Bridget Roche1

#2750, (circa February 1817 - 8 February 1890)
RelationshipGrandaunt of Estelle Rose Roche
Father*Michael Roche1 (s 1781 - )
Mother*Mary Whelan1 (s 1785 - )


Michael Whelan b. c 1818, d. 1875
Her married name was Whalen (cemetery record spelling.)1 
Her married name was Whelan.2 
Birth*circa February 1817She was born circa February 1817 in Co. Waterford, IrelandG.1,3,4 
Baptism18 February 1817She was baptized on 18 February 1817 at Cappoquin Parish, Co. Waterford, IrelandG.4
1825She was likely in the household of Michael Roche and Mary Whelan at Camphire, Lismore and Mocollop Par., Co. Waterford, IrelandG, in the census of of 1825.5  
10 April 1837She accompanied William Roche on 10 April 1837 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.6
1840She appeared on the census of 1840 in the household of William Roche and Mary Ann Casey at St. Louis, Missouri, age 15-19 [she would have been ca. 21; Ellen had marr. in 1839]; (possible). 2 m (20-29), 2 f (15-19.)7 
Marriage*21 February 1841She married Michael Whelan, son of Daniel Whelan and Ann Begley, on 21 February 1841 at Old Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri.8,2
Baptism29 March 1849She witnessed the baptism of Thomas Murphy on 29 March 1849 at Missouri.9 
1 August 1850She and Michael Whelan appeared on the census of 1 August 1850 at St. Louis, Missouri.10 
19 June 1860She and Michael Whelan appeared on the census of 19 June 1860 at St. Louis, Missouri.11 
1864She and Michael Whelan lived in 1864 at 187 Christy Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.12 
1866She and Michael Whelan lived in 1866 at 72 Chestnut, St. Louis, Missouri.13 
1867She and Michael Whelan lived in 1867 at 5 S. 16th, St. Louis, Missouri.14 
6 June 1870She and Michael Whelan appeared on the census of 6 June 1870 at St. Louis, Missouri; also David Kenielley (15), grocery boy.15 
1873She and Michael Whelan lived in 1873 at 29 S. 15th, St. Louis, Missouri.16 
1876She lived in 1876 at Missouri.17 
7 June 1880She appeared on the census of 7 June 1880 at St. Ann's Home for Aged Widows, Lying-in Hospital and Asylum for Foundlings, 10th Street at O'Fallon, St. Louis, MissouriG.18 
11 November 1880She appeared on the census of 11 November 1880 at St. Ann's Home for Aged Widows, Lying-in Hospital and Asylum for Foundlings, 1230 Tenth Street, St. Louis, MissouriG.19 
Death*8 February 1890She died on 8 February 1890 at St. Louis, Missouri.20,1,21 
Burial*9 February 1890She was buried on 9 February 1890 at Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri; as Whalen.22 


