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Re: [Bann Valley] Diamond, Dillon, & Hegarty Families of Garvagh & Coleraine

Hello Jeff & Linde,

My gggrandmother was Susan Diamond b. approx. 1825 near Swatragh and my gggrandfather was John Kane b. approx. 1821 in the townland of Gortmacrane.? We believe that Susan's parents were James & Margaret Diamond.? I do not have John Kane's parent's names.? My ggrandfather was their son Patrick Kane, b. 1860.

I would also like to receive the contact regarding the Diamond family.

Cathy Kane Starrett

-----Original Message-----
From: Lunney Family <family@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: BannValley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 3:55 pm
Subject: Re: [Bann Valley] Diamond, Dillon, & Hegarty Families of Garvagh & Coleraine

Hello Jeff?
several years ago I had a lengthy email correspondence with a woman who descended from Co. Derry Dimonds (same name as Diamonds). She got in touch with me through the Bann Valley list but I think we continued the emailing off list. I have about 40 emailsabout Dimonds, most of which she sent me as a carbon copy once she started emailing other people about what she was finding. The Dimonds were a co. Derry erenagh family; in other words they had status in pre-Plantation times as a family which had rights and responsibilities to do with the church in a particular parish. Theright to supply the priests for example. I think the Dimonds were erenaghs in Kilrea.?
The best thing might be for me to send you off the list a few of the early emails and the you can decide if she is interested in the people you are interested in and make contact directly. I think I also put her in touch with Barry McCain who runs an Ulster genealogy DNA testing project; I'll send Barry's email too. It says Dimonds show Norse ancestry!?
There are Presbyterian Hegartys near Garvagh, presumably even so the same family as yours, if yours are Catholic?
Linde Lunney?
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