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That wonderful George Armstrong has another fantastic new database. The last database George sent for distribution was Knockmanoul Methodist Marriages. The CURRENT database that is being offered is Birth records from the same location. I'm sure that these will be a great help to a LOT of researchers. These records have been transcribed from PRONI film.
The transcription is the sole work of George Armstrong. Please thank him directly by sending emails to:
As in the past, I am just distributing this great work for George. If you would like this database, send an email directly to me at
Place something like: "1823-1932 Knockmanoul births" in the subject line of your email. Please leave the "body" of your email blank or nearly so.
I thought you might be interested in the following press release about the opening of the National Trust Men's Way apartment, which, I believe, falls under the National Trust's "Catering Cottages". Our very own Viola Wiggins was one of the speakers at this dedication.
March 30, 2010
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster highlighted the important part 'unique experiences' play in boosting tourism, in County Fermanagh today.
The Minister officially opened the Men's Way holiday apartment in the National Trust's Florence Court estate. The Men's Way apartment, overlooking the laundry courtyard, was the accommodation for male servants in the 18th century.
Speaking at the National Trust property in county Fermanagh, the Minister said: "Bringing properties such as the Men's Way apartment back to life provides visitors with a unique, memorable experience. Florence Court is a beautiful venue and this four-star holiday apartment is another jewel in the estate's crown."
The National Trust is Northern Ireland's largest conservation charity, and the restoration of the apartment is the culmination of an £800,000 investment over the last two years in its three Fermanagh properties, Florence Court, Castle Coole and Crom, to improve the overall visitor experience.
Arlene Foster said: "The economic climate and strong euro has contributed to an increase in visitor numbers domestically and from the Republic of Ireland.
"The number of local people choosing to holiday at home has increased by 13% and total trips taken resulted in £190million being spent in the local economy. In addition, visitors from the Republic of Ireland injected £67million into the economy last year as the total number of holiday makers rose by 39% from this key market."
The Minister added: "Visitors are staying longer and experiencing more while they are here. Men's Way holiday apartment offers visitors the opportunity to stay overnight and enjoy the ambience of a past era, while also being able to take advantage of all that Fermanagh can offer, from the breathtaking scenery to its welcoming people."
Commenting on the project, Hilary McGrady, National Trust Director for Northern Ireland said: "It is extremely rare to find a series of rooms such as Men's Way that have hardly been touched by the 20th century, let alone the 21st. With careful planning we have been able to retain much of the atmosphere of the rooms and historic finishes, while making the area usable, practical and above all comfortable, as a very special holiday apartment.
"As a conservation charity we value these fine examples of historic buildings. Bringing them back into use provides the opportunity to raise much needed funds to support the work of the National Trust so that everyone can enjoy our unique and special places."
From: "Judy" <jkonojacki(a)shaw.ca>
Subject: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD Letters from Makenny 1879-1886 (2)
Anything more on Maggie Clark Irvinestown PO 1886
And 1879 Mrs. Clarke.
August 31st 1879- In reference to a photo of Edward (Eddy) Stewart who
immigrated to NSW in 1879. Eddy was the s/of Edward Stuart, the writer
of the Makenny letters......as follows
"Irvine was in the town and got your likeness, Mrs Clark requested one
She said she was as glad as a pound to have it."
June 1886- Miss Maggy Clark of the Post Office Irvinestown, was
Isabella Cullen of Coolgarran who married at the Kilskeery Church a
a police pensioner who has 72 pounds and over a year.
Johnny Irvine was groomsman.
I hope both items are your Clarks, Judy.
A few more names from the Makenny townland letters.
Hugh Keys and his wife Omagh,
The son of Johnny Armstrong who works in the ticket office
at Omagh Station.
Dr. Armstrong's death-(details),
Jim Irwin who preached in America, now employed in a drapery
business in New London, Upper Canada at a ₤100 per year.
Jim Irwin's wife is employed in a Millinery business also
in New London.
John Irvine gave up the situation he had in the Asylum and
joined the Constabulary in Toronto.
Lizzie (Irvine?) also in Toronto in the Millinery business.
William Somerville and family leaving for NSW.
Robin Wilson, Makenny.
