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.