I thought this might be of interest to some.
The following comes from Rev. Charles N. Sinnett's *Sinnett* genealogy done in 1910 and there are no copyright marks on this copy that I have and I don't belive it was ever properly published.
In the opening pages he writes:
"The following Genealogy of the Ancient and Noble family of Sinnott of Sinnott's Land in the County of Wexford, Ireland was copied for this book with great care by Walter Sinnott, Esq. of Orristown, Killinick, County Wexford.
1. Sir Walter Sinnott the first of that noble family came to Ireland with Richard de Clare, Earl Strongbow, about the year 1172.He was a Knight of great valor.Soon after his arrival in Ireland he was appointed governor of the town and County of Wexfordm together with Sir William Devereux. Soon after the arrival of King Henry II in Irelandh for his good services obtained the lands and estates now called Sinnott's Land.He married the daughter of the aforesaid William Devereux and had issue:
(2) Sir Walter Sinnott the eldes son succeeded his father in the estates.He built the fine old Castle of Ballyfarnogue.He married 1286 Alice de la Roche, daughter of Sir William de la Roche who was then the Lord and owner of Roche's Land.
(3.) Sir Walter Sinnott the second eldest son succeeded his father.He accompanied King Edward I to the Holy Land in 1273 and lost his life in the field fighting against the Infidels for the Honor and Glory of God and his country.
(4.) Sir William Sinnott, his son obtained Ballybrennan, in the Barony of Forth and County of Wexford where he built a strong castle.He married about 1360 Catherine Whitby the daughter of Sir Richard Whitby of Ballytange, whose family was hereditary armor bearer to the kings of England.Several children were born to this Sir William.
(5.) Sir Richard De La Sinnott the son, possessed the lands and castle of Ballybrennan.He married Agnes Rossiter, the daughter of Thomas Rossiter of Ballmacknee Castle County of Wexford.One of his ons (6.) Sir Robert De Sinnott (the *La* is no longer shown) married Joanna Kavanagh, daughter of Donald Kavanagh of Courtown, Co. of Wexford.He was one of the ancient Irish Chieftains descended from the Kings of Lenster and by this marriage Sir Robert De Sinnott got the lands of Courtown in the Baronetcy of Gory, County Wexford.
(5.) Sir Robert Sinnott (the eldest son of Sir William) was a very noble man. He married Mary Esmond daughter of Sir Laurance Esmond in the County of Wexford. He had sons and daughters.The daughter (6.) Jane Sinnott married John Talbot of County Wexford and the daughter (6.) Alice Sinnott married Henry Masterton Fenn.
(6.) Sir David Sinnott the eldest son of Sir Robert, married Eleanor Stafford daught of Sir John De Stafford, of Ballymacknee Castle (hmmmmm, he shared the same castle as the above mentioned Rossiter?) in the County of Wexford, Ireland.He had sons and daughters.
One of the sons (7.) married Alice Codd daugh. of Col. John Codd of Cleaast (the ea are very close together on this spelling and then followed by another a as I've entered it...must be a Gaelic name), Castle, County Wexford.A daughter (7.) married John Rossiter of Bargy Castle, County Wexford (hmmmm, this might be the correct castle for the Rossiter family). The son (7.) James Sinnott married the daughter of Nicholas Hay of Haytonw Castle, County of Wexford, Ireland.
(7.) Sir Edward Sinnott the eldest son married Julien Hore daugh. of Matthew Hore who was a member of Parliment from Wexford, Ireland for sixty years. The children: (8.) Catherine Sinnott married Roger Talbot, (8.)Eleanor Sinnott married Michael Redmond of Ballygows, (8.) John Sinnott became a captain in the army and married a daughter of Sir John O'Niel (O'Neil perhaps?) of Asterabays, (8.) Austin Sinnot married Jane Butler of Clough, County Wexford. At one time eight members of this strong old Sinnott family were returned to their positions in the Irish Parliament, proving that few families exceeded the Sinnott family in power and respectability.
(8.) Sir Walter Sinnott the eldest son was a gentleman of high spirit and of great valor.He joined Pierce Butler the eighth Earl of Ormond in his quarrel with the Earl of Desmond and Prince of Osfarry in which service he took a very active part, commanding five hundred of his own peasantry and defeated both the adversaries in Butler's favor.He married Joanna Walsh the daughter of Sir Robert Walsh, Baron of Old Court in the County of Kilkenny.He also married Catherine BUTLER the daught of Pierce Butler abovementioned, who was Earl of Ormond and Osfarry, this was about the year 1551.
(9.) Sir William Sinnott the eldest son of Sir Walter Sinnott and Joanna WALSH, was made chief governor of Wexford and Enniscorthy, and was a man of influence and power.He married a daughter of Sir John De Grace and his celebrated wife Margaret Walsh. Sir John was of Graces Castle in Tipperary.Sir William Sinnott had many sons and daughters.The son (10.) James Sinnott married the daughter of Sir John Tobin of Tobin Hall in the County of Kilkenny.
(10.) Mary Sinnott married Sir Richard WALSH of Balincooly Castle.
(10.) Sir Walter Sinnott the eldest son of Sir William above, greatly improved the House and Demesne of Ballytramont which is so beautifully located on the River Slaney.
