Garrett BYRNE and Elizabeth PIERCE
County Wicklow, Ireland to Ontario, Canada and New York State, USA, in 1848
October 10, 2009:
We've had an enquiry from a descendant of Garrett Byrne and Elizabeth Pearce who settled in Rossie, Upper New York State.
Thanks to Anne Burgess for her reply, as follows:
I've attached below, a copy of the Fitzwilliam estate's emigration record (from the CD) for your Garret Byrne, and it will
give you the ship's name and date of arrival in Quebec City.
I'll have a look to see if I have the 1839 Fitzwilliam rentals record for the family.
... Anne Burgess
Fitzwilliam Tenants - Family Group
ID: 91 Parish Derrylossary
Year Listed: 1848
Reference No. 33
Garret 70, Betty 55, William 30, Michael 28, Thomas 26, James 24, John 22, Peggy 20,
Ship Jessie As spelt in the Emigration
Departure New Ross. May 17th Ballinacorbeg/Rosbawn
Arrival Quebec Official
Other Information Holding
Thomas, 26 does not appear on the NLI Pos.
934 list. Cabin and 1.5 acres from Mrs Morton.
Source: Companion CD to the book Surplus People by Jim Rees
Hi again, Penny:
Attached is a page of the 1839 Fitzwilliam rentals records for Rosbawn / Ballincorbeg (not shown here ... Al).
There were Byrnes there in 1839, but none called Garret; however, there was a Pearce family there, no doubt the
family of Garret's wife since the names Michael and Eleanor / Ellen appear in both families.
Here's a translation of the Pearce entry:
- Mary Pearce, a head tenant who lives elsewhere
- Michael Pearce age 40, wife age 30, 3 sons; he has leased 10 acres of land (from Mary Pearce)
Under him is
- Eleanor Pearce age 45, 3 sons and 2 dtrs; she has 1 acre of land
You will have seen on the emigration sheet that Garret Byrne had 1.5 acres leased from a Mrs. Morton in 1848.
Attached is the page with Henry Morton's holdings (Mrs. Morton likely was his widow), and there's what looks
like a James Byrne of the right age as a tenant of Henry Morton, but just now I enlarged that part of the page,
and I think it says Garret! He's 60, wife 50, 2 sons and 2 dtrs; has leased one acre of land, and he's
I would guess that your Garret Byrne came down the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to either Brockville or
Kingston, both towns having many Fitzwilliam emigres as settlers. He would then have decided to cross the river
to settle in New York, USA.
Hope this is helpful... Anne
January 2, 2015:
My name is Michael Pierce. I just came across your blog today.
Garrett Byrne did end up in Rossie, New York state across the river from Brockville, however, he changed the spelling
of his name to Burns.
His descendent, Karl R Burn was very prominent in Watertown, New York. In fact, he was Mayor during the 70ís and 80ís.
He was a democrat. His family still live in the area.
Garrett Byrne and Elizabeth Pierce emigrated from Tinahely, County Wicklow in early 1800's. They first landed in Brockville
and crossed the St. Lawrence River into upper New York State. Elizabethís father Thomas Pierce followed her in mid
1800ís but he stayed in Brockville.
Hope this is helpful.
Michael P. Pierce
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