Thomas Synnot[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male - 1725


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  • Name Thomas Synnot 
    Gender Male 
    Name Thomas Sinnott 
    Will 10 Mar 1724  Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Died May 1725  [2, 4, 15, 16
    Probate 5 Jul 1726  [2, 8, 13, 14, 16
    _UID 221C5EBD15F0484BB9DF6A113ED9DF7771AA 
    Buried Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 15
    Address:
    St Michan's Church 
    Person ID I8222  Treefive
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2018 

    Father Timothy Sinnott, Esq.,   b. Abt 1649,   d. Abt 1700, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Family ID F2646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Cooke,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Synnot,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Richard Synnot,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Thomas Synnot,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2653  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • NOTE: other genealogies of the descendants of Col. David Synnot give an unbroken line from David to the Synnot family of Ballymoyer through to the Hart-Synnots:
      Col David Synnot (died 1649);
      his son Tobias (or Timothy), an infant when his father died;
      Tobias' son Thomas, Town Major of Dublin (died 1725);
      Thomas' son Richard, died 1725;
      Richard's son Mark, baptised 1698, died 1754;
      Mark's sons Mark (1740-1789) and Sir Walter (1742-1821)
      etc, etc.

      This timeline is improbable, as there is insufficient time for 4 generations between 1649 and 1698.

      Thomas's 1725 will names his children Richard, Thomas and Elizabeth, so there is no doubt that Thomas had a son named Richard. The will also names Thomas's stepchildren Robert Leeson and Sarah Paterson. Research has showed that the stepchildren's parents were William Leeson and Jane (nee Cooke).

      There is considerable evidence that the Richard Synnot who was the father of Mark and progenitor of the Ballymoyer line was a different person from the Richard named in Thomas's will. The abstract by Betham of the 1727 will (the will itself has not been found) of Richard, father of Mark, does not name any of the people in Thomas' will of 1725, and names only one sibling, Eleanor (Mrs Eleanor Watkins, son David Watkins) and a cousin, William Hobbs. There is no mention of a sister Elizabeth or brother Thomas. The abstract also names Richard's grandfather, Rev Humphrey. The Humphrey surname is inconsistent with the grandfather of Thomas's son Richard, whose mother's father was Robert Cooke.

      Thomas the Town Major and Richard, father of Mark, were both middle-upper class Protestants from Dublin, with connections to many of the same families, particularly Nugent of County Westmeath, but the link (if any) between Thomas and Richard is not clear.

      The Ballymoyer line is set out under Richard Synnot (died 1727).

      P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 11:
      'Thomas Synnot Esq. Town Major of the City of Dublin, & Captain in Lucas' Regt of Foot, 1711. Will dated 10 March 1724. Proved 5 July 1726. Died May 1725. Buried in St Michaels Dublin. He had a confirmation of arms 1711 .'
      Hore indicates that this branch i.e. Thomas and descendants is from Burke.
      The burial in St Michaels is probably an error - Mary Elizabeth Sinnott in "Annals of the Sinnott ... and Allied Families" (1905) says that he was buried in St Michans church, Dublin. This is more likely, as later generations of the Sinnotts were associated with St Michans for baptisms etc.

      The title Town Major is used in various Burke publications in the 19th century. Thomas was not the Mayor. There is a complete list of Mayors of Dublin in J. T. Gilbert A History of the City of Dublin (James Duffy, Dublin, 1861), Vol. 2, Appendix IX (A Catalogue of the Names of the Chief Magistrates of the City of Dublin under the different appellations of Provosts, Bailiffs, Mayors, and Sheriffs, from the second year of King Edward the Second, 1308, to 1816).

      The Dublin City Council, Libraries and Archive has entries for a Thomas Synnot:
      - In the Ancient Freemen of Dublin database, there is an entry for a Thomas Synnot, merchant, in 1694.
      - in the Heritage Database, there is a Thomas Synnot with a Merchant's Quay, Dublin address, sourced from Dublin City Pipe Water Accounts for 1705 and 1706. In 1705 he paid a fine of £1-0s-0d.

      His heraldry was ar. three swans in pale sa. ducally gorged or, on a canton gu. a sword in pale ppr. Crest - A swan issuant, wings expanded sa. ducally crowned or, vulned in the breast with an arrow gold, feathered ar. Motto - Sin not.

      Thomas was the eldest surviving son of Timothy (or Toby) Synnott of County Londonderry.

