Henry Davy convicted of assault
The following is from the Belfast Newsletter dated Fri 9th October – Tue 12th October 1795 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
At a General Quarter Seffions of the Peace, held at Antrim in the county of Antrim, on Thurfday, the 8th day of October, 1795 – the undernamed perfons were tried, convicted and fentenced by the Court as to their names is annexed…….
Matthew Maze, of Aghena Kernan, convicted of affaulting Elizabeth Montgomery – fined fix fhillings and eight pence.
James Davy of Knockcairne, and Henry Davy, of Ballynacoy, having fubmitted to an indictment for affaulting James Adams, and pleaded a releafe – were fined fix pence each.
William Black, of Seacafh, convicted of affaulting James McConaghy – to be imprifioned three months in the county jail.
The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated Tuesday 30th June, 1829 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast News Letter.
County of Antrim
List of persons applying to Register their Freeholds at the next General Quarter Session of the Peace, to be held at Belfast, for the Division of Carrickfergus, in the said County pursuant to the Act of 10th George the Fourth, Cap.8, entered by the Clerk of the Peace.
Name and Residence of Applicant: Israel Durham, Ballynecoy
Description of Freehold: House and land Ballynecoy
Yearly Value to be registered: £10
Death Notice — George Green jun
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st August 1829 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Of consumption, on 31st ult. Mr Geroge Green, jun. Ballinacoy, parish of Glenavy, in the 20th year of his age. Kind and amiable in his disposition, and possessed of much innocent vivacity and harmless merriment, he not only procured the esteem and affection of those who came within his circle of acquaintance, but his society was always solicited by the humorous and cheerful in the neighbourhood. Wherever he presented himself, melancholy was obliged to withdraw. He having been, for some time, an Orangeman, about 11 or 12 lodges or bodies of that truly loyal part of the community assembled at the funeral to pay the last tribute of regret to their departed brother. What is very remarkable, although the procession that accompanied his remains to the grave was considered to be the most numerous that has entered Glenavy church-yard for a great number of years – yet, such general solemnity and decorum prevailed, that there was scarcely an individual present who did not seem to labour under a sort of regret and concern.
Death Notice — George Green sen
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated Tuesday 18th May 1830 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Suddenly, on the 7th inst, aged 68 years, Mr. George Green, Ballinacoy, parish of Glenavy. He was an affectionate husband, a prudent father, and a steady friend; and his loss is sincerely deplored by a numerous circle of surviving relatives.
Death Notice – George Colburn
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st February 1831 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Of inflammation, on Monday 24th ult. George, son of Mr. John Colburn, Ballinacoy, parish of Glenavy, in the 16th year of his age.
Freehold Registrations, 1831
The following is an extract from The Belfast Newsletter dated 30th September 1831 and is used with permission of The Belfast Newsletter.
The following names are taken from a list of persons applying to register their Freeholds at a General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in Belfast on the 24th October, 1831.
Name and Residence of Applicant: John Gracey, Ballypitmeve
Description of Freehold, with the names of Barony and Townland in which situated: House and land, Upper Massereene, town land of Tullynewbane & Ballymineymore
Yearly Value to be registered: £10
Death Notice – Jane Colburn
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd July 1832 and appears with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Death: On the 18th ult. Miss Jane Colburn, daughter of Mr. John Colburn, Ballinacoy, near Glenavy.
NB: The burial records show Jane Colburn was buried on 20th June 1832.
Birth Notice — Murray
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated Friday 11th January 1861 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
January 6th at Ballinacoy, Lisburn – the wife of John G. Murray Esq., a son.
