George Sexton

George SEXTON (1632 – 1690) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather;  one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miner line.

Sexton Coat of Arms

George Sexton was born in 1632 in Limerick, Ireland.  He married Katherine COWING on 10 Jun 1663 in Ireland.  His parents were James SEXTON of Limerick, Ireland (a descendant of Denis) and [__?__].  In the Irish probate records is the will of a “James Sexten, Lemerick, Burgess,” dated December 14, 1669; sons, George, Symen, Patrick, Joseph, Stephen, and a daughter Joane, to whom are left certain legacies in case the estate be recovered.

George Sexton and his wife Katherine and their family fled to New England, making them among the first Sextons to arrive in this country.   George moved to Westfield, Mass. before 1671, where his son Benjamin was born, said to be the first white child born in the town. This would put George’s presence there at 1666-1667.  George died 31 Oct 1690 in Westfield, Mass.

Because George Sexton lived at Windsor for a time, it has been said that he was a brother of “Richard Saxston.” This seems unlikely, for the two families did not use the same baptismal names. It is more likely that he was a nephew or even a more
distant relative. It is possible that the similarity of surnames was merely a coincidence.

Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

Katherine Cowing was born in 1620 in Ireland. Alternatively, her last name was Bird. Katherine died 19 Sep 1689 in Westfield, Mass.

Children of George and Katherine:

Name Born Married Departed
1. George Sexton 1658
Windsor, CT
Hannah Spencer
9 Sep 1679
Hartford, CT
19 Sep 1689
Huntington, Suffolk, NY
2. Daniel Sexton 1662
Windsor, CT
Sarah Bancroft
28 Dec 1680
Westfield, Mass.
Queens, NY
3. James Sexton c. 1665
Windsor, CT
Hannah Fowler
29 Apr 1680
Windsor, CT
Ann Bancroft
22 Jan 1701/02
Westfield, Mass
Mary Burbank
14 Feb 1734/35
Springfield, Mass
31 Oct 1756
Westfield, Mass.
4. Joseph SEXTON 3 Feb 1665/66
Windsor, CT
20 Nov 1690
Enfield or Lebanon, CT
3 May 1742
Enfield, CT
5. Benjamin Sexton 10 Dec 1667
Westfield, Mass
Mary Strong
13 Jul 1717
Westfield, Mass.
8 Apr 1754
Westfield, Mass
6. John Sexton 26 May 1673 Westfield, Mass. Boston

The orginial form of the name was O’Seisnain, which has been anglicized to its present form Sexton. The Sexton family can trace their descent to very remote times, but the pedigree is generally taken as beginning with On Carthann Fionn Orge Mór of Munster, who was a son of Blad, born in the year 388, the was a son of Cas, from whom the famous names Dalcassians orginated. The 388 AD date places Blad in 4th century, but it’s still remarkable to know the “First” in the known line of Sextons. Sexton is one of the three oldest families in Limerick. The Sexton History around Limerick has them originating near Lough Gur or Lough Dearg–both within 10-20 miles of Limerick City.

The antiquity of the Sexton Family shows itself when it is pointed out that a son of Carthann Fionn Orge Mor, Eochaidh Ball Dearg was baptized by Saint Patrick himself. Three generations we come to Aodh Caomh, who was King of Cashel, and of him it was recorded by Lodge: “He was the first Christian King of his family that became King of Munster, and his investiture with the Authroity and Title of that province was performed at his own court in the presence of St Brennan of Clonfort, and his domestic poet, McClemein, who afterwards became the first Bishop of Cloyne; and also the Concurrance of Aodh Dubh, the then Chief of the Euginian Race” All the above records are the connecting ties in the pedigree of the Sexton Family, and the links with the ruling family of the O’Brien’s, King of Thomond, in whose line the family of Sexton has the proud privilege to belong.

