Ireland – La Fheile Padraig Sona Duit

Happy St. Patty’s Day, In spring of 1703, a student of Trinity College in Dublin Ireland, Daniel, joined with his two older brothers sailed from Ireland on a merchant ship, under protection of the British crown. These merchant ships were headed to trade with the colonies. (Rumor has it that the boys’ father remarried, and money became an issue within the family. More than likely the new wife, Sarah, held onto the purse strings a bit tighter than the father did previously. She probably thought Daniel should pay for his own education.) In late April of that same year the fleet of ships finally arrived at the Colony of Maryland. These three brothers were bound by ‘Articles of Redemption’ to the captain of the ship for the cost of their passage to the colony. Upon arrival the captain could sell their ‘Articles’ at his own discretion, or they could make arrangements with local planters or merchants to pay for their passages. Then they would work for the purchaser as indentured servants until their debt was repaid in full. All three brothers were able to make arrangements for repaying their debts… one served as an apprentice in a doctors office, one helped with a local school, and the youngest brother, Daniel, (my GGGGG Grandfather) became an apprentice with a colonial lawyer in the colony at Port Tobacco. The rest is history. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!