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We believe my great great great grandfather, William Graham Robinson, was born in Pettigo (Templecarn?) on August 12, 1808 and his mother was Ruth Graham and his spouse was Elizabeth Funston. As an adult he was a Methodist pastor and likely a Free Mason and emigrated to the USA for good in the 1830s with 3 siblings (Adam, Ann, Ellen). We believe another sibling was named Christopher and that he went to Ontario, Canada - maybe with other siblings. His 11 siblings likely were born in Pettigo as well. He was the youngest child. We have been unable to verify his father's name (John David??) and his other siblings' names. His father is said to have died in 1820 but little else is known of him but there may be a connection to Enniskillen and/or Irvinestown for the father. We would like to know more about William Graham Robinson's siblings, parents and grandparents and the same for his spouse, Elizabeth Funston, and mother, Ruth Graham. We don't even know for sure his parish and which side of the river William Graham Robinson lived on (but believe the Donegal side). As part of finding out more about these ancestors, it would be helpfull to be able to contact relatives still living in the UK and also current residents of the Pettigo general area interested in providing genealogy help. The Robinsons intermarried with other families from Pettigo: Armstrongs, Wachobs/Wachopes/Walkups/Vachubs, Reids/Reeds, etc.

My great great great grandfather emigrated first to Philadelphia then to Illinois. We believe, but haven't verified, that his grandfather and grandmmother emigrated much earlier to the USA and died there while his father likely returned to or stayed in Ireland and likely died there. My great great grandfather was born in Philadelphia, moved to Illinois and ultimately South Dakota (his 2 older siblings, Thomas and William were born in Ireland). My great grandfather was born in Iowa and moved to Oregon where I live.

If it helps, my Robinson Y DNA haplogroup is R-FT192191.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Don Robinson

D.G.R.

Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 05:42AM

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  • Volunteers,

    Link to previous post on Robinson:

    https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/message-board/robinsons-pettigo-1800-an...

     

     

     

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 06:33AM
  • Thanks Elwyn. I wasn't sure how to make sure this went to the right parish volunteers so I resent the basics to Templecarn people once I decided on Templecarn and joined..

    Regards,

     

    Don

    D.G.R.

    Wednesday 4th August 2021, 02:09AM
  • HI Elwyn:

     

    There are indications that William Graham Robinson's father (born 1777 maybe and died 1820 in Ireland and named John maybe) and grandfather (born 1750 and named John maybe) and grandmother (born 1750 and named Jane Armstrong maybe) were all born in or near Enniskillen. (The grandfather and grandmother are believed to have emigrated to the US and died there.) Is it the same situation for records in the Enniskillen area? Any suggestions?

    Regards,

    Don Robinson

    D.G.R.

    Wednesday 4th August 2021, 04:29PM
  • Don,

    Here’s what Church of Ireland records still exist for Enniskillen (taken from the PRONI catalogue). There records are not on-line. A personal visit to PRONI is required to view them. The original baptism, marriage and burial records were destroyed in the 1922 fire but some duplicates and scraps have survived (having not been sent to Dublin).

     

    [Earliest registers destroyed in Dublin]

    Extracts of baptisms, 1667-1789, marriages, 1668-1794, and burials, 1667-1781; burials, 1879-1907 and 1941-50;vestry minutes, 1731-1920; copy deeds, 1796-9; select vestry minutes, 1871-80; register of church members, 1871 and 1946-50; preachers’ book, 1895-1928.

    Extracts from baptism, marriage and burial registers, 1666-1826.

    Printed copy of Old Enniskillen Vestry Book, with extracts of births, marriages and deaths, 1666-c.1797.

    Extracts from vestry minutes, 1666-1912, which include some baptism, marriage and burial entries

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 5th August 2021, 03:16AM
  • Thanks Elwyn. We appreciate the help.

     

    Don Robinson

    D.G.R.

    Sunday 15th August 2021, 12:21AM