The following is an extract from the Belfast Newsletter dated Saturday 26th January 1861 and is reproduced with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Brilliant Run with the Killultagh Harriers
Mr Editor – On Wednesday I met this celebrated pack at Killultagh House; we immediately found in a grass field on the west side of the lane; went away at racing pace, our hare pointing towards Ballynacoy; crossing the Glenavy Road, the hounds were at fault for a few seconds, but soon hit it off again; a little cold hunting here set in, but we soon got on better terms with puss, the hounds pressing her warmly across the fine valley lying between the Green Mount and Glenavy, and rattling her along the beautiful river, which owes its name to the latter town; at a point some 100 yards from Ballydonaghy Bridge, she took the soil; the hounds dwelt not a moment, but dashed across, racing her up the steep. Her line was now evidently for Gobrana; you would have sworn the pack knew she had set her hope of refuge on Captain Dowglass’s snug plantations; for scarcely a hound threw his tongue, with such dash and mettle did they drive her up to and through the demesne – four good Irish miles from the field we found in – a momentary pause – here a hound spoke, there another – the woods echoed to the rattling cry – such music, such "concord of sweet sounds." Some beautiful hunting followed: Pat Deasy – more jealous of the credit og his hounds than anxious to exhibit his well-known talents as a huntsman – left them entirely to themselves; not a cast was made, and the dashing style in which they swept round and retrieved the wavering line, was a pleasure which formed no trifling feature in the charms of this brilliant run. A fine country now opened before us – the town of Crumlin was closely skirted – the large grass fields adjoining flew quickly by – the hounds intent on blood, and showing a determination to kill, a special "modus operandi" which the initiated well understand, and which the sportsman’s eye cannot mistake – streaming along in a direction, as if "homeward bound," and turning towards Ballydonaghy (this fortunate incident enabled some of the second flight to drop in at this point), the pace improves, a peal bursts from the pack – from scent to view they madly press her – the gallant hare must die in the next field, "Whoo-Whoop" sounds her requiem.
Now, Mr. Editor, we hear a good deal about distance, that such a run was so many miles, and so forth; on this occasion, I appeal to our county surveyor: "From Killultagh House to Crumlin, by Gobrana," five Irish miles at least; two miles further to the finish; seven as the crow flies.
I make no mention of the horses or "colors of the riders;" it is enough to say "The right men were in the right place." No more at present. Whoo-Whoop.
Extract from Griffith Valuation 1862 – Union of Lisburn (Part of)
County of Antrim — Barony of Massereene — Parish of Lisburn
|Column 1 :||Number and letters of Reference to map|
|Column 2 :||Occupiers|
|Column 3 :||Immediate Lessors|
|Column 4 :||Description of Tenement|
|Column 5 :||Area|
|Not included –||Rateable Annual Valuation of land and buildings and Total Annual Valuation of Rateable property|
Ordnance Survey map number: 59 & 63
|1||Israel Denham||Marquis of Hertford||House,Offices,Land||56 02 32|
|2||John McElroy||George Tute||House,Office,Land||24 01 35|
|3||William Greene||Marquis of Hertford||House,Offices,Land||21 01 33|
|4||Samuel Baird||same||House,Offices, Land||04 00 02|
|5||same||same||same||21 00 13|
|same||House,Offices,Land||13 02 06|
|7||Joseph H. Steele||same||House,Office,Land||08 00 35|
|8||John Curry||same||Land||12 03 17|
|8a||John McKernan||John Corry||House,Office,Garden||00 00 20|
|9||William Smyth||Marquis of Hertford||House,Office,Land||07 00 04|
|10Aa||John Smyth||same||House,Office,Land||02 00 21|
|10B||same||same||same||04 03 33|
|11||Richard Smyth||same||House,Land||01 01 11|
|12||Samuel Lowry||same||House,Office,Land||08 00 25|
|13||John Garland||same||House,Office,Land||07 00 14|
|14||John Colburn||same||House,Offices,Land||25 01 25|
|15||James Steed||James Colburn||House,Land||14 02 06|
