Samuel Walker and Hadessa Lavina Caldwell are my Great-great-grandparents. They are buried in the graveyard of St. Canice’s Church, Eglinton, County Londonderry.
Son of Samuel and Adesa (nee Caldwell) Walker. Caldwell was born 31 March 31st, 1884 at Tamnaherin, Eglinton, County Londonderry. According to the 1901 Census, he was living with his elder brother George on the Old Strabane Road and training to become a draper. He later moved to Randalstown and worked as a draper. He married Agnes Hanna on September 13th, 1910 in the Cunningham Memorial Presbyterian Church at Cullybackey, County Antrim. I have confirmed two children born to Caldwell and Agnes. Samuel George Crawford McKee Walker was born July 23rd, 1912 in Randalstown, County Antrim. Doughlas Haigh Glenn Walker was born December 23rd, 1914 in Randalstown, County Antrim.
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In The Arrol, Arroll and Arrell Families eBook, there’s mention of an additional son.
2-8-9 MARTHA ARRELL, b 31 Dec 1918 at Oldtown, Deerpark, Castledawson. She m on 14 Aug 1945 to Caldwell Creg Walker at Bellaghy Presbyterian Church. ‘Cal’ was a salesman who was living on New Street in Randalstown when he married. He was the son of Caldwell Walker, a draper. MARTHA was a nurse. They had: 1) Herbert, who m Margaret Adams and resided in Bellaghy. Herbert was a laboratory assistant in a hospital. Herbert and Margaret had Richard Walker; and 2) Allen, a farmer in Randalstown. Allen m 12 Jun 1990 to Elizabeth Bowes in the Kilbride Presbyterian Church.
Roger McGilligan is my Great-great-grandfather. His occupation in the 1901 census and on his death certificate was listed as a farmer. The 1901 census records his wife, Jane, and two children living at home. John McGilligan, their first son, is my Great-grandfather. Roger died May 4, 1916 at Tirhugh, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. He was buried on May 6, 1916 at Killelagh Parish Church, Swatragh, County Londonderry.
James Magee is my Great-great-grandfather. He was married to Margaret McKee. James and Margaret lived and worked in Lisburn, County Antrim. His occupation in the 1901 census and on his death certificate was listed as a bleacher. The 1901 census records 5 children ranging from 13 to 33 living at home. Agnes Stewart Magee, their third daughter, is my Great-grandmother. James died December 2, 1905 at his home on Seymour Street in Lisburn.
On February 4th, 1907, Samuel Elder’s body was found in the River Roe at “Natty’s Hole” near Ballyclose, Limavady. His death record lists Samuel as a widower and labourer of 75 years. Cause of death was drowning pronounced by Benjamin Lane, the coroner for Co. Londonderry. An inquest into Samuel’s death was held February 4th, 1907. The death was registered February 12th, 1907 by James McFeehan (assistant registrar).
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Photograph courtesy of the University of Ulster Archives published in the ‘On the Banks of the Foyle’ book.
The photograph of the shop front of Robert Elder’s grocery business at 21 Duke Street on the Waterside was taken in 1906. Items for sale included hardware, artificial manures and agricultural seeds. The owner Robert Elder is pictured outside with his employees.
Robert Elder and Helen Grainger Emberson are the parents of Robert Craig Elder who is buried at Altnagelvin Cemetery.
Norman David Williams married Hannah Scott Elder on 4 May 1944 at Claremont Parish Church, Londonderry, Co. Londonderry, Ireland. Norman is recorded as a full age bachelor on air service (Occupation: Draughtsman). His father, Evan William’s occupation is recorded as pilot. Hannah is recorded as full age spinister from Londonderry. Her father, Thomas Elder’s occupation is recorded as a mechanic.
Source: Personal Research
Walter Elder married Martha Morrow on 6 Mar 1883 at Christ Church, Londonderry, Co. Londonderry, Ireland. Walter is recorded as a 28 year old bachelor from Ballinmacross (Occupation: Labourer). His father, William Elder’s occupation is recorded as Labourer. Martha is recorded as full age spinister from Milltown Lodge (Occupation: Servant). Her father, John Morrow’s occupation is recorded as a Labourer.
Source: Personal Research
Reynolds McGilligan was born about 1883, the son of Rodger McGilligan. Nothing of his childhood is known. Reynolds traveled to America repeatedly from 1907 to 1923. His first known passage commenced on 1 Apr 1907 from Londonderry to New York City on the S.S. Columbia. The trans-atlantic crossing typically lasted 12 days. Reynolds recorded destination was Chicago to stay with his cousin George Johnston. Reynolds’ World War I Registration Card states he was of medium build and height with grey eyes and brown hair. At the time of registration he was living at Alden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsyvlania and working as a riveter at Hog Island, then the largest ship builders in the world.
Reynolds returned to Ireland on the S.S. Columbia which sailed from New York to Glasgow via Moville on 23 Jan 1923. The passenger list recorded Reynolds as a citizen of the United States with the intent to remain in Ireland at Moneysallin, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry. Unfortunately two years later on the 18 Jun 1925 Reynolds passed away and was buried in St. Patrick’s Parish Church at Kilrea, Co. Londonderry. Legend has it that Reynolds was buried on the day he was due to be married. Reynolds is buried along with his brother John McGilligan and sister Eliza Jane McGilligan. John McGilligan’s first wife Margaret Hamilton and infant child are buried in the same plot. The headstone was erected by Reynold’s nephew John McGilligan and his name was engraved as Randall not Reynolds.
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