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70 Queries  :  Compiled 13 November 2021
Surname(s) of Interest Query Detail Member
1718 MIGRATION Interested in news of descendants of our people who left the Bann Valley around 1718 and settled in various areas of New England. B2352
1718 PROJECT; HUTCHINSON BEQUEST Project Director of 1718 Project documenting first families of 1718 emigration to America.  Special interest in Limavady and Aghadowey families.  Compiling genealogy of the Hutchinson Bequest and would like to share research with living descendants. B1987
ACHESON; HOGG My 4xgreat grandparents James Acheson, born 1812, and Jane Hogg, born 1813, resided in Aghadowey parish until they immigrated to Canada approximately 1868-9.  Their children were Sarah Jane, born 1836, Nancy, born 1832, John, born 1843, Thomas, born 1848, Elizabeth, born 1850, and Margaret, born 1852. The eldest children immigrated 1853-5. I am looking for the townland where they lived. B3066
BAIRD Looking for the birth record for Jane Baird born about 1845 in the Killyleagh area.  Also for the name of her mother. A5003
BLACK Matthew Black, born about 1695, possibly in Antrim, married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Their first child, Patrick, was supposedly born in Ireland. The family apparently immigrated to the Philadelphia region shortly after Patrick’s birth, about 1718.  They later migrated to Virginia where Matthew died in 1756. Any information appreciated. A4850
BREWSTER; KING Mary Jane King was my Great Great Grandmother, married to William Brewster, who farmed at Ballystrone.  Any information about the family? B2741
BROWN; MCPHERSON 23and Me showed a Bangor cousin.  My grandmother was Ruth Brown, born 1896.  Looking for descendants of her siblings Lily, Ethel, John, Eva and James, living in Bangor in 1911.  Ruth married John McPherson. A5060
BUCHANAN; LOGAN Great Grandmother Mary Theresa Buchanan, born India 1850/55.  Her father William was in the Army in India.  Around that time he married a Chinese woman.  Returned to St Johnston area.  Mary married Thomas Logan 1873 St Johnston Presbyterian Church.  Any information gratefully received.  No idea what happened to William Buchanan. B1859
BYRNE; CALLAGHAN; MCCORMICK Ellen, daughter of Henry Callaghan and Anne McCormick, married James Byrne, Portrush/Bushmills, 1853.  Children: Anne, Margaret, Rachel, James.  Proprietress, Royal Hotel, Ballymena, 1880s and Plough Hotel, English Street, Armagh, 1890.  Born c. 1834.  Died 1890.  Interred family grave, Bushmills.  James Byrne, San Francisco, 1880s.  Seeking Callaghan grave, Bushmills and James Byrne information. B1800
CATHCART; EAGLESON Families all Presbyterian and in Ballymena area. Unable to find marriage of John Cathcart to Jane Eagleson prior to 1838. Also, unable to find any burials. Any information on Tullygarley in 1800s and Cathcart name in particular. A2856
DEMPSEY; MCLOUGHLIN A Robert Dempsey, who emigrated to Philadelphia c.1840 with family, may be the son of James and Jane (nee McLoughlin) Dempsey, who emigrated with their remaining children in 1839 to Australia. Family possibly from Tonduff district originally. B2295
DEVLIN I am researching John Devlin, Sexton and Parish Clerk, St Swithin’s Church, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, born about 1735, died about 1807, his origins and descendants: John, Alexander, David, Joseph, Charles.  Can you help with names and dates? A5004
DEVLIN; O’CONNOR Looking to see if Anne Devlin is mother or stepmother of Elizabeth Jane O’Connor, born Newtown Stewart 1854 A4958
DOBBS REPORT Fascinated by the Dobbs Report and the possible connections throughout the North of Ireland to late mediaeval and early modern Scottish aristocrats.  Can any be proved by DNA or otherwise? B2352
DOUGLAS; GAMBLE; ALLEN Searching for father of Rev. Charles Douglas, born 1744, died 1833, Curate of Derrykeighan Church, Dervock, Graduate of University of Glasgow 1764.  University record shows father as James Douglas of Dervock and Charles as eldest son.  Church record shows Charles’s wife Grace Gamble (my 3rd great grandmother) and 2nd wife as Miss Allen. B2829
