N. Antrim family research

I am prepared to carry out research on families of North Antrim for an initial fee of £15 and then £20 per hour thereafter.

When a book is purchased, I send full details of my research on a particular name.

I can be contacted at dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com.


  1. I am wondering if there are any Houstons buried in Ballymoney. Family history states there might be, but I see none on your list. They were Presbyterians who settled in Rockbridge co. Virginia (old – Augusta co, VA). We do not go by the spelling Huston.

  2. There are no Houstons/Hustons in Ballymoney Old Churchyard or St. Patrick’s Parish Churchyard but I do have some information about other local Houston/Huston families especially from around Kilraughts

  3. Dorothy,

    My 3rd great grandfather, Hugh McConaghy, was born about 1780 in Antrim County. His house was located on Craigatempin Road in Ballymoney. My dad and I saw the house during our visit to Ireland a couple of years ago. Our time was limited, so we spent more time in Dervock, where Hugh’s son moved. We live in the United States.

    I copied Dervock Presbyterian church records for Hugh’s son, James David Maconachie and descendents, but could not locate records for Hugh and his wife, Elizabeth Magee and their ancestors. I believe they probably were buried in Ballymoney. Do the records that you have show where they are buried?

    My mother went by the name of McConaghie.


  4. I need some more details to search for your relations. Can you email me at dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com with as much as you know. McConaghie has many spelling variations and it is a very common name in the N. Antrim area. I have a lot of info on many of these familes.

  5. Lizzie Henry – Henry 17th June 1924, was born out of wedlock to Lizzie Henry
    What date of birth do you have for Lizzie Henry? Was she married at the time?
    I am searching for a Lizzie Henry.

  6. You will have to be a bit more specific re where Lizzie lived, what church she attended and whether she had siblings. Email me at dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com

  7. My great grandfather appears as a farm servent for Emma S and Thomas B. Milliken living at 22 Ballymoney Islandmagee and I am curious about the family can you provide any information?

  8. There may be a townland near Islandmagee called Ballymoney. The Ballymoney where I have done my research is in North Antrim. Islandmagee is closer to Belfast.

  9. My Family line traces back through President Chester A Arthur. Is Arthur Cottage in the area

  10. i am interested in john arrell (d. 5 nov 1864 obit in colraine chronicle) of burnside, ballynamoney, ballymoney, county antrim. can not find where he is buried. his father in law was william harrison, can not find anything on him either.
    made trip to PRONI in jun/jul 2009 but with no success except the one obit entry in the colraine chronicle. thank you for your assistance. barbara parkinson, toronto, canada

  11. Sorry – I have nothing on him apart from 2 baptisms of his children in Ballymoney Unitarian Church.

  12. Wondering if there were any Darraghs in the Parish.

  13. Hi! My great grandmother, Rubina Rodgers ( married name Ruby Bortle in the USA ) was born September 29th, 1900. She came to America in 1921. We recently found letters from her cousin, Miss Martha Rodgers whose address is/was “Rose Cottage” Garryduff 23 Burnquarter Road Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. North Ireland BT 53. We do not know much about my great-grandmother’s family and life in Ireland. The letters mention cousins and other family members and references locations which seems my great-grandmother was from the same area or close by. If there is any information you may have, my grandmother and I along with my family would greatly appreciate any insight you may have.

    Thank You!
    Kelly =)

  14. Hi Kelly,
    Email me on dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com with what you know and don’t know and I will see if I can help.

