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04 May 2009|
Hi, My name is Judy
McCormick and I am trying to gather more information
about my grandmother's family. They came from your
area, my grandmother's name was Charlotte Stewart (born
1879). She was from Ballymacpeake. My grandfather was
Robert Riddell (born 1879) and he was from Drummuck.
They immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1901.
My great grandparents were Robert
Stewart born in 1831 and Maria Mulholland born in 1837.
Maria Mulholland's parents were Henry Mulholland and
Maria York. I would like to know if you or anyone else
has any additional information about these people.
My Grandmother Charlotte Stewart had a
sister named Margaret (born 1869) who married a man
named Patrick Convery. They immigrated to America and
also named a child Patrick. Is this by any chance any
relation of yours. I could not find a link in your
published family tree.
I find searching genealogy fascinating
and really enjoyed all the information on your website.
Thanks for any assistance that you might
be able to give me.
25 Mar 2009|
Philadelphia! I recently received an email suggesting I
check out your site. My Convery ancestors are from the
townland of Drumconready in Maghera. My great,
great-grandfather Patrick Convery was born there about
1820. My great-grandfather, also Patrick was born there
as were his brothers, Hugh and Edward, and sister Jane
were also born there. My great-grandmother was a
McGilligan from Dungiven. The family emigrated to
Philadelphia around 1852-1854. I was lucky enough to
visit Maghera in 2006, but was not able to meet any
relatives whom I'm told live on Five Mile Straight
Road. I would really appreciate any information on the
Thanks so much,
23 Mar 2009|
I am trying to locate any
information on my great grandfather Patrick Birt from what I
have already discovered is he was from Derry possibly
Ballymacpeake. He was born in 1839/1840. His fathers name
was George and he was a stonemason. I do not know any of his
siblings names however I think Edward was one. He left
Ireland in the 1850's to work in Tudhoe, England as a
puddler in the iron mills. On his marriage certificate in
1860 it stated that his father was deceased. I saw on your
site that you mention the Birt's living in Dreenan was
wondering if you have any other information on them. They
were Roman Catholic. He ended up in Pennsylvania working in
the Bethlehem iron mills. Any assistance would be helpful
Thank You for all your work I really enjoyed reading the
story on Dreenan.|
10 Feb 2009|
I've been reading your site with great interest. It's
fascinating.. I've been looking for the family of my
great-grandfather William Convery of Maghera (without much
success) for about a year, with the regretful feeling that I
started too late!
My ggf William was in business in Albert Street, Belfast in
the early 1900s, as a spirit grocer He had married a Co
Down woman, Mary McLeigh, and they had at least one child,
my grandmother Brigid, who in 1907 married Patrick Lavery..
William may have left Maghera in the steps of his brother
Pat, a priest of Down and Connor diocese, who was born in
1846 and baptised in Tirgarval, Maghera. Like your namesake
cousin, he had a distinguished career in the church, details
of which I have from one of the diocesan archivists.
He, too, studied at St Malachy's and then entered Maynooth
in 1868, so they certainly weren't contemporaries.
I have also met two Convery cousins. each called Fr. Neil
Can you give me any steer to help me sort it out?
Thanks again for the brilliant web-site
02 Feb 2009|
Hi William, Just another query
re Convery Family, sorry.I have recently received this copy
of a letter written by my great great grandfather. I sent it
to Liam Mulholland, from Lavey Parish to see if he could
help me and he said he forwarded it I think to you? I am not
sure if you received it so I am having another go. My Great
Great Grandfather was Michael Convery born 1828, parents
John and Mary. He married Cecelia Gatenby from Newcastle
England and their childrens names were John, Peter, Francis,
Jane, Isabella, Mary Ann, Michael, Anthony, Henry and Alice.
So now I am wondering if you know of the area Bellnroepeak??
or is it a bend on the road or a hill? I have the ordnance
survey map of the area but can't find it. And the old chapel
at Mayagoll near Golodoff, is that now the Lavey area? Is
the old chapel still standing and are there any houses still
there behind it? |
I have travelled to Ireland a few times and have visited
Lavey twice, been to St. Mary's and both graveyards, never
realising how close I was to Michaels birthplace. I was
wondering if you or anyone in you know could shed any light
on this information I have, and if anyone knows of this
family of Converys that I belong to, or if there are any of
the family left in Ireland? I have no family nicknames to
help, or any names of Michaels siblings. I have attached the
note (not in great condition)and a typed copy, a picture of
my greatgrandfather also Michael, maybe someone will see a
family resemblance (most of his siblings look the same)!
Looking forward to hearing from you.