Maghera Past and present – A view of Maghera in 1913

Lower Main Street, Maghera circa 1903 400x254

Maghera Past and present – A view of Maghera in 1913The Larne Times & Weekly Telegraph covered the town of Maghera in an interesting and wonderfully detailed article featured in their 8th November 1913 edition. This was part of their ‘In Ulster towns and villages’ series of articles and gives a wonderfully informative  zeitgeist of Maghera on the eve of World War I:





Progressing to Maghera in continuation of our series of articles on Ulster towns and village the ancient town of St. Lurach is the next natural stopping place after Castledawson and Magherafelt, the outlines of whose history we reviewed last week. If instead of the sequence of geographical situations we had consulted the interests of cultural precedence, Maghera should be given premier place in Derry by way of its rank and standing as the oldest town in the county.

The authority of Lewis, without whose topographical records the country would be much [poorer?] it is not necessary to establish the fact that Maghera is a place of great antiquity. The town to this day bears silent but indisputable testimony, not merely to its existence, but also its great importance, in early epochs of Ireland’s history, when many centres have grown up in the intervening centuries had not taken form from out the forest that covered wide tracts of what is now [ ] pasture land. The Plantation [period marks] the beginning of quite a large [  ] in the northern towns of Ireland. Not such Maghera. Three hundred years have passed into history since first settlers under King James’s scheme of colonisation [mov]ed to the regions watered by the Lower Bann. Twice or thrice three hundred years would not carry us back to the times when Maghera first assumed prominence as a centre of.


 St. Lurach’s Old Church.

Although we are told there is no precise account of the original foundation of an abbey for Canons Regular, believed to have been established there at a very early period, yet it is beyond controversy that at so remote a time as 537 the ancient see of Ardstra or Ardstrath was removed to the town. In the olden times the place was called Machaire Ratha Luraigh- Machaire meaning a plain (as in Magherafelt, the plain of the rushes). Gradually the name changed to its present form, Ratha Luraigh means the fort of Lurach, St. Lurach being the patron saint of the parish. This eminent ecclesiastical, of whom the town has more than one memorial, substantial as well as legendary, throws the mind back to the days of St. Patrick himself. Lurach, like many another Irish saint, was of Royal Lineage, and had close family ties with the patron saint of Ireland. One has but to turn to the ruins of St. Lurach’s Church, happily in an excellent state of preservation, to find abundant confirmation as to Maghera’s importance in the era in which Ireland won its first fame as the home of saints and scholars. The old church and grounds have been the hunting ground of the antiquarian and archaeologist who have written and lectured upon some of its features which have a distinctiveness of their own among Irish ecclesiastical remains. Some portions bear marks of very remote antiquity. The square-headed western doorway, with its representation of the Crucifixion, rudely sculptured in high relief with the company of the apostles, has long fascinated the attention of those who find a delight in the study of these memorials of an age, of which relics are but too few. It has been estimated that the date of this interesting piece of sculptury is between the years 960 and 1,000 A.D.. Lewis, in his indispensible Topographical Dictionary (1837) mentioned not only the fact that in the churchyard are the tomb and pillar of Leuri (or Lurach, but added that the grave of the patron saint was opened early in the last century, when a silver crucifix was found in it, and was carefully replaced. It has been placed on record that this addendum had been better suppressed, as it is related that a couple of thieves came afterwards, opened the grave, and


An information was sworn by the late Alexander Hipson, of Maghera, describing the thieves, and the late Rev. Spencer Knox had them followed to Magherafelt and Moneymore, but unfortunately all traces of them was lost. Readers of the “Ulster Journal of Archaeology” were indebted over ten years ago to the late Mr. A. K. Morrison and to Mr. S. D. Lytle for a copy of the deposition of Hipson, describing the disgraceful act of vandalism, and we take leave to reproduce it here. MADGHS

It was sworn and signed on January 20, 1865, before Mr. J. J. Clarke J.P., at Largantogher, as follows:-

I Alexander Hipson of Maghera in the county of Londonderry carpenter do solemnly & sincerely declare that in or about the year 1839 I think in the month of March I was in the employment of the Rev. James Spencer Knox rector, of the parish of Maghera, when one morning having to pass through the old graveyard on my way from the glebe house to the town of Maghera to buy nails I met two persons dressed like gentlemen in the graveyard, one had a paper in his hand, on which there was writing. He asked was I a native of the town I said I was. He then enquired if there was a long grave in the churchyard in which Saint Lorny was buried. I said I had often heard of it. He again asked if it had a black whin stone for a head stone I told him it had. He looked at the paper and bid the other gentleman to come along. We went together to the grave which I pointed out. He took a rule out of his pocket & measured the grave which he compared with the writing on the paper with it and the headstone. At his request I got him a spade from James Cassidy who was planting potatoes. On giving him the spade he gave me a half crown piece & said to me & Thomas Quinn who had just come up that we might go and have a glass. We went to Billy Crocketts had a glass & divided what was left of the half-crown between us. I then went to Harry Porters the nailer, got the nails & returned  through the graveyard, and there found the two gentlemen filling up the hole in the grave that appeared about 2½ feet long & about 2 ft broad. I don’t know the depth. On the grass was a handkerchief spread out the wind raising it up I saw underneath a cross which might be about 18 inches long. They then left taking the cross with them. I began to think I should tell Mr. Knox & went to the hall door, but he was not in the house. Half an hour after I returned I found him in his study and told what had occurred.  He sent me immediately to the hotel kept by Mr Falls to make enquiry who said, they had been gone for some time, but whether to Moneymore or Magherafelt he could not say. Mr Knox & myself then drove in his gig to Magherafelt but could not find any trace of them there but got a fresh horse & proceeded to Moneymore, with no better success-  came back by Desertmartin to Magherafelt hoping to meet with them Mr Knox having left instructions in Magherafelt to have them detained should they make their appearance there. Mr Knox told me afterwards he had reason to believe they had gone to Dungannon & was greatly displeased with Mr Falls as he blamed him for misleading him.

This is the story which, in point of detail, certainly seems very circumstantial. The resting-place of St. Lurach is marked by a rude whinstone, which is evidently the remains of a cross. The hope has been more than once expressed that some suitable monument should mark the resting-place of Maghera’s patron saint, but this natural and commending desire has not yet been realised. There is a local tradition that an underground passage existed between the old church and the church of Mullagh Hill, about a mile distant. No one, however, has been industrious enough to test the accuracy of tradition by any extensive excavation.


Another reminder of St. Lurach is the well which perpetuates his name to the present day. It is in the centre of the town not far from the principal street, at the entrance of Mr. John Marker’s yard. The well was for a considerable time the principal source of the water supply for the town, but was closed in recent years by the district authorities, and a pump erected over it. The legends concerning the efficacy of the waters of the well, as may well be conceived, are numerous.

Reverting to the earlier times we recall that for nearly 600 years Maghera continued to be the seat of the diocese but in 1158 it was united to the See of Derry and the cathedral church was established in that city. The transference meant more than a mere loss of prestige to the ancient town, for it appears to have declined rapidly in importance after that period, and a few events of historical interest occurred, except occasional depredations during the insurrections of the O’Nials, to whom the surrounding territory belonged. On the plantation of Ulster the lands of the ancient See of Maghera were confirmed to the Bishop of Derry, and other parts of the parish were also assigned by James I to the Mercers’, Vintners’, Salters’, and Drapers’ companies of London, who retained possession till their disposal under the Land Acts of the last few decades. In the war of 1641 Maghera suffered very heavily, being burned by the insurgents under Macdonnell. It was in that terrible period that the ironworks which were established at Drumconready in the reign of Charles I, were destroyed. In 1688 the town, which had scarcely recovered from its former devastation, was assaulted by the Irish adherents of James II, and the inhabitants were compelled to abandon their houses and seek refuge in the city of Derry. 1641 and 1688 are outstanding dates, but much could be written of long periods during which hardships tried the people of Maghera, as well as the country’s inhabitants generally. We must hasten on, however, and come to


Which not unnaturally had its influence upon the folk in and around Maghera. Times were different then, and the general discontent, which was generated by causes which should have been removed, found expression in the well-known incidents of the period. In our reference to the history of Presbyterianism we touch incidentally upon ’98. Suffice here briefly to relate that in Maghera a corps was formed called the Maghera National Guards, which was composed principally of Presbyterians, and a number of Roman Catholics and even a few Episcopalians joined the ranks. The corps was about 5,000, but only a tenth of them had firearms, the remainder carrying pikes, pitchforks, spades, and bludgeons. They assembled at Crewe Hill on the 7th June, 1798, but owing to the defeat of the other corps of United Irishmen in the neighbourhood when the soldiers put in an appearance they disbanded. Some of the leaders escaped to America. Walter or “Watty” Graham was not so fortunate. He found shelter in Limavady, but was betrayed, and brought back to Maghera, where he was hanged, the place of his execution in the Square being pointed out to the present day. His servant man, reputed to be dull-witted, was ordered to proclaim at intervals as his master’s head was carried on the top of the pole through the streets- “Behold the head of a traitor”. The man, whether intentionally or not is not known, cried out,


Many of the people emigrated to America at these times. England had cause to regret her misrule of the country afterwards. In America the Ulster people proved England’s most bitter enemies when that country was wrested from the British. It is a well-known fact that the Declaration of Independence was principally signed by Irish Presbyterians. Two of the signatories on that historic roll are Charles Thompson and a man named Hawthorne, two Maghera Presbyterians. Only two of the signatories added any address, and one was Thompson, who was proud to place Maghera after his name.


It is a long skip from 1798 to 1913, but in the interests of space we are compelled to make it. As we have said, Maghera is a town which can boast an historic continuity that none of its neighbours can eclipse. While proud of its almost unique record in this respect, the town by no means lives in the past, its inhabitants being animated by a spirit of progressiveness that has left its impress in many directions. It enjoys the reputation of being the most progressive market town in South Derry. Modern Maghera is improving materially both as regards size and importance. The installation of electric light is one of the indications of its up-to-dateness.


By far the most important event in recent times was the establishment of the new handkerchief embroidery works in Hall Street by Messrs. Glendinning, McLeish & Co., Belfast, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction. The advent of this industry as thus introduced holds encouraging potentialities for the future, and will be destined to mark a new era in the history of the town. The splendid structure in fine modern style means more than an ornate addition to Maghera’s buildings, but will prove a boon to the people around, as the prosperity of the works will reflect its influence on the town in an altogether gratifying way. The number of hands employed at present s necessarily somewhat limited, but larger schemes are in the air, including the erection of a large factory, into which the girls, after training in the embroidery works, will be qualified to pass. We trust, with every well-wisher of the town, that nothing will stand in the way of expansion and development. Our illustrations include one or two representations of machine embroidery as carried on in the interior of the well-lighted and pleasantly-ventilated works. The Juxtaposition on the same page of such widely differing views as that of the old Abbey Church and of those depicting his recent industrial development may seem to savour of the incongruous. And yet is there not in them a faithful reflex of Maghera- the one representing the glory of its storied past and the other pointing to the hopes of a brightening future?

A word or two must be said in regard to the churches. The present parish church, of which the respected incumbent is Rev. A. H. Maturin, dates back to 1820. The exact date upon which the last services were held in the old church is not known, but it is likely that the devotions of the church people were conducted there up to the consecration of the present church. The inscription on a stone above the doorway of the modern parish church reads:








Colonel Clark has recalled the fact that his late father, who was born over a century ago, worshiped in the old church. Compared with its venerable predecessor, the “new” parish church is but an “infant”, and yet in a few short years the centenary of its consecration will be celebrated!


Columns could be written, and indeed, have been written, of the history of Presbyterianism in Maghera. To the researches of Mr. S. Lytle, a leading merchant of the town, the community owes much for the information which from time to time he has brought to light concerning former times not alone in regard to the Church of which he is an honoured member, but in regard to the general history of the town. As Mr. Lytle pointed out on a public occasion over five years ago, the Presbyterian Church in Maghera has a history in many respects unique. The church was on two occasions closed by a partial Government, once it was burned, and in 1798 it was used as temporary quarters by the Tipperary Militia. The first mention that can be found of the Maghera congregation was in 1665, when a Mr. Anthony Kennedy, of Templepatrick was sent to supply the pulpit for two Sabbaths. The first minister appointed was Robert Rowan, who was placed in charge in 1658, but, after the restoration, which occurred a short time after his appointment, he went over to the Episcopalian Church and became rector of Maghera. The Presbyterian Church was closed, but the congregation continued their worship in a building accommodating 500 people provided by Major Montgomery, a member of the Established Church. For his catholicity of spirit the major was arrested- such was the spirit of tolerance in those early times. The succession of ministers till the famous Dr. Glendy was- Rev. James Kirkpatrick, Rev. John Tomb, Rev. Archibald Boyd, Rev. James Dykes, and Rev. David Smylie. In 1785 the church was removed to its present site from Fair Hill, where one of the foundation stones of the former building is to be seen. The name of Rev. Dr. Glendy, who was a man of outstanding abilities, stands out conspicuously on account of the prominent position he took in the rebellion of 1798. Upon the disabilities of the Presbyterians and all religious bodies except the Established Church and the causes of the ’98 rising it is happily not for us to dwell here, as they are common history. There is no evidence to show that Dr. John Glendy was not a United Irishman, but there is not the slightest doubt that he was in thorough sympathy with their principles. He was, accordingly, a marked man. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and when the soldiers arrived at his house, which occupied the site of Mr. Henry Shiver’s house, they found Dr. Glendy had escaped. Hs house and property was burned, and the doctor found refuge in “The Grove”, where Mr. Wilson now resides. He eventually made good his escape in feminine garb, and in Baltimore, America, founded a church, over which he presided for many years. He became acquainted with Thomas Jefferson, then


Who became his friend, and in 1805 Glendy was appointed chaplain of the House of Representatives, and in 1815 served the Senate in the same capacity. Dr. John Glendy’s successors in the pastorate of Maghera were Rev. Charles Kennedy, ordained 29th July, 1801 ; Rev. Smylie Robson, 16th June, 1843 ; Rev. Dr. Witherow (afterwards professor in Magee College), 1st October, 1845 ; Rev. Dr. Leitch (now President of Assembly College, Belfast), 2nd October, 1866; Rev. R.H.F. Dickey, B.D. (now Professor in Magee College), 26th January, 1880 ; Rev. Dr. Hall (who afterwards took up duty in Colbrooke Row, London, and Coleraine), 16th September, 1891 ; and Rev. Dr. Magill, 4th February, 1900, who resigned in 1903, when he was appointed professor in Toronto, and is now Minister of Agriculture in Canada. The present minister is Rev. Wm. McMurray, who was ordained on March 3, 1904. It is not out of place to add that during Mr. McMurray’s pastorate many improvements have been effected. What is practically a new entrance to the church has been made, at a cost of about £400, while there has been purchased an acre of ground adjoining for a graveyard. A wall has been built all around, and stabling and coach-houses, for the use of country members, have been provided, while electric light has been installed in the church. Among many others, the following may be mentioned as having been at one time members of Maghera Presbyterian Church- The Rev. Dr. Cooke, who was baptised by the Rev. Dr. Glendy in the Presbyterian Church; Rev. Jackson Graham, Rev. William McCullaugh, Rev. Joseph Barkley, Cormany ; Rev. Thomas Lyttle, Sandymount, Dublin ; and the Rev. Robert G. Milling, Ballinahinch ; also Judge Barkley, all of whom have passed away. Rev. John Macmillan, late Moderator of Assembly ; the Rev. Dr. Patterson, of May Street, Belfast; Professor Woodburn, of Magee College ; and Rev. James Woodburn, of Castlerock, were also members of the church in former days.


Amongst the men of wide renown who claimed the neighbourhood of Maghera as the place of their nativity and upbringing, foremost place will be given to the late Rev. Henry Cooke, D.D., L.L.D., the eminent Presbyterian orator and theological controversialist. Dr. Cooke was born on the 11th may, 1788, in a cottage, traces of which no longer remain, in the townland of Grillagh, about a mile and a half north of the town. His father’s house stood on the declivity of a hill. The road to Coleraine then passed over the summit of the hill ; now the new road winds around the base, and on the sloping ground between the old road and the new road was placed the mansion. Like almost every other great leader of men, Cooke was of humble origin. The stock from which he sprang, though poor as the world estimates wealth, was rich in independence and industry. His father was a farmer and his mother had been a farmer’s daughter. By fidelity to their common task they were enabled to transmit to their children, of whom Henry was the youngest, the priceless inheritance of a stainless and honoured name. Much of his stock-in-trade as an orator was inherited, his attractive appearance and his marvellous powers of memory. His speeches were word pictures that dazzled the eyes of all with their beauty. His mind was a galaxy, not of old masters, but of original works of art, whose colour and technique nevertheless revealed an intimate acquaintance with all the best. Neither as a lad at school nor as a youth at college did Cooke display any evidence of the great powers that lay slumbering in his soul, yet, though uncapped with academic honours, he did not go empty away, but carried with him a taste for reading, combined with a knowledge of how to read, which were the highest accomplishments in the gift of a university. As a boy Cooke had witnessed the horrors of the ’98 times, and they left a deep impress on his young mind. Thus he became the confirmed antagonist of every liberal sentiment and the consistent supporter of the powers that were. His college days having drawn to a close, he was ordained, though only in his twentieth year, as assistant and successor to the Rev. Robert Scott at Duneane, a settlement which turned out anything but happily. It could hardly have been otherwise, the two men being as far removed as the poles from one another in temperament and ability. Scott not only held Arian views, but discharged his duties with apathy. Cooke was evangelical and deeply interested in his mission and in his message. He deemed it wise to resign, and after a short interval, occupied as a tutor, he was installed in Donegore, a large and important congregation of about 500 families. The spheres of his subsequent labours were Killyleagh to Belfast. His reply to the Rev. J. Smithurst, which was the beginning of the struggle between Arianism and orthodoxy, culminated in the great debate that took place in Lurgan on the 30thof June, 1829. The one political act of Dr. Cooke’s life , which gave most satisfaction to his brethren, was the bold stand which in 1841 he made against the Repeal of the Union, his challenge of Daniel O’Connell to a public discussion of the whole subject, a challenge which the “Liberaltor” deemed prudent to decline, enhanced his already great popularity. Had Dr. Cooke been guided by no higher motive than the ambition of worldly success he would have sought some more conspicuous field than a remote province in Ireland for the exercise of his great and varied powers. A Scottish parish, a London congregation, a seat in the House of Commons were positions quite within his reach at an early period of his career. But on principle he shut out all such suggestions, and gave his undivided strength to the Church in whose membership he was born, and to the community among whom his lot had been cast. For the last 40 years of his life he was the most conspicuous personage not only in Belfast, but in Ulster. When at the close of a long and laborious life death called him away (13th December, 1868), the whole province did him honour in a manner such as was never shown to any man who hitherto died in Ulster. Belfast buried him with the burial of a king.

Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke, the famous Biblical commentator, was a native of Maghera district, having been born at Moybeg in 1760. Although as a lad he received a very sparse education he blossomed forth into one of the most learned divines of the Wesleyan connexion, a man distinguished for the remarkable variety of his gifts, especially as a linguist. He was president of the Conference three times, an almost unique record. His great work was his commentary, the first volume of which appeared in 1810, and the last in 1826. By special request of the British and Foreign Bible Society, he prepared their Arabic Bible. Dr. Clark was offered a bishopric in England, but declined it. He died of cholera in London in 1832.

Hall Street (Wth RIC baracks)    Hall Street National School


We approach the end of our review with a brief allusion to some spots of interest in the neighbourhood. About an English mile from Maghera, at Tirnoney, there is a very fine cromleac, near to which Lewis says there is an artificial cave formed of field stones and covered with flags; but that there is a souterrain there is doubtful. To the northwest of the cromleac, about 200 yards distant, there are the ruins of Killelagh old church, a very ancient structure, but unfortunately no reliable record can be found regarding its erection. The building, like so many others, is stated to have been destroyed in the wars of 1641 by the Earl of Tyrone and subsequently rebuilt. Lying close to the wall of the churchyard is a large flat stone, 3ft. by 4ft., and about 6in. thick, with two basin-shaped cavities. Close to this old church is a very fine rath, with one circumvallation. About two miles farther there is a sweathouse in Tirkane, with a well a few yards distant from its entrance. The favourite explanation of this sweathouse is that it was used to perform the purpose of Turkish baths, and as a cure for rheumatism and kindred complaints. A fire was lighted on its flagged floor, and when well heated, the fire was cleared out, and after the patient had dipped himself in the well, he was closed up in the house until he perspired profusely, with beneficial results. There are several other places in the neighbourhood of traditional interest, such as giant’s graves- one in Slaghtnail and one in Corlecky, also the remains of what is said to be one of the places of some of the Irish kings in Granaghan. At there is a very large and perfect rath at Dunglady. It is encompassed by treble walls and a trench, but unfortunately, there are no records regarding its occupation. It is said to be one of the most perfect in Ireland, and commands a most extensive view of the surrounding country. There are several other raths and forts in the parish. Numerous celts, swords, spear heads, and ornaments of bronze and brass have been found in the parish and vicinity.

In a sketch like the foregoing much has necessarily been omitted, but we trust we have indicated, even in a general way, sufficient to show that if Maghera had been excluded a prominent place in our present series the omission would have been grave and unpardonable.

Drimbolg Reformed Presbyterian Marriages (1864-1925)

Drimbolg Reformed Presbyterian Marriages (1864-1925)

No.DateNamesAgeConditionOccupationResidenceFather's nameFather's OccupationsWitnessesMinister's Comments / Additional information 
129 Mar 1864Robert Taylor27 yearsBachelorFarmerDrumnacannon, P.O.Tamlaght O'CrillySamuel TaylorFarmerJohn McFarlane
Sarah Sloan26 yearsSpinsterNoneMoynock, P.O. KilreaJohn Sloan DeceasedFarmerSamuel Preston
215 Nov 1864James McKeown20 YearsBachelorMerchantLislea, KilreaJames McKeownFarmerHugh C PattersonNB The next marriage in order of date is entered at No.5 instead of No.3. James Smyth Officiating Minister 25 June 1865
Nannie Patterson18 YearsSpinsterNoneLislea, KilreaFrederick PattersonMerchantWilliam John Thompson
34 Jan 1865Torrens Boyd25 yearsBachelorStudentLismoyleMichael BoydFarmerJohn MacNurwn?
Mary Simms30SpinsterNoneDrumlaneWilliam Simms (Senr)FarmerJames A. Smyth
410 Feb 1865Robert Michael24BachelorFarmerBoveedyArchibald MichaelFarmerJ. C. Balderston?
Nancy Ann PaulFullSpinsterNoneBoveedyJames PaulFarmerNancy Johnston
530 Nov 1864Samuel Dickey28BachelorFarmerDrumlamphSamuel DickeyFarmerHenry Pedlow(Transcriber comment- Entries No 5 & 6 are both dated 1864, even though No.3 & 4 are dated 1865.
Rachel Fulton22SpinsterNoneDrumlamphJames FultonFarmerJames A. SmythEither No.5 & 6 were not recorded at the time of marriage or, more likely, the wrong year was entered in error)
621 Dec 1864Kennedy Burnside26BachelorFarmerKillyberryWilliam BurnsideFarmerWilliam Stewart
Jane Speers26SpinsterNoneBallynocherRobert SpeersFarmerRobert Leslie
74 Aug 1868James Simms25BachelorFarmerDrumlaneWilliam SimmsFarmerSamuel Gilmore
Jane Warwick25SpinsterNoneBoveedyRobert WarwickFarmerRobert Proudfoot
810 May 1871Joseph Frazer Hurst27BachelorMinister R.P. ChurchBallymoneyThomas FrazerMerchantHugh Frazer Hurst
Sarah Smyth25?SpinsterNoneInnishrushJames SmythMinister R.P. ChurchMaria Smyth
913 Mar 1873Thomas TaylorFullBachelorFarmerDrumnacannonSamuel TaylorFarmerRobert KelseyNo.9 For Mary Jane Armstrong read Mary Jane Wilson or Armstrong -
Mary Jane ArmstrongFullBLANKNoneDrumlaneThomas ArmtrongFarmerMartha Jane SufferonIsaac Thompson Minister 21st April 1873 Corrected in presence of Thomas Taylor Mary Jane Taylor
1018 Sep 1873John Boyd31BachelorFarmerLismoyleMichael BoydFarmerCharles Scott
Mary Ann Boyd30SpinsternoneLismoyleJohn BoydFarmerMary Jane Boyd
119 Dec 1873John Adams25 yearsBachelorFarmerDrumagarnerBLANKFarmerAndrew Adams
Matilda SmythFullSpinsterNoneDrumack, RasharkinBLANKBLANKMargaretta C. McCaughey
1211 Dec 1874Charles Scott21BachelorFarmerLismoyleCharles ScottFarmerWilliam Starret
Nannie Armstrong22SpinsterNoneDrumardWilliam ArmstrongFarmerSarah J. Armstrong
1328 Dec 1875Alexander CromieFullBachelorFarmerTamniarn, Parish of DungivenJames CromieFarmerSamuel Cromie
Eliza Jane PattersonFullSpinsterNoneKillygullib, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJohn PattersonFarmerS.H. Patterson
1430 Dec 1875Samuel Brown WarwickFullBachelorFarmerBoveedy, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyHugh WarwickFarmerAlexander Graham
Henrietta WarwickFullSpinsterNoneBoveedy, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert WarwickFarmerAnnie M Warwick
1513 Mar 1876Robert G. WarwickFullBachelorFarmerBoveedy, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert WarwickFarmerAlexander Graham
Annie Maria WarwickFullSpinsterNoneBoveedy, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyHugh WarwickFarmerMaggie Lapsly
167 Jul 1876William James Armstrong25 YearsBachelorFarmerDrumard, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam ArmstrongFarmerArchibald Agnew
Margaret Armstrong20 yearsSpinsterNoneLislea, P.O.KilreaHenry ArmstrongFarmerMary Ellen Armstrong
174 Jan 1882Thomas ArmstrongFullBachelorFarmerDrumard, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam ArmstrongFarmerRobert G Armstrong
Maria Georgina BeareFullSpinsterNoneTernageraghJohn BeareFarmerMaggie Beare
184 Aug 1882Robert SloanFullBachelorFarmerMoyknock, P.o.KilreaWilliam SloanFarmerJohnston Shaw
Margaret CampbellFullSpinsterNoneMoyknockAlexander CampbellFarmerRachel Campbell
1912 Dec 1882James PedenFullBachelorFarmerMayoghillHugh PedenFarmerHugh Peden
Mary Jane BoydFullSpinsterNoneLismoyleRobert BoydFarmerMary E. Moody
2024 Dec 1885David Maxwell26BachelorFarmerTernageeraghJohn MaxwellFarmerJohn Smyth
Martha Young Stewart19SpinsterNoneKillymuckJohn StewartFarmerAnnie Maria Stewart
218 Apr 1886Samuel LytleFullBachelorFarmerDrumlaneWilliam LytleFarmerThomas A Lytle
Hannah MayberryFullSpinsterNoneDrumlaneWilliam MayberryFarmerMargaret A Mayberry
225 Aug 1886Archibald AgnewFullBachelorFarmerDrumard, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert AgnewFarmerRobert Simms
Mary Ellen ArmstrongFullSpinsterNoneDrumard, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam ArmstrongFarmerMary Mayberry
2330 Nov 1886Joseph ReidFullWidowerFarmerDrumlane, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillySamuel ReidFarmerSmyth Kelso
Mary Jane Lamont WorkmanFullWidowNoneDrumoolish, P.O.Tamlaght O'CrillyHugh LamontFarmerJohn Collins
2429 Dec 1889Thomas A. Lytle25BachelorMerchantMagheraWilliam LytleFarmerDavid Wray
Margaret A. Mayberry21SpinsterNoneDrumlaneWilliam MayberryFarmerAgnes Boyd
259 Sep 1887Thomas GibsonFullBachelorFarmerMuletra, P.O. DesertoghillJames GibsonFarmerWilliam Knox
Mary Ann GibsonFullSpinsterNoneDrumoolish, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJames GibsonFarmerSarah Gibson
2613 Sep 1887Robert Camac StuartFullBachelorLaw ClerkLandhead, P.O. BallymoneyThomas StuartFarmerThomas Stuart
Janie Nevin MooreFullSpinsterNoneBallyboyland, P.O. BallymoneyThomas MooreFarmerAnnie Moore
2720 Oct 1887Robert MillarFullBachelorFarmerMoynock, P.o. KilreaRobert MillarFarmerWilliam Johnston Adams
Margaret AdamsFullSpinsterNoneBallynease, P.O. BellaghyWilliam AdamsFarmerNancy Millar
286 Jun 1889Joseph Stewart21 YearsBachelorLabourerFinvoy, P.O. FinvoyJoseph StewartLabourerWilliam Clark
Matilda Martin21 YearsSpinsterNoneDrumlane, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJames MartinShoe MakerMaria Martin
2915 May 1889Robert Anderson27 YearsBachelorGrocerHigh Street, AntrimAlexander AndersonShop KeeperJ C Stewart
Sarah Gibson24 YearsSpinsterNoneDrumoolish, P.O.Tamlaght O'CrillyJames GibsonFarmerHelen Huston
307 Oct 1892Robert Simpson30 YearsBachelorFarmerChurch Tamlaght, RasharkinJames SimpsonFarmerRobert McElfatrick
Sara Jane Sloane25 YearsSpinsterNoneDrumlane, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJohn SloanFarmerMargaret A Sloan
3120 Jul 1893Robert William BoltonFullBachelorFarmerMoneysallinSloan BoltonFarmer& Tax CollectorSamuel John Bolton
Mary MayberryFullSpinsterNoneDrumlaneWilliam MayberryFarmerNannie Scott
3224 Oct 1899Thomas KernahanFullBachelorTeacherDrumard, Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam KernahanRetired TeacherHenry Kernahan
Sarah Hurst WorkmanFullSpinsterNoneDrumoolish, Tamlaght O'CrillyJames WorkmanFarmerJanie Craig
33Jul-02-1901James SimmsFullBachelorFarmerDrumardWilliam SimmsFarmerThomas Mayberry
Nancy Matilda MayberryFullSpinsterNoneDrumlaneWilliam MayberryFarmerMary S. Wilson
34Oct-01-1902Alexander JamisonFullBachelorSchool TeacherDrumoolish, Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert JamisonRoperJames Gibson
Annie WorkmanFullSpinsterNoneDrumoolish, Tamlaght O'CrillyJames WorkmanFarmerMartha J Robertson
35Feb-24-1904Thomas James McCotterFullBachelorFarmerLislea, P.O. KilreaRichard McCotterFarmerJames Burell Mackeown
Mary AdamsFullSpinsterNoneTyanee, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert AdamsFarmerTillie Adams
36Jun-04-1907Thomas Henry IrwinFullBachelorFarmerMoneygran, P.O. KilreaSamuel IrwinFarmerJohn M R Irwin
Nancy Anne ArmstrongFullSpinsterNoneLislea, P.O. KilreaJames ArmstrongFarmerMary E Wilson
37Jan-01-1908John KinneyFullBachelorFarmerGortade, Parish of MagheraThomas KinneyFarmerRobert Logan
Sarah Ellen Sloan19 YearsSpinsterNoneDrumard, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam SloanFarmerLizzie M? Sloan
38Jun-08-1909Frederick BurnettFullBachelorFarmerBallynagarve, Parish of ArtreaAlexander BurnettFarmerDavid Frederick Mann
Jane WarwickFullSpinsterNoneBoveedy, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillySamuel Brown WarwickFarmerHenrietta Margaretta Warwick
39Feb-05-1914William MontgomeryFullBachelorFarmerCrossmakeever, Parish of AghadoweyWilliam MontgomeryFarmerSmith Montgomery
Elizabeth McKay SloanFullSpinsterNoneDrumard, Parish of Tamlaghy O'CrillyWilliam SloanFarmerMary McCahon
40Dec-21-1915James Kyle HoustonFullBachelorFarmerCulnady, Parish of MagheraWm J HoustonFarmerJohn Houston
Mary McCahonFullSpinsterNoneMoyagoney, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam McCahonFarmerAnne McCahon
41Feb-22-1916Thomas McFarlandFullBachelorFarmerKillygullibJohn McFarlandFarmerSimon J. Gibson
Nancy ScottFullSpinsterNoneLismoyleHugh ScottFarmerMary J. McShane
42This space No.42 was passed over by mistake and should not contain the entry of a marriage. Alexander Gilmour, April 13th 1916
43Aug-17-1916Alenander TannahillFullBachelorDraperColeraineAlexander TannahillDraperWilliam John Campbell
Nancy Jane McCahon20 YearsSpinsterMillinerMoyagoney, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam McCahonFarmerEmma Tannahill
44Mar-28-1918Thomas McNeillFullBachelorFarmerCarndougan, Parish of MacosquinJoseph McNeillBuilderRobert Anderson
Henrietta LyndFullWidowNoneKnockaduff, Parish of AghadoweySamuel PollockFarmerSarah Pollock
45Jul-03-1919Hugh Henry DicksonFullBachelorFarmerLower Coagh, CoaghJames DicksonFarmerDr? Bell
Minnie WarwickFullSpinsterNoneBoveedy, KilreaSamuel B WarwickFarmerHenrietta Warwick
46Dec-07-1920Stanley B CochranFullBachelorFurniture DealerBallymoneyGeorge A CochranFurniture Business dealerWilliam J Douglas
Margaret Ann SloanFullSpinsterNoneMoyknock, KilreaRobert SloanFarmerHester C Duggan
47Aug-11-1921John A. CrockettFullBachelorFarmerDrumnacanonGeorge CrockettFarmerR.A. Crockett
Margaret McAleese Stewart19SpinsterNoneDrumardWilliam Stewart (Deceased)Farmer? Bradley
48Sep-25-1923John BlairFullBachelorEngineerLarne HarbourJohn BlairHarbour MasterJames C Cooper
Elizabeth Ena McCahonFullSpinsterMillinerMoyageney, KilreaWilliam McCahonFarmerMay Moore
49Mar-23-1924John MillarFullBachelorFarmerMoynockJohn MillarFarmerRobert Millar
Annie SloanFullSpinsterNoneDrumardWm SloanFarmerLetitia Sloan
50Aug-06-1925Robert William StewartFullBachelorMedical DoctorLeek, StaffordshireJohn StewartTeacherKelso Watson
Clara LytleFullSpinsterMedical DoctorDrumlaneSamuel LytleFarmerTillie Lytle

Transcribed by Denver Boyd


St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland Marriages (1845-1918)

A selection of marriages transcribed from the marriage registers of St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland, Maghera

Complete 20th April 1846 to 6th August 1856, partial transcriptions before and after (although we hope to have a full transcription soon.

