Bridget Barefoot

born 1825 Port Dalrymple, Tasmania (no record found). Bridget did not go to school, and throughout her childhood lived in very poor circumstances, saw her siblings removed and taken into care, then returned, several times. How confusing it must have been for a young chid, or perhaps we are just putting today’s values on events that happened many years ago in a world very different from our current one.

From the time she was born her mother had problems with drinking, being arrested at least 7 times before Bridget turned 5. Her father was sacked from his constable’s position, had a lover in to stay, her mother was arrested for assaulting a neighbour, and from the accounts of the magistrate, John tried to sell the girls into prostitution. In 1830, her mother left the family. Left Michael, who would have been 11, Ann, 9, Ellen, 7, Bridget, 5, William 3 and George, a year old. Who cared for the children at The Springs?

On 27 July 1838, Samuel Hockey sought and was granted permission to marry Ellen Barefoot. This did not take place.

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Then on 6 Dec 1840 permission was obtained to marry Bridget Barefoot.

So at just 15, it seems that Bridget was married to Samuel Hockey (1840). No record has been found of this marriage.

Sam Hockey was a convict, born in 1811, so almost twice her age at this point in time, transported to Van Diemen’s Land on Sir Charles Forbes, arriving Hobart 26 July 1830. Sam’s story can be found here.

On 17 December 1842 a daughter was born to Samuel and Bridget. they were living at Black Forest, which is just south of Evandale, in Tasmania.

Launceston Examiner Dec 22 1847

m James Gladwin Clover 1850

DNA Proven descendants: Sue Thomson 🙂