DOUGLASS; GAMBLE Searching for any record of James Douglass, c.1700 of Dervock, father of Rev. Charles Douglass, Rector of Derrykeighan Old Church and married to Grace Gamble, as well as Robert, son of Charles, date of birth unknown but cited in 1832 will of Charles as requiring care of older brothers. B2829
FORSTER; MURPHY; SADLIER; CORBETT; BELL Archibald Forster, c.1823 Co. Fermanagh – 1888 Co. Cavan, married Isabella Murphy, 1819-1904, at Galloon, Co. Fermanagh in 1846.  3 known children:  ① Archibald, c.1853-1914, married Fanny Sadlier 1876, 9 children.② Isabella, c.1857-1914 Castleblaney, married Samuel Corbett 1877 Co. Cavan, Issue: William 1878-1880, Samuel, 1883, Thomas William 1887, Robert 1889, Mary Jane 1893, all born Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.③ Mary Jane, 1861-1933 Enniskillen, married George Bell 1886 Cloverhill, Co. Cavan; George was Stationmaster at Bundoran Junction; no issue. B1628
FRYER; THOMPSON; DUNCAN; IRWIN; HANNA; MCCONKEY To find the ancestors that have come from Scotland; my DNA profile shows that there is a link between Ireland and Scotland. A4237
GAVIN Any information on Thomas Gavin, born 1851 in Ireland. A2600
GILL; BLACK; POOLE Helen Gill was a lady’s companion to Ellen, wife of Sir Samuel Black, Town Solicitor, Belfast.  I am looking for information and photos of Helen, who, by 1950, was living in Bangor, and of her sister Margaret Poole, who was also living in Bangor at this time.  Any information would be greatly appreciated. B2792
GILLESPIE GILLESPIE  Burials of Gillespies in Templecorran Graveyard, 1889, 1917, 1928 and 1932. B3147
HANNA; BROWN Any information on James Hanna or his spouse Nancy or Agnes Brown, my 2 x Great Grandparents.  They were probably born around 1880/90 or so.  They lived in Seacon, Ballymoney. B2673
HAWTHORNE; MILLIGAN; LYNESS Seeking information on the births of Robert Hawthorne (c.1862), Rosann Milligan and Lizzie Lyness (c.1860s) and the birth and death of William George Hawthorne, weaver A4648
HEMPHILL; MCGEE; DUNCAN Isabella Jane Hemphill, 9 March 1872 Meaghy, Newtownstewart – 1966, daughter of Joseph Hemphill, c.1847-1923, Carpenter and Rebecca Jane McGee, c.1851-1937.  Isabella married William Duncan, Gamekeeper, Baronscourt Estate, 4 November 1890 Drumclamph, Co. Tyrone; issue: William, James, John, Rebecca Jane, Margaret, Martha, Isabella, Matilda, Andrew and Lettoria.  Seeking information about the Hemphill family of Newtownstewart / Castlederg area. B1627
HOPES; WARNOCK Searching for information on Mary (Hopes) Warnock, born 1798.  She married John Warnock c.1814 in Ballywalter.  Also searching for information on Samuel Hopes, possibly born 1758 to 1768.  May have been from Ballyobegan but attended Ballywalter Presbyterian Church and had a son John in Whitechurch Cemetery, born and died 1796. A5071
HOY; CLELAND; COSGROVE More information on teaching career of Ellen Maria “Nellie” Hoy (1873-1971) National School and music teacher at R.C. School, Falls Road (1901) census and St Comgall’s Convent, Bangor, Co. Down (1911).  Daughter of John Hoy, coachpainter, and Elizabeth Cleland, Falls Road, Belfast.  Married 1915 Michael Cosgrove; one daughter Bernadette. B1996
HYNDMAN; STEWART; LIGHTON William Hyndman, born 4 April 1841 Limavady, was the only son of Barry Beresford Hyndman and an unknown mother – possibly Anne Stewart but not Jane Lighton.  Who was the mysterious mother?  Details at B2540
KENNEDY; DAVIDSON; DAVISON Death details of Hugh Wallace Kennedy, born around 1850, died between 1883 and 1886, a weaver, married to Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane Davidson, born 1854, died 25 September 1932.  They had four children: Elizabeth Jane Kennedy; William James Davidson, died 19 April 1892; Mary (Minnie) Davison, formerly Kennedy, resident Belfast; and Agnes (Annie) Kennedy, died 19 November 1940. B1902
