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Tyrone / Hamiltons of Gortanigan
« on: Monday 02 October 17 14:17 BST (UK)  »
My 2xgreat grandparents were Thomas Norris and Margaret Hamilton who married 9 Feb 1846. I have come to a brickwall with both of them unfortunately.

I know that Margaret's father was John Hamiton and that she was living at Gortanigan (Cappagh) at time of marriage. I can find her father John on tithe applotments in 1827. Out of Margaret's 7 children only 2 had children who lived to adulthood. Of those only one (my great grandmother) had any descendants.

I am reasonably happy that I have located a brother for Margaret in Alexander Hamilton who married Jane Brown in Mountjoy Church in 1855. Alexander was also living at Gortanigan and had a father John. Alexander and Jane had at least one child (John in 1857) and after that I can find no trace of them which is frustrating.

So I'm looking for something on Alexander & Jane or some evidence of other siblings for Margaret or something to help me locate my correct Hamilton family.

Thanks for reading!

Lanarkshire / Re: McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Monday 14 November 16 23:57 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks! The witness must have been Euphemia McDowell, his sister. It was her that he named his daughter after.

Lanarkshire / Re: McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 22:31 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for that! Sorry, I didn't explain myself right. I have traced the McDowell line back to Robert's grandparents in County Antrim where the line stops with his grandfather James's birth about 1792. And yes, the death in 1896 verifies the connection.

I am trying to prove that James McDowell, born about 1792, was the brother of my 3xgreat grandfather William McDowell and by tracing the Coatbridge family down to the present day I hope to find relatives to DNA test and prove the connection. This method has already worked successfully for another brother in the family who was born in 1797 - I have Y-DNA and autosomal DNA conclusive proof. I have tested 5 members of my family (descended from William) and 2 descended through the other brother so if a descendant of James also matches some (or all) of us it proves the connection.

Lanarkshire / McDowell & Stephen families of Coatbridge and Partick
« on: Sunday 13 November 16 12:13 GMT (UK)  »
I have been doing some research on the McDowell family of County Antrim and found a Robert McDowell (wife Agnes Rainey/Rennie) who moved to Coatbridge, Old Monkland about 1880. Roibert died 29 April 1896.

Their eldest daughter Mary (born in County Antrim) married George Stephen in 1893, a police segeant, and moved to Partick where they had at least 4 children - George, Robert McDowell, Alexander (who married Catherine Bryson Thomson in 1921) and Agnes.

Other children born in Old Monkland were Agnes (17 July 1881), Robert (16 Feb 1873), Euphemia (1876), Jane (1879) and James (1889).

I am trying to trace the offspring of this family as so as to prove a link between them and their County Antrim relatives. Do the names above sound familiar to anyone?

Antrim / Re: Have you any Melville ancestors?
« on: Monday 26 September 16 18:30 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Heather,

I will send you a private message with my email address.

Antrim / Re: Have you any Melville ancestors?
« on: Wednesday 21 September 16 18:13 BST (UK)  »
Thank you both very much for your replies. Plenty to be working on!

I have recently heard that a member of the Melville undertakers family may be taking an autosomal DNA test so the results of that may start to piece the families together.

Re. Betty and Victor Parker, yes, I have their a small tree of their family drawn up. Betty's grandfather was Alexander Marshall Melville, a lithographic artist who was born in Scotland and who didn't move to Belfast until the early 1900s. I think Betty also had a sister Jean who may have married an Alan McCormick, though I haven't been able to confirm that yet.

By the way BallyaltikilliganG, the Genes Reunited people you correctly located were on my tree!  :D

Antrim / Have you any Melville ancestors?
« on: Wednesday 13 July 16 22:01 BST (UK)  »
I have undertaken a project to link up all Melvilles in Northern Ireland into families and have made some great progress so far. I ultimately want to connect all the paperwork (births, marriages, deaths, wills, census records) and have managed to do a lot of that already. I hope that eventually I am able to prove more connections through DNA testing.

I'm not just looking for people who are called Melville but also those who descend from a Melville down a female line. Also photos can help if resemblances can be seen across the various families.

So far I have found three major families in Belfast, one that moved to Carrick/Larne and another two in County Down - in Banbridge and around Donaghadee/Bangor.

I would particularly like to hear from any descendants of Andrew Melville who started off the undertaking business in Belfast, I have managed to trace his line as far as the 1911 census but that's my major stumbling block at the moment.

So if you can help me at all with this project please get in contact!


Antrim / Re: Devlin/McCormick
« on: Thursday 18 February 16 16:43 GMT (UK)  »
Hi I might be able to shed more light on this one!

I have been carrying out research on a Robert Devlin (born 1790, Drummaul) who also served in the army (including Canada) and was discharged in 1824 having served 11 years. This could potentially be the brother of the Arthur you mentioned as it would make sense for two brothers to join up, one inspired by the other. The descendants of Robert Devlin were Protestant, rather than Catholic. I have found at least three children for Robert and I have extensively researched one of these lines down to the present day.

One of his descendants has already taken a family finder test with FT DNA and another is awaiting results. Has anyone on your side tested? If so this might prove or disprove the theory!

Antrim / Re: Douay of Magheragall
« on: Tuesday 01 December 15 00:38 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks - I hadn't considered 'Doey' so that's very useful.

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