Hello Andrew. I am a PERSSE descendant and an avid genealogist with many thousands of names on my computer data base. You and I are 6th cousins, our ancestors in common being Robert PERSSE, of Roxborough, Co. Galway, and Eliza- beth PARSONS who were married in 1727. My line of descent is by way of Burton PERSSE of Moyode Castle, a younger brother of your forebear, Colonel William PERSSE.
In another message, you refer to the book in the Irish Narratives series "To the Land of the Free from this Island of Slaves" edited by James C. Pethica & James C. Roy. I own a copy of this extremely interesting book and, as you know, it is largely comprised of letters written, 1821-32, by your 3rd great grandfather, Henry Stratford PERSSE, to his sons who had emigrated to America. There are quite a few references in Henry's letters to my 3rd great grandparents, Walter LAMBERT of Castle Lambert, Co. Galway, and Elizabeth PERSSE (who married 1791), Elizabeth who was a daughter of Burton of Moyode Castle, being a 1st cousin of his. Their son John (my 2nd great grandfather) is also mentioned several times.
At present, Andrew, I have only sketchy in- fomation (with very few place names) re your line back to and including your 2nd great grandparents, Thomas Moore PERSSE & Margaret HICKMAN, and I would like to learn more. If you are willing to assist but do not want to put the data on-line please send a personal e-mail.