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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Stewart Family of Crossnacreevy, Comber, Co. Down

My father, Paul Cuthbert Stewart, descends from a family who farmed in the townland of Crossnacreevy in Comber, Co. Down....

The Hearts of Steel Memorials:
The Stewarts of Moneyreagh first appear in the Hearts of Steel Memorials of 1771 - 1772. The Hearts of Steel was a Protestant Agrarian protest movement set up to fight against the re-letting of farms in Antrim; the agrarian unrest later spread to other counties.  Those who abhorred the subsequent violence signed lists of protest known as the Memorials, which were published in the Belfast Telegraph.  Although I have no idea if my own Stewart family descend from any of them, these were the Stewarts of Moneyreagh who signed the petition:

Neven Stewart
John Stewart x 4
Simon Stewart
Alex. Stewart x 2
Arch. Stewart
Sam. Stewart
And. Stewart

Freeholders' Records:
The 40-shilling freeholders either owned or leased land worth more than 40 shillings; this entitled them to vote. They held the lease for either the length of their own life or for the length of three other lives which are named in the lease.  I accessed these records for free on the PRONI website.
1769:  James Stewart, John Stewart,William Stewart, all of Crossnacreevy.  All three of these men appear on headstones in the Moneyreagh graveyard.
In the same Freeholders lists, we find the name  Robert Stewart of Crossnacreevy mentioned in 1813, 1814 and 1824.

From Moneyreagh Graveyard:
 'Here lieth the body of John Stewart of Crossnacreevy who departed this life 27th of August 1795 aged 72 years.  Here resteth the remains of the late William Stewart of Crossnacreevy who departed this life the 19th of June 1813 aged 83 years. Also the remains of his wife Elizabeth Stewart alias ALLEN who departed this life the 17th of February 1814 in the 73rd year of her age. Here lieth the body of Ann Hill alias Stewart who departed this life the 27th of June.'

Headstone, Moneyreagh Graveyard

                                           'Underneath is interred the remains of the late James Stewart of Crossnacreevy who departed this life the 7th day of May MDCCCIII, aged 83 years.  Also his wife Margaret Anderson who died April 3rd aged 87 years (undated).'

(I scoured the graveyard in Moneyreagh for the previous headstone, but failed to find it - it might have been one of the toppled headstones, or the inscription might merely have become completely eroded by the weather.)

Dates for the above Stewarts of Crossnacreevy:
John Stewart (1723 - 1795)
William Stewart (1730 - 1813) + his wife, Elizabeth Allen (1741 - 1814).
Ann Stewart, née Hill (age unknown.)
James Stewart (1720 - 1803) and his wife, Margaret Anderson (age unknown.)

Joseph and Ann Stewart, our great-great-great grandparents:
 The Public Records Office in Belfast holds the surviving census abstracts for 1821 (T3707/1/35 and 36), and these include the Stewarts of Crossnacreevy as follows:

  • William Stewart, aged in his 50s, a single farmer of 12 acres, was living with his unmarried sisters, Ann aged 48, and Eliza and Ellenor aged 40.   A William Stewart of Crossnacreevy died aged 89 on 5th November 1851. ('Belfast Newsletter', 7th November 1851.)
  • Robert Stewart, aged 59, was farming 15 acres,and was married to 40-year-old Agnes.  They had two sons, 11-year-old James Stewart, and 8-year-old Francis Stewart. 
  • Joseph and Ann Stewart. In 1821 Joseph Stewart was an innkeeper and a farmer of 5 acres.  Both Joseph and his first wife, Ann, were 26, and had a one-year-old son William Stewart.
    The Tithe Applotment Books for The Parish of Comber, 1835:

    Lisleen - Samuel Stewart, 11 acres
    Ballymaglaff - Alexander Stewart, 18 acres
    Moneyreagh - No Stewarts
    Ballykeel - Joseph Stewart and William Madole (McDowell) together, 31 acres
    Gransha - Joseph Stewart 14 + 6 + 15 acres
                      Francis Stewart, 7 acres (Francis Stewart of Granshaw, Comber, made his will which was granted, on 30th October 1838. to Margaret Stewart, alias Patterson. A Patterson family lived in Moneyrea - a Joseph Patterson was noted there in 1839, while a William Patterson died aged 73 in 1843.)
    Clontonakelly - Andrew Stewart, 22 acres
                          The Misses Stewart - 33 acres
    Crossnacreevy - Joseph Stewart, 6 acres
                               William Stewart, 15 acres
                               Robert Stewart, 23 acres

    Joseph Stewart (1793 - 1876) of Crossnacreevy was our great-great-great grandfather.  He was recorded in the Tithe Books for 1835, farming alongside the older William and Robert Stewart in Crossnacreevy, all of them having already appeared there on the 1821 census.   I wonder, given that two of Joseph Stewart's grandsons were named 'Robert', was Joseph the son of Robert Stewart of Crossnacreevy?

    The older Robert Stewart, who had been born in about 1762 according to the census, and was aged 59 in 1821, was married to Agnes Wallace who was 19 years younger than him, and who had two young sons, 11-year old James and 8-year-old Francis.   Robert Stewart of Crosnacreevy (sic) had married Miss Wallace of Moss-side near Moneyreagh in 1809. This from 'Saunders Newsletter' of 27th April 1809.
    (In January 1826, flax premiums were paid to G. Wallace of Ballykeel, Comber, and to J. Wallace of Ballybeen, Comber in 1825.  On 26th November 1836, Rev. Fletcher Blakely, Unitarian minister of Moneyrea, married Samuel Nelson Junior of Moneyrea and Miss Margaret Wallace of the same place. ['Belfast Commercial Chronicle', 30th Nov. 1836.] In October 1833,  Rev. Fletcher Blakely married Mary Wallace, eldest daughter of Francis Wallace of Moneyrea, and Alex Johnston of Belfast. On 7th July 1844, Mr. Francis Wallace, formerly of Moneyrea, died aged 84 at his residence in Belfast.  These nuggets from the papers of the day. I wonder was this Francis Wallace the origin of the name 'Francis' which entered the Stewart family of Crossnacreevy at this time?)

    When Robert Stewart had married Agnes Wallace in 1809, he had been aged 47, while she had been 28, and I wonder was Agnes, therefore, Robert's second wife?  Was our great-great grandfather, Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy, the son of Robert Stewart and of his first wife?  Our Joseph had been born in 1793, when Robert Stewart was 31.  If Robert Stewart was his father, then Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy was the half-brother of Francis and James Stewart of Crossnacreevy.

    According to Joseph Stewart's death registration document, he lived from 1793 until April 10th 1876, dying in Crossnacreevy with his son John Stewart present at his death.  His second wife, Agnes Stewart, was still alive at this point.
    Agnes Stewart (1794 - 1878), widow of Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy, died aged 84 on 30th August 1878 ('Belfast Telegraph', 31st August 1878).

    Earlier, on 21st November 1871, a Joseph Stewart joined Masonic Lodge No. 556 in Moneyreagh. This was either Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy or Joseph Stewart of neighbouring Gransha.

    The Northern Ireland Family History Society has published online a list of mourning cards from County Down, some of them written by the Stewarts of Crossnacreevy and of neighbouring Moneyreagh.  One of these commemorated the death of our direct ancestor, Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy, who died on 10th April 1876, and who was buried in Moneyreagh graveyard on 12th April 1876 - his wife was named as Agnes Stewart.

    Joseph's widow, Agnes Stewart of Crossnacreevy, died there on 31st August 1878 and was buried in Moneyreagh burying-ground by her son John Stewart on 1st September 1878.    One of the sons of Joseph and Agnes Stewart was Robert McKitterick Stewart which leads me to believe that Agnes, wife of Joseph, might have been a member of the McKitterick family who farmed in neighbouring Lisleen, Moneyreagh, but, as of yet, I have no proof to support this theory other than Robert Stewart's middle name.

    Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy not only farmed a couple of acres, but also ran a roadside shop. In 1821 he had been noted as an innkeeper, his house being on the main Crossacreevy road.  The 'Northern Standard' of 9th February 1847 noted that, along with about thirty other unlucky individuals,  Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy was fined 2s.6d. for having illegal weights and measurements in his shop.

    Griffiths Valuation of 1863 showed Joseph Stewart leasing a house, shop, outhouses and 7 acres of land in Crossnacreevy, Moneyreagh, on the main Crossnacreevy to Killyleagh road.  Closeby his property William McDowell, who might have been the same William McDowell or Madole who had been farming in partnership with a Joseph Stewart in 1835, was leasing 8 acres. Both men can both be found in the neighbouring townland of Ballykeel - Joseph was leasing 16 acres of land but no house which seems to suggest that this is the same Joseph Stewart of neighbouring Crossnacreevy. William McDowell was here again in Ballykeel, leasing a caretaker's house and 16 acres of land.

    Following Joseph's death in 1876, his son, John Stewart, applied for a temporary transfer of the Excise Licence to sell beer, wine, cider and spirits, which were to be consumed on the premises in Crossnacreevy.  The premises in question were at present licensed in John's late father's name, ie Joseph Stewart. ('Belfast Telegraph', 26th May 1876'.)

    Francis (1813-1893) and James Stewart (born 1810) of Crossnacreevy:

    As already noted, the 1821 census for Crossnacreevy also recorded the family of Robert Stewart, who had been born in about 1762,  and Agnes Stewart living with their two young sons, Robert aged 11 and Francis Stewart aged only 8.

    On 19th January 1841, Francis Stewart of Crossnacreevy married Catherine Anderson, the only daughter of William Anderson of Crossnacreevy.   The couple were married by Rev. Henry Haslett who ministered at this time in the Castlereagh Presbyterian Church immediately north of Crossnacreevy.   The marriage announcement in the Belfast Newsletter named Francis Stewart of Crossnacreevy as the son of an older Francis Stewart, who I had believed to be Francis Stewart of neighbouring Gransha,  but the newspaper of the day might have made an error, and Francis Stewart might actually have been the son of Robert and Agnes Stewart of Crossnacreevy.

    The Stewarts of neighbouring Gransha are documented here:

    In 1863  Francis Stewart of Crossnacreevy was leasing 27 acres, a house and outbuildings, and subletting two houses to James Floyd and William Anderson, William Anderson being a possible relation of his wife's.
    The Moneyreagh Marriage Notice Book, held in the Belfast Public Records Office, records the marriage on 29th January 1850 of a William Anderson of Crossnacreevy to Elizabeth Orr Patterson who had been living in Tullyhubbert, Comber, for one year.  The same register also recorded the marriage, on 17th July 1850, of the widowed schoolmaster, James Floyd, who had been resident in Crossnacreevy for five years, to Jane Ellen Somerside, who had been 30 years in Crossnacreevy.

    Francis Stewart, joined the Moneyreagh Masonic Lodge on 24th May 1834, along with his brother, James Stewart of Crossnacreevy, who follows, but Francis was excluded, then readmitted in December 1841.

    I found a headstone in Moneyreagh Graveyard which was immediately next to the headstone commemorating early members of my own Crossnacreevy Stewarts.   This headstone marked the final resting place of two of the daughters of Francis Stewart.

    On 5th October 1873 in St. Mary's Church of Ireland in Belfast, Edward Augustus Girvan, 26-year-old carpenter and son of gardener Robert Girvan, married Anne Stewart, aged 21, a stitcher and daughter of farmer Francis Stewart.  The witnesses were Andrew Coyle and Eliza Jane Stewart.

    Edward Augustus Girvan died aged 37 at 17 Westmoreland Street, Belfast, of heart disease on 11th January 1888 and was buried in the Stewart family burying ground in Moneyreagh Churchyard. In 1911 his widow, Annie Girvan, who had been born in about 1850, was living at 73 Woodstock Road in East Belfast with her three children   Edward Augustus Girvan had been born in Scotland in about 1878, while son Francis had been born at 66 Moira Street, Belfast, on 19th January 1882, and daughter Catherine Annie Girvan, named for her grandmother, Catherine Anderson, had been born in Belfast on 9th May 1885.   Catherine Girvan would marry John Cooke in Knockbreda in 1913 and would emigrate to Canada.

    Later on 19th August 1892, Mary Stewart, who had been born circa 1860, of Castlereagh Street, married the bootmaker John Cowan.   The wedding was witnessed by James Ritchie and Agnes Stewart, and Mary Stewart named her father as the carpenter Francis Stewart.

    Francis Stewart died aged 80 at 6 Rokeby Street, Belfast, a widowed carpenter, on 20th November 1893, and his death was registered by his daughter Agnes Stewart who would witness her sister's wedding to John Cowan two years later. 

    James Stewart of Crossnacreevy:

    James Stewart of Crossnacreevy was the 11-year-old James Stewart who was recorded on the 1821 census living there with his brother, Francis, and his parents Robert and Agnes Stewart.

    James Stewart of Crossnacreevy married, in 1844, Nancy Betty Somersides of Crossnacreevy.
    It is interesting to see that, on 27th July 1850, in the Meeting House, Moneyrea, the marriage of the widowed Crossnacreevy schoolmaster, James Floyd, son of James Floyd, to Jane Ellen Somerside, daughter of John Somerside of Crossnacreevy.    Francis Stewart was subletting a house to James Floyd of Crossnacreevy, while James Stewart of Crossnacreevy married Nancy Betty Somerside.

    The membership registers of the Grand Lodge of the Freemasons of Ireland (1733 - 1923) are now accessible via, and these record  Francis and James Stewart both joining Moneyreagh Lodge No. 556 on the same day, 24th May 1834.   This seems to confirm that Francis and James were the two sons of Robert and Agnes who had been recorded as living in Crossnacreevy in the 1821 census.