Isabella (Cullen) Acheson, Maggie Clark Irvinestown P.O.
John Irvine married in America, Christiana (Irvine?) married
and living in Belfast, William Wright.
There are a few brief details that I haven't added for some of
the names mentioned. If you are interested in a particular name,
let me know and I will tell you if there is anything more I can add.
Also mentioned are the Orange Day Walk, the March and the Procession
in the area and the crops and the prices.
Copies of remnants of letters have been sent to me. They were written
by Edward Stuart and
sent from Makenny townland on the Magheracross/Kilskeery border to
NSW, from 1879 to 1886.
They mention individual's names, mainly from the area between
Ballinamallard, of persons who immigrated to NSW, America and Canada.
There are also a few names of those who remained 'at home' in the area
In most cases only the names are mentioned, but sometimes a comment
about where they are
and what they are doing, has been added.
There are too many names to post in one message so I will separate
them into two.
Mrs Tumath, Mrs Clarke, Catherine Walker, Mrs Lindsay, the Cullens and
The Nelsons, William Fletcher who married Rebecca Keys, Irvine
Fletcher brother of
William Fletcher, Mary Jane Walker, Jane Moffitt, Andy Moffitt, Mary
Keys nee Stewart,
Mary Hetherington Hugh Maguire, Christy Law, Jim Irvine, old John
Moffit and Willie Elliott.
Joseph Holmes Toronto Canada, his brother Robert Holmes Melbourne
(police?) and John Irvine
nephew of the Holmes brothers.
George Lee, Billy McAnern,John James Lindsay,Jimmie Adams, Hugh
Elliott Ballinamallard P.O.,
Charles Stuart, Andy Cullen, Jimmy Moffitt- American Preacher, James
Walker, Jeremy Adams,
Ann Maguire, Annie Lea (Lee?), Mrs Bleakley- Laughty, Thomas Campbell
John Armstrong, "Hollow Man".
John Donnelly, William Somerville and John Armstrong, who all died
within a fortnight, before
May 16th 1880.
I hope someone is able to use these 'snippets', to add to their story
of their ancestors.
It doesn't sound familiar, but I can't say "no" for sure as I don't have
much data on my Heatheringtons that far back. My GGGF David Heatherington
(a farmer) was born circa 1846 in Co Tyrone. His father was named John
(also a farmer). I don't know his mother's name or any of his siblings
names (if he had any). He married Mariagh Irwin in 1876 in Killeeshil,
Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Some of his descendants went to Canada.
On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM, <carsherr(a)aol.com> wrote:
> I found that the middle given name of my great grandfather John Thompson b.
> 1832 Drumsonnus, County Tyrone was Hetherington. This was the surname of his
> mother Elizabeth married to his father, John Thompson. John Hetherington
> Thompson's parents were married in the C of I in Irvinestown. He married
> Rebecca Maria Wilson b. 1838 to Robert and Jane Bleakley Wilson, County
> Fermanagh in 1861 in the Magheracross C of I. They immigrated to
> Philadelphia via NYC in 1862. Any connection?
> Lancaster, PA
Thanks for the update. Things have changed! I took digital copies a couple
of years ago. I hope it is still okay to hand copy yourself!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD Fw: re Church records.
> Hi Wendy,
> I was in the Church of Ireland Representative Body archives last week, not
> all parish records are available, they have a website, some records were
> burnt in 1922. They do not allow photography and they do not have a
> photocopying service. A handwritten copy of an entry costs 10 euro.
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I was in the Church of Ireland Representative Body archives last week, not all parish records are available, they have a website, some records were burnt in 1922. They do not allow photography and they do not have a photocopying service. A handwritten copy of an entry costs 10 euro.
Welcome to the list Brendan.
If they were in service their names would probably reduced to Initials for
eg. J E G or E H M
Army personnell and members of the Police force were entered using only
Initials.which makes them even harder to find.
Enniskillen was divided into wards eg. Enniskillen North, or South, or
East, or West.or Rural
If they were in Barracks, Boarding Schools or Institutions/Hospitals a
special form was used for the recording of multiple occuopiers.
I Just searched the 1911 Census entering no names.
