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Several years ago, I started searching for my Alexander ancestors in/around county Armagh.  I posted a couple of messages, and got some replies, but have not been able to search again until now.  Going with the information I received from posts at the time, I believe that William Alexander (my grandfather) lived on an “estate” owned by his uncle (no name).

Apparently that’s where William met Ellen Byrne (my grandmother), as she was a servant in the household.  My father was conceived at that time, and they were married in a civil marriage in Stranorlar in 1924.

Not much to go on, but I”m hoping someone might have a little info that I can trace.

Thank you

Sunday 6th October 2019, 06:47PM

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  • William & Ellen were married in Carnone Presbyterian church on 7.4.1924. So not a civil ceremony. Both lived in Sessiagh Long townland, near Castlefin at that date. William was a farmer, as was his father James.

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1924/09159/5312665.pdf

    I don’t see him in the 1901 or 1911 censuses, though there was another Wm Alexander living there at the time, who died in 1922.

    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Donegal/Castlefinn/Sess...

    Ellen’s father was William Byrne, labourer. You have two threads running in your search for these families which makes things a bit confusing. In the other thread you have said that you think you have found Ellen’s family in Kilcasey in the 1911 census. That family has Patrick as head of the Byrne household. So given that her marriage certificate says her father was William, I’d say the Kilcasey family is not the right family.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 6th October 2019, 08:10PM