No.YearNameAgeConditionOccupationResidenceFather's NameOccupationWitnessesAdditional Information        
5 Jun 1845James AdamsFullBachelorFarmerCrew, MagheraJohn Adams deceasedFarmerJames Johnston
Mary McElreeFullSpinsterNoneCrew, MagheraSamuel McElreeFarmerHenry May
11 Jun 1845James PhillipsFullBachelorFarmerBallinahoneSamuel PhillipsFarmerJames Crossit?
Eliza McKeownFullSpinsterNoneCurraghWilliam McKeownFarmerFrancis McGuigan
12 Aug 1845William AndersonFullBachelorFarmerSlattybogieWilliam AndersonFarmerJames Crossit
Isabella ElliotFullSpinsterNoneCarricknakieltRobert ElliotFarmerRobert Elliot
24 Apr 1846James GrahamFullBachelorCotton ManufacturerNear CastledawsonWilliam GrahamManufacturerWilliam R Patterson
Marianne Mawhinney19SpinsterNoneCurrinJames MawhinneyInnkeeper?Henry Rowan
14 Apr 1847Henry MitchellFullBachelorFarmerLurganagoose, Parish of TermoneenyJames MitchellFarmerGeorge ?
May Jane AndersonFullSpinsterNoneHillheadJames AndersonFarmerCharles Bersford Knox
14 May 1847Hugh McKinneyFullBachelorLabourerSwatraghJohn McKinneyFarmerThomas McKinney
Eliza Jane CrocketFullSpinsterNoneTamlaght O'CrillyGeorge CrockitFarmerArchibald Smile
15 Oct 1847Thomas GallagherFullBachelorFarmerBallinahoneJohn GallagherScripture ReaderJohn McConway
Roseanna Phillips19SpinsterNoneBallinahoneSamuel PhillipsFarmerAlexander Phillips
29 Apr 1849William AndersonFullBachelorLabourerCurraghJames AndersonFarmerJohn McIves
Jane HenryFullSpinsterServantCurraghJoseph HenryFarmerJohn Smith
5 Jun 1849Stewart Graham21 yrsBachelorLabourerDrumuckJack GrahamLabourerM. M. Kane
Mary Jane Clark21 yrsSpinsterNoneDrumuckMatthew ClarkFarmerRinny? McKenny
12 Aug 1850Robert HunterFullBachelorFarmerBallinahoneJohn HunterFarmerGeorge Clark
Henrietta ClydeFullSpinsterNoneTernagerahSolomon ClydeFarmerJames J Greer
8 Sep 1850Robert Judge20BachelorWeaverBellaghyRobert JudgeFarmerJames J Greah?
Nancy Anne Ferrier20SpinsterNoneToberhead, Parish of MagheraRobert FerrierFarmerRobert Evans
120 Apr 1851John AtkinsonFullBachelorLabourerLismoyle, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyWilliam AtkinsonLabourerThomas Mackerell
Mattha WilsonFullSpinsterNoneToberheadJohn WilsonLabourerSandy Wilson
225 May 1851Hugh Wilson19BachelorLabourerCulnadyThomas WilsonLabourerWilliam ?
Sarah ServiceFullSpinsterServantCulnadySamuel ServiceClark Culnady Meeting HouseHugh McKeagueHard to make out.. Almost looks like Swain but EA has Service
329 May 1851John Johnston19BachelorLabourerDrumlamphJohn JohnstonLabourerAlexander McCarroll
Jane BruceFullSpinsterSeamstressDrumlamphWilliam BruceLabourerWhiteside Bruce
411 Jul 1851James Martin20BachelorLabourerMagheraAlexander MartinMasonWilliam Kane
Ellen Scott20SpinsterSeamstress?MagheraWilliam ScottBlacksmithGeorge Kyle
530 Jul 1851John MartinFullBachelorWeaverDrummuck, P.O. MagheraSamuel MartinFarmerWilliam Wilson
Nancy DowlingFullSpinsterNoneToberhead, P.O. MagheraJoseph DowlingFarmerJohn Wilson
628 Aug 1851David Paul20BachelorFarmerMullaghJames PaulFarmerHenry McKinney Samuel Martin
Martha Anne Wilson19SpinsterNoneMoneymore, P.O. MagheraEzekiel WilsonFarmerHugh Kane
720 Oct 1851Joseph WilsonFullBachelorWeaverBallymacilcurrWilliam WilsonBuilder?William Kane
Mary PeacockFullSpinsterNoneBallymacilcurrHenry PeacockFarmerFrances McGuigan
831 Oct 1851Patrick Scullion18BachelorFlax DealerCrewCharles ScullionFlax DealerWilliam Kane
Margaret WrightFullSpinsterWeaverKnocknakielt, P.O. TermoneenyJohn WrightFarmerJohn Shiels
920 Nov 1851Robert FlemingFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyRobin? FlemingFarmer?I originally transcibed bride's name as 'Dora' but subseuent records suggest 'Rose'
Rose YoungFullSpinsterNoneTirgarvilJohn YoungFarmerRobert Lynn
1024 Nov 1851John ClarkFullBachelorSoldier 90th Reg't.CurranBLANKFarmerWilliam Kane
Rachel KennedyFullSpinsterNoneCurranBLANKTailorCharles Kennedy
114 Dec 1851William KennedyFullBachelorWeaverParish of TermoneenyHenry KennedyFarmer?William Kennedy
Jane WattFullSpinsterNoneParish of MagheraHugh WattFarmerRobert Curry?
1210 Dec 1851John Magee?FullBachelorLabourerSwateraghJohn MageeLabourerWilliam Kane
Mary GordonFullSpinsterNoneDreenanJames GordonLabourerFrancis McGuigan
1317 Feb 1852Thomas SimpsonFullBachelorFarmerRocktownWilliam SimpsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Wilhelmina BruceFullSpinsterNoneDrumlamphJoseph BruceFarmerRobt McIntyre
144 Mar 1852Dennis McAfeeFullBachelorServantCastledawsonJohn McAfeeLabourerWilliam Kane
Anne Jane MartinFullSpinsterNoneMagheraSamuel MartinServantFrancis McGuigan
1520 Apr 1852James NelsonFullBachelorServantTobermoreRobert Nelson?LabourerWilliam Kane
Mary Jane McCeon alias WhiteFullWidowWeaverColah, P.O. Maghera (Coolagh)William McCroryLabourer?Hamilton Paul
1620 Apr 1852Andrew MartinFullBachelorWeaverCurranAndrew MartinFarmerWilliam Kane
Peggy LennoxFullSpinsterWeaverP.O. MagherafeltJames LennoxFarmerWilliam Marlin
1728 Apr 1852John NeelyFullWidowerLabourerBallinahone P.O. MagheraJoseph NeelyFarmer & BailiffThomas Simpson
Jane HannaFullSpinsterNoneTobermore P.O. KilcronaghanJames HannaThatcherFrancis McGuigan
188 May 1852Hugh WattFullWidowerFarmerP.O. MagheraHugh WattFarmerWilliam Kane
Mary McDonaldFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraCharles McDonaldGuager?James McGaw?
1921 May 1852David HoustonFullBachelorWeaverCurragh P.O. MagheraDavid HoustonWeaverWilliam Kane
Maria Coscoran (she signs Coskran)FullSpinsterWeaverCurragh P.O. MagheraDominick? CoskeranLabourerAllan Hamilton
209 Jun 1852Samuel McKeownFullBachelorFarmerCurraghWilliam McKeown?William Kane
Marianne McCreadyFullSpinsterNoneCrewJames McCreadyFarmerJ.C. McKeown
211 Jun 1852John WrightFullWidowerLabourerFallagloonJames WrightLabourerWilliam Kane
Eliza McLoughlinFullSpinsterNoneFallagloonJames McLoughlinLabourerGeorge Kyle
226 Aug 1852William WilsonFullBachelorFarmerDrumuckRobert WilsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Letitia GrahamFullSpinsterNoneCurrin? (Dreenin? Not clear)David GrahamFarmerWilliam Mulholland
239 Aug 1852John ElliotFullBachelorFarmerLemnaroyRobert ElliotFarmerVance? Richly?
Jane FlemingFullSpinsterServantBallinacrossIsaac FlemingFarmerFrancis McGuigan
246 Sep 1852Samuel MillarFullBachelorLabourerBallymacilcurrJames MillarFarmerWilliam Kane
Peggy Jane MillikenFullSpinsterServantCurragh P.O. MagheraJohn MillikenFarmerIsaac Hamilton
2526 Oct 1852Robert HamiltonFullBachelorWeaverDrumlamphJames HamiltonSoldierRobert Kane
Martha McNeilFullSpinsterWeaverDrumlamphArchibald McNeilFarmerWilliam MacIntyre
269 Nov 1852William Henry RichardsonFullBachelorPrinterMagherafeltLewis RichardsonPrinterRobert Kane
Matilda WallaceFullSpinsterNoneBallinahone P.O. MagheraWilliam WallaceFarmerCharles McGinnis
2715 Nov 1852Samuel BrownFullBachelorWeaverToberheadJoseph BrowneFarmerWilliam Kane
Isabella LeesFullSpinsterNoneToberheadJohn LeesFarmerJames Stewart
2822 Nov 1852John GettyMinorBachelorWeaverCrewJohn GettyProvisioner?William Stewart
Peggy Jane DickeyFullSpinsterNoneMagheraThomas DickeyLabourerJohn Elliot
2925 Feb 1853Hugh ThompsonFullBachelorFarmerParish of BallyscullionJohn ThompsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Esther PhillipsFullSpinsterNoneParish of MagheraThomas PhillipsFarmerJames Anderson
3012 Apr 1853George KentFullWidowerFarmerCurrin P.O. MagheraThomas KentFarmerRobert Kane
Carloine WallaceFullWidowNoneCurrin P.O. MagheraThomas WallaceFarmerThomas Marlin
3113 May 1853Thomas KaneFullBachelorWeaverP.O. TermoneenyThomas KaneLabourerThomas Brown
Margaret BadgerFullSpinsterWeaverCurrinRobt. BadgerLabourerJoseph Marshall
3216 May 1853Samuel Stinton?FullBachelorWeaverBay P.O. MagheraRobert Stinton?LabourerJames Crocket
Peggy McCleanFullSpinsterWeaverBay P.O. MagheraConnolly McCleanLabourerCharles McClean
3320 May 1853John NicholFullBachelorLabourerP.O. BallyscullionThomas NicholLabourerJames McHenry
Betty SpeerFullSpinsterServantP.O. MagheraJohn SpeerLabourerFrancis McGuigan
343 Sep 1853John WilsonFullBachelorFarmerDrummuck P.O. MagheraRobert WilsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Anne SteeleFullSpinsterNoneP.O. BallyscullionWilliam SteeleFarmerDavid Wilson
3520 Sep 1853Campbell McDonaldMinorBachelorWeaverToberheadJohn McDonaldMowerWilliam Kane
Mary HamiltonFullSpinsterWeaverToberheadJames HamiltonLabourerRobert Kane
3629 Sep 1853James McGinnisFullBachelorFlax Dresser?CulnadyJohn MaginnisLabourerWilliam Kane
Sarah Jane WilliamsonFullWidowNoneCulnadyJames MagillFarmerRobert Kane
3711 Oct 1853Archibald McElfetrichFullBachelorFarmer & DealerP.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyArchibald McElpatrichFarmerWilliam Kane
Margaret McCoolFullSpinsterNoneDungleady P.O. MagheraGeorge McCoolFarmerRobert Sloan
3819 Oct 1853Samuel WintonFullBachelorWeaverTobermore P.O. KilcronaghanJohn WintonFarmerWilliam Kane
Matilda LynnMinorSpinsterSeamstressBallymacilcurrSamuel LynnFarmerFrederick Long
3924 Oct 1853Thomas WassFullBachelorFarmerP.O. MagherafeltJames WassFarmerWilliam Kane
Rachel McConaghtyFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraDennis McConaghtyFarmerJohn Garven
4027 Oct 1853William StewartFullBachelorLabourerBay P.O. MagheraAlex? StewartFarmerWilliam Kane
Rebecca McMullanFullSpinsterNoneTamneymullanSamuel? McMullanFarmerJohn Smyth
4110 Nov 1853Robert SimpsonMinorBachelorFarmerDrumlamphRobert SimpsonFarmerRobert Kane
Elizabeth BruceFullSpinsterNoneDrumlamphMatthew BruceFarmerWilliam McIntyre
4210 Nov 1853William ShepherdFullBachelorFarmerParish of MagheraJohn ShepherdFarmerRobert Kane
Elizabeth WhyteFullSpinsterNoneParish of MagheraRobert WhyteFarmerDavid Wilson
4328 Nov 1853Thomas ScottFullBachelorScutcherCulnadyJohn ScottFarmerWilliam Kane
Mary RoweFullSpinsterWeaverDrumoolish Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyFrancis RoweFarmerAlexander Campbell
4414 Dec 1853James SteeleFullBachelorFarmerP.O. BallyscullionWilliam SteeleFarmerWilliam Kane
Jane WilsonFullSpinsterNoneDrummuck, MagheraRobert WilsonFarmerAlexander Campbell
457 Feb 1854Joseph NeelyFullBachelorLabourerBallinahoneJohn NeelyFarmerWilliam Kane
Matilda BrownFullSpinsterWeaverColahJoseph BrownCottierWilliam Fulton
4623 Feb 1854Alexander McKeownFullBachelorFarmerBay ---Alexander McKeownFarmerWilliam Kane
Elizabeth HipsonFullSpinsterServantCrew ---James Hipson??? SinkerWilliam Fulton
472 Mar 1854Moses McKeeFullBachelorFarmerP.O.KillelaghMichael McKeeFarmerWilliam Kane
Peggy Jane DowningFullSpinsterNoneDreenanHertford DowningPensioner & FarmerAlexander Wilson
484 Apr 1854John McGonigh?21BachelorFarmerP.O. BallyscullionGeorge McGonigh?ShoemakerWilliam Kane
Elizabeth Mayberry21SpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraWilliam MayberryFarmerJohn Hughes
494 Apr 1854Peter Barkley40WidowerWeaverP.O. MagheraHenry BarkleyFarmerWilliam Kane
Margaret Dunlop40WidowNoneP.O. DesertoghillAdam MeekFarmerWilliam John Clark
508 Apr 1854Shaw MontgomeryFullBachelorFarmerP.O. MagheraAlexander MontgomeryFarmerWilliam Kane
Jane AndersonFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraWilliam AndersonLabourerFrancis McGuigan
5113 Apr 1854Thomas HutchinsonFullBachelorLabourerTobermoreNorman HutchinsonLabourerWilliam Kane
Mary ClarkMinorSpinsterSeamstressMagheraRobert ClarkShoemakerRobert Hutchinson
5213 Apr 1854Robert HayesFullBachelorFarmerGortreagh, P.O. Kildress, Co. TyroneRobert HayesFarmerWilliam Kane
Martha FlemingFullSpinsterNoneBallymacilcurrJames FlemingFarmerJohn Johnston
5324 May 1854John Thomas NeelyFullBachelorFarmerP.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyGeorge NeelyFarmerWilliam Kane2 Jun 1854 edition -On the 24th ult., in the Parish Church of Maghera, by the Rev. James Spencer Knox, A.M., Vicar General of the Diocese of Derry, John Thomas,
Nancy Anne LyttleFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraAlexander LyttleFarmerMatthew Lyttleeldest son of Mr. George Neely, Firaconarey, to Nancy Ann, daughter of Mr. Alexander Lytle, of Falgortrany, Maghera.
5412 Jun 1854Thomas EllisFullWidowerFarmerP.O. BanagherRobert EllisFarmerWilliam Kane
Sarah ClarkFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraJames ClarkFarmerJohn Ellis
5520 Sep 1854Robert MulhollandMinorBachelorFarmerEden P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyHenry MulhollandFarmerWilliam Kane
Nancy AndersonMinorSpinsterNoneCurraghSamuel AndersonFarmerJohn Ellis
566 Oct 1854William ScottFullBachelorFarmerTyanee, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyAdam ScottFarmerWilliam Kane
Isabella FrenchFullSpinsterNoneCulnady, MagheraWilliam FrenchFarmerJoseph Robison
579 Oct 1854William John ClarkFullBachelorFarmerDrummuck P.O. MagheraJames ClarkFarmerWilliam Kane
Anne BaxterFullSpinsterNonePerpetual Care? Of Portglenone, ConnorWilliam BaxterFarmerJane? Crocket
5826 Oct 1854William John WilsonFullBachelorBaptist MinisterMagheraWilliam WilsonBuilderJames Barkley
Elizabeth Douglas ThompsonFullSpinsterNoneMagheraDavid ThompsonMerchantJ A Robson
592 Nov 1854John ShielFullBachelorLabourerRocktown, MagheraJames ShielLabourerWilliam Kane
Sarah LyonFullSpinsterNoneRocktown, MagheraRobert Lyon?LabourerJames Crosset
6016 Nov 1854Robert AndersonFullBachelorWeaverCurragh of MagheraJames AndersonThatcherWilliam Brown
Eliza HenryFullSpinsterServantTernageeragh P.O. MagheraRobert HenryLabourerSamuel Miller
6123 Nov 1854Samuel KeenanFullBachelorServantDrumlamphJohn KeenanLabourerWilliam Kane
Catherine TaggartFullSpinsterServantDrumlamphP.A. TaggartShoemakerThomas Atkinson (or Allison?)
6223 Nov 1854John O'NeillFullWidowerrWeaverP.O. MagheraBernard O'NeillLabourerWilliam Kane
Margaret StewartSpinsterEmbroidererP.O. MagheraJames StewartLabourerJames Armour?
6330 Nov 1854William MagugonMinorBachelorLabourerCulnadyPutative father William Magugon?TailorWilliam Kane
Peggy CassidyFullSpinsterServantCulnadyJames CassidyLabourerJohn Braman? (Brannan?)
644 Dec 1854David PorterFullBachelorWeaverCurraghRobert PorterFarmerWilliam Kane
Margaret SmithFullSpinster?apestryBeaghJames SmithFarmerJames Crawford
6515 Mar 1855Thomas WallaceFullBachelorFarmerMoneyshanere, Parish of KilcronaghanThomas WallaceFarmerWilliam Kane17 Mar 1855 edition - At Maghera parish Church, on the 15th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Knox, Mr. Thomas Wallace, Monishinure, Tubbermore, to Roseanna, second daughter
Roseanna PhillipsFullSpinsterNoneBallinahoneJohn PhillipsFarmerJohn McElreeof John Phillips,Ballinahone.
6616 Apr 1855Isabella McKeownFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraWilliam McKeownFarmerWilliam Kane
Wm A McKeownFullBachelorWeaverP.O. MagheraJames McKeownFarmerJames Nisean?
6727 Apr 1855Robert CrocketFullBachelorFarmerSlatabogyWilliam CrocketFarmerWm Kane
Jane TaylorFullSpinsterNoneSlatabogyRobt TaylorFarmerJohn Gray
6816 May 1855Samuel HaganFullBachelorLabourerCurranJames HaganLabourerJohn W??
Nancy KeriganFullSpinsterServantCurranPeter KeriganLabourerJohn Chambers
699 Jul 1855Stephen HarperFullBachelorSoldier, Derry Miof MagheraStephen HarperLabourerRobert McGaw
Nancy GaultFullSpinsterServantof KilreaThomas GaultLabourerWilliam McMillen
7026 Jul 1855Alexander McKeownBachelorFarmerP.O. Maghera CurraghJoseph McKeownFarmerRobert McGaw
Anna Jane FlemingSpinsterNonep.O. Maghera BallymacilcurrJames FlemingFarmerRobt McFarland
7123 Oct 1855Thomas ThompsonFullBachelorLabourerP.O. MagheraDaniel ThompsonLabourerRobt McGaw?
Margaret NugentFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraJohn NugentLabourerArch'd McGinnis
729 Nov 1855David BoysFullBachelorLabourerB hone P.O. MagheraWilliam BoysFarmerWilliam Kane
Esther McConaghyFullSpinsterNoneCraigadick P.O. MagheraThomas McConaghtyFarmerWilliam Hogg
739 Nov 1855Richard McLaughlinFullBachelorLabourerP.O. MagheraJames McLaughlinLabourerWilliam Kane
Jane StockmanFullSpinsterNoneTullyheron, P.O. KillelaghRobert StockmanFarmerWilliam Hogg
7418 Nov 1855John BrownFullBachelorWeaverBay P.O. MagheraJames BrownFarmerThomas Brown
Mariane KelsieFullSpinsterNoneBay P.O. MagheraJames KelsieFarmerWilliam Bra??
754 Dec 1855Thomas McKeownFullBachelorWeaverP.O. DesertmartinJohn McKeownFarmerWilliam Kane
Sarah McKinneyFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraWilliam McKinneyFarmerAlexander Phillips
764 Dec 1855David BullionFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyJames BullionFarmerWilliam McKee
Isabella JohnstonFullSpinsterNoneSlatabogieJohn JohnstonFarmerJames Walkinshaw
7729 Jan 1856John WilsonFullWidowerConstable, ConstabularyMagheraJohn WilsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Mary McMasterFullWidowNoneMagheraJames Mewhon?FarmerWm McDonald
7820 Feb 1856James CrillyFullBachelorLabourerFalgatrevyJohn CrillyLabourerWilliam Kane
Nancy MasonFullSpinsterNoneMullagh, P.O. TermoneenyBenj MasonLabourerRobert McGaw
7921 Feb 1856John BerkleyFullBachelorWeaverDrumoolish, P.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJames BerkeleyFarmerWilliam Kane
Sarah StewartFullSpinsterNoneP.O. MagheraAlick StewartFarmerThomas Brown
806 Mar 1856George MartinFullBachelorShoemakerMagheraSamuel MartinServantWilliam Kane
Sarah LindsayFullSpinsterSeamstressMagheraRobert LindsayLabourerWilliam Wallace
8125 Mar 1856Michael KeenanFullBachelorRoyal ArtilleryDrumlamphJohn KeenanLabourerRobert Kane
Sarah BanksMinorSpinsterSeamstressDrumlamphDavid BanksLabourerRobert McGaw
8231 Mar 1856James GodfreyFullBachelorLabourerP.O. DesertlynWilliam GodfreyLabourerWilliam Kane
Sarah Anne HumphreyFullSpinsterServantP.O. MagheraJames HumphreyLabourerJohn Wilson
8325 Apr 1856James DixonFullBachelorFarmerDrummackAndrew DixonFarmerWilliam Kane
Margaret Jane ToshFullSpinsterNoneDrummackJames ToshFarmerDavid Clark
8414 May 1856James McConnellFullBachelorServantP.O. Tamlaght O'CrillyJames McConnellLabourerJohn Gray
Martha GivenFullSpinsterServantP.O. MagheraJames GivenLabourerJames Scott
8523 Jun 1856James ClarkFullBachelorFarmerParish of MagheraThomas? ClarkFarmerWilliam Kane
Nancy CooperFullSpinsterNoneParish of MagheraJohn CooperFarmerAndrew Brooks?
866 Aug 1856Richard MayberryFullBachelorLabourerDrumlamphWilliam MayberryLabourerRobert McGaw
Margaret McIntyreFullSpinsterNoneDrumlamphHugh McIntyreLabourerWilliam McIntyre
952 Jan 1857Daniel ScottFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyJohn ScottLabourerWilliam Kane28
Elizabeth KaneFullSpinsterNoneCulnadyJohn KaneLabourerThomas Hutchinson
969 Jan 1857Archibald GrahamFullBachelorWeaverBallynacrossRobert GrahamFarmerWilliam Anderson
Isabella CaskeyFullSpinsterNoneBallynacrossFrancis CaskeyLabourerWilliam Kane
1059 Jul 1857David BoydFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyHugh BoydFarmerWilliam Kane
Sarah LongFullSpinsterNoneCulnadySamuel LongFarmerRobert Mc?
24 Nov 1857John ClarkeFullBachelorSoldierCurrinJohn ClarkeFarmerWilliam Kane
Rachel KennedyFullSpinsterNoneCurrinJohn KennedyFarmerCharles Kennedy
11920 Feb 1858Andrew LyleFullWidowerFarmerAghagaskin, Parish of MagherafeltJohn LyleFarmerWilliam Kane
Charlotte BuntingFullSpinsterNoneToberhead, Parish of MagheraThomas Bunting?Robert McGaw?
1203 Mar 1858Robert KaneFullBachelorShoemakerTamneymullanFrank KaneFarmerRifleman? Kane
Matilda MehargFullSpinsterNoneMagheraJohn MehargFarmerJohn Wilson
1232 Sep 1858William DavidsonFullBachelorFarmerDerryganard, Parish of LissanRobert DavidsonFarmerWilliam Kane
Elizabeth ClarkeFullSpinsterNoneGulladuff, Parish of MagheraThomas ClarkeFarmerWilliam Knight
1293 Mar 1859James ConnorFullBachelorFarmerTamneymullanJames ConnorFarmerWilliam Kane
Matilda DunlopFullSpinsterNoneSwatragh, Parish of KillyleaghCharles DunlopFarmerEdmond Dunlop
12 Nov 1860David ClarkeFullBachelorFarmerDrumuckJames ClarkeFarmerAndyO'Kane
Margaret Eliza StonesFullSpinsterNoneSlatabogeyEdward StonesLabourerFrancis McGuigan
14919 Apr 1861Benjamin ScottFullBachelorFarmerParish of Tamlaght O'CrillyThomas ScottFarmerWilliam Kane
Mary Ann BrownFullSpinsterNoneParish of MagheraThomas BrownFarmerWilliam Brown
1541 Aug 1861Joseph WarnockFullBachelorFarmerRock, Parish of Desertcreat? TyroneJoseph WarnockFarmerHugh Wilson?
Jane PhillipsFullSpinsterNoneBallinahone, Parish of MagheraThomas PhillipsFarmerJohn ??
15728 Aug 1861William McCleanFullBachelorFarmerBallinahone, Parish of MagheraJames McCleanFarmerRobert McGaw
Esther HunterFullSpinsterNoneBallinahone, Parish of TermoneenyJames HunterFarmerSamuel Lyle
16018 Dec 1861John PhillipsFullBachelorFarmerBallinahoneThomas PhillipsFarmerWilliam Kane
Fanny YoungFullSpinsterNoneCalmoreWilliam YoungFarmerRobert Patterson
16221 Jan 1862Hugh PattersonFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyWilliam PattersonFarmerWilliam Kane
Mary Jane HustonFullSpinsterNoneBallymacilcurr??Thomas HuestonFarmerThomas Huston
169?23 Oct 1862William HunterFullWidowerPensioner? Peuseon?BallymacpeakeRichard HunterRevenue? OfficerWilliam Kane
Jane GrahamFullWidowNoneBallymacpeakeRobert GrahamShoemakerRobert Stewart
17219 Nov 1862John Porter21BachelorFarmerCurranWilliam PorterWeaverJohn Nugent
Nancy Hughes23SpinsterNoneRocktownHenry HughesFarmerJohn Wilson
17320 Nov 1862John ClarkeFullBachelorFarmerMagheraRobert ClarkeShoemakerWilliam Kane
Mary Scales20SpinsterNoneCrewThomas ScalesFarmerAlexander Clarke
17830 Jun 1863Alexander PorterFullBachelorFarmerKillynumber, Parish of KilcronaghanJohn PorterFarmerAlexander Porter
Mary Anne McKinneyFullSpinsterNoneBallinahoneAlexander McKinneyFarmerDebey/Deluy? McKinney
1798 Jan 1864David PorterFullBachelorLabourerSlattybogieWilliam PorterWeaverWilliam Kane
Jane HammondFullSpinsterNoneSlattybogieBernard HammondWeaverSamuel Anderson
18021 Jan 1864Robert HunterFullBachelorLabourerKnocknakielt, Parish of TermoneenyAlexander HunterLabourerThomas Calcutt
Elizabeth GivenFullSpinsterNoneMagheraJames GivenLabourerKnox Homall??
185?22 Jul 1864Alexander PhillipsFullBachelorFarmerBallinahoneJohn PhillipsFarmerAdam Phillips
Maria McKinneyFullSpinsterNoneMagheraArchibald McKinneyFarmerWilliam John Crockett
19021 Sep 1865James CaldwellFullBachelorSoldierMagheraJohn CaldwellUnknownJames Clarke
Margaret ClarkeFullSpinsterNoneMagheraRobert ClarkeShoemakerRobert Clarke
1916 Oct 1865John ScottMinorBachelorLabourerCulnadyJohn ScottFarmerJoseph Marshall
Mary Ann SmythMinorSpinsterNoneBeaghJames SmythFarmerWilliam Scott
2004 May 1866John HillFullBachelorFarmerParish of DesertoghillNeil HillFarmerThomas Hill
Catherine PhillipsFullSpinsterNoneBallinahoneThomas PhillipsFarmerJohn Phillips
20111 Oct 1866Samuel HunterFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyAlexander HunterLabourerWilliam Kane
Isabella CartonFullSpinsterNoneSlattybogieWilliam CartonLabourerFrancis McGuigan
20218 Oct 1866William ScottFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyJohn ScottFarmerWilliam Bradley
Bridget McAnollaFullSpinsterNoneTirgarvilJames McAnollaFarmerNancy Ewing
20714 Feb 1867Samuel StockmanFullWidowerFarmerTullyheronRobert StockmanLabourerEliza Shiels
Isabella ClarkeFullSpinsterNoneBallynockGeorge ClarkeFarmerWilliam Shiels
21 Feb 1867Thomas S. AshFullBachelorGentleman J.P.Manor House, MagherafeltGeorge AshClergyman? Hamilton Clark
Eliza Hall ClarkFullSpinsterNoneLargantogherJames J ClarkEsquire, J.P.Frances Clark Hall
2413 Aug 1872William PorterFullBachelorFarmerBallynacrossWilliam PorterLabourerFrancis McGuigan
Jane ElliotFullSpinsterNoneBallynacrossThomas ElliotLabourerThomas Elliot
8 Aug 1872Francis KaneFullBachelorFarmerTamneymullinFrancis KaneFarmerJohn Kane
Mary Annie KaneFullSpinsterNoneCalmore, Parish of KilcronaghanGeorge KaneFarmerBella Kane
13 May 1879Andrew DohertyFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyWilliam DohertyLabourerWilliam Scott
Elizabeth ScottFullSpinsterNoneDreenanThomas ScottLabourerLavinia McMullan
25 Sep 1882James ScottFullBachelorLabourerDreenanThomas ScottLabourerAndrew Doherty
Margaret JohnstonFullSpinsterNoneMoneysharvinRobert JohnstonFarmerMargaret Doherty
3914 Oct 1882William MontgomeryFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyShaw MontgomeryFarmerThomas McGinnis
Margaret PorterFullSpinsterNoneCulnadyRobert PorterLabourerMary Anne Clarke
4115 Feb 1883Shaw MontgomeryFullBachelorFarmerCulnadyShaw MontgomeryFarmerArchibald Patton
Margaret ShepperdFullSpinsterNoneBallymacilcurr?James ShepperdFarmerMary Shepperd
4328 Aug 1883Robert PorterFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyRobert PorterLabourerRobert Carmichael
Elizabeth CarmichaelFullSpinsterNoneCurragh?Hugh? CarmichaelFarmerRobert Wilson
4511 Oct 1883James ScottFullBachelorFarmerDungladyMatthew ScottFarmerWilly John Forkhill
Anna Maria CrockettFullSpinsterNoneMagheraJames CrockettFarmerEliza Jane Crockett
6512 Apr 1889James BlackFullBachelorBakerMagheraThomas BlackGardenerWilliam Porter
Annie Porter20?SpinsterNoneMagheraRobert PorterCarpenterAgnes Hamill
6816 May 1890John PorterFullBachelorScutcherCulnadyRobert PorterLabourerAlex Hunter
Catherine HunterFullSpinsterServantCulnadyJohn HunterLabourerMatilda Hunter
7331 Mar 1891William John Hunter22BachelorFarm ServantThe CrewJohn HunterLabourerWilliam Armstrong
Sarah Gibson22SpinsterFarm ServantDrumnacanon, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyRobert GibsonLabourerMargaret Elizabeth Hunter
767 Jan 1892John QuinnFullWidowerFarmerCraigmoreNeally QuinnFarmerWilliam Flowers?
Isabella PalmerFullSpinsterNoneTullyheronWilliam PalmerFarmerCharlotte Palmer
7918 Feb 1892John JohnstonFullBachelorFarmerSlattybogieRobert JohnstonFarmerRobert John Lindsay
Elizabeth HunterFullSpinsterNoneDrumlamphRobert HunterFarmerRoseanna Thompson
8215 Nov 1892John ScottFullBachelorDyer?CulnadyJohn ScottLabourerRobert Lindsey
Anne MartinMinorSpinsterDomestic ServantAt Mrs Poole's, Maghera - Parents living at DrumardRobert John MartinLabourerRobert John Martin
9130 Aug 1894Alexander BradleyFullBachelorFarmerDrumard, Parish of TermoneenyJoseph BradleyFarmerEdward Clarke
Eliza Jane CrocketFullSpinsterNoneMagheraJames CrockettPublican and GrocerRose Ann Clarke
9718 Nov 1895Thomas ScottFullBachelorLabourerCulnadyDaniel ScottLabourerJames Lindsay
Jane MulhollandMinorSpinsterNoneEden Parish of TermoneenyJames MulhollandLabourerMargaret Scott
10530 Mar 1897James MichaelFullBachelorLinen LapperKillymuckAlex MichaelLabourerJohn Audy??
Isabella CanningFullSpinsterNoneUpperlandsRobert CanningLabourerMatilda Kissick
114Jul-19-1900David HenryFullBachelorForeman Linen DyerUpperlandsRobert HenryLabourerSamuel Bovill
Sarah Barker GrahamFullSpinsterNoneKillymuckJohn GrahamLabourerSarah Donaldson
117May-15-1901Robert HunterFullBachelorFarm LabourerCulnadySamuel HunterLabourerAnne Field
Mary Ann YoungFullSpinsterNoneCrewGeorge YoungLabourerHugh Field
124Jan-01-1903John BlackFullBachelorLabourerInnishrushJohn BlackLabourerTom Scott
Mary ScottFullSpinsterServantCulnadyAdam ScottLabourerRebecca Parke
125Feb-12-1903John LamontFullBachelorMill WorkerTirgarvilRobert LamontScutcherJoseph Lamont
Jane ScottFullSpinsterScutcherCulnadyAndrew ScottScutcherRebecca Parke
126May-21-1903Edward ClarkeFullBachelorFarmerDrumuckDavid ClarkeFarmerHugh Riddell
Martha DowningFullSpinsterDressmakerDreenanJohn DowningFarmerEliza Jane Stewart
159Feb-11-1913Hugh Alexander KaneFullBachelorMerchantMagheraFrancis KaneFarmerNone
Elizabeth GrahamFullSpinsterNoneCraigmoreJohn GrahamFarmerNone
160Jul-03-1913Thomas James ScottFullBachelorCloth Presser?CraigmoreJames ScottFarmerSamuel Palmer
Margaret CushleyFullSpinsterNoneUpperlandsJohn CushleyFarmerMary Elizabeth Cushley
162Jul-09-1914Robert Porter22BachelorLabourerCulnadyJohn PorterLabourerJoseph Hill
Agnes Turkington18SpinsterNoneUpperlandsGeorge TurkingtonLinen Cutter?Eliza Ramsey
168Oct-22-1914Alexander MontgomeryFullBachelorLinen BeetlerCulnadyWilliam MontgomeryFarmerEdward Montgomery?
Elizabeth Paul GrahamFullSpinsterDomestic ServantTirgarvilDavid GrahamFarmerEliza Montgomery?
169Nov-26-1914Benjamin ScottFullBachelorFarm LabourerCrewThomas ScottFarmerThomas Scott
Martha StockmanFullSpinsterNoneTullyheronGeorge StockmanRural PostmanSamuel Stockman
179Jun-14-1917John Scott22BachelorLabourerCulnadyWilliam Scott??
Martha Crossett19SpinsterNoneCulnadyRobert Crossett??
185Apr-01-1918Gawn Graham34BachelorDraper271 Springfield Road, BelfastSamuel GrahamFarmerW R Workman
Isabella Agnes Bradley22SpinsterNoneMagheraAlex BradleyMerchantIsabella A Scott