  15. Have you ever thought of writing a book on the old Dunluce churchyard cemetery (St. Cuthberts) in Dunluce Parish south of Dunluce Castle? Has one been done? I’m particularly interested in the two John McDuffees buried there and Matthew McDuffee . I should mention that McDuffee and McAfee are interchangeable in Co. Antrim and Scotland. My McAfee/McDuffee(s) lived around Ballymagarry and the West Park area. My 4th great grandfather, John McAfee (or McDuffee), came from Scotland with a William McQuigg both as young men probably around or before 1794 and probably from Islay, Co. Argyll, Scotland. The McQuiggs lived at Islandcarragh in Co. Antrim. John McAfee (or McDuffee) probably born abt. 1730 – 1760 in Scotland and died after 1800 in Dunluce Parish. He was a farmer and Presbyterian said to have descended from Scots Covenanters. William McQuigg died in 1797, aged 67 years. John McAfee (or McDuffee)’s son, was William McAfee (or McDuffee) born abt. 1777 who married Margaret “Martha” Taggart in 1802 in Co. Antrim. They left Co. Antrim in 1838 for Dalton, Wayne County, Ohio, USA on the ship “St. Andrew”. John McAfee’s wife is unknown. William McAfee & Margaret “Martha’s” children are:
    Samuel McAfee who married Grace Stinson
    Sarah McAfee who married John McQuigg
    James McAfee who married Rachel Dinsmore
    John McAfee who married Ellen Dunlap
    William McAfee Jr. who married Rebecca Swigart in Ohio.
    Mathew McAfee who married Margaret McElhinney in Ohio.
    Robert McAfee who never married.
    Martha Jane McAfee who married David Orr in Ohio.
    (all of these children emigrated to Ohio)

    William McAfee Sr. sold his land to Hugh Rankin in 1838 at Ballymagarry.

    Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth McDuffee of Bushmills who died the
    22nd Jany 1822 aged 13 years. Also her sister Margaret who died the 28th
    July 1827 aged 23 years and their father John McDuffee died 3rd Febry
    1833 aged 74 years

    McDUFFEE very worn
    Here lieth the body of John (?) McDuffee late of Boneyclagh (?) who
    departed this life April y 18 (?) 1800 (?) aged ?. Also his ? mother?
    of? who departed?
    [“Here lieth the body of John McDuffee late of Boneyclassagh,
    who departed this life July 18th, 1808, aged ?45 y and his
    mother Jean McDuffee who departed this life 4th of Febry 1809 aged 76 years.”]

    In memory of the late Matthew McDuffee of Park who departed this life
    the 26th of April 1823 aged 63
    Sarah Rankin who died 17th Decr 1873 aged 85 years
    James Rankin who died 1st August 1893 aged 78 years

    I’m trying to figure out which John McDuffee’s are which in the cemetery along with Matthew McDuffee. I would guess that one of them is my 4th great grandfather and possibly the other one is his son. Matthew McDuffee may be a brother to John McDuffee my 4th great grandfather. These are only guesstimates. There are other McDuffees buried there “Archibald” and a few other McAfees which I think are from another McAfee line at Park. Archibald McDuffee I am not sure who he is linked to.

  16. dunluce church – st Cuthberts

  17. sorry that was meant to say I am also interested in the burials at dunluce church – st cuthberts.

  18. If you let me know what names you are looking for I will be able to let you know if I can help.

  19. I’m looking for Thompson’s and McKeown members of Dunluce Presbyterian Church., for period 1800-1856 or to 1864. Hannah Jane Thompson married William Watters in this church 1856 of which I have her record.Searching for John Thompson who married Jane McKeown and their children. If you don’t have this information I can go to another new source I’ve just located.

  20. I am looking for any information on the Fullerton family buried in the graveyards there or perhaps born in the are – specifically my Ancestor Alexander Fullerton or his niece Catherine Fullerton Downing or her sons David or George Alexander. I would verymuch appreciate any information . I am in Australia cromies@optusnet.com.au

  21. We are searching for Bratton from Ballymoney, Antrim. Also, my middle name is “Erskine”, as well as my uncle’s first name (Erskine Mitchell) from Alabama, USA. Could this be part of your family tree? It is an unusual name..

  22. Hi Paul, I haven’t come across any Brattons in the Ballymoney area and there are none that I know of connected to my Erskine family. Dorothy

  23. What do you know about our Fullerton ancestor? There are many Fullerton families in the area and there are gravestones in Ballymoney Old and Derrykeighan Old Churchyards.