|16||Samuel Greene||Marquis of Hertford||House,Office,Land||14 00 10|
|17||Michael Collier||same||House,Offices,Land||19 03 00|
|18a||David Grey||same||House, Land||13 01 27|
|19||Benjamin Adams||same||Land||15 02 10|
|20||same||John G. Murray||Land||11 01 16|
|21||James Witherupp||same||Land||06 00 03|
|22||William Greene||same||Land||04 00 12|
|23a||James Lowry||same||House,Office,Land||15 03 38|
|23b||Thomas Neill||same||House,Land||00 01 32|
|24||same||same||same||03 00 32|
|25||James Wilson||same||Land||04 01 12|
|26||George Thompson||same||Land||03 00 12|
|27a||John G. Murray||Marquis of Hertford||House,Office,Land||169 01 15|
|27b||James McDonald||John G. Murray||House||–|
|27c||William Christy||same||House,Gardens||01 00 20|
|27d||Robert Hillen||Marquis of Hertford||House,Office,Garden||00 00 15|
|28||Robert Lewis||same||House,Land||05 01 33|
|29||Robert Adams||same||House,Office,Land||04 03 32|
|30||same||same||same||08 01 35|
|31||James Larmon||same||House,Office,Land||05 02 13|
|32||Patrick McGrady||same||Land||01 02 32|
|33||Archibald Crawford||same||House,Office,Land||10 01 36|
|34||William Crawford||same||House,Office,Land||12 00 16|
|35||Edward Thompson||same||House,Land||05 00 02|
|same||House,Office,Land||10 01 05|
|same||House,Land||05 00 02|
|38||William J. Branagh||same||House,Office,Land||15 03 08|
|39||Robert Elwood||same||House,Land||14 02 28|
|40Aa||Thomas Thompson||same||House,Office,Land||14 03 08|
|40B||(Abraham)||same||same||06 00 03|
|41||same||same||same||09 00 15|
|40ab||William Bell||same||House,Office,Garden||00 01 00|
|41a||Anne Peel||Thomas Thompson
|House,Garden||00 00 15|
|41b||Thomas Hill||same||House,Garden||00 00 15|
|42||James Elwood||Marquis of Hertford||House,Land||03 02 12|
|43||William Fleeton||same||House,Office,Land||23 03 12|
|44||George McKnight||same||House,Land||22 02 12|
|Total||694 03 00|
"History of Methodism in Ireland"
The following extract is from "History of Methodism in Ireland, Volume 1, Wesley and his time" by C H Crookshank, M.A. 1885
Chapter XL – "1789"
At Lisburn the evangelist preached in what he calls the new chapel, but in reality was the old one which had been enlarged and improved through the liberality of Mr. Johnson. It is described by Wesley as the largest and best furnished preaching-house in the north of Ireland. Amongst those present at the service was Mr. Thomas Collier(*)
Who was then to give his heart to God. He afterwards settled in Ballynacoy, where his house became a centre of religious light in what was then a very dark and benighted district of country.
(*) grandfather of the Rev S James and Robert Collier
Death Notice — Belshaw
The following is an extract from The Lisburn Standard – Saturday, February 15th 1890
Belshaw – February 9th, at the residence of her father, Ballinacoy, Stoneyford, Mary Jane, the only daughter of James and Eliza Waters.
J.D. Martin & Co.
The following is an extract from the Lisburn Standard – Saturday July 13th 1901.
J.D. Martin & Co.’s Auction Sales.
15th – Hay, Ballynacoy. Hugh Branagh, 1.
Extract from The Lisburn Herald, October 21 1905
Carlisle V Cushenan
Samuel Carlisle, farmer, Ballynacoy, Glenavy, processed Edward Cushenan, farmer, Ballymacward Lower, Belfast for £8 10s, stones sold and delivered to plaintiff to defendant.
Mr. G.B. Wilkins, solicitor, appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr. W.G. Maginess, solicitor for the defendant.
His Honour gave a decree for £3.
Erskine vs Crawford
The following is an extract from The Lisburn herald, Saturday March 2nd, 1929
Mary Erskine, Ballynacoy, summoned William Crawford, Ballypitmave, for, as alleged, allowing his greyhounds to kill 8 head of fowl, her property, value £2.
Mr. Joseph Lockhart, solicitor, appeared for the complainant; and Dr. H.A. Maginness, solicitor, for the defence.
Dr. Maginness raised the point that the Court had no jurisdiction, and the Chairman concurred, remarking that it was a case for another court.
Mr. Lockhart agreed, and said he had been trying to impress that on his client.
The case was accordingly ruled "no jurisdiction," and no order made in regard to costs.
