The actor John Wayne, b 1907 Iowa & died 1979 in Los Angeles), was descended from a family who lived in the parish of Drummaul and emigrated to the US in the early 1800s.
His family were of Scotch-Irish (Ulster-Scots) origins and reportedly this was something he often liked to bring up in conversation. They reportedly lived in or close to the townland of Caddy, just outside Randalstown. The Caddy Fife & Drum band celebrate him today and have a drum named “the Duke” emblazoned with his picture.
The actor’s great-grandfather Robert Morrison was born around 1782 near Randalstown, though the exact whereabouts are not known. He was baptised in Connor Presbyterian church and became a weaver. Weavers often moved around to follow available work and this has made it difficult to trace precisely where they lived.
He left for the US sometime after 1801. After arriving in New York he travelled to South Carolina where he again worked as a weaver. Robert married Mary Mitchell in the US and the coupled settled in Ohio.
One of their children, James, married in 1836 and named one of his children Marion Mitchell Morrison - a name that was passed onto his grandson, who was born at Winterset in Iowa in 1907. The family soon moved again, this time to California – and the rest is history.