KERR I am interested in finding out more about the wider Kerr family who lived in Clintyfinnan townland near Armoy. At one time there were so many Kerrs living on Clintyfinnan Road, that was known locally as the Carrstown Road. B2862
KYDD William Kydd.  Sometime Land Steward.  Searching for his location within Co. Londonderry and his Presbyterian congregation.  His son James joined the R.I.C. in 1868 aged 25. A4738
LIGHTBODY Gavin, born in Ireland in 1851 according to Scottish census. A2600
LOGUE When did Logues arrive in Ireland from Scotland?  What descendants of Joseph Logue, born about 1747, remain in Northern Ireland? B3135
MARSHALL William Marshall, born 1839, died March 1903 in Castlederg, had Scottish ancestors but am unable to link to them. A5023
MARTIN; HAWKES Would like to find the birth of Agnes Martin. Her parents, Charlotte Hawkes and Robert Martin, were married in Belfast in 1871. Her sister Thomasina was baptised 13 November 1872 at St Anne’s, Shankill. Her sister Maria was born 16th November 1871 in Belfast. Agnes was born around 1875. Also looking for her sister Charlotte, born around 1879. B2977
MCCANN Francis McCann, Master Mariner, married 1843 St Patrick’s R.C., Boat Pilot, Belfast Lough, seeking date of death between 1867 and 1872.  How to obtain information regarding his Master’s certificate? B2907
MCCAW; FERGUSON; MCBRIDE Any information on William James McCaw who married Sarah Ferguson before 1846.  William James McCaw married Jane McBride and had three daughters. B2460
MCCAW; FERGUSON; MCBRIDE; ELLIOTT; MCCORMICK Any information on William James McCaw, 1820-1880, married? Sarah Ferguson.  Sister? Matilda McCaw, 1855.  Also William James McCaw, 1846-1896, married Jane McBride, 1872, children: Mary Jane, born 18th June 1864, married? Elliott 1881; Matilda Ann, born 9th September 1866; Elizabeth, born 18th January 1869, married? McCormick; Alice Munnis, born 20th September 1871, married? Daniel McBride, father to Jane? – or Joseph McBride may be her father. B2460
MCCRYSTAL Margaret McCrystal was my great grandmother, born 1829.  At her marriage she was already living in Yorkshire.  On her marriage certificate her father was named as Michael McCrystal, occupation Farmer.  Witnesses included Catherine McCrystal (mother?  sister?).  These are the only confirmed details that I have. A5010
MCDEVIT(T); MCDADE; MCDAID Looking to locate the origins of the McDevit(t)/McDade/McDaid family that settled at Carnsampson, Ramoan, prior to the Griffith’s Valuation.  James & Sarah, c.1790s to 1860s, issue George, c. 1838-1910, Sarah Jane, c. 1841-1881, and Mary, c. 1841-1919.  There may have been a prevalent blindness and deafness genetic trait in this lineage.  George married Isabella Mitchell of Carnsampson in 1869.  Possibly an Articlave connection. B2071
MCFADDEN; MONTGOMERY Seeking any information on great great grandparents James McFadden and Margaret (Peggy) Montgomery, both born 1841 in Park townland near Priestland.  Margaret died 1879 at Park.  Last known record of them together was baptism of daughter Esther/Hessie McFadden in 1863 in Dunluce Parish Church, Bushmills.  Any information would be much appreciated. B2359
MCGAHEY; COYLES James Norman Coyles married my paternal grandmother Margaret McGahey in 1921 and they witnessed the marriage of her sister Catherine in 1922.  Margaret remarried as a spinster in 1936.  Where did James go? A4607
MCGUIGAN; CALTHER Looking specifically for Owen McGuigan and his wife Bridget Calther, who went to Prince Edward Island, Canada approximately 1840. A4592
MCKEE; CURRY Looking for living descendants of Thomas McKee in Northern Ireland. Thomas was the son of William and Eliza Curry McKee and was the owner of Thomas McKee and Son, Builders in Belfast in the early 1900s. A4721
MCKEEGAN I am looking for McKeegans from Layd area, especially  Falmacrilly.  I have a Hugh McKeegan, son of Denis and Catherine, born about 1828, and would like to find descendants of siblings.  They were Catholic.  Hugh immigrated to Quebec, Canada. B3036