Queen Street in the street line.
Enniskillen in the DED line
and selected Co Fermanagh.
This brought up most of the "Street" addresses but Didn't find Queen Street
in those listed.
I do know that at one time Queen Street was christened "The Dardenelles" but
I think that referred to the fact that Soldiers returning to Barracks
marched down between rows of houses, which after the 1914/18 war ended,
housed some hostile to the Army/RIC and stoned them as they "Ran the
I found an Elizabeth Magee aged 74 in Water Street, but she was not
My bet would be that if he was a service man at the time of the Census which
was taken AT MIDNIGHT of 1/2 April 1911 his wife might have been living with
relatives or in service somewhere else.
I Also Found an Elizabeth Magee living in Monea
I found Mary Anne Green aged 27 a sister of, Owen Rogers Head of family, in
Monea area.There was a Henry Francis Green aged uner 1 year there too.
Your best bet of finding her is to look the Index to 1901 census of
This is searchable at www.fermanaghgold.com
If I can be of further assistance, living in Fermanagh, Please ask
Thank you for that information, that is the correct family, the children were born 1890 and 1891, I wonder where their father James the Merchant was, he is not listed as dead on his daughter's marriage certificate. What street were they living 1901?
Thank you very much again
There was a James Magee, CI, age 42, married, living in Drogan, Derryvullan.
There were four Magees there altogether, and quite possibly all in the same
Anne Magee age 84, widow
Henry Magee age 55 not married
Isabella Magee age 51 not married
James Magee age 42 married All were CI.
This James might be the husband of Elizabeth age 42 married in Enniskillen
Town. There doesn't seem to be another who matches, and there are very few
James Magees who were CI and about age 40 to choose from. You might be able
to locate this townland in the census easier than finding the right street
In 1911 Drogan there was a cousin Mary Torrens living with Henry and
Isabella, the mother being dead I presume.
Do you not have the 1901 census available at your local city library, or are
you already in Dublin?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD Evans & Magee Family's Enniskillen
> Hi James,
> 1901 census records are available in a number of places, the best place in
> Dublin is the old Gilbert Library now known as the Dublin City Library,
> they also hold RIC records.
I'm trying to investigate some Hutchisons/Hutchinsons.
It started with Catherine Coalter Hutchison c1845 married in 1876 to George
Coalter c1841. She was shown as the daughter of William Hutchison c1795 of
Killyvilly, but from her marriage cert her father is Francis Hutchison c1800
of Ballylucas. The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Hutchinson &
Hamilton Hutchinson, which may be her cousins now and not her brothers as
This is confussing as I have William Hutchison c1795 married in 18?? to
Margaret Coalter c1795 (George Coalter's aunt). So why is Catherine's
middle name Coalter? What I need to find out is the names of the parents of
William Hutchison c1795 & Francis Hutchison c1800, I'm assuming that they
are brothers, but perhaps not.
Francis Hutchison married in 1840 to Ellen Stewart, children William c1842,
Catherine Coalter c1845, Anne c1846
William Hutchison c1842 married 20 Aug 1867 to Elizabeth Murphy, nothing
more kown as yet
Catherine Coalter Hutchison c1845 married 09 Jun 1876 to George Coalter s/o
George of Carrickahennan, children: Thomas 1877, George Alexander 1879,
William Edward 1881, Margaret Jane 1883, James Hamilton 1885, unknown
1885(poss twin, died before bapt), John Samuel 1888, Maude 1890
Anne Hutchison c1846 married 08 Jun 1866 to Hamilton Howe s/o John Howe of
Derryclavin, children: Mary Glenda(?) 1869, John Henry 1873, Hamilton
Francis 1875, William James 1877, Emily 1879, Letitia 1881, Margaret Jane
1881 (twin), Rebecca 1885, Hutchinson Ernest 1887, Robert Alexander
William Hutchison married in 18?? to Margaret Coalter, children Ann Isabella
c1828, Alexander c1830, George c1832, Hamilton c1835, Thomas c1840
Ann Isabella Hutchinson married in 19 Sept 1866 John Wherry c1826 s/o James,
children Sarah Jane 1868, unknown 1872, Margaret 1875, Ann 1877
Hamilton Hutchinson married in 08 Oct 1869 to Mary Livingstone (or
Levingston) d/o Thomas, children Margaret Anne 1870, Sarah Jane 1872, Mary
1878, Richard 1880, Ellen Catherine 1882
Thomas Hutchinson married in 07 Jan 1879 to Mary Phair d/o James, children
James 1881, Elizabeth Jane 1883, Thomas 1885, Crozier Hamilton 1886
I'm hoping that someone will recognise some of these names and be able to
help sort this out.
