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Hello Gold listers!
Apologies in advance—this is going to be long.
I have the good fortune to be making a short visit to Belfast in September. I have only one day at PRONI and I hope to be as prepared as possible—I have a findmypast membership and have done my best to scour everything that is online there and elsewhere, so I am hoping to use my PRONI time to find records that are not available online.
I have a general understanding of how the registration and request process will work. I am not confident that I understand how to search resources from the PRONI site. Specifically, how do I figure out which church records are most likely to contain information for (for example) protestants living in Stratore townland? And because sometimes they are considered part of Devenish and sometimes Inishmacsaint, does that change what I need to search at PRONI? Is it possible any Donegal references would be helpful, or can I confine myself to Fermanagh?
My top “wish list” items are:
- Birth/baptism record for Alexander Thompson (abt. 1800, possibly Fedian or Blaney townland, protestant, unknown parents)
- Marriage record for Alexander Thompson and Isabella McClean (abt. 1830-33, protestant)
- Birth/baptism record (image) for Isabella McClean (based on transcribed record from 1811, Stratore townland, protestant, parents Francis McClean and Arabella)
- Burial records for anyone in the family that didn’t emigrate, especially Isabella
- Church burial record for Alexander (1865/66, Stratore)
- Any other relevant items (workhouse records, military/work records, emigration info, ??)
Here is what I already know, to one degree or another:
Alexander Thompson was a farmer and married Isabella McClean. They had (approximately) 13 children:
- John, 1833 (Fedian) - ?
- Eliza Anne, 1835 (Fedian) - 1907 (Winnipeg, Canada)
- George Alexander, 1837 (Glenwinny) - 1866 (Stratore)
- Francis, 1839 (Glenwinny) - ?
- Alexander, 1840 (Glenwinny) - ?
- Catharine, 1841 (Glenwinny) – (probably d. before 1844)
- Mary Jane, 1842 (Glenwinny) - 1862 (Stratore)
- Catharine, 1844 (Stratore) - ?
- James Henry, 1846 (Stratore) - 1919 (Winnipeg, Canada)
- William John, 1848 (Stratore) - 1924 (Hampshire, England)
- Robert, 1850 (Stratore) - 1925 (Toronto, Canada)
- David Thomas, 1852 (Stratore) - ?
- Francis Edward, 1858 (Stratore) - ?
I have seen (transcribed) baptismal records online for many of them (thank you, Bonnie A!), all Church of Ireland.
Already consulted online:
The family is in the 1841 Devenish Protestants “census” in Stratore (missing some children), and on Griffith’s (1862) in Stratore. Alexander’s death was recorded civilly in 1865 at the age of 65 in Enniskillen. On the 1870 Vestrymen list, Alexander Thompson is in Stratore (likely Alexander Jr.).
In the Valuation revision books, they are tenants under Archdale/Archdall ownership.
The Stratore property passes from Alexander Thompson to Rev. John Smyth in 1869, then to Isabella Thompson in 1875, to David Thompson in 1886, and to William Taylor in 1889.
In Glenwinny, James Thompson’s entry goes to Robert Thompson in 1874 and John Elliott in 1875. Interestingly in Cosbystown we have the same transactions: James Thompson in 1864, Robert Thompson in 1874, and John Elliott in 1875. There is a family of Thompsons in Cosbystown that appears to originate in Blaney, so it’s possible this is just a coincidence, or that the Cosbystown Thompsons are at both properties (rather than my Glenwinny/Stratore Thompsons).
There are also Thompsons that remain in (or return to) Fedian and Derrygonnelly even up to the 1911 census, who I believe I am likely related to, but have found no official connection between my Alexander and this family. As far back as the 1753 Archdale rent roll “The Thompsons” are listed in Fedian. In 1788, 1796, 1797, and 1802 an Alexander Thompson (among other Thomspons) is in Fedian (spelling varies) and Francis McClean is in Stratore.
There are Thompsons in the Enniskillen workhouse records with some of this family’s names (Alexander, George, etc. but I have no idea if they are my Thompsons or not (and don’t know how to figure that out). Same with the constabulary records—I think some of the children were employed here but with the common name I am not sure how to tell which Wm. Thompson (for example) may be mine.
Thank you all for reading, and for any help you can provide!
Dear all our Golden Family.
I am searching for an ED RAZOR, related to our SOOPY SUE, who now has memory problems.
They are related through the COPELAND family. Sue's Cousin, J Boles, in Dublin is wanting to contact Ed Razor to compare notes on the Copeland family as he is also related to him, and contacted me.
I do hope we can contact him to establish a connection between him, Sue's Daughter and John in Dublin.
Us Fermonians stick together!
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