Monday, June 3, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 22 - At the Cemetery - Patrick Colbert

This year I am taking part in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blogging prompts.

The theme for Week 22 (May 27- June 2): At the Cemetery.

For week 22's theme, At the Cemetery, I have chosen to write about my 4 x great grandfather Patrick Colbert.

Patrick, who was born about 1760, died on 31 May 1815 at the age of 55 and was buried at the Bohillane Cemetery, just south of Ladysbridge, County Cork, Ireland. Patrick's wife Bridget (Ahern) Colbert and daughter Bridget Colbert are buried in the same cemetery and commemorated on the same gravestone. A photograph of the gravestone, along with a transcription of the epitaph is available on the Historic Graves website. My 3 x great grandfather, William Colbert, erected the gravestone.1

Patrick Colbert and Bridget Ahern married 22 July 1795 in Aghada Catholic Parish, Cork, Ireland. The marriage witnesses were William Kearny and Denis McCarthy.2 Patrick and Bridget had the following known children:
  • William Colbert (birth estimated to be between 1795 and 1803) my 3 x great grandfather
  • Bridget Colbert (c1803-1833)
  • Catherine Colbert (c1804-?) baptised 26 June 1804, Cloyne Catholic Parish, Cork, Ireland. Baptism sponsors: Tom Lane, Mary Scanlan.3
  • John Colbert (c1805-?) baptised 21 October 1805, Cloyne Catholic Parish. Baptism sponsors: Davy Shea, Mary Neil.3
  • Patrick Colbert (c1808-?) baptised 4 January 1808, Cloyne Catholic Parish. Baptism sponsors: Daniel Collins, Mary Scannel.3
  • Anne Colbert (c1810-?) baptised 14 May 1810, Cloyne Catholic Parish. Baptism sponsors: Laurence Donovan, Catherine Griffin.3
  • Edmond Colbert (c1814-1885) baptised 12 Mar 1814, Cloyne Catholic Parish. Baptism sponsors: John Batt, Ann Mahony.4
There were possibly two or more Colbert children between William c1795 (who is possibly the eldest child given that he erected the gravestone) and Bridget c1803. I am currently researching the possibility that two of these children were Garrett Colbert (c1798-1860) and Mary (Colbert) Geary (c1795-1885) who immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is also possible that John Colbert (c1805-?) and Patrick Colbert (c1808-?) immigrated to Boston. Edmond Colbert (c1814-1885) was a surveyor and emigrated to Victoria, Australia.

William Colbert, my 3 x great grandfather, married Margaret Kenealy and had at least three children: William Colbert (c1841-?), Bridget (Colbert) Gilmore (c1844-1913) and Edmond Colbert (c1850-1902). Bridget (my 2 x great grandmother) and Edmond immigrated to Victoria, Australia in 1868. 


  1. Historic Graves contributors, "CO-BOHL-0008 | Historic Graves," Historic Graves( : accessed 3 June 2019), gravestone of Patrick, Bridget and Bridget Colbert, Bohillane graveyard, Bohillane, Cork, Ireland.
  2. "Marriage Records for Co. Cork (North & East)", database, Irish Family History Foundation, ( : accessed 3 June 2019), entry for Patrick Colbert and Bridget Ahern, married 22 July 1795, Aghada Catholic Parish; citing Mallow Heritage Centre, Mallow, Cork, Ireland.
  3. "04989/06, Cloyne - Catholic Parish Registers at NLI," images, National Library of Ireland( : accessed 3 June 2019), Microfilm 04989/06, Baptisms 05 Oct.1803 to 30 July 1812, Parish of Cloyne, Churchtown & Kilteskin, Diocese of Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland.
  4. "Baptismal/Birth Records for Co. Cork (North & East).", database, Irish Family History Foundation, ( : accessed 3 June 2019), entry for Edmond Colbert, baptised 12 March 1814, Cloyne Catholic Parish; citing Mallow Heritage Centre, Mallow, Cork, Ireland.
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