A couple of years ago, I connected with a third cousin. We share great-great grandparents Alfred Haughton (1808-1858) and Henrietta nee Osburne (1802 -1878). The Haughtons were Quakers, and lived at Ardreigh, near Athy in county Kildare, Ireland, where Alfred owned the mill on the River Barrow. I have written about my adventures exploring my Haughton ancestors in an earlier post.
I was able to give my new-found cousin some Haughton photographs from my family collection, and in return she shared a document recently found among some old family papers. What a treasure that turned out to be!
photo from the Pilkington Family Collection, kindly shared by Tom Pilkington
1835 was an eventful year for the Haughton family. At the end of the year, Alfred sat down and wrote his review of the year’s events. How amazing that we are able to read his own words now, almost 185 years later.
Review of the year 1835, by Alfred Haughton
Oh help me dear memory to count over the Lord’s love to me during the past year – & may my gratitude be daily increased & shown both by obedience to His commands & acceptance of His love.
In the Spring of the year a ruffian came into my house at night and would have killed me, but the Omnipotent enabled me to trust in Him and gave me courage & firmness, & made the other a trembling coward & no harm happened for the Lord protected me & mine
In the Summer when going to the sea with my wife and child, the horse fell under the car. I was thrown off with my boy in my arms but no harm happened for the Lord protected us. The same season I went to bathe, saw what I deemed to be deep water, dived down, came with force against a rock – but no harm happened for the Lord protected me.
In the Autumn my wife after giving birth to my daughter was on the brink of expiring but the Lord turned from the fierceness of His wrath – no harm happened for the Lord had mercy on me!!!
The same season the Lord put it into the hearts of my three brothers to make me a present of some hundreds of pounds – “for the silver and gold are His and He gives them to whomsoever He pleases” – and he tries every way to win me to His love. ----- -----
In this month Dick my first born, my darling boy was seized with fever – my beloved wife was so uneasy about him the milk she was nursing my baby daughter with became poisonous & had she given it her any longer my baby would have died – the dear infant suffered much from the want of the nourishment the Lord had so tenderly supplied. He shewed me His love by sending quickly a proper nurse for my child – my darling boy is recovering – no harm has happened in this chastening – Therefore “what shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me. I will take the cup of Salvation and call upon the Lord.”
James Haughton (1795-1873)
Merchant and noted social reformer,
active in the Temperance movement
and anti-slavery cause. Often referred
to as ‘Vegetable’ Haughton due to his
By BPL - James Haughton, Public Domain,
John Haughton (1796-1845)
Miller – owned Barrow Mills in Graigue,
Queen's county, (now county Laois).
John Haughton’s wife was Louisa Courtauld
Osburne, sister of Alfred’s wife Henrietta.
Silhouette picture of John Haughton.
Kindly shared by Anita Hansen, Iowa, USA
Partner with his brother James in
Haughton Merchants & Flour Factors
based in Dublin. Also Chairman of
Great Southern & Western Railway
Company of Ireland.
William Haughton. Picture shared on ancestry.com by Theo Haughton 2008
The baby daughter born in Autumn was my great grandmother Mary Haughton, who I have written about in Ordinary Women. Her birthdate was 29th August, according to her baptism record. Her brother, the little boy sick with fever, was named John, so perhaps Dick was a nickname used within the family. John, Mary and their younger brother Henry were all baptised together in Painestown, Carlow on 7 March 1838.
|my great grandmother, Mary Haughton|
photo from the Pilkington Family Collection
2 May 1835 - Belfast Commercial Chronicle - Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland
From Irish Newspapers at findmypast.com
It was also an eventful year for the ‘ruffian’ identified as Henry Rainsford. As reported in the newspapers, Henry was charged and convicted on 9th July 1835 at the Kildare Assizes. According to the harsh justice of the times he was sentenced to death by hanging, but records show that was later commuted to transportation for life.
From Irish newspapers at Findmypast.com
14 August 1835 - Athlone Sentinel - Athlone, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
From Irish Newspapers at Findmypast.com
Henry Rainsford (sometimes recorded as Ransford) was transported to New South Wales on the ship Hive, departing Cove on 24th August with 250 male convicts on board. At least poor Henry didn’t have to spend months or years in prison before departing. He left behind his wife Bridget and two children – 4 year old Elizabeth and 1 year old John. I wonder how Bridget fared with 2 small children to bring up on her own?
Henry’s arrival in NSW was a dramatic one, with the Hive running aground in the sand near Jervis Bay south of Sydney during the night of the 9th December. After making it to shore with the loss of only one crew member, the remaining travelers had to await rescue from Sydney, finally reaching their destination on 24th December.
ANOTHER SHIPWRECK. (1835, December 14). The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842), p. 3.
Retrieved July 6, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28654515
The story of the convicts on board Hive has been told in the book “The Luck of the Irish” by Babette Smith (Allen & Unwin 2014)
From the convict records, Henry was 36 years old, married with 2 children. He was Roman Catholic and could read and write. His former employment was as a boatman and labourer. His convict record appears unremarkable, achieving a ticket-of-leave on 15th April 1844, the conditions of which confined him to the district of Penrith. This was amended on 8th June to allow him to travel between Liverpool Plains and Penrith in the service of his employer Mr. John Single. Henry was granted his conditional pardon on 9th June 1849, after which I have found no further record of him. He may have moved to another colony, or even changed his name to conceal his convict background.