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McCall (Coll) Family from Crohy, Parish Templecrone, Co. Donegal

I am trying to prove that my ancestor was Hugh McCall living on the Francis Foster estate in the above mentioned townland and parish.  I found this in the Griffiths Valuation and I need to prove that he is the father of John McCall born about 1822-1824. He also would have had children: Bridget, Sarah, Margaret and Catherine.

John moved to Glasgow Scotland where he married Maria Martin (also from Co Donegal) in 1849, they had about 6 children in Scotland before emigrating to America.  All the siblings also emigrated to America in the 1850's.  We think their parents names were Hugh McCall and Nancy McKeever.  (not sure about mother's name),

The parish records were not online at NLI (if I was looking at the right parish. I get a little confused with townland name, baronies and parish names.!!!  Thanks for any help or leads anyone can give me.

Kathy Wurth


Wednesday 6th January 2016, 12:49AM

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  • Kathy:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    There are three RC parishes which correspond to Templecrone civil parish: Annagry (1868), Lettermacward+ Templecrone (1876) and Gweedore (1868). Co. Donegal RC parishes for whatever reasons have very late availability of records. So you will not find church baptismal records and civil registration of births did not begin until 1864.

    I looked at the 1828 Tithe listings for Templecrone parish and did not see any records for Crohy townland.

    You may want to consider autosomal DNA testing to see if you can identify a match who might have more information on your family. Autosomal matching looks at both your paternal and maternal lines.

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Wednesday 6th January 2016, 01:21AM
  • Hi Roger:

    Thanks for the info.  I do have an Ancestry DNA test recently received and I will definitely take it and send it in.  Isn't there any other way of finding out who lived in this particular village?  I am not exactly sure how to decipher the Griffiths Valuation, is Crohy a village?  Anyway to find out if the name McCall is in that area?  Civil registration may show if Hugh McCall died in this area?   This has been over a 30 + year search and I can't quit now.

    Any suggestions for scouring the area itself would be appreciated.  Thank you!



    Wednesday 6th January 2016, 03:23AM
  • Crohy is a townland. It consists of 1085 acres of mostly moorland. In Griffiths Valuation of 1857 there were 25 houses  listed. In the 1901 census, there were 32, including 3 McCole households (which is obviously how they spelled McCall at that time).

    Death registration didn’t start till 1864 so if Hugh died before that there won’t be a record. A death in Crohy would be registered in Glenties. The only Hugh McCall/McCole death that might fit was registered in Glenties in Oct – Dec 1894 aged 70. Volume 2, page 76. In the name Hugh M’Cole. You might want to order that certificate to see if he lived in Crohy.

    There are 37 people name McCole and 1 McCall in the current phone book for Donegal. None in Crohy though.



    Wednesday 6th January 2016, 12:05PM
  • Kathy:

    Elwyn gave you a lot of good info on Crohy. 

    I would definitely send in the DNA kit to Ancestry. In addition to reviewing  you Ancestry matches, go to Gedmatch is a volunteer run site where you can load your raw Ancestry DNA data and  see if you match people who tested with Family Tree DNA or 23 and Me and loaded their data to Gedmatch. Gedmatch also has some very good analytical tools.


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Wednesday 6th January 2016, 04:40PM
  • Thank you both, I will follow up on your suggestions and if I have another question will post it.  THANKS!




    Thursday 7th January 2016, 03:02AM