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Subject: [McWILLIAMS-L] McWilliams Records - 1955 Ireland, conclusion
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 22:59:43 EDT

This is the last of the manuscript to be sent to this list. While this is not
the entire text it covers most of the various collected records.

The register of First Armagh Presbyterian Church, dating from 1707, is in the
custody of the Presbyterian Historical Society, 1707-1728, 1796-1809.
The earliest McWilliam marriage entries are:
1707 - Feb 5th James Graham to Elizabeth McWilliam.
1707 - Sep 2nd William McWilliam and Agnes Ramsay.
1728 - Nov 15th James McWilliam and Janet Harvey.
The earliest baptismal entries are:
1708 - Aug 8th Mary daughter of David McWilliam.
1710 - Jan 28th Elizabeth daughter of David McWilliam.
The names of Hugh McWilliam and Robert McWilliams are also found. The
registers are missing from 1729 - 1796.
The Register of Banbridge Presbyterian Church, dating from 1756, is in the
custody of the Presbyterian Historical Society, 1756-1794.
The earliest McWilliam marriage entries are:
1757 - March 6th John Hillows and Agnes McWilliams.
1771 - July 15th Wm McWilliams and Sarah Barbery, Rathfryland.
1783 - Dec. 2th Thomas Downs and Mary McWilliams.
The earliest baptismal entry is:
1756 - May 14th Esther, dau. of David McWilliam and Mary Herron.
There are many later records. McWilliams lived in Banbridge till recent
years. The Armagh family seem to have died out early in the 19th Century.
Banbridge is roughly 15 miles from Armagh, and Carnteel roughly 10 miles from

Morant in his History of Essex, 1760, gives a very full account of this
family. He says "They came originally from Ireland, but at what time is
unknown; most probably it was before the reign of K. Richard II. For in the
19th of that King Thomas Mack-William appears a witness to a deed of Nicholas
Hales, Rector of Great Stanway; and to another deed dated 6 Feb. 1407."
Morant gives the history of the family till the reign of Elizabeth. At one
time they owned the whole parish of Stambourne, part of which had belonged to
de Mandevilles. They intermarried with many great families such as the
Seymours and Stanhopes. The East window in the parish church at Stambourne,
according to Morant, has the arms of the McWilliams and allied families
finely painted. Morant notes that Sir James Ware the antiquarian "derives the
family from the Bourkes in Conaght". Leland's account of the family begins
"One Mac Williams being a younger son of a gentleman in Irland came to
Bristow and there increasyd in ryches". Ware's suggestion may have been a
guess. Some of this family returned to Ireland. The wife of Sir Thomas
Ridgeway, who got a grant of land near Carnteel about 1610, was Cecilia
McWilliam. These were afterward Earl and Countess of Londonderry. They sold
their Carnteel lands. There is no reason to believe that there was any
possible connection between Cecilia McWilliam settling at Carnteel and our
family settling there a generation later. The arms of the McWilliams of
Stambourne were three roses. These McWilliams seem to have died out in the
male line in the reign of Elizabeth.

Nevin McWilliam, no armes.
John McWilliam, John McWilliams, swords only.
John McWilliam, sword and callever.
John McWilliam, sword, musket and bandeleir.
Andrew McWilliam, no arms.
Dunkan McWilliam, sword and pike.

MUSTERED AT BANGOR, 13th Sept. 1642
Alexander Morell.
Patrick McWilliam.

Barrony de Dunluce; Robert McWilliam, no armes.
Barony de Kilconway; John McWilliam, James McWilliam, no armes.

Donnell McWilliam, mendicus, buried ye 18th November 1663.
Daniell McWilliam and Eline Guye published & married 10th July 1666.
These muster rolls are taken from a manuscript in the British Museum, through
a copy in the rooms of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast.

