Edmund Sinnott[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male Abt 1805 - Bef 1894  (~ 88 years)

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  • Name Edmund Sinnott 
    Nickname Edmundo 
    Born Abt 1805  Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    _UID 1E1A22DC8C98430C95938EE4427FC612DC28 
    Died Bef 1894  Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1108  Treefive
    Last Modified 13 Jul 2016 

    Father Michael Sinnot,   b. 1761, Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1832  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Mary Murphy,   b. 1782, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1832  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 30 Jul 1795  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F766  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hele [Unknown],   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1850 
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F3689  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabete Herlles,   b. Abt 1825,   d. 18 Jul 1894, Monte Bonito, Pelotas, Brazil Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
     1. Miguel Sinnott,   b. 1852, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Annibal Sinnott,   b. 1857,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. André Sinnott,   b. Abt 1860,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Edmund’s birth year is estimated on the assumption that Edmund would have been about 17 in 1832, when Fr Patrick Sinnott (Dom Placid) wrote to his brother Robert about Edmund becoming a priest (see below). The Lady's Island baptism register has no entries 1815-1825.
      This is consistent with an entry in a list provided to Adelia Yates bout 2015 by Leandro Betemps, a researcher in Pelotas, who wrote an historical thesis about the French colony in that city:
      "Edmundo (Edward) *1815 + antes de 1894 Pelotas" (* meaning born, + meaning died)
      However, in a “List of settlers sent to our state of Rio Grande do Sul by João Francisco Froes under the auspices of Mr. Chief of Brigade John Pascoe Greenfeld and destined to the new colony formed in that state by the Associação Pelotense de Colonização” the names of John and Edmund Sinnott appear - at ages of 30 (John) and 45 (Edmund).  The settlers arrived about 1850.

      An article in the Wexford People newspaper on 13 Oct 1978, quoting an old letter, states:
      “Fr Sinnott [Michael - Dom Placid] seemed to be most anxious that Richard's [Robert’s] son Edmund would also become a priest [Dom Placid was probably meaning Robert's younger brother Edmund].  In one letter written in 1832, from Ampleforth College, he [Dom Placid] states: "I wish Edmund to begin the Latin grammar immediately.  I may perhaps send for him before Christmas, to come to Ampleforth College.  You [Robert] will be able to pay 10 pounds a year for four years.  I will endeavour to find a charitable person to pay 15 pounds a years for the same length of time.  I hope that in Edmund neither avocation to the religions and ecclesiastical life, nor the power nor the will to succeed will be found wanting."
      The letter continues: "As there will be no one in Nethertown to teach him, John Murphy having left, he had better take a walk down to Churchtown every night or evening.  Mr Fortune will not, I am sure, have any objection to teaching him for a short time."
      The article names Edmund as a son of Robert (Fr Sinnott's brother) but is more likely to be Robert's younger brother Edmund. Edmund the son was born either 1831 (death cert) or 1841 (Lady's Island register).  The 1832 date of the letter is consistent with Fr Sinnott's known location at Ampleforth then. 
      Edmund is mentioned in a letter from his brother William received by their sister Catherine on 25 July 1840, and quoted by Catherine in her letter to their brother Michael.  William had gone to Edward with a picture the evening he received Catherine’s letters (5 Jul 1840).  Edmund was delighted with it and happy to hear that Catherine’s health was returning.  It is possible that Catherine had sent the picture to William.
      Michael forwarded this news to Robert in his letter of 31 July 1840, and also noted that he had received a letter from Edmund on 29 July, saying that William had sailed that morning for Jamaica and that he expected to be in Liverpool again in the course of 6 or 7 months.  This indicates that Edmund was writing from Liverpool.
      William wrote to his brother Robert on 14 June 1849, enclosing five pounds for Edmund.  The letter was about emigration from Ireland to Argentina, so the payment may have related to Edmund’s intention to emigrate.

      Edmund was issued a passport at Liverpool by Brazilian Consul General on 15 Feb 1850 - also named on the document were Peter Connor, Anastasia Connor, Andrew Kelly and Elizabeth Kelly (but the writing is difficult to read). Edmund was 45 years old, 68 inches (1.72m) tall, had blue eyes, a regular nose and an oval face with a thick beard.

