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former student, an old friend, or possibly just some local
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People looking for information about their ancestor, might be interested in the link below, which gives access to the 1911 Irish census returns for Limavady.
The catholic church has made their records of birth, deaths and marriages available
9th November 2015
William Young writes:
I am trying to find information on my grandparents Charles and Elizabeth Young. I think they were born in Bready but lived in Myroe all their life.
They had two children, my mum Sarah and Samuel. My mum worked as a maid at Ballykelly rectory. She used to talk about her friend Lena Hasson who, I think, ran a cafe in Ballykelly. Grandad also had a brother William who went to America and did pretty well.
Email to William
5th August 2015
Emma McGonigle writes:
I am looking for anyone who may be able to track my grandmothers relatives. My grandmother was from Ballykelly/Limavady district and her maiden name was Mary Elizabeth McGonigle (also had the nickname Minnie) She married a Joseph Hill.
My mum Veronica (Vera) passed away in 2013 and would have kept contact via Christmas cards etc to her cousin who still lives in Ballykelly or thereabouts. I am not sure about that cousins name other than her mother (my grandmothers sister) was called Alice who has also passed away in years gone by. Please if anyone could help me even if it's a small piece of info I would be grateful.
Email to Gemma
2nd August July 2015
Steward Ogilby writes:
I live in Florida. My ancestor, Leonard Ogilby came to America in the early 1800's. He was a son of John Ogilby who built the house at Ardnargle. Leonard is said to have had a twin, David, who is buried in the old Drumachose church graveyard. I am seeking any information about this family, particularly Leonard and David.
Leonard married a daughter of Alderman Frederick Darley in Dublin. His wife, Eliza, niece of Arthur Guinness II, came to America in 1816, apparently apart from her husband, aboard the Dibby & Eliza with her three young boys. The middle boy, following his education, visited his grandparents in Ireland, married a cousin, the daughter of William Stewart Ross of the Limavady area, and returned to America with his wife.
Relatives, genealogy buffs, local historians, or others please contact me. I am planning on visiting Limavady, home of several Ogilby generations, and would enjoy making contacts during my visit.
William Stewart Ross Ogilby
8th July 2015
Catherine Gilliland writes:
Hi am trying to find out anything at all about my Great grand Father Moses Swan,he lived at Ballyquin Road Limavady,Moses was married twice to Elizabeth Kennedy and Eliza Fulton,he died in 1930.He had two daughters Isabella who married Joesph Craig they had one son my Father who was called John,his other daughter Jeannie Lane married Samuel Elder.Moses also had a brother John and a Sister Sarah Ann she never married,but his brother John married Sarah Jane Millar.I would love to find out anything at all ,if anyone can help,i hope to visit Limavady in
Email to Catherine
3rd June 2015
Gerald McGill writes:
I would be grateful if you could put this in your website’s Notice Board.
Mystery Limavady cricketer
I would love to know if anyone from Limavady can identify this man.
11th April 2015
Richard Cochran writes:
Thanks for making space available to post queries about lost relatives in the Limavady area. Here is my question: My great great great grandparents were Matthew and Margaret Ann (Cochran(e)) Cochrane who were married in the Limavady 1st Presbyterian Church in 1832.
I have had great success locating relatives of Matthew in the vicinity of Limavady, but Margaret was the daughter of John Cochran(e) of Nedd and Oghill, townlands that are just south and west of Ballykelly. The last member of the family in Ireland I have been able to trace is our cousin Lavinia Cochrane, an unmarried lady who was born in Oghill on May 29, 1891 died 31 Oct 1969 at the Roe Valley Hospital in Limavady. She is buried in the Ballykelly Presbyterian Church Burying Ground with her parents, John James Cochrane (1849-1918) and Elizabeth Robinson Cochrane (1860-1932).