Caley McWilliam, Tenlaght. Billey. Kilconway Barony Co. Antrim.
Knock McWilliam, Gort Carne. Parte of the Parish of Magherahoghall. Co.
Donal Duff McWilliam, Tullygarly. Ballyclug Parish. Antrim Barony.
Duncan McWilliam, Ballybeg. Barony of Tuam (Toome) Co. Antrim.
Tho. McWilliam, Gallagh " "
John McWilliam, Ballyconnell. West part of Glenagherty, Boom Bar. Co. Antrim.
Robert McWilliam, Derrykigan Parish. Dunluce Barony, Co. Antrim
Henry McWilliams, Kill deghter. Faughanvale Parish. Co. Derry 1663
Neal McWilliam, Tirlo McWilliam, Ballymanure & Cullona, Ballinaskreenh Parish
(In Loughinshollin Barony) Co. Derry.
Hugh oge McWilliam, Sealogh
John McWilliam, Loghan, Aughelow Parish (Carnteel) Co. Tyrone.
This reference to John McWilliam in the townland of Logan or Lochans, near
Carnteel, in 1666, is the first that has been traced showing the family in
Carnteel Parish.

John McQuilliam, Lower Libertyes of Malone. Belfast Barony.
Widdy McQuillan. 3 hearths. Carrickfergus Towne.
John McQuilliam, Ballyferearmore, Belfast Barony.
Thomas McQuilliam, Ballymarocke.
Morey McQuillan, Killenes, Kilconway Barony.
Rory McQuillin, Londorricke, Dunluce Barony.
Walter McQuillane, Arestniske, Maghragall Parish.
Owin McQuilen, Croslesnerny, Antrym Barony.
Ronald McQuiland, Glanravall, Skerry Parish.
Corn McQuillan, Meeboy, Barony of Toome.
Wm. oge McQuillin, Killeless, Barony of Toome.

Edmd. McQuilline, The Parish of Balliskullion.
Cullo McQuillan, Phelomie McQuillan, Tirrigan, Desertmartin Parish.

Co. Antrim Toome Barony: Widw McQuillan, Drumall Parish.
Willm. McQuillen, Richard McQuillen, Aghoghel Parish.
Co. Derry, Loughanshillin Barony: Torlogh McWilliam, Edmd. McWilliam, Henry
McWilliam, Danl. McWilliam, Bryan McWilliam, Rober McWilliam, James
McQuillin, Phi. McQuillin, Maghera Parish.
James McQuilliam, Torlogh McQuilliam, Henry McQuilliam, Walter McQuilliam,
Ballynascreen Parish.
James McQuillen, Killylagh Parish.
James Mcquillin, Widw McQuillin, Ballyscullin Parish.

p. 2 Williams, John, Thomas,
p. 3 " John
p. 4 " Thomas, John, Christopher, Joseph
p. 5 " James
p. 5 McWilliams, George
p. 6 " John, Widow
p. 7 " Widow
p. 7 Williams, John, Robert
p. 8 McWilliams, James, Andrew
p. 10 " George, James
The religious census volume is described as "Parliamentary Returns as to
The Section on Aghalow and Carranteele is headed: " A list of the several
families in the parishes of..."
All these entries are Protestants.
This was sent to me by the Dublin Genealogical Office.
My great-grandfather John McWilliams of Carnteel was born in 1765 or 1766.

Generational chart:
I. James Morell of Ballyquin, Dungiven.
Member of the Synod of Ulster, 1745-55-60
A. Rev. Samuel Morell of Tullylish. Murdered 1772. There is a memorial in
Tullylish Church.
B. Robert Morell, Member of Synod of Ulster 1815 d. May 1821, aged 82
1. Rev. James Morell, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. 1773Ä1831. Modr. of Synod of
Ulster, 1813. m. Letitia Harris, daughter of Capt. John Harris and Fanny
Lucas of Castleshane.

