Location: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
This is a research area of the Ireland Surname Study.
In the early 1960's, Judge Spencer Agassiz Gard (1898-1991) commissioned a significant research study by the Ulster-Scot Historical Society to investigate Ireland-surname families in County Antrim and surroundings living in the 1700s and 1800s - with a special focus on those connected with the copper and tinsmith trade. Although the intent of the study was to uncover information about his Ireland-surname line, much of the findings apply to other Ireland-surname lines in the area.
- Judge Gard's mother was Louisa Maria (Ireland) Gard (1869-1959)
- His great-grandfather Robert Ireland Jr (abt.1809-1863) was a coppersmith born in Belfast who emigrated to PA and OH.
- Robert Jr was apprenticed to an unnamed uncle to learn the coppersmith trade
- His second-great grandfather Robert Ireland Sr (abt.1765-abt.1848) is the earliest confirmed member of his line.
Judge Gard received their report on 9 May 1963. It would be very interesting to learn from his descendants if the Society provided any follow-on information to him.
Because so many Ulster records have been lost over the years, an in-depth research study like this may provide clues unavailable elsewhere. However, most branches of the family shared widely used given names, so it's difficult to know which of these might be the same person. With that caveat, here are a few items that stand out as of Jun 2022 (more to come):