Transcribed by Denver Boyd

(with thanks to Jackie Jones for permitting access to the records)

St. Lurach’s Church of Ireland

St Lurachs Old Church, Magherast-lurachs-church-front-sd-lytlest-lurachs-church-of-ireland-circa-1905st-lurachs-church-of-ireland-maghera-by-morren-copyright-walton

The Church of St. Lurach and associated religious sites in the Maghera area can be said to be the foundation stone that the town was built on. In fact, the name Maghera is derived from the Irish Machaire Rátha meaning “plain of the fort”. However this is itself derived from the older name for the parish, Ráth Lúraigh, meaning “Lúrach’s fort”. One manuscript states that Lúrach was from Ráith, which hints at an even earlier name for the parish before Lúrach’s name was suffixed to it. A Rath or fortified homestead would make sense when you consider that Lurach was of the family of Colla Uais, King of Ireland and they were local chieftains and held a degree of political importance in the area, with seven descendants of Lúrach’s father Cuanu being kings of Airgíalla. There is circumstantial evidence to place their seat of power at Ráth Lúraigh.

Lúrach mac Cuanach was himself the 6th-century patron of the eccesliastical parish, with the local parish church which he is credited with founding, St. Lurachs, named after him. His connection with early Christianity is most probably gained from his Uncle (his mother’s brother) St. Patrick himself. Lurach was nicknamed “Lurach of the poems” and was bishop of Derrygloran, County Derry. St’ Lurach’s church is the centre of a monastic settlement which also includes the monastery (later church) on the Mullagh hill and the convent at the Grillagh.

St. Lurach’s church was plundered by Vikings in 832 according to the Annals of Ulster, and in 1135 was one of several churches burnt down during a period of internecine wars. The ruins of the medieval church still stand in the town of Maghera in the townland of Largantogher, with the earliest remaining sections dating to between the 10th and 12th centuries. Within the old church there is a beautiful carving of the crucifixion, which is thought to date from the 10th Century, but the church is of varying ages of construction; the tower, for example, dates to the 17th or 18th Century. The east end was built about the year 1790 at the expense of the parish of Killelagh, which at that time was united with Maghera. This is therefore a very ancient and historically colourful site.

In 1111, the parish of Maghera was incorporated into the diocese of the Cinéal Eoghain, the seat of which was located at Ardstraw. In 1150 however the seat was transferred to Maghera, until 1254 when after complaints of its isolation from the “mainstream of civilisation” it was removed to Derry.

As a result of the Plantation of Ulster in 1606, the lands of the parish of Maghera were divided among three of the London livery companies, namely, the Drapers, Mercers, and Vintners and a large portion of land around the modern settlement of Maghera was given over to the Established Church.[

The Old church continued in use until 1819 when it was dismantled and part of the stones used to build the new church just across the road. It has always been speculated that there were tunnels emanating from the old church to various parts including the Mullagh hill, St. Lurach’s well etc. The Presbyterian church is close to old St. Lurach’s and when the foundations were being dug for the new Presbyterian church, a workman’s shovel fell down into a cavity. This hole was then investigated and a subterranean room was found in which wsas discovered a wooden watering can, a book and the remnants of an old turf fire. Clearly the room has been occupied at some time unknown.

St. Lurach’s Baptism records 1786-1838

St. Lurach’s Baptism records 1840-1867

St. Lurach Marriage records 1845 to 1918

St. Lurach’s funeral records


Magherafelt District Registrar Marriage Records

These are a few transcriptions of Marriage records from the Magherafelt District Registrar office that have been sourced over the years. Naturally, GRONI have the full marriage records and these can be sourced online at:

DateNamesAgeConditionOccupationResidenceFather's NameFather's OccupationWitnessesAdditional Information  
8 Oct 1850James GrahamFullBachelorMerchantMagherafelt, Parish of MagherafeltDavid GrahamMerchantRobert H. CarsonMarriage took place at Tobermore
Maria Seymour CarsonFullSpinsterMerchantMagherafelt, Parish of MagherafeltRobert CarsonBaptist MinisterAlexander Carson
5 Oct 1858William BoydFullBachelorFarmerGlenone, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyJohn BoydFarmerRobert Barton
Mary Anne French20 yrsSpinsterFarmerGlenone, Parish of Tamlaght O'CrillyThomas FrenchFarmerCampbell French
4 Nov 1858Thomas ArmstrongFullBachelorWeaverCoolreagh, Parish of Lissan Lower, Co.TyroneRobert ArmstrongWeaverJohn McGuckin
Susanna McElreeFullSpinsterWeaverRossmore, Parish of Lissan Upper, Co.TyroneJames McElreeWeaverJames McGlade
20 Apr 1859Thomas ShieldsFullBachelorFarmerMoneyguigeyJohn ShieldsFarmerWilliamMcCready
Margaret OrrFullSpinsterNoneMoneyguigeyJohn OrrFarmerEdward Henry
6 Dec 1859George ClarkeFullBachelorFarmerBallynahoneJohn ClarkeFarmerGeorge Paul
Mary PaulFullSpinsterNoneBallynahoneGeorge PaulFarmerJohn Clarke
21 Jan 1861Henry James O'HaraFullBachelorWeaver Agent3 Scotch Street, BelfastGeorge O'HaraMerchantJohn Purdy
Sarah Jane GrahamFullWidowWeaver AgentLisnamorrow, Parish of ArtreaJohn PurdyFarmerMargaret Duncan
5 Sep 1861Samuel PhillipsFullBachelorFarmerBallynahone Road, MagheraSamuel PhillipsFarmerAdam Phillips
Matilda SinclairFullSpinsterFarmerDerrynoid RoadSamuel SinclairFarmerAlexander Phillips
19 Oct 1865Paul McCloskeyFullBachelorGrocerBellaghy, Parish of BallyscullionPaul McCloskieSchoolmasterLewis Richardson
Peggy Jane JudgeFullSpinsterNoneBellaghy, Parish of BallyscullionJohn JudgeLabourerMary Linsay
28 May 1869Clark PorterFullBachelorFarmerGortamneyHenry PorterFarmerGeorge Porter
Mary Ann WallaceFullSpinsterNoneTobermoreRobert WallaceFarmerMary Ann McCurdy
13 Dec 1869Patrick McGarrityFullBachelorLabourerMoneymore, Parish of DesertlynPeter McGarrityLabourerJohn Donnelly
Mary BoydFullSpinsterNoneMoneymore, Parish of DesertlynRobert BoydLabourerWilliam John Bear
19 Oct 1871Robert PaulFullWidowerFarmerBallynahone, Parish of TermoneenyGeorge PaulFarmerThomas James Wallace
Mary Jane LynnFullSpinsterNoneBallynahone, Parish of TermoneenyJohn LynnFarmerMary Anne Taylor
3 May 1872Hugh McDowell fullWidowerButlerBallyscullionJohn McDowellFarmerMary A. Loughrey
Jane Davison fullSpinsternoneOldtownThomas DavisonFarmerThomas Davison
14 Jun 1873John Flynn20 yrsBachelorLabourerMillbrook, Parish of MagherafeltGilbert FlynnTailorJohn Bradley
Ann Jane GrahamFullSpinsterHousemaidMillbrook, Parish of MagherafeltCharles GrahamFarmerNancy Harkness
20 Sep 1877Robert Shiels55WidowerFarmerDrumballyhaganRobert ShielsCarpenterWilliam Anderson
Mary Wilson45WidowNoneBallynascreenJames WilsonFarmerMargaret J Wilson
15 Apr 1878James Judge38 yrsWidowerFarmerCarmeanJames JudgeFarmerHugh Eakin
Mary Ann Peeples22 yrsSpinsterNoneCarmeanJohn PeeplesFarmerEliza Jane Corny
5 Nov 1879Joseph McClane23BachelorFarmerBallynahoneJohn McCleanFarmerHames Hutchinson
Anna Maria Hanna22SpinsterNoneBallynahoneThomas HannaFarmerMatilda McLean
12 Oct 1880James Lee23BachelorFarmerMoneyguiggy, Parish of BallynascreenJames McGladeFarmerMatilda Wallace
Margaret Boyd23SpinsternoneMoneyguiggy, Parish of BallynascreenWilliam BoydFarmerThomas Dickson Junr
24 Nov 1882Robert Crawford40WidowerFarmerBallynacrossJohn CrawfordFarmerWilliam Pollock
Mary Jane Hunter24SpinsterNoneBallynahoneJoseph HunterFarmerNancy Jane Hunter
26 Sep 1884Clarke Porter30 yrsWidowerFarmerGortamneyRobert A PorterFarmerMatilda McLean
Matilda McLean24 yrsFarmerNoneBallynahoneAnnie McLeanFarmerClarke Porter
16 Oct 1884Alexander Lyle30WidowerFarmerTobermoreWilliam LyleFarmerAnnie Hueston
Jane White22Spinsternone KillytoneyAlexander WhiteFarmerThomas Clarke
14 Nov 1884James Smyth23 yrsBachelorLabourerMaghadoneWilliam SmythLabourerSamuel Hogg
Bessie McDowell22 yrsSpinsernoneDunarnonJob McDowellFarmerJane McDowell
12 Aug 1886John Hunter28 yrsBachelorFarmerBallynahoneRobert HunterFarmerJames Bradley
Mary Anne Ewing23 YrsSpinsterNoneBallynahoneRobert EwingFarmerJohn Ewing
27 May 1887James Hunter30 yrsBachelorWeaverKillyberryJohn HunterWeaverGeorge McGonigle
Nancy Phillips45 YrsSpinsterServantKillyberryWilliam PhillipsLabourerAnnie McGonigle
23 Nov 1888John Paul25 yrsBachelorFarmerCrewSamuel PaulFarmerSamuel Hogg
Margaret Graham30 yrsSpinsternoneCrewJohn GrahamFarmerMargaret Kane
20 May 1891William Scott25 yrsBachelorLabourerCulnadyDaniel ScottLabourerThomas Lindsay
Sarah Montgomery23 yrsSpinsterNoneCulnadyShaw MontgomeryFarmerFanny Graham
1 Sep 1891Thomas Phillips23 yrsBachelorFarmerBallynahoneJohn PhillipsFarmerW. H. Maitland
Lillie McCready21 yrsSpinsterNoneTobermoreWilliam McCreadyBlack SmithWilliam J. McCready
30 Nov 1893George Paul27BachelorLabourerBallynahone BegThomas PaulLabourerRobert Kennedy
Maggie Kissick26SpinsterNoneUpperlandsJohn KissickLabourerMary J Lees
15 May 1894Thomas J. GrahamFullBachelorLabourerDunarnanSamuel GrahamLabourerSamuel Forde
Sarah ArmstrongFullSpinsterNoneDunarnanWilliam ArmstrongLabourerAlice Armstrong
10 Nov 1897Alexander Lyle24BachelorFarmerTullyroanJames LyleFarmerEmily Clarke
Nancy Jane Clarke28SpinsternoneBallinahone MoreRobert ClarkeFarmerJames Lyle
Thursday, May 01, 1902John ScottFullWidowerDealerCrewJohn ScottLabourerRobert Lindsay
Alice GrahamFullSpinsterNoneCurraghSamuel GrahamLabourerMinnie Montgomery
Monday, July 14, 1902Thomas ShieldsFullBachelorFarmerBallynahone MoreThomas ShieldsFarmerArchibald Scott
Sarah LennoxFullSpinsterNoneGulladuffThomas J LennoxFarmerAnnie Lennox
Friday, November 28, 1902Robert John PorterFullBachelorServantBallynacrossWilliam PorterFarmerD.C Hastings
Sarah M. BoydeFullSpinsterNoneCarricknakieltChristy BoydeFarmerPatricia O'Kane
Tuesday, January 13, 1903Christy BoydFullBachelorFarmerCarricknakieltChristy BoydFarmerWilliam Paul
Matilda LennoxFullSpinsterNoneGullladuffThomas LennoxCarpenterAnnie Lennox
Friday, May 29, 1903Alexander GrahamFullBachelorLabourerCurraghSamuel GrahamLabourerWilliam Tosh
Mary BoltonFullSpinsternoneLismoyleSamuel BoltonFarmerNellie Bolton
Tuesday, May 07, 1907George ShielsFullBachelorTailorCraigadickJames ShielsMillerW J Brownlow
Annie DicksonFullSpinsterNoneDrumballyhaganFredrick DicksonFarmerRebecca E Dickson
Thursday, March 12, 1914James ShielsFullBachelorBeetlerUpperlandsClarke ShielsMillerRobert Lindsay
Maggie HunterFullSpinsterNoneCulnadyJohn HunterLabourerMary Fleming
Monday, November 25, 1918Alexander PorterFullBachelorLabourerKnocknakieltWilliam PorterLabourerThomas J McCaughey
Emily McCaugheyFullSpinsterNoneBallymarrion?James McCaugheyLabourerIsabella Maitland
Friday, January 10, 1919James Mundle23 yrsBachelorNoneCahoreRobert MundleFarmerIsabella Maitland
Ada Elizabeth Hunter23 yrsSpinsterNoneBallynahoneSamuel James HunterFarmerWinifred Maitland
Wednesday, October 29, 1919Stuart GrahamFullBachelorCloth HardnerCulnadyDavid GrahamLabourerIsabella Maitland
Tillie ScottFullSpinsterNoneCulnadyWilliam ScottLabourerDaisie Maitland
Wednesday, February 21, 1923Edward Montgomery29BachelorFarm LabourerCulnadyJames ShielsFarmerIsabella Maitland
Margaret Annie Shields26SpinsterNoneCraigadickShaw MontgomeryFarmerWinifred L Maitland

Transcribed by Denver Boyd

Census Records

Census records can provide a wonderful insight into not just who lived in a particular place at a particular time in history, but can provide a social history of a townland, town or place. We have presented here the available census records (more will be added when time allows). It should be noted that the eaarlier census records will only list the head of a family and, unfortunately in most cases, no other information will have been recorded.


Religious Census of Parish of Magherafelt, 1766

1831 Census of County Londonderry (MADGHS transcription to be added soon). These can also be searched at the National Archives of Ireland by following this link 1831 Census  and selecting 1831.

1841 & 1851 Census returns were mostly distroyed. However, when the old age pension was introduced in 1909, these records were used to prove a pension applicant’s elgibility for the OAP and these searches still exist. They can be checked by clicking on this link and selecting the appropriate year.

