You have done a lot of research and have an amazing g history line.
My RC GGGrandparents from Galloon have no determinable history or existence, no records,
prior to their 1857 marriage so kudos to you and your efforts.
On Jul 22, 2019, at 11:16 PM, Roger Cousens
I don't know if anyone will be interested in this research itself, but I would
certainly appreciate any suggestions for where to proceed next. Sorry that there is a lot
of info, but I thought I would attach everything.
All we knew at the start of our research was that William Moffit and his wife settled in
Orillia, Ontario and came originally from Tonyglaskan townland, and we knew the ship they
went on. We have visited the area, looked at the church records, spoken to several
people, but not yet gone to any official records offices. We have managed to get one
generation back, and fill in some great info, but then there are lots of unconnected
jigsaw pieces from the 18th and early 19th centuries that we cannot yet connect. We have
accessed all the things available through Ancestry.com
and similar, IGP, GENUKI, searched
the PRONI records on-line, searched the Transcripts of Memorials of Deeds etc as
thoroughly as we can, Griffith's and its updates, Tithe Applotment lists, Church
warden lists, Masonic Lodge records, censuses and whatever we can find. We also
considered nearby Co. Tyrone and Clogher parish info. But the links between the various
Moffatt and Ferris families in the region remain elu
sive. The problem is mostly the lack of birth, death and marriage records - even during
the period for which such lists exist. They do not seem to have been recorded. Both
families had strong Methodist connections and perhaps that makes things more difficult (we
have had advice from the Methodist Historical Soc of Ireland). And so many of them were
So where to go next? We know a couple of locations of their houses and wondered what we
might find from the Land Registry (though we do not know the postal addresses, only
positions on the Griffith's Valuation map). We contacted one of the current owners
who was completely unhelpful and when we visited the other there was no one there. We
hope to find to visit Northern Ireland briefly next year.
Any suggestions appreciated!
William Moffit (1801-1892) who arrived in Orillia, Ontario in 1847 with his wife Martha
Faris (1809-1885) was one of at least five boys born to Andrew (1767-1845) and Mary
(1767-1838) of Tonyglaskan. Of the others,
* James (1801-1858) married a Mary and remained in Ireland at Edenagilhorn; they had a
daughter Margaret who died at the age of eight.
* John (1805->1861) married Catherine Thompson of Killyculla in 1838. I can find no
record of any children or of Catherine's death. He appears to have emigrated to
Lambton County, Ontario where he lived with his brother Andrew and his family.
* Robert and Andrew married two Kidney sisters from Lisnabane: Jane and Sarah
respectively. I can find no record of Robert's death, but Jane appears in Mulmur,
Simcoe County, Ontario where she married Christopher Graham in 1865. Andrew (1800-1883)
and Sarah (1823-1905) and one son also emigrated to Lambton County, Ontario, where they
had three more children.
It is unclear who Andrew snr's parents were or where Andrew was born, but there is
likely to be a connection with the Moffatts of Clabby/Camgart. This is currently our
biggest stumbling block.
Martha Faris was one of four children born to John Ferris and Mary Slavin and lived at
Drummacken. I can find no records of their parents or siblings. We have been in contact
with Faris descendants in Canada but they can go back no further than we have.
* One of Martha's brothers - James - married Isabella McCoy (1807-1886), but he
appears to have died between 1838 and 1842 after having one child, Anne.
* Thomas (1809-1883) was first married to Elizabeth (one child), who died between 1840
and 1842, and then to his widowed sister-in-law Isabella nee McCoy (a further 3
* John (1817-1877) married Anne Rutledge (1819-1898) and had eight children.
All of them, along with their children, emigrated to Mulmur township, Simcoe County
between 1863 and 1868, as did siblings of Anne Rutledge.
Moffitts (or Moffs for short, as they vary within the same family from Moffatt, Moffitt,
Moffit, Moffet etc)
In the beginning......