There was a death notice published in the Northern Sentinel at the time of Lavinia's death which said her passing was "Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing brothers John and Tom and by the family circle." Her surviving brothers were also born at Oghill -- John, on March 13, 1896, and Thomas "Tom" on March 17, 1903. They were both living in 1969, probably somewhere in the Roe Valley.
Two sisters died before the three of these Cochranes -- Leah Cochrane (born 2 Mar 1886) married William Coulter and Annie Cochrane (born about 1891) married Henry Robinson and lived in Limavady with their daughters Pansy and Pam Robinson.
Does anyone remember this Cochran family? I would very much like to learn what became of them.
Dr. Richard M. Cochran 430 S. Stewart Ave. Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Email to Richard
24th of March 201
15th Match 2015
Diane Rodden writes:McGregors Does anyone know anything about the McGregors that live in Shanreagh Park in limavady? Sean moved to America and I know there is a Margaret McGregor who is a nurse and has a son around the age 40 - 45. I think you call him Christopher. His dad was called Ronnie Campbell.
Email to Diane
22nd December 2014
Mike Maughan writes:
I am looking for help on the life of Ivor Maughan, blacksmith, Limavady.
This was my uncle and he moved to Ireland (as far as I know) sometime
in the '50s and earned his living as a blacksmith.
He was married but as far as I know had no children.
Can anyone help, please?
Email to Mike
25th January 2015
Roy Staggs writes:
WILLIAM JAMES FLEMING
25 Sept 1821 - 7 Feb 1906
2 Sept 1822 - 29 Feb 191
William and Nancy emigrated to the US around 1853/4? to Philadelphia. They were married and eventually moved to Iowa, where they lived their lives as farmers. We believe they were Protestant and likely came from a family of farmers.
Please contact with any information you have about them or any siblings, parents, or other relatives.
Email to Roy
22nd December 2014
Mike Maughan writes: I am looking for help on the life of Ivor Maughan, blacksmith, Limavady.
This was my uncle and he moved to Ireland (as far as I know) sometime
in the '50s and earned his living as a blacksmith.
He was married but as far as I know had no children.
Can anyone help, please?
Regards, Mike Email to Mike
9th November 2014
Shirley Hargy writes:
Jim and Martha Simpson lived at Limavady, have reason to believe we might be related, please contact me at
Email to Shirley
8th October 2014
I am hoping that someone can help me find the relatives of John Mullan born 27 Dec 1914 who died on 20 June 1982. His parents were Marcus Mullan and Eliza Forsythe born in Bellarena, Largantea, Aghanloo, Co Derry.
I would be very grateful if anyone has any information or even any photos or memorial cards
Thanks for all your help it is very much appreciated
Email to Kieran
8th October 2014
Don Thompson writes:
I have been doing some work on our family tree and am looking for info on my Maternal side. My Mom ( Elizabeth Fleming ) left Limavady bound for Canada in the early 1900's with her MotherMartha Jane Fleming ( nee Ross ) and her two older siblings ( Rachel - called Rita, and Sarah - called Sadie ).
My Grandfather ( Joseph Fleming 1883 - 1961 Ballyquin left after his father ( Joseph Fleming 1841 - 1928 Fruit Hill ?? who married an Elizabeth Ferguson 1850 - 1900 and her father was a Robert Ferguson). My Grandfather had several siblings ( Mary, Elizabeth, Matilda, Samuel and William Fleming ).
I am looking for info on my Great Great Grandfather also a Joseph Fleming and his father whom I beleive was a George Fleming. Help of any kind would be deeply appreciated.Om my Grandmother she was as stated previously Martha Jane Ross 1884 - 1971 and was raised at her fathers farm ( John Ross and wife Rachel ) in Aughinsallagh. I do hope I have the spelling right as not to offend anyone. I have very little on her family except that she had several siblings ( John Jr, Sam, Maryann and James ). One of her brothers was gassed in WW1 and was transferred as a patient to Edmonton Alberta for his lungs. He passed away there and was buried in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Her sister married a Mullen from Dungiven if that helps. Growing up she did tell me that her family had been one of the first from Scotland to settle in the Roe Valley and that we had a long and strong family history on the Ross side from the start of the settlement.
