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I've been researching my Hewitt surname and have got as far as William Hewitt who immigrated to New Zealand in 1849, along with his wife Eleanor and their 4 children. According to British military records William was born in Seagoe, Armagh. Records indicate he was most likely born 1808 and that his fathers name was David. I've reached a dead end here but I would love to dig up any other information. It seems there were a number of Hewitt's in the area easpecially surrounding Portadown. I'd love to hear from anybody out there who could help me out. 

Thanks

Hayden Hewitt

Hayden Hewitt

Sunday 7th June 2020, 03:37AM

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  • Hayden,

    Statutory birth, death and marriage registration (in some jurisdictions called Vital Records) only started in Ireland in 1864, save for non RC marriages which were recorded from 1845 onwards. So you probably won’t find statutory birth, death or marriage certificates in Ireland for this family. For earlier years you usually need to rely on church records, where they exist. You obviously need to know the precise denomination in order to search the correct records. Not all churches have records for that period and not all are on-line.

    RC records are mostly on-line on the nli site:

    https://www.nli.ie/en/family-history-introduction.aspx

    For other denominations, the churches usually hold the originals but there are also copies in PRONI, the public record office, in Belfast. A personal visit is required to access them. Access to the records there is free. This link explains what records exist, parish by parish:

    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/proni-guide-church-records

    If you are unable to go yourself, you could employ a researcher. Researchers in the PRONI area: http://sgni.net

    Looking at the 1901 census for Armagh, the vast majority of the 361 Hewitts were Church of Ireland (ie Anglican). There were a handful of Presbyterians , Brethren & Quakers but 85% were C of I. Seagoe Church of Ireland records start in 1672 (with some gaps). The earliest Presbyterian records appear to date from 1839, Quaker records go back to the 1700s and Brethren don’t keep records. Hopefully your family were Church of Ireland. If so you may find them in the Seagoe records in PRONI.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 7th June 2020, 08:00AM
  • Thank you for your detailed reply, Elwyn. I've had a good poke around online in most likey places and had come to a similar conclusion. The only reference I've found to Seagoe, Armagh, was in William Hewitt's military record. I can only assume that his father, David Hewitt, was born and married in the same area but there is no guarrantee of that. 

    Thanks again

    Hayden Hewitt

    Hayden Hewitt

    Sunday 7th June 2020, 10:31AM
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    Hi Hayden 

    My maiden name is Hewitt we have traced our family back to seagoe. We visited there last year il help if I can 

    Sunday 28th March 2021, 10:35PM
  • Hi there

    Thanks so much for your reply - I haven't actually been able to get any further since my initial post nearly a year ago. I'd really like to hear from you and about your Hewitt ancestry in Seagoe. Perhaps if you email me at h.hewitt74@gmail.com I can outline what I know so far and we can see if there's any overlap.

    Thanks

    Hayden Hewitt

    Hayden Hewitt

    Monday 29th March 2021, 05:37PM