  1. [S65] Archdiocese St. Louis Cemetery Records, online, Bridget Whalen, age 72, is buried in the Roche Family lot (Sec 002, Lot 011) in Calvary Cemetery, one of 11 interments in the lot. See also marriage record.
  2. [S55] St. Louis Missouri Marriages 1804-1876, SLGS, online, records vol. 02, p. 296 (StLGS rec. VM5088), MO Arch rec. C9130, LDS rec. 469561.
  3. [S1253]  William Whelan Papers, correspondence and documents, McAllister Collection, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Collection summary, p. 4, Series I (1811–1841): "letters from William Roche, a dry goods merchant in Missouri. The first...describes Roche's trip from Philadelphia to St. Louis as well as the state of the markets there....The next was written to Roche's parents in County Waterford and explained where he had established himself 'after all my perambulation.' The letter is also signed by his siblings John, Bridget, and Ellen, who were living and working with him..."
  4. [S1472] Cappoquin Parish Baptism Register 1810-1870, Waterford and Lismore Diocese, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Ireland (National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland), p. 52, img. 29/295. [Latin] Bridgitam, dau. of Michaelis Roache and Mariai Phelan, bapt. 18 Feb 1817, by E. Power; sponsors Bartholemes Cahill and Margarites Hickey; stipend 2s 6p, online
  5. [S1680] Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837, image viewed online and, Box No. 121, Lismore and Mocollop Par., Cos. Waterford and Cork. imgs. 40 and 74 (amended)/129. Camphire Townlands. Michael Roche, 52 acres, value £1 per acre, annual tithing £3 6s. Note: record is certified 27 Nov 1825.
    Others in Camphire: Byrne, Callahan, Carty, Condon, Deale, Hearn, Hickey, Hogan, Keefe, Keily, Lamstand, Leary, Lyons, Mahony, Meligan, Mulcahy, Murphy, Noonan, Nugent, O'Daniel, Power, Stack, Usher.
  6. [S1686] Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, 1800-1882, Publication M425; 108 rolls, Record Group 36, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, District of Columbia, online, Roll 52/108, img. 71/651 (Family Search). Ship Oconee, from Liverpool arr. Philadelphia 10 Apr 1837. Manifest lines 9-13. Wm Roach, age 24, pedlar [sic]; John Roach, age 21, laborer; Ellen Roach, age 26, servant; Bridget Roach, age 18, servant; Thos. Malligan, age 17, farmer; all from Ireland. Lines 14-18 are the family of Patrick and Mary Walen, with children Jane, Barney and Ellen.
  7. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. M (20-29) [Willliam], M (20-29) [John]; F (20-29) [Mary Ann], F (20-29).
  8. [S56] Gabriel Drouin, compiler, Drouin Collection: Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Montreal: Institut Généalogique Drouin, after 1940), St. Louis, Marriages 1840-1849, Register of Marriages at the Cathedral of St. Louis, Mo., p. 55 (img 32/230): "[margin] Michael Whelan & Brigit [sic] Roche; [text] On the twenty-first of February eighteen hundred and forty-one I the undersigned have received the mutual matrimonial consent of Michael Whalen [sic] son of Daniel Whalen, and Ann Begley, on one part, and Bridget Roche daughter of Michael Roche and Mary Whalen on the other part, and joined them in the holy bands of Matrimony. [signed] P. Pre. D??; [witnesses] Michael Hagertey and Elisabeth Little. Online
  9. [S56] Gabriel Drouin, Drouin U.S. 1695-1954, Thomas Murphy, b. 28 Mar 1849, bp. 29 Mar 1849, son of Jeremiah Murphy and Ellen Roch [sic], s/s John Dunn[?] and Bridget Whealan [sic, poss. Bridget Roche]; by A. J. _____. Old Cathedral Baptisms 1844-1851, 1849, p 301, img 162/255.
  10. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Michael (40), tailor, b. Ireland; Bridget (29), b. Ireland; others Patrick Shanlin (42), Philip Coyne (18), Patrick Crowley (25), all tailors and b. Ireland.
  11. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Michael "Whalon" (40), merchant tailor (as "Taylor"); Bridget (35); both b. Ireland; also (all b. Ireland) Bridget Hoppin (17, dressmaker), Johanna Keeffe (15), Philip Coyne (28, tailor), Wm. Clancy (27, tailor), Patk Garing (25, carpenter).
  12. [S318] Edwards' Annual Director in the City of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO.: Richard Edwards, published annually, 1864 edition, p. 558, img. 403/487. Michael Whealen, merchant tailor, bus. 74 Chestnut, res. 187 Christy Ave.
  13. [S318] Edwards St. Louis Directory, 1866 edition, p. 33, img. 408/523. Whealen & Cosgrove, merchant tailors, proprietors Michael Whealen (res. 72 Chestnut) and Francis Cosgrove (res. 46 Brooklyn, p. 300).
  14. [S318] Edwards St. Louis Directory, 1867:811; Michael Whalen, tailor, r. 5 s. 167th; also, Michael Whealan (Whealan & Cosgrave), r. 5 s. 16th.
  15. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Michael (55), tailor, b. Ireland; Bridget (40), keeping house, b. Ireland; also David K[e]nielley (15), grocery boy, b. MO; img 773/910.
  16. [S58] Gould's St. Louis Directory , 1873:905; Michael Whelan, tailor, res. 29 S. 15th.
  17. [S58] Gould's St. Louis , 1876:1025; Bridget Whelan, wid. Michael, res. 29 S. 15th.
  18. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Bridget Whalen (72), widow, b. Ireland.
  19. [S91] 1880 U.S. Federal Census, 2nd Enumeration. Bridget Whelan (61), boarder, aged widow, b. and parents b. Ireland [no other data].
  20. [S28] Missouri Death Records 1834/1850-1910/1931, online, 1890 Feb 8, p. 45, no. 940; Bridget Whalen, age 72, b. Ireland, d. St. Anns Asylum 8th ward, cerebral Embolism, bur. Calvary Cemetery.
  21. [S28] Missouri Death Records 1834/1850-1910/1931, online, Certificate No. 940; Bridget Whalen, age 72, b. Ireland, res. St Louis 40 yrs; d, at 1236 N. 10th St. [St. Ann's Home], ward 10, cerebral embolism; burial Calvary Cemetery.
  22. [S65] Archdiocese St. Louis Cemetery Records, online, downloaded 4 Nov 2012; interment 419545.