Any help would be deeply appreciated. I am on Ancestry.ca ( Dont175 - Thompson Family Tree Quebec ) and my email is Thompsondon@rogers.com.
Hope that someone out there can help.
Email to Don
23rd of December 2013
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25th August 2013
John Canning writes:
My great great grandparents Michael Canning(Cannon) and Jane Nixon were living in the Fruithill/Killane/Ballyclose area in the 1830’s and 1840’s. They worked on the Drenagh estate. Michael was a groom and Jane a helper. I’m not sure how many children they had, but Anna Maria – born 1839; Edward(my great grandfather) – born 1842; and Thomas – born 1847, were all baptised in Drumachose Christ Church, Church of Ireland.
Edward, my great grandfather, married a girl, Catherine Cushley from Bellaghy in 1864, and moved soon after, 1868/9, to Howwood, Lochwinnoch in Scotland. Any help you could give me on tracing these roots would be greatly appreciated.
John CanningWrite to John
24th of August 2013
Bob Cooke writes:
I wonder if you might be able to assist me with some information about my relatives on my fathers side of the familyDr John Fleming born in 1849 is my great , great grandfather, he moved to live in Stockton Upon tees in county durham. His father Mr William Fleming 1808 to 1885 lived in newton limavady and is apparently buried in the family grave in Magilligan Churchyard along with his wife, son and both his parents.Write to Bob
My great grandfather had a brother Charles who died young, a sister Marion Fleming and a brother Robert Gage Fleming 1847 to 1909 a doctor who moved to surrey and married a Clara Walters. In turn they had a daughter Clara Fleming who married a Brymer Given 1863 to 192 who also came from Newton LImavardy and who was probably the son of an Andrew Givern a local Jeweller/ watch maker.
I am having to investigate matters on line which is proving difficult any help would be much appreciated
19th of June 2013
Helen Wright writes:
My Great Grandparents were John Magee and Martha Jane Heveran. They were married in Limavady in 1884. They had the following children and can be found in Fruithills Bovally Limavady in the 1901 and 1911 Census records. Their children were:
James, Jane, William, Thomas, Patrick, Francis, Mary, Robert, Edward Joseph and Rose Anne Mary - my Grandmother married in Coatbridge Scotland.
Jane I have found married Nathaniel Kennedy in 1912 and lived in Dungiven.
I am visiting in the summer and would love to meet up with any family members.
If anyone could put me in touch with my family I would be very grateful.
Helen WrightWrite to Helen
2nd June 2013
Hi, My name is Pamela Swanson and am 54 years old. I came to Limavady in 1985 to see where my grandfather grew up before he moved to New York and raised a family of 11. I met with my grandfather's brother Dan who lived on Farloe Lane and raised greyhounds. Also met my cousins the McCluskey's. Had a brilliant time! Would love to hear from any family or friends of those I mentioned.
7th March 2013Write toTeresa
I am trying to locate 2 Limavady football team photos circa 1900 - 1908 which used to hang in McCaughey's barber shop Main St Limavady. Two of the players were Joseph and William Boyd my grandfather and great uncle. I would appreciate any info. in the hope of obtaining copies.
Reply to Kate
2nd February 2013
Jill Love writes:
23rd November 2012
John Caldwell writes:
I believe I have found my Great Grandad & Grandmother in your 1901 census. His name is James Caldwell (Shoemaker) - Margaret (Wife) - (Son) John (Baker). Daughters, Mary, Lavina, Annie, Elizabeth, Martha, Matilda, and son James. Mary was a dairymaid. Lavina - Annie & James were weavers.They lived at house number 5 in Kennaught. Limavady.
