While (or whilst…as my wife who studied in England would say) hacking my way through the digital jungle we’ve discovered a little tidbit.
Seems there is a little info out there about a family dead end. My Mom’s family name is Senate. It was changed from Sennett after the Civil War, supposedly by a sergeant who phonetically spelled it on my Great Grandfather’s mustering out papers. It is also assumed that Sennett is derived from Sinnott the original Irish spelling. It is also surmised that the Sinnott clan descended from Sir Walter Sinnott who defended the County of Wexford, Ireland from Cromwell in the English takeover in 1650.
As a side note, this is Cromwell, how could this guy be the leader of
“The Roundheads” looking like the lead guitarist of Iron Butterfly?
Unfortunately old Walt picked the wrong side and as the real genealogists write “Cromwell’s soldiers absolutely destroyed the public records of the Sinnotts and in a large measure, the private records. There was no registration of births, marriages or deaths etc. until quite a recent time “
Now I know how bona fide genealogists are doing spit takes and are spinning on their heads about the leaps of faith here.
This does lead us to a totally stumbled upon item from Google Books (I think I’m starting to love Google). Seems a barber in Maine wrote a book in 1906 about all the conversations he had with customers. In it is a tale told by one Captain William Sennett, an officially registered ancestor in our family. In the story he mentioned places that fit with the scrawny family tree we have and…voila’! Not just a better timeline…but…a story about fighting pirates off one of the Malay Islands near Manila!
Holy goldmine, Batman!
I rushed off to Google maps and confirmed the locations in the story and it shed new light on this murky part of our heritage.