    The 'Northern Whig' of 20th July 1844 reported that James Stewart of Crossnacreevy and Hugh Nelson of Gransha had been selected by the 'Society for the Promotion and Improvement of the Growth of Flax in Ireland' to visit neighbouring farmers and instruct them on how best to cultivate flax.

     James Stewart and Ann Eliza Somersides (ie, Nancy Betty Somerside) baptised an adopted daughter, Annie Eliza Stewart, in Comber Non-Subscribing/Unitarian Church on 9th October 1861. A note in the margin of the register was added: 'Mrs. Annie E.Boyd of 87 Sidney Street, West Belfast, 1884.' However, whoever had written the note in the margin might have got the wrong Annie Eliza....a quick scroll through the PRONI Street Directories shows up a flaxdresser, James Boyd, living at 87 Sidney Street West in 1884. He appears on  the 1901 census living at 16 Sixth Street with wife Annie Eliza and with six children - Grace Boyd aged 18, Martha Jane Beverland Boyd aged 14, William James Boyd aged 11, Agnes Boyd aged 8, James Boyd aged 5 and Edward Brown Boyd aged 2 who would die at 16 Sixth Street on 6th July 1901 and who was buried in Belfast City Cemetery.   The civil marriage registration of James Boyd, who married in Belfast on 19th May 1882, reveals that his wife was Annie Eliza Lindsay of 55 Dundee Street, Belfast, the daughter of William Lindsay.  Was the note in the Comber Register incorrect, or did Annie Eliza Lindsay keep her original name following her adoption by James Stewart and Ann Eliza Somersides?

    The 'Belfast Newsletter' of 8th July 1848 reported that Joseph Stewart and John Somerside, both of Crossnacreevy, were amongst the attendees of a meeting in Comber to discuss the upcoming Landlord and Tenant Bill.

    (There are records relating to the children of John Somerside/Sommersides of Crossnacreevy - the family used a variety of spellings of their name.
    'The Belfast Newsletter' of 16th November 1838 noted that Rev. Fletcher Blakely of Moneyreagh married Robert Somersides of Crossnacreevy and Elizabeth McCullough of Moneyreagh on 12th November 1838.  Robert might have married again, although perhaps there were two Robert Somersides at this time - on 3rd June 1850, Robert, son of John Somerside, married Catherine, the daughter of Robert Smith.  Although the date wasn't noted, Robert Somerside of Crossnacreevy was buried in Moneyreagh by his wife Catherine - this according to the index of mourning cards held by the H.I.F.H. society.
    The son of Robert Somerside of Crossnacreevy was Matthew Somerside, who had been born circa 1845 in Ireland, and who married Sarah Jane Polley, the daughter of James Polley of Ballycreely. The wedding took place on 9th June 1873 in York Street Non-Subscribing/Unitarian Church in Belfast, the same church used by two of the children of Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy.  Matthew and Sarah Jane moved to Glasgow where he worked as a spirit shopman - their children were Sarah Jane born 1875 in Glasgow, Robert J. Somerside born 1877 in Ireland and Elizabeth born in Glasgow in 1879 and who died aged 7 at 9 James Morrison Street, Glasgow, in June 1885. A daughter, Margaret, was born in Glasgow in 1882.

    On 27th July 1850 in Moneyreagh by the Unitarian minister Rev. Fletcher Blakely, Jane Ellen Somerside, daughter of John Somerside of Crossnacreevy, married James Floyd of Crossnacreevy National School, son of an older James Floyd.  In 1863 Griffiths Valuation showed up Francis Stewart leasing 27 acres, a house and outbuildings, and subletting two houses to James Floyd in Crossnacreevy.

    On 1st June 1853, Jane Somerside, daughter of John Somerside, married Francis Aiken/Aicken, son of John Aiken, of Slatady, which is a old townland immediately north of Crossnacreevy on the road leading to Belfast.  The Mormon LDS family history site notes the birth of a Francis Aiken on 17th June 1870 to James Aiken and Margaret Somerside, as well as the birth of a James Aicken in Crossnacreevy on 26th July 1877 to John Aiken and Margaret Somersides.  On 22nd November 1944 at Bethany Cottage, Castlereagh, the death occurred of an Annie Elizabeth Aiken, the 4th daughter of the late Francis and Jeannie Aiken - she was subsequently buried in Moneyreagh churchyard.

    The family tree of David McCullough of Ballycreely, Moneyreagh, who emigrated to New Zealand, and which are viewable online via, notes an unnamed member of the Somerside marrying Elizabeth McCullough who had been born in about 1820 in Ballycreely.
    John Somerside of Crossnacreevy made a will which was granted on 26th November 1850.
    The Northern Ireland Family History index of mourning cards record the burial of Jane Somerside of Crossnacreevy, mother of Arthur Somerside, being buried in Moneyreagh on 15th October 1878.  Arthur's sister, Mary Summersides of Crossnacreevy died on 16th June 1885 and was buried in Moneyreagh two days later.
    The 'Belfast Morning News' of 9th August 1880 reported the sudden death of 70-year-old Robert Summersides of Crossnacreevy whilst attending the potato market.)

    The children of our Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy, Moneyreagh, Co. Down, were:
    • William A. Stewart (1820 - 1881).
    • Mary Stewart (1824 - 1900.)
    • Robert McKitterick Stewart (1838 - 18th November 1880).
    • John Stewart (1839 - 27th March 1892).
    • Joseph Stewart, our great-great grandfather (1841 -  12th December 1908).

    The 'Northern Whig' of 18th November 1872 reported that a Henry Boyce had been charged with the serious assault of 80 year old Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy - Joseph's son, John Stewart, and John's wife, Elizabeth, gave evidence in court.
    Joseph Stewart died in Crossnacreevy on 10th April 1876, aged 84. ('Belfast Newsletter', 11th April 1876 - 'April 10th at his late residence, Crossnacreevy, Joseph Stewart, aged 84.)

    His wife, Agnes Stewart, maiden name unknown, died a farmer's widow aged 86 in Crossnacreevy on 13th August 1878;  her son John Stewart registered the death.

    Our great-great grandparents, Joseph Stewart (1841 - 1908) and Elizabeth Madine (March 3rd 1835 - 1901):
    Joseph Stewart was born in about 1841 to Joseph and Agnes Stewart of Crossnacreevy.

    At some stage in the 1850s, Joseph Stewart Junior moved  north to live and work in Belfast city, where he married Elizabeth Madine in St. Anne's Church of Ireland church, Shankill, Belfast, on 14th May 1859. This church was just south of Donegall Square and was demolished in 1903 to make way for Belfast Cathedral.  Joseph seems to have converted to the Church of Ireland upon his marriage to Elizabeth, since the Stewart family were primarily Unitarian/Prebyterian, while the Madines of Downpatrick/Killyleagh were primarily Church of Ireland.
    Joseph gave his profession as a writing clerk, but would later work as an ironmonger.  Although she was born in 1835, Elizabeth Madine gave her birth year as 1838.  Her father was Robert Madine, a butcher of Killyleagh.  The witnesses to the marriage were Elizabeth's siblings, John and Margaret Madine.

    The children of Joseph Stewart and Elizabeth Madine were:

    • Emily Jane Stewart, born circa 1862, died unmarried in 1924 in Dublin.
    • Louisa Helen Stewart, born circa 1863/1864 in Killyleagh, Co. Down, died unmarried in 1951 in Dublin.
    • Mary Ann Stewart born 12th February 1865 - this child died at 11 Arnon Street on 5th August 1865 (as announced in the Belfast Morning News).
    • Robert Stewart (our great-grandfather), born 26th May 1866 at 11 Arnon Street, Shankill, Belfast.  The previous year, Joseph Stewart's sister, Mary Stewart, married Hugh Morrow in York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church closeby, and Joseph acted as witness.  Robert Stewart, the eldest son of Joseph Stewart and Elizabeth Madine, married Rebecca Cuthbert on 18th August 1896 in the Church of Ireland church of St. George on Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin.  Their first child, Louisa Helen, named after Robert's sister, was born 15th March 1899, and married  John Thomas Sibbald in Dublin in 1925 - their children were Hazel Sibbald and Leslie Sibbald.   Robert and Rebecca Stewart had a daughter, Vera Maud Stewart, in 1906;  Vera Maud Stewart married the tenor, Robert Irwin 1905 - 1983.   Robert and Rebecca Stewart also had a son, Cuthbert/Bertie Stewart, our paternal grandfather, in Dublin in 1909; he died in Galway in 1976;  he was married to our grandmother, Agnes/Nessie Keating Wilson of Belfast, 23rd November 1905 - 26th March 1965.   The two sons of Bertie and Nessie Stewart were our father, Paul Stewart, born 18th June 1935, and Anthony Stewart, born 19th March 1937.
    • Joseph Stewart, born 9th February 1868 at 88 Ann Street - this child died; the brother of Joseph Stewart, William A. Stewart, ran a hostelry at this time at 92 Ann Street.
    • Mary Elizabeth Stewart was born on 26th August 1870 in Killyleagh where her father, Joseph Stewart, was working as a shop assitant;   his brother, Robert Stewart, had married Joseph's sister-in-law, Jane Madine, and may have been working in Killyleagh also at this time.  Mary Elizabeth Stewart died unmarried in 1945 in Dublin.
    • John Stewart was born on 12th April 1872 at 8 Roundhill Street, East Belfast, where Joseph Stewart was working as an inspector of building works.  (An Agnes Stewart, 1844 - 1889, died at this address, 8 Roundhill St., on 27th November 1889, aged 45; she may be a relation.)  John Stewart (12th April 1872  - Feb. 27 1954)married Mabel McKenzie (21st January 1878 - March 6 
    • 1946) on August 2nd 1905 in Monkstown Church.   The couple had Eileen Gladys Stewart on  Sept. 17th 1906;  Norman Hampton Stewart, was born 26th June 1916;  Donald MacKenzie Stewart was born in Rathdown, Dublin, in the latter part of 1912.   Norman Stewart (26th June 1916 - June 7th 2001) married, firstly, Olive May Siggins of Sligo on May 9th 1942, and, secondly,  Margaret Glynne Bowen (9th March 1921 - 23rd November 2008).
    • Catherine Stewart was born on 13th March 1874 in Downpatrick, Co. Down, just south of Killyleagh;  Joseph was working as an ironmonger's assistant. Catherine Stewart died unmarried in 1957 in Dublin.
    • Joseph Stewart (22nd December 1876 in Saul Street, Downpatrick - 1956).  Joseph Stewart married Sarah Kate Barton ( 9th August 1878 -February 9th 1974) in Inishtioge, Co. Kilkenny, on August 5th 1903.  They had Lilian Kathleen Emily Stewart in Dublin on May 13th 1906 - she married John Frederick Leahy in Dublin on Sept. 9th 1930.   A second daughter was Joyce Audrey Wheeler Stewart, born August 18th 1919;  she married  Ernest Walter Hall on 25th January 1940.

    Joseph Stewart, ironmonger, may have been in London for the night of the UK 1881 Census - a Joseph Stewart, ironmonger's assistant, was lodging in Hanover Square;  he was Irish-born, married, and gave a date of birth of 1841.

    Joseph and Elizabeth moved south to Dublin;  they appear in the Dublin street directories for the first time in 1887 living at 22 Fontenoy Street in Phibsboro, North Dublin.  Living next door was a Thomas Stewart, but I doubt he was related - this Thomas Stewart only appears in the directories in 1887.
    Joseph Stewart, ironmonger, stayed at 22 Fontenoy Street for two years before taking up permanent residence down the road at 18 Goldsmith Street. He would live there until his death on 12th December 1908.  At the time of his death, he was working as a commercial traveller.  His wife, Elizabeth, née Madine, died there 7 years earlier to the day, on 12th December 1901.

    William A. Stewart (1820 - 1881), son of Joseph and Ann Stewart of Crossnacreevy:
    One of the most prominent farming families in the Moneyreagh/Crossnacreevy area were the Huddlestons.  In 1844 Robert Huddleston, a poet, published a volume of his works, 'A Collection of Poems and Songs on Rural Subjects.' Included at the end of the collection was a list of subscribers, and these include Joseph Stewart of Gransha, a neighbour of our ancestor, Joseph Stewart, and William A. Stewart of Crossnacreevy.

    William A. Stewart  married Margaret Burke in Downpatrick Registry Office on 27th December 1851.  William, the son of the farmer, Joseph Stewart, was a hosteler living at 29 Prince's Street, Belfast, while Margaret was the daughter of a labourer, John Burke, with an address at the time of her marriage in Downpatrick.  The witnesses were William Lascelles, a merchant of Downpatrick,  and Agnes Crothers.

    William Stewart can be traced through the Belfast street directories.  Up until 1865 he was at 29 Prince's Street - 'William A. Stewart - eating-house and stabling yard.'I in 1880 he made his last appearance as William A. Stewart at 50 New Lodge Road, which is where his daughter, Jane, was living when she married James M. Orr in 1875;  Ann Street must have been the business address, while New Lodge Road was the family home.

    On 26th October 1871,  William A. Stewart witnessed the second wedding of his brother, John Stewart of Crossnacreevy, when John married Elizabeth McGowan of Ballystockart in York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, the same church where the brothers' sister, Mary Stewart, had married Hugh Morrow in 1865.   They had followed their ex-Moneyreagh minister, Rev. John Jellie, to York Street Non-Subscribing/Unitarian Church who had also recently moved to Belfast.

    The children of William and Margaret were born prior to official registration, but Jane was born circa 1855 in Belfast, and her sister, Margaret was born circa 1859.  There was also a possible sister, Agnes Stewart, who witnessed Jane's wedding to James M. Orr, and also a Joseph Stewart, born in 1877.   William's daughter, Jane Stewart, married the Ballymena watchmaker, James Malcolm Orr, and emigrated to Philadelphia - Jane Orr would later be visited by the four daughters of Joseph Stewart and Elizabeth Madine in 1914.

