Thursday, February 14, 2013
Seems I'm going in a few circles lately trying to piece together the various townlands where Gillespie and/or Greer relations were found. We've been looking now at Derrynoose, a Greer townland, which is 10 miles southwest of Lisnadill, a Gillespie townland. Both Greer's and Gillespie's were purportedly in the weaving/linen occupation, so it was worth checking (again) for our family names appearing in the 1796 Flax Growers list:
Greer Henry Mullaghbrack Armagh
Greer Isabella Loughgilly Armagh
Greer James Ballymore Armagh
Greer James Loughgilly Armagh
Greer John Ballymore Armagh
Greer John Mullaghbrack Armagh
Greer Robert Armagh Armagh
Greer Robert Derrynoose Armagh
Greer Robert Mullaghbrack Armagh
Greer Thomas Loughgall Armagh
Greer Thomas Loughgilly Armagh
Greer William Mullaghbrack Armagh
Gillespey George Tynan Armagh
Gillespey Hugh Tynan Armagh
Gillespey John Armagh Armagh
Gillespie Anne Tynan Armagh
Gillespie John Armagh Armagh
Gillespie John Loughgall Armagh
Gillespie John Loughgilly Armagh
Gillespy John Tynan Armagh
Mullaghbrack is about 9 miles east of Lisnadill, just north of Markethill. Loughgilly is just south of Markethill.
Then I started to wonder about the origins of John Gillespie's second wife, Jane Woods. Here are the Woods names in the Flax Grower's List:
Woods Barney Killevy
Woods Bryan Tynan
Woods Daniel Derrynoose
Woods Francis Tynan
Woods James Keady
Woods James Mullaghbrack
Woods James Tynan
Woods John Kilmore
Woods John Mullaghbrack
Woods John Tynan
Woods Laurence Derrynoose
Woods Patrick Tynan
Woods Robert Mullaghbrack
Woods William Kilmore
Hmmm, there are Derrynoose and Mullaghbrack. There was no John Gillespie living in those townlands, though Loughgilly is near enough to both.
Then, my cousins and I were recently discussing that Robert Gillespie was purportedly employed by William and David Bell Pottery in Quebec. I have not been able to trace that business, but for some reason the BELL surname rang a bell (!) for me. I remembered something I had found at the Family History Library last year. What follows is my transcription.
Tombstone and Monument Transcriptions in Mullabrack with some notes relating to some, copied by T.B.F. Paterson. This is a handwritten notebook, and on page 17-18 is the following:
In memory of Adam Bell of Druminnis County Armagh he died Dec 1775 age 56 years and Isabella Bell alias Gillespie his wife who died 22 Feb (?) 1826 age 93 years they are buried in the churchyard adjoining.
veined marble, black background (more description of the actual gravestone)
Adam Bell who was of Scottish origin settled at Killy____dden in county Armagh at the end of the 17th century or in the very early years of the 18th. He and his family were in possession of most if not all of that town and the adjoining townland of Drumminis in the same county. There is not a trace of his residence nor are there any of his descendants residing at Druminnis. He had two sons, William and Thomas.
William had two sons, William and Jack. William who emigrated to Canada took the side of the Canadians in their resistance to England while Jack lived at Knappaugh county Armagh.
Thomas had 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters one of which Adam was the member whose death and burial are recorded above.
Adam Bell was a linen draper and married Isabella Gillespie by whom he had his children. He directed in his will dated in Sept. 1775 that he would be buried in Mullabrack. His wife was a daughter of Thomas Gillespie a son of John Gillespie who with his two maternal uncles Thomas and Robert _______ settled in the wastelands in the county of Armagh at the end of the 17th or beginning of the 18th century. They had previously _______
from a family sketch by T.W.B.
Many descendants of Adam Bell and Isabella Gillespie distinguished themselves in the legal and engineering profession.
Just for fun, let's see if there were Bell's in the Flax Grower's list:
Bell Agnes Derrynoose
Bell Benjamin Mullaghbrack
Bell David Mullaghbrack
Bell Elizabeth Mullaghbrack
Bell Francis Kilmore
Bell Hugh Derrynoose
Bell James Ballymore
Bell James Loughgilly
Bell John Mullaghbrack
Bell Mary Mullaghbrack
Bell Matthew Mullaghbrack
Bell Thomas Mullaghbrack
I have to admit that my pulse quickens a little with all this, even though there are no serious conclusions that can be drawn at this point. But we are adding Mullaghbrack and Loughgilly as townlands to watch for on our radar screen. This is starting to get good :-)
Posted by genealojist at 9:19 PM