  24. The “Buy Books” page appears to be blank–is it my computer or are the books no longer available? I’m looking for McLonans and McCormicks in this area. Specifically John McLonan md. to Catherine McCormick, daughter Ann is said to have been born 9 Apr 1844 in Ballymoney, (Dunloy), Antrim, Ireland according to family records. It appears they immigrated to the US shortly after Ann’s birth, but records of the family on this side of the pond have not been easily found. I would love to find the ancestry of this couple!

  25. Hello Dorothy,

    I am interested in buying your Derrykeighan book, but the ‘buy books’ link here does not work! i bought your Ballymoney Old Churchyard book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  26. Are there/do you have records of Catholic burials in Ballymoney? I couldn’t decipher from perusing this website.

    Thank you.

  27. I am looking for info on the McMichael – Quinn family (John McMichael married Mary Quinn) and son James, b around 1836. Are there school records available for Loughguile (someone mentioned above)? Also Catholic burial records in that area? I have contacted the RC church in Loughguile but have not heard back from them. I see that you have McMichael name on your list but not for the specific graveyards. Any thoughts would be great. Thank you!

  28. Dorothy,

    I am researching my Donnelly family that MAY have come from the Ballymoney area. My 2nd great grandfather was Laughlin or Loughlin Donnelly who married Catherine Molloy.

    There is a Laughlin Donnelly whose death, at age 69, was registered in Ballymoney 11 Apr 1866. He had been living at Maddydoo Upper. I have not yet been able to make a conclusive connection, but the timing of his death fits with the arrival in the US of my 2nd great grandmother and my great grandfather.

    Catherine Molloy Donnelly came to New York and died there 10 Sep 1879. My great grandfather, William L Donnelly was born in Ireland about 1852, arrived New York in 1870 and died in New Jersey 16 Mar 1932.

    Any suggestions welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

    Margaret Ann Donnelly

  29. Dorothy, I am interested in purchasing your book, but first would like to know if there are any of our family buried there. “Love” is the family name. I know that they were from Ballymoney and were Protestant. Could you tell me if there are any of that name buried in the Old cemetery? First names would have been William Love (1580-1645), Robert Love (1610-1684), John Love (1645-1724). Adam Love (1697) was born in Ballymoney, but died in the US. Also, I live in the US and was wondering how you prefer to have payment when dealing with out of country sales.

    Thank you so much in advance for the information.
    Judy Love

  30. There are some of this Love family in Ballymoney Old Churchyard. The Love family lived outside Ballymoney at Craigatempin before the branch which are buried in the Old Churchyard moved to Taghey.
    Books can be purchased through my web site.

  31. I am doing my friends genealogy and would love to buy her one of your books but I don’t know which one – her grandparents were Robert Wilson (b about 1873) married to Martha Anderson (1874) and lived from 1901 on in Stroan, Derrykeighan. Which book would they be included? 2 of your books show Wilson’s and Anderson’s

  32. Dorothy, I know that you are doing a new book. What is the name of your new book & when is it due to be finished?

  33. Hi Judy, Yes I am writing a book on Kilraughts Old Churchyard where there are three Love graves. It is due out in September at the same time as the Route Back Home genealogy conference from 24th to 28th September.

  34. Thanks Dorothy, I am really looking forward to buying your new book.

  35. Dorothy; I heard from you on Aug 27th re. William brady born 1720 ballymoney,wife Margaret Ferguson b;1721 d; 1790, had son alexander b;1744 mrd. Elizabeth Stephenson , all migrated Charleston SC. 1772 from Larne with Rev. Martins party. Please let me know if any info might be available or if I am barking up a dead tree? If any definitive history is available I would like to hire your services. William Brady

  36. Hi. We are “McLean”s from Ballymoney/ Ballymena area. Are our relatives in “your” cemetary. Daniel, Esther , Hugh, Robert , Daniel’s father, etc.??

  37. Hi Dorothy,

    I tried to e-mail you but it wouldn’t go through. I am interested in buying one or more of your books, but I would like to know if you have come across any information pertaining to my family.

    My grandfather was Stewart Young born in Ballymoney on June 9, 1903. His family immigrated to Canada in 1924. He died in Canada in 1954 when my Dad was only 4 years and as such we lost a lot of information about our ancestry.