    William A. Stewart died under tragic circumstances on 3rd December 1881 at 50 New Lodge Road;  the newspapers recorded that he died from a head wound inflicted with a hammer.  An inquest concluded that he'd committed suicide by fracturing his skull while in a state of unsound mind.
    From 'The Belfast Telegraph' of Dec.5th 1881:  'An inquest was held on Saturday on the body of Wm. Stewart, who was found dead with his head broken, in the yard of his house in New Lodge Road that morning.  Evidence was given that, for the past two months, the deceased talked foolishly.  The Coroner described the case as a most extraordinary one.  The jury returned a verdict of suicide, while in an unsound state of mind.'

    John Stewart (1839 - 27th March 1892), son of Joseph and Ann/Agnes Stewart of Crossnacreevy:
    John Stewart was a farmer, who spent his life in Crossnacreevy, Moneyreagh.
    He married Mary Mills in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church, Dundonald, north of Crossnacreevy on July 9th 1859. Mary Mills was the daughter of a farmer, Robert Mills, who lived in Lisleen townland adjacent to Crossnacreevy.  The witnesses were a friend, Jane Shannon, and Robert Mills who was either Mary's father or her brother.

    The couple had a daughter, Esther Jane Stewart, in 1861. She married James Vincent, an engineer of Belfast in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church on September 24th 1881. She gave her residence as Mountpottinger in south Belfast. Esther Jane Stewart Vincent died in Jan - March 1897.   Esther Jane Stewart and James Vincent had two children - Charles Vincent was born in Belfast in about 1882, and Henry/Harry Vincent in about 1895.   Following Esther Jane's death, James Vincent married a woman named Margaret J.

    A daughter, Elizabeth Stewart, was born in 1864 to John Stewart and Mary Mills, but neither Elizabeth or her mother, Mary, appear in any records after this.

    John Stewart later remarried. His second wife was Eliza Magowan or Elizabeth McGowan. The couple married on 26th October 1871 in York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Belfast city centre;  Elizabeth was the daughter of John McGowan, a labourer of Ballystockart, Comber, Co. Down.  The witnesses were John Stewart's older brother, William A. Stewart, and a Martha Cummings.

    The births of three of their children are recorded:
    Their first child was born on April 1st 1871. Although he was christened Robert Samuel Stewart, on the census and in his father's will, he is referred to as Robert John Stewart. Robert John Stewart took over the Crossnacreevy farm following his father's death; I doubt he ever married - he appears on both the published Irish censuses.  The Masonic membership records note a Robert Johnston Stewart joining Moneyreagh Lodge 556 on 1st April 1893. and this might be Robert John Stewart of Crossnacreevy, since I can find no further record of a Robert Johnston Stewart.
    A daughter, Mariah Lamont Stewart, was born to the couple on Dec. 6th 1873.
    A daughter, Mary Annie Stewart - later known simply as Annie - was born in Crossncreevy on June 4th 1880.

    Mary Stewart, daughter of Joseph and Ann Stewart of Crossnacreevy:
    Mary Stewart, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Stewart of Crossnacreevy,  married Hugh Morrow, a labourer, the son of a sailor John Morrow, deceased, on 13th Sept. 1865 in York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church (Unitarian) in the centre of Belfast. The marriage certificate states that both bride and groom were resident in Crossnacreevy at the time of the wedding.  They were married by Rev. John Jellie who had previously been posted to the Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.

    The witnesses to the wedding were Joseph Stewart and Margaret McCullough.  This Joseph was either her father or her brother: Joseph Stewart, Mary's brother, and his wife, Elizabeth Madine, were living at the time around the corner from York Street Church at 11 Arnon Street, but their father, also Joseph, may well have travelled north into the city for the wedding.

    Mary Stewart and Hugh Morrow had two recorded sons:  Joseph John Morrow was born on 25th Oct. 1866 in Lisleen, one of the Moneyreagh townlands adjacent to Crossnacreevy.
    Their second son, Hugh, was born 20th Feb. 1868 in Comber but the registration doesn't mention the exact place of birth.

    The records for the family are few and far between, and I can find nothing further on Hugh and Mary, but one of their sons, Joseph John Morrow, crops up on the census for both 1901 and 1911.
     The second son of Hugh Morrow and Mary Stewart, Joseph John Morrow, a postman,  married Minnie J. Allen of Tyrone in 1891 but had no children.

    Robert McKitterick Stewart, son of Joseph and Ann Stewart of Crossnacreevy:
    Robert Stewart, the brother of Joseph Stewart, married his sister-in-law, Jane Madine, the younger sister of Elizabeth Madine, in Killinchy Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on July 9th 1860.  Both bride and groom were living in the Madine's hometown of Killyleagh at the time of the marriage and Robert Stewart gave his profession as a mechanic.

    There are two Killyleagh Street Directories - for 1877 and for 1880 - and a Robert Stewart appears in both of them as a grocer/engineer on Front Street, the same street where Robert's father-in-law, Robert Madine, worked as a butcher.  Same guy?

    The Griffiths Valuation revision books for Killyleagh 1879 - 1884 show Robert Stewart of 41 Front Street crossed out and replaced by Thomas Calvert.

    There was also a Robert Stewart mentioned in the lists of Past Masters for the Killyeagh Masonic Lodge 113.  The membership registers for the Irish Masonic Lodges note a Robert Stewart joining on 17th March 1862.
    In 1873 he appears alongside another Killyleagh mechanic, Arthur Gordon of Back Street. In 1874, Robert Stewart appears beside John Davidson who was a teacher in the Killyleagh Second Presbyterian school.

    The Northern Ireland Family History Society's index of mourning cards lists the death in Killyleagh of a Robert McKitterick Stewart who died in Killyleagh and who was subsequently buried by his wife, Jane, in Moneyreagh burying-ground.    His death certificate shows that Robert McKitterick Stewart, mechanic of Killyleagh, died of heart disease there on 18th November 1880 - present at his death was a Margaret Stewart (his daughter or perhaps the wife of his brother, William A. Stewart?).

    'The Belfast Telegraph' of 9th November 1880 published the death notice of Robert M'Kitterick Stewart of Killyleagh, the son of the late Joseph Stewart of Crossnacreevy, aged 42.

    Monday, 24 April 2017

    Some McCullough Families of Moneyreagh, Co. Down

    Because a recent Ancestry DNA test has revealed me to be somehow related to the family of Matthew McCullough who died in Moneyreagh, Co. Down, on 28th April 1874, and because my Stewart ancestors originated in Crossnacreevy, Moneyreagh, I've done a random post about a variety of Moneyreagh McCulloughs.

    The family of Matthew McCullough seems to be linked to the family of a neighbouring Stewart family - the Stewarts of Gransha - who I have long suspected to be related to my own Crossnacreevy Stewarts.   I haven't yet uncovered a definite Stewart/McCullough marriage, nor have I found any proof that the Gransha and Crossnacreevy Stewarts are related, but the following information might be useful as a jumping off point for further research into all these neighbouring Moneyreagh families.
    For the research in this post, I primarily used the collection of Irish wills available on the Proni website, along with the free online Civil registration records, and the Find My Past Irish newspaper collections.

    The Public Records of Northern Ireland Freeholders records show McCulloghs farming in Moneyrea as early as the 1780's, namely Alexander, Hugh, Mathew, John and James McCullogh.

    The Belfast Newsletter noted the death, on the 9th April 1829 at Moneyrea aged 40, of Rev. William Dunwoody McCullough. He was the son of Jane or Janet Dunwody or Dinwoody and of  John McCullough, the son of James McCullough of Moneyrea.  Janet Dunwoody and John McCullough had William Dunwoody McCullough, James McCullough, Mary who married William McIvoid of Gilnahirk, Grace who married James McCune or McEwen of Killinchy in the Woods, Ann who married Thomas Graham and John McCullough.

    In February 1815 in Moneyreagh, a James McCullough  signed a lease for the lives of two James McCulloughs and an Alexander.   Samuel McCullough signed one for the lives of Samuel, Jane and Hugh McCullough, while  Alexander McCullough took out a lease for the lives of Alexander, Alexander and Matthew.
    Also in February 1815, a Mathew McCullough signed a lease in Moneyreagh for the lives of Matthew McCullough, William Stewart and Thomas Orr.  Generally the three lives named in a lease would tend to be relatives, although this wasn't always the case.

    The Proni website also records the fact that three early Matthew McCulloughs made out wills in Moneyreagh in 1800, 1819 and 1841.    A  Matthew Mc Cullough senior of Moneyrea was born about 1769 and died 30th October 1840.

    Alexander McCullough Senior,  married Margaret Orr in Granshaw, and was known to be the father of:

    John McCullough, born 1777.

    William McCullough born 1780.

    Alexander Junior born 1792.   Alexander McCullough Junior, born 1792, was the father of John McCullough born about 1818.    John McCullough, son of Alexander McCullough Junior, married Margaret Orr on 15th August 1855, and had a son, John McCullough, who married Sarah Jane Parry in Queensland, Australia - he died on 6th January 1935 in Paddington, Queensland.

    Matthew McCullough (1798 - 1874) with whom I share DNA.

    A carter of Moneyrea, Matthew, son of Alexander McCullough and Margaret Orr,  died there on 28 April 1874.   He was possibly the Matthew McCullough who married Sarah Alexander, the third daughter of John Alexander of Monlough - this couple were married in Moneyreagh on 3rd March 1825 by Rev. Fletcher Blakely, the Unitarian minister.  (A John M. Alexander of Monlough, Moneyrea, made a will in 1860, in which he named his daughters as Ann Jane Sloan, Margaret Jackson and Sarah McCullough;  a son was Thomas Alexander, now in America. )

    The executors of the 1874 will of Matthew McCullough of Moneyrea were his son Matthew McCullough  of Nelson Street, Belfast, and David McCullough, son of John McCullough of Lisburn.

    (David McCullough might be the David McCullough who had been born in 1835 and who died at Moneyrea aged 76, a married man, on 3rd May 1911;  Hans Moore was present.  The son of hosier John McCullough of Moneyreagh, he had married Margaret Orr, daughter of Gawn Orr of Gransha, in Belfast on 14th August 1886.  The wedding witnesses in 1886 were Hugh and Jane Orr.   Margaret Orr, the daughter of Gawn Orr, had a sister, Jane Orr, who died unmarried in Moneyrea on 2 Feb 1900, and a brother also Gawn Orr.  Cousins were the siblings Adam McKitterick and Jane Evans of Berlin, Wisconsin. Hans Moore, son of Robert Moore of Ballyalolly, Comber, farmer, married Margaret Anna McCullough of 55 Woodstock Road, daughter of Hugh McCullough, in Belfast on 19th January 1899.  Witnesses were Robert Thompson and Mary Jane Hughes. When the older Gawn or Gawin Orr died in Ballyalolly 1 Feb 1886 the witnesses to his will were David and Samuel McCullough.)

    The son of Matthew McCullough (1798 - 1874),  Matthew McCullough of Nelson Street, was to inherit the family farm, and was to let his mother live there.  Son William Walter McCullough was to get £3 should he come and claim it.  Small legacies were also to go to son John McCullough (who married Mary Fitchie in 1865) and to daughters Mary, Sarah, Margaret, Jane, Susanna, Isabella.   Hugh and Samuel McCullough were witnesses to the will.

    The son of Matthew McCullough (1798 - 1874) was John McCullough who married Martha Fitchie, the daughter of John Fitchie of Ballycreely, Moneyreagh, in Moneyrea Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on 4th February 1865. Their children were Elizabeth McCullough, Hugh McCullough, John McCullough, Matthew McCullough, Agnes McCullough, William Walter McCullough, Margaret Buhr, William McCullough, Thomas McCullough and James McCullough.

    On 10th November 1866, Isabella, the daughter of Mathew McCullough (1798 - 1874),  married Robert McTear /Matier/Mateer, son of John McTier.  In 1893, according to the will of my ancestor, John Stewart of Crossnacreevy, Robert Matier was a tenant in the house of Robert John Stewart in Crossnacreevy.   Lizzie Matier, also the daughter of Robert Matier of Crossnacreevy,  was the witness at the wedding on 25th December 1896, of Annie Stewart, daughter of John Stewart of Crossnacreevy, when she married John McKnight.  The second witness was Annie's brother, Robert John Stewart.  In 1896 Lizzie Matier and Robert John Stewart had also acted as witnesses at the wedding of another of the Matier daughters, Mary Matier, when she married John Alexander Kennedy of Crossnacreevy.

    The son of Matthew McCullough (1798 - 1874),  Matthew McCullough Junior, had been born circa 1848, and married Margaret McLenaghan.  This couple were married on 11th July 1868 in in York Street Non-Subscribing Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John Jellie who was the ex-minister of the Moneyreagh unitarian church, and who seems to have been favoured by many of the Moneyreagh congregation when they settled in Belfast, including many of my own Stewart ancestors.
    Matthew McCullough Junior died  17th  August 1914 in 7 Fleet Street, Belfast - daughter-in-law Agnes McCullough was present when he died there of cancer.

