Bovolcan Townland, Stoneyford

"Ecclesia de Kenles"

The following extract is from "Diocese Of Down and Connor. Ancient and Modern" by Rev. J. O’Laverty P.P.M.R.I.A. Volume 2. 1880.

Parish of Derryaghy

"Ecclesia de Kenles" is valued in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas at the comparatively large sum of 4 ½ marks, yet the site cannot now be identified. The name Kenles assumes in modern terms the form of Kells. As it occurs in the taxtion between "Talarusk" and "Karryn" it is to be presumed that it I in the vicinity. Perhaps it may be discovered about Islandkelly or Drumankelly. Colgan, in a note to the Life of St. Olcan, among the various places supposed to be named from that saint, mentions – "Boith-Bolcain (the hut of Olcan), near Vonnere (Connor), in the barony of Cill-Ultach (Kilultagh)," which is the town land of Bovolcan, near Stoneyford. No ecclesiastical remains have, however, been discovered in that town land ; but Archdall, following Colgan, describes Boithbolcain as a "Church near Connor, founded by St. Bolcan, a disciple of St. Patrick."

Bogs

The following extract is from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim II 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Parish of Derryaghy
Bogs

In Bovolcan and Islandkelly there is bout 40 acres of bog, which is now from 2 to 5 feet deep. It was originally much larger and from 2 to 20 feet in depth, and a large quantity of fir and oak timber found imbedded in it; but at present it is cut out to a great extent and no timber found, unless roots of the above description.

Ordnance Survey Memoirs

The following extract is from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim II 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Parish of Derryaghy

In Bovolcan and holding of John Scott there is a standing stone 3 feet 10 inches high, 2 feet 10 inches broad and 1 and a half feet thick.

Stone.

The annexed draft (text drawing) represents the size and shape of a curious stone having a circular hole in the centre and found beneath the surface in Bovolcan at some former period. It is at present in the possession of John Quinn in the above townland.

Bridges.

Scott’s bridge, on the last mentioned line of road, situated in Bovolcan, has 1 arch, span 9 feet 6 inches. Breadth of road on bridge 21 feet, parapets in thickness 1 foot 6 inches, but not higher than the road. This line of road is partly made by contract and partly by presentment and averages 21 feet wide, all within the above parish. Informants John Galaway, James Simpson.

Emigration

The following extract is from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim II 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Emigration

The following is a list of the number of persons that have emigrated to America during the years 1835 and 1836. It will show the name, age and religion of each person, the townland in which they resided and the ports to which the different persons have gone, as enumerated from 10th August to 15th September 1837 (all in 1835, to New York except the first named)

James Stewart, 24, from island Kelly to Quebec, Established Church.

James Clark, 28, from Bovolcan, Mark Clark 17, from Bovolcan (both) Established Church.

Rebecca Miller, 25, from Bovolcan, Established Church

John Gallaway, 18, from Bolvolcan, Thomas Gallaway, 18, from Bovolcan, (both) Presbyterian.

Elizabeth Crossen, 20, from Turnagrough, Cathrine Crossen, 18 from Turnagrough (both) Roman Catholic.

Information obtained from William McClure, John Walker and many others. Finished 15th September 1837.

Markets

The following extract is from "Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland – Parishes of County Antrim II 1832 – 1838". Thanks to The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast for permission to use this extract.

Parish of Derryaghy
Markets

Bovolgan: markets Lisburn and Belfast; conveyance: cars and carts: prices: butter 8 (d) per lb, potatoes 1s 10d per cwt, oats 6s 6d per cwt; charges for conveyance; pork 9d per cwt, potatoes 6d per cwt; produce: oats and potatoes ; soil clay ; manures: dung and lime; surface: part hilly; flax: very little; spinning: very little, 1d ha‘penny can be earned by day; weaving: a little linen and calico; pasture land: mostly under pasture.

Death Notice — Jane Anna Dawson

The following is from a newspaper cutting, source unknown.

