Author Topic: William Wilson in County Donegal abt 1750  (Read 163 times)

Offline Robert Richards

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William Wilson in County Donegal abt 1750
« on: Wednesday 18 April 18 19:09 BST (UK) »
I am looking for help in finding more information on my ancestors in County Donegal.

I have found William Wilson born about 1750 and married to Esther Reed also born about 1750
William's father was William (1730-1770) and his siblings Sarah (1755-1796), Samuel (abt 1758)
and Elizabeth (1760-1760).
Esther Reed's father was Francis Reed (1730- 1787) and her Mother was Hannah (1730-1787). Her siblings Hannah (1753-1753), Jane (1754-1788) and John (1757-1814).
Both families emigrated to Nova Scotia Canada between 1760-1770.
William Wilson and Esther Reed had 10 children, all born in Nova Scotia.

I will be travelling in Donegal and would love to find any more details in what area the Wilson's and Reed's were from.

Thank you,
Bob Richards

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Offline Elwyn Soutter

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Re: William Wilson in County Donegal abt 1750
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 18 April 18 19:45 BST (UK) »
Bob,

Wilson and Reed/Reid are both common names in Donegal. In the 1901 census there are 623 Wilsons and about 200 Reed/Reids (Reid being the more common spelling in the county at that time).

Research in Donegal in the 1700s is very difficult due to a general lack of records. To trace the family you would need to know their precise denomination and ideally the parish or townland they came from. From the era of their departure, Id guess they were probably Protestant, either Church of Ireland or Presbyterian, but in any event there are almost no church records for Donegal for the 1700s, so you are unlikely to trace them from documentary sources.

DNA testing might match you with a family with more knowledge of their origins.
Elwyn

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Re: William Wilson in County Donegal abt 1750
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 18 April 18 21:23 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the information Elwyn,

I was concerned that I did not find much published information into the 1700's.

I have started my DNA testing and hope that will unlock some links...

Bob