Small Sources 1:   This was our very first “Small Sources”, originally posted on our Flyleaf Press web-page in 2013, but now being repeated on  this page. This list includes those mentioned in the farm accounts of the Wingfield Estate in the Civil Parish of Kilpipe, near Gorey Co. Wexford in 1856-57.  They include day-labourers, suppliers and a few customers for farm produce. The original manuscript is in the National Library of Ireland Ms 19,004. The item supplied or purchased is also noted as this may be useful. For instance, Robert Leggett supplied the farm with ‘ointment to cure a cow‘, salt and oatmeal which suggests he was a local retailer.  Labourers and small tradesmen are particularly difficult individuals to find in the records so hopefully this list may be useful to someone. If you can make a connection, please let us know. Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to  conduct further research on these individuals or obtain copies. Click here and quote “Wexford SS1” in the subject line.

Wex Labourer payments Symes Estate, Wingfield 1857-9

An extract from the record showing the list of workers and payment due to each

Robert Leggett (ointment to cure a cow, salt, oatmeal )

Chris? O’Neill (bread for kitchen, sugar)
James Nolan (Lime)
John Farrell (Potato basket)
Thomas O’Neill (‘square of glass’)

James Dunn (‘for bottoming 2 cans‘)                                 possibly a local tinsmith
Michael Quigley  (for ‘bottoming 2 cream tubs‘)              possibly a local cooper

Pat Byrne
William Kealey
Patk. Kenney
John Byrne
William Byrne
Ellen Carroll
Ann Byrne
Kate Kiltey
Thomas Kiltey
Eliza Byrne
John Ryan
Thomas Byrne jun.
Thomas Byrne sen.

Buyers of farm produce:
Thomas Griffin – ‘4 cocks of hay’
James Boland – turnips
Nath Pierce  – grass (i.e. probably allowing him to graze a cow)
Peter Ward – hay

Other articles in our series on Irish Family Sources:

Written by Jim Ryan
Dr Jim Ryan is a writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past 35 years. His books include: Irish Records- sources of family and local history; Tracing your Dublin Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2009); Irish Church Records (Flyleaf 2001); Sources for Irish Family History (Flyleaf 2001), and Tracing your Sligo Ancestors (Flyleaf 2012). He writes blogs and articles for Ancestor Network and Irish Roots, and previously for In-Depth Genealogist, and Irish America. He has lectured extensively to genealogy conference and societies.