My enquiry below 21st April 2012 I had my Gradmother's name wrong it was Rosina Hynes not Roseanna. I do hope this is the start of a new chapter, mainly for my children.
18th November 2012 Linda Granfield writes:
Hello, I am looking for the ancestors of Robert Magee of Newtownlimavady. He was married to Jane Jack. They sailed for America in 1788. Children at that time: Thomas, Samuel, Mary Ann, and Christopher Magee.
Robert Magee was a hatter in Pittsburgh as soon as he arrived. He died there in 1823. One of his descendants was John Gillespie Magee Jr., a WWII pilot who wrote the poem "High Flight."
Any information about the parents of Robert Magee would be much appreciated.
Perhaps someone knows where the Limavady/Drumachose Magees are buried?
Thanks. Linda in Canada
5t November 2012 Does anybody have any info on William Ross of Ballymulholland or his daughter Sarah who married John Fleming of Drumavalley at Magilligen Presbyterian Church on August 21 1839?
Write to William
24th August 2012 Belinda Furguson writes:
I AM LOOKING TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNEW MY GRANNY, MINNIE MOORE SHE HAD TWO DAUGHTERS AND TWO SONS OF WHICH ONE STILL LIVES IN LIMAVADY IT WOULD BE GREAT IF ANYONE KNEW HER OR MAYBE HAVE SOME PICTURES??
Write to Belinda
19th August 2012
I am trying to trace a relative who I
believe may have been in service in Bellarena House around the 1920's
or 30's. Her name was Jane McCorry. Any information would be gratefully
16th July 2012
William Greene writes: I posted a message some time ago and got a very helpful answer . I have reason to believe that my gg grandfather leased land from the estate of ROBERT OGILBY in both the parishs of Dungiven and Limvady about 2 miles SE of Dungiven on both sides of the 6 hwy in Carn in 1858. His name was JOHN FLEMING . He was Married to SARAH ROSS . She may be related to the OGILBY's . They had a daughter ELIZABETH ( LIZZIE FLEMING ) who was my great grandmother . She was born in 1842 and married JAMES GREENE in Canada. My grandfather (WILLIAM JAMES GREENE ) was born in Dungiven in 1871 or 1872 on a trip back to Ireland from Toronto Canada , possibly to settle some business. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED , WILLIAM J GREENE 2nd Write to William
9th July 2012
This is a picture of the Limavady Football Club about 1911?-1914.
My grandfather's older brother George Morrison is one of these men. I don't know which one.
It was found in my ancestor's old family house in Limavady, along with a few other family pictures. This one in particular was made into a postcard, and it was addressed from George to his sister, Mrs. Robert Magee (His sister's name was Maria Morrison Magee).
In 1914, age 20, George enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers "B" Coy. 10th Battalion. (That's why I date this picture only going to 1914). He served on the front lines, and sadly July 1916 he was killed at the young age of only 22. He had not married, nor did he have any children.
Written on the back of this postcard were the names of all the players on this team: F. Mahon, J. Crothers, A. Fleming, G. Morrison, S. Elder, H. McLaughlin, F. Elder, M. Monaghan, D. Welsh, I. Farrell and H. Gallagher.
I wonder if anyone out there knows or recognizes any of these people, or names more likely, or even knows about this football club. I would LOVE to hear from you.
Somebody out there could possibly have stories about my Morrison family from Limavady. It's a long shot, but always worth trying.
I have been researching my grandfather's family for quite some time now. Most of my grandfather's siblings were born in Terrydremond, but 2 were born in Carrick East, and 2 born in Rathbreadymore. My Great Grandfather Richard Morrison was born at Sheephill, Tamlaght Finlagan, Ballykelly. He died at a very young age and my grandmother Rebecca Hunter Morrison was left to raise 9 children; but in 1926, when she was 55 years old, she married a nice man named John Miller.
