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First Garvagh Presbyterian Church Marriages 1836-1844, Errigal Parish, Co. Londonderry

This congregation was drawn from the Parishes of Errigal and Desertoghill
PRONI Ref:MIC. IP/27 Reel 2
Original transcription by Lavonne Bradfield
History of the congregation and notes contributed by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia - len_swindley[at]hotmail.com
Formatted by
Jim McKane, Ontario, Canada - jamckane[at]gmail.com

 

Old First Garvagh Presbyterian Church
New First Garvagh Presbyterian Church opened 1971
Photos Courtesy of the Church Website

FIRST GARVAGH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - HISTORY OF THE CONGREGATION 1658-1943

Extracted from History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast, 1982)

Mr John Law was ordained to Desertoghill and Errigal (Garvagh) in 1658. He was deposed for non-conformity in 1661 but continued to minister. In 1673 Garvagh congregation was declared vacant as Mr. Law had demitted the charge and there was no hope of his returning to it. Mr. Law was imprisoned for a time in Scotland, but in 1691 he was installed in Kirkcaldy.

Mr. Robert Landass from Lanarkshire was ordained by the Route Presbytery in Jan. 1674, and he appears to have ministered in both Ballymoney and Garvagh. He went back to Scotland at the time of the Revolution and in 1691 the synod wrote to him to return to his charge, but he had already been installed in Blantyre the previous year. Rev. James Woodside was minister of Dunboe from 1698-1718 and he appears to have had charge of Garvagh too. Mr. Francis Ross from Macosquin was ordained 7 May 1723 and died 4 Nov 1751.

In 1756 Rev. William Callender, minister of Ardstraw [Co. Tyrone] was called to Garvagh, but on the day of his installation he did not turn up as he had been induced to return to his previous charge. At length, Mr. Robert Elder (lic. Route 1758), a local man, was ordained in Garvagh in 1761. He died 18 May 1781. After considerable dispute Mr. Brice Miller was ordained 21 Dec. 1784, but he resigned in 1787 and emigrated to America.

Mr. Henry Henry from Dunboe (lic. Route 1788) was ordained 13 May 1788 but resigned in Nov. of the same year to go to Connor. Mr. Gideon McMullan was ordained in Feb. 1790, but died 25 Feb. 1793.

Mr. James Brown (lic. Route 1792), son of John Brown of Ballinaloob, Kilraughts, was ordained 1 Dec. 1795. He was clerk of the Route Presbytery 1818-34. He retired 1839 and died 19 or 20 May 1850 aged 88. His daughter Anne married Rev. Charles Huston of Macosquin in 1824. Five of Mr. Brown’s grandsons were ministers and three of his grand-daughters married ministers. Mr James Millar (lic. Connor 1838) was ordained 18 Feb. 1840 and died 19 Nov 1859.Mr. Thomas Davidson (lic. Belfast 1859) was ordained 25 Sept. 1860 and died 2 Aug. 1865. Mr. Thomas Madill (later L.L.D.) was ordained 21 Feb. 1866. The following year the question arose whether to repair the inside of the old meeting house or to build a new church, and it was eventually decided not to rebuild. Mr. Madill died on 16 Aug. 1917 and was succeeded by Mr. Matthew Majury (lic. Belfast 1916) who was ordained on 18 July 1917. During his ministry, the Glebe was purchased and a manse built. Mr Majury accepted a call to 1st Antrim on 9 March 1920 and Mr. William Campbell lic. Coleraine) was ordained on 16 Nov. 1920. He died 11 March 1943.

The following marriages were recorded during the ministries of the Revs. John Brown & James Millar.