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Connacht about the year 900

A castle, built on the orders of King John and bearing his name, was completed around 1200. Under the general peace imposed by Norman rule, Limerick prospered as a port and trading centre. By this time the city was divided into an area which became known as “English Town” on King’s Island surrounded by high walls, while another settlement, named “Irish Town”, where the Irish and Danes lived, had grown on the south bank of the river. Around 1395 construction started on walls around Irishtown that were not completed until the end of the 15th century.

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Limerick became a city-state isolated from the principal area of effective English rule -the Pale.  Hence our phrase “beyond the Pale.”  Nevertheless, the Crown remained in control throughout the succeeding centuries. During the Reformation tensions arose between those those loyal to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the newly established state religion – the Church of Ireland.

In 1537/40 King Henry VIII granted the Castle in Limerick to Edmond Sexton (St. Marys Abbey House) the Sextons were the wealthiest and most powerful family there. Edmond was Mayor of Dublin & Edward Sexton was Mayor of Limerick in 1536.

Denis Saxton and Edmond Saxton both served 8 years as Lord Mayors of Limerick, the latter arraigned as “of Irish blood and corrupt affection to traitors,” (ie., the Irish who resisted English aggression), but still a friend and favorite of Henry VIII who knighted him in the year 1538 and granted him the title and rights of Prior of the Cathedral.

The Census of Ireland (1659), also known as Petty’s or Pender’s Census, provides town census returns of the inhabitants of most of the country, arranged in counties, baronies, parishes, and townelands.  In addition to the number of inhabitants and their racial classification, the returns supply the names of the principal occupiers, referred to as ‘Tituladoes.’  The returns also give names and numbers of the pricipal Irish, by barony.  The original manuscripts were discovered among the Lansdowne Papers in Bowood House, Wiltshire, England and are now in the British Library (Petty Papers Vol. XXVII. Add. MSS. 72876).  The Census was published by Manuscripts Commission (Dublin, 1939), edited by Seamus Pender.

Barony of Bunratty                                                                                 Parish -Quinhy                                                                                         Townelands – Cullane
Tituladoes Names – James Sexton and George Sexton; his sonne gent

Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle

George Sexton left Ireland for England before traveling to America due to repression  during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland  Lands were confiscated; towns destroyed; taxes increased; people sent in chains to West Indies in chains or forced to toil on their own lands now run by the English. Many say that the Sextons traveled to America on the Blessing.  George may have been a trader or agent.

Since the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Ireland had been mainly under the control of the Irish Confederate Catholics, who in 1649, signed an alliance with the English Royalist party, which had been defeated in the English Civil War. Cromwell’s forces defeated the Confederate and Royalist coalition in Ireland and occupied the country – bringing to an end the Irish Confederate Wars. He passed a series of Penal laws against Roman Catholics (the vast majority of the population) and confiscated large amounts of their land.

Limerick, in western Ireland was the scene of two sieges during the Irish Confederate Wars. The second and largest siege took place during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1650-51. Limerick was one the last fortified cities held by an alliance of Irish Confederate Catholics and English Royalists against the forces of the English Parliament. Its garrison, led by Hugh Dubh O’Neill, surrendered to Henry Ireton after a protracted and bitter siege. Over 2,000 soldiers of Cromwell’s New Model Army were killed at Limerick, and Henry Ireton, Cromwell’s son-in-law died of Plague.

By 1650, The Irish Confederates and their English Royalist allies had been driven out of eastern Ireland by the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. They occupied a defensive position behind the River Shannon, of which Limerick was the southern stronghold. Oliver Cromwell himself had left Ireland in May 1650, delegating his command of the English Parliamentarian forces to Henry Ireton. Ireton moved his forces north from Munster to besiege Limerick in October of that year. However, the weather was increasingly wet and cold and Ireton was forced to abandon the siege before the onset of winter.

Ireton returned the following June with 8,000 men, 28 siege artillery pieces and 4 mortars. He then summoned Hugh Dubh O’Neill, the Irish commander of Limerick to surrender, but was refused. The siege was on.