a. Rev. John Harris Morell of Ballybay. m. Mary Montgomery Russell. She died
15 July 1849. One son & three daughters. m. 2nd Hester E.J.W. Dickson, dau.
of Rev. James Lowry Dickson. Had issue of 2nd marriage, including Hessie
Maria, married William McWilliam.
b. Rev. Charles Lucas Morell, Moderator 1868. m. Anne, dau. of Henry Brown
and Jane Carr. Had 5 sons and 2 daughters.
c. James Morell, 1824. Head Inspector of National Schools in Ireland. M. 12
Aug. 1856 Mary, dau. of Henry Brown and Jane Carr. 4 sons and 1 daughter.
In a notice of the Rev. Charles Lucas Morell in The Witness, an Irish
Presbyterian paper, entitled the Church of the Volunteers, Dungannon, it is
stated that these Morells are descended from the Pastor Louis Francois Morel,
Sieur de Collognes, first Moderator of the French Reformed Church in 1555.
One of the sons of Charles Lucas Morel was named Louis Francis Morell. There
was an account of the family in The Derry Standard, published in May 1913,
with a story of their introducing the linen business from France to the north
of Ireland. Some account of the family is given in SmilesÌ Huguenots.
This article on the (1st) Rev. James Morell of Ballybay, in the Derry
Standard in 1913, says ÍJames Morell entered the Church under auspicious
circumstances. The Rev. James Horner, Dublin was his cousin from the fact
that Mr. HornerÌs mother was also Morell, so the Hasletts, Horners and
Morells were linked together. When a son of Mr. James Morell was a student
Dr. Horner presented him with a Greek Testament, on which was written, Í To
my young friend and cousinÎ. This article says that the Morells moved over
the Channel in 1572. I do not know on what authority. Sir James Haslett was
Lord May of Belfast.
The Rev. John Harris Morell, of Ballybay, son of Rev. James Morell of
Ballybay and Letitia Harris: Ordained to 2nd Ballybay 2nd Jan 1834; born 9
March 1811; died 1888, aged 77. Married, 1st, 15th March 1842, Mary
Montgomery, 4th dau. of John Russell of Newry. She was born 18th May 1813 and
died 15th July 1849. One son and three daughters:
1. Rev. James Morell of Glenwherry, Rathfryland and Ballybay. m. 3 times. 1
dau., no grandchildren.
2. Ann Park Morell, 1843Ä1875, died unm.
3. Fanny Morell, born 21st Nov. 1844, died unm.
4. Mary Morell, 1846Ä1851.
Rev. John Harris Morell m. 2ndly Hester E.F.W. Dickson. Children:Ù
1. Marion Florence Morell, m. Wm. McWilliam as his second wife.
2. Hessie Maria Morell, m. Wm. McWilliam, 4 sons and 2 daughters.
3. Eva Morell, unm.
4. Harris Morell m. May Hunter, no children.

Morell Monument in Tullylish Presbyterian Church, near Banbridge.
ÍOn the 6th of March 1772 the Rev. Samuel Morell the Presbyterian minister of
Tyllylish fell a victim to the violence of the ÍHearts of OakÎ. The house of
Sir Richard Johnston of Gilford. . . was attacked, and Mr. Morell hastened to
the spot that he might assist in its defence if he failed, by the weight of
his personal and official influence, to arrest the fury of the assailants;
but as he stood exposed before a window, he received a gun-shot wound which
proved fatal.Î
Note to above: Mr. Morell was shot about four oÌclock in the afternoon in the
28th year of his age. In the Presbyterian Church of Tullylish, an
inscription, on a handsome tablet, describes the circumstances of his death.
The concluding words are:Ù
ÍHis particular friend Sir Richard Johnston, Baronet, who loved him living
and regrets him dead, hath caused this monument to be erected to his memory.Î
Church in Ireland by James Seaton Reid. Continued to the Present Time by W.
E. Killen, D.D., 1853.
A ballad poem was composed about this affair, incorporating a legend that
Samuel Morell had preached against the fairies and that they instigated the
murder. I have been told Mr. Morell was the grand-uncle of the Rev. J.H.
Morell of Ballybay, and of the Rev. Charles Morell of Dungannon.
Extracted from History of the Presbyterian that there was a tradition to
modern times that there was a feud between the Morells and the fairies.
Poem on the death of Rev. Samuel Morrell, Presbyterian Minister of Tullylish,
who was killed by the Hearts of Oak Boys, 1772.
The Fairy Tree Ù A Legend
ÍA gentleman of the name of Morrell was shot by the Oakmen at the castle of
Sir Richard Johnston, Gilford, in the year 1772. From the legendary tales of
the peasantry, it would appear that this gentleman had often expressed
himself a disbeliever in the existence of fairies, and on several occasions
had trespassed on the place chosen for their moonlight revellings. It is
further stated that the morning before his death stains of blood were
discovered on his shirt, and that the Ëguid wifeÌ of the mansion warmed him
by no means to go to the castle that day as the stains denoted some calamity.

