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Subject: Re: [GOSNELL] Gosnells from Bathurst,New Brunswick
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 00:27:50 -0000

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I've got quite a bit of information on Thomas Gosnell and Mary Wolfe. Trouble is, years of research has led to conflicting information on who their parents were. The most complete research I'm aware of was done by Dan Carney and Mae Barrett. I have a copy of Dan's manuscript, and he is unsure of lineage before the parents of Thomas Gosnell. It seems pretty much accepted that the father of Thomas was a John or Joseph Gosnell who had a wife named Sarah. Beyond that, there are no records that I'm aware of that could prove for sure who was the father of this John/Joseph Gosnell.

Here is what Dan Carney had to say about Thomas Gosnell (I've inserted a few notes at the end);

"Thomas Gosnell was born in County Cork about 1770 and is said to have been an orphan. Although years of research have failed to uncover the name of Thomas' father, a great deal of information has been discovered about the prolific Gosnell stock from which he came and it has been possible to ascertain with almost complete certainty his general line of descent. albeit with many unfilled gaps from English ancestry dating early in the medieval period.

Thomas married Mary Wolfe in 1803 and through the years had the following 9 children: John Gosnell b.1803; Johannah Gosnell b.circa1805; Sarah Gosnell b.1807; Mary Gosnell b.circa1809; Ann Gosnell b. unknown; Ellen Gosnell b.circa1815; Thomas Gosnell b.16 Feb 1820; Joseph Gosnell b.circa 1822; Frances Gosnell b.circa1824.

Thomas Gosnell was a sailor in his youth, he later built and owned a sloop with which he made his living hauling freight around Sherkin Island and the mainland of County Cork. In 1810, this sloop was wrecked and as a consequence, he may have given up his life on the sea. At one period in his life, he lived on Cape Clear island, and another period he resided at Bantry, and later he rented a farm on Sherkin Island from the Earl of Bantry. When the lease expired in 1830, he and his family moved to the town of Ballydehob (about 10 miles west of Skibbereen).

In view of the fact that this Thomas Gosnell was the only member of the family in the Skibbereen-Ballydehob area said to have been a sea-faring man, the following maritime related items appearing in the HIBERIAN CHRONICLE dated October 1784 are cited here because a Gosnell name is involved.. (the first name of the Gosnell involved in the articles is unknown and the date of the events described is probably too early to have pertained to this Thomas Gosnell who would have been about 14 years old at the time).

Item 1:- "To be sold by Public Cant Wed 15 Oct 1784 at the store of the Rev. Achdeacon Tisdal, Mr Garrett Bary at Creagh and at ODriscolls near Baltimore, part of the materials of the brig JOHN & MARGARET. 'Michael Leonard master from Bordeau for Limerick & lately destroyed in Baltimore Harbour consisting of some sails & pieces of calbe, one anchor & small brass dated 4 Oct 1784'.

Item 2:- "In Oct 1784 a notice appeared from merchants of Limerick who claimed the brig JOHN & MARGARET had been plundered while slightly aground on a rock off Sherkin Island in Baltimore Harbour, by 3 men David Cadogan, Wm Browne ----- Gosnell. Reward offered for the 3 men".

In 1832, Thomas (age about 60 years), his wife Mary (Wolfe) Gosnell and their youngest children sailed from County Cork and settled in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Also in 1832, Thomas's brother 'James Joseph Gosnell', his wife Mary (Webb) Gosnell and some of their family also immigrated to Canada and spent the season at York (Toronto) before moving to Orford Township in Kent Co.. It was Mae Barrett's assumption that they may have visited with another brother 'Joseph Gosnell' and family at Quebec City who immigrated to Canada circa 1816 and with one of Joseph's sons 'George and wife Mary (Woulfe) Gosnell, who came to Quebec City with his parents at the age of 11 and after his marriage moved to Pickering Ontario. In later years, descendants from both (Quebec) Joseph and and his son (Pickering) George Gosnell moved to Orford township in Kent County.

The following list of vessels which sailed to Canada from Cork in 1832 is given here in the possibility that one of them it may include the emigrant ship on which the Thomas Gosnell family (New Brunswick) and James Joseph Gosnell and Mary Webb Gosnell (Orford Ontario) emigrated to Canada.

Apr 12 1832 - Barque PALLAS, 43 days - Cork
Apr 26 1832 - Brig WELLINGTON 26 days - Cork
Apr 26 1831 - Brig SUSAN - Cork
Jun 7 1832 - Brig JANE - Cork
Aug 23 1832 - Barque MINSTREL 62 days - Cork

A cousin of Thomas Gosnell's (Miss Mary Gosnell of East Bathurst New Brunswick) writes that her family had a Bible which Thomas's son Tom won as a prize in Sunday School. It bore the signature of Rev Richard Webb of Ballydehob. (Rev Webb has been identified as having been an Anglican clergyman who ministered in that general vicinity at about the time in question.

Note:- Dan Carney (the compiler of this Gosnell history) is of the opinion that this Thomas Gosnell might be the grandson of William Gosnell mentioned in DEEDS of 1730 and (estimating William's date of birth circa 1680's). In this connection, it should be noted that Ballyghadown is immediately adjacent (on the east) to the townland of Caheragh and only two miles SE of Ballaghadown is Inchinagotagh, an early holding of one branch of the Ballydehob group of Gosnells."

Hope this helps. Email me if I can be of further help.

Jeff Gosnell

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