Death

Dawson, January 16, 1934, at her residence Riverside, Bovolgan, Stoneyford, Jane Anna, widow of Richard James Dawson. Funeral today (Thursday) at 1 pm to Stoneyford Churchyard. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing family.

Will of Edward Gore, Bolvocan

The following is a will made by Edward Gore of Bolvocan in 1836. He was married to Mary Gray from Rusheyhill. His son David Gore ( born 1795) was married to Nancy Ballance ( born 1802) on 8th December 1831 at St Aiden‘s Parish Church, Glenavy. David Gore died 13th December 1885 and Nancy Gore died 29th August 1880. They are buried at Derriaghy Parish Church. Further details on headstone inscriptions at Derriaghy Parish Church can be found in a book titled Christ Church Derriaghy, Gravestone Inscriptions by Revd W.N.C. Barr 1980.

Will

In the name of God Amen I Edward Gore of Bovolgan in the parish of Derriaghy and County of Antrim, farmer, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament and thus revoking & annulling all & every former & other will or wills that I have at any time heretofore made; first I leave and bequeath to my wife Mary Gore otherwise Gray, all my property that I may die possessing whether real or personal, save and accept as hereafter is to be legally excepted & bequeathed. to hold the same to the said Mary Gore for & during the term of her natural life, & it is my will that she shall not sell or dispose of any of the chattels save for the use of my house & for use & profit of herself & any person she may chose to live with there as a companion. Secondly I leave & bequeath to my daughter Nancy Crow wife of William Crow ten pounds sterling & her receipt to be s sufficient acknowledgement for the same as I give it to her free & independent of her husband & without his control. Thirdly I leave and bequeath to my granddaughter Nancy Crow the sum seventeen pounds sterling to be paid to her at my wife’s death or so soon before as my said wife please and by my son Edward Gore. Fourthly I leave to my granddaughter Eliza Crow two pounds sterling. Fifthly I leave to my daughter Mary Sales otherwise Gore the sum of twelve pounds sterling free and independently of her husband & her own receipt to be sufficient for the same. I also leave to the said Mary Sales the feathers & tick on which my wife & I at present sleeps, same to be given to her at the decease of the survivors of us. Sixthly I leave to my daughter Sarah Waring otherwise Gore the sum of nineteen pounds sterling free & independently of her husband & her own receipt to be sufficient acknowledgement for the same. I also leave her the feathers and tick upon which my son Edward sleeps at same time to my daughter Mary. Seventhly I leave & bequeath to my son David Gore the sum of two shillings and sixpence sterling. Eightly I leave & bequeath Richard Scott of Ballymuckleward & Edward Scott first & second sons of Edward Scott the elder of Derriaghy parish & County of Antrim, farmers, my farm of land called the dam farm in trust for the following purpose, that is to say in trust to permit and suffer my said daughter Sarah Waring reside on said farm & to dwell in & inhabit the house thereon during the term of her natural life in case she be left a widow with put sufficient provision or shall deem it prudent to live thereon separate & apart from her husband but on the express conditions only that during the time she shall so inhabit inherit said houses and take the use & profit of said farm, she shall be either a widow without a provision sufficient for and continue so or shall have deemed it prudent to live apart from her husband & that she shall on no account whatsoever permit either her present or any future husband to reside thereon or use or enjoy the same & that if she should marry again she shall thenceforth be procluded from having any right or claim thereto & also in trust permit & suffer my said son Edward Gore to reside thereon & profit & enjoy the same at any time & at all times during which the said Sarah Waring shall not do so as aforesaid the said Sarah Waring paying four pounds ten shillings of rent & tithe & cesses yearly during any period or periods she may continue therein. Ninethly I leave and bequeath to my son Edward Gore after the death of his mother all property she has had bequeathed to her save as is hereinbefore otherwise bequeathed or disposed of at her death and all the rest residue & remainder of my property of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever situated and the said Edward Gore to have and enjoy the same for the rest of his life only in case he die unmarried & without leaving children in which case I allow my said property to be administered & directed by the survivors or survivor of my appointed Executrix & executors or his representatives or representative and that my property to be equally distributed amongst my children, David , Sarah, Nancy and Mary Jane and in case any shall be then dead his or her portion to go to his or her children equally if such there be and if none to be equally divided amongst the survivors the children of any other deceased to have their parents share and as to the payment of the legacied hereinbefore mentioned I order & direct that they all except Nancy Crow the younger where legacy is specifically mentioned as to the time of payment thereof be paid in twelve months from the time of decease & all by my said son Edward Gore. My money which shall be in the bank, in my house & lent out by me to be appropriated in the first place towards the discharge hereof & the remainder to be raised by my said son Edward off my other property hereinbefore bequeathed to him & it is my will and desire that my said son Edward and my granddaughter Nancy Crow shall live with my said wife during her life and keep her comfortable. I hereby nominate and appoint as my executrix and executors to see this my will carried into execution and effect my wife Mary Gore, John Sales, John Waring my son in law and my son Edward Gore in witness and testimony whereof I have set my hand & seal this 9th of September 1836.

