Thomas Elder, 1896

Thomas Elder Shoemaker Advert, 1896

Thomas Elder, my great great grandfather, opened for business as a shoemaker in 1896 according to the 1896 Derry Almanac and Directory. In 1896 the Derry Almanac and Directory cost only one shilling. Variations of the advert shown appeared for several years following 1896.

Patrick Elder & Harriet Deery, 1920

Patrick Elder married Harriet Deery on 2 Aug 1920 at the Long Tower Roman Catholic Chapel, Co. Derry, Ireland. Patrick is recorded as a minor bachelor (Occupation: Painter). His father, Thomas Elder’s occupation is recorded as painter. Harriet is recorded as a full age spinister from Derry. Her father, John Deery’s occupation is recorded as a labourer.

Source: Personal Research

Elder Graveyards – Co. Antrim

Recently a gentleman tracked me down through the Elder DNA project. He needs help tracking down graveyards or cemeteries near Belfast International Airport and Lough Neagh. If anyone can help he’d be extremely grateful. He plans to visit Northern Ireland near the end of February. Below is part of his email.

I know that a branch of my Family was in Antrim about 1700 before one of them went to America. I am visiting Antrim next month and was wondering if you had any clues about Cemeteries, Graveyards in the area between Belfast International Airport and Lough Neagh? My “Relations” lived in Artemore which I am told by Belfast University is now Ardmore Townland.

Robert Elder, 1824 (1911 Census)

According to the 1911 Census, Robert Elder (Abt 1824-) and his two sons lived in Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal, Ireland. The sons are named Samuel (Abt 1857-) and Robert (Abt 1861-). Both are recorded as single with the occupation of agricultural labourer. Robert Elder senior’s occupation is recorded as shoemaker which might be a link to one of my ancestors who started a shoemaker business in Limavady, Co. Londonderry. Their religion is recorded as Presbyterian. Samuel Elder was unable to read or write.

1911 Census – Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal, Ireland

John Hughes & Elizabeth Elder, 1854

John Hughes married Elizabeth Elder on 14 Mar 1854 at the Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, Ireland. John is recorded as a full age bachelor from Drumnacross (Occupation: Labourer). His father, William Hughes’ occupation is recorded as Farmer. Jane is recorded as a full age spinister from Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal. Her father, Samuel Elder’s occupation is recorded as a labourer.

Source: Personal Research

Samuel Elder & Jane Carruthers, 1864

Samuel Elder married Jane Carruthers on 4 Aug 1864 at the Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, Ireland. Samuel is recorded as a full age bachelor from Donegheady (Occupation: Farmer). His father, Samuel Elder’s occupation is recorded as Farmer. Jane is recorded as a full age spinister from Ballyarnett. Her father, William Carruthers’ occupation is recorded as a labourer.

Source: Personal Research

James Wiley & Fanny Elder, 1880

James Wiley married Fanny Elder on 26 Feb 1880 at the Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, Ireland. James is recorded as a full age bachelor from Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal (Occupation: Farmer). His father, Samuel Wiley’s occupation is recorded as Farmer. Fanny is recorded as an 18 year old spinister from Lenamore, Muff, Co. Donegal. Her father, Robert Elder’s occupation is recorded as a labourer.

Source: Personal Research

Samuel Elder & Isabella Preston Browne, 1909

Samuel Elder married Isabella Preston Browne on 26 Oct 1909 at the Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, Ireland. Samuel is recorded as a full age bachelor from Burnfoot (Occupation: Farmer). His father, Samuel Elder’s occupation is recorded as Farmer. Isabella is recorded as a full age spinister from Muff. Her father, James Browne’s occupation is recorded as a farmer.

Source: Personal Research

Glendermott Parish Church

Glendermott Parish Church

Glendermott Parish Church Signage

Glendermott Parish Church is located between Drumahoe, Co. Londonderry and the Waterside area of Londonderry. Nearby roads are the Glenshane Road (A6) and Church Brae.