MCKENNA; CONNOR Henry McKenna, a Stone Cutter, was documented in Kilrea, Co. Londonderry, in 1843 at a time when there was plenty of work there for a Stone Cutter.  He was listed on a smallholding in Griffiths, c.1858.  He died in 1867 aged 53.  His wife, Mary Anne (surname?) died 3 years earlier.  Two daughters, Isabella and Maria, were baptised in the local R.C. Chapel in 1847 and 1850.  Maria, aged 17, was a witness at her older brother John’s marriage.  He too was a Stone Cutter.  That is all I know of the sisters.  John was ten years older than Isabella.  There must have been other siblings born in the 10 year period.  Are there living descendants anywhere in the world? Through yDNA testing I have discovered McKenna kinsmen in Fallagloon and Slaughtneil, two townlands in the Maghera area.  There was a Stone Cutter connection. And I discovered kin in Killowen who emigrated to Baltimore c.1860.  Joseph McKenna was a Shoemaker and his father, John, was a Land Steward.  None of these men were rooted in the soil of a particular townland! Another career which involved mobility was the Army.  Documents strongly support the idea that Captain John McKenna, 1841-1900, Royal Artillery, was closely related to John the Stone Cutter.  The Captain was the son of William McKenna and Bridget Connor of the town of Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone.  William was a Car Man.  Their direct line seems to have died out.  I am looking for a collateral male line for a yDNA test.  DNA and documents are a great combination!  Thanks to yDNA, I have learnt that our McKennas did not move north out of Monaghan 300-400 years ago. B2895
MCLAUGLIN; LEEKE Searching for Great Grandmother, unknown first name, believed McLauglin from Magilligan, period 1800-1870. Emigrated to U.S.A. or Canada. Believed to be Mother of my Grandfather, Charles Leeke, born 1852, possibly Ballymultimber or Duncrun. B2940
MCMULLEN; PATTISON; BEST; MCKAY William McMullen married Rachel Pattison.  Son Robert, born 1837, married 7 June 1860 Catherine Best, daughter of George and Lorna living in Co. Cavan.  John McKay, born 1800, was a tenant of Ashfield Clements Estate in Co. Cavan.  Looking for wife Elizabeth’s surname and parents of both. B2032
MONTGOMERY; WOODHOUSE W. John Montgomery, born around 1760, died 16 Feb 1841, farmed near Ballyvester, Covenanter.  Wife Mary, born 1775, died 13 Jan 1859.  Any information.  Clara Woodhouse of Portadown. B2008
MULLAN; FAIRLEY Would like to locate the grave of great grandparents Michael Mullan, died 1909, and Rebecca Mullan, née Fairley, died 1892. B1490
NEILL; BOYD; HAMILTON  Interested to know who James Neill (of Meath or Westmeath, 1800-1900) married.  David Boyd, thought to have gone to America after 1884, was married to Catherine Hamilton. B2441
NOBLE; HALEY Great grandfather John Noble had two siblings, Ralph and Alexander, who came to Canada circa 1838-1839 with mother Mary, maiden name Haley, her husband belied to be Alexander. A2769
O’NEILL; CAMERON I am looking for details of my great-grandparents: Jane O’Neill nee Cameron and William John O’Neill. Jane was born 1867 in Ballycloghan, and died Dec. 5, 1921 in Randalstown, County Antrim. William was born c1863 in County Antrim and died 1931. Jane and William of County Antrim, had approximately 11 children. Both Jane and William O’Neill are buried in Randalstown, Drummaul Parish Church (St. Brigid’s). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. A4639
ORR; JOHNSON William Orr and Anne Johnson appear to have moved into Belfast via Ballymacarrett around 1830s. Any information where they came from would be appreciated. B2962