Siege of Limerick

Limerick in 1651 was split into two sections, English town and Irish town, which were separated by the river Abbey. English town, which contained the citadel of King John’s Castle, was encircled by water, the Abbey river on three sides and the Shannon on the other, in what was known as King John’s Island. There was only one bridge onto the island – Thomond bridge – which was fortified with bastioned earthworks. Irish town was more vulnerable, but was also more heavily fortified. Its medieval walls had been buttressed by 20 feet (about 6 metres) of earth, making it difficult to knock a breach in them. In addition, Irish town had a series of bastions along its walls, mounted with cannon which covered its approaches. The biggest of these bastions were at St John’s Gate and Mungret gate. The garrison of the city was 2,000 strong and composed mainly of veterans from the Confederate’s Ulster army, commanded by Hugh Dubh O’Neill, who had distinguished themselves at the siege of Clonmel the previous year.

Because Limerick was very well fortified, Ireton did not risk an assault on its walls. Instead he secured the approaches to the city, cut off its supplies and built artillery earthworks to bombard the defenders. His troops took the fort at Thomond bridge, but the Irish destroyed the bridge itself, denying the Parliamentarians land access to English town. Ireton then tried an amphibious attack on the city, a storming party attacking the city in small boats. They were initially successful, but O’Neill’s men counter attacked and beat them off. After this attack failed, Ireton resolved to starve the city into submission and built two forts known as Ireton’s fort and Cromwell’s fort on nearby Singland Hill. An Irish attempt to relieve the city from the south was routed at the battle of Knocknaclashy. O’Neill’s only hope was now to hold out until bad weather and hunger forced Ireton to raise the siege. To this end, O’Neill tried to send the town’s old men, women and children out of the city so that his supplies would last a little longer. However, Ireton’s men killed 40 of these civilians and sent the rest back into Limerick.

After this point, O’Neill came under pressure from the town’s mayor and civilian population to surrender. The town’s garrison and civilians suffered terribly from hunger and disease, especially an outbreak of plague. What was more, Ireton found a weak point in the defences of Irish town, and knocked a breach in them, opening the prospect of an all out assault. Eventually in October 1651, six months after the siege had started, part of Limerick’s garrison (English Royalists under Colonel Fennell) mutinied and turned some cannon inwards, threatening to fire on O’Neill’s men unless they surrendered. Hugh Dubh O’Neill surrendered Limerick on the 27th of October. The inhabitants lives and property were respected, but they were warned that they could be evicted in the future. The garrison was allowed to march to Galway, which was still holding out, but had to leave their weapons behind. However, the lives of the civilian and military leaders of Limerick were excepted from the terms of surrender. A Catholic Bishop Terence Albert O’Brien, an Alderman and the English Royalist officer Colonel Fennell (who the Parliamentarians said was a “soldier of fortune”) were hanged. O’Neill was also sentenced to death, but was reprieved by the Parliamentarian commander Edmund Ludlow and imprisoned instead in London. Former mayor Dominic Fanning was drawn, quartered, and decapitated, with his head mounted over St. John’s Gate.

Over 2,000 English Parliamentary soldiers died at Limerick, mostly from disease. Among them was Henry Ireton, who died a month after the fall of the city. About 700 of the Irish garrison died and an unknown, but probably far greater number of civilians – usually estimated at about 5,000.

The Parliamentarian reconquest of Ireland was brutal, and Cromwell is still a hated figure in Ireland. The extent to which Cromwell, who was in direct command for the first year of the campaign, is responsible for the atrocities is debated fiercely to this day. It has recently been argued by a some historians that the actions of Cromwell were within the then-accepted rules of war, or were exaggerated or distorted by later propagandists; these claims have however been challenged by others

George Sexton in New England

If George Sexton was an Irish refugee, it would be easy to understand why the records of Windsor have so little to say concerning his presence there.  At Windsor, the neighbors would have been partisans of Cromwell and hence potential enemies. Remaining quiet, he would be content to avoid further persecution than what he remembered from Ireland. It’s unlikely that he would join the church that wielded the tyranny from which he had barely escaped. Because of that, he was unable to become a freeman, or a citizen, of Windsor.

