Kilrea First Presbyterian Early Marriage Records (1825-1827)
Kilrea First Presbyterian Early Marriage Records (1825-1827)
Kilrea First Presbyterian Church marriage entries began in July 1825, just after Hugh Rodgers took up the pulpit at First Kilrea. The congregation had been vacant for some time, and Mr. Rodgers brought much vigour and ideas to his new congregation, including attempts to reduce the high marriage rates of younger couples in the town. He required that all couples intending to get married needed the permission of their parents before any ceremony could take place. Luckily for us, Hugh’s convictions had the wonderful side effect of him keeping records of all the marriages and noting the parents names, which was practically unheard of at that time in other churches.
Please note that where there is a blank ‘ _____’ in the text, that these are as originally left by Hugh Rodgers (presumably for the minister to complete when he knew the information), and were never filled in and this information is now lost.
No 1. On the evening of the 4th of July 1825 twentyfive married William Corker the son of ________ of the Townland of __________ a member of the presbyterian congregation of Magherafelt to Elizabeth Kyle, daughter of _______ Kyle & Mary Adams alias Kyle his wife, a member of the Congregation of Portglenone residing in the Townland of Teaneagh in the County of Derry.
Witnesses present at the ceremony: Samuel Adams.
Hu W. Rodgers, Minister.
2nd. On the evening of the 7th July 1825 twentyfive joined in marriage Richard Crayton, the son of Thomas Crayton and Peggy Maddigan, an inhabitant of the Townland of Killymuck and a member of the Congregation of Seceders worshipping at Bovidy, with Margaret McAughey, the daughter of Thomas McAughey and Betty Eagleson, his wife of the Townland of Killymuck and a member of the Kilrea Congregation.
Witnesses: Paul Smyrl, Jane Smyrl, Hugh Hamilton.
Hu. W. Rodgers, Minister.
3rd No. 3 On the morning of the 11th July 1825 joined in marriage Adam Boyle, son of William Boyle and Giles Bolton of the townland of Drumard and Congregation of Bovidy to Margaret Johnston, daughter of James Johnston and his wife Mary Gray of Drumard and a member of this congregation. Witnesses: Thomas Holt, Maria McCardy, Amelia McCardy, _____ Johnston.
No. 4. On the Evening of the 12th of September 1825, twentyfive, joined in marriage James Smyth son of John Smyth and his wife Margaret Orr a member of the Seceding congregation of Carnaboy to Elizabeth Lusk daughter of Robert Lusk & his wife Nancy McAteer, a member of this congregation.
Witnesses: Samuel Torrens, Nancy Hogg, Letitia Lusk.
No. 5. On the evening of the 14th of September 1825, twentyfive joined in marriage George Fleming son of ______ & _______ his wife, a member of the congregation of Finvoy to Jane Campbell daughter of George Campbell and ______________ his wife, a member of this congregation.
Witnesses: Rev. Archd. Jamieson, ______ Fleming.
No. 6. On the morning of the 27th of September 1825, twentyfive, joined in marriage joined in marriage John Reid son of Archibald Reid and Martha McClelland his wife to Ellen daughter of Neill McNeill now dead and Ellen White his wife, members of this Congregation.
Witnesses: William Burnside, William Reid and William Reid.
No 7. On the evening of the 5th of October 1825, James Wright of Bannville, Claragh, son of Thomas Wright and Sally Lennox his wife to Marianne Boyd, daughter of Hugh Boyd and Mary Henry his wife of Lismoyle in the Bovidy Congregation,
Witnesses: Thos. Woods?, Thos. Wright , Alex McClysher
No 8th. Joined in marriage on the morning of the sixth day -6th of October 1825 twentyfive Wilson Gordon of Lislea in this congregation son of Thomas Gordon now dead and his wife Jane Wilson & Mary Patton daughter of John Patton and Margaret Glasgow his wife of Tyanee in the Portglenone congregation.
Witnesses: John Taylor, Geo Gordon, Robt. Sloan.
No. 9th. Joined in marriage on the evening of the sixteenth of November Daniel McCay son of Charles McCay and Jane McCay of Lisnagrot his wife a Church of England professor to Mary Torrens daughter of John Torrens & Jane Catherwood his wife of the Townland of Drumnagardner in this congregation.
Witnesses: Wm Thompson of Kilrea, Adam Vance, Archd Torrens
The above marriage dated & occurred on the 16 of Nov 1825. Hugh Walker Rodgers, Minister.
No. 10th. Joined in marriage on the night of the sixteenth November eight hundred and twentyfive Arthur Stewart son of John Stewart and Jane M’Cartney his wife of Tamlaght O’Crilly village to Jane Wray daughter of Kitty Workman or Wray, the Father dead & mother now presiding in county Antrim & both parties members of this congregation.
Witnesses: Jno. Workman, Wm. Stewart, Sarah Wray.
Hugh W. Rodgers, Minister.
He has made the following note, as the name has been written over: “Read John Stewart. HWR”
No. 11. Joined in marriage on the evening of the seventeenth of November eighteen Hundred and twentyfive William Graham of Garvagh a Scottish Seceder to Molly or Mary Peden daughter of John Peden and Jane Kennedy of Tamlaght, Parish of Kilrea in this Congregation his wedded wife.