      M. E. Sinnott in "Annals of the Sinnott, Rogers ..." (1905) includes, as a child of Thomas, a daughter Elinor. She married a Mr Watkyns, and they had a son David Watkyns. There is no other known evidence of Elinor, and she is not included here as a descendant of Thomas.

      Thomas's will was dated 10 March 1724, and proved 5 July 1726.

      The will proves that Thomas had a daughter Elizabeth and sons Richard and Thomas living when he signed the will in 1624. It does not explain why he favoured Elizabeth over his sons, and he does not refer to either son as his heir. It also appears that Thomas or his wife had more than one marriage, as Thomas had stepchildren Robert Leeson and Sarah Paterson.

      Last will and testament of Thomas Sinnott of Dublin
       
      Source:
      Findmypast, "Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Wills & Administrations indexes 1595-1858," will, findmypast (www.findmypast.ie : accessed 1 August 2015), Will of Thomas Sinnott; Prerogative Court.
       
      Transcribed by Rex Sinnott 2 Aug 2015
      with the intent of preserving the spelling and grammar of the original document.
       
      SUMMARY: Thomas’s will, dated 10 March 1724, appoints his wife Jane as sole executrix with 3 “overseers” – Charles Hamilton, Walter Nugent and Robert Adair.  The estate is to be held in trust by Charles Hamilton.  It appears to comprise only his property in Cook Street, Dublin.  Thomas’s daughter Elizabeth and her descendants are to receive the use of the estate.  If this fails then Thomas’s son Richard takes,and if this fails then Thomas’s son Thomas takes.  If all these bequests fail, then Thomas’s stepson Robert Leeson and his stepdaughter Sarah Paterson share the estate.  In all cases, descendants (if there are any, and in a specific order of priority) also benefit.  If the final bequest fails, then the use of the estate goes to Thomas’s “right heirs”.
      However, if Elizabeth marries without the approval of her mother or two of the three overseers, she and her descendants receive no benefits under the will.  Instead, Thomas’s wife Jane receives a life interest in the estate, and
      "that neither my said son Richard nor the rest of the persons in remainder after his death shall have or be entitled to any benefit or advantage by or out of the premises until the Death of my said wife anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding."
      Minor bequests:  Elizabeth becomes entitles to the debt of 200 sterling owed to Thomas by Robert Leeson, the 3 overseers  each get a ring worth 20 shillings, and Jane gets all other personal items not otherwise disposed of under the will.
       
      Notes:
      1.     It is unusual for a daughter to get priority over her brothers.
      2.     Walter Nugent was the father-in-law of Mark Synnot, son of Richard Synnot.  This places him in the same generation as the children of Thomas Synnot (who made the 1724 will).  It would seem more likely that he was of Thomas’ generation.
      3. A Charles Hamilton of Dunboyne made a will on 16 May 1753, naming his only child James Hamilton, Esq. The will was proved 24 May 1753 i.e. Charles died 16-24 May. This may be the same Charles who was the trustee and one of the 'overseers' in Thomas Synnot's will.
       
      This is a transcription:

