My Great Great Grandfather James Boyd

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  1. Bob

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    My great great grandfather, James Boyd was born c 1811 in Castlegore Co Antrim and died there in 1873. I can verify his death from Government Records Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) and his birth year by working back using age quoted in this record. I don't know who his parents were but he had a sibling, Daniel. James occupation was as a farmer and this is confirmed in the Griffiths Valuation 1847 - 1864. His religious denomination was Church of Ireland. He married Margaret (surname not known) born c 1816 around 1842 (based on first child being born in 1843). She died in Belfast aged 95 in 1911. They had seven children in total. I have visited the Public Records Office N I (PRONI) and can find no Church records for the Parish of Connor that would have included the township of Castlegore. The Ulster Historical Foundationhave confirmed that these records were destroyed in a fire at PRO Dublin in 1922. Can anyone suggest how I might track back beyond 1811 without these vital records.
     
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    Maybe if you visit the newspaper library in Belfast, it might have a family announcement of b/m/d. The newspaper library holds all copies of newspapers ever printed in the UK, Ireland included. X x
     
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    Thank you for your response. Would that be the Linenhall Library in Belfast. I shall be going across to Belfast in September and will give it a try then
     
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    There are two, I need yo make sure n look it up for you. There is the main library that holds some newspapers n the main newspaper library only for newspapers. X
     
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    Right found out for you the following - Belfast library on library street hold most of the oldest newspaper "the newsletter" as letter form from 1757. when it became printed as a proper newspaper some copies are missing and can be found at newspaper library at linenhall, which is where all other newspapers are kept too x
     
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    Once again thank you very much for your response. I'm making a list of the things that I need to do when next over. Funny enough I have a sister who lives in Carrickfergus. Cheers Bob
     
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    Oh Bob, that is interesting. Carrickfergus a small place n lovely. Good luck in your investigating searches x x
     
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    Hi bob my gg grandmother was Agnes Boyd her father was Daniel Boyd, I think your James and Daniel were brothers.
     
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    Hi Bob, I've managed to trace a James boys to my family tree, if I'm right. He had a son Samuel, who had 4 children, George, Jane, Samuel and a daughter who's name I've forgotten, I believe they may have lived in Manchester for a little while before George returned to Belfast to marry my great grandmother Bridget Strain, I'm not sure if you have any of this information. I'm still Searching.
     
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    All i've found is 28 Feb 1873 "Letters of Administration of the personal estate of James Boyd late of Castlegore County Antrim Farmer deceased who died 28 January 1873 at same place were granted at Belfast to Margaret Boyd of Castlegore (Connor) aforesaid the Widow of said deceased. Effects under £100"

    From PRONI Will Calenders
     
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    I have found a baptism for a James Boyde, 25 Jan 1807, Father Hugh and Mother Ellen Boyde, but this takes place at St Annes, Shankhill so maybe a bit far away from Castlegore although it is Church of Ireland.
     
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    George married Bridget Evelyne Strain 10 July 1920 and marriage cert shows George's father as George Boyd not Samuel
     
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    Hi Bob, what details have you got for this child and any of the other 6 ?
     

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