Descendants of David Dill
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1. DAVID2 DILL (JOHN1) was born 1640. He married (1) ANNE MOORE. He married (2) CATHERINE SHERIDAN 1665.
Notes for DAVID DILL:
NOTES done by Rev. Dr. E.M Dill: David Dill lived at Glenalla at the time of the siege of Derry. "Cattle driven off to James' army, but his wife followed and got them back - They then moved to Magheradrummond bottom of Fannet. A wolf came to destry his cattle but was driven back by an English bull."
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SOURCE "The Twelve Dills" The first member of the family concerning whom we have anything very definite was David Dill, who lived in Fannet, near Magheradrummen Lake, a little to the east of Ladden and Tullynadall, where the family had first settled. David Dill's wife Catherine Sheridan, was a native of Drogheda, and belonged to a Roman Catholic family, but she became a Protestant. During a time of war in Ireland, Miss Sheridan, alarmed by information that a hostile army was advancing on the town, escaped out of a window in her night-dress and fled to relatives in the neighbourhood of Rathmullin. Before long she was wooed and won by David Dill. For some time after their marriage they resided at Magheradrummen Lake, where, not long ago, the wallstead of their house might be traced. After some years they moved to Glenalla, where is a place still known as "Dill's Byre." From thence they moved to Aughadrenagh, taking with them such large herds of sheep and cattle that when the first of them had arrived at their destination the last were at Drumfad, more than a mile distant.
Many stories are related of Mrs. Catherine Dill's pride, courage, and faith. Mr.Skipton, landlord of the "bottom" of Fannet, being left a widower with an infant son, requested Mrs. Dill to nurse his child, offering to give her husband a lease for ever of all the land which he rented. But she replied that her own mother never nursed any of her children, and she would not nurse a child of even her landlord. During the siege of Derry, David Dill's cattle were driven away by a foraging party of King James's army; but Mrs. Dill followed after the foragers and succeeded in getting the cattle released.
On another occasion Mr. Dill and his servants were aroused by the furious roaring of an English bull which he kept among his flock. Hastily arming themselves, they ran to discover the cause of the animal's anger. On arriving where the cattle had been grazing, they found the bull in conflict with a furious wolf, which they pursued, but failed to overtake. The chase continued for some hours, and at last the wolf directed his course backwards in the direction of Mr. Dill's residence. Mrs. Dill, somewhat anxious for the safety of her husband had gone out to reconnoitre. Just then the wolf came up and ran at her in a half-exhausted condition. But Mrs. Dill was equal to the emergency. Taking off her apron, she rolled it around her arm, and when the wolf assailed her with open mouth, she thrust her protected hand down his throat, and held him till assistance arrived, when the furious intruder was killed. This was the last wolf ever seen in that part of Ireland.
Although Mrs. Dill had been brought up a Roman Catholic, she became a good Presbyterian and an earnest Christian. One day when the Episcopal curate called to pay his usual visit, he began to upbraid her for not coming to "church." "I'll begin to attend church," she replied, "when you begin to preach the doctrines contained in this book, "holding up a volume that she had been reading, which was entitled "Looking unto Jesus."
NOTES: from a letter written by Moses Dill, Springfield, son of John Dill: David Dills wife Catherine "a native of Drogheda at the time of Phelina Roe O'Neill's war, about 1640 fled from Drogheda in the middle of the night, at the report of the army advancing to take the town and got out of the window in her nightdress, made her way to the North knowing that she had relatives in the neighbourhood of Rathmullan and lived with them until she married David Dill who lived in the bottom of Fennet near Magerra Drummen Lake (the wallstead of the house is there)
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Children of DAVID DILL and ANNE MOORE are:
i. DAVID3 DILL.
Notes for UNKNOWN CAMPBELL:
ix. UNKNOWN DILL, m. UNKNOWN SCOTT.
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2. FRANCIS3 DILL (DAVID2, JOHN1) was born 1675 (Source: Burke's Irish Family Records.). He married REBECCA ANDERSON 1720.
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3. MARCUS4 DILL (FRANCIS3, DAVID2, JOHN1) (Source: Hal Moorhead, Hal Moorhead's research.) was born 1741 in Aughadreenagh, and died 17 September 1831 in Fannet, Co. Donegal. He married MARY MCLURE 1774, daughter of RICHARD MCLURE. She was born 1752, and died June 1796.
Notes for MARCUS DILL:
"Marcus Dill of Springfield (b Aughadreenagh 1741 d Sept 17 1831)" etc ... NOTE: I don't know which townland this might be - no mention of it in www.seanruad.com .