[[ The Fairy Tree, A Legend is omitted from this text ]]

[Editor's note: Pedigrees of Dickson, Eccles, Lowry, Connolly follow in the
original text. These histories occupy six pages of the original manuscript
with only a few McWilliams connections Should any of our readers desire the
information on these lines, please let us know and we will provide it for

Russell Matthew Russell was for many years a shipowner and proprietor of
ropeworks in Newry. He died 21 December 1813 having at least two sons and a
daughter. A newspaper article stated he was remarkable for his skill in
navigation and made some of the quickest passages to and from America that
have ever yet been effected. Matthew Russell was grandfather of Anna
Russell, Mrs. McWilliam.
Anna Russell, b. 17th Feb 1813, married 14th Jan 1837, Rev. Thomas McWilliam,
Presbyterian minister of Creggan, Co. Armagh. She died June 1903, aged 90. He
died 16th June 1863, aged 53. Issue Ä 6 sons and 1 daughter.
Roger Montgomery was the father of John Montgomery of Newry, one of whose
daughters married Matthew Russell of Newry, father of John Russell and
grandfather of Anna Russell, Mrs. McWilliam.
Campbell information is given regarding Campbell genealogy compiled in 1806
by Rev. William Campbell referred to in StewartÌs History of Armagh, p. 493.
The book was said to be published in 1819 and that Ívery many Irish families
are mentioned.
The Campbells of Strachur are the oldest branch of the Campbells, Dukes of

The McWilliam or McQuillen family has sometimes been referred to as the lost
family or the crushed family, or as having lost its place in history in the
sixteenth century. These very imperfect records will perhaps show that in
spite of varying fortunes it has never been entirely lost, and that even in
recent years it has contributed its share to history. It has had ministers of
religion, lawyers, soldiers and international hockey players, one of whom
captained Ireland. The lowest ebb was reached when Donnell McWilliam mendicus
was buried at Derry Cathedral on the 18th November 1663.
Much of what is given in these notes, especially on church matters, was
obtained through the Presbyterian Historical Society, Belfast. A religious
diary written by the Rev. James Morel in the early years of the nineteenth
century and a manuscript volume of his sermons have been deposited with the
Society. These can be seen by request.
Much help was given by the Genealogical Office, Dublin Castle, mainly by
examining the deeds in the Public Records Office, Dublin. The Irish National
Library had a photographic copy of the McQuillen Family Record made for me.
Much information about the Newry families was given to me by Philip Crossle.
His papers are now in the Public Records Office, Dublin, and the Public
Library, Newry. In general the sources of information are indicated in these
notes. A considerable amount is from unprinted sources. All available church
records have been examined with the help of the Presb. Hist. Society. A
remarkable record of the descendants of the Eccles and Dickson families was
compiled by my grand-aunt, Anna Maria Dickson, with later additions by
others. It is at present in my possession. A copy has been lodged with the
Genealogical Office, Dublin. It is not likely that any further "McWilliam"
records of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries can now be found. In 1925
John J. Marshall published the Annals of Aughnacloy and of the Parish of
Carnteel, Co. Tyrone, Second Edition. It contains a very few McWilliam

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