    Matthew McCullough Junior and Margaret McLenaghan had:

    • Thomas Girvin McCullough (16 Jul 1869 - 02 Jul 1942). Thomas Girvin McCullough was born in 1 Tennants Court, Belfast; Anne Jane McLenaghan, the sister of Margaret McClenaghan McCullough, was present for the birth on 18th January 1879.  She would die aged 69 at 7 Fleet Street, on 11th January 1915 - her niece, Maggie McCullough, was present.  On 25th March 1889, Thomas Girvan McCullough, son of Matthew, married Agnes Boyd, the daughter of Belfast sailor, William John Boyd - this was witnessed by Matthew and Louisa McCullough.
    • Matthew McCullough who was born  on 3rd Mar 1871 at 1 Tennants Court; later a  fireman of Trafalgar Street, Belfast, he married Louisa Johnston, daughter of Edward Johnston of Belfast, on 25th December 1888.  The witnesses were Alyard Frome and Sarah Thompson.
    • Eleanor Been Moncrieff McCullough was born on 31 Mar 1873 at 8 Nelson Street; aunt Ann Jane McClenaghan was present.  Eleanor McCullough married Robert Dodds, son of David Dodds of Belfast on 4th April 1890;  Thomas and Agnes McCullough acted as witnesses.  A son was Matthew McCullough Dodds, born at 7 Trafalgar Street on 16th September 1896.  Also, David, Robert and Alfred, Thomas, Sarah, William, Kathleen.  The widowed Ellen Dodds was living at Cattog, Comber, 1911. 
    • Ann Jane McCullough, born 1st July 1876.
    • Margaret McCullough, born 18th January 1879.  
    • William Walter McCullough (15th May 1887 - 1st July 1916).  William Walter McCullough married Frances Kelso, the daughter of George Kelso, in the Church of Ireland parish of Holy Trinity, Belfast, on 15th September 1913.  
    • Catherine C. McCullough, born 1890. Catherine McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough of 15 Fleet Street, Belfast, married George Moody of Trillick Street, son of William Robert Moody, in St. Anne's, Belfast, on 29th March 1910 - James Robinson and Maggie McCullough were the witnesses. 

    A second early Matthew McCullough of Moneyrea had the following children:

    1) Samuel McCullough (1822 - 1899), son of another Matthew McCullough, had been born circa 1822 in Moneyreagh and married Margaret Connory on 15th November 1850 in Moneyrea Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Fletcher Blakeley carried out the  ceremony which was witnessed by Robert Connery and James McCullough.     (Margaret Connery's brother might have been the John Connery who married Margaret Jane Rea, daughter of John Rea of Ballykeel, in Moneyrea, on 16th July 1861.)
    Samuel McCullough and Margaret Connory had David McCullough, who was born on 1st September 1851 and who emigrated to New Zealand where he died, Isabella McCullough, born 30th October 1854, who married Robert Magill, and Elizabeth McCullough, who was born 4th April 1861 and who married Moore Fisher;  she died on 8th February 1924.
    Elizabeth Fisher, née McCullough, of Ballymaleddy, Comber, had James Fisher, born 19th January 1884 who married Elizabeth McCalmont and who died at the Somme, Margaret Fisher, born 7th January 1886, who married James Johnston and who died 26th December 1933;  John Fisher born 16th June 1887 and who died of cancer, unmarried, on 30th January 1919.

    When Samuel McCullough, son of Matthew, died in Moneyreagh on 25th August 1899, the executors of his will were David T. Stewart, son of William Stewart and and Mary Abernethy of Moneyreagh, and Samuel Abernethy of Moneyrea.
    Samuel McCullough left his farm to son David, should he return from New Zealand - he never did.  If not, grandson James Fisher was to inherit it.  Daughters were named as Isabella Magill and Lizzie Fisher.   Granddaughters were Maggie Magill and Maggie Fisher.  The witnesses were David and Margaret (Orr) McCullough.

    2) Matthew McCullough, son of Matthew McCullough (1823 - 20 Dec 1890 ).  Matthew McCullough died of heart disease at Moneyreagh - David McCullough was the informant of death and had 'helped to find the body'.

    3) Margaret McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough,  who married John Thompson of Mealough on the 21st Feb 1840 in Moneyrea. On 9th April 1882 in 30 Thompson Street, Belfast, Matthew Thompson, 2nd son of John Thompson, died aged 32 and was buried in Moneyrea.  A daughter was Annie Thompson.

    4) Jane McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough,  who married a Johnson or Johnston.

    5) Rachel mcCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough, who married Henry Abernethy - Rachel McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough, married Henry Abernathy, son of Robert Abernathy in Comber on 4th September 1858.  Rachel Abernathy died in Ballycreely on 1st October 1882; the widowed Henry Abernathy died aged 84 in Ballycreely, Comber, on 5th July 1918;  his nephew S. Abernathy was present at his death.

    6 ) Nancy/Agnes McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough, who married John Smythe or Smyth, in Moneyrea on 26th February 1853,  and who died in Moneyrea on 3rd December 1898.  John Smyth of Moneyrea died 13th March 1887; Nancy Smythe of Moneyreagh died a widow on  3rd December 1898 having made a will, whose executor was James McCullough of Granshaw, who follows later in this post. Legacies were left to Nancy's grandnephew James Fisher, grandniece Maggie Magill,  grandnephews John Joseph and William Thompson, niece Annie Thompson, nieces Isabella Magill and Lizzie Fisher.  Samuel and David McCullough were the witnesses to the will.

    7) Elizabeth McCullough, daughter of Matthew McCullough,  who married Robert Somersides of Crossnacreevy on 12th November 1838.  Elizabeth must have died young since the same Robert later married Catherine Smith.   Robert Somerside of Crossnacreevy left a will in which he named his wife as Catherine née Smith, (Catherine Smith, daughter of Robert Smith, married Robert Somerside on 3rd June 1850) his son as Mathew Sumerside, and three daughters as Mary Smith, Jane and Elizabeth Eleanor Sumerside.  Executors were Matthew McCullough of Moneyrea and Robert Smith Junior of Crossnacreevy.  Robert Somerside died 7th August 1880.

    There is a Stewart/Sommerside connection here:

    8) Hugh McCullough, son of Matthew McCullough,  (1810 - 1878) of Moneyrea was farming there in 1863 -  he died on 29th January 1878, leaving  a will whose executors were named as Hugh's brother, Matthew McCullough, his brother-in-law John Smythe, David McCullough of Moneyrea and James Orr McGowan Junior of Ballykeel.  Hugh was survivied by an unnamed wife and young son.  This will was witnessed by Gawn Orr and David McCullough.
    Griffiths of 1863 shows up two Hugh McCulloughs in Moneyrea, one the son of Samuel, the other the son of Matthew.  Hugh McCullough, son of Matthew, was leasing a house to William Stewart, son of Joseph Stewart of Gransha and grandson of Francis Stewart and Martha Patterson of Gransha.

    9) Mary McCullough of Moneyreagh, daughter of Matthew McCullough, died unmarried on 30 March 1879 and named in her will her sisters, Jane Johnson, Margaret Thompson, Rachel Abernethy and Nancy Smith, all of them the daughters of Matthew McCullough.  Her niece was Elizabeth McCullough. Her brothers were Samuel and Matthew McCullough.

    The McCullochs/McCulloughs of Gransha:

    The children of Francis Stewart of Gransha sold land to Rev. James McCulloch....

     Rev. James McCulloch of Gransha, Comber, made a will and died on 16th November 1865. In his will he named his grandchildren as Jane, Mary, Margaret, Lizzie,  Isabella, James, Matilda, all being the children of James's son John McCulloch. He named two farms, one held since 1806 included a windmill, house and outbuildings. The second he bought from the heirs of Francis Stewart in 1835, this sale having been witnessed by William Patterson and by James's own son John Mc Culloch.   The first farm seems to hve been called by the name of Porters or Pettigrew's Mill in Ballyalloly.

    Rev. James McCulloch died 16th November 1865 and his will was proved by, amongst others, Rev. Isaac Vance of Gransha.

    A John McCulloch died in Gransha on 08-Sep1875, his wife wrote a mourning card which survives.
    Another John McCullough (1824 - 1894) farmed at Gransha and was the son of the Rev. James McCulloch.
    He had a son, James McCulloch JP of Granshaw who married Mary Leathem Orr,  the daughter of William Orr of Ballybeen; the witnesses to the wedding in Gilnahirk, Knockbreda, on 13th January 1897 were James and Minnie Busby.

    On 29th June 1864 in the Presbyterian Church in Granshaw, by the Rev. Isaac Vance and assisted by the Rev. James M'Collough, the grandfather of the bride, Mary, second daughter of Mr. John M'Collough of Granshaw, married  Mr. David M'Alpin of Mountalexander, Comber.   Jane McCulloch, aged 11, eldest daughter of David McAlpine, died in March 1877 and was buried in Granshaw. Another daughter, Marion McAlpine, married Comber surgeon James Simpson Steele, son of James Steele, on 15th September 1898;  the wedding took place in the bride's family home in Mountalexander and was witnessed by Samuel Wallace and Lizzie McAlpine.

    On 22 December 1896 in Granshaw Church, Matilda McCulloch, daughter of John McCulloch and granddaughter of the late Rev. James McCulloch, married William Boyd of Ballywilliam, son of Robert Boyd. The witnesses were Richard Baxter and Marion McAlpine.

    John McCulloch died in Gransha aged 74 on 28th March 1894. Son James McCulloch JP was there.
    Jane, the eldest daughter of John McCulloch of Gransha, Comber, had married John Busby of Belfast in 1868.  Notes on the Busby family follow....

    James McCulloch JP, son of John of Gransha, married Mary Leathem Orr, daughter of William Orr of Ballybeen, Comber, in Gilnahirk on 13th January 1897;  witnesses were James M. Busby and Minnie Busby.   James McCullough of Granshaw and David Stewart, son of William Stewart and Mary Abernethy of Moneyrea, were the witnesses to the will of Agnes Glover of Moneyrea when she died there on 8th June 1903.   She was the daughter of Robert Gracey and had married William Glover, son of David Glover, in Moneyrea on 11th May 1848.  Her 1903 will named her children as Caroline Glover (who died on 30th January 1953), Annie, Margaret, Mary, Sarah who had been born in Belfast on 19th June 1962 and who died in Evaston, Illinois on 19th January 1933), Harriet, and William John Glover who married Sarah Gourley.
    William Glover, husband of Agnes Gracey, had a brother, Francis Glover, who married an Agnes Stewart, the daughter of a John Stewart, in Moneyrea on 26th July 1854.  On Griffiths Valuation of 1863, David, William and Francis Glover were all farming in Moneyrea.

    John McCulloch, Rifleman, No. 1378, of the 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on Sunday 2nd July 1916 aged only 18. He had been born on 30th October 1897 in Comber and was the only child of James McCulloch JP and Mary Leathem Orr. John McCulloch’s mother, Mary, died on 31st March 1925, aged 66, and his father, James McCulloch JP, died on 17th February 1928 aged 76.

    John McCulloch of Gransha, son of Rev. James McCulloch, and Rev. James Vance, were also the executors of the 1870 will of the following James McCullough.....

    James McCullough of Moneyreagh, who died there on 16th Feb 1870,  named his brothers as John, Hugh, and Samuel McCullough.  James left other legacies to James McCulloch Beattie son of Samuel.  (Samuel Beattie was a farmer of Crossnacreevy....James McCullough Beattie had a wife, Sarah Glover, who died 27 Jul 1915 in Gransha. Their son was William James Beattie - 12th Feb 1874 - of Moneyrea, who married Margaret McKibbin daughter of William McKibbin. )

    James McCullough of Moneyrea, according to his 1870 will, also had a brother, Hugh (dead by 1870) who had two sons, Hugh and James.  The younger Hugh also had a daughter, Mary Anne McCullough, wife of the hosier William Pyper, and a daughter, Margaret McCullough.
    The widowed MaryAnne Pyper, aged 84, was living in Newtownards in 1901 with her children - the widowed Agnes Hutchinson, the widowed Mary Reid, Eleanor Pyper and nephew James Gibson, aged 74.    Mary Ann Pyper, née McCullough, died aged 78, on 15th October 1901, the widow of a hosier, in Greenwell Street, Newtownards, and her grandson William Reid (son of the late weaver Robert Reid) was present.
    The widowed Agnes Hutchinson, daughter of late hosier William Pyper, married the widowed George Apperson, son of late Francis Apperson, in Newtownards on 25th November 1905...witnesses were William and Ellen J. Reid.

    James McCullough, who died in Moneyreagh in 1870, also left small legacies to the unnamed children of his deceased sister Jane, and to the unnamed children of his deceased sister Elizabeth.

    He also named a nephew as John Stewart McCullough the son of his brother Samuel McCullough who was still alive at the time of the will which was originally written in 1867.
    The executors of James McCullough's will when he died in 1870 were  Rev. Isaac Vance of Gransha and John McCulloch of Gransha, son of late Rev. James McCulloch. The witnesses were James and Matthew McCullough, who states that he is over 30 years old, ie, born prior to 1840.

    Samuel McCullough, father of John Stewart McCullough and brother of James McCullough of Moneyrea,  died aged 84 in 1875 in Ballyknockan, Saintfield, and his will was administered by his surviving son, Samuel McCullough.   In his 1875 will, Samuel McCullough names his daughter as Mary McDowell of Pittsburg,  his son as Samuel McCullough, and two grandsons as Samuel and John Stewart McCullough.
    John Stewart McCullough, son of Samuel McCullough of Lisburn, and nephew of James McCullough of Moneyrea who made his will in 1870, married Eliza Patterson, daughter of Hamilton Patterson of Killynure near Carryduff, 16 Dec 1857 in Knockbreda.  (The third daughter of Hamilton Patterson of Killynure was Isabella Patterson who married Henry White of Cairns Hill, Ballylenaghan,  in Dr. Cooke's Church in Belfast on 26th October 1859. Alice Patterson, youngest daughter of Hamilton Patterson, married John Patterson of Monlough on 10th June 1869.)

