Dowling One Name Study

Dowling, Bridget Elizabeth

Dowling, Bridget Elizabeth

Female 1891 - 1969  (78 years)

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  • Name Dowling, Bridget Elizabeth  [1
    Born 3 Jul 1891  Kilnamanah, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Index: Dublin South - [image not made available]; 10142791
    Gender Female 
    Census 31 Mar 1901  Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 10; Marital Status: Unmarried; Relation to Head: Daughter 
    Education 31 Mar 1901  Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Read & Write 
    Occupation 31 Mar 1901  Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Scholar 
    Religion 31 Mar 1901  Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Roman Catholic 
    Residence 31 Mar 1901  Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    710.3 Fleming's Place, Pembroke West 
    Event or Activity 1909  Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Bridget attends Dublin Horse Show with father and meets Alois Hitler 
    Fact Bef 3 Jun 1910  Marylebone, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    "Spinster" 
    Residence 3 Jun 1910  St Pancras, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    4 Percy Street 
    Event or Activity 12 Mar 1911  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    "Eloped with Alois to London" 9 months after their London wedding 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age: 20; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head: Boarder with Thomas Wm John 
    Children 2 Apr 1911  Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1 child out of 1 still living 
    Residence 2 Apr 1911  Toxteth Park, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    102 Upper Stanhope Street, Princes Road 
    Event or Activity Between Nov 1912 and Apr 1913  Toxteth, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Apparently hosted Adolph Hitler visit (disputed by Viennese authorities and UK immigration records) 
    Timeline 28 Jul 1914  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    World War 1 starts, following the assasination at Sarajevo, with Austria-Hungary decalring war oin Serbia 
    Timeline 11 Nov 1918  World Find all individuals with events at this location 
    World War 1 ends with armistice in Germany 
    Event or Activity 20 Jan 1939  Highgate, Haringey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Highgate Police Station summonsed for failing to pay £9 13s 10d fine due in rates 
    Fact 15 Mar 1939  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Visa N.I. 7571 3/2 Issued 
    Residence Bef 20 Mar 1939  Highgate, Haringey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    27 Priory Gardens 
    Departure Bef 30 Mar 1939  Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    on board ship Steamship "Normandie" 
    Occupation Bef 30 Mar 1939  Highgate, Haringey, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Housewife 
    Arrival Between 30 Mar 1939 and 2 Jan 1940  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Visiting for 1st time to return to London, trip paid for by "Society" 
    Description 30 Mar 1939  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Height: 5' 8", fair complexion, dark hair, grey eyes, good health, not deformed or crippled 
    Event or Activity Between 30 Mar 1939 and 1945  New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Wrote own memoirs 
    Fact 30 Mar 1939  New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Care of Mr William Morris, Radio City 
    Timeline 1 Sep 1939  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    World War 2 starts with German invasion of Poland 
    Naturalization Between 1941 and 1950  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Naturalization 23 Jan 1941  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Took Oath of Allegiance 
    Occupation 25 Jun 1941  New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    British Red Cross Relief Society worker at 730 Fifth Avenue (opposite Tiffany's) 
    Residence 25 Jun 1941  New York City, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    505 West 142nd Street 
    Timeline 2 Sep 1945  World Find all individuals with events at this location 
    World War 2 ends armistice in Japan (VJ Day) 
    Departure 13 Mar 1947  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Description 13 Mar 1947  Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Height: 5'7"; Complexion: Med; Hair: Dk.Brn.; Eyes: Blue; Marks: None 
    Fact 13 Mar 1947  [9
    Nearest Relative: Aunt Mrs Mary O'Brien, 2 Temple Place, Ravelagh, Dublin 
    Occupation 13 Mar 1947  [9
    Office Worker 
    _MDCL 13 Mar 1947  Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Arterial Hypertension 210/110 Class B 
    Arrival 14 Mar 1947  Rouses Point, Clinton, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Arrival 14 Mar 1947  St Albans, Franklin, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Canadian Border Crossing 
    Death 1969  Long Island, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Memorabilia Owned by Brian Thomas Dowling (1955-) - copy of out of print book "The Memoirs of Bridget Hitler\"  [4
    Note Nicknamed 'Cece' by Alois after a portrait of St Cecilia he admired  [4
    Name Bridget Dowling  [3
    Name Bridget Elizabeth Hitler  [7
    Name Bridget Houston  [8
    Name Brigid Dowling  [10
    Name Brigid Elizabeth Dowling Hitler  [9
    Name Brigid Hitler  [6
    Name Cissie Hitler  [2
    Reference Number 935 
    Social Security Number New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    076-36-4062 
    Died Nov 1969  Patchogue, Suffolk, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Age: 78
    Buried Nov 1969  Coram, Suffolk, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, next to son
    Person ID I935  Dowling-One-Name-Study
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2019 