I'm actually researching Coalter & Phair familties, but with so many cousins
marrying, I find it helps put in a much info as poss. It's also more
Hope someone can help,
My first post to this list
I am looking for information on the two following family's
Emily Patricia Green born 10 March 1915
Father: John Evans Green, Staff Seargent Royal Army Medical Corps serving in France
Mother: Emily Henrietta Magee
Grandmother: Elizabeth Magee (she was present at the birth)
MARRIAGE RECORD: 17 Apr 1911
John Evans Green and Emily Henrietta Magee, both living in Queen Street, Enniskillen, I believe it may have been a barracks,
Father: William Green Soldier
Father: James Magee Merchant
Eva Georgina Elizabeth Magee (sister)
Victor Emmanuel Sutton Mattocks
Both family's were Church of Ireland
The 1911 census was taken 1st April 1911, they should all turn up in the census, no sight of any of them, I wonder was it because they were all in the barracks at the time of the census and it was not enumerated.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
The following website was mentioned in Viola's post on December 2 (see below) - http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/index.html. I'd like to know more about a 1773 baptism for JNO GELLING BYNG, Castle Street, that appears here in the records of St. Werburgh's C of I in Dublin. The listing refers to a Book Number, Page Number and Entry Number. Does anyone know if the original records of St. Werburgh's Church have been microfilmed and if they are available through the LDS Library or any another genealogy website? If not, can anyone recommend a researcher in Dublin who could help me?
From: Viola Wiggins
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:56 PM
Subject: FER-GOLD Fw: re Church records.
A friend has forwarded the link below and thought I should share it with you all.
I have not heard any mention of the Church Records that they have started to put On-Line down south, so I have enclosed a link in case you feel that some out there may benefit from them.
So far they only appear to have bits of Dublin and Kerry loaded.
I just received this personal note from Marlene, which she thought that she
had posted to the list, as well as to me; and am forwarding it, so that the
list can see her apology for the multiple postings etc.
Marlene just wrote:
"Ray and List Members,
I made many reposts to the lists, because I could not see my own posts.
Many apologies to all.
Thank you for giving me the solution to my problem .
As Ray suggested, I had somehow put my OWN email address on the Blocked
Senders List for my Outlook Express Inbox. Ouch! No wonder I hadn't been
seeing my posts.
Hopefully, I will see this email, and know that my problem is fixed.
Marlene Heggie (slightly red faced) "
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heggie" <pheggie(a)nbnet.nb.ca>
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: FERMANAGH-GOLD George Noble b 1846 Fermanagh
Have a look around on http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
Their costs are very minimal and you can make sure a record is the right one
before paying a fortune for the certificates. I like the tradition our
ancestors had of passing down the maiden surnames of women to the children.
It was a way of keeping the name in the family and I have found it to be
extremely helpful in tracing my lines. Especially when their firstnames
were so repetitive. My own father has the middle name of Heatherington and
for a long time he didn't know where it came from. I recently learned that
it was the maiden name of his father's mother. The variation of spelling
means nothing, trust me. I found where my Heatherington GG-grandparents and
one of their sons signed (so they could read and write) the Ulster Covenant
and each one spelled their surname differently.
Jo-Ann (in Canada)
> It's time to "bite the bullet", and order those certificates, along with a
> couple of others.
> I was wondering about those Ramsay and Hetherington given names. They did
> look suspicious.
I am researching the surnames of Blackburn. Lowe ,Jordan, Wilson.
Sarah Wilson Married John Lowe .
Sarah was born in Moystown, Parrish Gallen, Kings County, Ireland.
Any one having any information I will be glad to exchange with you.
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