Witnesses: Jas Peden, Jno Kennedy, Jno Peden.
Witnesses: Wm. Thompson, Robert Patterson, Jas. Patterson.
Witnesses: Willliam Whitley, Maria M’Cardy
Witnesses: Jno Macready, Stewart Campbell
No 15. Joined in marriage James Connor alias Macnoher son of Hugh Connor and Nancy Arbuthnot his wife of the Congregation of Maghera & townland of Dunglady to Isabella Kelso daughter of Hugh Kelso & Agnes Morell his wife both of Tamlaght OCrilly in this Congregation – on Thursday the 26th of January 1826 married the above.
Witnesses: Aaron Workman, Eliza Kelso, Peggy Kelso.
No 16. Joined in marriage this Evening of the 11th February 1826 twentysix, Thomas Sloan of Moneygran son of _____ Sloan and ________ his wife deceased, to Margaret Irwin daughter of the late _____ Irwin and Martha Macgregor his wife of Lisnagrot – The Husband in this case a Seceder, the wife of this Congregation.
Witnesses: Robert Irwin, John Irwin, Robert Smith.
No 17. Joined in marriage this Evening of the 22nd February 1826 twenty six, John Craig of Claragh shoemaker son of John Craig & Jane Smyrl his wife now residing in Armagh to Mary Sloan daughter of John Sloan & Mary Robinson his wife of Claragh, all the parties being members of this Congregation.
Witnesses: William Thompson, _____ Smyrl, _____ Smyrl.
No 18. Joined in marriage this Evening of the 8th eighth of March 1826 Thomas Hutton son of Andrew Hutton & Nancy Gilmore his wife of Killygullib Glebe in this Congregation to Sally Wray daughter of William Wray & Sally Gilmore his wife of Timmaconway in this Congregation.
Witnesses: Alexr. Rainey, Hugh Hunter, Alexr. Gilmore.
No.19. Joined in marriage on the morning of the 23 March Robert Wilson son of James Wilson and Molly Hill his wife, a seceder and Blindman of the Bovidy Congregation to Elizabeth Gilmore daughter of Alexander Gilmore & Molly M’Ilfatrick his wife of Bovidy in this Congregation.
Witnesses: William Thompson, Hugh Hunter.
Witnesses: Kennedy Macaw, John M’Kinney.
Witness: Chas. Stewart.
Witnesses: Hugh Hunter, Alexr. M’Clister, Jno Smyth, Robt. Wallace.
Witnesses: Thos Grey, Wm. Reid, Jno Stewart.
Witnesses: Wm. Hunter, Jno. Brady, Robt. Norris, Senr.
Witness: _____ Adams
Witnesses: Geo. Smyrl, Alexr. M’Clister.
Ok.. 26 and 28 APPEAR to be the SAME EXCEPT the groom’s father is different.. ONE HAS to be wrong.. and WHERE is the Correct 26/28??
Witnesses: Wilson Gordon, Saml. Reid, George Gordon.
Witnesses: Alexr. M’Clister, Geo. Smyrl.
Ok.. 26 and 28 APPEAR to be the SAME EXCEPT the groom’s father is different.. ONE HAS to be wrong.. and WHERE is the Correct 26/28?? Or was the same entry entered twice to correct the error??
Transcribed by Barbara Braswell and Denver Boyd.
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Maghera Presbyterian Church’s early marriages begin in 1843 and were fairly detailed including the faher AND mother of the bride and groomwhich is especially useful for genealogy. The names of the bride and groom are in bold to aid users searching through the text and did not occur on the original documents.
On the nineteenth day of July One thousand eight hundred and forty three years, Robert Lappin, of Maghera, Parish of Maghera, in the County of Londonderry, Son of Robert Lappin of Maghera and Margaret Wilson alias Lappin, and Anne Long, of Moneymore, Parish of Maghera, in the County of Londonderry, daughter of Samuel Long and May Gray alias Lappin (?), was wed in lawful marriage in the presence of William Long and Thomas Wilson by licence of Smylie Robinson
On the eighteenth day of August 1843, George Orr of Tullyherron, Parish of Maghera County Londonderry, Son to Robert Orr M.D. of Maghera and _____, and Jane Lytle of Tullykeeran in aforesaid Parish and County, daughter of Moses Lytle and Elizabeth Lecky alias Lytle were joined in lawful marriage in the presence of Robert Porter of Ballynock and David Rea of Fallalea, by Smylie Robson, Minister.
