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These records beneath still need to be double checked for accuracy, but I don't know when I may again have access to the film, so better this than nothing (I figure).It should also be remembered that there may be some duplication of people who also attended Creggan Church of Ireland in the nearby community of Creggan.
Sharon Oddie Brown, July 27, 2006
Updated August 26, 2008
Updated June 13, 2009 from PRONI notes. NOTE: I stopped reading baptisms on p. 116
Updated
February 16, 2011

 

 

FREEDUFF CHURCH MIC 18/444A/1 (1835?)

 

Congregation of Creggan

Date

Names

Residence

Observations

1835

Donaldson, Joseph

Sytrim

Member of the former Session & Session Clerk. died 1837

SOURCE: Irish Edition of Alexander ban DONALDSON. Donaldson, Joseph born about 1773 married Mary ? was on lease of 1813, owned 26 acres in 1828, wrote will in 1838. Lived townland of Sheetrim and property and house was leased in 1813 from Landlord Thomas Ball of England.

1835

Stitt, James

Freeduff

Member of the former Session & Session Clerk. died May 11, 1856

1835

Donaldson, James

 

Ordained

1835

Stitt, John

Freeduff

Ordained May 19, 1849

1835

Brown, John

Tullycolline

Ordained May 19, 1849

22 Jan 1837

Perry, William

Cloghog

 

22 Jan 1837

Donaldson, Joseph

Freeduff

 

22 Jan 1837

Donaldson, Samuel

Cloghog

 

22 Jan 1837

Ferryden[?], Robert

Cloghog

 

22 Jan 1837

Robinson, John

Cloghog

 

 

 

June 3, 1835 List of women examined in Holy Scriptures

Name

Notes

Donaldson, Matilda

 

Donaldson, Charlotte

 

Donaldson, Betty Ann

 

Donaldson, Eliza

 

 

Minister Thomas McWilliams

Clerk: Joseph Donaldson

Nov 18, 1837. The meeting of the session held that day … examined in shorter catechism:

Name

Notes

Stitt, John

 

Stitt, Margaret

 

Quinn, Pat

 

Donaldson, Sam

 

Perry, Joseph

 

McElween, Thomas

 

Speers, William

 

 

November 18, 1837: Agnes TRIMBLE, wife of Samuel DONALDSON of Cloghog [?] a Certificate deemed satisfactory ...[there followed a number of records of those found guilty of fornication]

 

May 3, 1857: Alexander DONALDSON “received token after examination”

 

Feb 1, 1857: Gilbert MASTERMAN & his wife Mary SMYTH came before the session and expressed their contrition for the act of fornication before Marriage, after suitable admonition they were received into fellowship.

 

Nov 3, 1860 After exams. Mary DONALDSON

 

MARRIAGES

 

June 6, 1838. Alexander DONALDSON son of Samuel DONALDSON (1753-1827) of Cloghog & Alice DONALDSON (1761-1827) his wife of Cloghog … married to Barbara daughter of the late Thomas HOPKINS (or HIGINS) & Martha HOPKINS otherwise GILLMER his wife. Present John DONALDSON & Samuel GILLMER.

NOTE: There is some confusion here. My 2009 notes differ and it is mysterious how this could have occurred. The 2009 version records:
June 6, 1838.
Alexander DONALDSON son of Samuel DONALDSON & Alice DONALDSON his wife of Clogher married to Barbara daughter of the late Thomas STEPHENS & Martha STEPHENS otherwise GILLMER his wife, members of the established church. . NOTE:

  • There is a Barbara JACKSON who married a Thomas STEPHENS and she died young after having three children. It is not impossible that he would have remarried and that given the proiximity of GILMOREs that, one of them would have been chosen as a wife. The names Martha shows up in the GILMORE line in the next generation.
  • [NOTE: See Creggan Marriages where I have a cryptic note – likely as a result of over-hasty note-taking – indicating a CLAPPINS?, Thomas of Monaghan & Martha GILLMER of Creggan Mar 24, 1815] [NOTE: I suspect this is a second wife of Alexander DONALDSON as there is a record of an earlier wife (Jane Unnamed) and two children born in 1814 and 1817. I am entering it in my tree this way. I am also using GILMORE instead of GILLMER so I don’t lose track of the mother & potential relations to other GILMOREs.]

