs Sarah Bomford’ occupied the house, so he must have died in 1835 aged 60 plus.

Launcelot and Sarah had five children. One clue as to the children was the occupiers of No 8 Hardwicke Street, which was kept on until 1857, but the more definite record is the lease of the house in 1857. In 1836 the occupiers were: Launcelot R. Bomford; Mr Wilson Bomford; and Mrs Bomford who was sometimes written as Mrs Sarah Bomford. These names remained until 1855 when the name of Mrs Bomford was dropped.

Almost certainly Launcelot is a descendant of the branch of Oliver Bomford of Cushenstown or that of his brother Laurence of Killeglan. In paragraph 12.2.4 it is suggested that he is the son of William, a grandson of Laurence of Killeglan; but on second thoughts the more likely place to fit him in would be as another son of Wilson Bomford and his wife Anne Bomford (12.2.5), but there is no certainty of even this. The main reason for placing him here comes from the habit in those days of naming children after the names of their direct antecedents. Neither Launcelot nor Richard are Bomford names but they are Shinton names, and Anne’s father married Jane Shinton; Launcelot’s son, Wilson, might have been named after his grandfather. Another reason is age; Wilson and Anne’s children, were born in the 1760s, whereas the children of Wilson’s brother, Laurence, and Jane Smith were born in the 1740s or 50s; the birth date of Launcelot of ‘before 1774’ matches the former.

17.4.2  Launcelot Richard Bomford the Younger

He is the son of Launcelot the elder and would have been born about 1805. In 1836 he appears in the Almanack as “Chief Clerk to the Magistrates of ‘B’ or College Division in the Police Court in College Street,” and this is repeated until 1860 when he must have retired. He died on 25 March 1888 at 3 Zion Road, Rathgar, Co Dublin (National Archives): Wilson Bomford and Eleanor Emelia Bomford, his brother and sister, were the administrators.

17.4.3  Wilson Bomford

Wilson, who sometimes appears in the Almanacks as ‘R. Wilson Bomford’, is the eldest son of Launcelot the elder, and was born about 1802. In the 1859 Almanack he appears as “Assistant Clerk to the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland” in Dublin Castle. This is repeated in the 1860 Almanack. See 17.4.5 below.

The Chief Secretary at this date was the Right Honourable Lord Naas M.P.  (Richard Southwell, later 6th Earl of Mayo), and the Lord Lieutenant was the 13th Earl of Eglington.

William Dempsey was an Irish convict arriving in NSW in 1828. After some years he was able to bring his wife and family out to Australia. On the 1837 List of convicts who have applied for wives and families to be sent to NSW at the expense of the Govt recommended as worthy by the Governor (Bourke), William's wife Mary listed three people she was 'known to' and one of the was a Captain Bomford from Dublin Castle (Kate Dohertry email 29 Jan 2016). There is no evidence that Wilson was a captain, but otherwise he fits the bill.

17.4.4  Edward Bomford

Edward does not appear in the Almanacks but is included in the Trinity College Register which states “Bomford Edward Pen (Mr Sargent) (Entered) Oct 16 1840 age 18 son of Lancelot Solicitor, born Dublin.” So Edward was born in 1822 and probably the youngest, and was educated at Sargent’s school before he entered Trinity. He did not get a degree. No other information has come to light about him except that he may not have lived with the others.

17.4.5  Sarah Bomford & her Sons  After 1835

After her husband died around 1835, Sarah and her two sons, Launcelot Richard and Wilson, and one assumes her two unmarried daughters, Elinor Amelia and Sarah Anne, live on at No 8 Hardwicke Street, but in 1857 the family decide to lease the house. Incidentally houses were valued in the Almanacks from about 1849 when No 8 was valued at £30, in 1857 it had dropped to £24, and their new house in Summer Hill was valued at £38, an improvement that may indicate that the family was successful.

Lease – No 8 Hardwicke Street  31st October 1857


1. Sarah Bomford, widow of Launcelot Richard Bomford late of Hardwicke Street deceased

2. The five children of Sarah and Launcelot Richard Bomford

3. Andrew George Moller of Hardwicke Street

4. Charles Champion Moller of Rathmines, Dublin


1. The lease of 22nd August 1806 in which a house in Hardwicke Street was just built and Edward Hendrick leased it to Dorothy Hernon for 900 years at a rent of £50

2. On 2nd December 1809 Dorothy Hernon granted all her interest in this house to Launcelot Richard Bomford

3. Launcelot Richard Bomford since died intestate leaving a widow and five children

They now lease the house to Charles Champion Moller.

Signed Wilson Bomford (1857 Book 31 No 77).

In 1858 Sarah, her two sons, Wilson and Launcelot, and no doubt Edward and the two unmarried daughters, Elinor and Sarah Anne, move to No 29 Summer Hill. Summer Hill leads from Gardiner Street into Portland Row, and the house was valued at £38. They remain there until 1864 although for the years 1862 to 64 only Mrs Bomford is listed as the “Occupier.” Probate on the will of a Sarah Anne Bomford is recorded in 1865 in Irish Will Calendars, 1858-1878.  This may well be Sarah the daughter as it seems probate was also granted on the will of her brother Wilson.  The Index to Probate and Administration Calendars 1858 - 1877 (National Archives, Dublin) records that Sarah Anne Bomford late of Zion Road, Rathgar, Co Dublin, spinster, died on 16 August 1865 at the same place.  Her will was proved in an amount under £3,000 by Wilson Bomford of Zion Road, Gent, sole executor, on 4 November 1865.

In 1865 all three are together again and have moved to No 2 Zion Terrace, Rathgar, off Orwell Road. This may have been a new house as only two out of the eight houses on the Terrace were occupied.  From 1866 to 1874 only Launcelot and a Mrs Bomford are recorded, and this indicates that Wilson has either died or moved away. I begin to wonder if Mrs Bomford is still their mother, Sarah, who in 1874 would be about 94 if she married aged 20, and to wonder if the Mrs Bomford is not now the wife of Launcelot. His marriage might account for Wilson moving away in 1866.

Sarah Anne Bomford, spinster, died on 16 August 1865 at Zion Road, Rathgar, Co Dublin (National Archives): Wilson Bomford of Zion Road was the sole executor.

From 1875 another family occupied No 2 Zion Terrace.

Eleanor Emelia Bomford died on 15 Jun 1888 at 3 Zion Road, Rathgar, Co Dublin (National Archives): Wilson Bomford and Francis Norman (solicitor) were her executors.

Wilson Bomford of 3 Zion Road, Rathgar, Co Dublin, died on 23rd February 1891 (National Archives): Francis Norman (solicitor) was his sole executor.