On the twenty second day of August 1843, John Weir of Straid, Parish of Ahoghill in the County of Antrim, son of Robert Weir and Martha ?elfair alias Weir and Rosanna McClelland of Curragh, Parish of Maghera in the County of Londonderry daughter of John McClelland and Sarah Thompson alias McClelland were joined in lawful marriage in the presence of Samuel ???? of Straid? And James Anderson of Curragh by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the thirtieth day of August One thousand eight hundred and forty three years, John Millar of Knocknakielt son of William Millar of Knocknakielt Parish of Termoneeny in the County of Londonderry and Elizabeth Taylor alias Millar, and Sarah Service of Grillagh, Parish of Maghera daughter of Robert Service of Grillagh deceased and Jane Campbell alias Service deceased?, were joined in lawful marriage in the presence of James Phillips and William Taylor, both of Maghera by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the first day of November One thousand eight hundred and forty three years, between the hours of six and seven o’clock in the house of the father of the bride, William Shiels of Maghera Parish of Maghera in the County of Londonderry, Son of Robert Shiels of Mullagh Parish of Maghera in said County and Fanny Kissick, alias Shiels, and Matilda Reid daughter of John Reid of Maghera, Parish of Maghera in said County and Ellen McNeill alias Reid, were joined in lawful marriage in the presence of Samuel Long and John Mooney by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the twenty ninth day of December 1843, Robert Graham of Crew Parish of Maghera, Son of William Graham and Rebecca McHue? Alias Graham,and Eliza Slauss daughter of Robert Slauss and Martha McCracken alias Slauss of said townland and parish were Joined in marriage in the presence of Samuel Dysart and Robert McMath by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the Fourth day of January One thousand eight hundred and forty four years, Samuel Millar son of John Millar of Knocknakielt, Parish of Termoneeny, and Eliza McAuley alias Millar, and Elizabeth Kissick daughter of William Kissick of Crew, Parish of Maghera and Margaret Crocket alias Kissick were joined in marriage in the presence of John Kissick and William Workman of Knocknakielt by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the eleventh day of January 1844 years, John Wilson son of James Wilson of Tirgarvil Parish of Maghera and May Patterson alias Wilson, and Jane McCool daughter of Thomas McCool of said Townland and Parish and Molly Marks alias McCool were joined in marriage in the presence of Henry Wilson of Macknagh and James Wilson Jun of Tirgarvil by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the 30th day of January 1844, William Kyle of Ballymacilcurr, Parish of Maghera Son of Thomas Kyle and Charlotte Heron alias Kyle, and Eliza Johnston of Slattybogie daughter of Job Johnston and Sarah Elliot were joined in marriage by in the presence of James Bullion and David Thompson Jun by Smylie Robson, Minister
On the 15th day of February 1844, Samuel Crossan of Magnah (Macknagh) Parish of Maghera , son of Kennedy Crossan and Mary Barbour alias Crossan, and Margaret Wilson daughter of Thomas Wilson of Magnah and Mary Huston alias Wilson, were joined in marriage in the presence of Alexander Milican Wilson of Grillagh Parish of Maghera and John Huston of Ballymacilcurr in said Parish.
On the 19th day of March 1844 William Camphill son of William Camphill of the townland of Granny and Parish of Kilcronaghan and Mary Stewart alias Camphill and Nancy Jane Atkinson daughter of John Atkinson of the townland of Tivaconway and Parish of Tamlaght O’Crilly and Sarah Atkinson alias Stewart? Were bound in marriage in the presence of Thomas McCool of Tirgarvil and Robert Cunningham of Grillagh. Charles Kennedy, Minister – Matthew Lytle, Session Clerk
No.1 Upon the 26th of September 1845, David Service of Grillagh, Parish of Maghera in the County of Londonderry and Jean? Service of Grillagh Parish of Maghera in the County of Londonderry were joined in lawful marriage by the Reverend Charles Kennedy. In presence of Alexander Hipron? & William McCay?
Extract from the Marriage Register Book of the Congregation by Thomas Witherow, Minister.
No.2 On the ninth day of February 1846 John Sufferin of Tirnoney in the Parish of Killelagh in the County of Londonderry and Betty Earl of Tamneymullin Parish of Maghera in the County Of Londonderry were joined in lawful marriage by Thomas Witherow, Minister In the presence of Thomas? Smith? & Jason (or James) Earl.
No.3 Upon the thirteenth day of February 1846 William Fleming of Ballymacilcurr & Peggy Jane McElroy Of Macknagh, both in the Parish of Maghera and County of Londonderry were joined in lawful marriage by Thomas Witherow, Officiating Minister. In the presence of John Huston & Henry Wilson.
No.4 Upon the fifth day of March 1846, William Dunlop of Culnady and Margaret McMullan of Ballymacilcurr both in the Parish of Maghera and County Londonderry were joined in lawful marriage by Thomas Witherow, Min. Of Maghera In presence of Thomas Kyle & Alexander Bylin
No.5 Upon the twelfth day of March One thousand eight hundred and forty six years, Henry Wilson of Macknagh Parish of Maghera and County of Londonderry, and Eliza Beatty of Tamneymartin, Parish of Termoneeny and County of Londonderry were joined in lawful marriage, by Thomas Witherow, Minister of Maghera In presence of Joseph Beatty & Sam Cronin.
No.6 Upon the eight day of May One thousand eight hundred and forty six years Thomas Boon of Ballynure, Parish of Ballinascreen and Eliza Clark of Craigmore Parish of Maghera both in the County of Londonderry were united in lawful marriage by Thomas Witherow, Minister of Maghera In Presence of Henry Boon & Matthew Lytle
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)