To the east of Ballynacoy town land there is a mound known locally as the Green Mount, Green Mound, or Durham’s Mount. There are also variants of those names. The mound is on private property and is marked on all Ordnance Survey maps as an antiquity.
There are a total of 6 raths and enclosures in the town land of Ballynacoy mentioned in the Environment and Heritage Service website in their Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record
The following extracts are from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim VII 1832 – 1838". Thanks to the Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.
There are no very remarkable antiquities within this parish except some ancient forts which remain in a good state of preservation, the most remarkable of which is that called the Great Mound, situated in the town land of Ballynacoy, around 1 and three-quarter miles east o the village of Glenavy, Its elevation being 514 feet above the sea.
In "Glenavy Past and Present" by Charles Watson in 1892 he makes the following reference to Greenmount when writing about the comfortable homes of the parish
"Greenmount of Miss Durham."
I visited this mound with permission of the land-owner in April 2008. The nettles, brambles, whins and thorns have taken over this feature now, encapsulated with bird-song. It was possible to walk into the ditches and up the bank to the summit. The view from the summit is now obscured by shrubs and trees, but it is possible to peer through some of the gaps, and very quickly realise why our ancestors had settled in this part of the district.
Views of and from the Green Mound, Ballnacoy
PRONI Will Calendars
Date of Death 27/06/1871
Date of Grant 08/01/1877
Effect under £300
The Will of Robert Adams late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 27 June 1871 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Thomas Thompson of Ballinacoy and Edward Magee of Ballymacward both in same County Farmers the Executors.
Date of Death 09 12 1891
Date of Grant 215 02 1892
Effects £214 10s
The Will of James Thompson late of Ballynacoy County Antrim Farmer who died 9 December 1891 at same place was proved at Belfast by John Hunter of Bovolgan and Alexander Larmour of Kilultagh both in said County Farmers the Executors.
Hugh Kelly Branagh
Date of Death 11 08 1902
Date of Grant 20 07 1903
Probate of the Will of Hugh Kelly Branagh late of Ballynacoy Stoneyford Lisburn County Antrim Farmer who died 11 August 1902 granted at Belfast to Edward H. Branagh Designer and James Thompson Farmer.
The Wickliffe and McKeown family
There is an interesting document at www.Lisburn.com titled CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF MONA MCKEOWN (1904-985) OF GLENAVY.
Sarah Mosina McKeown compiled her memoirs about 1966/1967. She refers to older family members including her grandmother Wickliffe.
Her mother was Jane McKeown nee Wickliffe. Jane Wickliffe (baptised 30 May 1875 at Glenavy Parish Church) was the daughter of Moses and Sarah Jane Wickliffe from Tullynewbane. She had two other siblings – Lizzie (baptised at Glenavy Parish Church 3 1 1872) and John (baptised at Glenavy Parish Church 28 11 1873.)
Moses Wickliffe had been the son of John and Jane Wickliffe from Tullynewbane. He was baptised at Glenavy Parish Church on 15th January 1837. The Wickliffe name goes back to at least the 1720 period in Glenavy records and there is evidence of the surname in the Tullynewbane area from the early 1800’s.
Moses married on 14th October 1870. At this time his age is recorded as 28 years. He married Sarah Jane Adams from Glenavy, daughter of Robert Adams, a farmer. The witnesses to the wedding were Johnston Adams and Betty Wickliffe.
Moses Wickliffe died a young man. He was buried at Glenavy Parish Church on 20th March 1876 aged 38 years. His wife Sarah Jane was still alive in 1911 and is listed in the 1911 census, aged 73, a Methodist, partially blind at Tullynewbane. It states she had a total of 3 children and only one survived. This was Jane McKeown (nee Wickliffe).
PRONI Will Calendars
The following information is taken from the will calendars in the PRONI and are reproduced with kind permission of Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
John Wickliffe died 21 10 1897.
