A long shot. My gggrandfather was Patrick Peard born c 1830 in Ireland( unfortunately he did not specify where in Ireland in any records I have found) -family tradition is that he came from Cork. He emigrated to England probably about 185O.
He possibly had a brother Thomas about 2 years older( the only evidence of him is a very questionable 1851 UK census entry for two Irish brothers Thomas & Patrick recorded as "Purad" in the right location (Swancombe Kent UK) Purad appears in no other records so is possibly a transcription error if Peard was spoken with a Cork accent!.
I always believed the family to be Catholic but have discovered that Patrick probably converted to Catholocism on his 1855 marriage in the UK to Anne McEvoy (who was born in Cork in 1828.)
There is a well researched and documented Peard family from Cork but I cannot establish any connection between Patrick and this family. Certainly as they were fairly wealthy landowners (the ancestral home was an impressive house called Coole Abbey (see below an extract from sale particulars from a few years back)
Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland
Fermoy 8 km. Motorway Junction 6 km. Cork 35 km. Cork International Airport 40 km.
A most impressive and handsome Georgian house dated circa 1765, attributed
to Davis Duckart, set in a fine elevated position with far reaching southerly
views over the Bride Valley.
Coole Abbey offers an enviable combination of spacious, well-appointed
accommodation of over 745 sq m with excellent access, via new motorway,
to Cork city and Airport.
Reception Hall, Staircase Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room / Library, Kitchen / Breakfast Room,
Utility Room (Reception 3) Cloaks. Four Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms, (Three En Suite), Dressing Room.
Lower Ground Floor with Gymnasium, Billiard Room, Wine Cellar, and Laundry.
Wonderful stone Courtyard with Guest / Staff Apartment, Coach Houses, Six Loose Boxes, Workshop & Stores.
Stud Railed Drive. Walled garden. Railed Paddocks. Stream.
Historical Castle and Abbey Remains. Panoramic views south over River Bride Valley
In all about 7.08 hectares (17.50 acres)---
The fact that Patrick ended his days(aged only 45) as a labourer in England suggests at least a different branch if not a totally unconnected family.
The "wealthy" Peards were originally a Devon family -there are still many Peards in that area and would appear to have been Protestant imigrants to Ireland - possibly as early as Oliver Cromwells time.
I have so far met a brick wall with Patrick and can find no reference of any kind to him in Irish records. Any scraps of info re your Irish roots just might give me a lead into a "poorer" branch and just possibly open a log jam.
If there is no possible connection good hunting anyway.
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