The earliest mention of George is in a book of “deeds” of Springfield, Mass., a deed from Thomas Cowper to George Sexton, now resident of Windsor, Conn. on June 10, 1663 which states that George was at that time a resident of Windsor. The deed was the purchase of two parcels of meadow and upland at Waronoco (after 1669, Westfield) from Thomas Cooper (or Cowper). When he settled at Waronoco/Westfield, he was one of the first three settlers at the place.

George moved to Westfield, Mass. before 1671, where his son Benjamin was born, said to be the first white child born in the town. This would put George’s presence there at 1666-1667.

Westfield was originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe, and was called Woronoco (meaning “the winding land”). Trading houses were built in 1639-40 by settlers from the Connecticut Colony. Massachusetts asserted jurisdiction, and prevailed after a boundary survey. In 1647, Massachusetts made Woronoco part of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Land was incrementally purchased from the Indians and granted by the Springfield town meeting to English settlers, beginning in 1658. The area of Woronoco or “Streamfield” began to be permanently settled in the 1660s.  In 1669, “Westfield” was incorporated as an independent town;  in 1920, it would be re-incorporated as a city.

From its founding until 1725, Westfield was the westernmost settlement in Massachusetts Colony and portions of it fell within the Equivalent lands.   Due to its alluvial lands, the inhabitants of this area were entirely devoted to agricultural pursuits for about 150 years.


24 Sep 1678 – At Westfield, George and his wife were called before the county court for “abusive words and actions to Samuel Root, constable.”

13 Jul 1682 – Catherine Sexton was admitted to the church at Westfield, but George seems never to have become a member of the church in New England. And no record has been discovered showing that he had his children baptized at Windsor or Westfield.

By the 1680s, debts mounting, he had to mortgage his lands and crops. Then, on 25 January 1687/88, he sold his housing and lands at Westfield for £160 to his sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

George was the eldest surviving son and was executor of his father James Sextens will and was left tthe stone house of his father and the tenanties lying and being in Boufileds land. The will was dated December 14, 1669


1. George Sexton

George’s wife Hannah Spencer was born 15 Apr 1653 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Thomas Spencer and Sarah Bearding. Hannah died 1 Apr 1715 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Alternatively, Hannah died 19 Sep 1680 Westfield, Connecticut; only 10 days after borth of son Charles on 9 Sep 1680, though if she died at that early date, the mother of Nathaniel Sexton born 5 Dec 1682 in Westfield, CT is left unexplained.

They were living at Newton, Long Island in October of 1690.

One family historian, V. O. Gehrke speculates George was born 1656 Limerick, Ireland and died at sea; possibly buried there. He was a sea captain trading with the West India Islands.

He executed a quit claim deed to his brothers on 31 October 1690 after fathers death.

2. Daniel Sexton

Daniel’s wife Sarah Bancroft was born 26 Dec 1661 in Windsor, Hartford, CT. Her parents were John Bancroft and Hannah Duper (Draper). Sarah died 1697 in Queens, New York.

Daniel and Sarah removed to Long Island, probably before 1687. Of Smithtown, Long Island, he sold land at Springfield, Mass., by deed 25 Apri 1743. Had six children.

3. James Sexton

James’ first wife Hannah Fowler was born 20 Dec 1654 in Windsor, Hartford, CT, Her parents were Ambrose Fowler and Joan Alvord. Hannah died 10 Mar 1701 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass

James’ second wife Ann Bancroft was born 5 May 1663 in Enfield, CT. Her parents were Thomas Bancroft and Margaret Wright. She was the widow of of Thomas Gilbert, with whom she had had several children. Ann died 16 Mar 1733 in Westfield, Mass.

James’ third wife Mary Burbank was baptized 24 Jun 1666 at Rowley, Mass  Her parents were John Burbank and Susanna Merrill.  She first married Lazarus Miller and next William McCrannay.  The banns were published on 19 January 1734 for her third marriage, to James Sexton.  Mary died 16 Dec 1740 at Westfield, CT.