Marriages
1836-1844

NOTE: NR = Not recorded; Ill = Illegible


1836

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 9 Alexr Campbell Eliza Sutten Wm Sutten & Saml Campbel 88
Jan 18 Jas Johnston Agnes McCallen Jas McCallen & Robt Speers 88
Jan 27 John Murrell Margt Torrance Alexr Torrance & Jer Andrew 88
Feb 1 Alan Willson Elen Carlton John McCloy & Jno McCaghan 88
Feb 9 Thos Alexander Isabella Thompson Alexr Alexander & Saml Orr 88
Feb 9 Wm McMurtery Elizab Arthur Hugh Arthur & his wife 88
Feb 17 Wm McFetrich Mary Torrance Saml Lyttle & his wife 88
Feb 22 Andr Hunter Matilda Brownlow Jas McNery & his wife 88
Feb 29 Thos McClester Mary Kennedy Alexr Kennedy & Wm Peden 88
Mar 4 Wm Kissock Ann Stewart Thos Wells & Robt Gilmore 89
Mar 8 John Pedan Serah Jane Reed Jno Stewart & Wm Linton 89
Apr 1 Wm Huchison Elizabeth Kirkwood Isaac Martin & Jno Kirkwood 89
Apr 1 David Galt Agnes Bell John Bell & others 89
Apr 7 John Orr Rosanna Brown Robt Gilmore & Miss Stuart 89
Apr 8 Geo Orr Elizabeth Brown Jno Brown & his wife 89
Apr 18 Robt Dinnen Jane Thompson Mary Dinnen & others 89
Apr ? John Toy (ink smear) Hagerty
Serah?
Jas Toy & Jno Alexander 89
May 18 Saml Hunter Agnes Boulton Saml Boulton & Wm Henry 90
May 18 Jno Mullan Bettey Quin Jer Andrew & Saml Chestnut 90
May 23 Willm Wilson Mary Ann Wilson Alexr Willson 90
May 23 Wm Ray Jane Conaway Geo McGoogan & others 90
May 23 Wm McConnel Mary Maxwell Wm Maxwell & Martha McConnel 90
May 23 Alexr Dee Elizabeth Turner Nathaniel Jinkins & Malcom Turner 90
May 2? David Bown Serah Ross Wm Homes & Alexr Turner 90
May 31 Chas Canning Martha Hennery Robt Woodburn & family 90
Jun 30 Geo Woodburn Jane Gilmore Jas Woodburn & Robt Gilmore 91
Jul 1/7? Saml Millen Serah McConnell Jno McConnell Junr & others 91
Jul 8 Willm Patterson Jane Currey John Currey & Mrs Douglas 91
Jun 22 Andr Johnston Mary Gilmore Jno Johnston & Alexr Gilmore 91
Jun 19 John Linn Martha Johnston Jas Johnston & others 91
Jul 26 John O Neal Rosanna McCa??off pg Berrisford ONeal & Jno Me 91
Jul 26 Samson McIlfatrick Serah Collins? Jas Collins & his sister 91
Jul 26 Robt McCloskey Pegey Jane ???? Reachd Goald & Nancy ??? 91
Aug 9 John Ranken Mary Ann Laughlan Thos Ranken & Jas Dorrance 91
Aug 23 Alexr Miller Agnes Campabel? John Woodburn & Robt ? 91
Sep 1 Alexr Johnston Jane H---y? Jas Johnston & others 92
Sep 6 Thos Cambers Pegey Jane Long Alexr Moodey & Eliza Long 92
Oct 3 Hugh Holmes Susanna Waid Widow Waid & Jas Dorrans 92
Oct 17 Thos Milikan Bess McQuaid The bride' s father & Other
Certified by Jno Anderson
92
Oct 22 John Medowel Agnes Gilmore Robt Stewart & Thos Gilmore 92
Oct 26 Jas King Elizabeth Dunlop Jas Dunlop & sister 92
Nov 17 Thos McIlfatrick Elizabeth Drips Alexr Drips & wife 92
Nov 17 Alexr Calderwood Margt Fines The bride's brother in law and sister 92
Nov 25 Geo McLaughlan Mary Martin Robt Martin & Jas McLauglan 92
Nov 28 Richd Mecaghey Nancy Blair Geo Mecaghey & Jeremy Andrew 92
Dec 13 Jas Craig Agnes Speers Jas Johnston & others 93
Dec 20 Joseph Dunn Rose Mcquikin Hugh Hopkins & others 93

