Salmon Family - A "Fishy" Tale or Two

The first Salmon ancestor I have found is William Salmon, who was born about 1797 in Dublin. William married Rose Loughlin (Laughlin), who was born about 1803, on 18 August 1823 in Rathfarnham, Dublin. The witnesses to the wedding were James and Mary Salmon. Children of this marriage were:

  • Bartholomew (1823 - ?)
  • Ellen (1824 - ?)
  • Catherine (1828 - ?)
  • Thomas (1829 - ?)
  • James (1834 - ?)
  • Mary (1836 - 1904) married i) Edward Elliott, ii) Jonathan Watson
  • Martha (1838 - ?)
  • Catherine (1842 - 1844) n.m.

On 23 July 1830, William was committed to Kilmainham Gaol. He was released 10 September 1830. No further details are known at this time in relation to the charge.

The Salmon family spent various periods of time in the South Dublin Poor Union Workhouse. On 14 November 1843 Rose, together with her children James, Thomas, Mary, Martha and Catherine were admitted to the Workhouse. Rose's occupation was listed as Wool Carder Picker. The family's "Electoral Division and Townland in which resident" was listed as Whitechurch. William was listed as "in England" and number of children recorded as "4 in house".

At a meeting of the Board of Guardians of the Workhouse on 11 January 1844, the Master reported that several "pauper nurses were sent to the Police Office charged with riot and assault by Nurse Hayden", these nurses were Rose Salmon, Margaret Edwards, Mary Ryan, Mary Cunningham and Eliza Green. He went on to report that "after the investigation, the Magistrate postponed sentence until 2 o'clock on Friday the 12 int (sic) as the women expressed sorrow for their improper conduct and promised amendment".

Rose was discharged from the Workhouse on 29 April 1844. This is the last mention I have found of Rose. By 1849, William was listed as a widower, which would suggest that Rose died sometime between 1844 and 1849. Further research is required to determine when and where Rose died.

William was admitted to the Workhouse on 8 May 1849, on admittance his occupation was Wool Spinner he was listed as being a widower, Roman Catholic, aged 57, wearing old clothes. He was discharged 5 July 1849. William was again admitted to the workhouse on 3 May 1852. He died there 5 May 1852.

Bartholomew Salmon

Bartholomew was born about 1823 in Dublin. He was baptised on 26 August 1823 at Rathfarnham Dublin. His godparents were Phil Comerford and Mary Anne Salmon. Nothing further has been found about Bartholomew at this time.

Ellen Salmon

Ellen was born about 1824 in Dublin. She was baptised on 14 November 1824 at Rathfarnham Dublin. Her godparents were James ? and Mary Tool. An Ellen Salmon, aged 23, was admitted to the South Dublin workhouse in 1849, and discharged on 30 July 1849. Further research is required to determine if she was the same Ellen.

Catherine Salmon

Catherine was born about 1828 in Dublin. She was baptised on 12 March 1828 at Rathfarnham Dublin. Her godparents were Michael Salmon and Mary Ann ?. Nothing further has been found about Catherine at this time, however, as William and Rose named another daughter Catherine in 1842, it is assumed that she died sometime between 1828 and 1842. Further research is required.

Thomas Salmon

Thomas was born about 1829 in Dublin. He was baptised on 5 July 1829 at Rathfarnham Dublin. His godparents were Thomas and Bridget ?.

On 14 November 1843 Thomas was admitted to the South Dublin Workhouse with members of his family, they were discharged on 29 April 1844. On 14 December 1846, Thomas was again admitted to the South Dublin Workhouse, he was discharged 16 June 1847.

On 24 June 1847, Thomas was committed for stealing bread. He was sentenced to 14 days and released on 7 July 1847. On his committal papers, he was described as age 18, 5 ft 51/2 inches tall, dark hair, swarthy complexion, place of birth Rockfield, occupation Labourer, Catholic, and he could read.

Thomas was again admitted to the South Dublin Workhouse on 2 August 1847. During this time, Thomas appeared several times in the Reports of the Master and Other Officers. On one occasion Thomas, together with a William McCormack, were reported for stealing turnips. Their punishment was to be confined for 10 hours per day for 2 days and to receive half diets. On 15 May 1848 Thomas was reported for having a quart of Stirabout (an oatmeal drink / porridge) under his jacket which he could not account for and refusing to give it to Wardmaster Doherty to be discharged. He was discharged 17 May 1848.

Thomas was again admitted to the Workhouse on 19 June 1848 and discharged on 13 November 1848. On 14 November 1848 he was committed for "loitering about with intent to do an injury". His sentence was "24 hours confinement or fixed bail". He was released on 15 November 1848 on expiration of his sentence. His occupation was recorded as Factory Boy, aged 19, with blue eyes, brown hair and fair complexion.

As there were at least two Thomas Salmons living in the Dublin area in the same period (the second one was the son of John and Mary Salmon, and married Kate Neil in Dublin in 1866), it is difficult to determine if subsequent mentions of Thomas Salmon are our Thomas or not. Throughout the 1850s and 1860s a Thomas Salmon appeared in Petty Sessions Court Registers numerous times, complaints were made against him for allowing his cow(s), goat(s) and/or ass to wander on the public road at Collinstown, he was fined on each occasion. In 1868 a Thomas Salmon was fined (with a Patrick Salmon) for assaulting James Joyce (not the writer). Unfortunately, none of these reports/documents include details to identify which Thomas it was.

A Thomas Salmon died in Jan - March 1892 in Dublin South, aged 62 (which would be the correct age). Further investigation is required to confirm if he is our Thomas.

James Salmon

James was born about 1834 in Dublin. He was baptised on 1 March 1834 at Rathfarnham Dublin. His godparents were Stephen Bergin and Mary Carroll. Nothing further has been found about James at this time.

Mary Salmon

Mary Salmon has certainly been an interesting person to trace, it has taken many years to sort through the fact from the fiction. To tell Mary's story requires more than just a paragraph here on the Salmon Family page. Mary's story is told here.

Martha Salmon

Martha was born about 1838 in Dublin. She was baptised on 3 October 1838 at Rathfarnham Dublin Her godparents were Thomas Salmon and Mary Healy. She was not admitted to the Workhouse with the rest of her family, the most obvious reason could be that she had died before they were admitted. Further investigation is required.

Catherine Salmon

From Workouse documentation, Catherine was born about 1842. She was admitted to the South Dublin Workhouse on 14 November 1843, with her mother, brothers Thomas and James, and sister Mary. She was discharged on 20 March 1844. The paperwork doesn't show where Catherine went, but it does record that she died 24 April 1844. Her recorded disability was ´diocy.