Thomas Sommerville Morrow1833

Thomas Sommerville Morrow 1833

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Thomas Sommerville Morrow, my great, great (2x) grandfather was born in or near Ballintra, Donegal County, Drumhome District,  in 1833. I have a copy of a letter written by one of his son's William (Bill) Morrow, written in Canada in 1967 indicating his father was from Ballintra, Ireland.

Thomas Sommerville's parents may have been ??? Thomas Morrow (also named Thomas), (3x grandfather) born in 1795, and his mother Ann born in 1799. ( Ireland Death Records).  There are other 'Morrow's" in the Ballintra area so I am not 100% sure they are the parents of my great great grandfather. Roots Ireland baptism records provided by Ireland XO indicate a Thomas Morrow and his siblings and parents belonged to the Church of Ireland, which makes sense as the family in Canada were protestants. As noted above I did find Ireland Death Records for Thomas Morrow (3x) and Ann Morrow (3x) from the Ballintra Registers District .Thomas died in December 21, 1881 ( 86 years) in Ballintra / Rockhill, and Ann passed away December 30th, 1888 at 90 years of age. They both died of "Old Age and Natural Decay". A son named Alexander was present at their deaths. Alexander could be a younger brother of my great - great grandfather, IF this is my Morrow family.

I am not certain what  Ann Morrow's ( possible 3x great grandmother) maiden name was. It has been suggested her maiden name was Tamblyn, but I do not know the source of this information. Another possibility is Sommervile, as this is my great great grandfathers middle name. I have not been able to find any information on Ann using either name.

Thomas Sommerville Morrow (2x) immigrated to Canada in 1850 or 1851 at 17 years of age. He had three brothers William, George and Andrew who also moved to Canada.  Willian the oldest brother followed at a later date after marrying Margaret Harron.  Thomas Sommerville married Ruth Warnock in Caledon, Ontario, March 15, 1858. They  homesteaded in Bruce County, Arran Township, Ontario, near Arran Lake and the village of Tara, Ontario. They had 7 children.  Canadian  information is family documentation, including photos and the letter written by Thomas Sommervilles son William (Bill) Morrow, or information extracted from Canadian census, marriage and burial records.

Ireland XO has provided me with baptism records for 6 children born to Thomas (3x) and Ann Morrow. Two of the children were new to me; Alexander (1835) and Isaac (1842). Their records and that of George (1840) are for Ballymagrorty Parish, so not 100% sure they are the same Ballintra Morrow's.

I have found a Thomas Morrow (3x) noted in Griffiths as a tenant on Lot 37, just north of Ballintra. I do not have any other documentation, but would like to confirm connections to the Ballintra Morrow's.

I am still looking for a marriage record for Thomas and Ann Morrow (Tamblyn / Sommerville) and their burial locations, and for emmigration / immigration records for Thomas Sommerville Morrow, and his brothers William, George and Andrew.  Any assistance or suggestions to help find my maternal Morrow family connections would be appreciated.

Greg Sannes


Additional Information
Date of Birth 8th Apr 1833
Date of Death 16th Mar 1918
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Thomas Morrow, Born 1795
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Ann Tamblyn, Born 1799
Townland born In or near the village of Ballintra, Drumhome District, Rockhill Townland, Donegal.
Number of Siblings Possibly 6 siblings. William , George and Andrew for sure as they immigrated to Canada. Also Margaret, Alexander and Isaac.
Names of Siblings William, George, Andrew for sure and possibly Margaret, Alexander and Isaac
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Ruth Warnock
Place & Date of Marriage Married Ruth Warnock in Ontario, Canada March 09 1858
Number of Children 7
First Child George
Names of Children George, Ann, Johannah, Samuel, Thomas, Mary, Andrew, Bertha
Occupation Farmer
Place of Death Tara, Ontario Canada, March 16, 1918
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    He may have arrived at Grosse Ile, Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River.  The Grosse Ile ship records or Archives of Canada.  The new land was not require to keep passenger ship records until 1845-46, I believe.  

    D. Britt


    Dianne Britt

    Saturday 2nd June 2018 06:09PM
  • Thomas and Ann are buried in Drumholm graveyard, Drumholm Parish, Ballintra Co Donegal.


    Saturday 2nd June 2018 08:56PM
  • You might find relatives in Killymard, just north of Ballintra.  See the book, Killymard: Ancient and Modern by Rev. Canon Trimble. Also check

    Bob seeking Pearson

    Saturday 2nd June 2018 09:12PM

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