      Edmund Sinnot is named as one of the first settlers in colônia Dom Pedro II in a document dated 23 Feb 1850 which is in the  Instituto Histórico do Rio Grande do Sul.  The document is a report by the surveyor that measured the settlers' land parcels. Edmund is one of the 35 first settlers. His "dacta" (land parcel) was number 5. Also noted on the document are:
      Nicholas Murphy - dacta no. 3;
      Hugh Pierce - dacta no. 7;
      Diogo Main - dacta no. 47;
      and 4 with birth names cut off: Kerwin, Myler, Rogers, Parle.
      This information and photo of the document was provided by Adelia Yates in Sep 2015.

      Adelia had earlier advised that, in 1852, Edmund arrived at Monte Bonito Colony in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.  He arrived on the ship "Irene", but it was probably not an ocean-going ship, more likely it travelled from Rio de Janiero.  Nothing is known of his time at the colony, and it may be doubtful if he was there, in light of the evidence of his settling at Dom Pedro II.

      He later married Elizabete and there are now many Sinnott descendants in Brazil. Edmund was known as Edmundo in Brazil.

      There is an old dam at Monte Bonito, known as the Sinnott dam. It is owned by Serviço Autônomo de Saneamento de Pelotas (SANEP), a provider of drinking water to the public.

      A researcher in Pelotas, Brazil has found more details about an Edmund Sinnott. He is said to have married Helen in Ireland, then the couple emigrated to Brazil. His 2nd marriage was in Brazil, to Elisabete Herlles, and they had 3 sons:
      Anibal born 1857, married Helena Meyler;
      Miguel born 1852 married Ana Anicetti; and

      In a collection of Edmund's letters held by a descendant in Brazil is a form letter dated 8 Apr 1854 concerning the Wexford New Catholic Churches - the Immaculate Conception and St John the Baptist at Rowe Street, and the Assumption, St Michael, St Patrick and St Bridget at King Street. In the letter, James Roche P.P. quotes a Papal benediction and asks for donations towards the two new Parochial churches of Wexford.

      Edmund received a letter dated 15 Nov 1872 from James Roche P.P. regarding subscribers in Monte Bonito to Wexford churches

      Edmund subscribed to the Roman Catholic magazine "The Weekly Register" (Jul-Dec 1885, receipt 16 Oct 1886) based in London. The subscription receipt was for £1 12 6d, so probably included the cost of postage to Brazil for the 26 weekly editions (cost 6s 6d at 3d each).

      Edmund and his wife Elisabete both died before 1894.

      In a letter dated 31 July 1840 from Michael Sinnott to his brother Robert, Edmund is mentioned as having a letter received by Michael on 30 July, 1840. William went with a picture to Edmund on 5 July; Edmund was very happy with it (this presumably took place in Liverpool while William was in port). Michael says that the contents of letters from Robert and Edmund make up the deficiencies of William's as regards news of Ireland.

      Edmund (son of Michael Sinnot and Mary Murphy) is assumed to be the same person as Edmundo Sinnott of Brazil (married Elizabete), on a chart provided by Roberto de Castro Sinnott to Rex Sinnott in October 2011. All of the information on Edmund's descendants is from Roberto.

  • Sources 
    1. [S815] TRE066 Family tree Sinnott, Edmundo and Elizabete (Roberto de Castro Sinnott), TRE066.

    2. [S816] TRE067 Family tree Sinnott, Edmundo and Elizabete (Roberto de Castro Sinnott), Note that Edmundo Sinnott on the chart has been assumed to be the same person as Edmund Sinnott, son of Michael Sinnot a.

    3. [S342] SIN004 Letter Sinnott, Michael to Sinnott, Robert (31 Jul 1840), SIN004.

    4. [S338] SIN001 Letter Sinnott, William to Sinnott, Robert (14 Jun 1849), SIN001.

    5. [S4562] TRE161 Family tree Descendants of Edmund Sinnott b. 1805, TRE161., Descendants of Edmund Sinnott b. 1805; 2015.