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Re: [Bann Valley] Hendersons at Ballyagan, Garvagh
Very many thanks for this information. Being a novice, I am learning
all the time of what is still available. I will follow this up with my
researcher. You have obviously had some considerable success with
this. It is very difficult for me to get to PRONI as I live on the
Isle of Man, so am heavily reliant on hired help. Or people such as
your self offering ideas and advice.
> Hello Bill,
> Have you considered checking the Registry of Deeds for Hendersons in
Ballyagan and other townlands close by? I have had a great deal of
success tracing two of my primary lines in the Bellaghy area through
lease renewals and sales in the Registry of Deeds. Some examples of
what I was able to find pre-1820: marriage articles from 1769
registered in 1784 for my probable gggg-grandparents; two wills from
1758 & 1784 for progenitors of another line; a land transfer at
marriage of a gggg-grandparent to his son (1807); another similar land
transfer in a previous generation from father to son so that I was
able to go back another generation from the 1807 land transfer.
> I have been surprised that the few professional researchers I have
run across in Northern Ireland have not checked the Registry of Deeds
for pre-1845 transactions. My people were lease holders in
Ballymacombs and Ballynease townlands--the various landowners were the
Vintners Company; Sir Thomas & William Conolly; and Lord Masserene.
> I was on a recent trip to PRONI (October 2008) and spent several
days looking through a few hundred leases held by Conolly for the
lands around Bellaghy. I was able to see original leases and leases
that were not registered in the Registry of Deeds. Other information
that can be in both the original leases and the memorials in the
Registry are the lists of lives on perpetual leases that often give
the age of individuals and their relationship to a lessee.
> Has your researcher checked the Registry of Deeds for Ballyagan and
Garvagh? I don't know the history of the Ironmongers ownership or if
estate papers from that group exist, but it's definitely worth a look.
> ~Linda S.
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