George Edgar & Mary Jane Elder, 1926

George Edgar of 96 Main Street, Lanarkshire married Mary Jane Elder of Killymallaght on 29 Dec 1926 at the 2nd Donagheady Presbyterian Church, Co. Tryone, Ireland. George is recorded as a widower. Mary Jane is recorded as a spinster of full age. George’s occupation was recorded as engine driver. Father’s name not recored. Mary Jane’s father is recorded as Charles Elder.

Many thanks to Eva Boyle for the link.
2nd Donagheady Presbyterian Marriages (1838 – 1926)

Samuel Elder & Catherine Doherty, 1905

Samuel Elder married Catherine Doherty on 22 Jun 1905 at the Magheramason Presbyterian Church, Co. Londonderry, Ireland. Samuel was of full age and Catherine (Born: Abt 1886) was 19. Samuel’s occupation was recorded as carpenter. His father, also called Samuel, was recorded as labourer. The marriage was performed by Jos. D. Caskey. The marriage was witnessed by S. T. Ricketts and Elizabeth Elder. Samuel was resident at Woolwich and Catherine resident at Rosnagalla, Glendermott.

Many thanks to Eva Boyle for the link.
Magheramason Presbyterian Marriages (1881-1927)

Derry Wills, 1612-1858

I’ve located will index records on page 40 of the Indexes To Irish Wills 1909 Vol. 5 for the Diocese Of Derry.


Andrew Elder (Died Abt 1689)
Frances Elder (Died Abt 1846)
James Elder (Died Abt 1813)
John Elder (Died Abt 1779)
Robert Elder (Died Abt 1818)
Thomas Elder (Died Abt 1709)

I’m assuming the asterisk beside Andrew and Thomas denotes a family relationship.

Records via

John “Jack” McGilligan III


My uncle Jack McGilligan died in a tragic road accident in Walsall, England before I was born. Jack worked as a commercial lorry driver and died on November 11th, 1972 while transporting an extra load from Stranraer, Scotland to the south of England. He was buried on the November 21st, 1972 at the Market Street Cemetery in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.



This is the McGilligan ancestral home at Lisbuoy near Aghadowey, Co. Londonderry. The family moved into the house around 1954. The home along with the field in front is owned by my Uncle James Reynolds McGilligan who currently lives in India. Hard to believe this modest home housed a McGilligan family of ten. The home was given to Eliza McGilligan by her brother John McGilligan I. Apparently she never lived in the home but at some point a Mr and Mrs Toy, labourers for John McGilligan I & II, occupied the home.