My g-grandmother was Sarah PERSSE born (Oct 1843)and married (26 Nov 1864) at the family home nr Windgap, Killamery, Co.Kilkenny very near to the Co.Tipperary border. She emigrated to New Zealand with her husband Richard GAMBLE (of Cullinagh, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford - a few miles south of Killamery)and bore 12 children.
I am having difficulty in linking Sarah to her relatives at Killamery, the Killamery parish records there not being extant, I am led to believe. Peter Wood and Alf Persse in NZ have kindly provided information indicating that others of her family at Killamery descended from Robert PERSSE & Elizabeth PARSONS and then Parsons PERSSE and Elizabeth FETHERSTON.
The family burial place was located at Kilvemnon, Co. Tipperary a few miles west of Killamery. It seems likely that Sarah PERSSE's parents (father James or George most likely, b. circa 1815; mother's name unknown) are buried there. So far I have received no word from the rector in whose parish Kilvemnon lies about burial records for PERSSE. I wonder if anyone has invetigated this source of information previously?
Good to see so much interest in a fascinating family!
BRUCE RICHARD GAMBLE
Auckland, New Zealand
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