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View of Chatham, Kent in 1832, where John Burke and Mary McDonnell lived from 1825–1839.

Mary McDonnell in, “The lot of the soldier’s wife” (revisited)

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…

Christmas Day at the Poor-house in Armagh, 25th Dec. 1844

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…

Birth of Robert Kennedy at Carland, 22nd December 1683

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…

Family history mystery: Adam & Robert Kilpatrick of Lislea

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…

Rev. Gilbert Alexander Kennedy of Cambusnethan

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…

In search of four children of James Huggins, jun., of Glenarb

This blog is written to highlight a search for the children of James Huggins, jun., who have disappeared from the Irish records. The several children of interest were born in the parish of Aghaloo and county of Tyrone, and baptised in the parish church of St. John (Church of Ireland) in Caledon: William Huggins, son…

Portent of the Great Famine in December, 1844

In December, 1844, the Limerick Chronicle† contained a portent of the Great Famine of 1845–1852. In that edition was issued one of the earliest warnings of that looming and terrible visitation of the potato blight, famine, and disease in Ireland. A serious rot had been detected in the potato pits in several districts. At this…

Inaugural edition of The Armagh Guardian, 3rd September 1844

On 3rd December 1844, John Thompson published the inaugural edition of his new weekly journal, The Armagh Guardian. At this juncture in his publishing career, he kept a general print shop at 63, English-street in Armagh. No matter how much and how loudly they doth protest, then as now the news issues forth from bias.…

Website redesign: Column shift, inline-six :: One more, once!

Website redesign v.3.3:—Early in the New Year, I learnt that the software which had formed the basis for building Arborealis since June, 2014 was no longer supported. This went a long way to explaining why, for several months at least, merely inputting several phrases or switching windows between that software and other programs or webpages…

Family history mystery: Stevenson and Pattison of Edinburgh

This latest family history mystery item involves the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Pattison (she, the former Miss Agnes Stevenson), who lived in Edinburgh in the early 1800s. Agnes Stevenson was born c.1733-ish in Stewartstown, county Tyrone. She was the daughter of William Stevenson (c.1691–c.1765) and Ann Stewart. Ann Stewart was a daughter of Andrew Stewart…

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