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Letter 1929.

Surnames: Kenny, Hickson (or Frances?), Donnelly & Phelan.

Letter in the Pat Purcell Papers.

April 1929.

Francis Hickson.
c/o Rev. James Donnelly.
St Agnes.
Borough of Brooklyn,
New York.

April 23rd 1929.

Dear Mr Purcell,

You name was given to me by Tom Phelan of Grana, St Mullins, now living in Queens, New York, he tells me that you might be able to assist me in making enquirys regarding John Kenny from Carlow who was transported from Ireland to Australia on the ship "Captain Bodington" in 1792 for stealing sheep. His brother James was also transported on the same day for the same crime. The Kenny brothers were natives of Coolmanack, Hackets Town in Carlow. Their Father was James Kenny, a blacksmith, he operated a forge for a landlord in the locality. I would be very interested in learning of any information you can provide on the Kenny family. I believe the brothers were sentenced to transportation following a trial held in Carlow in 1792. Perhaps the newspapers of the time may have a report of the trial. I hope there may still be family connections living in the Carlow area as we have some information that would be to their advantage.

I thank you for you time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Very sincerely yours,

Francis Hickson.

(Note added 2012. could be Frances?)

Source: Michael Purcell c.2012


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