    John Stewart McCullough and Eliza Patterson had a son, John Stewart McCullough Junior in Clontonacally on 22nd May 1867;  they also had Samuel McCullough in Clontonacally on 6 Feb 1864, and James Rae Patterson Mccullough on 16 Aug 1865.  James Rae Patterson McCullough married Rebecca Jane Howe on May 26, 1890, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand and had one child, Laura, during their marriage. James died on May 23, 1938, in Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand, at the age of 72, and was buried in Bromley, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    John Stewart McCullough, son of Samuel of Lisburn, died young on April 18th, 1870, at 14 Ward Street in Belfast, aged 39.  The widowed Eliza, née Patterson, married Thomas Walker CAMLIN and they had one daughter together, Agnes Arnold Camlin, on 14th June 1874 in Belfast.  Eliza Camlin, widow of John Stewart McCullough and wife of Thomas Walker Camlin, died on October 18, 1877, in Belfast, Antrim, at the age of 41 and was buried in Ballyknockan graveyard.

    Another son of farmer John Stewart McCullough and Eliza Patterson was Samuel McCullough. He married, in in Knockbreda on 11th December 1889, Annie White of Ballymaconaghy, Castlereagh, the daughter of farmer and pawnbroker Henry White.   The witnesses were the  groom's brother, John Stewart McCullough, and Mary L. Busby.  This was probably Mary Louisa Busby, the daughter of linen draper Gawn Busby of Belfast. The bride's brother, pawnbroker Edmund White, married on the same day, same place,  Maggie Busby of Braniel, daughter of farmer James Busby, the witnesses being Rebecca Busby and Hugh Perry.

    Administration of the estate of Samuel M'Cullough (son of Samuel McCullough) late of Saintfield, County Down, who died 24 March 1902, was granted at Belfast to Samuel M'Cullough, pawnbroker, the son of John Stewart McCullough..
    Samuel McCullough, the son of John Stewart McCullough and Eliza Patterson, was a pawnbroker in Belfast;  his son, John Stewart McCullough, was born in South Parade on 10th October 1891. An electrician, son John Stewart McCullough, died in South Parade in 1921.  Henry was born 30th August 1890.  Lilian McCullough was born at 6 South Parade on 18th November 1895.  Pawnbroker Samuel McCullough died at South Parade 9th May 1919 aged 55; son John Stewart McCullough was there.

    (A Samuel McCullough had died aged 76 in Moneyrea on 25th Aug 1888 and his will named his nephew as Samuel McCullough of Lisburn who had a daughter named Lizzie.  Another nephew of the testator was David McCullough who was to inherit his land.)

    As previously noted, James McCullough who died in 1870, had left a legacy to a James McCulloch Beattie who was the son of  Samuel Beattie, a farmer of Crossnacreevy.  James Beattie also links to the following McCulloughs, being one of the executors of the 1901 will of James McCullough junior, son of the James McCullough senior who follows....

    James McCullough Senior, was farming 11 acres in Moneyreagh in 1863 and was also leasing houses to Hugh McCullough and to Margaret McCullough;  he died on 18th July 1878.  His daughter was Jane, who had married John Smiley, son of Robert Smiley, on  4th Sep 1852. A second daughter of James McCullough senior was Eliza Nancy McCullough.  His sons were James and Thomas who follow.
    The 1878 will of James McCullough senior was witnessed by Alexander and Matthew McCullough.   Daughter Eliza Nancy died unmarried on 8th February 1899 and her will was granted at Belfast to Robert Smiley Road Contractor, the son of Andrew Smiley, of Crossnacreevy,  who had married Jane Simpson in 1894.

    James McCullough of Moneyrea, the son of the previous James McCullough senior, hung himself at Moneyreagh on 8th August 1901 - the executors of his will were Matthew McCullough of Belfast, David McCullough of Moneyrea and James (McCullough) Beattie of Moneyrea.  His sister was Jane Smiley and his will named his late nephew as Thomas McCullough Smiley who had died and left surviving children.  David and Margaret McCullough were the witnesses.  James McCullough Beattie, late of Moneyrea, died in Downpatrick on 8th June 1922 and was buried in the family plot in Granshaw Burying Ground.

    Thomas McCullough of Moneyrea, son of James McCullough senior, died of dropsy on 15th September 1897.   His brother was James McCullough and his nephew was Thomas McCullough Smilie.  His sister was Eliza Nancy McCullough.   James Beattie and Alexander McCullough, both of Moneyrea, were the executors and the witnesses were Alexander and David McCullough.

    The will of James McCullough senior, who had died in 1878, had been witnessed by Alexander and Matthew McCullough;  the 1901 will of James's son, James junior, had been granted to Matthew McCullough of Belfast.   Alexander and Matthew McCullough seem to form part of the following Moneyreagh family.....
    ...another Matthew McCullough of Gransha, Moneyreagh died on 14th March 1874 . Matthew's only daughter was Jane. On 1st February 1866 in Carryduff Presbyterian Church,  Mr. John Patterson of Killynure had married Jane, the only daughter of Matthew McCullough of Moneyrea.  Their son, Matthew WIlliam Patterson, had been born 14 Aug 1868 to John Patterson and Jane McCullough.
    Matthew McCullough of Gransha, who died there in 1874, also had two sons, Joseph John and James McCullough.  An Alexander McCullough, possibly his brother, was the witness to the will.   A second grandson of Matthew McCullough was Matthew McCullough.

    Joseph John, son of Matthew McCullough of Gransha, Moneyreagh, married another member of the Killynure Patterson family, Jane C. Patterson, daughter of Adam Patterson of Killynure, Mealough, in Drumbo on 30th December 1859, and settled as a farmer in Mealough.
    Joseph John McCullough and Jane C. Patterson had David McCullough on 14th May 1866, Lizzie on 1st May 1868, Adam McCullough in the Comber area on 9th September 1873.  Joseph John died on 31st December 1897, leaving a will in which he named his children as William McCullough, who had returned from Australia, Adam (born 17th May 1870 ) and James who inherited the two farms in Mealough, youngest son John McCullough, Eleanor McCullough, Lizzie McCready (born 1st May 1868 in Monlough), Matthew McCullough (born 15th May 1860) in Australia, David Patterson McCullough in America and daughter Sarah (born 2nd May 1864) also in Australia.

    The executors of Joseph John McCullough's will were his son, William, and Matthew McCullough of 21 Willowfield Street, Belfast.   Matthew McCullough (1838- 1909) of 21 Willowfield Street was the son of Alexander McCullough of Moneyrea, who also had Alexander McCullough (1835 - 1898) and bootmaker William McCullough of the Woodstock Road.
    Alexander McCullough, a bachelor of Moneyrea and son of Alexander McCullough, hung himself on 23rd April 1898, aged 63. His brother administered his estate - William M'Cullough, bootmaker of 77 Woodstock-Road Belfast.
    William McCullough of 77 Woodstock Road was also present for the death of another of his brothers, the joiner Matthew McCullough, who died aged 71 at Willowfield Street, Belfast, on 10th May 1909. William McCullough married Sarah Jane Browne and had Isabella and Sarah Jane in Belfast, and Samuel McCullough on 26th May 1875.
    On 5th August 1887 in Hillsborough, 18-yr-old Samuel M'Cullogh, late of Moneyrea, was accidentally killed. He was to be buried in Moneyrea by his mother, Sarah jame M'Cullogh of 48 Willowfield Street, who must be the widow of William McCullough of 77 Woodstock Road.

    Joiner Matthew McCullough's wife was Letitia Jane McCullough, daughter of farmer Hugh McCullough - this couple married late on 23rd May 1893 in Mountpottinger - the witnesses were George Andrews and Margaret Anna McCullough.
    Letitia Jane, widow of carpenter Matthew, died aged 70, the widow of a cooper, in 17 Madrid Street on 27th January 1921;  Wm. W. Nelson of Ravenhill Avenue was present.  William Nelson, son of William Nelson, had married Isabella McCullough, daughter of bootmaker William and Letitia McCullough of Woodstock Road, on 15th September 1903.
    In 1911 in Moneyreagh was James McCullough, aged 31, and his wife, Sarah Munn.  They had been married by Richard Lyttle in Moneyrea Unitarian Church on 1st September 1904. Their witnesses were Letitia Jane McCullough and Thomas Munn.   James was the son of Hugh McCullough, while Sarah was the daughter of Isaac Munn of Moneyreagh.


    This family intermarried with both the McCullochs of Gransha and with the relatives of the Stewarts of Gransha.

    The only daughter of John Busby, publican, of Ritchie's Dock, Belfast, married Captain John Pascoe on 21st December 1841.  Widowed, he would later marry Rebecca Busby, the daughter of Hugh and Sarah Busby of Lisnaharragh, Castlereagh.

    In March 1865, a John  Busby died at Braniel.

    A draper, Gawn Busby of Belfast, son of John Busby,  married Esther Whyte, only daughter of John Whyte of Cairn's Hill, Newtownbreda, on 19 Oct 1863 in Knockbreda.  A daughter was Mary Louisa Busby.  They also had Esther White Busby and George Orr Busby (1878 - 4th March 1938)  
    Gawn Orr Busby was the executor of his brother-in-law's will when he - James White, pawnbroker of the Shankill Road -  died on 14th June 1878.   James White named his brothers as William White of the Newtownards Road and Henry White of Ballymaconaghy and a nephew as William White.  A cousin was James Carse and another was Eliza Carson of Mealough;  James White was a witness.

    On May 7th 1868, in Granshaw by Rev. Isaac Vance, John Busby of Belfast married Jane, eldest daughter of John McCulloch of Granshaw, as already noted earlier in this post. Son John Busby was born at 36 Melrose Terrace, Belfast, on 10th May 1879.   On 13th November 1870 in Athol Street a daughter, Mary, was born.  Father John Busby was a draper, in common with Gawn Busby, but was later a bookkeeper.  James McCulloch Busby was born 16th April 1869 at Athol Street.

    On 7th June 1905 in Belfast, James McCulloch Busby, son of John Busby and Jane McCulloch, married Marianne Halliday Fulton daughter of Dr. Thomas Fulton.  Wits - H.M. Glass and Norah Fulton.   Norah was born 1885 in Saintfield to Thomas Fulton and Marion Hamilton Thompson.

    On 24th April 1860 in Dundonald, James Busby of Castlereagh married Agnes, eldest daughter of John Morrow of Ballyhanwood, Gilnahirk.  A brief genealogy of the Ballyhanwood Morrow family follows later in this post.

    Hugh Busby of Lisnaharragh, the husband of Sarah, died on 2nd April 1869 aged 77. He named his children as son Hugh Busby and his daughters as Elizabeth or Lizzie Busby, Rebecca Pascoe (she had married Captain John Pascoe, master mariner and publican, in Belfast on 26th February 1863), Deborah Jane McDowell (she had married Thomas McDowell, son of Thomas McDowell, in Belfast on 29th August 1885 and she died at 3 Lower Frank Street, Castlereagh, on 15th July 1897), Anne McDowell (who married Stewart McDowell, son of Robert McDowell of Ballyhanwood and of Mary Stewart of Gransha), Dorothea Hunter (wife of James S. Hunter).   A nephew was James Busby.
    The son of Hugh and Sarah Busby of Lisnaharragh was Hugh Busby who married Lizzie, the only daughter of the late Isaac Kirker of Killead on 4th November 1875.  Hugh died in Bangor on 25th December 1906;  a nephew, Isaac Kirker, was present.

    On 24th April 1860 in Dundonald, the (possible) nephew of Hugh and Sarah Busby of Lisnaharragh, James Busby of Braniel, son of John Busby, married Agnes Morrow, the daughter of John Morrow of Gilnahirk.

    Hugh Busby of Braniel (son of John Busby) married to Eliza White.  Eliza was the daughter of   William White and the couple married in Knockbreda on 13 Feb 1862.   Two sons were John and William Busby.  Daughter was Agnes Busby, and another was Rebecca Busby who married James McDowell, the son of John McDowell of Ballyhanwood, and grandson of Mary Stewart and Robert McDowell.  Rebecca McDowell of 25 Canning Street was present when her father, Hugh Busby, died aged 73 at 105 Madrid Street on 19th March 1893.
    Hugh had made a will before he died in 1893, in which he named his two daughters as Agnes Busby and Rebecca McDowell, and a brother as John Busby. The executor of the will was William Robert White of Crossnacreevy, son of Samuel White and Martha Jane White and brother of James White, all probable relations of Hugh Busby's wife, Eliza White.    (13th January 1864, Robert Smyth of Castlereagh to Jane, youngest daughter of the late William White of Crossnacreevy.)

    Hugh Busby and Eliza White had two daughters, Agnes Busby who was born in Braniel on 3rd August 1871 and Rebecca.
    27th November 1866 in Pres Church, York Street, James S. Hunter of Ardmore,  Killead to Dorothea Busby of Lisnaharragh.


    Adam Morrow of Ballymaglaff died on 25th October 1864, leaving a will.  His wife Agnes Morrow died aged 64 on 20th September 1859.  Their children, as named in Adam Morrow's will, were John Morrow, who had a daughter Agnes, William who had a daughter Agnes, James who had a daughter Agnes, Adam, Elizabeth Little, Agnes wife of Hugh Hill and Mary wife of John Young who died at Ballykeel in 1879.

    A James Morrow of Ballyhanwood died 14th May 1896.  His daughter, Agnes, married John J. Chancellor of Ballymaglaff in Granshaw Presbyterian Church on 16th February 1877.   Another daughter, Bella Morrow, married Andrew Anderson of Crossnacreevy.

