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My wife and I are visiting County Down in May 2023.  When we visit, we'd like to visit the town in which my ancestors were either born, baptized or married.  But after 15 years of using,, and many other Ireland genealogy websites, I have not found any records indicating where they were born, baptized, or married in County Down.  I have not been able to determine to which parish they may have belonged.

My GGGGF James McCoubrey was born in County Down on March 21, 1810.  His wife, Jane (McLester) McCoubrey was also born in County Down on November 12, 1811.   The immigrated to the US in the 1830's.  They lived in a town named Green Island, New York.  James died in 1884, and Jane passed away in 1904.

If there is anyone who could help, I would be greatly appreciative.  If you wish to correspond with me, my email address is Thank you.  

Scott McCoubrey


Monday 5th Sep 2022, 06:42PM

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    In 1863-64, in Griffiths Valuation, there were four Lester/McLester heads of household in Down:              


    Source  Surname             First Name          Townland           Parish    County

    Lester    George     Imdel  Drumballyroney Co. Down           

    Lester    William                Lisnisk   Drumballyroney Co. Down           

    McLester             Edward   Ballymote Upper            Down    Co. Down           

    McLester             Edward   T/downpatrick/irish Street          Down    Co. Down


    There were 17 McCoubreys:


    McCoubrey         Agnes    Glasdrumman     Magheradrool    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Catherine            Quarter Cormick               Down    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Douglas               T/killyleagh/shore Street               Killyleagh             Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Francis  Ballyhosset, Milltown      Ballee    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Francis  T/downpatrick/bridge Street        Down    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         James    Drumaghlis          Kilmore Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         John       Demesne Of Down           Down    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         John       T/downpatrick/bridge Street        Down    Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         John       T/crossgar/downpatrick St            Kilmore Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Johnston              Woodgrange      Down    Co. Down


    McCoubrey         Moses   Drumaghlis          Kilmore Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         Robert   Drumaghlis          Kilmore Co. Down           

    McCoubrey         William Ballyfotherly       Bangor  Co. Down           

    McCoubry           John       Cromac Ballynafoy Ballynafoy Road          Knockbreda         Co. Down           

    McCovera           John       Drumreagh          Kilbroney             Co. Down           

    McCovera           Owen    Clontafleece       Clonallan             Co. Down           

    Mccoubrey          William Townparks Of Donaghadee (Bow-Street) Donaghadee       Co. Down           


    Even though the couple had emigrated long before Griffiths was enumerated, it is likely they left family behind. So it is possible you might trace your roots to one of the above places.




    Monday 5th Sep 2022, 07:10PM
  • Scott,

    I attach a record from 1808 for a John McCoubrey, Anadorn which apparently is in the parish of Loughinisland, also a

    record of a Hugh McCoubrey for 1833 - Tithe Applotment Records - 1823 - 1837.

    The surname McLester was not found in the Tithe Records.



    Tuesday 6th Sep 2022, 10:07AM
  • Further information on McCoubrey - Co. Down:

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    Tuesday 6th Sep 2022, 10:42AM
  • Thank you very much for the replies to my inquiry.  They are greatly appreciated.  Scott


    Tuesday 18th Oct 2022, 04:34AM

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