The Irish Civil Registration index on the LDS pilot project website shows a Sarah Bomford died 1870 aged 88 yrs (so born c1782) (Bonnie Ostler email 7 May 2010). This would be about the right age for Sarah Wigellsworth to have married Lancelot Richard Bomford the elder in 1800.

17.5  Four Bomfords Shoemakers of Dublin

These four Bomfords, Laurence, two Williams and Thomas, have been grouped together because the shoemaking business may have been a family concern.

17.5.1  Laurence Bomford & his wife Elizabeth Cheevers   31st May 1796

Between many, the 3rd party was Laurence Bomford of Dublin, shoemaker, and Elizabeth Bomford otherwise Cheevers his wife.

This deed contains no other interest except that it does give some of the Cheevers family. Elizabeth’s parents were Francis Cheevers and his wife Elizabeth.  (Book 497 Page 211 No 322987)

Cheevers Property  13th June 1802


1. John Keogh of Loughlinstown, Co Kildare

2. Laurence Bomford of Dublin, shoemaker, and Elizabeth Bomford otherwise Cheevers his wife

3. Robert David, shoemaker, and Hannah David otherwise Cheevers his wife, of Dublin

4. Richard Lewis of Dublin.

This deed concerns Cheever’s property and mortgages in Dublin. Elizabeth Cheevers, wife of Laurence Bomford, inherited from Francis Cheevers and his wife Elizabeth.

On this date Elizabeth Bomford sold two houses part of her inheritance on the east side of Dawson Street to Richard Lewis.  (Book 544 Page 143 No 361418)

All these two deeds tell us is that Laurence Bomford was a shoemaker of Dublin and that he married sometime before 1796 Elizabeth Cheevers a daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Cheevers.

17.5.2  William Bomford & his wife Ann Jordan  21st September 1803

Marriage Settlement

On the marriage of William Bomford of Dublin, shoemaker, and Ann Jordan of Dublin, widow, David Byrne of Dublin, gentleman, gives as a marriage portion £499.15.0 to William Bomford for Ann in trust. William Bomford is to guarantee this amount on his death for him. (Book 557 Page 324 No 370711))

The Watson Almanack from 1804 until 1822 lists William Bomford as a “Shoemaker of 61 High Street” Dublin, but there is no entry in 1823. There is then a gap of 15 years when, in 1838, we find that William Bomford is living in Dundrum. This gap and the deeds of the 1850s imply that there were two Bomfords named William.

William Bomford the elder, shoemaker of 61 High Street, Dublin, from 1804 to 1822. He married Ann Jordan, a widow, in 1803 and probably died in 1822.

17.5.3  William Bomford the Younger & his wife Jane

The 1838 Almanack records that William Bomford (the younger), was living at Rockmount Cottage, Dundrum. He continues to be listed there until 1852. For the years 1853 and 1854, ‘Mrs Bomford’ was the only occupier of Rockmount Cottage.

House Purchase  15th January 1838

William Bomford of Rockmount, Co Dublin, and Edward Charles Walker of Dublin, apothecary, buy a house for £138 in Dublin. William Augustus Walker of Baggott Street Dublin, Doctor of Medicine, was the 3rd party.  (1838 Book 2 No 24)/p>

William as an Executor  23rd January 1851

William Bomford of Rockmount, Dundrum, Gentleman, is mentioned in this deed as an executor of Elizabeth Depoe of Dundrum who was an executor of her husband, Peter Depoe of Dundrum.  (1851 Book 2 No 229) /p>

Mortgage  28th June 1853

William Bomford of Rockmount, Co Dublin, received a mortgage from George FitzPatrick on 20th April 1831, this is now repaid. This mortgage is very involved and William only appears in the 5th part but see the marriage settlement of 1854, below.  (1853 Book 23 No 267)/p>

Death of William the younger  1853

Both the Prerogative Wills and the Prerogative Inventories record “1853 William Bomford of Rockmount, near Dundrum Co Dublin, died.”

He was alive for the above mortgage so he must have died after 28th June 1853. At some unknown date he married Jane whose maiden name is not known. Jane married secondly in 1854 William Daly.

17.5.4  William’s wife Jane Marries William Daly  4th August 1854

Marriage Settlement - Jane Bomford & William Daly


1. William Daly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but then a merchant in Dublin.

2. Jane Bomford, widow, of Dublin.

3. Denis Florence McCarthy of Blessington Street, Dublin, Barrister at Law, and Reverend William Donnelly of Irishtown Co Dublin, Roman Catholic curate (Trustees).


1. The intended marriage between William Daly and Jane Bomford.

2. The decree of the Court of Chancery of 6th April 1853 wherein William Bomford, gentleman, the late husband of Jane Bomford was plaintiff and George and Mary FitzPatrick were defendants, and wherein the mentioned lands were decreed to be sold. (See above mortgage of June 1853).

3. Jane Bomford bought some of the property being No 101 and No 102 Great Britain Street at £220, also part of Ballalley, 19 statute acres with dwelling house, in the Parish of Tany and Barony of Rathdown, at £1,000.

4. Jane Bomford transferred £2,345 of Government 3¼% stock in trust into the names of Denis Florence McCarthy and William Donnelly.

5. William Daly also placed in trust his land in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

6. Jane Bomford and William Daly about to be married agreed with the trustees (party 3) that the income from the above go to Jane Bomford.

7. Jane Bomford made her will which allows her next of kin to decide with the trustees on the best course of action.  (1854 Book 21 No 43)

With reference to 3 above, the Griffith’s Valuation of 1849 recorded a Bomford in the Parish of Taney, Barony of Rathdown, Co Dublin; this must be William Bomford and his land in Ballalley.

Another deed dated 22nd January 1855 (1855 Book 9 No 55) concerns Ballalley. This deed is between

1. Denis Florence McCarthy of Blessington Street, Dublin.

2. William Daly of Dublin and Jane Daly his wife. Jane Daly was the widow of William Bomford late of Rockmount.

3. Mary FitzPatrick, widow of George Fitz Patrick and others.

So Jane’s second marriage to William Daly did take place in 1854 but after 4th August.

Houses in Great Britain Street  23rd March 1880

William Daly of Rutland Square, Dublin, and Jane Daly formerly Bomford, wife of William Daly, lease to Edward Kavanagh, architect, a dwelling house, No 100 Great Britain Street, for 100 years at a rent of £25.  (1880 Book 16 No 47)

So Jane and William Daly were both alive in 1880. After this divergence to Jane’s second marriage, we return to the shoemaking business.