November 26, 1838 James STEENSON of the Police Establishment now stationed at Crossmaglen having a proper certificate from his former [?], the Rev. Mr. SMITH of Glaslough to Esther, daughter of his wife of the congregation Established Church of Castleblayney. November 26, 1838. In presence of Mr. [?] McWILLIAMS & Sarah Mc[?]

January 5, 1839 James JACKSON son of Richard JACKSON & Sarah McKEE his wife of this congregation to Fanny daughter of [blank] McComb____? [blank] his wife of the congregation of Covenanters at Bellilane. Present at ceremony John McNEELY & John JOHNSTON.

  • [NOTE: There is a Richard JACKSON of Liscalgot (1778-1848) in the Creggan records who had a daughter Mary JACKSON in 1810. Another interesting link is that Margaret JACKSON (1783-1810) – a daughter of David JACKSON & Margaret BRADFORD married a Thomas McKEE. We know that: “MARGARET married Thomas McKEE who died early in their marriage. Their son Sam was born some months after his death. Margaret remarried to a Mr. SEAWRIGHT and died in childbirth aged 27”. ]
  • Rev Daniel Gunn Brown’s visiting notes c 1833 included the following: South Tullyvallen. Richard Jackson and Sarah McKee, 5 children, James, Richard, Sarah, Eliza, William. Regularly attending communicants, 2 Bibles, family worship. Thanks to Linda Leonard for this addition.

March 5, 1839 William GORDON of this congregation, son of David GORDON & Annabel McNEELY his wife to Anne DONALDSON of the established church of Creggan, daughter to John Donaldson & Jane Smith his wife.

 

Jan 27, 1840 Archibald BIGGAM of the Congregation of Clarkson son of Samuel BIGGAM & Mary BUTTER to Sarah JACKSON daughter of Richard JACKSON & Sarah McKEE his wife of this congregation. Present John JACKSON, William WALLACE & Edward WALLACE.

 

August 6, 1841 Hugh PEERY son of William PEERY & Jane McCULLAGH to Margaret BUCHANNAN daughter to George BUCHANEN & Margaret PEERY, all of this congregation. Present: Alexander BROWN with others.

 

February 9, 1843

Edward WALLACE a member of the Independent Congregation of Armagh son of the late Jas WALLACE married to Eliza daughter to Richard JACKSON of this congregation and Sarah McKEE (or McKEEN) his late wife of Tullyvallen. Witness John JACKSON. William Nelson

 

March 21, 1843 David NELSON of Freeduff son to John NELSON & Jane McCREERY his wife was married to [Alley] SPEERS of Cullyhannna, daughter to Samuel SPEERS & Elizabeth THOMPSON his wife. All of this congregation. Present: William SPEERS and William NELSON

 

April 23, 1843 Cornelius Brown son of William Brown of Tullycolive & Margaret Wilie [AKA WYLIE] his wife was received into the church by baptism. He was born 23 March 1843

I have work to do on the BROWN family:

  • NOTE: Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan (although a deed indicates Armagh – perhaps the border was redrawn since the deed reference was made).
  • See also: http://www.user.dccnet.com/s.brown/documents/1871BROWNThompson.htm for how this part of the family will eventually connect to our BROWN family.
  • See also Excel files from Monaghan
  • See also
    • Deed 619-7-423137 dated Dec 2, 1809Deed of conveyance between Alexander BROWN of Cloghog, Co. Armagh farmer & Cornelius BROWN of Tullycol[eve?] Co. Armagh, farmer. Whereby Alexander BROWN declared ¼ of Kiltybane (29 A 1R 30p) demised by the late James EASTWOOD of Castletown, Co. Louth to the said Alexander and William BROWN & Alexander DONELTON [sic] 20 Aug 1794 was made in trust to the said Alexander BROWN to & for the use of the minor children of the late John BROWN of Cloghog aforesaid deceased whose last will and testament said Alexander BROWN was the only executor ... natural lives of Alexander DONALDSON & William BROWN. Witness John COLER of Aghad ... & John BROWN of Cloghog, both of Co. Armagh, farmers. John WALLACE of A... Attorney, Dublin.
    • Deed 500-66-312060 dated 1795 Feb 13 p 132 2007 diary notes
    • Deed 552-242-365984 dated 1802 Oct 19 & Deed 565-222-377388 dated 1780 Jan 1 p 134 diary notes
    • Deed 713-137-487872 p 139 diary notes

February 28, 1844 Robert PEERY of Cloghog, son of William PEERY & Jane McCULLAGH his wife to Jane SINCLAIR daughter to Isaac SINCLAIR & Elizabeth JOHNSTON his wife, all of this congregation. Present: Joseph PEERY, James SINCLAIR among others.