According to a Guy Moffitt (Fermanagh Gold contact of Carole Elliott), four brothers
arrived from Scotland in the early 18th Century; two settled in Fermanagh and two in
County Tyrone. The two brothers in Fermanagh were an Andrew and a Thomas. Andrew's
descendants were the surviving family of the Fermanagh brothers, as Thomas' family
died out in the subsequent generation. The Clabby/Tempo area is very close to the Tyrone
border, so that Andrew was not necessarily the source of our Moffs.
The first Moffs in the Tempo/Clabby region that we can find are William Moffet
(1678-1763) and his wife Mary (1683-1760), buried at St John's, Fivemiletown. At that
time there were no churches at Clabby or Tempo. They could have lived in a large radius
of there and is not necessarily connected to the Tonyglaskan Moffatts.
Topped Mountain/Mullyknock Moffs
I do not think that there is a direct link between the Tonyglaskan Moffs and those from
Topped Mountain/Mullyknock. But they need to be considered.
There was a William Moffit of Mullynock who was listed as a churchwarden1 in the
Enniskillen parish in 1770; this seems to be the same William Moffit who is listed as
marrying Elizabeth Irvine in Enniskillen parish 3 Dec 1736. James Moffit is listed as a
freeholder for Toppit Mountain (same townland as Mullyknock) in 1751, but this would make
him too old to have been William and Elizabeth's son. James Moffat was a church
warden for Mullyknock in 1775 and 1786 and an elector in 1788 and 1798. Peter Moffat was
an elector in 1788 and 1798 for Toppit Mountain and a church warden for Mullyknock in
1808-1813. James and Peter joined the Enniskillen Freemasons in 1795 and started the
Toppit Mountain lodge in 1796. James senior, James junior and Peter are listed as
freeholders for Toppit Mountain in 1796. There are no death records for either James.
Peter Moffatt of Drumhirk (in Cleenish parish, not the Drumhirk near Clabby) was buried at
Clabby church, with dates of 1765-1845. He may h
ave been the Peter from Toppit Mountain who came home for burial (there are no other
Peter Moffs in this area, in any generation). Peter leased various plots of land over
quite a wide area.
The Peter at Drumhirk was married to Margaret Miles, whose relation Robert Miles first
leased Drumhirk in 1711. So Peter could have moved from Topped Mountain to run
Margaret's farm when they married. According to an 1836 deed they had a son, Peter,
though in a relevant deed in 1842 only Margaret was mentioned, not Peter junior (had he
A possible lineage could be William and James (brothers), with James having another James
and either William or James having Peter.
Other Moffs have been associated with the area around Topped Mountain. 1864
(Griffith's Valuation) gives Rebecca and Samuel Moff living in Mullyknock in separate
houses. A Galbraith and Rebecca had a son, Samuel in 1848 with their location given as
Mullaghsillogagh, the other side of Clabby. Sometime after 1877 she moved to Ratoran
(though Samuel remained at Mullyknock).
A Galbraith Moffatt (Galbraith 1) had originated at Clabby/Camgart (see that section
below). He married Jane Cluff of Ratoran in 1810, adding that to the extensive areas that
he was leasing. Jane (1775-1840) died at Ratoran. Galbraith also died at Ratoran in
1847. So, did he marry Rebecca after Jane died? But there is 17 months between
Galbraith's death and Samuel's birth. But Galbraith left his probate in the hands
of Annie Quinton (his wife's sister, who was part of an earlier deed involving
Galbraith) rather than Rebecca. Another possibility for Samuel's father could be the
1829-1912 Galbraith (Galbraith 2) who was born at Drumcor in 1829, who later had 13
children with Jane Bamford. There are no divorce records that would support this.
A William Moffit is on the freeholders lists for 1751 and 1767 for Crievehill and a
William Moffet of Crievehill is paying tithes in 1832. William Moffit 1787-1843 died at
Crievehill. A deed of 1809 is between James (father) and William (son); a deed of 1815
states that William is James' eldest son, so there must have been others. The
sequence here seems to be William - James - William + other. The deeds also have links to
Topped Mountain Moffs (James Moffatt of TM was a witness) and Camgart Moffs (Armar Moffatt
of Strabane Co Tyrone is a beneficiary), but the nature of these links is unclear. There
were no Moffs at Crievehill at the time of Griffith's Valuation.
