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Where did we come from?

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Derriaghy Co Antrim - Where do we come from?

Original Inhabitants We are very fortunate to have records from the 17th century which claim to list the original native Irish families of Killultagh - the area around what would later be Lisburn. This extract is taken from the State Papers relating to Ireland
A Note of all the True Natives of Kilulta

The following except that they paid a token of rent, had the freedom of Killultagh, the Magillmuryes, the MacRories, the Hamels, the McTrealawnies, the Heaghians, the Greemes, the Hillins, the Magveahs, the Macavagans.

Lists follow of -
1. Those that were true inhabitants and undertenants in the country aforesaid.
2. A note of those that are but strangers of other countries dwelling in this county of Irish.

The lists are as follows :-

(1.) The Magillreawies, McShanes, Lawries, O'Mulhalons, McQuaids, McRobins and others.
(2.) The McCaines, Magrues, Magowrans, McStranogs, Makeaghrakes, O'Deemans, O'Quins,
McGeeans, O'Mildownes, O'Kanes, Tallons, Gribins and O'Mullcrewy with their strange
followers, the O'Closes, O'Lorkans, O'Forfyes, O'Connorys, O'Conweeles, O'Monans,
Mageralls, McRories, O'Mulveanines, O'Prontyes, MArlies, MacVoloonyes [?],
McDonnells, Hinneries, McQooicks, Flannegans, Maghagans.
English & Welsh Settlers
In 1611 James I granted Sir Fulke Conway the lands of Killultagh in south west County Antrim.Sir Fulke imported inhabitants for his new town of Lisnegarvy, and tenants for the good lands on his estate, from his family property near the confines of Gloucester, Worcester, and Warwick. Some few, such as Morgan, Edward, Ap. Richard, now Pritchard, and Ap. Hughe, now Hughes, whose names are unmistakeably Welsh, may have come from the neighbourhood of Conway.

Fifty –two tenants helped establish the town. The following are the names of the original inhabitants : —Henry Cloughanson, John Norris, John O'Murray, Thomas Date, Simon Batterfield, John Slye, John Golly, Hugh Montgomerie, Marmaduke Dobbs, Richard Dobbs, Thos. Paston, John Tippen, Stephen Richardson, Christopher Calvert, Ann Morgan, George Rose, Edward Steward, Henric Wilson, Robert Browne, William Averne, John Dilworth, Katherine Bland, George Davis, John Savage, Jerome Cartwright, Robert Taylor, Symon Richardson, Humprey Dash, William Smith, John McNilly, Askulfe Stanton, Henrie Hollcote, Francis Burke, Thomas Symonson, Richard Howie, John Houseman, Patrick Palmer, Robt. Warton, William Cubbage, John Aprichard, Owen Aphugh, Antonie Stottard, John Mace, Humfry Leech, Richard Walker, Henrie Freebourne, Edward Gouldsmith, Robert Bones, William Edwards, Peter O'Mulred, and John O'Murray.
These were also followed by linen weavers and Huguenot settlers as the town developed.
Sir Fulke Conway and afterwards his successor, the Earl of Conway and his brother-in-law Sir George Rawdon, brought over many natives of England and Wales here to tenant the estate, and their descendants still occupy the lands; some of their names were Gresham, Audis, Thurkilld, Antwhistle, Higginson, Hastings, Waring, Close, Wolfenden, Mussen, Bullmer, Bunting, Blizard, Charleton, Aprichard, Gwilliams, Haddock, Peers, Wheeler, Breathwait, Barnsley, Carleton, Conway, Garrett, Bennett, Gregory, Waters, White, Pearce, Grainger, Willis, Shillington, Hammond, Moore, Smyth, Richardson, Clark, Hopes, Peel, Bicket, Lamb, Hodkinson, Carter, Courtney, Westherhead, &c.

The people of the parish

The Hearth Money Rolls of 1669 list the names of 245 hearth owners in the parish. Lists of parish landholders for the years 1736 and 1772 preserved in the oldest parish register contain 233 and 257 names respectively.A striking increase in population after 1772 is reflected in the Applotment list of 1844 which contains the names of 600 occupiers of land.
Not all families were on the move. Some names persisted throughout the century, for example, Abernethy, Boyes, Banister, Brown, Close, Cromie, Duncan, Grainger, Gribbon, Hamill, Hastings, Hull, Johnston, King, Lewson, Lunn, Magee, Pearce, Mussen, Phillips, Robinson, Rice, Stewart, Smith, Thompson, Tate, Willis, Whiteside, Waring. It is significant that many of these families held large amounts of land. Other names which were to become well established in the parish appear in the early Vestry Court minutes and in the 1736 list of landholders: Alderdice, Bulmer (Boomer), Carmichael, Christian, Corken, Crommelin, Crone, McCall, Murray, Mcllrath, Partridge, Potts, Richardson, Rosbotham, Seeds, Skelton. Several of the names in this latter list figure in the Blaris records of baptisms, marriages and burials in the late 17th century, but not, for some reason, in the Hearth Money Rolls.

Hello Members,
I am trying to find out where my relations from the Derriaghy area originally came from and I have included some information I

Re: Where did we come from?

Gerry Byrne posted May 1, 2015 a list of tenants who settled post-1611 that included Peel.

In October of 1771 the Britannia departed Belfast for Savannah, Georgia with Richard Peel (1740-1806) and wife, Mary Gamboll/Gamble(1745-1834), with their son, William (1760-1855), aboard. Also aboard was John Peel (1747-?), Richard's brother, who would later marry Alice Gamboll/Gamble (1750-1834), Mary Peel's sister. As well, John Gamboll/Gamble (and five children) were aboard; John was brother of Mary and Alice, the brother-in-law of the Peel brothers.

Family records indicate that the Gamboll/Gamble family and Peel family were neighbors in Ireland. The parents of Mary, Sarah, and John Gamboll/Gamble are said to be Joseph and Isabella (no documentation).

Some family researchers claim a third Peel brother, Thomas, emigrated later but to a northern port (not Georgia, which is southern United States).

To date no evidence exists for a documented claim for the parents of Richard and John Peel who departed Ireland in 1771.

What I know: the Peel and Gamboll/Gambles were reported to be from an area near the Antrim/ Down border; they emigrated to the Queensborough Irish Reserve, set aside by the English government in the colony of Georgia. The area to which they migrated is said to have been populated with Irish linen weavers. Richard Peel's will probated in 1806 indicated he was a landowner and cattle herder.

With nothing more than the above information, I am assuming that the Peels and Gambolls/Gambells would have lived "fairly" near Belfast in 1771 to make such a trip feasible for boarding a ship.

Might readers have information that will further inform my search for the Irish home of Richard and John Peel and their Gamboll/Gamble connections? Where might I find records to link the years from the 1611 establishment of the Lisburn area to the 1771 departure of my family from Belfast? Is the Peel of 1611 my family? Thank you.

Beth Peel Leggieri

Location: Denton, Texas

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