 

BAPTISMS – in order of date

Child

Father

Mother

Residence

Born*

Notes

June

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1835, Feb 11

bap 15 Mar 1835

Eliza

Robinson, John

Donaldson, Margaret

Cloghog

1835, June 2

 

Elizabeth

Donaldson, Jas

Henry, Mary

Cloghog

1835, Dec 1

 

Anne

Gordon, Robert

Donaldson, Mary

Cloghog

1835, Dec 22

 

William

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1836, July 26

 

John McWilliams, Rev. John Russel, Anna Creggan 1837 May 11 Emigrated to Australia

Mary

Donaldson, Joseph

Henry, Mary

Cloghog

1837, July 30

 

Robert

McCullagh, John

Jackson, Mary

Cloghog

1837, Aug 9

 It is intriguing that in Rev Daniel Gunn Brown's 1833 notes, there is: John McCullagh widower (this seems to be struck out and over it has been written Mary Jackson)
4 children George, Samuel, William, Thomas
1 Testament, family worship (another unclear word)

David

Donaldson, Samuel

Trimble, Anne

Cloghog

1838,

Needs checking

Thomas

Jackson, James

McCombe ?

Tullyvallen

1838,

Probably Fanny - see the 1839 marriage

Mary Jane

Donaldson, Samuel

Trimble, Anne

Cloghog

1838, June 17

 

Eliza

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1838, Aug 7

 

David

Gordon, Robert

Donaldson, Mary

Cloghog

1838, Dec 8

 

Thomas

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1839, Jan 26

bap 1839 Feb 13

John

Steenson, James

Liggot, Alicia

Crossmaglen

1839, Nov 10

bap 1839 Nov 17

Samuel Russell McWilliams, Rev. John Russel, Anna   1839 Nov 11  
Thomas Jackson, James McCombe, Fanny Tullinallow No date entered See their 1839 marriage

William

Jackson, John

McLean, Agnes

Tullyvallen

1840, May 12

 I suspect this is the family mentioned by Rev. Daniel Gunn Brown in 1833: John Jackson and Nancy McClean
1 Margaret, regularly attending communicants, 1Bible, family worship not kept up

Mary

Donaldson, Alexander

Stephens, Barbara

Cloghog

1840, June 26

 

?

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1840, Sept 28

 

John Thomas

Gordon, Robert

Donaldson, Mary

Cloghog

1840, Oct 17

 

Richard

Jackson, Richard

Wallace, Mary

Tullyvallen

1840, Oct 27

Date seems incorrect see 1842

Jane

Jackson, Richard

Wallace, Mary

Tullyvallen

1840, Nov 27

Verified 2009

Sarah Jane

Spears, Alexander

McCawl, Sarah

Cullyhanna

1841, Mar 1 ?

bap 1848 Mar 1 ?

David

Donaldson, Samuel

Trimble, Agnes

Cloghog

1841, May 19

 

Samuel

Browne, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Cloghog

1841, Nov 26

 

Samuel

Browne, Alex

Perry, Eliza

 

1841, Nov 26

bap 1841 Dec 5

Samuel

Donaldson, Alexander

Stephens, Barbara

Cloghog

1842, July 5

 

Richard Jackson, Richard Wallace, May TUllyvallen 1842 Oct 27 Baptised 1832 Nov 3

Margaret

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1843, Feb 1

 

Cornelius

Brown, William

Wilie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1843, Mar 23

bap 1843 April 23

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

Sarah

Jackson, John

McLean, Agnes

Tullyvallen

1843, Sept 14

 

Randle

Donaldson, Samuel

Trimble, Agnes

Cloghog

1843, Nov 25

 

Sarah

Wallace, Edward

Jackson, Elizabeth

Lisnadill

1844, Feb 3

See 1843 marriage.

