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Samuel JESSOP, Ireland to Toronto

Seeking identity of the PARENTS of Samuel JESSOP, born 4 October 1817 in Ireland. He attended school in Ireland and it is believed that he had ties in County Offaly, although this has not yet been proven. No information on his father’s given name has been confirmed. His mother’s name may have been Mary Wilde, although there have been no sources found to confirm this.

The only known sibling is his sister Isea JESSOP who married BRADSHAW.

Samuel immigrated to North America before 1843.

He married Hannah DODDS in 1843 and they had two children,
Elizabeth Mary JESSOP
Hannah JESSOP.

After his wife’s death he was remarried to Anne SEXSMITH in 1850 and they had seven children;
Caroline Melissa JESSOP
Susan Penrose JESSOP
Frances Anne Hazelin JESSOP
Walter George JESSOP
Margaret Ann JESSOP
Katherine JESSOP

Samuel lived in Cayuga, Haldimand County, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and then later in Dunnville, Monck, Ontario, Canada. He died 18 October 1905 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is buried in Prospect Cemetery in Toronto. There has been no record of his parents’ residence found nor any evidence that they immigrated.


Tuesday 4th December 2018, 07:14PM

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  • Dear LDMcShane:

    Thank you for your post to the Ireland Reaching Out message board.

    The only Samuel Jessop that I can find is this one:

    Samuel Stephen Jessop

    Date of Baptism:  17 January 1819

    Parents:  Phillip Jessop and Jane Jessop

    Church of Ireland

    Brigown Parish.

    This record is from Roots Ireland.  It also notes that Charles Hennessee, Curate was the celebrant and that the date, month and year of birth were inferred. 

    This Samuel had a sibling named Mary born 1812.  Her details are as follows:

    Date of Baptism:  24 June 1812

    Same Parents

    Church of Ireland

    Mallow Parish

    Priest was Rev. Nichs Wrixon. 

    It is also possible that the Irish Genealogy website with Church Records may have information as Counties Cork (part), Kerry, Dublin, Carlow are included and they include other denominations.  The website link is below:

    The Civil Records may include deaths of some of these family members if they remained in Ireland and died after 1864 when Civil Registration began. 

    You might consider creating an Ancestor Profile for this family as you have quite a bit of information after he emigrated.  You can create a profile under the XO Chronicles tab located at the top of this page.

    If you need further assistance or have any other questions, please let us know.

    Kind regards,


    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Wednesday 5th December 2018, 03:05PM
  • Hi LDMcShane  . . . 

    Further to the excellant work of Jane above . . . the query caught my attention . . with the surname Jessop  // Bradshaw

    Whereas those surnames are not common in Ireland generally . . they appears to be concentrated in County Laoise (Queens Co.)

    in the Town of Portlaoise ( a.k.a Maryborough c.1850 ) right up to this time . . . ( this is local knowledge . . as I am much closer to the Laoise / Offaly border than Jane ) . . . 


    I further searched an old Church of Ireland tax roll . . known as " Tithes Applotment " 1823 -1837 . . and found a Samuel Jessop listed in a Parish called 

    Croghan  in Co.Offaly  (see below)       - Offaly / Laoise counties are adjoined -   


    I then searched . . a later Tax roll a.k.a.. . " Griffiths Valuation " 1848 - 1864 . . . to see if the name Jessop would appear in those Counties   . . 

    but . . it does not appear to do so .  . . as property owners .  . .                           


    Adding to the search that Jane did . . I found . . . a Margaret Jessop . . registered in Mitchelstown. Co.Cork  (Griffiths Valuation) which is . . most likely . . 

    a relation of the Cork ...Jessop family  ( see below )


    My hunch is , , that you may find the Jessop emigration to Toronto . . . in a Book called

    Irish Migrants to Canada - a New Approach - by Bruce S. Elliott

    McGill University Press 1988 . . . . ISBN 0-7735-0703-5


    Good Luck with your search . . . Regards.  . . Eamonn

    Eamonn M. Horan

    Thursday 6th December 2018, 09:03PM

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