James remained a resident of Westfield for the balance of his long life, dying there on December 12, 1741, earning his livelihood as a “yeoman,” or a farmer who cultivates his own land. He served for a while as a “surveyor offences” in Westfield — a position created by colonial communities to maintain proper boundaries between individual properties, which were normally fenced to indicate where one property began and another ended.

Sometime before October 1724, one of the Sexton (Saxton) family who was a surveyor undertook to survey the line between the towns of Rockingham and Westminster along the Connecticut River in Windham County, in what is now southeastern Vermont. While astride a floating login the process of crossing a small river there, he fell into the rivet, but survived. To this day, the small river’s name is “Saxtons River,” and a small village along its banks is named “Saxtons River.” Which Saxton (Sexton) was the surveyor is not known, but he could well have been James or one of his brothers or one of his sons or nephews.

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Looking east down Saxtons River Vermont, just west of the village of Saxtons River.

James bought or inherited, and sold, various parcels of land in Westfield and vicinity. In 1698 he sold land to Joseph Maudeley. In 1703 he sold land to John Bancroft (likely an uncle or brother of his wife, Anna). In 1711 he sold land to Joseph Phelps. On June 17, 1728, at age about 68 years, he sold “all my lands and tenements,… horses, cattle, household goods, tools, and utensils” at Westfield to his two sons, John and James3 Sexton, for 500 pounds, a substantial sum at that time.


2 Oct 1678 – He and his father took the oath of allegiance to the English King.

1683 – James and his brother Joseph were fined five pounds for taking hay belonging to Thomas Dewey Senior and Nathaniel Bancroft. In 1686, the grand jury of Westfield indicted James[2] for “breach of peace of the Sovereign Lord the King by force” … “striking…3 blows and threatening.” He was fined 20 pounds.

4 Nov 1689 – Hannah Fowler Sexton, his first wife, joined the Westfield church.

4 Apr 1703 – Anna Bancroft Sexton, the second wife of James, joined the Westfield church by letter from the Springfield church.

4 Oct 1704 – James Sexton acquitted John Barber of Springfield and Samuel Barber of Windsor regarding the estate of Thomas Bancroft, the father-in-law of James Sexton.

1714 – The town paid James a bounty of 15 shillings for lolling a wolf in Westfield; wolves were considered a threat to settlers and their livestock. Bounties were paid also to whoever killed a woodchuck, a skunk, or a crow.

12 Dec 1741 – At age about 81 years, James[2] Sexton died at Westfield. His burial site is not known.

4. Joseph SEXTON (See his page)

5. Benjamin Sexton

According to the Journal of Rev. John Ballantine, “April 8, 1754, died Benjamin Sexton, aged 88, who was the first white person born in the town of Westfield.”

Benjamin’s wife Mary Strong was born 1683 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. Mary’s parents were Jedediah Strong and Abigail Stebbins. She first married Ebenezer Pixley (b. 13 May 1678 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass. d. 19 Dec 1716 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass). Mary died 17 Apr 1759 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass.

Benjamin was the youngest son of the original George and remained in Westfield while the other sons moved away. The old homestead was at what was known as “Little River,” near Westfield and the house was used as a fort and refuge from the Indians in the early days, as it was strongly built. This place was occupied by four successive descendants named Benjamin Saxton, the last one died in 1858, being great-great-grandson of the original George.


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  5. John Sexton says:

    My 18th Great Grandfather is Denis sexton, this is my family.
    and George Sexton is my 12th Great Grandfather…

  6. Cori Saxton says:

    This is a great website! My cousin Cindy traced our family back to Limerick, Ireland and George Sexton. I am on but I’m not actively researching since I don’t have the time. Please contact me if you have additional info or would like to share your part of the family tree!

