Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wexford to Texas

A photo I took some years ago in a church cemetary at Ballygarrett in Wexford, Ireland shows this wonderful monument to the people of this small rural parish who left in their hundreds to settle in Texas.

The monument reads:

"From this parish of Ballygarrett in 1833 hundreds of people left to settle in Texas. They were led by a native son James Power. An empressario of the Mexican Goverment which gave Power and his colleaugue James Hewetson of County Kilkenny authority to colonise Refugio, Texas.

Among the emigrants were families with the names of Anderson, Bennett, Browne, Burke, Carroll, Crane, Davis, Fitzsimons, Hall, Holden, Keating, Kehoe, Lambert, Lawler, Malone, McGill, Morris, Murphy, O'Brien, O'Connor, O'Reilly, Power, Quinn, Quirke, Redmond, Reynolds, Roche, Ryan, Scott, Ainnott, Smith, Summers, Tobi and Toole.

They endured long sea voyagesm epidemics, hostile attacks and was to establish new homes in Refugio of the State of Texas.

May their memory be forever green.  

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