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James Masterson was born about 1859-1860 (or earlier) based on his age of 41 on the 1901 census. Unfortunately, the RC records for Ballybay parish in Co. Monaghan do not start until 1862. https://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0289 so no baptismal record is available and I don't see his parents marriage record either.
The 1861 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Ballybay civil parish shows a Thomas Masterson in Corkeeran townland. Likely this is for your Thomas. https://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/monaghan/ballybay.htm
Let me know if you have any questions.
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Roger, Thanks for the information, it is so very difficult trying to find baptisms and other details as earlier records don't exist. I do appreciate the update and will continue on with my research.
All the best
I don't think the Thomas & Anne Masterson you found in Co. Cavan are the parents of your Great Grandfather James.
James who was the son of the above couple married a lady called Margaret McPhillips.
I could find no reference to your Masterson ancestors in Ballybay apart from the Griffiths Valuation record, they may have only been in the area for a short time & probably worked in the linen industry.
Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'm not sure where to look now? As you say they probably move around for work etc, thus the move to Belfast to work in the Mill at Ligoniel.
On the Census my G Grandfather James Masterson states he was from "Ballybay". His marriage record in 1880 in Belfast also stated his father was Thomas Masterson - who was still living, as per link below thus m
Thus my reason from asking about Ballybay? In other Census records they also state they are from Co Monaghan?
Do I recognise your name from the monaghan.ie website? Would wou mind if I sent you a direct email with some further information or if you could suggest any other research/suggestions I should try next I would be extremely grateful. I have done quite a bit of searching for both sides of my family and have lots of information but this part has been elusive to say the least with a few puzzling aspects which I am trying to piece together.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Very best wishes
Yes, I am the same person on monaghan.ie
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