Ballymagrane – Thompson surname

Source: Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Ballymagrane Congregation, Crilly townland, county Tyrone. Extracts for the Thompson surname, 1845–1985. Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC1P/39/1. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, September 2017.
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The purpose of this page is to present an analysis of the usefulness of this set of records to researching the Thompson surname in the parish of Aghaloo. A particular objective is to identify the descendants of James Thompson of Creevelough (d.1783). The emphasis is on the earliest records, as the civil registrations—which exist from 1845 for Protestant and Registry Office marriages and from 1864 for births and deaths—are very useful for compiling later families.

The church registers for Ballymagrane Presbyterian survive for:

  • baptisms – 1851–1985; and,
  • marriages – 1845–1921.

The records of Ballymagrane Presbyterian reveal the following family groups:

1. John Graham, farmer, and E.I. Thomson of Lisconduff, parish of Carnteel:

  • son, James, born 30th June 1853, and baptised 29th June 1854;
  • son, John, born 1st February 1855, and baptised 21st October 1859;
  • daughter, Jane, born 1st November 1856, baptised ditto.;
  • daughter, Sarah Ann, born 14th March 1859, baptised ditto.; and
  • son, Wilson, born 27th July 1866, and baptised 30th August 1872.

2. Robert Fleming, farmer, and Maggie Thompson of Cumber, parish of Aghaloo:

  • daughter, Sarah Agnes, b. 4th Sept. 1917, and baptised 3rd Jan. 1918; and
  • daughter, Margaret Mabel, b. 24th Feb. 1919, baptised 24th Mar. 1919; and
  • a third child born less than 100 years ago.

    The mother, Margaret Thompson, was the daughter of Charles Thompson, farmer, of Plaister townland in the parish of Carnteel. [1]

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General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Marriage. Robert Fleming, full age, bachelor, farmer; resident of Cumber, parish of Carnteel [sic]; son of John Fleming, deceased, farmer. Margaret Thompson, full age, spinster; resident of Plaister, parish of Carnteel; daughter of Charles Thompson, farmer. Marriage solemnized in the parish church of the parish of Carnteel, county Tyrone, 1st August 1912, according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of Ireland, by licence, by Charles Z. French[?]; witnesses Alex Thompson, Miriam B. Best. Archival refs. Registrar’s District of Clogher, No. 27/05607693/79. Digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-10).

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