17.5.5  Thomas Bomford, Shoemaker

The Dublin Almanacks record that from 1846 to 1849 Thomas Bomford was a “Shoemaker of 125 Dorset Street,” and that his house was valued at £30. We knew no more than this about Thomas, but in 2010 found more.  On 28 April 1850 Thomas Bomford, shoemaker of 3 Ryders Row, son of Patrick Bomford, shoemaker, married Jane Symmott, also of 3 Ryders Row, daughter of Samuel Synnott, boot and shoemaker.  The witnesses were William Synnott and Anne Synnott (St Mary COI parish records, Dublin).  This not only tells us Thomas moved and married in 1850, but also that there was yet another Dublin Bomford shoemaker, Thomas' father Patrick Bomford.

17.5.6  William Benjamin Bomford of Mullingar

The last shoemaking Bomford lived in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and so might be tied in to the above Bomford families of Dublin or to the Westmeath Bomfords, which follow in the next paragraph. This was told to me by his daughter-in-law, Henrietta Bomford (Tyrrell) of Killucan, Co Westmeath, in 1987 when she was 82 (see 14.8.3).

William Benjamin Bomford, shoemaker of Mullingar, was born about 1875. He married and had two children:

1.  John William Benjamin Bomford, lock keeper on the Royal Canal near Killucan, was born in 1905 and died in 1975 aged 70. He married Henrietta Tyrrell who died aged 95 on 10 March 2000. They had no children.  The Castlejordan Church/Parish records include the marriage in 1929 of John William Benjamin Bomford, lock keeper, son of William Bomford, lock keeper, to Henrietta Susanna Tyrrell, housemaid, daughter of Samuel Tyrrell, of Corbetstown, Edenderry (Eva North email 1 Apr 2009).  Henrietta, b 21 May 1904, was the eighth and youngest child of Samuel Tyrrell (b 6 Dec 1858, buried 10 July 1928 aged 69) and his wife Mary Ann (buried 22 April 1955 aged 90).  Samuel was the second child of John Tyrrell and Susan Copperthwaite, married 13 June 1853 at Clonard C of I.  In the 1901 census Samuel was a farmer of Tor, Castlejordan, Co Meath, and in 1911 was a general labourer at Corbetstown, Clonmore, Co Offaly (Ray Tyrrell email 26 Feb 2012).

2.  Letitia Bomford died unmarried in 1927.

William the shoemaker had an only sister who married Mr Drought and they had a daughter who married Mr Stewart.  The sister was probably another Letitia, whose birth registration in the District of Killucan, Mullingar, West Meath (EN email 20 Apr 2012) says she was born on 28 Feb 1874 at Porterstown, daughter of William Bomford, shoemaker of Porterstown, and Jane Bomford, nee Jane McCabe.  If that is correct, then William Benjamin Bomford was also a son of William Bomford and Jane McCabe.

Another connection of Henrietta was Miss Rogers (401 Vine Street, Ishpeming, Michigan, 49849, USA) who sent her money and whose grandfather was a Bomford.

This notice might apply to William Benjamin, the shoemaker of Mullingar (though alternatively it might be his son): “William Bomford of Blackall street, Mullingar, died 23th June 1922”.

In the Church of Ireland Library in Dublin there are records for Killucan Castlelost Parish, Rochfortbridge.  They include a marriage: '1873 William Bomford, shoe maker, Mullingar, son of John Oliver Bomford, shoe maker, to Jane McCabe, spinster, of Killucan, daughter of Benjamin McCabe, carpenter' (Eva North email 1 Apr 2009).  Assuming that these are William Benjamin Bomford's parents, he was a third generation shoemaker.  If we assume the boys were born when their fathers were about 25, then William Bomford who married in 1873 was born c1848 and his father, John Oliver Bomford, was born c1823.

Putting these records together, and assuming the relationships are correct, we get:

John Oliver Bomford, b c1820s, shoemaker

1. William Bomford, b c1840s, d 23 Jun 1922, shoemaker of Porterstown, Mullingar in 1874, m 1873 Jane McCabe, daughter of Benjamin McCabe

a. Letitia Bomford, b 28 Feb 1874 at Porterstown, m Mr Drought and had a daughter who m Mr Stewart

b. William Benjamin Bomford, b c1875, shoemaker and lock keeper

i. John William Bomford, b 1905, d 1975, m Henrietta Susanna Tyrrell, daughter of Samuel Tyrrell, d 10 Mar 2000, no issue

ii. Letitia Bomford, d unmarried 1927.

A further person who might be connected is John Bomford who emigrated to Tasmania in 1855.  The UK census of 1851 records John Bomford, b c1814 in Westmeath, Ireland, labourer, and Eliza Bomford, b c1818 in Glosport, Hants, living at Tottenham Court Road, St Pancras.  There is a marriage recorded between John Bomford and Eliza Griffiths on 6 Jun 1848 at St Pancras, London (Kim Bomford email 18 Jan 2010).  The Tasmanian Archivesrecord the arrival in Tasmania on 3 Jan 1855 on board the Australasia from London, of John Bomford aged 40 and Eliza Bomford aged 39 (reference CB7/12/1/3 p3).  The Mercury, Hobart, 6 Aug 1885, records the marriage that same year, on 28 Jul 1885, at St David's Church, Hobart, by the Rev. J. Gray, of David Lumsden, eldest son of Andrew Lumsden, of Hamilton, to Mary Ann Elizabeth Bomford, only daughter of John Bomford, of Hobart.  There is no record of Mary Ann Elizabeth being on the Australasia, and if she was the daughter of John and Eliza who were married in 1848 then she would be too young to be marrying in 1855.  So there are loose ends in these recorded events, but it does seem likely that John Bomford of Westmeath emigrated to Tasmania in 1855.

17.5.7  Speculation

Again it is suggested that some of those Bomfords whose family business was shoemaking are the descendants of Oliver of Cushenstown or Laurence of Killeglan; this applies particularly to those unplaced Bomfords living in Dublin, since nearly all the known descendants have moved there.

The most likely place to fit in Laurence and his wife Elizabeth Cheevers, and the elder William and his wife Ann Jordan together with their son William, is as grand-children of Laurence of Killeglan (c1710 - 1761) and his wife Jane Smith (died 1769). If we look at their children we see that they had two sons and a daughter. Their eldest son died between 1769 and 1772 in his early 20s and so is unlikely to have married. However the second son was William who was living in Dublin in 1799; it is now suggested that this William married and had two sons, Laurence who married Elizabeth Cheevers sometime before 1796 and the older William who married in 1803 Ann Jordan and died c1822, and who had a son, the younger William of Rockmount and who married Jane before he died in 1853.

The dates make this speculation quite possible, but, above all, the family names of Laurence and William suit. We might further speculate that Thomas Bomford the shoemaker of Dorset Street in the late 1840s was the son of Laurence and Elizabeth Cheevers; Laurence could have handed the family business down to his son, but against this none of the immediate family was called Thomas.

