Would you happen to have any Johnston bdm's from ca. 1800-1820? More
specifically I'm looking for:
Francis "Frank" Johnston, b. ca. 1805
Robert "Red Robin Johnston, b. ca. 1808
Archibald "Archie" Johnston, b. 1815
Also, Catherine, Jane, and Thomas but no dates for them - all thought to
siblings who went to Upper Canada in two trips, one in 1822 and the other
1832, plus George Johnston who may have been an uncle..
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Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 12:47 PM
Subject: [Bann Valley] Church records and cemeteries--Castledawson,
> Hello All,
> My ancestors are from the townlands of Ballymacombs and Ballynease,
> where the Bann connects with Lough Beg and next to Bellaghy.
> Before the Presbyterian Church was formed in Bellaghy (late 1820s), the
> recorded births and marriages at the Castledawson Presbyterian Church,
> southwest of Bellaghy (maybe three miles away).
> I was fortunate enough about two years ago to be able to purchase the
> microfilm of Castledawson's church records from about 1800 to 1845. I
> found the
> birth records of my g-g-grandfather and his siblings, which I had never
> I would find. To get the records I had to ask the current minister of
> church to write a letter of permission to PRONI. I then paid PRONI to
> make and
> send me a copy. I have also tried to buy the records for the Bellaghy
> church--which records do not start I believe until about 1840 or 1850,
> have had no luck reaching the current minister, who also serves the
> church. Magherafelt has records from before 1800 and I would like to
> film as well, but again, no luck.
> I will be doing research in Belfast in October this year and have
> to try
> to access the church records either at PRONI or the Presbyterian
> Society which I read somewhere has an index for church records in
> Ireland. I'm trying to confirm the information about the indexes but
> to hear from them.
> I know that one can pay to have the genealogical society in Derry City
> look up
> records but it's a bit pricey for those of us in the U.S.
> I have a few questions for this list:
> ---Boyd listed the church records at the Coleraine library on
> do you
> know if they have the Bellaghy or Magherafelt church records there
> ---Does anyone know if Castledawson's Presbyterian church has a
> old headstones (ca. 1800-1850)? The Bellaghy CI has my people from the
> Presbyterian church as
> it was a common graveyard for protestants, but I haven't been able to
> lines and wondered if the cemetery in Castledawson might have them.
> --Finally, for my McCullough ancestors from the area, I have one clue
> relation, one Nathaniel McCullough, was resident in Ballymena in the
> He's listed in a deed from a family that married into mine, and was a
> witness at my g-g-g-grandmother's marriage in 1812 in the Castledawson
> church. What would be the Presbyterian churches from that era for
> Thanks for any help you can give.
> ~Linda Sewright
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