Welcome to Arborealis. This website presents family and local history studies researched and ongoing projects undertaken by Alison Kilpatrick. Arborealis features such formats as blog articles, biographical sketches, genealogical outlines, timelines, transcripts, and local history notes. These formats describe our ancestors’ origins in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and their migrations within Britain and Ireland or to far-flung places overseas.
The Arborealis logo§ depicts an estate worker’s cottage in Derrykintone townland in the parish of Aghaloo and county of Tyrone. The Earl of Caledon built a dozen or more of these cottages just outside the western wall of his estate in the early 1800s. Formerly a farmer and horse breeder in Glenarb townland close by, our third great grandfather, James Huggins (1775–1860), lived in this cottage during his elder years. His daughter, Anne Jane (1812–1893), and her husband, John Rodgers (1809–1913), herd for the Earl, also lived in the cottage. §Photo and style effects by Alison Kilpatrick ©2020.
The word, Arborealis, was coined by the editor in 2006. It combines two Latin words—arbor for tree, in a nod to our collective roots through family and social history, and borealis for north, to acknowledge the northern clime in which this site is published. This portmanteau evokes the Latin name of one of our native trees, Quercus rubra var. borealis, the Northern Red Oak. The mighty oak, in all its forms, evokes an ancient symbol of strength, knowledge, and endurance in many cultures. In our part of the world, oak savannahs form the northern reach of the Carolinian forest region. The leaf exhibited here was collected in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia; it is probably a Northern Red–Black Oak cross.
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Latest from the Blog
Image credit: — Picturesque views in England and Wales: Chatham, Kent in 1832. (See details, below.) Since writing the first installment of “The lot of the soldier’s wife” in 2015, the recent discovery of a (third) marriage record lifts Mary McDonnell out of the inscrutable murk of family history mystery. Nevertheless, Mary has led us…
Published in the 31st December 1844 edition of The Armagh Guardian: Christmas Day in Armagh. On Wednesday last the annual dinner was given to the inmates of the Armagh Poor-house, by his grace the Lord Primate; the dinner consisted of roast beef and plum pudding, with ale. Same day 100 of the aged and infirm…
On this day 337 years ago, the Rev. Thomas Kennedy (1625–1714) and Mary O’Brien (c.1651–1721), his wife, celebrated the birth of Robert Kennedy, their youngest child, at Carland in county Tyrone., During his early life, Robert ran the expected course of education in Glasgow prior to ordination at Benburb Presbyterian in county Tyrone. His life…
The children of one of our nearly related Kilpatrick families of Lislea townland seem to have disappeared from the Irish record, qualifying as another family history mystery. Adam Kilpatrick (IV) was born on 13th December 1834 in Lislea townland in the parish of Kilrea, county Derry, the son of Adam Kilpatrick (III) (d.1837) and Hester…
A research friend, Jonathan Gray of Killeeshil & Clonaneese Historical Society and keen student of all things [Kennedy + Carland], often refers to the “genealogy” of ministerial descendants from the Rev. Thomas Kennedy (1625–1714). This 17th century Rev. Mr. Kennedy was the first minister at Carland c.1646, and what Mr. Gray says is remarkable. Not…