Date of grant of will 01 12 1897 at Belfast
Effects £39 1s
Probate of the Will of John Wickliffe late of Tullynewbane County Antrim Farmer who died 21 October 1897 granted at Belfast to Bessie Wickliffe of Tullynewbane Spinster
John Wickliffe was the father of Moses Wickliffe. The executors of his will were Joesph Colburn and James Collier of Ballynacoy. The farm at Tullynewbane was left to his wife Jane and daughter Bessie. He also left money to his daughter in law Sarah Jane (wife of late Moses Wickliffe) and her daughters Lizzie and Jane. John also made mention of his sons John and Samuel who were in New Zealand and his daughter Sarah Jane Millar who was in Australia.
A descendant of the Wickliffe family made contact in December 2007 and informed me that John Wickliffe had emigrated to Australia in 1860, and then sailed onto New Zealand within two years of landing.
Baptism records in Glenavy show that John and Jane Wickliffe, Tullynewbane had possibly the following children:
John (baptised 29 07 1832)
David (baptised 25 1 1835)
Moses (baptised 15 1 1837)
Sarah Jane (baptised Dec 1839)
Samuel (baptised 4 6 1843)
John and Jane Wickliffe are possibly the couple who married at Glenavy in February 1829. Jane’s maiden name was Barrett/Barnett – or similar spelt surname. There is a burial record of John Wickliffe aged 97 at Glenavy Parish Church on 23 10 1897. Jane Wickliffe appears to have died aged 96 years and is buried at Glenavy in March 1899.
The following extract is from the Belfast Newsletter dated 17th October, 1899 and is used with permission of the Belfast Newsletter.
Messrs. J.D. Martin and Co’s Property Sales.
… A farm at Tullynewbane, formerly in the possession of the late Mr. John Wickliffe, held under the Irish Land Commission for forty nine years, at the annuity of £6 4s was bought by Mrs. Wickliffe at £85.
Their unmarried daughter Bessie died on 3 3 1899. She was buried at Glenavy on 5 March 1899. She left money to her sister-in- law Sarah Jane Wickliffe (widow of Moses) and their children Lizzie Wickliffe and Jeannie McKeown (nee Wickliffe.)
In 1924 Jeannie McKeown erected a headstone at Glenavy Parish Church in memory of the Wickliffe family
The McKeown family grave is also in Glenavy parish Church.
These photographs formed part of the McKeown (Glenavy) family collection and have been kindly copied with permission of a family member. They appear on a page titled "Great aunts and uncle and grandma" and are most likely members of the Adams/Wickliffe family.
Death Notice — Samuel H Geddis
The following is an extract from a newspaper, source unknown.
Geddis……died 22nd February 1952. Resting in the Saviour’s love. Ever remembered by the Family Circle, Model Farm, Ballynacoy, Glenavy.
Geddis – In loving memory of my deadr brother Samuel H., died 22nd February, 1952 – remembered by his loving Sister, Brother-in-law and Nieces, Elizabeth and William Lowry, Ballynacoy; also Nephew, John S. Lowry, Kyneton, Australia. Dear to our memory you ever will be, if the grave were to open what change you would see, heavenly rest is far better for thee.
Stoneyford on the Twelfth of July back in 1875
by The Digger
The following article appeared in the Ulster Star on Friday 19th July 2013.
A number of years ago I was given a copy of a local poem or ballad titled “The 12th of July in Stoneyford” by an Ulster Star reader. It consists of thirteen verses by an unknown author who appears to have penned it sometime after July 1875. It is one of many local ballads that circulated in the district many years ago. Although the content may not appeal to everyone, it has to be stated that the ballad, and others like it are very much sought after by family historians and researchers who are trying to piece together the jigsaw of yesteryear. Fortunately this one has survived the historian’s worst nightmares – the dreaded ravishes of time and house clearances. It contains an account of the Orangemen in Stoneyford on the twelfth of July around 1875.
“The year was eighteen seventy five.
‘Bout that I make a guessin’,
But Stoneyford was much alive,
Which needs no more confessin’.
‘Twas summer time an’ steaming hot,
Where grows the reeds an ‘sedges
The robins must their time forgot
Were dosin’ in the hedges.
Now seasons creep by cunnin’ stealth,
To charge us with neglectin’,
Yet who could miss a comin’ twelfth,
The boys were most expectin’
So long as summer brings July,
An’ peeweets to the heather,
So long as rainbows span the sky,
Will orange-men meet together.”