My grandfather William Morrison's siblings were James Morrison, George Morrison, Maria Morrison, Eliza Anne (Betsy) Morrison, Letitia Morrison, John Morrison, Mary Margaret (Madge) Morrison, and Sarah (Sadie) Morrison, in that order.
Write to Jenny
9th June 2012 William Greene writes: Looking for ancestors and descendants of Sarah Ross . She married a John Fleming . They had a daughter Elizabeth Fleming (born 1842) and possibly other children . Elizabeth married James Greene in Canada . James and Elizabeth returned to Limavady in the early 1870's and had two children there (William J and Elizabeth) before returning to Canada in the mid 1870's.
WILLIAM J GREENE
16th May 2012
Martin Gleason writes:
Sarah Jane Kane was my great grandmother. She emigrated from Newtownlimavady alias Rathbrady Beg during the Famine years (sometime between 1849 and 1851) to the USA. She was fifteen years old at the time, which suggests Sarah was born sometime between 1834-1836.
Her brother James J. Kane assisted her in getting to the USA. He also brought over his sister Margaret and a number of other brothers and sisters-- family lore says he brought over 20 brothers and sisters altogether. We believe James J. Kane resided in the Philadelphia area.
The others settled in Boston, New York and Chicago. Sarah and her sister Margaret moved to Chicago. Sarah married Patrick Flaherty who emigrated from Galway in the 1850s. Their oldest child, Mary, was my grandmother. Their other children in order of birth dates were John, Sarah, Anne, Elizabeth, James, Joseph, Patrick, Thomas and Charles. Sarah Jane Kane Flaherty died in Chicago February 9, 1886. Sarah’s death certificate states she was 50 years of age and had lived in Illinois for 35 years.
Looking in the Religious Census of 1766 we note two Kanes listed for Newtownlimavady: Shane Kane (Roman Catholic) and Rich Kane (Protestant). Since Sarah was Roman Catholic we believe she is a descendant of Shane Kane. The names of Householders listed in the 1831 Census returns for the County of Londonderry listed nine Kanes including the Widow Kane in the parish of Drumachose, Limavady Townland. Since Sarah Jane Kane was born after 1831 we surmise that her father was one of the following: James Kane of Ballyclose, Michael Kane of Ballyclose, James Kane of Lanes & Yards, Patrick Kane of Linenhall Street, Frederick Kane of Main Street, John Kane of Market House Street, Michael Kane of Market House Street, or John Kane of Pound Lane.
Looking at the names of Sarah and Patrick’s children we have deduced that the most likely grandparent would be either James, John or Patrick Kane.
In Griffiths Valuation (1858-1864) there are twelve Kanes listed in Newtownlimavady. Catherine Kane of Rathbrady Beg, James Kane of Rathbrady Beg, John Kane of Irish Green, John Kane of Rathbrady Beg, Michael Kane of The New Row, Patrick Kane of Methodist Lane, Paul Kane of Rathbrady Beg, Thomas Kane of Ballyclose, Thomas Kane of Main Street, Thomas Kane of Rathbrady Beg and William Kane of Ballyclose. We believe that one of these Kanes were Sarah Jane's family.
If anyone has any information on this family, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 April 2012Hi.
My name is John Caldwell. Born in Glasgow 1938 now living in Australia. My Grandfarther was Samuel Caldwell from Limavady who married Roseanna Hynes from Glasgow.
I have tried for a number of years to make contact with any of my relations. This is the only photo i have of my Grandfather and Grandmother. Wished i had met him.
Can anyone help please.
5th April 2012
Images of the Crindle and Myroe
If anyone knows where I could find pictures of the area around Crindle and Myroe around the time of the 1911 census I would be very grateful to hear from you.
I know my grand father lived at 13 Crindle Rd at the time of the 1911 Census.
Tom C. Taylor
4th April 2012
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| 19th September
I was born in Limavady 50 years ago and am trying to trace exactly where.