1837

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 3 Andr Nickle Mary Jane McCloskey Jno Heney & Robt McClosky 93
Dec 30, 1836 Thos Patterson Agnes McCloy Richd McCloy & others 93
Jan 20 Jas Kennedy Mary Ann Moore Robt Kennedy & Saml Moore 93
Jan 27 Robt Drips Jane Wallace Jas & Jno Wallace 93
Jan 31 Richd McCloy NR Weir John Weir & others 93
Feb 3 John Boyd Jane Gray Wm Gray & others 93
Feb 10 Saml Murrell Agnes Torrance Jno Murrell & Pegey Torrance 93
Feb 18 Jno Stewart Margt McNeal Jno Pedan & Saml Torrance 93
Feb 20 Jas McCaghan Rosanna O Neal Jas O Neal & Susan McGoogan 94
Feb 21 Wm McGomery Mary Ann Toy Jno Toy & family 94
Feb 24 Jas Blair Serah Kennedy Wm Kennedy & others 94
Apr 14 Alexr Kennedy Serah Miligan Jas Crow & Alexr Stewart 94
May 12 David Polluck Charlot Vance Robt Polluck & Margt Polluck 94
May 24 Saml Hastey Jane Patterson Bride' s father & mother 94
Jun 9 Geo Canning Mary Thompson Jno Thompson & Jas Maxwell 94
Jun 12 Alexr McClane Easther Duffin Margt Duffin & Wm Cochran 94
Jun 16 Archd Campbell Mariah Patterson Robt Campable & Margt Greer 94
Jun 17 Robt McAnaul Ann McLaughlan Jno McLaughlan & Mary Ann Mc?? 95
Jul 4 Jno Canning Pegey Duffin Hen Canning & Robert Turner 95
Jul 7 Wm Caldwell Isabill Cochran Relatives on both sides 95
Jul 7 Jas Campbell Eliza Mitchel Relatives of both 95
Jul 25 Wm Woods Pegey Ann Torrance Andr & Jas Torrance 95
Sep 8 John Morrison Kitey Deveny Saml Gilmore & Mary Wooden 95
Sep 8 Cornelus Toy Pegey Jane Thompson ? Adams & Wm Toy 95
Sep 13 Wm Maxwell Serah McCrakan Wm Davison & his wife 95
Sep 13 Archd Campable Elizabeth Sinclar Robt Governor & Jane Sinclar 95
Sep 15 John Stewart Elizabeth McCasland NR 96
Oct 31 Jno Cook Mary Lindsay Wm Kennedy & Wm Lindsay 96
Nov 27 Willm Lyttle Ann Morison Robt Jamison with the bride's sister 96
Nov 30 John Black Agnes Hamil Mr Black's brother & bride's sister 96
Dec 15 Alexr Torrance Mary Kennedy Thos Adams & Jas Kennedy 96
Dec 28 John Bonds Lettia Boyd Willm Boyd & wife 96

