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Joseph Norris and Maria Bushell

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1820 April 23 were married Joseph Norris & Maria Bushel wit Edward Mcgraw, John Prest

Source: Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Liverpool Catholic Parish Registers; Reference Number: 282 PET/2/1 St Peter Priory, Marriage Register 1812-1837

Josep(sic) Norris, Shipwright of this parish Bachelor and Maria Bushell spinster of this parish Were married in this Church by banns this twenty fourth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Signed Joseph Norris Ann(sic)[ Her Mark] Bushell In the presence of Jane [her mark] Norris, Joseph Gilton

Source: Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283 JAM/3/4 St James, Toxteth, Marriage Register

Note they were married in both Catholic and Anglican churches because RC marriages weren't at the time legal. "Roman Catholic priests often recommended that their parishioners be married in the Roman Church but then have their marriage legalised in an Anglican parish church. When asked why he recommended this, one priest "declared glomily that almost every day the wife of an Irish labourer was deserted by her husband and could get no redress" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_Act_1836

September 1832.Wellington (NSW, Australia Immigrant Passenger List)
Heading :£20 advanced
No. 42
No of Secretary of State despatch(?)82
Name of Emigrant Joseph Norris
Native Place ____
Age 35
Trade or Occupation Shipwright
Family w 36, 2 M. 1 F.
Date 7 Sept
Vessel Wellington
Date 14 Sept
Amount 20
Employment and residence blank
Mode of Repayment/Date blank


State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons :on early migrant ships (Fair Copy); Series: 5310; Reel: 1286

As it appears the whole family went to Australia in 1832, the death record for both of them would presumably be in Australia. Ancestry suggests an index to a death in Tasmania but I'd want more evidence This ladies mothers name (which suggests perhaps illegitimacy ) was Joseph not Bushell BUT ITS INDEXED INCORRECTLY

Name: Maria Norris
Birth Year: abt 1798
Age: 87
Death Date: 23 Jun 1885
Death Place: Tasmania
Mother's name: Joseph
Registration Year: 1885
Registration Place: Gordon, Tasmania
Registration Number: 742

Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010

JOSEPH is not the Mother's name but the spouses name! See original [tasmanian archives] Still may not be right woman.

BUT registered in the same district as Maria above, in 1874 was Joseph Norris whose occupation appears to be Barge Builder https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD35-1-43$init=RGD35-1-43p87 (there are other possibly relevant records for Joseph Norris in the Tasmanian Archives (just accessed with person search)

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Thank you Helen. I now have this data on the relevant profiles, so the Space page can be deleted. Very good work! I still had some doubts that Margery was the correct person but the link to Tasmania that you found seals the deal for me.
posted by Robert Judd