My father was in the RAF and we were temporarily housed in a farmhouse called Shanreagh which was where I was born in October 1960. Later we moved to Shackleton Crescent married quarters.
I was wondering if Shanreagh Park is where the house was and indeed if it still exists.
There were two other families, I believe, that lived on the street, Mr and Mrs Millar with their son Jim, and Mrs Deachon with two children and an elderly mother.
Any information would be much appreciated.
I am coming to visit next month in the hope I may be able to trace my birthplace.
Angela Marshall (nee Green)
It is wonderful to be able to open the web site of Jochen Lueg and view the latest in Limavady--from whence came my grgrgrandfather, Nathaniel McCaughey, to Pennsylvania, USA. Thanks, Jochen, for your up-to-date news of the wonderful town of Limavady, which we visited this past September.
June G. Eddins
I am trying to create a picture of my father's life, he was killed in Normandy in 1944 when I was 2yrs old so I do not remember him and would like to know more about his life before he met and married my mother.
His name was Robert Lee and he joined the army when he was sixteen as a bugle boy.
He met my mother when he was stationed at Shoeburyness, in Essex.
When he was a boy he and his two brothers, William and Joseph, were brought up on a farm at Tamlach by a John Mc Arthur and his family. The 3 boys were brought over from Coatbridge after their mother, Sarah Ferguson, lost her memory after losing a child. I am guessing about 1918 or thereabouts.
Their younger sister remained in Scotland to be looked after by an aunt. Presumably their father William remained there too working in the iron foundries at Old Monkland.
Their mother was cared for until just before she died at Drumacarney, by an 'Aunt Martha' .
She was still alive at the time my father was killed in 1944.
His brothers William and Joseph lived in Limavady until they died. Uncle Joe died in 2003, he had 5 children.
I have recently learned that their mother Sarah Lee is buried in the churchyard at Ballykelly (Church of Ireland) which I hope to visit one day.
But I cannot locate Tamlach or Drumacarney, have they been swallowed up and lost their identity as such.
There is mention of a Drumacarney Bridge being widened (off the Baranailt Road) but I can find no other mention of it, or Tamlach.
I would appreciate any information on his life in the area until he joined the army at sixteen, I believe the Mc Arthurs were a large family and 'Aunt Martha' had children too so maybe someone will know the story of the three boys being given a home on the farm at Tamlach.
Maureen Orford (nee Lee)
Reply to Maureen
My great grandmother Catherine Doherty, daughter of James Doherty and Roseanne (Cassidy) Doherty was born 1858 and came from Cathers Row in Limavady. From what I have to date she also had a brother Alexander who was living in Philadelphia in 1907. And a brother John who was a Pork Dealer in Irish Green Street and married to Catherine?, by 1911 they had 6 children.
Their parents James and Roseanne Doherty died 1912 and 1903 respectively and are buried in Row Mill Graveyard in Limavady.The address they lived in at time of death was William Street, Limavady. Their headstone was erected by their grand daughter Anna.
Would love to make a connection with relatives or anyone who could help.
This is a long shot:Ian Buckley
My father's father left his wife and son around 1932 in Rochdale, Lancashire (when my father was 6 years old). He was born in Rochdale in 1895 and as far as I know from my research he had no family connections outside Lancashire. He was never seen or heard from again by his wife or son.
However - it was said that after he left his wife and child he moved to Limavady to either work in or to run a 'pot shop'. I'd always understood that a 'pot shop' was an establishment selling china, though I learn recently that it is an Ulster expression for a bar.
His name was Chriss Buckley (that's the way it was spelled on his birth certificate), though he could have been known as Chris or Christopher, I suppose. He was a joiner by trade.
So, in order to find out if the family tradition has any truth in it - and hopefully to find out what became of my grandfather - I wonder if the name Chriss Buckley, in the context of Limavady in the early to mid 1930s, rings any bells with anyone reading this.
24th November 2009