Philip Hayes & Bridget Brennan / Patrick Sullivan & Anastasia Hayes

(*Philip Hayes – Anastasia Hayes – Catherine Sullivan – Jeremiah Walden McGillivray)

Philip HAYES* was born c. 1790 in the Parish of Kilmalock, County Wexford (formerly part of the Roman Catholic parish of Crossabeg). According to Samuel Lewis’ 1849 A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Kilmalock (or Kilmalog) was a parish “in the union of Enniscorthy, barony of Ballaghkeen, county of Wexford, province of Leinster…In the Roman Catholic divisions, the parish forms part of the liberty of Crossabeg.” (p. 173)

There was a Philip Hays baptised 2 Aug 1786 in the Diocese of Ferns (another name for Crossabeg), the son of Patrick HAYES and Catherine SINNOT, which could be a match (from the Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms via the National Library of Ireland). Patrick and Catherine were married 13 Feb 1779 in the Diocese of Ferns. And there is a Philip Hayes listed in Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada, 1761-1853 as arriving in Newfoundland in 1813, which could also be a match.

Philip married Bridget BRENNAN* on 9 Dec 1813 at the Roman Catholic Basillica in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The witnesses were Daniel Mahany and Mary McDonald. Wileen Keough, in her work The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon, 1750-1860, briefly references the couple:

“Philip Hays from Kilmaback, Wexford, married Bridget Brennan, first-generation Irish Newfoundland daughter of James and Anstice Brennan of Cape Broyle, in 1813; the couple remained in Bridget’s home community.” (p. 20)

As Keough mentions, Bridget was the daughter of James BRENNAN*, who appears on the 1800 Census of Cap Broyle with Anstice* and three children: John (born c. 1789), Bridget (born c. 1793) and Catherine (born c. 1796). There is a James Brennan who appears on the “List of names of all Masters, Servants, and Dieters residing in the District of Ferryland for the Winter of 1799 & Spring 1800” as a “dieter” in the service of Richard DOWER. According to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, a dieter is “a) one who receives winter board and accommodation against the promise of cash or service in the next fishing season; b) one engaged in, in return for board, in the preparatory work of the fishing season.” (p. 140)

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