William Moff of Tattingart was a churchwarden in 1777 and 1786. But where is Tattingart?
There is a 1763 deed involving Robert Maguire of Tempo, William Moffett of "that
farm of Tatentigart" and his two sons James and John. The 1809 deed for Crievehill
also mentions that their land was originally leased to William senior by Robert Maguire.
So it seems that Tattingart was perhaps one of the farms in Crievehill townland.
There was a William Moffit of Camgart as a churchwarden in 1705 and in 1728 (could this
have been the William (1678-1763) buried at Fivemiletown married to Mary (1683-1760)) and
on the list of freeholders for 1747 and 1751. An 1851 deed involves William Moffitt the
younger and his wife Jane. A 1776 deed (PRON eCat extract; original needed) involves a
William establishing future for his sons Armar, William and Gilbert. So this seems to be
the third William in the series. In a deed of 1790 (PRON eCat extract regarding
Clunturkel; original needed) William senior and William junior are mentioned. A William
was in Camgart in 1788 and 1798 according to the list of electors (and also a Gilly as an
elector). There was a Gilbert living in Enniskillen in 1836 (see Valuation Office Books).
Deeds relating to Crievehill mention Armar of Strabane "the son of William of
Camgart". Armar was married to an Anne and they had a daughter Mary.
Deeds of 1785 indicate that a Henry Hetherington married Elizabeth Moffatt, daughter of
William of "Corngail" (could be transcription error for Camgart?). This William
is most likely to be the father of Armar and Gilbert. The Hetheringtons had one son,
James Moff of Camgart married Mary Anne Hamilton in 1812 (daughter of James Hamilton of
Carnalia, Co. Tyrone). James was paying tithes on Camgart in 1832; the Ordnance Survey
memoirs written in the 1830s say that James Moffat was Seneschal for Clabby. He disposed
of the Camgart lease in 1840. [Note that part of Clabby village is in Camgart townland;
Galbraith Moffat, for example, is sometimes mentioned interchangeably as being from Clabby
or from Camgart. However, William Moffat of Caingart and William Moffit of Clabby are
both listed as Electors in 1788/1789. Are these from two families or merely William
senior and junior?]
The name Galbraith Moff is significant in that it was handed down through several
generations of the Moffs who later lived at Tonyglaskan/Drumcor. Galbraith Moffat 1 first
appears in deeds as being from Camgart. He married Jane Cluff of Ratoran in 1812, so he is
probably of the same generation as James (a James was a witness of their marriage deed).
He was already renting land in several townlands in the area (including Drumcor, Leam,
Aghacramphill and the corn mill of Clabby). They clearly took up residence at Ratoran
until his death in 1847 and hers in 1840. She was the daughter of William Cluff and born
in 1775. Her sister Anne/Annie married William Quinton junior of Enniskillen; they had a
son William Galbraith Quinton and moved to Lancashire. Annie was given probate of
Galbraith's will (due to a deed of 1831 ensuring that money from Jane went to Anne),
but this dragged on for some time (couldn't locate her?).
A conundrum: a Galbraith and Rebecca had a son, Samuel in 1848 with their location given
as Mullaghsillogagh, the other side of Clabby from Ratoran. In Griffith's valuation
(1863) Rebecca and Samuel are living in separate houses in Mullyknock. Sometime after
1877 she moved to Ratoran (though Samuel remained at Mullyknock). So, did Galbraith marry
Rebecca after Jane died? But there is 17 months between Galbraith's death and
Samuel's birth. And why Mullaghsillogagh, unless that is where Rebecca's parents
or other family lived?
