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im looking for i formation on John Crawford b 1795 who married Sarah McNair, they and their son Matthew b 1840 immigrated to Hartford, Connecticut. Their daughter Catherine Crawford married John Wilson she immigrated to New Zealand in 1890 possibly after John Wilson died as some of her children went to New Zealand.looking for other possible children of John and Sarah Crawford



Saturday 16th Sep 2023, 01:44PM

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  • Cav:

    You did not mention religious denomination but I will presume Church of Ireland. The records for Convoy Church of Ireland parish prior to 1871 were destroyed in the Public Records Office fire in Dublin in 1922. So there would be no church records available for John and Sarah and children.

    You may want to consider DNA testing to identify other matches on this line.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th Sep 2023, 02:00PM
  • Tradition was to marry in the bride’s church. Catherine Crawford married in Convoy Presbyterian. Their baptism records start in 1822. Have you checked them for other children? Sadly the marriage records don’t start till 1846 so if that’s where John & Sarah married, no record apparently exists.

    There’s a copy of the baptism records in PRONI in Belfast.

    A William Crawford was a witness to the 1850 marriage so presumably he's a relation in some way. Catherine's brother perhaps?…

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th Sep 2023, 02:10PM
  • DonegalGenealogy site has the Crawford surname in the Convoy area though do not see the names listed as directly linked to Aughagault. Sections below, link to Presbyterian baptisms and a church membership list from 1822:

    Marion, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Whelanmg, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Sunday 17th Sep 2023, 01:24PM
  • Hi all

    thanks for your responses,

    would the Presbyterian church  in Convoy hold any records??? I have tried emailing the church, several time, as I’m in Australia, but have never got a response.

    yes Elwyn, my guess is William is her brother. Another son Mathew b 1/08/1840 Aughagault and died in Massachusetts in 1911. He travelled with Catherine and John to Connecticut 

    many thanks

    Ann Cavanagh




    Wednesday 27th Dec 2023, 07:35AM
  • Ann,

    Convoy Presbyterian church has baptism records from 1822 onwards and marriages from 1846. They likely hold the originals but there is a copy of both in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. If you are unable to go yourself, you could employ a researcher. Researchers in the PRONI area:

    I am sorry the church has not replied but some receive rather more genealogical enquiries than they can cope with. Some reply promptly, some reply after a long wait and some don’t reply at all.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 27th Dec 2023, 06:57PM
  • Ann

    If submit your family details to the Facebook group below it could generate information.

    East Donegal Local & Family History

    Marion Whelan, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Whelanmg, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Wednesday 27th Dec 2023, 07:50PM

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