William Benjamin Bomford of Mullingar (17.5.6) lived in Westmeath so he might be tied up with the Bomfords of Ballinakill in Co Westmeath (14.8.4).  Assuming that John Oliver Bomford was William Benjamin Bomford's grandfather, a link to the Bomfords of Ballinakill seems all the more likely, as there is a strong line of Johns and Olivers in that branch.

17.8  The Bomfords of Trim  1771-1837

1771 (March or April) Margaret Bomford marries Thomas Crawley

Extracted from Betham’s Dublin Marriages: “Crawley, Thomas, of Trim Co Meath, Esq., and Margaret Bomford of the Parish of St Andrew’s Dublin, spinster, 23rd March 1771.”

In 1761 Thomas Crawley witnessed the signature of Dorcas Williams (9.7.2), wife of Edward Williams of Trim and daughter of Stephen Bomford the elder of Gallow, so he was a resident of Trim, and would have been known to Stephen the younger and his family.

This Margaret Bomford might possibly be the daughter of Stephen Bomford of Rahinstown who married John Mockler of Trim c1778 or before (15.6). If this is so then her first marriage in 1771 was to Thomas Crawley who must have soon died leaving Margaret free to marry secondly John Mockler. This may account for the fact that no marriage licence was found for the Bomford/Mockler marriage; I should have looked up Crawley / Mockler.  (There is no Crawley/Mockler or Bomford/Mockler marriage recorded in the IGI as at Feb 2007.  The Crawley/Bomford marriage of 1771 is in the IGI.  The IGI records Margaret's birth as c1750.)

17.8.1  Edward Bomford marries Margaret Plunket  1798

This comes from the marriage licence bonds prerogative and the following deeds give us more information about these two, but not enough to place Edward Bomford in the family. Edward Bomford was born c1773 and Margaret Plunket born c1777 (IGI records).  Plunketts (nearly all with two Ts) were landowners before and after the restoration of Charles II in the 1660s (; Calendar of state papers)

Trust for Edward’s Children  8th March 1820


1. Edward Bomford of Trim, shopkeeper, leased to William Plunket of Trim a dwelling house now occupied by Laurence Malone in Trim Town which was leased to Edward Bomford by John, Earl Darnley (John Bligh, 4th Earl, of Clifton Lodge, Athboy), and another house in the High Street of Trim which Edward Bomford leased from Edward E Chambers (Edward Elliot Chambers, 1772 – 1857, of Crowpark and later Fosterstown both outside Trim, an extensive land owner in the Trim area), for 90 years at a rent of 20 guineas.

2. Edward Bomford made a trust for his children of his shop and goods, the trustee was William Plunket.

His children are: 

Now each of the above are granted £20 out of the total of £50 each (Book 784 Page 446 No 530781).

This deed must be connected with the next one since William Plunket the hatter of Trim, is the trustee of the Bomford children. Also he must be a close relative of Margaret (Plunket) the wife of Edward. They are possibly also related to Alexander Plunket, who married Charity Bomford as her second husband, 'about whom nothing is known' (17.2.2).

The 1821 census (image) records Edward Bomford and his family:

Residents of house #3 in Manorland, Trim On The North Of The River Boyne (Trim, Meath)

Surname Forename Age Relation to head
Bomford Edward 50 - Shoemaker Grocer Huxter Leather Seller & Farmer
Bomford Margret 40 Wife -
Bomford Oliver 19 Son Assists his father generally in his different businesses
Bomford Cathrine 9 Daughter -
Bomford Samuel 6 Son -
Gorey Margret 22 - House Servant

So there was another son, Oliver, aged c18 at the time of the 1820 deed, for whom the deed did not make provision. And the 1821 census does not record Isaac, either at home or elsewhere (the surviving census records are far from complete).

The land area recorded in the 1821 census was 4 perches(?), 'part of the lands of the North Commons in this Barony but does not reside [there?]'.

Kenneth Hendry (email 15 Oct 2017) says that the daughter Catherine Bomford married Henry French, based on work by Rick Smith published on

Edward's neighbour at house #4 in the 1821 census (image, continuing the previous one) was James Plunkett aged 36, shoemaker & leather seller, who could well be Margaret's brother. With him were his wife, Elizabeth aged 26, daughter Margaret aged 3 years and 10 months, and daughter Elziabeth aged about 3 months, with house sevant Margaret Newman aged 15.

And at house #6 was William Plunkett aged 37, a skinner, and Mary Dunn, widow, aged 43, sister (so born Mary Plunkett), and housekeeper to William (same census image).

These Plunketts may be all the same family: Mary aged 43, Margaret aged 40, William aged 37 and James aged 36. All up there are around 50 Plunketts and 8 Plunkets recorded in Meath in the surviving 1821 census records.

17.8.2  William Bomford Assigns a Trim House   16th January 1837

William Plunket, hatter, and William Bomford, carpenter, both of Trim, assign to Marcella Malone of Trim, widow, their title for £140 to the house of John Adams situate in the Main Street, Trim, now in the possession of Marcella Malone (who was probably the wife of Laurence Malone of the previous deed).  (1837 Book 2 No 25)

One guess as to what is going on here is that Edward Bomford owned the house which was leased to William Plunket for 90 years before 1820 and which was occupied by Laurence and Marcella Malone in 1820.  By 1837 Edward had died (possibly he died in 1820 and that is why the children were getting some of their trust money) and William Bomford, perhaps as a surviving brother of Edward, had inherited the reversionary interest in the leased house, William Plunket still had the lease for 90 years, and they jointly sold their interests in the property to Marcella Malone, Laurence's widow, for £140.  It could, of course, be a completely different house.  But looking at what we have it seems William Bomford is not Edward Bomford's son; he is still going in 1837 when Edward would have been about 64 , so he is probably not Edward's father; so it seems William is of the same generation as Edward, and quite likely that William Bomford the carpenter is Edward Bomford the shopkeeper's brother.

William Bomford, a carpenter of Trim, arrived in NSW in February 1848 (17.10.11).  It seems likely that he was a son of the William, carpenter of Trim, of this deed.

17.8.3  Introducing the Emigration to Tasmania  1833

A halt had to be made in my investigations of Edward Bomford and his wife Margaret Plunket (married 1798) a connection (? sister) of William Plunket, a hatter of Trim and trustee of the three children, Isaac, Samuel and Catherine, all of Trim Co Meath. There was no sign of their antecedents nor their grand-children. However in 2002 Catherine Holman had an email query from Rick Smith in Australia about his great-great-great-great grandfather Edward Bomford.

