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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
Hi from 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 family.
Thanks so much,
Claire Matthews

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.
Sally Dillon

10 Feb 2009
Hello William
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 Convery!
Can you give me any steer to help me sort it out?
Thanks again for the brilliant web-site
Best wishes
Rose Lavery

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.
Alison Curtis


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