Thomas

Spears, Alexander

McCawl, Sarah

Cullyhanna

1844, May 3

bap 1844 May 3

Thomas

Donaldson, Alexander

Stephens, Barbara

 

1844, July 29

 

Joseph

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, John

Cloghog

1845, Jan 22

 

James

Brown, William

Wylie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1845, Aug 14

bap 1845 Oct 3 twins

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

John

Brown, William

Wylie, Margaret

Tullycolive

1845, Aug 14

bap 1845 Oct 3 twins

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

James

Jackson, James

McCombe, Fanny

 

1845, Aug 30

 

Robert Alexander

Donaldson, Samuel

Smythe, Agnes

Cloghog

1846, May 14

 

William

Donaldson, Alexander

Stephens, Barbara

Cloghog

1846, July 12

 

Thomas

Brown, Alexander

Perry, Eliza

Clogher

1846, Nov 9

bap 1846 Dec 8

Samuel

Donaldson, Samuel

Trimble, Agnes

Cloghog

1846, Dec 1

 

Sarah

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1847 Aug 19

 

Oswald McWilliam, Rev. John Russelle, Anna Cloghog 1847 Nov 16  

Alexander

Donaldson, William

McNeely, Annabella

Tullynavail

1848, Nov 30

 

James Jackson, James McCombe, Fanny Tullyvallen 1849 Aug 30  

John

Donaldson, William

McNeely, Annabella

Tullynavail

1850, Mar 1

 

Ellen

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1850, Apr 28

 

Robert

Harrat, Robert

Morris, ??

Tullyvallen

1850, Aug 14

 

Mary

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1856, Feb 2

 

Anna Jane

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1857, Sept 12

 

Harriet

Donaldson, William

Donaldson, Jane

Cloghog

1858, Sept 16

 

Mary Jane

Johnston, Alexander

Donaldson, Olivia

Cloghog

1863, Apr

 

John James

Johnston, Alexander

Donaldson, Olivia

Cloghog

1865, Jan 24

 

Eliza Susan

Stitt, John

Maclaine, Anna

Freeduff

1866, Nov14 ?

 

Thomas

Brown, John

Nelson, Jane

Tullycoliff

1867, Aug 17

Tullycolive is in the Parish of Muckno, Co. Monaghan.

James

Stitt, J.

McIlwaine, Anna

Freeduff

1868, Dec 20

 

Samuel

Brown, William

Stephens, Jane

Crossmaglen

1868, Oct 22

 

Mary Jane

Johnston, Alexander

Donaldson, Olivia

Cloghog

1869, Oct 28

An Olivia DONALDSON was b. 1822, a daughter of Joseph & Mary DONALDSON of Tullyvallen & Sheetrim

 

*My notes were less clear to me when I got home than they were when I was madly transcribing, so I may have some birth dates that should have been recorded as baptismal dates. I will fix it after I can get another look at the records. Not that I know when that will be.

 

The List of Original Seatholders included:

William McCULLAGH ₤130.12

Alexander DONALDSON ₤130.13

John STITT ₤112.

 

DEATHS

Name

Residence

Death/buried

Age/birth

Notes

Donaldson, William

Tullynaval

1860 Sept 30

(71) 1789

 

Lowe, William

Cloghog

1860 Oct 6

(79) 1781

 

Donaldson, Mary J. Cloghog 1860, Dec 24 (21) 1845 My earlier version had 1866

Lowe, Samuel

Cloghog

1861 Dec 6

(25) 1836

 

McCullagh, William Samuel Cloghog 1862, April 8 (65) 1797  
Stitt, Margaret Freeduff 1863, Mar 18 (46) 1817  
Lowe, Sarah Freeduff 1865 Apr 5 (60) 1805  
Speers, Jane Cullyhanna 1869 Jan 25 (75) 1794  
Brown, Jane Tullycolive 1869 July    
Stitt, John Freeduff 1869, July 13    
Brown, Jane Crossmaglen 1870, Jan 23 (36) 1834  
Donaldson, Alexander Rock 1883 (Abt 70) Abt 1813  
Brown, Alexander   1883    
McCullagh, Annie Sheetrim 1926 Mar 17   Buried in Creggan Cemetary

 

Mr. James STITT was Session Treasurer in 1837.

 

1908 Communion: James McCULLAGH

1909 Communion: Maggie McCULLOUGH

1915-1919 Communicants: William, Mrs. Agnes, James, Samuel, George, Lucy, Sarah, Mrs. McCULLAGH; William, Mrs. L., Gordon, Ida SPEERS; William James, Mrs. STITT; Mollie McCULLAGH.

 

 

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