Two letters in our records.
Burke's Irish Family Records verify this line. - he and his brother
shared the house at Springfield and their wives were sisters.
"About this time, Marcus Dill was invited by a relative who had come home on a visit from the West Indies to accompany him back to the land of his adoption. At first Marcus resolved to embrace the offer, which seemed to afford a very favourable prospect of success; but after some reflection he came one day to his father and said that although the prospect of acquiring wealth in the West Indies was very good, he understood that most of the "planters" lived a very bad life, and he would not endanger the salvation of his soul by the temptations which existed. Therefore, he had determined to refuse accompanying his relative.
"His father was pleased with this resolution, and his brother, John, suggested that as the Springfield Farm was so large and the Manor House so commodious, they might live together. Marcus willingly embraced this offer. The 300 acres made two large farms, and Page 3 3the house was divided so as to form two comfortable dwellings, both families entering by the same hall door.
"On the 10th of October, 1764, John Dill married Susan M'Clure, a member of a highly respectable family who lived near Convoy, and who have been distinguished in the persons of Sir Robert M'Clure, the Arctic explorer, and of Admiral M'Clure, of the United States Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Dill survived to a good old age. She died on the 2nd of April, 1803, and he on the 4th of April, 1804, aged 78 years. From their marriage were six sons and two daughters - Francis, Margery, Richard, Samuel, John, Mary, Moses, and Marcus, of whom Richard and Samuel entered the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland.
"Marcus Dill, who obtained share of the farm, married Mary M'Clure, a sister of his brother's wife. From this marriage were five sons and six daughters, who grew up to maturity. Two of his sons, Francis and Richard, became Presbyterian clergymen. Marcus Dill was "tall and well proportioned, with a broad forehead and expressive countenance." His white hair fell down over his broad shoulders. Amiable and affectionate in disposition, he was above all a man of God, who "walked with a perfect heart." Even the rector of the parish, when he wanted light on a difficult passage of Scripture, would often come for instruction to Marcus Dill.
"One beautiful harvest afternoon - the 17th of September, 1831 - when Marcus Dill had attained to the 91st year of his age, after he had spent an hour in private prayer, he retired to his room and dressed, as visitors were expected in the evening. Then he sat down near one of his daughters, to whom he said suddenly, "Susan." She looked up and perceived a smile on her father's face; but he spoke no more, as his soul had gone to dwell with his Savior in Heaven.
"Before I proceed to give an account of the twelve Presbyterian clergymen who belonged to this family, it may not be out of place to mention a few general characteristics by which the Dills were distinguished. Almost every member of this family was as highly celebrated for his reasoning powers as were the Rentouls for their eloquence. The Dills were logicians, metaphysicians, and theologians. No doubt some of them, such as Dr. Edward Marcus Dill, were exceedingly eloquent, but it was by their quick perceptions, and acute logical powers, more than by their eloquence that they excelled most of the other ministers in the Synod of Ulster. The very fact that they saw their way so clearly to all their conclusions, caused them to have strong wills; but their strength of will was closely connected with a desire to do what they believed to be right. Hence, it came to pass that when they had formed an opinion that a certain principle was truth, or that a certain course was right, no fear of man, no ties of friendship, would deter them from advocating what they believed to be a Divinely-revealed truth, or from pursuing the course which they were persuaded was the path of rectitude and justice
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Notes for RICHARD DILL:
iii. DR. JOHN DILL (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1778; d. 1871; m. ELIZA HALL.
Notes for DR. JOHN DILL:
iv. MARCUS DILL (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1779; d. 1833; m. MARGARET MCDOUGALL, 1828.
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6. v. MARY DILL.
Notes for DR. SAM MARCUS DILL:
vii. REBECCA DILL (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.).
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viii. SUSAN DILL (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.).
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7. ix. RICHARD DILL, b. 1786; d. 1854.
Notes for JOHN REID:
xiii. MARGARET DILL, b. 1795.
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Notes for FRANCIS DILL:
ii. RICHARD DILL, b. 21 July 1769; d. 14 November 1859; m. GRACE COCHRANE.
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5. REV. FRANCIS5 DILL (MARCUS4, FRANCIS3, DAVID2, JOHN1) (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.) was born 1775, and died 29 January 1848 in Ballykelly. He married ISOBELLA HAMILTON Abt. 1810, daughter of WILLIAM HAMILTON. She was born Abt. 1794, and died 19 January 1863 in Cullaghy.
