Bridget Costello1

F, #139, b. 1816, d. 24 February 1891
FatherWilliam Costello2
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of Timothy George Sheens
ChartsAncestors of Timothy George Sheens
Last Edited28 Sep 2014
Birth*1816 Borrisoleigh, Tipperary, Ireland3 
Immigration*15 March 1841 "Berkshire", Sydney, NSW;
Bridget Costello
Arrived by Ship: Berkshire
Brought out by: Nicholas James & Co
A Native of: Borris a Liegh Co Tip. Parents Deceased
Calling: Dairy Maid
Age: 25
Persons certifying Registry of Baptism: None
Character, and Person certifying the same: Richard Bourke, Richard Wm Bourke & another
State of bodily health, strength, and probable usefulness: Very Good
Religion: Rm Cathc
Remarks: No complaints4 
Married Name29 June 1841 Shea1 
Marriage*29 June 1841 Solitary Creek, NSW;
Groom: Thomas Shea
Status: Member of the Roman Catholic Church
Usual Residence: Solitary Creek
Bride: Bridget Costello
Status: Member of the Roman Catholic Church
Usual Residence: Solitary Creek
Witnesses G Bottom, Mary Bottom
Minister: M O'Reilley
Religion: Roman Catholic;Groom=Thomas Shea5 
Birth of Son7 June 1842 Goulburn, NSW;Principal=Michael Shea6 
Birth of Daughter1 May 1845 Lake George, NSW;Principal=Honorah Shea7 
Birth of Son25 October 1847 Norfolk, NSW;Principal=John Shea8 
Death of Spouse1 October 1854 Norfolk, NSW;Principal=Thomas Shea9 
Administration20 November 1854 Supreme Court, Sydney, NSW;
In the Supreme court of New South Wales
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
In the goods of Thomas Shea late of Norfolk in the Colony of New South Wales deceased
To Their Honours the Chief Justice and Puisne Judges of the Honourable the Supreme Court
The Humble Petition of Bridget Shea of Norfolk aforesaid the Widow of the said deceased
That the said Thomas Shea departed this life on or about the first day of October One thousand eight hundred and fifty four intestate leaving him surviving Your Petitioner and three Children the only persons entitled in distribution to his personal Estate and Effects.
That the said deceased had whilst living and at the time of his decease goods chattels and Credits within the Colony of New South Wales.
Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that Your Honors will be pleased to Grant to Your Petitioner Letters of Administration of the Effects of the said deceased.
And Your petitioner will ever pray &c
Dated this 17th day of November 1854.

20 November 1854 Be it as prayed
Thomas Iceton Agent for C. H. Walsh Proctor for Petitioner

20 November 1854. This day upon Petition Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels Credits and Effects of Thomas Shea deceased was Granted to Bridget Shea the Widow of the deceased Intestate. Intestate died 1st October 1854, Goods sworn under £400. Letters of Administration dated the same day.
J B Hutchinson
1st Ck of Sup Cr;Principal=Thomas Shea9 
Death*24 February 1891 Murrumburrah, NSW;
Name: Bridget Shea
Date of Death: 24 Feb 1891
Place: Murrumburrah NSW
Occupation: Housekeeper
Sex: Female
Age: 80
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Ireland
Father: William Costello
Occupation: Not Known
Mother: Not Known
Place of Marriage: Bathurst
Age at Marriage: 31
Name of Spouse: Thomas Shea
Children of Marriage: 2 males living, 1 female deceased
Informant: John Shea, son, Murrumburrah
Cause of Death: Senile Decay
Length of Illness: 9 months
Medical Attendant: Dr Smith
Date last seen: 12 Jan 1891
Date of Burial: 25 Feb 1891
Place of Burial: Murrumburrah
Minister & Religion: Rev Rd Butler, Church of Rome
Undertaker: G W Usher
Witnesses: G J Shallick, J Egan
Registered: 25 Mar 1891 - Murrumburrah2 
Headstone* Murrumburrah Cemetery, Murrumburrah, NSW;
In Loving Memory of
Bridget Shea
died 24th Febry 1891
aged 80 years
Not lost but gone before

Honorah Cahill
Daughter of the above
died 14th March 1891
aged 45 years

William George Shea
Grandson of the aforesaid
Bridget Shea
died 8th July 1891
aged 7 months

This Stone was Erected by her beloved son
John Shea;Principal=Honorah Cahill, Witness=John Shea10 
Probate*29 October 1909 NSW;
47833 Shea, Bridget late of Murrumburrah Widow
This is the last Will and Testament of Bridget Shea of Murrumburrah in the Colony of New South Wales Widow I do give and bequeath to my grandchild Bridget Ann Shea the daughter of my son Michael Shea the allotment of land in Murrumburrah Where I am at present living and I also give and bequeath to my Grand child Mary Jane Shea also the daughter of my son Michael Shea the Allotment of Land situated on the West side of the before mentioned allotment and which I have bequeathed in this will to my grand child Bridget Ann Shea I also give and Bequeath to my son Michael Shea the Note of hand for the sum of forty pounds which I lent to my son John Shea with all Interest due and also ten pounds which John Shea drew out of the Bank
Bridget Shea (her mark)
Witnesses – George Barnes J W Brooks Murrumburrah June 9th 1887
29th October 1909 On this date Letters of Administration (C. J. A) were granted to Mary Jane Keogh formerly Mary Jane Shea of Demondrille, Married Woman the granddaughter of the said deceased Testatrix died at Murrumburrah 28th February 1891 Estate sworn £30 0 0 Net11 


Thomas Shea b. 1803, d. 1 Oct 1854


  1. [S58] Microfilm Roman Catholic Baptism Registers, "V18413848 162B/1841 Thomas Shea & Bridget Costello."
  2. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 9767/1891 Bridget Shea.
  3. [S105] NSW Assisted Immigrants arriving in Sydney 1828-42, "Berkshire" 1841.
  4. [S3] State Records of NSW Assisted (bounty) immigrants, 1839-1842.
  5. [S109] NSW Marriage Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), V18413848 162B/1841 Thomas Shea & Bridget Costello.
  6. [S58] Microfilm Roman Catholic Baptism Registers, "V18422404 61/1842 Michael Shea."
  7. [S58] Microfilm Roman Catholic Baptism Registers, "V18452335 62/1845 Honorah Shea."
  8. [S58] Microfilm Roman Catholic Baptism Registers, "V18481244 65/1848 John Shea."
  9. [S357] Petition of Bridget Shea ,"20 November 1854."
  10. [S151] Monumental inscription Harden-Murrumburra Cemetery (Cemetery Road Murrumburrah).
  11. [S377] NSW Will Books, 1800-1952, online, Bridget Shea 1909.