There’s more than 1 place called Burnthill in Ireland and consequently you have this post under the wrong parish and in the wrong county. It should be under the parish of Clogher, in Co. Tyrone. Our admin team can move it if you would like.
Here’s a link to the marriage between Felix Rafferty and Margaret Rafferty on 3.11.1859, in the RC parish of Tyrone.
His townland was Lisnarable and hers Burnthill. His parents were Cornelius Rafferty and Susan Hacket (sp?). Hers were William Rafferty and Catherine Cassidy. The witnesses were Patrick Rafferty of Lisnarable and Helen (Ellen) McKenna of Dernasell.
Many early RC registers were compiled in Latin, or cod Latin in some cases. So Guiliemus is just the Latin for William, Margareta is Margaret, etc. So they were known as William & Margaret.
Griffiths Valuation for 1860 lists Cornelius Rafferty farming in plot 14 in Lisnarable. That was a 14 acres farm. The farm today is up a little lane off the Eskragh Rd, a mile or two east of Fintona. Close to an RC chapel.
The valuation revision books show the farm remaining in Cornelius’s name till 1875 when it changes to Joseph. (Probably his son). He remained the occupant till 1908 when it changed to James Gorman.
Here’s the household in 1901. You will see that Joseph’s daughter had married a Gorman, so it looks as though on Joseph’s death the farm passed to his daughter and son in law.
And in 1911:
Cornelius Rafferty died 28.3.1874 aged 75, registered in Clogher. You can view the original certificates on-line on the GRONI website, using the “search registrations” option:
You will need to open an account and buy some credits. It costs £2.50 (sterling) to a view a certificate.
Joseph Rafferty died 5.6.1909 aged 82. His death cert can be viewed free. See:
Probate abstract from the PRONI wills site:
Gorman Mary Jane of Lisnarable county Tyrone died 1 March 1932 Administration Londonderry 17 December to James Gorman farmer the husband. Effects £43.
The will itself is in paper format and held in PRONI. You can view it there, or PRONI will copy it for a fee.
Burnthill is a part of Altnaveagh townland. It’s at the lower part of the townland. Griffiths for 1860 lists Catherine Rafferty there. For a woman to be listed usually indicated she was a widow, so William died before 1860. (Death registration only started in 1864 so that may be hard to trace). Catherine was farming plot 29, jointly with Mary Mulryan. It was a 29 acre farm. That farm today is off the Altnaveagh Rd, near Augher.
Catherine is listed in the revaluation records at the farm till 1868 when she is replaced by John Curran. I don’t see a death certificate for her. But she may have died elsewhere.
The Rafferty family were evidently gone from Altnaveagh by the 1860s. The Lisnarable Rafferty family were also gone by 1908, so whether there are any descendants in the area is debatable. Rafferty is a very common name in the area. (53 listed in post code area BT70). 1 Gorman. Can’t see any in Eskragh Rd, but many people are ex-directory these days so can’t say for certain. See:
You might need to call up there in person and quiz the current occupants.