      In the Name of God Amen
      I Thomas Sinnott of the citty of Dublin Esq. being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory praised be God and not knowing howsoever it may please him to take me hence do make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say Imprimis I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God & hoping that his mercy and the meritts of Jesus Christ to obtain eternal life and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred in such manner as to my Executors hereafter named shall seem meet and as to such worldly substance as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give devise & bequest unto the same as follows viz. first it is my Will that all my just debts and funeral expences be paid with convenient speed after my decease  Item I give and devise all that my house messuage or tenement in Cook Street Dublin with the appurtenances thereunto belonging now in lease to the City of Dublin and the Reversion and reversions remainder and remainders Rents issues and Proffitts thereof and of every part thereof and all my Estate Interest Right and title in and to the same unto Charles Hamilton hereafter named and his heirs to have and to hold the same unto the said Charles Hamilton his heirs and assignes forever  To the severall uses Intents and purposes and upon the severale trusts and confidences hereinafter declared of and concerning the same that is to say To the use and behoof of my daughter Elizabeth Sinnott and her assignes for and during her naturale life without impeachment of wast and from and after the determination of that Estate in the lifetime of the said Elizabeth Sinnott to the use of the said Charles Hamilton and his heirs in trust to preserve the Contingent uses and Estates hereinafter limited from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as the case shall require but nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Elizabeth Sinnott and her assignes to receive and take the clear rents issues and proffitts of the premises to her and their own use during her naturall life and from and immediatly after her decease then to the use of the first son of the body of the said Elizabeth Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use of the second son of the body of the said Elizabeth Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such second son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use and behoof of the third fourth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Elizabeth Sinnott lawfully to be begotten severally and successively one after another in order and course as they and every of them shall be in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs males of the respective body and bodyes of such severall son and sons lawfully issuing the elder of such son and sons and the heirs males of his and their body and bodyes to be always preferred and to take before the younger of such son and sons and the heirs males of his and their body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of all and every the daughter and daughters of the said Elizabeth Sinnot lawfully to be begotten as tenants in common and not as joynt tenants and the heirs of their severall and respective body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use and behoof of my son Richard Sinnott and his assignes for & during his naturall life without impeachment of waste and from and after the determination of that Estate in the lifetime of the said Richard Sinnott to the use of the said Charles Hamilton and his heirs in trust to preserve the contingent uses and Estates herein after limitted from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as the case may require but nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Richard Sinnott and his assignes to receive and take the clear rents issues and proffitts of the premises to his and their own use during his naturall life and from and immediatly after his decease then to the use of the first son of the body of the said Richard Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use of the second son of the body of the said Richard Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such second son lawfully issuing & for default of such issue to the use and behoof of the third fourth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Richard Sinnott lawfully to be begotten severally and successively one after another in order and course as they & every of them shall be in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs males of the respective body and bodyes of such severall son and sons lawfully issuing the elder of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes to be always preferred and to take before the younger of such son and sons and the heirs males of his and their body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of all and every the daughter and daughters of the said Richard Sinnot lawfully to be begotten as tenants in common and not as joynt tenants and the heirs of their severall and respective body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use and behoof of my son Thomas Sinnott and his assignes for and during his naturall life without impeachment of waste and from and after the determination of that Estate in the lifetime of the said Thomas Sinnott to the use of the said Charles Hamilton and his heirs in trust to preserve the contingent uses and Estates herein after limitted from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as the case shall require but nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Thomas Sinnott and his assignes to receive and take the clear rents issues and proffitts of the premises to his and their own use during his naturall life and from and immediatly after his decease then to the uses and behoof of the first son of the body of the said Thomas Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use of the second son of the body of the said Thomas Sinnott lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such second son lawfully issuing & for default of such issue to the use of the third fourth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Thomas Sinnott lawfully to be begotten severally and successively one after another in order and course as they and every of them shall be in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs males of the respective body and bodyes of such severall son and sons lawfully issuing the elder of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes to be always preferred and take before the younger of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodys and for default of such issue to the use of all and every the daughter and daughters of the said Thomas Sinnott lawfully to be begotten as tenants in common and not as joynt tenants and the heirs of their severall and respective body and bodyes and for default of such issue as to one full moyety or halfe part of the premises to the use of my stepson Robert Leeson and his assignes for and during his naturall life without impeachment of waste and from and after the determination of that estate in the lifetime of the said Robert Leeson to the use of Charles Hamilton and his heirs in trust to preserve the contingent uses and Estates herein after limitted from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as the case shall require but nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Robert Leeson and his assignes to receive and take the clear rents issues and proffitts of the said moiety of the said premises to his and their own use during his naturall life and from and immediatly after his decease then to the use of the first son of the body of the said Robert Leeson lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use of the second son of the body of the said Robert Leeson lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such second son lawfully issuing & for default of such issue to the use of the third fourth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Robert Leeson lawfully to be begotten severally and successively one after another in order and course as they and every of them shall be in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs males of the respective body and bodyes of such severall son and sons lawfully issuing the elder of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes to be always preferred and take before the younger of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of all and every the daughter and daughters of the said Robt Leeson lawfully to be begotten as tenants in common (Tho Sinnott) and not as joynt Tennants and the heirs of their severall and respective body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of my own Right heirs forever and as to the other moiety or half part of the said premises to the use and behoof of my stepdaughter Sarah Paterson and her assignes for and during her natural life without impeachment of wast and from and immediately after the determination of that estate in the lifetime of the said Sarah Paterson to the use of Charles Hamilton and his heirs in trust to preserve the contingent uses and estates herein after limitted from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entryes and bring actions and make entries as the case shall require but nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Sarah Paterson and her assignes to receive and take the clear rents issues and proffitts of the said moyety of the said premises to his and their own use during her naturall life and from and immediatly after her decease then to the use of the first son of the body of the said Sarah Paterson lawfully to be begotten and the heirs male of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such issue to the use of the second son of the body of the said Sarah Paterson lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of such second son lawfully issuing & for default of such issue to the use of the third fourth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Sarah Paterson lawfully to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall bein seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs males of the respective body and bodyes of such severall son and sons lawfully issuing the elder of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes to be always preferred and to take before the younger of such son and sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of all and every the daughter and daughters of the body of the said Sarah Patterson lawfully to be begotten as tennants in common and not as joynt tennants and the heirs of their severall and respective body and bodyes and for default of such issue to the use of my own right heirs forever provided always nevertheless it is my mind and will that in case my daughter Elizabeth shall happen to marry without the consent or approbation of my said wife or the said Charles Hamilton and Walter Nugent and Robert Adair herein after mentioned or any two of them that then and from thenceforth the uses and Estates hereinbefore limitted to my said daughter and the heirs of her body shall cease and be determined and she and they shall be debarrd and excluded of all right and benefitt by virtue thereof in the same manner and as fully to all intents and purposes as if she were naturally dead without issue and the said Charles Hamilton and his heirs and assignes shall be and stand seized of the premises for and during the naturall life of my said wife Jane in trust and to the intent and purpose to permit and suffer her my said wife and her assignes during her naturall life to have and receive the rent issues and profits of the premises to her and their own proper use during her life that neither my said son Richard nor the rest of the persons in remainder after his death shall have or be entitled to any benefit or advantage by or out of the premises until the Death of my said wife anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding  Item I give and bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth Sinnott the sum of two hundred sterling due and oweing to me by the said Robert Leeson and all interests to be due thereon at my death  Item I give and bequeath a Ring of twenty shillings value to each of my overseers hereafter named  Item as to all the rest residue remainder of all and every my goods chattels and personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before disposed of I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof to my said wife Jane her Executors administrators and assignes Item I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Jane to be sole Executrix of this my will and my good friends the said Charles Hamilton of Dunboyne in the County of Meath Esq. Walter Nugent of Carpenterstown in the County of Westmeath Esq. and Robert Adair of the city of Dublin Esq. to be overseers thereof  Item and Lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other will and wills by me heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament  In Witness hereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty four  Tho Sinnott  Signed sealed and published by the above testator as his last Will and Testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request  and in his presence the words –(lawfully to be begotten)  being first interlined in the attached sheet  - Christo Pallas  John Adaire Joseph Rose
       Probatum and approbatum … [Probate, written in latin, follows – dated 5 Jul 1726]