1838

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 4 Jas Michel Martha Scot Samuel Michel 97
Jan 5 Archd McQuilken Jane Gilmore
alias Brown
Robt Bingham & his wife 97
Jan 19 Jno Murrell Agnes Murrell Saml & Alex Murrell 97
Feb 1 Robt Cochran Margt Turner Math Graham & Bride's sister 97
Feb 6 Robt? Patrick Killogh Jane Jamison Robt Jamison & Jno Adams 97
Feb 9 Daniel Thompson Pegey Lamont NR 97
Feb 12 David Gileyland Jane Chambers Ebey Davison & Mary Chambers 97
Feb 16 Jno Stewart Eliza Reed Jas Reed & Wm Toy 97
Feb 28 Daniel Linton Nancey Hagerty Jas Smith & Wm Patterson 97
Mar 2 Hugh Henry Jennet Henry Elizabeth Wooden & Wm Andrew 98
Mar 2 Henry Lapin Ann Kane Robt Furlow & Pegey Anderson
Certified by Wm Heney
98
Mar 2 John McLees Pegey Boys Jno Richey & Robt Kelly 98
Mar 8 Wm Cochran Elizabeth Kirkwood Wm Kirkwood & Thos Cochran 98
Mar 8 Samuel Johnston Liley Cochran/TD> Wm Cockran & Alex McAlister 98
Mar 19 Wm Fleming Ruth Dempsey Robt Young & the bride's sister 98
Apr 16 Thos Lyttle Elen McIntosh NR 98
May 14 Robt Murrey Bridget Gillen Robt & Francis Gillen 99
May 23 Robt Turner Jane Davison The bride's brother & sister 99
May 25 John Boyd Matilda McAlister Jno & Jas Johnston 99
Jun 1 Geo Willson Jane Martin Willm Martin & others 99
Jul 17 John Taylor Rabecca Hodge Martha Hoge & Anges Hoge 99
Jul 28 Wm Intire Martha Baverland Jas McIntire & Thos Baverland 99
Aug 28 Archd Reed Mary Sample Jas Martin & Mary Gilmore 99
Oct 17 John McGee Jane Clark Wm Clark & Mary Madigan 99
Oct 26 Thos Waid Elizabeth Service Wm & Daniel Linton 99
Nov 2 Jas Kane Susanna McCloskey John Henry & others 100
Nov 5 John McClenaghan Serah McCook Jacob McClenaghan & Mary Jane McCook 100
Nov 5 Wm Thompson Mary An Turner Brothers of bride & groom 100
Nov 9 Robt Davison Jane Ray Archd Davison & Jas Forrest 100
Nov 12 John Johnston Ann Moore Certified by Wm Anderson 100
Nov 15 Jas Duffion Mary Ann McLaughan Wm Lamont & others 100
Nov 16 Jas Dinnen Serah Waid John Buckanen & Clinton Quig 100
Dec 7 John Matthews Mary __inds
Ink smear
Jno Matthews & Archd Jamison 100
Dec 14 Willm Faith Margaret Hamilton Robt Walker & Jas Quin 100

1839

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 12 William Wallace Mary Ann Tarbet Jas Forgrave & Robt Watley 101
Jan 22 John Small Betty
Ink smear
Jas McFaden & Wm Frame 101
Jan 30 Joseph Campbell Eliza Cuningham Jno McAlister & Wm Smyth 101
Feb 15 John Marria? Mary Jane McCook Jacob McClenaghan & Henry Mullan 101
Feb 22 Thos Johnston Martha McConnel Ro Fullerton & Dick Johnston 101
Mar 4 John Kennedy Pegey Jane Bamford Wm Bamford & others 101
Mar 4 Jas Noris Eliza Baner Certified by Willm Cochran & Jno Mc--rdey 101
Apr 2 John McGee Moley Ann Galaway Robt Galaway & Jas McGee 102
Apr 12 Thos Gilmor Elizabeth Patton Robt Patton & others 102
Apr 26 Alexander Arsbell Elenor Hill Jno Willson & William Hill 102
May 3 Robt Churchwood Cathren Lynd Jno Churchwood & Saml Johnston 102
May 14 Hugh Thompson Mary Ranken Mary & Eliza Ranken 102
May 14 John Paul Cathren Gamble Hugh Gamble & Math McNerry 102
May 23 John Elder Jane Kane Thos Dunlop & his wife 102
Jun 8 John Clyde Mary Jane Stewart Jno & Elizabeth Brown
Certified by Geo Nickle & Thos Mayne
103
Jun 25 David Richey Jane Henry Robt Young & Hugh Bamfort 103
Jul 1 Jas Stewart Pegey Selfridge The bride's father & sister 103
Jul 22 Jno Watt Jane Young Jno & Robt Young 103
Jul 26 Willm Davison Elizabeth Gilmore Wm Jackson & others 103
Aug 17 Will Lynn Nancey Willson Robt McIlwrath & Maryan Woods 103
Aug 19 John Arbuthnot Jane Gray Archd McMaster & his wife 103
Aug 23 Willm Kennedy Pegey Jane Andrews Jeremiah Andrews & Robt Kenedy 103
Aug 28 John Wallace Nancey McAuley Susan McAuley & Willm Wallace 103
Sep 3 Jas Stewart Mary Ann Barber Archd Barber 104
Sep 25 Samuel Miller Mary Milikin Andr Miliken & Pegey Miller 104
Oct 18 Wm Hutchison Nancy Graham Bride's sister & Miss Patten 104
Nov 4 Wm Kenders Matilda Andrews Jer Andrews & Jno Willson 104
Nov 8 Thos Gilmore Moley Gilmore Henry Martin & his wife 104
Nov 15 William ? Margt Campbel Saml McPherson & Jane Campbel 104
Dec 3 Wm Craig Mary Ann Stewart The bride's sister & groom's brother 104
Dec 13 John Dalhouse Eliza Duffen? Martin & Jas Dalhouse? 104