    My grandfather’s parents were Stewart Young and Letitia (Eliza, Lizzie) Drain. Both Letitia and Stewart were born in Ballymoney but I can’t find birth records for them. They were born around 1868. They were married in the Parish of Finvoy on Nov 23 1893. Letitia died in Drumdarragh in 1906 after giving birth.

    Stewart had a brother named William, and his mother and father were Ann Jane (Neill) and John Young. Ann Jane was born around 1829 and I’m not sure when John was born, but he was listed as widowed when he and Ann Jane were married. They were married in the Parish of Rasharkin on September 4 1849. John must have died prior to 1901 as Ann Jane was listed as widowed in the census. Ann Jane was also alive for the 1911 census, so she died sometime after that.

    John Young’s father was Robert Young and Ann Jane’s father was Robert Neill.

    That is as far as I was able to get. Have you come across my family member in any of your research?

    Much obliged,


  38. Hi Dorothy,

    I’m looking for any McCunes who lived in or near Ballymoney from the mid-1600s to late 1700s, particularly those with the first names of Alexander, Robert, John and Isabel. I did find an Isabel McCune who married Alexander Flemine in 1700. Are any of these names in your books and, if so, which ones? Thanks!

  39. Hi Dorothy!

    My daughter and I will be visiting Ballymoney in August and plan to do research and visit family sites. We come from Archibald Rainey. We find him in the records but that’s as far back as we seem to be able to go. We have notes that our family farm was called Glennylou but the closest we can find in any searches is Glenlough (which could be a translation issue from the person who wrote the notes).

    We only have two days in Ballymoney and would appreciate any suggestions on the best places to go to do research and if you could help us map Archibald’s headstone, we’d love to visit him.

    If you think you’d have the ability to help us go back a bit further, we’d consider hiring you for a few hours of work prior to our arrival.

    Thank you.
    Tammy Pike
    Omaha, NE, USA

  40. go to the facebook page Dervock & District History

  41. Hello Dorothy

    I wonder if your books contain information on the Elders of Ballymoney, specifically Rev James of Finvoy (1757-1843) & Rev Matthew of Kilraughts (1767-1827)?

    I believe I am descended from Rev Matthew – my maternal grandmother was Adelaide Finlay Elder, and I think she was Matthews’ granddaughter, but I am having trouble proving it. Her father was Thomas Elder, and Rev Matthew’s son was Thomas Graham Elder, but are these two the same Thomas?

    Also, the relationship between James and Matthew is confused – some sources suggest they were cousins, others that they were half brothers. James’s father was John, I think, and Matthew’s father was also Matthew, so did they share a mother? Or were John and Matthew Snr brothers?

    Are you in a position to help me, please?
    Many thanks

  42. Hi Gail, I did quite a bit of research into Matthew Elder and his family for my book. email me dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com

  43. Dorothy,

    Our family came from County Antrim. One mainline was from Balleyweeny–John Adams (1743-1847) who owned Chequer Hall. He was married to Elizabeth Boreland (1745-1820). His son John and other children I immigrated to the United States Canada and Australia. His daughter Jane married Rev. William John Stavely. The Stavely Family owned Checquer Hall for a time.

    We are planning a visit to Northern Ireland this summer at the end of July and would like to know if Chequer Hall is still in existence so we might drive by and see it. We do not know where they are buried but would like to try to find their place of burial whether it is a church in Balleyweeny/Balleymoney or on the grounds of Chequer Hall if there are any and if it exists.

    Could you advise on how I might proceed as to researching this before we start our journey. I understand you might have some books that may help but I am finding Google not much of a help except in finding you and some nice genealogy from two families.

    Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Kathie Medlock

    If you can help, please let me know.

