Dear Andrea and listers
As I've said many times before you need to understand the context of
documents and not take every thing necessarily at face value. If I haven't
said that before, then I'm saying it now LOL
Here we have two seemingly inexplicable marriages for what appears to be the
same couple, a Patrick Morris and a Catherine Finnessy (with variations in
spelling), the first in Launceston in 1831, the second in Hobart in 1833.
The first thing to recognize is that the second has the names (at least the
first or Christian names) in Latin. So it has to be a Catholic wedding.
Its also at the end of the listing in the index corresponding to the
position in which you find the other catholic weddings for Hobart that year.
You see even the order in an index usually has meaning.
We know Catherine was the young daughter of Mary Finnessy convict per
Alexander 1816 (to PJ) and thence to George Town per Kangaroo that same
year. Mary had been tried in Clonmel in Ireland etc etc. A good Irish girl
and therefore most likely Catholic.
I haven't had time to place which Patrick Morris this is, but from
experience I would suggest he is also an Irish catholic (with a name like
that and given that he married in the Catholic church anyway.) So it's not
at all surprising that they chose to marry in the Catholic faith.
So it seems pretty obvious to me that the couple initially married in the
only available church at the time in Launceston. A quick google search
seems to confirm my suspicions that there was no RC church in Launceston
until 1838, hence the only viable option to tie the knot would be to go to
the C of E (and swallow there pride). Given that the only place to get
married at all until just prior this time, was the established church anyway
(I've forgotten the exact date), this would be seemingly common practice
However, why go to Hobart later? Was it just to get married in the RC
church ...... ?
You see, the interesting thing is that Rev Father Philip Conolly who resided
in Hobart from 1821 until his death in 1839, made frequent visits to
Launceston (at least every few years, and certainly more regularly earlier
on). Because his "register" or at least what we have for a register (see my
extensive e-mail of a few weeks back) was obviously kept in Hobart then we
have the anomaly that all the entries in what is presently extant in that
document have been indexed in the TPI as "HOBART". My guess, is that if you
go to the original text you will see that the marriage probably took place
at Launceston. When I say original, I also mean the original at NS746/1/1
at the Archive Office in Tas, rather than the more easily accessible
transcription on microfilm at most libraries which is what forms the basis
of the TPI (which may omit crucial data).
SO ALL THOSE BDMS WITH THE LATIN NAMES UP TO AROUND 1838, INDEXED AS HOBART,
DIDN'T NECESSARILY TAKE PLACE IN HOBART.
So yes two marriages for the same couple, the one for convenience, the
second I bet you will find, done by a catholic priest who travelled to
Launceston, providing the opportunity for the couple to be wedded properly
in the eyes of their church.
Incidentally, the period for which I am more familiar, ie the 1820s has
several such entries where Conolly himself has remarked that the couples
were already married in the established church, for example up in Sydney or
earlier in Hobart before he had arrived, and were then later (re-)married in
Hobart by him, so I'm not making up this scenario ....
My guess is that you may find this very explanation documented in this way
on this occasion as well ...
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2010 09:36:28 +1000
From: Andrea Balcombe <balcowa(a)hotmail.com>
Subject: [AUS-Tas] FINNESSY, MORRIS family
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Wondering if anyone can help with the following please?
Catherine FINNESSY (FANISYE, etc) married Patrick MORRIS in Tasmania on 18
Jul 1831 OR on 3 Feb 1833.
According to AVRI, this couple had two registered marriages. ??
This couple had a son Edward MORRIS who was born/bapt 1833. He died aged 11
yrs on 10 Apr 1843, Tasmania.
They also had a daughter Maria MORRIS who was born/bapt 1835.
Would love to know where this family ended up.
Catherine's mum & half sister were in Melbourne, Vic by 1846.