Ballynacoy Townland, Glenavy

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.

Freehold Registration

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.

No: 52

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.

No. 145

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.

Births:

January 6th at Ballinacoy, Lisburn – the wife of John G. Murray Esq., a son.

Killultagh Harriers

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
Townland: Ballynacoy
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
6 Thomas Thompson
(Arthur)
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
8b Eliza Courtney same House
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
18b Isaac Grey same same same
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
36 Jn. Thompson
(English)
same House,Office,Land 10 01 05
37 John Thompson
(Irish)
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
(Abraham)
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

Page 460
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

Deaths

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.

Court Case

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

"No Jurisdiction"

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.

Green Mount

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.

See the Environment and Heritage Service for a description of Green Mound.

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

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

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views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

views of and from the Green Mound, Ballynacoy

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.

Robert Adams

Date of Death 27/06/1871
Date of Grant 08/01/1877
Effect under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

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.

James Thompson

Date of Death 09 12 1891
Date of Grant 215 02 1892
Effects £214 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

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
Effects £13
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

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

Full Abstract:

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.

Family Photos

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.

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

McKeown (Glenavy) family collection

 Above this photograph is written Henry Adams USA

Above this photograph is written Henry Adams USA

This photograph appears on a page titled  "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled  "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled  "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled "Liverpool Adams"

Below this photo it states J W Collier and mother

Below this photo it states J W Collier and mother

This photograph appears on a page titled  "Liverpool Adams"

This photograph appears on a page titled "Liverpool Adams"

The Adams Burial Ground

The Adams Burial Ground at Tullyrusk

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.

Edmondson Fleeton

Edmondson Fleeton, who originated in Ballynacoy townland near Stoneyford. He attended Stoneyford school and through association with Edmonson’s family members, the local lodge in Stoneyford, L.O.L. 1253 was referred to as “Fleeton’s Lodge.” Edmondson joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in c1879

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.”

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