A William Moffatt (1802-1887) and his wife Jane (married in 1831) had at least two
children while living at Camgart (Mary Jane b.1840, Catherine b. 1842) but by 1844 they
were living at Drumhirk near Clabby where their descendants lived until the late 20th
The first mention of Moffs at Tonyglaskan was a James who paid tithes there in 1832
(James of Camgart?). The earliest Moff to have died at Tonyglaskan was Andrew (1767-1845);
Mary (1767-1838) also died at Tonyglaskan and was likely his wife. There is no direct
evidence that he was from Camgart. Andrew would have been of the same era as Galbraith
from Camgart who ended up at Ratoran.
During the middle part of the 1800s there were several Moffs recorded at Tonyglaskan.
* William Thomas (1801-1892) and Martha Faris (1809-1885) had Andrew (1936), James
(1839) and Mary Jane (1844) here. They left for Ontario, Canada in 1847.
* James and Mary had Margaret here in 1836; Margaret died at Edenagilhorn in 1842;
James (1801-1858) also died at Edenagilhorn.
* John married Catherine Thompson of Killaculla while he was living here in 1838 (James
was best man). Canadian censuses (see below) show a John born 1805 in Ireland (giving
himself as "single") was living with Andrew and Sarah and their children. I can
find no other record of Catherine death in either Ireland or Canada.
* Robert was living here in 1845 when he married Jane Kidney of Lisnabane, between
Tempo and Brookeborough (William was best man; her father was a John and Thomas Kidney was
a groomsman); they had Andrew here in 1846. Robert's father was given as Andrew.
There are records of Jane Kidney in Canada, but not all of these need be our Jane.
However, Jane Moffat/Kidney married Christopher Graham (b. 1815) in 1865 in Mulmur (close
to where William and Martha ended up); her birth year would have been 1834. Her parents
were given as Ann and John; a Jane Kidney was living with an elder Ann Kidney and a young
couple William and Mary Kidney at the time of the 1871 and 1881 censuses. An Ann Kidney
(1787-1883) died in Dufferin Co. So perhaps Jane married twice; I have not found a record
of Robert's death.
* Andrew and Sarah Kidney (like Jane, from Aghavea parish, so likely her sister?) had
Robert at Tonyglaskan in 1851. His father is given as Andrew. An Andrew (1800-1883) and
wife Sarah Kidney (1823-1905) died in Ontario (their ages given in census documents vary
from census to census, which is not unusual). As well as having a son Robert (1851-1928)
born in Ireland, they had Annie Agnes (1854-1924), William (1857-1937) and Sarah Jane
(1865-1913) born in Canada. They lived on Lot 12, Concession 2, Moore township, Lambton
Co. along with a John Moffatt whose age was 3 years younger than Andrew's (giving John
a birth year of 1803).
* Francis (1818-1845) died here
* Margaret (1834-1842) died at Tonyglaskan.
There could have been other females born, but the lack of BMD records make them
impossible to trace. However, it is likely that William, Robert, James and Andrew were
all children of Andrew and Mary. Margaret was unlikely to have been (note that she cannot
be James & Mary's Margaret who also died in 1842).
Galbraith 2 and his wife Jane Bamford had several children at Tonyglaskan from 1855-1874
(by that time Tonyglaskan was almost empty after the departure of William, Robert, Andrew
and perhaps John to Canada and James to Edenagilhorn and the death of Francis). One of
Galbraith 2's children (James 1855-1931 and his wife Isabella Gourley 1856-1917)
remained there after Galbraith 2 and Jane returned to Drumcor; they had 13 children.
James' daughter Eva (1894-, m. James Breadon in 1921) seems to be the last Moffatt to
live at Tonyglaskan [info from elderly neighbour].
The first mention of a Moff at Drumcor was a deed of 1810 listing Drumcorr and the corn
mill of Clabby as lands leased by Galbraith Moffatt 1 (the one who ended up at Ratoran).
The earliest Moffs to have died at Drumcor were Andrew (1798-1895) and Mary (1809-1871).
[Note that at least two family trees on Ancestry.com
state that Andrew's wife was
actually Margaret Jane McCormick of Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone. This is based on a marriage
record where she married an Andrew Moffatt of Strabane in 1846 - i.e. after Andrew's
son Galbraith was born!] Galbraith 2 (1829-1913) was their son and married Jane Bamford
(1829-1912) from nearby Creevehill in 1852. Galbraith, Jane and their children moved to
Tonyglaskan in 1854 where they continued to reproduce. However, they returned to Drumcor
at some point and died there.