Edward Gore

Seal

signed sealed and delivered by the said testator in presence of us who in his presence and that of each other & at his request have hereunto set our names as witnesses to this last will and testament several interlineations having been first made all of which are initialed by himself the testator. George Wilkson of Lisburn, shoemaker Henry Seeds of same place Int(v) Alexander Mc Can of same place, Printing clerk, George H Sefton of same place, publican

Herewith I Edward Gore of Bovolgan in the parish of Derriaghy and County of Antrim, farmer, have made & duly altered my last will & testament bearing date on or about the 9th September 1836. Now I do hereby declare this present alteration to be a codicil there to & direct it to be annexed to it and from then on as part thereof. Whereas I by my said will left & bequeathed to my daughter Nancy Crow ten pounds and to my granddaughter Nancy Crow seventeen pounds now I hereby revoke the said legacies & bequeath to them the legacies thereof as follows, viz. To my daughter Nancy I bequeath the sum of twelve pounds sterling to my granddaughter Nancy Crow ten pounds sterling to be paid & payable as the said other sums whereby my said will directed to be paid & I do hereby ratify & confirm my said will in every respect save as the same is hereby revoked and altered as aforesaid. In witness whereof I have to this Codicil set my hand and seal the 18th October 1836.

Edward Gore

Seal

signed sealed and delivered by said testator in presence of us who in his presence and that of each other and at his request have hereunto set our names as witnesses

Henry Seeds     Hugh Dobbin     Alex Mc Can

Headstone Transcriptions

There is a headstone in Derriaghy parish church that reads:

1875. Erected by David Gore, of Derriaghy in memory of his grandchildren David and John Gore who died young. Also his wife Martha Gore who fell asleep 29th August 1880 aged 78 years. The above named David Gore died 13th December 1885 aged 90 years.

There is a headstone in Derriaghy Parish church that reads:

Erected by John Waring, Bovolgan in memory of his beloved wife Ann Waring who died 23rd June 1887 aged 53 years. Also his son William who died 11th December 1873 aged 4 years. The above John Waring ho died 4th March 1905 aged 79 years. Also Maria E. died 6th March 1911 aged 28 years, John died 12th December 1936 aged 76 years, also Sarah E. wife of the above died 11th June 1955 aged 80 years. John died 4th January 1971 aged 59 years.

There is a headstone in Derriaghy Parish church that reads:

Erected by John Hunter of Bovolgan in memory of his mother Sarah hunter who departed this life April 7th 1839 aged 56 years also his brother Moses Hunter who departed this life 12th November 1844 aged 16 years also his father William Hunter who departed this life 28th June 1852 aged 78 years. Further details on headstone inscriptions at Derriaghy Parish Church can be found in a book titled Christ Church Derriaghy, Gravestone Inscriptions by Revd W.N.C. Barr 1980.

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.

