Ballymoney family history searches - can you help?

By Lyle McMullan

MORE and more people from across the world are using the website to help them find their north Antrim roots, writes Keith Beattie.

The site was set up by Ballymoney Borough Council and the EU Programme for Sustainable Prosperity and the Discussion Forum is the ideal way for researchers to share information on their families.

The following are family history inquiries from overseas - all are looking for their Ballymoney ancestry, and all extremely grateful to the Ballymoney & Moyle Times for this wonderful opportunity to find help with their search.


Pamela Wood Waugh is looking for help tracing her husband's family.

"My husband's ancestor came over to the Boston, Massachusetts, area in 1872/3. Three siblings, Samuel Waugh, b. 1 May 1843, James Irwin/Irving Waugh, b. 12 Jan 1847 and Sarah Waugh, b. 30 Apr 1849 all made the trip. There is no evidence that the parents - David A. Waugh and wife Sarah Irwin/Irving/Erwin - joined them.

There were so many Waughs in Ballymoney that I'm hoping someone may know something of these folks. I can find nothing in Massachusetts that indicates where in Northern Ireland they came from."

Contact Pamela at 730 Dunhill Drive, Orlando, Florida 32825 USA or e-mail:


Helen Evans needs help with a family puzzle before she visits Northern Ireland this summer:

"I am coming to Kilrea in early August to further research my family tree and was hoping to find out about my grandfather's birth place before I arrive.

My Grandfather, John McIntyre, was from a large family (14 children) and was supposedly born in Kilrea on the 26 March 1881 or 84. My dilemma is that I have now found evidence that maybe he was born in Dervock.

I have come across a copy of a birth certificate dated 9 February 1885, with the mother listed as Sarah McIntyre (John's mother was Sarah Jane nee Irwin) given as a "general servant". The informant was a Rachel McIntyre of Lisnisk who registered the birth on the 19 February 1885 and was present at the birth. I'm unsure if this is my grandfather or another family altogether.

My great grandparents, John and Sarah Jane McIntyre, farmed at Moneygran in March 1890, according to John's will.

Any help would be very much appreciated. My address is: Mrs Helen Evans, P O Box 127 Bullsbrook, West Australia 6084, or email"


Moreen Blair requests:

"William Luke was a Presbyterian Scottish settler in Ballyhibistock, Dervock in 1615. Is there any hope of tracing him or James and Robert Luke who went with him from Scotland at this time? My great grandfather David Luke, Knockboys, Skerry, married Eliza Allen (parents Eliza Norrell and Victor Allen a bleacher) of Coreen Skerry in the registry office in Ballymena in 1861. Love to hear from anyone connected to this family."

Contact Moreen at 4384 Quesnel Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6L2X6 or email


Christine McManus asks: "I'm looking for descendants of John Patton and Jane McVicker (or Vicar) married about 1850s. I have identified the following children, although I think there may be others: Thomas, William, Jane, Elizabeth, Ellen and Robert John 1851-1866.

Some of the family moved to Renfrew, Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Scotland, some moved to Rhode Island USA.

Thomas Patton (of Kittal) married Jane Nevin (of Carnlelis) in1880 at Ballycastle. Jane was born about 1861, her parents were James Nevin & Jane White. Thomas & Jane's children were John Patton born 1881; William Patton born c.1883; Margaret Patton born c.1886; Thomas Patton born 17th May 1888 at Croagh, Ballycastle; Catherine (Jean) Patton born c.1891; Fanny Patton born c.1894; James Patton born 1896; Andrew Robert Patton born May 1900 in Antrim.

The Pattons lived at Island McCallion in the 1901 Census and three of the young children are said to be scholars- Thomas, Catherine and Fanny- would someone be able to tell me which school they would likely have attended?

The family later lived in Bonnybridge, Scotland and then back to Ballinlea/Moyarget. At least one of the sons, John, married in Moyarget 1913. Thomas Patton died in 1919 at Moyarget; Jane Nevin died at Bonnybridge in 1910.

We are also related to Nevin/Nesbitt/Taggart/Hamill families and possibly a Rosetta and Jane Diamond that lived at Island McCallion 1950s."

Please reply to 7 Gamenya Drive, Springwood, Brisbane, Queensland 4127 or email


Allena Smyth is looking for her husband's decendents:

"My husband's grandfather was Robert James Charles Smyth, born 8 May 1873 in Ballymoney. He was one of eleven children. His father was an auctioneer in Ballymoney; his mother's maiden name was Lorimer. The family moved to Belfast, but I am not sure when. My postal address is 2601 Shieling Place, Victoria, BC, Canada V8N 1S2 or email: Thank you for your help."


Jennifer Carson Turner writes: "I emigrated in 1957 to Canada with my mum and dad, James and Jean Carson who owned the Esso filling station at Ballybogey. Dad and all his siblings were born in Ballyrock and all have left us. I presently am researching the Thomas /Martha (McLaughlin) Carson line as well as my great grandfather Samuel and Martha (Hemphill) Carson who were from the Dervock area.

On my mother's side I'm researching Glass (McMullen) family from Bushmills. They owned the Antrim Arms Hotel, now the Bushmills Inn. Any information on any of these families would be very welcomed. I also am looking for the book "Families of Ballyrashane" by Reverend Mullin and the book about the Dunluce Presbyterian Church in Bushmills by his daughter. I realize they are like gold dust but there may be someone who would like to sell a copy. I would be very grateful for any assistance."

Jennifer can be reached by email at or by writing to Jennifer Turner, 204 Grassi Place, CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA. T1W-2N3.