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07/02/2018 1:39 am
no-avatar offline robrogmail

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Skeffington Quinn, Antrim
I've been looking into a relative called Edward Skeffington Quinn, born c.1842-44. I have a copy of his birth certificate from 1870, which names his father, Patrick, as a gentleman. Places him as a sergeant in the 37th reg, and gives him a birth date of 1844.

All other sources from his military career in the 37th suggest he was born in 1842 in Antrim.

Would anyone have any advice or knowledge on how to look into his father Patrick?

There is an Edward Quinn, born to Patrick Quinn and Jane Reid in Antrim in 1842. They were married earlier that year.

If his father was also in the 37th reg, that would fit with their return from Nova Scotia.

Edward returns to Antrim in 1871 on secondment from the 37th, to the depot there. Before departing for India.

There is a Patrick Quinn in the 37th who spent a couple of years in Nova Scotia. Before also going out to Ceylon.

The birth of Edward would fit that time frame. There is also a record of death for a Jane Quinn in Dublin in 1843 (where the 37th were stationed).

I'm not a seasoned researcher in these things, but do these links seem a little circumstantial?

Does it follow that Edward would follow reg of his father? (at least one of Edwards sons joined his own reg after he was discharged in India)

What is meant by 'gentleman', as listed in his wedding certificate? Is it strange that he only has rank of sergeant? Would 'gentleman', mean something more like 'gentlemen farmer'?

The name Skeffington seems to have been significant as it passed down at least 3 more generations as a middle name. He also gave other middle names like Carden & Montagu to his children. Are these likely to be military names?

Any help or advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated!

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