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Rev. John Rea was born Oct 32, 1771 in Tully. Is that the same as Tullyfern?  His father was Joseph and his mother was Isabella Rea, a full cousin of Joseph. Is Rea Irish or Scotch?


Tuesday 12th Aug 2014, 03:52PM

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  • Florence:

    There are four different townlands called Tully in Co. Donegal. ( A townland is the smallest land division in Ireland). The Tully townlands are in the following civil parishes: Clondavaddog, Raymoghy, Donegal and Kilbarron. Tullyfern is a separate civil parish. Below is some background from the Irish Times surname site regarding the name Rea.

    Roger McDonnell


    Rae: fairly rare: Belfast area, Dublin etc. Scottish, a Borders name now widespread in Scotland. See Rea and Ray. SS.
    Ray: Quite numerous: Dublin, Down etc. English, denoting "king" - some confusion with Scottish Rae and Irish Rea, q.v.
    Rea: (1) numerous: Belfast and E Ulster. Scottish, more usually Rae, associated with the Borders, but MacLysaght says it is sometimes abbreviation of Mac Crea, q.v. (2) fairly numerous: Limerick-Cork-Tipperary, South East. Ir. ? Riabhaigh, riabhach, striped, brindledOften pronounced "ray" - see Castlerea. MIF & SI.
    Reagh: Very rare: Portrush (Antrim). Ir. Riabhach (striped). Epithet which displaced surname. See Rea.
    Reay: rare: Louth, Belfast etc. See Rea.
    Rhea: a form of Rea formerly in Donegal. The name does not appear in current telephone directories, but has been previously recorded.
    Wray: numerous: Derry-Tyrone and Ulster generally. English settlers from Yorkshire in 16 cent; a locative name, it may stand, in some cases, for Rea, q.v.

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 12th Aug 2014, 05:02PM
  • The Rev John Rea?s denomination may be a way of determining his particular family?s origins. If he was Presbyterian then that would be a strong indicator of Scottish origins. If RC, then more likely native Irish. Church of Ireland would suggest English or Scottish ancestry, but not Irish.

    Looking at the 1901 census for Donegal there were just 18 people named Rea. Half were Presbyterian, half Church of Ireland/Methodist and 1 RC. That suggests that most were descended from settlers, typically in the Plantation in the 1600s.

    Ahoghill Antrim

    Tuesday 12th Aug 2014, 06:07PM
  • Rev Rea was a Presbyterian minister in Ohio. He got his Doctor of Divinity by riding his horse to Philadelpia over the mountains from western Pa.  He mentions a Lord Charlemonth's Irish Volunteers that his uncle was appointed adjutant general of his troops. Maybe that might pinpoint the location of Tully..


    Tuesday 12th Aug 2014, 09:50PM
  • Lord Charlemont resided in Co Armagh & Dublin, so I am not sure that will help us find Tully in Donegal. Here?s a bit about him from Wikipedia:

    ?The son of the 3rd Viscount Charlemont, he was born in Dublin, and succeeded his father as 4th Viscount in 1734. The title of Charlemont descended from Sir Toby Caulfeild (1565?1627) of Oxfordshire, England, who was given lands in Ireland, and created Baron Charlemont (the name of a fort on the Blackwater), for his services to King James I in 1620. The 1st Viscount was the 5th Baron (d. 1671), who was advanced by Charles II.

    Lord Charlemont was well known for his love of Classical art and culture and spent nine years on the Grand Tour in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. He returned to Dublin and employed the Scottish architect Sir William Chambers to remodel his main residence Marino House, to design his town house Charlemont House and the unique Neo-Classical garden pavilion building, the Casino at Marino.

    Lord Charlemont is historically interesting for his political connection with Henry Flood and Henry Grattan; he was a cultivated man with literary and artistic tastes, and both in Dublin and in London he had considerable social influence. He was the first President of the Royal Irish Academy and was a member of the Royal Dublin Society. He was appointed Custos Rotulorum of County Armagh for life in 1760. For various early services in Ireland he was made an Earl in 1763, and was in 1783 made a founding Knight of the Order of St Patrick, but he disregarded court favours and cordially joined Grattan in 1780 in the assertion of Irish independence.

    He was president of the volunteer convention in Dublin in November 1783, having taken a leading part in the formation of the Irish Volunteers; and he was a strong opponent of the proposals for the Union. His eldest son, who succeeded him, was subsequently (1837) created an English Baron.?

    Ahoghill Antrim

    Wednesday 13th Aug 2014, 08:42AM
  • Thanks Volunteers! Good luck with your search Florence

    Best wishes

    Clare Doyle

    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Wednesday 13th Aug 2014, 11:05AM

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