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Researching the Mc Caveney family from Aghagallon area.

John was born c. 1800, his son Thomas born c 1832 enlisted in the Crimea War 1854, the army papers has the spelling of the surname Mc Keeveney. These are two of the numerous spellings of the surname that I have come across.. I have information on Thomas as he was injured in The Crimea and there are a lot of medical notes about him. Thomas died 1865 in Lurgan where he lived with his wife Margaret and son John b. 1857.   Place of burial unknown


Sunday 30th Apr 2017, 09:46PM

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  • I see from his death certificate that Thomas died on 21.10.1865 at Black’s Court in Lurgan. (The informant was Jane McCavinagh. Do you know who she was?). I searched the Valuation Revision records for Black’s Court but his name doesn’t appear. That indicates either he didn't live there long enough to be listed by the Griffiths clerks or that he was lodging with someone else.  His occupation was a labourer and they moved about all the time to follow the work. Very hard to trace them sometimes.

    You don’t say what denomination the family was but I’ll assume RC. Lurgan is in Shankill RC parish. The RC baptism records start in 1822. Have you searched them for the family? Aghagallon RC records start in 1828.

    The RC parish records are on-line free on the National Library site:

    The idea of a single or correct spelling for a surname or a place name is very much a recent phenomenon and before that, especially in Ireland, there was no consistency. Names were spelled phonetically and each variation was down to the whim of the particular person recording the information. You will often see the spelling change as the records go back. This rarely indicates a particular deliberate decision to alter the name nor even a mistake. Not everyone was literate, but even when they were, exact spelling simply wasn’t something they bothered about. In addition to varying the actual spelling, O’ or Mac prefixes were optional and were often omitted.

    A part of the 1851 census for Aghagallon has survived. There was only one McC family in it. See:

    “Winer Babbins” is Bobbin winder, a skill in the linen making trade.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 30th Apr 2017, 10:30PM
  • Hi Elwyn, Thankyou for your reply to my query.

    According to copy in Vol 21 of an Ordnance survey Memoirs of Ireland page 18 under a subtitle of Ancient Families it is stated that the Laverys, McStravoges and Mc Caveneys are locally said to be the most numerous names in the Parish of Aghagallon. 

    We would love to know something of John Mc Caveney, who his wife was and did he have other children besides Thomas?

    As a child I was aware of Thomas being in the Crimea and it wasn't until I started my own reseach that I have been able to find so much about Thomas. Curiosity and DNA pulls me to needing to know more of the family.

    Re the Griffiths Valuation, Thomas lived in Black's Court Lurgan and the name was spelt Mc Keaveney. At some stage the family moved to 80 Avenue Road Lurgan and in the 1901 census the surname is spelt Mc Caveney as I have understood it to be. 1911 Census has few records of the family as by then, Thomas's son John was deceased as was John's wife Mary, and the 7 children were scattered!

    The person on Thomas's death certificate was his wife Jane nee Mc Donald dau. of Robert McDonald.

    Many thanks, Airdeall


    Monday 1st May 2017, 08:00PM
  • Regarding John McCaveney's possible other children, did you search the church records? If the family were RC, the records are on-line free on the link I gave in my previous post.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 12th May 2017, 08:47PM

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