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I am doing research for my Family Tree ,  I am looking for any information on William Tweed born 1845 

William was a Agricultural Labourer his address in 1901 was 14 Kilraughts Ballymoney , Antrim  , he married Rose Ann in 1887 ,they  had 3 children John , Lizzie and Martha 

John Tweed Born 1891 died in 1954 he married a Mary Cairns on 22nd October in 1908,  I believe is my Great Grandfather , he lived at 15 Kilraughts , Ballymoney , Antrim , they had 14 children . Their son James Tweed is my Grandfather who was born in 1916 and died in 1960 in Aberdeen , Scotland 

Any help will be very much appreciated as I am planning to visit Ireland as soon as the COVID Travel Restructions are lifted 





Thursday 25th Mar 2021, 02:26PM

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  • Mike,

    The 1901 census lists another child to William & Rose Ann. There was a Sarah Ann born 29.7.1900:…

    1901 census:

    She died in 1903:…

    Martha was born in Killyrammer in 1902:…

    Family in 1911:

    All the various births death and censuses are at different addresses. That was fairly common. Labourers moved around all the time according to the available work. The house numbers don’t relate to any number the property might have today. They were just the enumerator’s private numbering system which varied from census to census. It was just their way of ensuring every hosue was counted. In rural areas in those days, and until quite recently, your name and your townland was all that was required to identify you. The postman and anyone else who mattered knew where you lived. 

    William’s age shoots up between the 1901 & 1911 census. That was normal too. The old age pension was introduced in 1909. To qualify you had to be 70 or older. Folk knew the authorities sometimes used census records to verify age and consequently many folk put on quite a few years in 1911 just to be on the safe side.  (William said he was 25 in 1886, so born c 1851). Ages need to be taken with a pinch of salt in records in Ireland in the 1800s. 

    Possible death for William 7.1.1931 aged 75. Rose 11.12.1930 aged 65. Both registered in Ballymoney. 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. 

    What else are you trying to find out?

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th Mar 2021, 07:39PM
  • Elwyn,

    Thank you so much for the information, truly appreciated.

    I'll certainly log on to view the certificates, hopefully these will aid our on going searches for Tweed family members in Ballymoney prior to our trip later this year.





    Thursday 25th Mar 2021, 09:33PM
  • Mike,

    The 1930 & 1931 death certificates may give you a lead from the informants’ details.

    I note that the John Tweed who married in 1908 had a father named John. Not William. How sure are you that William in the 1901 census is the right family?

    Forgot to mention a possible death for Mary Tweed (nee Cairns) regd Ballymoney 12.2.1967 aged 77.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th Mar 2021, 11:36PM
  • Elwyn 

    I have ordered the certificates so looking forward to them being delivered 

    I'm not 100% sure but we have found information that refers to him being William John Tweed 

    Thank you , we do have that information as she came to Aberdeen to visit my Grandfather James Wilson Tweed so we have a bit more information on Mary 

    Once again thank you so much 



    Friday 26th Mar 2021, 08:34AM
  • Mike,

    For future reference, you don't need to order those death certificates. If you need any others, it's cheaper just to view them on-line. £2.50 per view and you can see them straight away (same as Scotlandspeople).


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 26th Mar 2021, 10:19AM

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