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Eleanor (Elenor) Mahood

My 5th Great-Grandmother was born in 1770 in Dromore, Bainbridge, County Down, Ulster Province, Northern Ireland. She died on March 31, 1834, in Ballygowan, Moira, County Down, Ulster Province, Northern Ireland. She married Alexander in 1791. They had Alexander in 1793, Samuel in 1795 (in Drumlough) and Betsey in  Donegal 1796. Jane was born in 1799, Margaret in 1801 and Moira in 1803 (all in Dromore). I'm curious if any volunteers can find any information on this family and burial sites? I'm very interested in visiting this area from the US.  Thank you!
 

 

Lorielu

Thursday 26th March 2020, 03:52AM

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  • Hi Lorielu,

    www.rootsireland.ie/ has the following buried in Clonallan West Point Cemetery (Dromore):

    Burial/DeathMahoodMary1830 Co. Down
    Burial/DeathMahoodSamuel184231Co. Down
    Burial/DeathMahoodJoseph184331Co. Down
    Burial/DeathMahoodDavid184860Co. Down
    Burial/DeathMahoodMargaret184828Co. Down
    Burial/DeathMahoodJane185973Co. Down
    Civil DeathMahoodAlexander186781Co. Down
    Civil DeathMahoodJane188317Co. Down
    Civil DeathMahoodElizabeth Jane188547Co. Down
    Civil DeathMahoodDavid189175Co. Down

    I'm not sure that the records match yours but all refer to a family plot; here is a typical example:

    Name:MaryMahoodDate of Death:12-Jan-1830
    Age:
    Parish / District:CLONALLEN W/POINTAddress:Narrow WaterCounty:Co. DownStatus:
    Denomination:Civil Parish / DistrictOccupation:
    Sex:Female
    GraveyardInformantGraveyard:
    Relationship:
    Parish:
    Name:
    County:
    Address:
    Notes:

    FAMILY PLOT; HERE LIES THE BODY OF MARY MAHOOD OF NARROW WATER; Died
    12/01/1830; AGED 75(SIC); ALSO HER BROTHER JOSEPH MAHOOD; NARROW
    WATER; Died 07/03/1843; AGED 31; ALSO JANE MAHOOD; THEIR MOTHER; Died
    14/05/1859; AGED 73; LIKEWISE HER HUSBAND ALEXANDER MAHOOD; Died
    01/02/1867; AGED 81.

    If you'd like any of the records posted in detail just indicate which ones

    Col

     

    ColCaff

    Thursday 26th March 2020, 05:36AM
  • Lorielu,

    If searching for records in Ireland the lady’s forename may well be Ellen rather than Eleanor. Eleanor was used occasionally but Ellen is much more common here in Ireland.

    I note that you have most of the children born in the Dromore area, and 1 in particular in Drumlough. Plus 1 child Betsey born 130 miles away in Co. Donegal. That seems unlikely, unless Alexander’s occupation involved moving about. If he was a farmer or labourer he’s unlikely to have got as far as Donegal. There is more than 1 townland called Drumlough in Ireland. There’s one in Donegal too. I suspect someone has got them mixed up in their research. Just a thought.

    Drumlough, in the parish of Dromore, is a townland of 1092 acres in Co. Down. The modern Dromara Rd goes through it. Drumlough Presbyterian church is in the middle of the townland. It’s a few miles south of Hillsborough.

    You say that Eleanor/Ellen died in 1834 in Ballygowan, Moira.  Ballygowan is in a different parish – Aghaderg.  The tithe applotment records show several Mahood farms in the parish in 1828, including one in Ballygowan held by a John Mahood.

    http://www.irishgenealogyhub.com/down/tithe-applotment-books/aghaderg-parish.php

    Ballygowan is about a mile south of Banbridge. The modern Ballygowan Rd runs through the middle of it. Drumlough & Ballygowna are about 15 miles apart.

    If you are looking for burial sites  then there are plenty to choose from. If you are sure Alexander lived in Drumlough then try the graveyards in the Dromore area. Do you know what denomination he was?  If Presbyterian I’d start with Drumlough Presbyterian church, failing which the Church of Ireland. You can use this site to locate all the graveyards in any parish:

    https://www.ancestryireland.com/family-records/graveyards-in-ulster/

    There look to be 6 in Dromore and 8 in Aghaderg. (You can probably discount the RC graveyards if the family were not of that denomination but Presbyterians were often buried in Church of Ireland graveyards so you need to take them into account. The Church of Ireland kept burial records for it’s own congregation but no other denomination bothered with records.

    The other questions is what was Alexander’s occupation. If a farmer then he may have a gravestone but if a labourer he probably doesn’t. In the early 1800s many people couldn’t afford a gravestone and so were buried without one. Farmers were  a bit better off and so a gravestone for a farmer is more likely.

    Elwyn

    Thursday 26th March 2020, 08:42AM
  • Thank you, Elwyn. I will look through the information you've provided and send further questions, if that will work?

    Lorielu

    Friday 27th March 2020, 02:37AM