    • John Sexton says:

      Cori, My name is john Sexton I have a lineage doc. that goes back 16 generations starting with dennis and ending with my GGrandfather John Cye Sexton and Sara Baldridge. Im willing to share my info if you are interested.

      • John,
        My name is Dennis Sexton. I am from Ohio via Olive Hill, Kentucky now living in Billings, Montana. I have a plethora of information on the Sextens (Sextons) in Limerick including Edmond who was Sewer of the Chamber (Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber) to King Henry the VIII including letters written and signed by Edmond on behalf of the King. I would love to have the lineage document that you have to compare with my own.

      • John Sexton says:

        Dennis, yes lets share info. You have my e-mail.

      • markeminer says:

        Hi Dennis,

        How is Edmond, Sewer of the Chamber, related to the immigrant George Sexton?

        Thanks, Mark

      • John,
        I was not signed in previously so try to send your email to me now. I will respond in kind. I have several stories about Edmund (the original spelling) that I was going through this morning.

      • Meggan Hoyman nee Sexton says:

        I’d love any information going backwards from George. He was my 9x great grandfather.

  7. Bradley Sexton says:

    I’m interested. I was provided with a family tree but there is a generation or two missing. The tree I was provided goes all the way back to Denis. My gg-grandfather George came from Canada and lists his parents being born in Vermont(father) and (mother) was from Canada. I did find a George from Vermont who married an Emma Hartwell from Canada but the tree I seen only lists one child (Laura E.) These people are of the right time period to be the parents of my gg-grand dad and my gg-grandfather had a daughter named Laura E. and a daughter named Emma. So, I’m trying to piece together the links between my gg-grandfather George and the George Sexton and Lois Bostwick.

    • John Sexton says:

      Bradley, Give me your e-mail and I am sure we can figure this out. My lineage doc. is 120 pages, and i have 1 other doc. sent by a fifth cousin that is 750 pages, between the two doc. im sure the answers are there cuz. John Sexton.

      • Robert Sexton says:

        John, My name is Robert Sexton and George Sr. is my 8th ggrandgather (George Jr.- Charles-Joseph—–James L. – my grandfather). I would be interested in the doc’s that you reference above. I have just started my research, along with some distant cousins that are trying to fill in the blanks. I have an account and would like to share with you, if interested.
        Best Regards,
        Bob Sexton

      • John Sexton says:

        Bob, Yes I will be glad to share my info. Goerge sr. then George jr. Charles sr… Charles jr. I believe Charles sr. my 7ggrandfather and your 7th ggrandfather were brothers.. send me your e-mail and i will sent the doc. there is alot of info.

      • Robert Sexton says:


        Thank you so much for the reply, and for the willingness to share. Please send info to

        Best Regards,
        Bob Sexton

      • Brennan says:

        John, my name is Brennan, and George Sexton is my g-x10 grandfather. While I’ve filled in a lot of the holes in my genealogy, there are still many to be filled as it is. It’d be awesome if you wouldn’t mind sharing some of your geneology information.

      • Bradley Sexton says:

        Thanks! My email is

      • Robert L. Sexton says:

        John, I too am a Robert Sexton and I think that George was my 7th gg grandfather too. Could you share what you have with me as well. I would be so grateful. My email is Thank you so much.

      • Bobby Sexton says:

        Hi John Sexton,
        Could you share your lineage doc. 120 pages and the 750 pages.
        Another Sexton!!!
        Kind Regards,
        Bobby Sexton

  8. Jack Sexton says:

    John, my Sexton links come from Virginia, Wythe County. Do you have any records of part of the famil moving south to Virginia? We have John Sexton (Saxton) as our first generation in Virginia with his father unknow. If you can help and wish to, give me a yell. Jack Sexton, Clarksville, Arkansas.

    • says:

      Jack, This John Sexton your speaking of is one of my 6th or 7th great uncles. Yes they were in Virginia for a peroid of time and then they moved to Kentucky. Proir to Virginia they were in N.J. before that N.Y. and then Conn.. George Sexton and Katherin Byrd the first Sextons to Amercia.

