John Rossiter (1789 - 1873) of the Parish of St. James, Co. Wexford, Ireland m. Mary Doyle of St. John's Newfoundland on June 8, 1824 in the Catholic Basilica in St. John's Newfoundland.
John Rossiter was born circa 1789 in the Parish of St. James, Co. Wexford, Ireland. His obituary appears in the July 22, 1873 edition of The Newfoundlander - John Rossiter (Tailor), native of Wexford, Died age 84. Here 63 years resident, Carter’s Hill (Boston Papers please copy). According to his obituary John Rossiter would have emigrated to St. John's Newfoundland circa 1810. John Rossiter was part of the great emigration from south east Ireland between 1750 and 1830. According to the History of the Basilica: From Cornerstone to Consecration exhibition on virtualmuseum.ca "never before in human history had such a large group of people migrated from such a local area in the Old World (within 60 miles of Waterford) to such a local area in the New World (within 100 miles of St. John's) over such a long period of time."
St John's Newfoundland in 1831
courtesy Toronto Public Library
There is a John Rossiter that appears in the 1833 list of jurors for St. John's. There is also a John Rossiter, tailor in the 1864 Hutchinson's Directory for St. John's.
They had the following children:
• Dorothy, baptized October 3, 1824 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were Wm Headon? and Margaret Murphy. Died by 1846.
• Jane, baptized September 29, 1828 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were Pam? (Pat?) Kelly and ? Murphy. She married John Carolan in the Catholic Basilica, St. John's Newfoundland on July 11, 1852 and moved to Toronto a few years later.
• Anne (1830-1905), baptized April 19, 1830 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were Peter Kehoe and Killy Kelly. By 1891 Anne had moved to Toronto to live with her widowed sister. It does not appear that she was ever married. She is buried in the Carolan family plot in St. Michael's Cemetery, Toronto with her sister Jane.
• William, baptized October 28, 1831 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were John Kelly and Margaret Kelly.
• James (1833-1888) was baptized on June 12, 1833 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were William Kelly and Mary Ryan. Captain James Rossiter of the schooner William J. Parsons died at sea on George's Bank in early 1888. His obituary in the February 25, 1888 edition of the Harbor Grace Standard and Conception Bay Advertiser indicated that he was the son of John and Mary Rossiter, and brother of Thomas Rossiter at Bowring Bros. "He leaves a wife and 2 children to mourn the loss of a kind father and affectionate husband."
• John, baptized April 27, 1835 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were Michael Doyle and Mary Wilese? I think John became a tailor like his father. In the 1870-1871 McAlpine's Maritime Provinces Directory there is a John Rossiter, Tailor, living on Limekiln Hill.
• Catherine, baptized May 21, 1837 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were John Walsh and Catherine Doyle.
• Thomas, baptized August 25, 1839 in the Catholic Basilica. Sponsors were Michael Boge? and Johanna Walsh. Died by 1844.