Bridget was born in 1823 and was 23yo when she arrived in Adelaide. Bridget married Joseph O'Brien (1821-1903) on 2nd May 1847 in Adelaide with Bridget's sister Catherine and her future husband James McNamara as witnesses.
Joseph O'Brien arrived in Adelaide with his parents and one sister on 11th November 1846, less than one month after the Guerin's arrival. The O'Brien's originated from Killarney, Co. Kerry so although the marriage so soon after arrival suggests they may have known each other previously the distance apart in Ireland suggests not.
After their marriage Bridget and Joseph spent 5 years travelling by bullock wagon through SA and Victoria before reaching the goldfields near Castlemaine. Three of their 7 children (John, Mary Anne and Thomas) were born along the way with the 4th child (Catherine) born at Castlemaine. Joseph was a Butcher and they had a shop in the Chewton area supplying meat to the gold miners. Unfortunately they lost Thomas here, aged 3yo.They moved towards Beechworth and Joseph Jnr was born in 1858, then William in 1859 and Bridget Ellen in 1860. They lived in the Myrtleford/Mudgegonga area until 1878 with Joseph working as a butcher in Beechworth. In 1884 the moved to Yarrawonga, managing a butchers' shop and then in 1887 the family moved to Yass with Joseph and eldest son John operating a Fellmongery (wool scour and tannery). Joseph retired in 1896 and Bridget and Joseph died just 8 days apart in 1903. Both Bridget and Joseph are buried, along with son John and his family, in Goulburn NSW. Interestingly, Bridget's death Certificate give her parents as John Guerin and Bridget Ryan of Broadford, Co. Clare.
The O'Brien descendants have recorded an extensive amount of family detail and history, which can be accessed via contact with this site.
John was born in 1848 while his parents were travelling to Castlemaine. John married his first wife Ellen Doggett in 1878 and a son William Thomas was born in 1879. A daughter Mary Catherine was born in 1881 but both Mother and daughter died. Both are buried in the Wangaratta Cemetery.
John married Julie Anne (?) at Goulburn in 1883. In 1887 John, Julie Anne and son William were in Yass and by 1891 they were living in Goulburn. Son William was injured and died in 1899 aged 19 years.
John died in 1927 and Julie Anne in 1938, with both buried in the Kenmore Cemetery in Goulburn with their children and parents Bridget and Joseph.
Mary Anne was born in 1849 while her parents travelled to Castlemaine. Mary Anne married Nathanial Byers at Beechworth in 1868. They had 13 children; Mary Anne, Nathaniel, John, Catherine (1872), Bridget (1877), Mary (1882), Margaret (1884), Sarah (1885), Josephine (1886), Nathaniel (1888), Treandah (1890), William (1893), Andrew (1895). It is assumed the first 2 children died early as the same names were given to later children.
The family lived and worked a tobacco farm at Mudgegonga. Mary Anne died in 1924 and Nathaniel in 1926, both at Tallangata, Vic.
Thomas was born in 1850 while his parents were travelling to Castlemaine. Thomas died in 1854 at Weddenburn, Victoria aged 3yo.
There is no further information on Thomas.
Catherine was born in 1852 near Castlemaine, Victoria. She moved with the family to Beechworth where she met and married Battista De Piazza in 1870. They had 14 children; Andrew (1872- died at 6mo), Battista (1874-1906), Myrea (1875-1909), Joseph (1876-1909), Andrea (1878-1962), Catherine (1881-1963), Amelia (1883-1947), Annie (1884-1975), Humberto (1885-1978), Margherita (1887-1977), Angelina (1888-1978), Victoria (1890-1937), Pearl (1892-1903), Victor (1898-1973).
Catherine died in 1936.
The De Piazza family have extensive family history documented, and a book, for any further information.
Joseph was born in 1858 at Tarnagulla, Victoria. Joseph schooled at Wangaratta and left to learn tanning. He married Isabella Banks at Beechworth in 1878 and they had 12 Children; Lena (1879), Florence (1881), William (?), Francis (1886), Joseph (1888), Thomas (1890), Rupert (?), John and Evelyn-twins (1895), Dorothy (1897), Locksley (1899), Lemuel (1902). Joseph and Isabella worked in their wool and Tannery store in Wangaratta until Joseph died in 1916. Isabella moved to Richmond, Melbourne where she died in 1940 and is buried at Wangaratta.
William was born in 1859 at Castlemaine. When the family settled in Wangaratta William met and married Catherine Austin in 1881. They had 14 children; Ellen (1882), Percy, Kathleen, Sidney, Amy (1886), William (1888), Ada (1890), Minnie (1892), John, Margaret (1894)Joseph (1896), Daniel (1898), Mary and Murray- twins (1900). Four children died young. William worked the tannery with his brother in Wangaratta until 1900 when they moved to Yarrawonga. Catherine died in September 1900 and was buried at Yarrawonga.
William remarried in 1902 to Kathleen Moran and they had 4 children; Thomas (1903), William (1905), Nathniel (1906), Kathleen (1912). William and Kathleen prospered in Wangaratta and moved to Melbourne in 1918. William died in 1934 and he and Kathleen are buried in Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne.
Bridget was born in 1860 in Indigo, Victoria. Little detail is known about Bridget except she married a McNamara and was living in Goulburn in 1916. Bridget died in Glanville, NSW in 1942.