Judith Pound 18301830

Judith Pound 1830

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Judith Pound born in 1830 in Offaly, the daughter of Mary and William. She married James Booth on 24 May 1851 in Warrnambool, Victoria. They had 12 children. She died on 10 January 1912 in Glenormiston, Victoria, having lived a long life

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Date of Birth 1st Feb 1830 (circa) VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 10th Jan 1912 VIEW SOURCE
Associated Building (s) Roscrea Workhouse  


  • Judith Pound was born Circa 1830 - the daughter of William and Mary (Meade/Neill) of Brownstown. She was baptised at Dunkerrin Roman Catholic Church on 14 Feb 1830, the sponsors were John Pendirgast and Mary Spain. Her brother John was baptised on 18 Dec 1832 - sponsors James and Mary Keane. Her sister Mary was baptised 29 March 1835 with James and Maer Guilfoyle as sponsors. 

    During the famine years Judith ended up in Roscrea Workhouse, presumably around 1847. Admittance records were not available at Thurles, so we don't know whether her siblings also were admitted, nor what happened to her parents. In 1848 Judith was one of 60 girls from Roscrea Workhouse selected under the Earl Grey Scheme for immigration to Austrlia. From the Workhouse Minute book (no. 9) we know her journey from Roscrea to Australia began around 19th Jan, 1949 by being "shipped on the steamer 'Devonshire:' to Plymouth. One of 60 girls from Roscrea Workhouse, joing a further 247 girls from various other Irish workhouses, they set sail on the Pemberton on 22 January 1849 - arriving in Port Philip bay on May 14th, 1849, a journey of some 112 days at sea. The  Pemberton manifest of the girls lists Judith as an 18 year old nursery maid of RC faith, who could neither read nor write. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/1204/images/IMAUS1787_…

    Her sea voyage wasn't quite over, she then sailed on a coastal steamer the 'Raven" arriving at Portland, Victoria on June 23rd, 1949 to begin her working life before marrying James Booth at the  Warnambool RC schoolhouse on 24th May, 1851 and bearing 12 children, 8 of whom survived to adulthood. She became a widow in 1887 and a further two of her adult son's predeceased her. Her last years were spent at her son Thomas's dairy farm, supported by an annual pension from her policeman son William's estate, when she died on January 10th, 1912, thousands of miles from her native land and almost 63 years after she left Ireland, for a hard but better life, than she had in as an inmate of Roscrea Workhouse.

    Irish Orphan descendant

    Wednesday 4th November 2020 08:42AM
  • Anecdotal connection to Judith Pound.

    Kings County Chronicle   16 April 1851

    Birr Court

    Alicia Bowen & Judith Pound

    Circulating extensively in the Kings County, and the Counties of Galway, Tipperary, Limerick, Westheath, Roscommon.

    THURSDAY   -    This morning the Court opened at 10 o’clock.

     The following magistrates were present, viz., Thomas Hacket, William B Buchanan, James Drought, John Bennett, Robert Cassidy, J Pearce Groome, H Pollock, R.M. and George Fitzmaurice, R.M. Esqrs.


    Michael Bowen, a tall, athletic young man was indicted for stealing a ram, the property of Thomas Mears, at Cullenwaine, on the 31st March last. He pleaded not guilty.

    The principal evidence against the prisoner was that of Constable Powell, and others of the Moneygall Police, who compared the prisoner’s shoes with tracks in the field where the ram was killed, which corresponded exactly; they also proved to finding a quantity of raw mutton in a hag, about 20lbs boiling in a pot. It was 12 o’clock at night when the police visited the prisoner’s domicile; he was then up and when asked what was in the pot, he said it was a trifle of meat which had been purchased in Roscrea.

    The prisoner, with more than ordinary tact and ability, cross examined the several witnesses, but all his “special pleading” and “quibbles” were of no avail. The jury returned a verdict of guilty.

    His worship in passing sentence, read a long list of offences and sentences passed on the prisoner, and told him that the court had no alternative but to send him out of the country for 10 years.

    When the sentence of banishment was pronounced, several members of the prisoners family, who were in the ‘inner bar’ awaiting their trial screamed terrifically, and some of them had to be removed; the prisoner clung pertinaciously to the front of the dock, and endeavoured to extract a pledge from his worship that when his time would be up, the government would assure him a passage back. With the greatest difficulty the prisoner was removed declaring that “in spite’ of all he would return again and vowing revenge on the “Peelers”.

    Matthew Bowen (brother of Michael) was then arraigned for stealing a cotton drawers, at Moneygall, to which he pleaded guilty.

    It appeared that while the prisoner was confined at Moneygall barracks, on the charge of being concerned in the stealing of Meara’s ram, he contrived to steal a drawers belonging to one of the police, which was found on his in Parsonstown Bridewell, on his arrival.

    There was another indictment against the prisoner, for receiving a quantity of mutton, knowing it to have been stolen, but it was not proceeded with.

    His worship sentenced the prisoner to four months imprisonment, and told him that if he was again convicted, he would surely follow his brother.

    Alicia Bowen (sister to Michael and Matthew Bowen), and Judy Pound were indicted for receiving a quantity of mutton, knowing it to be stolen. The latter was acquitted but the former was sentenced to three month’s imprisonment and hard labour.

    John Pound was also indicted for the same offence, and acquitted.(?????!!!!- why?)  Maria Burke pleaded guilty to stealing a bag off a car, in the market of Parsonstown, and was sentenced to one months imprisonment.



    John Bowen

    Monday 9th November 2020 07:08AM
  • Could well be that this John Pound was her brother - he would have been about 19 at the time of the offending. Also found a reference to him at some castle that was derelict and being used by the homeless, but can't fully verify.

    Irish Orphan descendant

    Monday 9th November 2020 10:26AM

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