He fortified the towers and ramparts. He married the daughter of Sir Nicholas the sixteenth Knight of Ballymager in Co. Wexford. Sir Walter Sinnott had many children.He bequeathed most of his lands to his sons. (11.)One of his daughters married Sir Roger TALBOT.(11.) One daughter married Willam HORE of Harperstown, England. (11.) One daughter married Patrick CHEVERS of Black Hall, Co. Wexford. (11.) One daughter married Thomas ROSSITER of Rathmacknee. (11.) One daughter married Oliver WALSH, Esq. of Earlsroth Castle, Co. Kilkenny.
(11.) Sir Walter Sinnott the eldest son was left very rich.His father died while he was young. He married the daughter of James TALBOT of Castletown and had many children.
(12.) Walter Sinnott his eldest son joined against the Parliament forces in great power and was in great favor of the Duke of Ormond. He represented the House of Ballytramont.
His son (13.) Robert Sinnott joined the forces of the young Marquis of Ormond who unfortunately fell a victim to Cromwell's Army at the west gate of Wexford as he was coming to the relief of Col. David Sinnott. He was fighting bravely, expecting reinforcements but was disappointed in the death of his relative whose troops retreated and left Col. David Sinnott to lament the loss of his property with the lives and property of many of his countrymen and two of his brothers.
The sword and breastplate of this Col. David Sinnott are still carefully preserved by Mark Seaton Synnott of Ballymoyer, Co. Armagh, Ireland.In the Hon. Phillip Herbert Hore's "History of Wexford Town", is given a portrait of Col. David Sinnott and of the armor which he wore at the storming of Wexford.
It is at this point in the history of the Sinnott family that we find the reason why it has been impossible to directly trace to his ancestors at Ballybrennan or Rosegarland, the line of our ancestor Michael Sinnett of Harpswell, Maine. But this search will be diligently continued."
the story continues on with a letter from Walter Sinnott, Esq. of Orristown, Kllinick, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
"I can find no trace of your Sinnett line in Wexford. It would be impossible to trace that line for the family took a leading part in opposing Cromwell in Wexford.Their lands were confiscated and given to Lord Monk.The Sinnetts were widely scattered and many of them left homeless.I live near Ballybrennan, one of the ancient seats of the Sinnott family, and there is nothing to be seen or any tablets or memorial stones which these Sinnetts erected before the time of Cromwell, or for long years afterwards.Cromwell was determined that every trace of the family should be swept from the earth. The penal laws followed this victory and the Sinnett family remained in great obscurity as no Catholic could be educated in Ireland, he must remain ignorant unless he had the means of going to the continent for study.There was only one Sinnett family whose history differs from the rest. The widow of the brave Col. David Sinnott who had defended Wexford, married one of Cromwell's officers and turned Protestant, as also did her son David Sinnott.From this young David are descended the Synnotts of Armagh.Some of these have prospered much.In some instances they spell their name Synnott."
another letter from the Hon. Philip Hore of London, England wrote to Rev. Sinnett saying, " There were at least ten Synnott families with large estates in Co. Wexford before Cromwell came.In the confiscation of property which followed, they lost all their lands and records.In many cases former proprietors became tenants of the Cromwellians.The name is now usually spelled Sinnott and Synnott and though their ancestors were so cruelly persecuted, there are thousands of them in Co. Wexford.I have most voluminous records of many branches of the Sinnott families which were collected by my father the late Herbert F. Hore of Pole-Hore, Co. Wexford, Ire., but I regret to say that I can find in these no way of tracing the acestry of your Michael Sinnett of Maine. Cromwell's destruction of such evidence was complete."
another letter he received was from Mr. Nicholas Synnott who was of Furness, Co. Kildare the Naas, and a collector of old papers and pedigress, and member of the Royal Society of Antiquarians, wrote in 1906,
"I cannot help you much in tracing the ancestry of your Michael Sinnett of Maine.Cromwell's soldiers absolutely destroyed the public records and in a large measure, the private records.There was no registration of births, marriages or deaths etc. until quite a recent time."
From another letter he received in 1900 one Ellie T. Sinnott wrote that her Great Grandfather Stephen Sinnett came from Lachan about six miles from Wexford on the left bank of the Slaney. She goes on to say that she never forgets the stories that her Father used to tell them when she was a child. She tells one of his stories this way,
"When Cromwell came to Wexford the family lived in a place called Ballytramond Castle, about two miles from the town of Wexford on the left bank of the Slaney. The head of this family was shot dead while going across the river to his home.Two of his sons were taken prisoners and banished." She goes on to say that her father was an only child, but that she had a brother named Stephen.She says that Stephen and John were popular names given the sons after her grt. grandfather came to Glandaff. Kilmollock is the burying place of the Sinnett's in Lachan.
She says there are very ancients Sinnotts buried there. She goes on to say that the Sinnott's were Roman Catholics back then and that they still are."
In another excerpt from this in regards to the Coat of Arms for the name Sinnott, the Hon. Philip Herbert Hore of London, England writes, " I have the old coat of arms showing the arms to be three cygnets (swans)sable, in pale on a field of argent. This came to me from my grandfather's grandfather. The name and crest, the cygnet are no doubt connected, but I have never been able to trace the name to France, surnames only came into use in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Walter Sinnott, Esq. of Orristown, Ireland sent a very ancient copy of the coat of arms with the motto "Trust in God and Sin Not".
I hope this lengthy history of the Sinnott/Synnott/Sinnett family will be of some help to those researching their very ancient name.I am only related briefly to this line through the Bibber's and Merryman's and probably a few other surnames of the Harpswell, Maine area.
I hope I didn't make too many serious typo's.If anything looks askew let me know and I'll recheck it.