1. Have you had contact with anybody researching a line of Wexford Codds that includes Francis Cod/d, Code or Coad born about 1816 or 1817 Primestown, in the civil parish of Tacumshin or Tacumshane, Co. Wexford, Ireland? I am hoping somebody can extend our knowldge of his family there.
Francis arrived at Hobart Town (Tasmania) in 1851 working as a guard for convicts, previously he had been working for the East India Company. The family name recorded variously, Codd in Ireland, later Code, by 20th century had usually morphed to Coad). Arriving with him were his wife Elizabeth Pearce or Pierce, and four children: Bridget (aged 5), John (aged 4), Ann (aged 2) and Thomas (said to have been born on the voyage out, probably correct). The baptisms of two children born in co. Wexford are recorded: John Codd, baptised 4 June 1844 (godparents James Codd and Margaret Pierce) and Anne Codd baptised 12 December 1848 (godparents Thomas and Mary Pierce). Six more children were born in Tasmania: James Code c.1854 Hobart; Elizabeth Coad 2 August 1855 Port Cygnet; Francis Code/Coad 13 July 1857 Port Cygnet; William born 5 June 1859 Port Cygnet; Mary (Margaret) born 21 June 1861; and Mary born 29 September 1863. Apart from the last two daughters, all married and had children. The pioneer Francis (senior) died in 1865 aged 49, his wife Elizabeth 1870 aged 42 or 44. My informants were my father and his siblings (now all deceased) and cousins, who just from recollection alone were able provide an astonishing amount of detail about the history and descendants of this family (much of which I or my second cousin David Coad of France have since validated through records, documents, monuments etc). David Coad (France) has constructed a detailed lineage and hsitory and uploaded this to the Rootsweb WorldConnectProject where you can link to it or make contact with him, view photographs etc.
3. Do you know the names of Francis Codd's parents or grandparents? While we have Wexford Codd names back to the 12th century and names of associated properties (some of which were forfieted), and these probably concern direct ancestors of Francis, we are not certain of the lineage before Francis. As he was Catholic,likely his forefathers were not of the line that became Protestant in the 17th c. Given that people moved around and sometimes changed their alliegances and religion, he could be from the early Codds of Castletown Carne Codds, Clougheast, Rathaspeck, Ballywitch, Ballyhire, Ballyunphane (Ballyfane), Garrylough, Balnaclash, Summertown, and also related to other families in Primestown, Churchlands, Ballytory etc etc.
4. Francis Codd might be related to James Codd who married Margaret Deveraux in 1854 (James was resident in Primetown, where five children were born, sponsors were Walls, Sinnits, Devereux, Meyler etc). Francis might also be related to another Francis Codd recorded in county Wexford etc. Do you know anything of these families?
5. Has anybody from these lines participated in DNA studies? If they have it may be worthwhile also approaching some of Francis Codd's direct male line descendants too (I think not all would be interested, some are happy just to know they descend from Francis). Could such a test indicate those families and ours have a common ancestor? I wonder whether it would reveal that unusual DNA sequence other Irish Codds tested had?
I am happy to share information and ideas on this and early Codds, but have to rush off now - meeting...in haste and hoping somebody has extra details on these Codds. Best wishes for success with your projects.