    Father Dowling, William,   b. 1863, Kildare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Reynolds, Bridget,   b. 1861, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 18 Aug 1890  Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Roman Catholic Church of Clondalkin; Both in 1st marriage; Witnesses: Michael Farrell & Lizzie Conway; Index: Dublin South - 1890 Jul-Sep Volume 2 Page 571
    Photos
    Marriage_William&Brigid1890.jpg
    Marriage_William&Brigid1890.jpg
    Documents
    Census-1911-IRL-Dublin-City-Dowling-William-1863
    Census-1911-IRL-Dublin-City-Dowling-William-1863
    IMAGE NOT MADE FREELY AVAILABLE
    Family ID F2743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Dowling, William 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hitler, Alois,   b. 13 Jan 1882, Kemeten, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1956, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1910  Marylebone, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 12
    • Both in 1st marriuage; Witnesses: William Oldbbury & F G Cummings; Index: Marylebone - 1910 Volume 1a Page 1115; Register Office by Licence
    Children 
     1. Hitler, William Patrick,   b. 12 Mar 1911, Toxteth, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1987, Long Island, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Photos 2 Photos
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsEvent or Activity - Bridget attends Dublin Horse Show with father and meets Alois Hitler - 1909 - Dublin, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent or Activity - "Eloped with Alois to London" 9 months after their London wedding - 12 Mar 1911 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent or Activity - Apparently hosted Adolph Hitler visit (disputed by Viennese authorities and UK immigration records) - Between Nov 1912 and Apr 1913 - Toxteth, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - Visa N.I. 7571 3/2 Issued - 15 Mar 1939 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - on board ship Steamship "Normandie" - Bef 30 Mar 1939 - Southampton, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Visiting for 1st time to return to London, trip paid for by "Society" - Between 30 Mar 1939 and 2 Jan 1940 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDescription - Height: 5' 8", fair complexion, dark hair, grey eyes, good health, not deformed or crippled - 30 Mar 1939 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - Between 1941 and 1950 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - Took Oath of Allegiance - 23 Jan 1941 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDescription - Height: 5'7"; Complexion: Med; Hair: Dk.Brn.; Eyes: Blue; Marks: None - 13 Mar 1947 - Vermont, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps_MDCL - Arterial Hypertension 210/110 Class B - 13 Mar 1947 - Vermont, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 14 Mar 1947 - Rouses Point, Clinton, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Canadian Border Crossing - 14 Mar 1947 - St Albans, Franklin, Vermont, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSocial Security Number - 076-36-4062 - - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Nov 1969 - Patchogue, Suffolk, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Nov 1969 - Coram, Suffolk, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos 22 Photos

    Documents 3 Documents

  • Notes 
    • HITLER - HIS IRISH RELATIVES

      Hitler's family connections in Ireland are not generally known about. William Patrick Hitler, nephew of the German Fuehrer and son of the Dublin woman, Bridget Dowling was able to claim in 1937: "I am the only legal descendant of the Hitler Family".

      Adolf Hitler's half brother, Alois, was working as a waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, in 1909. He had been sent their by a London employment agency. His humble situation did not suit his vanity, however, and while off duty he posed as a wealthy hotelier on a European tour to study the industry of France, Belgium and the British Isles. His manner of dress reflected this fantasy. His suit and hat were of the latest fashion. A heavy gold watch-chain stretched across his cream coloured waistcoat. He wore two rings on his left little finger, one a diamond and the other a ruby. In addition he wore a pearl tie-pin, His moustache was of the handlebar variety- waxed and turned up at the ends. There was no place better than Dublin Horse Show to display such elegance. The nobility, the English and Irish sportsmen and tourists from all over the world provided a perfect background for Alois's dashing appearance.