    Adam Morrow's son, William Morrow of Ballyhanwood, died 17th July 1883 and named his wife in his will as Jane.  His son-in-law was James Morrow;  his cousin was William Morrow of Tullycarnet. A son was William Robert Morrow, as were Adam and John.  Daughters were Agnes and Sarah, and his brother-in-law was John Young of Gransha, then Ballykeel.

    A William Morrow of Ballybeen died 12th September 1859.  His wife was Isabella.  He mentions a house currently occupied by Robert Warden.  His daughter was Ellenor McDowell (who had married John McDowell, son of Mary Stewart and Robert McDowell of Ballyhanwood).  William's grandson was James McHarg or Meharg (William's daughter Isabella Morrow had married Samuel Meharg, son of James Meharg, in Knockbreda on 13 Mar 1855) His sons were William and Hugh and his brother was Thomas Morrow of Ballyhanwood.  (William  Morrow of Ballybeen had married Isabella Loughlin and had James Morrow in September 1840.)

    An Agnes Morrow of Ballyhanwood, eldest surviving daughter of William Morrow, married James Morrow of Belfast, in Gilnahirk on 29th May 1877.
    Adam Morrow, son of William of Ballyhanwood, married Minnie or Mary Ann Stewart, the eldest daughter of William Stewart of Tullycarnett, Knock, on 30th November 1892. Adam Morrow had been born 26th September 1864 in Ballyhanwood, Ballymaglaff, to William Morrow and Jane Herron. They also had John Morrow on 9 November 1868.  A Robert Herron died in Ballyhanwood in 1879.
    William's son, William Morrow, settled in Ballymaglaff and married Eliza Anne Warden.  His sisters were Agnes Kennedy and Ellin McDowell, wife of John McDowell of Ballyhanwood.  He had a brother, Hugh Morrow, and a nephew James Mcharg.  Sons were named as William,  Thomas, Edward, James and Samuel.

    William Morrow, who died in Ballybeen in 1859, was the brother of Thomas Morrow of Ballyhanwood who married Jane or Jenny Warden and was the father of William Morrow.  Thomas died aged 101 on 28th February 1916; son William was present. Thomas and Jane Morrow had Mary in 1840, Hugh in 1841;  both were baptised in Dundonald Church.  Also William and Richard and Agnes Jane.  Jennie Morrow died aged 82 on 12th June 1901 at Ballyhanwood.    John Warden of Ballyblack died in 1860 leaving a will in which he named his daughter as Jane Morrow; another was Mary Stewart whose daughter, Mary Stewart, was living with Thomas Morrow in Ballyhanwood in 1911.  Executors were Thomas Morrow of Ballyhanwood and John Stewart of Cardy, Greyabbey
    Thomas Morrow's son, Richard Thomas Morrow, married Mary Jane McDowell, the daughter of Stewart McDowell and granddaughter of Robert McDowell and Mary Stewart.

    A John Morrow of Ballyhanwood, who had married Mary Morrow, had Adam Morrow in Ballymaglaff on 3rd September 1865, Richard Thomas Morrow on 29th May 1872 and a secomd Richard Thomas Morrow on 19th March 1875.

    Friday, 14 October 2016

    The Keating Family of Ballyhay, Donaghadee

    William John Anderson married Agnes Keating in Belfast city in 1877.  They were the grandparents of my paternal grandmother, Agnes Keating Wilson/aka Nessie.

    The earliest identifiable member of the Keating family, who cluster in the Ballyhay townland immediately west of Donaghadee town, is Samuel Keating (1799 - 1870), Agnes Keating's grandfather, who was born in 1799 and who farmed in the Donaghadee townland of Ballyhay  - he is commemorated by a headstone in Donaghadee Church of Ireland churchyard. Some of the inscription is illegible:
      'Erected by Agnes, Susanna and Thomas Keating of Ballyhay in memory of their father Samuel Keating who died 5th Novr. 1870 aged 71 years.  Also their brother William Keating who died 2(1)st Dec (18)60 aged 31 years. Also their mother Margaret (Keating) who died....Also (Susanna) who died...'

    So Agnes Keating's grandparents were Samuel and Margaret Keating of Ballyhay, Donaghadee. There was a second Keating family  and both seem to be interlinked - one had its origins in our Samuel Keating and the other in William Keating.  The two men were contemporary and were most likely brothers,  both having had very strong links with the Ballyhay townland just outside of Donaghadee.

    A lease dated 29th April 1823 for Killaughey, Donaghadee, the townland which immediately adjoins Ballyhay, was made between Sir James Bristow and a John Keating, and was for the three lives of John Keating, Eliza Keating and Susanna Keating.

    The Tithe Applotment Books for the area were drawn up in 1834, and reveal Samuel Keating (senior) farming 3 acres in Ballyhay.

    The known children of farmer Samuel Keating (1799 - 1870), and wife Margaret of Ballyhay were:

    1) Agnes Keating, born 1824, and mentioned above on the headstone.

    2) Susanna Keating, born in the 1820s and mentioned on the headstone.

    3) Thomas, born 1820s and mentioned on the headstone. He was possibly the Thomas Keating,  grocer, who was living at 1 and 3 Third Street, Belfast in the 1870s - on 1st February 1878, his niece, Margaret Jane McCully was born at his house, 3 Third Street, to shoemaker, George McCully and Margaret Keating.

    4) William born 1829, died 1860, as named on the family headstone.

    5) Samuel Keating Jr (Agnes Keating's father), born circa 1833 - 26th February 1895.

    6) John Keating (1837 - 4th February 1912) who married twice, first to a possible cousin, Anne Jane Keating, then to Anne Jane Reid.

    7) Margaret Keating, born circa 1839 - she married shoemaker, George McCully on  May 8th 1866.

    John Keating, son of farmer Samuel Keating and Margaret of Ballyhay:
    I believe that Agnes Keating's uncle John Keating - the brother of the baker, Samuel Keating, married his cousin, Ann Jane Keating, the daughter of farmer William Keating in Newtownards on November 5th 1859.
    Their children include:

    a) Samuel Keating,  born in Ballyhay on 1st April 1864; in 1864, John Keating was working as a farmer in Ballyhay.  In Ballycopeland in 1884, a Samuel Keating, labourer/carter of Ballyhay, son of labourer John Keating, married Mary Kerr of Ballyhay, daughter of carpenter William Kerr.  A son, Victor, was born to the couple in Killaughy Street, Donaghadee, on 14th July 1899; a son Samuel Keating was born at Drumawhey on 1st December 1888.

    b) Susanna Keating born in Ballyhay on 2nd January 1867.

    c) Eliza Letitia Keating, born 8th Jan 1868 in Ballyhay.

    d) Margaret born in Ballyhay on 28th July 1870 - I believe this was the Maggie Keating, daughter of shopman, John Keating, who married William McClelland of Cottown, Bangor, son of James McClelland, on 10th July 1891 in Ballygrainy, Bangor; the witnesses were William St. George Keating, nephew of Anne Jane and John Keating, and a Maggie Cooper.

    e) John born in Ballyhay on 8th February 1873.

    f) William Thomas Keating  -  on 10th September 1890 in Ballycopeland, Donaghadee, William Thomas Keating, son of carman John Keating of Ballyhay, married Jane Strain of Ballyhay, daughter of farmer Alexander Strain of Ballyhay. The witnesses were James Strain and Agnes Crothers.
    William Thomas Keating and Jane Strain settled in Cottown, Bangor, Co. Down.
    The 1901 shows up their children - William born circa 1891, John Alexander born on 16th July 1895 at Herdstown, Eveline born 9th June 1897 in Herdstown, Maggie Jane born circa 1896, Agnes Hood Keating born circa 1900.  Only four of the children survived, according to the later census.
    The youngest, Agnes Hood Keating, died aged only one year, of laryngitis on 2nd February 1902, while son James Keating died aged 16 of TB in Newtownards Workhouse on 11th June 1909. William Thomas Keating's wife, Jane Strain, died of TB in William Street, Newtownards, on 8th May 1904.
    On 24th September 1917 in Ballygrainy Church, daughter Eveline Keating married the carpenter John McMahon, son of John McMahon of Cottown. The witnesses were an Alexander Moore and Fanny Keating, who was possibly Eveline's sister Agnes.
    Margaret Jane Keating, daughter of William Thomas Keating, married, in Ballygrainy on 14th July 1920, David Harry McKee of Cottown, the son of James McKee - this was witnessed by John McIlwaine and by Letitia Jane Keating, who had been born to Elizabeth Keating of Ballyhay on 14th September 1891.

    Carman John Keating spent time in Belfast city working as a breadserver like his brother Samuel - he appears in the Street Directory for 1892 at 13 Caroline Terrace and also in 1895 and 1896 as a breadserver in Harper Street, but by 1901 has moved to 16 Georges Street in Newtownards, where both John and his second wife, Annie J. Keating, were working as cardrivers, an early form of taxi-driver.
    Wife Anne Jane Keating, (daughter of William Keating of Ballyhay?), died in Belfast in 1881, aged 42.
    In Newtownards on 14th March 1882, John Keating, widowed breadserver of Belfast, son of farmer Samuel Keating of Ballyhay, married the widowed Ann Jane McDonald, shopkeeper of Newtownards, daughter of farmer Alexander Reid.  Witnesses were James Skilling and Jane Filson.

    (Ann Jane McDonald's daughter, Eliza Jane McDonald, was married to John Keating's nephew, John George McCully, the son of Margaret Keating and George McCully.)
    According to the 1911 census, John Keating and Anne Jane Reid McDonald had no children together.

    In 1901, John Keating and second wife, Anne Jane McDonald, were living in Newtownards along with two of Anne Jane's daughters by the late Robert McDonald, and also one of her young grandchildren. Mary McDonald, aged 20, was there, as was Eliza Jane McCully, aged 30. This was the wife of John George McCully, John George being the son of Margaret Keating and George McCully, Margaret Keating being the brother of carman John Keating who was now married to Anne Jane Reid-McDonald-Keating!
    Also present in the house in Newtownards in 1901, was John Heron, the 3-yr-old grandson of Anne Jane.  His mother was Charlotte Anna McDonald, who had married James Heron, watchmaker, the son of Alexander Heron, widower and watchmaker of Newtownards, on 4th March 1897.  The witnesses were Samuel Heron and Mary McDonald.
    In 1901,  this Heron family were living at 9 North Street, Newtownards. Alexander was a dealer; by 1911 he was a fruit merchant.  By 1911 they were living in Conway Square, Newtownards, and they had five children, including John who had spent the night of the 1901 Census with his grandmother, Annie Jane, and her husband, John Keating.

    Carman John Keating of Wallace's Street, Newtownards,  died aged 70 on 6th February 1912; wife Anne Jane Keating, née Reid,  was there.

    Margaret Keating, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Keating of Ballyhay, and George McCully:
    Margaret Keating, the daughter of farmer Samuel Keating and Margaret,  had married George McCully , the son of farmer Robert McCully, on May 8th 1866.
    In 1901 the McCully family were living just around the corner from her niece, Agnes Keating Anderson, at 21 My Ladys Road, along with Margaret's unmarried sister Agnes.  This older Agnes Keating was one of the three siblings who had erected the headstone for their parents, Samuel and Margaret Keating, in Donaghadee Churchyard.

    George McCully and Margaret Keating also had two sons, Thomas McCully, born 18th November 1867 in Ballyhay, and Jean George (Jack) McCully, born as John George McCully in Killaughy Street, Donaghadee on 18th December 1869, and who left Ireland for California at some stage.

    George McCully and Margaret Keating also had a daughter, Margaret Jane, who had been born on 1st February  1878 at 3 Third Street, possibly the home of the baby's maternal uncle, the grocer Thomas Keating who appeared at this address in the Belfast street directories of the 1870s. Margaret Jane McCully later married the widowed clerk, William Boyd, son of farmer Samuel Boyd, on 4th July 1900 by special licence at home in 10 Mersey Street;  the ceremony was performed by James McConnell of Megain Memorial Church, and was witnessed by our Agnes Keating, the bride's cousin, and by an Ellen Bowman. William Boyd had been born in about 1863 in Ballykeel, Co. Down.

    In 1911 William and Margaret Jane Boyd were living at 4 Batley St., Belfast, and William Boyd was working as a timekeeper's clerk. They would have nine children one of whom, Anne Boyd, married an Englishman by the name of Dixon, and their daughter is Cynthia Lapaque who kindly passed me on a precious family photo showing (standing in the centre)  Margaret Jane Boyd, née McCully, her mother, Margaret McCully née Keating, and one of her aunts, either Susanna/Sassie Keating or perhaps Agnes Keating.

    Margaret Jane McCully flanked by her mother and her aunt

    The second son of George McCully and Margaret Keating, John George McCully, a shoemaker of Newtownards, married Eliza Jane McDonald on 21st May 1889 in Newtownards 1st Presbyterian Church.  The witnesses were his brother, Thomas McCully, and her sister, Essie/Esther McDonald.
    Eliza Jane McDonald, who married John George McCully in 1889, was the daughter of a sailor, Robert McDonald, and of Anne Jane Reid who came from the Ards Peninsula.  Their children were Esther McDonald, born Greyabbey, 14th October 1867,  Eliza McDonald, born 11th April 1869, later the wife of John George McCully,  Robert McDonald, born Greyabbey, 8th March 1871, Charlotte Anna McDonald, born 13th May 1873, and Mary McDonald, born Little Francis St., Newtownards, 16th November 1876.
    The girls’ father, the sailor Robert McDonald, died young, and their widowed mother, Anne Jane Reid, remarried to John Keating, who was the son of farmer Samuel Keating and Margaret of Ballyhay - John Keating has already been discussed above.

