Minterburn – Thompson surname

Source: Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Minterburn Congregation, Lismulladown townland, county Tyrone. Extracts for the Thompson surname, 1829–1911. Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC1P/26/1 and …/2. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, September 2017. Please cite your sources.

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 Minterburn—or as it was written anciently, Munterbyrne—survive, with gaps, from:

  • baptisms – 1829–1950; and,
  • marriages – 1819–1822, 1830–1911.

The records of Minterburn Presbyterian reveal the following family groups during the middle decades of the 19th century (please refer to the Key after this list):

 1. Alexander Thompson and Margaret McMaster of Kilmore:

  • son, James, was born 24th June 1831, and baptised 18th September 1831.

 2. Gordon McMurray and Mary Thompson, residents of Dyan (1838) and Kilmore  (1840) townlands:

  • daughter, Betty Anne, was born 9th December 1837, and baptised 4th January 1838;
  • daughter, Margaret Jane, was born 8th April 1840, and baptised 16th May 1840.

 3. William Thompson and Mary Jane Burton, residents of Cronkill (1839), Glendavagh (1849), and Edenageeragh (1851) townlands:

  • son, James, born 1st May 1839, and baptised 22nd May 1839;
  • daughter, Eliza Jane, born 14th Sept. 1849, and baptised 1st Nov. 1849;
  • son, William, born 24th June 1851, and baptised 17th August 1851.

    William Thompson’s holding in Cavanboy was surveyed in Griffith’s Valuation in 1860. The main building was a herd’s house, [3] suggesting that the family lived elsewhere.

 4. James Thompson and Mary Boyd, residents of Kilmore (1840–1842) and Mullinaveagh (1842):

  • son, Robert, born 14th[?] November 1839, and baptised 29th January 1840;
  • son, Samuel, born 6th October 1841, and baptised 6th January 1842;
  • daughter, Catherine, born 8th June 1842, and baptised 20th June 1842.

    Please note that there was another James Thompson of this period, a weaver married to Sarah Lewis, and living in Dyan townland. Their child, Mary, was baptised in St. John’s (Church of Ireland, Caledon) on 9th January 1842.

§ 5. On the 8th January 1856, James Thompson, age 19 [born c.1847] farmer, son of William Thompson of Edenageeragh townland, married Miss Martha Bell, daughter of David Bell, farmer, also of Edenageeragh. James Thompson’s household was surveyed in Edenageeragh by Griffith’s Valuation in 1860: the family occupied a house on land comprising 18 acres 1 rood 5 perches, with one office (out building). [3]

Key:

 Of this mid-19th century series of records, marriages were not found for any of the couples, except the last (1856), in the records surveyed, which included:

  • St. John’s parish church (Church of Ireland), Caledon;
  • Caledon Presbyterian;
  • Minterburn Presbyterian;
  • Brantry Church of Ireland;
  • Ballymagrane Presbyterian;
  • Carnteel Church of Ireland, at Aughnacloy; and
  • Aughnacloy Presbyterian.

§ Of this mid-19th century group, only (5) James Thompson of Edeneageeragh was found in Griffith’s Valuation, which was completed for the county of Tyrone in 1860. [1] Clearly, this (5) James was the son of (4) William Thompson and Mary Burton, also of Edenageeragh. The absence of a baptismal record for James might have been an oversight of the parents or of the minister in recording the baptism; however, the family might also have lived outside the parish for several years, as suggested by the gap between the baptism of the first child at Minterburn in 1839, followed by the next baptism in that church in 1849.

It would appear that the other families (nos. 1, 2, 4) had migrated by 1860. Typically, people migrated to other points within Ireland (for example, Belfast or Londonderry), to England or Scotland for work, or overseas.

During the 1870s and 1880s, a series of twelve baptisms were recorded for children whose mother’s family names were Thompson. Eight of these were children of the Rev. Andrew James Wilson, minister of Minterburn, and Isabella Moffett Thompson, his wife. The remaining four were children of William Moffett Clow and Eva Maria Thompson, his wife. The former Misses Thompson were daughters of William Thompson of Saintfield, county Down. [2]

The final series of baptisms pertains to Thompson of Cavanboy near the Dyan. By 1911, the Cavanboy group were the longest standing and only family of the surname, Thompson, in the parish of Aghaloo. However, determining whether there was a relationship to the Thompsons of Creevelough is proving a difficult research task, and a connection has yet to be proven.

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Sources:

1.

Griffith, Richard. General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. Derrykintone townland, Parish of Aghaloo, Union of Dungannon, County of Tyrone. Extract: OS map ref. no. 67. Occupier: John Rodgers (map ref. no. 1). Dublin: Alex. Thom and Sons, for her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1860. Digital images of valuation books and maps online at AskAboutIreland.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-07).

2.

(a) Tyrone Constitution, 19 June 1868 (pg. 3). Marriage notice: "June 11, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballygowan, by the Rev. T.S. Woods, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Coulter, the Rev. A.J. Wilson, Minterburn, Caledon, to Isabella Moffat, eldest daughter of Mr. William Thompson, Saintfield." Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-10).
(b) Belfast News-Letter, 29 January 1902 (pg. 1). Death notice: “CLOW—January 27, at Feddal House, Portadown, Eva Maria, beloved wife of William M. Clow, and daughter of the late Wm. Thompson, Saintfield. Interment in Seagoe Burying-ground, this (Wednesday) morning, at half-past ten o’clock. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.” Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-10).

3.

Griffith, Richard. General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. Derrykintone townland, Parish of Aghaloo, Union of Dungannon, County of Tyrone. Extract: OS map ref. no. 67. Thompson occupiers: William in Cavanboy, and James in Edenageeragh. Dublin: Alex. Thom and Sons, for her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1860. Digital images of valuation books and maps online at AskAboutIreland.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-11).

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