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Re: [Bann Valley] 1911 Census
I was glad to see the Co. Londonderry info online at last. Census
information is always thought provoking. I don't know much about my
Kirkpatrick family; I had found a marriage between William K. )
and a Margaret Patterson in 1855; could be my great great great
grandparents., but no proof, because it was in Coleraine Registry
Office, rather than in the expected Presbyterian church; I filed that
piece of info for further checking. Today I found in the 1911 census
a Mary Kirkpatrick who is almost certainly my great great aunt,
(right age, right place) and living with her an 80 year old "lodger"
Mary Patterson. Mary Patterson COULD very well be her aunt, Margaret
Patterson's sister; why the dickens does the census not say "aunt"?
And why are they listed as Reformed Presbyterian? Mary's brother and
all other known relatives are ordinary Presbyterian. Not really
crucial, just curious why she went off on her own. The nearest church
was probably the RP at Ballylagan; likely enough that she would go to
the nearest. However, she was an unmarried mother; were the RPs more
accepting? That seems a bit unlikely.
More questions than answers!
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