Rick Smith has produced a mass of information about the son Isaac after he emigrated to Tasmania in 1833, and his offspring down to the present day. Much of this follows but still we are unable to connect Edward Bomford into the main Bomford family and, until we can, all that follows must remain as ‘unplaced Bomfords’. The following are all “of Tasmania”.

There are other Bomford of Tasmania.

A family tree of the Bomfords of Trim and Tasmania, including the people below and their descendents, has been prepared on the basis of Rick Smith's information as at June 2007.

17.8.4  Isaac Bomford of Tasmania  1800 - 1886

Isaac was born c1800 in Trim, eldest son of Edward Bomford and Margaret Plunket (17.8.1). Edward was a Trim shop-keeper but his son Isaac was trained as a carpenter and joiner, one presumes by his presumed uncle William Bomford who was a carpenter living in Trim in 1837.

About 1826 Isaac married Jane Laffan, born c1808, daughter of Barnaby and Mary Laffan. Their first child Maria Bomford was born in 1828 in Ireland.

In 1833 Isaac, Jane and the baby Maria, emigrated from Dublin for Tasmania on the “Strathfieldsay” and arrived in Hobart on 27 July ( He found work as a foreman to Roderic O’Connor and lived initially at Lake River and later at ‘Kingston’, Ben Lomond, in the north-east quarter of Tasmania.

Jane died 17th November 1871 aged 63 at ‘Rocklands’, East Tamar, and was buried in Hobart. She had six children.

Isaac married secondly on 14th August 1873 at Hobart, Delia Bridget Lupton, born 1831 in Ireland. After “a long and painful illness” she died aged 50 in Hobart General Hospital on 19th June 1881. Both Delia Lupton and Jane Laffen were buried in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart.

Isaac died aged 86 in West Hotham, Melbourne, Victoria, on 11th August 1886. He was buried two days later in the Melbourne General Cemetery. His six children were:

1.  Maria, born 1828 in Ireland, went to Tasmania in 1833. No other information.

2.  Peter Isaac Bomford, 1834 – 1910 17.8.5.

3.  Dr John Bede Bomford, 1836 - 1901, 17.8.6.

4.  Francis Edward Bomford, 1840 - 1916, 17.8.7.

5.  Joseph Bomford, born at Lake River 12th  February 1843 and died the same day.

6.  Rachel Mary Bomford, 1849 - 1939, 17.8.8.

17.8.5  Petre Isaac Bomford  1834 - 1910

Petre Isaac Bomfordwas born at Lake River on 19th May 1834. He was christened in Hobart, ‘Petris Isaac Bumford’. When he was 25, he married Elizabeth (Lizzie), daughter of James Hopkins, in St Thomas Church Avoca on 3rd May 1860.

She was born in 1837 and died on 23rd September 1886 aged 49 in Brisbane Queensland. She was buried in Launceston, Tasmania. Peter Isaac died in Launceston on 19th July 1910, aged 76, and was buried there.

A newspaper report of 1879 states that Mrs Emily Easton was murdered by her brother-in-law Peter Isaac de Bomford at his house ‘Illaroo’ St Leonards. This has not been followed up; perhaps it should be, but no action appears to have been taken against Peter Isaac so it looks as though the report was not taken seriously.

No previous Bomford had taken the adopted surname of “de Bomford”. Francis Edward Bomford said in a letter to his nephew, one of the seven sons of Doctor John Bede, ‘Your father and I never adopted it but your uncle Isaac did, it is therefore much a matter of fancy’. This fancy seems to have caught on to a limited extent by some later Bomfords, who all live in Tasmania.

Their three children were:

1.  Edwin Frederick Serrell de Bomford, 1861 - 1954, aged 93.

2.  Mervyn Charles de Bomford, 1863 - 1908, aged 45.

3.  Everard James Bomford, 1864 - 1922, aged 58.

17.8.6  Doctor John Bede Bomford  1836 - 1901

John Bede was born at Lake River, Tasmania, on 5th June 1836. When he was 20 in 1856 he was taken by Dr Kenworthy to England to study medicine. He returned in the ‘Gipsy Bride’ arriving in Melbourne in May 1860. In 1865 he had 4,000 acres of freehold land in Fingal, so he was a doctor and a farmer.

When he was 26 he married Eliza O’Dwyer (Dizi), daughter of Rev William Richardson (1815 - 1875) and Ellen Kavanagh (1814 - 1866), at St John’s Church in Melbourne Victoria, on 23rd February 1863. Dizi was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1840 and died of diptheria aged 32 in Perth, Tasmania, on 11th February 1872.

She had six children:

1.  Ruth Helena, 1864 - 1940, aged 76.

2.  William Francis, 1865 - 1933, aged 68.

3.  John Roderick, 1866 - 1943, aged 77.

4.  Evelyn, 1868 - ?

5.  Amy Lenore, 1869 - ?

6.  Lizzy, born and died 1871.

When John Bede Bomford was 40 he married secondly on 23rd May 1877 Mary Emma Fletcher, in Launceston. She was born in 1854 and died aged 77 in Beaconsfield on 15th November 1936. She had seven children:

7.  Daniel Archibald, 1877 - 1966, aged 89

8.  Edward Ernest, 1879 - 1954, aged 75

9.  George Arthur Frederick, 1882 - 1962, aged 80

10.  Edwin Thomas, 1884 - 1967, aged 83.  One of Edwin's grandchildren is Brenda Hodge who can trace her Aboriginal ancestry

11.  Charles Henry, born and died 1886

12.  Ethel Mary, 1887 - 1961, aged 74

13.  Emily May, 1889 - 1974, aged 85

An overall total of seven boys and six girls.

Doctor John Bede died at his home in Weld Street, Beaconsfield, on 24th November 1901 when he was 65.

17.8.7  Francis Edward Bomford  1840 - 1916

Francis was born at Lake River, Tasmania, on 3 June 1840. He became a farmer at Rheban Sandspits, was a JP and also a mining registrar; he and the family went to the Warrandyte gold diggings at Andersons Creek in Victoria in 1878 and returned to Moorina, Tasmania, in 1882.

When Francis was 25 on 20th September 1865 he married Ellen Gray Richardsan in St Thomas Church in Avoca, Tasmania. Ellen was the sister of Eliza (Dizi) who married John Bede Bomford, so two sisters, Ellen and Eliza, married two brothers. Ellen was born on 5th November 1845 in Avoca. When she was 53 she became postmistress of Moorina and three of her daughters were telephonists there as well; another daughter became Postmistress of Bradshaws Creek.

Francis died at home in Moorina on 11th February 1916, he was 75. His wife Ellen lived on and died on 1st May 1922, aged 76. They had 12 children, 3 boys and 9 girls.