      While admiring the horses at the 1909 show, Alois struck up an idle conversation with two locals, William Dowling and his neighbour, Mr Tynan. Soon William's daughter, seventeen year old Bridget, took an interest, she was immediately fascinated by the handsome foreigner. 'Everything he said was so new and interesting that even his broken English seemed charming'. Later, Alois and Bridget met in the National Gallery, Dublin. Soon they were talking about getting married. Bridget's parents were so totally against the relationship that the couple eventually eloped and married in London on 3 June 1910. William Dowling threatened to appeal to the police and to have Alois arrested for kidnapping, but his wife dissuaded him from doing so. Peace was finally made about a year later when William Dowling went to Liverpool to be present at the baptism of his first grandchild, William Patrick Hitler.

      Meanwhile, Adolf was going through the worst period in his life. He was sleeping rough or living in doss houses. Eventually he took up permanent residence in a hostel for men in Vienna. He made his living by beating carpets, carrying bags, shovelling snow and doing other menial labouring jobs. As time passed and Adolf rose to prominence, both Bridget and her son did their best to take advantage of the situation.
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      "Bridget was swept off her feet by the charm of the debonair Austrian:
      It was at the annual Dublin Horse Show. Everyone had come to see and buy the fine Irish horses - English and Irish sportsmen, the nobility, tourists from all over the world.
      I always enjoyed going anywhere with my father, and I must confess that I was not unaware of the honour of being escorted by 'the best-looking fellow in the countryside', as he was generally described. Many eyes turned towards us: the tall Irishman and the girl in a white muslin dress with flounces and a blue sash. My white hat was ornamental with ostrich plumes, and I carried a parasol. This was the year 1909.
      Father was discussing the horses with Mr Tynan, a neighbour, and presently they were talking with a handsome stranger dressed in a brown suit, a homburg hat and immaculate spats. To my interested eyes he represented the height of elegance according to the vogue at the start of the century.
      A white ivory walking stick with a gold handle was hooked over his arm with inimitable dash. In his tie was a pearl pin, and two rings on his left little finger, one a diamond and one a ruby, added just the right note of lavishness. Across his cream coloured waistcoat a heavy gold chain stretched from one pocket to the other and his moustache were waxed and curled up right 'á la Kaiser.' He introduced himself as Alois Hitler from Austria.
      I cannot deny that this stranger with his fine foreign manners and his debonair Viennese ways made a great impression on me. His conversation was quite different from that of the commonplace, hardworking farmers and their wives which made up the society I was accustomed to. Everything he said was so new to me and interesting that even his broken English seemed charming." (Bridget Hitler, Memoirs, pp. 17-18).

  • Sources 
    1. [S971] England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915, FreeBMD, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online.
      Record for Alois Hitler
      Alois Hitler - England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915
      Alois Hitler - England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915
      Database online.


    2. [S742] 1911 Census of England, Liverpool, Lancashire; Online Archives, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Record for ANTON HITLER.
      Anton Hitler's Household Members, Members that resided in the household at the time of the census. First name(s); Last name; Relationship; Marital status; Sex; Age; Birth year; Occupation; Birth place Thomas William; John; Head; Widower; Male; 58; 1853; Tailor's Trimmers; Liverpool Lanc; Sarah Maria; McElroy; Mother; Widow; Female; 80; 1831; None; Liverpool Lanc James; John; Grandson; -; Male; 4; 1907; -; Liverpool Lanc Anton; Hitler; Boarder; Married; Male; 28; 1883; Chef Waiter Cafe; Kimstan Austria Resident; Cissie; Hitler; Boarder; Married; Female; 20; 1891; None; Dublin Resident; William; Hitler; Boarder Sohn; Male; 0; 1911; -; Liverpool Lancs Robert Edward; Jones; Boarder; Married; Male; 38; 1873; Ship Plater's Labr; Liverpool Lancs Christina; Jones; Boarder; Married; Female; 35; 1876; -; Liverpool Lancs James; John; Visitor; Married; Male; 37; 1874; Dock Labourer; Liverpool Lancs; Ada; John; Visitor Wife; Married; Female; 24; 1887; None; Liverpool Lancs; Jessie; John; Visitor Daughter; -; Female; 2; 1909; -; Liverpool Lancs William; John; Visitor Son; -; Male; 0; 1911; -; Liverpool Lancs; Anton Hitler's Census Details; House number; 102; Street: Upper Stanhope Street; Address; 102 Upper Stanhope St L'Pool; Parish; Toxteth Park; County; Lancashire; Country England Archive reference RG14; Registration district; Toxteth Park; Registration district number 454; Enumeration district 27; District number 27; Sub district Toxteth Park Central; Sub district number 3; Census reference RG14PN22278 RG78PN1316 RD454 SD3 ED27 SN97; RG78 code number 1316; Piece number 22278; Folio - Page -
      Census-1911-ENG-Lancashire-Liverpool-Toxtest-Hitler-Anton-1882
      Census-1911-ENG-Lancashire-Liverpool-Toxtest-Hitler-Anton-1882