      John Sexton

      • Mike Sexton says:

        Dear John: The story of John Sexton moving around the country is familiar. Is John linked to Reuben Sexton? His son was Sidney, grandson Sidney M (Wis), and great grandson Sidney M Jr (KS). Thank you, Mike Sexton. 3/5/15

  9. Robert O Sexton says:

    All of this information has filled so many holes for me in my journey of tracing the Sexton family line. I had and still have so many holes in the tree, but the information here has been most helpful. My great grandfather was Cooge Sexton from Kentucky. Any information that anyone here would be willing to share with a fellow Sexton would be most appreciated. My email is

    Robert O’Niel Sexton

  10. Charles fletcher says:

    I traced my ancestors William and Rebecca sexton back to George sexton I have the tree from William and Rebecca on. If you have any more info please contact me. God bless

  11. LISA STINSON says:

    traced my sexton family to edmond sexton . my family is from tennessee .

    • Dennis Sexton says:

      I have access to a genealogy that I received from my brother. It traces our family through Kentucky to before Edmund Sexten. The information on the first entry (Denis) that says he immigrated from England may not be accurate as the name Sexten was an anglicized form of the Irish name O’Seasnain. That is not an English name! I traced the O’Seasnains back to Angus, second born son of Carthan Fion Og Mor who was a king in Thomond and of the Delcassian line (predecessors of Brian Boru High King of Ireland) . The linage is on JPG format and the pictures may not be in a sequential order but you can assemble them by the dates. Send me an email and I will attach the photos. Hope this helps.

      Dennis L. Sexton

      • markeminer says:

        Hi Dennis,

        O’Seasnain is very interesting. I have heard of Delcassian, but Thomond is new to me. I found Thomond on wikipedia, present-day County Clare and County Limerick, as well as parts of County Tipperary.

        Most of my Irish ancestors are Scot-Irish, they had to migrate twice, though I do have a few other Gaelic ancestors who came over early as servants.

        I would be interested in seeing the linage. My email address is



  12. Carrie S Brigger says:

    My tree was little until one of my cousins found this, and another said he was seeing the Sexton name all over Boston, MA. Now it turns out I was able to trace my tree back to John and Archibald Sexton who fought in the American Revolution. I’m actually looking for more info on John, my ancestor. I would be happy to share what I have for the current tree-once my computer is fixed! All my genealogy is stuck in the broken hard drive. Please feel free to email me,

    • John Sexton says:

      Carrie, Thru years of research I have noticed two branches of Sexton. George is another line. My line comes thru John Sexton and Margaret Malone Sexton, then Benjamin F Sexton b 1752. Then continues, Benjamin, James Henery, Obediah S., John Cecil, my great grandfather. Started in Surry Co. VA, west VA then to KY. No info confirmend on Johns father.. Possible Richard as father….
      John Sexton

  13. Meggan Hoyman nee Sexton says:

    I’m just coming across this. George Sexton was my 9th great grandfather. I’d love any information going further back from him.

  14. Caroline Young says:

    Your information is amazing I have been looking for information for years and come across this! Not sure how many Greats George goes back, but it traced us all the back from Limerick! Are you willing to share your information? Do you have have info also on Georges brother James going further back? Thank you for all you hard work!

  15. James Sexton says:

    @John Sexton, This is great information and I would love to fill in a few gaps in my search for which of the Sexton lineage I come from. Everything that I have seen is that we came from Limerick to escape religious persecution in the mid 17th century. I would love access to your two documents as well if possible and thank you very much cuz and happy help in anyway I can.

    Thank you very much and kind regards.
    James Sexton

  16. James Sexton says:

    @John Sexton, I am very interested and this would help fill in missing gaps in my ancestry for sure. I do know that my line came from Limerick around the mid 17th century possibly from George Sexton. I am very interested in your two documents that you have if you wouldn’t mind sending them over?

    Thank you very much for all of your hard work and any info you can provide.
    James Sexton

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