Arthur Havron

Date of Death 20/06/1860
Date of Grant 05/02/1862
Effects: Effects under £20
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Arthur Havron late of Mullaglass in the County of Antrim Farmer deceased who died 20 June 1860 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Thomas Galway and John Scott both of Bovolgan (Stoneyford Lisburn) in the County of Antrim Farmers the Executors.

Robert Elliott

Date of Death 04 09 1864
Date of Grant 12 10 1864
Effects under £50
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Robert Elliott late of Druminkelly in the County of Antrim Farmer deceased who died 4 September 1864 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of James Leckey of Bovolgan (Lisburn) in the County of Antrim Farmer one of the Executors.

Samuel Lauderdail

Date of Death 15 04 1865
Date of Grant 30 05 1865
Effects under £600
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Samuel Lauderdail late of Lisnatrunk in the County of Down Farmer deceased who died 15 April 1865 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of William John Galway of Bovolgan (Lisburn) in the County of Antrim Farmer one of the Executors.

George Dickson

Date of Death 27 03 1867
Date of Grant 27 07 1892
Effects £86 9s 9d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of George Dickson late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 27 March 1867 at same place were granted at Belfast to George Dickson of Suffolk Dunmurry said County Labourer the Son and a Legatee.

William Scott

Date of Death 20 07 1870
Date of Grant 13 10 1871
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Scott late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 20 July 1870 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Joseph Lewers of Moneybroom Magheragall (Lisburn) in said County Farmer one of the Executors.

William Irwin

Date of Death 15 03 1871
Date of Grant 18 10 1886
Effects £762 16s 5d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of William Irwin late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 15 March 1871 at same place were granted at Belfast to David Irwin of Bovolgan Farmer a Son and a Legatee.

John Waring

Date of Death 11 08 1872
Date of Grant 18 10 1872
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Waring late of Mullaglass County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 11 August 1872 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of John Waring of Bovolgan David Waring of Mullaglass and Thomas Sinclaire of Ballycollin all in (Dunmurry) said County Farmers three of the Executors.

James Magee

Date of Death: 18/03/1873
Date of Grant: 18/04/1873
Effects under £600
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of James Magee late of Ballymacward County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 18 March 1873 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Michael Magee of Ballymacward and William Orr of Bavolgin both in (Lisburn) said County Farmers the Executors.

Andrew McIlwrath

Date of Death: 19/01/1874
Date of Grant: 01/03/1875
Effects under £100
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Andrew M’Ilwrath late of Islandkelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 19 January 1874 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of James M’Ilrath of Islandkelly and James Lackey of Bovolgan both in (Stoneyford) same County Farmers the Executors.

John Green

Date of Death 24 12 1874
Date of Grant 22 01 1875
Effects under £200
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Green late of Aughnacarnon County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 24 December 1874 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of James Lackey of Bovolgan (Lisburn) same County Farmer one of the Executors.

James Simpson

Date of Death: 21/01/1876
Date of Grant: 01/03/1876
Effects under £2000
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of James Simpson late of Bovolgan County Antrim Gentleman deceased who died 21 January 1876 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of John Simpson and Mary Simpson his Wife both of Stoneyford and John Heaney of Magheragall Farmer all in said County the Executors.

David Crowe

Date of Death 11 04 1876
Date of Grant 24 06 1879
Effects under £50
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of David Crowe late of Island Kelly County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 11 April 1876 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of William Lewis of Bovolgan and James M’Ilwrath of Island Kelly both in said County Farmers the Executors.

John Scott

Date of Death: 15/08/1877
Date of Grant: 27/09/1878
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of John Scott late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 15 August 1877 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of John Thompson of Rushy Hill Ballymacward and William John Galway of Bovolgan both in (Stoneyford) same County Farmers the Executors.

Thomas Orr

Date of Death 22 06 1879
Date of Grant 16 06 1880
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Thomas Orr late of Ballymacward Lower County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 22 June 1879 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Sarah Dawson Orr of Ballymacward Lower Spinster one of the Executors.