  44. I published a book in 2014 on Kilraughts Old Churchyard where Adams and Boreland families are buried. There are photographs of gravestones, inscriptions and family trees in my book. Email me at dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com and I will try and help you with your research. Dorothy

  45. I am researching the Gray family from Ballymoney, I do not know the parish. My ancestors arrived in US in 1800. James, John, Thomas are favorite family given names as are Margaret and Eleanor. I have visited this city but had no idea where to look. PRONI has not been able to help. Thank you for any information. Marilyn

  46. Names in Kilraughts Old Church Graveyard Book includes Jones, and I’d like to know if they are my family before buying the book. Richard Jones was born in 1728 in Ballymoney, Ireland, the child of William and Margaret (Huston) Jones. He married Elizabeth Maloon in 1754 in Bristol, Maine. They had 12 children in 20 years. He died on December 17, 1792, in Bristol, Maine, USA at the age of 64. Can you offer any help? Thank you.

  47. Sorry I have not found any relevant information on a Jones family in the Ballymoney in the 1700s. The records for this period are almost non existant.

  48. To Marilyn re her Gray family. Again there is little information available in the 18th century. There are Gray families present but with without more details it is almost impossible to proceed. Dorothy

  49. I’m still looking for McLonans and McCormicks in this area. Specifically John McLonan md. to Catherine McCormick, daughter Ann is said to have been born 9 Apr 1844 in Ballymoney, (Dunloy), Antrim, Ireland according to family records. It appears they immigrated to the US shortly after Ann’s birth, but records of the family on this side of the pond have not been easily found. I would love to find the ancestry of this couple..do these names sound familiar to you at all?

  50. Thank you very much for your reply. I have conflicting information if they were from Antrim or Donegal. Anything available for Maloon or Huston families? Thank you again!

  51. To Denise – I have not come across the name Maloon in the area – chances are that is Malone. I have checked and I have nothing early on Hustons which might help. Sorry, Dorothy

  52. To Lara, McLonan has many spelling variations so can be tricky to research. Marriages were only recorded from 1845 although a few churches did have early records. I checked the ones in the Dunloy area and could find no McLonan/McCormick marriage. Dorothy

  53. Hello from Australia. My great great grandfather Constantine Dougherty (some decendants spelling it O’Doherty) came to Horsham, Victoria Australia. He is now known as one of the main pioneers of the district. Hestarted up the Wimmera Star newspaper, the Fire Brigade and was the first postman (pony express) in the area. I would love to know more about his father Constantine who married a Mary Ann and lived in Townhead Street, Ballymoney Dunluce Antrim and if the house they lived in still stands (if anyone knows….?) There were to be two more generations over here with the name Constantine.
    Regards to all over there,
    Loretta (nee Dougherty)

  54. Hello from Arizona, USA!
    I am researching 4+ surnames from Antrim & Down:
    – Ann Pollock (1824-1896), daughter of James Pollock (d 1878 Coleraine, Londonderry) married James Greer Mars (1816-1882) (Mars/Marrs probably from Antrim Gilford or Tullylish, Down). They moved to Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
    – Thomas Thompson (b/b 1828 Aghagallon, Parish/District Aghalee, Antrim -d aft 1891) married Martha English (b/b 1826 Tullylish, Down-d1856 Johnstone) in 1849 Tullylish, Down. They moved to Johnstone too.
    Any direction/guidance would be appreciated and interested in your services.
    Thank you!
    Catherine (White) Gallagher

  55. Hello Dorothy, I am interested in finding what happened to one particular relative Robert Lamont. This gentleman and his wife seem to be a mystery compared to his son and his parents which I have information about. One thing I would like to know is where he is buried and if it is in Ballymoney where he was born and married. He was Presbyterian and lived in Balnamore when he had his son John….after that it’s a mystery what happened to him and his wife. Is there a graveyard in particular for Presbyterians around 1900. I pretty sure he was still alive around 1896. There are Lamont in every graveyard mentioned above so I’m not sure which book would be best to buy. Any information would be appreciated. Many thanks Camella

  56. There were lots of Lamont families living in the Ballymoney area in the 1800s and 1900s. Can you send me more details of robert and John so I can try and assist you. I can also be comtacted on dorothy@ballymoneygraveyard.com

  57. Hello Dorothy Do you have any information in your books regarding a Hugh Hamilton born about 1833? Married Maria Lee from Craig’s in Balleymoney around 1856? He is a direct descendant and I am struggling to find any documents. Thank you in advance Claire

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