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[4qd-bannvalley] RE: Visits RE Garvagh

For Bill McNeary,

Many thanks for your visits messages, also for the website with photographs
of your trip.

I was particularly interested in your mentioning George McIlroy at the
Garvagh Museum. Do you know anything about his McIlroy ancestors? A William
STEWART was one of the witnesses to the marriage of my direct ancestor Mary
McILROY (1834-1907) of Glasgort, Coleraine, and Robert GASTON (1819-1899),
born Cloughorr, at Moneydig Presbyterian Church on 10 September 1867. (Other
witness W McILROY)

The above Mary's mother was Margaret SIMPSON, whose sister Jane married John
CAIN, grocer of Garvagh, at Aghadowey in 1847. (Witnesses Solomon McELROY

Families named Craig, Kennedy, Long, Lytle/Lyttle, Morrison and I'm sure
many others of Garvagh are linked with our McIlroy, Gaston and Wallace


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Referring to messages titled Visits and titled Garvagh.

Recent messages from BYoung and from Tira Brandon-Evans mentioned several
Garvagh area names that interest them that tie into my families - Stewart,
Craig, Marshall and Young.  Garvagh's like a lot of other smal towns - many
of the families that were there 200 years ago are related through many

Matthew McNeary, son of James Rentoul McNeary and Margaret Marshall Wilson
married Mary (Minnie) Wright Stewart b.1878, daughter James Stewart and
Elizabeth Adams.  Matthew was my Grandad, William Wilson McNeary's brother.
Matthew and Minnie's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren live in
the US.

Grandad's mother was Margaret Marshall Wilson, daughter of William Wilson
and Jane Wilson.  We have absolutely NO IDEA of who the Marshall in her name
was or the relationship, if any.    William Wilson's first wife was Nancy
Young, daughter of Hugh Young.  This URL will take you to those mentioned in
this and the previous paragraph
 http://www.cadit.com/gen1/mm1.htm  To see the Wilsons, there is a
highlighted Wilson click on that page.

James McNeary of Magheramore married Mary Stewart. Don't know the parents of
either.  Their daughter Martha married William John Craig.  We visited
Ronald and Kathleen Craig Mullan (Martha's grandaughter) on our visit.

I responded to visits message with the URL referring to my trip to Garvagh,
which included visits to a number of churches and cemetaries.  That URL is
temporarilly posted at www.cadit.com/gen1/trip1.htm, and later will move to
mcneary.info/gen1/trip1.htm when I figure out how post to that site.

We visited several churches and several more graveyards, and found it very
interesting.   Something that would be very helpful, and which we could not
find, was a MAP showing all road names and all CO Londonderry church and
graveyard locations, perhaps with an index listing each.  We'd have visited
several more if we had any idea where they were.


Bill McNeary

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