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Re: Sinnott's of Enniscorthy
Posted by: Martin Sinnott (ID *****8944) Date: June 24, 2009 at 03:12:55
In Reply to: Re: Sinnott's of Enniscorthy by Gregory Bunker of 615

Greg,

I am currently on my way to Enniscorthy from USA via Italy. I plan to be there for a few days in mid-July with my father and wife. I will be meeting with our contact in Enniscorthy, Hugo Kelly, whom I mentioned in my previous communication. Recently, we have received a birth certificate from the government records office for William Sinnott. It shows he was born three miles from Enniscorthy in Brownswood. We asked the records office to search for William Sinnott for 1864 and 1865 and they found three. We were able to eliminate two of them because they didn't live near Enniscorthy. So now we have his baptism record (from Hugo) and his birth certificate. We also have a record of his parents marriage in Oylegate (seven miles from Enniscorthy) from a previous search by the Wexford Genealogy Centre, which is now defunct, I have heard. It wasn't until we had found the baptism record that we were able to link the marriage record to the same family. Although this all sounds as though we think we have the correct William Sinnott, we are still perplexed that his army record and his death certificate both lead us to alternative birth dates: approximately two years and one year different respectively. Hugo suggests that in those times people didn't have anything to remind them of their birth date, especially if they couldn't write, and would often forget it. You may be interested to know that a book about County Wexford, written in 1866, has just been republished. It is called Notes and Glenings Relating to the County of Wexford by William Hickey. It is available online from Amazon and WHSmith for about 12 pounds. Perhaps you will find a reference to Michael Sinnott's parish, which I have not heard of, in there. I will update you on any new sources, if any, I find in Enniscorthy after my visit.


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