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 Ancestry.com, Familysearch.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
ScottMonday 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.
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.
Further information on McCoubrey - Co. Down:
Credit: Subscription site www.findmypast.ie
Thank you very much for the replies to my inquiry. They are greatly appreciated. Scott