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I would like to know more about the birth place of my great grandfather John McIver.  Born c1850, Bracky, Termonmaguirk, Co Tyrone.  Married Isabella Anderson 1.2.1876 and then departed for Lyttelton New Zealand on 'The Countess of Kintore' to arrive 29.4.1876.  

His father was Daniel McIver/McIvor.  He may have had a brother Joseph McIvor, Tenant farmer of Bracky born c1838.

I am not aware of any siblings who emmigrated to New Zealand.  Did siblings emmigrate to Australia, USA or somewhere else?

John McIver died at Winslow, Ashburton, Canterbury NZ 30.8.1923.  I have information about the family of eleven.  Isabella died 23.4.1924. 

Wednesday 20th May 2020, 09:30AM

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  • Tithe applotment records for Bracky in 1825 list 3 McIver farms there, occupied by Adley, William & Daniel.

    Griffiths Valuation for 1860 lists just 2 farms, Joseph McIver on plot 33. That was a 47 acre farm with 2 farm labourer’s cottages in addition to the farmhouse and outbuildings. Next door (and presumably related) was John McIvor with 13 acres. I see no other McIver households in the townland so presumably your family were living with one of those two households. The 2 farms today are up a dead end lane off the Roeglen Rd.

    At the time of Griffiths Valuation there were about 45 farms in the townland with numerous labourers cottages. There was also a National School in the townland. Bracky is a rural agricultural area 1122 acres.  In the 1901 census there were 52 houses with a total population of 213. 1 McIver household:

    The Hugh McIvor in the census married Mary Jane Armstrong also of Bracky in 1900:

    Hugh’s father was named John. The Valuation Revision records show the farm passing from John to Hugh in 1888 and then from Hugh to Edward in 1903.

    Joseph McIvor of Bracky died 3.8.1884 aged 46. His daughter Maggie A. was the informant, and his wife was still alive.

    The Valuation revision records show Joseph’s farm passing to Letitia in 1888 then to Margaret in 1898 and to Andy Armstrong in1902. Though it looks as though he was already there in 1901:

    Letitia McIver (wife of Joseph) died 1895. Her daughter Margaret was the informant:

    Jane McIvor, farmer’s widow, died 18.7.1879 aged 50. Informant was her son John. (John McIvor, widower, had married  Jane Morrow on 17.1.1871. That marriage cert shows his father was Hugh.

    Margaret Jane McIvor, daughter of John married William McFarland on 6.5.1890.

    Sarah Jane McIvor, daughter of John, married John McFarland 12.7.1898. (Probably 2 sisters marrying 2 brothers. Quite common in farming circles).

    1 Probate abstrac from the PRONI wills site (the will itself should be in PRONI):

    McIver Edward of Bracky Sixmilecross county Tyrone farmer died 12 February 1930 at Tyrone County Hospital Omagh Probate Londonderry 16 May to William McFarland and John James Cresson McIver farmers. Effects £376 10s.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 20th May 2020, 10:53AM
  • Further to the previous message, I spotted John McIvor’s marriage in 1855 when he was 20. Son of Hugh, deceased.

    Anne McIver daughter of Daniel (so your line I assume) married Claudius Fleming in 1858.

    Joseph McIver married Letitia Lyons in 1859.

    All at Drumnakilly Church of Ireland. Sadly Drumnakilly’s early records were lost in the 1922 fire in Dublin so it will be difficult tracing back prior to the start of statutory registration (1864 for births & deaths and 1845 for marriages).

    I can see a tree on Ancestry which has Hugh McIver & Jane Armstrong. You might want to contact that tree owner to see if they can add to your knowledge.



    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 20th May 2020, 04:39PM
  • Thank you very much for all the digging research on my request for info on my McIver relatives.



    Sunday 26th July 2020, 02:29AM