Several of Galbraith 2's children ended up in the USA and Canada, while several of
his son James' children went to USA.
A William Moffatt (1802-1887) and his wife Jane (married in 1831) had at least two
children while living at Camgart (Mary Jane b.1840, Catherine b. 1842) but by 1844 they
were living at Drumhirk near Clabby. They had nine children. The last Moffat at Drumhirk
was E. (Effie?) who was in the telephone book in the late 1970s.
There is also a link between the Camgart Moffs and those at Clonturkle/Tonywall. Deeds
of 1744 and 1790 regarding "The lands of Clunturkel and Fartaugh...." refer to
William Moffitt of Camgart. Clonturkle is in Kinawley parish. What makes this confusing
is because a Thomas Moffitt was living there in Clunterkill in the 1730s-1750s; a James
Moffitt with a son William was living there in the 1790s and an Andrew (and others)
continued there in the 1800s. It is unclear what interest the Camgart Moffs had in their
In the censuses there is a Moff family at Beagh (east of Fivemiletown). In one
tree, a son is referred to as William Galbraith (b.1889), so I thought there
was a connection with Clabby/Drumcor Moffs, but the only hard evidence I can find refers
to him as William J. His parents were William (1848-c.1915) and Mary Jane (possibly
Buchanan) (1855-); they were married in 1887. William J. ended up in Australia. I have
discounted this link for now, as I cannot see a link elsewhere with William senior. There
was also a Moff family at Slatbeg in the census,
Other Moffs in the area were a William (1833-1841) who died at Drummachan and a Mary
(1770-1846) who died at Drummalia according to Tempo parish records. This townland does
not exist: was it Ramalia/Ramalay, next to Camgart? A Lewis Moffat was at Knocknastacken
on the 1830s-1860s. Andrew and Lucinda had a son William in 1865 in Moysnacht.
There were a large number of Faris/Ferris/Faeris in the region, including the same
townlands as Moffatts (e.g. Drumcor, Creevehill, Clabby and Camgart) and those adjacent.
I can find no direct link to any of these. However, I suggest it is most likely that
Martha came from the Faris family living at Drummacken. This is primarily because they
were on the same boat to Canada as John and Anne Faris from Drummackan in 1847.
Martha had at least three brothers, James, Thomas and John. John's (and therefore
Martha's) father was recorded as John Ferris, who had married Mary Slavin in 1790 at
Templemichael, Co. Longford. However, in the late 1830s and early 1840s there were four
Ferris/Faris couples recording births at Drummacken in the parish records:
* John (1814-1877) and Anne (1812-1898) (births of James 1937, William 1840, Jane 1843,
Margaret 1845, before they moved to Ontario and had others).
* James and Isabella (birth of Anne in 1838; Anne married David Armstrong, miller for
the Moffatts at Drumcor in 1860)
* Thomas and Elizabeth (birth of James in 1840)
* Thomas (1809-1883) and Isabella McCoy (1807-1886) (births of Mary 1843, Thomas 1845
and Alexander in 1847)
It seems somewhat unlikely that there were two Thomases and two Isabellas living at
Drummacken at the same time. Given the dates of births of their children, I believe that
James and Elizabeth died and the widowed Thomas and Isabella married, though I can find no
records of the deaths or marriages. Although Anne Armstrong was clearly born to James and
Isabella, in later documents she lists Thomas as her father - which would fit my
All the surviving Ferris/Faris siblings thus ended up in Simcoe County, Ontario, living
very close/next to each other; Martha and John arrived in 1847 and Thomas in 1863. Anne
and David Armstrong moved there in 1868 with their first child, Isabella. John had
married Anne Rutledge from County Tyrone and siblings of hers also ended up living in
Simcoe County [note that in later life, John's son William considered that his mother
was an Anne Nixon, thus there is some ambiguity in Ancestry.com
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