1840

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 2 Hugh Wall Jane Kennedy Andr Kennedy 105
Jan 17 John Gilmore Martha Kent John Weir & NR Medowal 105
Jan 29 David Nelson Margt Woods David Woods & others 105
Jan 29 Wm NR Agnes? Woods David Woods & David Nelson 105
Feb 7 Wm Huchison Agnes Hill The bride's sister & others 105
Feb 14 David Turner Jane Alexander Eliza Miliken & Thos Alexander 105
Mar 9 Andr Miliken Mary Miller Danl Henry & Robt Bingham 105
Mar 16 Jno Mitchel Elen Hanson Jno & Wm Hanson 105
Mar 26 John Pantan Elen Pedan John & Hugh Pedan 105
Apr 17 Jas George Margrat Dorritey David Nelson & his wife 106
Apr 22 Geo Miller Jane McDonal of
Cong Tamlaght certified
by Robt Brown Elder
Mary Ann Miller & Thos Simson 106
May 8 John Walker Mary Henery John Herald & Wm Toy 106
Jun 3 John McCullen Margret Meek Jas Stewart & Robt Dougherty 106
Jul 17 John Spakan Isabella Henry Mary Mighel & Richd Johnston 106
Jul 28 Joseph Scot Agnew Henry Wm McGee & Jas Maxwell 106
Oct 1 John Erewin Jane Paul Jas Willson 106
Nov 11 Willm Lamont Jane Hamilton Paul Smirl & Wm Patterson 107
Nov 17 Robt Craig Mary Herald Jno Herald & Widow Craig 107
Dec 15 Willm Beriman Serah McIlpatrick Jas Beriman & Nancy McIlpatrick 107

1841

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 12 Hugh King Jane McNab Matilda McNab & Jas Mooney 107
Jan 20 Will McConnel Mary Hagan Wm Richey & NR McConnel 107
Jan 21 Alex Nelson Jane Dougherty NR 107
Feb 10 Jas Moodey Mary Menaight John Kennedy 107
Mar 23 John Patterson Agnes Gamble Wm Patterson & John Dunlop 108
Apr 5 Robt Frezel Nancey Moodey NR 108
Apr 31 Robt Megamery Mary Ann Patterson Wm Patterson & Wm Megamery 108
May 31 John Martin Widow Hopkin NR 108
Jul 8 Alexander Barr Pegy Jane Bell Serah Bell & Jas Gilmore 108
Aug 18 Hugh McMurtery Pegey Lynn Wm Megee & Robt Dougherty 108
Sep 1 Chas Nixon Martha McClenaghan NR 108
Oct 23 John Mighel Moley Mighel Margt Migel & Thos Paul 109
Nov 25 Jas Waid Rachel Graham Joseph Scot & his wife 109
Dec 2 Thos Lytle Cathren Campbell Jno McMillan & his wife 109
Dec 16 Robt Fleming Mary Ross Wm McNab & others 109
Dec 17 Mathew Patton Margaret Wallace Joseph & Jeremiah Andrew 109