1901 & 1911 Census returns are available at the National Archive of Ireland and can be searched free of charge

Adam Clarke’s visit to the Maghera Area

Adam Clarke, the celebrated Methodist preacher, who was born at Moybeg just outside Tobermore in 1760/62, and who lived for a few years just outside Maghera wrote (upon a return visit to the area in circa 1807) “From Castle-Dawson I proceeded toward Maghera, and stopped to view the place where I had spent the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth years of my checkered life. Half the house in which we lived, one of the best in that country, is pulled down I walked through the grounds where I had laughed and cried, sought birds’ nests, looked for fairies’ haunts, made good resolutions, and spent the most happy (and, perhaps, the most innocent) period of my life. Though I had left that place when about eight years of age, yet I remembered every hill and every hedge where my brother and I used to see the fairies’ nocturnal fires. The orchard, from which I had eaten often of the choicest fruit, no longer exists. Zion is ploughed like a field. The emotions to which these scenes now gave birth cannot be described They connect the long interval between four years of age and fifty … To the poor woman I gave three tenpenny pieces, who received them as from heaven, and, addressing the child, said, ‘See, my dear, God has sent you a new coat by this gentleman; and may the blessing of God rest upon him and his family forever! ‘ … We soon got to Maghera, — looking over which before dinner, went to the quondam [former] dwelling of Dr. Bernard, the bishop of Limerick, celebrated in Boswell. This is also in a state of ruin; nothing like its former self, except the great beach-tree. Left the place with reflections not the most pleasant … “

Maghera Presbyterian Church Communicants Roll 1866-1894

Maghera Presbyterian Church Communicants Roll 1866-1894 being the Communicants Roll Book of the Congregation of Maghera Part II 1866-1875 and 1892-1894

