BRIDGET MARTHA COUGHLAN (MARRIED WILLIAM EARL)
1.3 BRIDGET MARTHA COUGHLAN AND WILLIAM EARL
1.3.1 William (Willie) Earl b. 1880 d. 1929 m. Bridget?
1.3.2 Letitia (Tish) b. 1871 d. 1958 - Taeri near Dunedin m. Michael (Mick) Gregan Nov. 1902
1.3.3 Elizabeth (Liz) Earl m. William Power 1922, no family (possibly William Downs)
1.3.4 Bridget Earl b. 1878 m. Henry (Harry) Taylor - North Canterbury 1903
1.3.5 John (Jack) Earl b 1876 m. Margaret (Minnie) Quinn, no family (possibly Margaret Lomas 1909
1.3.6 Rose Earl b. 1885 m. David Martin - Christchurch 1906
1.3.7 Mary (May) Earl m. Matthew (Matt) Driscoll - Benacre, Winton, Invercargill 1905
1.3.8 Michael (Mick) Earl m. Margaret Meehan - Christchurch 1914 d. 1974; Margaret d. 1968
1.3.9 Norah Earl b. 1887 m. William (or John) Crowe - no family
1.3.10 Joseph d. 1877 as an infant
Bridget Martha Coughlan married William Earl on the 24th of November 1870. She is listed on the marriage certificate as a "servant girl" and her husband as a "farmer.' Bridget died on June 3, 1933, at the Home for the Aged Poor, Andersons Bay. Andersons Bay is close to Dunedin. At the time of her death, she was listed as having six living daughters and two living sons.
Since my original write-up of Bridget and William Earl’s family, I found this Obituary of William Earl in the Temuka Leader. This certainly leads me to understand that there was no Joseph in the Earl family. The Obituary is dated June 8, 1921.
“William Earl. Another of the old settlers of the Geraldine district in the Geraldine district in the person of the late Mr. William Earl passed away this week at the good old age of 84 years. The late Mr. Earl was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and left for Australia in 1853, landing in Melbourne and trying his fortune at the gold diggings. From the Australian goldfields he later migrated to the Otago and West Coast diggings in New Zealand. Growing tired of this wandering life, he, and his brother, Mr. J. Earl, took up land at Kakahu, and after working it together for a few years, took a farm on his own in the same neighourhood. Mr. Earl did a good deal of wheat growing for some years, but about 20 years ago he sold out his Kakahu property and bought land at Otaio, which he farmed up until six years ago, when he retired, and has resided since then in Timaru. He leaves a family of three sons and six daughters, the sons being Mr. William Earl (1.3.1) who is farming at Waikari, Mr. John Earl (1.3.5) and Mr. Michael Earl (1.3.8) who are at Otaio. The daughters are: Mrs. Gregan (1.3.2) of Clinton, Mrs O’Driscoll (1.3.7) of Winton, Mrs. Taylor (1.3.4) of Ashburton, Mrs,. Martin (1.3.6) of Tunaru and two unmarried daughters, Misses Nora (1.3.9) and Elizabeth (1.3.3) Earl. The late Mr. Earl did not take any part in public life, but was interested in the breeding of Clydesdale horses. His body was transferred from Timaru to Geraldine, where his funeral, which was very largely attended, took place. The pall bearers were Messrs J. Earl, W. Earl (nephews of the deceased), F. Coughlan, F. Connolly, J. Kennedy and J. Earl,, junr. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Fathers Hurley (Timaru) and O’Connor (Geraldine). “
Unfortunately I have no more information on this family as of this writing. In "Papers Past" I find reference to William Earl in connection with a visit to Geraldine by Bishop Grimes in 1899. Also reports of the weddings of Mary Earl (1905 NZ Tablet) and Rose Earl (1906 NZ Tablet) are available