      Thomas was buried in St. Michan's Church, Dublin. St. Michan's was built in the early 1700's. It is known for the bodies buried in St. Michan's being mummified and kept above ground, in a well-preserved state.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4823] BOK Synnott Pedigree (Philip H. Hore, unpublished, 1913), page 11.

    2. [S5382] BOK Hore MSS by Herbert F. Hore, Hore MSS., MSS 31; Manuscript; 1838; pages 468-469; Descendancy of Pierce Synnot of Ballytramon.

    3. [S5725] WIL findmypast Betham Genealogical Abstracts: wills, Charles Hamilton, will dated 16 May 1753, probate 24 May 1753.

    4. [S4042] TRE Family tree - WADDELL: Northern Ireland to Northern Ontario (owner ffreeband55) on ancestry.com accessed 19, 26 Jul, 21 Oct 2014, 11 Feb 2015.

    5. [S5758] Registry of Deeds, Dublin, 24; 260; 13732; 1714; Memorial of Deed of Mortgage; Benjamin Adaire to Thos Sinnot.

    6. [S5757] familysearch Register of Deeds, 14; 465; 6604; Deeds, etc., v. 14 1714-1715 ; 461308; 8081210; Memorial of deeds of grant, Thomas & Jane Sinnott to City of Dublin.

    7. [S5757] familysearch Register of Deeds, 28; 528; 18614; Deeds, etc., v. 28-29 1720-1721; 461318; 8081214; Memorial of Lease Rollston Humfrey to Thomas Sinnot 19 Jun 1721.

    8. [S4476] BOK137 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2, BOK137., page 1473.

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