PART TWO 1866-1875      
No.Date of AdmissionNameResidenceMinister’s RemarksTranscriber Remarks
0Nov 1866Margaret Jeanette PaulCrewAfter examination - Mrs. McGheeNot crossed out
1_____Jane McConaghtyMullaghAfter examination - Mrs. Williamson - removed
2_____Mary Jane McKennaAfter examination
3_____Agnes McCutcheonMagheraAfter examination - Certified to America
4_____William McKeownCurraghAfter examination - dead
5_____Robert GrayGrillaghAfter examinationNot crossed out
6_____John GrayCookstownAfter examination - removed
7_____Nancy McCrackenKnockCert from A. G. McCauley -5th Ref Presbyterian ChurchPhiladelphia
8May 12th 1867Annie KerrMagheraCertificate from Ms. Anderson - TobermoreNot crossed out
9_____Mary Jane LytleTullyherronCertificate from James McAlister Ruling Elder-Secession ChurchBracketed with below
10_____James LytleTullyherronStruck off for drunkenessAfter examination - the following 21 persons
11_____William BarnetCurraghNot crossed out
12_____John PaulCurraghNot crossed out
13_____Robert SheildsTamneymartin
14_____Henry HannaMagheraCertified to Ballymoney
15_____John McCrackenCrewCertified to America
16_____James CrawfordKnocknakieltNot crossed out
17_____Edward TippingMullaghGone
18_____Thomas AndersonFalgatrevyNot crossed out
19_____Sarah AndersonFalgatrevyMrs. Graham - dead 78Actually died 19th Feb 1876
20_____Elizabeth AndersonFalgatrevyMrs. McIlree - certified to Mr. Robson
21_____Elizabeth McCrackenCrewMrs. Wilson
22_____Elizabeth PaulCrewCertified to America
23_____Jane KiddCrewCertified to America
24_____Jane SuffernTirnoney
25_____Martha Ann SuffernTirnoneyRemoved
26_____Mary Ann DrennanMullaghMrs. MacAunney - removed
27_____Margaret Jane DrennanMullagh
28_____Maria WilsonMagheraMrs. Scales - left
28_____Margaret Jane Hare?FalgatrevyCertified to America
29_____Sarah Jane CanningMagheraMrs. Beatty - Left
30_____William MitchellGortadeCertificate from Mr. TorrensNot crossed out
31_____Nancy SmithGortadeAfter examination - the following 11 personsNot crossed out
32_____Mary SmithGortadeNot crossed out
33_____Margaret SmithGortadeMrs. NeillNot crossed out
34_____Thomas SmithGortadeNot crossed out - bracketed with above 3
35_____Catherine CampbellDunlady (Dunglady)Mrs. Brady - TergavilNot crossed out
36_____Maria CampbellDunlady (Dunglady)Mrs. Beare - removed
37_____Robert John CampbellDunlady (Dunglady)Not crossed out - bracketed with above 2
38_____James ParkCulnadyRemoved to Culnady
39_____Elizabeth KissockGrillaghCertified to America
40_____Thomas C. HoustonTergarvil
41_____Margaret GrahamCreweStruck off for fornication
42May 10th 1868William DrennanMaghera(removed) After examination - the following 20 persons
43_____Clark WilsonBallymacilcurNot crossed out
44_____John GrahamCrewe
45_____Campbell ReidMaghera
46_____Joseph BarkleyMagheraCertified to America
47_____Thomas HaslettGrillaghCertified to America
48_____Alexander MitchellCarntogher
49_____Sarah ReidMagheraCertified
50_____Elizabeth GrahamCraigmoreMrs. R. Shiels
51_____Ellen NeillyTamneymullanRemoved
52_____Peggy HaslettGrillaghRemoved - Mrs. Paul
53_____Sarah PaulCarrickNot crossed out
54_____Margaret PaulBallymacilcur?Certified to America
55_____Margaret A. WilsonBallymacilcur
56_____Ann WilsonGrillaghdead
57_____Sarah J. ClarkBallymacilcurGone to Australia
58_____Matilda SmithGortadeNot crossed out
59_____Eliza LytleTullyheronRemoved
60_____Betty LamontCurraghNot crossed out
61_____Mary J. LamontCurragh
62_____Rosa Anne NelsonCurraghDead
63_____Hannah PaulCreweCertificate from Mr. Montgomery - Mrs. Young -gone to America 1890
64_____Jane SmithGrillaghBy certificate from Mr. Torrens - left
65_____Samuel E. Fanning?MagheraBy certificate from Dr. Morgan - removed Gle????
66_____Agnes KellyMagheraCertificate from Mr. Rentoul- Garvagh
67Nov 8th 1868William McMeekanCraigadickBy certificate from R. S. Campbel - Ramelton
68_____Jesey McMeekenCraigadickMrs Anderson - removedBracketed with above
69_____James ClarkMaghera
70_____Maria EarlMagheraCertified from Gt James Ct. - Derry - left
71_____Sarah Burns ArmstrongMagheraBy certe from George Wilson - Glenluce
72_____Robert PaulCulnadyBy Cert from Mr. Madill - Garvagh - dead
73_____Mary Paul (Jane)CulnadyBracketed with above
74_____Mary StewartMagheraCertified from Mr. Montgomery - removed
75_____Samuel H. AndersonMagheraCertified from Mr. McDickey? - Castlehaney? - removed
76_____Samuel AndersonCoolaghCertified from W. Anderson - TobermoreNot crossed out
77_____Mary AndersonCoolaghNot crossed out - bracketed with above
78_____James ClarkMagheraCertified from Scotland
79_____Mary McCrackenCarrickAfter examination - the following 16 persons
80_____Susan McCrackenCarrickMrs. Montgomery
81_____Robert RaineyCurragh
82_____Emily MillingMagheraRemoved to Bally?????
83_____Anna MooreTamneymullanMrs. McCracken - Curragh - Tamneymullan
84_____Isabella MooreTamneymullanMrs HazlettBracketed with above
85_____Mary Ann CunninghamGrillaghMrs. McWilliams?
86_____Mary CrossanMacnagh
87_____Thomas EarlTamneymullanremoved
88_____Rebecca CampbellTamneymartinNot crossed out
89_____James McMeekanCraigadickremoved
90_____Sally McMeekanCraigadickBracketed with above
91_____Walter MartinBeaghNot crossed out
92_____Mary AndersonSlattybogydead
93_____Paul WhiteCreweNot crossed out
94_____Thomas WhiteSlattybogeyremovedBracketed with above
343 Communicants May 1869
95May 1869Eliza BoyleMacknaghRemoved by certificate
95_____Sarah SheildsMullaghDead 1889
96_____Nancy SheildsMullaghBracketed with above
97_____Isabella MooreTamneymullan
98_____Lizzie AndersonCurraghCertified to Cookstown
99_____Margaret AndersonCurraghRemoved
100_____Mary AndersonCurraghRemoved to Culnady - Mrs. IrwinBracketed with above two
101_____Joseph MartinKnocknakieltAmerica
102_____Samuel KissockMagheraAmerica
103_____James AndersonCurraghCertified to Union Road Magherafelt Nov 20 1872
104_____Nancy McKeownMagheraCertified to Newcastle
105_____Wm John LamontKnocknakieltRemoved to K????C????
106_____Hugh LamontKnocknakieltBracketed with above
107_____John BoyleCulnadyCertified to New Zealand
108_____Robert BoyleCulnadyBracketed with above
109_____Henry HaslettTamneymullanNot crossed out
110_____James BewglassMagheradead 1888These bracketed together
111_____Mrs. BewglassMagheraCertified from J. W. Ellison - Castlebellingham
112_____Rebecca BewglassMagheraMrs. Grey -Removed to America
113_____Thomas StewartCarntogherBracketed together
114_____Mrs. StewartCarntogherCertified from T. S. Woods Ballygowan
115_____Jane BoydMacknagh
307 Communicants Nov 1869
116Nov 1869John GrahamCraigmoreNot crossed out
117_____Thomas LappinMagheraNot crossed out
118_____William McIntyreKnocknakieltNot crossed out
119_____James GivenGrillaghdead
120_____James Lussin?Grillaghleft
121_____Samuel MillarCurraghNot crossed out
122_____Robert CampbellMagheraNot crossed out
123_____Jane GrahamCraigmoreMrs. CrawfordNot crossed out
124_____Mary Jane NeilsonBeaghMrs. Smyth Kelso - The following 6 by examinationNot crossed out
125_____Mary McCrackenKnocknakieltMrs. D. Porter?Not crossed out - poss Parks
126_____Eliza LytleTullyheronName crossed out and Mrs. Or Wm. James Campbell written on top
127_____Elizabeth LytleTullyherongoneBracketed with above
128_____Matilda McCrackenCarrickNot crossed out
129_____Anna GrahamMagheraMrs. R. McCracken
130_____Jane GrahamMagheraBy certificate from Revd Smyth of DraperstownBracketed with above
131_____Mrs. Margt? McIvorMagheraReg. certificate from S. Wilson - Lecumpher - Dead
132_____Mrs. Isabella ServiceGrillaghBy certificate from Andrew Thompson
133_____Thomas? LytleMagheraCertificate from W. T. Martin - Newtonards
134May 1870Thomas LamontKnocknakieltdead -- The following 10 by examination
135_____Matw Drips McIlreeMullagh
136_____Margaret McIlreeMullaghRemoved
137_____Mary Jane McIntireKnocknakielt
138_____Robert ClarkMagherasetinuated? By certificate to Tobermore - 1870
139_____Anne McIvorMagheraMrs. Meharg
140_____Joseph Dennan?MullaghRemoved
141_____John McMillenCrewThe Rev J Mc M. - Dundalk
142_____Elizabeth LongMoneymoreMaghera - Removed
143_____Mary MartinCulnadyAfter expressing repentence for sin before Session
144_____John DiamondMagheraCertified from Killead - removed
145_____James McKeownCurraghCertified from 10th U P Church - Philadelphia /Cert to California
146_____William WilsonLarghantocherdead
147_____Samuel BoonBallynockby official examination - dead 1876
148_____Thomas SmythFalgatrevyby official examination - removed
149_____Mrs. Thomas SmythFalgatrevyby certificate from Oritor - removedBracketed with above
150_____Mrs. Robert HazlettGrillaghCovenanter - by official examinationNot crossed out
151_____Mrs. Jane PaulCulnadyFrom Baptism Congr -Tobermore
321 Communicants on Nov 6th 1870
152Nov 6th 1870Wentworth BewglasMagheraRemoved
153_____Hunter? BewglasMagherareturned - Rev R Peoples? - Kilmacrenan
154_____Mary Ann ServiceGrillaghBy examinationNot crossed out
155_____John WilsonMacknaghBy examination - Gone to Coleraine?
156_____James LytleTullyheronBy examination - son of Robert Lytle
157_____John WalkinshawMullaghBy examination
158_____William EarlTamneymullanBy examinationNot crossed out
159_____William T. Atin?MagheraAdmitted by Session - removed
158John J. Kenagh?CreweBy cert from H. Carson -
320 Communicants - May 7th 1871
159May 7th 1871Margaret LyleFalgatrevyMrs. Shiels. By examination the following 12 :Not crossed out
160_____Martha A. ShielsTamneymartinNot crossed out
161_____Sarah AndersonFallagloonRemoved - Mrs. Linton
162_____Annie McMeekanCraigadickDead
163_____Margt Jane McCrackenCarrickakielt? ?Question marks by minister
164_____Sarah Jane ClarkBallymacilcurDead
165_____Sarah Jane McMathCurraghDead
166_____Thomas AndersonFallagloonSon of Samuel Anderson
167_____David McCrackenCarricknakieltLeft
168_____Thomas McCrackenCarricknakieltNot crossed out
169_____Matthew McMathCurraghNot crossed out
170_____Mrs. Mary Jane BoyleCulnady? ?Question marks by minister
171_____Isabella DunwoodieMagheraBy certificate from Rev J. Gass- Clones - dead
172_____Matilda McCayMagheraBy certificate from Rev. S. Stewart - CulnadyNot crossed out
173_____Mary McCayMagheradead 78Bracketed with above
174_____Mrs. Henry HazlettTamneymullanBy cert from S. Smyth- DraperstownNot crossed out
175_____Mrs. Joseph FlemingCreweDo " " DoNot crossed out
176_____Jemima KennedyMagheraBy certificate from Wellington St. - Ballymena - left for N Z
177_____James? CupplesMagheraCertified from Rev. Buchanan - L???
178_____James GrayMagheraBy Certificate from Rev. A. Lowry - Ballyshannon
314 Communicants on Nov 5th 1871
179Nov 5th 1871Robert SuffernTirnoneyBy examination the following 7 :Not crossed out
180_____Margaret SuffernTirnoneyTamneymullanNot crossed out
181_____Robert Jno LytleTullyheronNot crossed out
182_____James McConaghyMullaghNot crossed out
183_____Abraham NeillTirgarvilNot crossed out
184_____Isabella TaylorMagheraLeft
185_____Matilda Carlton?MagheraLeft by certif to Phila.
186_____Mrs. Eliza J. Walkinshaw (John)Mullagh
187____Eliza J. WalkinshawMagheraCertificate from Rev. J. Fitzpatrick
188_____William BradyTyrgarvilCertificate from Rev. J. Stewart - Culnady - Dead
189_____Nancy BradyTyrgarvilRemovedBracketed with above
190_____William McIreeMullaghBy leave of Session - left
191Sarah J. DillMullaghBy leave of Session - left
192May 5th 1872Eliza DrippsMagheraBy certificate from L. Magill - GarvaghNot crossed out
193_____Ellen DrippsMagheraBy certificate from L. Magill - GarvaghNot crossed out - bracketed with above
194_____Robert GilmoreSlatybogyBy certificate from L. Magill - Garvagh
194_____Annie GilmoreSlatybogyBy certificate from L. Magill - Garvagh
195_____Robert LonieMagheraCertified from U.P. Church - Glasgow - left
323 Communicants - May 5th 1872
196_____Margaret LonieMagheraBracketed with above
197_____Thomas A.? LytleMoneysharvinBy examination the following 8Not crossed out
198_____Jane LytleMoneysharvinNot crossed out
199_____Mary Ann GrahamCraigmoreMrs. Thos? ShieldsNot crossed out
200_____Matilda ServiceGrillaghNot crossed out
201_____Mary ServiceGrillaghMrs. Hugh Kelso - removed to Churchtown
202_____Sarah SheilsBallynockMarried a R. Cath.
203_____Christina MitchellCarntogher
204_____Mary J. DiamondMagheradead
205Nov 1872Alexander McCrackenCurraghBy examination - Knock.Not crossed out
206_____Matilda ClarkMacknaghBy examination - Mrs. James Fleming - removed
207_____Margaret MorrisonMagheraBy examination
208_____Margaret SheilsMullaghBy examination - removed to Aghadowey
209_____Nancy McKeownMoneysharvinBy examination - removed - Mrs. Hutchinson
210_____Matilda McKeownMagheraBy examination - deaddead scored out
211_____Ellen ShielsTamneymartinBy examination - dead
327 Communicants - Nov 1872
212_____Sarah MillarSlattyhogher ?Question marks by minister
213_____Matilda Dunlop?TullyheronBy examination - removed to America
214_____William McGowan M.D.MagheraBy certificate from BallywattNot crossed out
215_____John KissockTamneymullanBy certificateNot crossed out
216_____Mary Ann KissockTamneymullanBy certificate - deadBracketed with above
217_____Peggy Jane Fleming (Mrs. Wm?)BallymacilcurBy act of Session from CulnadyNot crossed out
218_____Margt McKeown (Mrs. Hugh)MacknaghBy act of Session from Episcopal? Church - Mrs. Hugh McKeownNot crossed out
- 321 Communicants on May 4th 1873
219May 4th 1873Margaret GrahamCraigmoreBy examinationNot crossed out
220_____William GrahamCraigmoreBy examinationNot crossed out
221_____Matilda AndersonBeaghBy examination - Mrs. PorterNot crossed out
222_____Ellen McCartneyMagheraBy examination - removed
223_____Mrs. Jane DunlopTullyheronBy examination - Mrs. John DunlopNot crossed out
224_____William SheilsCreweBy examinationNot crossed out
225_____Samuel GrahamCurraghBy examinationNot crossed out
226_____James ShielsCarrickBy examination - dead
227_____Samuel BoltonCarrickBy examinationNot crossed out
228_____David BoltonCarrickBy examination - removed to Knockcloughrin
229_____Thomas GrahamBallymacilcurBy examinationNot crossed out
230_____Marshal AndersonCurraghBy examinationNot crossed out
231_____John AndersonCurraghBy examinationNot crossed out
232_____Jemima E. M. KerrMagheraBy certificate from Rev. Stuart - Portstewart
233_____Margaret McMillenMagheraMarried in I?ucksholin?
234_____David ReaLarghantocherBy certificate from Henry Heuckson -Holyrood
235_____William ReaLarghantocherleftBracketed with above
236_____Hannah PollockLarghantocherBy certificate from StewartstownNot crossed out
366 Communicants on Nov 2nd 1873
Nov 2nd 1873James BeuglessMagheraThe following 16 by examination - dead
237_____Joseph SheilsMullaghremoved
238_____Wm James ClarkMacknaghremoved by certificate to Sydney
239_____Mary LamontKnocknakielt? (married) ?Not crossed out - questions by minister
240_____Isabella HazlettMaghera
241_____William BrownMagheradead
242_____Matilda SteeleCreweNot crossed out
243_____James GrahamSlattybogey
244_____Nancy WalkinshawMullaghNot crossed out
245_____Annie GrahamCurraghBy certificate to Glasgow
246_____James PatonSlattybogeyremoved
247_____Sarah DrennanRemoved - Mrs. G. Hutchinson
248_____Wm John HustonBallymacilcurNot crossed out
249_____Joseph NeilsonBeaghNot crossed out
250_____Elizabeth AndersonBeaghRemoved
251_____Mary McCrackenKnocknakieltNot crossed out
252May 3rd 1874Sarah YoungCreweBy certificate from Rev. R. Torrens - Removed
253_____Hannah YoungCreweBy certificate from Rev. R. Torrens - RemovedBracketed with above
254_____Henry MartinBallymacilcurBy certificateNot crossed out
255_____Margaret HustonBallymacilcurFrom Culnady CongregationNot crossed out
256_____William LytleMoneysharvinBy examinationNot crossed out
257_____Minnie ChambersMagheraBy examination - dead
258_____Elizabeth MillarCurraghBy examinationNot crossed out
259_____Elizabeth McIntyreKnocknakieltBy examinationNot crossed out
260_____Annie E. McLemonMagheraBy examinationNot crossed out
261_____Eliza McMathCurragh ?By examinationNot crossed out
262_____Margaret McMathCurraghBy examinationNot crossed out - bracketed with above
263_____Andrew ConnorMoneysharvinBy examinationNot crossed out
264_____Ann Jane ConnorMoneysharvinBy examinationNot crossed out - bracketed with above
312 Communicants on Nov 8th 1874
265Nov 8th 1874Peggy HazlettMagheraBy examination
266_____Jane HazlettTamneymullanBy examination - Mrs. MontgomeryNot crossed out
267_____Mary HazlettTamneymullanBy examination - Mrs. WhiteNot crossed out
268_____Homes KiddCreweBy examination
269_____Archibald PattonSlattybogyBy examinationNot crossed out
270_____Margaret PattonSlattybogyBy examinationNot crossed out - bracketed with above
271_____John ConnorMoneysharvinBy examination - removed to Ballymoney
272May 1875Alexander CheyneMagheraBy certificate from Drumbolg Refd. Pres. ChurchNot crossed out
273_____Jane CheyneMagheraBy certificate from Drumbolg Refd. Pres. ChurchNot crossed out - bracketed with above
274_____Thomas NelsonMagheraBy certificate from Rev. F. Pettigrew
275_____James MitchellCarntogherBy certificate
276_____Christian MitchellCarntogherBy certificateBracketed with above
277_____Robt John McNielBeagh ? ?Not crossed out - questions by minister
278_____Andrew CunninghamBallymacilcurBy certificate
279_____Mary Anna CunninghamBallymacilcurBy certificateBracketed with above
280_____Ellen Jane SheilsBallynock ?Question marks by minister
281_____William MullikenSlattybogeyBy examinationNot crossed out
282_____Alexander McCrackenKnocknakieltBy examinationNot crossed out
283_____Elizabeth GrayCurraghBy examination - Married and gone to America
284_____Samuel WilsonMacknaghBy examinationNot crossed out
285_____Catherine Jane HeaneyTamneymullanBy examination - Removed
286_____Eliza LamontKnocknakieltBy examinationNot crossed out
287_____Nancy SmithTamneymartin ?By examinationQuestion marks by minister
288_____Jane GrahamSlattybogeyBy examination
289_____Charlotte KyleSlattybogeyBy examinationNot crossed out
290_____Thomas MartinKnocknakieltBy examination - America
291_____Susannah McLaughlinDrummuckBy examination
292_____Margaret Caisons?MagheraBy examination - Mrs. Reynolds
293_____Nancy Anderson SheilsCreweBy examination - Mrs. R. GrahamNot crossed out
294_____Ellen Jane MartinKnocknakieltBy examination - Mrs. Marshall
295_____Jane MartinBeaghBy examinationNot crossed out
296_____Robt. John FlemingCulnadyBy examination
297_____Thomas FlemingBallymacilcurBy examinationNot crossed out - bracketed with above
298_____Samuel PeeblesKnocknakieltBy examinationNot crossed out
299_____Samuel ShielsMullaghBy examinationNot crossed out
300_____William PattersonBeagh (Baptised in Class)By examinationNot crossed out
301_____Thomas KyleSlattybogeyBy examinationNot crossed out
302_____Hugh Wilson PaulCarrickBy examination - Removed
303_____John WalkinshawMullaghBy examinationNot crossed out
304_____James PaulCarrickBy examinationNot crossed out
305_____Eliza KerrGrillaghBy examination - Now Mrs. Woodburn - Kil???
306_____George WoodburnMagheraBy examination - Removed
307_____John Demfater?MagheraBy examination
308_____Jane Demfater?MagheraBy examinationBracketed with above
309_____William John GrahamMagheraBy examination - dead
