|Irishmen In America - Important.
|Irish Emigration Database
|published in The Armagh Guardian
|The Armagh Guardian, Friday, November 13, 1857.
|The Central Library, Belfast.
|Document added by LT, 24:10:1994.
|IRISHMEN IN AMERICA - IMPORTANT.
A very interesting inquiry was held in Dundalk last week, in virtue of a writ issued by the Court Of Chancery of the State of Virginia, United States, and involving personal property to the amount of £20,000 " and upwards. " It appears that a Mr. Thomas Byrne, a native of Dundalk, left this country for America in early youth, and resided up to the time of his death in the city of Petersburg, Virginia, where he carried on the trade of Tobacconist, and where unmarried and intestate, he died in 1851, possessed of property to the above amount. The present investigation therefore, was to ascertain who are the next of kin to the deceased to be found in Ireland. The investigation was held at the American Consulate, Mr. Arthur Johnstone, Solicitor, Dundalk, supporting Mr. Mc Court, plaintiff in the suit; and Mr. Seeds, of Belfast, with Mr. Charles Mc Mahon, Solicitor, Dundalk, on the part of Patrick Byrne, the alleged brother of deceased defendant. We believe this is the first court of inquiry ever held in Dundalk, under a special writ of the Court of Chancery of the United States, involving property to such an extended amount. How much this fact speaks for the industry, economy, and perseverance of the poor exiles of Erin.-