Elizabeth Sinnot[1]

Female 1848 - 1876  (28 years)


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  • Name Elizabeth Sinnot 
    Nickname Eliza 
    Born 1848  Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Address:
    Bunarge 
    Christened 29 Jul 1848  Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Buried 1876  Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Convent cemetery, Poor Clares community, Alma Park convent 
    Died 10 May 1876  Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Cause: of consumption 
    Address:
    Poor Clares community, Alma Park convent 
    Burial 1978  Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Wardley (St Mary's) Cemetery 
    _UID D55E1A51C51D4895B3C38B37250E67FC2BAD 
    Person ID I3737  Treefive
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2017 

    Father Robert Sinnott,   b. Abt 1798, Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1884, Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Mother Mary Meyler,   b. Abt May 1809, Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1830  County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F792  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • She was always known as Eliza.
       
      In the census of England on 2 April 1871, Eliza, her brother William and sister Mary were recorded as visitors at Broad Street Catholic Chapel House in Chipping Sodbury, the residence of her uncle Michael (Dom Placid).  Michael was also there.
       
      Shortly after this visit, on 11 May 1871, Michael wrote to Eliza from Bunarge.  The letter starts:
      “Dear Eliza
      I am quite delighted to hear that you have crossed the barriers and got inside the inclosure, so that now you are quite shut out from the world, as you have got within the high walls.  I suppose that you will soon put on the religious habit and be called Sister Mary Francis, a beautiful name which will remind you that you must try to become a good nun,destined in due time to become a beautiful star, shining in heaven so bright as to eclipse every earthly light.  But before you can get to heaven, you must expect many trials.  Life is a warfare.   Even monks and nuns must sail across many a stormy sea before they can reach the harbour of eternal rest.  We must all fight and conquer, before we can be crowned.”
      The letter does not give Eliza’s address.

      There is also a probable reference to Eliza in The Free Press, Wexford, 26 April 1941. Elizabeth Mary, niece of Eliza, became Sister Mary Placid and was elected Abbess of the Benedictine community, Kylemore, Co. Galway, in April, 1941, following the death of Lady Maura Ostyn, the Mother Prioress. The article also notes that Mary Placid's aunt, Sister M. Francis Gertrude, was a member of the Order of the Poor Clares at Alma Park Convent, Manchester.
      Sister M. Francis Gertrude was probably Eliza Sinnott – she is named as Mary Francis on the memorial to Sinnott siblings at Churchtown cemetery, Carne. And there are no other aunts of Elizabeth Mary Druhan who fit the bill.
      Also, Michael Sinnott (religious name Dom Placid, uncle of Eliza and brother of Catherine) was a Benedictine monk at Downside Abbey. Eliza was with him in the 1871 census. Dom Placid wrote to Eliza on 11 May 1871 from Bonarge, Churchtown, Carne, Wexford. He noted that Eliza was about to put on the religious habit and be called Sister Mary Francis. Dom Placid can be relied on to have the correct religious name for Eliza.
       
      Mother Damian of the Poor Clare Colette community at Ty Mam Duw monastery wrote to Rex Sinnott on 8 May 2017, after some earlier correspondence regarding the Sinnott nuns, Catherine and Eliza:
      'Greetings in the Lord, the Federal Abbess of the Poor Clare's have found the following information but nothing else. I hope this is of service to you. Every blessing Mother Damian
      Catherine & Elizabeth Sinnott
      Levenshume profession Book
      Elizabeth Sinnott aged 26
      native of Carlow, Ireland
      clothed Nov. 13th 1873
      professed nov. 21st 1874
      Sr. Mary Francis Gertrude
      Died (of consumption)
      10th May 1876 buried in
      convent cemetery - re-intered
      Wardley Cemetery Manchester
      1978.
      Religious name very plain on plinth of central cross.
      Sorry nothing about Catherine
      '

      This information indicates that Eliza entered the Poor Clares community at Alma Park convent about 1873, Levenshulme, Manchester but she had a short religious life and died of cancer in 1876 after only a few years of service. She was buried at the cemetery at the alma park convent, and was re-buried at Wardley Cemetery (also known as St Mary's) in Manchester in 1978. Jim Lancaster advised Rex Sinnott in Feb 2017 that, from before 1960 until 1978, there was a Poor Clares (Colettines) House in Levenshulme, but it is not listed in the Catholic Directory after 1978 which suggests that it closed in that year.

      Gary Sinnott made a transcription while at Churchtown Cemetery in the 1990s: "Kate Sinnott of Bunarge who died 1878. also Eliza - Sister Nan [Mary] Francis who died 1876. Also William died 1878. Also John died 1880.  Brothers and sisters."  The exact wording is uncertain.  The headstone, at least as regards Eliza, John and William, is a memorial, rather than marking a burial, as Eliza was buried at Levenshulme where she served as a nun, John was buried with his Murphy in-laws, and William was last known in England in 1871.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5657] DTH833 Death and burial Sinnott, Eliza, DTH833., nuns Catherine and Eliza Sinnott; transcription of Levenshulme Profession Book by the Federal Abbess of the Poor Clares; 8 May 2017; Rex Sinnott.

    2. [S1625] BAC050 Lady's Island registers, BAC050.

    3. [S2729] BIR136 Sinnot, Elizabeth (Eliza), BIR136., about 1848.

    4. [S3095] BAP056 Baptism - Lady's Island baptism register extract, BAP056., 29 July 1848; Elizabeth Sinnot.

    5. [S5374] DTH Death Sinnett, Eliza.