Thomas Christy

Date of Death 15 04 1884
Date of Grant 02 05 1884
Effects £17 12s 6d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Thomas Christy late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 15 April 1884 at same place was proved at Belfast by John Waring of Bovolgan and Richard James Scott of Ballymacward in said County Farmers the Executors.

Thomas Galway

Date of Death 06 12 1884
Date of Grant 17 06 1885
Effects under £522
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Thomas Galway late of Bovolgan County Antrim Retired Farmer who died 6 December 1884 at same place was proved at Belfast by William John Galway of Bovolgan Farmer one of the Executors.

Hugh Galway

Date of Death 30 11 1886
Date of Grant 16 05 1887
Effects £352
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Hugh Galway late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 30 November 1886 at same place was proved at Belfast by William John Galway of Bovolgan Farmer one of the Executors.

William Orr

Date of Death 23 12 1886
Date of Grant 19 03 1890
Effects under £300
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William Orr late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 23 December 1886 at same place was proved at Belfast by William Owen Orr of Bovolgan Farmer one of the Executors.

Arthur Greer

Date of Death 28 05 1888
Date of Grant 17 11 1890
Effects under £121
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of Arthur Greer late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 28 May 1888 at same place was proved at Belfast by John Greer of Bovolgan Farmer one of 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.

Eliza Jane Galway

Date of Death 15 03 1894
Date of Grant 18 06 1894
Effects £802
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Eliza Jane Galway late of Bovolgan County Antrim Spinster who died 15 March 1894 at same place were granted at Belfast to William John Galway of Bovolgan Farmer the Brother.

William John Galway

Date of Death 07 06 1895
Date of Grant 06 09 1895
Effects £1,203 8s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

The Will of William John Galway late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 7 June 1895 at Bangor County Down was proved at Belfast by Alice Galway Watters Married Woman and George Watters Farmer both of Bovolgan and John M’Harg of Brookhill Farmer all County Antrim the Executors.

Robert Phillips

Date of Death 29 05 1897
Date of Grant 16 07 1897
Effects £60
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Robert Phillips late of Bovolgan Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 29 May 1897 granted at Belfast to John Waring and Robert Joseph Lewis both of Bovolgan Farmers.

Robert Elliott

Date of Death 26 09 1897
Date of Grant 15 12 1897
Effects £1
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Robert Elliott late of Bovolgan Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 26 September 1897 granted at Belfast to William Lewis and Robert J. Lewis both of Bovolgan Farmers and William Elliott of Islandkelly County Antrim Postman.

Patrick Phillips

Date of Death 05 01 1898
Date of Grant 02 05 1898
Effects £1 10s
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Patrick Phillips late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 5 January 1898 granted at Belfast to James Phillips of Bovolgan Farmer.

David Watters

Date of Death 29 05 1898
Date of Grant 23 12 1898
Effects £20
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of David Watters late of Slievenacloy County Antrim Farmer who died 29 May 1898 granted at Belfast to George Watters of Bovolgan and James Watters of Ballynacoy both County Antrim Farmers. 

James Leckey

Date of Death 08 02 1901
Date of Grant 15 03 1901
Effects £1706 11s 3d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of James Lecky late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 8 February 1901 granted at Belfast to Francis William Lecky Farmer.

Catherine Elliott

Date of Death 21 05 1901
Date of Grant 19 08 1901
Effects £30 15s 7d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of Catherine Elliott late of Bovolgan County Antrim Spinster who died 21 May 1901 granted at Belfast to Richard Walker Farmer.

James McConnell

Date of Death 31 01 1907
Date of Grant 02 12 1914
Effects £51 8s 6d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of James McConnell late of Bovolgan Stoneyford County Antrim Farmer who died 31 January 1907 granted at Belfast to Margaret P. McConnell the Widow

William Lackey

Date of Death 01 08 1915
Date of Grant 03 09 1915
Effects £181 7s 2d
Registry: Belfast

Full Abstract:

Probate of the Will of William Lackey late of Bovolgan County Antrim Farmer who died 1 August 1915 granted at Belfast to James Lackey and Robert David Lewis Farmers.

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