Names of Communicants in connection with Maghera Presbyterian Church.
Revised November 1892
NB. Those marked thus X were present at communion Nov 1892
NameTownlandMinister's CodeCommentsTranscriber comments
Robert ClarkeBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mary ClarkeBallymacilcurrA
Thomas GrahamBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mrs GrahamBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mary GrahamBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Matthew GrahamBallymacilcurrA
John HendersonBallymacilcurrAx inside circle beside name
Mrs Jno. HendersonBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Wm. John HoustonBallymacilcurrACrossed out & Certified to Culnady December 1st 1893
Margaret HoustonBallymacilcurrACrossed out & Certified to Culnady December 1st 1893
Henry MartinBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Jane MartinBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mary Jane McIntyreBallymacilcurrA
James GrayBallymacilcurrA
Clarke WilsonBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mary A. WilsonBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Robert McFarlandBallymacilcurrA
Mrs McFarlandBallymacilcurrA
Sam CunninghamBallymacilcurrA
William FlemingBallymacilcurrA
Mrs FlemingBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Thos? FlemingBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mrs FlemingBallymacilcurrA
Thos NelsonBallymacilcurrA
Mrs NelsonBallymacilcurrA
Mary Jane NelsonBallymacilcurrA
Joseph NelsonBallymacilcurrAx beside name
Mrs CampbellBallyknockB
Sarah CampbellBallyknockBx beside name
Isabella BoonBallyknockB
John GrayBallynacrossC
Mrs GrayBallynacrossC
Miss GrayBallynacrossC
A. J. MacmillanBeaghDx beside nameCrossed out
Annie MacmillanBeaghDx beside nameCrossed out
David MacmillanBeaghDx beside nameCrossed out
Robert G. ArmourBeaghDx beside name
Henry PorterBeaghDx beside name
Jane PorterBeaghD
Mrs HemphillBeaghDx beside name
Mary HemphillBeaghD
Matilda HemphillBeaghDx beside name
Maggie HemphillBeaghDx beside name
Robert Hohn McNeillBeaghDx beside name
Mary A. McNeillBeaghDx beside name
Minnie Isabella McNeillBeaghDx beside name
Walter MartinBeaghDx beside name
Mary MartinBeaghD
David PorterBeaghDx beside name
David PorterBeaghDx beside name
Robert PorterBeaghDx beside name
Janet McGheeBeaghDx beside name
James GrahamBeaghDx beside name
Thomas PattersonBeaghDx beside name
Jeannie PattersonBeaghDx beside name
David PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name. Deaddied 7 Jan 1894
M.A.PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
Margaretta PaulCarricknakieltE
Annie M. PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
William PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
William John PorterCarricknakieltEx beside name
Mary Jane PorterCarricknakieltE
Henry A. PattersonCarricknakieltEx beside name
Mrs H. PattersonCarricknakieltEx beside name
Agnus J. PattersonCarricknakieltE
Eliza PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
Esther PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
Elizabeth PaulCarricknakieltEx beside name
Archie NelsonCarricknakieltEx beside name
Ellen NelsonCarricknakieltEx beside name
Samuel PeeplesCarricknakieltEx beside name
Margaret KerrCraigadickFDead?Crossed out
Ellen MorrisonCraigadickFx beside name
Maggie ShielsCraigadickF
Robert KissickCraigmoreGx beside name
Margaret A KissickCraigmoreGx beside name
John McCleanCraigmoreGx beside name
William GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Fanny GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
William GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Eliz. J. GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
William GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Thomas GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Robert J. GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Margaret GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Mary Jane GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
John GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
Mrs Jno. GrahamCraigmoreGx beside name
James AndersonCraigmoreGx beside name
Robert WilsonCraigmoreGx beside name
Sarah Jane WilsonCraigmoreGx beside name
John QuinnCraigmoreGx beside name
Alexander CraigCraigmoreG
Mrs MooreCrewHx beside name
J.G. MooreCrewHx beside name
C. A. MooreCrewH
M.E. MooreCrewHx beside name
M.J. MooreCrewHx beside name
Mrs M.J. ElliotCrewHx beside name
M.J. ElliotCrewHx beside name
Esther ElliotCrewHx beside name
Mrs Thos WilsonCrewH
Sarah J. WilsonCrewHx beside name
John TaylorCrewHx beside name
Mrs Jno. TaylorCrewHx beside name
Nancy KissickCrewHx beside name
James BradleyCrewH
Maggie BradleyCrewHx beside name
Annie Mary BradleyCrewHx beside name
Mrs ShielsCrewHx beside name
Maggie J. ShielsCrewHx beside name
Sara ShielsCrewHx beside name. Went to Melbourne Nov. 16th 1892
Robert ShielsCrewHx beside name
Matthew Henry ShielsCrewHx beside name. Went to Melbourne Nov. 16th 1892
Mary McKeownCrewHx beside name
Lizzie J. PaulCrewHx beside name
Nancy PaulCrewHx beside name
Paul WhiteCrewHx beside name
Mary WhiteCrewHx beside name
Martha WhiteCrewHx beside name
Thomas WhiteCrewHx beside name
Lizzie WhitreCrewHx beside name
Margaret Jane WhiteCrewHx beside name
Margaret Jane McCrackenCrewHx beside name
A. J. MacmillanCrewHx beside name
Annie MacmillanCrewHx beside name
Daria? MacmillanCrewHx beside name
James KyleCulnadyIx beside name
Mrs Jas KyleCulnadyIx beside name
Sarah J. KyleCulnadyIx beside name
Miss KyleCulnadyIx beside name
Mrs McCrackenCurraghJ
Maggie McCrackenCurraghJx beside name
Robert RaineyCurraghJx beside name
John RaineyCurraghJx beside name
Eliza McKeownCurraghJx beside name
John HendersonCurraghJx beside name
Marshall HendersonCurraghJ
Mary Ann MillarCurraghJx beside name
Martha MillarCurraghJx beside name
Matilda McKeownCurraghJ
Maria Jane McKeownCurraghJx beside name
William McKeownCurraghJ
Thomas AndersonFalgortrevyK
Isabella AndersonFalgortrevyKx beside name
? ShielsFalgortrevyKx beside name
? ShielsFalgortrevyKx beside name
? ShielsFalgortrevyKx beside name
John McKibbenFalgortrevyK
Thomas J. McKibbenFalgortrevyKx beside name
Samuel AndersonFalgortrevyK
Mrs S. AndersonFalgortrevyK
Samuel AndersonFallagloonL
Mrs S. AndersonFallagloonL
Thos J? AndersonFallagloonLx beside name
Lizzie AndersonFallagloonLx beside name
William MitchellGorteadeM
Elizabeth MitchellGorteadeM
John A. MitchellGorteadeMx beside name
Sam. W. MitchellGorteadeMx beside name
Margt. A MitchellGorteadeMx beside name
Alexander MitchellGorteadeM
Anne MitchellGorteadeM
Alexander MichaelGorteadeM
John GrayGrillaghN
John GrayGrillaghNx beside name
Matilda CunninghamGrillaghNx beside name
Robert HazlettGrillaghN
Mrs HazlettGrillaghN
Mary A. ServiceGrillaghNx beside name
Mrs HeaneyGrillaghNx beside name
James ServiceGrillaghN
Elizabeth ServiceGrillaghN
John ServiceGrillaghNx beside name
Joseph ServiceGrillaghN
Samuel ServiceGrillaghNx beside name
Jane KerrGrillaghNx beside name
Lizzie KerrGrillaghNx beside name
Rachel GloverGulladuffOx beside name
Mary A GloverGulladuffOx beside name
James GloverGulladuffOdeadCrossed out
James CrawfordKnocknakieltPx beside name
Jane CrawfordKnocknakieltPx beside name
Mary Ann MontgomeryKnocknakieltPx beside name
Mary Ann PendyKnocknakieltPx beside nameUnusual name..but that's what it looks like
Sarah Ann EdwardsKnocknakieltPx beside name
William ShielsKnocknakieltP
Mrs William ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
Annie ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
Elizabeth J. ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
William Geo. SheilsKnocknakieltPx beside name
Samuel QuinnKnocknakieltPx beside nameCrossed out
Thomas ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
Marianne ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
John ShielsKnocknakieltPx beside name
Thomas McCrackenKnocknakieltPx beside name
Mary McCrackenKnocknakieltP
Robert FlemingKnocknakieltP
Jane FlemingKnocknakieltP
Robert QuinnKnocknakieltPx beside name
Matilda QuinnKnocknakieltPx beside name
Matilda SteeleKnocknakieltP
Nancy Ann SteeleKnocknakieltP
Robert LamontKnocknakieltP
Jane LamontKnocknakieltPx beside name
James LamontKnocknakieltPx beside name
Robert HazlettKnocknakieltPx beside name
Ann HazlettKnocknakieltP
Thomas McIntyreKnocknakieltP
Mrs McIntyreKnocknakieltP
William McIntyreKnocknakieltPx beside name
Eliza McIntyreKnocknakieltP
William McIntyreKnocknakieltPx beside name
Eliza McIntyreKnocknakieltP
Margt Ann McIntyreKnocknakieltPx beside name
Nancy McIntyreKnocknakieltPx beside name. Died Oct 7th 1893Crossed out
Thomas H. McIntyreKnocknakieltP
William McCrackenKnocknakieltPx beside name
Mary McCrackenKnocknakieltPx beside name
Eliza WilsonMacknaghQ
Saml. WilsonMacknaghQx beside name
Martha Ann WilsonMacknaghQx beside name
James McIlroyMacknaghQDeadCrossed out
Robert WilsonMacknaghQ
Matilda WilsonMacknaghQ
Peggy WilsonMacknaghQ
Lizzie WilsonMacknaghQx beside name
Henry? WilsonMacknaghQx beside name
John WilsonMacknaghQx beside name
Barbara WilsonMacknaghQ
John LoganMacknaghQx beside name
Matilda J. LoganMacknaghQx beside name
Job loganMacknaghQ
Mary E. LoganMacknaghQx beside name
Hugh McKeownMacknaghQ
William McKeownMacknaghQ
Mrs BoalMacknaghQ
Jas BoalMacknaghQx beside name
Hugh G. BarkleyMagheraRx beside name
Mary BarkleyMagheraRx beside name
Anna E. BarkleyMagheraRx beside name
Annie White (Milliner)MagheraRx beside name
Elizabeth B. WoodburnMagheraRx beside name. Newtownbreda, Belfast
Robert BoltonMagheraRx beside name
Mina BoltonMagheraRx beside name
Alexander CheyneMagheraRx beside name. Removed to Belfast
Grace CheyneMagheraRx beside name. Removed to Belfast
Mary M. CheyneMagheraRx beside name. Removed to Belfast
Adam Jas. DunlopMagheraRx beside name
Isabella DunlopMagheraRx beside name
Matilda StockmanMagheraR
William Osborough A.J.C???MagheraRx beside name
Thomas HoustonMagheraRx beside name
William McGowan M.D.MagheraRx beside name
Annie W. McGowanMagheraRx beside name
Miss Fleming (Goreman??)MagheraRx beside name
William A MillingMagheraR
Jeannie MillingMagheraRx beside name
M.A. McGriffinMagheraRx beside name
Annie J. JohnstonMagheraRx beside name
S.D.LytleMagheraRx beside name
Mrs? LytleMagheraRx beside name
?? MilliganMagheraRx beside name
Fanny GrahamMagheraR
Margaret GlasgowMagheraR
R.S. LytleMagheraRx beside name
Sarah LytleMagheraRx beside name
J.A. LytleMagheraRx beside name
Samuel ????MagheraR
William FowlerMagheraRx beside name
Mrs FowlerMagheraRx beside name
Joseph SmythMagheraRx beside name
Lizzie SmythMagheraRx beside name
William McIvorMagheraRx beside name
Mrs McIvorMagheraRx beside name
Robert Picken?MagheraRx beside name
W.H. MiskellyMagheraR
Robert CampbellMagheraRx beside name. Removed
Elizabeth CampbellMagheraRx beside name. Removed
John CampbellMagheraRx beside name. Removed
Maggie Jane PooleMagheraRx beside name
James WilsonMagheraRx beside name
Thomas McKeownMagheraRx beside name
Lizzie J. McKeownMagheraRx beside name
Mary HazlettMagheraRx beside name
Billi? HazlettMagheraRx beside name
Peggie HazlettMagheraRx beside name
Thomas FieldMagheraR
Mrs FieldMagheraR
William J. NelsonMagheraRx beside name
Margt LongMagheraR
A.K. MorrisonMagheraR
John MartinMagheraR
Letty HaganMoneymoreSx beside name
Robert ShielsMoneymoreSx beside name
Lizzie ShielsMoneymoreSx beside name
Henry ShielsMoneymoreSx beside name
Hugh WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
Matilda WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
Maggie WilsonMoneymoreS
Jane WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
John Thos WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
Maria WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
Lizzie WilsonMoneymoreSx beside name
Andrew ConnorMoneysharvinT
Ann J. ConnorMoneysharvinT
Martha ConnorMoneysharvinTx beside name
William LytleMoneysharvinTdied Jul ????Crossed out
William LytleMoneysharvinTx beside name
Jane LytleMoneysharvinTx beside name
Mrs McMathMoneysharvinT
Miss McMathMoneysharvinT
Fleming BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Annie BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Martha Jane BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Robert BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Mary Ann BurnsMullaghU
Joseph BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Sarah Isabella BurnsMullaghUx beside name
Joseph PooleMullaghUx beside name
John CrawfordMullaghUx beside name
Jane CrawfordMullaghUx beside name
Nancy CrawfordMullaghUx beside name
John CrawfordMullaghUx beside name
Rachel CrawfordMullaghUx beside name
Mrs McElreeMullaghUx beside name
M.D. McElreeMullaghUx beside name
Mrs M.D.McElreeMullaghUx beside name
John PooleMullaghUx beside name
Margt. PooleMullaghUx beside name
John ShielsMullaghUdied Jany 5th 1893
Sarah ShielsMullaghUx beside name
Saml. ShielsMullaghUx beside name
John WalkinshawMullaghUx beside name
Eliza WalkinshawMullaghU
Jane WalkinshawMullaghUx beside name
Nancy WalkinshawMullaghU
Robert PaulMullaghUx beside name
Betty PaulMullaghUdied Jany 9 1893
Nancy PaulMullaghU
William HenryMullaghU
Matilda HenryMullaghU
Nancy HenryMullaghUx beside name
Margaret KennedySlattybogieVx beside name
Thomas J. KyleSlattybogieVx beside name
Matilda KyleSlattybogieVx beside name
Samuel MillarSlattybogieVx beside name
Eliza Jane ServiceSlattybogieVx beside name
Eliza PooleTamneymartinWx beside name
Robert PooleTamneymartinWx beside name
W.J. ShielsTamneymartinWx beside name
Annie ShielsTamneymartinWx beside name
John SmythTamneymartinW
Mary SmythTamneymartinWx beside name
Thomas SmythTamneymartinWx beside name
James SmythTamneymartinWx beside name
Christina SmythTamneymartinW
Elizaberth SmythTamneymartinWx beside name
Maggie J. SmythTamneymartinWx beside name
William ShielsTamneymartinW
Mrs ShielsTamneymartinW
John R. ShielsTamneymartinWx beside name
Miss ShielsTamneymartinWx beside name
Margaret SufferinTamneymullinXx beside name
Nancy Ann SufferinTamneymullinXx beside name
Mrs HoustonTirgarvilYx beside name
Wm J. HoustonTirgarvilYx beside name
Albert W. HoustonTirgarvilYx beside name
H.J. HoustonTirgarvilYx beside name
Elisha HoustonTirgarvilYx beside name. Died July 2nd 1893Crossed out
Thomas McElroyTirgarvilYx beside name
Mrs McElroyTirgarvilY
Mrs McelroyTirgarvilY
Miss McElroyTirgarvilY
James MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
Anne J. MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
Jane MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
John MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
Maggie MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
Annie MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
William LytleTirnoneyZx beside name
??? LytleTirnoneyZx beside name
Elizabeth LytleTirnoneyZx beside name
Nancy? LytleTirnoneyZx beside name
William J. LytleTirnoneyZx beside name
Eleanor Lytle (Falagloon)TirnoneyZx beside name
John SufferinTirnoneyZ
Elizabeth SufferinTirnoneyZx beside name
Robert SufferinTirnoneyZx beside name
Sarah J. SufferinTirnoneyZx beside name
Nancy G. HazlettTirnoneyZx beside name
Rebecca HazlettTirnoneyZx beside name
Joseph MorrisonTirnoneyZx beside name
Mrs CunninghamTirnoneyZx beside name
David CampbellTirnoneyZx beside name. DeadCrossed out
Matilda CampbellTirnoneyZx beside nameCrossed out
Martha CampbellTirnoneyZx beside nameCrossed out
Alexander CampbellTirnoneyZx beside name. ???????Crossed out
John DunlopTullyheronA'
Jane DunlopTullyheronA'
Robert DunlopTullyheronA'x beside name
Maggie DunlopTullyheronA'x beside name
Thomas Dunlop S(enior?)TullyheronA'x beside name.The Letter S is after name. I assume this means Senior
Thomas Dunlop J(unior?)TullyheronA'x beside nameThe Letter J is after name. I assume this means Junior
John ClarkeTullyheronA'x beside name
Sarah ClarkeTullyheronA'x beside name
Lizzie ClarkeTullyheronA'
Jane ClarkeTullyheronA'
Mrs LytleTullyheronA'x beside name
John A. SmythUpperlandsB'x beside name
Mrs SmythUpperlandsB'x beside name
Jas H. PeacockUpperlandsB'x beside name
Mrs PeacockUpperlandsB'x beside name
David IrelandUpperlandsB'Removed to BelfastCrossed out
The following were admitted by an examination at present Commumion (November 1892):-
Robert John ArmourBeagh
David PorterBeagh
Robert PorterBeagh
Joseph NelsonBallymacilcurr
John MorrisonTirnoney
James BoalMacknagh
John GrayGrillagh
Thomas WhiteCrew
Matthew Henry ShielsCrew. Went to Melbourne Nov. 16th 1892
William Geo. ShielsKnocknakielt
John ShielsKnocknakielt. Went to Melbourne Nov. 16th 1892
Sarah CampbellBallyknock
Jane WalkinshawMullagh
James AndersonCraigmoreElderly
Mary AnnKnocknakieltElderly
John Alexr. SmythUpperlandsElderly
The following were admitted by certificate:-
Annie McCool now Mrs ShielsCrew, from Culnady
Sarah Lockart MillarSlattybogie, from Knockloughrim
Miss. E.H. FlemingMaghera, from Cullybackey
Robert QuinnKnocknakielt, from Drimbolg
William J. Osburough? N.J.L.Maghera, from Bellaghy
Communion May 1893
The following were admitted by examination on May 3rd 1893
Rebecca Jane CampbellTirnoney1
Margaret Jane BoltonCarricknakielt2
Agnes HemphillBeagh3
Anne Mary NelsonBeagh4
Margaret Jane NelsonBeagh5
Anne GrahamBeagh6
Lizzie KellySlattybogie7
Lizzie BradleyCrew8
Tilly TaylorTamneymullan9In Cert 60? ????? ??? ??? May? 12 '94
Sarah MillarSlattybogie10
Fanny Mary LytleTirnoney11
Robert James CrawfordMullagh12
Also following admitted by certificate
Mrs QuinnCraigmore, from Maghera Epis'l Church1
Mr& Mrs Joseph Stuartfrom Churchtown
Miss Nancy Ann Hunterfrom Knockloughrim
Miss Wrayfrom 1st Randlestown
Communion November 1893
William SpeersBallynahone1
Annie SpeersBallynahone2
Samuel DunlopTullyheron3
Robert ClarkeTullyheron4
John CrawfordKnocknakielt5
Saml John McCrackenKnocknakielt6
Joseph CrawfordMullagh7
Mary KellySlattybogie1Elderly
Robert StockmanMaghera2Elderly
Thos. StockmanMaghera3Elderly
Thos. NelsonBallymacilcurr4Elderly
Also following admitted by Certificate of Disjunction from other congregations:-)
Sergt. John Neelyfrom Lucan, Co.Dublin1
Mrs Thos. GrahamMaghera, from Culnady2
Mr John CaskeyMaghera, from 2nd Dunboe3
Mrs John CaskeyMaghera, from 2nd Dunboe4
Signed William Hill } Minister
Communion May 1894
The following admitted by examination before the session on May 2nd 1894
Tilly CampbellBallyknock1
Minnie PeacockUpperlands2
Mary Elizabeth DunlopTullyheron3
Jeannie CrawfordMullagh4
James MorrisonTirnoney5
Admitted by Certificate
Mrs Samuel Brownfrom St. Paul's, Manchester1
Mrs Samuel Shielsfrom Ballywillan2
Mr Wm Andersonfrom Tubbermore3
Mrs Wm Andersonfrom Tubbermore4
John Elliotfrom U.P. Lisburn5
Wm Hipsonfrom Maghera Episcopal Church6
Mrs Wm Hipsonfrom Maghera Episcopal Church7
After Conference with the Session
William Shielsfrom Knockloughrim
Thomas Brownfrom Knockloughrim
Benjamin Scottfrom Knockloughrim
Mrs Benj. Scottfrom Knockloughrim
Signed William Hall } Minister
The following were admitted by examination before the Session on October 31st 1894
Sarah LoganMoneysharvin
Lizzie ShielsMoneymore
Maggie CunninghamGrillagh
A WilsonMacknagh
Robert WilsonMacknagh
Robert WilsonMacknagh
Thomas PeacockUpperlands
Isabella WilsonMacknagh