1842

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 23 Hugh McCLoud Mary Paterson Thos Patterson & Wm McCaghan 109
Apr 19 Jas Keers Mary Ann Ander--- The bride's sisters & Jas Willson 110
May 25 Benjamin Mitchel Jane Neal David Lynn & Neal McQuilkin 110
Jul 21 Davd McIlroy Elizabeth Roberts Nancey McQuinn? & Thos Moon 110
Aug 4 Thomas Moon Margret Sinclair Jennet Moon & Danl Hunter 110
Aug 23 Jas McCallen Isabella Cr?ing John Woodburn & his wife 110
Oct? 21 Wm Jackson Widow? Moony Fran Martin & his wife 110
Oct 28? John Alexander Jane Brown
alias Wiley
Andrew Brown & Thos McCloy 110
Nov 10 Andrew Dunop Jane Johnston Saml Johnston & Constantia Dunlop 111
Nov 12 James Woodburn Letitia Canning Robert & Elizabeth Canning 111
Nov 17 John McArthur Marg? Patterson? Math McArthur & Alex McAlister 111
Nov 18 John Church Mary Gibson Jane Hamilton & Wm Lamont 111
Dec 21 David Paul Elizabeth Thompson Jno Thompson & family 111
Dec 22 Robt Martin Isbel Davison Alexr Davison & Martha Jane Campbell 111

1843

Note: The handwriting for 1843 and 1844 is very hard to decipher. It appears the minister was elderly and
his handwriting had become very shakey. There are overwrites and the letters not very clear in some cases.

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Jan 11 Joseph Nelson Ir? Johnston Robt Henny & Foster Nelson 112
Jan 12 Franke? Campbell Marey Canning The bride's father & others 112
Feb 11 Hendersen McG--ghey NR Meharg ? Patterson & others 112
Feb 1? Mathew Gamble Martha Kenedy Hugh McCaghey & others 112
Feb 21 Jeremiah Andrew Wadre? Murell NR 112
Feb 28 John Thompson Jane Smyth The bride' father & family 112
Mar (smeared) John McGraw Martha Boyd Jas McGraw & Thos Boyd 112
Mar 28 Jas Willson Rabeca Gilmore Wm Lynd & bride's father 112
Apr 22 Willm Henrey Ann Moore Hugh Henrey & Danl McMillan 113
Jul 4 Thos Myhel Margrat Hemphill Jeremiah Matel 113
Jul 18 John Willson Mary Minogher Bride's mother & others 113
Jul 2? Thos Davison Nancey Smith Ann Davison & others  
Nov 6 John McCurdey Ann Mitchell Jas Hamil & the bride' brother 113
Nov 8 Thos Gambel Martha Lynn David Henny & bride's father 113
Nov 9 Robt Montgomery Margaret M-Illigible John Bra-b--? & the bride' mother 113
Nov 14 John Berman Agnes Charter? John Mc? & Thos Harper 114
Nov 14 Thos Collins Isabella Hagerty And Nickle & Mary Toner 114
Nov 28 Willm Linton Isabella Woodburn Geo & Jas Woodburn 114
Dec 15 Willm Waid Mary McAshaney Saml Din-- & Wm McAshaney 114

1844

Date Groom Bride Present Page
Ill Jas McNeal Martha Heney NR 114
Jan 18 Jas Glass Pegey Workman Jas Glass & Wm Workman 114
Feb 2 Robt McNery Reachel Ross Robt Ill & bride's Mother 114
Ill Ill Agnew Mc-agtan Ill Smyth¦ 115
Mar 2 David Andrew Jane Magumery Jeremy Andrew & bride's sister 115
Mar 9 Robert Canning Margt Ann Canning Bride's sister 115
Mar 12 James Alexander Margret Gilmore Bride's father & mother 115
Apr 4 Jas Johnston Reachel Patterson NR 115
Mar 26 Jas Andrew Martha Wooden NR 115
Jul 10 Jas McQuig Elizabeth Gray Margret & Elizabeth Dougherty 115
Jul 10 John Mitchel Margret Woodburn NR 115
Jul 11 Robt Campbel Elizabeth Ash? NR 115
Oct 14 Fredrick Pigot Nancey Stewart The father & friends of the bride 116
Nov 19 Alexr Mooney Mary Campbell NR 116
Nov 15 Mark Candle Jane --ny NR 116