Notes for REV. FRANCIS DILL:
SOURCE: "The Twelve Dills" "We have seen that Richard and Samuel, sons of John Dill and Susan M'Clure, studied for the ministry, and that one became pastor of Knowhead and the other of Donoughmore. In like manner Francis and Richard, sons of Marcus Dill and Mary M'Clure, became Presbyterian clergymen.
"Soon after Francis was licensed to preach he received a call from an old congregation of Ray, which had been vacant for several years previously. This call he accepted, and on the 19th of November 1795, he was duly ordained to the office of ministry. These were stirring times in Ireland. The whole agricultural population groaned under oppression, and the discontentment which prevailed produced a bloody and disastrous rebellion. It happened that the brothers and cousins of Francis Dill had refused to become Yeomen, just as they had refused to become United Irishmen; but the Irish most absurdly concluded that their action in trying to keep clear of politics was a sign of disloyalty. Some time afterwards the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, rector of Clondevadock, who was also a magistrate, was murdered at the house of Rev. Dr. Waller, rector of Ray. This afforded an opportunity of accusing a Presbyterian minister related to the young men, who had refused to take up arms in defence of Church and State. Accordingly a case was got up against Mr. Dill. He was arrested on a charge of being concerned in the murder of Dr. Hamilton, was tried by court-martial, and was about to be convicted when a member of his congregation arrived to testify that on the night of the murder Mr. Dill was in the house of the witness attending a dying member of his family. By this evidence the life of the accused was saved, and the number of innocent victims sacrificed at this time by perjured informers rendered one less than it would otherwise have been.
"For many years Mr. Dill worked faithfully [missing text?] Ray, which long before his time had been greatly weakened by a large majority of the people going over to the Seceders. He also attended to the spiritual wants of Presbyterians at Newtowncunningham, where no separate congregation was established till after his resignation.
"During the great controversy between the "Old Light" and the "New Light" parties in the Synod of Ulster, Mr. Dill as well as the other clerical members of his family, supported Dr. Cooke in his efforts to expel the "New Lights" - who were generally Unitarians.
"In 1829 Mr. Dill accepted a call from Clough (County Down), a congregation of which a strong minority had joined the Presbytery of Antrim. He was installed on the 3rd of November 1829, but the minority obtained possession of the meeting-house, which was not recovered until after an expensive litigation. In this contest Dr. Cooke gave the congregation valuable assistance.
"As a result of increasing infirmity Mr. Dill resigned the active duties of his ministry in 1841, but his death did not take place till the 29th of January, 1848. His wife was a Miss Hamilton, from near Raphoe, and their family consisted of two sons and three daughters. Their sons adopted the medical profession.
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Notes for JOHN BAILEY:
9. iii. ISOBELLA DILL, b. 1814; d. 7 February 1889.
Notes for WILLIAM DILL:
v. DR. JOHN MARCUS DILL (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1817; d. 29 November 1843, Hong Kong (Source: The Pattons and Dills of Springfield by Nancy Kinghan.).
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Notes for MARCUS DILL:
ii. ROBERT GORDON DILL, b. 1817; d. 1839.
Notes for FRANCIS JOHN DILL:
iv. RICHARD DILL, b. 1822; d. 1912; m. AUGUSTA WALE; b. 1823; d. 1925.
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vi. MARY DILL, b. 1826; d. 1841.
Notes for REV JOHN KINGHAN:
8. MARY JANE6 DILL (FRANCIS5, MARCUS4, FRANCIS3, DAVID2, JOHN1) (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.) was born 27 April 1811, and died 12 January 1851. She married JOHN MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.) 2 January 1833, son of HUGH MOORE and REBECCA NEWELL. He was born 22 November 1802 in Downpatrick, and died 1853.
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Notes for DR. FRANCIS HAMILTON MOORE:
iii. HUGH DILL MOORE (Source: (1) Hal Moorhead Research., (2) The "Dill Genealogical Tree" as compiled by Rev. Wm James Young.), b. 29 June 1834.
Notes for HUGH DILL MOORE:
iv. MARCUS JOHN MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1836;
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Notes for REV. ROBERT KENNEDY:
vi. ISOBELLA DILL MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 2 April 1840; d. 1 March 1915; m. ROBERT MOORHEAD (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.); b. 21 April 1839, Dergalt; d. 20 November 1893, Belfast.
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vii. HUGH WILLIAM MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1843;
Notes for DR. JOSEPH HENRY MOORE:
ix. MARY JANE MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1847; m. CHRISTIE OSBORNE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.).
Notes for CHRISTIE OSBORNE:
x. REBECCA DILL MOORE (Source: Hal Moorhead Research.), b. 1849; m. JOHN CLARK.
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