1.  Edward Vivian, 1866 - 1876, aged 10

2.  Ethel Constance Maria, b 18 Jan 1868 at Spring Bay, Victoria, d 28 Jan 1945, aged 77

3.  Caspar Owen, 1870 - 1884, aged 14

4.  Dizy Jane, 1871 - 1872, aged 1

5.  Gertrude Frances, 1873 - 1897, aged 24

6.  Hilda Elanor (Dolly), 1875 - 1957, aged 82 (Postmistress Bradshaw Creek)

7.  Irene May, 1876 - ?, (Telephonist Moorina)

8.  Mabel Ella Mary, 1880 - 1959, aged 79 (Telephonist Moorina)

9.  Leo Francis, 1882 & died the same year

10.  Vera Genevieve, 1884 - 1885, aged 1

11.  Estelle Edith, 1886 - 1966, aged 80 (Telephonist Moorina)

12.  Cyril Edward Roy, 1887 - 1963, aged 76.  He had issue, including Sperry de Bomford who has written an unpublished memoir (Mark Horn email 13 Oct 2010)

17.8.8  Rachel Mary Bomford  1849 - 1939

Rachel Mary was the youngest child of Isaac and Jane Bomford; she was born on 3rd May 1849 at Lake River, Tasmania. She became a nun, a Sister of Mercy in Melbourne having entered the Convent on 31st May 1866, aged 17. Her religious name was Frances Xavier. In May 1875 she went to Kilmore. On 15th September 1939 she died in Mornington, Victoria, aged 90, and was buried in Melbourne General Cemetery.

The Sisters of Mercy is a Roman Catholic religious congregation founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831. They engage in education and all kinds of social service.

17.9  The Bomfords of Dirpatrick  1729-75

The deeds of December 1750 and May 1754 and the note about them (9.2.4) record two families of Bomford. These are:

Richard Bomford, Gent, of Dirpatrick in 1750, alive 1775, had two sons:

1.  George Bomford, the eldest, born 1729 and

2.  John, born 1732; and

Edward Bomford, farmer of Dirpatrick in 1754, and probably his son:

1.  Richard, born 1726 at Laracor, died 25th October 1750 and buried 25th October in Moy Churchyard.

17.9.1  The Bomfords of Agher Parish  1808-18

A family of Bomfords is recorded in the Agher Parish records:

Here we have the mother and father and their two children who must have lived fairly close to Agher. One immediately thinks of the Dirpatrick Bomford family but there is no direct connection.

Oliver attended the vestry meetings at Agher almost constantly from April 1790 until the end of the Vestry Minute Book on 14th April 1800. This book is in the National Library but the minutes give no clue as to who he might be, although he signs the minutes on each occasion as ‘A Parishioner.’

Oliver witnessed the mortgage of Tullaghard between George Bomford and Samuel Winter in March 1809 (18.8.5), and his will is recorded in the Diocese of Dublin Wills on page 468, but to date it has not been found.

The internet (ref?) tells us that Eleanor Bomford was born in 1780 at Agher, and her parents were Oliver and Catherine Bomford.

Thus Oliver and his wife Catherine would belong to the older generation to that of Richard and Elinor Bomford. He might be the father of Richard; he might even be another son of one of the two Bomfords of Dirpatrick and so the connecting link.

17.9.2  Speculation

It might be possible to connect the Bomfords of Trim, Dirpatrick and Agher, and tie them in to one of the two early unplaced Bomfords (1.7). I have selected George Bomford to start this speculation of the lineage as the name George continues down the line, whereas the name Joseph, that of the other unplaced Bomford, does not.

It will be noted that few women appear in this tree and there must have been some daughters. Unfortunately no amount of speculation can position any of these unplaced Bomford women even though there are a number available (17.12 ): there are insufficient details.


17.10.1  John Bomford marries Anne Smyth   1713

See 2.13.

17.10.2  Edmund Bomford

Edmund Bomford, vintner of Dublin, witnessed the codicil to and memorial of the will of Rebecca Briscoe of Aungier St, Dublin, widow of Temple Briscoe, on 17 November and 20 December 1735 respectively, according to the Eustace Will Abstracts (Registry of Deeds Dublin abstracts of wills (3 vols, 1954-84),P Beryl Eustace,vol. i 1708–1745,#521).

Edmund is not a family name and no Briscoe has appeared in the documents (except John Thomas Jessop married secondly Anne Nugent Briscoe in the mid 1880s: 14.8.2). However, as a vintner, he may have been involved in the brewing and distilling business in which Wilson and other Bomfords were involved.

17.10.3  Frances Bomford marries Thomas Raper

Extract from the Diocese of Meath marriage licence bonds 1801.

17.10.4  Rebecca Bomford marries John Douglas

Extract from the Diocese of Meath marriage licence bonds 1804 (Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes County Meath 1623-1866). John and Rebecca had three children baptised at Rathcore Church (Moggie Douglas email 27 Jul 2023)

1. Henry Bomford, b 21 Dec 1811

2. Daniel Bomford, b 15 April 1814

3. John Bomford, b 30 August 1818.

These last two marriages probably occurred in Meath since that diocese issued the licences; thus the two brides may belong to the above tree (17.9.2).

17.10.5  Death of John Bomford  1813

No address is recorded in this extract from the prerogative wills and inventories. It might possibly belong to John b 1732, the younger son of Richard Bomford of Dirpatrick (above, 17.9.2).  Possibly the John Bomford of the prerogative wills is John Bomford of Bray, Co Wicklow, who died on 18 March 1813, aged 60 (17.2.3), so born about 1753 and too young to be the son of Richard Bomford of Dirkpatrick.

17.10.6  Louisa Bomford  1870 - 1872

The Dublin Almanack records in 1870, “Mrs Louisa Bomford, 11 Geraldine Street” which is at the top end of Eccles Street. In 1871 this was changed to “Miss Louisa Bomford”: mother and daughter or a misprint?

In 1872 there is no Bomford at this address but there is a “Miss Bomford, 1 Goldsmith Street,” which is also at the top of Eccles Street. In 1873 there is no entry.

17.10.7  William Bomford  1878 - 1892

For these 14 years, but not in 1893, Thom’s Directory records “William Bomford, Esq., of Zion Road, Rathgar,” Dublin, in a house with a rateable value of £37, so a reasonably large house.

17.10.8  Rev William John Bomford  1863 – 1875

In 1863 the Dublin Directory records “Rev William John Bomford, O.M.I., Professor of the College of Immaculate Conception, 62 Upper Mount Street”. (The address of the Roman Catholic College).

In 1865 the College changed its name to the College of the Oblate Fathers and moved to Inchicore (runs from Chapelizod to Kilmainham New). Rev W. J. Bomford is listed as the third of six professors and he remained there until 1875. In 1876 there is no mention of the College or of William John Bomford.

