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[4qd-bannvalley] Craigall Craigala and Craiglea
Yes, I believe the Morels were originally Huguenot. I have some information
about a Samuel (that name again) who lived south of Limavady about 1700 and
a family, probably descended from him, who farmed flax and made linen in
that area for several generations. They were Murrells. The Desertoghill
branch appears in 1796 and shares Christian names with those from Balteagh
but I cannot prove the connection. Earlier connections with Pastor Francois
de Morel, who corresponded with Catherine de Medici, or Pastor Morel, who
was preacher at the massacre of Vassy, are possible and most exciting but
even less provable.
I was interested to hear that there are still Morells in Garvagh. I have
compiled a list from the telephone directory and it is quite short. Many
thanks for your interest. David.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lunney Family" <family@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: [4qd-bannvalley] Craigall Craigala and Craiglea
> Yes, undoubtedly the same family; it's no distance between Culnaman and
> Craigall; two or three miles. Samuel is a great Morell name; even present
> day Morells in Garvagh use it I believe. It's even possible it was the
> same man, I suppose; certainly a generation later in the 1860s, people
> came and went to Scotland; there were steam boats regularly from Derry
> and even from Portrush. There is a strong tradition of migrant and even
> seasonal movements back and forth; certainly from Donegal that is well
> known, and it may hav happened from Derry as well. My great great aunt's
> husband is listed in the church record in Moneydig as an engine driver
> from Glasgow when he was back in NI to marry; they lived in Glasgow for
> some time, but she came back to Culnaman as an elderly woman.
> Are the Morells originally Huguenot?
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