John D. Barrette from Cork County, Ireland.

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My great-grandfather, [[Barrette-50|John Dunsworth Barrette]], is said by family lore to have come to New Orleans, LA in 1845 from Baltimore, Cork, Ireland. His son, my grandfather, said that the family came to Ireland from France with William the Conqueror. He always used the "e" on the end of his name, but I have found that the name "Barrett", without the "e" is fairly common in that part of Ireland. He was also a Protestant, which doesn't seem to be very common. Does anyone have any information that might help me?
WikiTree profile: John Dunsworth Barrette
in Genealogy Help by Henry Chadwick G2G6 Mach 4 (48.4k points)

Hello Henry,

If you think he migrated from ireland to America you could try searching passenger/ship manifest lists to check if he's listed there. The Irish Roots project here on WikiTree has links that will help you with resources also there is a sub project specifically for County Cork there as well

All the best


Thanks for promoting the County Cork sub-project ! Billy!

Sharon TroyCentanne aka Troy-204

4 Answers

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John D Barrette, What is his middle name, Do you have a birth date, Where did he

live in USA ,dates and where.Do you have immigration record,sometimes gives

that on his census record in USA.If i can get some info i will look in Cork Ireland.
One of the problems in Ireland Many records were destroyed by Irish Government,

because in WW1 there was a shortage of paper pulp.

Wayne R. Morgan 5487 Wiki Tree  Volunteer researcher for Wiki Tree
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (916k points)
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John Dunsworth Barrette, born April 8, 1825. Lived in Thibodaux, LA in 1860, Davenport, Iowa in 1870 and following censuses. I cannot find an immigration record, but presumably he arrived in New Orleans in 1845 or 1846. He married Margaret Maybanks (or Maebanks) in 1851 in New Orleans. He seems to have known her back in Ireland.
by Henry Chadwick G2G6 Mach 4 (48.4k points)
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It is likely your Protestant ancestors were landed gentry if their ancestors came over around 1178 with William de Burgho the Anglo- Norman conquerer of Ireland. So records of him are probably more available than those for the Catholics, who were poor and subject to Penal Laws in the 1700s.

Baltimore is near Skibbereen, and was sacked by the British in 1602 by the way.

by Sharon Centanne G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
This makes sense. It is frustrating that people who knew the answers were alive when my mother was alive and she never asked, or if she did she did not pass the answer on to me. There is a family story that John Barrette and Margaret Maybanks fell in love in Ireland and had to come to America to marry because of family disapproval. One can speculate that he was a younger son of a gentleman and she was of a different class, but that is pure speculation.

I have looked at the various Irish sources and cannot find any that match up. The same goes for the immigration records. If you drop the final "e" then there are too many possibilities.

I have never been to Baltimore, Ireland, but it looks like a lovely place on its web site, despite being sacked by the British.
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I have been looking for this information, too.  I find that there are resources particuarly meaning for Hugonauts in Cork, though I haven't followed all the clues, yet.  There is a graveyard for french protestants there, too, which may have clues I haven't followed.  Here is a link that might help:
by Barbara Parsons G2G Rookie (290 points)

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