Transcribed by William Scott & Barbara Braswell

Kilrea National School (Girls)

Kilrea National School (girls). Information transcribed by Kyle Irwin.

Kilrea Female National School
 No.Year of EntrancePupil’s family namePupil’s first NamePupil’s Age last birthdayReligionResidenceFather’s occupation
31865MorleyMary Jane12ECKilreaHotel
61865ToyeB. Jane13ECKilreaCarpenter
71866KerrMaggie Ann12ECKilreaSexton
111867McKeeEliza11PKilreaButter ?
121867McKayMaggie Ann9ECKilreaD. shop
131867MorleyAnnie Eliz.8ECKilreaHotel
151867ArmstrongMary Jane11PKilreaCarpenter
171868FerrisMary Ann9RCKilreaPublican
251870MorleyHannah Lotte9ECKilreaHotel
391874McKaigMary Ann7RCKilreaShoemaker
401871OffeeEliza Jane9ECKilreaLabourer
461871ElderMatilda10PKilrea? Retailer
501873McCormickM. Jane6RCMagheraPublican
571872McKayMary Ann6RCReastownWidow
681874KaneMary Jane7RCKilreaShopkeeper
761874WilkinsonMary Jane6PKilreaBlacksmith
791872HagensMary Eliza7ECDublinShoeshop
801872JohnstonAnn Jane14PDrumsarahShoemaker
861873PattersonMary Jane12PKilreaShoemaker
911873McFaddenMary Jane15ECKilreaShopkeeper
931873McMeekinE. Maggie4PKilreaSergeant
991874CroweMary Ann6ECKilreaLabourer
1031873DuglasMaggie5xKilreaCollector of Hay
1101873FursithEliza Jane12PClaraghWidow
1141873ElderMary Elisa4PKilreaLabourer
1171873BoydNancy Jane9RCKilreaLabourer
1181873MooreMartha Caroline5ECKilreaGuager
1201873BoltonMary Matilda14PLismoyleFarmer
1231874McKayAnn Jane14ECKilreaWidow
1321874CampbellMary eliza4ECKilreaButcher
1341874IrwineMinnie3PKilreaInn & Farmer
1351874KerrMary Jane4ECKilreaShoemaker
1401874PattersonSarah Ann6PLisnagrotFarmer
1471874WoodrowMary A.4PKilreaLabourer
1511875WilsonEliza G.14PIrinaltinaghFarmer
1521875DiamondMary Jane12RCMoneygranFarmer
1541875BradleyAnna Mary6ECKilreaShopkeeper
1571875CampbellAmelia Caroline4PKilreaButcher
1721876ThompsonMary10PKilreaWollen Draper
1761876TaylorEllen Jane9PReastownFarmer
1841876MayberryEliza E.4PKilreaPublican
1931879O’FlahartyRosanna4RCKilreaSub Constable
1981877McCluskeySarah Lilly11PxFarmer
2001877McKayMary Jane5ECKilreaPensioner
2051877YoungMary Ann4ECKilreaLabourer
2071877PattenMary Ann5ECKilreaOrphan
2101877TaylorN Agnes4PReastownFarmer
2141877CassidyM Ann11RCBovedyFarmer
2161879MichaelE. Michele9PReastownFarmer
2201878McKayMary Anne12RCBridgequarterTaylor
2251878McMullenElizab. Wallace5PReastownFarmer
2271878RitcheySarah Emily6PxFarmer
2281878Nipe (Knipe?)Annie5PKilreaShop
2361878Nipe (Knipe?)Minnie4PKilreaShop
2401878McKayBella Matilda12ECLisnagrotLabourer
2441878GilmoreRachel M13PClarahFarmer
2531879RitcheyMaggie J.5PKilreaFarmer
2561879GardnerMary E.4ECKilreaShop
2611880CampbellMaggie LxECxx
2691880BamfordLizzie Alice5PKilreaShopkeeper
2821880McArtenayMary Jane11PMoneysallyFarmer
2871880McLoughlinAnn Stewart6PKilreaLabourer
2981880CrawfordMary A.6RCKilreaLabourer
3041880MooreAnnie G9ECKilreaLabourer
3061881DohertyMary A8PMoneygranFarmer
3171881DerrieMary J9RCMoneygranFarmer
3201881KnipeBella B4PKilreaGrocer
3221881HegartyAnn J4RCKilreaFarmer
3321882MacarthurMaude10RCGreybbeyM. D.
3401882MagrawEllen J4RCMoneygranFarmer
3431882KerrAnn Jane5PLisnagrotFarmer
3441882KerrMary Eliza7PLisnagrotFarmer
3471882TorrensLizzie J4PKilreaLabourer
3521883StewartMaggie Jeanette7PKilreaCorn Dealer
3551883BurlingtonNora G5ECKilreaLabourer
3661883McCallionC alice4ECKilreaShoemaker
3671883TombMary Bella4ECKilreaTeacher
3721883BurlingtonMarg. J12ECKilreaLabourer
3801884PedenJane Adelaide3PKilreaGrocer
3851884RosboroughMaggie Eliza4PColeraineTeacher
3931885GardinerSarah5ECKilreaWoollen draper
3971885CraigLizzie10PKilreaX(from India)
3981885CraigTillie9PKilreaX(from India)
4011885McFaddenMary B4ECKilreaWhitesmith
4021885McMullenMary Agnes5ECKilreaGanger
4111885PedenMaggie J8PKilreaShopkeeper
4151886MooreMary J5ECKilreaLabourer
4281886RitchieMinnie Wilson6ECBarkhillFarmer
4391887MooreLucy Adelaide4ECKilreaLabourer
4401887McFaddenJaney Beattie4ECKilreaWhitesmith
4491887ArmstrongSarah J11PLisnagrotFarmer
4531887GrahamAnnie Sarah14PClarahFarmer
4651888McKaySusan Elizabeth4ICKilreaLabourer
4691888McTeagueSarah M7RCKilreaPainter
4741888GardinerMary Eliza4ICKilreaShopkeeper
4751888StewartRose Anna7RCKilreaLabourer
4781888FieldLizzie8ICtravelingwith circus
4881889JohnstonEllen J4PKilreaBlacksmith
4891889McIlwrathMaggie M6PLisnagrotFarmer
4951889GwinnEllen9ICColeraineNY Porter
4971889WoodsEliza J7PReastownFarmer
5011889KelsoMary J13ICKilreaBailiff
5021889RitchieRose O’Neill6ICKilreaFarmer
5031890McCahonAnn Jane5PKilreaGrocer
5121890MurphyEva Blanche4ICKilreaGardener
5151890McCahonElizabeth J11PClarahFarmer
5161890McCahonSarah Anna7PClarahFarmer
5171890McCahonElla Matilda4PClarahFarmer
5181890McCormickMary E7RCKilreaPoliceman
5201890MillarAnnie May4ICKilreaCattle-dealer
5231890SimpsonEllen G10ICFenkiltaghFarmer
5371891DickeyJeannie McNeil10PRasharkinFarmer
5381891TrotterEva Elizabeth11ICKilreaCoachman
5391891TrotterAda Jemima8ICKilreaCoachman
5401891TrotterMiriam Allen6ICKilreaCoachman
5431891BarrHenrietta Smyth7PKilreaBuilder
5481891McDonaldMary Ann5RCKilreaTrader
5521892DiamondMary Ann4ICKilreaOrphan
5551892GraceyEthel Clarke4PKilreaSergeant
5581892HamiltonMaggie5PKilreaNY Porter
5621892SpeersAnnie Maria6PLisnagrotGrocer
5631892MayberryMary Ann6ICKilreaLabourer
5661892MoonNancy Jane9PLisnagrotFarmer
5671892KiddEthel Clarke3ICKilreaClerk
5691892GardinerAnnie Elizabeth4ICKilreaHotel Keeper
Religion Key
EC / IC = Established Church i.e. Church of Ireland
RC= Roman Catholic
P= Presbyterian