    Margaret McCully, neé Keating, died aged 68 on 11th September 1907 at 4 Castlereagh Street.

    George McCully was buried in the City Cemetery - he died, aged 72, at 17 Cumberland Street, on 21st June 1927.   Also in the same plot was his daughter, Margaret Jane Boyd, who died aged 77 at 24 Sydenham Drive.
    Curiously, in the same plot, were three members of an Anderson family, but I'm not sure if they were of the same family as William John Anderson who had married Agnes Keating, the niece of Margaret McCully. The three Andersons buried in the McCully plot were Agnes Anderson who died aged 49 on 13th June 1892 at 13 Little Georges Street;   Eliza Anderson who died aged 65 on 26th July 1888 at 19 Little Grosvenor Street;   Ellen Anderson who died aged 53 on 16th December 1901 at Beerbridge Road.
    A Robert John McCully was possibly the brother of shoemaker George McCully, both being the sons of farmer Robert McCully.  Robert John McCully,who farmed at Loughriescouse, Newtownards, in the 1860s, was married to a Susan Anderson, and I wonder was this relationship explain the presence of Andersons in the McCully plot in Belfast city cemetery?
    Griffiths Valuation of 1864 shows up a Robert McCully in Ballyhay, near Donaghadee, the same townland where the Keating family had their origins. The following is the will of a Robert McCully, of Newtownards, possible father of George McCully, who died 20th December 1895, and whose son, Robert J.McCully of Ballyhay, was the executor:
     '...I leave to my son, Robert John McCully, the money that is indebted to me...with this understanding that he is to give my sons, George and William James, £5 each three years after my my son, Robert John, I also leave the potatoes belonging to me, at present stored in Ballyhay.  To my daughter, Margaret, I leave the sum of £20, to my daughter, Agnes and Isabella, £20 each, and my daughter Eliza Jane £4.  I leave to the before named Margaret all my furniture and household effects...'

    Samuel Keating, baker, son of farmer Samuel Keating and Margaret of Ballyhay:
    Samuel and Margaret's son, Samuel Keating Junior, married  Agnes Jamieson (various spellings) of Newtownards in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church on June 26th 1856.  Agnes' parents were Robert and Veronica Jamieson of Ballyhay.
    Samuel Keating was farming in Ballyhay at the time of the wedding, and the witnesses were James Jameson and William Keating, possible brothers of the bride and groom.

    There is mention of a Jamieson family living in the neighbouring Killaughey area of Donaghadee in the early 1600s so the family must have originated in Ayrshire, Scotland, and were among the original wave of settlers who made the move to Ireland with the adventurers Hamilton and Montgomery.

    The 1834 Tithe Books show a cluster of Jamesons farming in Killaughey - Samuel Jameson, 10 acres; John Jameson, 9 acres;  D. Jameson, 7 acres;  James Jameson,  10 acres.   There were another two in Ballyvester townland - J. Jameson Junior, 1 acres, and his father James Jameson who was farming less than an acre.
    On Griffiths Valuation of 1863 we find Robert Jamison leasing 18 acres from Louisa Webb in the Ballyhay district of Donaghadee. William Keating is leasing eight acres from the same Louisa Webb in the same townland.
    Samuel Keating (the elder one, I'm presuming) is leasing fourteen acres of land plus a house and outbuildings from Daniel Delacherois, and is sharing an acres of turbary, or bog, with Ann Gilmore, leased from the same landlady Louisa Webb.  Ann Gilmore is leasing a house three doors down from Robert Jamison.
    Samuel Keating Junior is leasing a house in Newtownards which is about ten miles south of Donaghadee.

    Samuel Keating Junior and Agnes/Nancy Jamieson had several children while they were living in Newtownards.

    a) Agnes Keating, who would marry William John Anderson in Belfast in 1877, from whom we descend directly, was born circa 1858, but civil registration didn't begin till 1864.  They stayed in Belfast.

    b)  William Robert Keating, born 14th December 1862; he married Martha Nagel in Chicago.

    c)  Margaret Jane born 29th March 1865 in Movilla Street, Newtownards, to cardriver Samuel Keating and to Agnes Jamison. She later married Robert McWilliams.

    d) Samuel born 1866 in Newtownards; he married Sarah Agnew, and stayed in Belfast.

    e) James born 8th May 1867 in Donaghadee.

    f)  Thomas born 26th September 1869 in South Street, Newtownards to the baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamison; he married Hattie Irvine in Chicago.

    g) Jessie Jamieson Keating born circa 1870. He was also known as John Jamieson Keating; he married Elizabeth Schmidt in Chicago.   I found reference to another unnamed son, born on 28th May 1872 in Belfast Registration District No. 1, which is the dockland area of central Belfast. This could be the youngest son, Jessie/John Jamieson Keating.

    In 1870, the street directories note Samuel Keating at South St, Newtownards - he was listed under the heading of 'Bakers & Flour Dealers'.

    The next reference to Samuel Keating Junior is on his daughter's marriage certificate (Agnes Keating) in 1877 when he gives his occupation as a driver.  He can be traced in the Belfast Street Directories as a bread server which was the Victorian term for a delivery man for a bakery.  Later, his sons in Chicago stated that their father, Samuel Keating, had been a baker and this too is confirmed in the Street Directory for 1880 when the entry for Samuel Keating gives his address as the bakery of 27 - 29 Carlow Street which is between the Shankill Road and the Falls Road of central Belfast.

    The 'Belfast Weekly News', 25th January 1873, noted the death in the General Hospital, Belfast, of Agnes, née Jamison, wife of Samuel Keating, late of Ballyhay, Co. Down.

    Samuel Keating and three of his sons emigrated to Chicago in about 1884. He applied to the Cook County Court for naturalisation on 30th April 1890, and this was witnessed by his son, William Robert Keating.

    The Chicago Street Directories record Samuel Keating, labourer, at 3601 Laurel Street in 1888, 1889 and 1890.  Son William Robert Keating was at 3819 Halsted Street in 1890, while a Thomas Keating, possibly another of the sons, was recorded in 1889 at the rear of 3729 Laurel Street.

    The Chicago Voters Lists also record Samuel Keating of Ireland at 3601 Laurel Street in 1892 - it was noted that he had been in Chicago for the previous 8 years. William Robert Keating of Ireland was noted at Taylor Street, having lived in Chicago for 9 years.  Thomas Keating was at 3601 Laurel Street and had also been there 9 years.

    Born 1833 in Ireland, Samuel Keating died aged 62 on 26th February 1895; at the time of his death he was working as a carpenter.

    The Belfast Newsletter of 20th March 1895 recorded Samuel Keating's death there -
       "Keating - Feb 26 1895 at his residence, Laurel Street, Chicago, US America, Sam'l Keating of Ballyhay, County Down, late of Belfast, aged 62."

    Margaret Jane Keating, daughter of Samuel Keating, baker, and Agnes Jamieson:
    Agnes Keating's sister, Margaret Jane Keating, who had been born to Samuel Keating and Nancy Jamison on 29th March 1865 in Movilla Street, Newtownards, married Robert McWilliams in Westbourne Presbyterian Church in South Belfast on 8th June 1887.  Robert McWilliams, a pawnbroker, was the son of a land steward, also Robert McWilliams. The wedding witnesses were Martha McWilliams and W.J. Leeds.

     By the time of the 1901 Census the couple were living off the Woodstock Road - on My Lady's Road where my father, Paul Cuthbert Stewart (great-grandson of Agnes Keating and pawnbroker William John Anderson) was later born in 1935 - with their eight children, one of whom had been tellingly named William John Anderson McWilliams in honour of the baby's uncle, the pawnbroker William John Anderson.   Margaret Jane's husband, Robert, was also working as a pawnbroker's assistant.  My Lady's Road is immediately adjacent to Jocelyn Street where Sarah Agnew Keating was living with her children - she was the widow of Samuel Keating, the son of baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamieson.

    The children of pawnbroker Robert McWilliams and Margaret Jane Keating were born as follows:

    1) Florence Eveline McWilliams, born at 11 Madrid Street on 7th June 1888.

    2) Ethel May McWilliams, born at 5 Harper Street on 5th July 1889.

    3) Robert Jamieson McWilliams at 39 Beechfield Street on 24th December 1890.

    4) Lizzie McBride McWilliams at 34 Beechfield Street on 3rd March 1892.

    5) Maggie McWilliams at 57 Altear Street on 15th February 1893.

    6) Samuel McWilliams at 2 Laburnum Terrace on 30th November 1894.

    7) William John Anderson McWilliams at 5 Brook Terrace on 6th December 1896.

    8) Norman McWilliams at 140 Templemore Avenue on 6th April 1899.

    9) Veronica McWilliams born at 5 Mafeking Terrace, My Lady's Road, 17th August 1901.

    Robert McWilliams, pawnbroker,  died of typhoid fever at 5 Mafeking Terrace, My Lady's Road,  on 7th October 1901 aged only 36 - the informant was his brother-in-law, pawnbroker William John Anderson of 412 Woodstock Road.
    The widowed Margaret Jane McWilliams, née Keating, moved her family to Chicago in 1902.  Her father, the widowed baker Samuel Keating, along with three of his sons, had already moved there in about 1884.

    The widowed Margaret McWilliams, née Keating, married Edward Mueller in Cook County, Illinois, on 1st March 1905.  The LDS has the Chicago 1910 census details for the family - Edward Mueller, had been born in Germany in about 1857 and had emigrated to the States in 1892.

    The following stepchildren of Edward Mueller, the head of the household, are all named on the return as ‘Mulree’ although they correspond to the McWilliams children of My Lady’s Road, so I believe this to be an error. Perhaps a neighbour filled the form out for them and was unsure of the correct family name - Florence Mulree, born 1889 in Ireland, Ethel Mulree, born 1890 in Ireland,  Robert Mulree, born 1891 in Ireland (Robert Jamieson McWilliams was naturalised in the US in 1928),  Lizzie Mulree, born 1892 in Ireland,  Maggie Mulree, born 1893 in Ireland, and Samuel Mulree, born 1895 in Ireland.
    The following stepchildren go correctly under the name of McWilliams and correspond to the earlier 1901 Irish Census - William McWilliams, born circa 1897 in Ireland William John Anderson McWilliams was naturalised in the US in 1928), Norman McWilliams, born circa 1900 in Ireland,  Veronica McWilliams, born circa 1902.   There was also a Louis or Louisa Mueller, aged 4, a daughter who must have been born to Edward Mueller and Margaret Jane Keating McWilliams, and a 2-yr-old Edward Mueller, although the return states that both his parents had been born in Germany. I think this census return may have been carelessly filled out since his mother, Margaret Keating, had been born in Ireland.
    Finally, a step-granddaughter, Agnes Mulree, aged 1 year and 1 month, born to Irish parents in Illinois...see below.

    The daughter of Robert McWilliams and Margaret Keating, Florence Eveline McWilliams, had married William Mulree in Chicago on 29th April 1908.
    William Mulree had been born on 21st December 1880 to James Mulree and Agnes Murland in Kirkcubbin on the Ards Peninsula.  He emigrated to the US on board the ‘Majestic’, arriving in New York on 11th May 1905.  He died in Cook County, Illinois, in January 1968.  The Mulree family of Kirkcubbin were living in St. Leonard Street in Belfast in 1901 - another of the family was William Mulree’s younger brother, James, who also emigrated to Chicago, and who died there in August 1917;  he had been a labourer in a packing house.

    William Mulree, who married Florence Eveline/Evelyn McWilliams, was a bricklayer.  Their children were all born in Chicago - Agnes Louise Mulree, born 20th April 1909, Margaret Lenore Mulree, born 5th February 1911,  Ethel Mae Mulree, born 3rd August 1912, the twin of William Robert James Mulree, also born 3rd August 1912, but who died a year later at 6642, So. Paulina Street, Ward 29, Chicago. He was buried in Mt.Hope Cemetery.  There was also Florence Elizabeth Mulree, born 29th August 1913, and William Mulree, born 6th August 1916.

    The 1920 Census follows the Mueller family, still in Chicago. By now, Edward Mueller had also died and Margaret, née Keating, is once again widowed. Her children have reverted to their correct name of McWilliams -  Ethel McWilliams,  Margaret McWilliams, Norman McWilliams,  William McWilliams, Veronica McWilliams,  Louise Miller (or Mueller), and Edward Miller.
    Who was missing?  Florence Eveline had, of course, married William Mulree.  Her sister, Elizabeth, named as Lizzie McBride McWilliams in 1901, died in Chicago on 28th September 1912. She had been born on 3rd March 1892 to Robert McWilliams and his wife, named only as ‘Keating’,in Ireland, and had been working as a clerk; her address at the time of her death was 6627 Hermitage Avenue.  She was 20 years, 6 months and 25 days old when she died.  She was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

    But where sons Robert and Samuel McWilliams?  There was an Irish-born Samuel McWilliams working in California at this time, but, once again, there’s not enough information at the moment  to definitively confirm this is the correct man.

    Samuel Keating, son of baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamieson:
    Samuel Keating, the son of Samuel Keating and Nancy Jamison, remained in Belfast when his widowed father and four siblings emigrated to Chicago.

    This younger Samuel Keating (ie: Samuel Keating number 3!) who was Agnes Keating's younger brother, married Sarah Agnew in Holywood, Co.Down on 28th December 1885 and gave his profession as a breadserver like his father.  Sarah's father was a gardener of Bangor, Alexander Agnew - Sarah had been born circa 1858 in Co. Down. The witnesses to this wedding were Samuel's sister, Agnes Keating, and her husband William John Anderson, the grandparents of my paternal grandmother, Agnes Keating Wilson.

