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I am trying to find siblings and extended family of John Mcneill born about 1837 in Bushmills. His father being Charles Mcneill born 1808 Lisnagunniag and mother Mary Ann Gillespie born 1812 Lisnagunniag, they married in 1839. John Mcneill left Ireland for Australia around 1856.

Any help would be appreciated

Kath Davis (Ballarat, Australia).

kathstar71

Thursday 23rd April 2015, 11:23AM

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  • Kath,

    I suspect that the townland that the McNeills lived in was Lisnagunogue Lower.

    The 1803 Agricultural census on Bill McAfee?s site lists a William McNeill farming in Lisnagunoge.

    The tithe applotment records for 1824 list 3 McNeill farms in that townland (Charles, Daniel & Elizabeth who was probably a widow):

    http://www.irishgenealogyhub.com/antrim/tithe-applotments/billy-parish.php#M

    Griffiths Valuation for 1861 lists a James McNeil with what looks to be a farm, plus a house and garden, a house forge and garden and 21 acres (plots 10l,  10p and 21) there, and an Aeneas McNeill next door farming 18 acres (plot 17).

    Those farms today are just off the Whitepark Rd, on the north coast of Co Antrim.

    http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml

    There was still 1 McNeill family there in 1901:

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Antrim/Dunseverick/Lisnagunogue_Lower/923063/

    And in 1911:

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Antrim/Dunseverick/Lisnagunogue__Lower/114331/

    Family were Presbyterian. Nearest Presbyterian churches would be Bushmills, Mosside and Toberdoney.

    Some probate abstracts for that family, taken from the PRONI website:

    http://applications.proni.gov.uk/DCAL_PRONI_WillsCalendar/willsSearchResultsDetails.aspx

    McNeill Alexander of Lisnagunogue Bushmills county Antrim farm labourer died 7 October 1939 at the Mental Hospital Antrim county Antrim Administration (limited) Belfast 7 November to Samuel James McNeill farmer. Effects ?238 17s. 6d.

    McNeill Mary of Lisnagunogue Bushmills county Antrim spinster died 11 December 1956 at Runkerry House Bushmills county Antrim Probate Belfast 22 January to John Charles Faulkner presbyterian clergyman and Jennie Wallace spinster. Effects ?1678 3s. 8d.

    McNeill Rose of Lisnagunogue Lower county Antrim widow died 30 September 1924 Administration Belfast 20 March to James McNeill carpenter. Effects ?50.

    (The probate files themselves are held in PRONI in paper format).

     

    Elwyn

    Ahoghill Antrim

    Thursday 23rd April 2015, 03:10PM
  • Hi Kath, I can help you - this is my direct family line and after visiting Bushmills last year have been able to find more family links. You can email me at lillyjay@optusnet.com.au

     

     

    Lillyjay

    Tuesday 10th November 2015, 12:14AM
  • ​Kath,  I ran across this newspaper notice while researching my McNeills from Lisnagunogue.  Is this your John McNeill?

    Belfast News-Letter, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1888 p. 3, col. 7

    Melancholy Death of a Lisnagunagh Emigrant:  An emigrant named John M'Neill, belonging to Lisnagunagh near Bushmills, has met with his death under extremely painful circumstances.  The unfortunate man, while sitting on a wagonful of timber in Melbourne, tumbled unto the ground breaking his neck by the fall which occasioned instant death.  The deceased man leaves a wife and nine children.

    Brooke Harlowe

    Lock Haven, PA, USA

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ebharlowe

    Friday 27th October 2017, 04:25PM
  • Hi see that mention McNeill of Lisnagunagh. The censors of 1911 is a direct line to my grandfather relations. Please could any off like get contact because I like to try extend my family tree out. This my explain why I found out relation Neil McNeill went Australia and died in New south Wales early 1900s.
    Hope hear someone soon Fiona McNeill

    Friday 3rd August 2018, 10:23PM
  • Hi see that mention McNeill of Lisnagunagh. The censors of 1911 is a direct line to my grandfather relations. Please could any off like get contact because I like to try extend my family tree out. This my explain why I found out relation Neil McNeill went Australia and died in New south Wales early 1900s.
    Hope hear someone soon Fiona McNeill

    Friday 3rd August 2018, 10:23PM
  • Hi there, I am particularly interested in your mention of Mary Ann Gillespie born 1812 as we are descendant from Elizabeth Gillepsie born around 1826, daugher of Daniel Gillespie of Lisnagunogue.  Could this be the same family?  Elizabeth married David Alexander of Lisnagunogue.  Fingers crossed.  Feel free to email me if you wish     faulknerfive@xnet.co.nz

     

    faulknerfive

    Saturday 4th August 2018, 08:48AM
  • Fiona, Would you please post a contact address?  I'd like to trade information.  My McNeill line lived in Lisnagunogue lower until 1924.

    Brooke  

    ebharlowe@hotmail.com

     

    ebharlowe

    Saturday 7th September 2019, 02:30AM