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Antrim / Thomas McAllister/ Ann Donegan Lisburn
« on: Monday 21 October 13 20:20 BST (UK)  »
I have just discovered Thomas McAlister & Ann Donegan were my 3xgreat grandparents.

Ann's surname was spelt in Church records as Donegan, Donnegan and Donaghy.

Thomas was a weaver and lived at Smithfield in Lisburn. He may have been the Thomas listed in the 1819 Lisburn directory who was living at Johnston's Entry.

They had the following children:
Ann (1823) married George Morgan, moved to Belfast, died 1886, buried City Cemetery.
William (1826)
Joseph (1829) married Catherine Murphy in Belfast in 1849, no further knowledge.
Harriett (1834) married John Walker, moved to Belfast, had three children in 1858, 1861 & 1863.
Mary (1835)

Today I found baptisms for four of the five children, but not Harriett (my 2xgreat grandmother) in records of Lisburn Cathedral.

I found a Thomas Abbot & Mary McAlister lived at Smithfield in 1834 when they had a daughter Elizabeth. Also an Alexander & Jane McAlister lived at Smithfield in 1827 when they had a daughter Catherine. So far I can't connect them to my McAlisters and I have no knowledge of other Donegan/Donaghys in the area.

Can anyone add to the above at all? Does anyone else have a family that may connect to my one?

Australia / Stephen PARKINSON and Margaret BEATTY / BEATTIE Belfast and Sydney
« on: Saturday 15 December 12 19:41 GMT (UK)  »
In the last 24 hours I have managed to get some terrific help from the guys on the County Down (Northern Ireland) messageboard at the following link:,627696.0.html

I had known that Stephen Parkinson and Margaret Beatty had married in 1886 in Belfast but did not know until today that they emigrated to NSW (in August 1888). I have been directed towards possible obituaries and offspring for this couple and have ordered a transcription of a death record for Margaret Parkinson in 1923 and the birth of Margaret and Stephen's daughter Margaret in 1893 to prove that this is all correct.

Presuming all this is correct (and it seems too coincidental not to be correct) the Parkinsons had at least four daughters as follows:

1. Florence Evelyn (1889-1951)
2. Sarah E. (1891-1928) m.(1921) Joseph Jones
3. Margaret (1893-1957) m.(1919) Sidney Turner Rudd (d.1945)
4. Susanna (1896-1896)

If anyone is aware of any of this family or any additional information it would be warmly appreciated. A whole Australian side to my family is opening up in front of my eyes and I couldn't be happier!

Down / David Beatty / Beattie of Culcavey
« on: Friday 14 December 12 21:52 GMT (UK)  »
My 3xgreat grandfather was a carter/carman from Culcavey called David Beatty (Beattie). I don't know who his wife was.

I have been trying to find his family and have discovered the following who I am nearly sure were all his daughters:

Letitia Beatty who married Joseph McNally in 1877 at Maze Presbyterian Church, later moved to 1 Linen Street.
Annie Beatty who married Mark Armstrong in Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn in 1880, later moved to 3 Linen Street, Belfast (my 2xgreat grandparents).
Margaret Beattie who married Stephen Parkinson in 1886 in St Annes Church of Ireland, Belfast. Don't know if they died or emigrated or what happened to them after marriage.
Sarah Beattie who married Hugh Boyd in St. Enochs Presbyterian Church, Belfast in 1889. Later lived at 2 Hazlenut Street, Belfast.

Margaret was living at 42 Dundee Street, Belfast in 1886 when she married so I think David and his family must have left Culcavey between 1880 and 1886 and moved to Dundee Street. and I know there were other Beatties living there about then. I haven't yet been able to connect them to my Beattys though.

I am looking for other siblings or more information on descendants from this family or any information on Beattys connected to Culcavey.

Any information/help very welcome!

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