|Waterford City, 1830s|
In the early 19th c three sons of John Gadsden (my great great great grandfather) b 1759 (who married Phoebe Hill) began spending time in
They were John Gadsden b 1794 (my great great grandfather who married Mary Ann
Bone) and his brothers James Eyre Gadsden b 1809 and Charles Edward Gadsden b
1807. Waterford City
Yet John and Mary Ann married at Hackney (Mary Ann’s father was resident there) and their first two children were born at West Ham in 1825 and 1827. This
family was still associated with the parish of , Hackney, when their third child,
Mary Rochenda, was buried there in November 1828. St John
Turning to Ireland, Pigot’s Directory for
in 1820 lists ‘Gadsden and Nash,
Provision Merchants, Waterford City Bridge Street’. In 1824 they are at the same address providing ‘provisions, butter and bacon’.
In 1838, Charles Edward Gadsden crops up in the Freeman lists as ‘Merchant,
Apprentice of late Joseph Nash’. Slater’s Directory of 1846 shows John Gadsden
as ‘Bacon Merchant, Bridge Street’.
|Bridge St., Waterford|
to indicate that the John Gadsden in partnership with Nash in the provision
business would be a different John from the person living and producing
children in West Ham in the 1820s. Nevertheless, John of West Ham is described
as ‘of Waterford ’
in 1821. And Charles Edward Gadsden, John’s brother, is apprenticed to Joseph
Nash in Waterford .
This is clearly no coincidence. Waterford
A close connection between the Gadsden and Nash families gradually became apparent. Joseph Nash was the son-in-law of an Elizabeth Gadsden. While more research is required on
Elizabeth, it is known she married Joseph Barrington
Bradley and had a daughter Ann who in 1815 married Joseph Nash in . Joseph and Ann
had 8 children, one of whom - born in 1825 - being named Joseph Gadsden Nash (a
clincher, if ever I heard one). Waterford
|Causeway Meadows Farm, |
birthplace of Joseph Nash
Joseph Nash snr (1787-1837; merchant of Worcestershire, born at Causeway Meadows Farm, Dodderhill) was partner in Gadsden and Nash Provision Merchants of Bridge Street, Waterford.
By 1838 the reference to Charles Edward mentioning ‘the late Joseph Nash’ confirms Nash was then deceased. Joseph Gadsden Nash (grandson of Elizabeth Gadsden) was only twelve years old at the time. The provision business in
continued, as John Gadsden is listed there in 1846.
Further research brings interesting, even surprising, details about the women involved: Mrs Nash and Mrs Gadsden.
To be continued
* Freeman's Journal was one of the leading
newspapers from its founding in 1763 until 1924. Its birth, marriage and death
notices cover all of Dublin Ireland
and include people from other parts of the United
Kingdom (often with an Irish connection), the British
Empire and even occasionally North America.