17.10.9  Oliver Bomford of Tourane, Sligo

Oliver Bomford was born in 1845 when he was listed as being of ‘Tourane, Sligo’ (source?).  In 1870 he married Bridget Dyer (or Dwyer) at ‘Tourane, Sligo’ and she was born in 1849 (IGI). They had at least one daughter and at least one son.

A possible(?) daughter is Mary Bomford (Mary Bumford) was born 17th April 1867 at ‘Tourane, Sligo’ according to the IGI, which lists her parents as Oliver Bumford and Briget Dwyer.  She is not listed in birth registries (EN email 6 Apr 2012).  RootsIreland records a Roman Catholic baptism of Mary Bumford on 26 July 1864 at Multyfarnham.  She was the daughter of Thomas Bumford and Eliza English; sponsors Michael and Catherine Dermody.  The IGI is often unreliable, but it is hard to see how they could get that so wrong if it is the same Mary: it looks like either a substantial mistake has been made with the IGI data entry or there are two Mary Bomfords: but there is no other trace of a Mary Bomford, daughter of Oliver and Bridget.

The daughter we know about is Catherine Bomford, born 6 August 1871 (birth registration: EN email 20 Apr 2012) (IGI agrees). Catherine was born at Tourane, Registrar's District of Boyle No 2, Counties of Sligo and Rosscommon. I have failed to find Tourane on maps of Co Sligo or Co Roscommon, so suggest it may be the name of a house: presumably somewhere near Boyle.  The birth registration records her mother as Bridget Bomford nee Dyer (no W) and her father as Oliver Bomford, gaffer on railway.

A Catherine Bomford married a George Wilson in Mullingar C of I in Nov 1888.

The son was Henry Bomford, born 1st February 1874 at Tourane, birth registered in the Union of Boyle, Counties of Roscommon and Sligo, which registration states that his mother was Bridget Bomford nee Bridget Dwyer (with a W), and that his father was a 'gaffer on railway' (EN email 6 Apr 2012) (the IGI agrees).

Another possible son might have been William Bomford, born c1869 in Co Sligo who was listed in the Leitrim/Roscommon 1901 census. The census records his birth and states that in 1901 he was aged 32, not married, and the Station Master of Mohill.  See also Nicholas Bomford, born in Co Sligo about 1881 and, in 1911, also a railway worker (17.11.5 below).

17.10.10  Death of George Bomford, 15th May 1879

The Index to Printed Irish Will Calendars 1878-1900 records that George Bomford, formerly of Queensborough, Co Louth, butler, late of Peter Street, Dublin, died in Peter Street Dublin on 15 May 1879, with probate granted to Ralph Smyth of Newtown, Co Louth and George Charles Smyth of Queensborough, Co Louth, executors.

17.10.11  William Bomford of Trim and his family arrive in New South Wales 19 February 1848

NSW State Archives assisted immigration records include the following:

Surname Firstname Age Ship Year Arrived Remarks Copy






Sydney and/or Newcastle and family

Reel 2135, [4/4786] Page 9






Sydney and/or Newcastle and family

Reel 2135, [4/4786] Page 9






Sydney and/or Newcastle and family

Reel 2135, [4/4786] Page 9


Mary Anne




Sydney and/or Newcastle and family

Reel 2135, [4/4786] Page 9


The Hyderabad sailed from London and Plymouth and arrived on 19 February 1848.  The original records (Rick Smith email 27 Aug 2010) record that William was a carpenter of Trim, Co Meath.  Anne was of Gollow (?Gallow), Co Meath and the children were of Trim.  It seems likely that William was a son of the William Bomford, carpenter of Trim, recorded at 17.8.2.

Rick Smith (email 27 Aug 2010) advises another member of the family, John, also aged 7, died on the way, on 21 Jan 1848 (Reel 1275), and has found additional information on the family (see the Bomfords of Trim and Tasmania).

17.10.12  NSW Birth Death and Marriage Records

The New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages records the following Bomford deaths between 1788 and 1979:

Registration Number Name Father's Name    Mother's Given Name  District 








28 YRS   





















































The NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages records no Bomford births between 1788 and 1909.

The NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages records the following Bomford marriages between 1788 and 1959:

Registration Number Groom's Name Bride's Name at Time of Marriage District


















































17.10.13 William Bomford of Summerhill, married 1839

Another Bomford appears in the Catholic Church records for Summerhill.  On 30 August 1839, William Bomford married Anne Daly.  There are no other details in the Roots Ireland transcript.

17.11 The Dublin Census, 1911

Data from the 1911 Census of Dublin became available on-line from the National Archives in late 2007.  There are six Bomfords, and three Bomford-Bruntons. 

17.11.0 The Bomford-Bruntons or Brunton-Bomfords

Francis Bomford Brunton, widower, carver, son of William Bomford Brunton, carver, of 25 Enchequer St, on 7 February 1876 married Mary Anne McGee Anne Archer (i.e. Mary Anne McGee, also known as Anne Archer, Archer being her maiden name and McGee the name of her first husband), widow, of the same address, daughter of Joseph Archer, house painter (St Andrew COI parish records, Dublin).  Francis Bomford Brunton, born on 20 March 1828 (St Werburgh parish records, Dublin), was the son of William and Ellen Brunton and grandson of Ann Bomford and Francis Brunton (17.2.7). His first wife was Alicia Bermingham of Thomas Street, whom he married in the church of St. Catherine in 1854. Their son Frederick John was born in 1857 at 44 Abbey Street. There were also two daughters. Frederick Brunton appears in the 1901 census as a mental nurse in the Rathdown Union at Shanganagh, Co. Dublin. His wife Anne, a tailoress, and their three sons lived at Wood Quay (Anne Robinson email 29 Jun 2012) . For some reason Frederick reversed his surname to Brunton Bomford in 1911 when the census records that he lived at house 13.7 at Wood Quay: Frederick John Brunton-Bomford, aged 53; Anne Jane Brunton-Bomford, aged 55; and Eric Stephen Brunton-Bomford, aged 18.

17.11.1 John Bomford

John Bomford is recorded as a boarder with Columbus Gaynor (aged 42, plate layer) his wife Elizabeth Gaynor and their family at a house at 7.1 Smithfield Avenue, North Dock Ward, aged 59 (born c 1852), born Co Meath, Roman Catholic, single, general labourer.  As he is from Meath he is likely related.  Gaynors were tenants at Clonfad (29.7.3).

17.11.2 Victoria Adela Bomford

Victoria Adela Bomford (30.8) was recorded as head of household at house 1.2, Jane Villa, Kingstown #2, Dublin.  She was 61, born in Co Meath and single.  She lived with Anne Bomford, her sister (17.11.3).

