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Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Sunday 09 February 14 22:39 GMT (UK)  »
Many thanks for all the research you have done.Conlig is where I believe William Gunning lived before he married.James,I believe was a farmer,whether it was in Co Down,I'm not quite sure.Andrew Gunning,James' son was also a farmer,whether he farmed the same place as his father I don't know.
 James had 4 sons Samuel who went to Glasgow,where he had a cab company,James,he also went to Glasgow,he was a labourer,,he returned to Ireland after his wife,Agnes ,died.William,my great x2 grandad stayed in Newtownards,working as a bootmaker.I have seen that he went to Glasgow but I can't find him on any census there.Andrew,I've already mentioned.
 William had 5 sons,Samuel, I don't know much about,I think he went to Scotland,James,after marrying in Glasgow he went to New Zealand,Thomas,my great grandad he was a shoe maker,,he also went to New Zealand,leaving his family behind.(there's more to Thomas's story but I won't bore you)David,he stayed in Newtownards,he was a shoemaker until his death in 1921.Lastly there's Henry who I don't know anything about.
 Thomas' son William James was my grandad and his son William McMillan(after his mother) was my father.
 I have looked on many sites to find more information but,so far I,ve not found anything more,Any help or suggestions you have are very welcome

Down / Re: Pre registration records
« on: Friday 07 February 14 16:45 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for your reply.Do you mean,I haven't given enough detail? I have tried Ros Davis'site,I go back every so often to see if there are any updates.I have also looked at Family Search and anywhere else that might have info.What I'd like to find is my great x3 grandad's birth,marriage and death.He was James Gunning,a farmer in Co Down(I think) he must have been born in the 1780s,he married Jane Stewart approx 1807,his first son Samuel was born 1808,Where or when he or Jane died I haven't a clue.His son William was my great x2 grandad,I know he was born in 1823 but not where.I know his wife was Mary Snodden,but not where they married their first son was also Samuel born 1848.I don't know where William or Mary died or when,William was a Shoemaker.William's son Thomas was my great grandad,born in 1855,probably in Newtownards,I have his marriage and his death. I contacted 1st Presbyterian Church  and they sent me a list of all the baptisms and marriages for members of my family,but nothing for either William or James,it was probably too far back.I would love  info about James and William but I've run out of places to look.

One Name Studies: A to G / Belshaws
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 19:19 GMT (UK)  »
Belshaw,Newtownards Co Down 1750-1900s

Down / Pre registration records
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 18:32 GMT (UK)  »
Is there anywhere you can find records for births and marriages before registration started? Also do churches have records of funerals,I know few churches had graveyards so would a service be held in a church prior to burial or was usually just a graveside service.

Occupation Interests / Tram drivers
« on: Tuesday 04 February 14 18:19 GMT (UK)  »
 Does anyone know anything about the Glasgow trams in the 1870s,80,or 90s.I have a William Dicks who was a tramcar driver at that time.Does anyone have an ancestor that also worked on the trams at that time? They would have been horse drawn.

Down / Re: Dorrie Cunning
« on: Monday 03 February 14 00:37 GMT (UK)  »
Hi,I don't know if I have a connection with Dorrie and James,the reason I'm saying this is that my Gunning ancestors had large families and I haven't researched all the offspring of all of them,only the ones in my direct line.It's very likely as my family all came from Newtownards as did James.Do you know who James' parents were,that would help.
  I know they were missionaries and that they went to Brazil.I have a missionary in my family,Mary Belshaw,she went to Australia to help Aborigini children in 1923,she died there in the 1960s.Her brother Hugh also went with his wife and son,he was a Baptist minister,then her sister Eleanor went after she married and I'm in touch with her grand daughter.It was The grand daughter who asked me if I am related to James.
   There are a lot of James in the children of my great x2 and great x3 grandfathers families.Did you know that on A Billion Graves you can see James and Dorrie's grave.
  If I can be of help let me know and if you know who James' parents were that would help me to see if there is a link.Can I ask if you are related to them.

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: Henry Joseph Masters
« on: Monday 03 February 14 00:00 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for your help will try and see if I find anything,then I will report back

Graveyards and Gravestones / Re: Looking for family gravestone in Cathcart cemetery
« on: Sunday 02 February 14 23:58 GMT (UK)  »
Ok,Won't be going till the weather improves,don't fancy walking round a wet cemetery!!!

Occupation Interests / Re: Shoemakers, Bootmakers, Saddler and Harness Makers
« on: Sunday 02 February 14 23:45 GMT (UK)  »
I have 3 generations of shoemakers in my family.The first is William Gunning born 1823 in Newtownards Co Down,I don't have any census records for him as they were all destroyed but on his son's wedding entry,by which time he had died,it states shoe maker for his occupation.3 of William's sons were shoemakers,Thomas, 1855-1925, David, 1858-1921 and James, 1854-1911.Thomas,after he married in 1877, went to live in Glasgow,he's on the 1881 and 1891 censuses but he also was traveling  backwards and forwards to New Zealand,he's on the censuses in New Zealand and his brother James had moved there after he married.By 1901 he had gone to live in New Zealand permanently leaving behind his wife,son and daughter. His wife and daughter went back to Ireland but his son William James,my grandad,stayed in Glasgow where he was also a bootmaker.After going to Ireland to get married in 1903,William James returned to Glasgow where he worked as a bootmaker for the co-op.He died in 1920.David, worked as a bootmaker in Newtownards until his death in 1921.He had a big family but I don't know if any of his sons carried the business on.Hope this helps your research.

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