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Hello, I have found some information that my 6th GGrandmother was born in Arstraw.  Her name is Elizabeth Jack, and some of her siblings may have been born in Ardstraw as well or in the surrounding area.  Her birth/death dates are 1727-1792.  I am unable to find out more about her or who her parents were.  She eventually moved to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania.  She married James W. Kilgore, my 6th GGrandfather, who came from Donagheady?, County Down. 

I also saw that JACK may have become JACKSON at a later time.

Would anyone have info on the JACK family.

I plan to travel to Ireland later this year, in October to do research. I also plan to travel to Ardstraw.

Thanks in advance!


Joey Stoker

Joe Dogg

Tuesday 12th January 2021, 06:14AM

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  • You haven’t said what denomination Elizabeth was but in this case it probably doesn’t matter. The only likely record of someone in Ireland in the 1700s is usually from church baptism records but none of the various denominations in Ardstraw has any records for the 1700s at all, so I doubt you will find any information on her.  The majority of migrants from Ireland in the 1700s were Protestant, mostly Presbyterians and some Church of Ireland. So she may have been of one of those denominations.

    If Elizabeth’s family were farmers, and if they were still in the parish in 1834 then they would normally be listed in the tithe applotment records (which were a tax on land, so you had to have land to be listed). There were 7 Jack families there at that time. Whether any is related to Elizabeth I have no way of knowing but it does at least give you some idea of where the surname was found in Ardstraw at that date.

    Research in Ireland in the 1700s is notoriously difficult due to the general lack of records. It would be very rare to find a record of someone born in 1727.


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 12th January 2021, 10:36AM
  • Hi Elwyn,

    Thank you for the info. I believe she was Presbyterian, due to her being buried in Presbyterian cemetery. I know you said there probably wouldn't be an any records, other than farmland tax records. Is there a town historian or some one in that capacity I can talk to in Ardstraw?


    Joe Dogg

    Tuesday 19th January 2021, 08:26PM
  • Joey,

    Ardstraw is really just the name of the parish. The only town of any size in the parish is Newtown Stewart. I am not sure if it has a local historian. There’s a local history society in Strabane which is fairly close by.

    Someone who is very knowledgeable about genealogy in that general area is Brian Mitchell who works with Derry City Council and gives public talks and general free advice on migration from that area. (He and I know each other well. If you decide to contact him, feel free to mention I suggested it).




    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 20th January 2021, 06:32PM