Maghera Presbyterian Church Records

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Maghera Presbyerian Church has existed at it’s current location since 1792. It was previously located on Fair hill at where McKee’s Factory currently exists, where worship was held since 1660. A church was built at this location, but was destroyed during the Williamite Wars (1689-1690) when Jacobean forces destroyed many towns on their way to the City of Derry. The church was rebuilt, but by the 1790s it was felt a new church was needed and land for it was given to the congregation by the Clarks of Largantogher (who were presbyterian at that time) and this new chuurch was constructed during the pastorship of the Reverend John Glendy. This church was severely damaged by the Tipperary Militia during it’s occupation of Maghera after the 1798 Rebellion as the congregation (and the Reverend John Glendy in particular,) had sympathies for the United Irish Men (Watty Graham being the son of the Session Clerk). The current church was rebuilt in 1835.

 

Maghera Presbyterian Church Baptisms (1843-1878)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Baptisms (1878-1916)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Communicants Roll (1847)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Communicants Roll (1847-1865)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Communicants Roll (1866-1894)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Early marriages (1843-1846)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Marriage Registers (1845-1936)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Marriage Notices (1857-1860)

Maghera Presbyterian Marriage Notice List (1891-1897)

Maghera Presbyterian Church Burial Records (1861-65, 1891-1908,1940-45)

7 thoughts on “Maghera Presbyterian Church Records”

  1. I am trying to research my family MCFALL that I believe came from this area.Ifyou could point me in the right direction for research would greatly appreciate!! My gr(a few gen back!) grandfather supposedly lived in Maghera area born abt 1700 came to us before 1730 to PA

    1. Hi Robin,
      As I’m sure you’ve heard many times before, Irish records are scarcer than hen’s teeth. There ARE records.. it’s just that the majority of them date from the 1840s onwards. Anything before 1830 is great.. before 1800 is rare.. before 1780 is impressive.. but for a rural parish anything before that is almost impossible. Maghera Parish Church (Church of Ireland) was the ‘Official’ church and as such people were legally obliged to coonduct baptisms, marriages, etc in Church of Ireland churches.. baptisms began (or at least the earliest we have records for that still exist) is 1786. Presbyterian records don’t begin until the 1840s and this is mirrored by the Roman Catholic records. Unfortunately, I doubt you will ever find records that would be pre 1750 that might aid in tracing your family history. I know.. I wish I could tell you better news. As always, I live in hope of something being found.. but.. being realistic, I don’t expect miracles. Best regards, Denver Boyd

  2. The LDS records a 1912 marriage in Magherafelt between Annie Victoria Fisher and Ion Ferguson. Is there an expanded entry available that would give the groom’s parents?

    Thank you for your help.

    Anne W. Brown, St. Leonard, Maryland, USA

    1. hope this is helpful.mothers are very rarely named on irish marriage cert. If I can help you futher my email address is marydoolin@hotmail.co.uk

      Date of Marriage:
      08-Aug-1912
       
       
      Parish / District:
      TERMONEENY

      County:
      Co. Derry

      Husband

      Wife
      Name:
      Jon
      Ferguson

      Annie V M
      Fisher
      Address:
      Maghera

      The Rectory Knockloughrim
      Denomination:
      Church Of Ireland

      Church Of Ireland
      Occupation:
      CASHIER IN BANK

      Age:
      29

      24
      Status:
      Bachelor (Previously unmarried)

      Spinster (Previously unmarried)

      Husband’s Father

      Wife’s Father
      Name:
      John
      Ferguson

      Thomas
      Fisher
      Address:

      Denomination:

      Occupation:
      GENTLEMAN

      CLERK/HOLY ORDERS

      Husband’s Mother

      Wife’s Mother
      Name:

      Address:

      Denomination:

      Occupation:

      Witness 1

      Witness 2
      Name:
      Hugh
      Ferguson

      Helen
      Thompson
      Address:

      Notes:

      THE GROOM’S FATHER WAS RECORDED AS DECEASED.
      BRIDE’S FULL NAME – ANNIE VICTORIA MAKIN FISHER.
      WITNESS NO.3-T.WILLIAMS FISHER.
      WITNESS NO.4-W.H.M.FISHER

  3. I am seeking family information for my great, great grandfather William McIlroy. The information I have is that he was born in Maghera on Oct. 15, 1801. Supposedly he married before he emigrated to the US around 1822 to 1825. His wife’s name was Margaret. I am looking for any data on the McIlroy’s and what might be Margaret’s surname.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi,
    I am seeking some information regarding Reverend Charles Kennedy who was the Minister at Maghera Presbyterian Church for over 50 years he died in 1855. I believe his son Charles was also a Presbyterian Minister.
    I am interested in any information about the Kenendy family that might exist in your records . Are you able to tell me if Charles and his wife Margaret or indeed any of their family are buried in a cemetery in Maghera and if so are there any headstones that still exist ?
    Thanking you in advance for your help
    Louise Dean

  5. With a colleague I am charged with writing the Biographical Memoir of the distinguished physicist and son of Hans Gabathuler, Professor Erwin Gabathuler FRS. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society is an important journal, published annually, and a historical “journal of record” in which the Royal Society records the lives of its Fellows.

    Our research has led us to formulate a picture of Erwin Gabathuler’s childhood in Maghera. There is however one puzzle which we still have and with which you may be able to help. Hans Gabathuler emigrated from Switzerland to Ireland bringing his lace emroidery industry with him to Maghera in the first half of the last century.

    We have been told that there is a stained glass window in the Presbyterian church in honour of Hans Gabathuler. It would be helpful to us if we could understand the origin of this window and the distinction of Hans Gabathuler in respect of it as we complete our assessment of his son’s childhood in Maghera.

    Any asistance with this, and any other aspects of the Gabathuler family in Maghera which you would consider to be importat in recording the childhood of Erwin gabatuler would be very much appreciated.

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