Catherine Sinnott[1, 2]

Female Abt 1807 - 1848  (~ 41 years)

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  • Name Catherine Sinnott 
    Born Abt 1807  Carne, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID E5229BA729D74108836F2EB67CFDCFBA6A40 
    Died 1848  West Derby, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I70  Treefive
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2017 

    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

  • Notes 

    • Catherine's birth is not in the Lady's Island church register.
      She entered a convent in Salford, England and became a nun.  In a letter from Catherine to Fr Patrick Sinnott (her brother Michael, also known as Dom Placid) from Salford Convent, 11 Jul 1839 she had a request:
      "I shall be much obliged to you if you will send me sixpence as my pocket money is all gone in purchasing mourning.  I had some trouble before I could get dear Mother Frances' permission to ask you to send me sixpence."
      A letter from Michael Sinnott to his brother Robert dated 31 July 1840 noted that he had received 2 letters from Catherine.  In the first, she said that her health was much better.  In the second, she transcribed a letter from William and also noted:
      “I wish William would tell us a little more about John and how our dear friends are in Carne & Wexford.
      It is just prayer time & I must conclude.  I might say more but have not time.  Mr & Mrs Hart desire kind remembrance, & little William and Robert best love.  Please to give my most grateful remembrance to dear Revd. Mother and to all the dear nuns, novices postulants and Mrs [Shorny].  Please, dearest brother, to pray for your most affectionate sister, Catherine Sinnott.”
      Michael noted, in relation to Catherine:
      “Dear Robert, you will perceive that William & Catherine have not forgotten the pleasing events of their youth, but with them as with others, the remembrance of the days that are past, like the thrilling sounds of solemn, sacred, harmonious musick, brings pleasure and mourning to the soul.
      I think her native air and the gentle sea breezes of Carne would be of service to Catherine, but she is very comfortable and happy where she is, and there is no probability whatever of her wishing to go to Ireland at present at least. Half a year ago I recommended home to her very strongly, hoping that her health might thereby be improved, & in order that she might teach the little ones the way to happiness & to heaven, but the scenes of home are so different from those to which she has been accustomed for the last 4 or 5 years, she would then be so far from chapel, she would be so far distant from a Convent, or at least from the prospect of being a nun, and in consequence of some other additional reasons, which it is unnecessary to mention, she preferred stopping in England. I fear her health will never be sufficiently strong to enter the religious state which she so much desires to do.   However, she may live for many years; at all wants there is not at present any sign of serious danger.”

      It is not known how long Catherine remained at Salford, or when she died.

      Mother Damian of the Poor Clare Colette community at the Ty Mam Duw monastery wrote to Rex Sinnott on 8 May 2017 sending a transcription, by the Federal Abbess of the Poor Clares, of entries in the Levenshulme Profession Book relating to nuns by the name of Sinnott. There was a record of Catherine's niece Eliza (clothed 13 Nov 1873, professed 21 Nov 1874, died 10 May 1876) but no record of Catherine. This may indicate that Catherine and Eliza served at different locations.

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

    2. [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.