    The Street Directories of 1890 shows up Samuel Keating, breadserver/baker of Memel Street.  He died young, aged 39,  at 13 Harper Street on 29th December 1899;  the informant was his brother-in-law, pawnbroker William John Anderson of 122 Albertbridge Road.  Samuel Keating was buried in the Borough Cemetery.

    By the time of the 1901 Census, the widowed Sarah Keating, nee Agnew, was living with her five children in 42 Jocelyn Street, adjacent to the Woodstock Road.  Her son, William, aged 16, is working as a pawnbroker's assistant while his younger brother, Samuel (Samuel Keating Number 4!) aged 14, is working as an apprentice pawnbroker.  Given the incredibly sociable nature of these Belfast families, I'm quite certain that the enterprising pawnbroker William John Anderson had provided work for his nephews in one of his establishments.

    The children of Samuel Keating and Agnes Agnew were:

    a) William Robert Keating, born at 3 Cross Street on 27th November 1884.

    b) Samuel Keating, born at 14 Memel Street on 14th November 1886.

    c) Walter Keating, born at 14 Memel Street on 16th May 1889 - on 24th January 1913 in St. Anne's, Belfast, Walter Keating, salesman of 85 Euston Street, married Sarah Agnes Hughes of 21 Carlisle Street, the daughter of farmer Charles Hughes. The witnesses here were Robert Gamble and Elizabeth Rea.

    d) Evelyn Keating, born at Harper Street on 18th July 1891 - on 6th June 1921 in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church,  Evelyn Keating, blousecutter of 85 Euston Street, married journalist James Stuart Blacke of 50 Ava Road, son of commission agent Joseph Blacke. The witnesses were William and Jane Blackwood.

    e) Sarah Keating, born at 13 Harper Street on 26th May 1897.  On 1st April 1931 at 85 Euston Street, Sarah (Sadie), the youngest daughter of the late Samuel Keating, died. ('Northern Whig', 2nd April 1931.)

    Sarah Keating, née Agnew, died on 24th April 1935 at her son-in-law's home, 15 Adelaide Avenue, Whitehead.

    Sarah Agnew's parents were Alexander Agnew, a retired gardener who had been born in 1834 in Strandtown, Holywood, Co. Down, and Maria Magee/McKee.  (Griffiths Valuation of 1863 shows up both an Alexander Agnew and a Grace Agnew in Knocknagoney, Holywood, as well as Hugh, Charles, James and Robert Agnew in Strandtown, Holywood.)  In 1911 Alexander Agnew was living in Belfast at Colchester Street, along with his second wife, Jane McCracken, aged 70, and his sister-in-law, Margaret McKee, a widow of 71.
    Alexander Agnew, gardener of Holywood, Co. Down, married his first wife, Maria Magee/McKee, before 1858 when their daughter, Sarah Agnew, was born.  They had a further two children, both of them born in Holywood, Co. Down - Thomas Agnew was born there on 10th June 1864, while Eliza Agnew was born there on 18th May 1866.
    The death of a Maria Agnew, who had been born in 1833, was registered in Belfast in 1870, and may possibly be the mother of Sarah, Thomas and Eliza Agnew.
    According to the 1911 census, their father, the gardener Alexander Agnew, married his second wife, Jane McCracken, in about 1874. They had two children,one of whom was Margaret Agnew who had been born in Strandtown on 16th June 1876.

    Thomas Keating, son of baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamieson:

    Thomas Keating, a clerk, born 26th September 1869 to Samuel Keating and Nancy/Agnes Jamieson, died on 1st March 1941 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Cook, Illinois.  He had emigrated to Chicago along with his father and brothers in about 1884 and had married Hattie Irvine on May 8th 1895 in Cook County, Illinois.
    The couple seem to have divorced shortly afterwards, but were living together still in Chicago in 1900.  Thomas was a factory worker and the couple had had two children, Maud Keating in 1896 and Thomas Junior in 1899. Only Maud survived childhood.

    Hattie Irvine, who had been born to the Belfast-born John Irvine and Missouri-born Los Angelos Welch in Streator, Illinois on 25th November 1876, remarried before the 1910 census.  Her second husband was Axel Patrick Johnson of Sweden, and the couple would go on to have a daughter, Gladys Ely Elizabeth Johnson, in 1908.

    William Robert Keating, son of baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamieson:
    A second brother, William Robert Keating, who was born on 14th December 1862 in Belfast to the baker, Samuel Keating, and his wife, Nancy Jamieson, died on 14th April 1925 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
    He worked as a baker in the county hospital. His wife, who he married in Chicago on 16th April 1890, was Martha M. Nagel who had been born in Pammern, Germany. Their children were all born in Illinois:

    Samuel H. Keating  born August 189?.
    William R. T. Keating born April 1893.
    Stella E., born 1896.
    Arthur J. Keating born August 1898 - he died in Chicago, aged 26, on 15th March 1925.
    George F. Keating, born 10th May 1901 in Chicago, and died 6th December 1961 n Los Angeles.
    Martha Agnes, born 29th August 1904 in Chicago.
    Edward Keating born 17th February 1908.

    Jessie/John Jamieson Keating, son of baker Samuel Keating and Agnes Keating:
    Jessie/John Jamieson Keating, the third brother, who had been born to Samuel Keating and Agnes Jamieson in Belfast on 28th May 1872, was married to Elizabeth Schmidt and also spent his adult life in Chicago, dying there on 7th March 1949 at age 79.  He worked as the treasurer of an association in 1910 and as restaurant proprietor in 1930.

    The children of James Jamieson Keating and Elizabeth Schmidt were:

    a) Frederick Sturgeon Keating, born in Chicago on 9th May 1893. He worked as an accountant and statistician, and married the English woman Florence - they had two sons, Robert Warren Keating in 1920 and Kenneth Keating in 1923.  Kenneth kindly contacted me with further details of his family.  His brother, Robert Warren Keating graduated as a chemical engineer from MIT in 1941 and spent the war years managing an industrial site which was a vital part of the war effort;  he died in 2010 in Tajunga, California.  Kenneth served with the US Navy from 1942 till 1946, and married Charlotte Adele Matthews in 1947; he graduated from Stanford in 1955 and worked, firstly, for Motorola in Phoenix, then as a professor in the College of Mines, University of Arizona, Tucson, where he still lives.

    b) William S. Keating.

    c) James Alfred Keating (4th December 1897 - 2nd October 1976). He married Ruth Zimmermann and worked as a investment banker, at one time with Harris Bank of W. Monroe Street, Chicago.  His draft registration papers for the First World War make mention of the fact that James Alfred Keating had already served for three years as a sergeant in the infantry.  His nephew, Kenneth Keating has confirmed to me that James Alfred had volunteered to join up before America had entered, and went into US Army Air Service, where he could be attached as a volunteer to the RAF, and where he learned to fly Airco DH.9 bombers.  He received his commission with the RAF in February 1918 and was attached to the 49th Squadron in June. Designated as an American air ace, he scored his first victory during a raid on Bettencourt, and scored a further four during a raid on the bridge at Falvy; he received the US Distinguished Service Cross and the UK Distinguished Flying Cross as a recognition of the role he played.
    He had a daughter, Corinne Keating, in about 1929 in Chicago.    James Alfred Keating died on 2nd October 1976 in Fort Lauderdale.

    d) George Dewey Keating, born 8th May 1898. A car salesman, in 1920 he married Indiana-born Betty/Elizabeth Jane Van Briggle,  and moved to Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, where they had George B. Keating in 1925 and Nancy J. Keating in 1929.  By 1940, George Dewey Keating was the manager of a music store in Madison, Dane, and had had another daughter, Sharon Keating in 1933.
    But to return to Ballyhay, Donaghdee, Co. Down. Another Keating family of Ballyhay, Donaghadee, descended from William Keating the brother - I believe - of Agnes Keating's grandfather, farmer Samuel Keating of Ballyhay.

    William Keating (1801 - 1885) , farmer of Ballyhay, died in Ballyhay on 26 July 1885, aged 84 with his will administered by Samuel Buchanan Keating, a child of Ballyhay.  A fellow researcher on the internet confirms that William Keating had married a Mary Buchanan.  They had at least two children in Armagh - James Alfred Keating and Samuel Keating - before settling in Ballyhay where they had further children.

    I believe that one of their daughters was Anne Jane Keating, the first wife of carman John Keating, John Keating being the son of farmer Samuel and Margaret Keating of Ballyhay.  John and Anne Jane Keating were discussed above. If Samuel and William Keating were indeed brothers, then Anne Jane Keating and John Keating were first cousins.

    The son of William Keating and Mary Buchanan, James Alfred Keating, had been born in Armagh on 9th August 1826.  (John Jamieson Keating,  the grandson of farmer Samuel Keating of Ballyhay, also named a child as James Alfred Keating on 4th December 1897 in Chicago.)
    James Alfred Keating married Eliza Gordon on 12th March 1859 in Donaghadee.  Amongst their seven children were William Robert Keating, born 9th March 1864,  John Keating born 1st January 1866 in Ballyhay, a second John Keating born 7th November 1871 Ballyhay, Margaret Gordon Keating born Ballyhay 6th July 1867 and Susannah Keating born 17th June 1873.  The family of James Alfred Keating and Eliza Gordon emigrated in about June 1873 to Blythe, Ontario, but, in 1879, they headed to Adair County, Iowa;  they would have thirteen children in total.

    (Eliza Gordon, who had married James Alfred Keating in 1859, was the daughter of Robert Gordon of Ballyhay, 1797 - 18th February 1892,  and of Elizabeth Moorehead.  They baptised six children in the First Presbyterian Church of Donaghadee - Eliza who married James Alfred Keating was born 13th Aug 1834, Robert Gordon was born 14th September 1836, William Gordon was born 1st May 1838, James Gordon was born in 1840, Jane Gordon was born on 3rd January 1842, and Margaret was born on 3 Jan 1844. 
    Daughter Jane Gordon married James Jamison on 25 Nov 1864, and this might be a member of the Jamieson family of Agnes Jamieson who married the baker Samuel Keating from whom I descend.)

    Another son of William Keating and Mary Buchanan was the carpenter Samuel (Buchanan?) Keating, who had been born in Armagh, (1834 - 1902) and who had died aged 68 in Ballyhay on 2nd March 1902; brother John Bleany Keating was present.    The Keating brothers were living together in Ballyhay in 1901, along with sisters, Elizabeth Letitia Keating, Susanna Matilda Keating,  Eliza Letitia's son, Robert Henry, niece  Eliza Keating, nephew William George Keating (son of Susannah Matilda), nephew Robert H. McKee, and grandniece Jane Keating.  In 1911 they were joined by nephew Ernest Keating and John Keating.

    The unmarried daughters of William Keating and Mary Buchanan all gave birth to children in Ballyhay, which must have been quite the scandal in that era.    Susannah Matilda Keating had William George Keating on 29th November 1870 - Anne Jane Keating was present, presumably the sister of Susannah Matilda and wife of carman John Keating.  
    Eliza Jane Keating was born to Margaret Keating on 7th July 1874  in Killaughy  - Eliza McKeown was present.
    Mary Keating was born in Ballyhay on 14th January 1877 to Susannah Matilda Keating - Anne Jane Keating was present again.
    Robert Henry Keating was born in Ballyhay on 9th August 1878 to Eliza Laetitia Keating - sister Susannah Keating present.
    On 18th August 1880, another James Alfred Keating was born at Ballyhay to Eliza Keating;  Susanna Matilda Keating was again present at the birth.
    Later, a Letitia Jane Keating was born to Elizabeth Keating in Ballyhay on 14th September 1891 - this was possibly the Letitia Jane Keating who witnessed the 1920 marriage in Ballygrainy of Margaret Jane Keating, the granddaughter of carman John Keating and Anne Jane Keating.

    The 'Belfast Newsletter' of 20th July 1888 reported that William St.George Keating (1846 - 1910), John B. Keating, William Thomas Keating and Samuel B. Keating, farmers of Ballyhay, had stolen four cows from the bailiff who had previously seized them. I'm sure it was a terrible misunderstanding....I believe that William Thomas Keating was the son of carman John Keating and Anne Jane Keating, and the cousin of the other three mentioned here.

    In Newtownards Church on 3rd December 1884, the farmer (later a gardener) William St. George Keating of Ballyhay, son of William Keating, farmer, (and of Mary Buchanan?), married Anna Bella Kerr of Newtownards, daughter of farmer William Kerr. The witnesses were Ellen Keating and William Savage.
    Gardener William St. George Keating (1846 - 1910),  and Anna Bella Kerr had James Alfred Keating on 4th May 1891 in Ballyhay;  he died 5th March 1895 at 34.2 Lilliput Street, aged 3.  They also had William St. George Keating Jr. on 25th March 1885.
    Soldier Ernest Keating, son of late gardener William Keating of Ballyhay, married in Helen's Bay, Bangor, Helen Lightbody, daughter of Hugh Lightbody of Portavo. Witnesses: James Lightbody and Alice Woods.  The wedding took place on 8th December 1917.

    Anna Bella Keating (1865 - 1902), née Kerr, wife of gardener William Keating of Ballyhay, died aged 37 on 15th June 1902; husband William Keating was present.  William St. George Keating died aged 64 in Ballyhay, a widowed Loft Man, on 23rd April 1910; nephew William Keating was present.

    Elizabeth Keating, daughter of gardener William (St. George) Keating, died aged 14 of lung disease in Ballyhay on 23rd August 1903; grandfather William Kerr was present at her death.

    John Bleany Keating, son of William Keating and Mary Buchanan, of Ballyhay county Down farmer died 13 March 1928 Probate Belfast 13 September to his nephew Robert Henry McKee, farmer.