17.11.3 Anne Bomford

Anne Bomford (30.5) lived with her sister Victoria Adela Bomford at house 1.2, Jane Villa, Kingstown #2, Dublin.  She was 77, single, and born in Dublin.  Both sisters lived on annuities.

17.11.4 James Bomford

James Bomford was aged 17 and lived with some 30 or 40 others at house 49.2, Castleknock, North Dublin.  He is described as single, Roman Catholic, a domestic servant, born in Co Meath.  The house included boarders, many of them Roman Catholic Priests, and servants: James was a servant.

17.11.5 Nicholas Bomford

Nicholas Bomford was aged 30 (so born c1881), and was a border in the house of Elizabeth Maguire and her family at 187.1, Phibsborough Road, Arran Quay, Dublin.  He was born in Co Sligo, Roman Catholic, and a fireman with the UGWR.  Perhaps he is related to Oliver Bomford of Tourane, Sligo (17.10.9).

17.11.6  Elizabeth Bomford

Elizabeth Bomford (30.7) is recorded as single, aged 67, annuitant, born Co Meath, living at house 65.3 Rathmines Road, Rathmine, Dublin.

17.11.7 Dublin Parish Records

Continued from records up to 1840 at  9.2.4.

17.11.8 Henry Bomford

The 1821 census records:

Residents of a house 66 in Dormstown (Ardbraccan, Meath)

Surname Forename Age Relation to head
Bomford Henry 45 - Shoe Maker
Bomford Rose 42 Wife -
Bomford Rose   Daughter -

So Henry was born c1776, he married Rose, three years his junior, was a shoemaker, and had a daughter Rose who in the image of the census return is aged 'under 1'. Ardbraccan is about 12km north of Trim, west of Navan.

17.12  Summary of Unplaced Bomfords

Generation 1.

Joseph Bomford married 1677 Ann Boxford (1.7)

George Bomford, merchant of Dublin (1.7,   17.9.2)


Generation 2.

Laurence, son of George, b c1712 (1.7,   17.9.2)

Edmund, vintner of Dublin, alive 1735 (17.10.2)

Edward of Dirpatrick 1754 (9.2.4,   17.9.2)

Richard of Dirpatrick, b c1700, alive 1775 (9.2.4,   17.9.2)

Mary Bomford, baptised 19 Oct 1712 at Killucan (father Thomas B, mother Eleanor) (1.10)


Generation 3.

George, b 1729 & John, b 1732, sons of Richard of Dirpatrick (9.2.417.9.2)

Richard, 1726-50, probable son of Edward of Dirpatrick (9.2.417.9.2)

John died 1813, perhaps of Dirpatrick son of Richard; or of Bray, aged 60 (17.10.5)

Oliver, publican in 1784, probably of Westmeath (14.6, 14.8.4)

Catherine wife of Oliver of Agher married c1778

Oliver of Agher died 1818 (17.9.2)

Margaret Bomford married Thomas Crawley 1771 (17.8)

Arabella Bomford (?) married Dennis Kelly who died 1794 (17.3.4)


Generation 4.

Eleanor, born 1780 at Agher, daughter of Oliver and Catherine Bomford.

Edward of Trim b c1771 married 1798 Margaret Plunket b c1781, both alive 1821  (17.8.1, 17.9.2)

Richard of Agher married Elinor c1800 (17.9.2)

Frances married Thomas Raper 1801 (17.10.3)

Rebecca married John Douglas 1804 (17.10.4)

Launcelot Richard, attorney of Dublin, b c1776, married 1800 Sarah Wigellsworth, died c1835 (17.4.1)

William, carpenter of Trim, alive 1837 (17.9.2)

Laurence, shoemaker of Dublin, married Elizabeth Cheevers before 1796 (17.5.1)

William, shoemaker of Dublin, married Ann Jordan 1803, died c1822 (17.5.2)

Rev Thomas S Bomford, curate of Killucan Church 1794 to 1836(17.5.6)

Henry, shoemaker of Ardbraccan, married Rose and had a daughter Rose (17.11.8)


Generation 5.

Isaac b c1800,  Oliver b c1802, Catherine b c1812, Samuel b c1815: children of Edward of Trim (17.8.1, 17.9.2)

Catherine, b 1808 & Samuel, b 1811: children of Richard of Agher (17.9.1, 17.9.2)

Wilson of Dublin Castle, b c1802, Launcelot Richard of Police Court, Edward, born 1822, Elinor Amelia, & Sarah Anne: children of Launcelot Richard, attorney of Dublin (17.4)

Andrew Bomford, carpenter of Elliott Place, St Thomas, married Annabella Kane of Rathgar on 27 March 1837 (St Peter COI parish records, Dublin); Andrew Bomford a witness to the marriage of Ambrose Williams and Maria Isaac on 9 October 1836 (St Peter COI parish records, Dublin);  Andrew, carpenter of North Strand, Dublin, 1841: all possibly the same person

William Bomford aged 35 (b c1813), wife Ann aged 27, arrived in NSW in Feb 1848 (17.10.11)

Jane Bomford, m(l) John Cooper 1841, m(2) Edward Cuttle 1848

Patrick Bomford, shoemaker (17.5.5), father of Thomas Bomford, shoemaker


Generations 6 & 7.

William of Dundrum, Dublin, married Jane and died 1853. Jane married secondly William Daly 1854 (17.5.3)

Margaret Bomford aged 9 and Mary Anne Bomford aged 7 arrived in NSW in February 1848 with their parents, William Bomford and Anne (17.10.11).  Their brother John, also aged 7, died on 21 January 1848

Thomas, shoemaker of Dorset St, Dublin, 1846 - 1849, son of Patrick Bomford, shoemaker (17.5.5)

Rev William John, professor R.C. College 1863 - 1875 (17.10.8)

Louisa of Dublin 1870 - 1872 (17.10.6)

William of Rathgar, Dublin, 1878 - 1892 (17.10.7)

William Benjamin, b c1875, shoemaker of Mullingar (17.5.6) and his son John William Benjamin 1905 - 1975 and daughter Letitia died 1927 unmarried.

Catherine Bomford b 6 Aug 1871 and Henry Bomford b 1 Feb 1874, Roscommon. Parents Oliver Bomford and Bridget Dyer (17.10.9)

Mary Bomford, b 23 July 1864 at Multyfarnham. Father Thomas Bomford and mother Bessy English or Eliza English (RC parish records)

Thomas Bomford of Great Ship St, private 60th regiment, son of John Bomford, hosier, married on 8 October 1849 Ann Moran of Great Ship St, daughter of  Denis Moran, gardener (St Bride COI parish records Dublin)

Catherine Bomford had a daughter, Jane Bomford, born in Mullingar 7th February 1866.


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