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« on: Thursday 27 August 09 07:24 BST (UK) »
Doing some research for my husband's family name:  Gainsforth and all variations.
His American branch came from Wexford and I found a reference on the net to a Thomas Gainsforth who was piked to death along with 96 others on Wexford Bridge in the Rising of 1798.
Does anyone know anything about this? I wonder how reliable this info is. Are the names recorded somewhere?
(I got the info from an Ancestry Freepage).

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« Reply #1 on: Thursday 27 August 09 08:41 BST (UK) »
Two possible mentions that I can see

From Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wexford_Rebellion   the section is 'Final Phase'

'... taken about 90 suspected government loyalists to the Wexford Bridge..'  It then goes on to mention a summary trial and executions.

the second mention in rebellion notes of a bridge is at the battle of Vinegar Hill. again from Wikipedia :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vinegar_Hill  section is captioned 'Attack on Enniscorthy'

This bridge was between the primary battle at Vinegar Hill and the town of Enniscorthy and was the location of fierce fighting.

I'm sure there are more details on the web and in books on the 1798 Rebellion.

There is a list of of people claiming losses of property, & livestock - but I dont believe any casualties are included in that. There may could of course  be other sources out there somewhere..

I'll have a quick look in the books I have on this subject and let you know of any further details.


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Re: piked to death
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 27 August 09 09:14 BST (UK) »
Hellow,you can find a large amount of information on the rebellion at the National Library of Ireland,Dublin,they have in the region of 400 book on the subject,one that may be of use to your search is a book by P.A.Donohue
1798 Rebellion Brave Rebels All:Wexford,Wicklow,Carlow,Kildare: the call number is IR94107D13.
 good luck,Diarmuid.
Crowe,Carlow,Ireland
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« Reply #4 on: Thursday 27 August 09 15:55 BST (UK) »
Found him!

Listed as Thomas Ganford, Page 357.

http://www.rootschat.com/links/06z6/

Sorry about the long link.

Dara.

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Added: Thank you aghadowey, I hadn't noticed that before.

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« Reply #5 on: Thursday 27 August 09 16:05 BST (UK) »
that's a great find! well done





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« Reply #6 on: Thursday 27 August 09 16:58 BST (UK) »
A little bit more here though the person mentioned has a different name.
There are some sources at the end of the article.
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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 27 August 09 18:50 BST (UK) »
Wow! It's taken me half an hour just to GLANCE at what you all came up with. It still has to be studied. Many thanks to you all, but especially to Oaks and Acorns who came up with a name. Did you notice that it appears again further down as father, son and nephew?
It's a whole new field of study. Don't know if I'll be able to link it all in.
Going backwards I've got Thomas Gainsforth born Wexford 1832 (died Nebraska, this is our family), son of Richard Gainsforth and Sarah Daily - this is taken from LDS IGI.
Looks like the name Richard was repeated. But the surname is not common so maybe I'm in with a chance!
Once again,  a thousand thanks.

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« Reply #8 on: Friday 28 August 09 01:12 BST (UK) »
Thank you nbrome. Your message prompted me to go search for a list of participants and casualties/victims of the 1798 Rebellion. I have been half-heartedly searching for a few years and today I just got lucky.

Happy days.

Dara.