PATTON; ALLEN  Samuel Francis Patton, born about 1846 Co. Down but where – Bangor? Holywood? Ballymenoch?  His father Andrew, born about 1812 but where?  Andrew’s father John, born about 1762 but where?  Was John’s father Hugh, born about 1730?  Surnames of John’s wives Margaret and Sarah?  Andrew and wife Jane Allen of Bangor had other children: John, James, Margaret, Hugh.  Have Bangor and Holywood graveyard information. A4060
POOLEY; MOORE Looking for details of Lisa Pooley c.1820. Believed to have married William Moore (Ardkeen). He remarried 28.5.1854. A3768
PRE-1730 EMIGRANTS Researching all pre-1730 emigrants to America.  Director of 1718 Project with focus on Bann and Roe River families. B1987
REILLY; CONNOLLY My great grandfather, John Reilly, was born in Ireland about 1860.  With his parents, Charles Reilly and Margaret Connolly, he emigrated to Leith, Scotland, by 1863.  His parents said that they married at “Bragan”, County Monaghan, 7 November 1857.  Any ideas where “Bragan” was, please?  They were Catholics. A4698
RICE; SCOTT I am trying to trace my Great Grandfather, Mercer Rice, who may be related to Lisburn Station Master, Mercer Rice. My Grandfather is Edward Rice, died 10 February 1927. He married Jane Maria Scott 26 January 1890 Birkenhead. Any information would be much appreciated. A4064
ROBINSON; THOMPSON My father was George Robinson and his parents were Tom Robinson and Sarah Margaret Thompson.  His brother was Tommie Robinson.  His sisters were Jean and Madge Robinson, possibly born in Belfast between 1909 and 1925.  I am researching births and deaths in both Belfast and Lisburn for my grandfather Tom. B3132
SHIELDS; MCKENZIE Information about Shields, 2nd Royal Scots, and his wife McKenzie, both in India 1892, and their children, Sarah, in Wellington 1893, and Emily, in Bombay 1895. B2239
SKILLEN Looking for Skillen ancestors in southern County Down, possibly the parish of Tullylish or surrounding area.  Free autosomal DNA tests available to suitable candidates B1241
SMYTH; SMITH Trying to find a birth/baptism for Samuel Smyth born 5th May 1863 Co. Armagh.  Father was John Smith. A2611
STEED Searching for any information about Robert Steed’s family.  He was born 1784 in or near Lisburn town; enlisted in the British Army in 1808; occupation at the time “weaver”; retired in 1821; died 25 November 1852, likely in Co. Antrim. A4550
TAIT Researching Margaret Tait, born 1898 Limavady. Admitted to Mrs Smyly’s Homes “Bird’s Nest”, Dublin 1908. In 1911 census residence Bird’s Nest Homes. After 1911 there is no trace. May have gone to USA? B2942
TODD; SINNAMON; CINNAMON(D); GRAY; FINLAY; BELL; BLEMINS; CONNOR; HAZARD; JOHNSTON; LOWRY; MATHERS; MELVIN; MOORE; PARKER; ROSS; STURGEON Seeking information on Henry Todd and his wife Charlotte Sinnamon, married 13th December 1836 in Kilkeel parish, Co. Down. Are her parents George Sinnamon and Mary Gray? Alternative spelling Cinnamon(d). Allied families are Finlay and possibly Bell, Blemins, Connor, Hazard, Johnston, Lowry, Mathers, Melvin, Moore. Parker, Ross and Sturgeon. A3941
WAUGH; LOCKHART Seeking information on John Waugh, born about 1790, stonemason, probably in County Down and any potential family and family of his son Robert, born about 1818, tailor and his children: Robert, born 1843, and David Moore, born 1853, Ballysallagh, both children of Margaret Lockhart, born about 1818. A3662
WHITESMITH  Whitesmith, New Row, Shore Road, Captain, Mariner, bankruptcy, Portaferry, Fisherman, Killough, Publican Seafarer. B3173
WILSON; KEES Andrew Wilson, born 1862 in County Tyrone, Ireland. Married to Elizabeth Kees, born in County Donegal. Married in Philadelphia in 1890. Three children: Andrew, Anna K. and Ruth E. Andrew (senior) died 2 February 1942. Any information appreciated. B2014
WOODS; MOORE Samuel John Woods, born c.1844 Co. Armagh, married Harriet Hall Halady Moore, born c.1844 Co. Armagh, in Tullyallen Presbyterian Church 1864.  Son Henry Woods, born 1867 Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, emigrated to America in 1886 and arrived in Port of Boston, Massachusetts.  Any information appreciated. B0771
WORLD WAR II World War II Service Records B2982