    3. [S710] 1901 Census of Ireland, Dublin; Online Archives.
      William 1901 Dublin Pembroke West  .pdf
      William 1901 Dublin Pembroke West .pdf


    4. [S1606] Unger, Michael, Memoirs of Bridget Hitler.
      Book-Memoirs-of-Bridget-Hitler-by-Michael-Unger.jpg
      Book-Memoirs-of-Bridget-Hitler-by-Michael-Unger.jpg


    5. [S699] England, London, St Marylebone, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE, Record for ALOIS HITLER to BRIDGET ELIZABETH DOWLING.
      No. 150. Index: Volume 1a Page 115
      Marriage-Hitler-Alois-Dowling-Bridget-Elizabeth-1910.jpg
      Marriage-Hitler-Alois-Dowling-Bridget-Elizabeth-1910.jpg


    6. [S972] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online. Year: 1939; Arrival: , ; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_6304; Line: 1; List number: .
      Record for Brigid Hitler
      Brigid Hitler - New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      Brigid Hitler - New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      Database online. Year: 1939; Arrival: , ; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_6304; Line: 1; List number: .


    7. [S697] U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project), Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online.
      Record for Bridget Elizabeth Hitler
      Doc-US-Naturalization-Record-Index-1791-1992-Hitler-Bridget-Elizabeth-Dowling.jpg
      Doc-US-Naturalization-Record-Index-1791-1992-Hitler-Bridget-Elizabeth-Dowling.jpg
      Database online.


    8. [S1611] "United States Naturalization Petitions Image", Record for BRIDGET HOUSTON number: 4982459.
      DocNaturalization-Dowling-Bridget-aka-Houston.jpg
      DocNaturalization-Dowling-Bridget-aka-Houston.jpg


    9. [S1610] United States, Canadian Border Crossings, Record for BRIGID DOWLING ELIZABETH HITLER.
      Doc-Travel-Dowling-Bridget-Elizabeth-1891-1947-1969
      Doc-Travel-Dowling-Bridget-Elizabeth-1891-1947-1969


    10. [S973] U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online. Number: 076-36-4062; Issue State: New York; Issue Date: 1961-1962.
      Record for Brigid Dowling

    11. [S1607] 1911 Census of Ireland, Trinity, Dublin; Online Archives, Record for WILLIAM DOWLING.
      Dowling, William, 48, Male, Head of Family, Roman Catholic, Co Kildare, General Labourer, Read and write, Married, -, -, -, - Dowling, Bridget, 50, Female, Wife, Roman Catholic, Co Dublin, -, Read and write, -, Married, -, 20, 7, 5, Dowling, Mary, 17, Female, Daughter, Roman Catholic, Co Dublin, Domestic Housemaid, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Dowling, Annie, 13, Female, Daughter, Roman Catholic, Dublin City, Schollar, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, -, Dowling, William, 9, Male, Son, Roman Catholic, Dublin City' Schollar, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, , Dowling, Thomas, 6, Male, Son, Roman Catholic, Dublin City, Schollar, Read and write
      Census-1911-IRL-Dublin-City-Dowling-William-1863
      Census-1911-IRL-Dublin-City-Dowling-William-1863


    12. [S167] Irish Roots Magazine, P.30 Spring 1992.